The Varsity’s Art House Film Series continues with “Meek’s Cutoff” on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. In 1845, a small band of settlers traveling across the Oregon High Desert suspect their guide, Stephen Meek, may not actually know where he is going. What was supposed to be a two-week journey, via what became known as the Meek Cutoff, stretches into five weeks. With no relief in sight, tensions rise as water becomes increasingly scarce and supplies run low. The wives look on as the husbands discuss what to do, unable to participate in the decision making. The dynamics of power begins to shift when they capture a lone native and hold him captive in the hopes he will lead them to water. Meek argues that the native can't be trusted. But, the gender dynamics shift as the search for water becomes desperate and the women assert themselves. The Varsity will show “Meek’s Cutoff” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 11. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.org. Tickets also will be available at the venue on the night of the show when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn. “Meek’s Cutoff” is not rated. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmL9at6JT0 The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.