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MonOct201427

Smithville Tx is a Busy Place!

Smithville, TX is a busy place!

Playhouse Smithville has one more week featuring Arsenic and Old Lace.  It is a great show and one not to be missed.  The Formula One Race takes place this coming weekend and being only 34 miles away, race goers will be staying in and around town.

November 8th, Saturday, is the “Airing of the Quilts” and the Smithville Garden Club “Tour of Homes.”  Quilts line the Main Street and are displayed outside many of the historic homes.  Five homes and one church will be open for the “Tour of Homes.”

The first Saturday in December, the 6th, is the annual “Festival of Lights.”  Fun activities all day, and ending with a lighted parade that night. Playhouse Smithville will have a special performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” right after the parade.  For more information visit the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce or Playhouse Smithville.

Linda and Stu Leibowitz have purchased our Katy House Bed and Breakfast! They are keeping the tradition of hospitality and are maintaining the Katy House in name and in fact. They’ll be joined by Charlotte Beadles who has a great gift of talent and taste and serves a wonderful breakfast as well. They’re moving from Austin and have a wonderful feel for Central Texas heritage. We will be living only ten blocks away and plan to make the transition seamless and certainly fun.

We’ve put more than twenty years in making the Katy House not only a distinctive piece of architecture, but a place of warmth and personality. There have been many great stories and friendships made at our table told by some of the best guests to Central Texas. It has been our pleasure to be a part of that experience and the greatest compliment we could be given is when someone says “this feels like Grandma’s house.”

Keep up the good stories and great times at the Katy House and our sincere thanks to all that you’ve been to us.  Linda and Charlotte will have our new emails and look forward to hearing from you!

Make on-line reservations at http://www.katyhouse.com or call 512 237-4262
Check out Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at http://www.smithvilletx.org
or  http://explorebastropcounty.com/bastrop-county

Bruce and Sallie Blalock

Please keep in touch
Our current email addresses are: (subject to change)
Bruce at texspl@austin.rr.com
Sallie at bblalock@austin.rr.com

October 27, 2014


FriMay201324

Smithville, Texas’ own Playhouse

Three Penny Opera, A Musical, Book by Bertolt Brecht/Music by Kurt Weill – Join the Playhouse cast for this classic musical.  This is a world in which capitalism fosters greed, love doesn’t last, and double dealing is the golden rule while celebrating sinners for their inextinguishable life-force and the pure energy that radiates from their misconduct.  They are bad-bad-bad and they make the best of it.  A romantic comedy that is fun like none other with music like none other directed by john  daniels, jr. (sic) like none other. All this and Mac the Knife too… “Oh, the shark bites with its tooth dear and he keeps them pearly white…”  Opens Friday, May 24, 7:30pm.  Show runs May 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1, 7, 8 (7:30pm).  Tickets are $15.00 at www.playhousesmithville.com or call 512-360-7397 for reservations.
Playhouse Smithville 110 Main Street Smithville, TX 78957 512-360-7397 www.playhousesmithville.com
For more information on Smithville, visit the Chamber page at www.smithvilletx.org
For Lodging visit the Katy House Bed and Breakfast web site at www.katyhouse.com or call 512 237 4262
Sallie Blalock

TueMay201321

Texas Bed and Breakfast Board meeting

It was a great meeting.  We met at Eva’s Escape at the Gardenia Inn,  in San Antonio, Texas.  Our main topic was our upcoming convention, September 8 through September 10, 2013 in New Braunfels at  T Bar M Resort.  There will be a Pre-convention Workshop for those that are interested in starting a Bed and Breakfast,  called “Innkeeping: The Basics.”

For more information call the TBBA Administration Office – 800-428-0368 or email info@tbba.org

The schedule of workshops will be on the Texas Bed and Breakfast Website soon!

I am now back in Smithville and at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast. Sallie Blalock, 512-237-4262

www.Katyhouse.com

Plan to attend this informative and fun convention.

 

 


WedApr20124

Playhouse Smithville presents “The Imaginary Invalid”

With your permission and for your pleasure Playhouse Smithville presents Moliere’s comic satire and farce The Imaginary Invalid. Artistic Director john daniels, jr. (sic) adapts, directs and stars as Argan, the theatre’s most famous hypochondriac. Live music, dance, gypsies, and the Playhouse treatment of a classic comedy, drives this steampunk, grunge rock indictment of the heeling/ healing arts. Come take your medicine!  Plays April 13-28, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, 110 Main Street, Smithville, TX 78957.  Tickets are $10.00 at www.playhousesmithville.com or call (512) 360-7397.
 
P.S. the Playhouse is just a block from our B&B, the Katy House Bed and Breakfast.  It is great fun to have live theater here in Smithville, Texas.  Come check out our great small town. For info on Smithville go to the Chamber of Commerce web site.   www.smithvilletx.org
 

FriFeb201224

Review of Malick’s Tree of Life, filmed in Smithville

Back Stage

SASA MAJUMA

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?
The Tree of Life (2011) is one of the best films from last year. It is being shown at the Gaborone Film Society tonight at 7 pm atMaru-a-PulaSchool in the A/V Centre. It is by the great director Terrence Malick who only makes about one film every decade.

He is famous for Badlands(1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998) and The New World (2005). With The Tree of Life his approach has changed: he currently has four new films in production.
 
At the 64th Cannes International Film Festival The Tree of Life swept the Palme D’Or (but not without boos, jeers and great applause from a divided public). The line that divides reactions to this film is strong for it begins with the cosmos, the Supreme Being, the meaning of life, birth and death, and how life may be lived.

The catcalls come from viewers who want modern entertainment, not Great Issues. Nick Pinkerton writing in The Village Voice says of Malick that, He’s one of the few American filmmakers operating on the multiplex scale who makes movies feel like undiscovered country.

In Genesis, 3:22-24 in the Garden of Eden the tree of life has fruits that give eternal life. In science the image is used to represent the evolutionary divergence of all living creatures.

In Kabalism the spheres of life or the 10 attributes of the infinite belong to the tree of life. This film spends considerable time probing images of the past. From the Hubble telescope, the birth of the universe is observed. At one point the earth belonged to the dinosaurs (an injured plesiosaur contemplates his wounding), then they were extinct.

“I made him feel shame …how did I lose you?  Mother was I false to you? …. Where were you? Who are we to you? 
  From the Red Centre, to the nebulae of outer space, from eruptions, to the feeding frenzy of circling hammerheads and Saturn’s rings, We cry to you, my soul, my son”. 

Light of my life I search for you. At the start and in conclusion the audience can see only a flickering flame Ð is this the beginning and end of our universe?

The creation leads us to a family inWaco,Texas, in the 1950s Ð yes, the same town of the famous massacre, but there is no link established between it and this movie. It was actually filmed in Smithville, nearAustin,Texas.

A gentle, warm, loving Mother O’Brien (acted by Jessica Chastain, inGaboronepreviously in The Help in Texas Killing Fields, The Debt and Wilde Salome) is the lodestone for her three sons. Her path is the opposite of her husband’s. “Love everyone. Love every leaf, every ray of light,” she tells her sons.

The demanding, harsh and judgemental father O’Brien (played by Brad Pitt) imparts survival lessons that are intended to promote individualism, competition, and Looking Out For No. 1. Pass the butter please, Sir.  

O’Brien disciplines his sons like the family was an ancient military camp and the offspring the uncouth foot soldiers. 

They must learn how to avoid being bullied, to fight back, and to master the art of self-defence, to face DDT spray without flinching. Do you love your father? Yes, Sir. His message to his sons is one of loyalty and obedience coloured by cunning. The world lives by trickery … if you want to succeed, you can’t be too good.

As they grow a little older, Number One, Jack (played by Hunter McCracken) becomes a bully with his two younger brothers R L and Steve (Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan). He also articulates his rebellion and his hostility against his father’s repressive regime.

“You can hit me if you want.” O’Brien tells Jack, I want you to grow up strong, be your own boss. Jack becomes the axis of the film. He even tries to talk to God. Can we hear the answers?

O’Brien has 25 patents, a thankless job, that comes to an end, loves classical music, but is a failed musician. His sense of failure permeates the film. He wants more for his sons. To accompany its unfamiliar images The Tree of Life is filled by some of the best In music by Bach, Couperin, Mozart, Mahler, Smetana, Gorecki, Respighi, Holst and others.

To find the young actors, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan and Hunter McCracken, who play the three preadolescent brothers, months were spent searching and 10,000c non-professional applicants interviewed. The results are a credit to this prolonged search.

Sean Penn gives a taut portrayal of the troubled first son, Jack, now an adult, who struggles to find the best in his harsh, disciplinarian father. As an actor he somehow expected more. He is quoted as saying: I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read.

A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context! What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.

The adult Jack keeps looking back on his past. One of his younger brothers has died. He is working as an architect in a glass skyscraper in downtownHouston,Texas(little is really explained about who he has become, as it is his remembered past that occupies the screen).

Still, this is a film about mysteries, well worth watching and debating.  It is a poetic movie, but you don’t have to be a poet or a true believer to watch it.

Thus may be The Tree of Life, but in this resurrection it is the American suburb of half a century ago with its green lawns, cars to wash, and sibling rivalry to be transcended. It is a coming-of-age story with a difference. 

The Tree of Life is two hours and 13 minutes long. It is rated 12+. The director is Terrence Malick who also wrote the script. The cinematographer is Emmanuel Lubezk. The editor is Mark Yosikawa. The music is both by and arranged by Alexandre Desplat. 
sasa_majuma@yahoo.co.uk

(our bed and breakfast, the Katy House is 10 blocks from the home used in Tree of Life. Sallie Blalock)

 


MonFeb201220

Tom Tierney’s Texas Paper Doll Party

Tom Tierney & Kathy O’Tierney invited you to

4th Annual Texas Paper Doll Party

Sat, Mar 31, 2012 from 9:30 PM
to Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Where:
Tom-Kat Paper Dolls
216 Main Street
Smithville TX 78602

Our Bed and Breakfast is one block from Main Street and the Paper Doll Party. Give the Katy House a call if we can help you plan a trip our way. (512) 236-4262.  www.katyhouse.com

 


WedFeb20121

Smithville TX’s Playhouse presents “Chrome Cruisin ’50’s

DINNER THEATER AT PLAYHOUSE SMITHVILLE

 

Playhouse Smithville brings you this years dinner theatre with a strut:  Chrome Cruisin’ ‘50’s, a time when everything had fenders, fins, and skirts… the cars, the girls, the guys, the TV’s, the Drive-Ins, the politics, the poetry, and the music. A live memorabilia tour, cabaret and dinner theatre by Playhouse Artistic Director playwright,john daniels, jr. (sic).

The Playhouse “gives you a rockin’ good time” with the band Vintage 259.  Matt Torrez, Michael McGary, and Joel Daniels return to drive the sound.  Vintage 259 provided the music for The Playhouses’ first show Little Shop of Horrors. Over thirty songs from the Decade of “I Like Ike!” to spark your memories, and make you want to dance.

Comedy rules in Chrome Cruisin’ ‘50’s as The Playhouse Company revives the humor of early television and comedy teams like Nichols and May.  It’s not all laughs, though.  Just like in ‘50’s, television live drama makes an appearance.  Chrome Cruisin’ remembers the Beat Poets and salutes Sci-Fi film too. 

In the Ed Wood tradition Playhouse Smithville gives you a new 1950’s Sci-Fi classic, “Christmas Time On Mars” written byjohn daniels, jr. and directed by Jon-Michael Williford.  “Well, it is an independent film,” says the Playhouse Artistic Director.

Rock-N-Roll, comedy, drama, poetry, a movie, and a gourmet hot dog provided by Smithville’s own Frankendog (with lots of groovy toppings),  yummy sides and delicious desserts makes the date. 

 

Sam Blasco, Shelby Brown, and Tom and Jo Watts, all of Smithville, join the Playhouse for the first time.  The cast of twenty includes Pam Latham, Lia Nelson, Jim Woodruff, Jim Sanders, A.J. Fuex, Lisa Picciandra, Lisa Holcomb, Geoffrey Goerlitz, Brad Wilbourn, Sydney Hight, Bonnie Watts, and Brandon Flippo.

Brandonon loan from the Blinn College Theatre Department is the technical director and designer for the show.

Playhouse Executive Director, April Daniels will have you waltzing in the aisles and Kayla Jo Williams appears in her twelfth Playhouse production.  (yes, that is every show!)
“So, agitate the gravel, Clyde and cast an eyeball, Daddy-O… its boss at the Playhouse (in Smithville-the word from the bird.)  You can dress the part dig, if you’re hip.”  Limited seating.  Tickets at www.playhousesmithville.com or call 512-360-7397.  Shows Feb. 3-14, dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30.

The Katy House Bed and Breakfast is one block away. If we can help you plan your trip to Smithville give us a call or visit our web site at http://www.katyhouse.com    (512) 237-4262

 


SunMay201122

“Tree of Life” wins at Cannes Film Festival

Breaking news: Here is a blog about “Tree of Life”.  Part of the movie was filmed here in Smithville, Texas, about 10 blocks from our Bed and Breakfast.  Most of Smithville will be in Austin to see the movie the first week it is out.  Read below about “Tree of Life” at the Cannes Film Festival.  I wish I had been there!  For more information on the Katy House Bed and Breakfast visit http://www.katyhouse.com/ or call (512) 237-4262.

Austin360 blogs

Director Malick wins Palme d’Or at Cannes for ‘Tree of Life’

By Charles Ealy | Sunday, May 22, 2011, 01:09 PM

CANNES, France — Austin director Terrence Malick  became the first Texan ever to win the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, for his ambitious, cosmic “The Tree of Life.”

The movie centers on a family in 1950s Waco, includes about a 20-minute segment that focuses on the birth of the universe and has been called a Texan “2001,” a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Malick, who does not make public appearances, did not show up at the Palais to accept the award, but two of his producers did. “He remains notoriously, infamously shy but quite humble,” said producer Bill Pohlad.

When the movie premiered Monday, it received a mixed reaction from the press, but support for the film, which was made in Smithville and Austin, has been growing in recent days. It stars Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn.


SatMay201114

Movie Review on “Doonby”, filmed in Smithville

Here is a movie review about Doonby, filmed here in Smithville, last spring. And will be released in September 2011.  The crew and actors were a great group.  It was fun having them film in our little town. Some of them stayed at our Bed and Breakfast.

Movie Review: Doonby

by Bill Sardi

Directed By: Peter Mackenzie

Produced By: Mike Mackenzie, Peter Mackenzie, Mark Joseph, Tommy G. Warren,
Dawn Krantz, Antonio Quintos

Starring: John Schneider, Jenn Gotzon, Robert Davi, Jennifer O’Neill, Joe Estevez,
Will Wallace and Ernie Hudson

Most of us look forward to a night at the movies to enjoy a comedy, a thriller, or even an on-screen romance. But would we be enticed to go to a movie that had a serious meaning to it?

The tag line to the movie I’m talking about is: “Every story’s worth telling. Every life’s worth living.”

Hmm, sounds a little heavy for a night at the movies. But the meaning of the movie is held right up until its tearful end. So its meaning doesn’t get in the way of an action movie that will grip your insides. It jumps from one action scene to another as movie goers are left to ask just what the connection is between each spine-tingling scene. As much as you want to figure out the meaning of this movie, it won’t let you discover it till its emotional end.

 

There’s a shoot ‘em up robbery at a bar, and a just-in-the-moment of time plucking of a baby from the path of an oncoming truck, and a rescue of a damsel in distress from a knife-wielding stalker, thrown in with a doctor who is falsely accused of rape. And then there is a budding but immature romance that is woven from beginning to end.

Well then, you ask, is it a guy flick or a gal flick? Not telling.

To understand the movie, entitled Doonby, you have to understand its lead character,

Sam Doonby, played by John Schneider of Dukes of Hazard fame.

You will join the entire cast of the movie in trying to figure out just who Sam Doonby is.

They all want to know too. “Where’d you come from Doonby?” asks the town’s sheriff. He says a small town in Louisiana, where his girlfriend and her mother travel to find out what they can about this mystery man named Sam.

You get to see flashbacks in his life, which gives you a growing hint at his roots, his true identity. Yet every tidbit of information is never enough to let you know what you need to know about Sam.

This guy Doonby turns a sleepy Texas town into a whirlwind of events which somehow throw him into the center of each one.

And as the movie unfolds you are going to ask yourself, why is this saintly guy Doonby falling in love with the town’s floozy? But then again, why is angelic Sam working as a bar tender in Smithville, Texas?

And why doesn’t Sam Doonby become, just for a moment, a little bit human and succumb to the seductions of his lusty drink-mixing bar maid whom Sam discovers naked in his bed?

Sam Doonby has this mysterious diary which we never get a peek at, and with every event in the movie, he jots down another chapter. Laura, his spoiled girlfriend, played by Jenn Gotzon, whom he says he fell in love with the moment he spied her from a bus driving down the highway in her convertible sports car, is dying to get a look at that diary. At the movie’s very end, she finally snatches Sam’s diary. You’ll want to be there when Laura opens its cover and examines its pages.

May 14, 2011

For more information on Smithville, visit the Chamber web page.  www.smithvilletx.org

For more information on our Katy House Bed and Breakfast visit the web site. www.Katyhouse.com


WedApr201127

Playhouse Smithville, Melodrama in Smithville, TX

More Info Coming Soon!
1st Annual
Smithville Melodrama

Curses!

Playhouse Smithville

Show Dates: Fridays & Saturdays June 3 – 18, 2011

Evil villains and dashing heroes play tug of war over the heroine. Audience members boo and toss popcorn when the villain appears, ooh and aah when the heroine glides across the stage and cheer when the hero arrives. Who will win the day? Will the heroine meet her dastardly fate tied to the train tracks (of course not!)? Will the hero fail to arrive in time (of course not!)? Will the villain succeed with his heinous plot (welllll….)?

Join us for a fun trip through a melodrama with saltwater taffy and sasparilla on tap for all! Show Dates are Fridays & Saturdays, June 3-18, 2011 at 7:30pm.

For more information on the Meloddrama go to http://www.texasplaywright.com/LSOH%20page.html 

For info on lodging, visit our web site at http://www.katyhouse.com/ or call 512 237-4262

Smithville is a small town and a great place to visit.  Visit the Chamber page.


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