Oct 04 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: October 5, 2018

Published by at 4:50 pm under Weekly Emails

This is the last week for the Shelby County Players’ performance of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.   Performances are tonight (Friday) and Saturday at 7:30pm.   The final performance of the run will be Sunday October 7th at 2pm.   We hope to see you at one of these performances. You will be glad you attended!


(Editor’s Note:  Our last email we discussed the author of the original book for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as Ken Kelsey.   This was a ploy to see how many people read these emails closely. Within 30 minutes we received a comment that we spelled the name wrong…it should be Ken Kesey.  That patron was correct. But it didn’t stop there. Another said we left the apostrophe out of “Cuckoo’s” on the marquee. When asked, our volunteer who takes care of the marquee said “I am a Rose-Hulman mechanical engineer, not an English major.”   The mistake was corrected)


On Monday night October 8th the J. KENNETH SELF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB will be holding its 2018 football awards program at the Strand.  This year’s event will be recognizing 113 players and 55 adult coaches and volunteers from the 2018 program. Six teams ranging from grades Kindergarten through 6 competed against other travel programs from central Indiana, playing 41 games over the course of a three-month period. Awards will be presented to each grade’s Outstanding Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Most Improved and Mental Attitude.  This was the Boys & Girls Club’s 30th season providing youth football for the Shelbyville community. The event is free and starts at 6:30pm.


Across the parking lot, GIRLS INC will be presenting at our October Community Treasure Series Lecture on Wednesday October 10th.   The program starts at 7pm and is free.   


We finish out the week with a private event on Friday and BOB ZANY on Saturday October 13th.   

In 1977, at the tender age of fifteen, BOB ZANY on the infamous Gong Show. Halfway through his stand-up routine, which he read from a piece of paper, he was pulled off the stage by a man dressed like a nun wielding a net. Eleven years later, he made a triumphant return as a celebrity judge.


This marked the first of over 100 appearances on national television. In 1981, while attending Mt. San Antonio College, he applied for a job as a newscaster at the campus radio station but was turned down.  Later that year, he auditioned for the owner of The Ice House in Pasadena. The audition took place in the middle of the afternoon in a club that seats 300. From the only occupied chair came the voice of the owner, “You’re not ready”.  Zany looked around the empty showroom and said “Neither is your club!”


Undaunted, he talked the owner into letting him produce his own show so he could have the stage time, and for the owner, an audience. The result was The Bob Zany Show featuring such newcomers as Garry Shandling, Yakov Smirnoff, Robert Wuhl, Kevin Nealon, and Nia Peeples. After one show, Bob was approached by Frazier Smith, the host of a top-rated radio show on KLOS/LA. After a short time doing guest spots on Frazier’s show, Zany was hired by KLOS as a personality with his own show on Saturday mornings.


Other accomplishments include the creation of Bob Zany’s Comedy Outlets, with over 50 locations throughout California and Nevada; a comedy album “Hi Home, I’m Honey”, on Laff Records; a soon-to-be published diet scrapbook, “Laugh at Fat, Bay-bee!”, and the highlight of his career to date, being hired by his idol, Steve Martin, to appear on George Burns’ Comedy Week.


Bob will perform at 8pm on Saturday October 13, 2018 at the Strand Theatre.  Tickets are still available online or at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only)


The Strand and community lost a wonderful supporter.  William “Bill” English passed away this week. Bill and Carolyn English were staunch supporters and consistent patrons in the early years of the Strand.   They provided us with needed words of encouragement, patronage at our events, and support in many other ways. The Strand sends our condolences to Bill’s family.   


This week we booked another October event.  On Sunday, yes Sunday, October 21st comedian SAMUEL J. COMROE will perform at the Strand.     Tickets are only available online or at the door.   Samuel J. Comroe, a Los Angeles native, is a stand-up comedian who performs at over 100 clubs and colleges annually. He made his TV debut on TBS’ Conan, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart and he’s a contestant on the current season of America’s Got Talent.. In addition to his TV appearances Sam was recently featured on All Def Digital’s Comedy Originals. He is also the winner of Ricky Gervais’ Comedy Competition, The San Francisco Comedy Competition, and has over 40,000 subscribers on his Youtube Channel. His comedy is made up of the trials and tribulations of living with Tourette’s Syndrome since being diagnosed at age six and observational material based on his life experiences.   The performance starts at 7:00pm.


TERRY LEE and the ROCKABOOGIE BAND tickets are now available!  You can get yours at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash or check only) or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.   The concert is Saturday October 20th at 7:30pm.   

We are looking forward to our October events.   Take a look at the list to your left. Please note the Shelby County Arts Fest Choir Concert has moved to October 25th.    


This email is being written early in the week.  We have been told by the contractor that the road work in front of the Strand should be done shortly!   We met to discuss parking spaces, and our loading zone is being striped preciscely in front of our marquee.   We look forward to the completion of this project. While we have reservations on the design done by INDOT, we are extremely pleased with the contractor Milestone Construction on how they communicated and dealt with the Strand.  We are always consulted and in the loop. Although it was tough, we knew they were doing their best for us. Thank you to the construction superintendent Kyle for all he has done for the Strand and our neighbors.


We have 15 events this month!   We have already hosted 96 events in 2018.  Our volunteers are busy. This is because we believe that a great community deserves a great performance venue.   This is because of you, thank you! See you at the Strand.

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