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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Doyle & Debbie Show Oct. 2011

Once again mom and I headed out on another adventure this this time it was to Lincoln Park's Royal George Theatre(Chicago).

   My mom scored tickets to a really funny production called The Doyle and Debbie Show. The the two, Bruce Arnston(Doyle Mayfield) and Jenny Littleton (Debbie) were phenomenal, they portrayed two disfunctional country song p erformers. Doyle, is a veteran performer, some what of a has been, with serious father issues. Debbie, is a single mom that's made a few mistakes and is destined for stardom, there's only one problem...Doyle. I burned a few calories I laughed so hard tonight!!

There is also another character by the name of Buddy, played by Matthew Carlton. He opens the show and also plays some accomapning instruments he is definitely a asset to the show eventhough his speaking rolls are few.
    The songs were so funny, it was almost as if they were poking fun at some traditional country records, basically a parody on country music and culture. My mom and I could not stop laughing, the small cast kept the audiences attention from beginning to end. The performance was amazing the talent on the stage was mind blowing, they made you really feel like you had been following the trio for years. The vocal range of Doyle's yoddling and Debbie's sensual crooning had the entire audience's attention, 
   This is my second time seeing a production at the Royal George and I am pleasantly surprised every time. This production took place in the smaller auditorium in the back there are plenty of seats and there is a bar. The atmosphere made you feel like you walked into a small town backwoods bar that had great entertainment, a fun crown and cheap drinks, it was awesome. 

    The staff at the Royal George is always kind, professional and clean. If you ever get a chance to visit the city of Chicago, come on over to Lincoln Park and catch a set with Doyle & Debbie.
I have to admit I love doing things that I might not ordinarily do, I'm so lucky to have a mom that shares and opens my eyes to so many different things culturally, artistically and worldly.
Thanks mom for such a fun night, we laughed so hard...

oh and the best part...the show is sponsored by MoonPie, which means you get a complementary MoonPie with your ticket, a sweet blast from the past.

Click the links below to hear a couple of their hits :)



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COST: $-$$$
Royal George Theatre
1641 North Halsted Street  Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 988-9000

The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975

    So my mom asked me to go see a movie with her, I asked her what it was called and she said "The Black Power Mix Tape." I knew it was playing at a local theater and it was not the type of blockbuster film that would be recognized by the Academy, it's footage is just too "real."
The entire movie was filmed by a Swedish journalist, Goran Hugo. The topic of the film was that a history we [Americans] are all too familiar with and ashamed of. This movie took me back to a time that I will never truly know, a time where sit-in, bus strikes, and civil peace walks were an everyday occurrence. America has had a pretty dark history. There has never truly been equality between any other race and whites, lets just be honest, and this movie reminds us all of how hard ALL people fought for whats right in a time when racial injustices were executed everyday. Hugo was able to put together an unbiased peace of work that started at the steadying of the peace movement lead by Dr. King, to the rise and fall of the black power movement. This movie takes you on a journey through one of many dark and challenging times in black America, a long winding road that has been walked by many, so much fight, so much defeat. I was so proud of the way a fresh set of eyes looked into the real America. I was so enraged at how humans treated one another, yes we have come a long way but there is still so much work that needs to be done.

   This movie was so moving my mom was in tears I was surprised to see so many older white Americans in the theater, then my mom reminded me that most if not all of the people in the theater were there. They were there in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, these people lived through this.The theater was pretty packed and every eye was glued to the screen, I was moved, angered, saddened, encourage, and most of all proud to be who I am. I am so glad that I have beautiful skin that most people have to tan to get, I am so happy I have thick and kinky hair. I love my big brown eyes and I love the many shades of my family. No one races history is squeaky clean, humans will never be perfect, I can only hope mankind gets better at getting along this planet is all we've got and the more we fight the more we destroy the only thing we all truly need.

Video from StefaniaStudio's Youtube channel

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Cost: $-$$
Place: Music Box Theatre 
          3133 N. Southport Avenue
          Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773.871.6604
Showtimes: Next showings: Oct. 29th, 30th, 31st/ Nov. 1st and 2nd

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