Monthly Archives: July 2010

NBC game show allows viewers to play along

NBC‘s game show Minute to Win It has contestants trying seemingly simple games to win the ultimate prize —  $1 million. As the New York Times reports, the game show “relies on simple challenges using household staples like beach balls, M&M’s, pantyhose, Hula-Hoops, toothbrushes and toilet paper.”

A story in Monday’s New York Times gives some insight into what might be one of the coolest jobs ever — designing the challenges for the show. “Minute to Win It” is also compared to game shows like Jeopardy, where the viewing audience can play along. In the case of “Minute to Win It,” you just have to have the household staples to try the challenges yourself.

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Farm to Table tickets are still available

There are still tickets for the 2010 Farm to Table, Vine to Glass fundraiser. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night at the RiverPark Center, and money raised benefits the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market.

Tickets are $30. For more information, call the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 926-1100.

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‘Inception’ receiving positive reviews

So, I guess I’ve been out of the loop. I’d not heard much talk until this week about the new Christopher Nolan film, Inception. The movie opened on Friday. It might be the second new movie I see this year. Several of the reviews I’ve read, including this one from the Los Angeles Times and this one from Roger Ebert, have been positive.

Also, the following trailer for it gave me chills:

Is “Inception” worth seeing? (Please, no spoilers).

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Snopes creator interview by NY Times

Snopes is the go-to website to learn whether urban legends, rumors and other tidbits sent via e-mail chain letters are true. The New York Times’ David Pogue recently did an interview with David Mikkelson, who runs Snopes with his wife, Barbara. The interview gives an interesting look at how Snopes was created and details of some of the rumors they have debunked.

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A renaissance in older movie theaters

This New York Times article highlights several North Dakota towns’ efforts to keep their vintage, movie theaters open.

Owensboro is home to a nearly century-old movie house. The Opryhouse, formerly Goldie’s Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky, at 418 Frederica St. is now leased by Theatre Workshop of Owensboro. The theater first opened in 1912 as The Empress, the first movie theater in town. It was later operated by Malco.

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is in the process of raising money to purchase The Opryhouse. It is also hosting auditions for its first show of the 2010-11 season, Five Guys Named Moe.

Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the H.L. Neblett Community Center, 801 W. Fifth St. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Baptist Church, 2311 West Ninth St. TWO is looking for six male singers ages 17 and older. They should bring a song to perform.

John Dunham, Messenger-Inquirer/jdunham@messenger-inquirer.com, 926-0123 Director Lisa Mingus Tullis sweeps the stage after designing the set for Theatre Workshop of Owensboro's production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" at The Opryhouse, formerly Goldie's. "It's been an adjustment," Tullis said. "I'm very pleased with the set. This is community theater when the paint isn't dry on opening night."

For more information on TWO’s  fundraising or auditions, call 683-5333.


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