Connor Bevis, branch librarian at The Library! at Cole & Ustick, is a longtime fan of film noir — that genre of film from the 1940s-1950s known for its focus on crime, dark motivations, detectives, conflicted heroes, sultry dames, world-weary cynicism and a look characterized by long shadows and nighttime vistas. Bevis has designed the library’s annual noir film series, choosing the films from famed film noir writer (aka the “Czar of Noir”) Eddie Muller’s list of favorites.
The series begins on Thursday, March 17, with “Criss Cross,” once marketed with the tagline: “When you double-cross a double-crosser, it’s a criss-cross! They played it with bullets!”
This 1949 classic set in post-World War II Los Angeles stars Burt Lancaster as an armored truck driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife played by the beautiful Yvonne De Carlo. It features memorable and wonderfully noir-ish lines the likes of: “I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in. I’m sorry Steve.”
Screenings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month through May. Programs start at 6:15 p.m. in the Sagebrush Room at the library, 7557 W. Ustick Road. The library has a Blu-ray sound system and a high resolution projector. Call 208-972-8300 for more information.
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The program continues with “The Asphalt Jungle” on April 21 and “Sunset Boulevard” on May 19.
The program is free and includes complimentary movie-style popcorn, snacks and drinks. Bevis will lead an informal, book club-like discussion after the film.
“It’s a casual environment where people will be able to talk about what they noticed, what they liked and about the hallmarks of film noir,” said Bevis.
The popularity of film noir has outlived many of its stars and noted directors including Orson Welles and Billy Wilder.
“Noir is timeless. I think it’s the grittiness and the seedy underworld,” said Bevis. “Plots can be convoluted, but that doesn’t matter. You’re looking at character-driven stories where fate plays a major part and will eventually catch up with those characters. People are always trying to outrun their destinies. But there’s no escape.”
Check out reads like “Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir” by Eddie Muller. The book is a 1999 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Critical/Biographical Work.
On a related note, the main branch of the Boise Public Library begins its own free film series, “Genre Films of the 1930s” focusing on swashbucklers, musicals, gangsters and pre-code cinema (the era between the introduction of “talkies” in 1929 and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines in 1934).
The series begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the Marion Bingham Room with a screening of “The Roaring Twenties,” starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. In this gangster classic, friends return from World War I and build a bootlegging empire during Prohibition. Naturally, rivalry and a sultry dame stir things up.
Taglines: “The land of the free gone wild!” “The heyday of the hotcha!” No one could resist that.
The free series continues on the third Wednesday of every month through May 18. 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Call 208-972-8255 for more details.
Cause + Event: New event lets you run for a cause of your choice
Amy Ridenour Little moved to Boise from Portland in 2014. Lucky for our local community, she brought along a special fundraiser she founded: Cause + Event, a 5K/10K Walk/Run.
Cause + Event will take place on April 9 in Merrill Park in Eagle. You have time to get some training in now for the big day. This event is a little different from other fundraisers that are typically devoted to a single cause. Participants in Cause + Event get to choose the cause they’re running or walking for. The race is entirely run by volunteers.
Participants register for $35. They receive a bib, chip short-sleeve shirt, and $15 donated to the charity of their choice. All proceeds from this nonprofit event, said Little, go to charity.
Ridenour Little, now the Treasure Valley Education Project director of education impact at the United Way of Treasure Valley, founded Cause + Event in memory of her late father. Ridenour Little faced a trial of her own when she was diagnosed with cancer just before the first race in a Portland suburb in 2012.
“I had to put planning on hold while I dealt with getting put back together, and we pulled it off with about three months of planning,” said Ridenour Little.
Cause + Effect has now grown to three cities in four years. It has raised over $75,000 for more than 200 causes around the world. All causes are welcome, said Little. The event is family-, stroller- and dog-friendly. Ridenour Little said that nearly 30 nonprofits are already participating in the Treasure Valley event.
Women’s history exhibition at the Idaho State Capitol
Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Capitol Commission have combined their creative efforts to create “Women of Idaho,” an exhibit honoring Women’s History Month. It is on display at the Idaho State Capitol in Statuary Hall on the fourth floor through April 3. Admission is free.
The exhibit includes a pictorial timeline of women’s suffrage from its origins to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and a selection of historic objects from the period highlighting the achievements of Idaho women. The exhibition follows the recent introduction of Senate Concurrent Resolution 147 recognizing Women’s History Month in Idaho sponsored by Buckner-Webb.
NeighborWorks Boise seeks homes and volunteers for Paint the Town
NeighborWorks Boise is now accepting applications for volunteer teams and homes to paint for Paint the Town 2016. Approximately 60 homes will be selected for this year’s event scheduled for Saturday, June 11. Nominations of homeowners (who must be over 65 or disabled or unable to afford to paint their home), are due by March 30.
Volunteer teams (of at least 10 people) must sign up by April 13. The registration fee is $100.
Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology hosts a volunteer open house
If you love rocks, minerals and Idaho mining history, volunteering at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, may be a fit for you. The museum is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the museum. Come by the open house to learn more, 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. You’ll meet current volunteers, learn more about the museum, enjoy a few refreshments and tour the museum. Note, there’s no heat in the historic building. Wear layers. See more online at idahomuseum.org or call Shirley at 208-283-3186.
Quick notes on community happenings:
▪ Idaho Fish and Game seeks volunteers to plant sage and bitterbrush: Volunteer crews will replant these seedlings of these important natives to restore landscapes damaged in a recent Highway 52 fire near Emmett and the Soda fire that burned south of Marsing. Planting will take place March 19 and April 2 at the two sites respectively. Fish and Game will supply transportation and tools. Sign up now: Call Michael Young or Karie Pappani at 208-327-7095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
▪ Metro Meals on Wheels March for Seniors: The march takes place at 10:30 a.m. on March 19 in Kleiner Park in Meridian. The short walk, which will highlight hunger and food insecurity in the senior population, will depart from the bandshell. There is no entry fee, but Food Services of America will donate $5 (the cost of a meal) to Metro Meals on Wheels for each marcher. There will be refreshments and entertainment by Prime Time Swingers. So show up, walk and remember that one in seven seniors in America faces food insecurity on a regular basis.
▪ Three most overlooked causes of health problems: A free lecture and dinner by Kevin Davis, a physician and member of the nonprofit Foundation for Wellness Professionals. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the 36th Street Garden Center and Bistro, 3823 N. Garden Center Way, Boise. RSVP: 208-331-3100.
A volunteer’s story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you would like to share your volunteer experience with readers, email your tale (and a photo of yourself) to firstname.lastname@example.org
From Theresa Shinn, Boise
I am a volunteer Catholic Eucharistic minister at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, offering holy communion to Catholic patients. I learned about volunteering and giving back to my community at a young age through my parents, Duncan and Margaret Kelly. My parents showed me through example. They helped families less fortunate than ours by providing gifts during the Christmas holiday. I have continued my family legacy by assisting with gifts for foster parents and children at Christmastime.
I started volunteering at Saint Alphonsus in 2009 after a long career as a social worker. Over the last seven years, I have been welcomed by many patients who look forward to receiving the Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion). For many patients it is the highlight of their day. I have contact with many people including nurses, chaplains and other volunteers.
Each time I volunteer, the experience is different because of patient turnover and the changing needs of the day. Some patients ask to meet with a priest for a blessing or to have their confession heard. I then make a referral to the chaplain’s office to honor these requests. Giving the Eucharist to ill patients is enough “thank you” for the hours I spend volunteering.
▪ Volunteer opportunities at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center include, but are not limited to, assisting patients when they are leaving the medical center, volunteering in the gift shop, emergency department, surgery waiting room, day surgery, assisting patients, family members and visitors in the Central Tower and lobbies with way finding, helping in the volunteer office, Eucharistic ministers, pet therapy, welcome center and many other areas.