Opera At The Terrace Theater?
The Terrace Theater, Charleston's only arthouse cinema, has worked out an exclusive arrangement with Emerging Pictures to show high-definition broadcasts of opera from La Scala in Milan, among other kinds of innovative digital movie content. There will be seven broadcasts starting with La Traviata: May 2 at noon, May 3 at 7 p.m., and May 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20. Aida is scheduled for mid-June. One opera will be shown multiple times per month. Meanwhile, don't forget about Gone with the Wind starting June 13. It will show for an entire week. Tickets are $10. —John Stoehr
A Peek At The International Film Festival
The Charleston International Film Festival revealed some of its line-up Monday. Festival organizer Summer Spooner is the force behind the Beverly Hills Film Festival. She and business partner Brian Peacher are aiming high for their first go-round in the Lowcountry. They're hoping 15,000 people will attend screenings May 1-4 at the Terrace Theater. Here's a peek at part of the line-up: Left/Right (feature), Losing Her (short), Mundaka (documentary), Nosebleed (short), Osso Bucco (feature), Pivot (short), Shuteye Hotel (animation), Stiletto (feature), Crazy (feature) and Camille, starring Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) and James Franco (Spider-Man). For more, go to www.charlestoniff.com. —John Stoehr
Rekindling The Kindle
If you've been to Amazon lately, you've seen Jeff Bezos' letter regarding the Kindle, the company's venture into wireless electronic book sales. The e-book has been trying to get off the ground since the mid-'90s without much luck. The technology hasn't been good enough to be a valued consumer product. The Kindle was meant to address that with an easy-to-read screen and lots of storage. When released in November, critics voiced reasonable skepticism, but Bezos writes that inventory was sold out within five and a half hours of going on sale. Since then, customers have been put on a first-come-first-served waiting list while Amazon makes more. At $400 a pop, that's a huge success. If they become as ubiquitous as iPods, maybe people will even start reading newspapers again. —John Stoehr