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Saturday movies, Sunday concerts fill October

The sizzle of summer has finally passed and what better way to celebrate than a month of free evening entertainment in the refreshing night air?

Free October movies on Saturday nights and Sunday concerts in the evening will return to Beardsley Park this year. No tickets are required for either event. Gates open at 5 and the movies begin at dusk, concerts at 7 p.m. Beardsley Park is located at 12755 Beardsley Road, Sun City West.

Concessions are available at all events. For the Saturday movies, ice cream, popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Starting at 5 p.m. Sundays, concert concessions include brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, chips, popcorn and ice cream.

The movies will be shown on the 16 feet by 9 feet screen with the following schedule:

theinternOct. 1: “The Intern
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Adam DeVine, Nat Wolff, Anders Holm, Rene Russo
Running Time: 121 min.
A retired successful business owner and widower (Robert DeNiro) lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman (Anne Hathaway) in this Warner Bros. comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, It’s Complicated). PG-13

themartianOct. 8: “The Martian
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Michael Peña
Running Time: 141 min.
After an exploratory mission goes awry, lone astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left for dead on the hostile surface of Mars and must use his scientific ingenuity to homestead an enclosed habitat where he can survive. Meanwhile, the astronauts he left behind realize the severity of his plight and join forces with an international coalition of scientists to launch a rescue mission in defiance of NASA protocol. PG-13

thebigshortOct. 15: “The Big Short
Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt
Running Time: 2h 10min
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. R

bridgeofspiesOct. 22: “Bridge of Spies
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Scott Shepherd, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda
Director: Steven Spielberg
Running Time: 103 min.
In this historical drama set during the Cold War, a Brooklyn attorney (Tom Hanks) is tasked with negotiating a prisoner-exchange between an American pilot who was shot down over the USSR and a Soviet spy serving a 45-year sentence for espionage against the U.S. Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen. PG-13

The free concerts will be per-formed in Beardsley Park every Sunday on the following schedule:

Oct. 2: John Peters – John Peters has sung at over 150 weddings and can sing anything from country western to rock ‘n’ roll.

Oct. 9: Roadrunners – Due to its appeal to a wide and diverse audience, this format has become the most popular entertainment package offered by the band. By including may of the most popular and most requested tunes from the past and present, it is ideally suited for active, contemporary adults who enjoy the area’s nightlife, music festivals and community/corporate events. With the talent and experience to offer a little something for just about everyone, The Roadrunners will frequently include “crossover hits” from the country, blues, soul and pop music charts.

Oct. 16: C Steve Music “Johnny Cash Tribute” – After fronting his own country/rockabilly band for over 30 years in Minnesota, Steve has decided to bring his country roots to Arizona, with is guitar and genuine soulful delivery, Steve has a magnetic way of engaging his audience. Since coming to the Valley, Steve has performed a Johnny Cash Tribute Show. Steve was invited to perform at the Prescott Opry and Arizona Broadway Theater. Ken is a native Arizonan, born in Jerome and grew up in Phoenix, Ken has played in bands in the Phoenix and Prescott area for over 15 years. He plays upright bass, guitar and mandolin. His roots are in country music and the last three years he had added bluegrass music to his list of passions. Pickin’ while watching people smile and tap their feet is where he gets his drive to continue growing his music.

Oct. 23: Come Back Buddy – A three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band inspired by the legendary “Buddy Holly and the Crickets.” The trio’s repertoire includes the music of many artists from the ‘50s era including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson and of course Buddy Holly. Mike Randall provides Come Back Buddy’s lead vocals and guitar. Accompanied by Janine Randall on bass and Don Rinehart, Austin Case or Tim Kimbro on drums. Dean Randall on tenor sax joins Come Back Buddy on stage at select performances. The band has a strong foundation and a strong following. Come Back Buddy has performed at large venues for the public, entertaining thousands and for private parties. They get their audiences up dancing, giving them and enjoyable and memorable experience.

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