Movies, books SC rodeo funds

The fourth annual Sheridan College Rodeo Banquet was a winner recently. Some $30,229 was generated for the SC rodeo programs, both men and women’s teams. Debi Isakson, the alumni/community engagement director for the college’s foundation, says 5 percent more funds were raised than a year ago.

Sponsors: Gold Buckle Club, Wyoming Rehab, King’s Saddlery, Zowada, Powder River Veterinary Services, GH Phipps, Sheridan Motor, First Northern Bank, Sheridan Seed Co., Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo, Perry’s Trailers, Chase Brothers, Powder River Energy, Big Horn Beverage, Paul delRossi, Tom Kinnison, Sheridan College Foundation.

 

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Week 3 of the Sheridan Film Festival features the film, “About Time.” It’s about love and time travel (and who doesn’t enjoy stories, or the prospect of going back, or going forward in time). It stars Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy and is rated PG-13.

Recommended…..

One of the more acclaimed films for the Oscar race is “Philomena,” starring Dame Judi Dench. It’s about a mother who searches for her son after he was taken in a church-sanctioned adoption. It’s from the book, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” by journalist Martin Sixsmith. He was portrayed with effortless humor and style by Steve Coogan.

It’s a good film — affecting, bittersweet, remarkable. It’s up for Best Picture and Best Actress awards in next month’s Academy Awards.

It’s showing, too, these afternoons and evenings in the warm and comfy confines of Centennial Theatre.

 

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One book which I’ve finished of late is “Respect Yourself” by Robert Gordon.

If you grew up in a particular time and place, these were the records you played at a party when you wanted to party. The Motown stuff, with its sweet lyrics and contemporary melodies were OK, but Stax was different: edgy and more loose, a purer dose of rhythm-and-blues, maybe even a bit dangerous. The records were more regional and hard-to-get, but always an apt showcase for its top artists: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, the Staples Singers, Isaac Hayes. Best of all was house band: Booker T. and the MGs, featuring the Memphis Horns. The music was irresistible.

The company started in the late 1950s in segregated Memphis with one white owner and one black owner, unique for its time and Stax flourished for many years. Then Stax crashed under the weight of internal bickering, extravagant spending and as company execs put it, “we took our eye off the ball.” Stax was later rebuilt.

“Respect Yourself” is a good story about an independent music company and the effect it had on the civil rights issues of Memphis and the U.S. in the 1960s, and its everlasting contribution to a distinctive form of American music.

The book’s a delight and available from our local book seller, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery.

 

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Quotable

 

“Almost half of the people over 40 believe they look younger than they are. This says something important about older Americans: We have terrible eyesight.”

 

—Dave Barry, 66, columnist/author

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