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22 posts from November 2011

11/28/2011

Additional "Christmas Carol Rag" added

Rochester Repertory Theatre has a holiday gift for patrons: Another matinee performance of the holiday production "The Christmas Carol Rag."

The additional performance is at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. The Rep does not normally present matinees, but scheduled a performance of "The Christmas Carol Rag" for 2 p.m. Dec. 4 -- and it promptly sold out. Hence, the additional matinee performance.

"The Christmas Carol Rag" is presented on Thursdays through Saturdays, plus the next two Sundays, through Dec. 17. For tickets, call (507) 289-1737.

 

Rochester: What film gets you in the holiday spirit?

Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy - I hope 'Fred Claus' is not on your listNow that you’re in full-holiday mode (or at least thinking about it), what film best captures the spirit of the season for you? Something traditional like “The Bells of St. Mary's?” or something contemporary, maybe even irreverent, like “Jingle All the Way?”

While I wait for what you consider the best films, I’ll share my list of what I think are the worst ones. That’ll be in Thursday’s Post-Bulletin along with my review of “Arthur Christmas.” Wonder which list that one will be on? Read Thursday’s PB.

Jingle Bells!

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

 

11/23/2011

Lanesboro holds dinner/dance

LANESBORO — Lanesboro's annual Holiday Dinner Dance will be held Dec. 3 at the Lanesboro Community Center.

The evening starts with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a prime rib dinner at 6:45 p.m. and music for dancing by the Memory Brothers at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35, and are available in advance at the Lanesboro Arts Center, 103 Parkway Ave. N., and by phone at (507) 467-2446.

Spend 'Weekend' at audition

MANTORVILLE — Mantorville Theatre Company will hold auditions Dec. 4 for an upcoming production of "Weekend Comedy."

Roles are available for one man and one woman ages 20s-30s, and one man and one woman ages 50s-60s. Auditions are at 7 p.m. at Mantorville Opera House.

The play is about two couples who mistakenly rent the same cabin for the same weekend. Performances are Feb. 10-26. Cheryl Frarck is the director.

Exhibit focuses on homeless

"Homeless is my address ... not my name," a photography exhibit, is open through Dec. 13 at the University Center Rochester Art Gallery.

The photographs are portraits of homeless people in Minnesota. Each photograph is accompanied by a phone number that, when dialed, tells the story of the people in the photographs.

An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 30, with brief gallery talks at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The gallery is on the second floor of the College Center building on the campus of Rochester Community & Technical College.

A food drive is being held in conjunction with the exhibit; visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Campus Food Shelf.

11/21/2011

New releases in Rochester this week include "The Muppets," and "Arthur Christmas"

Also Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Rochester, what're your movie plans this week? Let me know your thoughts and I may use them in Thursday's "What they're saying in the balcony."

And speaking of Thursday, wondering what to do once you’re catatonic from an afternoon of tryptophan-laced turkey? Read which Thanksgiving-themed DVDs readers suggested you watch while enjoying seconds (or thirds). That and a review of the new movie “Hugo” will be in Thursday’s Post-Bulletin.

Gobble! Gobble!

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

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Commonweal plans '12 plays

LANESBORO — Commonweal Theatre Company has announced the five plays that will be produced in 2012, starting with the annual Ibsen Festival production "Pillars of Society."

Ibsen's play about a businessman threatened by secrets from his past opens April 6 and runs through June 8. The 15th annual Ibsen Festival weekend is April 13-15.

The rest of the season:

• "The 39 Steps," by Patrick Barlow, May 11-Sept. 1. A comic spin on a Hitchcock thriller.

• "The Philadelphia Story," by Phillip Barry, June 15-Oct. 26. A romantic comedy.

• "The Drawer Boy," by Michael Healey, Sept. 7-Nov. 11.  A modern Canadian drama.

• "A Christmas Carol," based on the Dickens classic, Nov. 16-Dec. 23. The Commonweal revives its own adaptation of the holiday favorite.

Season tickets are available for $84 through Friday, after which the price increases to $99 for all five shows. Individual tickets are $30. For reservations, call (800) 657-7025, or go to www.commonwealtheatre.org.

— Tom Weber

11/17/2011

Latest installment of "Twilight" premieres tonight

The latest installment of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1" premieres tonight at midnight. Are you planning to see it? Let us know what you think!

New releases in Rochester this weekend include "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" and "Happy Feet Two"

But unfortunately not the limited-release Oscar-buzzed, "The Descendants" starring George Clooney. Rochester, what're your movie plans this weekend? Let me know your thoughts and I may use them in Thursday's "What they're saying in the balcony."

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy

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11/15/2011

Rochester, what's your favorite Thanksgiving-themed movie?

Chris Miksanek - The Med City Movie Guy PlanesRochester, what's your favorite Thanksgiving-themed movie? "Tower Heist?" "Planes, Trains and Automobiles?" Tell me and *I'll* be thankful.

-- Chris Miksanek
-- The Med City Movie Guy