We like to think of the Brits as reserved and refined, and with their perky boy bands and chic princess, it's easy to forget how creepy they can be. The Humboldt County Library is here to remind us how weird it can get across the pond with its October film series, "Keep Calm: Paranormal England."
First up on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. is The Innocents, hosted by Michael Logan. It stars Deborah Kerr and is based on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, a gothic novella in which the governess of two eerie little children starts to think they might be possessed. Fix that one, Super Nanny.
Next Michael Logan hosts Night of the Demon on Oct. 8. Adapted from "Casting the Runes" by M.R. James and directed by Jacques Tourneur, this one features a doubting Yank psychologist who's looking into a colleague's death and develops the heebie-jeebies from a local occultist.
On Oct. 15, it's the much lighter Blithe Spirit, which is based on a Noel Coward play and is directed by David Lean. Married Rex Harrison has a medium over and accidentally brings back his dead wife's ghost. Awkward. Hosted by the blithe Bob Doran.
Finally, on Oct. 29, Dorothy Macardle's Uneasy Freehold comes to the screen as The Uninvited, a spookier version of House Hunters International. Michelle Cartier hosts this film about a brother and sister who realize their real estate bargain needs work — like an exorcism.
Pandas — giant, red, kung fu, Sandoval — own the Internet. Why? Because the furry, graphically colored pandas are adorable, exotic and endangered. (If you've never clicked on a panda picture online, you might be a serial killer. Get that checked out.)
The red panda is like a raccoon from out of town that doesn't want to get in your garbage cans. Very chill. And we have a whole family of them at our zoo. Sunday is a free day at Sequoia Park Zoo to celebrate International Red Panda Day. It's an actual thing set up by the Red Panda Network. Which is also a real thing. We looked it up. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids can do all sorts of activities with the folks from the zoo and PG&E, which is sponsoring the day. Kids can become official Red Panda Rangers, too (great band name — snap it up before someone else does).
Enter the raffle for a chance to hand feed the pandas (squee!) or maybe take home conceptual art from Sumo the red panda, who walks through paint onto canvas (don't ask him about it or you'll be stuck for 20 minutes of him going on about his process). Pale, fluffy baby Móhú ("foggy" in Chinese) is starting to venture out with Mom, so there's even a chance of a cub sighting. Either way, there's a live feed you can watch for a little panda reality TV.
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