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BELLA BASH – A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC FOR THE “ANGELS” (proceeds go to supporting children with Angelman Syndrom)

The Franklin Theatre will be hosting the fifth annual Bella Bash this Thursday night (October 11). The Bella Bash is an evening of awareness and fundraising, but mostly music, laughter and love. It is quickly becoming a Nashville tradition. This year’s guests include the spectacular multi-award winning Jason Crabb, multi-Dove winner, Clay Crosse, American Idol alum, Melinda Doolittle, and critically acclaimed vocal group, The Martins. The Smoking Section will be the house band and heartbeat of the evening.

The Bella Bash is a yearly event put together by singer/songwriter, and Nashville native, Regie Hamm and his wife Yolanda. The event is named after their daughter Isabella (or Bella) who suffers from the rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome – a partial deletion of the 15th chromosome. This rare disorder causes severe gross motor skill delays and renders individuals unable to speak. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Angel Wings Foundation, a 501c3 formed by the Hamms to raise awareness for Angelman Syndrome as well as providing services and therapies to low functioning special needs children.

On the night of the event, the Hamms will premiere a new awareness video that they intend to distribute to pediatricians through their Angel Wings Foundation (www.angelwingsfoundation.info).

There will be red carpet and press photos at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 7. Tickets are $50.00 online or $55.00 at the door. Tickets available at www.FranklinTheatre.com and at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, (615) 538-2076.

Melinda Doolittle, JOHNNYSWIM and More Star in Studio Tenn’s “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

Grammy Award-Winning Musical Revue Runs Sept 20-Oct 7

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will lead a standout cast of powerhouse vocalists in Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s first musical production of its 2012-2013 season, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, opening September 20 at the historic Franklin Theatre. Individual and Season Tickets are now on sale at FranklinTheatre.com and at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, (615) 538-2076.

“I could not be more excited to be a part of Studio Tenn’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ with such an amazing cast from all over the country,” said Doolittle, who was launched to international fame as a season six contestant of American Idol. “Studio Tenn is best known in this region for putting on flawless and exciting professional theater, and this show in particular has the musical and historical significance to further that trend.”

A Grammy Award-winning rock-and-roll revue, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” celebrates songwriters Leiber and Stoller’s beloved catalog of classics from the 1950s and ’60s, including hits made famous by Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin and more.

Starring with Doolittle in Studio Tenn’s production are husband and wife pop duo Abner and Amanda Ramirez, known together as JOHNNYSWIM. Amanda is the daughter of the late great first lady of disco, Donna Summer. While the duo is based in Los Angeles, they have roots in Nashville.

The cast also includes top-notch local performers Libby Hodges, Ryan Greenawalt and Laura Matula (whom Studio Tenn fans will recognize for her unforgettable performance as the flamboyant Miss Adelaide in last year’s debut musical “Guys and Dolls”). Joining Nashville’s finest are Kansas City’s Harvey Hubert and Birmingham’s John-Mark McGaha.

“This cast of singers is, in a word, ‘unreal’,” said Jake Speck, Managing Director of Studio Tenn and a veteran Broadway performer. “I know this may sound blasphemous, but vocally, this cast blows the original Broadway cast out of the water. These are eight of the best singers I’ve ever heard–period. We are just beside ourselves to have landed such an extraordinary concentration of vocal talent for this show,” which Speck describes as “a nonstop avalanche” of 39 rock and roll and R&B standards, including “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog”, “Stand By Me”, “Kansas City”, “I’m a Woman”, and many more.

“Our concept and take on the show is to strip away a lot of the Broadway and Vegas feel of it and focus more on the unbelievable Leiber & Stoller music catalog,” said Speck. “For inspiration, we went back to the original recordings of all these great songs. We are taking the show back to its roots.”

Speck will serve as Executive Producer for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and Studio Tenn’s other principle Matt Logan is Director and Designer. Joining them are Choreographer Emily Tello and Musical Director and Conductor Steve Kummer.

Tickets for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” are available now at FranklinTheatre.com or at the Box Office, (615) 538-2076. Season tickets are also still available for a limited time. Season Ticket holders receive a 20% discount on admission to each of the five shows in Studio Tenn’s expanded 2012-2013 season: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, “Twelve Angry Men” (staged at the historic Williamson County Courthouse), Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, “Big River”, and “My Fair Lady”. For more information, visit StudioTenn.com.

FRIDAY’S DOG DAYS OF SUMMER PROMOTION GIVES BACK

Twenty-six Businesses Open Until 9 p.m.; Donate Proceeds

THIS JUST IN! The Franklin Theatre is offering a $25 ticket for the Paula Cole performance this Saturday night AND will donate 15% of those tickets sold to the World Wildlife Fund, a charity the Grammy-award winning artist supports!

The Dog Days promo code: dogdays2012

Instructions on how to redeem promo code:

1. Go to FranklinTheatre.com and click on the “Paula Cole” event (under “Music”)

2. On the Event page, click on the button that says: “Know a promotion code?”

3. In the popup box, enter the promo code “dogdays2012″ (not case-sensitive) and click “submit.”  A new discounted ticket option will be revealed (it is labeled “classic dog days promotion”). They are $25 classic section tickets.

4. Select tickets as usual and proceed to checkout

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FRANKLIN, Tenn.—A group of downtown Franklin merchants will support local charities on Friday, July 20 through their sales as part of a “Dog Days of Summer” promotion coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association.

The 26 participating businesses will leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. For many of the downtown Franklin merchants, this is an opportunity to support a cause that is near and dear to both their customers’ and their own hearts.

The Registry, a high-end shop for fine tableware, gifts and bridal registry on Main Street, chose to donate its “Dog Days of Summer” proceeds to Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center because of a recent personal tragedy that has connected the business to the treatment center.

“We chose Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center because co-founder Barbara Harlin is waging a battle with colon cancer and being treated there,” said The Registry Co-owner Carla Myers. “We love her and want to do everything possible to support her in her fight.”

Four businesses have chosen to rally around Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization devoted to the best interests of abused or neglected children. City Farmhouse, McCreary’s Irish Pub, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House will all donate 15 percent of the night’s proceeds to the Franklin non-profit. City Farmhouse will offer a special gift certificate opportunity for customers who donate to the cause.

“We are extremely excited to be involved in this event because one of our biggest needs is community awareness and involvement,” said Williamson County CASA Director of Development and Public Relations Danielle McMorran. “I have no doubt these partnerships will be instrumental in spreading awareness towards our mission to serve abused and neglected children. We appreciate this so much.”

DFA Director Nancy Williams said the promotion is designed to show support for community organizations through a collaborative effort among local downtown merchants. She encourages the public to “shop for a cause” with the businesses.

Merchants have chosen non-profits ranging from animal welfare organizations and domestic violence centers to home restoration associations. With the exception of Chick-fil-A South Franklin on Columbia Avenue and Olivia Olive Oil in Cool Springs, the participating merchants are all located within a four-block walking distance.

The DFA’s merchant members are dedicated to the continued revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Franklin. To learn more about the event, visit www.downtownfranklintn.com/dogdays.

Participating merchants include:

  • Avec Moi
  • Boutique MMM
  • Chik-fil-A South Franklin
  • The Cellar
  • City Farmhouse
  • For Every Child
  • Good Findings, Inc.
  • Heart & Hands
  • The Heirloom Shop
  • Johnnie Q
  • JONDIE Boutique
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Kelly Spalding Designs
  • LuLu’s Clothing Co.
  • McCreary’s Irish Pub
  • Olivia Olive Oil
  • Philanthropy
  • Puckett’s Boat House
  • Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
  • ReDo Home & Design
  • The Registry
  • Serendipity Skincare & Cosmetics
  • The Shoppes on Main
  • Sweet CeCe’s Franklin
  • Thomas Kinkeade Gallery
  • Yarrow Acres

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Macey Baird
Sheridan Public Relations, LLC
1143 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
615.472.8879 (office)

Franklin Theatre to Host Midnight Movies This Summer

Series Kicks Off Friday, June 15 with “The Big Lebowski”

Midnight Movies at the Franklin TheatreThe Franklin Theatre will host late-night cult classic movie screenings this summer for patrons 21 and up. The 2012 Midnight Movie series will include “The Big Lebowski” on Friday, June 15, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on Friday, July 20, and “Airplane!” on Friday, August 17. Tickets are just $5 and are now available online at FranklinTheatre.com or by calling the theatre Box Office at (615) 538-2076.

Patrons are encouraged to come in costume to these screenings. Each event will feature prizes and coordinating drink specials, such as White Russians at The Big Lebowski. All patrons wishing to purchase alcohol must present a valid ID to receive a wrist band.

The late-night movies are returning this summer due to popular demand. During the summer of 2011, the Franklin Theatre sold out two late-night screenings each of “The Big Lebowski” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

“Airplane!” another cult classic comedy, will show at the Franklin Theatre for the first time the night of August 17.

The Mel Brooks Western parody “Blazing Saddles” will also show at 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, as part of the Franklin Theatre’s “Wild West Weekend”–a themed celebration of the venue’s first anniversary. The Wild West Weekend will also feature a concert by Western swing band The Time Jumpers on Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday movie screenings of the Don Bluth animated classic “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the original “True Grit” starring John Wayne at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ranger Doug from Riders in the Sky will be on hand to host and entertain throughout the day.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. More information is available online at www.franklintheatre.com.

Franklin Theatre’s First Year Celebration June 22-23

“WILD WESTERN WEEKEND” ANNIVERSARY PARTY THIS WEEKEND!

In the spirit of its grand reopening in June of 2011, the Franklin Theatre will host its first anniversary celebration with a weekend of activities and entertainment on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. While last year’s grand reopening was inspired by classic 1930s films, this year’s celebration will take on the theme of another beloved genre of old Hollywood: the Wild West–and will feature award-winning live music of the same vein.

The Wild Western Weekend will kickoff Friday, June 22 with a concert by the world renowned Western swing band “The Time Jumpers.”The award-winning and Grammy nominated Time Jumpers evolved from casual jam sessions among Nashville’s studio elite to become known for their tight arrangements, soulful singers, brilliant soloists and an irresistible swinging rhythm. Tickets for this performance go on sale to the public Friday, June 1 at FranklinTheatre.com and at the Box Office, (615) 538-2076.

On Saturday, June 23, Ranger Doug, “The Idol of American Youth” from Nashville’s famed cowboy quartet “Riders in the Sky” will entertain patrons and host a full day of Western movies, storytellings, games and activities at the Franklin Theatre.

Film screenings will begin with kid-friendly morning and matinee showings of the Don Bluth animated classic “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the original 1969 “True Grit” starring John Wayne at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Entertainment will continue late into the evening with a late-night screening of Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” for patrons age 21 and up. Attendees are encouraged to dress up. This late-night screening will featured themed drink specials, costume contests, prizes and giveaways. Tickets to these movie screenings are just $5 and are on sale now at FranklinTheatre.com.