“Holmes for the Holidays”presented by Henderson Fine Arts Center

Posted onNovember 16, 2015
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Special “On Stage” preview of the Henderson Community Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “The Games a Foot” TOMORROW, Tuesday at 4pm, Henderson Fine Arts Center.

Actors include; Mary Clements Minnette, Frank Furbush, David Belt, Nicole Fleming, Alex Nantz, Megan Mortis, Valerie Ewers and Laura Culliver.

Come out for an hour and win tickets, preview the upcoming play, have a Java shake and more!

Best thing is it’s all FREE!

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Are you near the Tri-State area? Be sure and go by DAVE’S STICKY PIG BBQ!

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Guys and dolls do you have your ticket to “LAUGH-a-LOT”?

Posted onNovember 3, 2015
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 Next Thurs Nov 12th at the HFAC, Second City will be in town for ONE NIGHT of comedy. These are improv professionals and they go on to be SNL cast members! You don’t want to miss this show! Our own local Gavin Eddings is opening for the SC crew. Come out for a funny evening of entertainment!

 

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Henderson Community College

AFTER DARK SERIES:  The Second City Fully Loaded
Join us for lots of laughs as the talents of six Chicago comedians take the stage with fresh, fast and always funny sketches.
Thursday, November 12 | 8:00 p.m
McCormick Hall
Reserved Ticket $32 (all sections)
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*adult content show–may not be appropriate for younger audiencesHenderson Area Arts Alliance

Adam Trent at Henderson Fine Arts Center

Posted onOctober 7, 2015
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Got Magic?

The Henderson Fine Arts Center Does!

Presenting

Magician and Entertainer

Adam Trent

Saturday October 10th, 2015

 

Best described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield” or “Magic’s Newest Sensation” or perhaps “The Next Big Thing in Magic,” Adam always says magic should be entertaining first and tricky second. Get ready for an unexpected magical evening!
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R.I.P. Yvonne Craig…

Posted onAugust 19, 2015
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To the hottest BatGirl and Barbara Gordon there ever was… ;-(

Watching those reruns of BatMan as a young lad while growing up in the 70’s…We all looked forward to seeing her appearances. She was female Superhero to many.

 

1910236-yvonne-craig-incarnait-barbara-gordon-675x0-2  Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl, dies at 78 – CNN.com

(CNN)Before Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, before Joanna Cameron’s Isis, before Scarlett Johannsson’s Black Widow, Yvonne Craig was a pioneer of female superheroes on screen.

As an actress, she originated the role of Batgirl in the 1960s “Batman” television series. As a trained dancer, she did her own stunts.

Craig died this week after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78.

The cancer metastasized to her liver, and she died Monday in her home in Pacific Palisades.

“She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body,” her family said in a statement late Tuesday night.

“This didn’t dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up.”

Craig originated the role of Batgirl in the show’s third and final season in 1967, kapowing and zzonking the bad guys alongside Adam West and Burt Ward’s dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.

“I hear from women that I was their role model,” she told CNN in an interview earlier this year. “‘When I was a little girl, I realized that girls could kick butt just like guys,’ [they’d say].”

She also had a memorable role as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in a third-season episode of “Star Trek.”

For more go here CNN

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Florida, Family, Fun Times and More! (A great read!)

Posted onJuly 24, 2015
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welcome-to-floridaOur family started going to Florida for vacation starting way back in 1997. Back then, our now adult kids’ were little kids. We didn’t have much money but we thought they all should experience Disney World at least once in their lives as kids. I remember going to Florida as a kid in 1976 and not being able to go to Disney World. My family went to St. Petersburg and we were “that close” but Mom said “no”. So we didn’t go. It would have been cool to ride the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea submarine or watch the Mickey Mouse club gang being film but it wasn’t meant to be.

Fast forward some. So, we started the yearly family trips back in 97. We packed lunches since we really couldn’t afford to feed a family of five at Disney World. The kids never knew the financial struggle we had. My wife and I kept it secret. Granted back then the ticket pricing was different so we did convince our son Josh that he really was only 5 years old instead of 7 to get a ticket price break. We also had our oldest daughter Crystal who was 14 at the time to say she was 10. Again for a break on ticket prices. We had to do what we had to do. Britt was 10 so we kept her ticket honest. The kids had a great time in between the sandwiches and rides. All good memories.

So that was the start of something we have done almost every year since then. A family trip to Florida. Orlando was the “mecca”. We went to Ole Town in Kissimmee too. It was cheaper and not as crowded. The kids got older. We looked for hotel discounts etc. But we went. Family time was and still is, that important.

11535808_10153461205087022_4337585253026943400_nAbout 12 years ago or so my wife Denise’s boss owned a condo in Madeira beach. He rented it out when he wasn’t using it. Well, he let us use it. I hadn’t been to the St. Petersburg area since 1976. Once we got to Madeira beach it was love at first sight. It wasn’t a tourist trap but it had things the whole family could do. John’s Pass was right across the street from her boss’s condo (located in Madeira Norte’.) Our kids could go across the street to the shops or to the pier. We went deep sea fishing and dolphin sighting. Our kids and now grandkids love the Candy Kitchen!

Madeira basically became our second home. We go every year.  The kids could go to the beach. As they got older they would bring a friend or two. Then as they got married. They, along with their spouses and kids would also make the trip with us.

As the days turned into nights my wife and I would go across the street to a little bar called the Bamboo Beer Garden. It was a small friendly place and the walls and ceilings were covered in dollar bills. Signed and dated by the patrons and pinned in any open space one could find. We started our tradition too. We would go over there for a night cap. Reflect on the day. Make small talk with the others that were there. Tip the bartender and sign and date a dollar and add it to the collection. At that time Muffy the DJ would also do her karaoke act there. She wore poodle skirts and well the wind one time…Well we enjoyed watching her perform. It seemed like the people of Madeira Beach had something special in their mist. Our kind of place.

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We did this every year. We would make the long drive to Florida. Rent a condo as close to John’s Pass as we could get and pull back on the throttle of life. Nice beaches, nice people. And more importantly not over run by tourists. Though I guess we were “technically tourists, or snowbirds”, we really considered it “ours too”.

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Time, like it does, doesn’t stop for anyone and moves on. The Bamboo Beer Garden was sold. The name was slightly changed. It’s now called the Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill. And it was expanded for more seating. They now have outdoor seating. Long gone are the probably hundreds of dollars on the walls and ceiling. I remember calling from Kentucky before we left a couple of years ago just to make sure it was still open. (It has that kind of cool atmosphere.) The new owners (They have owned it for a few years now) always recognize us when we show up which is amazing!

This June, as we do yearly, we rented condos at Madeira Norte’. Packed up and pointed all the vehicles toward our home away from home. Madeira Beach. We arrived on Saturday, and checked in. After we got settled in the family all headed to the Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill. I think I failed to mention they serve food too! Great food and it doesn’t cost and arm or a leg. We had a large group and they made sure to accommodate us. The waiters pushed tables together so we all could eat together close to the stage.

Mark.jpgThe entertainer that night was Mark Mann. A one man acoustic act. I enjoy listening to real musicians far more than a jukebox. That night Mark was killing it. A great show. He really entertains the crowd. He was also taking requests. I am an old school music kind of guy for the most part and requested “Sylvia’s Mother”. An old Dr. Hook song that my wife really likes to hear. It’s a great song and if you have never heard it before, check it out here. Up until that night at “the Boo”, no one that I ever requested to play the song would play it, or even heard of it for that matter. Well, Mark Mann not only knew it, he pulled it off! It was awesome! Another favorite song of mine is “Taxi” by Harry Chapin. He was such a great writer and story teller. I asked Mark Mann if he knew it and BAM! I was listening to him do “Taxi”. Mark Mann was knocking them out of the ball park to use an old Kentucky term! Mark Mann was a super nice guy and in between his sets he would come over and talk to us. We talked about the music life, our families and more. Like we had known each other for years! He was such a cool guy! Later on that night he invited me up to sing backup vocals on The Eagles “Take it easy”. I was road weary and a few beers deep but I felt honored that he allowed me the opportunity to sing with him. Most Musicians don’t share the stage even for one song. Mark Mann was different. No egos or attitudes, just a good time had by all.

See that’s the kind of place Madeira is. Nice people. Nice places to go. The Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill and Mark Mann helped start off our family vacation perfectly. My wife and I hope to retire there some day soon.

What started off as five people in an old car back in the 90’s has grown into 14 people so far! We’re already planning next year’s trip! We are looking forward to The Boo” and hopefully Mark Mann will be in the area playing!

Tell us about your vacation spots!

Until next time, peace out!

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Phoenix Hill Tavern Closes (Louisville KY)

Posted onJune 3, 2015
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PHT_Logo_200x200The place had been around about 40 years and showcased a great many talented entertainers over the years. Here is the owner’s official statement from their website. Share your favorite memories of the place in the comments section!

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June 1, 2015
For immediate release:
Official message from Ben Rogers – Retired Owner and Founder.
“Thank you Louisville. It was a great gig!”
The Phoenix Hill Tavern and Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium closed permanently today.
Please accept my VERY sincere apologies for the abrupt manner in which the clubs closed; and to anyone the closings will effect in a negative manner. (Especially staff members and entertainers.) Because of some agreed to contractual terms, and concerns about safety and liability issues after a closing warning announcement – while trying to control a cash only business – well…“pulling the plug” was just the safest way to do this. PHT is under contract with a first class real estate developer who
I’ve personally researched and selected. The developer is proposing to work closely with The City to deliver a best of class development that will be very positive for the community. Based upon confidentiality agreements, the developer cannot be disclosed at this time, but they plan to introduce themselves and their plans in the near future.
Jim Porters has been bought out by MSD to make way for the MSD “Project WIN.” I want to emphasize that the earlier than expected closing for Porters was my own personal decision and not at MSD’s insistence. I am sure MSD will move forward and do great things for the health and environment of our community. The contents of Jim Porters will be sold very soon in a series of online auctions at wardlowauc.com.
So… this is my heartfelt goodbye… It has been my great honor and privilege to serve literally generations of Louisvillian’s for the past approximately 40 years. I started Phoenix Hill Tavern in 1976, when I was 21 years old, in one tiny room – on the 2nd floor – of a run down warehouse, that my beloved parents Sonny and Mary Ruth Rogers owned on Baxter Ave. “PHT” / “The Hill” eventually expanded into the entire warehouse and became a sprawling 25K sq. ft. “Live Music Showcase.” It operated continuously for 40 years.
I took over the lease at Jim Porters / “Porters” after the building on Lexington Road, also owned by my parents, sat vacant for 2 or 3 years. I completely remodeled and upgraded it, re-opening it as an 18K sq. ft. “Good Time Emporium” in 1990. It operated continuously for 25 years.
In my very biased opinion, I believe these were the 2 most successful nightclubs in the history of our city. It wasn’t because of me; it was because of the people who worked for me. The clubs were certainly two of the most enduring. I do know that they were deeply enjoyed and loved by many – especially me. I always thought of the clubs and staff members as family members. For me personally, this will be bittersweet. I have truly loved being in the bar business. I am so grateful for so many things; the people I’ve met, the tremendous staff members I’ve worked with, the experiences I’ve enjoyed, the life and business lessons I’ve learned, the bands I’ve booked and the friends I’ve made; but most of all I am SO grateful and humbled by the loyalty and support of our community over the years. I wish I could stay forever, however after 40 years in the bar business and having just turned 60 years old – with some increasing health related issues – this was just something whose time had finally come. A natural evolution of things, if you will… “It’s finally just time for me to hang up my spurs and turn the page.” I have no plans to continue on in the bar / restaurant business in any capacity.
Finally, I thank God for allowing me to end this incredible 40 year journey on my own terms.
We intend to settle with our creditors and this will be a successful discontinuance. This will be my only statement. Please, no media interview requests.

“Throw the Horns’ This Saturday Night @ O’Brians!

Posted onMay 7, 2015
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Sounds like some serious rock and roll is gonna happen!

O’Brian’s Evansville

1801 N Green River Rd
Evansville, Indiana
(812) 401-4630
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Posted onAugust 20, 2014
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