5 Things You Need To Know Today: Jan. 30 [VIDEO]

Tonight: Framingham High graduate's documentary will be in 500 theaters, including AMC Framingham and Flyers hockey teams up with American Cancer Society for a benefit.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. Tonight, in almost 500 AMC Cinemas across the country, including AMC Framingham 15, Fathom events will showcase a documentary highlighting a unique theatre company called Old Vick, New Voices formed by Framingham High graduate Carly Hugo and actor Kevin Spacey.

One Night Stand, is a look behind the scenes of a unique New York City theatre company, featuring actors Cheyenne Jackson (Glee), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live). The 90-minute R-rated show "offers theatre lovers a candid look at what it takes to write, cast, rehearse and perform four short musicals in just 24-hours."

Hugo, the daughter of Framingham School Committee member Beverly Hugo  Framingham Board of Health Chair Michael Hugo, has accomplished so much since graduating from Framingham High and Columbia University with a degree in film studies.

She is an award-winning independent film producer based in New York City.

She was the producer of Higher Ground, directed by and starring Academy Award-nominee Vera Farmiga, and the documentary Hot Coffee (HBO), both of which premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Earlier this month, a film Hugo helped produced won Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival for an American drama. Mother of George is a portrait of Nigerian immigrant family life. It's the story of Ayodele and his wife Adenike who wish to start a new life together in America. Yet Adenike, unable to conceive the son her mother-in-law already has named George, finds herself torn between the traditions of her Yoruba culture and her new life forcing her to risk everything to save her marriage, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Order tickets for One Night Stand at this link for the 7:30 p.m. show at the AMC Framingham.

2. Framingham High Flyers Hockey has chosen to dedicate tonight's game to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Flyers will skate against Needham at Loring Arena at $7. Admission $5. All proceeds from the Chuck-a-Puck will be donated to the American Cancer Society, to assist the organization in its goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink and purple to the game and all the players will wear pink to honor loved ones touched by cancer.

3. Yesterday, we reported the sad news of the death of Frambors founder Steve Orr on Monday. Tuesday night, Framingham Selectmen held a moment of silence for the Conservation Commission and Town Meeting member, who died at the age of 58. Funeral arrangements are still being made. Thoughts and prayers to his wife Krystine and his family. 

Unfortunately, his site Frambors is down and was not working as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. Moderators Kathy Vassar and Linda Dunbrack were working on a fix or an alternative. Framingham Patch will post when there is an update.

4. And Framingham Patch wants to send our condolences to Framingham School Committee member Carol Phalen, whose mother Katherine Anne (McNally) Carretta, 88, died earlier this month in Michigan. The Funeral Mass was Saturday, Jan. 26 at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, NY.

The family suggested donations may be made the Learning Center for the Deaf, 848 Central St. in Framingham www.tlcdeaf.org.

5. Framingham Selectman Jason Smith said Tuesday night that Dover has been admitted as a member of the Framingham-based Metrowest Regional Transit Authority; and that the board has renewed Administrator Ed Carr's contract for another three years.


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