Schedule 2- 10/15-10/29

Starts Friday 10/15

In Balanchine's Classroom poster

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM

USA, 2021; 88 min; NR; D: Connie Hochman

Showtimes: Friday 10/15, Friday 10/22, and Friday 10/29 @ 7PM.

In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?

“Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.”- Zeigeist Films

“Everyone interviewed agrees the demanding precision, physicality, repetition and brusqueness (“Who taught you?”) in his classes turned off many; only a percentage of the company ever attended them. But to come out on the other side was to discover who one was as a dancer. And waiting there was Balanchine — ready to showcase them and willing to tailor his choreography to a dancer’s strengths (Villella’s jumping, Govrin’s height) — because he believed all along.” – LA Times.

*****CONTINUES THRU 10/29*****

ON BROADWAY

USA 2021; 84 min. NR. Direction: Oren Jacoby

Showtimes: Friday 10/15, Friday 10/22, and Friday 10/29 @ 9PM.

SUNDAY MATINEES ADDED, 10/17 & 10/24 @ 1PM. No matinee Sunday 10/31.

For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a pure joy! As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton. Archival clips of iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin punctuate this hurly-burly ride through the main street of American show business. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Oren Jacoby and the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again.

“Critic’s Pick! On Broadway sure knows how to work a theater-lover’s heart.” – New York Times

“This smart and spirited film reminds us that there’s still nothing in American entertainment like… Broadway.”               -Wall Street Journal           

“Fast-paced and entertaining… Enhanced by a wealth of archival footage and clips.” – Hollywood Reporter

Tickets: Adults $9.00, Senior citizens over 62 and WCUW members $9.00

WCUW is located at 910 Main Street, Worcester. Ample parking is available along Main Street, around the corner on Hawthorne Street, and directly across Main Street in the Clark University Idrisi Program’s parking lot at the crosswalk.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, OUR OPERATING PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19 WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR ALL PATRONS, AND MASKS WORN AT THE DOOR. Thanks for your cooperation.

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ALSO CONTINUING AS VIRTUAL STREAMING ENGAGEMENTS:

LUCKY GRANDMA

Click the link below for the Cinema 320 landing page. Admission for this engagement is $12.00.

https://kinonow.com/lucky-grandma-cinema-320

LUCKY GRANDMA

USA 2020; 87 min. NR. Subtitles. Screenplay: Sasie Sealy & Angela Cheng; Direction: Sasie Sealy

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

“If last year’s massively successful The Farewell taught the film industry anything, it’s that American audiences have an appetite for stories that haven’t been seen before. Lulu Wang’s debut feature was a major boon for Asian-American indie film, and Wang’s success an inspiration to all marginalized filmmakers. While it may seem reductive to compare two films directed by Chinese-American women, both films revolve around a Nai Nai, the Mandarin word for “grandma.” But the similarities end there. Where Wang’s Nai Nai was sweet and naive, the Nai Nai in Lucky Grandma is a grizzled, cantankerous chainsmoker — and a total badass.

“The feature debut of filmmaker Sasie Sealy, Lucky Grandma is a wickedly entertaining dark comedy, steeped in the colors and characters of New York City’s Chinatown. This is precise and confident filmmaking, and if there is any justice in Hollywood, Sealy’s name will soon be as ubiquitous as Wang’s. Co-written with Angela Cheng, Sealy’s dynamic script is deeply funny, heartfelt, and with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.” – Jude Dry, Indiewire.

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BEST OF CATVIDEO FEST: CREATURE COMFORTS EDITION

Click the link below for the Cinema 320 landing page. Special ticket price for this very special short subject – anything you choose to pay over 99 cents!

https://catvideofest2020.vhx.tv/checkout/cinema-320-presents-best-of-catvideofest

BEST OF CATVIDEO FEST: CREATURE COMFORTS EDITION

USA, 40 minutes. NR. The international language of purrs and meows, which needs no subtitles.

This one really needs no explanation! My ambition is for it to run in the virtual theater at least as long as THE SOUND OF MUSIC played at White City. Since it’s only 40 minutes long, it has a unique ticket price – anything you want to chip in, from 99 cents on up. (Suggested price is $5-$8, but it’s entirely up to you.) Curator Will Vinton has compiled the best short videos from his previous anthologies into a highlight reel that is sure to charm and amuse. This little movie is as irresistible as a stray that follows you home.

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THE BOOKSELLERS

Click the link below for the Cinema 320 BOOKSELLERS landing page. Admission for this engagement is $9.99.

https://thebooksellers.vhx.tv/products/the-booksellers-for-cinema-320

THE BOOKSELLERS

USA 2020; 99 min. NR. Director: D.W. Young

Cinema 320’s Virtual Theater puts out a general call to all bibliophiles – paradise awaits you in this fascinating, funny, and occasionally even mind-blowing documentary on some of the country’s greatest rare book dealers and collectors. 

“If you count yourself as one of those people who love getting lost in a bookstore, particularly a (slightly) musty one that sells used and rare volumes (and, hopefully, has a cat), then the documentary THE BOOKSELLERS will offer some comfort in this time of deprivation” – LA Times.