Mayor Chris Beutler today announced plans for the City's 13th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Saturday, February 16 at the Grand Theatre in downtown Lincoln. The event includes an 8:30 a.m. showing of the Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," which will be free for the first 350 people who arrive. The movie will be followed by a free public lecture at noon by Lincoln native Mike Lux, an author and co-founder of Democracy Partners, a consulting firm in Washington D.C. His lecture is called "Lincoln and the Big Change Moment."
"The new 'Lincoln' movie offers great insight into the leadership of the man for whom our City is named," said Mayor Beutler. "We are excited to offer a free showing of this important movie with the support of many individual and business sponsors. We also are excited to welcome Mike Lux back to his hometown to share his thoughts about President Lincoln and the lessons we continue to learn from him."
Doors to the Grand will open at 7:45 a.m. After the free tickets have been distributed, others will be admitted to the movie for $6. "Lincoln" is rated PG-13. The movie will be followed by a short break before the noon lecture, which is open to the public.
A sack lunch will be offered at the theatre for $8.25. The Highnooners sack lunch includes a turkey or ham sandwich, chips and a chocolate chip cookie. Please order by noon, February 15. Those wanting a lunch must pre-order and pay at the event. (To order, contact Diane Gonzolas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-441-7831.) The Grand will offer concessions before and after the movie.
Lux writes a popular blog and is the author of the book, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. His consulting firm is guided by a mission of building the progressive movement through collaborative work between progressive organizations, candidates, issue campaigns and causes. From January 1993 to mid-1995, Lux served as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison in the Clinton White House. He has played a leadership or staff role on five Presidential campaigns.
The annual celebration also will feature free birthday cake and music from Lincoln's Chris Sayre, who has performed at every Abe Lincoln Celebration. Lobby exhibits will include the following: