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‘The Nutcracker’

The Cache Valley Civic Ballet continues a holiday tradition Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 2 at the Ellen Eccles Theatre

The Herald Journal

Joe Halling will play the title role in this year’s production of “The Nutcracker.” (Photo by Eli Lucero)

NOVEMBER 22-28, 2013


November 22-28, 2013

COVER 8 Cache Valley Civic

Ballet ready to perform ‘Nutcracker’ for 31st time

MUSIC 3 Logan High sets sail

with ‘Titanic the Musical’

4 Cache Children’s Choir concert slated for Dec. 7

5 USU String Program

presents annual fall show

MOVIES 6 Vince Vaughn shows

soft side in ‘Delivery Man’

7 Three stars: New sequel to ‘The Hunger Games’ is an ‘admirable adaptation’

ARTS 4 Renowned magician

brings act to Cache Valley

5 Steve Soelberg aims for laughs at two Logan shows

BOOKS 11 Baldacci brings back two characters in new book

CALENDAR 15 See what’s happening this week

Josh Hutcherson, left, Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence star in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which hits theaters around the country today. (AP Photo/Lionsgate)

FROM THE EDITOR Chances are, you already know that today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Over the past couple of months there’s been such a huge outpouring of new JFK-related material, from books to movies to TV documents, that it would be pretty impossible not to be aware of the significance of today’s date. While Kennedy’s assassination took place before I was born, that day in Dallas has intrigued me ever since I started

flipping through a copy of William Manchester’s mammoth “Death of a President” when I was about 18 and had read more than 200 pages before I even realized it. I’ve been to Dealey Plaza twice while visiting Dallas, and it’s certainly one of the most unique historical sites I’ve ever visited, primarily because of the unique people who frequent there. As you’ve probably been reminded the last few weeks, there’s probably nothing in American history that’s as widely debated as the question of who exactly killed John F. Kennedy. Even five decades later, new books are constantly being churned out arguing for

or against the hundreds of different conspiracy theories that have emerged over the years. The Kennedy assassination has practically become a religion, with people arguing over how to interpret every scrap of evidence in a murder case that is rapidly running out of live witnesses and investigators due to the march of time. And because of that — just as with religion — I have to admit, the upside of dying and leaving this mortal life is the hope that I will have some important questions answered, like whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. — Jeff Hunter

‘Titanic’ musical sets sail Logan High School is performing “Titanic, the Musical” with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone. This production will run Nov. 22-23 and 25-26 in the Logan High School Auditorium with curtain at 7:30 p.m. each night. “Titanic” is a contemporary classical musical that chronicles the events of the RMS Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. This sweeping musical realistically depicts the stories of the reallife officers, crew and passengers — from all classes. Whether they travelled first class, second class or steerage, all the Titanic passengers stepped on board the largest floating object of its time, a ship billed as “unsinkable,” with the hope and desire to accomplish their life’s dreams. Portraying actual figures who were aboard the Titanic in 1912 are Sylvan Needham (Harold Bride), Timo Rasmussen (Frederick Barrett), Alison Lee (Kate McGowen), Dane

“It should be perfectly acceptable for die-hard fanatics and casual fans alike.” – Cache critic Aaron Peck on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Page 7)

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“Titanic the Musical” will be presented Nov. 22-23 and 25-26 at Logan High School.

Braddy (Thomas Andrews), Garrett Evans (Captain Smith) and Cameron Conrad (J. Bruce Ismay). “Titanic” opened on Broadway in 1997 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Eloquently written, this moving production invites audiences into a moment

of history that continues to fascinate and surprise. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime musical opportunity. Tickets can be purchased online by going to the school’s website at www., then going to the student or parent/community link and

finding musical tickets. Tickets for “Titanic the Musical” are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children for online reserved seating, $6 for adults and $5 for students and children for online general admission seating. Tickets are slightly more when purchased at the door.

Interfaith service to be held Sunday The 11th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Logan Tabernacle. Representatives of various faiths will offer brief Thanksgiving messages or present musical numbers to introduce this year’s theme, “Nourishing Community Spirit.” This is an opportunity not only to witness the rich diversity in our community, but to come together in an attitude of unity

and collaboration as we give thanks for the blessings and opportunities we enjoy. The Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is sponsored each year by Cache Community Connections, an interfaith and civic organization that was established in wake of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Cache Community Connections also invites Cache Valley to partici-

pate in “Faith Exchange Welcome Weeks” during the month of November. The CCC encourages everyone to attend their fellow community members’ religious services and meetings. Please invite a neighbor to your service and ask a friend to go with you to a different church to experience the growing religious diversity of the valley and inherent unity of purpose in all religions.

Pet: Chloe From: Four Paws Rescue Why she’s so lovable: Chloe recently came to Four Paws Rescue after her time was up at a local animal control facility and no one came to claim her. Chloe is a pretty red heeler, who weighs about 35 pounds. To our best guess she is 2 to 3 years old and fully grown. Chloe is housetrained, good with other dogs and cats, but due to her jumpy heeler heritage, would prefer a home without small kids. The adoption fee for this dog is $125 which includes the spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations (rabies and parvo/distemper). We show dogs by appointment or at adoption events. If you would like to meet this dog, please call and leave a message with Lisa (director of Four Paws) at 752-3534 or email

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all mixed up Dance company set to take flight tonight The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Comits unparalleled contribution to the pany brings what is described as an cultural life of our state through the exciting performance to the Caine beauty and grace of dance.” College of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ririe-Woodbury is known for perNov. 22, at the USU Performance Hall. forming innovative, original works The performance is part of a weekand commissioning choreographers long residency for the dance company of exceptional talent. This is also the in Cache Valley public schools. first season artistic director Daniel “The Caine College of the Arts is Charon has been with the company. honored and delighted to host and Charon told The Salt Lake Tribune welcome Utah’s own Ririe-Woodbury that his time in graduate school led Dance Company to our campus as him to be ready behind-the-scenes part of its 50th anniversary tour,” said to support other people within and Craig Jessop, dean of USU’s Caine through an organization. College of the Arts. “We congratuThe dance company was founded in late and thank Ririe-Woodbury for 1964 by Joan Woodbury and Shirley

Ririe, both professors of dance at the University of Utah. Throughout the years, the company has performed in every state in the United States, as well as in Europe, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the British Isles. Advance tickets for Ririe-Woodbury are $15 general admission and $10 for USU students with ID. Tickets at the door are $20 general admission and $15 for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 797-8022 or visit

Magic Martin to take stage

Children’s choir shows coming up

Jeff Martin to perform on Dec. 5 which Martin reveals secrets Jeff Martin, aka “the within the reach of everyone blond, curly-haired magician,” will perform at 7 p.m. and “The Hidden Treasure of the Eggplant.” Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Thatcher-Young Mansion. Martin has been per35 W. 100 South. forming his unique brand of magic for more than Hosted by the Hatch 30 years. The prestigious Academy of Magic and private Hollywood club for Music and the Cache Conmagicians, The Magic Casjurers Association, tickets for the family-friendly event tle, awarded Martin their “Strolling Olympics Award,” are $10. Seating is limwhich was presented to ited to just 56, so advance him by Criss Angel. And at ticket purchase is recomprivate Beverly Hills parmended. To reserve seats ties Martin has entertained for Martin’s performance, a wide variety of famous call (435) 932-0017 or visit personalities, including Gloria Allred, Alan Arkin, Among the highlights of Patricia Arquette, Angela Martin’s hour-long perforBasset, Warren Beatty, mance will be “The Blades Annette Benning, Nicholas of Opah,” in which two Cage, Chevy Chase, Danny audience members get to DeVito, Rose Kennedy and participate in the “sawing Eddie Murphy. in half” illusion; “Comedy Mentalism” featuring the For more information on funnier side of mind reading; Martin, visit jmartinmagic. “The Magic of a Smile,” in com.

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Renowned magician Jeff Martin will perform on Dec. 5 at the Thatcher-Young Mansion.

The Cache Children’s Choir program will present its annual CCC Holiday Concert at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 725 S. 250 East in Hyde Park. The program will feature music by Giovanni Pergolesi, Ludwig Spohr, Cesar Franck, Bob Chilcott, Libby Larsen, and Benjamin Britten in honor of that composer’s centennial celebration. In addition, the choirs will share carols and folk music from America, Australia, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Israel and South Africa. The CCC program consists of three choirs of Cache Valley boys and girls ages 8 to 16. The choirs will be accompanied by piano, harp, cello, flute and clarinet. The Utah State University Flute Choir will provide holiday music before the concert and a special selection as part of the program. Two of the choirs will also perform many of the CCC Holiday Concert selections at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St. See SHOWS on Page 12

The Utah State University String Program will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the USU Performance Hall. “Students directly experience the results of their dedication, ideas and skills in this performance,” said Rebecca McFaul, Caine College of the Arts string faculty instructor and member of USU’s Fry Street Quartet. Students in the string program are tutored by the Fry Street Quartet, USU’s resident string group, and the string faculty in the USU Music Department. All

students in the string program will perform, showcasing the hours of preparation dedicated

to this performance. Music director James McWhorter and the 90-plus “As faculty, we’d love to invite members of the Cache Symphony Orchestra will preseveryone to this special eveent its fall concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at ning where every student in the the Kent Concert Hall, located in the Chase Fine Arts string program has a voice,” said Center on the Utah State University campus. AdmisMcFaul. sion is free. McWhorter will conduct the orchestra in Tickets for the String Chamber a varied program including selections from “Carmen Music recital are $10 general Suite #1” by Bizet, Khachaturian’s “Dance of Young admission, $8 seniors and youths, Maidens and Sabre Dance,” “Overture to Egmont” $5 USU faculty and staff and by Beethoven and “Procession of the Meistersingers” free for USU students with valid written by Richard Wagner. The symphony will also ID. perform “Seventeen Come Sunday” and “Folk Songs For more information and tickfrom Somerset” from Vaughan Williams’ English folk ets, visit the CCA Box Office in song suite, “Prelude in E Minor” by J.S. Bach and room 139-B of the Chase Fine “Berceuse and Finale” from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Arts Center, call 797-8022 or visit

Soelberg seeking laughs ‘Voice of Ragnar’ coming to the Dansante Dec. 6 Cache Valley Comedy is excited to bring the extremely funny comedian and extraordinarily nice person, Steve Soelberg, to Logan on Friday, Dec. 6. Soelberg will perform shows at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Dansante Building, 59 S. 100 West. Arriving 15 to 20 minutes early is recommended. Tickets are $10 and available online at cachevalley and at the door on the day of the show, if still available. To assure ability to attend, it is recommended tickets be purchased online as seating is limited. Known as “The Voice of Ragnar,” Soelberg brings an observational, storytelling style of comedy which has repeatedly left soldout audiences around the country in stitches. Whether he’s relating the experiences of growing up in a large family in Seattle, or recounting the time he saw an angry guy in a tutu at a Ragnar Relay Series race, he has a way of making each audience member feel as if they were just the person he wanted to tell the story to because he knew they’d enjoy it just as much as he did.

Christmas with the AFCO

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra invites us to once again “revel in an evening of delightful Christmas musical favorites” at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in downtown Logan. Under the direction of Craig Jessop, dean of the USU Caine College of the Arts and the former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the AFCO has created a new Cache Valley holiday tradition over the past five years. This year’s Christmas concerts, which will feature renowned American soprano Alyson Cambridge and the Westminster Bell Choir, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets range from $12 to $20, and are available online at or www.cachearts. org, or at the Ellen Eccles Theatre box office.

Aggie Idol competition

The finals of the first Aggie Idol singing competition will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom in USU’s Taggart Student Center. Eight finalists will be competing for a $1,000 grand prize. Be sure to bring your cellphone so you can text in and participate in the live poll to help determine the winner. MC for the event will be Dan Clark. Guest judges will be Craig Jessop, Jenny Jordan Frogley and James Case. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Common Ground cards

Photo courtesy of Steve Soelberg

Family-friendly comedian Steve Soelberg will take the stage for two shows Dec. 6 at the Dansante Building.

Soelberg’s easygoing demeanor and passion for what he does has garnered him a dedicated following of fans resulting in shows that regularly sell out — people had to be turned away at the last four

shows he did at Wiseguys Trolley Square in Salt Lake City. Due to his growing popularity as a See LAUGHS on Page 10

Renowned local artist Jerry Fuhriman, known for his watercolor and oil paintings of Cache Valley landscapes, donates six of his paintings each year to be reprinted as holiday cards. The proceeds from the fundraiser help Common Ground Outdoor Adventures provide outdoor recreational opportunities for youths and adults with disabilities. Fuhriman’s artwork will be on display at Fuhriman’s Framing & Fine Art during the CVCA Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 13, and his greeting cards can be purchased there or at other locations in Cache Valley, including Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread, Global Village, Caffe Ibis, Serendipity salon, Herm’s Inn, or by calling Common Ground at 713-0288.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In an unlikely battle of sequels, “Thor: The Dark World” bested “The Best Man Holiday” at the box office. Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original “The Best Man,” Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” opened strongly with $30.6 million. Drawing an overwhelmingly female and AfricanAmerican audience, “The Best Man Holiday” was a surprise challenger for the mighty “Thor.” The R-rated romantic comedy, with an ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs, debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999’s “The Best Man.” That film opened with $9 million. The performance of Malcolm D. Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday” continued an ongoing trend. Movies that appeal particularly to black audiences have often been surpassing expectations at the box office. “It’s a familiar refrain, and it’s getting a little tired,” said Lee. “I thought we had a chance to do something special.”

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“Catching Fire” has its faults, though. Well, this is basically a problem with both “Hunger Games” movies. There’s no sense of real scope. Whenever the Capitol is shown it’s this expansive CGI as-far-as-the-eyecan-see wonderland of futuristic buildings, no doubt home to millions upon millions of citizens. Then we travel out to the separate districts. All of which are depicted as small towns, whose entire population fits nicely into the town square. The size of the surrounding districts, both in area and population, never jibes with the grandiosity of the Capitol. How are these districts supporting the Capitol? They’re so tiny.

Now, I understand that the books may not be this way. This is a problem with the films. As with the first movie, everyone gives a fine performance here. Lawrence, now an extremely seasoned actress, is better than anyone on screen. Director Gary Ross has been replaced by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”), which is a welcome sight. The shaky-cam queasiness that Ross brought to the first movie has vanished. Francis Lawrence, instead, uses steady shots to shoot the action, creating real, palpable action scenes. They’re still quickly cut together, but at least the camera isn’t bouncing around like it’s been tied to the back of an excited dog. Fans are no doubt already lining up to see “Catching Fire.” It’s an admirable adaptation, which includes all the necessary bits to keep fans happy and jettisons the chaff in order to reign in the runtime, somewhat. It should be perfectly acceptable for die-hard fanatics and casual fans alike.

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Enter the A holiday tradition continues with the CVCB’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’

While it wasn’t an immediate hit when it debuted in 1892, “The Nutcracker” has become an enduring holiday classic around the world — and in Cache Valley. The Cache Valley Civic Ballet is presenting “The Nutcracker” at the Ellen Eccles Theatre over the Thanksgiving holiday, marking 31 years since it was introduced locally. The first American production of “The Nutcracker” was presented in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet Company in 1954, while the New York Ballet offered its first annual Christmas production. In the ’60s, the holiday tradition began to make its way across the country, but in 1982 when Sandy Emile moved into Cache Valley, “The Nutcracker” had yet to make its debut here. She was sure it would be a hit. “There was so much art and regional culture here; no ballet but a lot of classical music,” Emile says. She put on her first production that year with just 16 dancers and only four who could dance en pointe. They performed in the Whittier Center for an audience of 97. While they still rehearse there, “The Nutcracker” has grown in popularity over the years. The ballet is now performed at the Ellen Eccles Theatre to more than 4,000 people, and the 16-member cast has grown to 130.

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Above, Kaitlyn Hoffman will play the role of Clara in the Cache Valley Civic Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Left, Joe Halling will perform as the Nutcracker. Far left, Karyn Hansen and Luke Anderson pose as the Snow Queen and King during a rehearsal last week at the Whittier Center.

Story by Amy Macavinta • Portraits by Eli Lucero And with the creation of the Cache Valley “It is what I love, and it is what I am meant Civic Ballet and the Cache Valley School of to do,” Erickson says. “I have known since I Ballet, the dancers have become more skilled was 15 that I wanted to be a ballerina.” than ever. When the dancers grace the stage, their Becky Erickson is an instructor with the movements are lithe, elegant and seemingly Cache Valley School of Ballet and principal effortless. Hardly indicative of the years and ballerina in “The Nutcracker.” She started years it takes to become a ballerina. dancing at age 5 and made her “Nutcracker” “Our instrument is our body,” Erickson says. debut at age 9. “It takes years to build a long, sinewy muscle Since she was child, it has been her dream to give us the strength to lift a leg over the to be “enchanting.” head. God didn’t make our bodies to do that.

It is very unnatural, and yet we have to make it seem effortless, like breathing.” Erickson describes ballet dance as ancient Chinese torture, albeit “elegant, ancient Chinese torture.” “It is so hard, and so much work,” she says. But even more than powerful legs and super flexible feet, ballet requires an intense desire and an even greater work ethic. See SWEETS on Page 10

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Above, the mice from this year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” gather together for a photo. Left, Ashlee Barton, top left, MayRee Burgess, Stephanie Harris, Jade Wimmer and Nikayla Knoppel pose for a portrait.

Sweets Continued from Page 9 “You can’t just want it,” Erickson says. “You have to be willing to do whatever it takes.” The payoff is performance, the one time when Erickson can showcase her hard work over the course of a year. Erickson, along with Hanna

Laughs Continued from Page 5 comedian, Soelberg has appeared multiple times on local TV affiliates (Fox, KUTV and KSL), on the radio, and has entertained tens of thousands traveling the country not only as comedian, but also as the voice of the Ragnar Relay Series as its race announcer and emcee. Soelberg is also race announcer and emcee for the Color Me Rad race series and multiple zombie runs. Soelberg’s positive, upbeat personality paired with his observational, often self-deprecating humor and his ability to appeal to a broad audience guarantees his Cache Valley shows will be a hilarious and memorable experience for all those who attend. Both shows will be family-friendly (rated PG), but will be most enjoyable to those 12 and over. Also performing will be show hosts and Cache Valley natives Mike Grover and Spence Roper.

Corcoran, dance in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dew Drop Fairy, who each introduce young Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets on her dreamland journey. ———

The Cache Valley Civic Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” Thanksgiving weekend at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, as well as at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $21. For more information, visit

‘Prometheus’ coming to USU “Symphonies of Movement and Color: Scriabin’s Prometheus” is part of a yearlong series of events at the Caine College of the Arts called “Enchanted Modernities.” The Utah State University concert and light show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center. The concert features British composer Gustav Holst’s “Hymn of Jesus” and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s “Prometheus Poem of Fire.” The performance features the USU Symphony Orchestra, USU Chamber Singers and USU Chorale.

“‘Prometheus’ will be accompanied by spectacular colored lighting effects that the composer specified in his musical score, despite the fact that when the work was premiered in 1905 such effects were impossible to achieve,” said Christopher Scheer, assistant professor of music at USU. Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic, will conduct the concert and is in residence at USU for the week. Anna Gawboy, assistant professor of music theory at The Ohio State University, will also be in residence. She will speak during the concert to place the Scribin piece in context before it is

played. “Dr. Gawboy’s scholarly work on ‘Prometheus’ led to the realization of the lighting effects the audience will experience at the concert,” said Scheer. “The effect is astounding.” Tickets for “Symphonies of Movement and Color: Scriabin’s Prometheus” are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youths, $5 faculty and staff and free for USU students with valid ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 797-8022 or visit

Books Baldacci brings back former characters By Jeff Ayers Associated Press

David Baldacci brings back former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to investigate yet another bizarre case in his new book, “King and Maxwell.” King and Maxwell are private investigators now. They have a knack for poking around for answers, and the alphabet agencies tend to get upset with their questions. While driving at night in the pouring rain, the

duo almost hits a young boy named Tyler Wingo. He’s upset because he’s just learned his father has been killed in

Afghanistan. They take Tyler to his home, where they see his mother, as well as the soldiers who brought the tragic news. Something seems off, but before they can ask any questions, Tyler reveals he’s been asking questions about his father and feels like he’s been getting the brushoff. Maxwell wants to help the young boy, but King is reluctant since the death occurred on another continent. Plus, they’ve dealt with the military and government before, and they know that getting answers can

sometimes be painful. King soon changes his mind when he learns Tyler received an email from his dad the day after he supposedly died. What was Tyler’s father doing in Afghanistan? Why was Tyler told his dad is dead if he’s still alive? Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series.

new york times best-sellers HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham 2. “Mirage” by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul 3. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt 4. “The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan 5. “The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon” by Alexander McCall Smith

HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. “Things that Matter” by Charles Krauthammer 2. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 3. “Double Down” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann 4. “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin 5. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

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Shows Continued from Page 4 John’s Episcopal Church, 85 E. 100 North as part of the CVCA Gallery Walk in downtown Logan. In addition, the Cache Children’s Choir Early Childhood Classes for children ages 3 to 7 will present Holiday Sharing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Edith Bowen Labortory School auditorium.

Man Continued from Page 6 That’s the beauty of Scott’s script, which supplies precisely the emotional uplift moviegoers want, while still managing to surprise at every turn. The circumstances may be contrived, but the characters feel refreshingly genuine. “Delivery Man” skips over all the diaper changes and sleepless nights and gets to the essence of parenthood, when fathers must learn to put aside their preconceived expectations and accept their children for who they are. Life is well underway for most of them when Wozniak enters into the picture, and the movie celebrates the diversity of possibility, presenting him with offspring of all colors and personalities. The film’s biggest surprise comes at a perfectly conceived moment set at a conference that steers what could have settled for farce into far deeper territory. Where so many laffers rush to dismiss raw emotion with an ironic wink, Scott isn’t afraid to get sentimental. It would be no stretch at all to interpret “Delivery Man” as a pro-life movie, illustrating as it does the miraculous

All events are free and open to the public. Sylvia Munsen, CCC artistic director and conductor, is a Utah State University professor and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education. Conductors of CCC choirs and Early Childhood Classes include Munsen, Jill DeVilbiss, David and Kristi Gilbert, Melody Francis and Jenna Barson. For more information, call Gaylene Merrill at 752-6260.

range of individual personalities that can result from the same set of paternal genes, each one special in its own way. But Scott’s warm-hearted humanism extends further than family, as if to remind that we are all brothers and sisters, with more in common than could possibly separate us. Even if your soul can’t stand the thought of Vince Vaughn at the center of a 143-person group

hug, there’s no denying this marks a turning point for the star. With Scott’s help, he has delivered a rare and special package indeed. ——— “Delivery Man,” a Disney release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language.” Running time: 105 minutes.

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With the holiday season here, it’s prizes for the Best of Show. The public time again for the 14th annual Parade will have a chance to vote beginning of Gingerbread Homes in downtown Saturday, Dec. 7; the gingerbread Logan. Entries may depict any archihomes will be on display throughout tectural structure, either real or imagithe month of December in downtown nary. The event has grown into a much- Logan. This year, the site locations and loved local tradition, not only for those their associated architects of the who might enter a gingerbread house, but for those who participate by voting gingerbread homes are: Edwards Furniture, Jacob Gadd; The Book Table, on their favorite edible wonderland. Valerie Ayala; Anderson’s Seed & This year, each entry will have a Garden, Cache Volunteer Center; chance to win one of three $100 grand

Stork Landing, Sarah Houghton; Coppin’s Hallmark, Linette Hlavaty; LifeStyle Homes, Sheena Yates; The Diamond Gallery, Jennifer Dettore; Poco Loco Swim Shop, Roxie Denton; Josh Barnett Insurance, TEAM Mentoring; The Kater Shop, Benjamin George; U&I Furniture, Megan Stettler; Seeholzer Vision, Jennifer Erickson; Stylish Fabrics, Jessyka Barton; The Sportsman, Robyn Rusch; and SE Needham Jewelers,

Daniel Kennedy. This year the Parade of Gingerbread Homes has 10 returning architects from years past who have collectively won six Best of Show awards, so this year is looking to be one of the best of all time. Official entry forms and a complete list of rules are available at www. For more information, call Gary Saxton at 752-2161 ext. 4.

Your Stuff “Autumn”

“Red Leaves”

“Christmas in Paradise”

By Erik

By Lexi

By Patricia Balls

I’m walking around As sad leaves fall to the ground Smells of pumpkin pie

Red leaves up so high Hope and wonder in your eye Flying through the sky

“Flowing Through the Wind”


By Abbey Leaves swim in the air I drift through the river of leaves Come and join me, please!

By Ryan Red peachy leaves fly Blow away in a leaf pile Kids jump in them, POW!


“Autumn Leaves”

By Justin Pretty leaves go down Yellow red and brown leaves fall Autumn leaves descend

By Cortney Cool leaves on the ground Red, orange, and yellow too Swaying down they go

(Above haikus submitted by Karen Budd’s 4th grade class at Wellsville Elementary School)

“Phil” By Lynee Jones Phil is my darling, So kind and so good. He does what is right, And does what he should.

He can country, And he can talk. Today we will go, For a short walk.

He says hello and greets people, With a nice smile. He helps those in need, And goes the extra mile.

To share our feelings, And our love. Sent down from heaven, From the Lord up above.

There’s one thing about Paradise I want you to know We never had Christmas without any snow. We could walk over the fences on the white crusted snow The white stuff would drift when the strong winds would blow. Yes, we had plenty of that white, cold stuff But to us snow bunnies in Paradise there was never enough. If our Christmas tree wasn’t perfect Mom made a big fuss and false limbs on the tree were always a must. “It looks just fine,” Dad and we kids would cry Mom just shook her head saying “My darn artistic eye.” Hanging bubble lights and ornaments on the tree was such fun Unless all five kids wanted to hang the same one! Caroling in the neighborhood on Christmas eve was quite neat Especially when we were given a treat. Christmas morning we’d wake in a cold room upstairs But if Santa had come (and he always did!) what did we care?

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Parade of Gingerbread Homes hits downtown

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CrossworD By Myles Mellor and Sally York Across 1. Place in the hold 5. “Doctor Who” airer 8. Air force hotshot 11. Difficult burden 15. Consecrated oil 18. “West Side Story” love song 20. A mouse moves over it 21. Hair-tearing mood 22. Sister of Erato 23. If-possible connector 24. Kind of beer or bag 25. Ipcress or Odessa 26. Breakfast staples 30. Each, in sports scores 31. Down Under denizen 32. Race rarity 33. Rural sight 35. Score a half-court three, say 38. For that reason... 39. Oil supporter 44. Davy Jones’s locker locale 47. Attachment for rings or roads 48. Scriptural ship 51. Utterly unstocked, as shelves 52. Adds flavor to breakfast drink 60. Reading room for Socrates 61. Honeybunch 62. Guinness ending 63. Kind of point 64. Member of the House: Abbr. 65. Measure, old-style 66. Make a design on glass 68. Turn brown, maybe 70. Peep show attendees 73. Pleasurably amusing: Slang 77. Diamond, e.g. 80. Skyrocket 81. Wood sorrel 84. Steak from the sea 85. “Murder __ Wrote” 88. Beverage wagon 90. Outboard-motor part 92. Egg versions

95. Seed sacs 96. Elmer, to Bugs 97. It sometimes needs a boost 98. Hi-___ graphics 99. Detox and such 101. That man 103. Reduces a yard to a few inches? 105. Spigot 108. Ouzo relative 113. It may be faux 116. You can spend it in Romania 118. Has an old country fave for breakfast 125. The last Pope Urban 126. Flapper’s wrap 127. Ho-hum attitude 128. Tex-Mex treat 129. Paradise paradigm 130. Auberge 131. “___ will ever know!” 132. More pointless 133. Chianti and claret 134. Appeal 135. Overthrow first, e.g. 136. Towel word, maybe Down 1. Certain explorer’s gear 2. Slavery 3. Ancient consultant 4. Skid-row denizen 5. Just out 6. Unwelcome water on a ship 7. Memorable diva from N.Y.C. 8. Tending to mimic 9. Where cash might be stashed 10. Plant swelling problem 11. “Carmina Burana” composer Carl 12. Gullible one 13. Good fruit with an unattractive name? 14. Taken a look at 16. Cosecant’s reciprocal 17. Address with a letter missing? 18. Ticked off 19. Lunched or munched

27. Certain Greek letters 28. Marriage words 29. Beehive state native 34. Like a monk’s life 36. Rush hour woes 37. University of Montreal, for short 40. Legal grp. 41. ‘Ditto’ 42. Matchmaker of myth 43. Contributed obligingly 45. Forever and a day 46. A ways off 48. Nightclub performance 49. Angry reaction 50. Like a polo shirt 52. Lovers of the stage 53. On a pinnacle 54. Begone! 55. It’s paid for professional aid 56. Say over 57. Caddie, basically 58. Gardener attacking weeds, say 59. Item in a giblets package 65. All Black rugby player 67. Items to be axed 69. Base for plaster 71. Bygone leader 72. Joy’s opposite 74. Pick over 75. Bouncing joint? 76. Sail support 78. Clarinet or sax 79. Carpenter’s groove 82. Atlantic catch 83. Someone making a good impression 85. Go a round 86. Gardener’s need 87. For one 89. Controversial refrigerant 90. Classic Walt Kelly strip 91. First apple eater? 93. Org. with moles 94. Carriage 100. Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom: abbr. 101. Fell trees 102. Most-produced

organic compound 104. Vichy, for one 106. Fuel hydrocarbon 107. Potato gadget 109. Ancient Nile kingdom 110. Targets for mice 111. Sleazy one (Sl.) 112. Pavarotti e.g. 114. Person opposed 115. Quickly look over 117. Manipulative people 118. Next-to-last fairy tale word 119. Intern, for one 120. Joined 121. Bad behavior 122. Vintner’s 252 gallons 123. Word after sweetie or Tweety 124. Darjeeling domestic

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Friday The Mountain Crest High School drama department presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Nov. 21-23, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the school auditorium. General admission tickets are $7; students and seniors $5. For its sixth annual November Demo Show, the USU Department of Physics presents “Physics of Light” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Eccles Science Learning Center Emert Auditorium, room 130. All ages are welcome to the free event, which features “illuminating” demonstrations. For information, call 797-2857 or visit science/unwrapped. Driver Out will perform with Atomica and Brandon Saunders at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $5. A holiday gift show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 35 N. 400 West (old LDS Seminary building) in Hyrum. This show will feature high-quality and unique holiday gifts from Jo Brown, Barbara Ferris, Andrea Smith, Jane Nichelson, Leona Hawks, Sharon Mickelson, Peggy Neuber, Kay Wandersee, Sharon Ohlhorst, Ginger Payant, Lucy Peterson Watkins, Becky Yeager and Johnny Lopez. Refreshments will be served. The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the USU Performance Hall. The performance is part of a weeklong residency for the dance company in Cache Valley public schools. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for USU students with ID in advance; tickets at the door are $20 and $15. For more information and tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 7978022 or visit

Ben & Andy will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza, 99 E. 1200 South. Everyone is welcome. Cherished Impressions will be doing custom hand and foot impressions of babies and children from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 22, at Little Wonders Learning Center, 3223 S. Main St. in Nibley. Call (801) 808-9334 or email melindabrown22@gmail. com to set up an appointment. Edith Bowen Laboratory School will hold a bake sale from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the USU Hub. The sale will raise funds for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. The entire EBLS student body has been invited to contribute baked goods for the sale. For more information, contact Tracy Hadfield at 881-2330.


Nov. 23, at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $5. The Cache Valley Eagles are holding a charity dinner with bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 170 W. 900 North. Dinner will be $10. Come out and have a great time. Eagles is a Private Club for members and their guest. Must be 21 and over. “Symphonies of Movement and Color: Scriabin’s Prometheus” is part of a yearlong series of events at the Caine College of the Arts called “Enchanted Modernities.” The Utah State University concert and light show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center. The concert features British composer Gustav Holst’s “Hymn of Jesus” and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s “Prometheus Poem of Fire.” The performance features the USU Symphony Orchestra, USU Chamber Singers and USU Chorale. Tickets for the event are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youths, $5 faculty and staff and free for USU students with valid ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 7978022 or visit

Logan LDS Tabernacle. Hosted by the Cache Community Connections Civic and Interfaith Council, the service will include a wide variety of music. Thanksgiving, a holiday that belongs to all Americans, offers a wonderful opportunity to listen and learn, hearing the diverse voices of our valley giving thanks as one community. A fireside with President Darrell Gibbons will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Willow Park church building, 340 W. 700 South. Gibbons serves as the first counselor in the Logan Temple presidency. He has been a dairyman in for the past 32 years and served on the Cache County Council. Please bring your single friends. Refreshments will be served. Racecar racecaR will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave.

Rorry Forbush will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza. Come enjoy live music and great pizza. There is no cover charge.

The Cache Symphony will present a fun concert including works by Beethoven, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wagner, Bach, Bizet, Khachaturian and Stravinsky at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus. Admission is free and all are welcome. Please visit for concert updates and additional information. If you would like to be added to our concert update list, please e-mail with your name and e-mail address.



Todd Milovich will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave.

The Post-Mormon Community is a non-sectarian organization of individuals and families who have left Mormonism. The Cache Valley chapter meets for dinner and socializing at a local restaurant at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday evening. Newcomers welcome. For more information call Jeff at 770-4263 or visit our website at

Noahpalooza Benefit Concert will feature Resistor Radio and others at 6 p.m. Saturday,

The 11th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the

Will you be the first Aggie Idol? This is your moment to be discovered and to win some cash in the process! Aggie Idol is a singing competition that will be held Nov. 25, 2013, in the TSC Ballroom. Finalists will be limited to eight contestants for the final event, and a grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner. Judging the event will be Craig Jessop, Jenny Jordan Frogley, and James Case. Auditions for Aggie Idol were held Monday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday,

The Top of Utah Snowmobile Association, a nonprofit organization, is holding its annual fall social/dinner at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 N. 600 West, Logan. Our members are from all age groups and riding styles. We welcome everyone who enjoys riding snowmobiles to join and help protect this great sport and have your voice heard. Our club sponsors rides, warming huts, charity events and avalanche and outdoor survival training events. Cost is $15 adults, $7 for ages 7-17, and under 6 free. There will be lots of great Dutch oven food, live entertainment, door prizes and raffle/auction items. For more information call Kerry at 435-232-9052 or Kelly at 435-770-5007. Please bring one canned food item per person for the local food bank and receive one free raffle ticket.

Oct. 29, at the Taggart Student Center auditorium.

TUESDAY The Logan Library presents “Learning @ the Library” — classes showing how to get the most from your e-reader device or computer using the free resources available at the library. A computer basics class will be taught at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Logan Library. You can use the library’s devices or bring your own. Sign up in person at the information desk or call 716-9120. The Utah State University String Program presents its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the USU Performance Hall. Students in the string program are tutored by the Fry Street Quartet, USU’s resident string group, and the string faculty in the Music Department. All students in the string program will perform, showcasing the hours of preparation dedicated to this performance. Tickets for the String Chamber Music recital are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youths, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with valid ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 797-8022 or visit

WEDNESDAY Mom, Dad and Me at the Eccles Ice Center is the perfect opportunity for parents and their children under 5 to learn to ice skate together at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Admission is $7. Up to children skate free with a paying adult.

THURSDAY Angie’s Restaurant is hosting a “free” Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at 690 N. Main St. Donations are encouraged and will be given to OPTIONS for Independence to benefit individuals with disabilities.

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