Candles, Music and Film at the Cider Gallery for Valentine’s Weekend

After being treated to a full weekend of Sundance films at Liberty Hall, Free State Film Society subscribers are now gearing up for an atmospheric evening of music, film and LED candles at the Cider Gallery (810 Pennsylvania St.) on February 12 at 7:30pm. Night of 1,000 Candles brings vocalist/harpist Calvin Arsenia to center stage performing to the backdrop of mesmerizing experimental films by Maya Deren.

Free State Film Subscribers can reserve tickets for FREE as part of their yearly subscription and single tickets for $15 are also available.

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Capacity is limited due to social distancing and masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination status is required. 


Calvin Arsenia

Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (PitchKC), Arsenia’s angelic stylings on voice and harp create rare harmonies and arrangements that look past the boundaries of his traditional gospel and classical upbringing. Known for his elaborate and ceremonious sensory concert experiences that merge jazz and electronic influences, Calvin believes the art is in crafting the perfect moment. His music is best served live, with sensational performances and high fashion. Arsenia’s energy and curated environments fill the often intimate spaces he performs in. Brought into 9 countries through public and private grants in less than a decade, Arsenia builds a scene for his audience and for himself, packed with beauty and lasting delight.

Maya Deren

Film selections: At Land, Meshes of the Afternoon, Ritual in Transfigured Time, The Very Eye of Night.

Deren is one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde from the 1940s and 50s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer. The function of film, Deren believed, was to create an experience. Each one of her films would evoke new conclusions, lending her focus to be dynamic and always-evolving. She combined her interests in dance, Haitian Vodou and subjective psychology in a series of surreal, perceptual, black and white short films. Using editing, multiple exposures, jump cutting, superimposition, slow-motion and other camera techniques to her fullest advantage, Deren creates continued motion through discontinued space, while abandoning the established notions of physical space and time, with the ability to turn her vision into a stream of consciousness.