'Music & Movies' series kicks off July 21 in Bradenton

July 18, 2013 

It's the first installment in a three-part series co-sponsored by Realize Bradenton, which includes screenings of "Chicago" in August and "The Birdcage" in September.

Manatee Players executive director Janene Witham said the series pairs bands with movies to make going to the cinema a special event.

The music and movies are all free.

Traditional movie refreshments -- popcorn, hot dogs, stuff like that -- will be for sale.

The series gives the Manatee Players a chance to show off a Manatee Performing Arts Center feature most people haven't yet experienced. The center features a state-of-the art movie system with a digital projector and surround sound.

Witham said the performing arts center cinematic experience is as good as any movie theater.

"Fried Green Tomatoes," adapted by Fannie Flagg from her own novel, features a phenomenal cast (Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson). The 1991 film is about a bored middle-aged woman who befriends an older woman in a nursing home and become enthralled by her reminiscences.

The Wirebeaters are a six-piece band will perform everything from traditional bluegrass tunes to their own compositions.

Details: 6 p.m. music, 7 p.m. movie July 21, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave., Bradenton. Tickets: Free Information: 941-748-5875, www.manateeplayers.com.

-- Marty Clear

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