The Belcourt is the best place in town to catch a classic B&W on the big screen, and now its lobby-gallery is making a monochrome scene of its own. Local artists Ben Smythe and Reed Cavanah's new show exploits film images while pointing a finger at a medium's habit of devouring traditions at 24 frames per second. Cavanah's contrast-y canvases profile greats like Fellini and Mastroianni, while Smythe's intricate drawings depict a scene from a Western gone wrong: A Native American Chief and a Conquistador play golf-to-the-death while a sunbathing beauty in a leopard print swimsuit smiles at the spectacle. See the show before it closes or you'll have to wait for the DVD.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: March 27. Continues through April 24, 2009