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AUSTIN EDITION - COL Triple treat in store for theater

The Paramount is host to three programs in a row beginning Sunday.

A concert by Georgia guitarist and storyteller David Clark begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Clark's Shaking Hands tour features stories about his life and a variety of musical styles. His essays have been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Tickets are $15 and available at the door.

Then on Monday at 7 p.m., Garrison Keillor will present a program as a fund-raiser for Leigh Pomeroy, candidate for Congress. Keillor is famous for his special brand of humor, music and commentary. His show will feature one of his popular monologues, music and an auction of items for Keillor fans. Also appearing with Keillor will be vocalist Michael Veldman. This promises to be a night to remember. Tickets cost $35.

The third program, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., is a special party celebrating the Paramount's 75th anniversary. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. There will be music by Forzondo, a string quartet with Catherine Monson, Mandie Mickelson, Dayna Jondal and Darrin Sellers. At 8:30 p.m., the Paramount Trio of Sonia Larson, Denise Condon and Dori Schou will take the stage to perform selections of movie music through the decades. Come celebrate with us the grand old theater's 75th birthday, and see how beautifully she is wearing her years. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door.

So there they are -- a triple-treat line-up of programs attesting to the happy fact that the Paramount is alive and serving the community in many ways.

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Some of the volunteers were recently thinking back to the early '90's, when there was so much to be done to restore the theatre. The task loomed large in front of us. There were skeptics who viewed the effort as impossible or -- can you believe it? -- unnecessary. Now that the Paramount is a source of pride and pleasure to so many people, the skeptics have become enthusiastic supporters.

As we head into a busy fall season, we do it with a sense of satisfaction and thanks to all who have helped restore the beautiful Paramount Theatre, which stands serenely, with dignity, welcoming everyone in. Somehow it projects the feeling that it belongs to us all.

Please call the theater at 434-0934 for tickets, information or comments. Theater managers are Scott Anderson and Janet Glaser.

Joann Orcutt Stevens is a member of the Paramount Theatre board and writes periodic columns about the Paramount.

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