Tonight - SundayRhode Island International Film Festival It may be that time of the summer when your local multiplex is feeling a little played out, but the Rhode Island International Film Festival is serving up 289 films through Sunday. The festival includes 58 world premieres, 41 North American premieres, and represents 53 countries. Themes range from war to wellness; sports to the creative spark. From a host of short films (RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Awards) to dramas and documentaries, such as "Certifiably Jonathan" (the star-studded story of Jonathan Winters's quest to become a painting icon at age 78, above), there's something to tickle every taste. See schedule for complete schedule, venues, and cost. Providence; 50 miles from Boston. 401-861-4445. www.film-festival.org
Thursday - SundayDivas Uncorked Wine and Food Festival Wine from global vineyards, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, live music, food samplings, and more. The second annual Divas Uncorked Wine and Food Festival is a destination weekend that'll make your mouth sing particularly during Saturday's grand tasting. Food industry stars leading demonstrations include Joshua Wesson, Gordon Hamersley, Marvin Woods, Robert Rainford, and Jody Adams. Grand tasting, Sat noon-5 p.m. $75. Outerland, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard; 90 miles from Boston. See website for complete schedule and pricing. 617-296-3434. www.divasuncorked.com
Thursday- SundayOne-act play festival "Love, The Human Comedy" is a festival of six 10-minute plays about six different couples. But don't let their brevity fool you: These short wonders pack a wallop - from a blind date in a smelly restaurant to a still-crazy-after-all-these-years-esque chance meeting of two ex-lovers to a pickup in a Blockbuster video store. Parents be warned: The plays contain mature themes and strong language. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. $10. The Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St., Waitsfield, Vt.; 198 miles from Boston. 802-583-1674. www.valleyplayers.com
Friday-SundayFilm festival competition If the scope of the Rhode Island International Film Festival feels a bit too big, try initiating yourself with the Bangor Film Festival. With just a handful of feature-length and short films, the real fun is in the filmmaking that's part of the weekend. The 28-Eighty Film Shootout Competition gives filmmakers 2,880 minutes (48 hours) to write, shoot, and edit an 8-minute film, credits included. Interested?Mandatory team meeting is at 7 p.m. on Friday filming clock starts at 9 p.m. Winners will be screened at the Bangor Opera House on Aug. 16. 7 p.m. team meeting at Whig and Courier Pub, West Market Square, 18 Broad St., Bangor, Maine; 234 miles from Boston. www.bangorfilmfest.com
SaturdayRhythm & Roots Fest The 2008 Rhythm and Roots Fest at Prescott Park this Saturday is billed as "Americana to Zydeco and everything in between." We don't know about everything, but we do know that the bill is worth the trip: the roots country of Elsa Cross; the Texas swing, folk, R&B, and country of Mainesqueeze; the Celtic fiddling of Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul; and the west African rhythms and dance of Drika Overton and Jennifer Lynch. Hey, maybe they really do mean everything. Noon-5 p.m. $8. Prescott Park, Portsmouth, N.H.; 57 miles from Boston. www.prescottpark.org
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