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How to make iced tea AND Movies continue at the Grand Illusion

If you like to see unusual movies or just enjoy silents, this week is a great time to get to the Grand Illusion. Dennis Nyback is on a comedy kick this week, and his collection of movies has many flicks (of the short and/or silent variety) that are only not available on video but are just plain not available anywhere else. Tonight you could see "FUNNY FUNNY FORGOTTEN MEN" ("Incredibly rare slapstick shorts from stars you've never heard of!") at 7pm, or "SILENT STARS KNOCKABOUT IN SOUND SHORTS" ("A whole lotta silliness in an easy-to-digest format") at 9pm. I'll be going for the Orphan Studios presentation Monday at 7, the "Prince of Slapstick" show Tuesday at 7, and the shorts from "Educational Films" (which produced utterly uneducational comedy shorts) Thursday at 9. Anyone want to come with us?

In other news, I have the definitive how-to for making iced tea when you're stuck in the sticks.
1. Turn on tea kettle (helps heat up the house). Discover you're burning something that's stuck to the burner.
2. Wrap big pile of really lame loose leaf tea in a paper napkin.
3. Pour boiling water over improvised teabag. Adjust stream of water to avoid steam burn. Pour a little water on your foot. Watch as lid of kettle falls off and a big cloud of steam rushes out and you REALLY get a steam burn. Compare both hands to each other to see how different the right one now looks and wonder if this is really only a first degree burn. Whimper a bit. Pour cold tap water on your wrist.
4. Go put hair dye on while tea brews. Get red stuff all over your hands, your face, and your arm.
5. Slowly and carefully pull the bag out of the boiling water, holding carefully onto the very hot paper. Watch as bag explodes.
6. Find a paper towel to use to filter the tea sludge into a new container.
7. Hold carefully onto the paper towel as you pour the sludge onto it, noticing the creep of the liquid up the paper and toward the corners you're holding onto. Use the edge of the pitcher to hold onto a third corner of the paper towel. Successful complete transfer of liquid into second container with only minor inconveniences.
8. Feel like a fool. Decide to write journal entry. Note while writing that resting edge of burnt wrist on keyboard hurts. :-( Go for more icecubes and consider value of sticking to soda the next time.


"Week two of Dennis Nyback at the Grand Illusion (2005)"

FRIDAY AUGUST 5th

TOUGH BABES OF THE SILENT FILM
Shows at 7pm
WACKY WOMEN IN 1930's COMEDY
Shows at 9pm
Two sets of short features that showcase the forgotten ladies of early
film comedy!

SATURDAY AUGUST 6th

OUR GANG WAS GREAT!
A lovely set of Little Rascals shorts
Shows at 3pm & 5pm

FUNNY FUNNY FORGOTTEN MEN
See some incredibly rare slapstick shorts from stars you've never heard of!
Shows at 7pm

SILENT STARS KNOCKABOUT IN SOUND SHORTS
A whole lotta silliness in an easy-to-digest format
Shows at 9pm


SUNDAY AUGUST 7th

THREE STOOGES FUN!
The laws of physics and biology are suspended for our favorite goofballs.
Shows at 3pm & 5pm

BUSTER AT HIS BEST
More mayhem from the Great Stone Face
Shows at 7pm

FUNNY FUNNY FATTY
Come discover the comic genius of Fatty Arbuckle
Shows at 9pm


MONDAY AUGUST 8th

FUNNY FILMS AT ORPHAN STUDIOS
A wonderful series of slapstick shorts from production studios that never made it into the modern era
Shows at 7pm

MACK SENNETT: THE KING OF SLAPSTICK
Sennett was the uncrowned king of slapstick, producing and directing with all the greats. Come down and see some of his greatest bits!
Shows at 9pm


TUESDAY AUGUST 9th

HAL ROACH: PRINCE OF SLAPSTICK
The man behind the Little Rascals had a long career in slapstick, and we feature 88 minutes of his best
Shows at 7pm

THE GREAT CHAPLIN
A series of shorts Chaplin filmed for Mutual Pictures
Shows at 9pm


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10th

THE STRONG MAN
A hilarious feature starring Harry Langdon and directed by Frank Capra!
Shows at 7pm

WHEN EDUCATIONAL FILMS MEANT SLAPSTICK
A slapstick film factory with a great misleading name, Educational Films produced some of the best short films of the 1930's with such stars as Shirley Temple and Bing Crosby
Shows at 9pm


THURSDAY AUGUST 11th

LAUREL & HARDY!
Four short films with our favorite screen couple
Shows at 7pm

HAROLD LLOYD in GRANDMA'S BOY
Lloyd stars as a cowardly youngster who discovers an unlikely source of courage.
Shows at 9pm



"Only weak men fear able women" - Marion Boyars
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