Film fans will be flocking to town for the 2011 Silver City Film Festival, Nov. 11-13. This year's event will kick off on Friday with an afternoon Veteran's Day screening and two evening films at The Seedboat Center for the Arts: For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism is the first documentary to dramatize the rich saga and history of American movie reviewing, directed by Boston Phoenix critic Gerald Peary. Touch the Sound, a film by Thomas Riedelsheimer, is a documentary portrait of the Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Deaf since childhood, she disdains the use of hearing aids and sign language.
Presented on Saturday evening will be the new documentary from Corrales filmmaker Mary Lance, Blue Alchemy, a study of the blue dye indigo. Other highlights include: Run to the East, a documentary about the role of endurance running in Native American culture; Sita Sings the Blues, an animated feature by Nina Paley; and The Cats of Mirikitani, the story of Jimmy Mirikitani, an 85-year-old Japanese American artist, now living on the streets of New York City. There will also be an animation program as well a collection of live-action short films, several by students. See the full festival schedule at www.silvercityfilmfest.org.
Music lovers have plenty to be thankful for this month, too. The Grant County Community Concert Association brings a John Denver tribute, "Take Me Home," by Jim Curry and his band, Nov. 7, to the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. Advance tickets are available at Alotta Gelatto and Western Stationer’s/Thunder Creek.
On Nov. 18, the MRAC Folk Series at the Buckhorn features Ari Hest, who released his first album in four years, “Sunset Over Hope Street,” in March. You may have heard his music on TV shows including "Private Practice" and "One Tree Hill" and the indie film Dreamriders.
We're also on the cusp of the holidays, signaled by the 21st annual Lighted Christmas Parade through downtown Silver City at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26. The holiday fun actually gets rolling on Friday, Nov. 25, with free horse-drawn carriage rides (also on Saturday) downtown. Then on Saturday there’s a family holiday movie at 1 p.m. at the Silco (admission one can of food), followed by the Silver City Christmas Orchestra at 5:30.
You can get a jump on your holiday shopping Nov. 5 at the 107th (yes, really!) annual bazaar at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sale items include crafts and Nancy Wyatt pottery, plus there’s brunch and a bake sale.