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Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art -Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. Big Splash Exhibit Legends of Flight, Sea Rex, - E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t G a l l e r y, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Tornado Alley -The St. Louis Science Center, St. Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337-Missouri Botanical Louis Gardens, St. Louis Bhutto -Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Adult Egg Hunt -Jefferson Barracks Park, 18 and SIUE Friends of Art Auction -N.O. Nelson-LeClaire Room., 6 older, $8, bring basket and flash light, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. p.m. MADCO: VESA Iron Fork 2011 -St. Louis Union Station Marriott, -Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, UMSL, 8 p.m. St. Louis
Friday Saturday April 8____________ April 9____________ MOMIX in Botanica -Touhill Theater, UMSL Campus, St. Louis, Mo. Danai Gurira “Eclipsed," -A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 314.935.6543, 8 p.m. Carnaval -The Edison Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 314.935.6543, 7 p.m. Legends of Flight, Sea Rex, Tornado Alley -The St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis The Art Fair at Queeny Park -Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Art Fair at Queeny Park -Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art -Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. Legends of Flight, Sea Rex, Tornado Alley -The St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Big Splash Exhibit - E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t G a l l e r y, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Sunday April 10___________ Danai Gurira “Eclipsed,” -A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 314.935.6543, 8 p.m. Great Alton Concert A s s o c i a t i o n p re s e n t s : D e a n Christopher -Lewis & Clark Community C o l l e g e , 5 8 0 0 G o d f rey R d . , Godfrey;618-468-4222; www. altonconcerts.org Spring & Mushroom Festival - Pe re M a rq u e t te Lo d g e & Conf. Ctr., 13112 Visitor Cntr. Ln., Grafton, 618-786-2331, xt. 0. Free, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Art Fair at Queeny Park - G re e n s fe l d e r R e c re a t i o n Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art -Missouri Histor y Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. L e g e n d s o f F l i g h t , S e a R ex : Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley -St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis Big Splash Exhibit - E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t G a l l e r y, Edwardsville High School, 6 1 6 5 C e n t e r G ro v e R o a d , Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
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Sneaking into the Wildey Harold Black remembers growing up in Edwardsville By STEVE HORRELL Of The Edge
hen he was 13 years old, Harold Black would sneak into the Wildey
The year was 1937, and the Wildey had been a part of downtown Edwardsville for 28 years. A dime would get you in, but the country was still in the grips of the Depression, and Black didn’t find himself with a dime very often. William Straube was mayor of Edwardsville, Denny Hentz police chief. The Wildey’s ownership allowed Straube and Hentz – and their families – to watch movies for free. So when Hentz’s sons, Bob and Bill, decided to go, they alerted their friend, Harold Black. The boys were neighbors, and they played softball and basketball together in the schoolyard. When no one was looking, the brothers would unlatch a screen door at the back and let him in. Working security at the time was a man named T.P. Reilly. Reilly was also a detective for the Litchfield and Madison Railroad. On movie days, he frequently spotted Black
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Harold Black inside the theatre with his friends, Black recalls. “He used to tap me on the shoulder” . . . Black rapped on the table three times for emphasis . . . “’You’re out!’” “We’d walk around the back to
Exelsior Laundry, and we’d crawl up the fire escape and get back inside,” he recalled. In the early years, the Wildey staged live performances. Later they showed silent films and
westerns. Now the age of 86, Black says he can’t recall exactly what movies came to the Wildey in the 1930s. “We’d go to anything we could get in free,” he says. Black was born in Edwardsville
and grew up on High Street, graduating from Edwardsville High School in 1943. He attended Columbus Elementary School and, later, Edwardsville Junior High. In 1937, he began delivering the Edwardsville Intelligencer. His route started on Second Street, branched off onto corollary roads like Abner and wound up on North Main Street. “The pay was terrible,” he recalled. “Three cents a paper. And you’d go on Saturday and collect, and they’d say ‘We don’t have any money.’” Often he had to make up the difference himself. After high school, Black began selling linens for Artex International, based in Highland. The company sold table clothes, kitchen towels, fabric table napkins and dozens of other linen products to restaurants, hotels and airlines. Later, he switched to a similar company in Litchfield, where he stayed until his retirement. Black has tickets to the Wildey’s April 12 Grand ReOpening Ceremony. Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony and ragtime piano music, Black will have a chance to see an EHS presentation of “Hairspray,” with his grandson, Trey Sauer, in the cast.
Saint Louis Zoo offering outdoor fun The following events have been planned at the Saint Louis Zoo: April 6, 2011 Science Seminar Series. Squeaks and Scents: The Neurobiology of Animal Social Communication. 7:30 to 9 p.m. in The Living World. Free. For information, call (314) 6464544, or visit www.stlzoo.org. Sponsored by Saint Louis Zoo and Academy of Science St. Louis. April 9, 2011 ZooQuest. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members: $40/team; Non-members: $45/team. For information and registration: (314) 646-4544 or www.stlzoo.org. ZooQuest is a challenging quest-based program, taking place on Saint Louis Zoo grounds. Part trivia challenge and part scavenger-hunt, it guarantees your team will never look at the Saint Louis Zoo the same way again. You’ll notice signs you usually walk right past, colors that aren’t usually noticed, and details that make the Zoo unique. For example, do you know how many animals on the Conservation Carousel have purple saddles? April 9-10, 16-17, 23, 2011 Breakfast with the Bunny. 9 and 11 a.m. seating times. Zoo Friends members: $20/adult, $18/child (ages 2-12); Non-members: $22/ adult, $20/child (ages 2-12); Children under 2 are free. For reservations: (314) 646-4857. More information: www.stlzoo.org. Enjoy a full breakfast plus a family photo with the Bunny, treats, costumed characters and free parking. Pre-paid reservations are required and seating is limited. April 17, 2011 Earth Day: Party for the Planet. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information: 314/781-0900, www.stlzoo.org or www.stlouisearthday. org. Celebrate “Earth Day in Forest Park” with Earth-related activities and games,
entertainment and animal enrichment at the Zoo. April 23 through September 25, 2011 Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks. Admission is $3.00 for general public and $1.50 for Zoo Friends members. Children under two are free. Feeding is $1.00. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Group rate for 15 or more is $2.50 per person. For information: (314) 781-0900 or www.stlzoo.org. Back by popular demand, cownose and southern rays return to the 17,000-gallon pool at the Saint Louis Zoo this summer. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on opportunity to touch and feed these gentle and fascinating ocean creatures as they glide through a tropical saltwater habitat. Also, meet some new additions this year – brownbanded bamboo and bonnethead sharks! April 24, 2011 Enrichment Eggstravaganza. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information: (314) 7810900 or www.stlzoo.org. Zookeepers will provide enrichment “egg hunt” activities for the animals. May 2011 Daily through September 25, 2011 Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks. Admission is $3.00 for general public and $1.50 for Zoo Friends members. Children under two are free. Feeding is $1.00. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Group rate for 15 or more is $2.50 per person. For information: (314) 781-0900 or www.stlzoo.org. Back by popular demand, cownose and southern rays return to the 17,000-gallon pool at the Saint Louis Zoo this summer. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on opportunity to touch and feed these gentle and fascinating ocean creatures as they glide through a tropical saltwater habitat. Also, meet some new additions this year – brownbanded bamboo and bonnethead sharks! May 7, 2011 Trivia Gone Wild presented by Commerce
Bank. 6 p.m. $35/person or $350/table of 10. For information and reservations: 314/6464771 or www.stlzoo.org. Get your “beastly bunch” together for the Young Zoo Friends’ trivia night. Proceeds benefit global conservation efforts of the Saint Louis Zoo. Sponsored by Commerce Bank and Culpeppers Grill & Bar. Saturdays and Sundays, May 7-22, 2011 PNC Bank Sea Lion Show. Sea lion superstars show off their natural abilities with front flipper walks, balancing acts, hurdle jumps in the water, Frisbee throws and lots of splashing! Daily shows at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is $3/person. Children under two are free. For information: 314/781-0900 or www.stlzoo.org. May 8, 2011 Mother’s Day Brunch. 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. seating times in The Painted Giraffe. $16.95/ adult; $8.50/children aged 2-11. Children under 2 are free. Gratuity included. For information and reservations: 314/646-4857 or www.stlzoo. org. Give your mom a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day this year: treat her to brunch at the Saint Louis Zoo. Complete with carving and waffle stations, breakfast fare, salads, cheeses, chicken, pasta, desserts and more, brunch at the Saint Louis Zoo is a wild way to spend Mother’s Day! May 10, 2011 Among Giants, A Life with Whales. 7:30 p.m. in The Living World. Free. No reservations necessary. More information: www.explorersstl.com or (314) 231-2306 x1302. Presentation and book signing by Charles “Flip” Nicklin, marine biologist, photographer and author of the book Among Giants, A Life with Whales and Face to Face with Whales. Widely regarded as the world’s leading cetacean photographer, Flip Nicklin, grew up around his father’s small dive shop on the California coast. In 1976, he was signed on as a deckhand
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and diving assistant for a three-month shoot with photographers Bates Littlehales and Jonathan Blair. He went on to become National Geographic’s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. His ability to free dive to depths of up to 90 feet (27 meters) allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education. Presentation sponsored by The Explorers Club St. Louis Chapter, Academy of Science St. Louis and Saint Louis Zoo. May 18, 2011 Bowling for Rhinos. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 per person in advance or at the door (space permitting). For information: www.stlzoo.org/ aazk. St. Louis chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers hosts a bowling event at Tropicana Lanes to benefit three rhinoceros conservation areas in Kenya, Indonesia and Sumatra. May 22, 2011 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks for the Zoo. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Check website for specific race times. For information and registration: (314) 646-4771 or www.stlzoo.org. Runners and walkers of all ages can participate in a 5K run/walk or 1-mile race through Forest Park. Kids ages 7 to 12 can participate in a half-mile kids’ run, and kids ages 6 and under can participate in a quartermile kids’ run. Registration: $18/individual (before May 6); $22/individual (after May 6); $10/child for Kids’ Race. $50/family registration (limit four individuals in same family); $10/additional family member (before May 6). No family registrations after May 6. Proceeds benefit the Zoo.
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People People planner Summer camp in Hawaii planned The Saint Louis Science Center announced new additions to its full list of Summer Science Blast camps, adding even more exciting options. In one brand new camp, “Destination: Hawaii 2011,” seventh and eighth graders will explore earth sciences, culture and history on the Hawaiian island Oahu. Together with Summer Science Blast staff, students will travel to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) where they will spend the night on a submarine. The following morning, they are off to Hawaii for a week packed with science-based activities, including snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and visits to Polynesian Cultural Center, Bowfin Submarine Museum and more. Each night in Hawaii will be spent on the USS Missouri Battleship (Mighty MO). This offshore adventure is the result of a partnership between the Science Center, the United States Navy, the Mighty MO and OMSIAmanda Tinnin, Public Programs Manager at the Science Center, is excited about the new camp. “’Destination: Hawaii 2011’ will be unlike any camp we’ve ever had,” Tinnin said. “It will be an amazing adventure in science and culture for the students and the staff.” This trip isn’t the only new option this summer. Students will have the opportunity to try a new session called “Electro-Magnificent,” during which they can learn to wire their own circuits. In “Science on Stage,” students go behind-the-scenes to learn how the Science Center staff creates exciting demonstrations and projects for the visitors. Longtime camp favorites are returning as well, including, “Flight Academy,” during which campers train in state-of-the-art flight simulators and end the week flying a real plane. Campers will learn the science behind the stomach, the
brain and how they work together in “The Hungry Scientist,” and in “Mythbusting,” campers investigate and learn the history behind different myths. The week-long Summer Science Blast camps are offered in half- or full-day sessions, depending on the topic. Summer sessions for 2011 begin June 6 and run through Aug. 5. Morning camps run from 9am to 12pm, and afternoon camps are scheduled from 1 until 4pm. The cost per camper ranges from $105 for a week of half-day sessions to $430 for a week of fullday, premium sessions, depending on the age of the camper and the session topic. A Member discount is available for some sessions. Flexible extended care options are also available for an additional charge. A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available for the Summer Science Blast camps. Interested families should call the Science Center ’s Public Programs Department at 314.289.4439 to obtain a scholarship application. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, April 15. Final decisions will be made by May 6. Since camp sizes are limited, parents are encouraged to register their children early. Sessions with too few registered campers are subject to cancellation. Registration is available at the Science Center or by calling 314.289.4439. More information about Summer Science Blast is available at slsc.org
Alton plans Civil War observance On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War rang out. From the battlefields of North and South, to the riverbanks of small towns like Alton, Illinois, those first shots rippled across the nation. Listen to the whispers from the past, hear stories never told and learn of buried secrets revealed as you experience Alton’s connections to the past on
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the Voices of the Civil War tour. Commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Alton as you step into the past on this living history tour along Alton’s Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for this self-guided tour are $10 each and may be purchased at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton, Il., beginning on March 23. For more information, call (618) 465- 6676 or go to www.VisitAlton. com. As our nation commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, visitors can experience Alton’s lasting legacies during the Voices of the Civil War living history tour. On Saturday, April 16, seven of the sites along Alton’s Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail will be interpreted by costumed docents from the Alton Little Theater. From the LincolnDouglas debate site to the ruins of Alton’s infamous Confederate Prison, docents will reveal some of the lesser-known stories and interesting tales associated with the sites. The tour is self-guided, and performances will be given every 15 minutes at designated sites, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last presentation at the sites will take place at 1:45 p.m. The event will conclude with a ceremonial firing of the cannons in the Alton City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Trail sites on the tour include: Lincoln-Douglas Square, Lyman Trumbull House, Franklin House, Lovejoy Monument, Alton Prison, Confederate Monument and Cemetery and the site of Small Pox Island and the Lincoln-Shields Duel. The cost of the Voices of the Civil War tour is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the
Alton Visitor Center, located at 200 Piasa St. in Downtown Alton, beginning on March 23, 2011. In the event of rain or inclement weather, performances will take place at Mineral Springs Mall, located at 301 E. Broadway in Downtown Alton. For more information, contact at the Alton Regional CVB at 1-800258-6645 or (618)465-6676, or visit us online at www.VisitAlton.com/ Lincoln.
Clayton’s Parties in the Park moves The region’s original outdoor happy hour, Parties in the Park, hosted by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, is moving out of Shaw Park and onto the streets of downtown Clayton. In its 28th season of live music, cold drinks, and meeting up with friends old and new, Parties in the Park is now “Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton.” M e r a m e c Av e n u e , b e t w e e n Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue, will be THE place to be after work this summer, and best of all, admission to one of the city’s most familiar and eagerly anticipated parties in town is free and open to the public. The revamped Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton 2011 season kicks off Wednesday, May 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., a half hour longer than years past, and continues on the second Wednesday of the month through September. With live music and a DJ soon to be announced, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce hopes to stimulate the retail and restaurant business in Clayton by moving the party closer
to the business district. The move also falls in line with the city of Clayton’s master plan to have more events on the streets. “We really wanted do something new this year,” said Ellen Gale, executive director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. “We are so excited to bring this Clayton tradition to the heart of the City. We know it will bring a new sense of fun and vibrancy to the scene and will stimulate economic growth for the restaurants and retail businesses.” The move also creates more opportunities for sponsors and more room for food vendors, which in turn creates a fun, lively atmosphere for Clayton professionals and residents. “We joked that people think Parties in the Park is in downtown anyway, so why not make it true?” said Brent Stevens, president and longtime volunteer of Parties in the Park. The new setting will include a stage for live music, lounge furniture, lush tropical plants, tented tables, cold beer, and delicious edibles from local restaurants. This summer, catch up with friends old and new at the longest running outdoor happy hour. And come early each month for the best drink special in town: half-priced beer from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Whether looking to mingle with friends and colleagues, meet new people or just relax after a hard day’s work with an ice-cold beer, you won’t want to miss the new Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton. For more information about Parties in the Park, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 314-7263033 or visit www.partiesinthepark. org.
People People planner MoBOT plans TREEmendous Festival The Missouri Botanical Garden is the place to celebrate National Arbor Day! Enjoy a host of tree-riffic tours, demonstrations, live music and hands-on family activities during the TREEmendous Forest Festival weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 30 and May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. The event kicks off the Extreme Tree Houses exhibition and is part of the Garden’s TREEmendous year of activities in recognition of the United Nations (U.N.) International Year of Forests. For more information, visit www.mobot.org/treemendous. Take your passion to new heights and discover the Garden’s majestic trees like never before with the “Canopy Climb” tree-climbing experience. Facilitated by certified tree-climbing specialists, ascend into the canopy of a tree using a rope system and your own strength. Hang out in the air for 10 to 15 minutes, getting a memorable “tree’s-eye view” of the Garden. Creve Coeur Camera will snap a commemorative photo of each climber. The entire experience, which includes a brief tree-climbing introduction and safety lesson, gear fitting and instruction, ascent, canopy exploration and descent, lasts approximately 30 minutes and costs $30 per person ($25 for Garden members). Canopy Climb sessions are offered throughout each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The experience is first-come, first-served and open to adults and children ages 8 and over. Watch professionals from the Midwest International Society of Arboriculture showcase their expert climbing skills and techniques in arborist tree-climbing demonstrations. Witness first-hand how these men and women do their job with purpose and passion as they safely and skillfully maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree care tasks, rescue climbs and other skills in a timely manner – the same techniques that are judged in professional arborist competitions. Demos are Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Stop by the Cohen Amphitheater from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to observe chainsaw artist Joe Bathon of Woodstock Chainsaw Carvings recycle scrap wood into artisticallycrafted characters and decorative objects. Other demos include a violin maker, a wood turner and a showcase of designs from Newberry Furniture. Explore the Garden’s historic, State Champion and other significant trees with docent-led TREEmendous tree tours offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Uncover the mystery and mayhem surrounding “Wicked Trees” with a one-of-a-kind presentation by New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart on Saturday at 11 a. m. Learn how science could help save the American chestnut tree (Castanea dentate) with an illustrated p r e s e n t a t i o n b y D r. Wi l l i a m Powell, director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry and codirector of The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a presentation by “The Busy Tree” children’s author Jennifer Ward at 11 a. m. on Sunday. Delve into “Missouri Forest 101” with Forestry District Supervisor Gus Raeker on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Listen to the Augusta Bottoms Consort perform their blend of acoustic folk music live from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Watch as southern
Illinois artist Mel Watkin works with graphite and acrylic on site in the Ridgway Visitor Center to complete a tree specially created for the Forest Festival. Participate in several familyfriendly activities together. Listen to tree tales from popular children’s storybooks on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 1 to 3 p. m. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., pick up a “Trees, Trees, Trees” Family Backpack equipped with hands-on activities designed for children to complete with a grown-up as they explore the Garden grounds – learn how to measure the height of a tree, what tree cookies are and about the products made from trees. Join Great Green Adventures: Getting to Know Trees at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to explore the Garden’s trees and make an identification book of leaf rubbings. Great Green Adventures is designed for children ages 6 to 12 with an adult and costs $3 per child (free for Garden members). Explore TREEmendous insects and trees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with educators from the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Enjoy Decorating with Nature crafts on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Register for several educational classes and activities held during the Forest Festival. Adults can learn about the Historic and Important Trees of the Garden with master gardener Alan Stentz on Saturday at 10 a.m. Little Sprouts ages 3 to 6 with an adult can take part in Totally Trees also on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Webelo Cub Scouts can earn their Forester badge with a class on Saturday at 1 p.m. Fees vary for each session and advance registration is required; visit www. mobot.org/classes to reserve your spot. Visit with exhibitors from the Missouri Department of Conservation, World Bird Sanctuary, Plants of Merit® program, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, Forest Park and the Saint Louis Zoo. Stop by the outdoor Food Court to munch on foods grown on trees, including apples, chocolates and more, or enjoy lunch indoors or outside on the terrace at the Sassafras cafe. The TREEmendous Forest Festival weekend is presented by Macy’s. The TREEmendous Extreme Tree Houses exhibit debuts during Forest Festival weekend. The Garden
invites visitors to branch out from the ordinary notion of tree houses with an original exhibition of nine TREEmendous Extreme Tree Houses. View the winning works of a juried competition to construct imaginative, n o n - t r a d i t i o n a l , g ro u n d - l e v e l structures beneath the canopy of the Garden’s oak, elm, ginkgo and other stately trees. The Extreme Tree Houses are on outdoor display Saturday, Apr. 30 through Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Explore a forest of fun in the TREEmendous Interactive Discovery Center. Learn about the extraordinary trees among us, discover the many roles trees and forests play in our lives and get inspired to take action. Immerse yourself in the world of trees in ways that spark smiles, ignite curiosity and increase your tree I.Q. The Interactive Discovery Center is open inside the Brookings Interpretive Center (adjacent to the Climatron®) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year, beginning April 1. The Great St. Louis Tree Hunt takes the celebration of trees out into the community to increase awareness and get people of all ages exploring the great outdoors. Participants are challenged to find at least 15 of 30 marked TREEmendous Trees throughout the metro region (including Missouri and Illinois). To learn more and download an area guide, clue map and photo journal, visit www.mobot.org/treemendous. The Great St. Louis Tree Hunt is presented by Gamma Tree Experts.
The 2011 TREEmendous year of activities is sponsored by Ameren Missouri and Novus International. Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on Saturday morning until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. 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 & South exit. Free parking is available on-site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit www. mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (tollfree, 1-800-642-8842).
"Tornado Alley” opens at Science Center A new OMNIMAX® film opens at the Saint Louis Science Center on Friday, March 18. The film, Tornado Alley, stars Storm Chasers host Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX2, a fully nomadic team of scientists who follow and study severe weather throughout the Plains. It is the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes and explores the science of our
planet’s most extreme—and least understood—weather phenomena. Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Casey’s personal quest takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. Meanwhile, the VORTEX2 team surrounds the tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected. “St. Louisans have seen firsthand this year that severe weather can occur at any moment,” said Carol Valenta, Senior Vice President and Associate Museum Director for the Science Center. “Tornado Alley serves as a great opportunity for students and families to learn more about this natural phenomenon that affects our lives.” “We hope our visitors will never be in the heart of a tornado, but thanks to the filmmakers of Tornado Alley, they will be able to learn about and experience severe weather as though they were storm chasers,” said Jackie Mollet, Senior Director of Theater, Retail and Exhibitions at the Science Center. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for children, college students with an ID and seniors, and free for Members with vouchers. Showtimes are available by calling 314.289.4424 or at slsc.org.
6th Annual Canine Easter Egg Hunt
Hawthorne Animal Hospital Troy Clinic off Hwy 40 (by RP Lumber) Saturday, April 16th Registration Starts: 1:00 PM Hunt Begins: 2:00 PM $ 00 5 per dog
If your dog is the first to find the Golden Egg in its weight class, you will win an Easter basket valued at over $200 in prizes! Special giveaways for the first 50 registrants, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and more! Pre-Register your dog(s) by calling one of our four locations prior to 7:00 PM, April 14, visiting our website at www.hawthorne.vetsuite.com, or emailing us at email@example.com You can also register the day of the event starting at 1:00 PM. Proceeds to benefit the Tree House Wildlife Center
April 7, 2011
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Simon Shaheen Eclectic mix of musical styles comes to SIUE's Arts & Issues By JULIA BIGGS Of The Edge
ranscend the boundaries of music and geography when Simon Shaheen, along with his quartet, Qantara, brings his fusion of Arab, jazz Western classical and Latin American music to the SIUE Arts & Issues stage at 7:30 p.m. on April 14 in the SIUE Meridian Ballroom. Shaheen, one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers and composers of his generation, is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the violin and the oud, a traditional Arabic stringed instrument and the predecessor to the European lute. A Palestinian by birth, Shaheen spent his youth in a small town in Israel shadowing his father, Hikmat Shaheen, a professor of music and a master oud player. A powerful influence in Shaheen’s musical life, Shaheen’s father taught him to play the oud at age 5. A year later Shaheen was studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Jerusalem. Shaheen recalled that when he held and played these instruments that “they felt like an extension of my arms.” Shaheen became an instructor of Arab music, performance and theory at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem in 1978 after graduating from the Academy. He moved to New York City two years later to
pursue higher education. In 1982, Shaheen formed the group, Near Eastern Music Ensemble, which performed traditional Arab music. It was at this time that Shaheen also began hosting workshops and lecture/demonstrations in schools and universities to educate the younger generation. To this day, Shaheen still devotes over 50 percent of his time working with students at universities such as Julliard, Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Harvard and Yale. Shaheen’s unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when he was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House. Then in 1995, Shaheen formed Qantara, which means “arch” in Arabic, as a way to bridge his Arabic musical heritage with the contemporary sensibilities of postmodern jazz creating a new musical expression. “I want to create a world music exceptionally satisfying to the ear and for the soul,” Shaheen said on his Web site about his music. “This is why I selected members for Qantara who are all virtuosos in their own musical forms, and whose expertise and knowledge can raise the music and the group’s performance to spectacular levels.” The diversity and uniquely
Pictured is Simon Shaheen. Photos for The Edge.
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versatile musical styles of Qantara’s musicians create a rare blend of traditional world music infused with jazz concepts. The instrumentation for the group is comprised of Shaheen on the oud and violin and is complimented by artists performing on nay, flute, saxophone, classical guitar, double bass, and world percussion instruments. Shaheen released four albums of his own in the '90s: “Saltanah” (Water Lily Acous tics), “Turath” (CMP), “Taqas im” (Lyrichord), and “Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab” (Axiox). He has also contributed selections to soundtracks for “The Sheltering Sky” and “Malcolm X” and has composed the entire soundtrack for the United Nations-sponsored documentary, “For Everyone Everywhere.” Broadcast globally in December 1998, this film celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Charter. Perhaps his greatest success to date came with "Blue Flame" (ARK21, 2001), featuring Qantara. The album was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, and the band’s performances have been called “glorious.” Shaheen has toured around the world with his bands playing at concerts and festivals. Qantara’s
appearances have included: Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon; Les Mediterranean in France; New York’s Central Park Summer Stage; Stern Grove International Festival in San Francisco; Chicago World Music Festival; Royce Hall in Los Angeles; University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis; International Souk Ukaz at the historic citadel in Amman, Jordan; and Yabous Festival in the historical Tombs of Kings in East Jerusalem among others. In Palestine, Shaheen conducts an annual weeklong music workshop designed for gifted children. A Detroit Times review said that, “Ecstasy best describes the exquisite performance given by (this) virtuoso.” In addition to performing with his two bands, Qantara and the Near Eastern Music Ensemble, Shaheen tours as a solo artist internationally and as a lecturer throughout the academic world promoting awareness to Arab music through numerous lecture and workshop presentations. The Simon Shaheen performance at SIUE on April 14 is one not to miss. Tickets for the performance can be purchased online at www.siue. edu/artsandissues or by phoning the SIUE Fine Arts Box Office in Dunham Hall at 650-5774.
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Thursday, April 7 • Cody Canada & The Departed, 8 p.m., The Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street St. Louis, (314) 588-0505
Friday, April 8 •Yard Dawgs, Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. • T h r e e D a y s G r a c e , T h e Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. LouisSOLD OUT • Green River Ordinance-Grab Your Dancing Shoes Tour, 8 p.m., The Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street St. Louis, (314) 588-0505 • Matt Livasy, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 • Bassnectar, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis -SOLD OUT • Resurgents, Grafton Winery, Grafton • Pete Morrissey, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 • Open Mic w/Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Llywelyn’s Pub, Soulard • Open Mic w/Butch Moore, Stagger Inn, Edwardsville, 9 p.m. • Mo’ Pleasure, Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. • D i z S t r o h m a n B i g B a n d , featuring vocalist Stephanie Strohman, On The Hill Golf Pub, 58 S. Rte. 157, Edwardsville, 618-6569774
• Great Alton Concert Association presents: Dean Christopher, Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey;618-468-4222; www.altonconcerts.org, 3 p.m. • Mondin-Stevens Experience, Grafton Winery, Grafton • St. Louis Jazz Club/Webster U. Traditional Jazz Ensemble, Doubletree Hotel, 1973 Craigshire Rd., St. Louis, 314-972-8298/ stlouisjazzclub.org
• Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis • G re g S i l s b y ( C u m b e r l a n d Gap), 8 p.m., Cleo’s, 1013 N. Main, Edwardsvillle
Friday, April 15
• The Cave Singers, 8 p.m., The Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street St. Louis, (314) 588-0505
• The St. Louis Jazz Festival featuring The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Touhill, St. Louis University Campus, 8 p.m. • Railroad Earth, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Bud Summers, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m. • Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis
Tuesday, April 12
Saturday, April 16
• Sheldon Coffee Series-Swing DeVille, 10 a.m., The Sheldon, St. Louis • Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis
• The St. Louis Jazz Festival featuring Ron Carter Trio, The To u h i l l , S t . L o u i s U n i v e r s i t y Campus, 8 p.m. • Mercy Me, The Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo. -SOLD OUT • Corey Smith, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • JJ’s Bag Band, Grafton Winery, Grafton • Battle of the Bands Benefit for Teen Suicide Prevention, 7 p.m., The Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street St. Louis, (314) 588-0505 • Bryon Foggs, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m. • Pure Prairie League and Brewer and Shipley, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, www.wildeytheatre. com • Hudson and The Hoo Doo Cats, 11 a.m., The Sheldon, St. Louis, www.thesheldon.org • Jason Gordon (the one-man
Monday, April 11
Wednesday, April 13 • The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo. • Open Mic Night, Villa Marie Winery, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., FREE Tacos, Maryville • Sheldon Coffee Series-Swing DeVille, 10 a.m., The Sheldon, St. Louis • Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis
Thursday, April 14 • Mike Wyatt and the missing men, The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Mo.
band), 8 p.m., Cleo’s, 1013 N. Main, Edwardsvillle
Sunday, April 17 • Double Play, Grafton Winery, Grafton • Jack Twesten, Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Pat Liston (Mama’s Pride), 6 p.m., Cleo’s, 1013 N. Main, Edwardsvillle
Monday, April 18 • S i n g e r ’ s S o c i e t y P re s e n t s Vanessa Rubin, Dunham Hall, SIUE, 8 p.m., free
Thursday, April 21 • Arcade Fire with special guest The National, The Concert Club at
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Friday, April 22 • STSS, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Mo. • Pete Morrissey, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m. • Soulard Blues Band, 8 p.m., Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 • STSS, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Mo. • A n i t a R o s a m o n d , G r a f t o n Winery, Grafton • Gabie, Westview Wine Cellar and Bistro, Collinsville, 7 p.m. • Tommy & the High Pilots, Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m.
On the Hill Golf Course and Park 58 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville
Sunday, Apr. 10, 3:00-6:00 pm
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Future performance dates at the American Legion Post 199: June 26, August 14, October 23, November 27
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Music Tuning in Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats to perform at Sheldon The Sheldon presents Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats, Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall. Self-described “Jump Swingin Rockin Boogie BluesaBilly” band Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats are St. Louis favorites, performing swinging blues, 50’s era rock and roll, rockabilly and dance music, as well as original songs penned by founder and songwriter, Hudson Harkins. After years of touring regionally and playing thousands of club dates, Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats’ experience and p ro f e s s i o n a l i s m a re re f l e c t e d in their ability to adapt to any performing environment, as they have shared the stage with artists such as Chuck Berry, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Royal Crown Revue. Hudson Harkins fronts the band as lead vocalist and drummer. An Austin native of 39 years, his originals are strongly influenced by Austin’s eclectic music scene and St. Louis’ historical blues and roots traditions. Lead guitarist since 1994, John Logan’s commanding style is featured on an old Gibson archtop or a Fender Strat. Slap bassist, Mike Graham, who joined the band in 1999, plays a rare 1930’s aluminum upright with great showmanship. Tickets for Hudson and the H o o D o o C a t s a re $ 1 0 a d u l t reserved/$5 child reserved. Call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit www.TheSheldon.org. For more information, contact The Sheldon during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jazz St. Louis plans upcoming season Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the Jazz at the Bistro subscription series and special events scheduled for the 2010 -2011 season. These artists reflect some of the biggest names and finest talent in jazz today: 2010-2011 Subscription Series Listed as: Date, Artist, Prices. April 13-16, Yellowjackets, $30 and $35 April 27-30, Bill Charlap Trio, $25 and $30 May 11-14, Houston Person, $25 $30 May 25-28, Sean Jones Quintet, $25 and $30 Special Events February 11, Al Jarreau , $150/$50/$40. 8:00 p.m. show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. - S p o n s o r e d b y Wo r l d Wi d e Technology, Inc. All show times are at 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On sale dates for David Sanborn, the Jazz Crusaders and Al Jarreau will be announced separately. Tickets for all other Jazz at the Bistro events go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at all Metrotix locations, via phone at 314.534.1111, online at www.metrotix.com or through the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314.289.4030. Student tickets are available for most shows.
Fair Saint Louis plans announced David N. Farr, Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Frank Mares, deputy superintendent J e ff e r s o n N ational Expansion Memorial, today announced key highlights for this summer ’s 2011 Fair Saint Louis, to be held July 2, 3 and 4 on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. This year’s event welcomes an expanded Fair Saint Louis Air Show, musical entertainment and KTown Kids Zone. A Fair Saint Louis tradition, spectacular fireworks will conclude each evening – offering safe and free family fun over the Fourth of July weekend. “We’re proud that Fair Saint Louis has its roots in the Veiled Prophet Organization, which for nearly 135 years has worked to promote the City of St. Louis. These efforts are deeply rooted in our commitment to voluntarily serve the entire community by sharing time and talent,” said Farr. “We remain ever so committed to hosting an event that remains free and open to all attendees and represents so much that is great about St. Louis.” “The City of St. Louis continues to proudly partner with the Fair Saint Louis Foundation on this great St. Louis tradition that welcomes people from near and far to our historic Riverfront. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Fair Saint Louis has resulted in millions of dollars in economic impact while also contributing greatly to area nonprofits via concession sales,” said Mayor Slay. “On behalf of the City of St. Louis, I am thrilled to join in the effort with the Fair Saint Louis Foundation to invest in and celebrate ‘America’s Biggest Birthday Party.’” “The Gateway Arch is recognized around the world and through our efforts to revitalize the Arch grounds through The City + The Arch + The River effort, we are certain the awareness of St. Louis as a global platform will increase even more,” said Mares. “It’s a thrill to welcome St. Louis residents from throughout the region and guests from far and wide to experience this national park in such a unique and important celebration of our Nation’s freedom at Fair Saint Louis” Announcing this year’s musical performance line-up, Farr shared, “We want to provide everyone who
calls the St. Louis region home, the opportunity to invite friends and family to St. Louis this Fourth of July. Catch a Fair Saint Louis air show during the day along with a ride to the top of the Arch and then rejoin Fair Saint Louis to enjoy a great concert and fireworks along the mighty Mississippi. Round out the weekend with a St. Louis Cardinals game, a visit to the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park or another wonderful attraction here in the St. Louis region.“ The Fair Saint Louis entertainment line-up includes: • With an astounding 28 albums to its name, Fair Saint Louis welcomes The Steve Miller Band (www.stevemillerband.com <http:// www.stevemillerband.com> ) – on Saturday, July 2. • The three-time Grammy Award winning rock group who played this year ’s Super Bowl pre-game festivities, Maroon 5 (www.maroon5. com <http://www.maroon5.com> ) on Sunday, July 3. • A n d , c o u n t r y ro c k s t a r s M o n t g o m e r y G e n t r y ( w w w. montgomerygentry.com <http:// www.montgomerygentry.com> ) will celebrate our nation’s independence on Monday, July 4. •Air shows will take place on all three days of Fair Saint Louis and are expected to include military and civilian performers from around the country. Fair Saint Louis will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 with the 134th Veiled Prophet Parade, one of the best and longest running parades in the nation. Following the Fourth of July festivities, the celebration will continue throughout the month of July with the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, with performances on July 15/16 and July 22/23. Additional details for both Fair Saint Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts will be announced later this spring. Each year community volunteers, Fair Saint Louis staff, the Veiled Prophet Organization, in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of St. Louis work together to promote St. Louis by bringing visitors downtown for the nearly month-long event. The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges that this event is produced by Saint Louisans, for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world. If members of the community are interested in
volunteering, volunteer applications may be downloaded from the Celebrate St. Louis website at www. celebratestlouis.org.
Touhill announces 2010-11 schedule On its 2010-11 calendar, the Touhill again showcases events that span many genres, from classical to opera, jazz to dance, and international to special events. Single tickets for most events went on sale Aug. 9. The breadth and wealth of talent that will grace the two stages at the performing arts center is largely reflective of continued partnerships with esteemed local arts organizations, including Dance St. Louis, Modern American Dance Company, Ambassadors of Harmony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Arianna String Quartet and Jazz St. Louis, as well as select, outstanding resources on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Exceptions are noted in the event calendar. Tickets are available at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at www. touhill.org; or by phone at 314-5164949. The Touhill’s Ticket Office is located at One University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121. Student, group, and senior discounts are available. Check with the Ticket Office for eligibility. GREATER ST. LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVAL April 15 & 16 • Fri & Sat @ 8PM • $20, $10; $35, $20 Every year, outstanding jazz professionals come to town to mentor music students from across the region. During the day, they teacher master classes and conduct clinics. At night, they take the stage to perform with the UMSL Jazz Ensemble. THE SECOND CITY * April 28 -30 • Thurs & Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 5 & 9PM • $36 general admission; tables start at $82 The Second City brings “Fair & Unbalanced,” an unbridled comic pleasure in the foibles of our politicians, celebrities and even our significant others. No institution escapes the satiric eye of The Second
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Ste. Genevieve The oldest town in the state of Missouri By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
te. Genevieve is one of those rare towns that has enough to offer that every age group can find something to do and stay busy for a couple of days at least.
The town has the distinguished title of being the oldest town in the state of Missouri. Settled in the 18th century, the people of Ste. Genevieve, past and present, have worked diligently to preserve the town's history and to keep it relevant for today’s visitor. Being a river town, located on the banks of the Mississippi, has made this a rather difficult task over the centuries.
The flood of 1993 brought national attention to the historic town of Ste. Genevieve when the river reached a record flood level of 49.7 feet. National Geographic followed the event and made a documentary entitled “Can’t Drown This Town,” documenting the thousands of people from the town, surrounding towns and even from around the country who came together to build a higher temporary levee to save the historic buildings. Since that time, the Army Corps of Engineers completed a new federal levee that is designed to withstand a 500 year flood. A priority for visitors should be to
tour the historic homes of the town. There are self-guided tour brochures available on the tourism Web site or at the Ste. Genevieve Visitor’s Center located on Main Street. Visitors can also purchase a very reasonably priced passport to gain access to all the homes for one low price or the homes may be visited individually for a nominal fee per entrance. The Bolduc House, c. 1792, is a National Historic Landmark and is regarded as “the first most authentically restored Creole house in the nation.” Open daily with the exception of major holidays. It also has gift shop. The Bauvais-Amoureaux House – 1792. Built by Jean-Baptiste St. Gemme Bauvaus, this home overlooks Ste. Genevieve’s communal agricultural fields. Open seasonally.
Jacques Guibord Hitoric House – 1806. This house was constructed in “poteaux-sur-sole” style with vertical, hand-hewn log walls and double pitched roof. This important National Register site is the only historic home in Ste. Genevieve where the visitor can view and study “up close,” the Norman truss architecture employed at the time. Admission includes a costumed docent-guided tour. Senior and group discounts are available. Small gift shop on site. Open daily April through November, except Wednesday. Open on Saturday and Sunday, December through March.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Group tours at any time by appointment. Louisiana Academy – 1808. Founded by Father James Maxwell in 1807, was the first school publicly
charted by the government of the Louisiana Territory to teach not only French settlers, but Native American and black students the French and English languages. Tours by appointment only.
Felix Vallé State Historic Site – 1818. Federal style limestone building features authentically restocked mercantile store of the historic trading firm of Menard and Vallé. Site was the home of one of Ste. Genevieve’s premier colonial families, Felix and Odile Pratte Vallé. Admission includes guided tours. A gift shop is located on the site. There are other houses and building available for tour. Visit www.visitstegen.com. Ste. Genevieve hosts a number of events throughout the year. Becoming one of the more popular events is the Fourth Friday Art Walk. On the fourth Friday of each month, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are over a dozen art studios, art shops and galleries open during the evening, showcasing their works and offering refreshments. There is no fee for the walk. A number of the shops that would normally be closed are open during the walk. You can also plan to dine at any one of the historic district’s eating establishments before, during or after the walk. In February, the town hosts the King’s Ball, the first Saturday in February, and the Felix Valle’ House State Historic Site Open House the second Sunday in February. In May is the Le Tour de Sainte Genevieve Bicycle Road Race, the Bolduc House Museum Herb and Plant Sale – the first full weekend in May, and the annual Spring Garden Walk and Sale, the third full
weekend in May. In June is The French FestivalFrench Veille’e, the second full weekend in June. In July is the Freedom Celebration –Free musical concert in Pere Marquette Park, July 4th, and the Ste. Genevieve Civil War Camp and the County Fair in Pere Marquette Park are the second full week in July. In August is the Jour de Fete, the area’s largest craft fair, food and entertainment event. This is the second full weekend in August. September brings the Plein Air Event art show. October is the Promenade des Arts and Spirit Reunion in Memorial Cemetery. December, the annual Country Christmas Walk, Christmas Parade, carolers, historic sites and tree lighting is the first full weekend in December. French Christmas – Felix Valle’ House State Historic Site is the second Sunday in Decmber. Enjoy New Year's Eve at LaGuignolee. The municipal band also performs concerts throughout the year and the Chamber of Commerce hosts different concerts and events at the Orris Theater. Check the events calendar at www.visitstegen.com for exact dates and times of these events or call 800373-7007. There is much more about Ste. Genevieve, its history, the shops, dining and accommodations also at the Web site.
Scenes from historic Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Top right, the Nicolas Janis House. Above left, the first brick house west of the Mississippi. Bottom right, the Felix Valle State Historic Site. Photos for The Edge.
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Chaumette Winery and The Grapevine Grill By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
ocated off the scenic country road of Highway WW, in between Farmington and Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Chaumette Winery has become one of the most popular stops on the southeastern Missouri wine trail. It offers award-winning wines, a beautiful scenic view, live entertainment, elegant accommodations and world-class dining that entices visitors from the four corners of the country. This winery was started in 1990 by owners Hank and Jackie Johnson. The winery sits on 310 acres of land, 30 of which are grapevines. Their handcrafted diverse selection of wines made from varieties such as Norton, Missouri’s state grape; Chardonel, a hybrid of Chardonnay and Missouri’s most widely planted white grape variety; Traminette, Chambourcin and Vignoles, all French-American hybrids. Chaumette is considered a boutique winery, producing between 5.000 and 6,000 cases annually of mostly dry wines,
with some semi-dry and semi-sweet styles as well as a vintage port. Chaumette winery isn’t just a sit and sip and go destination. This ever evolving location has built quite a complex of accommodations that is a premiere location for a group gathering, romantic getaway or a weekend outing. The property includes a spa, private villas for overnight stays, a pool, a fullservice restaurant and of course traditional winery amenities. The Tasting Room is open to the public year round and offers wine tastings and live entertainment outdoors in warmer months. Whether you are coming for an afternoon visit or a weekend stay, dining at The Grapevine Grill is a must. Executive Chef Adam Lambay has put together a menu that is fresh, made from local ingredients and rivals any fine dining establishment in St. Louis. He does mix up the menu from time to time and offers specials on occasion. His description of the menu: “It is part of my culinary philosophy to utilize as much local produce as is available and to support local area producers as much as we can. Please stay tuned, as the seasons unfold, I’ll be including many more
local food products that inspire me to provide excellent and exciting culinary experiences!” His current menu includes a Sayersbrook Bison Burger with red pepper ketchup, iceberg lettuce and Vermont white cheddar on a brioche roll. This is served with a choice of Chaumette fries, a simple salad or housemade chips and a bowl of the soup of the day. As a tester of the bison burger, I can honestly say it was amazing. I have never had such a juicy and tasteful bison burger any where else, and I have tried a few. Chef Adam knows his way around the grill and does it right. Another selection is the Croque Monsieur, a classic French sandwich of shaved ham, Gruyere cheese on sourdough-bathed in egg and grilled-with Dijon mustard. The wine barrel club includes wine barrel smoked turkey breast with cranberry marmalade, brie, spinach and Stonie’s bacon, on whole wheat bread. The Chaumette dip includes thinly sliced beef with creamed blue cheese, arugula, crispy red onion and Norton-peppercorn au jus. Or if you are looking for more of an entree’, try the hickory planked roasted salmon – herb
crusted salmon with grilled broccoli and horseradish seasoned tomatoes or Chaumette chicken, half of a chicken braised in their Chambourcin wine, Yukon potatoes and mushrooms. Or if you are a steak lover, try steak and frites, a grilled chef select steak with Chaumette pomme frites and their housemade steak sauce. There are many other selections, including wine suggestions and a number of mouth watering desserts to choose from. They do offer special Friends and Family dinners which require reservations and special wine dinner events. Chaumette is located at 24345 State Route WW, with a Ste. Genevieve mailing address. Phone is 573-747-1000. The Tasting Room is open for summer hours April 1, noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Sunday; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; closed Monday through Wednesday. The Grapevine Grill is open for lunch noon to 3 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; dinner 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The Spa at Chaumette is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Thursday, Friday and Sundays by appointment only. For more information about the winery, Grapevine Grill or directions to Chaumette, visit www.chaumette.com.
The Chaumette Winery, above, and the chapel that sits on the winery's property. Photos for The Edge.
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April 7, 2011
Ste. Genevieve's Main Street Inn By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
te. Genevieve is a wonderful historic town, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, and is rich in French-American history.
There are over a half dozen bed and breakfast establishments scattered throughout this historical town, but the Main Street Inn, located at 221 North Main, in the heart of Ste. Genevieve is a gem and a great visual example of the Ste. Genevieve heritage. Owners, Kenneth and Karen Kulberg have owned the inn since 1991 and have turned what was at the time a “run down rooming house” into a Victorian masterpiece that showcases what the heartbeat of Ste. Genevieve is meant to be. According to the history that has been gathered by the Kulbergs, The Inn began as The Meyer Hotel after the widowed Mary Meyer took her husband’s life insurance to build the establishment in order for her to continue to earn a living. Built in the 2nd Empire French style, the hotel was built with three stories and was meant to provide a luxury stay to those passing through this river
Truly a trip back in time
town. The building has seen a number of additions to the structure, including out buildings, electric, indoor plumbing and even an attached tavern which was a separate business when the Kulbergs purchased the inn in 1991. It remained a tavern for a while after the Kulberg’s took ownership, but was later made available for sale. The Kulbergs purchased the addition, made the necessary renovations and it became part of the Main Street Inn as Karen’s art gallery, named 221 Gallery. It took the Kulbergs two long, hard years to gut the interior of the Meyer Hotel and turn it into what it is today. The 7,000-plus square foot building was completely renovated, including the addition of a geothermal heating and cooling system, three gas log fireplaces and a woodburning fireplace (others had been covered during the many adjustments to the interior over the years), eight guest rooms with in-suite baths and showers, two half baths, spacious inn keepers’ quarters with full bath, large pantry and full basement, a licensed
restaurant kitchen with custom walnut cabinetry, multiple freezers and refrigerators, a walk-in attic for storage, thermal windows and storm doors throughout and complete landscaping, including a perennial garden. The centerpiece of the kitchen probably is the main topic of conversation with guests and the owners. That item would be The Aga or “the big blue stove” that the Kulbergs installed. This 1,200 pound unit is made up of cobalt blue enameled cast iron and is located against an exposed brick wall in full view of anyone entering the dining room. This unit has four ovens (each kept at a different temperature) that are on 24 hours a day without sacrificing efficiency. The design is that of an antique stove, but many are surprised to find that it is a new stove, not a reproduction, and the company, located in Birmingham, England, has been making them with very few modifications since 1922. Karen is the main chef of the establishment and her breakfast creations are always made with the aim toward good health, but without the sacrifice of flavor. “Our
philosophy is simple; serve the best of whatever is in season preparing dishes that are familiar in slightly new ways with an aim toward good health; presenting the food straightforward, but in a beautiful manner on antique dinnerware, in a comfortable setting; and accompany it with an endless amount of strong hot coffee and tea,” writes Karen Kulberg in her description of the inn. As many products as possible come from local farms, gardens and butchers. The Kulbergs have a wonderful cat named Abby, who is just the perfect accent to the room, as she curls up in front of the fireplace in a wingbacked chair, as if she was placed their for a photo opportunity. Although the inn’s rules do not allow for pets to be brought by guests, Abby may just invite you to give her a rub or allow her to sit on your lap. The rooms at the inn are all named and have a unique decor. They are all very comfortable and accommodating. All have a full bath, but there are three that offer in room whirlpool tubs that are just right for two. Prices for an overnight stay are listed on their Web site along
with a calendar for checking room availability. Although Karen and Kenneth are the perfect hosts, they have recently decided to retire and make a move, possibly to the northeast U.S. Since they have made this decision, they have listed the inn for sale, along with another historic building that they rehabbed across the street (both are listed separately.) If you have ever had the desire to own your own business or even a bed and breakfast, this is a perfect location to consider. Only an hour south of St. Louis, the inn is being sold as a turnkey business with all of the renovations and a build up of clientele that is already familiar with the reputation of this lovely establishment. There is so much to see in this exquisite location and there isn’t enough room or words to describe everything. Make sure to make plans for a stay or a visit to the Main Street Inn soon. There is no lack for things to do in the area, as outlined in other articles in this edition, and the Kulberg’s would love to give you a tour of the inn, should you be interested in seeing more. View their Web site at www. mainstreetinnbb.com, or call 1-800918-9199.
Pictured are two views inside the Main Street Inn in Ste. Genevieve. Photos by Debbie Settle.
April 7, 2011
On the Edge of the Weekend
Travel Travel briefs Park Service seeks bids to run Washington lodge YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — For the third time in as many years, the National Park Service is seeking bidders to run a lodge, restaurant, general store and other concessions in the wilderness of North Cascades National Park. The lodge sits in the remote community of Stehekin, a collection of homes and summer cabins surrounded by mountain peaks at the end of Lake Chelan, and is reachable only by boat, floatplane or on foot. Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins says he notified the lone bidder for the job last week that it had been rejected due to a lack of information. Two years ago, the Park Service didn’t get a single bidder for the contract. The agency is releasing a new prospectus for bids on Tuesday. Jenkins calls it an attractive business opportunity.
Voodoo lily brings the stink to Minnesota Zoo APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A strange plant known as the voodoo lily is expected to bloom at the Minnesota Zoo in the next few days, filling the air with a rotting smell similar to the better known corpse flower. The four-foot-tall lily was planted at the zoo on Tuesday morning on the Tropics Trail section of the zoo. The plant is native to Japan, China and Indonesia. It’s also known as devil’s tongue and is a member of the same plant family as the native Minnesota species Jack-in-the-pulpit and the familiar Calla-lily. The bad smell is said to attract bugs, mainly flies.
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Dining Delights Top chef shares credit with staff, diners Auberge du Pont de Collognes has mainted three star Michelin rating for 46 years COLLONGES-au-MONT dâ€™OR, France (AP) â€” Seven men in white toques and long aprons bend to their tasks, one scooping hunks of butter into a saucepan simmering on a huge stove, another flicking grains of the ground French red pepper piment dâ€™Espelette from a spoon onto a pyramid of crayfish, a third sprinkles parsley with his fingers. â€œSeventeen minutes,â€? one c r i e s o u t . â€œ A l i t t l e p e p p e r, â€? says another. â€œDid you taste the brioche?â€? asks â€œMonsieur Paul.â€? It is minutes before the lunch hour in the heart of the temple of French gastronomy, the kitchen of Paul Bocuse. The final touches of another three-star meal are executed with military precision. Bocuse, whose Auberge du Pont de Collonges just outside Lyon has maintained its three stars in the Michelin Guide for 46 years, c re d i t s a d e c e p t i v e l y s i m p l e recipe for that success â€” good produce fresh from the garden, a superb kitchen staff and happy diners. â€œItâ€™s the client who runs the house,â€? says Bocuse, a man credited with transforming the role of chef from invisible artist to celebrity. Yet â€œMonsieur Paul,â€? as he is known, praises everyone but himself for his accomplishments. And he bows to Lady Luck. This week, the credit is returned when he is proclaimed Chef of the Century by the Culinary Institute of America during a reception in New York. Despite a globe-spanning empire of upscale eateries, Bocuse doesnâ€™t sit on his laurels. The icon of French cuisine is now 85 and retired, but he still keeps an eye on the kitchen and every day eats a dish to be served. â€œ We a l w a y s h a v e t o p a y attention,â€? he said during an interview last week. His soupe au truffles noires, crowned with a pastry shell, is a splendor to the eyes. The black truffle soup was created in 1975 for then-President Valery Giscard dâ€™Estaing. But, â€œMe, I like a simple cuisine,â€? Bocuse says. â€œWhat I prefer is perhaps a good spit-roasted chicken from Bresse,â€? the eastern town whose fowl are considered the best in France. Scores of top chefs from around the world saluted Bocuse with an 85th birthday fete this year in Lyon, with a meal prepared at City Hall, a testament to his impact on the profession, and his legacy as one of the first chefs to straddle the line between man and brand. Food sociologist Claude Fischler says that, beyond the culinary delights turned out by Bocuse, his real distinction was turning the chef, once all but a
scullery worker never credited for his culinary achievements, first into a boss, then a star. Yet the visitor is struck by the simplicity of Bocuse, the man â€” and the paradoxes that imbue him and his life. Fragile with age and illness, Bocuse comes to life once he dons his cylindrical chefâ€™s hat â€” what he calls his â€œdisguiseâ€? â€” a humble figure who suddenly fills the shoes of his larger-than-life image, his likeness portrayed in murals throughout the red and green auberge, inside and out. An innovator anchored in tradition, Bocuse sleeps in the ro o m w h e re h e w a s b o r n o n the upper floors of his awardwinning restaurant, once owned by the family of his mother. â€œBut I changed the sheets,â€? he adds in his characteristic joking style. The master chef concocts his classic culinary fare with help from a two-hectar (nearly 5-acre) g a rd e n o u t b a c k a n d a n o t h e r elsewhere in town. â€œThe cuisine of today is complicated,â€? he said. â€œFirstly, itâ€™s complicated to have good suppliers. I think that finding the best, the best butcher, the best fish monger, the best vegetable v e n d o r, t h a t â€™ s i m p o r t a n t , â€? h e said. Bocuse disparages the notion that he helped develop the lighter fare of â€œnouvelle cuisine.â€? â€œThey always talk of nouvelle cuisine, but for me each generation had a nouvelle cuisine,â€? he said, including Georges Auguste Escoffier, who g a v e c l a s s i c F re n c h c u i s i n e a world profile, and whose style remains the inspiration at Bocuseâ€™s table. Fischler, the sociologist, agrees that Bocuse incorporates the values found in nouvelles cuisine, â€œuse of the best products in an optimal way,â€? while remaining classic. â€œI always say that I make an identifiable cuisine with bones or fish bones,â€? Bocuse said. â€œToday, there are lots of kinds of cuisine. Iâ€™m not against them. If the restaurant works, if itâ€™s full of clients ... whatever the cuisine, he (the chef) is right.â€? That goes, too, for modernist cuisine, a popular and often deconstructive approach to cooking that brings science and even laboratory equipment into the kitchen. â€œelBulli is always full, so heâ€™s right,â€? Bocuse says of the restaurant in Catalonia, Spain, and its chef, Ferran Adria, commonly considered a creator of modernist cuisine, but who insists he is â€œmerely a cook.â€? â€œItâ€™s not my cuisine, but I have lots of admiration for him
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Dining the day away
Ste. Genevieve offers a wide variety of eating establishments By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
te. Genevieve is one of those places that makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway for a couple or the whole family. There are lots of things to do and see, many lodging options and best of all, they have great food.
There are food establishments to fit any occasion and price range. In the more retail area of town there are the typical fast food finds – pizza parlors and some mom and pop diners. This article is going to focus on he dining establishments located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve. During a recent visit to the Ste. Genevieve area, we stayed at Main Street Inn, located at 221 North Main St. The breakfast served there was amazing. Everything was hot and fresh. We were quite satisfied and ready for a day of sightseeing. Many of the area bed and breakfasts, such as The Inn St. Gemme Beauvais, serve a very notable breakfast with your stay. The Inn St. Gemme Beauvais’ information states that it serves a
four-course breakfast with a choice of eight entrees. The Somewhere In Time B&B offers a complete hot breakfast with seasonal fruits, hot premium coffee and juices. For lunch, we were given the suggestion to eat at Stella and Me, a lunch cafe’. This was a great suggestion as the food was fresh and very good. Although the menu is seasonal and will change soon, these were some of the items for selection: a turkey artichoke sandwich, made with turkey, lettuce, tomato, artichoke spread on a chibatta; a BLT wrap, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo on wheat wrap; a Big D Italian, roast beef, salami, turkey, mayo, onion, tomato, lettuce, pepperoncinis on chibatta. They also have a selection of specialty sandwiches – grilled chicken panini; cranberry turkey panini; Monte Cristo panini and a supreme chicken. Don’t forget the salads or the soups. The salads include a cranberry, feta, walnut salad, Cobb,
Greek, wine and cheese BLT salads and others-including seasonal special salads. The soups are listed on the board each day. The particular day we were there we enjoyed a cheese broccoli and beef vegetable soup that were extremely tasty. Top off that lunch with a “Just a Bite” dessert for just $1.85. These include a cheese cake variety, their famous peanut butter pie, carrot cake and more. There is also a children’s menu. Prices are very reasonable and the setting is very comfortable. So make sure you are hungry for lunch when you visit Ste. Genevieve. Stella and Me is located just across the street from the Main Street Inn, at 198 North Main St. in Ste. Genevieve. Phone: 573-883-3078. Pizza is pizza, or is it? It still amazes me how many different varieties of pizza there are in the world. Sirros, located at 261 Merchant St., in the heart of Ste. Genevieve, has one of the best pan pizzas I have ever eaten. They also serve “samiches” or sandwiches – but they prefer the first, salads and other Italian fare. They do have a salad bar for a reasonable price. This is both a family and pub setting with a full bar in the front of the restaurant. Great atmosphere and very reasonable prices. If you are looking for fine dining, The Restaurant St. Gemme Beauvais is a great selection. Their classic
French dinner is served in their beautiful French designed dining room. They offer four appetizers and four entrees that they change every week, so check with the restaurant or your host/hostess for the current menu when you visit. They are open on Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and reservations are suggested. You do not have to be a guest at the attached bed and breakfast to dine at this location, 78 North Main in Ste. Genevieve. Phone: 800-818-5744. Finally, another suggestion is the Big Field Cafe’, serving breakfast and lunch and sometimes open for dinner for special events. They serve soups, sandwiches, quiches, specialty items, and they do offer some beer and wine. The weekend we were there was the fourth Friday of the month Art Walk. Big Field offered live music and a number of food items for a lighter dinner. Dress is casual and the prices are very affordable. It's more of a coffee house-type setting rather than a pub. Located at 10 South Third St., in Ste. Genevieve. Phone: 573-883-9600. There are other places to dine in the historic district, so don’t limit yourself. Ask around and you will receive lots of suggestions. These are just a tasting of some of the great dining spots you will find. For a more complete listing, visit www. visitstegen.com.
Above, the Big Field Cafe', which specializes in breakfast and lunch. At left, The Inn St. Gemme Beauvais, a bed and breakfast. Photos for The Edge.
On the Edge of the Weekend
April 7, 2011
The Arts Artistic adventures Grand Center reminds visitors of bridge closure
Eliot Trio to perform at Holmes Lounge At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Washington University’s Eliot Trio will perform a pair of works by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) — works composed, respectively, to honor a doomed romance and a departed friend. T h e E l i o t Tr i o , n a m e d f o r u n i v e r s i t y f o u n d e r Wi l l i a m Greenleaf Eliot, consists of Seth Carlin, professor of music and director of the piano program in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences; violinist David Halen, concertmaster for the St. Louis Symphony; and cellist Bjorn Ranheim, also with the St. Louis Symphony. Dedicated to performing masterworks of the piano trio literature, the group typically presents one concert each year. The April 10 program will open with Haydn’s Trio in D major, Hob.XV:24. Written in 1795, during the composer ’s second visit to London, the piece was the first of three Haydn dedicated to Rebecca S c h ro e t e r, a w e a l t h y E n g l i s h widow to whom he gave piano lessons. Though Haydn was married at the time, the pair commenced a passionate correspondence, with Haydn keeping Schoeter ’s letters (many of which still survive) well into old age. Indeed, he later admitted to a biographer that Schroeter was, “a beautiful and loveable woman, whom I would very readily have married if I had been free then.” Comprising three movements, ����������������
With plans under way to close the Grand Boulevard bridge M a rc h 1 4 f o r re c o n s t r u c t i o n , Grand Center Inc. encourages visitors, theater-goers, and gallery and restaurant patrons to plan their travel routes in advance and allow at least an extra 10 minutes of travel time to reach their destinations in Grand Center. These steps should help minimize potential delays and ensure that theater- and concert-goers make their curtain times. “ T h e re a re m a n y ro u t e s t o G r a n d C e n t e r, s o a s l o n g a s visitors plan in advance and build in a little extra time – and patience – we’re confident that the disruptions will be minimal,” said Kelly Weber, vice president of marketing and communications at Grand Center Inc. “We have been working with the Mayor ’s office, the Board of Public Service and Metro for close to a year in terms of understanding the plans and relaying the information to our district partners so they are able to update their patrons.” Grand Boulevard will be closed between Chouteau and Hwy I-64/40 for approximately 14 months. Drivers using the northbound Grand exits will be unaffected. Drivers coming from I-44 and those areas south of Chouteau Av e n u e a l o n g G r a n d a r e encouraged to use Vandeventer Avenue to the west and Compton or Jefferson avenues to the east as the best north/south alternates, followed by Lindell Avenue and Olive Boulevard as the best east/ west alternates. Although Forest Park Parkway is a viable east/ west option as well, it is not highly recommended because the intersection at Grand Boulevard can easily get jammed with traffic and can be dangerous for pedestrians. More information is available on the city’s website, www.stlouis-mo.gov. Public transportation remains another option for getting to and from Grand Center. Riders on the Grand bus line (#70) have been asked to allow at least an extra 15 minutes of travel time. MetroLink train service to the Grand station will be periodically interrupted, so Metro passengers are encouraged to check www.metrostlouis.org often to stay current on schedule a n d ro u t i n g c h a n g e s a n d t h e status of the Grand MetroLink station. “Similar to the Highway 40 closures a couple years ago – although thankfully not as widespread – we are happy to endure a temporary inconvenience for the benefit of what is to come,” Weber said. “The new bridge will be a huge asset to the city and our neighbors in and near Grand Center. This means better accessibility and improved safety for pedestrians, public transit users and drivers, and that includes many who visit Grand Center.” Grand Center is the arts and entertainment district located in Midtown St. Louis. It is home to more than 30 arts organizations that demonstrate the depth and diversity of the city’s cultural l i f e . T h e d i s t r i c t h o s t s m o re than 1,500 cultural events and welcomes over 1.5 million visitors annually. Grand Center ’s artistic
renaissance began with the restoration of Powell Symphony Hall and the Fabulous Fox Theatre and continues today with the growing vitality of commercial a n d re s i d e n t i a l d e v e l o p m e n t , the addition of more cultural institutions, galleries and dining establishments as well as serving as the home for two of the area’s premier large scale cultural events, the annual Dancing in the Street festival and First Night – St. Louis®. Visit www.grandcenter. org for more information.
the Trio in D major is notable for its use of doubling and for its unexpected changes in key. The o p e n i n g m o v e m e n t , A l l e g ro , is filled with sudden stops and starts as well as bursts of energy suggesting a mood of nervous joy. The brief second movement, Andante, in D minor, is built from restless dotted rhythms and leads without break into the final movement, Allegro, ma dolce. The remainder of the program will be dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s brooding Trio in A Minor, op. 50, the composer’s only work for piano and strings. Written in 1881-82, the piece is subtitled “In memory of a great artist” and honors the pianist Nikolai Rubenstein, Tchaikovsky’s friend and mentor, who died the previous spring. Trio in A Minor — which will b e p e r f o r m e d i n i t s e n t i re t y — includes two movements, beginning with the melancholy Pezzo elegiaco (“Elegiac Piece”). The second movement — perhaps the composer ’s most technically difficult work for piano — features an extended set of 11 variations on a simple, folk-like theme that was supposedly inspired by a day Tchaikovsky and Rubenstein spent in the country. These build to a jubilant, almost manic finale that abruptly returns to the melancholy opening theme before at last yielding to a mournful funeral march. Tickets are $20, or $10 for seniors and Washington University faculty and staff, and $5 for students. The performance will take place in Washington University’s Holmes Lounge, located in Ridgley Hall, on the far side of Brookings Quadrangle, near the intersection of Hoyt and Brookings drives. Tickets are available through the Edison Theater Box Office, (314) 935-6543, and all Metrotix outlets. For more information, call (314) 935-5566 or email kschultz@artsci. wustl.edu.
collaborator Tim Reynolds and TR3 have been added to the Wildey Theatre’s schedule, with a concert set for Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist and sonic innovator, two time Grammy nominee Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, f ro m ro c k , j a z z a n d b l u e s t o classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic. It was in the mid 1980s i n C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e , VA , when Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. He toured with TR3
during the 1980s and 1990s, using a rotating cast of musicians. It was at this time he befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. He eventually decided to disband TR3, relocate to Santa Fe, NM, and pursue a solo career. His musical progression continued throughout his many years on the road as a solo guitar wizard, playing for packed houses and to crowds who quickly determined that Reynolds is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. Ti c k e t s , w h i c h a r e $ 3 5 . 0 0 for reserved seats, are now on sale through the Edwardsville T h e a t r e ’ s w e b s i t e , w w w. wildeytheatre.com. Tickets can a l s o b e p u rc h a s e d i n p e r s o n at the Parks and Recreation Department, 2nd Floor of City H a l l , 11 8 H i l l s b o r o Av e n u e , E d w a rd s v i l l e , I L . T h e P a r k s Department will also handle the sale of all Disabled seats. For more information, please call (618) 692-7538.
Tim Reynolds and TR3 added to the Wildey schedule Acclaimed guitarist and longtime Dave Matthews
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Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center Simon Shaheen brings his quartet to the Arts & Issues stage to dazzle the audience as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the ‘oud and violin. His group’s release, Blue Flame, earned 11 Grammy nominations in 2001 and high acclaim by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and “meticulously conceived.” The band’s performances have been called “glorious.”
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Thursday, April 7 • SIUE Friends of Art Auction, N.O. Nelson-Leclaire Room, Edwardsville, 6 p.m. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Friday, April 8
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Tuesday, April 12 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337 • Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis
• The Art Fair at Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
• Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337 • Next To Normal. The Fox Theatre, St. Louis
Saturday, April 9
Thursday, April 14
• The Art Fair at Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
• Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Sunday, April 10 • The Art Fair at Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, Mo. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Monday, April 11 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High
Wednesday, April 13
• Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Monday, April 18 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Tuesday, April 19 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri
Friday, April 15 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Saturday, April 16 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Sunday, April 17 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave.
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History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Wednesday, April 20 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • Big Splash Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Gallery, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Thursday, April 21 • S p l e n d i d Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis • B i g S p l a s h E x h i b i t , E d w a r d s v i l l e A r t G a l l e r y, Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337
Friday, April 22 • Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. at De Baliviere Ave. • Legends of Flight, Sea Rex: Journey to Prehistoric World, Tornado Alley, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis
The Arts Artistic adventures First Tsutakawa Sculpture in Midwest to Anchor Crescent Plaza Neighborhood
recognized for his beautifully abstract bronze sculptures and the elegant finish on each piece. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Clayton Century Foundation, a non-profit community organization to stimulate and develop projects with expanded programs in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebration of the City of Clayton in 2013. The event will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Unveiling at 6 p.m.; The Fabulous Motown Revue at 6:30 p.m .
On May 4, 2011 the Crescent will host the first annual Sidewalk Soiree on Crescent Plaza, an evening of food and entertainment featuring the unveiling and dedication of the first Gerard Tsutakawa sculpture in the Midwest, “Uzumaki Curve”. The name Uzumaki, the Japanese word for ‘community,’ was chosen to reflect the atmosphere of Clayton’s Crescent Plaza Neighborhood. The Crescent Plaza Sidewalk Soiree is free and will feature entertainment starring The Fabulous Motown Revue. Crescent Plaza restaurants including The RitzCarlton, Araka, Kaldi’s, Luciano’s, and Stratton’s will provide complimentary appetizers and signature drinks. There will also be beer and wine available for purchase. We invite attendees to make their reservations now for dinner Crescent Plaza The artist Gerard Tsutakawa will personally unveil Uzumaki Curve which he designed and fabricated specifically for the space in front of The Crescent in Clayton. Tsutakawa is known as an accomplished, museum grade sculptor. He is
Second City returns to Touhill
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i n c l u d e : A l a n A r k i n , H a ro l d Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Chris Farley, Jane Lynch, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Jason Sudekis and Steve Carrell. Tickets for The Second City’s
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Bradley Cooper shows he can truly act, truly command a screen — and not just swagger and preen — and his performance goes a long way toward making this sci-fi thriller more entertaining, and more plausible, than it probably should be. Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, a struggling and depressed New York writer who takes a magical pill called NZT that allows him to tap into his full potential. Suddenly, he’s not only pounding out chapters, he’s cleaning up, picking up new interests, learning new languages and wowing everyone he meets. More importantly and more realistically, he does the thing we’d all do with frighteningly expanded brain power: He turns it into a way to make millions of dollars. Fast. Director Neil Burger, whose first feature was the intriguing “Interview With the Assassin” from 2002, moves the story forward with an infectious energy. He probably didn’t need to rely on some of the visual tricks he employs, though — words dropping from the ceiling to indicate a break in Eddie’s writer ’s block, or multiple Eddies accomplishing tasks around the house. Still, Cooper is surprisingly good as the shlubby, stubbly version of his character in the beginning, and as the wildly improved version of himself on NZT. Robert De Niro is quietly fierce (and does some of his best work in a while) as the financial guru who’s fascinated by Eddie, while Abbie Cornish probably doesn’t get enough to do as Eddie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, who’s skeptical of the new him. RATED: PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language. RUNNING TIME: 105 min. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
“The Lincoln Lawyer”
Matthew McConaughey stars as a lawyer who drives around Los Angeles ... in a Lincoln. It has nothing to do with the capital of Nebraska or the former president. While you’re watching it, though, you’ll wish it did. Director Brad Furman’s film, which John Romano wrote based on the Michael Connelly novel, has the slick, disposable feel of the sort of legal drama you could find any night of the week on primetime TV. From the opening titles and underdeveloped characters to the quick pacing and flat lighting, “The Lincoln Lawyer” seems insubstantial, recycled and forgettable. McConaughey plays Mick Haller, a cocky, sleazy defense attorney who thinks he’s got it all figured out. But, because this is a McConaughey movie, his character will have his comeuppance, and it comes in the form of a high-profile case. Beverly Hills real estate heir Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is accused in the rape and attempted murder of a prostitute. Louis insists he’s innocent, so it should be no problem. But this pretty boy is, naturally more dangerous than he looks. Despite the many twists and turns, Mick actually ends up learning nothing and has no arc. Among the strong but woefully underused supporting cast are Marisa Tomei as Mick’s ex-wife; William H. Macy as his best friend, a private investigator; and Bryan Cranston as a homicide detective whose screen time looks suspiciously truncated. RATED: R for some violence, sexual content and language. RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.
For even Zack Snyder, this is some nonsense. The director of “300” and “Watchmen” temporarily has abandoned comic books as source material, if not inspiration. “Sucker Punch” is based on Snyder’s own concept and written by him and Steve Shibuya, but retains his
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hyper-stylized violence and adolescent sense of reality. Set vaguely in the ‘60s and even more vaguely in Vermont, the film stars Emily Browning as Babydoll, a 20-year-old orphan locked away in a mental hospital by her cruel stepfather. There, the film repeatedly shifts to other layers of fantasy, as the hospital is replaced by a nightclub with a harem of trapped burlesque beauties (Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung). Babydoll leads an escape, which is shown not in the nightclub world but another symbolic realm of video game-like tasks. You know, the normal stuff: dragon slaying, zombie German soldiers. Snyder packs the film with rock tunes revamped as laden, nihilistic marches. He leads his girls into battle and away from anything resembling life. RATED: PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language. RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: A half star out of four.
After making just two movies — “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor” — writer-director Tom McCarthy already had established himself as a filmmaker with a real knack for creating beautifully fleshed-out characters, full of humor and believable flaws. He continues to impress here, and once again amasses an excellent cast; a longtime supporting player himself, McCarthy always brings out the best in his character actors. Paul Giamatti stars as Mike Flaherty, a small-town New Jersey attorney who agrees to take on the guardianship of an elderly client (Burt Young) who’s starting to suffer from dementia. Mike thinks he’s got a good little deal going: Instead of caring for the old man on a daily basis, he sticks him in a nursing home and pockets the $1508 stipend every month. It’s a win-win, he figures. His wife, Jackie (Amy Ryan), and two young daughters could use the money, and the client gets better care this way. What Mike doesn’t count on is the arrival of Kyle (Alex Shaffer in his film debut), the client’s wayward grandson. Mike just happens to be a part-time high school wrestling coach, and Kyle just happens to be a part-time high school wrestler. Whaddya know? Another win-win. But you can imagine the unraveling happening before it even starts. Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor co-star. RATED: R for language. RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
Russell Brand’s Easter romp has one of the cutest bunnies you’ll ever see and plenty of other eye candy among its computer-generated visuals, yet there’s not much bounce to the story behind this interspecies buddy comedy. Letting bad-boy Brand supply the voice of the Easter bunny sounds like a promising way to add spice to a warm and fuzzy family flick. Too bad the movie winds up about as bland as carrot-flavored jelly beans. Its gooey sentiment and hare-brained gags are likely to appeal only to very young kids. Director Tim Hill trips up on his scattered attempts to inject some hipness for older children and parents. Blending live action and digital animation, the movie features James Marsden as the unwilling human escort for Brand’s screwy rabbit, who has run away from home because he doesn’t want to follow his dad into the family business as the new Easter bunny. The animation is the movie’s strong point, presenting a rainbow-colored world that should satisfy young children’s cinematic sweet tooth, even if the action is sour. RATED: PG for some mild rude humor. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
In this June 15, 1962 file photo, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor arrive in a motor launch at the small town Porto d’Ischia, on the isle of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, Italy for the shooting of some scenes of “Cleopatra”.
Taylor's favorite role? As Mrs. Burton BY JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — “I love not being me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said, strange as such a thing might sound coming from a glamorous megastar. “Not being Elizabeth Taylor, but being Richard Burton’s wife.” Before Brangelina, there was Dickenliz. This celebrity union, passionate and excessive in countless ways, both scandalized and mesmerized the public like none before or after, making today’s version — Brad and Angelina — seem positively boring in comparison. And, for better or for worse, it came to define Taylor and the rest of her life. Critics and observers might disagree about whether it enhanced or detracted from her film career.
Clearly, to Taylor, it didn’t really matter. “Elizabeth didn’t give a damn,” says Aileen Mehle, the famous gossip columnist who was known as Suzy. “She didn’t care what people thought. She was going to live her life the way she wanted it, and be with the men she wanted.” And Taylor wanted Burton almost from the moment they met in Italy on the film set of the 1963 “Cleopatra,” a film whose excesses mirrored those of the relationship it launched. “His hands were shaking from a hangover,” says Nancy Schoenberger, co-author with Sam Kashner of last year’s “Furious Love,” a look at the relationship. “She had her defenses up at first, but he went through them all.” They were both married at the time — she to Eddie Fisher, whom she had famously “stolen” from Debbie Reynolds, he to wife
Sybil Burton. “Through all his dalliances, the understanding was that he’d never leave Sybil,” says Schoenberger. “But that was before he met Elizabeth.” Once public, the relationship was a fullblown scandal. Taylor was denounced on the floor of the House of Representatives and by the Vatican. “Whenever somebody says, ’So and so is a big star,”’ columnist Liz Smith once said, “I say, ’Have they been condemned by the Vatican?”’ The Taylor-Burton union happened to coincide with the sharp rise of paparazzi culture. The term “paparazzo,” which technically means a buzzing insect, was actually coined by director Federico Fellini in his 1960 film “La Dolce Vita.” It wasn’t about Taylor and Burton, but it could have been, says Schoenberger: “It was really the beginning
of paparazzi culture as we know it now,” she says. “The feeding frenzy, the photographers trailing stars with telephoto lenses.” Georges Briguet is eternally grateful for that frenzy. The owner of Le Perigord, a French restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side, was thrilled when Taylor and Burton began dining there early in the relationship, requesting a secluded table. They were dressed to the nines, and especially fond of the cassoulet. Taylor and Burton tied the knot for the first time in 1964 in Montreal, launching a decadelong marriage that became known for the good (beauty, fame, wealth), and the bad (the booze, the brawling). At one point they lived on a yacht, called Kalizma after some of their children: “They were too famous to live on land,” Schoenberger notes. The constant was their passion.
Two movies – and one shrug of the shoulders By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge In planning last weekend’s box office, the dichotomy of the two new releases must have stood out to someone as a genius stroke of counter-programming. Too bad it didn’t work out that way. When the wimps of a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" sequel went up against the buttkicking babes of "Sucker Punch," the end result was less of a surprise or revolution than a whimpering shrug of the shoulders. Another week of failed ambition has me wondering where have all the good movies gone? Director Zack Snyder is famous for turning great stories into loud, extravagant projects. He’s made zombies, Spartan soldiers, and graphic novelizations all much, much cooler in recent years than one might expect. He even impressed me with some kid-friendly owls last Fall. Why then does he fail with Sucker Punch, a movie that features a quintet of gorgeous actresses in
skimpy costumes fighting monsters of many sorts? Because that’s all it is. Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is confined to an insane asylum for attacking her father who was bent on abusing her and her murdered sister after the untimely passing of their mother. A dark premise then takes a music video turn. The asylum for Baby Doll is horror that she avoids with her mind. She imagines it as a cabaret where she is the star performer. She uses her dancing, and the help of her fellow inmates (Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, and Jamie Chung), to further escape into a world-within-a-world where the girls battle monsters, soldiers, dragons, and all other manners of evil in a bid to gain the tools they need to execute an escape and avoid the maniacal warden (Oscar Isaac) and a lobotomizing doctor (Jon Hamm, appearing everywhere but in a new season of Mad Men). Carla Gugino and Scott Glenn costar in a movie that is all gloss and no substance. I love scantily-clad
girls fighting against the power as much as the next guy, but I need legitimate plot, too. Geez. Sucker Punch runs 122 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language. I give this film one and a half star out of four. ••• I n 2 0 1 0 , t h e s u p e r- p o p u l a r “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series exploded onto the big screen where I was able to finally see why my cousin, Roman, would freak out every time he got one of the books at Christmas. They were tailor made for kids in his situation - entering middle school with trepidation. Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is an excellent everyman who gets to shine once again in the filmed version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the second of five books in author Jeff Kinney’s on-going series. He’s dorky, creative, as fearful as he is confident, and a true friend to some real characters (Grayson
Russell, Robert Capron, and Karan Brar, none of whom look to have aged a day since the last film last year). In this sequel, one that’s just not as good, Greg is heading into the seventh grade and glad not to be the youngest kid in his school anymore. Unfortunately, just as things are getting better on that front, comes the invitation of his parents (Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn, perfectly cast) to form a stronger bond with his older, malicious, mischievous, prankster
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brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick). The two mix like oil and water through many shenanigans that happen quickly and predictably, including Rodrick embarrassing Greg in front of the cute new girl in class (Peyton List). Twelve yearolds are going to eat this stuff up, parents, but otherwise steer clear. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules runs 112 minutes and is rated PG for some mild rude humor and mischief. I give this film one star out of four.
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Religion Trying out a new perspective Just when I think I have become totally empty and I will never have another idea for something to share with you, I sit down to read my daily devotionals and have my morning ‘talk with God’ (prayer), something I read says to me, “Doris, you can share this idea with those who read your articles.” So, here goes… The article I read pertained to ‘better use of your camera to obtain better pictures’. Truthfully, I should have been in that class because I usually manage to take really, really bad photos. I’ve usually cut off part of a person, have the picture out of focus, or somehow managed to ruin what should have been a great picture. And, the sad thing is, I think I’ve got the focus correct…maybe I have but then I must move and suddenly what I thought was ‘good’ isn’t at all. So, when I read about this woman who attended a class with folks who had super cameras and all she had was a tiny personal type camera…a pink one at that, I felt I knew what she was thinking when the class began. “Oops, what am I doing here?” I don’t exactly know from the article if she learned a lot about photography, but I do know that
Doris Gvillo what she shared enriched my life and changed my ‘focus’. Let me just mention two points… ”Try a new perspective” and “It is okay to ‘blur’ backgrounds.” Let’s forget picture taking, and use these concepts in our everyday lives. What if when we are troubled, angry with another, hurt by someone’s actions, or a multitude of other ‘what ifs’, we were to stop and look at the picture in a totally different way? Would we, perhaps, see what is troubling us isn’t worth the stress it is causing. In a few months, maybe even days, this issue will be resolved and maybe even without any action on our part. We don’t rule the world or even or tiny, tiny portion of it. Someone much greater than we are is the ultimate ruler. Maybe our anger may be justified, but does carrying it around promote bitterness, stress, and pain? If we could let it go, forgive, and move on, would our lives be better and also, if the anger is directed at another, could relationships be healed? I suppose that is something each of us will deal with sometimes in our lives, but for me, holding onto
bitterness only causes pain. Letting it go and moving on brings a sense of relief and often a healing of relationships. Moving on the idea of ‘blurring the background’, let’s think of how that might bring change into our lives. This author suggests that this might mean we need only concentrate on what is important and let all the other things melt away. And for me, I guess the most important thing I gained this morning as I read and then reread this article by Mary Lou Carney in my daily ‘Guideposts’ was ‘it isn’t the camera, the lens, but rather the photographer that makes the difference.” If we think of the ‘camera’ as our lives, I think she is reminding us that it isn’t so much what we ‘see’ or even what we ‘experience’, but rather how we respond to these things. We are the ones who control our response to the events and the people in our lives. We are the ones who can let bitterness, anger, and frustration rule. Or, we can be the ones who elect to listen to how God would have us respond. And, just how would that be?
Religion briefs Cross-burning shocks prosperous California town ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (AP) — An 11-foot cross that was stolen from a church has been set on fire next to the home of a black family, igniting anger and disbelief in a mostly white California community. Police assigned extra patrols to the Arroyo Grande neighborhood and offered rewards for information leading to an arrest. Church leaders were urged to mention the family in their prayers. Police say the cross was stolen from a garden at Saint John’s Lutheran Church weeks ago and set ablaze Friday in a lot behind the
really in a camera, it is in the person who is using it. It is who they are but even more importantly, “whose” they are? I certainly can’t speak for anyone else, but for myself, I think it is far more important to ‘try’ to live my life so that what I ‘say’ I believe is apparent in my choices. I would like for others to know that I am striving to reflect God’s claim on my life. Do I always succeed? I’m sure I don’t. But I keep trying because I really would like others to know that first of all, before I am anything else, I am a child of God. Doris Gvillo is a member of Eden United Church of Christ.
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U.S., Israeli leaders fight to protect desecrated ancient cemetery
Jerusalem’s Old City holds row after row of graves. Biblical prophets, revered rabbis and a prime minister are buried there. Yet many of the tombstones have been smashed, litter is strewn around and tethered donkeys defecate on top of graves. The ancient cemetery is just one point of contention in the struggle for control of Jerusalem, an explosive issue in decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. The cemetery is believed to hold the graves of biblical prophets Haggai, Malachi and Zechariah.
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I’m not an authority, but I would think it would mean we would be kinder to those with who we are in contact. I suggest it would mean we forgive others as God forgives us when we ‘mess up’. Do you think it means that we look at our lives and the gifts God has given to us and we know we are called upon to be more generous to those who have so little and have suffered so much? Does it mean that instead of always thinking about ‘me first’, we begin to open our eyes and our hearts and see beyond ‘self’? I’d like to conclude with one more concept from this article. The author suggests the power isn’t
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OPEN HOUSE, SUN., APRIL 3 1 - 3 PM 3008 HUNTSVILLE, GLEN CARBON Located in Savannah Crossing. Directions: Old Troy Rd to Savannah crossing to Atlanta go Rt to Richmond go left to Huntsville. $243,900
OPEN HOUSE, SUN., APRIL 3 2 - 4 PM OPEN HOUSE, SUN., APRIL 3 2 - 4 PM 176 MERIDIAN ROAD, GLEN CARBON 115 BORDER, TROY DIRECTIONS: Highway 157 to Meridian Road. QUALIFIES FOR 100% FINANCING. DIRECTIONS: Clay $168,000 Street to Border Street. $97,000
CALL MARY JANE COLLINS 210-8061
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CALL JAN ALONS 781-2511
OPEN HOUSE Sat., April 9 - 1-3 pm at WATERFRONT
OPEN HOUSE, SUN., APRIL 3 1 - 3 PM 18 LEGACY, GRANIITE CITY LOCATED ON LEGACY GOLF COURSE. Directions: Pontoon Road to Cargill Road to left on Legacy Drive. $200,000
FOR 24 HR RECORDED INFO CALL BRAD HUFFMAN 800-741-8652 EXT 1176 OR 741-8552
OPEN HOUSE, SUN., APRIL 3 1 - 3 PM 1712 ANNIVERSARY LANE, EDWARDSVILLE DIRECTIONS: Vandalia to Marine Road to left on Anniversary (just past the JUN Construction sign, but before the All Natural Pet Food Store on your left).
FOR FREE 24 HR RECORDED INFO CALL 800-741-8652 EXT 1106 OR HOSTESS: JENNIFER GRAY 477-1363
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618-531-2787 firstname.lastname@example.org EDWARDSVILLE - CHARMING 3 bedroom/bath in desirable Spring Valley. 2 fireplace, slate floors, Jacuzzi tub, & double closets in master BR. Lots of updates. Wooded lot & fenced yard.
757 BOULEVARD DE CANNES, EDWARDSVILLE LOCATED IN HOLIDAY SHORES! Covered sunroom, w/ view of the lake & private back yard. E’ville School Dist. Finished LL. Rural Dev. qualified.
FOR 24 HR RECORDED PRICE & INFO CALL DEBBIE BURGE 800-489-1481 EXT 2003
FOR 24 HR RECORDED PRICE & INFO CALL DEBBIE BURGE 800-489-1481 EXT 4000
EDWARDSVILLE - 32 ACRES & HOMESTEAD! Ragland barn with 6 stalls. Fenced paddocks, rolling pasture, & riding-trials. Homestead boasts updated kitchen, & WO basement. $425,000
GLEN CARBON - 3 BR BRICK RANCH with full basement. Updated kitchen. Newer windows. Spacious deck overlooking fenced yard. Minutes from interstates. $119,900
EDWARDSVILLE - 3 BDRM/3 BATH located on a corner lot. Spacious rooms. Living room boasts w/cathedral ceilings and cozy fireplace. Full basement. Outside has privacy fence & deck. $229,900
FOR 24 HR RECORDED INFO CALL THE LANDING TEAM 866-710-1469 EXT. 1030
FOR 24 HR RECORDED INFO CALL THE LANDING TEAM 866-710-1469 EXT. 1070
FOR 24 HR RECORDED INFO CALL THE LANDING TEAM 866-710-1469 EXT. 2010
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