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Legendary Life of Gauguin

By Mary Adair Trumbly

A The Highlands Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with The Bascom Center for VIsual Arts, will present “Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost,” the latest in the Great Art on Screen series at 5:30 P.M. Friday, December 6.

The film traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti, in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

An optional dinner afterward will be held at Meritage. Please call (828) 526-1019 for reservation. Be sure to mention Great Art on Screen.

On Saturday, December 14, The National Theatre of London presents “Small Island,” adapted by Helen Edmundson, based on the novel by Andrea Levy. Captured live on stage at The National Theatre, Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel “Small Island” comes to life in an epic new adaptation.

“Small Island” embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. The screening begins at 1:00 P.M.

On Saturday, December 21, the PAC presents a Special Family Holiday Presentation: “The Magic Flute,” presented by the MET Opera. Julie Taymor’s kaleidoscopic production returns this holiday season in an encore presentation of the company’s first-ever Live in HD transmission.

James Levine conducts a winning ensemble that includes tenor Matthew Polenzani, baritone Nathan Gunn, and bass René Pape in this abridged, English-language version of Mozart’s classic fable. This performance will be screened at 1:00 P.M.

Tickets for all events are available at highlandspac.org or at the door. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

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