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Harlem Nights [R]

CAST
Eddie Murphy. . . Vernest “Quick” Brown
Richard Pryor . . .Sugar Ray
Redd Foxx . . . . . Bennie Wilson
Danny Aiello . . . Phil Cantone
Michael Lerner. . Bugsy Calhoune
Della Reese. . . .  Vera
Jasmine Guy. . . .Dominique LaRue
Vic Polizos. . . . .Richie Vento
Arsenio Hall. . . .Crying Man

Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. For Murphy, it was a triple-play: he was the writer, director and executive producer.  The film also featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx (In his last film; he died in 1991.), Della Reese and Murphy’s brother Charlie Murphy. Murphy and Pryor star as a team running a nightclub in late-1930s Harlem, New York while contending with gangsters and corrupt police officials, who are working in concert to either get a cut of the proceeds or shut the nightclub down.

Rated R, runtime 1 hr. 56 minutes

Best Dressed Contest!
We hope everyone will come and participate in the “Best Dressed Contest.”  This Red Carpet Event will be one that you do not want to miss! Put on your Old School gear, come have fun and enjoy a night on the town.

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Young Black Professional Network

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NCAA Final Championship Game

Who will be the BEST of the best?

Another year, and the March Madness continues! Join us for free and watch some of the greatest moments in college basketball on the largest screen in Central Virginia. The Championship Game will be broadcast Live at The Paramount on Monday!

Concessions available throughout the evening!

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Starr Hill Presents: Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch returns to the road for nine shows this spring, beginning April 22 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and wrapping up on April 30 at the Tivoli in Chattanooga, TN. The spur-of-the-moment Southeast US jaunt also includes stops in Charlotte, Charleston, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Durham, and Bristol.

Gillian and musical partner Dave Rawlings released the critically acclaimed “The Harrow and the Harvest” in 2011 on Acony Records. They will be to performing songs from their entire catalog over the course of two acoustic sets at these special “evening with” concerts.

Literacy Volunteers Present: Wordplay

Wordplay is a team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature, and showing off how smart they are. Teams are comprised of three people from local businesses, groups, and organizations. The audience plays along and cheers for their favorite team!

Wordplay is the annual fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle which provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults.

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: Quantitative Investment Management, NBC29, Charlottesville Radio Group, The Daily Progress, C-Ville Weekly, Eppie’s, Better Living, Walmart, HelioSage Energy, and the UVA Community Credit Union.

Missoula Children’s Theater: The Secret Garden

Conceived and Written by Michael McGill
Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill

The Secret Garden, an original Missoula Children’s Theatre rendition, is a joyful retelling of a story of hope and celebration and all good things in life.  Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England.  Along the way she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock!  In time she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies.  Add to that a good healthy dose of caring, and what happens?  Colin, Martha, Archibald – well the whole household – begin to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended…until it blossoms once more.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is a world renowned children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana, and has been touring for more than 35 years. A team of two professional tour actor/directors will arrive in Charlottesville with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting – everything it takes to put on a play….except the cast. The residency begins with an audition. *50-60 students, grades 1-12 are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography that will culminate into an original, musical production. Assistant Directors are also cast to aid in rehearsals and take on essential backstage responsibilities. For more information about MCT, go to: http://www.mctinc.org/.

*Pre-registration for participation in the Residency is required. Please click here for more information on pre-registration.

Missoula Children’s Theater: Treasure Island

Written and Conceived by Jim Caron
Music and Lyrics by Jim Caron and Michael McGill

The Missoula Children’s Theatre takes pride in presenting, TREASURE ISLAND, an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his Mother and six Sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Revolution is in its last days. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. While waiting tables in the family Inn, Jim finds a treasure map and, with the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, sails uncharted seas with only the ragged map and a flock of Gulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s Ruffian friends say farewell to their Village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) Pirate types. Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending. Then – at last – the treasure is found and hand in hand we’re homeward bound.

TREASURE ISLAND – it’ll shiver your timbers!

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Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is a world renowned children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana, and has been touring for more than 35 years. A team of two professional tour actor/directors will arrive in Charlottesville with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting – everything it takes to put on a play….except the cast. The residency begins with an audition. *50-60 students, grades 1-12 are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography that will culminate into an original, musical production. Assistant Directors are also cast to aid in rehearsals and take on essential backstage responsibilities. For more information about MCT, go to: http://www.mctinc.org/.

*Pre-registration for participation in the Residency is required. Please click here for more information on pre-registration.

A StoryFest Event! WVPT Hosts a Sesame Street Celebration

 

Whether it’s a Sunny Day or whether we’ll be Sweepin’ the clouds away, we will have costumed characters and a show. First 250 families receive a free Sesame Street book.

9:00 AM doors

Whereas our favorite big bird with bright yellow feathers, Big Bird, sings, “Sunny Day, Sweepin’ the Clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet.”

Whereas Bert said he wants to go where the air is sweet too and Cookie Monster said he just wants to go where the cookies are sweet! Ernie wants to know how to get, how to get To Sesame Street. Bert said they would tweet the street.

Whereas The Count said he wants to go where the kids count with ease and can say their
ABC’s and Oscar the Grouch growled and said he doesn’t want to go to Sesame Street, he doesn’t wants to go anywhere – he is a real tease and hard to please.

Whereas Prairie Dawn said she knows a town where everything’s A-OK, with friendly neighbors to meet. It’s a town with its own special street, Main Street, and is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street!

Whereas Big Bird asked where is the town with this special street, Main Street and Prairie Dawn
said it’s a special place called Charlottesville where the kids that are smarter than most and read books with their morning toast.

So off went Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, The Count, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, and Prairie Dawn to Charlottesville. Oh, wonders, they even found Main Street. On Main Street they saw the Paramount Theater with big letters on the marquee that said, HAPPY 45TH ANNIVERSARY SESAME STREET!

Bert, Ernie, Oscar, Grover, The Count, and Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn felt so
happy and welcomed as the children clapped and cheered. They all went into the Paramount and spent the rest of the day celebrating SESAME STREET’S 45th ANNIVERSARY with the very, very smart, and the very, very well read children of Charlottesville!

WHEREAS, WVPT promotes literacy in children and joy in reading. WVPT has been transformative in how children are introduced to letters, words, language, and respectful relationships with their families, friends, and communities

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Satyendra Huja, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, do hereby proclaim the Downtown Mall’s Main Street Sesame Street for the morning of Saturday, March 22, 2014 in honor of SESAME STREET’S 45th ANNIVERSARY. I encourage all the girls and boys to participate fully in this celebration of literacy and this special Anniversary!

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Starr Hill Presents: Under The Streetlamp

Under the Streetlamp harmoniously blends the diverse talents of Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. Together the group has filmed two PBS Specials, recorded three albums, performed to packed houses throughout the U.S., and appeared as musical guests on TV’s “Access Hollywood” and “Extra.” The four first met while performing in “Jersey Boys,” during which time they also performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Primetime Emmys,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

4th Annual Grand Marquee Award Gala

HONORING

JANICE & BOB ARON
CARTER & WICK MCNEELY

The 4th Annual Grand Marquee Award Gala will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

The theme for the evening will be “It Takes A Village” in recognition of the village of supporters who rallied to save The Paramount and continue to make it thrive as we approach ten years since re-opening. This year’s honorees, Janice and Bob Aron & Carter and Wick McNeely, were the original co-chairs of The Paramount Theaters restoration campaign.

The evening will feature:

  • Private pre-fixe dinner at participating downtown restaurants  Fleurie,  Ten, or Zocalo  
  • Special Performance by The Village People at The Paramount Theater
  • After-Party at The Paramount Theater

For questions about the evening, sponsorship and tickets, contact Chris Faulkner, 434-293-1009, chrisfaulkner@theparamount.net

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

Sponsorship Opportunities Form can be downloaded here.

HOST COMMITTEE

Lyn and Sheldon Anderson
Lynn Easton Andrews and Dean Andrews
Bebe Heiner and Bill Atwood
Robin and Gerald Baliles
Carolyn and David Beach
Mary Scott and John Birdsall
Mary and Jay Blanton
Roxanne and Rich Booth
Jackie and Ralph Bradley
Antoinette and Benjamin Brewster
Suzanne and Rob Brooks
Margie and Gordon Burris
Betsy and John Casteen
Ty Cooper
Stuart and Hunter Craig
Scheline and Bil Crutchfield
Sarah and Vic Dandridge
Ethel and Lawrence deNeveu
Alison Dickie
Katherine and Richard Douglas
Bob Headrick and Jeff Dreyfus
Page and Doug Easter
Erin and Alden English
Chris and Brad Eure
Jennifer and Jay Ferguson
Mike Gaffney
Kate Collier and Eric Gertner
Mark Giles
Leslie and Richard Gilliam
Sue and Jim Haden
Meg and Chris Holden
Anne Hooff
Stewart and Ray Humiston
Lisa Jones
Lou and Dan Jordan
Lee and Neal Kassell
Robin and Richard Kreitler
Christine and Will McNeely
Robin and David Mellen
Janet and Ed Miller
Karen Moran and Wistar Morris
Christopher Noland
Eliza and Dan O’Connell
Nancy and David Paulson
Mary Lou and Charles Seilheimer
Barbara Sieg
Hunter Smith
Cynthia and James Stultz
Tana and Gary Taylor
Elsie and Mac Thompson
Kitchie Tolleson
Cynthia Tremblay
Ariana and Greyson Williams
Ashley and Smith Williams

About the Grand Marquee Gala Award

The Paramount Theater’s mission is to operate the historic Paramount Theater for the artistic, educational, and charitable benefit of its community.

In order to accomplish its mission The Paramount will:

  • Offer its community a wide range of arts, education, and entertainment events with the goal of reaching diverse audiences;
  • Present educational programs at the theater and in schools for school-age children, teens, college students, and the community at large;
  • Make its facilities and resources available for use by charitable, arts, community, and other organizations and individuals for presentation of their performances and events.

The Grand Marquee Award is presented annually to individuals who make a significant contribution to the arts in our community as well as to The Paramount Theater.

Go Wahoos! UVA ACC Tournament Game – FREE!

The Paramount was as excited as the rest of Charlottesville to see the UVA Men’s Basketball Team take the regular season ACC #1 position this year! We want to cheer the team on with the rest of the excited Wahoos all over Cville in the ACC Tournament – so plan to duck out of the office early next Friday to watch the Cavaliers first game of the ACC Tournament on the big screen at The Paramount. The event is brought to you courtesy of Virginia National Bank – and  don’t worry there will be plenty of snacks available at the concession stand!

Go Hoos!

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