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Croswell celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Rocky Horror’ with two midnight showings

Break out the fishnets and the rubber gloves — but no toast, please. The Croswell Opera House in downtown Adrian will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend with two midnight showings of the classic movie. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” starring Tim Curry and based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien, was released in 1975 and became a cult sensation. The Croswell will offer two Halloween weekend showings on the big screen, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. Continue Reading

Guests at the 2015 ConTroll YA conference will be Kate Bassett, Tracy Biler, Ellen Hopkins, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska.

ConTroll YA young adult literature convention announces 2015 author lineup

The organizers of ConTroll YA, the second annual young adult literature conference at the Adrian District Library, have announced this year’s author lineup. Returning authors Kate Bassett, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska will be joined by two new guests: Tracy Bilen, the author of “Watch Your Back” and “What She Left Behind,” and Ellen Hopkins, the New York Times-bestselling author of “Crank,” “Glass” and more. The guests were announced last night on ConTroll YA’s Twitter account. The convention will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Adrian District Library. Continue Reading

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Two-day Art-A-Licious festival opens today

Downtown Adrian’s Art-A-Licious festival, a two-day art fair featuring more than 80 exhibitors, will open this afternoon and run through Saturday evening. Now in its ninth year, Art-A-Licious features media such as paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, woodwork and jewelry. A complete schedule of events can be viewed at artalicious.org. Continue Reading

Summer Sendoff

Croswell Opera House to host end-of-summer rock show this weekend

The Croswell Opera House will mark the end of summer with a rock concert featuring the Croswell All-Star Band. The Summer Sendoff concert, which is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, will feature hits from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond, including the music of Kiss, Heart, Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar. The band includes Keith Holloway on guitar and vocals, Dave Rains on keyboard, John Rosas on lead guitar, Dan Kesterke on drums and Garrett Holloway on bass. They will be joined by two special guests: Kyrie Bristle, most recently seen on the Croswell stage as Sandra Bloom in “Big Fish,” and Dan Clair, who just wrapped up a two-weekend run as Huey Calhoun in “Memphis.”

“Anyone who’s seen them in a show knows what fantastic performers Kyrie and Dan are, but when you see them really rock out, it’s a whole different experience,” said Jere Righter, artistic director of the Croswell. Continue Reading

Memphis

Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” opens at the Croswell

The musical “Memphis,” a rock ’n’ roll love story set in 1950s Tennessee, will hit the stage at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian starting tonight. “It’s high-powered from the first note,” director Deb Calabrese said of the show, which won four Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for four more. Memphis tells the story of a Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ in the segregation era, who falls in love with a talented young black singer named Felicia Farrell. “It’s a love story,” Calabrese said, “but it’s not only a love story between a man and a woman, it’s a love story between a person and their love for music.”

The character of Huey Calhoun is loosely based on the real-life radio personality Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first DJs to play African-American rhythm and blues for white audiences. In the Croswell’s production, Huey is played by Dan Clair of Canton. Continue Reading