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Puppets and Noir

Posted at 6:13 PM on November 12, 2008 by Euan Kerr

A couple of fun looking events rolled into my e-mail the other day.

This weekend the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater will screen "Handmade Puppet Dreams," a series of short films all involving puppets.

Produced by Heather Henson (daughter of the late Muppet master Jim,) the shorts are divided into a program for adults for Friday evening (there are some R rated flicks in here, folks, and HOBT recommends the program for 12 years and up ) and a more family friendly series for Saturday afternoon.

Both programs will be accompanied by a live performance by Minneapolis native Laura Heit as, to quote the release "she performs teeny, tiny puppet shows inside matchboxes." They make the show easier to see by a large crowd through strategic use of video cameras.

Details for the show at the Heart of the Beast site.

And then for Film noir fans, the folks at Take Up productions have anounced their latest Monday night noir series at the Parkway. The films run from old school to 21st century, beginning December 8th with Sunset Blvd (1950) and include "Mildred Pierce" (1947,) "Chinatown" (1974) You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005)

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