AT THE MOVIES

Day at the beach

Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts plays a mother torn from her husband (Ewan McGregor) and sons by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand in ‘The Impossible,' a disaster movie that narrows its focus to one family's survival.

The R-rated drama -- based on the true story of Spanish doctor Maria Belon -- opens Friday at Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington. 

IN CONCERT

Midwinter blues

The eighth annual Blues and Funk Festival kicks off Friday at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and continues through Saturday night in the Venable gymnasium.

Friday night will feature R&B/
hip-hop artist Maya Azucena. The award-winning MCLA step team, NEUS, will open the show. Khris Royal and Dark Matters will headline the second night, with local blues group Arthur Holmes Band getting the evening started.

For tickets: (413) 662-5204. More info: mcla.edu/presents.

See story in Friday's Arts Theater section.

 

IN ART

Art slam afternoon

The Clark Art Institute is staging an "Art Slam" Sunday at 3 p.m. as a light-hearted look at the behind-the-scenes work that went into preparing the first catalog of its European paintings collection.


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The free program will includes conversations, games and quizzes, and plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Prizes will be offered during several portions of the event, and light refreshments will be served.