Oct 27 2017

Strand Weekly Email: October 27, 2017

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Dear Strand Fan,

Party tonight!   Mayor Tom DeBaun decided he wanted a party at the Strand, so he is sponsoring ANIMAL HOUSE (1979).    Togas are definitely encouraged.   The Fly will be there with a bar, our concessions will be open and admission is free!   Thank you Mayor Tom DeBaun.


Saturday night we have AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG performing their show THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED.    This rock and roll show features music from the early 1970’s.   Some would say deep cuts, others would say “just the songs I listen to every day!”   Either way it will be Halloween Fun at the Strand.    The concert starts at 8pm.  Tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart and online at BrownPaperTickets.com


This week we started the week with our JFK Lecture by Andrew McRoberts.   It was fascinating as Andrew took us through the cast of characters, motivations, implications, and theories.  The lecture was followed on Wednesday night by our showing of JFK (1991) directed by Oliver Stone.   This film was responsible for the 1992 JFK Record Act that has great importance this week.


Last Saturday President Trump tweeted “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”


As we found out yesterday, that did not hold true.  2800 documents were released.   The remaining documents President Trump withheld pending a national security review.  Those documents have been given a 180 day review period.   I guess we will revisit this issue in six months!


Friday Night Frights occurred on Thursday this week.   Boy did that mess with us….either way we had a fun time on Thursday screening the 1959 Roger Corman film WASP WOMAN.  


Tonight is ANIMAL HOUSE and we finish our busy week with THE GREATEST SHOW UNEARTHED performed by AFTERMATH and SLEEPING DOG.   This is a Rock and Roll show that will explore music not often heard in a live concert setting.  Costumes are encouraged!


This week we utilized the capabilities of our flexible projection system.   Cody V., our board member who designed the system, certainly provided for all sorts of scenarios.  It is part of what we do and are happy that the problems were easily solved. (Editor’s note:  That is not quite true, they were solved, but it was a bear).


We are excited to announce that our grant to Blue River Community Foundation for upgrades to our lighting system was granted!   The funds were provided by Shelby County through their Racino Funds.   Thank you to all who made this possible.   This project will have a huge impact on all our performances.   We are hard at work planning our improvements for January.   With luck everything will be done and ready to use for the first performance in 2018.


This week Dick Delaney, former owner of the Strand, gave us the original operating instructions for our 1934 and 1936 Westinghouse “Widerange” Sound System.   These are very interesting and fill in answers for equipment we removed.   Thank you Dick and the DeWitt Family.


We are almost ready to announce our 2018 Friday Night Frights schedule.  This should be ready next week.   We will also announce several exciting performances for our 2018 season.   The excitement is building!


The Strand is a fun place.   This week is a five performance week.  Thank you to the numerous volunteers who allow us the opportunity to maintain an aggressive schedule.   Thank you to you for supporting the Strand!   See you at the Strand.

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