BATH — The comedic antics of early film comedy stars, including Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, will be showcased in an entertaining evening of mirth and music for the entire family.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center presents “Flicks and Floats,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at 804 Washington St., when piano star Jeff Barnhart (of Ivory and Gold) returns to Bath with a treasure trove of stories and films from the early days of cinematic comedy.

Barnhart, who is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer, accompanies and tutors audiences on classic silent films. Silent films have no synchronized recorded sound and no spoken dialogue. The silent film era lasted from 1895 to 1927. In silent films for entertainment, the dialogue is transmitted through muted gestures, mime and title cards with a written indication of the plot or key dialogue.

This is a unique opportunity for movie fans of all ages to experience vintage entertainment and learn more about the genre. Car chases, stunts, suspense and romance await, as Barnhart weaves his musical magic from scene to scene.

During intermission, classic ice cream floats and popcorn will be available.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 for children younger than age 12.

FMI, tickets: 207-442-8455.

Jeff Barnhart

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