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Black Box Fire presents Gross Indecency

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde

Due to one of the most scandalous series of trials of its time, Oscar Wilde, famed author and playwright was imprisoned for “gross indecency with male persons”. The show uses actual trial manuscripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other first hand sources to weave the story of the downfall of one of the most genius minds of his time. Oscar Wilde risked his livelihood, popularity and fame for the love of his a man and the belief that what he was doing was not a vice, but simple his way of life.

Stephanie Yantsis returns to the director’s seat, after last season’s smash-success with Pride and Prejudice. This dramatic piece is full of 9 local actors playing no less than 30 characters. The cast includes: Jared Lenover, Ryan Moran, James Thomas, Jim Molloy, Damion LeClair, Lauren Repei, Amanda Nesbitt, Andrea Madsen and Natalie Ruginis.

Show Times

  • Friday, November 12th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, November 13th, 2010 @ 2pm & 8pm
  • Thursday, November 18th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Friday, November 19th, 2010 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, November 20th, 2010 @ 2pm & 8pm

Tickets

General admission is $15
Student tickets are $12
All tickets can be purchased at the door or reserve your tickets in advance by emailing contact@blackboxfire.com

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The Hamilton Film Festival Nov 2-7

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Hamilton Film Festival with the Staircase Theatre.  We continue to partner with festival director Nathan Fleet in celebrating and promoting independent local and international films.  For more information about scheduled programming, workshops, awards and encore screenings please visit the Hamilton Film Festival website.

http://web.me.com/nathanfleet/HFF/HamiltonFilmFestival.html

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Hamilton Film Festival takes place in Ontario Canada at the historic Staircase Theatre. Hundreds of mainstream and independent films have been screened in the intimate theatre, which was the first LCD projector theatre to operate in Canada. A new screen has been added as well as HD projection! Theatre owner Hugh McLeod and the many staff and volunteers proudly support independent film and will continue to do so with this years 5th installment of the Hamilton Film Festival.

HFF09 introduced industry panels and awards, something that will continue this year. Last year OMNIVAC took home the Jury Choice award and THE YARD SALE claimed the Audience Choice award. Three films received a distribution offer as a direct result of our festival and panel discussion. This year our programmers will reach out further to bring more student and community based  films to our festival. Social Media sites like facebook and twitter will offer up-to-the-minute updates throughout the year, especially during the festival. What a great feeling knowing that we have made it to our fifth anniversary, and it keeps getting better. – Nathan Fleet, Festival Director 2010

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Nov 1st 7-9pm Cheryl Suitor Art Launch ‘Dancing in the Rain’

“Dancing in the Rain”
Paintings by Cheryl Suitor

OPENING NOVEMBER 1 2010 7-9 p.m.

Cheryl Suitor is a Hamilton area artist, who has recently returned to painting after
a time focussed upon raising a family and learning from her children the difficult
task of not merely trying to survive but, as the saying goes to “Dance in the Rain”.
This expression is never more true for this artist than when she is painting and
playing music.  Many people, especially in Hamilton at this time are having to face
and find a way to survive some very tough times.  “Dancing in the Rain” is an
expression of Cheryl’s journey through her art to go beyond survival to holding
true to her unique spiritual dance.  Hopefully it will be of some encouragement to
others to live true to their heart, not to be defeated, but to see the larger picture and
to carry on in their own unique way.  This world, our community and our families
can only benefit if in the toughest of times we still look for what is good, stand
with all the strength we can muster and fight despair, work for change, and refuse
to allow our inner spirit to be extinguished.

Cheryl Suitor will also be contributing two paintings and a poem on the subject of
War and Peace to a Show on “War” at Gallery 435 (435 Barton Street East  in
Hamilton) opening on Thursday November 11 at 5:30 p.m.

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Family High Tea Cancelled but join us for Trick or Treat Shell out 6-9pm

Family High Tea scheduled for Sunday Oct 31st 12-3pm has unfortunately been cancelled.  We regret any inconvenience this will cause…but please bring the young ones out to enjoy Trick or Treal Shell out at the Haunted Hydro station Sunday Oct 31st  6-9pm.  The facility will also be open for anyone who would like to tour the spaces or visit with our resident services.

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Friday Oct 29th 9pm Ghost Stories for Adults- 8pm-12 Scary-oke

9pm CREEPING MURMUR, PORING DARK

GHOST STORIES FOR ADULTS

“Full of humour and creepy sensation…a tour de force of the macabre.” Vue Weekly  (Edmonton)

“From his first words he has the audience spellbound.” Ottawa Citizen

“I almost jumped out of my seat” CBC Winnipeg

“everybody who loves theatre should…see this” CBC Edmonton

“…those who relish rich characterizations or…classic horror performed straight will be in their element.” UPTOWN Magazine (Winnipeg)

Tickets $15 Advance Reservations 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org

8pm SCARY-OKE

Sing like your life depends on it!  Join your hosts Kim and Peter for a fun filled night of  song.  Come dressed in a costumeand sing and you could win a prize.

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8pm Frankenprov (Night of the Monster)-9pm Jekyl and Hyde Stand up Thurs Oct 28

8pm FRANKENPROV-Night of the Monster written by Nicholas Corkigian Tickets $10

What is so funny about Halloween anyways? Well Staircase Improv’s story skeletons certainly are. Frankenprov is an improvised comedy show where audience input decides the fate of a scientist and his monster. This parody of the famous Mary Shelly classic “Frankenstein” will keep you on the edge of your funny bone in a hour where everything from the famous thriller will be twisted by audience suggestions and the special madness that is Staircase Improv. Our famous Halloween show is safe for all ages, however unexpected immature adult topics could occur without warning.

9pm JEKYL AND HYDE COMEDY…5 Comedians will turn on the charm and do their best clean sets only to return to make you blush

Comedy, Events, Film, Music

Rocky Horror Picture Show 8pm…David Celia & Chums 9pm Wed Oct 27

8pm ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW..FREE!

Join Brad, Janet, Frankenfurter and the Staircase for a free screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show 8pm.  No Toast, water, rice etc but Lingerie is completely ok with us!

9pm DAVID CELIA AND CHUMS

$8 at door Catch rippin’ drummer Cleave Anderson, formerly of Blue Rodeo, Joan Besen from Prairie Oyster and Young Tim Jackson accompanying David Celia with lush vocal harmonies and improvised jams. Dancers welcome.

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HALLOWEEN HORROR WEEK @ THE SC

HALLOWEEN WEEK IS FRIGHTFULLY GOOD AT THE STAIRCASE.

HELLO STAIRCASE SUPPORTERS, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A WEEK FULL OF HALLOWEEN FUN FOR ALL AGES….SO WHETHER YOUR TREAT IS MUSIC, MOVIES, SONG, COMEDY, DANCING OR JUST PLAIN HAVING YOUR PANTS SCARED OFF…WE HAVE IT FOR YOU! A NOTE FROM MANAGEMENT..PLEASE KEEP PANTS ON!

MON OCT 25

8:30pm DROP IN IMPROV WORKSHOP

Learn improv in a fun and supportive environment $5

TUES OCT 26

8pm WEST 5TH JAZZ QUINTET

Tickets $15/$10 The always amazing and always sold out West 5th Jazz Quintet returns to the Staircase for their 3rd concert and CD release party. Contact: Bob Shields @ 905-575-2803  bobshields@mountain.cable.net

WED OCT 27

8pm ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW..FREE!

Join Brad, Janet, Frankenfurter and the Staircase for a free screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show 8pm.  No Toast, water, rice etc but Lingerie is completely ok with us!

9pm DAVID CELIA AND CHUMS

$8 at door Catch rippin’ drummer Cleave Anderson, formerly of Blue Rodeo, Joan Besen from Prairie Oyster and Young Tim Jackson accompanying David Celia with lush vocal harmonies and improvised jams. Dancers welcome.

THURS OCT 28

8pm FRANKENPROV (Night of the Living Monster)

You decide the fate of the monster in this hilarious improvised send up of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein written by Nicholas Corkigian.  All ages are welcome but accidentally adult content may occur $10

9pm JEKYLL AND HYDE COMEDY

…5 comedians, 2 sets, 1 altered state…watch as your mild mannered comedians perform their as best possible clean sets only to return after the break to make you blush $5 at door

FRI OCT 29

9pm CREEPING MURMUR, POURING DARK

GHOST STORIES FOR ADULTS

“Full of humour and creepy sensation…a tour de force of the macabre.” Vue Weekly  (Edmonton)

“From his first words he has the audience spellbound.” Ottawa Citizen

“I almost jumped out of my seat” CBC Winnipeg

“everybody who loves theatre should…see this” CBC Edmonton

“…those who relish rich characterizations or…classic horror performed straight will be in their element.” UPTOWN Magazine (Winnipeg)

Tickets $15 Advance Reservations 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org

8pm SCARY-OKE

Sing like your life depends on it!  Join your hosts Kim and Peter for a fun filled night of  song.  Come dressed in a costume and you could win a prize.

SAT OCT 30

9pm DEVIL’S NIGHT HALLOWEEN BASH

Join us for our 3rd Annual Devil’s Night Halloween Bash….music, comedy, sexy dancing, finger foods , costume contests and prizes.  Funds raised from the night go towards supporting The Staircase Theatre’s future endeavours as Hamilton’s Arts Incubator!  Tickets $15 in advance 905-529-3000, info@staircase.org or in person at the box office Oct 25-30 7-10pm

SUN OCT 31

12-3pm HAUNTED FAMILY HIGH TEA

By reservation only.  A Family friendly High tea in the spookily decorated haunted hydro transformer.  Sandwiches, sweets and witches brew.  905-529-3000

6-9pm TRICK OR TREAT SHELL OUT

The Staircase invites you to bring your little ghost or ghoul by for Halloween shell out.  We will be opening our doors for you to stroll through the haunted hydro transformer and meet some of our resident services.

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Thurs Oct 14, First of two concerts with Bill Mallonee

Thurs Oct 14th SOLD OUT

Sat Oct 16th Tickets $25

When Paste Magazine did a poll of its readers and artists, Bill was rated #65 in the top 100 living songwriters!
…Bill writes deeply personal songs that are focused on his Christian faith, his family, and his life and struggles. This is not a rock concert, and it is not praise and worship music. This will be Bill with an acoustic guitar, and his wife Muriah on keyboards singing songs that will make you think about your life, and the world you live in.
That said, this is intended to be a fun and relaxing evening listening to some great music! If you like roots folk – the music of Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, then you’ll appreciate an evening with Bill Mallonee.boosch@me.com

Music

Wed Oct 13th 8pm Three Sirens of Song-Amy Campbell, Darrelle London and NLX

  • Three Tremendous performers, One Tremendous Night.   Join NLX, Amy Campbell and Darrell London @ The Staircase Theatre featured on our Cafe Stage.

NLX
BITCH GET FIT is the much anticipated, first full-length offering from NLX. But to call it a debut would be somewhat misleading. It’s taken two years of preparation, collaboration and one tiny lawsuit to make this masterpiece. Recorded in both NYC and Toronto, NLX joined forces again with acclaimed producer/composer Byron Kent Wong to create an extraordinarily distinct, vibrant and compelling album. In a time of one hit wonders and copycat artists, NLX stands alone.   Raised in the icy shadows of Canada’s steel city smoke stacks, NLX hails from the proud tradition of BS-free northern songwriting women. She continues to carry the electronically edged dark pop torch with BITCH GET FIT … 16 tracks of blow your mind and open your heart lyrical and musical smack. It is “fists in the air, tears on the floor, don’t look back but close the door” kind of music. From 3,000+ soft-seaters while opening for Matthew Good and David Usher, to Lower East Side rock clubs to intimate cafes in Greenwich Village, NLX invites you into her heart – and makes her way into yours – with delightful blunt humor lifted from the same divine source as her music. You laugh, you cry. Experience NLX – don’t be afraid, you might just find love.

AMY CAMPBELL

Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s dozen years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.Amy Campbell’s first solo album: Architecture: Live at the Opera House was released with a sold out show in Halifax in November 2003. Recorded live at the Opera House in Lunenburg, NS one September afternoon, Architecture surpassed all expectations when it was featured on several radio programs (including CBC’s The Roundup, and Definitely Not the Opera as Indie Artist of the week), was reviewed in several local and national publications (Exclaim!, Herizons) and charted on campus and internet radio stations across Canada and the US (including Netscape and AOL radio).  November 2008 saw the release of a full length album and book project entitled Oh Heart, Oh Highway. A successful release tour included appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Toronto’s The Cameron House, The BobCat concert series (Ottawa) and the legendary Yellow Door Coffeehouse (Montreal). New fans were drawn in by the album’s cinematic narratives, and ambitious artistic vision; as evidenced in March 2009, when Oh Heart, Oh Highway reached #1 on CBC’s coveted and influential Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.

“Simply put, Campbell is well poised to one day inherit Joni Mitchell’s place as Canada’s quintessential female singer-songwriter.” –Cindy Filipenko, Herizons

DARRELLE LONDON
Classically trained in voice and piano, Darrelle London earned her chops playing as a teenager in cafes around her small hometown of Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has come a long way since those early days!
Darrelle’s story is one of following your heart over your head. With the smarts to get accepted to law school, she chose to instead take a chance on her music.
Since making that fateful choice, Darrelle has toured Canada, played in LA and New York, and opened for British star VV Brown at the Troubadour club in Hollywood. She has also performed at several festivals, including Lilith Fair, International Pop Overthrow, and North by Northeast.
In 2009, Darrelle’s song, Understand, was selected for inclusion on the 90210 TV soundtrack, which was sold across North America. The song appeared alongside music by internationally renowned artists such as Adele, All-American Rejects, N.E.R.D. and Jet
Darrelle’s music has been embraced by fans, music critics and media. She has made appearances on ET Canada, MuchMusic, eTalk and CBC. She also has an upcoming American television appearance on a PBS special about Lilith Fair.  Darrelle’s future looks bright. She recently received the “Best Pop” title at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. She is in the process of recording two new songs that she wrote with one of her “career idols,” Chantal Kreviazuk. Darrelle also looks forward to meeting many new fans during her upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour dates.