Best Bets for Oct. 7-13
by Deirdre Long
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• Roy Moore is back in the spotlight, and so is “Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner,” a political and social satire opening Oct. 11 for a 12-show run in Birmingham.

The play about gay newlyweds in Alabama drew huge crowds and national media attention to its original 2004 production in Birmingham, as well as condemnation from the anti-gay former Alabama judge, who is currently the Republican nominee to head the state Supreme Court in November’s election.

“Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner” takes place in 2004, as a law student makes a surprise visit to his affluent parents in Birmingham and brings bigger surprises along: not only is he gay, he’s now married to another man courtesy of the flurry of first same-sex marriage licenses handed out in San Francisco. When his working-class Brooklynite in-laws arrive without warning, the household is thrown into even more comical disarray. Watching over it all is Alabama’s infamous Judge Roy Moore, condemning gay Americans as threats to the family, even as such intolerance threatens to destroy the two American families in the play.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 205-777-5857. The play is performed at the historic Carver Theatre, at the corner of 17th Street and Fourth Avenue North in Birmingham. More information is also available at

Evening performances are Oct. 11-12, 17-20 and 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday matinees are Oct. 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.


• “Argo” ( R): As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

• “Here Comes the Boom” (PG) : A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. With Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler.

• “Seven Psychopaths” ( R): A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. With Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

• “Sinister” ( R): Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. With Ethan Hawke.


• First Presbyterian Church in Anniston is having a yard sale and community event from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 1701 Henry Road, Anniston. Along with the yard sale, there will be a bake sale, hayride, pumpkin patch, silent auction, cupcake walk and games. A German meal will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for $10.
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