There's nothing quite as soothing and reassuring as an Irving Berlin musical, particularly when it stars Fred Astaire. Easter Parade , also featuring Judy Garland, is 60 years old this year, but its simple story line and kicky tunes are the perfect salve for anyone left shell-shocked by Wanted . Astaire plays a dancer whose partner goes solo, forcing him to take on Judy Garland as his new foil. Astaire falls in love with Garland, and various romantic misunderstandings ensue, but the real attraction here are the singing, dancing and classic Hollywood-era good cheer. The film will be projected outside the Performing Arts Center, and guests are invited to bring their own beach chairs and snacks (though refreshments will be on sale).
Mon., July 14, 8 p.m., 2008