Muskegon, MI, January 5, 2019—Movies+Music is the name of the new Wednesday night series at The Block exploring the relationship between movies and music through screenings of acclaimed films. The series continues at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 with Once, a poignant “guy meets girl” story of a budding Dublin songwriter.
“Join us at The Block as we explore the creative marriage of movies and music,” said Block board member Kerri VanderHoff, who conceived and helped develop the series. “At each event, we’ll feature a notable panel of film scholars and music experts to introduce the films and lead follow-up discussions.” VanderHoff is an adjunct professor of film and video at GVSU and Executive Director of the Coalition for Community Development.
Released in 2007, Once is a romantic drama written and directed by John Carney starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The film takes place within the backdrop of working-class Dublin; the unnamed lead male is Irish and the lead female is Czech, offering a glimpse into the Eastern European immigrant population in Ireland. She helps him put together a music demo disc that he can take to London in hopes of landing a recording contract. Andrew Zahrt, Cultural Director of the Michigan Irish Music Festival, and Dr. Toni Perrine, GVSU Professor of Film and Video Production, will lead the panel.
The doors open at 6:00pm. Patrons are invited to arrive early, grab a drink, and settle in for a good movie and good conversation. Once is rated R for mature language. General admission tickets are priced at $8. To order, call 231.726.3231 or visit www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org.