Claressa “T-Rex” Shields rose from impoverished Flint, Michigan, to a place in Olympic history, becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing in London in 2012. The Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary T-Rex (2015; NR), which chronicles her inspiring, against-the-odds story as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative.
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
The entire family can enjoy a celebratory afternoon of special, Shakespeare-centric activities. Learn the basics of stage combat. Make a trebuchet (a catapault) suitable for launching pom-poms or ping pong balls at a Shakespearean target. Or do some Mad Libbing. First Folio Family Fun also features poetry readings, soliloquies, short scene enactments, and Shakespeare on the screen in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault.
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.
Early on, the women in Shakespeare’s works tended to be simple caricatures – shrews to be tamed or sweet little things with no discernible independent thought. As the great writer matured, however, his female characters did, as well. Take the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, whose inner thoughts and feelings were achingly revealed, who was every bit as courageous as Romeo and received equal billing in the title of the play.
Erik Didriksen, a New York musician and Tumblr poet featured in Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, and the A.V. Club, has cleverly reimagined more than 100 classic pop songs as 14-line iambic pentameter Shakespearean sonnets.