The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge “Classic Film Festival” returns in February with three classics of the science fiction genre. The featured films will be shown on three successive Sunday evenings – February 5, 12 and 19. The selected classics are Things to Come, The Man in the White Suit, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All films are shown on the large screen projection system at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 415 2nd Street, Downtown Davis. Doors open at 6:29 p.m. and showtime is at 7:01 p.m. The public is cordially invited and there is no admissions charge. Before each film is played noted film reviewer Derrick Bang will give the audience the back-story of the film, the actors and director. After the showing, Derrick Bang will be available to answer audience questions.
Things to Come is a 1936 British black-and-white film written by H.G. Wells and starring Raymond Massey. The film sets out a future history from 1940 to 2054. It turned out to be a very popular film at the British box office in 1935-36. A science fiction historian has stated, “Things to Come qualifies as the first true masterpiece of science fiction cinema.” The film was influential in later films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey. Things to Come will be the first film in the series, showing on February 5.
The Man in the White Suit is a quirky 1951 science fiction satirical comedy, starring Alec Guinness. It explores the theme of the common man against the establishment. Alec Guinness portrays a young chemist who develops and invents a cloth with special qualities – resulting in both expected and unintended consequences. The Man in the Whit Suit will be shown on February 12.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American science fiction horror film. Part of it is shot in “film noir” style. Starring Kevin McCarthy, the film is about an alien invasion of earth. Extraterrestrial space spores have fallen to earth and develop pods, each one capable of developing a duplicate human being. The film is preserved in the national film registry as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Invasion of the Body Snatchers appears on many lists of the “best science fiction”, as well as the “best horror” films of all time. This film will be shown on February 19.
“We are delighted to bring back these classic films for the enjoyment of the public,” said Classic Film Festival Chair Dave Rosenberg. “Classic Science Fiction is an especially engaging genre because here we are in the present showing past films that are all about the future. It results in an existential and delightful journey for the audience. We welcome the community to our Lodge to enjoy these classic bonbons.”
The Davis Odd Fellows began their Classic Film series in the Spring of 2014, showing three classic films of a certain genre during each series. The series has been repeated every Spring and every Winter since 2014. The series this February featuring Classic Science Fiction will be the 7th chapter of the series. The six previous chapters featured: Academy Award Best Picture Films, Classic Westerns, Classic Courtroom Dramas, Classic Film Noir, Classic Screwball Comedies, and Classic Comedies.
In addition to the screening of these classic films, the Odd Fellows provide free popcorn to patrons. A no-host bar is also available before and during the screenings featuring wine, beer on tap, soft drinks and water, and a full array of mixed drinks.
The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has been a fixture in Davis since it was instituted in 1870. The Lodge has resided at its present location on 2nd Street for the past 62 years. The Davis Odd Fellows is a fraternal association of men and women, currently with 259 members. It is the largest Odd Fellows Lodge in California. The Lodge engages in many activities supporting the community in addition to the Classic Film Festival. Some of those activities include the Davis Chocolate Festival, A Taste of Davis, Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast with the Bunny, the Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast, the Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament, monthly second Sunday Bingo for the community, and “Thursday Live!” monthly musical entertainment at the Lodge, among others. More information on the Davis Odd Fellows can be obtained at www.davislodge.org.
Ring in 2015 with traditional style, bubbly champagne, and great music at the “Odd Fellows New Year’s Eve Party with Mumbo Gumbo”. The party will be held at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 415 2nd Street, in Downtown Davis.
Doors open on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. and the music starts at 9:00 p.m. – and the party continues into Thursday, January 1, 2015.
Tickets are $40 each. Ticket sales are limited to 225.
The price of admission includes Mumbo Gumbo, a premier local musical group, providing popular listening and dancing music, gumbo and cornbread, party favors, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. No host bars will be open in both the Upper and the Lower Halls at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall.
“We will feature a dance party in the Upper Hall with Mumbo Gumbo,” said Juelie Roggli, Chair of the New Year’s Party, “and in the Lower Hall we will have a casual setting where folks can watch the big screen television showing New Year’s Eve shows. Gumbo and cornbread will be served during the evening. The Odd Fellows hope this will be the start of a new tradition in town with a good-old-fashioned New Year’s Party for the community. And we’re delighted to feature the very popular and entertaining Mumbo Gumbo on New Year’s Eve.”
Starting December 1, tickets are available at Common Grounds in South Davis and at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis. Tickets may also be purchased online at
The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has been a fixture in the community since it was chartered in 1870. The Lodge has resided at its present location at 415 2nd Street since 1955. Currently, some 230 men and women are members of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. The Lodge is a fraternal order focusing on community service and social activities for its members.
The first Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival last February proved so popular, the Odd Fellows will do it again.
The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival will return on three successive Sundays this November. On November 9, 16 and 23, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge will host three classic examples of the cinema arts – this time featuring classic American Westerns. The American Western is the unique invention and product of Hollywood, and the genre continues to be popular to this day. The three classic films will be shown at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, Lower Hall, on the Lodge’s big screen – doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 7:00 p.m.
Well-known and respected Davis Enterprise film critic Derrick Bang will be on hand to introduce each film, and provide the back story that film aficionados appreciate.
The Classic Film Fest will kick off on November 9 with one of the all-time classic Westerns, Stagecoach. This 1939 film was directed by the legendary John Ford. It stars Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, and in his starring film debut – John Wayne. That first panning close up of Wayne in this movie is iconic – once you see it, you won’t forget it. This film follows a group of strangers on a stagecoach through Apache country, traveling to Lordsburg. Viewers will witness plenty of character development and plenty of action in this film.
On November 16, the Classic Film Fest features The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This “neo-Western” and adventure film stars Humphrey Bogart in an unusual casting, moving into paranoia and insanity as the film progresses. Released in 1948, the film was one of the first to be shot outside the United States, in Mexico “on location”. The movie includes gold, greed, Banditos, Federales, and more. And the film takes some twists and turns, some expected and some surprising.
The final screening, on November 23, will feature the quirky comedy-Western Cat Ballou. Released in 1965, this classic film stars Jane Fonda in the title role, as well as Lee Marvin, who received an Oscar at the Academy Awards presentation for “Best Actor”. The film includes gunfighters, ranchers, train robbers, outlaws, and Western justice.
The classic movies presented by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge are a public service to support the history of cinema. The public is cordially invited to these classic screenings. Admission is free, but donations at the door to benefit community and charitable groups are gratefully accepted. The Odd Fellows will also have popcorn, candy, soft drinks, wine and beer available for attendees at reasonable prices.
The Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival is run by a Classic Film Festival Committee chaired by Dave Rosenberg, and including Lea Rosenberg, Juelie and Kurt Roggli, Robin Dewey, Rene Martucci and Richard Urbino, Beth and Bob Dovi, and Joel Mandel.
Every Thursday evening, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge opens its doors to members, applicants, and their friends and family, for some relaxing social time. The bar is open, dinner is available for those who wish to partake, the big-screen television is on, table games are available, a Wii is often set up for those who want a video game challenge, lounge chairs are set up, and participants just have a good time. An activity is always scheduled – sometimes its trivia night, poker night, charades, bunco, karaoke. This weekly endeavor is called “Club Night at the Lodge” and its organized by the Davis Lodge’s Good Fellowship Committee.
Recently, during poker night the big winner was Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg (pictured next to her loot) and surrounded by the other players at her table. Who knew Lea was such a card shark?
If you haven’t visited “Club Night at the Lodge”, you don’t know what you are missing. Come by on Thursday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m.