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Dinner and a Movie for Haiti Feat. Polar Express 

When: Mon., July 21, 7 p.m. 2014
I’ve heard The Polar Express get its fair share of pooh-poohs from Culture Snobs Inc., but I hope I never get too hip for a good parable, especially when it’s for a cause as important as this one. The Polar Express tells a tale the world needs to hear, whether it’s Christmastime or not. It’s a story about safeguarding the magic in our lives that makes the mundane bearable, protecting our receptivity to wonder against the humbuggery of a fluorescent-lit culture. The notion that hope doesn’t have to be childish fits well with the mission of the Visitation Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of distressed people in Haiti. If you’ve seen The Polar Express before, you’ll remember that tearjerker of a last line: “Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” If you ask me, $35 is a small price to pay to keep the bell ringing. CHARLIE WOODLIEF

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