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You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Anyone that spent any time as a child in the eighties will certainly know which film I’m referencing in the title of this blog. It’s what everyone told nine-year-old Ralphie Parker whenever he mentioned what he wanted for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun. I’m of course talking about Bob Clark‘s classic 1983 Christmas comedy “A Christmas Story.”

The film was based on Jean Sheperd‘s semi-autobiographical childhood anecdotes about growing up in Indiana.  Three of the stories were originally published in Playboy magazine between 1964 and 1966 and was later published in his books “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” and “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories.” Shepard would also read other segments of the story on his WOR Radio talk show in New York City and to live audiences while touring the college circuit in the late 60’s. The film’s director, Bob Clark first heard Shepard’s work on the radio in 1968.

“A Christmas Story” would become director Bob Clark’s best know film, but ironically Clark got his start in the horror genre and is otherwise probably known for his contributions to the B-movie cannon. Fans of campy classics may remember his other holiday film “Black Christmas” (1974), a seminal holiday-themed slasher flick (which was mentioned earlier this week on the blog) and the 80’s teen sex-comedy romp “Porky’s” (1982). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Arts, Film, Seasonal, Theater

 

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Crumpet the Elf Comes To Your Town!

The Santaland Diaries” by comedian, author, writer and radio personality David Sedaris has become a modern holiday classic. Sedaris first read his hilarious essay on working as a Macy’s holiday elf on NPR on December 23, 1992 and it provided Sedaris with his first big break, leading to a monthly segment on NPR and a book deal. The essay was adapted for the stage as a one-man, one-act play by Joe Montello in 1996 and has since become a holiday classic for anyone that enjoys an irreverent take on the holiday season.

We’re ticketing quite a few productions of the play across the country and we highly recommend you experience Sedaris’ hilarious brand of snarky holiday humor. If you’re not familiar with the piece, here’s a taste of Sedaris’ original reading: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Arts, Seasonal, Theater

 

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