=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Society of the Rusting TARDIS Newsletter (#8)
Here we go again.  But first, an aside:
Some of you might not know that I announced the last two video meetings on
various Usenet news groups.  Not only did we get a few newcomers at the
meetings, I received many email replies from people who wanted to know
the meetings, wanted to be on the mailing list, wanted to attend meetings
when they move here, etc.  I figured that the easiest thing to do was add
of you to the mailing list.  If you'd rather not be on the list, I
apologize -
let me know and I'll remove you.
Here's the latest news and gossip:
Sound bites:
        Multiple sources confirm that Roseanne has in fact bought the
        to remake "Absolutely Fabulous" in the US.  Rumour has it
that it is
        already being co-developed by Rosanne and Jennifer Saunders.
        According to ITV teletext, Kate O'Mara (The Rani) will be appearing
        as Patsy's sister in the third season of AbFab.
        The BBC's television schedule is on the web.  Check out:
        When the "TV Nation" Christmas special aired in the UK,
it had one
        story that was cut from the US broadcast.  (If I find it, I'll show
        it at one of the video meetings.)
Local news:
        KBTC's "EastEnders" marathon/pledge drive on January 21st
raised over
        $9400, which was a very pleasant surprise.  For those who didn't
        watch, "EastEnders" lost over $6000 last year for the
station.  (It
        costs approximately $11800/year.)  This year it should pay for
        which means that it should be around in '96.  And once they reach
        that $11,800 level via the breaks inserted before the closing
        credits, they will stop running those breaks.  This was so
        that you should expect a similar approach on the next "Dr.
        pledge drive.
        Scarecrow Video is now on the Internet.  Their email address is
        "scarecrow@uspan.com", and their Web page is supposedly
(although I
        suspect a bit is missing at the end - I haven't tried it yet):
        "Festival Hong Kong" concludes at the Varsity this
Thursday with two
        films of questionable artistic merit - "The Executioners"
and "Naked
        The Seattle Art Museum's 1995 Winter Film Series is running through
        March 16th, and the theme is "Classics of British
Comedy".  This,
        however, does not mean "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
        654-3100 for details.
What follows is a report from Eric Gjovaag , on
that may be of interest.  (Apologies to Eric for the savage editing.)
Subject: "Star Drek:  The Musical" is back!
Aha! Theatre has brought back "Star Drek:  The Musical" for
another run!
The Seattle theater, located at 2222 2nd Ave. in the Belltown district,
will be running the show Thursdays through Sundays until February 26 (and
possibly longer, or it will probably be remounted again -- this is the
fourth run!).
It's actually two short plays.  The first, "Manual
Transmissions," is a
spoof of the classic series, complete with velour shirts and shaky set.
It starts off with a testosterone-laden number sung to the theme song
board the Enterprise/We slap our manly thighs...") when their mission
interrupted by a distress call from the planet Phallos V (yes, this is a
bit more bawdy and farcical than anything Gene Roddenberry ever
After an hour's intermission for set, costume, and make-up changes, it's
time for "O Captain, My Captain."  This "Next Gen"
story starts with a
musical salute to one of Starfleet's greatest heroes, James T. Kirk,
because it's a holiday:  Kirk Day!
The whole show is a lot of fun, and there are lots of "Trek"
and in-jokes, and the performances are terrific.  Eric Gum is a terrific
Kirk, with the halting...dialogue with lots of...pauses, and everyone
else gets their characters just right, too.
The show is $8 for one episode, or $14 for both, and well worth it.  For
more information or reservations, call 728-1375.  (This run has not been
quite as well publicized as last time -- no review in "The Times"
-- so
it will probably be easier to get seats.  And remember, DON'T TELL
Currently planned for the next Rusting Tardis video night (January 25), at
Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE (in Seattle).
        "Spitting Image"
        "Have I Got News For You"
        Nightingales: "King Lear II" (the sequel you've been
waiting for :-)
        "A Party Election Broadcast by the Conservative Party"
(well, as much
        as we can stand to watch, that is)
        "Paris", starring Alexei Sayle
        The Odyssey: Episode #2
Coming up in the near future: "Back to School Mr. Bean".
The next Rusting Tardis Social (January 31, 7pm), will be held at Round
Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE (in Seattle).
See you on Wednesday.
                        "It was like going for a ride on the back of
                         animated haggis."
                                --"Galaxy 666", Pel Torro
(actually Robert
                                  Lionel Fanthorpe)

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