Seven things to do in the Rome region this week

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1. Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the drama “If Beale Street Could Talk” from Friday, Feb. 8-Thursday, Feb. 14. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, whose 2016 movie “Moonlight” was awarded “Best Picture,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” is based upon James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol box office 315-337-6453. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Fridays

2. Steve Orlando, a Hamilton College alumnus and writer for DC Comics, will give a lecture on “Creating the Graphic Narrative” with James Zubkavich, a writer for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m., at the Dwight Lounge, Bristol Campus Center, at Hamilton College. The lecture is free.

3. Bring your Sweetheart out for a spaghetti and meatball dinner on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the American Legion Auxiliary Post 1794, 9025 Veterans Memorial Highway. Cost is $8, children age 5 and under eat for free. Menu includes all you can eat spaghetti dinner with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert.

4. If Valentine’s Day turns out to be a “bust” this year, Players of Utica is inviting local residents to “forget all the romantic stuff” and join its Broken Hearts Comedy Club Build-A-Theater Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Cost is $15.

Audience members will even be invited to share their fractured heart with the rest of the crowd, wipe the tears away and enjoy a night of comedy.

5. Trinity Community Coffee House will host Eddie Foster, Elvis impersonator, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 98 Main St. With Foster, the audience is promised to be transported back a half century, to a time when “music was danced to and words were understood, and Elvis was King of Rock N’ Roll.” The performance is free, but a good will donation will be collected only in lieu of admission. Complimentary refreshments provided by the Trinity Ladies Guild.

6. The Rome Community Theater will present “Steel Magnolias” Feb. 14-16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 ages 17 and under.

“Steel Magnolias,” by Robert Harling, is based on the author’s real life experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, in 1985 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. Written as a tribute to the strength of his sister, his mother, and the group of women who supported them, the work broke records at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Manhattan, where it ran almost three years.

The theater is located at 8911 Turin Road. Call 315-337-5920 for more information. On the net: www.romecommunitytheater.org

7. The Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will hold its monthly musical jam session Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fire Department, 9069 Main St. It’s for anyone who enjoys bluegrass, country and folk music.

On the net: MVBGA.com

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