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By: Pat Whitfield
For: Red Rock News
Date: December 3
, 2010

NOTE: On Monday, December 13 at 6 pm Todd Weber will bring history alive at the Sedona Public Library in the character of John Wesley Powell, a Colorado River and Grand Canyon explorer.   Weber is a living history presenter, historian, Grand Canyon river runner and educational tour guide.  The program is presented in partnership with the Arizona Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library and will also be offered on December 13 at 1:30 pm at Sedona Winds, located at 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

Flicker Shack Movies

Wondering what to do on Monday evenings now that Dancing with the Stars is over for the season and you’re not an aficionado of Monday Night Football? Sedona Public Library offers an entertaining alternative – and it’s FREE! Flicker Shack on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. offers viewers an engaging repertoire of film – dramas, comedies, art and foreign films, as well as documentaries.

According to Linda Schermer, the series’ current host, Flicker Shack was initiated by Steve Nahmanson, a Sedona city councilman and member of the Library board, in the fall of 2004 as a community service. He arranged for the rights to use the name “Flicker Shack”, which had been the name of the local movie house in Sedona for many years. It was located in the plaza were New Frontiers is now located. He selected and showed a wide variety of films for three years, then decided to pursue other interests. Sadly, a few months after leaving Flicker Shack, he died in a fall while hiking with a local hiking group.

Gary Dorer, Harry Schermer, and Linda Schermer continued to show Steve’s selections until Forrest Parnell graciously offered to host the movies, beginning in the fall of 2007. Forrest’s service continued until the spring of 2009, when family matters required that he relocate. Dorer and the Schermers presented the remainder of Forrest’s selections through May, when Linda Schermer began hosting the Monday films.

What films can we anticipate viewing during the holiday season? Copyright laws and an agreement from the distributor prohibit announcing the films by title, but descriptions of the upcoming films reveal a great variety of entertainment options for viewers.

December 6 – LATINO SERVICES will be screening a drama from 2003, rated R, and running for 95 minutes. Six women – dreamy Elaine, abrasive Nan, athletic Skipper, vivacious Jennifer, and patient Gayle – are staying at a hotel in Acapulco, Mexico. Fed up with the long delays of the adoption system in the United States, they are passing the days waiting to adopt local children to bring back home with them. The film features Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Steenburgen, Daryl Hanna, and Rita Moreno. It is directed by John Sayles. The film is in the English language, with some Spanish.

December 13 – NO MOVIE. Special John Wesley Powell presentation by Todd Weber.

December 20 – A 2010 comedy, rated R, will run for 107 minutes. The children of same-sex parents, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad  (Mark Ruffalo). Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) set out to make him part of their family unit – with frequently comical results. With his arrival, the household dynamics quickly become complicated, and nobody’s quite sure where or how he fits in, if at all. The film is directed by Lisa Cholodenko and is captioned.

December 27 – DOCUMENTARY. This PG film from 2010 runs for 79 minutes. Documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmes charts the simultaneous early development of four babies from different parts of the world, illustrating what makes human life unique and precious wherever it occurs. Training his camera on newborns Hattie from San Francisco, Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal  from Mongolia, and Mari from Tokyo, Balmes captures everything from first screaming breaths to first steps. The film is captioned.

So, there you have it! Drop in any Monday evening in December at 6 to view the free movies at Sedona Public Library and keep watching for future features. By the way, donations are welcome. Happy Holidays and happy viewing!!

Pat Whitfield
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Pat Whitfield is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.