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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-09-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 5 Fiber market returns to Slater Mill this weekend PAWTUCKET – The annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Market returns to Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to organizers, the upcoming event will have an expanded marketplace as compared to prior years, with 30 fiber vendors located on two floors of the historic fac- tory. The opening of the sec- ond floor of the mill, also a former manufacturing space in Samuel Slater's time, will allow for an expanded roster of fiber producers, artisans, and crafters in the 2020 mar- ket. Knitting Weekend is not just the Fiber Market, but also includes opportunities for classroom instruction for knit- ters seeking to expand their skills. Two four-hour classes, one each on Saturday and Sunday, will be offered for early and intermediate skill levels respectively. "We're super excited to host internationally known master knitter Laura Nelkin as our guest instructor this year," said Lori Urso, the executive director of the museum and historic site. "Her Sunday sweater class filled up quickly, and Saturday's beading class is just a few seats away from being full." In addition to Nelkin, who travels from upstate New York to teach at the event, the mill will host fiber vendors from the six New England states and Pennsylvania, including Rhode Island ven- dors: WeeOnes, Gigi Bonin Yarns, We Got the Buttons, Ball and Skein, Ladylove Llamas, Lucky Star Llamas, North Light Fiber, Dursin Merino Roving, and Old Slater Mill Book Shop. Visitors to the Fiber Market may register for free for a door prize raffle, featuring Berroco yarn gift bags, and other prizes. Admission is free both days, and free parking is available in the lot next to the mill on Slater Avenue, or in the municipal lot across from the mill on Roosevelt Avenue. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/slater.mill , email info@slatermill.org, or call 401-725-8638, ext. 108. Take a hike at West Hill Dam Jan. 12 UXBRIDGE, Mass. – Join Park Rangers on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at the West Hill Dam project office, 518 East Hartford Ave., for a Wild Winter Hike. Youth under the age of 17 are asked to bring an adult. Junior Rangers Level-2 earn wildlife credit. For more information, call Ranger Viola at 978-318- 8417. Sandler leaves comedy behind in 'Uncut Gems' HHHH Adam Sandler is known for his prolific comedies, films that sup- port complete foolishness like "Billy Madison" or romantic comedy fare like "The Wedding Singer." Sandler as a leading man in a highly seri- ous drama is certainly not what you might expect. In the new film "Uncut Gems" Sandler plays a New York City jew- elry merchant with a darker side and a penchant for gambling. If Sandler has waited all these years to grow up and play a more challeng- ing role, then it's about time. It's almost a pity he didn't choose some- thing like this a decade ago instead of bludgeoning us all with his less than funny Netflix films. This definitely is not the Adam Sandler you are familiar with. This is a character like he has never por- trayed before and it is amazing to think how depraved and immoral this guy is and the things he will risk and do. The frenetic pace of this movie makes you feel like you're part of some sort of unnatural race. Sandler's Howard Ratner seem- ingly does not stop, rest, or sleep throughout the course of this two- hour movie. He is constantly going from one scam to another. The film literally revolves around him trying to parlay onto another bet moving forward to an even bigger and more profitable outcome. There are points during the movie where you literally find yourself becoming exhausted, squirming in your seat and by the end you almost feel in need of a shower because you can't seem to scrape off the dirty feeling you have at the behavior of Howard. Everyone surrounding Howard, from his wife, Dinah (Idina Menzel), and his children to his girlfriend, Julia ( Julia Fox), are all caught up in his vortex of illicit behavior and bad decisions. Even Boston Celtic player Kevin Garnett, playing himself, gets drawn into this pyramid scheme of Howard's endless, devious and underhanded plots. I cannot simply explain how tired I felt coming out of this film. The non-stop antics of Howard bouncing between bookies and pawn shops all the while trying to balance his affair with his girlfriend, attend his kids' school plays and negotiate a price with an auction house on a rare opal he's obtained are relentless. This movie is certainly a cautious tale examining how gambling can devel- op into such a contagious, octopus- like beast encompassing one person's life so detrimentally. I suppose it's no different than alcoholism or drug addiction. Sandler is insanely great here. I simply cannot contain my enjoyment at his demeanor and portrayal of this filthy, deplorable jeweler. There are also some great supporting characters as well including Eric Bogosian as Arno, who is not only his brother- in-law but also one of his debtors, to Judd Hirsch as his father-in-law. This definitely isn't a film for everyone. There are some fine lines here, and for some people, there's more than a few uncomfortable scenes here that will rub people the wrong way. But for those with the patience and wherewithal to endure this nail-biting drama, they will enjoy it since it defies the normal program- ming that Hollywood churns out but that I've come to expect from A24 Studios. The film is rated R. ADAM SANDLER takes on the serious role of Howard Ratner, a New York City jewelry merchant with a dark side in "Uncut Gems."

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