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4 From the Balcony

8 Spring Break Destinations

24 Dress to the Nines

By Melissa Kaiser RPC presents Jam Theatrical’s The Pajama Game OSO presents The Splendor of Vienna ODT presents In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky.

By Abby Bauder Don’t sit on your butt during Spring Break! Check out these 10 hot destinations – some are only a couple of hours away from Owensboro!

By Charlize Smith Junior League of Owensboro Hosts Annual Charity Ball

6 Celtic Woman Embark on US Tour

By MomKat Moonlight is more than Bar-B-Q…

By MomKat See how the first stop went for the international sensation known as Celtic Woman and when you can see the girls for yourself.

7 Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots By Max Wilkinson With so many festivals falling prey to the economy, will the beloved annual Bluegrass festival return to Owensboro? You bet! And we have the lineup!

12 What’s Cookin’

13 Kids’ Page By MomKat Rated G happenings that families can enjoy together!

14 The Speakerboxxx A soapbox for local musicians

26 New Exhibits Opening By Melissa Kaiser The Owensboro Museum of Science and History’s new exhibit The World We Create and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s thought provoking new exhibit - The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century

27 The Usual Suspects By Ben Glenn Suspect Stereo – Here today and gone tomorrow…

22 Horrorscopes

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he theatre productions slated for this March are as diverse as they are splendid. The RiverPark Melissa Kaiser Staff Writer Center will present the Tony award-winning musical, The Pajama Game; the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra will present a beautiful concert, The Splendor of Vienna; and the Owensboro Dance Theatre will present their newest production – In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky. Each of these fabulous shows will remind you in their own unique way, just why you love theatre! On March 31, The RiverPark Center presents yet another marvelous production, The Pajama Game, as a part of their 2008-2009 Broadway at the RiverPark season. This high-energy production, will not only keep you laughing out loud, but have you humming along to some of its show-stopping musical numbers, including such hits as “Once a Year Day,” “Steam Heat,” “Seven and a Half Cents” and several others. The musical’s plot centers around the workers of a Pajama Factory and their perspective strike – specifically focusing on the entertaining relationship between the factory manager, Sid, and the head of the Union grievance committee, Babe. Throw in some quirky comedic skills and impressive fancy footwork, and this production quickly grabs your attention and holds on tight right through the end! Sponsored by BB&T and Century Aluminum, the Tony Award winning, The Pajama Game is a guaranteed enjoyable evening! Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the RiverPark Center Box Office, online at www. riverparkcenter.org, or charge-by-phone at 270-687-2787. On March 7, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform an enchanting concert entitled The Splendor of Vienna. Such classical treats as Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture,” Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6’ “Pastorale” will fill the rafters of Canon Hall. Guest violinist Elina Vähälä, will astound

Its exuberance and spontaneity makes the entire theatre crackle with energy”

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us with her extraordinary talent. Ms. Vähälä began playing the violin at the age three and had her first concerto debut at age 12. Shas since performed all over the world – from Beijing to South Africa and everywhere in between. Ms. Vähälä’s impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary, making her a perfect fit to play alongside the OSO. Just like their theme for this season states, you do not want to miss a beat of The Splendor of Vienna! Sponsored by Barton Brands and National City, Tickets prices are $12, $25 to $32. Visit www.theoso.com or call RiverPark Center Box Office at (270) 687-2787 for more information and details. On March 21 at 7 p.m. at the RiverPark Center, The Owensboro Dance Theatre will perform another spectacular showing of In Concert; this time featuring a special performance entitled Kentucky, Oh Kentucky. The first act of the production In Concert www.News4UOwensboro.com • Owensboro March 2009

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- Variety


The Pajama Game jumps with joy” -USA Today will feature “a variety of new works choreographed by both professional guest artists from around the country and ODT’s own artistic staff, showcasing the four major artistic dance forms, ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.” The second act, Kentucky, Oh Kentucky will explore “the state’s past, present, and future, from Bluegrass to basketball; from Abraham Lincoln to Muhammad Ali; from Lexington to Owensboro.” Professional guest artists, ODT Company and Apprentice Company, and members of the community will be featured in this 100+ cast member production. Traditional Bluegrass music and several unique-tothe-state tunes will add some pizzazz to this already spectacular show! Don’t miss this uplifting production! For ticket information, call the RiverPark Center box office at 270687-2787. Unfortunately, Owensboro’s Theatre season is winding down as April brings final productions for the 2008-2009 season, so take advantage of each of these spectacular shows and show your support for the arts!

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CELTIC WOMAN An integral component to the ensemble is the astounding fiddler, Mairead Nesbitt, who in herself personifies the vision of Irish song and dance. She commands the fiddle in true Irish style in the midst of spirited and animated frolic. Almost nymph-like, with long luminous locks and gown in swirling motion, she parades and creates an atmosphere of flirtation and tantalization. The result is a dynamic show of dance and fiddling. One can only guess as to whether her steps are choreographed. One thing for sure, you’ll not take your eyes off her lest you miss a step yourself. The percussion is extraordinary. Using a variety of drums it manages to get underneath the music, hold it, and partake in the mesmerizing hypnosis that is going on within the audience. Celtic Woman has been referred to as “Riverdance for the voice.” Almost magical, it is truly spellbinding. Along with its 19 member ensemble, the 2009 “Isle of Hope” tour will dazzle the eye, enchant the ear and stimulate both mind and heart. For more information on Celtic Woman and their upcoming US tour, visit www.celticwoman.com.

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www.News4UOwensboro.com • Owensboro March 2009

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n a fundraiser for WNIN Public Television, Evansville was pleased to host Celtic Woman in its final dress rehearsal performance before embarking on its 2009 “Isle of Hope” MomKat world tour. Contributor For those of you left wondering, Celtic Woman is a musical ensemble comprising five Irish female artists; vocalists Lynn Hillary, Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Alex Sharpe and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt. The group’s repertoire ranges from Irish standards to classical favorites and contemporary hits. To date, the group has released four albums, Celtic Woman, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, Celtic Woman: A New Journey and Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey and have undertaken a number of world tours. Not just a concert, the mood is set with the background of a phenomenal sound and light show. You find yourself transported to another place, another time as the angelic sopranos take turns bathing you with their pure, graceful and articulate ballads ranging from charming and whimsical, to haunting and soul stirring. Exquisitely designed gowns by Irish designer Synan O’Mahoney adorn the performance.


Kentucky Bluegrass Returns to Owensboro

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eady for some music that’s finger-pickin’ good? Then get yourself to the 8th Annual Bluegrass Returns to its Roots Festival in Owensboro KY. The festival will be held April 2-4 at River Park Center, and quite a festival it will be! The RiverPark Center hosted The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Annual Award Show from Max Wilkinson 1992 to 1995, so it is a very fitting and natural setting Contributor for the Bluegrass festival. The star-studded event will be held RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall and will seat up to 1,500 people per show. And to add to the nostalgia of the event, the RiverPark Center is adjacent to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Festival attendees can enjoy the museum and then walk up the steps to the performing arts hall to see some of the hottest pickers and singers in Bluegrass today. In addition to the shows, attendees can also enjoy a variety of extras, special packages and tours including IBMM tours, IBMM films presentations, bus tours to Rosine, KY, (Bill Monroe’s childhood home), lunches and/or dinner at the worldfamous Moonlight Bar B-Q, artist meet-and-greets, and other exciting events. This year’s festival equals the top awards shows, with the Grammy, IBMA, and SPBGMA award-winning talent scheduled to perform. Artists include: Dailey and Vincent (2008 winner of 6 IBMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year), Dale Ann Bradley (the reigning 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year), Steep Canyon Rangers (nominated IBMA emerging artist of the Year),Grammy-nominated J.D. Crowe and the New South, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeepers, Bradley Walker, Lonesome River Band, and The Josh Williams Band. More special guests and events will be announced. Special pricing for the two and three day inclusive packages are available through the Owensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitowensboro.com or by calling 1-800-489-1131. For more information or for individual ticket and package prices to this year’s festival, guests are encouraged to call the RiverPark Center Box Office at 1-877-639-6978 or visit www.riverparkcenter.org. Tickets start at $30.00 for a one day pass or $75.00 for a three day pass. This is a lot of music and entertainment for a very low price. Make plans to attend this superb Bluegrass Festival! Owensboro March 2009 • Call for Advertising Information (270) 485-2292

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Spring Break 2009, Baby! So, it’s that time of year again when mid-terms are coming up, the weather is getting warmer, bikinis are the first thing you see when you walk into Target and plans are being finalized. Yes, that’s right – it’s Spring Break 2009, baby! I have constructed a top 10 list of the top spring break destinations for 2009 for all of you “last minute” planners. Abby Bauder Contributor

• Better book a flight for this destination! • Home of the most international glamour • Must see hotel: Atlantis

• Approximately 2 hours from Owensboro • Home of the Nashville Predators Hockey team! • Must see hotel: Hotel Preston (great value and beautiful rooms)

• Approximately 12 hours from Owensboro • Home of Disney World, Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney! • Must see hotel: Bahama Bay Villa Resort

• Approximately 10 hours from Owensboro • Home of crystal clear water and sugar white sand • Must see hotel: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

• Better book a flight for this destination!

• Approximately 12 hours from Owensboro • Home of Busch Gardens • Must see hotel: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino • 10 •

• Home of the sexiest beaches on earth! • Must see hotel: Le Blanc Spa Resort All Inclusive www.News4UOwensboro.com • Owensboro March 2009


• Approximately 19 hours from Owensboro • Home of the best ski resort for college students • Must see hotel: Ponderosa Condominiums

• Approximately 20 hours from Owensboro (you may want to book a flight!) • Home of the largest spring break venue in the US • Must see hotel: Holiday Inn (GREAT value)

• Approximately 14 hours from Owensboro • Friendly people, gorgeous beaches and beautiful warm gulf water • Must see hotel: Lani Kai

• Approximately 9 hours from Owensboro • Home of the largest student parties in the US! • Must see hotel: Origin at Seaheaven

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restaurants Barbeque George’s Bar-B-Q 1362 E 4th St 926-9276 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn 2840 W. Parrish Ave 684-8143 $5-$15/Casuals/Beer & Wine/All Major Credit Cards Old Hickory B-B-Q 338 Washington Ave 926-9000 Under $10/Casulll/All Major Credit Cards Ole South Barbeque 3523 Highway 54 E 926-6464 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Café & Bakery Cheddar’s Casual Café 3040 Highland Pointe Dr. Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards Daily Delicious 603 Park Plaza Dr. 685-2468 Under $10/Casual/VISA,MC

House of Chiu 3011 Frederica St 926-6451 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards New China Buffet Restaurant 4768 Frederica St 683-7363 Under $10/Casual/Reservations Accepted/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards Super Buffet 3200 Villa Point, Suite A 684-8858 Under $10/Casual/Credit Cards

Deli Colby’s Deli and Cafe 401 Frederica 684-2495 Under $10/Casual/Reservations Accepted/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards Great Harvest Bread Co. 3211 Frederica St. 691-0093 Under $10/Casual/Catering

Family/Homestyle

Johnnie’s Jungle Café 819 E. 9th St 686-8424 Under $10/Casual

Barney’s 420 Frederica St. 683-8919 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Miss Daisy’s Tea Room 404 E. 24th St 684-5001 Under $15-$25/Casual/ Reservations Reccomended/All Major Credit Cards

Bob Evans 3123 Kentucky Hwy 54 6833515 $10-$15/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Panera Bread 4600 Frederica St. 683-9033 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Cadaillac Restaurant & Grecian 1315 W. 2nd St. 685-1020 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Tammy’s Bakery 1731 W. Parrish Ave 689-1988 Under $10/Casual

Cracker Barrel 5311 Frederica St. 684-4118 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Chinese Hong Kong Chinese 1650 Starlite Dr. 852-7777 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards • 12 •

House of Canton 2845 W. Parish Ave 683-7662 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

Country Ham Restaurant 5421 U.S. Hwy. 60 W. 926-9249 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

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Diamond Lake Resort & Campground 7301 Hobbs Rd 229-0001 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards JD’s Restaurant 1420 Breckenridge St. 683-9419 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards Lambert’s Diner 12637 Highway 231 Utica, KY Under $10/Casual/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards O’Charley’s Restaurant 5205 Frederica St 6868780 Under $10/Casual/ Reservations/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards Pangea Café 1320 Carter Rd. 270-689-9824 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards Ryan’s Family Steakhouse 4500 Frederica St 6919787 Under $10/Casual/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards The 8 Ball Restaurant 1846 Triplett 683-3693 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar The Royce Restaurant 704 W 2nd St 685-5940 Under $10/Casual Shoney’s 4710 Frederica St. 6867217 Under $10/CasualAll Major Credit Cards T.G.I. Fridays 5135 Frederica 686-1910 $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

Fine Dining Briarpatch Restaurant 2760 Veach Rd 685-3329 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/Reservations/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

Colby’s Fine Food and Spirits 202 W Third St 685-4239 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/Reservations/Checks Accepted/ Major Credit Cards Z’s 1100 Walnut St. 852-2322 $10-$15/Casual/ Reservations Accepted/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

Greek The Famous Bistro 102 W 2nd St 686-8202 $10-$15/Casual/ Reservations Accepted/ Beer & Wine/All Major Credit Cards

Italian Niko’s Italian Cuisine 2200 E Parrish Ave 270-852-1618 $10-$15/Casual/ Reservations Accepted/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards The Olive Garden Restaurant 5204Frederica St 683-4848 Under $10/Casual/ Reservations/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

Japanese Fuji Japanese Steak House 4028 Frederica St. 6850046 / 685-0048 $10-$20/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards Ninki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Hwy. 54 (Next to Kohl’s) $5-$10/Casual/Full Bar/MC, Visa Shogun Steak, Seafood & Sushi Bar 5010 Wildcat Way (by Walmart) 270-685-9980 $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/ Reservations Reccomended/ All Major Credit Cards

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Fountain Sq., Frederica St. 926-1020 $5-$10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Mexican

Johnny B’s Amazing Wings & Things 4820 Frederica St. 6888100 Hwy 41 S. Henderson 830-7700 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

Casa Martinez 3332 Villa Pt 683-4191 Under $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

MaMa Lea’s Pizza 4748 Frederica St. 6854700 $5-$15/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

Don Julio Mexican 3955 E. 4th St. 689-2125 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/ All Major Credit Cards

Maloney’s Roca Bar 3030 Highland Point Dr. 684-8080 Under $10/Casual/All Major Credit Cards

El Toribio 3034 E 4th St 683-8361 101 Frederica St 685-2040 630 Emory Drive 691-6133 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/ Credit Cards Los Amigos Mexican 1146 Carter Rd. 926-4560 Town Square Mall Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/ Checks Accepted/MC,VISA Real Hacienda 636 Southtown Blvd 685-5950 3118 E. Alvey Park Dr. 684-5595 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/ All Major Credit Cards Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina Hwy. 54 (Next to Kohl’s) Under $10/Casual/Beer & Wine/MC, Visa

Pizza & Wings 54 Pizza Express 1700 Starlite 683-5400 3101 E. Alvey Park Dr. 683-5454 Under $10/Casual/Credit Cards Buffalo Wild Wings 4736 Frederica St. 6867800 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/VISA,MC Cecilia’s Pizza 1741 Scherm Rd. 6840050 Under $10/Casual/ VISA,MC

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Pizza by the Guy 3115 Commonwealth Ct. 686-8603 1915 W. Parrish Ave. Suite 100 685-4694 Under $10/Casual/VISA, MC Pizzaroma 1401 Carter Rd 684-1171 3011 Frederica St 684-0611 3020 Hwy 60 E 691-0064 Under $10/Casual/ Credit Cards

Private Dining The Summit 6501 Summit Dr. 281-4653 Under $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

Pubs Applebee’s Grill and Bar 5120 Frederica St 9263472 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards Bacchus Bar & Grill 119 E. 2nd St. 684-9880 $10 - $25/Casual/Full Bar/ All Major Credit Cards Blind Parrot 736 Frederica St (270) 684-5554 $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/ Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards

Bully’s Bar & Grill 1900 Lantaff Blvd. Madisonville, KY (270) 821-8620 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill 1230 Burlew Blvd. 6890200 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/VISA,MC O’Bryans Bar & Grill 7006 Hwy. 815 229-9100 Under $10/Casual/Full Bar/Checks Accepted/All Major Credit Cards Taylor’s Sport Street Cafe 2509 W. Parrish Ave 683-5577 Under $10/Casual/ Reservations/Full Bar/ Checks Accepted/All Major Credit

Seafood Red Lobster 3410 Frederica St 926-4044 Between $10-$15/Casual/ Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

Steaks Texas Roadhouse 943 Moseley 689-0086 $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards Tumbleweed 5257 Frederica St. 685-4111 $10-$15/Casual/ Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

Vietnamese Pho Viet 3600 Frederica St. Suite 7 Hwy. 270-691-9022 $10-$15/Casual/Full Bar/All Major Credit Cards

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oonlite Bar-B-Q is world-famous for not only the tantalizing blend of spices that make up a legendary barbeque sauce but also the distinctive hickory flavor that permeates its quality meat. Slow-cooked in MomKat Contributor custom-built hickory fired pits, even President Clinton visited the restaurant to sample the sauce on his way through Owensboro. It is no secret that Moonlite’s renowned barbecue is worth taking time out of running the country but did you know that Moonlite also offers an extensive catering menu that stretches far beyond BBQ? We began our tasting with beef tenderloin and roasted pork tenderloin that was smoked on the hickory pits. Full of robust flavor, it all but melted in our mouths. According to the

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Moonlite catering staff, these are favorites when choosing a menu for special occasions. We also sampled a thick, juicy medium-rare cut of prime rib. Meticulously aged, then slow-roasted to seal in the savory beef flavor and tenderness, Moonlite’s prime rib is served with a tempting au jus to add a splash of savor to the meat. If red meat seems too heavy for your party, try the lemon chicken parmesan. A sautéed boneless breast of chicken, baked in white wine and lemon cream sauce and topped with fresh mushrooms, this dish will give your guests a lighter alternative without sacrificing flavor. After you choose your meat, Moonlite catering offers a plethora of gourmet sides that are far from baked beans and potato salad. To accompany most of the meat dishes, a starch side pairs nicely. Moonlite offers several signature sides including twice baked potatoes, mashed red new potatoes and a baked macaroni and cheese. Next, we sampled the marinated asparagus spears, hearts of palm and artichoke hearts. It lent a perfect lightness to the heavier dishes. Moonlite’s lunches and dinners add a defining touch to your affair but the appetizers and desserts will definitely be the icing on the cake! Moonlite prepares an assortment of appetizers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are the palate. Whatever your theme, Moonlite can create a food display that doubles as decoration. Recently, the catering team created an island-themed fruit, cheese and hickory smoked salmon display that made guests feel as if they

had stepped into the tropics. At another event, fruit and cheese were placed atop authentic bourbon barrels to create a rustic distillery feel. Fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, grapes and strawberries along with ten different cheeses including baby Swiss, Colby, brie, smoked Gouda and pepper jack refresh the palate and enhance the appearance of your event. Finally, to top off your meal, choose from a variety of homemade desserts including frothy coconut pie, rich and creamy chocolate pie, red velvet cake and my favorite – banana cream pie. With thick pudding, ripe bananas, whipped cream and a buttery crust, the banana cream pie ended our meal on a sweet note. When you choose Moonlite catering for your event, you can feature world-famous BBQ or choose from a never-ending list of options as you can request whatever your heart desires. Moonlite’s experienced, professional staff has catered events as small as intimate luncheons up to parties of 10,000 including the annual Maker’s Mark Derby party in Louisville, KY, and various local galas and balls. Bartending services are also available. Visit www. moonlite.com for a price list and to see more of the options Moonlite offers. To schedule an appointment call Jeanie Heath or Mike Clark at 270-684-8143.

www.News4UOwensboro.com • Owensboro March 2009

PHOTOS | COURTNEY METZGER/STUDIO B

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Goes Beyond BBQ


Make sure you register your kids with Owensboro Parks & Recreation for spring tennis lessons by March 27th! MomKat Contributor

Jack Fisher Park

687-8700 • 1530 McJohnson Ave. • owensboroparks.org

BPA Baseball World Series Qualifier

March 21-22 NSA Fast Pitch World Series Qualifier March 28-29

Owensboro Ice Arena

687-8720 • 1215 Parkview Dr . • owensboro.org

Dollar Night

March 14 from 7-10 PM $1 Admission $1 Skate Rental $1 Drinks and Popcorn Special Session - Admission $2.50 March 6th at 7:00 PM, 7th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM, & March 8th at 1:00 PM

Owensboro Parks & Recreation 687-8700 • owensboroparks.org

Owensboro Area Runners and Walking Club

Monday - Friday at 4 PM and Sundays at 7:30 AM Meets at Legion Park to train Spring Day Camp Registration Deadline - March 13

St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K Run/Walk and 10 K Run

March 21 at 7:15 AM Begins in Malco Theatre parking lot. Registration is $15 before March 13 and $20 after

Children’s Spring Tennis Lessons

Registration Deadline - Session 1 March 27

Golf (ages 5-7)

Registration Deadline - March 27

Spring Day Camp

March 30-31 $45/half week and $64/whole week. Campers need to bring a sack lunch. Breakfast is available for $1/day. Morning & afternoon snacks provided.

Owensboro Sportscenter

687-8330 • 1215 Hickman Ave. • owensborosportscenter.org

KY Bison’s Admission Prices

General Adm Child under 12: $6.00 General Adm Student/Military/Senior w/ ID: $10.00 General Adm Adult: $12.00 Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Blazers March 5 at 7:00 PM Kentucky Bisons vs. Knoxville March 7 at 7:00 PM Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Wild March 8 at 2:00 PM

Elevation 2009

March 20 at 6:30 PM Charlie Hall with guest speaker Robbie Robison $20 (whole weekend) March 21 at 10:30 AM Giveaways, workshops, free pizza, Kaleb Scharmahorn $20 (weekend)

River Park Center

687-2770 • 101 Daviess St. • riverparkcenter.org ATK/OSO - Beethoven Reviews Core Content March 6 at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM

Third Tuesday Writer’s Coffeehouse March 17 at 7:00 PM Writing, music and humor FREE

ATK/ODT - In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky March 20 at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ODT In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky March 21 at 7:00 PM

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A Soapbox for Local Musicians

What equipment do you use and why? Eric Duke

Drums & Percussion (Modern Country, Dishonest John, Dennis and The Masters of The Universe) Drums: Mapex Pro M Series Cymbals: Stagg (EMD) Sticks: Zildjian Heavy Jazz Congas and Bongos: Verve Having played music in some format or another for the last 38 years (yeah count ‘em), I can honestly say that I have had my hands on just about every drum or cymbal ever made - Ludwig, Tama, Pearl, Rogers - but I could never quite achieve the sound that I was hearing in my head until I got a Mapex kit.

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Mine are the Pro M series - all maple shells in tobacco burst finish. Gorgeous! For cymbals I use Stagg. Having again played about every cymbal on the planet - Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, Wuhan - I have chosen to play Stagg Cymbals because in side by side comparisons to every Avedis Zildjian and Sabian on the wall at Moore Music, they were by far the best sounding, AND most cost effective. I am constantly experimenting with sticks, but right now I’m liking Zildjian Heavy Jazz. My congas and bongos are Verve.

Matt Camp

Calling Corners My main guitars are a custom shop silver sparkle Epiphone Les Paul (loaded with Tone Pros and Seymour Duncan) and a Larrivee LV09E acoustic. I have played every acoustic out there and I knew this one the one as soon as I picked it up! I also sometimes use a beautiful Gibson ES335 electric for the more

quiet stuff that needs those singing notes and nuances. My rig includes a Line 6 Flextone III amp with a longboard foot controller for access to tons of presets and “stompbox” type control for all the onboard digital effects in the amp. I keep a BBE Sonic Maximizer in the effects loop to make it absolutely punch and sparkle. I am also currently having a celestion loaded custom extension cabinet built for the rig. My chain between the guitar and amp usually includes a Boss PQ4 Parametric EQ, a Roctron Banshee Talkbox (I’m bringing it back!),and an Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phase Shifter. I’ve recently added an EBOW (electric bow) to my arsenal too. I love gadgets! Come check us out at our upcoming local gigs at Woody’s and Fast Eddy’s and see what you think of my set-up in person!

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club guide 2nd Street Bar 820 W 2nd St. 270-683-7422 The 8 Ball 1846 Triplett St. 270-683-3693 Bacchus Bar & Grill 119 E. 2nd St. 270-684-9880 Blind Parrot SS 736 Frederica St. 270-684-5554 Buffalo Wild Wings SS 4736 Frederica St. 270-686-7800 The Boiler Room 1100 Walnut St. 270-684-4999 Bully’s Bar & Grill 1900 Lantaff Blvd. (next to Days Inn) Madisonville, KY (270) 825-9282

Chubby’s Bar 2210 W. 2nd St. 270-689-2200 Club 300 Lounge 600 E. 14th St. 270-684-5372 Club 701 701 Frayser St. 270-314-5008 Crazy Scorpion Saloon 4416 Hwy. 60 East 270-240-4583 Equals Bar, LLC 1006 E. 4th St. 270-313-0820 Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill 1230 Burlew Blvd. 270-689-0020 HD Shakers 414 West 2nd St. 270-926-6431 Johnny B’s Amazing Wings & Things 4820 Frederica St. 270-688-8100

Millay’s Tavern 9431 HWY 144, Philpot KY 270-681-0736 Milligans Lounge 3136 W. 2nd St. 270-685-3946 O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill 7006 Hwy 815 270-229-9100 Our Place 718 West 9th St. 270-683-9882 Pappy’s 604 Crabtree Ave. 270-684-4573 Sixty West 800 W. 2nd St. 270-689-9907 Taylor’s Bar & Grill 2509 W. Parrish Ave. 270-683-5577 The Yellow Rose 3220 W. 2nd St. 270-926-6104

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Big Ed’s -- The Sundown Band Blind Parrot -- DJ Milligan’s Lounge -- Third Tri Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- Old School Night Taylor’s Bar & Grill -- DJ The Boiler Room -- DJ Your Way Equals -- Karaoke Royale/The Vagina Monologues Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Rukkus

Saturday, February 28

Big Ed’s -- The Sundown Band Blind Parrot -- DJ Milligan’s Lounge -- Black Oak Arkansas Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournament Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- New School Night Taylor’s Bar & Grill -- DJ with Toga Party The Boiler Room -- DJ Your Way Right to Life of Owensboro -Right To Life Fellowship - St. Pius X Parish Hall - Silent Auction, Food, Fun, Fellowship Equals -- The Vagina Monologues Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Rukkus

Sunday, March 1

Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Blind Parrot -- Karaoke

Monday, March 2

Big Ed’s -- APA 8 Ball Pool League/Karaoke with Songbird/ Customer Appreciation Night Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- 8 Ball Leagues Milligans Lounge -- APA Pool League/ Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 8 Ball Leagues The Boiler Room -- Beer Pong

Tuesday, March 3

Big Ed’s -- Bike Night/Free Pool and Lessons with Buzzard Milligans Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Ladies • 18 •

Wednesday, March 4

Big Ed’s -- Open Mic Night with Roy Kyle/ APA 9 Ball League Milligans Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman/APA Pool League Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -Open Mic Night The Boiler Room -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke Blind Parrot -- DJ

Monday, March 9

Big Ed’s -- APA 8 Ball Pool League/Karaoke with Songbird/ Customer Appreciation Night Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- 8 Ball Leagues Milligan’s Lounge -- APA Pool League/ Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 8 Ball Leagues The Boiler Room -- Beer Pong

Thursday, March 5

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Milligans Lounge -- Comedy Caravan/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- College Night The Boiler Room -- Flip Cup Blind Parrot -- Karaoke Equals -- Piano Bar Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke Owensboro Sportscenter -- Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Blazers Blind Parrot -- DJ

Friday, March 6

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- Flat Stanley Milligans Lounge -- (Rockin Doc’s) Interface Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- Old School Night The Boiler Room -- DJ Romeo Blind Parrot -- Andy Brasher and Terry Payne Equals -- Karaoke Royale Blind Parrot -- DJ

Saturday, March 7

Big Ed’s – Gridlock/9 Ball Tournament Bar Rules

Hailing from Bowling Green, KY, Durty Walrus makes the trip to the Boiler Room on Saturday, March 14th.

Owensboro Sportscenter -- Kentucky Bisons vs. River Park Center -- OSO - The Splendor of Vienna - Featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No.6, Mozart’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Midsummers Night Dream Overture by violinist Elina Vahalla. Blind Parrot -- DJ

Sunday, March 8

Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Towne Square Mall -- Isotopes RC Airplane Club Show

Tuesday, March 10

Big Ed’s -- Bike Night/Free Pool and Lessons with Buzzard Milligan’s Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Ladies Nite Tuesdays: Jack and Jill Pool Tournament The Boiler Room -- Open Mic Night with Andy Brasher Equals -- Country Dance Lessons Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Inside Cornhole League

Wednesday, March 11 Big Ed’s -- Open Mic Night with

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Friday, February 27

Nite Tuesdays: Jack and Jill Pool Tournament The Boiler Room -- Open Mic Night with Andy Brasher Equals -- Country Dance Lessons Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Inside Cornhole League

Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- Flat Stanley Milligans Lounge -- (Rockin Doc’s) Interface Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- New School Night The Boiler Room -- DJ Romeo Towne Square Mall -- America’s Fabulous Faces Pageant/Isotopes RC Airplane Club Show Blind Parrot -- Brad Snap Acoustic Equals -- Country Dance Night

Owensboro Sportscenter -Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Blind Parrot -- Karaoke


Roy Kyle/ APA 9 Ball League Milligan’s Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman/Pool League Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -Open Mic Night The Boiler Room – Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke Blind Parrot -- DJ

Thursday, March 12

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Blind Parrot -- Sectional Tournament Milligan’s Lounge -- Comedy Caravan/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -College Night The Boiler Room -- Flip Cup Blind Parrot – Karaoke/DJ Equals -- Piano Bar Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke

Friday, March 13

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Blind Parrot -- Sectional Tournament Ellis Park -- Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Static Milligans Lounge -- Rukkus O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill -- Pete Beard Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- Old School Night The Boiler Room -- Anywhere But Here Towne Square Mall -- Baseball Cards and Collectables Show Blind Parrot -- Andy Brasher and Terry Payne/DJ Equals -- Karaoke Royale

Saturday, March 14

Big Ed’s -- 9 Ball Tournament Bar Rules/ Grand Opening Myspace Party w/ Third Try Blind Parrot -- Sectional Tournament Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Static Milligan’s Lounge -- Rukkus O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill -- State Radio Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -New School Night The Boiler Room -- Durty Walrus

Towne Square Mall -- Baseball Cards and Collectables Show/ Easter Train Begins Blind Parrot -- Brad Snap Acoustic/DJ Equals -- Country Show

Sunday, March 15

Blind Parrot -- Sectional Tournament Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Blind Parrot -- Karaoke

Monday, March 16

Big Ed’s -- APA 8 Ball Pool League/Karaoke with Songbird/ Customer Appreciation Night Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- 8 Ball Leagues Milligan’s Lounge -- APA Pool League/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 8 Ball Leagues The Boiler Room -- Beer Pong

Tuesday, March 17

Big Ed’s -- Bike Night/Free Pool and Lessons with Buzzard Blind Parrot -- St Patrick’s Day Party Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- St. Patty’s Day Party Milligans Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman/Patty’s Day Suspect Stereo Our Place-Owensboro -- Ladies Nite Tuesdays: Jack and Jill Pool Tournament/St. Patrick’s Day Feast The Boiler Room -- St Patrick’s Day Party with Andy Brasher Leprechaun Costume Contest Party WKTG -- St. Patrick’s Day Party Bus Rolls Out Equals -- St. Patty’s Day Party/ Country Dance Lessons Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Inside Cornhole League River Park Center -- Third Tuesday Writer’s Coffeehouse - Writing, music and humor FREE

Wednesday, March 18

Big Ed’s -- Open Mic Night with Roy Kyle/ APA 9 Ball League Milligans Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman/Pool League Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -Open Mic Night The Boiler Room -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ

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Thursday, March 19

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Milligans Lounge -- Comedy Caravan/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- College Night The Boiler Room -- Flip Cup Blind Parrot – Karaoke/DJ Equals -- Piano Bar Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke

Friday, March 20

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Stompbox 40 Milligans Lounge -- Flat Stanley O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill -- Andrea Tanaro and the Optional Italian Band Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- Old School Night The Boiler Room -- DJ Your Way Blind Parrot -- Andy Brasher and Terry Payne Owensboro Sportscenter -- Elevation 2009 Equals -- Karaoke Royale Blind Parrot -- DJ

Saturday, March 21

Big Ed’s -- 9 Ball Tournament Bar Rules/Colonel McAllister Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Stompbox 40 Milligan’s Lounge -- Flat Stanley Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- New School Night The Boiler Room -- DJ Your Way WBKR -- Night at the Opry at the Grand Ole Opry - listen to Waking Crew beginning March 2nd for your chance to win tickets Towne Square Mall -- Kids Health Fair - New Beginnings Owensboro Sportscenter -- Elevation Blind Parrot -- Brad Snap Acoustic/DJ Equals -- First Annual Miss Equals Pageant

Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 8 Ball Leagues The Boiler Room -- Beer Pong

Tuesday, March 24

Big Ed’s -- Bike Night/Free Pool and Lessons with Buzzard Milligan’s Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Ladies Nite Tuesdays: Jack and Jill Pool Tournament The Boiler Room -- Open Mic Night with Andy Brasher Equals -- Country Dance Lessons Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Inside Cornhole League

Wednesday, March 25

Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Blind Parrot -- Karaoke

Big Ed’s -- Open Mic Night with Roy Kyle/APA 9 Ball League Milligan’s Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman/APA Pool League Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -Open Mic Night The Boiler Room -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke Blind Parrot -- DJ

Monday, March 23

Thursday, March 26

Sunday, March 22

Big Ed’s -- APA Pool League/ Karaoke with Songbird/Customer Appreciation Night Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- 8 Ball Leagues Milligan’s Lounge -- APA Pool League/Karaoke with Caveman

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Milligan’s Lounge -- Comedy Caravan/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- College Night The Boiler Room -- Flip Cup Blind Parrot – Karaoke/DJ Equals -- Piano Bar Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- DJ and Karaoke

Friday, March 27

Big Ed’s -- Karaoke with Songbird Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Third Tri Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- Old School Night The Boiler Room -- Flat Stanley Blind Parrot -- Andy Brasher and Terry Payne River Park Center -- Classic Film Club Series

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Saturday, March 28

Big Ed’s -- Bad Penny/Ball Tournament Bar Rules Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- The Anythings Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 9 Ball Leagues

Sixty West Bar & Nightclub -- New School Night The Boiler Room -- Flat Stanley Towne Square Mall -- Easter Bunny Arrival Blind Parrot -- Brad Snap Acoustic/ DJ Equals -- Post Office Party

Sunday, March 29

Our Place-Owensboro -- Open Pool Tournaments Blind Parrot -- Karaoke

Monday, March 30

Big Ed’s -- APA 8 Ball Pool League/Karaoke with Songbird/ Customer Appreciation Night Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -- 8 Ball Leagues Milligan’s Lounge -- APA Pool League/Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- APA 8 Ball Leagues The Boiler Room -- Beer Pong

Tuesday, March 31

Big Ed’s -- Bike Night/Free Pool and Lessons with Buzzard Milligans Lounge -- Karaoke with Caveman Our Place-Owensboro -- Ladies Nite Tuesdays: Jack and Jill Pool Tournament The Boiler Room -- Open Mic Night with Andy Brasher Equals -- Country Dance Lessons Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill -Inside Cornhole League River Park Center -- The Pajama Game

April 1-3

Towne Square Mall -- Easter Bunny Photos and Visits

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site 812-853-3956 Mar 28-29:”Four Winds” Native American Fine Arts Bazaar art show and sale

Audubon State Park

270-826-2247 Mar 21:Lecture about Atta Kul Kulla - Cherokee Peace Chief - FREE

Casino Aztar

812-433-4000 Every Thursday: Karaoke Idol Contest Mar 26:Karaoke Contest Finals Mar 1:Doc Stocker Mar 2-4:The Marlinaires Mar 6-7:Herchel Bailey & The Unit Mar 8:Greg Anderson Big Band Mar 9-11:Bellinia Duo Mar 13-14:The Devonshires Mar 15:Bob Minnette’s Swing Cats Mar 16-18:The Shagadelics Mar 20-21:Randy Moore & The Suedes Mar 22:Doc Stocker Mar 23-25:Nu Corp Band Mar 27-28:Jimmy Church Band Mar 29:Steve Greenwell Trio Mar 30-31:Woody Creek

Mar 7/21:DJ KDogg Mar 13:DJ Kasper Mar 14/28:DJ Figure Mar 20:DJ Enok Mar 27:Glam with DJ’s Figure/Opposite Day/ Action Jackson

Ri Ra Irish Pub 426-0000 Mar 3/10/24/31:Ri Ra Pub Quiz Mar 5:Karls Kids Mar 7:McFly Mar 12:John Hussmann Mar 13:JEB Mar 14:The Fisticuffs Mar 17:St. Patrick’s Day Party with Deaf Megan Mar 19:Karls Kids Mar 20:Casey Williams Mar 21:Deaf Megan Mar 26:John Hussmann Mar 27:JEB Mar 28:Bosko Mar 29:Irish Session Roberts Stadium 812-476-1383

Mar 7:Guns ‘n Hoses Mar 13:Harlem Globetrotters 2009 World Tour Mar 21:Professional Bull riding Enterprise Tour

Swonder Ice Arena 812-479-0989

Evansville Museum Contemporaries

Mar 1/6/13:Evansville Ice Men Home Game

812-425-2406 Mar 14:Grand Tour of Wines - wine tasting, education, silent auction, and hors devours. Entertainment by Matt Clark and Cory Christy. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science 812-425-2406

Mar 1-31:New Dutch Realism Exhibit Mar 20:Rite of Spring - enjoy dinner, drinks and music by the faculty and students of UofE’s music department $50

The Centre 812-435-5550

Mar 6:Merle Haggard Mar 7-8:Antiques and Vintage Collectibles Show Mar 12:Tri-State Business Expo Mar 14:St. Patrick’s Run of Luck Mar 16:Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture with Tony Dungy Mar 25:Broadway Series: ‘RAIN, A Tribute to the Beatles’

Vanderburgh 4H Center

812-867-6217 Mar 14:Crop for the Cure Expo benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Executive Inn Evansville

812-424-8000 Mar 7:Annual Stardust Gala for the American Cancer Society - theme: Escape to Paradise Island $150/person

Highland Inn 812-423-2546

Victory Theatre 812-435-5550

Mar 14:Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Classic ‘For Love of Country’ Mar 26: Tommy Emmanuel

Woody’s 812-468-9400

Mar 7:The Relics

Icon Bar & Nightclub 812-471-4872 Wednesdays: Alternative Night with DJ Syimone Thursdays: U-Call-ItNight Mar 6:DJ Kasper

Mar 1: Operation Rock Tour: Low Dough Show with Ashes of Soma, Joan Red and Calling Corners

roadtrip 2 E VA N S V I L L E

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arts guide Ellis Park (Henderson) Mar 12-15: Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Jack Fisher Park Mar 21-22: BPA Baseball World Series Qualifier - Baseball tournament Mar 28-29: NSA Fast Pitch World Series Qualifier Apr 4-5: NSA Men’s Border Wars

Haunts of Owensboro Every Friday and Saturday or by special appointment: Downtown Walking Tours

Immaculate Church Mar 21 7:30 PM: Ballroom Dance Lesson Mar 21 8:00 PM: Owensboro Ballroom Dancing St. Patrick Dance Semi-Formal $10/adults and $5/students - bring hors d’oeuvres w/ cash bar provided

Int’l Bluegrass Museum EVERY SATURDAY: The International Bluegrass Music Museum’s Saturday Lessons Apr 2-4: 8th Annual Bluegrass Returns To Its Roots Festival Featuring: Dailey & Vincent, Steep Canyon Rangers, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Josh Williams Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeepers, Bradley Walker, Dale Ann Bradley and Lonesome River Band

Owensboro Airport 1 Bullfrog Avenue Mar 6: Owensboro Home & Garden Show - Owensboro Homebuilder’s Association brings their annual show to the Owensboro Daviess Co. Regional Airport at the MidAmerica Jet’s hangar.

Owensboro Ice Arena Fridays: Public Skate Saturdays: Public Skate Sundays: Public Skate Mar 6 7:00 PM: Special Session Admission $2.50 Mar 7 1:00 PM: Special Session Admission $2.50 Mar 7 7:00 PM: Special Session Admission $2.50 Mar 8 1:00 PM: Special Session Admission $2.50 Mar 14 7:00 PM: Dollar Night • 22 •

Admission: $1, Skate Rental: $1, Drink & Popcorn: $1

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Mar 8-31: The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century - Enjoy this national touring exhibition presenting the state of Realistic painting around the world at the beginning of the 21st century.

Owensboro Museum of Science & History Through August 23 - The World We Create Exhibit Permanent Exhibits - SpeedZeum/Encounter, the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center/Playzeum

Owensboro Parks and Recreation Monday - Friday at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m. - Owensboro Area Runners and Walking Club meets at Legion Park to train Mar 13: Spring Day Camp Registration Deadline Mar 20: Adult Softball League Deadline to Register Mar 21 7:15 PM: St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K Run/Walk and 10 K Run - begins in Malco Theatre parking lot. Registration is $15 before March 13 and $20 after Mar 27: Children’s Spring Tennis Lessons Registration Deadline - Session 1 Mar 27: Golf (ages 5-7) Registration Deadline Mar 30-31/Apr 1-3:: Spring Day Camp $45/half week and $64/whole week. Campers need to bring a sack lunch. Breakfast is available for $1/day. Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Apr 3 7:00 PM: Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt - (Moreland Park) When the sun goes down the fun begins - searching for the golden egg. Families required to bring at least one flashlight and parents must accompany children 10 and under

Owensboro Sportscenter Bison’s Game Admission Prices General Adm child under 12: $6.00 General Adm Student/Military/Senior w/ ID: $10.00 General Adm Adult: $12.00 Mar 5 7:00 PM: Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Blazers www.News4UOwensboro.com • Owensboro March 2009


Mar 7 7:00 PM: Kentucky Bisons vs. Knoxville Mar 8 2:00 PM: Kentucky Bisons vs. W.V. Wild Mar 20 6:30 PM: Elevation 2009 - Charlie Hall with guest speaker Robbie Robison $20 (whole weekend) Mar 21 10:30 AM: Elevation 2009 - Giveaways, workshops, free pizza, Kaleb Scharmahorn $20 (whole weekend)

Audubon State Park (270) 827-1893 parks.ky.gov

Ramada Inn (Henderson)

Diamond Lake diamondlakeresort.net [229-4900]

Mar 7 11:00 AM: 2nd Annual Runway Red benefiting Matthew 25 AIDS Services - lunch, door prizes, fashion show. Tickets $20/person or $170 for a table of ten

River Park Center Mar 6 9:00 AM: ATK/OSO - Beethoven Reviews Core Content Mar 6 11:00 AM: ATK/OSO - Beethoven Reviews Core Content Mar 7 7:30 PM :OSO - The Splendor of Vienna - Featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No.6, Mozart’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer’s Night Dream Overture by violinist Elina Vahalla. Mar 12 12:00 PM: Athena Awards Mar 17 7:00 PM: Third Tuesday Writer’s Coffeehouse - Writing, music and humor FREE Mar 20 9:00 AM: ATK/ODT - In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky Mar 20 11:00 AM: ATK/ODT - In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky Mar 21 7:00 PM: ODT In Concert featuring Kentucky, Oh Kentucky Mar 24 7:00 PM: Truth, Hope and Love Tour Mar 27 6:00 PM: Classic Film Club Series Mar 31 7:00 PM: The Pajama Game Broadway at RPC. This Tony Award-winning musical classic features such popular hits as “Steam Heat” and “Fernando’s Hideaway”

The Hines Center Mar 7 6:30 PM: The Junior League’s Charity Ball Completely Kentucky Dinner - $120 (includes ticket to the Charity ball) Mar 7 9:00 PM: The Junior League’s Charity Ball - or more than 40 years, the Junior League of Owensboro’s annual Charity Ball has been a “can’t miss” event. $60/person

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Mar 10 11:30 AM: Walk and Talk Lunch in the Garden

DIRECTORY OF KEY VENUES

Daviess County Public Library www.dcplibrary.org [684-0211]

Ellis Park [812-425-1456] Highway 41 N Henderson, KY ellisparkracing.com Equals Bar (270) 313-9738 www.equalsbar.com Haunts of Owensboro [313-5596] www.hauntsofowensboro.com Immaculate Church [314-0128] http://obrdc2. eznetworld.com/ etomite0613/index. php?id=54 Int'l Bluegrass Museum 270-926-7891 www.bluegrass-museum.org Jack Fisher Park/ Owensboro Parks and Recreation [687-8700] www.owensboroparks.org Owensboro Airport 1 Bullfrog Avenue Owensboro Ice Arena (270) 687-8720 owensboroparks.org

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art 270-685-3181 www.omfa.us Owensboro Museum of Science & History www.owensboromuseum.com [687-2732] Owensboro Symphony Orchestra www.owensborosymphony.org [684-0661] Owensboro Sports Center (270) 687-8330 www.owensborosportscenter.org Owensboro Symphony Orchestra www.owensborosymphony.org [684-0661] Ramada Inn (Henderson) [270-826-6600] Riverpark Center (270) 687-2770 www.riverparkcenter. org Hines Center (270) 729-3030 thehinescenter.com Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (270) 683-5003 www.theatreworkshop.org Western Kentucky Botanical Garden wkbg.org [852-8925]

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horrorscopes Gemini

May 21-June 20 Dinner party plans with Chris Brown and Rhianna head south unexpectedly. It seems a minor disagreement Swami B2 Resident Seer erupted over what type of potato salad they should bring. Act quick to find replacements. This week: Do not answer JayZ’s phone calls.

Sagittarius

November 22-December 21 Pipes freeze and showers cease. Have fun trying to sponge off with napkins and windex. This week: Moisturize with Crisco, if necessary.

December 22-January 19 After unearthing your original Playstation fossil and making it rain with Mitch Richmond in NBA LIVE 97, your attention starved girlfriend decides to make it rain with your clothes on the front lawn. This week: Start packing, pal.

Cancer

June 21-July 22 A debaucherous evening with friends finds you at a shake joint hurling insults at a man you believe to be Pac-man Jones himself. While not the legit Pac-man, he does offer his affinity for the Cowboys and handguns, which he is packing. This week: Stay home... for a long time.

Pisces

October 23-November 21 Nascar racing resumes. Sales of Budweiser skyrocket, along with reported domestic altercations. This week: Insults intended for the mighty 88 lead to physical abuse of a co-worker.

February 19-March 20 Mario Lopez hosting too many television shows causes you to have immediate and chaotic seizures upon viewing. This sight of him and a microphone on every three channels will be the death of you. This week: Turn your back on TV and turn to books.

Aries

Virgo

Scorpio

March 21-April 19 Just as you reconcile the idea of dropping your health insurance, you are hit by a car... that’s on fire. The dollar signs attached to this ordeal won’t be pretty. This week: Thank God for Obama’s stimulus plan!

Taurus

April 20-May 20 A local gun and knife show turns rowdy over a botched ammunition purchase. Blood will be spilled on the cowboy boots of many... This week: Wear the eagle with pride!

Leo

July 23-August 22 A less than friendly dispute develops between you and another gentleman in traffic regarding the proper usage of turn signals. Four letter insults are tossed around, as well as a driver’s manual landing square in the face, jarring spittle from the mouth of the accused and possibly dislodging a tooth. This week: He’s getting the dentist bill, if it’s the last thing you do...

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Capricorn

August 23-September 22 Are you a loser because you enjoy Japanese anime? Yes. This week: Stop dressing up in those goofy character costumes.

Libra

September 23-October 22 Your freelancing paycheck has been replaced with boxes of rice. Still practical, yet tremendously unfulfilling. This week: Get used to Uncle Ben, because he’s going to be around for a while.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18 You are drenched in night sweats after dreaming shiny-locked rockers Nickelback and their mundane soundscapes have come to an end. Not the magnificent minds behind Photograph! This week: It was only a dream. THANK GOD!

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FOR: ST. PADDY’S NIGHT

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Dress to the Nines

at the Junior League Charity Ball

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hen I was shopping for my honeymoon, I purchased a slew of formal Charlize Smith dresses to “wear Contributor out.” On the night our swanky hotel served a surf and turf dinner, I of course was incredibly sick and so my dresses have quietly taken their place in the back of my closet – next to the Halloween costumes and bridesmaids attire. Every woman stashes her reserve of gorgeous gowns in the back of the closet in hopes that she will one day be able to play princess. On March 7, the Junior League of Owensboro is hosting their annual Charity Ball – the perfect occasion for all the ladies out there to scour the murky depths of their closets and dig out the bedazzled beauties they knew they would wear someday, or seize the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Daddy’s plastic. This year’s theme is Everything Kentucky; a tribute to well… everything that is Kentucky! Catered by Moonlight BBQ, the Patron’s Party – a complete 4-course dinner – will begin at 6:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., back by popular demand, the Velvet Bombers with special guest Lorne Brown will perform favorites from the Sixties to today. “Charity Ball is really community event. It gives Owensboro the opportunity to dress to the nines, go to a great party and raise money for charity. It benefits Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which mails a brand new, age appropriate book each month to children under five in the community. It also benefits Kids in the Kitchen which teaches kids healthy eating habits and CASA which appoints court advocates for children,” says Libby Johnson. Tickets are $60 for the ball only and $115 for the Patron’s Party and the Ball and must be purchased prior to the event. Contact Ms. Libby Johnson at libbyiselejohnson@gmail.com for tickets and be sure to visit www.juniorleagueofowensboro.com for more about Owensboro’s Junior League.

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Life Imitating Art or Art Imitating Life… New Exhibits Opening at Owensboro’s Museums

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arch is an exciting month at two of our local museums. The Owensboro Museum of Science and History is opening its new exhibit – The World We Melissa Kaiser Staff Writer Create and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is opening its thought-provoking new exhibit – The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century. Each of these exhibits will be in town for several months, so you have plenty of time to check them out. The Owensboro Museum of Science and History had a successful grand opening on February 14 for its newest exhibSunflower at the Old Factory by Camille Engel. it, The World We Create. This unique exhibit If you can recognize a particular person, or identify a specific object or landscape view from a painting, it’s is on loan from the Louisville Science Center Realism. and promises to make you contemplate science in all new way. Open through August seum.com. 23, you have no excuse to miss this enlighten- Opening in March, the Owensboro ing display! Museum of Fine Art presents its newest exhibit This interactive exhibit will demon- The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in strate how human creativity can problems solve the 21st Century. This uniquely beautiful exhibit, through science. There will be three “hubs” of which spotlights 56 artists, is the first traveling sorts – the Transit hub, Tech Works, and the display to feature Realism in detail. Construction Zone. Each hub will feature fun What defines Realism? Most artists use the interactive activities that require team work to following rule of thumb when trying to convey complete. One activity is to structure a crane, its components: “If you can recognize a paranother is to build a seven-foot archway, but ticular person, or identify a specific object or you must have partners in order to complete landscape view from a painting, it’s Realism.” these tasks. Another area shows how gears Photography, computer-enhanced images, work, while the third demonstrates Aero Dy- and pre-mixed paints are just a few of the namics as you attempt to streamline race cars. new mediums that have changed the creative There is also an assembly line section which process for artists and allow them to express features how machines build cars. Your team themselves in new ways. This exhibit comcan even participate in a mock production line pares and contrasts new contemporary paintto build your own vehicle! ings with similar historical paintings created Not only will you find The World We by such greats as Da Vinci, Vermeer, Memling Create in the main gallery, but you will also and Dali. find the Museum’s two permanent exhibits: There is so much beauty and detail SpeedZeum and Encounter, the Wendell H. involved in The New Reality: The Frontier of Ford Government Education Center, and the Realism in the 21st Century that my description Playzeum on the floors above. The Owensboro can in no way detail what an inspiring treat this Museum of Science and History is open seven display will be – you must go and experience days a week. Admission to the Museum of Sci- it for yourself. The Owensboro Museum of Fine ence and History is $3 per person and free to Art is open daily. For more information, visit museum members. For more information on www.omfa.us. any of these exhibits, visit www.owensboromu• 28 •

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The Usual Suspects – Suspect Stereo

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hat began in 2007 as the one dimensional brainchild of Eric Graham, Nathan Johnson, and John Byrne has since blossomed into a dynamic—if unpolished—project known as Suspect Stereo. Joining the original bassist/guitarist (Graham), drummer (Johnson), and keyboardist/vocalist (Byrne), are newfound vocalist Jake Westerfield, and bassist/guitarist/bringer of funk Jake Lee. Ben Glenn Despite the fact that individual roles in the band are Contributor poorly defined from the vantage of an outsider, it is clear that the alternative/indie five piece have developed some sense of direction in the past two years. Although much of their material are covers from such artists as Pearl Jam, the Cure, White Stripes, and Greenday, their original pieces are strongly reminiscent of early Murder By Death fused with a bluesy, funk sound accentuated by some exceptional stringwork. The addition of John Byrne on keys gives much of their material a decidedly eclectic feel that is somewhat unique in the region. This, paired with two unique vocalists and guitarists, lends the band a multidimensional tonality that helps break the monotony of a performance dominated by cover songs and gives them a slight, but desperately needed edge over other coverbands. Although Suspect Stereo is relatively inexperienced as a live band, their debut gig is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day at Milligan’s Lounge. Their original song, “Trees Sway” was featured in Verite Pictures’ Hallows Eve which was filmed entirely in Owensboro. What sets Suspect Stereo apart from other coverbands in the region, however, is not so much their original work but their attitude towards the local scene. The band does not perform cover songs as a preference, but out of necessity. According to Westerfield, the unfortunate truth is that “the majority [of venue patrons] want to hear mainstream songs that they know.” Echoing this almost defeatist sentiment is Johnson who is convinced that “in order to grow, a band has to do a lot of covers.” For this reason, Suspect Stereo is attempting to garner a fan base through their cover work which, they hope, will inherently draw listeners to their original music. Although performing original music in this region is a daunting task, Suspect Stereo is a group of likeminded individuals cemented together by “common personalities” and the familial bonds that result from long practices and a mutual drive to create music. Of his band family, self-proclaimed funk machine Jake Lee says “It’s a lot less dysfunctional than my real one…” Although their direction currently seems unclear, there is no doubt that Suspect Stereo will continue to play music and may even prove to be the region’s dark horse gig band. Owensboro March 2009 • Call for Advertising Information (270) 485-2292

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cd reviews Rudy Adrian Desert Realms CD (Lotuspike) Inspired by the vast, expansive landscapes of the American Southwest (specifically Arches and Canyons National Parks in Utah), New Zealand-based ambient/electronic composer Adrian has crafted a serene and stately set of audio soundtracks. The opening tracks depict exactly as they imply – “Saguaro Silhouette,” “Pathway,” or “Circling Hawk” are all richly evocative travelogues of a natural eden. “Subterranean River” echoes the ebb and flow (and stillness) of the submerged world, whereas ‘Cloudburst’ brings the life-affirming rains. Adrian’s sonorous strings and reverberations are accented in spots by Nick Prosser’s Baroque flute, which brings a primitive sense of humanity to the pristine environments. Desert Realms is exactly what the title implies - a set of beautiful, magnificent, and primal soundscapes with a hint of mystery and shadow - ideal for unwinding with or for creating a unique mood to your surroundings. Wonderful work and worth multiple listens. - Todd Zachritz • Rating: 3

The Fray Self-Titled (Sony Music) www.thefray.net There are very few bands that evoke such an emotional response from a listener as the Denver based band The Fray. Their sophomore effort on Epic records has proven to stand its own ground among their double platinum debut album. The Fray was formed in 2002 by two schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King. Their signature sound of sweeping piano composition, melancholy to inspiring lyrics, and Slade’s hallowed voice construct a musical landscape that is easy to get lost in. One of the albums best aspects is the accessibility to a new listener while still being able to firmly grasp the attention of the seasoned listener. There is a notable improvement in the rhythm and lead guitar. The rhythm guitarist Dave Welsh seems to tweak his playing to better compliment the piano and to add his own layer to each song. King on lead guitar breaks from the norm and ends “Ungodly Hour” with a bittersweet solo/ fill that concisely seals the song. The standouts on the album are “Absolute,” “Say When,” “Enough for Now,” and “Ungodly Hour.” The single “You Found Me” is also very strong lyrically and musically but I can see it being played out. Let’s hope Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t get a hold of it. –Nick Durcholz • Rating: 3.9

The Ettes Look at Life Again Soon – (2009) (Take Root Records) www.theettes.com The Ettes pull off a raw, driving sound that most punk/Indie bands should strive for. The lead singer Coco has a voice that very much compliments • 30 •

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Wire Object 47 CD (Pink Flag/Mute) Being their 47th release over the past 30+ years, British punk/ avante rock act Wire haven’t lost sight of the fire, brevity, integrity, and sense of experimentation that made their early works like ‘Pink Flag’ or ‘Chairs Missing’ so essential (and influential). On ‘Object 47’, original members Colin Newman and Graham Lewis (joined by drummer Robert Grey) reconvene to produce a short (9 songs in 35 minutes) sharp shot of punchy songs that are both melodic and intelligent. The opener, ‘One Of Us’ is instantly likeable and catchy, and easily the most accessible cut here. ‘Circumspect’ is a bass-heavy mid-tempo slice of taut and angular post-punk, and ‘Mekon Headman’ is droney and heavy without fitting into any particular genre. ‘Patient Flees’ (great title) is woozy and almost lulling. Strong songwriting, clear (but not sterile) production, and impeccable presentation - absolutely top-notch in every way. Fans of the band’s earlier proto-punk, proto-industrial works will no doubt find this one more than agreeable. The final track, ‘All Fours’, even enlists the considerable talents of Page Hamilton (Band Of Susans, Helmet) for ‘feedback storm’. It’s a powerful, driving, and fitting conclusion to the album. I look forward to more work from this venerable band and their myriad side projects. - Todd Zachritz • Rating: 4

and balances the music. The lyrics however, as the album progresses get increasingly more simple and vague but there are some lyrical gems spread without. There is something left to be desired in the lyrics department for the Ettes. That being said the music is extremely energetic and seems to provoke one to dance. The bass riffs are blistering, distorted fun. The drumming is steady and catchy but again leaves something to be desired. It is painfully average. Overall I think the Ettes have at least begun to fashion their own sound musically and I could possibly see that niche eventually becoming a large crevasse. The do have a lot of potential but personally I see a lot of room for improvement. For example, they should implement a variety in the beats and in the lyrics. The standouts on the album are “I Get Mine”, “Chilled Hidebound Hearts”, “To Arms”, “I Heard Tell”, and “Where your Loyalties Lie”. This last track has an entrancing and melodic sound that needs to be further explored. –Nick Durcholz • Rating: 3.1

Rating Scale: 1 Crapholio 2 Needs more cowbell 3 Okay, but I wouldn’t spend more than $9.99 on it.

4 I’m likin’ it - more than just friends. 5 Phenomenal!

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March 3rd

Australia (20th Century Fox) The cinematic equivalent of Sominex! Make no mistake. I am a huge Baz Luhrmann fan. His moviemusical masterpiece Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies of this decade. It’s a brilliant blend of screenwriting, directing, editing, acting and singing. Simply put, it’s one of the most original and engaging Chad Benefield movies in the history of cinema. And he follows it up Contributor with THIS! Australia! This is Luhrmann’s attempt at those sweeping romantic epics of the late 1930’s and 40’s. Basically, it’s Gone with the Wind with kangaroos! Appropriately, I wanted to crawl inside a marsupial pouch and sleep for the 2 hour and 45 minute run time. GRADE: C

tress in a Musical or Comedy. But she was ignored by the Oscars. Some thought this was a travesty. I like to think it’s the result of the diligence of the cynics on my prayer tree. I get what writer/director Mike Leigh was going for here. I understand that I’m supposed to feel guilty that I wish this cheery, optimistic North London lass would get plowed by a double-decker bus. But I don’t. In fact, it’s that very thought that makes ME happy-golucky. GRADE: C-

March 10th

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Miramax)

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Well, apparently my column does no good. I raved about this film and fully expected you guys to flock to the local theatres to witness what I consider to be the best film of 2008. Yet, when it made its rounds locally it lasted about as long as a bout of contact dermatitis. So here’s your chance to finally experience Mark Herman’s story of a German boy who befriends a young prisoner at a concentration camp his Nazi father operates. And you can see it at your own leisure without all the trappings of modern-day cinema: the chatty teenagers seated next to you who think you’ve paid good money to hear them talk on their cell phones, that Three Doors Down commercial for the National Guard (love the National Guard, but that song has to go), or any movie trailer involving Tyler Perry or his obnoxious crossdressing alter-ego, Madea. In summation, RENT THIS MOVIE! GRADE: A

March 10th

Cadillac Records (Sony Pictures) The problem with Darnell Martin’s (Their Eyes Were Watching God, Suspect) ode to Chess Records is that it’s overloaded with label mates. See, Chess Records was home to Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), and Etta James (Beyonce). Martin could have made five separate movies here. After all, everyone I just mentioned had careers impressive enough to land them in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. But when you throw them all into the same movie, there are too many stories to tell and not enough time to tell them. But Cadillac Records isn’t a total wash. There are some fierce musical performances and, to no one’s surprise, it’s Beyonce who hits all the right notes. But it’s not her performance of At Last that’s the signature piece here. Watch the pop diva lay into Etta’s All I Could Do Was Cry and you’ll see that Beyonce is “irreplaceable.” GRADE: C+

March 10th

Happy-Go-Lucky (Miramax) The cinematic equivalent of a migraine that makes you hurt so badly you want to run head-first into a brick wall or wood chipper. It seemed actress Sally Hawkins was destined to snag an Academy Award nomination for her role as the perpetually happy (and irritating) Poppy. She won a handful of major critics’ awards and snagged a Golden Globe trophy for Best Ac• 32 •

Twilight (Summit Entertainment) It didn’t take an I.Q. to realize that teenagers were going to make this bigscreen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel a gigantic hit (it grossed nearly two hundred million dollars). But is it possible for me (or other adults I know, for that matter) to have truly enjoyed a movie about adolescents with fangs? Well, it may not be possible, but I did. And here’s why. For me, the notion of a vampire has always seemed ridiculous (kinda like the thought of a Whitney Houston comeback). But Meyer and director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) seem to agree. This movie works best when it plays vampirism for laughs. Check out the scene in which Edward (Robert Pattinson) takes Bella (Kristen Stewart) home to meet his parents. It’s like Salem’s Lot meets Family Ties. GRADE: B-

March 24th

Quantum of Solace (Sony Pictures) Quick! Someone tell James Bond that a group of covert terrorists are targeting the water supply in Bolivia. Quick! Someone tell the Bolivians that they can just drink Aquafina! I said when Casino Royale was released that it was, hands-down, the best James Bond movie ever made and that Daniel Craig was the best James Bond ever. Both statements remain true. While Craig still smolders as everyone’s favorite womanizing secret agent man, Quantum of Solace fizzles. While villain Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) seems dastardly enough, I’m still not really sure what the hell he’s doing. I’m sorry, but tainting the water supply in a tiny South American country seems like small potatoes. Come on, Dominic! If you want to really piss off James Bond, blow up England. Or a Victoria’s Secret. GRADE: C+

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Race to Witch Mountain (Buena Vista)

Though he didn’t need more star power, writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) rounded up some more anyway. Joining Roberts and Owen in the cast . . . Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson, who scored an Academy Award nomination for his own work in Michael Clayton.

March 20th

Knowing (Summit Entertainment) There’s some really good news and some really bad news about Alex Proyas’ (I, Robot) new doomsday thriller. First, the good news. The premise is freakin’ awesome. A teacher opens a time capsule that contains dire predictions about the fate of the world and some of them have already come true and others seem to be ready to. The bad news . . . Nicolas Cage plays that teacher. In case you haven’t noticed, Nicolas Cage has given the exact same performance in all these movies: Bangkok Dangerous, Ghost Rider, The Wicker Man, Next, 8MM, Gone in Sixty Seconds, etc. What else do those movies have in common? THEY ALL SUCKED!

March 27th

Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount/DreamWorks) I

I remember escaping to Witch Mountain as a child back in 1975. Well, Alexander Key’s characters are back in this, the latest bigscreen adaptation of his story about two mysterious kids with some pretty awesome supernatural powers. This time out, Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as “The Rock.” – you know, back when he wore a unitard) joins in the action, though I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. Look! I could go on for days about his work in The Game Plan, Doom and Get Smart. But let’s get down to the serious business at hand. Anyone else think he looks dead-up like tennis commentator Mary Carillo?

March 20th

Duplicity (Universal) The last time Julia Roberts and Clive Owen shared screen time they did it in Mike Nichols’ Closer, a brutally honest relationship drama that, for me, was the best movie of 2004. The crime caper Duplicity promises much lighter fare. Here, Roberts and Owen play corporate spies (with a steamy, yet rocky past) who team up again to swindle their high-powered corporate exec bosses. Owensboro March 2009 • Call for Advertising Information (270) 485-2292

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Watchmen (Warner Brothers) Just what the world needs. Another action flick featuring superheroes that originated in graphic novels. This movie, from ambitious director Zack Snyder, has one thing going for it. Ambitious director Zack Snyder. Though I didn’t recommend his movie 300, I did acknowledge its stunning and groundbreaking visual style. Rest assured. Watchmen is going to sport some awesome special effects and visuals. Yes. Watchmen may bore us to tears, but the movie will still look good through those tears.

can hear the cash registers ringing. You don’t need Nicolas’ Cage’s time capsule to predict this. Monsters vs. Aliens will be the first blockbuster of 2009. Reese Witherspoon voices the animated Susan Murphy, who gets clobbered by a meteorite from outer space and gets turned into a towering monster named Ginormica. She’s then recruited by a secret government agency to join other “monsters” in fighting the aliens and saving the world. In 2008, Wall-E restored my faith in animation and I have high hopes that this will deepen that faith. Sidebar. How evangelical did I just sound? Please. Send your money to the Reverend Chad Benefield in care of News 4U-Owensboro/Evansville. We have another payment due, partners. We do. • 33 •


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