Oct 20 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 20, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,


Wow!   The Shelby County Arts Fest Choir Concert was wonderful.    The 5 choirs sung beautifully.   The finale was a Mozart piece sung by all 5.   The sound was glorious. Thank you to all who worked on behalf of this annual event.


On Wednesday we double dipped.   In the afternoon we participated in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo.   This annual event is held at Shelbyville High School.   It was nice to see everyone who stopped by our booth.   It is always a pleasure to spread the good word about the Strand.    

Wednesday evening we hosted POETRY NIGHT.  This event, coordinated by Three Sisters Books and Gifts, drew a number of talented poets.    The verbal pictures that were painted evoked an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices.    The event was well attended brought out Shelby County’s vibrant writing community.


Tonight we welcome ROCK STEADY BOXING’s  COMEDY FOR A CAUSE.    This comedy fundraiser will tickle your funny bone as well as bring awareness to the transformative work done by the Rock Steady Boxing program for their Parkinson Disease participants.  Program founder, former prosecutor, and funny man Scott Newman will be there to share some thoughts on his journey that lead to the founding of Rock Steady Boxing.   Master of Ceremonies and regular Strand performer Mark Steenbarger will guide the evening with 4 comedians performing.    It will be fun, hope to see you there!


Tomorrow we welcome back TERRY LEE and the ROCKABOOGIE BAND to the Strand’s stage.  Terry brings his high energy show of early rock and roll.   He focuses on Jerry Lee Lewis, but we will also hear Elvis and a little gospel too!   It is always entertaining.   Tickets are still available.


Will he or won’t he?    Our bet is he will.    We will all find out on October 26th the scheduled release date of 3500 JFK documents from the National Archives.    President Trump is the only person that can halt the release.    As we prepare for this potentially historic new information the Strand is hosting two events:


JFK Lecture


Tuesday October 24, 2017

7:00pm  FREE


JFK (1991)

Film by Oliver Stone

Wednesday October 25, 2017

7:30pm  $5


The real knowledge will come on Tuesday night as we listen to JFK historian Andrew McRoberts speak about the events before and after that fateful day in November.    Andrew is a history teacher, so he will take us through the events methodically and factually.    The spin that Oliver Stone put on the assassination with his 1991 movie is not shared by all, but it was the film that most closely covered the topic.    The Strand is proud to participate in this national event helping elevate the knowledge of our community and re-starting a conversation that has faded through the years.   What is your bet?


The week continues on Thursday October 26th  with Friday Night Frights.   (Editor’s note:  Yes, we know that it is a Thursday night, but happily every Friday night in October was booked.   We call it our “Thursday Edition”) This month we will screen WASP WOMAN (1959).    The balcony will be open!


Friday night you need to make sure your toga is pressed and ready to go.   ANIMAL HOUSE (1979) is coming to the Strand.    This FREE movie is sponsored by Mayor Tom DeBaun.   As with the JFK question….will he or won’t he?  We’re betting Tom’s toga might be too worn for public display.   Come out and join the party and celebrate at the Strand the accomplishments of living in a wonderful small town.  


But wait, there’s more….Saturday night we welcome AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG to the Strand for THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED.   Aftermath was formed this summer and is comprised of 4 people who were in the now-defunct band, Cosmos, plus 2 new people who are very good at their craft and have worked with each other for a long time. They joined together for their love of the music of Jethro Tull, Heart, Led Zeppelin and many other artists.  Band members include Laura Harmon, Davey Berling, Alanna Toon, Brian Kelley, Bob Medearis, and Seth Eoff.


Sleeping Dog formed in 2014 in Indianapolis as an all-original rock band with their roots based around classic rock.  Striving for an organic sound they are driven by tubed amps to capture that raw unadulterated sound of pure rock & roll.  You will find an array of writing styles that are incorporated in their music. With a no-frills approach in their recordings and during live performances, Sleeping Dog brings the feeling, attitude, and appreciation that only well written songs can deliver.  Their songs are not masked by effects and gimmicks.   Band members include Ronnie Brewer, Ron Stewart, Jim Hargraves, and Ray Rowlett.   It will be a fun show.   Come in costume!


The fun continues, just look at the list to the left!   This is all because of you, thank you for the support.   See you at the Strand.

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