Gifts for film, theater, music and art lovers

Come From Away

The best gift for an arts lover this season? Make it an in-person experience: A gift certificate, gift membership or pair of tickets to your favorite independent theater. Your loved one will enjoy a great experience; your favorite artists will receive badly needed support, and you will have the satisfaction of spreading the love. It’s a win-win-win!

Here are a dozen ideas for giftable experiences, plus a few creative appliances and intriguing stuff for the coffee table:

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“Belfast” troubles through a child’s eyes (with music)

Belfast movie Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Ciaran Hinds

This is a Passionate Spectator alert — Advance notice of a select few experiences for discerning fans of movies, theater, art and festivals.

If you’re still waiting for a good reason to return to your local moviehouse (or you’ve had your fill of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), let me turn you on to Belfast, a tightly crafted memoir from director Kenneth Branagh.

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Eagerly anticipated Fall movies

Power of the Dog Benedict Cumberbatch

Vive la reopening! More than 95% of movie theaters have survived the pandemic, according to industry sources, and a promising Fall season is underway. Most films are opening first in theaters, like the old days but more health-conscious, then appearing on streaming platforms a few weeks later. Here are a dozen films Poor Stuart is eagerly awaiting, including the thrilling documentary The Rescue and new work by Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Joel Coen (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Pedro Almodovar (Parallel Mothers), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Kenneth Branagh (Belfast).

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