OA: Samantha Stiles Column December 19, 2008

Making space: Movies at Avalon Theatre, live music at Fast Eddy’s

We would sit in front of the TV year after year and laugh so hard we’d cry.

Fat tears ran down my family’s faces as we watched Flick get his tongue stuck to a flagpole and the internal dilemma his helpless friends struggled with inside their warm classroom.

Then there’s Randy, bundled up in a snow jumpsuit so tight he can’t put his arms down.

And there’s the Bumpuses’ dogs. You can’t forget about those rambunctious dogs that ripped apart the Christmas turkey.

My mother liked to watch “A Christmas Story” while we decorated the tree. We already knew all the words, no need to just sit there and stare. We would pause when our favorite scene came on and say “oh fuuuddggeee” if we messed something up.

“A Christmas Story” is my favorite Christmas movie. “Elf” is a close second.

This year, instead of watching “A Christmas Story” marathon on the USA channel, you can watch it on the big screen.

•  Avalon Theatre is making use of its movie screen and offering showings of classic Christmas movies.

See “A Christmas Story” at 5 p.m. Christmas Day, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, or at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” will show at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26 and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

Tickets only cost $5 per person for the shows.

There aren’t many activities going in town on Christmas Day, except going to see a movie. I think it would be a nice thing to take out-of-town guests to our historic theater.

Avalon Theatre could have done one of two things, now that Cinema at the Avalon no longer occupies the space. It could have sat empty or it could have turned those lights back on.

I miss the foreign and independent films, but I am pleased to see the theater showing movies, even if I have seen “When Harry Met Sally” 50 billion times.

•  For last minute shoppers with kids, the Avalon Theatre is hosting a “Drop and Shop” event on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22–23. Drop off kids ages of 6–12 at the theater and for $15 at the door, they can watch “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Horton Hears a Who.”

There will be craft making, such as cookie decorating, as well as a juggler and story teller.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 by calling 263-5700. Space is limited.

•  More and more often, Fast Eddy’s bar keeps coming up in my conversations with
people. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately mostly because the bar, at 2650 North Ave. No. 108, recently opened up to live music.

For the past month, the bar has hosted live music nights on Friday and Saturday with no cover charge.

Fans of defunct Cruisers will like Fast Eddy’s. More than the $9 mini pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea, I like the bar’s foosball tables. There’s also a pinball machine I’m itching to play, but it always seems taken.

Kerri, a day manager at Fast Eddy’s, said the live music nights have been good for business and something they’re interested in continuing.

The bar has been in its location for nine years and has plans after the first of the year to move into the old Metro Playhouse building on 25th Street. No word yet on how things will change in the new venue or if it means the bar will start booking out-of-town bands.

Fast Eddy’s has a MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/fasteddysbar.

Upcoming shows:

Dec. 19 — Drunken Muppets.

Dec. 20 — Jerry Goodman Band.

Jan. 2 — Intertwined.


Happy holidays to everyone!


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