Movies to love in February

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Movies to love in FebruaryHello, movie lovers! Our “BLACKfilm” series winds down in February. You will continue to love our Classic Movie Nights, as we continue to commemorate the struggles and achievements of African Americans in our latest film series.

Two more outstanding films remain in the collection. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., a New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel comes to vivid life through the amazing performances of an outstanding ensemble cast led by Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howard’s very talented daughter), Jessica Chastain and Sissy Spacek.

The film is a courageous story about very different, extraordinary women in the racially charged South of the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks the rules of society and puts them all at risk. It’s a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change. Warning: watch out for Minnie’s chocolate pie. Uh huh...

We conclude this poignant series on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. with the truelife story of Tony Lip, an Italian-American bar bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) from the Bronx who accepts the job of driving Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a 1962 concert tour from Manhattan to a decidedly unfriendly Deep South.

They must rely on a particular book to guide them to the few establishments that were considered safe for African-Americans at that time. Both of the men were faced with racism and danger as they traveled together. Because of this, they are forced to set aside their differences to survive and thrive on this incredible journey.

The film deservedly received last year’s Best Picture Oscar as well as a Best Supporting Actor statue for Ali.

Both films screen on flex Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. As always, our thrifty Super Star Snack Bar will be serving up tasty morsels and sweets starting at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is by donation, only. For the titles of these award-winning films, call 760-375-8456, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or stop by for a current film schedule.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., our “Concerts on Film” series presents the legendary pop artist who brought you Ziggy Stardust playing in a wonderful concert in Dublin, Ireland, with songs spanning much of his career. Songs include “Man Who Sold the World,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Life on Mars,” “Reality” and much more!

Come back on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. to see and hear Jack and Meg White playing their early songs in an English seaside resort in January 2004.

They play a fast-paced set including “Icky Thump,” “Seven Nation Army,” “We are Going to be Friends” and many more. Admission is, of course, donation, only.

Our thrifty Snack Bar opens at 6:30 p.m.

Call 760-375-8456 for film titles, or stop by for a current schedule. Suggestions for future films are always appreciated.

You can contact us at hsumd.CoF@gmail.com. Come enjoy music history at your Historic USO Building.

Pictured: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali travel the deep South in 1962 — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-01-31