With a blend of music, comedy and even a little trivia, Capitol City Cinema is ready to host its Variety Show this weekend.
Set for 7 p.m. Saturday, the show will include music from Buddhaloka, the Monroe Street Gospel Jubilee and Chloe Holloway, as well as comedy from Suzanne Luther and Larry Archer. Buddhaloka, a trio, features Buddhist scriptures, hymns and chants set to contemporary music. The Monroe Street Gospel Jubilee was formed in connection with the First United Methodist Church and is rooted in the Christian tradition, while deriving influence from a wide range of musical and spiritual traditions. Holloway is an 18-year-old local musician who writes and performs her own material.
The show will be emceed by Mike Downey of KJLU radio.
Debi Word, a board member for Capitol City Cinema, said the show will bring some light-hearted fun, while further fulfilling the cinema's mission to bring the kind of entertainment to Jefferson City that may not be available otherwise. Word said in between acts, Downey will offer some cinema-related trivia with prizes for audience members.
Luther and Bruce Hibbett, a member of Buddhaloka, helped organize the show and Word gave the pair credit for getting the idea of a variety show going. Hibbett said he and Luther had been involved in a fundraiser for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service (RACS) that featured poetry and music. After the event, the pair thought it would be a great idea to take a variety show format to the cinema.
And from there, the ball got rolling.
Hibbett said the goal of the event is to raise money for the nonprofit cinema and help it to continue bring films and events to Jefferson City.
"We want to promote and maintain the Capitol City Cinema," Hibbett said, emphasizing the goal of promoting local artists at the same time.
Word said the cinema is trying to improve its sound system, which comes at a hefty cost. While the existing system is perfect for films, she said, it's not the best when it comes to live performances, such as the show Saturday. And since the board would like the cinema to expand the types of events it holds, that improved sound system is all the more important, she said.
"We want to have more live performances like this," Word said.
Luther said Jefferson City has a number of talented artists, not just musicians and comedians, but writers, actors and poets. And while there are several theater venues, there's no real home for poets, she said, and the cinema could help highlight the full art community in the area.
Tickets for Saturday's Variety Show are $10 and available at the Capitol City Cinema, 126 E. High St.