A Moment In Time: The Time Community Theater

A Moment In Time: The Time Community Theater

Have a hell of a *Time* in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Do you ever find yourself feeling a little nostalgic? Whether you’re 50 or 13, it’s always fun to take a night and watch one of the cult classics. The Time Community Theater is located right in the center of downtown Oshkosh, Wisconsin! You can see all of retro films you remember from your childhood, and even those you never got a chance to see! It’s like taking a trip back in time and putting yourself in the theater for classics like "Labyrinth," "The Breakfast Club," "Fight Club," "Evil Dead" and so on and so forth. The list is truly never ending and the Time Community Theater is always offering up a night with one of these timeless films! It’s simply entertaining and affordable.

The Time Community Theater a non-profit establishment that is run 100 percent by local volunteers who go unpaid for their work. These wonderful and creative people simply want to create a space in which the community can flourish in an affordable venue for the arts. The theater is open regularly during most Fridays and Saturdays, creating a great way to relax from school and/or work!

The Time Community Theater is a cash-only establishment; tickets are a measly $3 each or you can even plan to go out to one of their “Free Friday” films! The free films are sponsored by other local establishments and movie-lovers, and if you stay till the end you will have the chance to win awesome prizes!

That’s another great thing about The Time—it supports local businesses of downtown Oshkosh and these local businesses also put in the effort to support The Time. Clearly there is a great sense of family and passion in downtown Oshkosh—something you definitely want to be a part of if you’re not already!

One of my favorite aspects that The Time offers is the “Friday Fright Nights”! Generally the theater will play horror classics, along with some truly aged ‘B’-movies that will have you laughing your ass off at the “special effects” of the time.

If you’re a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan, boy have you just found your next complex! Each fall season the Time Community Theater hosts an interactive showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and I assure you, it’s a great time! This show fills up fast, so it’s important you get there early. Every year that I have gone I have been met with a line of beautifully eccentric and lewd locals—all lined up in downtown Oshkosh. This show is $5 at the door for those 17+. This night is always a spectacular one, filled with sexy costume contests and hilariously crude games. Tons of prizes are offered up to the crowd, and not only do you get to watch the best musical of all time, but it’s as if you’re truly a part of it! Everyone is out of their seats—dancing, yelling, singing, and throwing a variety of crazy stuff! I’ll tell you, "with a bit of a mind flip… You’re into a time slip…" At the time!

If you’re unsure about taking the trip, just take the leap and go! It’s a beautiful experience, even if you’re going to see “The Horror of Party Beach” on your first visit (which is what I saw my first time at The Time), I promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. How can you forget a pack of gilled monsters that ransack the beach and a slumber party to the sounds of some greatly-bad rock n’ roll? Don’t like any of the films that are showing? You can always recommend a film and the Board is always ready and willing to take your suggestions!

I can honestly say that every trip I’ve taken to The Time has been a memorable one. The volunteer staff is friendly and passionate about what they do. Any group of people who work this hard to revitalize their town and bring more of the arts to the public is much more worthy of your time and money than the next big box-office film. I would much rather put my funding towards a throwback and a great time than towards the local franchise.

If you’re just as inspired by these fun-loving people, you too can volunteer yourself, or make a donation to keep these events running! If not for the kindness and passion of both movie-goers and volunteers, The Time Community Theater would not have their doors open today.

Go see the website and like their Facebook page for more information!

http://www.timecommunitytheater.com

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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