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A saving grace

Coupon expert shares her knowledge.

6 Pop stars

Fox to host Manilow, Clarkson.

9 Tapas time

It's time to give the Spanish meal a try.

10 Stromboli rocks

A meal at Mama Gustos in Lebanon.

15 "The Vow"

The perfect date movie arrives.

16 Salsa and more

Couple finds love on the dance floor.

17 Focus on photography Saint Louis Art Museum hosts new exhibit.




What’s Happening Friday February 24_______ • The Elixir of Love, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. • Chris Botti, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Whiskey Rock, Laurie's Place (Back Bar), Edwardsville, 9:30 p.m. • California Guitar Trio, The Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • All Mixed Up, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 8:00 p.m. • F i d d l e b a c k , Th e Wi l d ey Theatre (Winter Concert Series), Edwardsville, 6:00 p.m. • Brahms 4, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • The Newton Gang (New York City), Stagger Inn, Edwardsville, 10:00 p.m. • Bruiser Queen, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Byron Stripling, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. • David Burns Smith: The Longshot, The PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m., Runs through May 12. • Judy Pfaff: "Recent Work", David Bruno Galler y (Main Gallery), St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 3. • Christodoulos Panayiotou: One Thousand and One Days, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through April 22. • Belinda Lee: Inside Out/ Outside In, COCA, St. Louis, 10:00

a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • West Side Story, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through March 4 • Awards of Excellence 2012, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • The Maids, Kranzberg Arts Center Blackbox, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through March 4 • Liquid Terrain: 20 Years o f Wo r k s o n Pa p e r by E va Lundsager, The Sheldon, St. Louis, noon - 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 18. • An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary P h o to g ra p hy, S t . Lo u i s A r t Museum, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Runs through May 13.

Saturday February 25_______ • The Sleeping Beauty, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. • The Elixir of Love, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. • Jam Session with Mo' Pleasure, Laurie's Place (Front Bar), Edwardsville, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. • Mo' Pleasure, Laurie's Place (Back Bar), Edwardsville, 9:30 p.m. • Hoosier Daddy's, 3:00 p.m./All Mixed Up, 8:00 p.m., Fast Eddie's

Bon Air, Alton • Brahms 4, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Al Holiday Review, Stagger Inn, Edwardsville, 10:00 p.m. • Stilline, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Byron Stripling, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. • David Burns Smith: The Longshot, The PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m., Runs through May 12. • Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 10. • Judy Pfaff: "Recent Work", David Bruno Galler y (Main Gallery), St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 3. • Christodoulos Panayiotou: One Thousand and One Days, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through April 22. • Belinda Lee: Inside Out/ Outside In, COCA, St. Louis, noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • West Side Story, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. & 8 p.m., Runs through March 4 • Awards of Excellence 2012, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 • 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival, Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. • The Maids, Kranzberg Arts Center Blackbox, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through March 4

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People Save big with Coupon Kadie East Alton woman teaches class to clippers


t’s Wednesday night and around a dozen women and one man are crowded around a table in the teacher’s lounge at a local elementary school. They’re sitting attentively as they listen to the young woman at the front of the room speak. Some nod their heads knowingly while others scribble notes in notebooks. A few look utterly confused.

Everyone is here for one reason – to save money. Welcome to the world of couponing. The class is taught by Kadie CarrStormer (a.k.a. Coupon Kadie) and her classes on how to make the most out of those piles of coupons laying on the kitchen counter are regularly filled with people eager to learn the secrets of couponing. The rise in popularity of the television show “Extreme Couponing” on cable channel TLC has helped create a new generation of coupon-clippers. However, Carr-Stormer’s message is much more down to earth. Her classes are about couponing in a nonextreme way. As she explains to the class, this isn’t about hoarding 40 bottles of ketchup just to save a few dollars. Her approach is simple: make a list of what you need and stick to it. If you don’t need 40 bottles of ketchup, then don’t buy it. Just because you have a coupon for something doesn’t mean you need to buy it. “You don’t need a miniWalgreens in your home to save money,” she says from her home in East Alton. Carr-Stormer says she has been couponing since before couponing “became cool again.” She remembers her mom clipping coupons when she was a high school student but said she was embarrassed by the practice back then. There was more of a

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Kadie Carr-Stormer keeps her coupons organized. stigma attached, she says. A lot has changed in the past 20 years. The consumer excess of the 1980s and ‘90s has been replaced with a newfound appreciation for frugality. For Carr-Stormer, the need to save money came from a familiar source. Following the birth of her son, she decided she only wanted to return to her job as a patient care technician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital part-time. To accomplish this, she would have to save $500 per month. “So I started using coupons,” she says. “I didn’t care if I looked poor. I wanted to stay home with my son.” It was tough in the beginning. At that time, she was regularly spending up to $200 per week on groceries and other household items. She took alook at her

finances and resolved to cut that figure down by 20 percent. Then she cut it by 20 percent again the following week and again until she got her spending down to just $50 per week. For everything. This point was met with more than a few surprised gasps from people in the class, this writer included. Soon, a coworker expressed an interest in what Carr-Stormer was doing and asked for advice. “She said to me, ‘I always see you using coupons. Does it really work?’ And I said yeah, I think so. I’ve saved quite a bit of money,” says Carr-Stormer. “So I taught her everything I knew in one lunch.” This led to her friend’s suggestion that Carr-Stormer start teaching others what she knows about couponing. At first, she was hesitant. “I said, who wants to pay me to

learn about coupons? And she said, ‘You would be surprised.’.” Carr-Stormer held her first couponing class in January 2011. She now regularly books between 10 and 15 classes per month. The cost to attend is $10 per person. During the class, Carr-Stormer teaches attendees how to get the most out of their coupons. Organization is key, she says. To coupon effectively, you have to know what you need and know when is the best time to buy. “A lot of people will clip coupons on Sunday, but the item isn’t on sale,” she says. If something isn’t on her list that week, or it isn’t on sale, she doesn’t buy it. Seems simple enough advice, but how many times have we made a quick run to the grocery store or the drug store for one item and come out with 10? Being organized helps you

avoid these traps. “I only buy what’s on the list. Planning saves you a lot of time and money. Some weeks, I don’t even spend $50,” she says. One of the most common objections to couponing that CarrStormer hears from people is that they are too busy to clip coupons. While she understands the pressures people face, she is adamant that lack of time shouldn’t be a hinderance. “I feel like, if I can coupon being a busy mom, a busy business-owner, anybody can coupon. I think I teach people how to coupon even if you are busy. It’s still possible. Time is money. If you invest time, you’ll definitely get it in return.” Another objection is never seeing coupons for certain items. CarrStormer says email the manufacturer and request coupons. Usually, they are more than happy to comply. “They overthink it. They’re making it harder on themselves,” she says. Besides her regular classes, CarrStormer also gives one free class per month to a local charity or other worthy organization. Most recently, she gave a class to the parents of children from a local Head Start center and will soon be giving one at the Siteman Cancer Center in Alton. She even collected toys instead of the usual $10 admission fee to donate to the Christmas Toys for Tots campaign. She also uses her coupon skills to purchase and donate items to places like the Good Samaritan House, St. Louis Crisis Nursery and the Community Hope Center. Former class members, friends and other coupon devotees keep up with Carr-Stormer’s latest advice on her online blog at www. and her Facebook page where she gives updates on current sales, deals and other money-saving tips daily. To find out for yourself what couponing can do for you and your wallet, contact Kadie Carr-Stormer to host a class in your area. The cost is free for hosts who sign up five or more people to attend. For groups of 10 or more, the host will receive a free coupon organizer. Visit or email

Events planned around Alton area to wrap up winter The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the following events for February and March: BALD EAGLE DAYS AT PERE MARQUETTE Feb. 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 and 29 8:30 a.m. Pere Marquette State Park Route 100 - Great River Road Grafton Scott Isringhausen, site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park, will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. For more information or reservations, call (618) 786-3323. AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH Saturdays through Feb. 25 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Audubon Center at Riverlands 301 Riverlands Way West Alton, Mo. Join us at the new Audubon Center at Riverlands this eagle season for eagle viewing and education in this designated Important Birding Area at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy the view from the comfort of the new

building or venture out to the bird blind on the water’s edge for a closer look. Free Admission. For more information, call (636) 899-0060 or go to WILDLIFE WEEKENDS Saturdays through Feb. 25 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TreeHouse Wildlife Center 23956 Green Acres Rd. Dow Visit the TreeHouse Wildlife Center on Saturdays in January and February to view live bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center. While you're there, visit some of the other wildlife that call the center home - hawks, owls, falcons and more. For more information call (618) 466-2990 or go to www. LIVE EAGLE MEET AND GREET Feb. 25, noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower 435 Confluence Tower Dr. Harford Meet an American Bald Eagle at the Tower on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ask questions, take pictures and see the majestic bird up close! Free event admission. Admission to tour the Tower. For more information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit www. MAPLE SYRUP MAKING February through mid-March

Check website for days 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. McCully Heritage Project Rural Route 1, Box 130 Kampsville The McCully Heritage Project will be tapping maple trees and making maple syrup February to March 2012. Once the sap starts flowing, we will be cooking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every second or third day, over an open campfire, just outside the McCully Heritage Project pavilion. Scheduling of this event is completely weather dependent. Check the MHP homepage at or “like” us on Facebook for updates on the schedule or to find out when the sap is cooking. The public is invited to participate, and to learn about how trees are tapped and sap is collected and turned into maple syrup. For more information, call (618) 653-4687 or email PASSION: A SOLO SHOW BY VESNA DELEVSKA Feb. 3 - March 9 Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. By Design 136 Front St. Alton Browse the artwork at The Gallery of By Design featuring solo artist Desna Delevska. Acrylic paintings and hand painted furniture showcase her amazing talent. The art will be on display during regular business hours through March 9. For additional information, call (618) 433-1400.

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People People planner MoBOT offers gardening classes Grab your spade and trowel and head to the Garden. Missouri Botanical Garden, that is! Make this the year to learn new and efficient gardening techniques. Discover a wide array of heirloom as well as new varieties of plants. Utilize garden design techniques that are both pleasing to the eye and sustainable. The Missouri Botanical Garden offers unique gardening and landscaping classes for adults this spring and summer for both inexperienced as well as seasoned gardeners. Advance registration is required and fees vary by program; Garden members receive a discount. View a print-at-home catalog, browse a complete list of classes online and register at www.mobot. org/classes. For more information, call (314) 577-5140. “Become a Great Gardener” with this series of classes designed for novices: • Sunday, Mar. 18: Perfect Planting Techniques. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. • Sunday, Mar. 25: Designing with Perennials and Annuals: Part 1. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. • Sunday, Apr. 15: Gardening 101. 1 to 4 p.m. $44. • Sunday, Apr. 29: Herbs in Containers. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $48. • Sunday, May 6: Designing with Perennials and Annuals: Part 2. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. • Sunday, June 3: Shady Oasis. 1 to 3 p.m. $30. Learn to grow, care for and harvest your own food with edible gardening classes: • Tuesday, Mar. 27: Organic Spring Vegetables. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. • Monday, May 7: Strawberries, Blueberries, & Grapes Galore! 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Wednesday, May 9: Organic Summer Vegetables. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. • Tuesday, Aug. 28: Harvesting Your Vegetables. 6 to 8 p.m. $30.          Investigate gardening best practices: • Tuesday, Mar. 6: MBG’s Favorite Tools of the Trade. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Saturday, Mar. 24: Beginning Bonsai. 9 a.m. to noon. $72. • Saturday, Mar. 31: Spring Lawn Care. 9 to 11 a.m. $30. • Monday, Apr. 2: Don’t Kill Your Soil. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Thursday, Apr. 12: Basic Pruning. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Saturday, Apr. 14: Zoysia Lawn

Care. 9 to 11 a.m. $30. • Monday, Apr. 16: Blooms for All Seasons. 7 to 9 p.m. $30 • Monday, Apr. 23: Growing Orchids Part 2. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Monday, Apr. 30: Repotting Your Orchid. 7 to 9 p.m. $36. • Tuesday, May 1: Best Plants for St. Louis Gardens. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Saturday, May 5: Tabletop Topiary. 10 a.m. to noon. $48. • Saturday, May 5: Pruning in the Japanese Style. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $38. • Sunday, May 20: Easy Rose gardening – Really! 2 to 4 p.m. $30. • Saturday, June 16: Grow Hydrangeas Like Martha. 10 a.m. to noon. $30. • Saturday, June 23: Missouri Plants: Native American and Pioneer Healing. 9 a.m. to noon. $36 Explore landscape design and ideas: • Tuesday, Mar. 20: Wet Feet Gardening. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Monday, Mar. 26: Raised Bed Gardens. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Tuesday, Apr. 3: Container Gardening. 7 to 9 p.m. $30. • Tuesday, Apr. 10: Gardens of England: Inspiration for the Garden and Your Yard. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. • Tuesday, Apr. 17: Natives for Small Spaces. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. • Monday, May 21: How Does Your Herb Garden Grow? 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $54. • Saturday, June 9: The Magic of Nature at Missouri’s Prairie Garden Trust. 10 a.m. to noon. $42. Enjoy nature’s changing beauty with guided walks and tours: • Tuesday, Apr. 17: Behind the Scenes: Production Greenhouses. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $36. • Tuesday, Apr. 17: Rare Plants and Living Collection Tour. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $23. • Saturday, Apr. 28: Sacred Seeds Medicinal Walking Tour. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $23. • Monday, May 14: Behind the Scenes in the Orchid Greenhouse. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $30. • Wednesday, May 16: Historic and Important Trees of the Garden. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. • Tuesday, May 22: Behind the Scenes Renovated Linnean House. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $23. • Saturday, June 30: Shaw’s Selfsustaining Garden and Farm. 9 to 11 a.m. $30. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from

Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site. Sessions are also held at the Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education at 4651 Shaw Blvd., the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield.  In addition to gardening and landscaping, the Garden offers a wide variety of classes on topics including arts and crafts, food and cooking, green living and nature study. To register for a program at any of the Garden sites, visit www. or call (314) 5775140. For general information, v i s i t w w w. m o b o t . o rg o r c a l l (314) 577‑5100. More than 37,000 households i n t h e S t . L o u i s re g i o n h o l d memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors)

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Zoo lines up spring programs The Saint Louis Zoo Education Department offers programs for all ages year-round. Register now for the winter and spring programs taking place January-May, 2012. Some of the programs for young children and their caregivers include Stroller Safari series, Totes for Tots series, Animal Family Fun, Spring Fling, Big Cat Bonanza, Bug-APalooza and more. ZooQuest for Families is April 28. This popular program that is part scavenger hunt and part trivia

challenge is offered for families with children in grades 1-6. Family Zoo Day: Going Wild for WildCare is May 20 and includes family activity stations around the Zoo, a live animal encounter and more. A d u l t p ro g r a m s i n c l u d e a Photography Walk, Producing More With Pollinators class, ZooQuest for Adults, morning tours and science presentations. Science education programs are also available at the Zoo for home school students and their parents. S c o u t t ro o p s c a n c o m p l e t e badge activities while exploring the Zoo. Day and evening badge programs are available for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Program fees vary and advance registration is required for all programs.  All proceeds support the Saint Louis Zoo. F o r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n a n d registration, visit education or call (314) 646-4544.

People People planner McKendree's "Ramble into Spring" returns McKendree University’s “Ramble into Spring” offers runners three distance options on Saturday morning, Mar. 24. The fourth annual road race consists of a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run or walk, a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run and a 10-mile run. All three events start at 8 a.m., with a pre-race briefing at 7:40 a.m. The course begins at the center of campus and travels through historic downtown Lebanon. The 5K route then heads north to Lebanon’s Horner Park and returns to the finish line at McKendree. The 10K and 10-mile races wind through the rolling rural landscape of northern St. Clair County and also finish back on campus. Walkers and strollers are welcome to participate in the 5K run-walk only. The registration fee is $13 for each race, with an additional $5 for race day sign up. Register on campus at the intramural gym in the Melvin Price Convocation Center; mail in a downloadable form at mckendree. edu/raceday; or register online at for a small fee. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Mar. 20. T- s h i r t s a n d p o s t - r a c e refreshments will be provided while supplies last. For more information, call 618-537-6420 or 618-537-6941 or check out the website mckendree. edu/raceday.

Shatner bringing one-man show to Peabody Television and movie legend Wi l l i a m S h a t n e r w i l l b r i n g his one man show Shatner ’s World: We Just Life in It (www. to cities across the U.S. in 2012. The tour follows a three week run Broadway’s Music Box Theatre from February 14 - March 4. On April 12, Shatner will appear at the Peabody Opera

House in St. Louis. The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner ’s life and career, from S h a k e s p e a re a n s t a g e a c t o r t o internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film. “I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “ Shatner ’s World: We Just Life in It is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment; Larry A Thompson Organization; Adam Troy Epstein; Larry A Thompson; Seth Keyes; and Josh Sherman. The show is directed by Scott Faris. Other creative team members include: Edward Pierce, Scenic Design; Ken Billington, Lighting Design; and Peter Fitzgerald, Sound Design. For tour updates follow @ WilliamShatner or on Facebook at ShatnersWorld William Shatner is an awardw i n n i n g a c t o r, d i r e c t o r, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman. In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner's Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank

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Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers. H i s a u t o b i o g r a p h y, U p Ti l l Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011. His comic b o o k s e r i e s , Wi l l i a m S h a t n e r Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera. He has also been successful in another area - horse breeding. A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events. He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse S h o w, b e n e f i t t i n g L . A . - b a s e d children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.

The Hett offers free movie nights The Hett’s Film Series will present nine critically acclaimed, a w a rd - w i n n i n g d r a m a s b a s e d on two themes this season: Real and Unreal, and Dangerous Obsessions. The series, sponsored by the Leon and Helen Church Family F o u n d a t i o n , i s f re e a n d o p e n t o t he p ub l ic . Ea ch s cree n in g begins at 7:30 p.m. at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (The Hett) on Alton St. in Lebanon, Ill. The audience is encouraged to stay afterward for an informal discussion. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone. For more information, visit the website, or call 618537-6863.  “There is just something special about sharing the cinematic experience of a great, thoughtprovoking movie on a big screen with others in the audience,” said

Peter Palermo, director of the Hett. Films that explore the “real and unreal” are: March 6: "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010) focuses on an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker as he attempts to capture the world of a clandestine graffiti artist, only to have the camera turned back on him. Rated R; 87 min.  A p r i l 1 8 : " B e i n g J o h n Malkovich" (1999), directed by Spike Jonze, stars John Cusack as a puppeteer who exploits his discovery of a portal that leads straight into the movie star ’s mind. Rated R; 112 min.  From a Hitchcock classic to a recent Academy Award-winning Best Picture, four films deal with dangerous obsessions:  Oct. 12: "Rear Window" (1954) is a suspenseful story featuring James Stewart as a wheelchair

bound, voyeuristic photographer who believes one of his neighbors is a murderer. Rated PG; 112 min. Nov. 9: "The Conversation" (1974) is about an intensely private electronic surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he overhears that a young couple’s lives are in jeopardy. Gene Hackman stars; Francis Ford Coppola directed. Rated PG; 113 min.  Feb. 1: "The Hurt Locker" (2008) is an intense portrayal of an elite Army bomb squad unit in Iraq. It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Rated R; 131 min.  Apr. 5: "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) stars John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer as rich and bored French aristocrats playing a high stakes games of seduction, betrayal and revenge in 18th century France. Rated R; 119 min.



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Pop stars – old and new – to perform at The Fox Barry Manilow and Kelly Clarkson bring their hits By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


he Fabulous Fox Theatre will welcome two music superstars onto its stage next month. First up is legendary singer/ sonwriter Barry Manilow appearing for two nights on Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2. For more than 40 years, Manilow has delighted fans with his signature mix of energetic showmanship, smooth voice and popular hits. He has achieved worldwide sales of more than 80 million records and is ranked as the top Adult

Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to Radio & Records and Billboard Magazines. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and educated at the prestigious Julliard School of Music, Manilow found early success in 1971 with a partnership with "The Divine Miss M" herself, Bette Midler. He followed this up with his number-one hit song "Mandy," which was recorded under the direction of Arista Records boss Clive Davis, who also famously mentored the late Whitney Houston. Over the years, Barry Manilow has achieved 25 consecutive top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 29 of his albums have been certified platnium. He also had a successful run

as the house show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel for several years. Now, he's back once again with his latest album, "15 Minutes," which was released in June last year. This is Manilow's first album of original songs in 10 years and was inspired by pop artist Andy Warhol's famous "15 minutes of fame" quote. "15 Minutes" is billed as an "edgy, guitar-driven pop album" that explores "the perils and pinnacles of fame’s double edged sword." The album took more than two years to make and once again teams Manilow with lyricist Enoch Anderson. It features 16 tracks on the regular CD, as well as a four track bonus CD. The album is available now at most major music retailers. Barry Manilow will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 2 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and costs range from $29.99 to $89.99. There are also a limited number of platinum and gold circle tickets available. ••• Appearing next is the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, on Friday, March 16. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the country first fell in love with that goofy girl on "Idol" who would eventually become America’s latest sweetheart. Since that time, Clarkson has released five studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted” and “Stronger”), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the U.S. and has had nine

singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Awards and 11 Billboard Awards. Clarkson’s most recent effort, “Stronger,” debuted a No. 2 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums Chart following its release in October last year. The album produced the single, “Mr. Know It All” which marks Kelly’s ninth Top 10 hit. She co-wrote five tracks on the album, including her favorite “You Love Me,” according to information on her website. Clarkson has described the song as being about a time when she felt “probably the most hurt I’ve ever been in my life”. Kelly Clarkson will perform at 8 p.m. on March 16 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and costs range from $32.50 to $59.50. ••• To purchase tickets for either show, visit the Fox Theatre box office at 527 N. Grand Boulevard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no additional service charges for Fox Theatre tickets purchased at the Fox box office.   Tickets can also be ordered online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Or by calling MetroTix ticketing center at (314) 534-1111 or 800-293-5949. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week. Metrotix service charges apply. 

Kelly Clarkson, above, and Barry Manilow, at left. Photos for The Edge.


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Music Tuning in Music of the Baroque changes schedule Music of the Baroque has changed the date of its final concert of the season to Wednesday, May 23, at the Harris Theater. This change was made to avoid the anticipated increased traffic and security from the G8 and NATO summits in downtown Chicago. Including the May concert, four programs remain in Music of the Baroque’s 41st season. All remaining programs will be presented at both the 1500-seat Harris Theater in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and at the 900-seat First U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t C h u rc h i n Evanston.  The next concert, “Baroque Journey,” is a program of baroque orchestral works from Germany, England, Italy and France, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. The evening includes a concerto for flute and recorder by Telemann, a concerto for four violins by Vivaldi, and music by Rameau, Corelli and Purcell. Members of the Music of the Baroque orchestra are featured as soloists in these performances Sunday evening, February 26, at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, and Monday evening, February 27, at the Harris Theater.  In March, Jane Glover leads the ensemble’s first performances in more than two decades of Handel’s L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato. One of the composer’s most imaginative works for the stage, L’Allegro sets John Milton’s verse in a vivid musical dialogue between the contemplative man and the happy man. Sopranos Lisa Saffer and Elizabeth Futral, tenor Thomas Cooley, and baritone Christòpheren Nomura will be heard in concerts Sunday evening, March 25, at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, and Monday evening, March 26, at the Harris Theater.  April brings the choral highlight of the season and one of the most important works in the baroque canon—Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Jane Glover leads the chorus, orchestra, and soloists in concerts Sunday evening, April 22, at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, and Monday evening, April 23, at the Harris Theater. Music of the Baroque’s performances of Bach’s sacred masterpieces have been celebrated throughout its history, and strong demand for tickets for these concerts is expected.  Music by four composers who played string quartets together inspires “Friends,” the concluding program of the 2011–12 season. M u s i c o f t h e B a ro q u e ’ s o w n principal string players are featured as soloists in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola,

Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto, and a Dittersdorf concerto for double bass. A sinfonia by Johann Vanhal will also be heard. Jane Glover conducts performances Sunday evening, May 20, at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, and Wednesday evening, May 23, at the Harris Theater. Music of the Baroque experienced increased demand for tickets last season: The ensemble’s subscriber base grew by 9% and single ticket sales have been strong. Subscription packages begin at three concerts for $90, and single tickets are priced at $30–$75 each. Tickets for the 2011– 12 season are on sale now online at and by calling the Music of the Baroque box office at 312.551.1414.

James Taylor to perform at The Fox James Taylor and his band are coming to the Fox Theatre on Friday, July 20 for one intimate and memorable night. James Taylor ’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has been enormously influential. He has sold more than fifty million albums throughout his career and has earned forty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards. His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life: “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower the People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “ Yo u C a n C l o s e Yo u r E y e s , ” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed a Little Light,” “Copperline,” and many more. In a career marked by artistic triumphs, this past year for Taylor has been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. In March 2011, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. Taylor was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical

guests. Tickets are available at metrotix. com, the Fox Box Office or by phone at 314-534-1111.

The Fox to host Human Nature Human Nature – The Motown S h o w, p r e s e n t e d b y S m o k e y Robinson, will hit the stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. Tickets are $56 and $32 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Fox Box Office or by calling 314/534-1111. Human Nature, Australia’s No. 1 pop vocal group with millions of albums sold worldwide, is storming America with their first-ever U.S. National tour, a new album release, The Motown Record, a spectacular PBS TV Special and a new DVD. The chart-topping male quartet is embarking on its first U.S. tour t h i s s p r i n g . “ H u m a n N a t u re : The Motown Show presented by Smokey Robinson” is a spectacular evening of entertainment, featuring Motown hits that leave audiences young and old dancing in the aisles and cheering for more. Paying tribute to the Motown sound, Human Nature’s distinctive versions of these ever-popular favorites represent everything audiences love about the songs, performed and a r r a n g e d b y f o u r s u p re m e l y talented young men who sing and dance their way through the Motown hit list. For more information on Human Nature, visit

11 a.m. – “Black Music and Culture in America” Professor Johnny Lee Lane of REMO, Inc. will make a special presentation in the Ringhausen Music Building. Lane is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost c o l l e g e p e rc u s s i o n e d u c a t o r s and has taught at Eastern Illinois U n i v e r s i t y, Te n n e s s e e S t a t e and Indiana University. Lane’s presentation is part of the college’s Black History Month, Diversity Council and Music department events for February. Wednesday, Feb. 29 Noon– Opera-a-la-Carte Brown Bag Salon “Flying Leaps” will feature Susan Parton Stanard and guests. Bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of free entertainment in the Ringhausen Music Building. For more information, contact the L&C Music Department at (618) 468-4731 or visit www.

Johnny Winter to appear in Davenport The River Music Experience is excited to announce the return of Blues legend Johnny Winter to Davenport. Mr. Winter ’s performance at John O’Donnell stadium in 1970 was released as a live album, and this year ’s show on Thursday, April 19th promises to be

LCCC Music Department plans February entertainment The L&C Music Department is kicking off spring semester with a variety of events throughout February, which are open to the public and free to attend. Tuesday, Feb. 28


memorable as well. Tickets are on sale now for the April 19 show. Rolling Stone magazine has called Johnny Winter one of the greatest guitar players of all time. A legend and an icon, Johnny has jammed with guitar heavies Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and Duane Allman, and paved the way for fellow Texas superstars Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top. T h e Te x a s g u i t a r t r a d i t i o n runs deep. It's a gutsy school of blues playing, marked by thick tones, aggressive attack and tons of technique, all delivered in a flamboyant, swaggering style that is endemic to the Lone Star State. From T-Bone Walker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown on through Albert Collins and Freddie King, Billy Gibbons and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the tradition of the Texas guitar slinger has lived on. One name that ranks atop that exclusive list is Johnny Winter, the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues for the last thirty years. His latest Grammy nominated disc titled "I'm A Bluesman" out on Virgin Records, adds to his Texas-sized reputation. For this release, Johnny has again paired with his long-time producer Dick Shurman (Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan), as well as Tom Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood).



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It's time to give tapas a try And you don't have to travel to Spain By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


f you’ve never tried tapas, then you are really missing out. Traditionally served in Spanish bars, these minature plates of olives, meats, cheeses and potatoes have moved beyond the borders of Spain and are now gaining in popularity across the United States. They can be served warm or cold and are excellent when washed down with a refreshing glass of Sangria. Popular plates include stuffed olives, meatballs, battered and fried rings of squid, spicy sausage and fried potatoes. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to Madrid to enjoy an authentic tapas experience. Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant has been serving up classic Spanish cuisine for the past 10 years. The menu features traditional Spanish dishes like Tortilla Española and Paella Mixta. More contemporary fare such as Setas a la Plancha, grilled mushrooms with Cabrales cheese butter, and Langosta Frita, which is fried lobster tail served with chimichurri, are also on the menu.

Now, the popular dining spot is about to share its best kept secrets in a new cookbook featuring some of Modesto’s most popular recipes – and they want your feedback on them. Owner Brendan Marsden and Executive Chef Grace Dinsmoor have compiled 25 recipes from their personal favorites and those of their loyal customers, and they are looking to test a selection of the recipes with their Facebook fans. Marsden and Dismoor have selected eight recipes to share with the public via Facebook, releasing one recipe per week. The first recipe was released on Feb. 13. Everyone is encouraged to view, share and test the recipe at home. Those who provide feedback or photos of the recipe in the comment section will be entered in a weekly giveaway from Modesto, which may include a gift certificate for dinner at Modesto or a copy of the cookbook once it is published. Some Facebook fans might be selected to have their photo and feedback appear in the cookbook along with the recipe. All testers are responsible for their own ingredients, although shopping and substitution suggestions may be offered via Facebook and Twitter. "We want to make sure these recipes will work well at home, so we loved the idea of turning to our customers for feedback," said Marsden, in a news release. "We thought this would be the perfect

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Mejillones En Salsa De Sidra. way to include them in the process and let them know that this cookbook is really a big thank you for 10 years of business." The cookbook will be published later this spring by St. Louis-based Blue Bird Publishing and available for purchase at the restaurant. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Friends of Wings, a St. Louis-based pediatric hospice organization. Last year Modesto celebrated its 10th year on the Hill in St. Louis as the region’s premier Spanish tapas restaurant. Founded by Brendan Marsden and Julie Block, Modesto is an original restaurant concept. Together with Chef Grace Dinsmoor, they have composed a menu that offers both traditional Spanish dishes, such as Gambas

al Ajillo and Paella Mixta, as well as updated versions of popular Spanish dishes, such as Arroz Negro and Zarzuela de Mariscos. From the wines, to the cheeses, to the olive oil, everything is exclusively Spanish. Modesto is located at 5257 Shaw Ave. in St. Louis. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended. There are two parking lots and street parking available. For more information about Modesto, visit www.modestotapas. com. To view the restaurant’s Facebook page, search for Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant. See below for the first recipe to be featured on the Modesto Facebook page:

Mejillones En Salsa De Sidra From the kitchen of Modesto Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Pounds fresh P.E.I. Mussels 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil ¼ yellow onion diced ½ Red Bell pepper diced ½ Green Bell pepper 2 Ounce pieces cured Spanish chorizo 3 cloves Garlic ½ cup Hard Cider beer (Granny Smith Woodchuck or Crispin preferred) ½ cup clam broth 1 small lemon 1 Lime 1 orange 5 sprigs Cilantro 1 Teaspoon Sea salt Instructions: 1. Dice onion, peppers, garlic

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and cilantro. 2. Squeeze juices from the lemon, lime and orange into a small bowl. 3. Remove the chorizo from its casing and chop finely. 4. Rinse the mussels and remove the beards. Discard broken or chipped mussels. In a large skillet, heat oil on high and add mussels, onion, peppers, chorizo, salt and garlic. Cover and let steam for 1 minute. Once mussels start to open remove and reserve in serving dishes. 5. Add the hard cider, clam broth, citrus juice and cilantro to the skillet, reduce heat and let simmer for 1 minute. 6. Pour the sauce over the mussels and enjoy. This dish happens quickly and can be enjoyed with thick crusty bread.

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A stromboli at Mama Gustos in Lebanon.

Ya Gotta' Eat Mama Gustos Pizzeria in Lebanon rocks the stromboli By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge


recent trip to Pinckneyville to cover the Edwardsville Tiger boys’ basketball team in a shootout took me on a detour through historic Lebanon to visit Mama Gustos Pizzeria. Located on St. Louis Street, also known as “The Brick Street,” in the midst of quaint shops, antique stores and other small businesses for the avid shopper, Mama Gustos has become a mainstay in Lebanon. Mama Gustos consists of four separated rooms including its bar, main dining area, a banquet room and a deli. Myself and my Intelligencer sports writing cohort Matthew Kamp spent our visit in the dining area. Known for its pizza, Matt and I decided to deviate from the norm and check out the rest of the menu. Matt ordered spaghetti and meatballs while I


went with the meat stromboli. When our meals arrived the portions were huge. Matt’s came in a large, deep bowl and included the special crusty garlic bread, which comes with all pasta entree orders. He raved about the taste of the bread and then dipped into his spaghetti with much fervor, complementing its hearty sauce and the girth of the meatballs, which he also added were tasty. Matt’s only complaint was on the beverage menu. Patrons were limited to bottled water, coffee, iced tea or canned soda only, so no free refills on soda. While he dug into his pasta dish, my eyes lit up at the size of my stromboli. It practically dwarfed the plate it was served on and made me thankful I passed on ordering an appetizer. It resembled a pasta version of a long john, long and slender in shape and the top soaked in tomato sauce instead of icing of course. Inside it was stuffed solid with meatballs, pepperoni, sausage and swimming in mozzarella

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cheese. The toasted shell kept the ingredients warm and moist and it was easy to slice through with just a fork and butter knife. My stomach must have been larger than my eyes, because I devoured the entire stromboli. That’s more than I can say for my counterpart, who left a bit of his spaghetti and meatballs. I would recommend not adding an appetizer if either of these menu items are purchased on your visit, unless of course you want a doggy bag. Mama Gustos offers a full menu which can be found on its website, A few of the dishes that standout when perusing the menu include the stuffed portabella mushroom on the appetizer portion, which is stuffed with fresh Italian sausage, red gravy, oregano and mozzarella cheese and can have spinach, basil and fresh mozzarella added for a price. Also on the appetizer menu you can find bruschetta; chicken wings, naked or breaded, and calamari just to name a few.

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On the main menu they offer a list of hoagie choices, stromboli choices and a slew of pastas, including veal cannelloni and a pasta sampler with a combination of lasagna, fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti. The website boasts that all ingredients are traditonal Italian cuisine. The real star of Mama Gustos is the pizza. They have a traditional round pizza, the house pizza or the Sicillian deep dish. Unlike many pizzerias found in the metropolitan area, Mama Gustos boasts a deep dish crust like what you’re more likely to discover in Chicagoland. Matt and I were amazed by the gargantuan size of these beastly pizzas, which many of our surrounding patrons were sampling. Many added a to-go box at the end for their leftovers. Allow 40 minutes bake time for the house pizza and one hour for the Sicillian deep dish. Matt and I definitely plan on returning to try one of the pizzas. After finishing our meals we checked out the rest of Mama Gustos. The bar was small, but seemed to have a decent selection

of beers. The banquet hall looked small also — more appropriate for a shower or a small birthday gathering than something large — as did the deli. The deli had a large variety of sauces and canned vegetables available along with a selection of cheeses and deli meats. There were also a few dessert items available. Patrons must call ahead to put in orders to the deli. The pricing was fairly reasonable on everything. Matt and I ate our meal for under $25. Be prepared to pay extra for the Sicillian deep dish pizzas, they start out around $20 and can climb all the way to $40, depending on the size and ingredients. There is also a kids menu and all kids items are served with bread and a sweet treat. Mama Gustos popularity has called for its expansion. The restaurant recently opened a second location St. Louis. Mama Gustos 314 is located on 7700 Ivory Street in St. Louis near Carondelet Park. I highly recommend you try it out.

Dining Delights Jambalya, beignets bring Mardi Gras home By ROCCO DiSPIRITO For The Associated Press M a rd i G r a s i s t h e s o r t o f celebration that can make every city in America want to be New Orleans. Between the parties and parades and all those rich foods, what’s not to love? Well, perhaps the after effects of all those rich foods. That’s why I came up with this downsized version of jambalaya, a classic Cajun dish. I wanted to take a little of the fat out of Fat Tuesday. Jambalaya is basically a one-pot meal in which rice is a main ingredient. The trouble with rice — especially white rice — is that it is loaded with carbs and calories. To deal with that, I replace the rice in my jambalaya with a product called Miracle Rice. This is a variety of shirataki noodle, an increasingly popular variety of ultra-low calorie noodle products. Miracle Rice has no calories, no fat, no carbs and no sodium. It resembles a large couscous and has an extremely mild flavor. This means it takes well to whatever other flavors you add, making it a perfect base for a highflavor dish like jambalaya. If you can’t find Miracle Rice at the grocer, it is available online. You also could substitute cooked brown rice, though this will increase the calories and carbs. The rest of this dish is built around much of the basic trinity of Cajun cooking — bell peppers, onion and celery. Chili powder provides the kick. I’ve trimmed the fat and calories from the protein, which usually consists of ham, sausage or duck. I use leaner chicken and turkey sausage instead. The result has just 233 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving. Traditional recipes have 16 grams of fat and 767 calories. TIPS: — If you like, garnish this dish with fresh cilantro sprigs and a chopped scallion and add fewer than 2 calories per serving. — This dish gets better with time, so don’t hesitate to make it up to 24 hours in advance. CHICKEN AND RICE JAMBALAYA Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 4 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch chunks (about 15 ounces) Salt and ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 3-ounces chicken and turkey andouille sausage (such as Applegate Farms), cut in to 1-inch slices 1 teaspoon adobo powder 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Two 8-ounce packages Miracle Rice, rinsed 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high, heat the oil. Once the oil has started to smoke, add the chicken. Brown the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes, turning the pieces once. Remove the chicken from pan and add the sausage, browning it for about 1 minute, turning the pieces once. Add the adobo and chili powder

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In this photo taken on Jan. 24, 2012 in Concord, N.H., a downsized version of Rocco Dispirito's Jambalaya a classic Cajun dish is shown. and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onions, then reduce heat to mediumlow and caramelize them slowly until soft and browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the peppers and garlic and cook until soft, about another 2 minutes. Add the browned chicken, broth, Miracle Rice and black beans. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, over medium to low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper and divide between 4 serving bowls. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 233 calories; 8 g fat (30 percent calories from fat) (2 g

saturated); 103 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 4 g fiber; 862 mg sodium. ••• It may look like a doughnut. It may be filled or glazed like a doughnut. It may even be cooked like a doughnut. But don’t call it a doughnut. It’s a beignet. And it’s one of New Orleans’ two iconic sweets (the other being the party loving king cake). With Mardi Gras approaching, it’s a perfect time to get to know beignets. Truth is, beignets are a form of doughnut or fried dough. They originated in France, where the term is used to describe a wide variety of fried treats that are filled with fruit or jam. In New Orleans, they traditionally are served with a cup

of coffee and chicory au lait. To celebrate Mardi Gras, we’re offering our take on the beignet, a praline beignet with cafe au lait icing. And of course, you also could add the traditional showering of powdered sugar. PRALINE BEIGNETS WITH CAFE AU LAIT ICING Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes active) Servings: 24 For the beignets: 2 cups milk 1 tablespoon instant yeast 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans Canola oil, for frying For the icing: 3 tablespoons heavy cream 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon instant coffee 3 cups powdered sugar In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the milk to just lukewarm. You should still be able to comfortably leave your finger in the milk without it feeling too hot. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the warmed milk, yeast, brown sugar, 3 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until the ingredients come together and form a smooth, elastic dough. If needed, add the remaining flour, a bit at a time, to form a soft, elastic dough. Add the pecans and mix just until completely incorporated. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough doubles in size. When the dough is ready, line a

baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly dust with flour. Lightly dust the counter with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Using a pizza wheel or dough cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares. Transfer the dough squares to the prepared baking sheet and cover with a clean towel. Let rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with about 2 inches of canola oil. Heat the oil over medium-high until it reaches 375 F. Set a cooling rack over another sheet pan next to the stove. When the oil is hot and the dough has rested, work in batches to fry the beignets. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower 3 to 4 dough squares into the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown, puffed and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the cooling rack and continue working in batches until all the beignets are fried. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream, water and instant coffee until the coffee is dissolved. Add the sugar and stir well until the mixture is smooth. Add more water or powdered sugar to adjust the consistency to be able to drizzle as a thick icing. Drizzle the icing over the warm beignets and enjoy warm. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 220 calories; 70 calories from fat (33 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 55 mg sodium. Beignet recipe by Allison Ladman, Associated Press

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QuickGlance Movie Reviews

“Kill List”

This morphs subtly but devastatingly from an uncomfortable domestic drama to a brutally violent hit-man thriller to a whatthe-hell-just-happened? exploration of a primal, paranoid nightmare. Or is what we’re seeing real? Director and co-writer Ben Wheatley slyly gives nothing away, but rather has enough faith in his challenging material and in his audience to let us debate the meaning of the ending and fill in the blanks for ourselves. And his skillful cast of actors, who improvised much of the dialogue, absolutely sell it with an abiding naturalism, even as the film turns disturbing and outlandishly dark. “Kill List” begins as a slice of life within a modern British family, but from the start, Wheatley creates a sense of unease through camerawork that feels a little too intimate and jump cuts between disconnected moments. Jay (Neil Maskell) is an ex-soldier and unemployed assassin who’s still reeling eight months after a job that went wrong in Kiev. He and his wife, Shel (the beautiful MyAnna Buring), argue about all the same things normal married couples argue about as they raise their 7-year-old son. By grounding the film in such a prosaic, relatable way early on as Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump do, it only makes the transition toward the extreme climax seem like even more of an impressive feat. Jay’s partner, Gal (the fascinating Michael Smiley) comes to him with a new assignment that will get him back in business. RATED: Not rated but contains graphic violence, disturbing images, nudity, language and smoking. RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.

“The Woman in Black”

Though it nearly suffocates under the mounting weight of its gothic kitsch — an abandoned house, child ghosts, spooky dolls, oh my! — James Watkins’ thriller nevertheless summons ornately-crafted, old-fashioned suspense. In his first post-Potter film, Daniel Radcliffe stars as the struggling, widowed London lawyer Arthur Kipps. Still grieving the loss of his wife in childbirth, Kipps — leaving his 4-year-old son behind — is dispatched to a remote British village to put in order the estate of the recently deceased Alice Drablow. The town is thick with suspicion and foreboding. So well do the townspeople know the tragedy of lost children (their deaths always accompanied by a dark, mysterious character), that whimpering comes even from their parrots. Kipps is to sort a classically menacing Victorian mansion where apparitions and frightful reflections mount as he digs into the past. His lone village friend is Samuel Daily, played by the always excellent Ciaran Hinds. (Janet McTeer plays his loopy wife.) Adapted from Susan Hill’s novel, it’s the second release from the reconstituted Hammer Film Productions, which churned out lush gothics in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Watkins’ film, nifty and taught, is a worthy enough heir to that tradition, even if its basic clichis threaten to overwhelm it. As a wand-less detective, Radcliff comports himself well, playing Kipps with downcast desperation, conflicted between striving for the future of his son or grimly wallowing in the memory of his wife. RATED: PG-13 for thematic material and violence, disturbing images. RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two and a half stars out of four.

“Safe House”

Forgettable” probably isn’t a word you’d expect to use to describe a film starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Shepard.


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“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

There’s little mystery to this island. This 3-D sort-of sequel wears its formula-for-dollars purpose with pride, delivering a dash of cinematic nonsense that represents Hollywood calculation at its shrewdest and most shameless. Again poking Jules Verne’s remains with a sharp stick, the producers of the 2008 hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth” present their second modern take on the 19th-century fantasist’s wild stories. And “Mysterious Island” is every bit the amusement park ride cloaked as a movie that the first “Journey” was, the new flick stranding a misfit band of adventurers on Verne’s lost island of freakish creatures. Dwayne Johnson stars this time as stepdad to a youth (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first movie) whose family has discovered Verne’s sci-fi stories were true. Joining them as they rush from giant lizards and electric eels are Michael Caine, Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens. Director Brad Peyton oversees a collection of impressive but annoying visuals, serving up gimmicky 3-D that’s continually trying to poke things in your eye.

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RATED: PG for some adventure action and brief mild language. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.


The crazy eyes and idiosyncratic drawl of Woody Harrelson are enough to carry this dirty cop study, but even such powers as those cannot make engaging this weary L.A. noir. Without Harrelson’s inherent intrigue, the heavy-handed provocations of “Rampart” would be difficult to suffer. But Harrelson’s intense and committed performance keeps Oren Moverman’s film moving, even while the grim and overdone story wallows affectedly. Harrelson plays police officer Dave Brown in 1999 Los Angeles, in the notoriously scandal-plagued Rampart division. The film from Moverman (who directed Harrelson to an Oscar-nominated supporting performance in 2009’s “The Messenger”) examines the nature of a thoroughly corrupt cop like Brown. He’s casually racist, considers himself a “soldier” and is eventually caught on tape beating an innocent man to a pulp. Brown has two ex-wives (Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche, both looking lost) who are sisters and neighbors, with whom he has two daughters (Brie Larson, Sammy Boyarsky). When confronted by superiors or lawyers (Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi), Brown responds with a hyperliterate torrent of dubious legalese and moral equivocation. Harrelson dominates the picture, but Brown’s unraveling feels increasingly unrealistic and uninteresting. Instead of leading toward understanding, “Rampart” remains a dirty cop caricature, more a complaint than a story. With the excellent Robin Wright as a love (or really just sex) interest. RATED: R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence. RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.

“The Vow”

Rachel McAdams wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident with no memory of the past five years of her life and discovers she’s married to Channing Tatum, lives in a spacious, boho-chic loft and has a successful career as a Chicago artist. That wouldn’t suck, right? Nevertheless, she must reject this foreign existence in her confused state because the plot of “The Vow” requires some conflict. This old-fashioned amnesia tale would seem totally implausible and manufactured for maximum melodrama; as it turns out, director Michael Sucsy’s film is indeed based on a true story. But it might have been even more compelling with some different casting. McAdams, as the perplexed Paige, is her usual likable self and Tatum, as Leo, once again proves he’s an actor of greater depth than his hunky good looks might suggest. But what if Paige woke up and found she was married to someone who looked like, say, Paul Giamatti? He loves her fiercely and madly and deeply and all those intense proclamations meant to make the teen girls in the audience swoon. He’s willing to fight for her, to help her retrace how they met and what their life together was like in hopes of jogging her memory. He’s even prepared to withstand the condescension and disapproval of her wealthy parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange), who wanted her to be a lawyer and from whom she’s been estranged all this time. But he looks like Paul Giamatti. Instead, “The Vow” serves as a series of precise if obvious moments and emotional cues we must endure en route to the inevitable reconciliation. RATED: PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language. RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.


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In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Rachel McAdams, left, and Channing Tatum are shown in a scene from "The Vow."

"The Vow" tugs at the heart By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press Rachel McAdams wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident with no memory of the past five years of her life and discovers she’s married to Channing Tatum, lives in a spacious, boho-chic loft and has a successful career as a Chicago artist. That wouldn’t suck, right? Nevertheless, she must reject this foreign existence in her confused state because the plot of “The Vow” requires some conflict. This old-fashioned amnesia tale would seem totally implausible and manufactured for maximum melodrama; as it turns out, director Michael Sucsy’s film is indeed based

on a true story. But it might have been even more compelling with some different casting. McAdams, as the perplexed Paige, is her usual likable self and Tatum, as Leo, once again proves he’s an actor of greater depth than his hunky good looks might suggest. But what if Paige woke up and found she was married to someone who looked like, say, Paul Giamatti? That might have offered an intriguing little wrinkle. He loves her fiercely and madly and deeply and all those intense proclamations meant to make the teen girls in the audience swoon. He’s willing to fight for her, to help her retrace how they met and what their life together was like in hopes of jogging her memory. He’s even prepared to withstand the condescension and disapproval

of her wealthy parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange), who wanted her to become a lawyer and from whom she’s been estranged all this time. But he looks like Paul Giamatti. Instead, “The Vow” serves as a series of precise if obvious moments and emotional cues we must endure en route to the inevitable reconciliation, complete with an intrusively heart-tugging score and too much explanatory voiceover from Tatum. This includes flashbacks to Paige and Leo’s meet-cute at the DMV, the chocolates they shared on their first date, the wacky, eclectic friends and the secret wedding they staged amid the paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where Paige had been a student. (Leo’s life, by the way, isn’t nearly so well fleshed-out. His entire purpose seems to

be the service of this woman.) Give some credit to screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (”He’s Just Not That Into You”) and Jason Katims: They remain faithful to the real-life story and don’t magically restore Paige’s memories. But the smug parents and the jilted ex-fiance (Scott Speedman) who’s all too happy to rekindle their old romance feel more like pat devices than real obstacles to ultimate happiness. (Lange, who won an Emmy for starring in Sucsy’s “Grey Gardens” on HBO, does have one powerful moment of truth that helps Paige piece together her past.) It’s a nice idea: experiencing what it’s like to fall in love all over again for the first time. McAdams and Tatum sometimes make the execution of it more tolerable than it should be.

"This Means War" a safe bet all around By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge Given that the nationwide box office just experienced its greatest February weekend ever. Four films opened to receipts bigger than $22 million (heck, Safe House and The Vow both exceeded $40 million) and I'd be honored to share stories about any of the four with you, but I didn't see any of them. Rather, I spent my Valentine's Day evening taking in a sneak preview of next week's release, "This Means War," which continues the amazing balance of titles and genres that are selling tickets hand-over-fist. I happily "suffer" for my craft and am pleased to give you a glimpse of what is in store for the future. You have to suspend that level of realism that goes with some movies.

This Means War isn't even remotely something that would occur in "real life", but that's part of what makes it fun to watch. Director McG uses his trademark style of action and adult situations to blend together a story that actually hinges on it humor more than its car chases. I was surprised to find it more "Sex & the City" than "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." CIA agents FDR (Chris Pine, Star Trek's Captain Kirk) and Tuck (Tom Hardy, Bane of the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) are best friends, partners, and have recently been put on desk duty for botching a covert operation that ended in one suspect (Til Schweiger) fleeing and another suffering a very public demise. When men of action find themselves restrained, they either suffer boredom or reevaluate their lives. These two do both and it leads them

to a goofy singles website where they both light upon the profile of Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), a product tester. Here is another Hollywood example of a gorgeous career gal in a job that eats up all of her time and causes her to be unlucky in love. Why does this trope continue to get so much play? The lithe and blonde Witherspoon should have no trouble landing a partner and neither should her character. She's bright, funny, driven, and stylish (is it too creepy to say she reminds me of my sister?). Instead, we're expected to believe that she's also ditzy and as unsophisticated as her best friend, Trish, a no-nonsense married mother played by the tacky and foul-mouthed (but in the best way!) Chelsea Handler. I didn't buy it, but FDR and Tuck sure capitalize on it.

The agents continue to investigate their open-ended case whilst also working against one another to woo and seduce Lauren. When their gentlemen's agreement to let her decide who she likes best gets left behind, they recruit a dozen rookie agents to establish surveillance on her house, reassign satellites to follow her, and otherwise use our government's resources to create love lives for themselves. This makes for a good movie, but I don't know any relationship that really works this way. The reason that a marketing campaign that puts this film into 2600 theatres for a Valentine's Day sneak preview work is that "This Means War" is a comfortable and easy choice for men and women to compromise upon. The film offers plenty for each sex. The guys

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can get a little dose of action and gunfights, while relishing in the fact that there is no actress in this movie that is exactly hard to look at. The fellas aren't exactly dogs, either, ladies. This show is a pretty safe bet, but let me also recommend one I just saw on DVD. "A Better Life," only getting any attention for Best Actor Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, is a touching account of an undocumented gardener struggling to make it work in America for the benefit of his 14-year old son (Jose Julian). It's a great family film, even if the thematic material (gangs, deportation) is a little heavy at times. Don't miss that one. ••• This Means War runs 105 minutes and is rated PG-13 (after an appeal) for sexual content. I give this film two stars out of four.

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Family Focus When dancing becomes romancing Holiday Shores couple enjoys a side of salsa By LAURA SCATURRO Of The Edge


alsa brought Steven Hepp and Nancy Yates together in October, 2010.

Not the salsa that you dip a tortilla chip into at your favorite Mexican restaurant. They found love through salsa dancing. Yates moved to St. Louis from California 13 years ago to attend the American Woodworking Academy in O’Fallon, Missouri. She graduated a master woodworker in 2000. In 2010, Yates, a self-proclaimed free spirit who loves board games, baking, bike riding and jogging, was surfing the Internet and conducted a search on "board games" which resulted in her discovery of the website meetup. com. According to the website, it is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. “It’s the neatest thing,” Yates said. “It’s a like-interests website. You name it - from playing board games to business to clothes swapping. It’s not a romantic social networking site. I’m in a bunch of groups. Whatever your interest is, you type it in and something will pop up. I’m thinking of starting one for people who are interested in cake decorating.” Meanwhile in 2010, Hepp, who grew up in St. Louis, but is now living and working in Indianapolis, had been commuting to Holiday Shores every weekend since 2009 to renovate his home. “My brother, I and my dad built the house in 1978,” Steve said. “We didn’t do the electrical or plumbing but we did everything else including the concrete. It took about one and a half years to build it. We grew up in St. Louis and my dad bought this lot in 1976. He retired here. He passed in 1988. My mother passed in 2009 and my brother and I inherited the house. My brother wasn’t interested in keeping it, so I bought his share. My mother hadn’t done anything to the house in a long time.” Hepp, a process engineer, loves his position at Nucor Steel Corporation and doesn’t mind the commute since he has flexible hours. “I get off on Friday night and drive here,” he said. “I gain an hour because in Indianapolis we’re on eastern time. I get here with enough time for us to go out and do something. “I do some work on the house on Saturday and go out on Saturday night and Sunday night then back to work on Monday morning. I leave early on Monday morning for the three hour drive.” When Hepp goes out he can usually be found at a salsa dance every weekend. He didn’t take up dancing until his late '50s.


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Nancy Yates and Steven Hepp “When I first started spending my weekends here I went out and never danced,” he said. “I really like rock and roll music so I wanted to learn how to dance swing. I went to another club and they had salsa dancing and I really like the music. I took some group lessons which got me to the point where I could dance. I think a lot of guys want to dance but they feel awkward and selfconscious. “I found on the Internet that Club Viva had salsa dancing every Saturday night. I also found the Atomic Cowboy in The Grove area which had salsa on Sunday nights and then a social dance. It’s just ordinary people, even people older than us are there dancing.” Hepp recalls his first dance with Yates. “One Sunday I went to the lesson, and they had a big banner up that said, "Welcome student nurses." I went in and they had a bunch of student nurses signing up for a lesson.” The instructor asked the group to line up and Yates was standing next to him. “I looked at her and I thought she must be one of the nursing instructors,” he said. “She looked like she fit right in with them.” During the lesson which begins as individualized instruction, the group was asked to pair up for dancing. Hepp paired up with Yates. Hepp looked at Yates, who was taking her first salsa lesson and said, “Remember everything he says, there’s a reason behind it.” Yates, who had arrived alone that evening, thought she would be meeting others from the

On the Edge of the Weekend website. “I was nervous to go there myself, but when I stepped into the bar I was greeted so enthusiastically I felt comfortable and safe so I stayed. I never did find anyone else from meet-up that night.” Once the lesson was over, the two went their separate ways in the bar. Then the social hour began. “Once the open social party began I saw Nancy sitting there,” Hepp said. “A lot of the people there are 20 or 30. I wanted her to come back again because the more people there, the more fun there is, so I asked her to dance.” Hepp said his usual policy is to only ask someone to dance once because he doesn’t want them to think he’s “hitting” on them. “When I ask someone to dance it’s not because I want to date them, it’s to dance,” he said. “But I thought to myself, she’s very nice but she’s way too young for me. She’s probably 40.” Steve, 59 at the time, assumed the age difference was too great. The couple danced a couple of times, enough to warrant Yates to thank him and say goodbye when she left that evening. She didn’t think she would ever see him again because she learned that he lived in Indianapolis. “The next Sunday comes along and I get to the Atomic Cowboy but there was a mechanical problem, so the salsa was cancelled,” Hepp said. “I was thinking maybe she might come, but it was no big deal.” Yates thought he might be there too, but she arrived to the club and saw that it was closed so she

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went home. Later that week she remembered Hepp telling her that there was salsa dancing on Saturday nights at Club Viva. “So that next Saturday I decided to go to Club Viva by myself,” she said. “I was nervous, but again people were really nice and it was a safe place. I was watching the door and sure enough here comes Steve. I surprised him and walked up to him and said, ‘Hi.'” Steve said he was pleasantly surprised and admits that he was wondering if she would be there. The couple danced all night and afterwards decided to get something to eat. “It was 12:30 in the morning,” he recalled. “There’s a place called City Grill on Grand Avenue. It’s in my old neighborhood and open 24 hours. It’s a very eclectic place.” Over pancakes and conversation, Yates informed Hepp how old she was. Hepp took the news by surprise. He had no idea she was 58 years old to his 59. Their courtship, love and salsa dance partnering skills have grown steadily since. “I liked her company from the get go,” Hepp said. “Our political ideas run along similar paths. We like similar activities like jogging and riding bikes. If I had been looking for a girlfriend she would definitely have to want to go dancing every weekend.” Yates recalls the moment she knew the two were soul mates when they agreed on a movie to watch. “My very favorite, favorite movie is ‘The Long, Long Trailer ’ starring Lucille Ball and Desi

Arnez,” Yates said. Hepp finishes the story smiling, “When she ran down the list of the movies and named that one I told her, ‘Really you have that one?’” The couple will take a Valentine’s Day cruise to the southern Caribbean. It will be a dance cruise – a first for both of them. They will take lessons in ballroom, cha-cha, swing and other dances. Yates, who has lived in many different locations in the United States, moved to Holiday Shores in February, 2011. “This is the best place I ever lived,” Yates said. “I like the size of the community and there is a lot happening out here. “I’m a city girl so I was scared at first to be sitting here in this house out in the country, so that’s why I’m involved in the social committee, garden club, lunch bunch and the welcome committee.” Yates is also involved in Newcomers and Neighbors, a club that is open to residents of Collinsville, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville and Holiday Shores. Recently the couple discovered free swing dance lessons at the Collinsville VFW on Route 159 on alternate Sunday evenings. She now volunteers her time on the board to promote the weekly dance activity. The active couple is also entertaining the idea of entering a dance competition. They both agreed it would be a good goal. To learn more about the MUSIC Swing Dance Club at the Collinsville VFW contact 4632405.

The Arts Focusing on contemporary photography Saint Louis Art Museum opens new exhibit By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge The Saint Louis Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography,” portrays the works of 36 contemporary photographers, many of which have never before been presented in St. Louis. This new exhibition, which opened Feb. 19, gives viewers a look at a variety of perspectives and styles that depict not only what is happening in front of the camera, but also the work the photographer has put in behind the lens. Viewers are invited to closely inspect the sizeable images. “At this scale, photographers choose either to put us very close to their subjects – as if we were in the same space – or to communicate a broader sense of expansiveness of the world around us,” said exhibition curator Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, in a news release. Though the medium of photography has seen vast technological changes over the last 20 years, the photographers represented here have largely chosen to forgo manipulation of images after photographing and instead physically manipulate their subjects before capturing them with a camera.

“Most of these photographers are foregoing new technology for old – using large format film cameras for their ability to record a wealth of rich detail, and engaging in meticulous prop-building to create fantasy and illusion,” said Lutz in the release. The exhibition is presented in four thematic sections: “Portraiture and Performance,” “Constructed Space,” “The Public Stage” and “The Elusive Narrative.” The museum presents two smaller installations to complement the featured exhibition. Now through March 25, the New Media Series “Single Wide” will be on view in Gallery 301. This installation is curated by Tricia Y. Paik, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, and features work by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, artists represented in The Theater of Contemporary Photography. Now through April 29 and also curated by Eric Lutz, the Focus on the Collection installation titled “The First Act: Staged Photography before 1980” provides a prehistory to the largescale work in The Theater of Contemporary Photography. Curated by Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, with Ann-Maree Walker, research assistant, “An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography”

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Contemporary photography includes new and unusual elements. will be on view in the Main Exhibition Galleries at the Saint Louis Art Museum now through May 13. Admission to The Theater of Contemporary Photography is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6. Admission is free to members every day and free to all on Fridays. Timed entry tickets are required. Advance tickets are highly recommended and are available at all MetroTix locations. Tickets are also available at the museum. Tickets purchased through MetroTix will incur a $2.75 service

fee per ticket; the service fee is waived for tickets purchased in person at the museum. Charge by phone at (314) 534-1111 or online at Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. Ticketholders are responsible for arriving for exhibition entry on time. Latecomers will be allowed into the exhibition at the museum's discretion and are subject to availability. The museum reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by museum staff to be disorderly or who fails to comply with museum rules and guidelines.

Photography and reproduction in any form in the exhibition is strictly forbidden. The ticket holder expressly assumes all liability for the risk and danger incidental to the exhibition. The Theater of Contemporary Photography is open during normal museum hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; the last entry is one hour prior to the museum's closing time for that day. The Saint Louis Art Museum is located at One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo. For more information about the Saint Louis Art Museum, call (314) 721-0072 or visit

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Thursday, Feb. 23 David Burns Smith: The Longshot, The PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m., Runs through May 12. Judy Pfaff: "Recent Work", David Bruno Gallery (Main Gallery), St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 3. Belinda Lee: Inside Out/Outside In, COCA, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 Christodoulos Panayiotou: One Thousand and One Days, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Runs through April 22. West Side Story, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m.,

Runs through March 4 Awards of Excellence 2012, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 R a c e , B ro w n i n g M a i n s t a g e , Loretto-Hilton Center, Webster Groves, 8:00 p.m. The Maids, Kranzberg Arts Center Blackbox, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through March 4 Liquid Terrain: 20 Years of Works on Paper by Eva Lundsager, The Sheldon, St. Louis, noon - 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 18. An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography, St. Louis Art Museum, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Runs through May 13.

Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 3. Christodoulos Panayiotou: One Thousand and One Days, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through April 22. Belinda Lee: Inside Out/Outside In, COCA, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 West Side Story, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through Feb. 26 A Midsummer Night's Dream,

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Saturday, Feb. 25 David Burns Smith: The Longshot, The PSTL Gallery, St. Louis, 10:30 a.m., Runs through May 12. Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 10.

The Arts Artistic adventures Foundry Art Centre announces schedule The Foundry Art Centre is a fine arts gallery overlooking the Missouri River at 520 North Main Center, in the Frenchtown district of Historic St. Charles. The Foundry features a Smithsonian-caliber art gallery hosting national juried exhibitions plus 20 working artist studios where visitors can watch the creative process and buy art directly from the artists. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. For more information, call (636) 255-0270 or visit CLASSES Explore the Arts at the Foundry Art Centre. If you've ever wanted to find your niche or dabble in something new and unfamiliar, this is your opportunity. All classes are taught by artists who work in each discipline. The Foundry Art Centre has a broad student base interested in learning new and exciting things within the arts. If you are an artist who would like to share your talent and teach at our facility, please contact Angela at angela@ Art Studio Tuesdays through April 3, 2012 - 4:00 until 5:15 pm Mixed Media Thursdays through April 5, 2012 - 4:00 until 5:15 pm EVENTS Saturday, March 3, 2012 – Show begins at 7:00 pm; Doors open 6:00

pm Tickets: Admission is FREE to the public Founded in 1997, the St. Charles County Symphony Society is a multi-faceted ensemble, performing classical and modern repertoire, chamber concerts and a summer "POPS" series. The St. Charles Symphony Society enjoys serving the St. Charles area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs in a variety of community locations including area universities and schools, churches, plazas, and parks. The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles: from traditional symphonies to seasonal pops concerts. Javier Mendoza Friday, March 9, 2012 – Show begins at 7:30 pm; Doors open at 6:30 pm Tickets: $15 general admission $10 Foundry member To purchase tickets, visit www. or call 636.255.0270 Singer-songwriter, guitarist, storyteller: Singing in both English and Spanish, Javier Mendoza performs in a pop-rock style with a powerful voice and lyrics.

Peabody to host “Fiddler on the Roof” “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’” announces Tevye, a humble milkman from the Russian village of Anatevka. And so begins a tale of love and laughter, devotion and defiance...and changing traditions.

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“Fiddler on the Roof” the Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, embarks on its North American Tour. In what is a huge theatrical feat, audiences will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway direction and choreography, starring veteran actor John Preece. Tevye’s wrestling with the new customs of a younger generation is punctuated by an unforgettable score that weaves the haunting strains of “Sunrise, Sunset” and the rousing “If I Were A Rich Man” with the exuberant “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and triumphant “Tradition.” When his daughters choose suitors who defy his idea of a proper match, Tevye comes to realize, through a series of incidents that are at once comic and bittersweet, that his children will begin traditions of their own. At the story’s close, the villagers of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and even the sturdy mores that have guided everyday life begin to crumble. Paradoxically, it is the enforced loss of the rigid traditions and home life that Tevye has tried so tenaciously to preserve that leads the family to reconcile and draw closer still. A perennial hit since it first opened in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” has enjoyed critical acclaim for bringing to the stage a poignant story about the enduring bonds of the family. Now, the National Touring production of this timeless musical brings the wit and wisdom

Productions planned at Black Box Theatre Max & Louie Productions will feature two plays in its 2012 season, the St. Louis premiere of The New Century by Paul Rudnick and The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg, both being staged at COCA’s intimate Black Box Theatre (524 Trinity Avenue, University City, MO 63130). The New Century will be directed by Ted Gregory, and stars Peggy Billo, Alan Knoll, Joshua Nash Payne, Laura Sexauer and Stellie Siteman. The show runs May 10th through May 20th, tickets now on sale at www.maxandlouie. com or at COCA Box Office at 314725-6555. This provocative and outrageous comedy features a collection of hilarious characters, including a Long Island Jewish mother, the selfproclaimed “Most loving Mother of all time”, who belongs to a support group for Parents of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, the Transgendered, the Questioning, the Curious, the

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3-4 BR, Edw.: gar., like new appliances, ceramic flrs, CA, W/D hkup, nice deck, fenced yd., full unfin. bsmt; pets OK. $1,200 + deposit. 618-488-6691 for appt.

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Edwardsville Terrace, a local group home, is seeking a team player to work on the 3rd shift. As a member of our team, you will enjoy the following benefits:

2 Bedroom apt., Upper level, big, bright, nice, w/d hookups, in Worden, Deposit & ref. req’d, $545 per mth. 314-808-8444. 2 BR 1Bth apt, Troy: Close to hiway access, off street parking, on-site laundry. No smoking, no pets $600/mo. 618/975-0670 2 BR Apt, Troy. $575/rent., $575 dep. Large rooms. S/D/R/G incl. Off street parking. Available February 1st. (314)-574-3858 2 BR apt., $575/mo., Maryville: W/S/T, stove, refrigerator. Newly remodeled. Off-street parking. 10 minutes from SIUE. Now available. 618-779-0430.

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SAVE $100 BUCKS! on selected homes Edwardsville/Glen Carbon 2 bed farm house $700 3 bed $1250 to $1800 Collinsville/Maryville 1 bed $400 to $475 2 bed $425 to $1,650 3+ 4 bed $650 to $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS HARTMANN RENTALS 344-7900 for Photos & Prices 24/7 recording 345-7771

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2 BR LOFT, newly remodeled: DW, micro, stove, frig, garbge 2Bdr 1ba $400/mo; 3Bdr 1ba disp, w/d hkup. New kit/ba/wi/dr $600/mo. incl W/T/S. 1st & last $735 incl wt/sw/tr 618/593-0173 mo, will work w/dep No pets. 2 BR Townhome: quiet Glen 618-780-3937. Cbn. area, Very Clean! All applncs incld w/d. No pets. $725/mo + dep 314-378-0513. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Edw./Glen Cbn., near SIU: W/D hookups, off-st. pkng. $710 up to $745. 6926366. HSI Management Group Available Now! 2 & 3 bedrooms. Ask about our specials. 692-9310 Edwardsville - Silver Oaks II 2 Bedroom Luxury Apt w/Gar, Ground floor-No steps, Security System, Fitness Cntr, $830/mo. W/S/T Incld. Immed Availability (618)830-2613

Commercial Space For Rent 720 FOR LEASE OR SALE Retail/commercial bldg. 4500 sq ft with parking lot 500 N. Main, Edw. 692-4144

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800 Sq. Ft. office or store space, newly remodeled, across street from McDonalds, 1719C Troy Rd., Edw. 618/977-9459

Office space for lease at IL 157 and Center Grove Road, up to Glen Carbon: 2 BR, loft family 3200sf, $2300/mth. 656-1824 room, off-street parking, W/D hookup. $650 incl W/S/T, lawn care. No pets. 618/344-1838.

1 BDR apt, all new beautiful interior, 10 mins to SIUE. WST included. $435/mo.. Available now. 618-977-7657 lve msge.

Large 2 bedroom townhouse in For Sale 805 Troy: w/d hookup, off-street parking, newly remodeled. Are you tired of the hustle and $550 per mth. 228-7037. bustle of city life? We have variLarge 2 BR 1/2BA 1400sf, quiet ous homes in the country with duplex in Worden near Edw. 5-38 acres. Call Wil Holzinger w/lrg yard, garage, deck & appli- for more info 618-651-1400. ances $635/mo. (618)407-0482 Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors. To view all listings visit Move in Special 1st Month 1/2 off 2 BR, 1 Bath Glen Carbon Enjoy wiser home buying with QUAIL HOLLOW, w/d hook-ups, an agency exclusively for buyers! New and enlarged web $685 (618)346-7878 sites and “Walk Score” a new community analysis tool are at 30 Home Buyers Relocation Services! In our 21st year, always, only on the buyers side. 6620 All utilities paid!!! Center Grove Road, 2 bd apt ($850) 1 bd apt ($725) Edwardsville; 618-656-5588 Newly painted, new carpet, hardwood floors and coin laun- FSBO in Hamel. Full brick 9rm home, 2,000 s.f. 3 bedroom, dry facilities on site. Quite 2.5 bath on 2 lots, large double neighborhood, close to down- attached garage. 618-633-2568 town and St. Boniface Church. or 618-799-8546. $850/month Call or text Jamie Looking for investment properat 618-550-3309 ty? We have fixer uppers, apartments, and condos. Call Wil Quiet residential neighborHolzinger for more info 618-651hood. 2 BR; all appliances 1400. Coldwell Banker Brown incl. wshr/dryer; w/s/t. Realtors. To view all listings visit Garages available. $750/mo. Call 618-343-4405 or go to:

1 BDR loft apt. CREDIT CHECK. No pets, no smoking $585mo. $585dep. 656-8953. 1 BDR on 157, ground floor unit. 8 minutes from SIU, remodeled; fireplace, W/D hookup. Free W/S/T. $525MTHLY, plus deposit. No pets. 345-9131 1 excellent 3BR, 1200 sq.ft. TH: Collinsville, near 157/70; 12 min. to SIUE, FP, DW, W/D, ceiling fans, cable, sound walls, offst. prkng. Sm pets OK, yr. lse. $780/mo. 618/345-9610 give AM/PM phone.



Quiet, 2 bed, 1.5 bath, Conveniently located Montclaire area townhouse. Full kitchen, w/d hookup $675/mth. 288-7802 S/F DUPLEX: Esic. 3BR 3BA, kit, scrned patio, bsmt, 1 car atchd gar. 1-yr lse, $1200/mo $1200 dep; 876-7682/410-4629

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2 Bdrm apt in Glen Carbon. W/D hookups. $740 per month. 2 Bedroom towhouse, 1.5 bath, 618-975-0975. 410 Harvard Dr., $725/mth + deposit, 1year lease, 618-6162 Bdrm near SIUE. Washer 1124/409-4925. & Dryer. NO pets/smoking. $625 mthly. (618)972-3715. 2 BR 1 BA, fully renovated, near downtown Edw., convenient to shops/work: ceiling fans, stove, 2 BDRM, 1.5 BATH TOWNfridge, bsmt, w/d hookup, off-st. HOUSE in Glen Carbon. Close to SIU. No pets. 1 year lease. parking. $825. 618-407-3139 $675/mo. 618/288-9882. 3 Bd 1.5 Bt 2000sf close to dwntwn, possible commercial prop- 2 BEDROOM apartments and 2 erty for professionals, off strt & 3 bedroom townhouses. prkng, all hrdwd floors refur- Prices ranging from $650.00 to nished, AC, frplc, w/d, frig, $925.00 in Club Centre and stove, microwave, dshwhsr incl, Estate Apartments. 1 year full unfnsd bsmt. $1350/mo lease, no pets, washer/dryer hook ups & coin laundry. $1000/dep. 314-574-3858. 659-9115



2BR townhouses, 15 min to SIUE very clean. $650 incl w/s/t & w.d. On-site mgr/maint. No pets, no smoking 618.931.4700

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REMODELED 5 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 fireplaces, walk-out, LL, 5 acres fenced pasture, pole building. $297,500 Worden PR100173 CINDY FELDMANN (618) 410-2202

NEW CONSTRUCTION in Fairfield Subdivision! 4 BR, 2 1/2 baths, main floor master. $286,000 Glen Carbon PR100179 BETSY BUTLER (618) 972-2225

4 BEDROOMS, 2 1/2 BATHS! 2 story Craftsman-style home on corner lot! $279,900 Glen Carbon PR100180 BETSY BUTLER (618) 972-2225

RUSTIC HOME on Dunlap Lake. Hardwood floors, knotty pine walls, fireplace & sunroom overlooking dock & lake. $149,900 Edwardsville PR100181 SANDY LANE (618) 792-7918

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GRAND STARTER ON GRAND AVE. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, many recent updates. Move-in ready. $119,900 Edwardsville PR9624

COMMERCIAL 4 room building with 1 car bay on a High-traffic road with great visibility. $109,900 Troy PR9491

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ESTABLISHED NEIGHBORHOOD! 3 BR home with lots of updates. Large deck off kitchen, wood cabinets & ceramic floor.

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ELEGANT CUSTOM BUILT HOME in Stonebridge, that offers 7,700 +/- sq. ft., 7 bedrooms & 7 baths. $570,000 Edwardsville PR9926

BEAUTIFUL WALK-OUT RANCH finished lower level, master suite with fireplace! $466,900 Troy PR100142

IMPRESSIVE with fine finishes, volume ceilings, chef’s kitchen, finished LL, patio w/fireplace. $495,000 Glen Carbon PR9826

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ATRIUM RANCH 4 bedroom, 3 bath w/sun room, plus finished lookout LL w/FR, BR & BA. $399,900 Edwardsville PR9871

IMPRESSIVE w/unique open floor plan! Great room with fireplace, covered lanai. Must see! $314,900 Edwardsville PR9808

4 BEDROOM, 3 1/2 BATHROOM, upgraded 2 story with 3 car garage awaits you! Agent interest! $299,900 Glen Carbon PR100117

SPLIT BEDROOM Craftsman-style with wood flooring, bayed breakfast & luxury master. Agent related. $294,900 Edwardsville PR9334

THIS 4 BEDROOM HOME impresses with coffered ceilings, beautiful wood floors, a split bedroom plan & grand master suite & 3 car garage. Seller related to agency. $289,900 Bethalto PR100127

THE GLEAM OF HARDWOOD FLOORS welcomes you. Split bedroom floor plan. 3 bedroom, 3 bath. $279,000 Edwardsville PR100125

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LAKEFRONT PROPERTY! This charming 4 BR, 4 BA home has over 2400 sq. ft. & walk-out LL. Don’t pass it up! $268,900 Carlinville PR9918

BETTER THAN NEW split floor plan ranch with walkout lower level. Tons of upgrades! $230,000 Maryville PR9993

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH ranch in Stonebridge Farms. Large fenced back yard & finished lower level. 3 car garage. $199,900 Maryville PR100017

DESIRABLE 3 bedroom from the split floor plan to the vaulted ceiling. Must See! $181,900 Bethalto PR9935

ALL BRICK 3 BEDROOM w/large back yard, family room on main & lower levels. $170,000 Glen Carbon PR9810

IMMACULATE 3 bedroom, 2 bath, LL finished, 2-car garage, many updates on 2 acres! $160,000 Highland PR100082

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Religion God is the best helper of all I admit that I like my computer, but I’d also be the first to admit that I really don’t know a whole lot about it and all the things it can do. For years, I wrote my articles, printed them, got into the car and drove to the paper to hand deliver them. One day someone asked why I didn’t send them as an attachment. Up to then I’d never heard of such a thing, and so the next time someone was here that was ‘computer literate’, I asked for directions and almost like a miracle I found I could send the article with the click of a button. So, since I’m a slow learner in this new age, you can image how I drag my feet when new and different options are offered. I use the excuse that my computer is old and so am I. But on occasion, I find that, because of family, I am forced to try something new and different. Never did I ever imagine I would like being on Facebook. “I don’t want everyone to know what I am doing.” “I can’t begin to do this.” “Why in the world would I want such a thing?” All excuses. But one Sunday afternoon, one of the family opened such a spot for me on Facebook. Do I like it? Sometimes. Do I use it? Again, sometimes I do. I usually check my family’s observations and since I am a new great grandma again, I first saw that precious little girl via a picture on Facebook. It is also a medium for me to be in contact

Doris Gvillo with former international students who have left this area…some returning to their home countries. Email also is another method in which I am in contact with many. Recently one of the former students wrote something about the blessings of family. She spoke a little about her family and the love that existed within that family. I recall I responded by saying I was an only child, but on my mother ’s side there were twenty of us cousins and what fun we used to have. And I also shared how my own family had grown with marriages and new babies. Plus I recall I added," I have such a large international family also". Patti’s response was that a family’s love was indeed a blessing. And, I couldn’t agree more. Patti’s sent a quote about families. The quote said, “Where life begins and love never ends.” What a blessing if that was always true, but in reality families are often broken. I’ve said many times I fine great pleasure in reading. Recently I finished a book by Soledad O’Brien, a news commentator on CNN. She has covered stories about hurricane in New Orleans, earthquake in Haiti and many newsworthy stories that require ‘heart’,

knowledge and determination. In speaking about young women that often do not reach their potential because of family issues, she made a quote about her own family that has stayed in my mind. She wrote, “Some families pass around problems…mine distributed solutions.” Life doesn’t always work out in the ways we plan. We experience setbacks. We face serious illnesses. We lose loved ones. We find ourselves without a job. As a farmer’s wife for years, we sometimes found weather contributed to crop failures. Many things occur and it isn’t what occurs but how we face our problems that makes the difference. I’m not so very wise, but one thing I know for a ‘fact’. Life moves on…’ready or not’, change happens. If you happen to be blessed with friends and family who offer you comfort, support, and encouragement, it makes a huge difference. If you don’t, it is sad but you do belong to another family…God’s family. God doesn’t desert us. God doesn’t fail us. We may become burdened with problems and anxieties, but God is waiting for us to turn to Him for the strength we didn’t know was available. If that sounds a little trite and you doubt the truth of this, I can only ask that like

an old commercial suggested, “Try it. You might like it.” Life isn’t easy. Problems come. Many times, I’ve been in tears because there seemed so much pain and loss in my life or sometimes in the life of someone I love. The tears are a part of life. But so is the joy that comes. It is a bit like a big storm. After the wind, rain, the thunder and lightening, there comes the sunshine…sometimes even a rainbow. If you are in the midst of a difficult time, you are blessed if you have family and friends who help you over the rough spots. But also remember you belong to another family…”God’s family.” Facebook, email, and many of our newer means of communication are wonderful, if sometimes puzzling, but there is another way to reach out for help and that is ‘prayer’. And God is the greatest helper we will ever need. He is waiting patiently for us to ask for His strength to renew us, His love to surround us, and His guidance to lead us through the storms of life into the peace that only He can give us. God is ‘love’ and that love is there for all of us. Doris Gvillo is a member of Eden United Church of Christ.

Religion briefs Drug gang banners appear in central Mexico city Pope will visit MEXICO CITY (AP) — A drug gang unfurled banners in a Mexican city that Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit next month, telling rival traffickers to keep out and keep the peace during the papal visit next month. One of the banners was signed by The Knights Templar, a violent, pseudo-religious cartel from the neighboring state of Michoacan. The cloth banners with hand-painted messages were found and quickly removed on Tuesday, a few weeks after the local Roman Catholic archdiocese had issued a public plea to drug gangs not to mar the Pope's visit with violence. "We just want to warn that we do not want more groups in the state of Guanajuato. Confrontations will be inevitable. You have been warned, New Generation, we want Guanajuato in Peace, so don't think about moving in and much less causing violence, precisely at this time when His Holiness Benedict XVI is coming," according to the sign. Municipal police sent a photo of the banner to The Associated Press. "New Generation" refers to a rival gang from the neighboring state of Jalisco, which is believed to be allied with the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. The two groups, along with the Zetas, have been locked in battles in all three states.

Radical Islamist sect claims Nigeria military strikes, denies sending state-run TV a message LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A radical Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for attacks on military bases in a central Nigerian city at the heart of ethnic and religious unrest in the country. A spokesman for the sect known as Boko Haram told The Daily Trust newspaper of Nigeria's Muslim north that it carried out Tuesday's attacks on an army and air force base in Kaduna. Military officials say only a bomber was killed in the attack, though witnesses saw soldiers in blood-drenched uniforms. The sect also denied sending a video message aire d Tu e s d a y o n t h e s t a t e - ru n N i g e r i a n Television Authority in which they purportedly accepted an offer to negotiate for peace with the oil-rich nation's weak central government.

Sikh temple under construction in suburban Detroit vandalized with epithets, images STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An advocacy group has asked authorities to investigate the vandalism of a Sikh house of worship under construction in suburban Detroit. The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said

Tuesday the vandalism happened in Sterling Heights at the site of the planned gurdwara, or temple. The group says it was vandalized between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Graffiti included racial epithets, drawings of what appear to be a cross and gun, and references to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Detroit FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet declined comment. The temple is expected to be finished this summer. Sikhism developed in northern India. Sikhs in the U.S. have occasionally been the target of anti-Muslim sentiment because they wear turbans and have beards.

Defendant pleads guilty to assault, averting trial in firebomb case from NY Hasidic village WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A Hasidic teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault, averting a trial in an attempted murder case that brought unusual attention to a religious dispute in a Jewish enclave. Shaul Spitzer, 18, accepted a plea bargain as jury selection was about to begin at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. He was accused of severely burning neighbor Aron Rottenberg with a firebomb outside Rottenberg's home in New Square, an insular Hasidic village of 7,000. Spitzer and Rottenberg were seriously injured on May 22 when the flammable liquid ignited. Rottenberg suffered thirddegree burns on half his body. Spitzer had burns on his hands and arms. Rottenberg claimed in a lawsuit that Spitzer was acting at the direction of the village's chief rabbi, David Twersky. Spitzer occasionally worked for Twersky. Rottenberg alleged that Twersky was angered because Rottenberg had stopped praying at his synagogue. The rabbi denied involvement, criticized the attack and was not charged. Spitzer's lawyers also said the rabbi was uninvolved.

"I Believe" license plates available in SC, 2 years after lawsuit ruling COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina drivers can buy religious license plates that feature three crosses and a sunrise, 2 1/2 years after a federal judge declared a previous legislative effort for the "I Believe" tags unconstitutional. The new tags are sponsored by the nonprofit group www. as allowed under state law. The new tag is a nonpolitical way for Christians of all denominations to share their faith, said Adrian Grimes, spokeswoman for the group's upcoming rollout of the plate. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that "I Believe" tags that legislators created through a state law violated the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion by government. That plate featured a cross and stained glass window. The new plates show the nonprofit's name across the top, with the letters "JC" between the image of three crosses on a hill and the license number.

A spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which was among groups that sued over the 2008 law, said it sees no constitutional problem with these plates. "As long as all groups have the same access to the process, it doesn't raise constitutional issues," said spokesman Joseph Conn. State law allows nonprofit groups to create specialty plates by either collecting 400 prepaid applications or making a $4,000 deposit.

Fire destroys barn storing items salvaged from Ohio church that burned in suspected arson MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — There's more bad news for members of a central Ohio church where authorities believe a man drove a stolen car into the building, set a fire and watched from a nearby playground swing as the facility burned last month. WBNS-TV reports New Horizons Baptist Church in Marysville lost more when a fire was reported early Monday at a barn that contained items salvaged from the church site. The state fire marshal's says the barn and its contents were destroyed. The fire has been ruled accidental and started in a wall near an electrical outlet. Jail records show the 30-year-old Philadelphia man suspected in the January church arson remained in custody early Monday. No injuries were reported from either fire.

Backers of Kansas religious freedom bill cite Obama policy; gay rights advocates see attack TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Supporters of a proposal in Kansas that’s described as an attempt to protect religious freedoms told state legislators Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s ill-fated mandate for insurance coverage of birth control is a compelling example of why the measure is needed. But gay rights advocates said the primary goal of the conservative and religious groups pushing the bill continues to be nullifying local ordinances or university policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the proposed “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” and is expected to vote on it by next Monday. Chairman Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, contends the measure simply writes into state law language from past Kansas court decisions for determining when government policies place too much of a burden on practicing religion. Still, neither supporters nor opponents are treating the measure as a straightforward restatement of existing legal standards.

February 23, 2012

On the Edge of the Weekend



Summit at School Street Glen Carbon, IL 288-5620 Rev. Dr. Arnold Hoffman Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

MOUNT JOY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH OF EDWARDSVILLE 327 Olive Street • Edw, IL 656-0845 Steve Jackson, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Wed. Prayer & Bible Study: 12 noon & 7 p.m.

ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 N. Buchanan Edwardsville 656-6450 Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner

Saturday Vigil - 4:15 pm Spanish Mass - 6:15 pm Sunday Mass 8:15 am, 10:15 am, 5:15 pm Daily Mass Schedule Mon., 5:45 pm Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 am Wed., 6:45 pm

All Are Welcome

NEW BETHEL UNITED METHODIST 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL Rev. William Adams Church Phone: 288-5700 Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Adult & Children’s Sunday School 9:40 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Nursery 8:30 a.m. to Noon Senior High Youth Group Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Senior High Bible Study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Fully Accessible Facilities e-mail

St. Thomas Child Care Center Now enrolling infants through Pre-K Call 288-5697

“Where Jesus Christ is Celebrated in Liturgy and Life.”

First Presbyterian Church 237 N. Kansas Edwardsville, IL

ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 3277 Bluff Rd. Edwardsville, IL 656-1500

Rev. Diane C. Grohmann September - May Worship 10:15 a.m. June-August Worship 9:30 a.m. Our Facility is Handicap Accessible

Located 1 Block North of Post Office Early Worship: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:15 a.m. Child/Youth Choir: 10:15 a.m. Late Worship w/Chancel Choir: 10:45 a.m. For Music and Other Activities


Sunday Schedule: Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 am Worship at 10:30 am Wednesday Schedule: Men’s Ministry 6:45 pm

Hillsboro at North Buchanan in downtown Edwardsville 656-1929 The Rev. Virginia L. Bennett, D. Min. Sunday Services: 8:00 a.m. Said Eucharist . . 9:10 a.m. Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Church School 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist . . Come worship with us!

Immanuel United Methodist Church

800 N. Main Street - Edwardsville (618) 656-4648

The Old Church with the New Attitude Rev. Jackie K. Havis-Shear

Journey’s Inn Praise Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Coffee & More 10:15 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Youth Group UMYF -- Sunday evenings - 7:00 pm Every Friday - Free Lunch - 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Handicap Accessible Skilled Child Care Provided Disabled Adult Religious Education “Discover Faith, Friendship & Family”


407 Edwardsville Rd. (Rt. 162) Troy, IL 62294 667-6241 Dennis D. Price, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Worship: 6:30 p.m.

LECLAIRE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1914 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, 656-0918 “Loving People to Jesus” Shane Taylor Senior, Minister Matt Campbell, Youth and Worship Minister Ashlei Woods, Pre-School Minister 0- Pre-K


310 South Main, Edwardsville, 656-7498 Traditional Worship: 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship: 10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Youth: 6:00 p.m. Dr. Brooks, Lead Minister

“The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race.” ~ Baha’u’llah Promote the Unity of the human race everyday! The Bahá’is of Edwardsville warmly welcome and invite you to investigate the teachings of the Bahá’i Faith. For more information call (618) 656-4142 or email: P.O. Box 545 Edwardsville, IL 62025

Please see for more information. Daycare 656-2798 Janet Hooks, Daycare Director

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