Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Joe O'Connell and Gary Kent in Taylor

What: The film RAINY DAY FRIENDS with writer/director Gary Kent and star Chuck Bail (The Big Valley, Beverly Hillbillies, Baywatch Nights, The Stuntman) in attendance. The film stars Bail and Esai Morales as two cancer patients who break out of the hospital and learn from each other. It's funny, heartwarming and has one of the best stunts ever.

A brief reading from Taylor resident Joe O'Connell's novel set in a hospice, EVACUATION PLAN, which was recently the No. 1 bestseller at Austin's BookPeople.

Music by Gilbert Wildin (this is the correct spelling) of the Austin Blues Daddies.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Howard Theater in Taylor

Why: To benefit Hospice Austin's Williamson County branch. Faye Wright, the nurse who started the branch, died just two weeks ago herself in hospice care. Gary Kent's wife Tomi Barrett, who coproduced his film and stars as a nurse in it, died in hospice care two years ago. Joe O'Connell's novel is loosely inspired by time spent volunteering for Hospice Austin.

What hospice does: Provides comfort in final days and puts the dying in charge of the end of their lives, while allowing them to say a proper goodbye.

Suggested donation: $15 which includes a copy of the novel (cover price $13.95). The theater is also offering a $2 special for a popcorn and a soft drink.

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