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Feb 18

Silent Film 'Sunrise' Features Organ Soloist

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 2:14 PM by Beth Shumate

Jim_Organ concert_2.25.17By Mike Tarzis

Arguably, many of the best silent films came in the late 1920s as Hollywood’s first two decades was coming to an end, and the talking motion picture was about to make its debut. Such is the case with the 1927 classic Sunrise, a movie that is still critically acclaimed by both the American and British Film Institutes as a masterpiece of early film making.

Among other accolades, the film has been described as "Hitchcock before Alfred Hitchcock became famous." The expensive sets and gliding camera work add to the drama of a complex love triangle involving Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, and Margaret Livingston. There is even somewhat of a surprise ending. Surprising at least by today’s standards. The film received three Academy Awards in 1929, including Best Actress for Ms. Gaynor, Best Cinematography, and Best Artistic picture.

In its day, the film boasted a number of firsts in the motion picture industry. It was the first film released by 20th Century Fox, even though it was produced in Europe. It was also the first movie to make extensive use of movable camera platforms to surround the action as opposed to most early films in which the camera stayed stationary.  The film is almost fable-like in its presentation, to the point of not even giving the characters formal names.

Providing the musical score for the event on the MPAC Wurlitzer will be Minneapolis organist Joe Carlyle, shown above. The artist has a long history of performances throughout the Midwest including regular stints on the Rhinestone Barton Organ in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. He has also been a featured performer on the acclaimed National Public Radio program The Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

The program will be presented Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets for the event are $12 in advance, or $14 at the door. Kids’ tickets are priced at $5 in advance, or $7 at the door. Seniors over 65 are admitted free, but tickets are required. Reservations can be made by calling the McKinney Performing Arts Center box office at (214) 544-4630, or on line at www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

Feb 15

Guest Blog: Restless Chipotle Visits McKinney

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 10:32 AM by Beth Shumate

We love having travel writers and bloggers visit us. We just had to share portions of two recent blogs written by Marye Audet-White (a.k.a. The Restless Chipotle) about her experiences in McKinney. 

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Jan 31

Treat Your Valentine in McKinney!

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:39 PM by Beth Shumate

Enjoy a sweet Valentine's Day in McKinney with that special someone!

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