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8 Out of the box 65 works. 40 artists. One great show. Paintings, drawings, prints, photos and other media make up the CRMA’s “Lure of the Local.”
20 Bring it It’s already been broughten. To Des Moines, that is. So get your tix for “Bring It On: The Musical,” coming to the Des Moines Civic Center.
12 Fab flicks TCM will showcase Academy Award winners and nominees through March, including “Gone With the Wind” and “Ghandi.”
24 Final countdown For fans of the ‘Final Fantasy’ series, the wait is almost over for the latest entry. Also, find out what our reviewer thinks of zombies.
14 First rate Who says second is first loser? The Second City, America’s famed comedy troupe, brings its Laugh Out Loud tour to the Englert.
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et ready for some Pain. “Rappa ternt sanga” T-Pain, best known for his judicious use of auto-tune and collaborations, will headline a February show along with Gym Class Heroes, Grieves and Budo, Cris Cab and Outasight at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo. The concert comes on the heels T-Pain’s fourth studio album release in December, “rEVOLVEr.” Although it’s just his fourth album, the founder of record label Nappy Boy entertainment has collaborated with the likes of Lil Wayne, Akon, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Kanye West and seemingly dozens of others on singles and albums too numerous to count. The Waterloo show comes courtesy of Jade Presents, the same promoters who last year brought Nelly, 3OH!3 and Sick Puppies to McElroy. “That was a great show, and everybody had a really great time,” said Larry Gaffey, National Cattle Congress general manager. Gaffey expects the same type of crowd for this hip-hop/alternative show — from teenagers to adults and from inside and outside
of Waterloo. Because of a successful “get out of line” show that preceded the recent Five Finger Death Punch concert, Gaffey wants to do the same with T-Pain; namely, bring in an act to get people inside before the doors officially open. “February will get cold,” he said. “I always hate seeing those people in T-shirts and spaghetti-strap tank tops.” Gaffey won’t book that band until later, he said. “I just love the variety of stuff that’s happening (at McElroy),” Gaffey said. “We go from heavy metal to hip hop to country classic — all within 90 days.” SnowStorm muSic tour featuring t-Pain, Gym class Heroes, Grieves and Budo, cris cab and outasight Friday, Feb. 17 @ 6:30 Pm mcElroy Auditorium, waterloo $29.50 advance | $35 door | 866.300-8300 | tickets300.com
Miami native Christian Cabreriza, better known in the music world as Cris Cab, is a teenage pop-reggae sensation. With his YouTube videos getting over a million hits and 800 people attending his self-produced first CD release, “Foreward,” he’s a rising star. Cris Cab was signed to Pharrell Williams’ label, I Am Other, last year.
Gym Class Heroes
Although two of them now enjoy success in other projects — Travie McCoy with a solo career and drummer Matt McGinley in band Kill the Frontman — that hasn’t slowed down Gym Class Heroes, who have been blazing up the pop charts. Discovered by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy when they were recording their first album, Gym Class Heroes has gone on to release successful singles like “Cupid’s Chokehold,” “Stereo Hearts” with Adam Levine and “Ass Back Home” with Neon Hitch. In 2007, the group won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards. Their latest album, “The Papercut Chronicles II,” was released in November.
Younkers-born singer and rapper Richard Andrews, who goes by Outasight, is best known for “Tonight Is the Night,” the catchy tune featured on a Pepsi commercial last year. He signed with Warner Bros. Records, and while he hasn’t released an album yet, seven mixtapes dating back to 2008 are available on his website, iamoutasight.com.
Grieves and budo
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From being the no-name hip-hop act in the punk-fueled Warped Tour, Grieves and Budo (originally two separate artists) have worked constantly since 2008 to introduce people who aren’t interested in rap to the genre. The result has been shows across the country for the Seattle duo, including a gig last year in Iowa City. Signed to the Minneapolis label Rhymesayers, their debut album “Together/Apart” was released last year.
The CRMA is continuing its Art Bites programs on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. Three artists featured in the “Lure of the Local” exhibition will lead a program. v Wednesday, March 7 — Mary Zeran v Wednesday, April 4 — Mel Andringa v Wednesday, May 2 — Dena Tollefson
‘Lure of the Local’
Beginning with its first acquisition in 1906, the Cedar Rapids Art Association, now the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, has valued art of its own time, often from local origins. Over the last century, the collection has grown to more than 7,000 works of art, including several works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. In the past five years, a concerted effort has been made to ensure that the museum collection continues to reflect the artistic outputs of artists living in and near the Interstate 380 corridor. “Lure of the Local: Collecting the Corridor, 2006-2011” showcases these recent acquisitions through the exhibition of more than 65 works by more than 40 area artists. The exhibition showcases the variety of media, subjects and styles artists are using today, as demonstrated in the paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, collages, photographs and sculptures included. A special preview reception is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and several artists featured in the show will attend.
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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves that see them as intruders.
Unemployed and newly divorced Stephanie Plum (of the Janet Evanovich book series) lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past. PULSE
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (’39) | 9 p.m. Feb. 22
TCM travels the world with Oscar honorees Turner Classic Movies is packing its bags and hitting the road for a globe-trotting February packed with the very best in movie entertainment. With each night’s programming set in a different location, the 2012 edition of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar will take viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award-nominated and -winning films. The extraordinary lineup features 25 Best Picture honorees and 30 movies appearing on TCM for the very first time. TCM host Robert Osborne, the official biographer of the Academy Awards, will introduce the prime time entries.
The month will feature movies set in 47 worldwide locations from Canada to China and Mexico to Morocco. Each weekend will focus on one location, with stops in England (Feb. 4-5), New York (Feb. 11-12), France (Feb. 18-19) and California (Feb. 24-25). The month’s festivities will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a day of Florida-set flicks, including The Yearling (’46), Key Largo (’48) and the TCM premiere of Happy New Year (’87), starring Peter Falk. That night, TCM will take viewers to Pennsylvania with Best Picture winner Rocky (’76), The Philadelphia Story (’40), 1776 (’72) and three other movies set in the Keystone State.
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Rocky (’76) 7 p.m. Feb. 1
All Quiet on the Western Front (’30) 4:30 a.m. Feb. 8
Gigi (’58) 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18
Gandhi (’82) 7 p.m. Feb. 3
On the Waterfront (’54) 12:15 p.m. Feb. 11
The Life of Emile Zola (’37) 11 a.m. Feb. 19
My Fair Lady (’64) 7 p.m. Feb. 4
Going My Way (’44) 2:15 p.m. Feb. 11
An American in Paris (’51) 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19
Mrs. Miniver (’42) 11:45 p.m. Feb. 4
The Apartment (’60) 9 p.m. Feb. 11
Ben-Hur (’59) 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20
Grand Hotel (’32) 2:30 a.m. Feb. 8
Kramer vs. Kramer (’79) 3:45 a.m. Feb. 12
Amadeus (’84) 11 p.m. Feb. 20
Marty (’55) 11:30 p.m. Feb. 12
Mutiny on the Bounty (’35) 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23
Singing in the Rain (’52) 12 p.m. Feb. 26
Casablanca (’42) 10 p.m. Feb. 15
The Bridge on the River Kwai (’57) 7 p.m. Feb. 23
Some Like It Hot (’59) 4:45 p.m. Feb. 1
All the King’s Men (’49) 9:30 a.m. Feb. 17
Lawrence of Arabia (’62) 9:15 Feb. 28
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (’39) 3:15 p.m. Feb. 18
In the Heat of the Night (’67) 5 p.m. Feb. 17
From Here to Eternity (’53) 9:30 p.m. March 1
The Adventures of Robin Hood (’38) 11:45 a.m. Feb. 5
Gone With the Wind (’39) 9:30 p.m. Feb. 17
Around the World in 80 Days (’56) 9:45 a.m. March 2 PULSE • 13
edicated equally to tradition and innovation, The Henhouse Prowlers center their sound on the early, formative years of bluegrass, while keeping their pulse on today by covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. The band recently finished its first European tour to rave reviews and plan another this year. “Verses, Chapters, Rhymes,” the group’s latest album, features 13 tracks, including 10 originals. Laid over vocal and instrumental work, tales of life’s trials and tribulations offer an underlying air of hope. “Verses” offers a mature statement from Chicago’s hardest-working bluegrass band that is as clean, crisp and deliberate as it is hard-driving and loaded with the raw passion and energy the boys have made their trademark.
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amed the No. 1 blues artist by Billboard Magazine, Anthony Gomes is a critically acclaimed chart-topper who plays a style of modern electric blues that incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B and country. Born in 1975 in Toronto, he began playing guitar in his early teens and moved to Chicago in the late ’90s with hopes of establishing himself as a musician. After honing his craft on the Windy City club circuit, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he found a home for himself amid the city’s renowned music scene.
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By all indications, this will be Etta James’ last album — the 73-year-old R&B great is reported to be in the last stages of leukemia. If it is, then the singer of such immortals as “Tell Mama,” “At Last,” and “I’d Rather Go Blind” is going out on a high note. — Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
GUIDED BY VOICES LET’S EAT THE FACTORY
It’s a self-conscious return to the GBV days of “Bee Thousand” and “Alien Lanes,” two records that helped invent indie rock. “Let’s Eat the Factory” is a throwback, but it’s everything one could hope for from a new GBV album. — Steve Klinge, The Philadelphia Inquirer
With tracks such as “Rock and Roll Will Take You to the Mountain,” Sonny Moore at least attempts to fill 2011’s rock ’n‘ roll gap. The dubstep sounds of “Bangarang” — which is as thought-out as it is crass and head-banging — will satisfy any open nonbeliever. — Dan Weiss, The Philadelphia Inquirer
SEAN COSTELLO AT HIS BEST
Sean Costello died in April 2008, one day before his 29th birthday. By then, the onetime blues-rock guitar prodigy had developed into an exceptional all-around talent. And all that talent is on display in this collection of 16 live cuts spanning 2000 to 2007. — Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer 16
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Cedar Rapids 8 Seconds 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Kelly Moyer 7 p.m., Java Creek Mike Mangione and the Union with Dave Tamkin 8 p.m., CSPS Skeeter Lewis and the Allstars 9 p.m., Parlor City Pub
Cedar Rapids Billy Lee Janey Group 9 p.m., Parlor City Pub Jasmine 7 p.m., Java Creek Pork Tornadoes 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Iowa City Gone South with Item 9 and the Mad Hatters 9 p.m., Blue Moose Jazz After Five featuring Eric Thompson and the Talented Tenth 5 p.m., The Mill Jet Edison with Organic Underground 9 p.m., Yacht Club
saturday Waterloo Scott Larsen Band 8 p.m., The Isle Talon 9 p.m., 13th Step Wicked Andersons 9 p.m., Jameson’s Cedar Falls Dakota 9 p.m., TJ’s (Greene) Summer Breeze 9 p.m., Blue Room
Dubuque & Galena Chuck Bregman 6 p.m., Mystique Ethanol 9 p.m., Northside Hard Salami 9 p.m., Denny’s Lux Club Jabberbox 9 p.m., Jumpers Katie and Brownie 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s Mixed Emotions 8 p.m., Georgie’s Skyline Okham’s Razor 8 p.m., The Cornerstone Positively 4th Street 7:30 p.m., Galena Brewing Co. Sunshine 8 p.m., Mystique Taste Like Chicken 9 p.m., Dirty Ernie’s (Farley) Zero 2 Sixty 8 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range
Iowa City The Emilees with Stinky Jones, Old Charlie and The Sullivan Gang 9 p.m., The Mill Jake McVey 9 p.m., Wildwood No Coast 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s Punk Farm 2012 featuring The Ills, Brains Brains Brains, Lipstick Homicide, The Blendours, Toe Tappingly Tragic, The Wheelers, Nebula Was, Drawn to Fury and Muddy Rails 7 p.m., Gabe’s Quietdrive 6 p.m., Blue Moose Yacht Club’s 9th anniversary with The Big Wu, OSG, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Whistle Pigs, Tallgrass,
Limbs, Caterwaulla, Gone South and The Enz 4 p.m., Yacht Club
Waterloo Bill Chrastil 8 p.m., The Isle Soul Fusion 9 p.m., Jameson’s Cedar Falls Blue Suede Cruze 9 p.m., Blue Room Cedar Valley House Concerts presents Crystal Weber 7:30 p.m., 122 W. 10th St. The Magic Flute 7:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn Dubuque & Galena Bryan Popp 8 p.m., Mystique Buzz Berries 9 p.m., Dirty Ernie’s (Farley) Chuck Bregman 6 p.m., Mystique Mississippi Band 9 p.m., Northside PashNBrew 9 p.m., Shenanigan’s The Resistors 9 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range Tony Leonard 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s Zero 2 Sixty 7 p.m., Courtside Cedar Rapids Danika Holmes 8 p.m., Daniel Arthur’s John Jorgenson Quintet 8 p.m., CSPS Large Midgets 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Shawn Ster 7 p.m., Java Creek Sparks 41 8 p.m., Parlor City Pub Iowa City Andy Juhl and the Blue Stem Players 5 p.m., Uptown Bill’s The Gabriel Hounds with The Sound Thoughts, Knubby and Sapwoods 9 p.m., The Mill Henhouse Prowlers with Acoustic Mayflies 9 p.m., Yacht Club
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, 8 p.m., Gabe’s
Waterloo Bill Chrastil 8 p.m., The Isle Bruce Bearinger 8 p.m., Leo’s (Oelwein) In Dying Days 9 p.m., Spicoli’s Wicked Andersons 9 p.m., Jameson’s Cedar Falls Blue Suede Cruze 9 p.m., Blue Room Dakota 9 p.m., Federal Pub (Hudson) Dubuque & Galena 12 Car Pile Up 9:30 p.m., Denny’s Lux Club Blue Willow 7 p.m., Stone Cliff The Boy’s Night Out 9 p.m., Spirits Chuck Bregman 6 p.m., Mystique The Impulse Band 9:30 p.m., Eichman’s Granada Jabberbox with Johnny Trash 9 p.m., Courtside Laura and the Longhairs 7:30 p.m., Galena Brewing Co. Menace to Sobriety 9 p.m., Northside Mighty Short Bus 9 p.m., Mystique Mixed Emotions 8 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range Six Shots Til Midnight 9 p.m., Jumpers Tony Leonard 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s Cedar Rapids Daly and Beeks 7 p.m., Java Creek Loaded, 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Mike and Rob Show 9 p.m., Parlor City Pub Iowa City Item 9 and the Mad Hatters with Gone South 9 p.m., Gabe’s Jeffrey Capps 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s Lonesome Road 9 p.m., Wildwood
T.U.G.G. with Lick It Ticket 9 p.m., Yacht Club
Ralph Kluseman 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s Sid V and the Human Resources 8 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range
Cedar Falls Philip Brisson 8 p.m., Jebe Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Dubuque & Galena Enemies of Confusion 9 p.m., Dirty Ernie’s (Farley) Just Cuz 8 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range Ken Wheaton 8:30 p.m., The Cornerstone Ralph Kluseman 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s Cedar Rapids Billy Heller, 7 p.m., Java Creek Eleventh Hour 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Jeff Bruner 9 p.m., Parlor City Pub Iowa City 1987 Iowa Basketball Reunion featuring Funk Daddies 9 p.m., Gabe’s Bob Marley Birthday Bash featuring Natty Nation 9 p.m., Yacht Club Matthew Santos with Briar Rabbit 9 p.m., The Mill
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Iowa City Dennis McMurrin and the Demolition Band with The Uniphonics 9 p.m., Yacht Club Marc and Brandi Janssen 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s XV, 7 p.m., Blue Moose
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Cedar Falls Black Stone Cherry with Cavo and Rains 8 p.m., Impala Ballroom (Marshalltown) Talon, 9 p.m., Mr. G’s WCFSO presents Timo Andres 7:30 p.m., Gallagher-Bluedorn
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Cedar Rapids Black the Sun 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Eleventh Hour, 9 p.m., Red Baron Josh Kelly 7 p.m., Java Creek Peter Mulvey, 8 p.m., CSPS Soul Fusion 8 p.m., Parlor City Pub Iowa City Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers 7:30 p.m., Englert Cop Bar with Los Voltage, Mighty Accelerator, Fetal Pig and 100 Degree Centipede 9 p.m., Gabe’s Jenny Owen Youngs 7 p.m., Blue Moose People Brothers Band with Adobanga 10 p.m., Yacht Club
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Waterloo Fatcat, 9 p.m., Jameson’s
Dubuque & Galena Artie and the Pink Catillacs 8 p.m., Dubuque Driving Range Katie and Brownie 7:30 p.m., Frank O’Dowd’s
Waterloo Eleventh Hour, 9 p.m., Jameson’s
Dubuque & Galena Half-Fast, 9 p.m., Jumpers Laura and the Longhairs 9 p.m., Northside Lonely Goats 7:30 p.m., Galena Brewing Co. PashNBrew 9 p.m., Denny’s Lux Club
Cedar Rapids Anji Kat 7 p.m., Java Creek Beaker Brothers 8 p.m., Parlor City Pub Crazy Delicious 9 p.m., Chrome Horse The Pines, 8 p.m., CSPS
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BRING IT ON HEADED TO DES MOINES Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, “Bring It On: The Musical” hilariously proves winning isn’t everything when it means losing something — or someone — you really care about. Leading the cast are Taylor Louderman and Adrienne Warren. Louderman, playing the role of Campbell, is a 20-year-old newcomer from the University of Michigan. Warren, previously seen in the national tour of “Dreamgirls”, portrays Danielle, a role she originated in “Bring It On’s” developmental production. The ensemble features some of the nation’s most skilled competitive cheerleaders. Their combined achievements include more than 25 national and 50 team titles in gymnastics and choreography. The show unites some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, with libretto by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), music by Pulitzer-and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (“High Fidelity”) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (“In the Heights”). Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 4 The Civic Center, Des Moines $20 and up | 800.745.8000 | CivicCenter.org 20
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting and writing. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country. Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in three versions of “Law & Order.” In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in “Going the Distance,” “Away We Go” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Sunday, March 18 @ 7 PM The Civic Center, Des Moines $39.75 - $49.75 | 800.745.3000 | CivicCenter.org
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Galena’s best, from restaurateurs to winemakers and cheesecake bakers to caterers, will once again gather to celebrate “Our Favorite Things” for the Galena Art & Recreation Center. Now in its 22nd year, the ARC Taste of Galena has become a sought-after event that promises an evening of pleasure for your taste buds. Past years have included delectable dishes like bleu cheese soup, lobster ravioli, salmon with béarnaise on potato galette, sushi, Louisiana crab cakes, pomegranate balsamic and blood orange olive oil salad and chocolate molten cake with caramel sauce. The Rob Martin Quartet, a live jazz ensemble, will perform throughout the evening. Child care is available.
Experience the multicultural dining options in downtown Waterloo during Taste of ’Loo. Participating restaurants include ArtHouse Cafe, The Brown Bottle, Cottonwood Canyon, Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt, El Patron Mexican Restaurant, Jameson’s Public House, Lucy’s Cafe, My Thai Cuisine, Newton’s Paradise Cafe, RiverLoop Public Market and the Screaming Eagle American Bar and Grill. With the purchase of a passport ticket, each of the participating establishments will provide a sample of their specialty. The tour may be taken in any order.
Feb. 3 @ 7 PM Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena $30 | tasteofgalena.com
Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 5 PM Downtown Waterloo $20 | mainstreetwaterloo.org
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Wisconsin condiment museum a hit
arry Levenson stopped in his hotel hallway, looked both ways, then pocketed a tiny jar of room service mustard on a discarded tray. Never mind that as an assistant Wisconsin attorney general 25 years ago, he was about to scale his profession’s pinnacle and argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He won his case. That lucky mustard jar — believed to be the only condiment to ever appear before the high court — has gone from Levenson’s left pocket to a glass display case at the National Mustard Museum. The museum, Levenson’s goofy, tongue-in-cheek shrine to his beloved mustard, sits in a two-story brick building on the outskirts of Madison, Wis. There you’ll find not only 5,400 different kinds of mustard, but you’ll probably bump into Levenson, a Woody Allenesque nebbish with a slightly demented grin and a fully demented hobby. “I could have done anything sane, but I decided to go off the deep end and collect mustard,” he said, shrugging. “Welcome to my midlife crisis.” The National Mustard Museum resides in the basement and includes a “Mustard Piece Theatre” that shows documentaries and old advertising clips. A tasting room and mustard shop occupy the upstairs. For a suggested $5 fee, you can wander around downstairs and check out mustards from 79 countries. But why leave a successful law practice to collect mustard, with a business card that calls him a curator and Chief Mustard Officer? It all started with baseball. He needed a hobby to distract him from his “Red Sox angst” when the team lost the 1986 World Series. “Depressed beyond words and unable to sleep,” he said, “I walked the aisles of an all-night grocery store, searching for the meaning of life.” At 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 1986, he insists that he heard a voice from the mustard aisle saying: “If you collect us, they will come.” He and his wife of 13 years, Patti, now have their own line of Oregonmade mustard called Slimm & Nunne, as in: The only chances of finding a better mustard are ... “We have two kinds of people who visit the museum,” Levenson said. “Those who lost a bet and those who are mentally deranged.”
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A heated wax museum war takes shape in Hollywood
issing Angelina Jolie normally isn’t the best way to get ahead in this town. But tough times call for tough tactics in the war of the Hollywood wax museums. Madame Tussauds, which considers itself the ne plus ultra of wax artistry — with the $25 ticket price to match — is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival’s paraffin starlets, singers and comics. In a wax version of a cola taste test, Madame Tussauds plans to let visitors decide whose figures most closely resemble their glamorous living counterparts. Madame Tussauds has begun placing a celebrity replica in its lobby alongside a life-size cut-out photo of the same figure snapped at the Hollywood Wax Museum. First up was Jolie. The message: Our Angie is hot. Theirs is not. Madame Tussauds plans to rotate the figures every few days. It’s also putting up posters in its lobby, citing negative online reviews of the Hollywood Wax Museum next to positive reviews for Madame Tussauds. “I personally think we are better than the Hollywood Wax Museum,” said Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds, which opened its $60 million attraction in a prime location next to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 2009. Tej Sundher, whose grandfather opened the Hollywood Wax Museum a block away in 1965, says he isn’t fazed by Madame Tussauds’ sniping. He said his tickets, priced at $15.95, offer visitors good value for their money. And while he admits his museum doesn’t have the cachet of his internationally famous rival, he said his wax figures can hold their own. “I’ll compare my Hugh Hefner with their Hugh Hefner any day,” he said, pointing to his museum’s wax depiction of the Playboy founder dressed in a satin bathrobe and stretched out on a bed. He portrays the battle of the Hollywood Boulevard wax museums as a “current-day David and Goliath story.” “We are more kitschy but we embrace that,” he said. But he rejects his rival’s assertion that his figures are cheap knockoffs compared with those at Madame Tussauds. Over the last six years, Sundher said, his company has made significant investments to upgrade the museum. Thomas of Madame Tussauds said figures there, created by a team of professionals in London, are clearly superior. But he said surveys have shown that attraction is losing customers who assume the two museums are either the same or very similar. “This is about our brand,” Thomas said. “We don’t want people being confused.” — mcclatchy news service
Rack City granny
Tyga’s “Rack City” has a catchy beat and some nasty lyrics.
Which is why it’s so funny that Frank Trimboli, aka FrankTwitchy, set up a lipdub on YouTube featuring his grandma as a backup dancer.
We’re not the only ones who think it’s funny. Uploaded on Jan. 3, the video has racked up (pardon the pun) 7.8 million views as of press time.
Granny’s groove thang stays classy, for which we’re thankful. And we’re hoping to see more from FrankTwitchy, who, according to his tumblr blog, is 13, lives in Texas and loves pancakes. PULSE
Lightning, the heroine from “Final Fantasy XIII,” has gone missing and her sister, Serah, is determined to find her. Serah’s journey will take her across space and time with the help of a friendly Moogle and Noel, who brings a message from the future. Interweaved paths offer multiple endings for players to experience. In addition, defeated monsters can be recruited as the third member of Serah’s party.
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Bryce Boltzmann may seem like a typical hero: he can’t die. But it’s not because that would leave the plot hanging; Bryce is immortal. That would seem to be a handy quality in a hero, but it came at the cost of an attack by Astaroth, the Demon King — which cost Bryce his life, as well as his wife’s. Now Bryce, when he’s not drinking, helps eradicate demons using his unique powers, like ripping off his head and using it to scout out the battlefield. No flashlight? No problem! Bryce can set himself on fire to provide a little light. He’s joined by his comely agency partner, Arcadia, as they take the battle to the streets — and into a hurricane, because what’s a little 150 mph wind when you’re already dead?
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‘All Zombies Must Die’ keeps it simple with undead-killing fun alan Simmer | PULSE wrITEr
ampires are so passe. TV is just starting to get the hint with “The Walking Dead.” Zombies are where it’s at. Gamers are so ahead of the curve that video games have been on this path for a while now. In fact, zombie fatigue is starting to set in. “Dead Island,” “Dead Space,” “Resident Evil,” “Left 4 Dead,” “Minecraft,” “Call of Duty” — you name it, it’s got the undead. So “All Zombies Must Die” isn’t breaking any new ground in a well-traveled genre, but the game turns that fact to its advantage with a large dose of self-referential humor and a sim simple premise. The setup is no surprise: there are zombies, and the idea is to kill them while not dying. The interaction between the cast of four is comical, but the characters and the plot, contacting the outside world for help, are background
noise to the pure zombie-crushing bliss. The game starts off deceptively simple. Jack, the main character, is armed with a shotgun, but his fists are more than enough to deal with the slow-moving hordes of the living dead. Then there are more zombies — joggers, asylum escapees, giant mutants — and, suddenly, staying alive becomes a lot more difficult. Ammo, health and money drops seem just a little too infrequent. It’s possible to empty the chambers of both the main and secondary weapons in a short amount of time, and it’s very important to snatch up any ammo laying around to refill. Jack and company can fight back with upup graded weapons, crafted at the home base using items found after killing enough zombies, but there’s a catch. The zomzom bies killed have to be afflictafflict
ed with a certain status, like being set on fire. Running around with a cellphone in hand, trying to make enemies’ ears ring before killing them — all while not dying — is not what one would call easy. It’s not necessary to make every weapon, but there are optional character-driven quests that usually require crafting a new item. Another side quest is collecting cards with information about the development team, which goes hand-in-hand with Jack’s wry awareness that he’s starring in a video game, much to the disbelief of the other characters. Online multiplayer is a shocking omission; hopefully that will be included in future upup dates. It’s fun enough flying solo, though, to waste anywhere from five minutes to five hours at a time. The run-and-gun nature lends itself well to a title that would otherotherwise feel like a retread.
All Zombies Must Die For: PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, PC Price: $9.99 / 800 MS Points | rated: Teen ProS: P roS: S: Self-aware humor, zombie-bashing goodness. ConS: Con onS: No online co-op play, ammo supply seems low.
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The latest expansion pack for the smash “Sims” franchise includes new items for the bedroom and master bath, like canopy beds and sleek bathtubs; finishing touches, including candles and rose petals; and a new line of intimate apparel and a variety of new hairstyles. PC; Jan. 24.
Set 17 years after the events of “Soul Calibur IV,” Patroklos, the son of Sophitia, takes on the burden of fighting for control of the Soul Swords in 17th-century Europe. Features a new generation of fighters and guest characters like Ezio from the “Assassin’s Creed” series. PS3, X360; Jan. 31.
Jason Brody has found himself stranded on a mysterious island — but it is far from deserted. Lawlessness and violence are his only sure companions. Slash, sneak and shoot your way across the island as the story unfolds according to the friends and enemies you make and the battles you choose to fight or flee. PC, PS3, X360; Feb. 1.
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Books to read in 2012
TOM BEER | McClatchy News Service
Fire up your e-readers, pay off your library fines, make nice with your neighborhood bookseller. However you obtain your reading material in 2012, there’s a crop of promising new books coming your way. Here are 10 fiction and nonfiction titles for a happy 2012. The OBamas | Jodi Kantor We haven’t seen a copy yet, but we’re dying to know what makes Barack and Michelle tick and why they seem so in sync after 19 years of marriage. Keep your Bill and Hillary; this is the power duo that fascinates us. (now available)
WaTergaTe | tHoMaS MaLLon For anyone obsessed with this bizarre episode in american politics — a hotel break-in and a farreaching administration cover-up — “Watergate” is must reading. (February 21)
The man WiThOuT a Face: The unlikely rise OF Vladimir PuTin | MaSHa GESSEn a Moscow-based journalist examines the once and future russian president whose regime now faces widespread dissatisfaction and protests. (March 1)
The sOng OF achilles | MadELinE MiLLEr this debut novel is a retelling of Homer’s “the iliad,” focused on the powerful bond between the Greek hero achilles and his comrade Patroclus, the exiled prince. the classics never get old. (March 6) Why Be haPPy When yOu cOuld Be nOrmal? | JEanEttE WintErSon Winterson’s 1985 hit autobiographical first novel was about an adopted girl’s upbringing as an English Pentecostal and the discovery of her lesbianism. this memoir promises to expand on that life story. (March 6)
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arcadia | LaUrEn GroFF this novel is set in a commune in rural western new York in the late 1960s; it observes the rise and fall of this utopian community and the coming of age of a young boy, Bit, who is born there. (March 13)
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The Passage OF POWer: The years OF lyndOn JOhnsOn | roBErt a. Caro the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delivers volume four in his massive story of the life of LBJ. this latest installment follows LBJ through his unhappy vice presidency. (May 1)
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The neW rePuBlic | LionEL SHrivEr Set in a fictional region of Portugal, “the new republic” follows a journalist dispatched there to cover a local independence movement setting off bombs for their cause. (March 27)
are yOu my mOTher? | aLiSon BECHdEL Bechdel blew everyone away in 2006 with her cartoon-style memoir “Fun Home,” the story of her gay father who offed himself. Bechdel is back with a book about her mom. (May 1)
in One PersOn | JoHn irvinG irving’s 13th novel is the story of a bisexual man named Billy whose life and loves make him a societal outcast. this promises a return to the unconventional characters that are vintage irving. (May 8)
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Spirit of Uganda
Four memorable Elvis’, four memorable eras!
Sunday, February 19, 2012, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Buzz Hope Martin Anderson,
Adult: $30, $27, $24, $21, $18
Isle Casino Hotel, Simpson Furniture,
A vibrant cast of 22, ages 8-18, all orphans. They will sing, dance, perform and all personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation. Sponsored by 93.5 The Mix, University of Northern Iowa College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, KBBG
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