RAG series a feast for all senses

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group invites the public to attend a screening of “Like Water for Chocolate,” the first in a series of films about food on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Each screening will be followed by a selection of deliciously appropriate culinary treats served during a panel discussion with actress, director and farmer, Dorothy Lyman. The final film in the series, “Big Night” will be preceded by a family style, Italian, fund-raising dinner hosted by Cassie’s Café in Roxbury.

Like Water for Chocolate (Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.) takes place in a forgotten Mexico. The central characters, Tita and Pedro, fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Pedro marries Tita’s sister instead, and now Tita must cook and live in the same house with her former lover. Mexican treats by Mi Lupita, Fleischmanns. (Marco Leonardi and Lumi Cavazos 1992, 105 minutes, rated R, subtitled).

Second in series
“Ratatouille” (Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.) star, Remy, is a young rat in the French countryside who travels to Paris to meet his cooking idol. Culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy’s family’s skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans. French themed “Box of Treats” by Bonnie Walker. (Patton Oswalt and Sir Ian Holm, 2007, 111 minutes, rated G, Disney). Please note that there will be no panel discussion following Ratatouille.

Chocolat (Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m.) is the story of a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Chocolates by Fruition Chocolate, Shokan. (Johnny Depp and Juilette Binoche, 2001, 121 minutes, rated PG-13).

Big Night out
Big Night (Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.) A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (Stanley Tucci and Isabella Rossellini, 1996, 106 minutes, rated R).

Panel discussion leader Dorothy Lyman began her career with Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, and appeared in many daytime dramas in the ’70s and ’80s. Other TV appearances include Reba, as Reba Hart’s mother, Law and Order: SVU, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, and The Practice, among others. She currently resides in New York City, and on her farm in upstate New York.   

Attending the movies
Tickets for the film series are $25 adults and $17 seniors. Individual films are $7 adults and $5 seniors. Children under 12 will be admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult. The fund-raising dinner is $25, and will be served at Cassie’s Café on Main Street in Roxbury.
Space for the dinner is limited and reservations are required. All films will be screened at The Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mt. Rd., Roxbury, NY. Call 607 326-7908.