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AUSTIN EDITION - COL Anyone can rent theater

Now hold it there, folks. Don't get yer knickers in a twist. We aim to clear up any confusion about Garrison Keillor's appearance at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Leigh Pomeroy for Congress campaign.

Does this appearance mean the Paramount endorses a candidate or a political party? Not at all. The theater is a rental unit, and we rent to a variety of parties -- concerts, Matchbox Children's Theatre, storytellers, dance recitals, business meetings, weddings, birthday celebrations, movies, etc. The Paramount doesn't sponsor political candidates but does rent its facility to reputable renters.

In this case, the Pomeroy campaign is renting the Paramount for a special fund-raising event featuring Keillor. This is a business agreement for the theater.

Republicans, Democrats, Independents and undecided voters are all welcome to rent the space for a program.

Of course, we make sure that the historic building itself is safe from harm and is treated with respect, no matter what the program entails. But, friends, we are apolitical and leave the politicking up to others.

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Because Keillor is such a popular figure, people of various political persuasions are coming to see him on stage. He will no doubt entertain the audience with his unique brand of humor, music and commentary.

Tickets for the show only cost $35; for the combined 5 p.m. reception at the Holiday Inn and the show at the theater, the fee is $75.

Call the box office at 434-0934 for tickets or come to the theater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anniversary celebration

At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, the theater will again be glowing as we celebrate its 75th anniversary.

There will be a short reception with appetizers, a cash bar and music by Forzondo, a string quartet with Catherine Monson, Mandie Mickelson, Dayna Jondal and Darrin Sellers. At 8:30 p.m., the Paramount Trio will take the stage to perform selections of movie music. It will be a relaxed and friendly gathering.

Tickets, $5, can be purchased at the theater on the night of the event. Seating is general admission.

For comments, suggestions and information, call Scott Anderson or Janet Glaser at 434-0934, or go to www.paramounttheatre.org.

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