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Slapsticon, Crossroads 2013, A Song For Sophia

This week, silent and early talking film buffs gather in Bloomington, Crossroad Rep. Theatre gets underway for the summer, and a local arts icon is remembered.

three men sit in a pile of film

Photo: Courtesy Slapsticon

A still of Groucho, Harpo, and Chico in one of the Marx Brothers' rarities being screened at Slapsticon.

This week on Artworks -

The story of a song that traveled around the world to honor a beloved champion of the local scene, who left it far too early. The song, first performed at last year’s Lotus Festival honoring the festival’s dedicatee Sophia Travis, is enjoying a new incarnation.

Also on the show, we take a seat in the front row for the Crossroads Repertory Theatre season, just underway at Indiana State University. And we’re settling in with the large box of popcorn for the Slapsticon movie festival, bringing rarely-seen silent and sound comedies to the IU Cinema.

Stories On This Episode

Crossroads Rep Takes On “You Can’t Take It With You”

Two codgers communicate

Saying it's like "Romeo and Juliette" is a bit of stretch, but there is love and there are two families.

A Song For Sophia: Born On The Wing, Grown In Bloomington

Sophia and her son Finn

Like its namesake, the song "Sophia" blends an international pedigree with homegrown craft.

Lights, Camera, Pratfall! Laugh Out Loud At Slapsticon

Charley Chase (R) with Tiny Sandford in Movie Night

The Slapsticon comedy movie festival is bringing rarely-seen silent and sound comedies to the IU Cinema.

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