Arts, entertainment news
ORANGE >> Orange native Paula Lin is cast in a new short film set to premiere at 11 a.m. April 29 at Madison Arts Cinemas, Boston Post Road, Madison.
“No Costume, No Candy” is the fifth short feature for writer, director, filmmaker, Middletown native Keith Bearden.
Lin was cast in one of the few adult roles in the film.
The 15-minute movie tells of two teenage girls on Halloween night who are growing out of the trick-or-treat ritual. It was shot over several days last fall in Middletown, a good deal of it at Indian Hill Cemetery.
“What an honorable hoot of an opportunity to work with a globally acclaimed director like Keith Bearden!” said Lin.
“She’s the best,” Bearden said about Lin.
It is Lin’s second short film. She plays a funny but scary Christian candy-giving lady.
“It is truly remarkable to be cast in one of the very few adult roles in the movie,” said Lin.
Her next short film “Errands” premieres in Boston this summer. It has a theme about social justice and inequities in life.
Lin’s career began in the comedy “Mint on Card.”
“I could not imagine back then how much fun hard work can be in acting.”
She also played a felon wanted for murder in “The Hunt with John Walsh.” She has acted in a music video “I Can’t Lose” produced by Mark Ronson, as well as regional medical and global educational videos.
She has two audiobooks on the market: “The Power of Intermittent Fasting” and “Home Schooling.”
She wants to continue working as an actor-patient at the Yale University School of Medicine Learning Center.
She also hopes to resume volunteering as a reader for CRIS Radio, which serves visually impaired and special needs audiences.
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council and Milford Photo will sponsor Milford Photo Expo 2017, an open-theme show for photographers of all levels at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The show is May 11-June 22, with a reception 5:30-7 p.m. May 11.
All photographic mediums, styles and processes are acceptable.
Fee is $10 per entry. Drop-off is April 28, 29.
Milford Photo will do cut-rate framing; call 203-882-3415.
For information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647, www.milfordarts.org, www.milfordphoto.com.
BETHANY >> Hand-crafted jewelry by the six-member Bethany Brass Band is on display through Friday, May 4, at Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road.
There is a wide variety of styles, in silver and brass, often using internationally sourced beads. The jewelry includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets; it is for sale.
The Band is a jewelry-making cooperative of six current members whose roots date back to 1968, when a group of young mothers wanted to contribute attractive items to the Bethany Community School fall PTA sale. Through the years the group has met in each other’s homes, often with preschoolers in early years. Most members are now grandmothers.
Call 203-393-2103 for information.
MILFORD >> Jazz musician and composer Jay Rowe returns May 5, 6 with the 15th annual “Smooth Jazz For Scholars” concert series to benefit the public schools music department.
Over 14 years, about $75,000 has been donated to the program.
The series has two separate artist line-ups:
• Friday, May 5, features Rich Braun on trumpet, saxophonists Will Donato and Jeff Kashiwa, and guitarist Nick Colionne.
• Saturday, May 6, features guitarists Chieli Minucci and Steve Oliver, saxophonist Steve Cole, and Nelson Rangell, saxophone and flute.
The event will take place at the Parsons Government Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 70 W. River St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show time is 8.
Tickets are $40 for one night, and $70 for both nights. The first 250 tickets sold are for reserved seating.
Tickets can be purchased locally from Rowe, or from Arciuolo’s Shoes, on South Broad Street; Café Atlantique and The Canvas Patch, both on River Street; and the Milford Fine Arts Center on Railroad Avenue South.
Also, at 15thannualsmoothjazzforscholars.eventbrite.com, or by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc., P.O. Box 3723, Milford 06460.
Sponsorships are available, and raffle/silent auction items are being accepted.
For more information, visit jayrowemusic.com or call 203-874-4150.
MILFORD >> West Haven author Rosemary O’Brien will speak about pocket parks and public spaces at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
O’Brien is author of BEST Pocket Parks of NYC and founder of Pocket Parks Publishing.
For more information, visit http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/milford-public- library or call 203-783-3292.