Telluride Mountainfilm brings best of the festival

Colorado’s Telluride Mountainfilm festival is in its 37th year.

Since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm has celebrated independent filmmaking with an annual festival held in its namesake town on Colorado’s southwestern rim.

Now in its 37th year, Telluride Mointainfilm still ranks as one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, but it has expanded over the years to include photography exhibits, film and photography workshops, outdoor programs, youth outreach programs, lectures, book signings and more.

Every Memorial Day weekend, independent documentary filmmakers, artists, conservationists, scientists, athletes, journalists and outdoor enthusiasts gather in Telluride for the four-day festival. But for the past several years, Telluride Mountainfilm organizers have selected the best films of the festival and taken them on the road, traveling to host cities that have rallied schools, nonprofits, businesses, community groups and others to help fund their efforts to spread education through the jaw-dropping awe of the outdoors in action.

On Sunday, Telluride Mountainfilm comes to the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with two chances to catch the screening. Doors to Sunday’s matinee will open at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show. Doors to the event’s featured screening will open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. showing.

Tickets are $5 for the matinee, $10 for the featured screening, and are available at the Charleston Music Hall box office or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Go to www.Mountainfilm.org, the Telluride Mountainfilm Facebook page or call the Charleston Music Hall box office at 843-853-2252 for more information.

For the past five years, Threshold Repertory Theatre on Society Street has sought a new type of theater experience, one that merges classes, locks them together under the sway of storytelling and compelling theatrics.

The “people’s theater,” as it’s come to be known, was founded by artistic director Pamela Galle in 2010 with a mission to bring “professional theater to every citizen in our community, so that we can all experience the power of theater.”

To realize that mission, Threshold produces work from emerging playwrights, locally based in particular, intending to showcase the vitality of local theater and attract a new audience not typically included in the world of theater.

Between stage productions, Threshold has begun hosting a karaoke contest series in which contestants choose from the catalog of a selected artist or artists for the contest’s first round before judges randomly select a song for each contestant to sing in the second and final round. A panel of judges then selects the winner.

For its eighth installment, Threshold’s “Karaoke Smackdown: Jackson Night” will feature the catalogs of Michael and Janet Jackson. Hosting the competition will be local stand-up comic Jeremy McLellan. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite Jackson family member or Jackson song. Drinks and a game of karaoke roulette also will be offered for audience members to enjoy.

Karaoke Smackdown Round 8 will be held at Threshold Repertory Theatre, 841/2 Society St., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Threshold Repertory box office or online at www.CharlestonTheater.com. Call 843-277-2172 or go to the website for more information.