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Halifax film screening picks — May 4-10

04 May
May 4, 2015

With Montage of Heck not scheduled to screen on HBO Canada at any time in the foreseeable future, the only legal way to see the Kurt Cobain documentary in this country is to go to a one-off theatre screening tonight at 7pm.

Cineplex has a number of other special event screenings this week as well, including a live Rifftrax commentary-screening of the love-to-hate-it indie The Room on Wednesday, as well as family-friendly screenings this weekend of The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma!.

There are just 3 weeks left in the Dal Art Gallery noir series and this week’s selection is noteworthy for being in colour and directed by the Canadian-born Allan Dwan—Slightly Scarlet, with John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, and Arlene Dahl.

The Mayworks Halifax festival continues this week with an AFCOOP-presented showcase of short films—Reel Justice.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (May 4) — Montage of Heck, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, regular pricing. Brett Morgen, USA, 2015, 132 minutes.
  • Tuesday (May 5) — While We’re Young, Cineplex Oxford, 6:45pm &‎ ‎9:15pm, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continues through Thursday (at least). ‎The highly-regarded latest feature from Noah Baumbach stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. USA, 2014, 97 minutes.
  • Wednesday (May 6) — Reel Justice (Mayworks Halifax Festival short films presented by AFCOOP), Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm, free. 11 films, 94 minutes total running time, details here.
    Slightly Scarlet, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Allan Dwan, USA, 1956, 99 minutes.
    — Rifftrax Live: The Room, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax, 9pm, regular pricing. The MST3K guys give the treatment (one time broadcast via satellite) to ” the most baffling and hilarious independent film ever produced.” 120 minutes, info and trailer here.
  • Saturday (May 9) — The Wizard of Oz, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing & Cineplex Lower Sackville, 11am, $2.99. Victor Fleming, USA, 1939, 101 minutes.
  • Sunday (May 10) — Oklahoma!, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1955, 145 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — April 27-May 3

27 Apr
April 27, 2015

This Wednesday is Canadian Film Day, and there are two or perhaps three screenings happening to mark it. Carbon Arc has its final screening of its spring film season with On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, a documentary that follows what happens when the 1920 (two years before Nanook of the North!) silent documentary film The Romance of the Far Fur Country is rediscovered and taken back to the communities where it was shot. The Atlantic Film Festival is presenting an afternoon screening of the Don-McKellar-helmed Newfoundland comedy The Grand Seduction, and if the Canadian Film Day website is to be believed, the Scotiabank Cinema in Bayers Lake has a 7pm screening of the Daniel-Radcliffe-starring rom-com The F Word—though this has yet to be confirmed on the Cineplex website.

The Radical Imagination Project is back with another gentrification-themed Monday documentary screening at the Central Library, this time with a local angle. This screening includes Shelagh Mackenzie’s 1991 doc Remembering Africville, along with the 2012 documentary My Brooklyn.

The Thrillema is back this week as well—with a planned screening of The Road Warrior shut down by the Warner legal department, the replacement is Streets of Fire (1984)—”a rock n’ roll fable of motorcycles, mayhem, street gangs, and Willem Dafoe.” All this and Diane Lane, too.

The latest instalment in the Dal Art Gallery noir series is 1955’s The Big Combo—an especially visual striking instance of the genre.

Last but definitely not least, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, which is screening in a number of Canadian locations as part of Canadian Film Day, is screening here the next day at the opening of the Mayworks Halifax Festival, at the Central Library. The 2013 feature is a historic-fictional story of revenge, focusing on a Mi’kmaq Indian youth thrown into a residential school. It won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Apr 27) — My Brooklyn & Remember Africville, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free. Kelly Anderson, USA, 2012, 85 minutes | Shelagh Mackenzie, Canada, 1991, 35 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Apr 28) — Streets of Fire, The Thrillema @ the Museum of Natural History, 8pm, free advance tickets. Walter Hill, USA, 1984, 93 minutes.
    —  It Follows, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 12:05‎pm, 2:25‎pm, 4:50pm,‎ 7:40pm,‎ 10:00pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Thursday (at least). David Robert Mitchell, USA, 2013, 97 minutes. Smart-horror sensation in the fifth week of its Halifax run.
  • Wednesday (Apr 29) — The Grand Seduction, Halifax Central Library, 2pm, free. Don McKellar, Canada, 2013, 115 minutes.
    —  On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $7. Kevin Nikkel, Canada, 2014, 80 minutes.
    The F Word, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 7pm. Michael Dowse, Ireland/Canada, 2013, 101 minutes.
    — The Big Combo, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Joseph H. Lewis, USA, 1955, 84 minutes.
  • Thursday (Apr 30) — Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Halifax Central Library, 7:15pm, preceded by opening address and All Nations Drummers at 6:30pm, free. Jeff Barnaby, Canada, 2013, 88 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — April 20-26

20 Apr
April 20, 2015

There is a pretty confusing event listing in The Coast that suggests there are Monday and Tuesday screenings of the documentary Highway of Tears this week—but both screenings are on Monday—6pm at Spatz Theatre, and 7PM at the Bus Stop Theatre. This documentary, which premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto last year, chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along British Columbia’s Highway 16. These are fundraiser screenings for the Loretta Saunders Scholarship Fund, and there will be post-screening Q&As hosted by director Matt Smiley with Loretta’s sister, Delilah Saunders.

It’s a good week for fans of short films by emerging filmmakers.  The week kicks off with a screening of short films by NSCAD film students at Cineplex Park Lane, starting with thesis films at 6pm (see this article in The Coast), and then the Film 1&2 shorts at 7:30pm.

Then the Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival opens Wednesday, 6:30pm at the Central Library, and continues through Saturday with free screenings at daVinci College on Thursday and the Black Cultural Centre on Friday and Saturday. Opening night features a five-film lineup that includes the notable 12-minute short “Righteous” by the estimable Cory Bowles.

The Dal Art Gallery noir series continues this week with the only classic film noir to be directed by a woman—The Bigamist (1953), directed by and starring Ida Lupino.

The Novel Tech Ethics screening of Waltz With Bashir, originally scheduled for March 19, is now happening this Thursday. The politically problematic yet widely praised animated war documentary will be followed by an expert panel discussion on the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, memory, and coping & resilience.

Carbon Arc will wrap up its spring series of Friday screenings this week with Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame, a documentary about legendary bike racer and bike builder Giuseppe Marinoni.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

Halifax film screening picks — April 13-19

13 Apr
April 13, 2015

Inescapably this week’s major film story in Halifax is the provincial Liberal government’s ruthless and shortsighted gutting of the local industry in last week’s budget. Seems like the right time to rally around and celebrate one of the classics of local production of the past two decades. Thom Fitzgerald’s docu-drama homage to mid-2oth-century muscle magazines premiered at Sundance in 1999, and this Sunday there’s an opportunity to have a fresh look—there’s a special OUTEast Film Festival benefit screening at the Company House. This is a $10/ticket fundraiser in support of a couple of local plays that will be travelling to the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May.

Speaking of revisiting mid-20th-century myth-making, The Radical Imagination Project has another screening at the central library in their gentrification-themed film series tonight. The well-regarded 2010 documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to unearth what really happened in the large-scale urban renewal projects of the time, specifically the titular redevelopment in St. Louis, and to reinstate its residents as worth protagonists in their drama of survival and adaptation.

Ever seen Joseph Losey’s remake of Fritz Lang’s M? Yeah, me neither, but even the concept of having Losey take a crack at that story seems pretty intriguing to me. Dal Art Gallery’s film noir series, artfully curated by Ron Foley MacDonald, offers up this 1951 version at this Wednesday’s screening.

Carbon Arc this Friday has the Zellner brothers’ English/Japanese Fargo-referencing meta-fable Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, which I haven’t seen either but which looks thoroughly intriguing. I dig this pull-quote from Todd McCarthy: “A work of rigorously disciplined eccentricity, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is at once entirely accessible and yet appealing only to a rarified crowd ready to key into its narrow-bandwidth sense of humor.”

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Apr 13) — The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project. Chad Freidrichs, USA, 2011, 79 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Apr 14) — It Follows, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 2:10‎pm, 4:50pm,‎ 7:35pm,‎ 10:00pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Sunday (at least)—times changing slightly on Friday. David Robert Mitchell, USA, 2013, 97 minutes. Smart-horror sensation in the third & fourth week of its Halifax run.
  • Wednesday (Apr 15) — M, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Joseph Losey, USA, 1951, 88 minutes.
  • Friday (Apr 17) — Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. David Zellner, USA, 2014, 104 minutes.
  • Sunday (Apr 19) — Beefcake, 7pm, The Company House – 2202 Gottingen St, $10 advance tickets here. Thom Fitzgerald, Canada, 1999, 97 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — April 6-12

06 Apr
April 6, 2015

“Everyone should see Damián Szifrón’s Wild Tales… catch it as part of a crowd and you may experience an all-too-rare phenomenon when the first segment ends: a cinema full of people cheering and applauding.” That’s just a taste of Nicholas Barber’s piece in The Guardian arguing that Wild Tales could inspire the return of the anthology film, or as the Brits like to call them, portmanteaux. This Friday you can see it in Halifax at a Carbon Arc screening.

Carbon Arc also has a Wednesday screening this week of Xavier Dolan’s cathartic 2014 Cannes Jury Prize winner Mommy, co-presented with Alliance Française Halifax and Séries FICFA.

The Dal Art Gallery noir series this Wednesday has In A Lonely Place, one of the essential films by the great director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause, Bigger Than Life, Johnny Guitar). Humphrey Bogart stars in this adaptation of the novel by Dorothy Hughes.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Apr 6) — The Sound of Music, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Robert Wise, USA, 174 minutes. Final screening for this engagement.
  • Tuesday (Apr 7) — It Follows, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 2:10‎pm, 4:50pm,‎ 7:40pm,‎ 10:05pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Sunday. David Robert Mitchell, USA, 2013, 97 minutes. Smart-horror sensation in the second & third week of its Halifax run.
  • Wednesday (Apr 8) — In a Lonely Place, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Nicholas Ray, USA, 1950, 94 minutes.
    Mommy, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $5 suggested donation. Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2014, 138 minutes.
  • Friday (Apr 10) — Wild Tales, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Damián Szifrón, Argentina & Spain, 2014, 122 mins.

Halifax film screening picks — March 30-April 5

30 Mar
March 30, 2015

If there is a horror film that has been more raved about in the past few months than It Follows, I don’t know what it is (ok maybe The Babadook). After successful screenings at TIFF and here at AFF this past September, the sophomore feature from David Robert Mitchell has finally made it back here through commercial distribution channels, and is playing this week at Scotiabank Cinema in Bayers Lake.

Tuesday, The Thrillema pays tribute to the recently passed, widely mourned Leonard Nimoy with a throwback screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, for my money still one of the most entertaining submarine-warfare dramas ever made, notwithstanding the fact that it is set in space, 270 years from now. Tickets are free but all taken as of Monday at noon so check the Facebook event listing or Twitter for availability.

The Dal Art Gallery series on Wednesday Max Ophüls’ The Reckless Moment—”A terrific noir melodrama of blackmail and self-sacrifice, with top-notch performances by Joan Bennett and James Mason,” says The Independent’s Anthony Quinn.

Carbon Arc screens the highly regarded Russian submission for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Leviathan, this Friday. Not to be confused with the equally highly regarded recent commercial fishing documentary of the same name, this fictional drama is “a modern reworking of the Book of Job… set on a peninsula by the Barents Sea and tells the story of a man who struggles against a corrupt mayor who wants his piece of land.”

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Mar 30) — It Follows, Scotiabank Cinema Bayers Lake, 1pm,‎ ‎3:35pm,‎ ‎6:25pm,‎ ‎& 9:05pm‎, regular pricing, continuing through the week but screening times change on Friday. David Robert Mitchell, USA, 2013, 97 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Mar 31) — Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 8pm, The Thrillema @ the Museum of Natural History, advance tickets free, info here. Nicholas Meyer, USA, 1982, 112 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Apr 1) — The Reckless Moment, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Max Ophüls, USA, 1949, 82 minutes.
    The Sound of Music, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Robert Wise, USA, 174 minutes.
  • Thursday (Apr 2) — ’71, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:10pm,‎ ‎6:50pm, &‎ ‎9:45‎‎pm, regular pricing, final day. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.
  • Friday (Apr 3) — Leviathan, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2014, 142 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — March 23-29

23 Mar
March 23, 2015

“Thrilling, tense, and directed with prodigious confidence, ’71 announced itself as one of the best films at [the 2014] Berlin Film Festival. Its director, Yann Demange, wasn’t well known outside the UK. That’s about to change.” So wrote TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey for last year’s festival program notes, and ever since, as this film has been making its way through the festival circuit and then commercial distribution, Demange’s inbox has been jamming up with project offers. In the meantime you can check out his astounding debut, a thriller set in The Troubles in Belfast that is doubtless the best film to play Halifax so far this year. More about him in this recent profile from The Guardian.

Carbon Arc returns from a two-week hiatus this week with the Flaubert update Gemma Bovery, from director Anne “Coco Before Chanel” Fontaine, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery film noir series returns as well, with the Fatal-Attraction-esque 1940s thriller Pitfall, featuring a 30-year-old Raymond Burr private-eye-ing it up.

Cineplex’s Classic Film Series has a few 50th anniversary screenings of The Sound of Music kicking off this Sunday.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Mar 24) — ’71, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm,‎ ‎7:20pm,‎ ‎& 10:00pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Sunday. Yann Demange, UK, 2014, 99 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Mar 25) — Pitfall, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. André de Toth, USA, 1948, 86 minutes.
  • Friday (Mar 27) — Gemma Bovery, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7. Anne Fontaine, France, 2014, 99 minutes.
  • Sunday (Mar 29) —The Sound of Music, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm (both theatres), $6. Robert Wise, USA, 174 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — March 16-22

16 Mar
March 16, 2015

Carbon Arc and the Dal Art Gallery film series are both still on hiatus until next week, but it turns out that the March break week has a surfeit of film screenings and film-related events. I’m personally looking forward to this Saturday’s 30th anniversary Cineplex screening of The Breakfast Club, which is about as generationally-definitive as films get.

Speaking of Generation X, Sunday also offers a rare chance (for Halifax) to pose your questions to the inimitable director Kevin Smith, as he is coming to the Spatz Theatre for a live Q&A with the screening of his Canadian-themed comedy-horror Tusk, the first of a projected “True North Trilogy” which is slated to proceed with further instalments Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws. Folks, I don’t make this stuff up.

This Friday sees the Halifax premiere of the locally shot and produced rom-com Relative Happiness, based on the bestselling novel written by Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe. There will be a Q&A to follow with the stars, producers, and director Deanne Foley, moderated by The Coast/CBC entertainment pundit and gal-about-town Tara Thorne.

Last but not least, for Brain Awareness Week (not making that up either) the Novel Tech Ethics film screenings are back, with everyone’s favourite J-Law-starring rom-com-dram Silver Linings Playbook on Monday and the politically problematic yet widely praised animated war documentary Waltz With Bashir on Thursday, complete with panel discussions on the mental health issues the films raise.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Mar 16) — Silver Linings Playbook, QEII Royal Bank Theatre @ Halifax Infirmary (Main floor, 1796 Summer St. entrance), 7pm, free, followed by panel discussion. David O. Russell, USA, 2012, 122 minutes.
    — We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, presented by the Radical Imagination Project as part of their “Whose Knowledge? Whose Power?” series. Documentary about Anonymous (“fascinating, incisive” says The Village Voice) by a former Frontline producer. Brian Knappenberger, USA, 2012, 94 minutes.
    — Casablanca, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Final screening. Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 minutes.
  • Tuesday (Mar 17) — What We Do In The Shadows, Cineplex Park Lane, 4:15pm,‎ ‎7:30pm,‎ ‎& 10:05pm‎, regular pricing discounted Tuesday, film continuing through Thursday. Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, USA/New Zealand, 2014, 86 minutes.
  • Thursday (Mar 19) — Waltz With Bashir, QEII Royal Bank Theatre @ Halifax Infirmary, 7pm screening cancelled.
  • Friday (Mar 20) — Relative Happiness, Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm, regular pricing, post-screening Q&A at theatre, reception at The Arms, Lord Nelson Hotel. Full slate of regular screenings daily as well, with another Q&A following the Saturday 7pm screening.  Deanne Foley, Canada, 2014, 94 minutes.
  • Saturday (Mar 21) — The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary, Cineplex Park Lane & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm (both theatres), regular matinee pricing. With a “newly remixed bonus content featurette that takes a look back at the film that defined a genre.” John Hughes, USA, 1985, 113 minutes.
  • Sunday (Mar 22) — Kevin Smith live Q&A with Tusk, Spatz Theatre @ Halifax Citadel High School, 6pm, $58.99 advance/$63.99 day of show. Film: USA, 2014, 105 minutes. Event info here.

Halifax film screening picks — March 9-15

09 Mar
March 9, 2015

Carbon Arc and the Dal Art Gallery film series are both on hiatus this week, but there are some solid film screenings happening in Halifax this week—notably a Cineplex presentation of Casablanca.

Casablanca isn’t just a movie, for many, it’s the movie—and this week you have a relatively rare opportunity to catch a pristine presentation on the big screen (Oxford on Sunday, Dartmouth Crossing on Wednesday & Sunday).

My cheap night pick for Tuesday is the widely enjoyed vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, which played at TIFF Midnight Madness showcase in September as well as the Outlier Film Festival in Halifax in November. If you missed it then you’ve got the opportunity to catch up this week at Park Lane.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Tuesday (Mar 10) — What We Do In The Shadows, Cineplex Park Lane, 4pm,‎ ‎7:20pm,‎ ‎& 9:50pm‎, regular pricing, continuing through Sunday. Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, USA/New Zealand, 2014, 86 minutes.
  • Wednesday (Mar 11) — Casablanca, Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 7pm, $6. Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 minutes.
  • Thursday (Mar 12) — School of Babel, Halifax Central Library, 7pm, free, in French with English subtitles, co-presented by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 & Alliance Française Halifax. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2015 Césars, this film follows the lives of a group of youth—Irish, Serbian, Brazilian, Tunisian, Chinese and Senegalese—who recently immigrated to France. Julie Bertuccelli, France, 2014, 94 minutes.
  • Sunday (Mar 15) — Casablanca, Cineplex Oxford & Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm (both theatres), $6. Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 minutes.

Halifax film screening picks — March 2-8

02 Mar
March 2, 2015

There’s a resurgence of interest lately in the 1940s and ’50s director of westerns and thrillers, Anthony Mann (for a quick intro see this 17-minute late-career 1968 BBC TV profile/interview on YouTube). The Wednesdays film noir series at the Dal Art Gallery gives you a chance to sample his work with the 1948 thriller Raw Deal.

“A woman helps spring her boyfriend from the state prison so they can flee to South America, but he insists on first collecting the $50,000 owed to him from a ruthless double-crosser played by Raymond Burr,” says the Museum of the Moving Image’s intriguing summary.

It’s otherwise a week of social justice film screenings in Halifax, including a new doc about the plight of Baha’is in Iran from Iranian Canadian Maziar Bahari, whose own story of imprisonment, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, was recently screened here by Carbon Arc. Note that this Saturday’s screening is a presentation of the local Baha’i community and included a panel discussion afterward.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Mar 2) — Honour Your Word, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, 7pm, free, director Martha Stiegman in attendance, co-presented by AFCOOP. 60-minute 2013 doc (trailer here) about the political & conservation struggles of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.
  • Wednesday (Mar 4) — Raw Deal, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Anthony Mann, USA, 1948, 79 minutes.
  • Friday (Mar 6) —  Vessel, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7, co-presented by Halifax Sexual Health Centre. Winner of the SXSW Film Festival’s audience award for documentary, as well as a special jury citation for “political courage,” Diana Whitten’s Vessel offers a vivid profile of the abortion-rights group Women on Waves, as well as its founder, Rebecca Gomperts (trailer here).
  • Saturday (Mar 7) — To Light A Candle, 11:30am, room 301 @ Halifax Central Library, free, hosted by Baha’i Community of Halifax. Maziar Bahari, Iran/Canada, 53 minutes, trailer here, followed by panel discussion. Bring a brown bag lunch if you like; finger foods and beverages available.