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To watch and watch for: Week of Sept. 25

By HELENA GIFFORD | September 25, 2023



This week’s picks include the documentary Invisible Beauty, a new Percy Jackson and the Olympians novel and the debut of a new exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

I don’t know about you, but with the erection of all the new construction fences around campus, I’ve been feeling the urge to stay home and watch movies all day instead of going to class. So here at The News-Letter, we’ve got all the best new recommendations in movies, books, albums and events so that you can properly enjoy a long day of doing nothing.

It’s an exciting time in the world of middle-grade literature. After 14 years, Rick Riordan is finally releasing a new book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series told from the perspective of everyone’s favorite snarky demigod. 

But if you’re looking for something a little more harrowing, the newest installment in the Saw film series is releasing this Friday. The Creator is also sure to satisfy any action movie junkie’s cravings for a fast-paced sci-fi watch.

As for live events in Baltimore, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is holding several free events and workshops to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, an exploration of female artists called “Making Her Mark.” This exhibition will be showing at the BMA until Jan. 2024, so its debut should be a must-see event! And at the Peabody Institute, the whole weekend will be filled with master classes, workshops and more in their Shared Voices Symposium.

To watch…

Saw X, directed by Kevin Greutert — Sept. 29

This tenth installment in the Saw film series follows John Kramer as he goes to Mexico to find a cure for his terminal cancer. After arriving, the “miracle cure” turns out to be a trap, and Kramer gets revenge on the con artists in true Jigsaw fashion.

Invisible Beauty, directed by Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng — Sept. 29

Follow the life and vision of model-turned-advocate Bethann Hardison in this documentary which dives into the racial biases of the fashion industry, using a combination of archival footage and interviews.

The Creator, directed by Gareth Edwards — Sept. 29

In this sci-fi action film, a soldier in the war against artificial intelligence faces a dilemma when he finds the enemy’s secret weapon, a childlike robot with the power to end the conflict and destroy humanity.

To read…

The Chalice of the Gods, by Rick Riordan — Sept. 26

In a long-awaited return to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy, Annabeth and Grover must undertake a quest for the gods so that Percy can get the recommendation letters he needs for application to New Rome University. 

The Fragile Threads of Power, by V. E. Schwab — Sept. 26

Following the events of the A Darker Shade of Magic series, three alternate versions of London clash as a cruel new monarch comes to power. There is Red London, full of magic; White London, starved for magic; and Grey London, empty of all magic. A girl with an unusual magical ability must find a way to unite them all.

To listen…

Autumn Variations, by Ed Sheeran — Sept. 29

Inspired by Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”, this new album from English folk-pop and rock artist Ed Sheeran features tracks such as “Plastic Bag,” “Blue,” “Midnight,” “The Day I Was Born” and “Head > Heels”.

Live Events…

Family Movie Night: Sing at Homewood Field Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday night, there will be a free outdoor screening of the animated movie Sing on Homewood Field. There will be free giveaways upon arrival. Gates open at 7 p.m. and no outside food or drink is allowed.

Shared Voices Symposium at the Peabody Institute — Sept. 29–Oct. 1

This weekend-long symposium at the Peabody Institute will offer aspiring classical singers opportunities to learn about the industry and the craft of vocal arts. It will include workshops, performances, masterclasses, simulated auditions and more.

Community Day: Making Her Mark at the Baltimore Museum of Art — Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is debuting its new exhibition, “Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800.” This exhibit will feature paintings, tapestries, costumes, metalwork and more in an in-depth look at the ways women have historically contributed to art in Europe. On Community Day, there will be free admission and tours of the exhibit as well as crafts and small vendors.

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