When last we spoke via this column, The Fast and the Furious series was the only thing infected by Corona. For a long and ugly while, I didn’t think I’d ever be doing this again. Doing roundups of local film events and interesting national cinema tidbits felt profoundly silly and wholly impossible. Well, guess who is impossibly silly now?!

To be fair, it’s not like things are firing on all cylinders quite yet. As I write this, the Alamo Drafthouses in Omaha haven’t yet reopened, and the theaters that are open are mostly just content to still be alive and ticketing. Rest assured, as ACX Cinemas, Marcus Theaters, AMC Westroads and Regal Omaha start adding unique offerings to their calendars, they’ll join Film Streams, which is kicking off this return to Cutting Room. Sniff, speaking of cutting, is someone whackin’ onions in here?

  • Starting in mid-August, repertory programming returns to the Ruth Sokolof Theater! For those of you who don’t speak fancy talk, “repertory programming” means “old-ass movies!” The first series back is all about being classy … so, sorry I swore when I introduced it. “Interior Luxe: Art Deco in Three Films” is presented in conjunction with Joslyn Art Museum’s current American Art Deco exhibition, which explains that “art” is short for “artistic” and “deco” is short for “decoder ring.” Film Streams Artistic Director Diana Martinez, Ph.D., will introduce the first film, Grand Hotel, on Aug. 15, with Flying Down to Rio on Aug. 22, and The Wizard of Oz on Aug. 29, all at 1 p.m. Tickets to this real-life, in-person actual film event in Omaha (yippee!) are available at filmstreams.org and are $10 for general admission; $7.50 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle; and $5 for Film Streams members.
  • Proving that time is a flat circle and you can’t keep good robots from watching bad movies, the last concert/event/to-do I did before the pandemic kaboomed everyone’s plans was attend the Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) tour. The castoffs from the Satellite of Love are back! They’ll be at the Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., and tickets are now on sale at ticketomaha.com. Fittingly, but also somewhat menacingly for those of us who understand the pandemic isn’t actually over, the film they’ll be a-mockin’ is Making Contact. I’d say that’s a little “on the nose,” but that’s another germ hotspot. 

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to Ryan (film@thereader.com) and follow him on the Reader Film’s Twitter feed.

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