Red Around Town: June 7

What a week at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. May 14th and 15th George Thorogood and the Destroyers brought the house to its knees. The all out rocker is a professional all the way. Just before hitting the stage, it was interesting to see the band gather around in a circle backstage like a football team, before the big game, and put all their hands together and raise them in the air with a yell… May 16th the theatre was filled with fans of the now defunct, but not forgotten CBC Television series Kids In The Hall. They are currently on a cross Canada tour. Dave Foley from the television series NewsRadio, where he co- starred with the late Phil Hartman, had rejoined the gang. Dave is no stranger to Vancouver, as he is currently making regular appearances on the locally filmed Robson Arms television series. Following on the heels of this comedic group was the appearance on May 17th of Dana Carvey. Who can ever forget his impressions of former U.S. President George Bush? He also created one of the most off-the-wall television characters of all time, with “Church Lady”. He has added more recent luminaries to his act including Hillary Clinton and Obama. Near the end of his show the power went out in the theatre, due to car accident a block away. Carvey revelled at the situation and kept up his routine, albeit in the dark. Backstage later in the Green Room, he mentioned he loved the challenge of it all. All in all, a most entertaining week… Item: actress Anne Heche, whose TV series Men In Trees was axed earlier in the year, owns a home in West Van valued at almost $2 million. She bought the house last May from Loverboy drummer Matt Frenette. She was paying out $13,000 a month in mortgage payments. Time will tell whether she keeps it or sells it…

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A note from Johnny Mah of CTV British Columbia that his station has won numerous awards at the recent RTNDA (Radio Television News Directors Association) gathering. They won for Best Spot News Coverage of the Richmond plane crash, Best Investigative Reporting for Dziekanski Taser Death, Best Feature for Princess Spy and for Best Newscast. Our congratulations… I wish the BC Association of Broadcasters would get their act together. Every year they have a convention, and reporters like myself have to go searching for the winners of the year. Sometimes we in the communication industry are the worst communicators. This much I have discovered: the Performer(s) of the Year Award went to Dean Hill and Graham Hatch from Classic Rock 101. Congratulations; long overdue… A couple of acts to add to the summer concert schedule, with the announcement that Billy Idol will appear at the Red Robinson Show Theatre July 4th and at the River Rock on July 5th. He became one of the first music icons created by MTV in the 80s, along with Madonna and Def Leppard… September 6th and 7th will see the Reverend Al Green performing at both theatres, the Rock on September 6th, and my theatre on September 7th…

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