By Doug Draper
Posted August 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Here’s a call-out to all you political junkies out there who’ve found yourselves getting addicted to all of the cheek smackin’, skull knockin’ and eye pokin’ substituting for civil discourse in the U.S. presidential election.
You can give yourselves a break from the Donald and Hillary and Bill follies for a day this weekend because the original kings of slapstick, the Three Stooges, are coming back to our cross-border region – in seven classic episodes, featuring Curly, Larry and Moe in six, and the ever handsome Shemp in one, on the historic Riviera Theatre’s big screen in North Tonawanda, New York.
The Three Stooges Film Festival or ‘Stoogefest’ as it’s more popularly called – is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Western New York this coming Sunday, August 21st. , And if you let your inner knucklehead take over long enough to go, you might just see yours truly sitting somewhere in the first 10 rows wearing my ‘Curly for President’ t-shirt.
The way the U.S. election is going now, I’ll bet you half the Americans in the theatre will take one look at my shirt and want one of their own.
If Curly were still with us and we could ask him if he wasy getting one, you know what his answer would be – “Soitenly!!!”
Seriously though – did I just use the word “seriously” in a write-up about the Stooges? – Western New York’s number one Stooges fan – a very nice, normal looking guy named Lenny Potwora – has been the lead organizer and tux- wearing master of ceremonies for the Stoogefest for a whole quarter of a century now, and they have been getting more popular every year.
At any one of these fests over the years, it is easy to find two or three generations of family members join the many others who brush aside what Curly would call all the ‘snobs and snobesses’ among us and go for what always turns out to be a theatre full of people clapping and roaring with laughter the moment the boy’s appear on the big screen to the music of ‘Three Blind Mice’.
Tickets for the Stoogefest are $12for adults and $7 for children under 12 and are available at rivieratheatre.org or at the door.
Doors to the theatre open at 3 p.m. and the entertainment gets started at 3:30 p.m. with keyboardist Peter D. warming the audience up with a set of music on the Riviera’s Might Wulitzer organ before the Stooges local houseband ‘The Knuckleheads’ perform a short set of songs in celebration of the anniversary.
As always, the music will be followed by Lenny appearing on the stage to welcome everyone and introduce the first Stooge flick, which is sure to be just one in a series of their most classic films in honour of this milestone year for the fest.
There will be prizes and giveaways for members of the audience following the intermission and t-shirts and other Stooges memorabilia will be on tables for sale in the theatre.
So sweep aside your serious this Sunday, August 21st and rediscover how much fun being silly can be for a while.
Hillary, Bill and Donald may be stooge-like but they ain’t got nuttin’ on Curly, Larry and Moe, and they are nowhere near as funny.
Visit the home site for the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York for more information, including directions for the getting to the theatre, by clicking on – http://www.rivieratheatre.org/ .
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