Silent Films Come to Redding

The 4th Annual Silent Film Fest hits Old City Hall this weekend, featuring live piano accompaniment and a talk by an award-winning film preservationist.

The Shasta County Arts Council event starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a lecture by Emmy winner David Shepard. The talk will be followed by a 7 p.m. screening of “Show People,” starring Marion Davies.

Frederick Hodges of the Bay Area Royal Jazz Society will play the piano during the film and through a whole slate of films on Saturday, including “The Eagle” with Rudolph Valentino and “It” with Clara Bow. The festival culminates Saturday night with a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.”

Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 at the door. All-festival passes are $35. For a complete schedule and ticket information, click here.

  • A wet, wintry Monday in Redding, but the weather is supposed to be grand the rest of the week. Partly cloudy skies, highs in the 70s.
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park goes batty on Saturday with the program “Bats! Bats! Bats!” NorCal Bats Rescue director Corky Quirck will show two live bats at talks scheduled for 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., bat fans will gather for a picnic, then will walk across the Sundial Bridge at dusk to watch the local bats fly. More info here.
  • The Obama administration today formalized its policy to not pursue federal prosecutions against medical marijuana users or their suppliers, as long as state laws are followed. Click here for more.
  • New Directions to Hope counseling center is selling a $10 discount card as a fundraiser. The cards are worth $150 in discounts at local restaurants and other businesses. For more info, call Dan Ferrarese at 243-3041.
  • Monday Morning QB: The Raiders WON by using a blitzing defense that took the Eagles by surprise. QB JaMarcus Russell apparently can find his way around a football field after all. If there were any lingering questions about Tom Brady’s health, the New England Patriots put those down with a 59-0 slaughter of the Tennessee Titans. Brady threw six TD passes. Guess we can’t call ’em the Aints anymore; New Orleans slew the Giants, 48-27. Vikings remain unbeaten in an exciting 33-31 win over the Ravens. Tonight’s game: The undefeated Denver Broncos visit the so-far disappointing San Diego Chargers. Could be a good game.
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Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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