Apr 09 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Community Treasure Series
BLUE RIVER
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE

Gary Nolley
Wednesday
April 12, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Shelby County Tourism
DISH IT OUT
Friday
April 14, 2017
7:30pm
$2

Comedy and Music
UKULELE RUSS
Saturday
April 15, 2017
7:30pm
$10 Advance
$12 Door
$5 Students
online here

Shelby County Players
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Fri. – April 21 7:30pm
Sat. – April 227:30pm
Sun. – April 232:00pm
Thur. – April 277:30pm
Fri. – April 287:30pm
Sat. – April 297:30pm
Sun.  – April 302:00pm

Faith Based Movie
SAVING FAITH
Wed – May 1, 2017 – 7:30pm
Fri – May 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Sun – May 14, 2017 – 2:30pm
$7

Shelbyville High School
at JWO Breck Auditorium

94th Presention of
MAY FESTIVAL

Thursday
May 4, 2017
8:00pm

Shelbyville High School
JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Saturday
May 6, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

Community Treasure Series
WSVX GIANT 96
COMMUNITY RADIO

Wednesday
May 10, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Shelbyville Middle School
JAZZ SHOWCASE
Thursday
May 18, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

Friday Night Frights
LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
Friday
May 19, 2017
7:30pm
$5

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Apr 07 2017

CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS – Saturday Night!

Catrina and the Baggy Bottom Boys, direct from Metamora Indiana, will perform at the Strand on Saturday April 8, 2017.  The concert starts at 7:30pm.   This concert will welcome our 100,000th patron to the Strand.   Will it be you?

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Apr 07 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – 4/7/2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Welcome new Strand Fans.   We added several people to our list this week.  We are an organization with no secrets.   The Strand is your theater, and we want you to always be “in the know.”    We hope you enjoy reading about the Strand.   The anthropologists and historians in the future will be happy to read these too!

 

We are in the middle of a fun week, but we want to share our BIG news first…..we will welcome our 100,000th patron on Saturday night!   Will it be you?     It has been a long haul and we are happy to cross the six figure threshold.   Before you know it we will be announcing our one millionth as a performing arts center (although if you do the math since 1916, the building has long since passed that).   Thank you for helping make the Strand a reality.


This week Poetry helped inch us closer to 100,000.   Three Sisters Books and Gifts hosted another wonderful event.   The next poetry night will be October 18th.     It is always a fun and worthwhile event.

 

Last night we welcomed Donald Davidson back to the Strand.   Donald spent almost two hours telling incredible stories and answering questions.   On the trivia portion of the night our audience proved to be sharp.  Kudos Mr. Harrold and Mr. Jones for answering the tough questions correctly.   Thank you to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this event.   It was nice to see so many patrons from outside Shelby County making the trip to the Strand.

 

We also want to thank WSVX Giant 96 for interviews with the Baggy Bottom Boys and also with Donald Davidson.   It was nice to see Donald Davidson’s picture in the WSVX studios.  

 

Tonight we have Friday Night Frights.   You will see Peter Cushing (not in CG) in HORROR EXPRESS (1972).   The movie starts at 7:30pm and the balcony will be open.   We will announce the next three month’s films shortly.

 

Tomorrow night April 8th our 100,000th patron will be at the Strand to hear CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   This bluegrass group will have your toes tapping.   They always have an entertaining and energetic concert.   The Strand is looking forward to hearing them again.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at the door or at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at BrownPaperTickets.com

 

This week we had a pleasant surprise.  A contractor working on our block asked if he could use the spigot at the Strand for water.   We were happy to help and turned the water supply on for his use.    To our surprise the next day we found out our facade had been power washed.   Thank you AK Construction!!!    We live in a great community.

 

We also have a new neighbor.  Welcome to Mach1PC.   Scott and Vinnie are open for business next door at the former Tippecanoe Press Building.   It is nice to finally see the lights on and activity inside.   Vinnie and our own Cody V. are working on providing wireless access, courtesy of Mach1PC,  for all our patrons.   What great neighbors, thank you.

 

You might have seen or heard the Strand in the news recently.   WIBC 93.1FM shared with us that our story on their web site garnered the most traffic of the week.   The Strand’s volunteers sincerely thank all the people who have wished us well after that story aired.   We look forward to moving on, but are happy to gain more Strand Fans.  

 

Uhg.   We were proud to replace all 18 lamps in our auditorium lights last month.   It is an unpleasant job.    It requires a tall ladder, lots of patience, and a strong back.    As you know the world is moving away from incandescent light bulbs.   (warning, tech talk ahead).   Our auditorium lights have to be incandescent because of the dimmer system.   The dimmers we use were industry standard, at the time,  SCR (silicon controlled rectifier) dimmers.   These dimmers work by cutting off part of the sine wave to decrease the voltage.  Modern LED lamps will not work with this type of dimmer, as such we are relegated to using incandescent lamps.  While the glorious light from the lamps, at about 2300° Kelvin looks good, the bad part for us is that a quality lamp isn’t readily available.

 

On Thursday night one of the new lamps burned out, hence the uhg.   That means the other 17 are soon to follow.   One month of use…really?    We are on the hunt for Group 7 industrial 130 volt 40 watt lamps.   We aren’t going to play this game again for at least 2500 usage hours.

 

Next week we have our COMMUNITY TREASURE SERIES with Gary Nolley, DISH IT OUT, and UKULELE RUSS.

 

Dish It Out is a cooking competition.   Competitor’s will have an hour to prepare their dish – and present to the panel of judges for critique.

 

Students participating in this second-year competition include Megan Carter, Gabriela Jones, Andrew “AJ” Roche and Michael “Alton” Danzall. These four students are in the Culinary Arts program at Blue River Career Programs. Chef Jodi Traub, the Culinary Arts Program Director at BRCP, anticipates a great evening of competition from her students. “These students are all extremely talented, and plan to pursue a secondary education in Culinary Arts after high school. Shelby County Tourism and Visitors’ Bureau has created a fresh and fun way for these kids to show off their abilities, while hosting an event everyone can enjoy. The students know what they are preparing, and each have a theme they will be working with in preparation of their selections,” comments Chef Traub.

 

Judges for this years event include Greg Pence, the Head Chef at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, Brad Mendenhall, Senior Chef at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky and Trish McIlroy, a Professor of Culinary Arts with Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.  Liz Biro, Food and Beverage Critic with the Indianapolis Star will be the Master of Ceremonies.

 

A $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the winner that evening, with all other participants receiving prizes as well. The winner will also have a booth at this year’s Taste of Shelby County event on June 2, 2017 – so everyone will have an opportunity to try their award-winning dish.   Last year this event was among the most fun of the season, come experience it!

 

Thank you for the support.   It has been a week filled with highs and lows.   Good for us all problems vanish as soon as we walk through the theater’s doors.  Yours will too.   We hope to see you at the Strand!

 

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Mar 31 2017

Strand Theatre Weekly Email – March 31, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

This week and next we are taking the opportunity to fix a few problems at the theater.   It seems as though there is always something.   This week our focus falls on our sound system.   (Warning, tech talk ahead).   Our sound board has given us great service since we opened.   Each year our sound guru Ron B. opens the board and gives it annual maintenance.   This year he was unable to get that done.   We are feeling the effects, or at least we think.  We currently have 4 bad channels and last week we lost our phantom power (don’t you hate when that happens?).  It is time for a little TLC, or more aptly “miracle work” to happen.  We have our fingers crossed everything will be OK.  We know Ron will be in sometime soon to check things out.   

 

We are also going to make sure the stage floor is smooth.   With the wear and tear it becomes necessary to do a thorough inspection and make the necessary repairs.   The final item on the list is our semi-annual ice machine maintenance.   If you own commercial ice machines, you know the issue.   Our machine has given us excellent service.   We intend to keep it that way.

 

How is your bracket doing?   We are taking this weekend off to watch basketball.   We have learned from the past that the Final Four will put a damper on attendance.   Tim Spradlin will attest to that.  Good luck to all the teams.   Arts and sports come together in March in Indiana.  We are having as much fun watching the games as you are.

 

Next week we have POETRY NIGHT on Wednesday April 5 at 7pm.   This semi-annual event is presented by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   It will feature poet Bonnie Maurer.   Bring poetry to read, or just come to listen.  It is always a wonderful event.   April is National Poetry Month.   Get in the spirit and head to the Strand on Wednesday night.   The event is free.

 

Thursday night April 6th we welcome Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian DONALD DAVIDSON to the Strand.   This free event will give you an opportunity to hear Donald talk about things relevant to this year’s 500 as well as interesting facts from the past.   Donald Davidson is a true gentleman, and we look forward to his return to the Strand.   The event starts at 7pm and is free.

 

Saturday April 8th CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS return to the Strand’s stage.   The Baggies are based in Metamora, Indiana.   They perform wonderful bluegrass music.   Come on out and have an evening filled with toe tapping music!   The concert starts at 7:30pm.   Tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.    There will be plenty of tickets available at the door.

 

We continued our painting this past week.   It is odd to have work not associated with the stage or auditorium.   Our offices inch closer to being done.   Darlene G. spent a day getting the north office finished.   All that is left is a few touch-ups and to give it a thorough cleaning.   You will know when that is done as the chandelier will glisten and all the bulbs will be clean and bright.  You can see that from the street.

 

We have the south office and the southwest office to finish.   The south office is close, but we haven’t even started on the southwest office.    We have the skylight well in that office to paint.    It already looks good with the skylight (back for the first time in over 70 years!)   Once we are done with all the paint, they we can install the carpet.   It has taken us over a decade, but that is OK.   As you know we work on our core mission areas of the theater first.   The offices just aren’t that important in the scheme of things.

 

Thank you for all your support.  Now more than every the good wishes are appreciated by the all volunteer leadership and staff at the Strand.  We will all find out together what the future will hold.   Until then, see you at the Strand!

 

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Mar 24 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

Movie
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Friday
March 24, 2017
7:30pm
$5 Advance
$7 Door
bar provided by 18 on the Square

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Three Sisters Books & Gifts
POETRY NIGHT
April 5, 2017
7:00pm
Free

 

Indianapoilis
Motor Speedway

DONALD DAVIDSON
IMS HISTORIAN

April 6, 2017
7:00pm – FREE

 

Friday Night Frights
HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
Friday
April 7, 2017
7:30pm
Admission $5

 

Bluegrass Concert
CATRINA and the
BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS
Saturday
April 8, 2017
7:30pm
$7 Advance
$10 Door

 

Community Treasure Series
BLUE RIVER
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE

Gary Nolley
Wednesday
April 12, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

 

Shelby County Tourism
DISH IT OUT
Friday
April 14, 2017
7:30pm
$2

 

Comedy and Music
UKULELE RUSS
Saturday
April 15, 2017
7:30pm
$10 Advance
$12 Door
$5 Students
online here

 

Shelby County Players
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Fri. – April 21 7:30pm
Sat. – April 227:30pm
Sun. – April 232:00pm
Thur. – April 277:30pm
Fri. – April 287:30pm
Sat. – April 297:30pm
Sun.  – April 302:00pm

 

Shelbyville High School
at JWO Breck Auditorium

94th Presention of
MAY FESTIVAL

Thursday
May 4, 2017
8:00pm

 

Shelbyville High School
JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Saturday
May 6, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

 

Community Treasure Series
WSVX GIANT 96
COMMUNITY RADIO

Wednesday
May 10, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

 

Shelbyville Middle School
JAZZ SHOWCASE
Thursday
May 18, 2017
7:00pm
FREE

 

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Mar 24 2017

Strand Weekly Email March 24, 2017

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Tonight come join the party.   We are showing THE BIG LEBOWSKI at 7:30pm Friday March 24th.   This is being hosted by the Schwann Bicycle Team.   It will be fun with White Russians available from 18 on the Square.   Tickets are available at the advance price at Mickey’s T-Mart of online at BrownPaperTickets.com.    There will be plenty of tickets at the door.  We hope to see you there!

 

The Strand had a patron drive from Anderson, Indiana to come to our Friday Night Frights showing.  We love that.

 

Many people from out of town came to hear Brooke Steele Saturday night.  We love that too!

 

On Tuesday we had patrons from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois make the trek to Shelbyville to hear Chloë Agnew’s concert.    We are pleased that the Strand is attractive outside our community as much as we hope it is to everyone living here in Shelby County.

 

For our concert on Tuesday night we needed a certain type of piano for the artists.   Thank you to local musician Jeff Sponsel for loaning the Strand his Roland G8 for the show.   It sounded great on stage.   Everyone had a good time at the concert.   Thank you to Chloë, Dermott, Naomi, Bonnie, and Clyde for making the trip to Shelbyville.

 

We explained to the out of state audience that the Strand will be dark next weekend.  For those of us in Indiana, we know why, but for those folks we had to explain our state’s common religion….BASKETBALL.   One thing we know we can’t compete against…Indiana teams in the sweet 16 and hopefully the final 4.

 

The night of Chloë Agnew’s concert was also the night of the Indiana Tornado Drill.   Our volunteers reviewed our procedures.  If you are curious, the safest place in the Strand during a tornado is under the balcony.  The balcony is very strong and all steel and concrete.   When we opened in 2008 we sought out the advice of an engineer and that was where we need to be.    We are happy to participate in this critical safety drill.    Did you?

 

This week we also held our monthly fire drill.  Remember being in school and having those drills?   We do them too, each and every month.   We keep logs and our alarm company keeps a record too.   As you know, if seated in the auditorium the nearest exit is to your right or behind you where you came in.  We have to admit, it is fun getting to pull the handle on the alarm.   

 

The performance break will be good for our volunteers even though the less that desirable things we are dealing with keep trudging along.   We hope to have a resolution soon.  You can read all about it in either the Shelbyville News or online with WSVX Giant 96 radio.   

 

Over the winter one of the things that happens is our marquee gets filthy.  In particular the 304 light bulbs get covered with road soot.   A few weeks ago we had torrential rains.   This was good for several reasons.   First, we were able to check our roof leaks (that didn’t go so well).  Next, Mother Nature decided to volunteer for the Strand and she cleaned all 304 marquee lights.  They are spotless!   Thank you Mother Nature.   We had another nice rain this past week.   This time our newly patched roof held!!

 

Thank you to all the well wishes from across the country.  The Strand’s volunteers have some very tough decisions to make in the coming weeks.   Bottom line is we are all volunteers and cannot take being bullied.   Time will tell what tact we take.

 

After the basketball break we will start with 2 very fun events.   On April 5, 2017 we will hold POETRY NIGHT in honor of National Poetry Month.   This is arranged each year by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   Come out and enjoy an evening of verse.   The poetry starts at 7:00pm and the event is free.   Stop by Three Sisters Books for your very own 2017 Poetry at the Strand bookmark!

 

On April 6, 2017 the Strand welcomes DONALD DAVIDSON.   Donald is the long serving historian for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   We have listened to Donald on the radio for decades.  This is your chance to hear him in person, ask questions, and learn first hand that the nice fellow you hear on the radio is the same in person!  The event is free and starts at 7:00pm.  

 

On April 8, 2017 we welcome back CATRINA AND THE BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   This will be a wonderful evening full of bluegrass music and fun.   Tickets are on sale at Mickey’s T-Mart, online at BrownPaperTickets.com, or at the theater.   We hope to see you there for an evening of toe tapping fun!

 

The Strand is a safe haven.   When the lights dim and the performer is on stage, everything is right in the world.   We hope you come to a future event and experience this first hand with us.   We are able to do this all because of you.   Thank you.  See you at the Strand!

 

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Mar 23 2017

The Big Lebowski – March 24, 2017 – 7:30pm

The Schwinn Bicycle Team presents a party at the Strand.   The BIG LEBOWSKI will be showing one night only on March 24, 2017.   The movie starts at 7:30pm.   18 on the Square will provide the bar and the balcony will be open!

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