The first time Arthur Friedman walked into
"It had a wonderful, intimate feel," says Friedman, a movie producer (the Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea," among others) with a long history of running small movie theaters in New England. In fact, the Bronx-born Red Sox fan (yes, he's complicated) thought the Gateway had "good bones," and just needed the kind of attention given to a revered Boston landmark.
“I was reminded of the first day I walked into
Where some saw a lost cause, Friedman, now living in
After fixing the bathrooms, replacing the carpet and brightening passageways for nostalgic pictures and mementos ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Robinson (some from his own collection), he rebranded the building the Classic Gateway Theatre.
One of his signature projects begins this weekend with the opening of the second annual Classic Film Festival, a slate of 16 handpicked dramas and comedies running Friday through Sept. 26. What began last year as an idea to merely fill the slow weeks before the tourism season kicked in was instantly successful, Friedman says, and had to have a reprise.
"People were always coming up to me and asking when [the Classic Film Festival] was coming back," he says.
With easy streaming of movies into your family room, Friedman believes there is a whole generation of film viewers raised on small-screen versions of movies that deserve the term “epic.” The sweeping grandeur of a “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” the intimate emotions of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Way We Were,” and the lusty laughs of “Young Frankenstein” and “
"There is no other way to truly experience these films," he says.
Picking an all-time favorite is like asking Friedman to choose a favorite ballplayer. But he can do both pretty quickly: Willie Mays and David Lean's WWII epic "The Bridge on the River Kwai," which is again part of the festival.
"It's a masterpiece," he says. "It was made for the big screen."
The Classic Film Festival runs for four weeks, with four films running in revolving order at different times each day Friday through Thursday. Beginning this weekend, Week 1 rotates "On the Waterfront," "Dr. Strangelove" (trailer below), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "The Maltese Falcon." On Sept. 6, Week 2 has "All About Eve," "Band Wagon," "Tootsie" and "Dr. Zhivago." On Sept. 13, Week 3 has "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "An Affair To Remember" and "The Graduate." And on Sept. 20, Week 4 has "The Way We Were," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Manhattan" and "Young Frankenstein."
The Classic Gateway Theatre is at 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. Tickets cost $10, $8 before 4 p.m.; seniors, students and 12 and younger $8. All tickets cost $7 on Tuesdays. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund. Info: 954-763-7994, ClassicGateway.com.
The Bonnie Clearwater era at NSU's Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.) begins with a celebratory bash for its new director beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Given
The engaging Tracy Fields had a rewarding conversation with Silvano Monasterios the other night on her WLRN radio show “Evenin’ Jazz” (9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on 91.3 FM) in which the pianist, a man of prodigious talent, revealed that he fell in love with the genre thanks in part to pop albums such as
Three-day weekends can mean a getaway drive, which requires a soundtrack. Our playlist will include big chunks of "Treinta Dias" (Thirty Days), the bouyant major-label debut by La Santa Cecilia, an alt-Latino quartet from Los Angeles led by commanding vocalist Marisoul. Worth a mention is the song "Losing Game," featuring jazzy rock troubadour Elvis Costello. Hit the links for more on La Santa Cecilia or to buy "Treinta Dias"
TAKE IT EASY
The B.E. Easy Music and Art Festival moves to the revitalized (and yet still under-appreciated) Hugh Taylor Birch State Park near Fort Lauderdale beach noon-11 p.m. Saturday, bringing a strong dose of jammy grooviness from more than a dozen acts led by Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, the Resolvers, Uproot Hootenanny, the Funky Nuggets and the Short Straw Pickers. A multitude of vendors and food trucks, including the consistently tasty Nacho Bizness) will be on hand as well. Tickets at $30, four for $100, at BrownPaperTickets.com. Proceeds go to the nonprofit B.E. Easy Scholarship Fund, created in the name of the late Ben Evans to help those in need of treatment for addiction. More info: BEEasyMusicandArtFestival.com.
FOOD TRUCKS GONE WILD
Palm Beach Zoo
(1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) on Saturday brings back the popular
Food Truck Safari,
which drew more than 1,000 people in July. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., will again salute a food truck with a Sustainability Award for its environment-friendly operation. Last year’s winner, the
, is back, along with other trucks scattered throughout the zoo, including
Spring in Roll Out, BFF, Taco Fresh, PS561, Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes, Paradise Shave Ice, Da Burger Shack
. Admission: $10, $9 members, $7/$6 for kids. The food trucks will take credit cards and are donating a portion of their proceeds to the zoo. Info: 561-547-9453,
WEEKEND PLAYLIST PART II
As you may have read here earlier in the week, young Miami-based choral group Seraphic Fire was pushing for all of its fans to buy its new album, "Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant," when it was released on Tuesday to see if enough of the right Internet algorithms could be triggered to put the album on the Billboard chart coming out next Tuesday. Which should not obscure the fact that "Ave Maria" ought to be purchased quickly simply because it is an extraordinary recording, filled with lush harmonies and ancient mysteries. It's the perfect antidote to the stress of the inevitable traffic backup in the Keys. Hit the links to buy "Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant" on Amazon or on iTunes.
A NOLE BURGER
Best suggestion we’ve heard so far for Grease Burger’s contest to salute
SUENALO Y PALO!
Not often that the vanguard of that infectious mix of reggae, electronica and Afro-Cubanismo that defines some of Miami’s best shows wanders into
Admission: We don’t really watch
SEQUINS AND STRAITJACKETS
The Boca Raton quintet Phantomime will celebrate "The Heist," a new collection of their darkly theatrical rock at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Green Room (109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale), accompanied by Fort Lauderdale-based Cupcake Burlesque in what sounds like a particularly provocative performance that may involve straitjackets. The show, which includes the Pathetique and Raggy Monster, is free for 21-and older, $5 for the rest, who can't get in after 11 p.m. Info: 954-449-1030, GreenRoomLive.com, Facebook.com/Phantomime.
FREE WANG CHUNG
We takes our '80s seriously in South Florida. Everybody? Wang Chung. Saturday night. Yes, the band, the verb, will perform a free show 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami). Info: 305-460-6579, MagicCityCasino.com.
BUT MONEY IS MONEY
The reason that