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9 Off the vine The community of Galena, Ill. will pop its cork with its 6th annual Galena Cellars Nouveau Wine Festival.

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17 Good knights The Tony Award-winning “Monty Python’s Spamalot” promises a killer (rabbit) time at Davenport’s Adler Theatre.

13 Cookin’ up laughs Smack your funny bone in Des Moines with an outrageous performance by hyperactive comedian Dane Cook.

14 Super Starr Waterloo native and music producer Christopher Starr is making waves in the pop and hiphop industries.

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s there anybody who doesn’t hear “Radio City Rockettes” and instantly think of high kicks?

Make that “eye-high kicks,” the signature dance move of the Rockettes, who perform their Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City and around the country each winter. The eye-high kick, or kicking so high your toe is level with your eye, is a necessity for the 180 dancers touring with the group — there are 300 eye-high kicks per show, and the touring Rockettes perform up to three shows per day during the holiday season. Nine hundred eye-high kicks in a day. “I sit in the ice bath after,” said Teresa Burks, one of two Rockettes who came to The Courier in Waterloo to promote the Rockettes’ upcoming show in Cedar Rapids next month, their first performance there.

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EYE-HIGH KICKS ARE A PART OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCERS, WHO HAVE TO BE AT LEAST 18 AND STAND BETWEEN 5-FOOT-6 AND 5-FOOT-10.

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“(THE GROUP) BRINGS AN ELEMENT OF GLAMOUR AND PRESTIGE. IT’S BECOME AN AMERICAN ICON, CROSSING OVER GENERATION TO GENERATION.” Ä ROCKETTE MELISSA HILLMER Hundreds of women try out for the group every year. Burks auditioned in 2001 and has performed with the Rockettes ever since. “It’s a pretty grueling process — tap, jazz and ballet, and some singing,” she said. “It’s a pretty specific style they want to see.” Hillmer, who grew up in Wisconsin and has been dancing since she was 4, saw the Rockettes in the Macy’s parade. She’s been in the group for 11 years. “The hardest thing you can do is dance like 

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the girl right next to you,” Hillmer said. “It’s specific precision.” The performance at the U.S. Cellular Center will feature several Christmas-themed songs, a large LED screen, Santa’s workshop, a living Nativity scene, eight different costume changes and a double-decker bus on stage. Eighteen rotating Rockettes perform each show, and performers get one day off per week. “It’s hard to be away from our families on

Christmas — that’s the hardest part,” Burks said. “But this is the only time we have with these girls.” “The show itself is family,” Hillmer agreed. “It’s a historic tradition — the one show people can (still) go and see.”  WHAT: Radio City Christmas Spectacular WHEN: 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 TICKETS: $47.25, $67.25, $92.75; available at the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster. com. OCT. 29 - NOV. 11, 2010

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Galena plans weekend of wine The community of Galena will celebrate the annual release of the local Nouveau wine with the 26th annual Galena Cellars Nouveau Wine Festival on Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20. The weekend will begin with the delivery of the locally produced Nouveau wine by Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery via horsedrawn wagon, accompanied by a parade of revelers. Galena restaurants will offer wine-inspired lunch and dinner specials. New to the festivities is a grand tasting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive. Tasters can sample from more than 200 local, regional and international wines. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and are available at www.nouveauweekend.com.

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Legendary entertainer Carol Burnett will head to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines for an exclusive one-night-only engagement of her Q & A format, “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation Where the Audience Asks the Questions,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. The format grew out of the question-and-answer sessions she shared with her studio audience on each episode of “The Carol Burnett Show.” tickets: Civic Center ticket office, Ticketmaster locations, (00) 000 and CivicCenter.org.

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On Monday, Nov. 15, the Dubuque Community String Orchestra and New Horizons Band will join forces to present “Numb3rs,” a free concert, at 7 p.m. in the Marble Chapel of Emmaus Bible College. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. The orchestra will be performing music by Dvorak, Haydn, Whitacre, Grainger, Geminiani and Rush, and the band will present music of White, Watson, Pearson and more. Call (563) 690-0151 or visit www.nisom.com for more information. cheAP cheAP Nothing’s cheaper than free — just like the games at www.cvpulse.com.

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Opening for The Shams Band is Mathien, who has sold out the Chicago House of Blues. Merging calm, funky soul, rock, and a strong hip-hop aesthetic, singersongwriter Chris Mathien conveys the passion of reggae and soul vocal stylings that captivates every crowd. With an ever expanding songbook, passionate band and devoted fan base, this looks to be just the first dip into an endlessly gratifying well. tickets: $ at www.redstoneroom.com, the River Music Experience box office or Quad City Co-Op locations.

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his poetry in-between. Cawelti will be releasing a new CD on Nov. 5, and guests will have the opportunity to order the CD at the event. James Hearst was a well-known â&#x20AC;&#x153;farmer-poet.â&#x20AC;? He published numerous poems and books and taught at the University of Northern Iowa.

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hristopher Starr left his hometown several years ago and made it big as a music producer in Atlanta. But the Waterloo West High graduate doesn’t assume musical talent isn’t coming out of Waterloo. And this November — nothing’s been set in stone yet — Starr is returning to prove that. “I want to come back there and basically wake up the scene,” he said. So Starr is holding a talent search for singers and rappers, as well as singer/songwriters with instruments, and giving one lucky winner the chance to strut their stuff in front of producers in Atlanta. He’s aware artists have heard that before. “Over the years I know a lot of promises have been made there — they take their money, basically,” Starr said. This one promises to give a grand prize of flights and accommodations to Atlanta, along with meeting producers and getting in a studio. The show is going to be free for talent as well as spectators, at least the first time — Starr plans more, possibly two per year. “It’s to get their hopes up and let them know this will really happen,” he said. When he was coming up, Starr and friend 14

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“I always wanted to try to make something bigger than what I had going on.” Warren Wortham, who now works for Hawkeye Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center, both formed hip-hop groups together in high school. “He was kind of into the Prince-type material,” said Wortham, a Waterloo East High graduate. “We’ve both been into the music thing, but he pursued music pretty heavily.” Starr said that was part of his plan from the beginning. Since high school, Starr has been all over the map in his career — learning about the

business in Milwaukee, recording in Los Angeles and working with a record label in Minneapolis, where he learned the tricks of the trade he now excels at in his Atlanta-based CSP Music Group. His first big break in Atlanta, however, was getting a track onto a 2001 Christina Aguilera album of 1996 demo songs, “Just Be Free,” on which Starr is credited as co-producing and remixing the track. The song, fittingly, is called, “Our Day Will Come,” a cover of a 1963 song by Ruby and the Romantics. “I was sweating night and day hoping they would select the song,” Starr remembered. “I knew it was gonna take that to catapult the rest of what I wanted to do. When I did that, that’s when all the other doors started opening up.” Starr has now worked with artists like R&B artist Bobby Valentino, Atlanta rapper Gorilla Zoe and Mississippi hip-hop artist David Banner. He also works with up-and-coming talent like Travis Porter, a hip-hop group based in Atlanta. None of it surprises Wortham. “Chris is the type who is not afraid to take risks,” Wortham said. “If he can’t get there directly, he’ll find a way to get there.” OCT. 29 - NOV. 11, 2010


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RATING: Never Do,” ‘‘I Got Nothin’“ and the album’s first hit, ”Come Back Song,” feature powerful performances that hardly vary in delivery and reveal little depth of feeling, despite dealing with serious topics. “Charleston, SC 1966” likely will maintain Rucker’s high profile on country radio. But it lacks the personal revelations promised in a title that recalls his birthplace and date.

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Support: We Shave, The Boxknifes. Show: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Tickets: $7. Bio: Nuanced fuzz-rockers Woven Bones hail from Austin, Texas. Their songs possess the same wild but focused energy of early Jesus and the Mary Chain and align them with more recent bands like Crystal Stilts.

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Support: Bobby Bare, Jr. Show: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. Bio: Jay Farrar was a founding member of the alt-country group Uncle Tupelo and shared singing and song-writing duties with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. After Tupelo, Farrar founded the Son Volt project. He remains an important voice in the Americana scene.

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Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.

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Waterloo Dinner for Deb featuring Lotus, 5 p.m., and Soul Fusion with Ill Convoy, 10 p.m., Spicoli’s Fatcat, 10 p.m., Bourre Standard Groove, 9 p.m., Jameson’s Stranded in Iowa, 9 p.m., Screaming Eagle

Waterloo Dennis Wayne Gang, 9 p.m., Screaming Eagle Full Circle, 9 p.m., Jameson’s Scott Lucas and the Married Men, 9 p.m., Spicoli’s

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Cedar Falls Jake McVey, 10 p.m., Voodoo Never the Less, 9 p.m., Wheelhouse The Snozzberries, 6 p.m., and Seeds of Hope Fundraiser featuring Lick It Ticket and Alison Scott, 9 p.m., The Hub Iowa City Chase Garrett’s Blues and Boogie Piano Stomp, 8 p.m., Englert Theatre Jay Siegel and the Tokens, 7 p.m., and Richie Lee, 8:15 p.m., Riverside Casino Jazz After Five featuring Steve Grismore Quartet, 5:30 p.m., and Natalie Brown, 9 p.m., The Mill Mini Bluegrass Fest featuring Mountain Sprout, Whistle Pigs, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Jon Eric and Awful Purdies, 8 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club Cedar Rapids Adam Beck, 7 p.m., Java Creek Cafe Chubby, 9 p.m., Tailgators Downward Fall, 9 p.m., Chrome Horse Saloon Hurt, 9 p.m., First Ave Live Dubuque Becky McMahon, 9 p.m., Jumpers Big Eagle Band, 9 p.m., Northside Frank and Nic, 9:30 p.m., Mystique Casino Just Cuz, 7 p.m., Ground Round Sun Green, 9 p.m., The Bank

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STARRING: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson SYNOPSIS: Strange lights descend on Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

MORNING GLORY 12 NOVEMBER STARRING: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton SYNOPSIS: A hotshot television producer (McAdams) is set the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors (Keaton and Ford).

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UNSTOPPABLE 12 NOVEMBER STARRING: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson SYNOPSIS: A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.

DUE DATE MEGAMIND 5 NOVEMBER STARRING: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt SYNOPSIS: Megamind (Ferrell) is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known, though after several unsuccessful attempts to conquer Metro City, a new foe makes him try, for the first time in his life, to use his powers for good.

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the kind of high-tech 3-D cameras pioneered by James Cameron for such movies as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliens of the Deepâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatar.â&#x20AC;? But Knoxville was initially reluctant to embrace the new technology for fear of having to rein in stunts to fit the camerasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; technical parameters. A test using the cameras persuaded everyone involved, however, that shooting in 3-D â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as opposed to tacking on three-dimensional effects in post-production â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could be the kind of spontaneous and mobile process to which the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackassâ&#x20AC;? crew is accustomed. Special custom rigs were designed that included super-light cameras to accommodate their run-and-gun style and a high-definition Phantom 3-D camera capable of shooting 1,000 frames per second was procured in the name of several decidedly asinine sequences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most expensive 3-D camera ever made,â&#x20AC;? said Tremaine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we built this thing and then the things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having ideas like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoot a ... (rubber sexual aid) out of a bazooka at the camera.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 

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light attendants for a low-cost Philippine airline who dance to Lady Gaga to keep passengers from snoozing through an in-flight safety demonstration are the latest YouTube sensation. A video of stewardesses performing a choreographed routine aboard a Cebu Pacific flight to demonstrate safety procedures has received more than 8.8 million hits after being posted on the popular video-sharing website. The Manila-based airline, known for holding party games and singing contests on its low-fare domestic and Asian flights, said it resorted to dancing stewardesses to draw more passenger attention to its in-flight safety reminders. “People hardly pay attention to the safety demo on the ground,” Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing Candice Iyog said. “The airline was very thrilled with the outcome.” Crew members do regular preflight safety demonstrations — then follow up with the musical version when the plane reaches cruising altitude, she said. In the video, the flight crew members are shown dancing animatedly while donning yellow life vests and oxygen masks and blowing emergency whistles. They turn around and spread their arms to point to emergency exits. At show’s end, the passengers erupt into applause.

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‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ the latest in the Bravo franchise BY ROBERT LLOYD | LOS ANGELES TIMES

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“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — the latest, and one would say, most likely iteration of the popular Bravo franchise — recently submitted for your disapproval six more overprivileged middle-aged women; their husbands, when they have them; their children, of whom there are many; and their little dogs, too. As before, it is easy enough to look at them and be appalled, even as we are enthralled. But there is something different in this new edition, a sort of poignancy, almost, that invites sympathy more than it does abuse. Some of these women are troubled, certainly, but none of them seems like trouble.

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he boxes are labeled “body parts,” ‘‘heads“ and ”Dexter killing devices & face shields.” Others are filled with plastic wrap, duct tape, knives, syringes — everything your friendly neighborhood serial killer might need to do away with bad guys. On TV, many of these things might be found hidden in Dexter Morgan’s apartment, or in the case of the body parts and heads, wrapped in plastic trash bags strewn at the bottom of the Atlantic. In reality, though, all this stuff lives inside a 48-foot trailer at a Hollywood studio where the Showtime series “Dexter” is filmed. Now in its fifth season, “Dexter” follows its namesake character as he carefully balances his public life as a dad, brother and police forensic specialist with his private life as a serial killer of serial killers. The Emmynominated series stars Emmy-nominated actor Michael C. Hall, who has won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the enigmatic protagonist. Dexter is methodical about his kills to keep himself from getting caught. He wears a uniform: Dark clothes, gloves, apron, face

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shield. He prepares his “kill room” in advance, completely wrapping the room and its contents in plastic. As a forensic expert, he knows a thing or two about leaving evidence behind. He injects his victims with an animal tranquilizer and binds them to a plastic-covered table with plastic wrap. These iconic moments fill just a few minutes of show time, but dozens of people spend countless hours creating each killroom scene. It starts with production designer Jessica Kender, who dreams up the look of each room based on the requirements of the story and location. It’s up to set decorator Dave Koneff and his team to execute her vision. He says the average kill room takes about five hours to set up, “depending on how much furniture we have to wrap.” Property master Joshua Meltzer is in charge of props, including rubber and retractable versions of everything that “pokes, probes or stabs,” he says, “because in real life, we can’t stab the actors.” He’s also in charge of the 25 gallons of fake blood the show will go through this season. 

• Adrienne’s family owns the Sacramento Kings basketball team and the Palms resort in Las Vegas; she has a “work ethic” and plastic surgery. • Lisa is British, long-married with grown children and seems basically comfortable in her own skin, whatever external treatments she might apply to it. • Taylor characterizes her marriage to a venture capitalist as “80 percent business and 20 percent romance ... but that’s something I signed up for.” • Kim and Kyle Richards are sisters and former child stars. (A third sister, Kathy, is the mother of Paris Hilton.) Kim is the less social older sister, a single mother possibly damaged by her early working life. Kyle is more relaxed and was charged by their mother on her deathbed to look after Kim. • Camille, who is now divorcing from Kelsey Grammer, hopes viewers see her as “a real person,” a fact that she signals by prefacing outrageous statements with disclaimers — such as “This is going to sound crazy, don’t judge me” before revealing that she employs four nannies for her two children.

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Call of Duty: Black ops The seventh entry in the blockbuster “Call of Duty” franchise takes place during the Cold War era, with players participating in missions based on real-life skirmishes from Southeast Asia to Soviet Russia.

Actual black ops agents gave direction to the covert mission in the game. New vehicles and weapons enhance the familiar style of “Call of Duty,” as do additional multiplayer options and first-person character scenarios.

The game is compat9 NoveMber ible with -D systems and displays. For: DS, PC, PS, Wii, Xbox 60. Hardened and Prestige versions available for PS and Xbox 60.

Kinect The motion-sensing Kinect brings the Xbox 60 4 NoveMber in line with Nintendo’s Wii and the Playstation Move attachment for the PS — but Microsoft’s new gadget doesn’t require players to hold any kind of controller. Sensors keep track of body movements and are able to recognize players’ faces and voices. Kinect comes bundled with “Kinect Adventures” and is supported by a large group of first- and third-party games on its launch date, including “Kinect Sports,” “Kinectimals,” “DanceMasters,” “Adrenalin Misfits,” “Sonic Free Riders” and “EA SPORTS Active ,” at right. 

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‘Scribblenauts’ sequel fixes original’s failings revIeW ALAN SIMMer | PULSE WRITER

‘James bond 007: Goldeneye’ The Nintendo 6 classic gets a complete makeover, swapping Pierce Brosnan for Daniel Craig with a whole host of controller schemes. Split-screen multiplayer is back, along with an online option. Also sold with a gold classic controller for Wii. DS, Wii; Nov. 2.

‘knights in the nightmare’ Control the souls of deceased knights to battle foes in this strategy/RPG/shooter mashup. A third playable character is exclusive to the PSP title, originally released on the Nintendo DS, in addition to completely reworked graphics and sounds. PSP; Nov. 9.

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this new feature, asking Maxwell to create an object that shares characteristics of different items. For instance, a “flying vampiric robot” can link a leech, a robin, a remote-controlled helicopter and a vampire. Though some modifications can be helpful, like “tiny airplane” or “friendly lion,” there’s no real need outside of whimsy to conjure up a “purple striped large walrus.” But that’s the charm of the game. Both “Scribblenauts” entries inspire cleverness and encourage the ridiculous, but this is the one that makes it easy to do. “Super Scribblenauts” is the do-over the developers wish they’d managed to crank out the first time, and they nailed it on the head with a “fluorescent spotted angry hammer.”

‘harry potter and the Deathly hallows part 1’ Fight for your life against Death Eaters and dementors in the most action-packed entry in the “Harry Potter” series to date. Hunt down Voldemort’s Horcruxes and destroy them. DS, Pc, PS3, Wii, x360; Nov. 9.

‘mario vs. Donkey kong mini-land mayhem!’ Use girders, pipes, ladders and other building materials to construct a secure path for the Mini Marios to the exit of 00 challenging levels. DS; Nov. 14.

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‘Stealing Secrets’ filled with real, tough women By AMIE STEFFEN | Pulse Writer

Historical nonfiction has never really been my genre of choice. I love fiction for its ability to keep my attention with a lively narrative arc and complex characters and the way it transports me to a different world. This book had all of those elements. And best of all, it’s true. In “Stealing Secrets,” author H. Donald Winkler spent countless hours researching stories of women and girls who served as WHAT’S THE word? spies for either the Union or the Confederacy during the Civil War. Female spies used all of the tools at their disreview posal, including some that men could not use, informing their respective sides of troop movements and even thwarting what could have been crucial war-changing events. They tucked coded letters into their skirts, dressed as men, pretended to be grieving widows and seduced enemy officials to get and pass information. I’m by no means a Civil War scholar, but I think many don’t know there was a prototype submarine the Confederacy was testing that was thwarted after a female spy told the Union how to spot and disable them in the water. A quibble: When Winkler describes women, including the spies he profiles, he uses their Author: H. Donald Winkler first names or even nicknames given them by the press. It’s a step up from “Mrs. (husband’s Publisher: Cumberland House, 2010 name),” but it’s unfortunate the spies he promotes as “altering the course of the Civil War” Pages: 352 weren’t afforded the same gravitas their male counterparts have been given. /

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Library cat Dewey inspires tales By SUMMER MOORE | The Associated Press Vicki Myron is back with a follow-up to her tale of Dewey, the famous library cat. “Dewey’s Nine Lives” is a warm tale of the bond between pets and their loving owners. In “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World,” Myron told the story of Dewey Readmore Books, the bright orange fur-ball abandoned in the book return drop-box in the public library of Spencer, Iowa, in the middle of winter. Myron had recently become director of the library. After nursing the nearly frozen kitten back to health, she decided that Dewey was just what the library — and the small town of Spencer — needed. In “Dewey’s Nine Lives,” Myron revisits her now-famous cat’s life through the eyes of some of his fans. The book includes nine very personal stories about the courage, love and companionship of pets that left a lasting impression on their owners. “Dewey” is more than a story about cats. It’s a heart-filled tale of love. The nine stories are interlaced with loss and personal hardship, but what they all have in common is the healing power of having a solid, judgment-free relationship with a devoted animal.

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TwentyTen | TwentyEleven | ArtistSeries Thursday | November 18 | 7:30 p.m. Adults $47, $40, $37, $34, $31 | Youth -20% | UNI Student -50%

DRUMLine Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, the staged show will be a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances will range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

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