Friday, September 30, 2016 - 5:00pm
Free Admission

Hear the stories of Travis Muehleisen and Phillip Brenneman moderated by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. Travis is 6 years opiate free and down 100 pounds and Freedoms Run will be his 15th marathon (it was his first too) as prep for this falls JFK 50 Mile Run, his first attempt at this distance.  Phillip is half the man he used to be and has choosen the healthy path of eating real food and embracing movement in the journey.  

 

The two biggest health crisis facing our state and maybe even the nation is opiate addiction and obesity with its associated health complications.  After many years and effort in trying to tackle these growing problems as a medical system sadly opiate abuse and addiction and obesity are still undefeated. So Freedom’s Run wants to share the stories of two amazing people who have found strength and joy in running to overcome the seemingly impossible.

 

As an opiate user, Travis Muehleisen knew only one way to enter running: “all in”—and often to excess. This is critical to understand. If Travis does not run, and run hard, he literally feels pain. It takes him six miles to get the substitute—he’s run through pain and injury, but he knows he must run. Travis is also in an almost non existent world of workers who have come off disability—as there is almost no incentive to work when you’re getting a paycheck and insurance not to work. But Travis needs to work to keep his brain and body highly engaged. And a desk job? No way—Travis is a steel worker, and builds bridges. His current project is one of the most amazing modern engineering marvels- the new Tappan Zee Bridge http://www.newnybridge.com/

 

Travis shared this in 2012—at the beginning of his running journey:

“In 1997, I had my first back surgery for spinal stenosis. In 2004, my second surgery. In 2007, I was disabled and couldn’t work. In 2008, I had my third and fourth back surgeries for two levels of fusions. From 1997–2008, I was severely depressed and obese (330 lbs.), developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and became dependent on pain medications.

 

After living this way for 13 years, I knew I had to change or I wasn’t going to be alive much longer. I started walking on a treadmill in the winter of 2010. Within a month, I was up to three miles. In the summer of 2011, I ran a lap around the Martinsburg High School track. A month later, I ran a mile. In October of 2011, I ran my first half-marathon. I recently completed my first full marathon. I’ve lost over 100 pounds; I’m eating right; I no longer take medications; I’m in the best shape of my life; and I’m back to working full-time. “

 

Travis is now six years opiate-free. He’s run 14 marathons in four years. He’ll do the JFK 50 miler this year. He added:

“Running has showed me that there is a productive life after addiction, if you want it bad enough. It’s up to you to take control of it. Running is my substitute for addiction—because it never goes away. Addiction recovery is a long journey, but you have to find a substitute that challenges you mentally and physically—and dive in. “

 

Phillip Brenneman is a 45 year old husband and father of a beautiful 5 year old daughter.  He works in the IT field in Garrett , Indiana. Phillip has  lost over 200 pounds since February 2015 , that is half his weight from around 400 pounds 15 months ago with  a little more to go. His journey the day after the Superbowl 2015. In 15 months he has lost weight, but  has gained so much more. He has learned to believe in himself again, and discover the power, drive, and commitment inside of him that had been hiding for a long time.

 

Phillip had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes taking multiple medications and  daily insulin injections. We are happy to say he no longer take any of the medications. Phillip is now a well person (a rarity today for a 45 yo) . At a recent check his blood pressure and labs are not just normal but optimal and not diabetic no more insulin. 

 

Phillip shares this common story in the path to obesity “I used and viewed food mostly two ways one as comfort when I was sad, depressed, lonely or just overwhelmed. The second way I viewed food was a to celebrate or enjoy social time with people.” But in the end he emphasizes the choice is yours: “You can do this on your own, you don’t have to accept the fact that you will have to be on medications just to maintain a life that isn’t what you want it to be there is a choice and it’s inside of yourself and all around you. With proper nutrition and exercise you can break free of the medications.”

 

We are honored to have Phillip here to compete in his first half marathon at Freedom’s Run, and what better place to do it than in a historical Battlefield. 

 

During the event at The Opera House Travis and Phillip will share their stories and answer questions from the audience.  Dr. Cucuzzella will share some special door prized from the race.  After the event enjoy a nice night out dining in Shepherdstown or our neighboring towns.

 

The full stories of Travis and Phillip can be found at http://naturalrunningcenter.com/ under “Dr Marks Desk” tab.

For more information on this event contact Dr Mark Cucuzzella  mark@freedomsrun.org 

 

Doors 4:30pm . Discussion starts at 5pm

The event is free and open to the public, not just to runners in Saturday’s events.

 

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $20

“Larry Keel, the Bluegrass Warrior, has kept the flame of mountain alive with intensity and clarity of singing and fiery guitar picking! Larry and Jenny both have big-ears and wide listening to open their music up to a growing young audience”  - Peter Rowan

 

“I love me some Keels. There is a certain genuine authenticity that Larry and Jenny possess.  When we get together, our wonder powers unite to form a giant, impenetrable sphere, of open minded, Appalachian psychedelic goodness in the blue grass style.  I'm honored to be a part of this record and allowed into the world of the Keels.”   - Keller Williams

 

“Larry Keel is a true original, be it traditional, progressive, improv- he does it all and with such joy. I love jamming with Keel. Enjoy the music, Larry does.”  - Sam Bush

 

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone such as Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, Railroad Earth, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

 

The Larry Keel Experience, features Jared Pool on Mandolin and Harmonies, penetrating vocals and exceptional song-writing contributions and Jenny Keel on upright bass, with impeccable timing, solid yet imaginative bass lines and vocal harmonies.

 

For Keel the musical mission is always clear: to let technical skill, honest emotion and fearlessness connect the playing and singing to audiences, to entertain and to thoroughly enjoy the experience of creating and sharing in music.

 

Herb & Hanson will open the evening. The acoustic duo features two songwriters expressing themselves with little more than a guitar, a mandolin, and their respective voices. Based out of Virginia, these restless ragamuffins have performed for audiences from Alaska’s gold mines to California’s grape-vines. They’ve wowed crowds from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas; from the dry deserts of the southwest to the wet wilderness of the north east. Their voracious work ethic noticeably shines through as their vocal harmonies intertwine with their adept instrumental work to bring their original compositions alive to any able listener.

For more on Herb and Hanson go to: http://herbandhanson.com/

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $20

 

Watch & llisten to The Larry Keel Experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0PlauwMK_E

 

Watch & listen to Herb & Hanson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkBStnU6DiE

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Femmes Fatales

 

6pm- Les Diaboliques (1955)

Les Diaboliques, is a French black-and-white psychological thriller feature film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse and Charles Vanel. It is based on the novel Celle qui n'était plus (She Who Was No More) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. The story blends elements of thriller and horror, with the plot focusing on a woman and her husband's mistress who conspire to murder the man; after the crime is committed, however, his body disappears, and a number of strange occurrences ensue. The film was the 10th highest grossing film of the year with a total of 3,674,380 admissions in France.

 

8pm - Beautiful Creatures (2000)

After being abused by her boyfriend, Tony (Iain Glen), Dorothy (Susan Lynch) leaves him. At a bus station, she sees Petula (Rachel Weisz) being attacked by her boyfriend, Brian (Tom Mannion), and knocks him out. The girls drag him to Petula's apartment, where he dies. Panicked, the pair fakes a kidnapping to get a ransom from Brian's psychotic brother, Ronnie (Maurice Roëves). When corrupt Inspector Hepburn (Alex Norton) is sent to investigate, he forces the women to cut him in on their scheme.

 

Doors 5:30pm . Film start at 6pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch Les Diaboliques trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6nYruzj__8

 

Watch the Beautiful Creatures trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpmsgXcSwOw

 

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 9:00pm
Free Admission

The Vice Presidential Debate 

Longwood University, Farmville, VA

 

Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN anchor

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will speak for 90 minutes, covering topics in nine segments of 10 minutes each.

 

Doors 8pm . Debate starts at 9pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

 Tim Burton Classics

 

The first week of our annual October 'Wicked Wednesday' film series

 

6pm - Edward Scissorhands (1990)

An American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton, and written by Caroline Thompson from a story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson, starring Johnny Depp as an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation who has scissors for hands, who is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim, (Winona Ryder); additional roles are portrayed by Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin.

 

8pm - Beetlejuice (1988)

An American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced Beetlejuice, portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder) permanently.

 

Doors 5:30pm . films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Beetlejuice trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuyNP-XyFHs

 

Watch the Edward Scissorhands trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M94yyfWy-KI

 

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

“Davina Sowers’ classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that’s childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.” –NPR / Marc Silver 2011 “Song of The Day” / Lipstick and Chrome

 

“ Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure – and I have no option but to highly recommend this band.” –Blues In Britain (UK)

 

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

 

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival ( in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

 

 “….one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds” –Phoenix Blues Society

 

“…easily among the breakout stars at this year’s [Monterey Jazz] festival.” – Monterey Herald

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAUg4sdAeBs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChSDA6f3cXI

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

"As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, “Wildfire,” the group reveals a much broader range of influences.

-  Jedd Ferris, The Washington Post

 

"The Woodshedders, “The Americana Shapeshifters”, the house will be cooking with these guys! They bring together the diverse influences of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. "These guys are good, know they’re good, and they take the kind of chances that will leave your flabber well and truly gasted when you’re not throwing down dance shapes like a backwoods preacher who’s got the Holy Spirit.”

- David Burke, R2 Rock N' Reel Magazinehttp://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/

 

"The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds."

 

The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.

 

The Short Hill Mountain Boys will open the show.  they play their own blend of bluegrass, old-time, cajun, classic country, and folk music with a rare passion. Their harmony vocals, fiddling, and guitar picking are tight and practiced like the suit-and-cowboy-hat bluegrass acts, but imbued with the authenticity, spontaneity, and infectious good time of old time mountain music, in which they are well steeped. The Short Hill Mountain Boys' love of the music and skilled musicianship makes converts of audiences new to the genre and is sure to draw and impress aficionados. For more go to: https://www.facebook.com/Short-Hill-Mountain-Boys-223814317681660/about/...

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Watch and listen to the Woodshedders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSNrjJj12EQ

 

Watch and listen to the Short Hill Mountain Boys: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqNGZgWd75A 

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:00pm
Free Admission

Second Presidential Debate 

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

 

Moderators: Martha Raddatz, ABC anchor; Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor.

The second presidential debate will feature Trump and Clinton in a town meeting setting, answering questions from citizen participants as well as questions taken from social media.

 

Doors 8pm . Debate 9pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Hitchcock Classics

 

6pm - Psycho (1960)

An American psychological horror thriller directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam, and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath.

 

8pm - The Birds (1963)

An American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days. The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, in her screen debut, supported by Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright. The screenplay is by Evan Hunter, who was told by Hitchcock to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping du Maurier's title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Psycho trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTJQfFQ40lI

 

Watch The Birds trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCxR7dlavwg

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Frankenstein

 

The second week of our annual October 'Wicked Wednesday' film series.

  

6pm - Frankenstein (1931)

An American horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted by John L. Balderston from the play by Peggy Webling (which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley), and the screenplay written by Francis Edward Faragoh and Garrett Fort with uncredited contributions from Robert Florey and John Russell. The story is about a scientist, (Colin Clive), and his assistant who dig up corpses to build a monster, but his assistant, (Dwight Frye), accidentally gives the monster (Boris Karloff), a murderer's brain. A hit with both audiences and critics, the film was followed by multiple sequels and has become an iconic horror film. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected Frankenstein for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

 

7:30pm  - Young Frankenstein (1974)

In honor of Gene Wilder who died August 29 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease we are screening Young Frankenstein. An American black comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.The film also features a period score by Brooks' longtime composer John Morris. In 2003, it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. On its 40th anniversary, Brooks considered it by far his finest (though not his funniest) film as a writer-director.

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera    House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Frankenstein trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN8K-4osNb0

 

Watch the Young Frankenstein trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOPTriLG5cU

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

The Rumpke Mountain Boys exemplify what it is to be a Jamgrass band as they throw everything into their acoustic repertoire but the kitchen sink. The Cincinnati-based group can play a fired-up fiddle tune or they can put a new spin on Pink Floyd’s “Hey You.”  --Citybeat

 

The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time.

 

Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”

 

Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. The latest studio release, “High Time, Low Tide” is available mid-January.

 

The Brokedown Hustlers will open the show. They are a band of outlaws bound by the art of song. They create a lyrically laden ride through through their modernized rendition of old-time and country Americana, with unabashed and often reckless tales of love, traveling, and drinking. You can expect energy and improvisation as Brokedown Hustlers hit the stage. 

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 day of show

 

Watch & listen to Rumpke Mountain Boys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MlYL0i_NUA

 

Watch & listen to The Brokedown Hustlers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU6XMAKlrRo

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Telepaths

 

6pm - The Gift (2000)

An American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. The film centers on Annie (Cate Blanchett) becoming involved in a murder case as a result of acquiring keen knowledge about the crime through her extrasensory perception. Other major characters are played by Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, and Greg Kinnear.

 

8pm - The Others (2001)

The Others (Spanish: Los Otros) is a Spanish-American supernatural gothic horror film with elements of psychological horror. It was written, directed, and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan.

 

Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) is a devout Roman Catholic mother who lives with her two young children in a remote country house in the British Crown Dependency of Jersey in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), have an uncommon disease, characterized by photosensitivity, so their lives are structured around a series of complex rules to protect them from inadvertent exposure to sunlight. The arrival of three servants at the house — aging Mrs. Bertha Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), elderly gardener Edmund Tuttle (Eric Sykes), and a mute girl named Lydia (Elaine Cassidy) — coincides with a number of odd events, and Grace begins to fear there are unknown others in the house.

 

The film won eight Goya Awards, including awards for Best Film and Best Director. This was the first English-language film ever to receive the Best Film Award at the Goyas (Spain's national film awards), without a single word of Spanish spoken in it. The Others was nominated for six Saturn Awards including Best Director and Best Writing for Amenábar and Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Alakina Mann, and won three: Best Horror Film, Best Actress for Kidman and Best Supporting Actress for Fionnula Flanagan. Kidman was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Drama and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, with Amenábar being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, a rare occurrence for a horror film.

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch The Gift trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19zskSsKgXE

 

Watch The Others trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bMEGtUxajY

 

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Strange Creatures

 

The third week of our annual October 'Wicked Wednesday' film series.

 

 

6pm - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

An American black-and-white  monster horror film, directed by Jack Arnold where a strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle and a  group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

 

9pm  - The Third Democratic Debate

 

Doors 5:30pm . Film starts at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera    House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Creature from the Black Lagoon trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svyPswixryM

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Free Admission

The Third Presidential Debate 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

 

Moderators: Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday anchor..

The third debate will feature Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The moderator will divide the debate into six 15-minute time segments. Clinton and Trump will stand at lecterns for the entire 90 minutes, and there will be no commercial breaks..

 

Doors 8pm . Debate starts at 9pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Come out & enjoy a couple scary movies while helping local children fight some real monsters! Shepherdstown resident Carrie Jane Drewry will show two of her favorite horror films as a fundraiser to support the Children's Home Society of WV. Donations will be accepted at the door.

 

6pm - Phantasm (1979)

An American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike (Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) of the threat.

 

8 pm - Phantasm V Ravager (2016)

An American horror film, and the fifth and final installment in the Phantasm series. It marks the first and only film in the series not directed by Don Coscarelli, although he acts as producer and co-writer. It is directed by David Hartman and stars A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm in his final appearance as The Tall Man.

 

All donations will go to the Children's Home Society of WV. "The mission of the Children's Home Society is to promote the well being of children. Our current efforts are directed at helping children find lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children, and helping preserve and strengthen their families. The future we see for our children: That the Children's Home Society, working in concert with other organizations and institutions, assures that each child in West Virginia grows up in a safe and nurturing family that provides for his or her current and future needs."

 

For more about Children's Home Society of WV go to: http://childhswv.org/wwa/mission.htm

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

 

Watch the Phantasm trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIRVOepV9Ik

 

Watch the Phantasm V Ravager trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnj6F61toks

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Isabella Adjanni

 

6pm - Diabolique (1996)

An American psychological thriller film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos. It is a remake of the French film Les Diaboliques (1955) directed by Clouzot. The film stars Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri and Kathy Bates. Filming took place in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The wife and mistress (Adjani and Stone) of a cruel school master (Palminteri) collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator (Bates) who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling.

 

8pm - Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

A West German art house vampire horror film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht ("Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night"). The film is set primarily in 19th-century Wismar, Germany and Transylvania, and was conceived as a stylistic remake of the 1922 German Dracula adaptation Nosferatu. It stars Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker, Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker, and French artist-writer Roland Topor as Renfield. There are two different versions of the film, one in which the actors speak English, and one in which they speak German.

 

Herzog's production of Nosferatu was very well received by critics and enjoyed a comfortable degree of commercial success. The film also marks the second of five collaborations between director Herzog and actor Kinski, immediately followed by 1979's Woyzeck.

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Diabolique trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyQZHWC83GA

 

Watch the Nosferatu the Vampyre trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Rachk7ipI

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Humorous Horror

 

The fourth week of our annual October 'Wicked Wednesday' film series.

 

6pm - Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

An American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood. Menken and Ashman's Off-Broadway musical was based on the low-budget 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The 1986 film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film also featured special appearances by James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. It was produced by David Geffen through The Geffen Company and released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1986.

 

8pm - Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A British musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, music, book, and lyrics by Richard O'Brien. The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre productions. The story centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Furter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control.

 

Doors 5:30pm . Films start at 6pm

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera    House Preservation Fund.

 

Watch the Little Shop of Horrors trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFENSU8CmZk

 

Watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgx1QZFNMz8

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:00pm
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“Freekbass is the new spiritual warrior for the Funk” - Bootsy Collins

 

“…Virtuoso is a word that should be used rarely. But when discussing someone that oozes talent and skill like Cincinnati’s Freekbass (born Chris Sherman), we feel comfortable applying the noun…” New Times Broward-Palm Beach (December 2014)

 

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.

 

Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”. In 2010 Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. In 2015 Freek released his next album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”, which was produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James/Ben Sollee) and includes P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet Jennifer Hartswick . Also, he was a part of London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus he will be doing extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly” which also includes Big Bamn on drums and Dan Barger on saxophones and horns. He also signed with the esteemed label Ropeadope.

 

“Freekbass is still a magician because when he has a bass in his hands, magic happens. I have been drawn to his magic for years and I’m so grateful to shine a light onto all of his awesome.” - Taraleigh Weathers – Huffington Post Blogger  

 

The Bump Assembly include Freekbass on Bass/Vox, P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson on keys/synths and P-Funk’s Rico Lewis on Drums/Vox.

 

Watch & listen to Freekbass and the Bump Assembly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqWLhKjYsCA 

 

The Pinata Project will open the show. They tap the influences of jazz, funk, rock, fusion, trance and drum and bass, blending them to create an organic vibe that continually entertains and excites audiences.  Pinata Project is 3/4 of Shephgerdstown band Ginada Pinata with Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, Matthew Lewis on Bass, Kenny Bussey on Guitar and are joined by Colin Shultzaberger on keys.  Their drive is to produce a live show which consistently redraws the boundaries of the traditional quartet as well as entertains. 

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Join us for our Halloween Party with The Christian Lopez Band.

 

Christian Lopez Band (CLB) is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook than hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm 

Tickets $10 in advance/$12 DOS

 

Watch & listen to The Christian Lopez Band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXMAMzfl5KY

 

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Come out and enjoy this year's selection of Halloween films for the whole family.

 

1pm - It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) 

Directed by Bill Melendez and written by Charles M. Schulz, the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

 

1:30pm - Frankenweenie (2012) 

An American black and white, stop-motion-animated fantasy horror comedy film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands); Catherine O'Hara (Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas); Martin Short (Mars Attacks!); and Martin Landau (Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow).

 

Doors 12:30pm . Films start 1pm

 

Entrance is FREE but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to The Opera House Preservation Fund. 

 

Watch the It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa21pDDxkAk

 

Watch the Frankenweenie trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29vIJQohUWE

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
Buy Tickets Now - $10

Maryland's premier Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tribute band, recreate the Dead's feel and energy for fans of this great music! Founded in 2012, Better Off Dead is inspired to bring an exceptional energetic experience to the fans who are touched by this music as much as they are. "The connection between the band members themselves as well as their fans is as undeniable as is their talent and dedication to the music that they play." They are dedicated to pushing the envelop of improvisation and create unique and mind blowing shows. "Take our advice", and come ride on the Better Off Dead train!

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm . Tickets $10

 

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
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From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville’s LOVE CANON resides in full bloom. Led by guitarist Jesse Harper and banjo wiz Adam Larrabee, the virtuoso group of string musicians become one on stage—-the super 80’s bluegrass hits machine, LOVE CANON; with, Darrell Muller on bass, Andy Thacker on mandolin & Jay Starling on resonator guitar.

 

Think Rocky IV, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Toto, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and high lonesome vocals. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you dance, it’ll “blind you with science!”

 

“Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, and Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Top’s “Legs” and “She Blinded Me With Science.” On their excellent version of “The Boys of Summer,” the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It’s an unlikely choice for an all-male band, but they strip the song down to its bittersweet, feminist heart.”

   Peter McElhinney – Style Weekly

 

Doors 8pm . Show 9pm

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 DOS

 

Watch and listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk-VsUJhp44

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTjFHTiQY5M