CALHOUN WRITERS' CONFERENCE PRESENTS
POET BILLY COLLINS
(U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7:00 PM
Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. He is currently a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
THE LAUGHTER OF POLITICS
AN EVENING WITH MARK RUSSELLThursday, October 23, 7:30 pm
Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. He started in a little piano bar on Capitol Hill right across from the lawmakers themselves. Mark continues to play off the day's headlines, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, he draws merriment from the pomposity of public life.
He starred for over 30 years on public television as host of the Mark Russell Comedy Specials, where it was consistently among the top-rated shows on that network. With hundreds of performances across America, he is loved by millions. Russell has often been asked the question, "Do you have any writers?" His standard response is "Oh, yes. I have 535 writers-—100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives."
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7PM
GLORY is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an influential abolitionist (played by an uncredited Jane Alexander).
Throughout the season, the Princess Theatre is collaborating with other cultural organizations to learn about our community's own heritage during the Civil War. The Princess Theatre presents a free showing of GLORY at 7PM. The public is invited to a reception at 6PM honoring U.S. Colored Troops with special guest Asa Gordon, Secretary General. DUTY DRIVEN: The Plight of North Alabama’s African Americans During the Civil War book sale and signing with author Peggy Allen Towns.COMMEMORATION OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY CIVIL WAR
THE DOYLE AND DEBBIE SHOWThursday, November 20, 7:30 pm
The Doyle and Debbie Show is sublime parody, simultaneously lampooning and idolizing country music's tradition of iconic duos and their subsequent battle of the sexes. Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton wield the vocals of vintage country stars and the acting chops of Broadway veterans, taking audiences on a freewheeling joyride through a wickedly funny script and slew of equally hilarious original songs. Over the past three years, Doyle and Debbie have developed a rabid cult following in Nashville, many of whom have seen the show over a dozen times—everyone from theater-going professionals to college students who wouldn’t be caught dead in a theater or a country bar. Mature themes.
ROTARY FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, FOLLOWING THE PARADE
Enjoy the annual Decatur Christmas Parade outside our theatre, then bring your friends and family inside for the warmth of another Christmas tradition – the classic 1970 Christmas movie SCROOGE starring Albert Finney. SCROOGE was designed as a follow-up to 1968's Oliver!, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens' 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge features several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bona fide hit "Thank You Very Much." Buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is Ebenezer Scrooge. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge's life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Sir Alec Guinness also appears as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley's Ghost. Intriguingly, Finney performs his many songs live, without post-production dubbing.
A big thanks to the Rotary Club of Decatur for providing this family movie night FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
AN EVENING WITH RICK BRAGG
"JERRY LEE LEWIS: HIS OWN STORY"
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7:30 PM
It is a dream pairing: Rick Bragg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bard of the American South serving up one of the consummate and most colorful of Southern stories—a firsthand account of the singularly scandalous life of one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time. With JERRY LEE LEWIS: His Own Story, Bragg has tracked down the man himself and for the first time shares Lewis's often outrageous story as no one else ever could—straight from the legend's mouth.
Book Signing with Rick Bragg following in the lobby. $50 ticket includes hardcover book. $20 regular ticket price. $15 ticket available for students/teachers. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale in the lobby after Rick's talk, facilitated by Books-A-Million.
AMERICANA MUSIC AWARD EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE!
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONESSaturday, January 31, 7:30 pm
One of the hottest new bands out of Birmingham, Alabama doesn't sound new at all. On the new album, Half the City, St. Paul and The Broken Bones hits all the marks of a classic Southern soul band, complete with a fiery lead singer. Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region's classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.
- Paul Janeway: lead vox
- Jesse Phillips: bass
- Browan Lollar: guitars, vox
- Allen Branstetter: trumpet
- Andrew Lee: drums, percussion
- Ben Griner: trombone, tuba
DIRECT FROM CHINA!
THE NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUSMonday, March 16, 7:30 pm
The New Shanghai Circus, an innovative and internationally renowned troupe of Chinese acrobats, aerialists and athletes, perform astounding acts, dating back to the harvest festivals of 2,000 years ago. Together they are some of the best acrobats, contortionists, bicyclists, and jugglers in the world!
HOT JAZZ FROM PROHIBITION-ERA BOURBON STREET TO THE CABARETS OF PARIS!
THE HOT SARDINESTuesday, April 28, 7:30 pm
It's a great American success story worthy of the cinema: a born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and before you could say "Bourbon Street Parade," the Hot Sardines were bringing their contagious brand of joy to audiences all over the world. Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play "hot jazz" as it was in the era when live music was king...with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion.
Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, the Hot Sardines' vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Vanity Fair applauds their "unique repertoire, and a sound and style that are distinctly their own," and Forbes Magazine calls them "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today."
RIVER CITY FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY–SATURDAY, APRIL 10-11
The Princess Theatre, in partnership with the Decatur City Schools and Calhoun Community College, sponsor the 5th Annual Film Festival for students and independent filmmakers and features film screenings, workshops and a Red Carpet Awards. $10.00 admission at door includes all programs. The filmmaking workshops held across the street from the Princess Theatre at the Alabama Center for the Arts and all other events scheduled at the Princess Theatre.
Entry Forms, Festival Guidelines and Schedules Download PDFs posted at a later date.
(includes all programs)
The MARKET at
CASA GRANDE PARK
Presented by the Princess Theatre
Tuesdays 4:30PM-7:30PM, May 6–Oct 14
Join us on Tuesday nights for THE MARKET AT CASA GRANDE PARK, 218 2nd Avenue, Downtown Decatur. Peruse stands of high-quality local produce and handcrafted artisan goods while you support our landmark theatre.