Monthly Archives: December 2008

Queen of Soul coming to Evansville

Aretha Franklin will be about an hour from Owensboro next year. The Queen of Soul is performing a benefit concert at Roberts Stadium on March 28. It will be her first trip to Roberts Stadium.

Tickets cost $62, $52 and $33.

Panther Productions and the F.J. Reitz class of 1975 Scholarship Foundation is presenting the performance as a fundraiser for the Public Education Foundation and the PTA Clothing Bank.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 at the Roberts Stadium or The Centre box offices, Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. People can also call (812) 423-7222 for tickets.

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Golden Globe nominees announced

Golden Globe nominees were announced earlier today. “Frost/Nixon” is one of the films receiving multiple nominations, including Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Performance by an Actor-Drama, Best Director-Motion Picture and Best Screenplay-Motion Picture.

“Frost/Nixon” was written by Peter Morgan  and was based on the stage play Morgan wrote. A touring version of the play was built and debuted in Owensboro in September.

Other nominees for the Golden Globes include Meryl Streep, who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in both the drama and comedy/musical categories for her performances in “Doubt” andMamma Mia,” respectively.

Tom Cruise  and Robert Downey, Jr. both received nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Motion Picture for “Tropic Thunder.”  To see the complete list of nominees, click here. The Golden Globes are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and will be awarded live at 7 p.m. Central time, Jan. 11 on NBC.

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Owensboro Symphony has holiday concert planned

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Excursion concert is this weekend at the RiverPark Center. The show will feature traditional and popular Christmas music and music from around the world. The OSO hosts a holiday concert each year.

The OSO will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the RiverPark Center. Tickets are $40, $33 and $19.50 for adults and $7.75 for students. For tickets, contact the RiverPark Center box office at 270-687-2787.

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“A Christmas Story”

Each year, millions of people tune into watch the “A Christmas Story” marathon on TBS on Christmas Day. The movie has inspired a museum, leg lamps and an annual convention. CNN reports that the film is still thriving.

It has been 25 years since “A Christmas Story” arrived in movie theaters and soon vanished from the big screen and people’s minds.

Reviews of the film were mixed at the time, with a critic for The New York Times calling the cast “less funny than actors in a television situation comedy that one has chosen to watch with the sound turned off.”

But you’re triple-dog-dared to say that today to the fans who tune in to its regular holiday showings — including an annual 24-hour marathon on Christmas Day — and who have transformed a small house in Cleveland, Ohio, into a tourist attraction simply because it was featured in the movie.

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“Frost/Nixon” hits the silverscreen

Earlier this year, the RiverPark Center in Owensboro built the touring production of the play, “Frost/Nixon.” The show opened on Broadway in 2007 after debuting in London.

The movie version of “Frost/Nixon” opens today in limited release, then opens nationwide next week. The stage play and screenplay were written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland. The movie was directed by Ron Howard.

“Frost/Nixon” is about a series of interviews between British TV  personality David Frost and former U.S. President Richard Nixon. The film stars Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon. Both men originated the roles on Broadway, and Langella won a Tony for his performance.

 Here’s a sampling of what’s being said about the film.

From the New York Times: It’s twinkle versus glower in the big-screen edition of Peter Morgan’s theatrical smackdown “Frost/Nixon.”

CNN: A series of 30-year-old television interviews doesn’t sound like promising movie material…Can you build a movie on five revelatory minutes? If you’re Peter Morgan, the answer is yes.

USA Today: A brief, understated scene in Frost/Nixon perfectly captures the subtle poignance in an absorbing film replete with telling moments and powerful performances

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Plenty of holiday events to choose from this weekend in Owensboro

There are numerous holiday events taking place in Owensboro this weekend. The RiverPark Center’s Winter Wonderland continues throughout the holiday season.

The sixth annual Owensboro Symphony Alliance Christmas Tour of Homes is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $20 and list the addresses of the participating homes.  Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at the Owensboro Medical Health System HealthPark, 1006 Ford Ave. Participants must present their ticket at each home.

We Are Downtown is presenting its first Holiday Stroll Saturday (Dec. 6) night. From 5 to 10 p.m., several businesses and organizations will be out an about in downtown Owensboro. Most of the activities will be on Second Street between Daviess and Allen streets.

Owensboro Dance Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is at 7 p.m. at the RiverPark Center. For tickets, call (270) 687-2787.

 

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