Holiday Music Blossoms at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre with Cellophane Flowers

 The Gracie Theatre celebrates the music of the holiday season on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. with the band, Cellophane Flowers. The afternoon concert, “Christmas Chronicles,” is a fusion of Beatles hits and holiday favorites. This performance is made possible through the generous support of the John Kilgore Fund.

“The songs in ‘Christmas Chronicles’ are some of the most creative arrangements of holiday music ever heard,” said Jeri Misler, managing artistic director of the Gracie Theatre. “Audiences will hear Beatles favorites like ‘Come Together,’ combined with musical undercurrents reminiscent of ‘Carol of the Bells.’ It’s simply beautiful.”

This multimedia event combines seasonal vignettes, popular holiday music, and rock ‘n roll. The combination of HD projected images and vintage outfits promises to deliver a visually-stunning, Victorian-era styled holiday event that’s perfect for the entire family. With universal themes of love, the set list includes songs like “Let It Be,” “Imagine,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “All You Need is Love.” Holiday favorites such as “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” underscore narratives or poems making the show perfect for the holiday season.

Jeff Lake, founder of the band Cellophane Flowers, has enjoyed a lifelong journey as a singer/songwriter and bandleader. As the lead singer of hard rock band Big Bang, he toured with multi-platinum artists Extreme, Winger, White Lion and Zebra. The band is joined onstage by a chamber trio who provide cello, violin and viola accompaniment. This brings additional richness to the narrative portions of the concert. Included in the trio’s set list is a lively rendition of the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker Suite.”

Tickets for “Christmas Chronicles” range from $25.50 to $32.50 for teen and adult patrons. Children 12 and under are just $9.50. A $2.50 per ticket charge is added at checkout with a maximum of $10.00 per order. Online tickets can be purchased at the Gracie Theatre’s webpage ( or the theatre’s Facebook page at ( For phone sales or more information, call the box office at 207-941-7888. Groups of eight or more are entitled to a 10% discount.

The Gracie Theatre, in a collaboration between artists, students, and university constituents, is an intimate and inviting performing arts facility that provides hands-on experiential learning and technical support services for the Husson University community through a combination of diverse cultural programming and community engagement.

Husson University

Eric B. Gordon

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Cell: (207) 649-4647



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Classic Holiday Movies for the Whole Family

Bundle 1, Christmas And Family Fantasies

Bundle 1, Christmas And Family Fantasies

MEDFORD, Ore.Nov. 16, 2022PRLog — Sinister Cinema announced today three new holiday sales bundles featuring entertaining, campy titles from the company’s extensive catalog of vintage films.

“Our collection, including hundreds of difficult to find exotic and campy B-films from the thirties, forties and fifties, is becoming more popular as consumers look for unique and entertaining content to view,” said Greg Luce, founder of Sinister Cinema and long-time, well-known collector. “Putting together our new holiday sale bundles was a labor of love.”

The three new bundles, just revealed on the website, are: “Christmas and Family Fantasies;””Witches and Warlocks;” and “Science Run Amok.” Available on Sinister Cinema’s website, the first two bundles, featuring five films each, are priced at $42.00 postpaid; and the final bundle, Science Run Amok with six films is priced at $49.00 also postpaid—a significant savings in all three cases.

The Christmas and Family Fantasies bundle (1933-1964) includes these campy titles: Who Killed Santa Claus; The Phantom Wagon; Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; Passing of the Third Floor Back; and The Wandering Jew. The films feature stars like Conrad Veidt, Pia Zadora, John Call, Pierre Fresnay, Harry Baur, and Rene Rey.

The Witches and Warlocks bundle (1960-1970) includes these terrifying titles: Black Sunday; Horror Hotel; Blood Demon; Mark of the Devil; and Witch Killer of Blackmore—featuring stars like Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele, Herbert Lom and Karin Dor.

The Science Run Amok bundle (1933-1966) includes monstrous titles like Island of Terror; The Killer Shrews; The Manster; Brain That Wouldn’t Die; Monstrosity; and The Devil Bat. Featured stars include: Peter Cushing, Bela Lugosi, James Best, and others. ( (phone: 541-773-6860) has the best selection of obscure and classic B-movies on home video/DVD on the planet, including Drive-In Double Features, Science Fiction, Horror, Sword and Sandal, Mystery-Suspense-Film Noir, Spy movies, Edgar Wallace Thrillers, Exploitation, Action Adventure, B-Westerns, Fantasy, Forgotten Horrors, Jungle movies, Juvenile Schlock, Poverty Row Studio collections, Silent Thrillers, Serials, Spaghetti Westerns, and of course, Movie Trailer collections.  The company recently announced the release of 50 new titles just in time for the holidays.

In addition to their vast video library, Sinister Cinema’s sister company, Armchair Fiction, is dedicated to restoring and distributing classic ‘genre fiction’ from the past. Its fully-illustrated, ‘extra-large’ paperbacks bring back vintage science fiction, horror, and mystery from many of the great masters, all presented in the spirit of the classic Ace books releases of the 1950s and 1960s.  Armchair Fiction currently has nearly 500 paperbacks available through its own website and through

Consumers looking for rare, nostalgic titles, especially in genres like horror, sci-fi, film noir, B-westerns, sword & sandal, jungle and exploitation, will appreciate the Sinister Cinema catalog of films. The company prides itself on treating its customers like family and also takes returns, at any point, with no questions asked.  Discover the magic at  Their phone number again is 541-773-6860.

Oakland Holiday Tradition, Christmas Kwanzaa Gift Show, Returns Black Friday Weekend

Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show, November 26 & 27th, A Holiday Favorite & Tradition Sparking the Giving Season Comes Back on Black Friday Weekend! Enjoy a wonderful array of food, community choirs and talent, vendors & More.

OAKLAND, Calif.Oct. 19, 2022PRLog — Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises San Francisco-Dallas for Sandra Varner PR~~~

The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show, is a multicultural event right after Thanksgiving kicking off the giving season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, borne of the African American Community in Oakland with a regional reach as far as Sacramento and Stockton. The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show brings vendors near and far with gifts galore to treat family and friends over the holidays.  Black Friday Weekend starts special shopping and entertainment at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 550 10th Street & Broadway, 10 am to 7 pm, November 26th & 27th.

“Family and Community Reunion” is the event theme with a promotional price of $10 now through November 11th.  Prices go up to $15 on November 12th.  Children 12 and under are free. “People have been asking me when the Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show will come back.   I am pleased to bring the community together again as we help generate joy during the holiday season,” said James Moore, Jr., CEO of The African American Business Exchange (THEAABE.COM (  “We are excited to collaborate with B.O.B.S.A., leaders in the $9 Billion Black Hair Care & Cosmetic Industry and The Black Cultural Zone of Oakland that has worked with a coalition of residents, government, churches and other non-profits for Black economic empowerment.” Those interested in sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths can register at  BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM ( or email or phone 510/866-2214.

Family fun highlights at the Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show include youth holiday arts activities and community entertainment in a safe, cheerful, and pleasant environment at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center.  There is usually an unofficial battle of the choirs that occurs as the unique musical talent of Bay Area Choirs that have impacted music worldwide perform during the event.  Now is the time for all Bay Area church and community choirs to answer the call to action to showcase their talent during the two-day event.  Those interested in performing contact community leader Ann Grant by email at  Also, anyone interested in volunteering should register at BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM (http://WWW.BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM).

Shop for unique holiday gifts, enjoy the entertainment, showcase your performance skills, volunteer and “build back better” community at the “Family and Community Reunion,” November 26th and 27th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the downtown Oakland Marriott Convention Center.  Find out more information about family fun, volunteering, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities at  BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM.

Holiday, FL Author Publishes Religious Nonfiction Book

Follow the Son, a new book by Sandra Beckman, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Author Sandie Beckman’s spirit sensed the urgency and desperation to reach out in compassion to receptive hearts that wanted the intimacy and the power of the Lord. A fresh vision and revelation is needed to be delivered from the spiritual darkness that is growing at a fast pace. This means we need to break out of the status quo of Christianity and be energized by the Holy Spirit. It’s time to make the End Time church a place of God’s power! God wants to release his power but only after He establishes an intimate, bridal partnership with his church. Without this intimacy his church will not handle the fullness of his power. If we are distracted by other things, over time our hearts will burn out like a field burned out and it then becomes hard to grow anything,

Follow the Son will help us to understand God’s heart, his ways and unconditional love and acceptancy for all of mankind, and his desire to share intimacy with us. Our spiritual journey should be one with enthusiasm, expectancy; a journey of truth and blessings; an adventure of fulfilling inspiration and rewarding! If you want to conquer the heart of Jesus it will take devotion, a determination, obedience and heartfelt prayer, and quality time spent with the Lord and waiting and worshiping upon Him. It will be a rewarding experience! God is looking for people as such: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23).

If this is you, break free of the fear of being branded as too fanatical, or always having to apologize for your spiritual lifestyle; be the bridal-partner Jesus desires, so come on… “Follow the Son.”

About the Author

Sandie Beckman, a child of God, has devoted her life to him. She has authored a newsletter called “Pathway Outreach,” and she still continues to write and encourage inmates in many prisons, ministries, veterans, nursing homes, families, and businesses all through the U.S. She hopes her book will encourage others to live in God’s ways, his love, and his guidance, helping them to overcome any obstacles in their lives as promised.

Follow the Son is a 402-page paperback with a retail price of $24.00. It has an ISBN of 9781648040894. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore