Yuletide weirdness at Colonial

Dec 04, 2013
“Christmas in Acidland” even includes a sing-along, led by a chicken.

Belfast — The December series of screenings of “Christmas in Acidland’ continue Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. The compilation of seasonal nostalgia, heavily seasoned by kitsch, also is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:45 p.m.; and Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Compiled by mad genius/musician/actor/producer Johnny Legend, who lives in a bizarre cultural vortex spurring him to create an endless series of underworld sideshows, this festive mash-up of Christmas-themed errata includes animation shorts, musical interludes (Liberace, Ricky Nelson, a tranquilized-looking Rosemary Clooney, a bizarrely maudlin song from none other than Joan Rivers, the famously weird "Little Drummer Boy" duet from the mutually nonplussed Bing Crosby and David Bowie), Bob Hope cracking wise on Elvis and gay cowboys, Howdy Doody visiting Santa's workshop and greetings from the Reagans (Ron, Nancy and future turncoat Patty).

Culled from vintage Christmas TV specials originally broadcast in the 1950s and ‘60s, the majority of the footage has remained virtually unseen for half a century. Everyone is invited to come to the Colonial Theatre festooned in holiday garb such as a Santa hat, holiday tie or Christmas corsage. Tickets are $8.25, $7.25 for senior citizens and $5.25 for children.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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