WHOLE LOTTA SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP

April is traditionally a time here at the State and Bijou when we throw open our doors to worthy local organizations to promote their worthy causes. Here's what's coming up starting this Friday, April 21:

HIDDEN FIGURES: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES TO BENEFIT MICHAEL'S PLACE - Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm

Join Michael’s Place and friends for the 7th Annual "A Night at the Movies" benefit. Watch a great film, get inspired, and support a worthy cause. Tickets for this special event are $25 and include popcorn and pop. Buy 3 tickets and get 1 free (this offer can only be redeemed via Michael's Place - 231-947-6453).

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL SING ALONG - Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 pm

Join us for this special anniversary presentation you can sing and chant along with your favorite scenes! This irreverent cult classic is the Pythons' unique take on the legend of King Arthur. Make sure to arrive early for a special preshow performance from the cast of Old Town Playhouse's production of "Spamalot," which opens April 28 -- it's going to be a great one, better get your tickets now!

THE BIG FALLING DOWN STAIRS COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA TO BENEFIT POLESTAR LGBT+ CENTER - Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 pm

Falling Down Stairs Productions is capping off their fundraising push for Polestar LGBT+ Community Center of Traverse City with a grand finale comedy show at the State! 100% of all proceeds will go to Polestar so they can open up this LGBTQ center here in the area. You don’t want to miss the laughs!

THE HUNTING GROUND - Sunday, April 23 at 3:30 pm - FREE

Join us for a screening of the latest film from the fearless filmmakers of “The Invisible War,” Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. Here they drag the rape culture at American universities out from under the rug by cementing mind-boggling statistics (20 per-cent of college women are sexually assaulted) with the inspiring story of two UNC Chapel Hill student survivors-turned-activists who team up to start the organization End Rape on Campus. A discussion panel will follow the film.

CORNERSTONE - Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 pm - FREE!

"Cornerstone" is the inspiring documentary film about the journey of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a humble immigrant living the American dream who leaves Columbia University to return home to Uganda to care for his brother who is dying of AIDS. When Jackson discovers the disease has overwhelmed his home village, he makes a decision, which will forever change the course of his life and the people of the Enengo Valley in Western Uganda. Jackson Kaguri will be there in person for a Q&A after the film!

THE ROTARY SHOW - Wednesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm

It’s the Traverse City Rotary Club’s Diamond Jubilee Variety Show! It’s part musical revue, part local political satire, and part grownups just acting silly. Homespun humor and music performed with enthusiasm by local Rotarians, and some actual talent, too!  Proceeds go to the Good Works Fund, which grants money to local organizations doing important things in arts and culture, basic human needs, education, the environment, health and safety, and recreation.

SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE - Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 pm - FREE!

Six hospice patients allow us into tender, vulnerable and funny moments of their lives. Singing unlocks the patients' pasts, guides their dreams and their futures. Encouraged by one nurse who loves to sing, and a collaborative filming process, they wrestle with the new insecurity facing us all: recent advances in biomedicine mean we can now live for years rather than months after a terminal diagnosis. Sometimes. But not every time. How do we cope with this uncertainty?

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY - Monday, May 1 at 6:00 pm

Presented by Oryana, this documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto, controls over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food. A panel will local seed experts will follow this screening.

BOSTON: AN AMERICAN RUNNING STORY - Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm

Narrated by Matt Damon, "Boston: An American Running Story" tells the story of the oldest annually-contested marathon from its humble origin of 15 runners to the present day. Evolving from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and eventually women, the Boston Marathon is the stage for many firsts and helped pave the way for the modern marathon. Tickets for this special Fathom event are $15/$14 Members.

TRAPPED - Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00 pm - FREE!

Dawn Porter (“Gideon’s Army,” TCFF 2013) takes an infuriating deep-dive into the efforts in several states—including Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas—to restrict access to abortion through so-called TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers). This award-winning doc takes us to the front lines of the fight between legislators who seek to restrict access to abortions, and determined health care providers and clinics who are furiously mowing their lawns, widening their hallways, and refusing to give up the battle to protect women’s right to choose. This is a FREE event!