The Ridgefield Gambling Houseit is Aquarius Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African American culture and traditions. All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. After each film, a pre-recorded interview conducted by journalist Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be watched later The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.
February 2n/a, soul summer presents a powerful and moving document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival with performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his early days as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Quest Love” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances in a documentary that combines music, story and narrative to celebrate black history, culture and fashion.
Then on February 16and, Queen and Slim delivers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, centering on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date goes wrong. Featuring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.
Black History Month programming ends February 23rd with a 50and anniversary screening of lady sings the blues, The classic billie holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour de force performance that earned Ms Ross a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online to ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.