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3rd Annual Gaia Fest

Friday, April 20 thru Sunday, April 22 -- Earth Day

"A Celebration of the Living Earth through Film and the Arts"

Film Premieres: (Descriptions of films at end of this announcement)

Friday, April 20 at 7:15pm
BLACK DIAMONDS with Larry Gibson from West Virginia who appears in the film and who will speak about his personal experience with mountaintop removal
Studio for Healing Arts at 1611 Colley Ave (one block north of Naro)
Admission -- donation

Sat, April 21 at 7:15pm
COMMUNE free community showing
Studio for Healing Arts at 1611 Colley Ave (one block north of Naro)

Sunday, April 22 at 5:30pm
EARTHLINGS discussion following film led by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk
Naro Cinema in Ghent
Admission $6

NEW EARTH FARM hosts a Field Day on Sunday, April 22
Come visit John Wilson's local organic farm in Va Beach between 2:00 and 4:00pm
Register by calling 427-6515 or email

"An Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word"
Sunday, April 22, starting at 7:30 PM at the 40th Street Stage, 809 West 40th Street, Norfolk, at Colley Avenue and W 40th St, telephone: 423-4084. 12 of the most exciting poets and spoken word artists in Hampton Roads will be performing, followed by an open mic. The suggested donation is $10. Following is a list of the artists:

Judith Allison
Robert Arthur
Sean Bowers
D.D. Delaney
Maxwell Despard
Mary Franke
Pete Freas
Jeff Hewitt
Mike Khandelwal
Nathan Richardson
Tim Seibles
Doug Thiele
Mac McKinney

BLACK DIAMONDS This new doc illuminates an invisible issue not covered by corporate media-the escalating drama in Appalachia over the alarming increase in large mountaintop coal removal which have demolished thousands of acres of hardwood forest, polluted watersheds, and exploded hundreds of Appalachian mountain peaks. Filmmaker Catherine Pancake creates a riveting portrait of an American region fighting for its life, caught between the grinding wheels of the international appetite for cheap energy and an enduring sense of Appalachian culture. As a port for Norfolk Southern coal shipments, our region is a vital link in this environmental crisis. (90 mins)

COMMUNE During the radical fervor of the early 1970s, utopian communities dotted the American landscape. They aimed to reshape the world with "free love," organic farming, and common property. Filmmaker Jonathan Berman's critically acclaimed new doc traces the community of Black Bear Ranch in Siskiyou County, California from their humble beginnings up through the present. He examines how such issues as child-rearing, proper behavior, and the role of women have changed for both mainstream society and the commune. (74 mins)

EARTHLINGS This powerful and thought-provoking award-winning documentary is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Five years in the making, it's the most comprehensive film ever produced about the effects of human economic interests on animals and nature. The film examines humanity's absolute dependence on animals-for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research-along with how we have taken them for granted and allowed industrial society to perpetuate an inhumane system that completely disrespects their well-being. Soundtrack by Moby. (95 mins)

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