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Highly anticipated prime movie viewing season is soon upon us

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- As we inch closer to the holidays we're headed into prime time movie viewing season.

One of the most anticipated movies of the season, the Peter Jackson-directed film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is set for Dec. 14, in theaters nationwide.

Tickets for the 3D showings at Cinemark went on sale at noon Wednesday, Nov.7, and tickets for the 2D showings go on sale on Nov. 14.

In addition to "The Hobbit," Cinemark at the Huntington Mall will also be showing "The Lord of the Rings," trilogy marathons on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.

Go online at www.cinemark.com for more information.

Free movies for vets

In celebration of Veterans Day, all active, reserve and retired military personnel will receive free museum, film and planetarium show admission at the Clay Center on Sunday, Nov. 11.

While at the Center, have fun with physics and learn about Newton's Laws of Motion in "Roll Drop Bounce," the latest traveling exhibit in the Mylan Explore-atory. Then, explore one of the earth's most undiscovered territories in the brand new giant screen film "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure." Plus, find out about the stories of constellations in the fall sky in the "Harvest Skies" planetarium show. Present military ID or proof of service to redeem.

For more information on Clay Center programs and exhibits, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570. Clay Center museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

'Snow White' at the library

Boyd County Public Library will host a free showing of "Snow White and the Huntsman" on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The film starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Some refreshments are provided, and additional snacks can be purchased.

In this 2012 version of the classic fairy tale, rated PG-13, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Other upcoming movies at BCPL include: "Brave" on Nov. 18, at the Kyova Branch; and "Madea's Witness Protection Program" (Girls' Night Out) on Nov. 28, at Main. Outside groups can host movie showings at either the Main or Kyova branches, using the library's license. For more information call Amanda Clark at 606-329-0518, ext. 1140.

For a full movie schedule, visit any branch of Boyd County Public Library or www.thebookplace.org.

A 'Tempest' blows in

Hurricane Sandy is just the kind of massive storm that English composer, Thomas Adès, age 41, had in mind when he sat down to write "The Tempest," an ambitious, contemporary opera inspired by Shakespeare's play of the same name.

At 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, The MET Opera performs "The Tempest," which will be broadcast locally at Cinemark in Huntington Mall and Great Escape in Nitro. Tickets are $20 advance for adults, $16 for seniors and $15 for children. For more information, call Cinemark call 304-696-3137.

Adès is considered one of the most important living composers and his "Tempest" is hailed as a contemporary classic opera, and he conducts it. Simon Keenlyside stars as Prospero. As Shakespeare said, "All is well that ends well," but exactly how this one ends . . . well, you will have go see for yourself.

Encouraging the ogre

The Curtains Up Players have already brought in such contemporary plays and musicals as "Avenue Q," "Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Bat Boy The Musical."

CUP, which is housed out of the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center, have just announced that it will be the first area group to be bringing the stage version of the popular movie, "Shrek," to stage.

"Shrek; The Musical," has just been announced as part of the 2013 schedule that also includes "Rocky Horror Live," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged," among others. Season tickets are now available at 304-942-8576 or go online at www.curtainsupplayers.org.

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