For those that recall, we had planned our first show for The State last October (spoiler alert: It didn’t happen!). Boy how times have changed! Back then we had to move the show because we found out we had a big old sprinkler mess on our hands. That problem has been fixed and now most of our challenges are things like keeping the S’s in the marquee lit (no more tate or ta!), getting infrastructure bits like chairs, projector, etc… and, this month, finding time to rest!
October is by far our busiest month since the theater opened, and with good reason. Downtown is alive in a way that hasn’t been seen in many years and people are excited to get out and do things. Plus, October is a time to get a little crazy and if there’s something we do well here, it has to be getting a little crazy.
So what’s on tap for this month? We have 14 different events coming for a variety of different age groups and tastes, from movies to comedy to drama to art. Read on to learn more and check the Facebook Events to keep track of everything that’s going on.
Our next First Friday’s After Dark adventure, Neon Vaudeville, is happening this Friday, October 4th at 9pm . I’m very excited about this show because it really showcases some of the best of South Bend’s home grown entertainment, a sampler if you wiil (a show with ALL of South Bend’s talent would last at least a week) and it also hearkens back to the theater’s root as a Vaudeville hall. The show features 4 hilarious comedians, 3 graceful dancers, 2 exciting dj’s, and 1 talented theater troup who will grace the stage over the course of the evening. Bare Hands Brewery out of Granger will be on tap and new restaurant Javier’s Bistro will be catering our intermission. There’s a little bit of something for everyone’s palate. You can find out more details on the event page.
After Neon Vaudeville we’ve got the first of many movie screenings in rOctober. We start with the documentary Without Charity on Sunday October 6th. This will be the first of hopefully many documentary film showings at The State that challenge our minds and create thoughtful discussion.
What October would be complete without a horror film fest you might ask. So did we and thus The State’s rOctober Fright Fest was born. Featuring classic movies from 1960 and before, we are taking it Old School and bringing some classics that have probably been seen on the screen at The State before. The first 3 movies will be on Tuesday nights at 6 pm with a grand finale happening on Saturday October 26th featuring the classic creature movies in a marathon that starts at noon and goes until we’re all scared to death. All movies are just $3 with an all day pass for the marathon at $15.
Keeping with the theme of Rockin in rOctober we have two great music shows lined up. The first features the King of Rock himself, Elivs Presley, in a tribute by Tim Dudley, on October 12th. Tim is not only a talented performer, he is also a great guy and is very active in his community. You’ll have a hard time finding some one who is more hard working or loyal and we’re proud to have him here at The State. Tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Local group La Republica will join us on October 25th, along with other South Bend area bands Anival Fausto and SPACESHIPS, for the release of their first album titled Aqui Estamos (we are here). The 3 band members are from Colombia but call the Michaina area home. Their music is fun and engaging, described as Beatles influenced Latin Rock. The show will undoubtedly be a fun one with great tunes and friends, new and old. Tickets are just $5.
The Bizarre Coterie promises to bring something some strange fun to The State and offer local visual artists a chance to show off their chops in a peculiar Dark Art event. Themed for Halloween, you can expect this 18+ event to be plenty spooky. Tickets are just $2 with all proceeds from ticket sales going to support children’s programs with our good friends, The Music Village.
Last, but not least, is one of our favorite new South Bend traditions, Bazaar Sunday! This bazaar will feature more great local vendors with an emphasis on vintage goods and unique finds as well as some great Halloween themed items. Like the Facebook page to stay up to date on all the latest Bazaar happenings!
It feels great to have so much energy coming to the theater and to see it so alive. I remember back to a year ago when the lights were off, nobody was home, and the idea of success seemed so far away. Today we’re still not out of the woods but that light at the end of the tunnel is looking a little brighter.
Hope to see you at one, two, or all of these events! Stay Bend’y my friends (I know, terrible).