Forget All Your Cares, Downton

Unless you have already watched it online somewhere illegally — and even if you have — you are probably really excited for the return of Downton Abbey. If you are not already a rabid Downton Abbey fan because you think it’s some stuffy old period drama about who stole Lady Mary’s glove, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! Season three picks up in early 1920. The Great War has just ended. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley are finally getting married — or might he find out about the foreign diplomat who died in her bedroom while they were, uh, ya know? And the Lord’s youngest daughter, the beautiful Sybil, has fled to Ireland with a young chauffeur/revolutionary/father of her unborn child. Yeah, not seeming so stuffy anymore, is it? You wish your life were this interesting. Which is why, after you spend every waking moment between reading this and 9 p.m. Sunday catching up on the first two seasons, you will watch the premiere of the third season on your local PBS station. (Try Channel 2.) For the loyal fans — and those able to catch up in time (get a job, dude) — Cinema Paradiso will offer a special preview screening of the first episode of season three, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Downton Abbey-inspired hat contest at 5:30 p.m.; just please remove them before the screening. The preview is free, but seating is limited, so you must RSVP. Contact Kristina Gutierrez at 305-424-4025 or [email protected] Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit fliff.com.
Sat., Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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