Wild/Scenic film; Sagebrush art reception

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival — A Climate of Change will be Wednesday at the Centennial Theater. Showtimes: 4:30 p,.m. and 7:15.

There will be raffles and other giveaways and other goodies. Proceeds benefit the Powder River Basin Resource Council, sponsor of the festival.

Other co-sponsors include: Killy’s Smokehouse Deli, Foot of the Bighorns, Patagonia, Gourmet Lamb of Wyoming, The Sport Shop, Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, First Federal Savings Bank, Good Health Emporium, Davis & Cannon, LLP, Back Country Bikes & Mountain Works, Landon’s Nursery. Info: 307 672-5809.

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Of film……….
The Jackie Robinson biopic, ’42,’ now showing at the Centennial Theatre is worth a look. It’s the story of Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 and the racism and ostracism he and his wife, Rachel, who is still alive and graceful at 90, faced. Says writer Kostya Kennedy: “The fact that Robinson played in the major leagues made he marquee and drew the crowds, but it was how he played that reformed prejudice and delivered the more cogent blow to ignorance and hate.”

Mrs. Robinson says actor Chadwick Boseman captured her late husband’s “dignity” and “got the (batting) stance right.” Both Mrs. Robinson and former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca were involved in the movie as advisors.

Surprisingly, it’s the first film about Robinson in 63 years. In 1950, Robinson played himself in a low-budget production. There’s a couple of “calculated” exaggerations but for the most part, it’s faithful to the books by Arnold Ramperstad and others.

It doesn’t cover any of the other nine seasons he played with the Brooklyn Dodgers or his post-baseball life where he was involved in business, civil rights causes and was a Republican Party activist.
Harrison Ford just nails the part of Branch Rickey. It’s a good movie, fersure.

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Jody Sauers, director of the Sagebrush Artists’ Guild, sent a shout how the gallery is having a gallery reception on Thursday, April 18 beginning at 5 p.m.

The Sagebrush Gallery is located in the old train depot on E. Fifth Street, across from the Sheridan Inn.
It features work by local artists. Students from Kathy Sabine’s portrait class will be featured. The artists include: Carol Berry, Paulette Kucera, Greg Coates, Michelle LaGory, Sharon Kinnison, Linda Everhart, Dean States and Sonja Caywood.

The public’s invited.

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They Said It

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, author, social activist, 1884-1962

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