Oct 102013

The Nines Festival was the definitive indie festival of the summer, and now presenter 3Rivers Arts is gearing up for the ball of the fall. The theme is the Golden Age of Hollywood, the venue is a swanky hotel, and the event is designed to transport guests to a bygone era. Inspired by the best, most glamorous and most lavish looks of the epoch, patrons will be treated to: the Roaring Twenties, Turbulent Thirties, The Flying Forties and The Nifty Fifties in an art-filled evening complete with visual art, film, dance and theater, via the diverse talents of over fifty participating artists. It’s “Hollywood in Black & White,” and it kicks off on the red carpet lining the entry to the Devens Commons Center on November 8th.

Groton resident and 3Rivers Executive Director Monica Hinojos said, “The Ball is our party of the year — a celebration of the arts in our own creative, fantastic way. It is also our annual fundraiser, and our opportunity to raise the necessary funds to continue offering programs that support regional artists, the creative life force in our communities. We hope that the community will attend the Ball, embrace the theme as they did last year, and celebrate with us.”

Among the participating groups are the Anarchist Society of Shakespeareans, Dead Pony Party, Lowell Film Collaborative, Endearment Dance Company, Shadow Dance Art Experience, and DJ d-tension, along with a host of individual artists whose work and talents will be showcased throughout the evening.

3Rivers Creative Projects Director Mauricio Cordero is the event planner. “Everything old is new again, and recently my work has taken me to the early part of the 20th century in art and architecture, and I could not resist plunging into the music and nascent film of the era,” Cordero said. “From Georges Méliès and Fritz Lang to Orson Welles and Hitchcock, up to recent period pieces like Hugo, The Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland, I’ve been mesmerized by the look, feel and burgeoning freedom of the period.”

Adding to Cordero’s excitement was the news that the region would play host to its very own germinal Hollywood outpost with New England Studios. Formalizing this enthusiasm for the newly opened studio will be the presentation of the 3Rivers Regional Arts and Innovation Award at the event to Director of Studio Operations and Marketing, Chris Byers, the Lowell native who founded and heads the operation.

Guests will be treated to a red carpet walk leading to a VIP Cocktail Reception, followed by passed tapas as they mingle, dance and enjoy the Artists’ Emporium, Silent Auction, film projections by Lowell Film Collaborative and several surprises throughout the evening.

Hollywood in Black & White will take place at the Devens Common Center at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens, MA on Friday, November 8th from 6:00-11:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.3riversarts.com.