Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ballroom dancing in Owensboro

“Dancing With the Stars” has gotten people interested in ballroom dancing again. People interested in ballroom dancing should check out the Owensboro Ballroom Dance Club. The organization has been around for a number of years. Its Web site has a lot of information, including its dance schedule, dance etiquette and club policies.

The Owensboro Ballroom Dance Club’s next dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. April 25 at the Immaculate Parish Hall, 2516 Christie Place. The theme is Spring Showers, and attire is semiformal. Dancers are asked to bring hors d’oeuvres, and admission is $10; high school and college students get in for $5.  The club will host a ballroom dance class at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 314-0128.

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Want some free tickets to see the Relapse Contamination Tour’s Owensboro show?

Then head over to my co-worker, Jim Mayse’s blog, Noise Pollution. He is giving away two tickets to the tour’s stop at The Brothers on Emory Drive. The show features Obscura, Abysmal Dawn and Graves of Valor. Head on over to Noise Pollution for all the details. Jim’s blog also includes album reviews and band interviews.

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‘Spelling Bee’ coming to Owensboro

The final performance of the 2008-09 BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark series is this weekend. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the RiverPark Center. The musical was on Broadway from 2005 to 2008 and was nominated for several Tony Awards. Read about the show in Sunday’s Messenger-Inquirer  or visit the show’s Web site  for more information.

Tickets for Sunday’s performance cost $52.50 and $42. Student rush tickets are available one-hour prior to the show for $20 with student ID. For more information, contact the RiverPark Center Box Office at 687-ARTS.

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TMZ gets presidential scoop

I had intended to post this article last week, but never had the chance. Time magazine had an interesting story about TMZ and how the celebrity gossip site broke the Obama dog story. Apparently TMZ now has a bureau in the nation’s capital. Regular TMZ readers probably have noticed an increase in political coverage on the Web site — though it typically is light-hearted videos. Check out Time’s story here.

TMZ has a lot of great celebrity news — though its stories can sometimes be a bit risque for younger (primarily 13 and younger) readers.

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BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark

There are just two shows remaining in the 2008-09 BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark Series. “Bye Bye Birdie” is at 7 p.m. April 14, and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is April 25.

“Bye Bye Birdie” is a family-friendly story about  singer Conrad Birdie, who is drafted. His manager’s secretary comes up with a scheme to make some money off him before he enlists. Birdie is going to give one lucky girl one last kiss – and sing “One Last Kiss” on “The Ed Sullivan Show” – before joining the Army, Jonathan VanDyke, who plays the singer’s manager, Albert Peterson, in the national tour of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” told the Messenger-Inquirer last week.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has a tame name, but is intended for mature audiences. The show, which is about six young people learning about winning and losing, was described by the Wall Street Journal as “perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser.” For more on the show, visit its official Web site.

For more information, contact the RiverPark Center box office at 687-ARTS or visit its Web site.

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This isn’t an entertainment story, but …

I found it to be pretty interesting. The New York Times  posted a story questioning whether or not voice mail is becoming obsolete. The reporter spoke with several people who prefer text messages or e-mail to the tedious process of checking their voice mails. Check out the story here.

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Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots

Don’t forget that the Eighth Annual Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots festival is being held today through Saturday. The festival is hosted by the RiverPark Center, and other venues for the event include the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, the International Bluegrass Music Museum and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. A complete schedule is available on the Messenger-Inquirer’s Web site or in Thursday’s print edition. For more information, contact the RiverPark Center at (270) 687-2787.

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