Image Theater of Lowell goes to the movies this spring with its first Femme Film Festival on Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, at 8 p.m., at Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.
Image's producing partners, Ann Garvin and Jerry Bisantz, decided to shake things up a bit this year and present films by female filmmakers rather than plays.
"Ann and I have produced original works by local woman playwrights for the past eight years and are happy to branch out this year, presenting short films in a festival format by women filmmakers of New England," said Bisantz. "It's pretty exciting."
The lineup includes the award-winning documentary "The Best Way Is By Hand" by Cathleen O'Connell. Other films include "Signing" by Gina Nelson, "New Daughter" by Liz Walber, "Want to Hear a Secret?" by Lau Lapides, "Patron Saint" by Georden West ("visually amazing," notes Bisantz), "Cat and Pigeon," an animated short by Kathrine Lucas, "Little Bird" by Nieves Garcia Perchin, "Hyphen" by Maria Sevellon and the heartwarming "Schmoopie" by Mary Ferrara.
As an added attraction on Saturday only, Image will screen the preview showing of "Sole Obsession" by Karla Sorenson, shot on location at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation.
"It's something fresh and new, and, as always in this biz, that can be a bit scary," said Bisantz.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Visit www.imagetheater.com or call 978-441-0102.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt @verizon.net.
In the Wings
RAINDROPS: They're wearing slickers and galoshes and splashing through puddles at Littleton's Cannon Theatre, where the infectious musical "Singin' in the Rain" takes center stage starting next week. Performances are May 3,4,10,11,17,18,23,24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Based on the classic MGM movie, the musical is set in the '30s when the transition is being made from silent films to "talkies," and everyone is having trouble adapting. Don has the voice for his new singing part, while Lina, his on-screen partner, can't sing a note. Enter Kathy, a bright young actress hired to record over Lina's voice, and soon Kathy finds a new career and a new love, too. Classic tunes include "You Are My Lucky Star," "Make 'Em Laugh," and the title tune. Appropriate for all ages. $25, adult; $20, seniors/students at 978-448-2108 or www.thecannontheatre.org.
RUN FOR THE ROSES: Hard to believe, but the Kentucky Derby is next Saturday, May 4. And Greater Boston Stage Company hosts a Kentucky Derby Party on the day of the Run for the Roses, the first in racing's triple crown. It takes place next May 4, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Bear Hill Golf Club in Stoneham. Besides cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres, enjoy a silent auction, betting games, a hat contest, music and dancing. Tickets are $125, with a portion supporting scholarships to Young Company programs. Available at www.greaterbostonstage.org/derby or call 781-279-2200.