February 1st marks the halfway point of winter, and there’s a lot to look forward to this month while we wait for spring!
Celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc.
John Carey’s A Little History of Poetry on shelves.
“John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from those by Dante and Chaucer to more recent poets, such as Derek Walcott and Maya Angelou. This little history shines a light on the richness and variation of the world’s poems—and the elusive quality which makes them all the more enticing.”
A Glitch in the Matrix in theaters and streaming.
“What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.”
Cynthia Pelayo’s Children of Chicago on shelves.
“This horrifying retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale set in present-day Chicago is an edge of your seat, chills up the spine, thrill ride. When Detective Lauren Medina sees the calling card at a murder scene in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, she knows the Pied Piper has returned. When another teenager is brutally murdered at the same lagoon where her sister’s body was found floating years before, she is certain that the Pied Piper is not just back, he’s looking for payment he’s owed from her. Lauren’s torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister’s murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects.”
From the New York Times: “Even amid the latest lockdown, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich is assembling to stream Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new staging of Weber’s “Der Freischütz.” The quintessentially Romantic story, earthy and supernatural, is recast here in the world of organized crime, and limited to a single setting: a penthouse suite where people have gathered to celebrate the marriage of Max (Pavel Cernoch) and Agathe (Golda Schultz), an event only hinted at in the opera’s finale.”
Full moon. February’s full moon is known as the snow moon or the storm moon.