Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester, hosts its annual “Fall Into The Rhythm” music movies festival from Sept. 8 to 14. The week features seven feature films, each celebrating music and one of them a premiere of a local film, with multiple live performances, as well.
The line-up is as follows:
“Live In Red Square, Moscow,” Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m.: Opera stars Anna Netbreko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky team up to deliver versions of famous arias and duets from the likes of “Tosca,” “Eugene Onegin,” and “Il Trovatore.”
“Sita Sings The Blues,” Sunday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.: Nina Paley’s gorgeous passion project, an autobiographical story paralleled with the woeful tale of Sita, taken from the Indian text of the Ramayana and voiced by the catchy discography of forgotten jazz-pop singer Annette Hanshaw. This is a free screening.
“The Mighty Uke,” Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Explore the popular recent resurgence of the ukulele, and take part in a uke jam led by the CACC’s own John Hicks and featuring some of the area’s best ukesters.
“Becoming Traviata,” Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.: The reinvention of Verdi’s opera masterpiece, “La Traviata,” as sung by the world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat’s thrilling new movie.
“Morrissey Live: 25,” Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Filmed at a small gig in L.A. in March of this year, this live documentary celebrates rock star Morrissey’s 25 years as a solo artist following the break-up of his band, The Smiths.
“Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams,” Thursday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.: Go behind the scenes of the former Fleetwood Mac singer’s latest album (which was produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart) and also enjoy a live Stevie tribute by Mr. Fox’s Brian King and Friends.
“Don White: Live!,” Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.: The Cinema’s funny folkie friend from Lynn returns to the stage with his unforgettable songs of joy and hilarity.
“To Hear The Music,” Saturday, Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.: Gloucester filmmaker Dennis Lanson personally presents and hosts a Q&A after the premiere of his film about Gloucester’s C.B. Fisk Company’s creation of Harvard University’s Memorial Chapel’s new pipe organ.
“20 Feet From Stardom,” Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Learn the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Featuring a live set by Gloucester’s rockin’ quartet, the Honky Tonk Women.
Tickets for all features, with the exception of “Live From Red Square, Moscow” ($17.50 adults/$15 members) and “Don White: Live!” ($15 adults/$13.50 members) are $10 adults, $8.50 students and seniors, and $7 for Cinema members. Tickets for all “Fall Into The Rhythm” features are available online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com or at the box office during regular business hours.
Canobie Lake falls into seven weekends of fun starting Sept. 14
Not ready to leave summer behind quite yet? Canobie Lake Park is open each weekend during September and October with a range of fall events. Once the park wraps up its regular season this weekend and next week, a seven-weekend Oktoberfest celebration opens Sept. 14. Festivities will include a beer garden, traditional German food, music, rides, games and live entertainment.
SCREEEMFEST starts Sept. 27 and continues weekends through Oct. 27, featuring five haunted houses, including the new “Virus” (infectious fear, get it?). Also new this fall is the live “Side Show Variety Show” on the Park’s Midway Stage, where strange feats of daring will be the norm.
Your favorite Canobie rides will be open during SCREEEMFEST, along with Halloween games, Halloween characters and plenty of family fun.
Canobie’s new Petting Zoo at the Pumpkin Palace will be open Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well. Youngsters and their families can interact with a variety of gentle animals and enjoy a hay sculpture garden and activities geared to kids.
One admission price includes all haunted houses, operating rides, entrance to Oktoberfest and the Petting Zoo, live entertainment and more.
For Park hours, show schedules, directions and more information about fall events, visit Canobie Lake Park’s website www.canobie.com. The park is located at Exit 2 or 3 off Route 93 in Salem, N.H.