It would be a crime to miss ‘Reel People’

In the Audience

It would be a crime to miss ‘Reel People’By NICK ROGERS

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s current series, "Reel People," will be winding down on a lively operatic note on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., as the much-awarded super star,

Meryl Streep, once again disappears into a film role that brings her comedic talents into play. Florence Foster Jenkins (oops, title giveaway) was a New York socialite and patron of the arts in the 1930s who fancied herself a talented opera singer and made plans to eventually perform in Carnegie Hall, despite the fact that she could carry nary a tune!

Her friends and fellow patrons humored her, in part because she was a fabulously wealthy sponsor of the arts, but they also truly admired her spunk and positive outlook on life. Her patient husband, played by Hugh Grant, showered her with love and encouragement and provided her a somewhat reluctant vocal coach to work with her. The results are very funny ... and a bit heartbreaking.

This wildly popular film from 2016 will tickle your funny bone and warm your soul.  Not a bad gift from a movie, huh?

This film ends the current series, but never fear, a great new “gang” of classics is on the horizon! “Crime Scene” will feature the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Crawford, James Cagney, Bette Davis and Peter Lawford in five delicious crime capers.

The series premiers on Wednesday, March 7, and runs through May 2.

Our famous Snack Bar, which opens up at 6:30 p.m., awaits hungry audiences with a “lineup” of taste-tempting treats, at prices that are almost illegal!

Here are the “suspects”:  the 1/4 lb. jumbo “Crumville” hot dog, frosty ice cream, tasty wrapped candies, locally hand-crafted soft drinks, fresh hot coffee with a bottomless cup, hot popcorn and our newest culinary creation, the “Coso Queso” grilled-cheese sandwich. Admission to the movies is, as always, free, but you know how we just love those $2 donations to help maintain our very own “movie palace.”

And our sixth annual “Summer of Movie Magic,” featuring family-friendly film fare and Universal shock classics will screen every week, all summer long, beginning on Wednesday, May 16.

So ... see you at the movies ... all year long ... at the Historic USO Building!

Story First Published: 2018-02-09