Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Loft or under the full moon



Posted by Carolyn Classen


Only one showing tonight of:

Harold & Maude at 7 p.m. February 14, Valentine’s day 2014, of this unforgetable, age-defying cult movie showing at the Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway.

Not sure why it’s become a cult movie, but I guess it’s the 60 year age difference between young Harold and elderly Maude, plus the wonderful Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf) tunes.

There’s going to be a prize for the couple with the biggest age difference, plus a Harold & Maude costume contest (don’t forget the yellow umbrella), and a free raffle for romantic goodies. What fun. One of my friends married a guy 14 years younger, but they’re not in town for this V-Day event.
“A 19-year-old man with a death wish and a 79-year-old woman high on life find love, much to the shock of the rest of the world, in Hal Ashby’s beloved black comedy, Harold and Maude. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) stages elaborate (and increasingly hilarious) fake suicide attempts in order to gain the attention of his exasperated mother (Vivian Pickles), who ignores her son’s morbid shenanigans and blithely plans his brilliant future for him.

Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals for fun. But when Harold meets the irrepressible, anything-for-a-thrill septuagenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon), everything changes. An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting, nude modeling and car theft among her many pursuits.
Much to the horror of Harold’s relatives and the befuddlement of his shrink, Harold and Maude fall in love, and as lilting Cat Stevens tunes play on the soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a few things about making the most of his time on earth. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude, one of the biggest cult classics of the ‘70s, is a delightfully offbeat romantic comedy for ALL ages. (Dir. by Hal Ashby, 1971, USA, 91 mins., Rated PG) Digital”

I’ve seen this movie several times and always enjoy watching the suicidal Harold find friendship with eccentric Maude. It’s all about love isn’t it today, Valentine’s Day?  Cat Stevens’ music continues to live on and so does Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who has 1.1 Million likes on his Facebook page.

And if you have time at 5 p.m. before this showing. drop by Metal Arts Village. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. (north of Ft. Lowell Rd.) for their open house (till 8 p.m.) under the FULL MOON.  Very romantic for Valentine’s Day 2014, especially in their sculpture garden. Check out the new  studio C where Dutch immigrant Arjen Hart has his enchanting, luminous metal based pictures. 

photo of “Lojong Lightyears” courtesy of Arjen.  www.arjenhart.com




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).