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Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* Tickets available at or 524-0606. Facebook Event:


Fringe: Death & the Maiden / RiderGirl: July 18-28


Death and the Maiden: Written by Laurence Olivier Prize Winning playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is the fourth production that Death_Maiden.jpgNortesur has developed for the stage; chosen because it speaks passionately about current international events, it asks tough questions about forgiveness and the role of victims and perpetrators in transitory societies, and it is a local opportunity to see a truly amazing piece of theatre written by one of Latin America’s best contemporary playwrights.  It is raw, provocative, and driven by a cast of characters that are all-too-human. Performed, and designed by emerging professional artists from across the golden horseshoe and the GTA, it is an entertaining, insightful, and extraordinarily powerful piece that delivers an evening of truly engaging theatre.  Thurs.July 18@ 8:00pm, Fri.19@8:00pm, Sat.20@7:00pm, Tues.23@8:00pm, Wed.24@7:00pm, Thurs.25@8:00pm,  Fri.26@7:00pm, Sat.27@8:00pm


RiderGirl: Written and performed by Ottawa based actor and Saskatchewan native Colleen Sutton. Professional sports and
ridergirl_poster_hamilton_2013_final_3_small_1.jpgindependent theatre meet head on in Tiger Town! This is the story of a young woman whose prairie roots and home team inspire her to get off the sidelines and get in the game of her life.  With the end zone in sight, she fights for every down, but fumbles when she tries to go it alone.  Her team is about to make it – can she do the same?  Come in your colours, GAME TIME is here!  Two?time Rideau award nominee Colleen Sutton will energize your inner fan!  “ **** ½ “The only reason I’ve withheld that last half?star is because I cannot in good conscience give 5 stars to a Rider fan. Other than that, the show was superb.” CBC Manitoba.   Note: Fri. 19 – 2 for 1.  Friday, July 19, 6:30; Saturday,  20, 9:00; Sunday,  21, 2:00; Tuesday,  6:30; Wednesday, 24, 9:00; Thursday,  25, 6:30; Friday,  26, 9:00; Saturday, 27, 2:00

Times, dates, and tickets are  on the Fringe website – 

Art Bus: Friday, July 5

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

Last Art Bus for the Summer! Check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene! Call Barbara JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg(905.524.0606) or email ( to reserve your seat. Next dates: Sept 6 & 20. Cost: $15/$10 students/artists. Group rates available.  Start: 6:30 from The Pearl.

  • July 5: (L’Arche Gallery, Workers Arts & Heritage, Nathaniel Hughson, Book Club Gallery, Manta Gallery) This will be another varied and interesting trip with specially-opened galleries, and tours of places you have never been before!

Dean Hollin: For the Love O’ Nat: May 28

FOR THE LOVE O’ NAT – CHRONICLING THE LIFE, TIMES & MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE: Dean Hollin presents another DeanHollin_2_.JPGof his popular “Musical Biographies”.  Saturday, May 28th,  8 pm.  $18 advance / $22 door.  An evening of memories and melodies, all tied together by one man — that tremendous crooner of the twentieth century, Nat King Cole. The songs: “A Blossom Fell”, “Route 66, “Mona Lisa”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Paper Moon”, “When I Fall In Love” and, the timeless “Stardust”! In direct keeping with the instrumentation of the original Nat King Cole Trio piano, rhythm guitar, and upright bass — Dean will be accompanied by a live jazz trio.


The Judy Monologues: Sunday, September 26.

The Judy Monologues: Sunday, September 26. Two shows at 4pm and 7pm. $10: A new one-act performance JudyPosterPearl.jpgpiece, based on rare voice recordings that Judy Garland made in the 1960s for her never-written autobiography. Conceived and directed by Darren Stewart-Jones, the play also features vintage film footage and some of Garland’s music. The production debuted earlier this month at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

“Not many people have heard this material that is floating around out there in cyberspace,” says Darren Stewart-Jones, who also appears in the production. “Excerpts from the tapes have been used previously in a one-woman show and also as part of a short film. It really is juicy stuff and I thought this would be a unique way to bring it to people’s attention. It is a rare glimpse into the private thoughts of a Hollywood Legend.”

Stewart-Jones and two other actors recite the monologues. “I thought having men perform the material was fitting considering the influence Garland has had on the gay community over the years.” The piece also features Garland look-alike Kimberly Roberts, who plays out silent vignettes in between monologues. Film clips from Garland’s heyday round out the piece.

Tickets for The Judy Monologues are and can be purchased in person at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton or by calling 905-524-0606.

For further info, please contact Baby Gumm Productions at 416-836-7793 or at

Charly Chiarelli Cu’Fu: September 25

Charly Chiarelli: Saturday, September 25. 8:00pm. $15 / $10 artists/students.  We’ve all heard Charly do Cu’Fu in English, now we get to hear him do it in Sicilian! You’ve known about French immersion, now we have Sicilian immersion…. No matter what language he speaks, Charly is hysterical!

Charly Chiarelli & Friends: September 24

Charly_chiarelli.jpgCharly Chiarelli & Friends:Friday, September 24. 8:00pm $15 / $10 artists/students.  Charly is heading to Italy next week for a star turn which will include both his music and his story telling.  Charly plays one mean harmonica and even meaner blues.  But you ain’t heard nothin’ until you have heard the blues Sicilian style…. One of the friends will be Gary Santucci…..

AHEAD OF THE HERD: An Investment Seminar: September 14

AHEAD OF THE HERD: An Investment Seminar with Anne Milne, CIM, CFP: Tuesday, September 14, 7:00AnneSlide1.JPG p.m. No Charge. Using aspects of sociological and economic theory, this seminar is a fascinating look at the market as a social phenomenon. It demonstrates how trends in fashion, movies, music, and the economy are all intertwined.  Investors, business people, and anyone interested in their financial health will benefit from learning how to observe herding behaviours everywhere. Limited Registration. Please call 905-524-0606Or email: .  For more information: See also under the newsletter tab for how Barbara views her sister’s historical, andAnneSlide2.JPG sometimes hysterical (in the sense of entertaining …) approach to financial planning!

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