Last weekend, friends took me to see “Pinochia” at the Newport Performing Arts Center. I did not misspell “Pinochia.” This is a totally original, basically all-female production written and produced by Nancy Mittleman and performed by the Newport School of Artistic Movement and Pacific Dance Ensemble. The Renikers have attended every delightful performance, mainly because their 7-year-old granddaughter, Madison, is one of the dancers. Talk about devoted grandparents.
At some point during the evening with John and Debbie, we discovered our mutual love of the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City. The Bijou is an experience if you haven’t been there. It is a quaint, 1937 restored theater that shows current movies. On Mondays, at 1:30 p.m., an organist plays before the feature film begins — just like in the old days of great cinema. If you go, be sure to check out the ladies room (but only if you’re a lady), which is a trip in itself.
Going to the Bijou is like a step back in time. Last year, my friend, Janet Anton, and I saw a British film there called “Finding Your Feet,” and we loved it. About twice a year, the owner of the Bijou does a film series at the Newport Performing Arts Center, and when she included “Finding Your Feet,” I went again with several female friends. If you are thinking this is a “chick flick” you are right.
The premise of the movie is about a devoted wife whose husband dumps her for a younger woman. Of course, the wife is devastated and reluctantly tries to pick up the pieces of her life with the help of her free-spirited sister — and a very interesting group of the sister’s friends. I’m not disclosing more except to tell you this is a feel-good movie for those of us of a certain age — with tears, laughter, redemption and a terrific ending. Last night I watched it for the third time after spotting it on Amazon Prime. See it if you can.
In keeping with being on the distaff side today, here is a day brightener especially for my sisterhood of friends and readers:
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A married couple in their 60s were visited by a fairy who granted them both a wish. “I want to travel around the world with my darling husband,” says the wife, and suddenly, two tickets for a luxury cruise magically appear in her hand. The husband says, “Sorry, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.” The fairy waves her wand and poof, the husband becomes 92!
The moral of the story? Men who are ungrateful idiots should remember that fairies are female.
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Sorry guys, but you were warned today’s column is for ladies only.
Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her cat, Purrfect. She is the author of “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor.” The book, with all proceeds going to the Rotary International Foundation, is available at JC Market in Newport and directly from Bobbie, who can be contacted at [email protected]