The Ides of March to play Acorn

Published 6:04 pm Thursday, November 10, 2011

With 100 percent original members, The Acorn Theater welcomes The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik in concert, filled with signature hits, “Vehicle,” “L.A. Goodbye” and radio classics from Jim Peterik’s catalog of songs.
With its signature horn riff and opening line, “I’m a friendly stranger in the black sedan…” The Ides of March’s “Vehicle” burst onto the Billboard charts and in 1970 became the fastest-breaking single in Warner Bros. history. Their show spans three decades of music that include Jim Peterik’s catalog of Top 40 hits he created with such bands as .38 Special, Sammy Hagar and Survivor, including, “Vehicle,” “Search Is Over,” “High On You,” “L.A. Goodbye,” “Heavy Metal,” “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into The Night” and Grammy Award-winning “Eye Of The Tiger.”

Mike Toomey in “TV & Me”
Nov. 25, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Toomey grew up glued to the tube, and “TV & Me” is the manifestation of his obsession.
His ability to remember his favorite programs verbatim and impersonate the voices of his favorite characters made Tommey very popular with his classmates, if not his teachers.
Once told by a grade school principal that “no one ever made a career out of watching television,” Toomey set out to prove the principal wrong.
He continues to this day on his life-long mission to prove her wrong. To make a career out of watching TV: to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Toomey takes you on a journey back into ’60s and ’70s TV land. In the show, Toomey relates how his childhood television watching has shaped his adult life, while sharing his unique observations about his favorite programs and their characters.This multimedia presentation features more than 300 slides and sound bytes plus Toomey’s dead-on impersonations of favorite TV celebrities.
“TV & Me” is a must see for all members of the TV generation.

Sean Masterson
and The Village Puppeteers
Nov. 26, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 children, $15 adults

Sean Masterson “Magic” is Masterson’s theatrical magic show that imaginatively combines sleight-of-hand, mind blowing illusions, and audience participation. Masterson’s skills as an actor bring the magic to life through stories, masks and puppets (who also perform amazing feats of magic).
“Vaudeville Magic” with Sean Masterson is a favorite of families. His show “Magic Matinee” was presented the past two summers, and Sean has always had a duel interest in magic and theater. His original shows have been presented at the Music Box Theatre in 2006 and 2008. “Conjuring Time” ran for five soldout weeks at the Live Bait Theatre in 2002 and was called “highly entertaining” by the Chicago Tribune. Other appearances include Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Bailiwick Theatre and the Chicago Cultural Center. Masterson became interested in his craft at age 7 when he received a deck of TV Magic Cards for his birthday.
The Village Puppeteers have been bringing their brand of puppetry to West Michigan for five years. Originally from Chicago, they have worked in the field of puppetry since the 1970s and have worked with Spiffy Pictures as puppet designers, builders and performers for “Jack’s Big Music Show” on the Noggin Channel. More recently, the two worked several months in London as part of the Spiffy Pictures team filming “Walt Disney’s Bunnytown” currently playing on Playhouse Disney.