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“Blazing BBQ” and a Showing of “Blazing Saddles”
April 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Grab some freshly barbequed vittles, listen to some cowboy songs, have a beer or two and then ride on in to the theater for an interactive showing of the greatest western comedy, “Blazing Saddles,” at this South Yuba County Rotary and Yuba Sutter Arts co-sponsored fundraising event. Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street, Marysville, 742-2787, yubasutterarts.org
Do you remember the 1974 western comedy “Blazing Saddles?” Arguably, the film is one of the greatest examples of satire in the history of cinema. Film maker Mel Brooks ridicules racism, gender stereotypes, ignorance and cultural misconceptions throughout the film.
Now you can experience a true cinematic treat and support a great cause at a “Blazing BBQ” interactive movie party on Friday April 12 at Yuba Sutter Arts. Doors open at 5pm. Local favorites and Rotary stalwarts, the OCD Band, will start playing their eclectic mix of country standards, and original tunes at 5:30. The 90-minute film starts at 7pm. The address is 624 E Street in Marysville. Tickets are $25 in advance or $40 at the door. (A $1 fee will be added to online sales.) Advance tickets are available below. All you can eat BBQ is part of the ticket price and there will be a no host bar. Profits will benefit South Yuba County Rotary’s youth scholarship and summer camp programs and Yuba Sutter Arts “Arts in Education” project.
“We were looking for ideas for movie showings that would inspire folks to leave the comfort of their homes to watch a movie in public with others,” said David Read, Past President of the South Yuba County Rotary Club and current Executive Director of Yuba Sutter Arts. “One of our Rotary members suggested ‘Blazing Saddles’ and a fundraiser was born,” he added.
The film received several Academy Award nominations including Best Song, Best Editing and Madeline Kahn for Best Supporting Actress. It stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Mel Brooks playing three different characters and a whole supporting cast of very familiar western character actors.
The good guys wear white but are black. The bad guys wear black but are white. It’s complicated but all very funny. This 45-year-old film continues to draw big laughs whenever shown, but it is also interesting to note that many young people this writer has spoken to recently (20 and 30 somethings) have never even heard of it. The messages ring true today with ongoing concerns over the rise of white supremacists, racial stereotyping and women’s rights. Come out for what promises to be a fun evening and all for a great cause. Plenty of free parking is available on the adjacent streets and in the Umpqua Bank and Bank of America parking lots directly across the street.
$25 until 4/11/2019, $40 at the door (a service fee of $1 per ticket will be added to online sales)
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