FASHION, FRANKENSTEIN, a FAIRY GODMOTHER and a WHOLE LOT MORE
If, you haven’t had the treat of seeing a play, movie or a special event at the newly remodeled re-opened Strand, the last quarter of it’s inaugural year offers offers audiences lots of diverse offerings including: the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of Cinderella, a fashion show featuring female business leaders, and a two-week line up Halloween flicks, a blue festival and lots of great classic films. Here’s the line-up:
Oct. 1, 7 PM. Role Models Fashion Show. Presented by Town Center Mall and the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Cobb’s “role models” will trade in day jobs for the glitz and glamour of The Strand’s runway this October. Educators, elected officials, directors, and business and civic leaders will model AFFORDABLE fall fashions. There will also be a few surprise live entertainment numbers by the models themselves! Tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and limited to only 100 guests for the show and a “Meet the Models” cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception on The Strand’s roof top terrace.
Oct. 2, 6-10 PM. Art Walk/Brew With A View. Art aficionados can admire the fine paintings, see the artists at work, and catch a view of Glover Park while enjoying a glass of wine, beer, or a mixed drink from The Strand’s roof top terrace bar during the First Friday Art Walk. The featured artist of the month is Robert Leedy.
Oct. 3, 11:59 PM. Rocky Horror Picture Show (R). In this wacky and tacky 1975 musical film, newlyweds Brad and Janet are blissfully in love – until their car breaks down in the rain. They look for help only to find themselves at the castle of the strange (possibly alien) Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is in the process of bringing a monster “Rocky” to life. They are offered a place to stay, but do they dare? Tickets are $10 (17+, IDs will be checked). Prop bags will be available for $2 and will include rubber gloves, cards, water pistols, etc.
Oct. 4, 2 PM. An Evening With Mary and Abraham Lincoln. Based on the award-winning fictional diaries by Kay duPont, Loving Mr. Lincoln: The Personal Diaries of Mary Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln reenact the public and private details of one of the strongest, yet most tragic, relationships in history. Book signing and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will follow the play at 3:30 PM. Tickets are $22.50 adults, $12.50 children/students. The play is sponsored by SA White Oil Company and Georgia Power, and proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. More information about the organization can be found at www.ywcanwga.com. Tickets are available at The Strand’s box office.
Oct. 10, 3 PM & 8 PM. Pass It Down. Produced by ZEN-I Productions and Siddeeqah Powell: An original stage play about four generations of women who realize that honesty and forgiveness can heal a family and maybe the next generation. Sponsored by Capitol City Bank. More information at www.ZeniProductions.com. Tickets are $15 at The Strand’s box office.
Oct. 15 & 16, 8 PM. Forever Plaid. Presented by Highland Bank. Forever Plaid is an off-Broadway musical comedy written by Stuart Ross. The critically acclaimed show is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony “guy groups” (e.g. The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen) that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. This quartet of high-school chums’ earnest dreams of recording an album ended in death (literally and indeed, symbolically) in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. This benefit performance for Hickory Hills Arts Academy will include a 7:30 PM pre-show featuring the artwork and stage performances of Hickory Hills Arts Academy students. Tickets are $10-15 at The Strand’s box office.
Oct. 17, 4-11 PM. Atlanta Blues Festival. Featuring The Bobby Rush Review, Curtis Salgado (John Belushi’s inspiration for the Blues Brothers), Lola, and The Soul Shakers. The festival will showcase the varied sounds of the blues, from classic Chicago sounds to 70s funk-infused struts. Tickets are $37.50 at The Strand’s box office.
Oct. 22 – 31. Halloweekendz. Everyone knows scary movies are scarier on the big screen – don’t miss your chance to see a classic horror story the right way again! The Strand will present two weekends full of spooky, creepy, scary, and downright ugly characters including 14 film features and a spooky “Boo” With A View on Halloween. A pre-show organ concert & sing-along will start 30 minutes before each movie. Movie tickets are $6 – $7. The movie line-up includes classics, recent hits, and monsters even children can love:
Thurs., Oct. 22, 7 PM. Creature from the Black Lagoon (G). In this 1954 black & white classic horror film, a scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.
Thurs., Oct. 22, 10 PM. 28 Days Later (R). Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror film. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days after the event, a bicycle courier takes
to the deserted city streets in a state of mystified confusion, soon learning the truth behind the menacing creatures that lurk in the shadows.
Fri., Oct. 23, 7 PM. The Omen (R). The Thorn family has everything they could ever want. Except children. In this 1976 flick, a priest sends a healthy baby whose mother has passed away in childbirth home with the couple who experience strange events with the new arrival. Coincidences? Or evil incarnate?
Fri., Oct. 23, 10 PM. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (PG-13). Mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester has created an evil scheme that is bound to give him world global domination. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by forcing them to watch a movie that they cannot control when the horror movie begins or ends. It’s up to one test subject’s quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth.
Sat., Oct. 24, 12 Noon. Young Frankenstein (PG). In this 1974 flick, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein is a teaching surgeon who has spent his life living down his grandfather’s legacy He takes a leave of absence to investigate the family castle and becomes increasingly interested in what he finds. The film is shot in Black and white to simulate the old
monster movie feeling.
Sat., Oct. 24, 7 PM. An American Werewolf in London (R). Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all-time with this cult classic – two American tourists find their lives changed forever when a vicious wolf attacks them during a full moon in London.
Sat., Oct. 24, 10 PM. The Thing (R). In this 1982 chiller by John Carpenter, a helicopter mysteriously chasing a dog crashes outside an arctic scientific expedition base – and all passengers are dead. The seemingly harmless pup is adopted but soon mutates and becomes deadly. Scientists conclude a shape-shifting alien is on the loose in the coldest place on the planet. And man is the warmest place to hide.
Sun., Oct. 25, 3 PM. Phantom of the Opera Silent Film w/Organ Accompaniment by Ron Carter. The Strand will be featuring the original 1925 Phantom of the Opera, a silent black and white film with organ accompaniment. A much feared fiend haunts the Paris Opera House, coaching an understudy to take the lead role after driving out the lead. Soon, the new star will be kidnapped, leaving her love and a secret service agent to rescue her.
Thurs., Oct. 29, 7 PM. The Fly (R). Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo an investigative journalist by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. But when he attempts to teleport himself, a fly enters one of the transmission booths and Brundle is a changed man. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Thurs., Oct. 29, 10 PM. Army of Darkness (R). Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas. A twentieth century man (a very unlikely hero) is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. You’ll get the chance to scream “THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK” during this 1992 comedic fantasy film once again this October!
Fri., Oct. 30, 7 PM. The Birds (PG-13). In this 1963 movie, an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels, handsome Mitch Brenner, and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch’s mother where the characters’ sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it’s no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie’s head. But things take a truly ugly turn.
Fri., Oct. 30, 10 PM. King Kong vs. Godzilla (Unrated). The two greatest monsters of all time are pitted against each other in a spectacular final showdown on top of Mount Fuji in this 1963 classic.
Sat., Oct. 31, 12 Noon. Casper (PG). Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented “ghost story” is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci).
Sat., Oct. 31, 7 PM. Psycho (R). Hitchcock’s black-and-white 1960 original, featuring Anthony Perkins’s haunting characterization of lonely motel keeper Norman Bates, has never been equaled.
Oct. 31, 6-10 PM. “Boo” With A View. The top level roof top terrace is a ghastly place to meet with friends and enjoy a spooky view of the Marietta Square. No cover. Cash and credit card accepted at bar – beer, wine & mixed drinks available.
Nov. 13 & 14. Gone With The Wind: A Re-Premier. Presented by the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, this event is a two-day package deal including special guest Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, autograph sessions with the stars, author book signings, lavish costume ball, and of course, a big screen showing of the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind.” Tickets for the complete package are on sale through the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum for $325 at 770-794-5145 or email Connie Sutherland at email@example.com.
Nov. 21, 3 PM. Johnnie Gabriel Cooking Demonstration: Not Your Mother’s Holiday Party. Presented by Greg Sims Presents. This show sold out fast in February, so don’t wait until last minute to get your tickets! Tickets available at The Strand Box Office or Gabriel’s Desserts and are $25.
Nov. 22, 7 PM. A Roast and Toast to Mayor Bill Dunaway. Celebrate the outgoing Marietta mayor in style at The Strand. Oh – and give him a hard time too! He’ll be roasted and toasted at what is sure to be a memorable event. Headliners include: Sam Olens, Hylton Dupree, Kim Gresh, Earl Smith, Claire Dunaway, and more! Tickets are $15 or $10 for city employees.
Dec. 4 – 20, Various Times. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. Tickets range from $32 to $38 and are available through The Lyric box office at (404) 377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.
Mondays & Fridays. Behind-the-Scenes at The Strand. Want to sneak a “behind-the-scenes” peek at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre? The Strand now offers guided tours of the historic theatre and event rental space. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the theatre dating back to the 1930s, recent renovation efforts and fun facts about the theatre business. Tours are offered Monday and Friday mornings at 10 AM. Tickets are $5.
More information is available at www.EarlSmithStrand.org or 770-293-0080, The Strand box office, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM or two hours before the show. Unless specified otherwise in the description above, tickets can be purchased at The Strand’s box office. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, Ga.