THROUGH 2/12 ART EXHIBIT/Lewisburg “Reversal of Fortune,” an art exhibit by Stepha nie Rothenberg, will be on exhibition at the Samek Art Museum, Downtown Gallery, 416 Market St. The exhibit features a series of interactive gardens and schematic/ network drawings that examine the intersection of social media, finance and philanthropy. Free. For more information, call 570-577-3792 or visitwww.museum.blogs. bucknell.edu.
TOM ROSENCRANS began his musical journey in Montoursville in the early 60s, when his mom had her old Supertone Hawaiian guitar modified. “Not much of an instrument, but it was a start,” Rosencrans said. In college, he was introduced to the music of Doc Watson, which was the beginning, he said of a “serious fascination with learning to play and sing Piedmont and Delta Blues and traditional Appalachian music.” “These genres are, I believe, the roots of most modern music: country, bluegrass, blues, rockn-roll and jazz,” Rosencrans said. “There is an important social aspect to these music forms. Families and friends once played these tunes for parties, frolics, weddings, picnics, and most community events. It is a way to interact joyfully with folks from all social, economic and age groups. Rosencrans plays guitar, slide guitar, and banjo (clawhammer style), and plays solo as well as with harp players Nate Myers and John Sweeney in separate acoustic blues duos. He has also performed with Jina Gillis Rosencrans and with the Ridge and Valley String Band. He has two albums: “Never Tell Her Of Her Faults”, with Jina; and “Sit Back, Relax” with Nate Myers. Also performing Friday night will be Sink or Swing, a quartet that includes a bass (Carl Kirby), clarinet (Doug McMinn), guitar (Joe DeChristo-
THROUGH 1/30 ART EXHIBIT/Lewisburg The Lewisburg Arts Council will present an art exhibit in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. Open during library hours. The exhibit includes works from 30 participating artist mem bers of the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg. For more information about the Lewisburg Arts Coun cil, visit www.lewisburgartscouncil.com.
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ANTONIO ANDRADE, of Duncannon, started sing ing and playing guitar and harmonica during high school. “The Beatles and their music immediately caught my attention in 1964, and soon I started buying records,” he said, “and while it took a number of years to find my way to Bob Dylan, that is probably when I got ‘hooked’.” After graduating from Mount Carmel High School in 1972, during college, Andrade began singing and playing shows, and he has enjoyed it ever since. However, because it wasn’t a full-time gig for him, for a long time he never really consid ered himself a “musician”. With a career in social service and human service work after graduating from Penn State in 1976 and until 2014, he said, “I think I was about 40 years old when it dawned on me that I had become a musician.” Andrade, who especially appreciates the words and lyrics in music, has both learned and written songs, but says he never chose a genre to make his personal style. “I think I grew into a style...my style,” he said, adding that recently he has termed it “rockin’ folk”, since he plays the acoustic guitar and his music is mostly driven by rock or pop rhythms. What kind of performance will you likely see from Andrade? “Audiences can count on passion and enthu siasm,” he said. “My goal is to entertain and to connect with the audience.” Andrade does about 50 to 60 performances a year, mostly within an hour or two from his home. He also has annual stops in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Missouri. His fifth record will be released this spring. For more information, visit www.lifeshakes. COm‘
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CONTRA DANCE/Lewisburg A Contra dance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Heiter Community Cen ter, 100 N. Fifth St., with a review for newcom ers, and will continue until 10 p.m. Caller Karl Senseman will guide the dance, which will be to the spirited music of Lux Bridge. All are welcome, with or without a part ner; those participating are advised to wear comfortable clothes and soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Admission is $8 for adults; free for those 18 and under; and $5 for students with current identification. For more information, call Betsy or Jeff at 570-524-2104, or visit www.facebook. com/countrysidecontra-
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¡myjj ART EXHIBIT/Bloomsburg The Exchange Gallery, 24 E. Main St., will host “The Blues Show”, an art exhibit held in con junction with the fourth annual Destination Blues Festival taking place in Columbia and Montour counties Feb. 17 to 19. Entries are being ac cepted until 1 p.m. Jan. 14; the exhibit will feature pieces that fit the Blues/ blue theme—Blues music, the color blue, or even feeling blue—and is open to artists of all ages and levels of experience and in any medium. More information is available at ExchangeArts.org or by calling 570-317-2596. The show will run through Feb. 24, and a reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17, the opening evening of the Blues Festival.
TUESDAY LIVE MUSIC/Sunbury Tanner Bingaman will perform original folk and rowdy blues from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Penn’s Tav ern, 113 River Road, Route 147. More information is available by calling 570286-2007 or visiting www. pennstavern.com.
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Valley calendar The Valley Players will be hosting audtions Sunday and Monday for “The Savannah Sipping Society.” The auditions will be for the four female roles in the play, which is a comedy about four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, who are drawn together by Fate — and an impromptu happy hour — and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career de railment. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her husband to another woman. Also new to town is Jinx, a spunky ball of fire who offers her ser vices as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. “The group was really drawn to this script not only because we’ve produced plays by these playwrights before,” director Joyce Hendricks noted, “but also because it was filled with laughter and a really positive uplifting message. I can’t wait to get started on it.” — TRICIA KUNE
GEEZER NIGHT/Sunbury Geoff Levan will host Geezer Night from 7 to 8 p.m. at McGuigan’s Public House, 266 Market St. Free. For more informa tion, call 570-286-5002.
COMING THURS. COMEDIAN/Williamsport Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Com munity Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $54 or for VIP packages, $129 and $229. More information is available at www.caclive.com.
PRODUCTION/Bloomsburg The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present its 2017 Project Discovery Pro duction, “Gunpowder Joe: Joseph Priestley, Pennsyl vania, and the American Experiment,” directed by ensemble member Laurie McCants. The world-premiere play by award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe, explores the life of Priestley, a celebrated scientist, radical religious leader, and fierce defender of the American Revolu tion. For more information, contact School Programs Director Paula Henry at 570-458-4075 or phenry@ bte.org. Public perfor mances will be held at 7:30
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What: “The Blues Show” art exhibit When: Jan. 16 to Feb. 24. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17, in conjunction with the opening night of the Destination Blues Festival. Where: The Exchange Gallery, 24 E. Main St., Bloomsburg Cost: Free How to enter: The exhibit is open to artists of all ages and levels of experience, and to any medium and size of art that centers on the blue and blues theme. The deadline to drop off work at the gallery p.m. Saturday. Saturday. isis11p.m. Moreinformation: information: More ExchangeArts.org, ExchangeArts.org, the gallery’s gallery’sfacebook facebook the page, or 570-317-2596 570-317-2596 page, or
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BLOOMSBURG — If you like the color blue, blues music, and even if you’re feeling blue, an exhibit that opens next week at The Exchange Gallery may be the place for you. “The Blues Show” art exhibit is returning for a second year and will again be held in conjunction with the fourth annual Destination Blues Festival, which will take place in Columbia and Montour counties in February. “It’s another way of attracting people to this space,” said the gallery’s executive director, Oren Helbok, of the exhibit. The blues festival attracts
hundreds of people to the area each year, so by holding a special art exhibit this month and next, as well as a reception and music on the opening night of the festival on Feb. 17, Helbok hopes to once again have a good crowd to walk through the doors and experience the many creations that will be on display. Last year, “The Blues Show” included about 40 pieces. “Some of them were directly Blues music related,” Helbok said, including photographs of blues musicians. The show also included a variety of art, including paintings and sculptures. So far for this year’s show, entries include a bluegrass band member who has knit-
ted hatsand andmittens mittens in blue. ted hats in blue. “We keptthe thetheme theme “We kept as as broad possible,” Helbok broad asaspossible,” Helbok said. “We’reeager eagerto to attract said. “We’re attract aa broader broaderrange range people of of people to to these shows,and and a broader these shows, a broader range ofideas.” ideas.” range of Ben Willis,ofofBloomsBloomsBen Willis, burg, operations manager burg, operations manager for for the localWHLM WHLM radio the local radio stastation, last oneone tion, lastyear yearsubmitted submitted of themore moreunique unique entries, of the entries, a a cigar box guitar withwith cigar boxelectric electric guitar three stringsand and a resonathree strings a resona tor madefrom fromthethe base tor made base of aof a coffee can. coffee can. And hiddenmini-bar mini-bar And aahidden inside. inside. Willis alsoused used Willis also an an oldold Panasonic radio and hooked Panasonic radio and hooked it up for foruse useasasthethe “guitar’s it up “guitar’s amplifier. amplifier. Before hisentry entry into “The Before his into “The Blues Show”last lastyear, year, Willis Blues Show” Willis said hecame cameacross across said he thethe ideaidea online andstarted started building online and building cigar boxguitars guitars own. cigar box onon hishis own. The showgave gavehim him a way The show a way to sharehis hiscreation creation with to share with others. others. This year, submit This year,Willis Willis submitted anotherentry entry ted another forfor thethe show, albeita abitbitsimpler. simpler. show, albeit “It’s “It’s aa little little bit bit less less complicompli cated cated one-string one-string instrument, instrument, primitive but appropriate primitive but appropriate to to the bluestheme,” theme,” said. the blues hehe said. It’s calleda aDiddley Diddley Bow It’s called Bow — aabackwards backwards play — play on on wordsofofwell-known well-known blues words blues musicianBo BoDiddlev. Diddley. musician
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forward theshow show coming forward totothe coming together. together. “I wouldlike liketoto some “I would seesee some surprises,” Helbok said. surprises,” Helbok said. “I “I would likepeople people have would like to to have some senseofofwonder wonder from some sense from an individualpiece piece or the an individual or the show asaawhole. whole. show as “With “With the the broad broad range range of of interpretations,” he added, added, “I interpretations,” he “I would likesomeone someone to say, would like to say, ‘I neverthought thoughtofof it that ‘I never it that way’.” way’.” After all,hehesaid, said, After all, thethe reason for name reason forthe thegallery’s gallery’s name is to show showitsitspurpose purpose is to as as encouraging the “exchange” encouraging the “exchange” of ideasamong amongpeople. people. of ideas “There’s much talent “There’s sosomuch talent surrounding us,” Helbok surrounding us,” Helbok said. “It .but said. “Itmay maybeberural.. rural…but there’s reallyworld world class there’s really class work beingdone done here.” work being here.” The ExchangeGallery Gallery The Exchange recently hosted a “Cash recently hosted a “Cash & & Carry” exhibition, which Carry” exhibition, which included 440pieces pieces more included 440 by by more than 250artists—the artists—the youngthan 250 young est beinga a2-year-old 2-year-old who est being who submitted piece fingersubmitted a apiece of of fingerart. paint art.
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SUNBURY - A new face will be bringing some folk, blues and a bit of banjo to Penn’s Tavern on Tuesday. Tanner Bingaman, 20, of Mifflinburg, had spent the last few years playing his guitar, harmonica and banjo on the streets, at the
boardwalk or in farmer’s markets. Just this summer, the Bloomsburg University student began taking to the stage at various venues. Bingaman performs original music and shares his passion for informal folk and twang. “I try not to make things formal when I perform,” Bingaman said, “1 like spon
taneity.” He does this by inviting musician friends to join him on stage when he sees them in the crowd. His girlfriend, Lauren Kerstetter sings harmony with him at almost every performance, however his harmonica-playing friend Seth Chamberlain may play along at the last minute. Bingaman is a biology
major at Bloomsburg and recently did some traveling in Maine and New Hamp shire as part of recreational training. But music has been his pas sion over the last five years. Bingaman has never had official lessons. His dad, Keith, handed him his own acoustic guitar when he was a teen. “He showed me the first few chords,” Bingaman said, and the Mifflinburg teen took it from there. “I was an avid music listener all across the board,” Bingaman said, “I like roots based music, delta blues, folk. Bob Dylan. I like everyone from Woody Guthrie on up through there.”
Penn’s Tavern owner Liz Mertz said she asked Bin gaman to appear on their stage because of his pro fessional tone and his great talent. She noted she received an email from him with some YouTube links to his music. “A few of us here listened to him, and we were very impressed,” she said. Bingaman has a sound that will appeal to all ages, she said. He noted he enjoys playing “claw hammer” or “old mountain style” banjo music. Back at school Bingaman is committed to a band known as Totem Pole where he is guitarist. Between the band and the solo career, Bingaman said, his weekends are busy. Before his Penn’s Tavern appearance, Bingaman will be at Elk Creek Café in Milheim at 7:30 p.m. this evening. To hear his music: https:// tannerbingaman.bandcamp. com/releases or go to Facebook.com/tannerbingaman-
SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY YOUTH CHORALE ANNOUNCES JANUARY The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) is pleased to announce winter auditions for the educational outreach pro gram, the Susquehanna Val ley Youth Chorale (SVYC). Youth Chorale members who sang with the SVYC in the fall of 2016 do not need to re-audition for the January session. The auditions will be for returning singers who did not sing in the fall and also for new singers. The auditions will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S.
Market Street, in Selinsgrove. There are three singing groups for grades 2 to 12, as follows: Preparatory Chorus: grades 2 to 5/6 Camerata: 5/6 to 8/9 (tre ble/unchanged voices) Valley Singers: high school age Rehearsals for all three groups will begin on Monday, Jan. 30 and will take place at Sharon Lutheran Church. Preparatory Chorus rehears als take place from 5-5:45 p.m., Camerata from 6-7 p.m., and Valley Singers from
7:15-8:15 p.m. The SVYC spring concert takes place on April 30 at 3 p.m. and dress rehearsals will begin on April 29 from 2-4 p.m. The SVYC will join the Susquehanna Valley Chorale for the Pops concert on May 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals begin on May 11 at 7 p.m. at Weber Chapel, Susquehanna University. Parents or guardians should contact Coleen Renshaw at 570-765-0637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 20 to schedule an
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“We’re very aggressive with a lot of energy. Very fast. Aggressive. So finding the right name for a band like this is difficult,” said Dr. David Mudgett. “Names you like, for bands, are often being used or it doesn’t sound right or represent the wrong image of the band. So when someone suggested ‘The Delvarados,’ it seemed to fit perfectly.” Mudgett is a guitarist and vocalist for the group, a Centre County-based band slated to perform Saturday at Elk Creek Cafe. So what makes this band so different? They play punk, jam, funk, surf, rock. They play fast and wild. And they play it as often as they can, according to Mudgett “I love music — any music will do,” he said. “When we decided to form a band, we didn’t want to be stuck into one genre or have people think we can only play these songs or these.” Mudgett calls the band’s style genre-busting, a slick, ever-so-cool stream of sound with no rues or regulations.
vocals and snappy repartee, Sean Hershey with drums and Chris Coyne on guitar and vocals. “Each one of us brought a different view and sound to the band. Some of us played country or just rock. Some played blues or jazz. That experience helps give our music that different kick,” said Coyne. Even during their performances the music can swiftly shift gears and turn into a wild stream of sound and style. “If you never seen us perform or never heard some of the styles of music we play, you have to come out to Elk Creek and see for yourself,” Mudgett said. “You’ll be amazed at what you find.”
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DANVILLE — The ice is melting and the temperatures are rising — which means there is nothing keeping you from venturing out tonight to enjoy music compliments of Bronze Alley Boxer. The band, which will appear at Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville, plays bluegrass, Irish Folk and “old country” style music, according to Dany Murray. Murray plays guitar and sings. “We’ve been together about a year,” said Murray. “So we are a relatively new band, although most of us have been playing together for years.” Bronze Alley Boxer also includes Ben Griswald on banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Derrick Cunningham on stand up bass and vocals; and Watson Thompson on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. All but Thompson have been playing together since the age of 14. “Ironically we grew up playing punk rock,” said Murray. “Now we’re in a string band … but, you know, it’s still fast and it’s still fun.” How, exactly, they made
the switch from punk rock to folk and country style music is somewhat of a mystery, said Murray, but he thinks it dates back to their interest in Old Crow Medicine Show. “Yeah, I’m not sure how we made the change from punk rock to folk,” he laughed. “I guess just playing music in general is where most of it came from — and we were really into Old Crow Medicine Show so we started getting into banjo and mountain music.”
SUITCASE JUNKET MAKES MUSIC OUT OF UNIQUE INSTRUMENTS
January 12, 2017
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What: Suitcase Junket When: 9 p.m. Friday Where: Rusty Rail, Mifflinburg For more information: www.rustyrailbrewing. com Lorenz will be bringing his unique style to the Rusty Rail tonight. John Rattie schedules performers for the Rusty Rail, and is excited to have Lorenz back again. “The Suicase Junket has performed at the Rusty Rail
in the past,” said Rattie. “Matt Lorenz is a powerhouse performer, very unique and 100 percent genuine.” Rattie described Lorenze as “in the moment, a true force of nature” and described his songwriting as and “extraordinary.” “We feel fortunate to host him,” said Rattie. Tickets can be purchased on the Rusty Rail website at www.rustyrailbrewing. com. For more information on Lorenz please visit http:// www.thesuitcasejunket.com. Music may be purchased through his label, Signature Sounds: www.signaturesounds.com.
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and his songwriting draws from the American musical traditions of folk, rock, blues and storytelling. Lorenz has released three albums as The Suitcase Junket - Sever and Lift (2009), Knock It Down (2011) and Make Time (2015). Intrigued? Want to have a listen for yourself? Then you’re in luck, because
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in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism,” said Lorenz. Lorenz tours The Suitcase Junket nationally playing on festival stages and city street corners, in concert halls and dive bars, in living rooms and listening rooms. His sound is often likened to Tom Waits, The Black Keys and Andrew Bird
MIFFLINBURG — What can you do with broken bottles, a suitcase, some forks, shoes and other odds and ends? Well, probably not much. But Matt Lorenz of Suitcase Junket can make beautiful music. Lorenz, of western Massachusetts uses these materials to perform as what has been described as “a true one-man band.” “He’s a one-man band who sings, plays guitar and drums on a kit that he constructed out of a suitcase, broken bottles, forks, dried bones, cast-iron pots, shoes and saw blades,” said Flora of Signature Sounds Recordings. “He has been the Suitcase Junket since 2009 — before that he was in a band with his sister, Kate Lorenz called Rusty Belle.” His music is self-described “swamp yankee” music. According to a review of Lorenz’s performance by Ken Maiuri of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., Lorenz has a way of “carefully connecting and arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once.” Lorenz sings, strums and plays up to four instruments with his feet at once. “I aim to write good songs and sing them honestly,” said Lorenz. Lorenz’s style was born after years of playing in the street to earn his way. He credits his sister, Kate, with a big influence on his style, and said he also copied various rock and rollers before finding his way to his own, unique sound. “I’m interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that’s
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MIDDLE ROAD BRINGS UNIQUE SOUND TO SMILING CHAMELEON By Jeffrey Federowicz For The Daily Item
From 8 to 10 p.m. the Smiling Chameleon will welcome the ever-changing sounds of Middle Road, an acoustic duo performing a mix of covers and original tunes. “I would describe our style as pop, rock, accoustic,” said Damian Gessel, who along with Jamie Rodgers are the forces behind Middle Road. “Jamie and I have been playing together for years,” he said. “We play songs from the 1960s through today and put a strong emphasis on the 1990s while bands like the Gin Blossoms or the Beatles can be found in our wheelhouse.” The duo has performed around the Valley and will be booking more gigs as the year progresses.
IF YOU GO What: Middle Road Where: Smiling Cha meleon, 235 Main St., Lewisburg When: 8 p.m. tonight Cover: None More info: Contact Smiling Chameleon at 570-523-7777 or wwww.smilingchameleon.com “One thing is certain with our shows, you'll never get bored,” said Jamie Rodgers. “If someone is going to take the time to come hear us and to support local music, we need to make sure they’re having fun start to finish.” Their style can range from old school, rock, laid-back and smooth, while each mu sician brings years of experi
ence and musical knowledge to the stage. Utilizing only a guitar, bass and vocals, the guys can turn most any song into one that fits their style and venue. Gessel noted they pay respect to the original song and artist while putting their own spin and personality to each song. “The name Middle Road is just the name of the road that Jamie lives on,” he said. “It also speaks to what we are doing now. Instead of touring now, we just want the middle road to play some music together and enjoy performing.”
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The Penn State Center for Performing ■life. Arts will s show off I g» their i dancing feet on Tuesday in the Eisenhower Auditorium as it welcomes the cast of '42nd Street,” the ‘quintessential backstage musical comedy classic.” Laura Sullivan, the marketing and communications director of the Penn State Center for Performing Arts, said that “42nd Street” will show audiences a great time. “[It’s] a classic American musical with splashy chore ography including great tap numbers, flashy costumes, and familiar and fun music all wrapped up in big production value.” Based on a 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes and an accompanying 1933 film di rected by Lloyd Bacon, 42nd Street is a backstage musical with an American Dream
undertone. Critics describe it as “Broadway’s reality show,” as it demonstrates the drama, hard work and skill required of stars. For years, audiences have identified with the struggles and triumphs of the heroine as she tries to rise up to fame and fortune. The musical tells the story of young Peggy Sawyer, a fresh-faced young woman from Allentown, and her arrival in New York City in 1933, the height of the Great Depression. She yearns to be a chorus girl in Broadway’s newest show, Pretty Lady, but misses the auditions. She charms the musical’s director and becomes a chorus girl, but when the leading lady is injured, Peggy fills in and the show goes on. Along the way, hijinks, homesickness and
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CAMPUS THEATRE KICKS OFF ITS 'GREAT ACTORS SERIES' incredible stories ruined by miscasting, off comedic timing and, well, bad acting. Let me tell you first-hand that acting is not easy. I’ve been acting and involved in one way or another with live theater and JESSICA film since I was 11 years old. ‘My drama PAQUIN teacher once told me, “If you’re ex hausted emotionally and physically after a performance, but the audience thinks it’s easy: You’re doing something right.” It’s not just memorizing lines and making sure you hit your mark like some may think. It takes every emotion that you have inside of you, knowing where to find it, and knowing when, how, and how much to let it out. And that is why we at the Campus Theatre are celebrating our treasured thespians in film with our “Great Actors Series.” The Campus Theatre has been cele brating cinema for more than 75 years and this year we will spotlight some of the greatest performers in cinema all year long. Each month will feature a great film from each decade with some of the most celebrated actors and fficially, it’s finally award season actresses of their time. See classic and again! modern thespians in some of their most Now is the time of year when famous films and renowned perfor different film organizations take the mances. time to acknowledge the hard work and First up, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., dedication of Hollywood’s biggest and we’ll showcase the great silent star brightest. Whether you prefer the Golden Harold Lloyd in his classic “Safety Last!” Globes, the Sundance® screenings, the (also known as “the one with the big BAFTA Awards, or if you hold out for clock”). the big Oscar himself (which will be This film showcases some of his most happening Sunday, Feb. 26 on the big incredible comedic timing as well as screen at your Campus Theatre), you some cutting edge stunt work and special must admit: It’s exciting! effects. (Well... cutting edge for 1923, at All of Hollywood’s elite dressed in least.) their best and waiting with bated breath In February, we’ll showcase the talent to see who will win. of the great Ginger Rogers who (with a My personal favorite at any film little help from Fred Astaire) show their awards ceremony are the acting catego many great talents in front of the camera ries. Everyone who has ever seen at least in the 1935 classic “Top Hat.” one great movie has seen at least one Some other great actors on the list great performance by an actor or actress. include Humphrey Bogart, Vivian Leigh, But what makes them so special? Why Marlon Brando and Katherine Hepburn are some performances revered through just to name a few. out time while others just get lost in the Admission for this series is only $5 for plethora of movies that come out each the general public (and free for current year? Campus Theatre members) so don’t miss Some say it’s all about the writing. And your chance to see these great perfor you can’t argue that it is very important, mances on the big screen. but a great script won’t just come to life To keep up with all of our great events, by itself. It takes a skilled thespian to see our schedule, sign up for our weekly carry it if you want a good end result. e-newsletter, or find out more about us I’ve seen terrible movies with some fan visit www.CampusTheatre.org. tastic performances that stuck with me See you at the movies! long after the plot lost me. And I’ve seen
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Patriots Day (R) — An account of Boston Po lice Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. Monster Trucks (PG) — Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subter ranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Max Steel (PG-13) - The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and com bine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. The Accountant (R) — As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Sleepless (R) — A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Birth of a Nation (R) — Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
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