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Orchard Has Retro Films at a Retro Price

This from our friends at the Historic Orchard Theatre in downtown Port Orchard:

“The Orchard is bringing back classics at a discounted price on weekends from May 15 through Aug. 23. The two-screen theater located at 822 Bay St., is adding a twist to its typical lineup of art, independent and foreign film. On weekends throughout the summer they’re hosting “Retro Summer ”— bringing back big hits ranging from “Aliens” to “Dirty Dancing” for locals to experience on the big screen at matinee prices.

“‘This is a fun way to appeal to and entertain a wide audience this summer,’ said Kahlen Burgwin, theater manager. ‘If you prefer indie films, documentaries or independent fare, we have something for everyone.’

“This might be the first or 100th time people will catch these classic flicks. It will be a complete experience with big crowds, buttered popcorn and Patrick Swayze larger than life.

“‘We chose movies that we really enjoy and would give anything to see on the big screen again,’ said Mike Pitts, co-owner. ‘The Orchard is an awesome theater and it’s going to be a great arrangement.’”

The lineup includes:

May 15 to 17 — “Dazed and Confused” (1993); Director Richard Linklater’s follow-up to “Slacker” takes an autobiographical look at some Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976. Despite the school’s stratified culture, Randall Floyd (Jason London) moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. A star athlete, Floyd wrestles with signing a “no drugs” pledge demanded by the football coach. Like “American Graffiti,” “Dazed and Confused” is rich in period detail.

May 29 to 31 — “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” (1982); Director Alan Parker’s revolutionary rock opera traces the troubled past of Pink (Bob Geldof), a depressed rock star at the end of his rope. With the wall as a metaphor for self-inflicted isolation, Pink is lost in despair, feeling trapped and desperately searching for a way out. “The Wall’s” stylized blend of drama, music and Gerald Scarfe’s brilliant animation earned the film instant cult status.

June 5 to 7 — “Aliens” (1986); After colonist Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, nobody believed her story about the “Aliens” being on the planet LV-426. However, approximately 50 years later, the colony on LV-426 was completely destroyed. The government has decided to send Ripley out of cryostasis and to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines into the desolate planet to find out if there are aliens, or survivors. But, what Ripley will begin to realize that her worst nightmare is about to come true.

June 19 to 21 — “Labyrinth” (1986); Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) embarks on a life-altering quest when she attempts to rescue her little brother, Toby (Toby Froud), from the clutches of treacherous Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), who lives in a castle surrounded by a giant labyrinth. With just 13 hours to plot a course through the dangerous maze, Sarah must grow up fast, learn her responsibilities and muster supreme courage.

July 10 to 12 — “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981); Get ready to globe-trot with one of the big screen’s greatest adventurers. When Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) — the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist — is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant (resting place of the original Ten Commandments), he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teamed up to create this all-time favorite.

July 24 to 26 — “Fight Club” (1999); When corporate drone Edward Norton can’t sleep, his insomnia leads him to take desperate measures and introduces him to roguish rebel Brad Pitt. Together they stage impromptu (and brutal) parking lot boxing matches. But when other men join in the “fun,” Pitt transforms the club from a group of men rebelling against conformity into a nihilistic cult of pranksters with greater malice in store.

August 7 to 9 — “Back to the Future” (1985); In this long-time favorite, eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends his young friend Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to 1955. Not only is Marty stuck in the past, but he also risks throwing the time-space continuum for a real loop when he disrupts his parents’ destiny. It’s a race against time (literally!) to get them to pucker up — and to get him back to 1985!

August 14 to 16 — “Road House” (1989); Never underestimate Dalton (Patrick Swayze), a brawny bouncer and expert martial artist who also happens to hold an NYU degree in philosophy. When he’s hired to police a rowdy bar in the Midwest and falls in love with Doc (Kelly Lynch), he angers her mean ex-boyfriend Wesley (Ben Gazzara), who vows to win her back.

August 21 to 23 — “Dirty Dancing” (1987); Expecting the usual ennui that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) instead finds herself in love. The object of her affection: the resort’s free-spirited dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). But Baby’s disapproving dad soon steps in to keep Johnny from putting the moves on his artless daughter. The film earned Oscar honors for Best Song (“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”).

All shows are $7, or $5.75 with a Kitsap Card. For show times and current schedules check www.farawayentertainment.com <http://www.farawayentertainment.com> (click on the Historic Orchard Theatre) or contact us to sign up to receive a weekly e-mail (orchardtheater@kitsapfilm.com).

More later … — MM

So long, Slip 45

Things looked pretty empty driving past the Bay Street (Port Orchard) watering hole this morning, and a one-line entry on their MySpace page confirms that the folks who were running Slip 45 have called it quits and “gone back to Cali.”

If you’re keeping score, since J.A. Michaels, that Makos and Slip 45 that have come and gone in that location in just a few years’ time.

More later … — MM

SK Acting Ensemble Strut Their Stuff

The South Kitsap Acting Ensemble, a group of 12 students, is presenting “A Night with Ensemble” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Win Granlund Performing Arts Center, 415 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard.

Each student will perform a Shakespeare monologue and a contemporary monologue at audition level. The group also will perform a play they wrote themselves dealing with domestic violence.

The event is free. Information: (360) 874-5600.

More later … — MM