The 15th annual incarnation of the Independent Film Festival Boston, running Wednesday through May 3, offers another embarrassment of riches – an eclectic assortment of short-film packages and a vast selection of documentaries and narrative flicks.
Women in Comedy Fest; MCC Literary awardees read; Record Hospital music fest; Bookish Ball & Shakespeare’s Birthday; “Natural History of Favorite Foods”; Tiny Great Outdoors Fest; Nave Gallery Benefit; Opera meets the ’80s; Bach Society season finale; and BAHFest.
The 10-film festival has been inclusive in its definition of disability, and films seen since the kickoff Wednesday have explored autism, blindness, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and psychiatric conditions.
Put a pretty girl in some Lycra and, poof, you got a movie, right? Well, yes and no. Scarlett Johansson and the setting look fetching, but an inert script and robotic acting makes “Ghost in the Shell” a property Hollywood should have left as a 1995 animated feature.
Professor Charles Xavier and a beaten-down Wolverine find themselves back together in a dystopian futurescape a little too much like today, and without a cavalcade of other mutants and two-dimensional bad guys to weigh them down.
Bugs Bunny Film Festival; The Hasty Pudding Theatricals free performance; a Youth Underground theater; bad date storytelling; Karen Jerzyk photography reception; Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam 20th Anniversary Celebration; and 24-hour sci-fi film marathon.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is Feb. 26, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting, but the Boston Society of Film Critics beats it with a Feb. 19 event filled with special guests, music and screenings at The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square – benefiting the ACLU.
The bfresh grocery store that’s leasing space in a long-empty building in the heart of Davis Square is tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 24, and its success could mean an expansion of the concept throughout the region, company officials said.
Winter Solstice Pagan Witch Ritual, Variety Show & Fire Benefit or a Standing Rock Benefit Show; Shit-faced Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”; Jewmongous performs; Christmas Eve tango; and a Humanist Hub Community Potluck & Free Book Day.
A fundraiser will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 29 at The Flatbread Co. at 45 Day St., Davis Square, Somerville, with a portion of pizza sales (eat-in and takeout) being donated to the nonprofit Friends of Peabody School.