Riddle: Celebrate my birthday with theater and film

July 11, 2014 

It’s July and that means I will be celebrating my birthday July 21. I am not ashamed to tell you that I will be turning 39. I am not one of those people who is afraid to grow old.

I have a chin full of grey hair to show for it, too. I won’t be dying it. I prefer to think that I am turning into a wizard. One day I will grow it long and start wearing a pointy hat.

This article isn’t about me becoming an eccentric old man, I swear. It is really an open invitation, asking you to join me at the different places I will be celebrating my birthday!

First, Theatre Macon is preforming “Les Miserables” at the Grand Opera House. The show opens Friday and runs through July 19. I love plays, but can you believe I had never seen “Les Miserables” until the movie a few years ago? I just skipped it; thought I wouldn’t be interested in it. Turns out, I love it!

What better way to see it for the first time on stage than a production from Theatre Macon? I don’t know what day I am going yet, but don’t let that stop you. Go and pretend I am sitting next to you. Drop me a line later and tell me what you thought. You can reach me by email, Facebook or Twitter. I’m easy to find.

The Macon Film Guild will be showing “The Only Lovers Left Alive” by Jim Jarmusch on Sunday at the Douglass Theatre at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. I will warn you that this movie is about vampires. I am not a fan of the new generation of vampire films that have been released lately, but Jarmusch’s films are always entertaining. Plus, this one was shot in Detroit. I was born and raised in Detroit and love all things Motor City.

The Macon Film Guild doubles up with great movies this month as it will be screening the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at the Douglass. Maier was a nanny in Chicago during the ’50s and ’60s, and had a secret hobby. She was a photographer. This is the story of the nanny who took thousands of pictures of people on the streets of Chicago.

Get out and enjoy a few of these if you can, and wish something good on me for my birthday!

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.

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