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Ken Burns’ latest film, “The Central Park Five,” examines a notorious case from New York City in 1989 in which five black and Latino teenagers were charged with raping and beating a white woman. They were jailed on questionable evidence, only to be exonerated years later when another man confessed to the crime. It’s a compelling story of how media frenzy and racial tensions led to injustice in the courtroom. Amherst Cinema; 253-2547.


This is the last weekend to catch a huge collection of illustrations and other work from some of the masters of children’s art at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. One exhibition features the work of many noted children’s artists, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection of 10,000 illustrations, while another features paintings, sculptures and other art done by Carle himself. Through Sunday; 658-1100.

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