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Just in time for Valentine’s weekend, the Free State Film Society brings you a candlelit evening of film and music amidst the beautiful ambience of the Cider Gallery. Award-winning vocalist and harpist Calvin Arsenia performs amidst the backdrop of experimental films by the legendary Maya Deren.

Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required at this event. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell at the time of the show.

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Physical tickets are not required. Patrons will be checked in on a list at the door.

Doors open at 7:00pm


Calvin Arsenia

Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (PitchKC), Arsenia’s angelic stylings on voice and harp create rare harmonies and arrangements that look past the boundaries of his traditional gospel and classical upbringing. Known for his elaborate and ceremonious sensory concert experiences that merge jazz and electronic influences, Calvin believes the art is in crafting the perfect moment. His music is best served live, with sensational performances and high fashion. Arsenia’s energy and curated environments fill the often intimate spaces he performs in. Brought into 9 countries through public and private grants in less than a decade, Arsenia builds a scene for his audience and for himself, packed with beauty and lasting delight.

Maya Deren

Film selections: At Land, Meshes of the Afternoon, Ritual in Transfigured Time, The Very Eye of Night.

Deren is one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde from the 1940s and 50s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer. The function of film, Deren believed, was to create an experience. Each one of her films would evoke new conclusions, lending her focus to be dynamic and always-evolving. She combined her interests in dance, Haitian Vodou and subjective psychology in a series of surreal, perceptual, black and white short films. Using editing, multiple exposures, jump cutting, superimposition, slow-motion and other camera techniques to her fullest advantage, Deren creates continued motion through discontinued space, while abandoning the established notions of physical space and time, with the ability to turn her vision into a stream of consciousness.


February 12, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St.
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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