And do what? Well, for one thing, watch TV. But alas, on the networks it's the season of reruns. You can rent movies, of course -- check out the column to the right for some pointers on the vintage Shaft flicks -- but if you want something fresh, it's time to turn to PBS, which once again serves up a season of brand-spanking-new one-hour documentaries on offbeat subjects on P.O.V.
The acclaimed show plays at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 25 (July 4 excepted), on KAET-TV Channel 8. The Tuesday, June 20, selection is Butterfly, by Doug Wolens, a portrait of Northern California activist Julia Hill, who lived in a Redwood tree for two years until it was spared from clear-cutting.
Upcoming selections include Hannah Weyer's La Boda, a portrait of a wedding in the U.S.-Mexico border region (June 27); Elizabeth Barret's Stranger With a Camera, about the murder of a filmmaker in Appalachia (July 11); Elizabeth Thompson's Blink, a study of former white supremacist Greg Withrow (July 18); and Our House in Havana, which concerns a woman's return to Cuba after 40 years, and her attempt to come to grips with her pre-Castro nostalgia.
Several more editions of the show are then slated for selected Tuesdays, through September 26. For details call KAET at 480-965-2308.