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• Inspired by Nature: A Collection of Wildlife Art by Robert Bateman, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through October 31. • Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline, The Playhouse at Westport Plaza, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography - Prints from St. Louis Collections, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through April 27. • Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African-American Art, The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through May 18. • Ebony Creations, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Jaqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer Exhibit, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through July 13. • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Arianna String Quartet: High Five with Zuill Bailey, cello, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • G re a t G u i t a r s 2 0 1 4 : E r i c Slaughter & Shaun Robinson w/ Montez Coleman & Jahmal Nichols,

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Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Forgotten Space: Grateful Dead Tribute, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Bella & Lily w/Flying House, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m.

Saturday May 10___________ • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. • St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • WAKA DJ Classic, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 9:00 p.m. • Samantha Fish, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Ledisi, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • M a t t P o n d PA w / T h e Lighthouse & The Whaler, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Mom’s Kitchen w/The Blu Skies, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 7:30 p.m. • Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African-American Art, The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through May 18.

• Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography - Prints from St. Louis Collections, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through April 27. • Jaqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer Exhibit, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 13. • Dan Younger: Travel Places, Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through May 17. • Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet Exhibit, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through July 16. • Imagining the Founding of St. Louis, History of Jazz Gallery – Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through August 23. • St. Louis Camera Club Centennial Exhibition, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery – Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through August 16.

Sunday May 11___________ • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. • St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. • Zuill Bailey, Cello, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis,

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he beloved St. Louis institution, Circus Flora, powered by Ameren, returns for its 28th season to present "The Pawn," a chess game brought to life through the circus. The World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis partner with the circus to create a delightfully imaginative world under the big top next to Powell Hall, May 29 to June 22.

Every June, more than 30,000 audience members gather under the big top and leave behind the everyday, entering a place of intrigue and awe. Here the impossible is possible. Adults as well as children are enthralled by a performance that captures their imaginations and transports them to a bygone era. The Circus Flora experience is palpable: the audience is completely immersed in a spellbinding story that is woven through every detail, from performers to costumes to original music. Drawing from the history of chess, this mythic tale is steeped in right sights, sounds and the mystique of ancient Persia and India. The audience will journey to an exotic world where myth and intellect collide, and the stone city surrenders to the desert's every shifting sands. Follow the Pawn through his journey through curious creatures and intrigues: knights on mounted steed, bishops zigzagging across colored squares, chess pieces

flying through the air. In this world, the chess pieces do not wait to be moved. They have their own adventures to play out under the big top. The tale is presented by a cast of hand-picked and internationally renowned circus artists. Making his debut under Circus Flora's big top, clown Andy Kuchler plays the Pawn, maneuvering through the enchanting world of the chess board, encountering friends and foes along the way. Kuchler will meet performers and characters such as an equestrian bareback rider, S. Caleb Carinci-Asch, as he balances fearlessly atop his galloping horse. From Finland

and making their U.S. debut, Duo Kate and Pasi will captivate with hand-to-hand and foot juggling finesse. Andriy Bilobrov and his Jack Russell Terriers will show the audience man's best friends like never before. Claire KuciejczykKernan mesmerizes the crowd from above with daring swingingtrapesze performance. Also joining this year are six rare, blue-eyed pied camels from the Canary Islands. "The Pawn" will also feature celebrated Colombian flying trapeze artists, The Flying Cortes, who will introduce new twists, spins and summersaults as well as returning favorites The Flying Wallendas and local troupe, The St. Louis Arches. Circus Flora presents a truly immersive experience unlike anything else in the country. As artistic director and producer David Balding explains, "Sometimes we need respite from our everyday realities. Circus Flora takes you out of the ordinary, and deep into a magical world. Once you enter the big top, you forget everything else."

Circus Flora will not only thrill its audience, but it will woo with a beautiful storyline, delight with its comedy and – like any good work

of art – is is an experience that is impossible to forget. Tickets are now on sale for Circus Flora’s 27th big-top production, "The Pawn," powered by Ameren. Call 314-289-4040 or visit www. circusflora.org for tickets. Tickets are also available at the Circus Flora Box Office at 3547 Olive Street in Grand Center.  Tickets start at $12y. Group tickets are also available. The Pawn opens May 29 with a peanut-free preview and runs through June 22. Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m.; and “Little Top Wednesday” at 10 a.m., a special one-hour show for younger kids or the “kids at heart.” Founded in St. Louis in 1987, Circus Flora is a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to sharing the magic of classic, one-ring circus with audiences of all ages. Circus Flora raises its big top every summer in the arts district at Grand Center. Through its year-round Clowns on Call program, the healing power of Circus Flora brings laughter and respite to thousands of patients and their families every year at two St. Louis-area children's hospitals. Visit www.circusflora.org to learn more.

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Pictured from top to bottom are: The Flying Wallendas, the St. Louis Arches and Andriy Bilobrov's Jack Russell Terriers. Photos for The Edge.

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tep into a fascinating desert environment at the Missouri Botanical Garden this summer, from June 28 through July 27, and enjoy the Desert Show: Deserts of Southern Africa and Madagascar. Show admission is $5 in addition to Garden admission and is free for Garden members. Sponsorship provided by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society.

This unique exhibit will feature plants rarely seen on display from the arid regions of South Africa and Madagascar, emphasizing the extraordinary biodiversity in these floral hotspots. It will also highlight the work being done to preserve these unique habitats. Visitors will get a chance to see some of the Garden’s living succulent collection and explore their many adaptations to survive the heat of these regions. Several assorted genera of desert plants will be on display including Euphorbia, Sansevieria, Stapelia, and Protea. Guests will also learn about the traditional uses of some of these plants, all while viewing bright desert blooms and a replica of an indigenous dwelling. The show provides a unique opportunity for visitors to become familiar with the plant diversity from the world’s arid regions to see plant collections currently not on public display. The Garden's Africa and Madagascar Program has the largest collections of plant specimens from continental Africa in North America, now numbering almost 650,000, with more than 15,000 new specimens being accessioned each year. The Garden's program focuses its efforts on the floras and vegetation of Gabon, Madagascar, and Tanzania, with additional

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A variety of cacti, like those pictured above and below, will be offered for sale during the Desert Show. interest in Cameroon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea, among other countries, and the temperate but unusually rich flora of southern Africa. Arid and semi-arid regions account for a third of the earth’s surface and contain some of the world’s most important hotspots of plant diversity. The plants that thrive in these regions show an array of fascinating adaptations to the harsh environments in which they grow. Plants of the arid

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regions exist at the extreme limits of tolerance of environmental conditions; therefore the slightest change to the environment can result in the loss of plant diversity, making them one of the most at-risk ecosystems. South Africa and Madagascar are two of the 34 biodiversity hotspots found around the world and contain 24,000 plant species, 24 percent of which are rare or threatened. While you’re at the Garden, make plans to stop by the Henry

Shaw Cactus Society Show and Sale. Regarded as the Midwest’s largest succulent event, the show and sale will take place during the opening weekend of the Desert Show, June 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cacti and succulents of all shapes and sizes will be available for viewing and purchase. Ask questions, get growing tips from society members and learn about seasonal plant care, potting and more. For more information, visit www.hscactus.org/show. Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. Join the Garden or renew your membership during Desert Show: Deserts of Southern Africa and Madagascar and receive free admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under for every day of the show. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Learn more at www.mobot.org/ membership. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free,

1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/ missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotnews. More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/ membership. Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. With scientists working in 35 countries on six continents around the globe, the Missouri Botanical Garden has one of the three largest plant science programs in the world and a mission “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Learn more at www.mobot.org. The Missouri Botanical Garden focuses its work on areas that are rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction, and operates the world’s most active research and training programs in tropical botany. Garden scientists collaborate with local institutions, schools and indigenous peoples to understand plants, create awareness, offer alternatives and craft conservation strategies. The Missouri Botanical Garden is striving for a world that can sustain us without sacrificing prosperity for future generations, a world where people share a commitment to managing biological diversity for the common benefit.


People planner horror movies may remember James Best as the star of the 1959 cult classic “The Killer Shrews.” His television appearances included two episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” and three episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” With over 180 acting credits to his name, Best’s most beloved character was Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from 1979 to 1985 on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Rosco, under the direction of Boss Hogg, spent each week chasing after the Duke boys. Car show organizers have received numerous requests to bring in a cast member from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Best is expected to be a big draw to the event. In conjunction with his appearance at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show, Best’s one man show---“Best of Hollywood”---will be performed the night before at the Globe Theater, on the Greenville square. This 90 minute journey through Best’s career offers fans an intimate look behind the curtains, soundstages, and backlots of

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The actor who made Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane an icon of the early 1980s is the featured celebrity at this year’s Greenville Graffiti Car Show. James Best, one of the co-stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” will sign autographs and serve as a celebrity judge of the classic cars and trucks on Saturday, June 14 in downtown Greenville. He will also present his one man show “Best of Hollywood” on Friday, June 13. Best’s career began in 1950 and he soon appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest legends including James Stewart in “Winchester ’73” and Humphrey Bogart in “The Caine Mutiny.” Best was also featured in two of Universal Pictures biggest franchises---“Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” and “Francis Goes to West Point.” Fans of 1950s

the studios and stars. Television and movie clips will be woven through humorous anecdotes, reminiscences, and Best’s imitation of friend and costar James Stewart. The Greenville Graffiti Car Show is Saturday, June 14 and will feature a variety of contests, food, and fun. The show is open to 1989 and older cars and trucks. Further details concerning the car show will be released soon. For more information, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.

Lineup announced for Parties in the Park

St. Louis’ original, longestrunning outdoor happy hour, Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton, kicks off its 31st season May 14 and continues on the

second Wednesday of each month through September 10.  Parties in the Park will be returning to last year’s popular location on Central between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. “The response to last year ’s move to Central was unanimous. Everyone loved it,” said Ellen Gale, executive director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses and restaurants saw an increase in sales and traffic, and those in attendance had a blast.”   Entertainment for the 31st season of Parties is confirmed and is sure to keep party-goers moving and grooving all summer long. This year’s music lineup includes: · May 14 – Radiogram, sponsored by Lathrop & Gage LLP · June 11 – Odds Lane, sponsored by Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe P.C. · July 9 – Supermajik Robots, sponsored by Carmody MacDonald

P.C. · August 13 – The VCRs, sponsored by Mueller Prost P.C. · September 10 – Griffin and the Gargoyles, sponsored by The Wheelhouse and Midland States Bank. Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton is THE place to enjoy great food and music with friends. The party starts at 5 and goes until 8:30 p.m., with half-priced beer from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. 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 31st season of Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton. For more information call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 3 1 4 - 7 2 6 - 3 0 3 3 , o r v i s i t w w w. partiesinthepark.org.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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People planner Flea market returns to Grafton

The Riverside Flea Market in Grafton has returned to Grafton. The flea market is held monthly on the fourth weekend, beginning with the March flea market. The market schedule will continue through October in Grafton.  The Grafton Riverside Flea is the largest flea market in the Alton region, boasting of more than 75 vendors with a wide selection of antiques, crafts, the usual flea market fare and food.  There will be a number of new dealers plus familiar faces. The butterfly man will be there on Saturdays. After shopping for your wares, head over to The Loading Dock restaurant to enjoy its new menu items.   During the 2014 season, the market will be open to shoppers from 9 a . m. t o 5 p . m . o n t h e following dates: May 24 – 25, June 28 – 29, July 26 – 27, Aug. 23 – 24, Sept. 27 – 28 and Oct. 25 – 26.  The flea market will be held at the Historic Boatworks, located alongside The Loading Dock, located at 400 Front St. in Grafton. For more information or to be a vendor, please contact Trudi Allen at tba@gtec.com or go to www.GraftonLoadingDock. com/Market.html.

Science Center to screen D-Day film

The Saint Louis Science Center and 3D Entertainment Distribution invite audiences to step back in time with the new giant screen theater film D-Day: Normandy 1944, which opens at the Science

Center ’s OMNIMAX Theater on April 25, 2014. In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation codenamed “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler ’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner. D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world. “We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II,” explained writer and director Pascal Vuong. “I thought for a long time about how to produce a large format documentary on this subject, and finally found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using a brandnew ‘cocktail,’ mixing innovative film techniques.” Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, DDay: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the

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The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the following events: Great Rivers Festival Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00am to 5:00pm CDT National Great Rivers Museum 2 Lock and Dam Way Alton, IL 62002 Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at R i v e r l a n d s . Yo u w i l l h a v e a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment i n c l u d i n g a n i m a l a n d re p t i l e shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979. Grafton Winery Blues Festival Saturday - Sunday, May 17 18, 2014 1:00pm to 6:00pm CDT on Saturday; Noon to 7pm on Sunday Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St. Grafton, IL 62037 Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival. Four top-notch blues bands from the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & B r e w h a u s , l o c a t e d a t 3 0 0 W. Main St. in Grafton, Ill. Bands

include: Robert Sampson and t h e G u m b o B a n d , To m b s t o n e Bullet Band, Pennsylvania Slim Band and Billy Peek. For more information, call (618) 786-3001. Spirit of Peoria: Sightseeing Cruise (Alton) Monday, May 19, 2014 2:30pm to 4:30pm CDT Riverfront Park Landmarks Blvd. Alton, IL 62002 Enjoy the river by boarding the Spirit of Peoria sightseeing cruise. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. Cruise begins approximately 30 minutes after boarding. Cruising t i m e i s 9 0 m i n u t e s . F o r m o re information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645. Admission $25/adult $23/senior $14/child (ages 4 - 12), infants are free Spirit of Peoria: Dinner Cruise (Alton) Monday, May 19, 2014 6:30pm to 9:00pm CDT Riverfront Park Landmarks Blvd. Alton, IL 62002 Bring your appetite aboard for t h i s re l a x i n g c ru i s e i n c l u d i n g a full dinner served while on board. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. Cruise begins approximately 30 minutes after boarding. Cruising time is two hours. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645.

Admission $55 per person, inclusive Spirit of Peoria: Sightseeing Cruise (Alton) Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:00am to 11:00am CDT Riverfront Park Landmarks Blvd. Alton, IL 62002 Enjoy the river by boarding the Spirit of Peoria sightseeing cruise. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. Cruise begins approximately 30 minutes after boarding. Cruising time is 90 minutes. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 2586645. Admission $25/adult $23/senior $14/child (ages 4 - 12), infants are free Spirit of Peoria: Lunch Cruise (Alton) Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:00pm to 2:30pm CDT Riverfront Park Landmarks Blvd. Alton, IL 62002 B r i n g y o u r a p p e t i t e a b o a rd for this scenic cruise featuring a full lunch served aboard the Spirit of Peoria. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The Spirit of Peoria will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. Cruise begins approximately 30 minutes after boarding. Cruising time is 2 hours. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645.

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RemiXT, Cicero's, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Flamin Groovies w/Bad Dates, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Acoustics Anonymous w/The Giving Tree Band, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. The Original Wailers w/Unifyah, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 9

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Arianna String Quartet: High Five with Zuill Bailey, cello, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Great Guitars 2014: Eric Slaughter & Shaun Robinson w/Montez Coleman & Jahmal Nichols, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Forgotten Space: Grateful Dead Tribute, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Bella & Lily w/Flying House, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 10

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. WAKA DJ Classic, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 9:00 p.m. Samantha Fish, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Ledisi, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Matt Pond PA w/The Lighthouse & The Whaler, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Mom’s Kitchen w/The Blu Skies, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Symphony Orchestral Prgoram: Dalvalvie, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. Z u i l l B a i l e y, C e l l o , To u h i l l Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. Manchester Orchestra w/Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, The Pageant, ST. Louis, Doors 6:30 p.m. Dave Simon’s Rock School, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 1:00 p.m. The Color Purple, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14

Chuck Berry, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Jane Monheit, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Clayton Parties in the Park: Radiogram, Downtown Clayton, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15

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Saturday, May 17

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Jane Monheit, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. St. Louis Symphony Live at Powell Hall Concert: Stayin’ Alive, Powell Hall, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Judy Collins, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. Midwest w/Dear Creek, Letter To Memphis, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Billy Croghan, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 11:00 p.m. S o u l R a d i c s w / Tru e N o r t h , Hard Evidence Rocksteady Flyers, The Demo, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m.

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F o x C o n c e r t s p re s e n t s T h e O'Jays and Chaka Kahn on Friday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125, $90, $75, $65, $55, $45 and are on sale online at metrotix.com, by calling 314534-1111, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. The O'Jays are living legends‌ American treasures.   The term "living legend" is often overused and abused, but with The O'Jays, well, there's little argument that the honorable tag truly applies. With their place in modern music secure, The O'Jays could have cruise-controlled to that comfy hammock on a sandy beach, u m b re l l a - d e c o r a t e d d r i n k s i n hand. Why? (1) An ocean-wide body of work that spawned 24 Top Ten smashes and 59 total charted songs. (2) Incredibly energetic and dynamic live shows. (3) Mad respect for their Olympian vocals. And (4) their social and political impact on generations and nations. But doing things slowly is not Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant’s modus operandi. After 40+ years making such international hits as "Back Stabbers," "For The Love Of Money," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," "Love Train," "I Love Music," "Use Ta Be My Girl" and "Have You Had Your Love Today,". There have been “four facesâ€? of The O’Jays. This vocal group from Canton, Ohio originated with Eddie Levert, SR., Walter Williams, SR., William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles and they were named after Cleveland DJ Eddie O’Jay. Isles left the group in 1965. Massey left to b e c o m e a re c o rd p ro d u c e r i n 1971 and Levert, Williams and Powell continues as a trio. Powell retired from touring due to illness in late 1975, passing at the age of 35 in 1977 and was replaced by Sammy Strain, formerly with Little Anthony & The Imperials. Strain returned to his former group in 1993 and was replaced by Nathaniel Best. After the

departure in 1995 of Nathaniel Best, Eddie Levert, SR. and Walter Williams, SR. reached out to Eric Nolan Grant, a gifted vocalist who was already a part of the group’s extended Cleveland-based musical family. Their chart-topping album “ L o v e Yo u To Te a r s � m a r k e d Grant’s first appearance with the group. Chaka Khan is one of the world's most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, the 10-time G R A M M Y Ž Aw a rd - w i n n e r i s looking forward to a celebration o f a l i f e t i m e . A s o n g w r i t e r, a c t o r, a u t h o r, p h i l a n t h ro p i s t , entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is revered by millions of fans as well as her peers for her timeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. The late, great Miles Davis often said, "She [Chaka] sings like my horn." And the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin says, "[Chaka] is a one- of- a -kind, premier vocalist."

State Fair music lineup announced

Rapper Pitbull and the Chicago cast of the Million Dollar Quartet have been added to the Illinois State Fair Grandstand entertainment offerings.  They will join country artists Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Jake Owen, rock legends Boston and Steely Dan, and the ten finalists on American Idol to form a star-studded, 2014, concert lineup.  "This entertainment lineu p p ro v e s that the re truly is something for everyone at this year's Illinois State Fair," Governor Pat Quinn said. "A concert in the State Fair Grandstand is a great way to spend a summer evening." Latin Grammy winner Pitbull, whose single "Timber" just recently became his second number one hit

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Saturday, Aug. 16.  Owen already has nine Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to his credit, including the number one smash hits "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Alone with You." Performers have yet to be booked for Thursday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 17. In addition to Pitbull, fairgoers also can begin buying tickets May 3 for the Hunter Hayes and Steely Dan concerts.  They will be available online at http://www. ticketmaster.com/, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the American Idol L i v e ! To u r c a n b e p u rc h a s e d the following Saturday, May 10.  Tickets for the other announced acts already are on sale. The new concert bookings were announced during a preview party on the fairgrounds to begin the countdown to the fair.  The event also included the unveiling of the 2014 Illinois State Fair theme, "Making Memories." "For many Illinoisans a trip to the fair has become a family tradition, an annual pilgrimage to celebrate our state's people, culture and heritage," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said.  "And the life-long memories of those visits have kept families coming back for generations.  I invite your family to make memories of its own when this tradition known as the Illinois State Fair is renewed Aug. 7-17." For more information about the Grandstand entertainment line-up, visit the fair's website at http://www.illiniosstatefair.info/ or call (217) 782-1979.

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Tuning in Sheldon to host Dave Rawlings Machine

The Sheldon Sessions, presented by The Sheldon in partnership with 88.1 KDHX, presents An Evening with Dave Rawlings Machine, Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Dave Rawlings Machine's barnstorming 2013 lineup is back for six nights only this summer! Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson and Paul Kowert join Dave Rawlings for an evening of distinctive picking, high lonesome songs and many other high caliber acoustic entertainments. Tickets are $38 orchestra/$35 balcony. Call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit TheSheldon.org

Church to appear in St. Louis

Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will launch in North America on September 11, 2014 with 31 arena dates being announced today. Tickets for the tour, which beings in Bossier City, Louisiana, will go on sale April 18 in select markets with additional information made available on EricChurch.com. Members of the Church Choir will have access to a pre-sale starting on April 15. Church selected Dwight Yoakam as the special guest for the entire tour. Opening the tour on different dates throughout the first leg will be rising country music duo Brothers Osborne, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark, or the hard rocking band Halestorm. Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others. Church will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his headlining arena tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour—which Pollstar named a Top Tour of 2012. While The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour employed a succession of backdrops as the focus of the show, Church's The Outsiders World Tour will use a much more high tech design and will offer fans a 360° view of the entertainer and his band. Church will perform at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Sept. 13. On sale dates and ticket information for each market will be announced on EricChurch.com. The best seats on The Outsiders World Tour will once again be paperless so fans get them instead of scalpers. A limited number of VIP tickets for each show will also be available for purchase. Each VIP ticket includes a premium ticket in the first 15 rows or in the general admission pit, an invitation to a pre-show party at The Outsiders Joint, a two song acoustic pre-show performance by Eric Church, a limited edition show poster, and a dedicated VIP concert concierge. Fans have the chance to gain access to pre-sale tickets for each show by becoming a Standard or

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Premium member of the Church Choir. Join the Church Choir by visiting http://smarturl.it/ churchchoir.  Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, and his current hit single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is Top 5-and-rising. “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of the album, continuing, “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He’s using the power he’s accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he’ll go out and — through the singles he’ll release, the touring he’ll do and the videos he’ll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified album Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles).  Church’s debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were

both certified Gold.  Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.” Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite group of global superstars. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10, including the hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” and “Fast as You.” He is a 21time nominated, 2-time GRAMMY Award winner. In celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2014, Yoakam will appear as a recurring guest star in multiple episodes of the thrilling CBS series, “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name. For more information, visit www. dwightyoakam.com. For John (guitar) and TJ (vocals/ guitar) Osborne, getting into music was unavoidable. Growing up in the water town of Deale, Maryland, their close-nit-family of seven spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs. In April 2011, Warner Chappell/King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. The Brothers Osborne are currently in the studio finishing their debut album, an album they describe as “aggressive, bold and fragile at times.”  Their current single is “Rum.” For more information, visit www.brothersosborne.com. Brandy Clark’s debut album, 12 Stories, was released in October 2013 and has received tremendous critical acclaim.  When reviewing 12 Stories, Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “This is the country debut of the year.”

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Clark was nominated for her first GRAMMY Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she cowrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. Clark as been on tour with Jennifer Nettles. For more information visit www. brandyclarkmusic.com. Upon its release, The Strange Case Of…, the second album from Atlantic Records artist Halestorm, shot to the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” marked the first song by a female fronted group to top the active rock chart and earned the band a GRAMMY award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.  The song was also the No. 1 song of 2012 on SiriusXM’s Octane. The band’s second single “Freak Like Me” also hit No. 1 on the Active Rock chart and their third single “Here’s To Us” saw incredible chart success as well.  

The Monkees to perform at The Fox

F o x C o n c e r t s p re s e n t s T h e Monkees June 5 at 7:30 p.m. live at The Fox Theatre. Tickets are $100, $75, $60, $50, $40 and $30 and are available online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-5341111, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates nearly 50 years later. Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of

Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. The show itself, meanwhile, paid tribute not only to The Beatles, but also to the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy as well as the pop-art sensibilities of Warhol and the emerging San Francisco psychedelic scene.  By the time the group’s TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts – More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., all of which were released in 1967, staggeringly enough – while racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,”  “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40. After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but much as the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways… for awhile. In the wake of Jones’s death on February 12, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts throughout November and December. The shows were received so triumphantly that Dolenz, Nesmith, and Tork returned the following summer for a tour dubbed “A Midsummer ’s Night with the Monkees,” the success of which inspired the trio to hit the road again this May and June as well.

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walk in the park is the perfect antidote for a long, cold winter, e s p e c i a l l y i f i t ’s a hike through the wildflowerfilled woods, wetlands, glades, prairies and bottomland forests of Shaw Nature Reserve. Owned by the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Nature Reserve is a 2,440-acre diverse landscape – which means an equally diverse mixture of plants and animals – with 14 miles of trails to explore it all. The blooms start in April when the spring sun warms the forest floor and coaxes the trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, phlox and other “spring ephemerals” to appear. The orange glow of Indian paintbrush brings color to the glades. The wildflowers continue in waves through the summer and climax in late August with the giant Maximilian sunflowers that stand 8 feet tall over the prairie. “Early June is really nice on the glades, especially when the coneflowers are blooming,” said John Behrer, director of the Nature Reserve. “The prairies get going in summer and early fall, when the asters are beautiful.” One of the Nature Reserve’s spectacular floral displays is the thousands of daffodils that bloom in April on the slopes around Pinetum Lake. Several varieties of the plants have naturalized from bulbs that were planted in the 1930s and 1940s. Another dazzling show occurs about the same time on the river bottoms in the open understory beneath the big trees. A carpet of Virginia bluebells, in shades ranging from pink to baby blue, with the occasional yellow bouquet of celandine poppies, extends as far as the eye can see. “Blooming could be a bit later this year because winter slowed things down,” Behrer said. “Visitors can call here to find out what is in bloom. But there’s always something to see. If people came every two weeks, that would be the way to visit the Nature Reserve.” The Country Cousin Shaw Nature Reserve (636-451-

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Above, James Trager, restoration biologist at Shaw Nature Reserve, and his wife, Jan, look over the spring display of Virginia bluebells in the bottomland forest. Below, Coneflowers fill the glades at Shaw Nature Reserve in early June. 3512, ShawNature.org) is named for Henry Shaw, a successful businessman with a passion for botany. He opened the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1859 on his country estate, which is now surrounded by the City of St. Louis. In the early 1900s, the St. Louis air was thick with soot and smoke that damaged plant life, and the Garden’s board began looking for rural property as a refuge for the plant collection. In 1925, the board decided on an expanse of rolling fields and hardwood forest 35 miles west of St. Louis on the Meramec River. Today, the site is just off Interstate 44 at the Gray Summit exit.

In the late 1930s, a smoke abatement ordinance curbed the air pollution in St. Louis. Plans to move the botanical garden were canceled, but Shaw Nature Reserve, then called the Arboretum, remained as the garden’s country cousin. While the Missouri Botanical Garden displays formal beds of plants and exotic species, the mission of Shaw Nature Reserve is to return the landscape to what the first settlers found when they arrived. “We’re trying to restore and maintain the natural landscapes that existed historically,” Behrer said. “We know we can’t re-create everything that was here 500 years

ago. There are pieces of the puzzle that are missing, and pieces here that shouldn’t be here.” Over the last 30 years, nearly 350 acres of abandoned farm fields have been replanted as prairie. Forests choked with cedar and invasive honeysuckle have been thinned to restore the open woodlands, where tall trees stand apart with an understory of wildflowers and grasses. Controlled burns are used to keep out exotic species, nourish the native plants and prevent cedars from invading the prairies, glades and woods. The burns mimic natural fires caused by lightning and fires set by Native Americans, and later settlers, to keep the land clear. “ F i re w a s t h e i r t o o l , t h e i r bulldozer, to manage the landscape,” Behrer said. “Tall-grass prairie wouldn’t have existed in Missouri if the Native Americans had not set fires. If we stopped burning or mowing, it would all go back to woodlands, and we would lose a lot of diversity.” Shaw’s other primary mission is education and it provides a variety of programs for both adults and children, with the Nature Reserve serving as an outdoor classroom. “We could restore Shaw to the nth degree,” Behrer said, “but if we don’t use it to change how people think about the natural world, we haven’t accomplished much.” A Hike to the River Maps and guides to the Nature Reserve are available in the Visitor Center at the entrance. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. One of the most popular places to start a walk is at the restored Bascom House, an elegant two-story brick home built by a Confederate colonel in 1879. The house sits in a grove of stately oaks next to the five-acre Whitmire Wildflower Garden,

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which displays some 700 species of plants as a showcase for professional landscapers and home gardeners. The trail through the wildflower garden leads over a small pond, one of several established for amphibians over the years, and into an oak-hickory woodlands, crossing two small streams. It opens onto the prairie, and looks out onto a glade before descending the bluffs to the bottomland woods on the flood plain. “That area down to the Meramec is more like the Ozarks that people generally think of – it’s more rugged than the upper part of the reserve, which is rolling prairie similar to northern Missouri,” Behrer said. “The bottomland forest has been designated a Natural Area by the Missouri Department of Conservation because it still has the characteristics of the original forest. There are some huge sycamores and cottonwoods down there.” After a rest on the wide gravel bar along the river, the hike can head back on a different route, maybe detour to visit the wetlands and its 300-foot boardwalk, for a looping walk of about six miles. While the first frost brings the curtain down on the wildflower show, autumn ignites the sumac and the oak-hickory forest while the tall grasses glow russet and gold in the morning and evening light. But Shaw Nature Reserve continues to be a hiker ’s delight during the cold months. “The prairies are beautiful when it’s hot in July and August, but I also like it out here in winter,” Behrer said. “I especially like to walk when snow is falling. It’s so peaceful and quite, and you see all the animal tracks. There are not a lot of people; the solitude is nice.” Tom Uhlenbrock is a staff writer for Missouri State Parks.

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QuickGlance Movie Reviews "The Railway Man"

There are, of course, different ways to make war movies. Some are sweeping, some more intimate. Some are visceral and raw, and some take a more understated approach. There are moments that “The Railway Man,” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman and directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, feels like a period TV drama — slow, subtle, a bit distant — but that doesn’t detract from the ultimate power of its story, which is both remarkable and true. It also doesn’t detract from Firth’s nuanced and ultimately quite moving performance, as well as an admirable turn by the talented Jeremy Irvine as a younger version of the same man. (Kidman, on the other hand, feels somewhat wasted in an underwritten part.) “The Railway Man” is based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was brutally tortured at a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Lomax somehow survived — unlike many fellow soldiers — but came home broken and haunted, particularly by his ordeal at the hands of one sadistic Japanese interpreter. In his book, Lomax, who died in 2012 at age 93 (during editing of this film), chronicles what happened when he was able to confront the interpreter in person, many years after the war’s end. Without giving away too much, the final resolution is both stunning and cathartic, and the movie conveys its full emotional resonance — even if it takes a long while to reach that level of intensity. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America “for disturbing prisoner of war violence.” RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

"Rio 2"

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chockfull of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas. The sequel opens with a vibrant New Year ’s Eve bash, as partying in the music-filled streets of Rio de Janeiro is punctuated by fireworks bursting above the Christ the Redeemer statue. Supervised by composer John Powell, more emphasis has been placed on the music of this film, which benefits from numbers by artists like Bruno Mars (who also voices the smooth bird Roberto in the film), Janelle Monae and celebrated Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. After mating in Brazil in 2011’s “Rio,” rare macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) now have three lively kids who have become accustomed to the same domestication Blu was brought up on in Minnesota. They’re attached to gadgets like iPods and eat pancakes for breakfast, which irks the raised-in-the-wild Jewel. But the family heads off to the Amazon rainforest, to Jewel’s delight and Blu’s strife, when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there and are being pursued by Blu’s past owner and animal lover, Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann), and her husband, Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro). With a few of the quirky supporting characters from the first film in tow — including birds voiced by George Lopez (as frisky toucan Rafael) and Jamie Foxx and will.i.am (as rapping canary-and-cardinal duo Nico and Pedro) — they soar through a dazzling journey to the rainforest, making the oftenwasted 3-D effect worth it as we take in the broad scope and graphically layered flair. RATED: G by the Motion Picture Association of America. RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

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"Heaven Is for Real"

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” “Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics. There’s little doubt the T.D. Jakes-produced adaptation of Todd Burpo’s Christian non-fiction best-seller will have a built-in audience, especially on Easter weekend. After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey for his family: Angels carried him to heaven where he met Jesus (played by Mike Mohrhardt, whose face we never quite see), as well as God, Colton’s great-grandfather and the miscarried sister he never knew he had. Such talk frightens his older sister (Lane Styles) and worries his pastor father, Todd (Greg Kinnear), and mother, Sonja (Kelly Reilly). As Colton becomes more verbal about his supposed encounter, the local paper in the small Nebraska town starts reporting the story. This leads some members of Todd’s congregation (Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale) to turn against the Burpo family. Though Todd sticks up for his son, his faith is also tested. “We ask these kids to believe this stuff,” he says to his wife, “but I don’t even know if I believe it myself.” But Todd is captivated, as we are, by his son’s innocence — especially when Colton tells him things he couldn’t possibly know, such as how he saw his parents cope, each in their own way, during his near-fatal surgery. RATED: PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic material including some medical situations.” RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

"Transcendence"

First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity — when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts — is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars. First-time director Wally Pfister ’s “Transcendence” isn’t so much the “Him” to Spike Jonze’s “Her” as it’s a more dystopian vision of the meeting of human consciousness and c o mp ute r inte llige nc e . It turns o ut th at when computers get sophisticated, worse things can happen than Joaquin Phoenix getting his feelings hurt. But whereas “Her” was playful and personal about familiar futuristic concepts, “Transcendence” is clunky and lifeless. It’s like the movie version of a paranoid TED talk. In the early scenes of “Transcendence,” Dr. Will Caster (a disappointingly sleepy Depp) is a TED-style master of the universe, speaking confidently in front of large video screens to eager listeners about neurology and artificial intelligence. But there are also protesters to his potentially all-powerful invention: the Physically Independent Neural Network (PINN), an early artificial intelligence propelled by a room full of computers that Caster believes could, among other things, cure cancer. An assassination attempt with a radiation-laced bullet leaves Caster with weeks to live. Desperate to keep his mind alive, his loyal, sycophantic wife and fellow researcher Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) uploads Caster ’s brain to a PC with PINN hardware. Helping her is their good friend and colleague Max (Paul Bettany, serving as

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narrator). RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality.” RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

"Deciding Annie Parker"

“Decoding Annie Parker,” based on a true story, is an often uneasy, yet sentimental and witty tale of two women, one a cancer patient and the other a geneticist. Canadian Annie Parker (Amy Morton) battled breast cancer in the 1970s — and beat it. But after losing her mother and older sister to the disease, she becomes convinced that cancer is stalking her family. Though most doctors then said cancer was a stroke of bad luck, Annie believes she’ll get breast cancer like her immediate family members. Annie checks for lumps daily. And after she discovers one, she must have her left breast removed. Meanwhile, in Berkeley, California, geneticist Dr. MaryClaire King (Helen Hunt) is researching genetic links to breast cancer. When Annie learns of this, she starts doing her own research with a medical student and former nurse (Rashida Jones). Writer-director Steven Bernstein, who was inspired to write “Annie Parker” after reading Parker’s unpublished memoir, offsets gloomy moments in the film with ironic humor, as when Annie breaks from oral sex to suggest that she quickly check her husband for testicular cancer. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language and some sexual content.” RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.

"Belle"

There may be no whiter genre than the costume drama. The flowing gowns, the horse-drawn carriages, the codes of aristocratic courtship all evoke an era not exactly known for diversity. That’s why the simple poster of “Belle,” a new film directed by Amma Asante, is so striking. A beautiful, finely outfitted black woman in an 18th century parlor room stares back with regal poise. The historical incongruity is all the more arresting because, it turns out, it’s real history. “Belle” is the based-on-a-true-story of an 18th century mixedrace woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), brought up in British aristocracy. While such a tale is undoubtedly rich, filled with questions of identity, class and race, “Belle” is unnaturally rendered like a Jane Austen story of dowries and engagements. It’s an awkward, ill-fitting match of social progress and costume drama convention. And those 18th century conventions of speech and etiquette are often gratingly stilted in “Belle,” stifling the film of any naturalism. Instead, “Belle,” made with fine intentions, has none of the uniqueness of its remarkable subject. “Belle,” written by Misan Sagay, was inspired by a 1779 double portrait of Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray — one biracial, the other white — captured in seeming friendship. Sagay and Asante (who’s made one film before, 2004’s “Way of Life”) were intrigued by the story behind the painting. RATED: PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images.” RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.


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This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Keira Knightley, left, and Adam Levine in a scene from "Begin Again.

10 anticipated indies for summer By JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them. 1. “The Rover” (June 13) — David Michod’s follow-up to his Aussie crime drama “Animal Kingdom” qualifies as a must-see because of the rare quality of his feature film debut. This one, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and is set in a near-future Australia where the world economy has collapsed and bandits roam the Outback.

2 . “ B o y h o o d ” ( J u l y 11 ) — R i c h a r d Linklater spent 12 years making this wholly unique film. It charts a fictional family over that time (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play divorced parents) and, remarkably, shows the maturation of 6-year-old Ellar Coltrane (playing their son) from boy to man. 3. “The Immigrant” (May 16) — Tales of immigrants arriving through Ellis Island are a well-trod genre, but James Gray’s 1920s drama is distinct in its portrait of the American Dream as both myth and reality. With Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. 4. “Life Itself” (July 11) — Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) presents a documentary and ode to the late film critic Roger Ebert. 5. “Begin Again” (July 4) — Much

like John Carney’s “Once,” this is a naturalistic, street-level drama of mus ic ians . K eir a Knigh tley star s as a British singer-songwriter discovered in New York by a down-on-his-luck music executive (Mark Ruffalo). 6. “Magic in the Moonlight” (July 25) — Woody Allen’s annual offering this year is a comedy set on the French Riviera in the ‘20s starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. It promises a romantic lightness, but the question will be how audiences respond to Allen following the renewed allegation of sexual abuse. 7 . “ Tr a c k s ” ( M a y 2 3 ) — M i a Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 trekked across 1,700 miles of the Australian Ocean to reach the Indian Ocean. Adam Driver (“Girls”) stars as the

National Geographic photographer who trails her. 8 . “ A M o s t Wa n t e d M a n ” ( J u l y 2 5 ) — Anton Corbijn’s adaption of John le Carre’s novel is one of two posthumous releases for Philip Seymour Hoffman. The late actor also stars in “God’s Pocket” ( M a y 9 ) , t h e d i re c t i n g d e b u t o f J o h n Slattery (“Mad Men”). 9. “Wish I Was Here” (July 18) — Zach Braff took a lot of criticism for his use of Kickstarter to help fund his second directorial effort following 2004’s “Garden State.” Braff also stars as a struggling actor who homeschools his kids. 10. “They Came Together” (June 27) — David Wain and Michael Showalter deconstruct the romantic comedy with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.

"The Railway Man" stirs emotions By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge When I first saw the trailer for "The Railway Man," I thought that it reminded me a lot of "Bridge on the River Kwai." I put forth that Colin Firth would be a terrible substitute for William Holden in almost any situation, but there was something about the stillness of his hampered character that appealed to me. It was the haunted coolness that did it. And the subject matter. Nothing makes for better movies that the goingson in a POW camp. Would this picture be all war and mayhem? Or would it be a journey into the oblivion of a damaged mind? I was ready to find out. Eric Lomax (Firth, but played as a young man by Jeremy Irvine)

i s a r a i l ro a d e n t h u s i a s t . H e constantly skims time tables. He can quote you the best route to anywhere on the British Islands. He even collects old memorabilia at auction. As far as hobbies go, it's not a bad one. The thing about Eric, though, is that it's the only thing that keeps him going. We learn at his monthly support group (his old platoon buddies gathered in a diner) that Eric's history with railroads is a dark one that has affected him even now, forty years after he served as a lieutenant engineer in the war. It's also going to be a significant barrier as he begins his relationship, and eventual marriage, to Patti (Nicole Kidman), the woman he charms on a day trip to Scotland. Patti loves him and wants to help him face his demons. To do so, she has to drag

what they are out of Finlay (Stellan Skarsgard), Eric's best friend, the one they call 'Uncle'. Eric's radio operator group became prisoners of war in 1942 when the British forces in Singapore surrendered to the Japanese as part of a ceasefire. Some men were sent "up the line" to work on the ThaiBurma railroad, while others in the platoon spent their days doing repair work on machinery at the base camp. Using his ingenuity, and the spare parts he secretly brought with him, Eric constructs a radio receiver that can pick up the BBC giving his friends information and hope. The real trouble starts when the radio and a map of the railroad are discovered by the sadistic guards. Eric's brave move to accept responsibility saves his fellow soldiers, but brings pain

on him that will ruin his life. For two weeks he is kept in a hut where they torture him near to the point of death, chiefly by Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada, but played as a young man by Tanroh Ishida), a agent of the Japanese secret police. Beatings, dragging, water boarding, and constant interrogations leave him bloody and barely alive. He never lies to his captors, but they fail to believe the truth his spouts. They try starvation and forcing him to sleep in a doghouse-sized cage, but he perseveres. Through constant pressure f ro m P a t t i , F i n l a y f i n d s t h a t Nagase is still alive and running a museum about the railway i n T h a i l a n d . To g e t h e r, t h e y influence Eric to journey back to Southeast Asia and face his t o r m e n t o r. O n c e t h e re , E r i c

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s u r p r i s e s N a g a s e a n d re p a y s some of the hideous things that were done to him so many years ago. He forces him to admit to the crimes perpetrated against his comrades and to him in p a r t i c u l a r. H e d e m a n d s t h a t their deaths be referred to as m u rd e r s . H e e v e n l o c k s h i m inside one of the cages that sit on the museum grounds to show him what the punishment was like. Eric stops himself just shy o f w a t e r b o a rd i n g h i s e n e m y and the rest of the film is an examination of revenge versus compassionate forgiveness. It was an emotional powerhouse. "The Railway Man" runs 110 minutes and is rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence. I give this film two and a half stars out of four.

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Above, Fazzi's saganaki – after the fire. Below, Moussaka.

Fazzi's lights things up in Collinsville By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge Opa. That’s something you may hear if you visit Fazzi’s Restaurant and Bar in Collinsville anytime soon. It’s a Greek exclamation expressing joy or high spirits and it’s the best way to describe my recent visit to Fazzi’s Restaurant and Bar in Collinsville. Fazzi’s is tagged as a restaurant specializing in Greek, Italian and American cuisine and I recently visited with a group of seven friends to check it out. All of us were new to the Fazzi’s experience and none of us went away dissatisfied. The legend of Fazzi’s has been growing throughout the area due to its signature appetizer — saganaki. Saganaki refers to a variety of Greek dishes cooked in a small frying pan. The dish’s name references the pan itself. Most notably the saganaki entrée is served as an appetizer of fried cheese (made from a variety of Greek cheeses) and that’s exactly what they serve at Fazzi’s. At Fazzi’s, the server comes out from the kitchen with the cheese in the pan, takes a lighter and ignites it right next to your table. As the bright yellow flames shoot high toward the ceiling, it is quickly extinguished and a plate of sizzling fried cheese is sat in front of you. My party ordered — not one — not two — but three orders of this strange and unique dish, myself included of course. John, Dustin and I all three went with the flaming appetizer and none of us were disappointed. First of all, it’s pretty awesome to see this giant flame materialize in nano seconds right before your eyes. Then to your amazement, you see a perfect, golden-brown plate of cheese sitting in there when you’re sure it’s going to be charred beyond recognition. Then there’s the taste, delicious. The cheese is piping hot and practically liquefied inside a crusted shell. The taste of the oils used to ignite the flame makes it magnificent and

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the sweetness of the Greek cheeses puts it over the top. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience between the taste and the pageantry. As for other appetizers ordered, Steve went with the calamari which was decent also, but didn’t hold a candle to the saganaki. As for main courses, John, Dustin, Brent and Dave went with the old Greek standby, the Gyro plate. The Gyro plate is served with a heaping of Gyro meat (lamb or a combo of lamb and beef), the Tzatziki sauce (made of strained yogurt from sheep or goat milk), tomatoes, onions and feta cheese served on pita bread. It also comes with a Greek salad. All four were familiar with Gyros from other restaurants and none of them were disappointed in Fazzi’s offering. Steve went with the blackened tilapia and was quite pleased with it. I pilfered a bite and it was tender and

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had a fresh taste. Alicia ordered a giant Greek salad and strayed to the Italian portion of the menu, ordering a side of mostaccioli and she was plenty pleased, too. The Greek salad consisted of green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, feta cheese and mixed with Fazzi’s special Greek dressing. Finally, I stayed with the Greek cuisine and went slightly more adventurous, ordering the Moussaka. I compare this to the Greek version of lasagna. It is layers of seasoned ground beef, potatoes and eggplant baked with a Béchamel sauce (milk, onion and chicken broth). Layered the way it is, it definitely takes on the look of a Greek cousin to lasagna, but it’s way different in taste. The Béchamel sauce is the all-star of this dish. It is sweet with the fluffy consistency of a custard or thick whip cream. The taste was heavenly.

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The sweetness of the sauce meshed nicely with the saltiness of the meat and potatoes and the eggplant. I will admit that it is extremely filling. Even yours truly had to request a to-go box, but it was just about as good reheated as the original out of the oven. As for the rest of the Fazzi’s menu, there is plenty to choose from and the choices span a wide spectrum. On the appetizer menu besides the saganaki and the calamari, there are various selections like: the hummus or tzatziki dip served with pita bread, breaded zucchini, toasted ravioli, crab cakes and Fazzi’s jumbo hot wings to name a few. Moving to the soup and salad portion of the menu, there’s the Greek salad and then a Gyro salad, a buffalo chicken salad and the chicken avgolemono (egg-lemon sauce) soup, consisting of homemade chicken, rice and lemon.

The main entrées offer a variety. There’s the chicken parmigiano, chicken kabobs and chicken modego with mushrooms and garlic, a special avgolemono sauce and topped with melted mozzarella cheese. There’s the pastichio, layers of seasoned ground beef and tubular noodles with Fazzi’s Béchamel sauce baked in it and the dolmades, five grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice then baked and topped with the avgolemono sauce. There are also steaks and pork chops available, as well as burgers and sandwiches and a seafood portion of the menu which has: tilapia, fried shrimp, catfish and the stuffed sole (flatfish), an eight ounce sole stuffed with Fazzi’s special crab meat mixture and topped with a creamy garlic sauce. The pasta portion of the menu also includes: shrimp or chicken picatta, shrimp or chicken alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs and herb salmon or chicken pasta to name a few choices. You can also hit up the Fazzi’s dessert menu which only includes three items, turtle cheesecake, rice pudding and baklava. I would like to try the baklava on my next visit. It consists of phyllo dough filled with chopped walnuts and sweetened with honey. As for the setting, Fazzi’s has a large and open dining area. We had to wait a short time for the hostess to have some tables pushed together to accommodate our large party, but once they did there was plenty of space and we were very comfortable. It’s a laid back atmosphere and family friendly. It also has a full bar if you would like to partake in some adult beverages. Price-wise, it’s not too bad. My saganaki was only $5.99 and the moussaka only cost $9.99. The most expensive item on the menu was the 16 ounce New York strip steak at $17.99. I’ll definitely make a return trip and I think the rest of my dinner party agrees, if you gotta eat, Fazzi’s is definitely a place to check out.


Start grilling season with a classic patty melt By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press One of my favorite big city comfort foods is a staple of the diner scene — the patty melt. According to lore, the patty melt originated in California as a burger topped with fried onions and melted cheese served on grilled rye bread. Of course today, the patty melt comes in all manner of variations, including many grilled cheese-style versions done indoors on a griddle. But now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to try my version of the original — the grilled patty melt. The first step in making a perfect patty melt is to shape your patty to fit the size of your bread. This results in an oval-shaped patty, but ensures that every bite has all the good stuff — grilled beef, caramelized onions, melted cheese and toasty rye bread. I like to use lightly seasoned ground sirloin for a lean but rich, beefy flavor. The classic patty melt calls for Swiss cheese, but I have noticed that many diners are opting for American cheese to get that ooeygooey melted texture. I prefer the flavor of Swiss cheese, but if you really want that wet, melty experience, I suggest a combination of Swiss cheese for flavor and American cheese for texture. Finally, I up the ante on the onions by accenting them with tangy balsamic vinegar. I find the vinegar adds a depth of flavor and cuts through the richness of all the other layers of the sandwich. It also eliminates the need for a tangy condiment, like the Thousand Island dressing that sometimes is served alongside the sandwich. Use the best quality rye bread you can find, one with a slightly chewy crust and a dense crumb. The lighter the bread, the more difficult it will be to contain all the layers of the sandwich. And it is all the layers that make the patty melt so delicious. It is the classic example of the whole being so much greater than the sum of its parts. GRILLED PATTY MELT WITH BALSAMIC CARAMELIZED ONIONS Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 4 For the onions: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon kosher salt 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided 3 large yellow onions, sliced into rings For the burger: 1 pound ground sirloin 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 8 slices of fresh rye bread, toasted 8 large slices of Swiss cheese, or a combination of Swiss and American In a large heavy-bottomed saute pan or Dutch oven over medium heat, combine the olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add the salt, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar, and the onion rings. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes, or until the onions are all a deep golden color. When the onions are done, transfer them to

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This March 24 photo shows a grilled patty melt with balsamic caramelized onions in Concord, N.H. a bowl and immediately drizzle the remaining vinegar over them. Stir to combine, then set aside. The onions can be prepared to this point up to 2 days ahead, then refrigerated in an airtight container. When ready to cook the burgers, prepare a grill for direct, medium heat cooking. Being careful not to overwork the meat, season the sirloin with salt and pepper, and mix until combined. Gently shape the meat

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Sacrament of Reconciliation 3:30-4:00 pm Saturday Vigil - 4:15 pm Sunday Mass 8:15 am, 10:15 am, 5:15 pm Spanish Mass, Sunday - 12:15 pm Daily Mass Schedule Mon., 5:45 pm Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 am Wed., 6:45 pm

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NEW BETHEL UNITED METHODIST

131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL 288-5700 Rev. William Adams Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. Adult & Children’s Sunday School - 9:40 a.m. Senior High Youth Group Sunday - 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week - Every Wednesday evening Wed. Night Meal - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Kids Connection - K-5th grade - 6-7 p.m. Middle School Bible Study - 6-7 p.m. Senior High Bible Study - 7-8:15 p.m. Adult Classes & Prayer Shawl Ministry - 6:30-8 p.m. Fully Accessible Facilities www.newbethelumc.org e-mail office@newbethelumc.org

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

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“O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension.” ~ Baha’u’llah Create love and unity! The Bahá’is of Edwardsville warmly welcome and invite you to investigate the teachings of the Bahá’i Faith. For more information call (618) 656-4142 or email: Bahai.Edwardsville@sbcglobal.net P.O. Box 545 Edwardsville, IL 62025 www.bahai.us

First Presbyterian Church 237 N. Kansas Edwardsville, IL

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

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COCA Presents lineup set For The Edge COCA is pleased to announce its COCA Presents 2014-2015 season lineup. COCA Presents is COCA’s performance series featuring the quality family theatre for which COCA has been known for more than 20 years. Comprised of shows created and produced by COCA, as well as the best touring productions from around the world, the COCA Presents performance series offers bold, cross-disciplinary productions. The 2014-2015 season, which opens Nov. 1 with Me and My Shadow from Australia’s Patch theatre Company, is comprised of 8 dynamic shows totaling 28 performances. Subscriptions in packages of four and eight shows are now available. “We are thrilled to offer St. Louis audiences unique productions that challenge and delight,” said Shawna Flanigan, COCA’s Director of Arts Education. “Half of the shows are produced by COCA, and the other half were created in Canada, Los Angeles and Australia. We are so pleased with the diversity and high quality of our offerings next season.” Shows will be presented in the Founders’ Theatre at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130 Subscription packages (Take 8 and Take 4) are currently on sale. Subscribe in person at COCA during box office hours, by phone at 314.561.4877 or online at www. cocastl.org/cocapresents.

Single tickets for all shows go on sale on Tuesday, September 2 The Season: Me and My Shadow Patch Theatre Company November 1-2, 2014 Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Australia’s Patch Theatre Company presents Me and My Shadow in the form of a visual poem, telling itsstory using the languages of paper, light, shadow, color, water, music, sound and words.Recommended for ages 4 and up. Nearly Lear – Susanna Hamnett November 8 Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Actress Susanna Hamnett braves the most savage storm in English literature with breathtaking hilarityand heartache, honoring the beautiful language of King Lear while taking a bit of poetic license. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Stella, Queen of the Snow– Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia November 22-23 Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the story of Stella and Sam as they spend the day playing in the snow anddiscover the world of winter together. Recommended for ages 3 and up. The Little Dancer: Celebrate S t . L o u i s – C O C A’ s B a l l e t EclecticaDecember 12-14 Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The COCA holiday tradition returns! The Little Dancer is graciously supported by Mary Strauss.For all ages. In the Loop – COCAdance and the COCA Hip-Hop Crew January

10-11, 2015, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The COCA fan favorite returns! The new year kicks off with a highenergy dance concert featuring a mixof commercial hip-hop and contemporary dance.For all ages. Continuing the Legacy– COCAdance February 6-7, 2015, Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Continuing the Legacy uses dance as a vehicle to take audience members through black history – fromslavery to the jazz era, through the civil rights movement, to modern times. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Walking the Tightrope – 24 th Street Theatre February 21-22, 2015, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather and granddaughter building a newrelationship together after Grandma has gone.Recommended for ages 8 and up. The Little Prince – COCA Theatre Company March 6-8 and March 13-14, 2015, Fridays at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. This immersive, theatrical interpretation brings to life the book’s fantastic characters and speaks to the castaway in all of us: challenging our perspective, opening our eyes and reminding us what truly matters. Recommended for ages 5 and up COCA-Center of Creative Arts is a non-profit community arts center with a mission to enrich lives and build community through the arts.

Pictured are scenes from Continuing the Legacy, above, and Me and My Shadow, left. Photos couresty of COCA.

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Scottrade Center to host live performance For The Edge

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esus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical is coming to St. Louis at Scottrade Center on Tuesday, July 1 with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars.

Tickets are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000, and at the Scottrade Center box office. Tickets range from $174.50 to $44.50 with a limited number of Gold Circle seats and VIP Experience packages available. Additional ticket fees may apply. Brandon Boyd, Grammy nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’, Grammy nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play ‘Pontius Pilate’, Grammy Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, English singersongwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play ‘King Herod’ and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’ With over 50 cast and musicians on stage this is one arena show that can’t be missed! The North American leg comes on the heels of the wildly

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Pictured are two scenes from "Jesus Christ Superstar." successful UK and Australian arena tours, which began in the UK in September 2012 and commenced in Australia in May 2013. The Times said “The show gets the right balance between the spectacular, the jokey and the sincere. The performances from the well-choreographed supporting cast are fine throughout. Honestly, it’s enough to give rock opera

a good name.” The Evening Chronicle exclaimed, “the extravagance of the production, a flamboyant spectacle of acrobatics, dramatic flames and provocative pole dancing,” and Liverpool Daily Post claimed, “Restored to its rock roots, the star-studded second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar is big, brash and bold…” and the Manchester Evening News

stated, “from the very opening strains the pounding music, the huge and sophisticated video backdrops and pulsating energy from a talented ensemble cast make this a true spectacle.” “In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States,” said Tim Rice. “We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format - as a true rock experience.” “Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album...probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh on July 12th 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started," said Andrew Lloyd Webber. “I’m excited to be involved with Jesus Christ Superstar,” said Michael Cohl. “The show has evolved greatly over the past 40 years and it is exhilarating to be a part of a project that marries this incredible property and its extraordinary music with the new, innovative technology that has become available for live shows. This arena rock spectacular is a whole new experience for fans.”

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"I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!” said Brandon Boyd. “I grew up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's classics and never imagined I would be playing a role in one, let alone with such an incredibly diverse cast of players. Truly an honor!" "When I heard Jesus Christ Superstar was coming to the States, I was excited at the idea to be a part of telling one of the most influential stories in history through the scope of such a talented composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber,” said JC Chasez. “I’m excited to work with such a dynamic cast, and to bring Jesus Christ Superstar back to its roots as a rock arena experience." “I am so excited to be part of such a legendary production alongside an amazing cast!, said Michelle Williams. “I am truly looking forward to this experience!” “I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” said John Rotten Lydon. “I feel so excited to bring this production to North America,” said Ben Forster. “America has to experience this rock arena spectacular as Andrew Lloyd Webber envisaged it. I am the real life Billy Elliot, from a coal mining city in the north of England to touring huge arenas across North America! You are about to witness my dream come true!” The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group.

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Arts calendar Friday, May 2

Inspired by Nature: A Collection of Wildlife Art by Robert Bateman, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through October 31. Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline, The Playhouse at Westport Plaza, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography - Prints from St. Louis Collections, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through April 27. Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African-American Art, The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through May 18. Ebony Creations, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jaqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer Exhibit, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through July 13. Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet Exhibit, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through July 16. Imagining the Founding of St. Louis, History of Jazz Gallery – Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 23. St. Louis Camera Club Centennial Exhibition, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery – Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 16.

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Inspired by Nature: A Collection of Wildlife Art by Robert Bateman, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through October 31. Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline, The Playhouse at Westport Plaza, St. Louis, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Exhibit, Missiouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 17. Art of its Own Making, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through August 23. Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African-American Art, The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through May 18. Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography - Prints from St. Louis Collections, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through April 27. Inspired by Nature: A Collection of Wildlife Art by Robert Bateman, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Runs through October 31. Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline, The Playhouse at Westport Plaza, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. Blue Man Group, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.

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Artistic adventures St. Louis Tap Festival scheduled

Master teachers and performers of the great American art of tap dance c o n g re g a t e i n S t . L o u i s f o r a week of master workshops, performances, tap jams, panel discussions and more in the 2 3 r d A n n u a l S t . L o u i s Ta p Festival July 28 – August 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel.  The Festival’s crowning glory is the public tap dance performance of ALL THAT TAP XXII on Saturday, August 2 at 7 p . m . a t t h e E d i s o n T h e a t re (6445 Forsyth Blvd).  Registration is open for classes and workshops which encompass all levels from beginner to advanced.  Costs for festival activities vary. Call 314-531-TAPS (8277) o r v i s i t w w w. t a p h e r i t a g e . o rg  for more information.  Not only will attendees have access to instruction from their esteemed panel of faculty, but t h e y w i l l b e a b l e t o s h o w o ff their skills in a Participants Showcase and join the experts i n Ta p J a m - a t r a d i t i o n t h a t continues the Hoofer ’s Club and street corner challenges – as the floor is opened to express your passion for tap!  The show features tap stars of movies, Broadway and television in a sophisticated mix of favorite artists and new faces, old masters and rising stars, in tap dance styles from polished jazz to hard-edged hip-hop.  Known and loved throughout the world, this week-long e v e n t e d u c a t e s , p ro m o t e s a n d celebrates the American art form of tap dance.  Masters of dance scheduled to appear include Founder and St. Louis native Robert L. R e e d , E m m y Aw a r d - w i n n i n g c h o re o g r a p h e r J a s o n S a m u e l s Smith, tap sensation and author K a r e n C a l l a w a y Wi l l i a m s , i n t e r n a t i o n a l e n t e r t a i n e r s Av i Miller and Ofer Ben, Reed’s p r o t é g é L o g a n M i l l e r, L i s a LaTouche, Broadway-TV-movie choreographer Bob Audy, Evan Ruggerio, Maud and Chloe A r n o l d a n d M a r t i n “ Tr e ” Dumas III.  Founded in 1992 by Professor Reed as part of the Robert L. R e e d Ta p e H e r i t a g e I n s t i t u t e , internationally known master of flash and acrobatic tap, the St. Louis Tap Festival is the only re g i o n a l e v e n t t h a t p re s e r v e s the great legacy of tap dance by bringing veteran masters of tap to St. Louis while showcasing the best of today’s talent.  For m o re i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t w w w. tapheritage.org.

Foundry offers summer camps

The Foundry Art Centre has the “cure for the common c a m p ” t h i s s u m m e r, w i t h a wide range of interests and art to explore, and for all walks of children – from tiny tots all the way up to kids in middle school.

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Explore the world of p e r f o r m i n g a r t s t h ro u g h t h i s i n t e r a c t i v e t h e a t re a n d m u s i c camp. Play fun acting games, sing and move to music, learn to move on stage, and polish those acting skills! This weeklong camp builds to a final per f or mance of or igin al miniskits.   P l e a s e v i s i t   FA C S u m m e r Camps FA Q   f o r more i n f o r m a t i o n .  A n d t o r e g i s t e r for the Summer Art Camps at the Foundry Art Centre, please call 636-255-0270, or v i s i t t h e i r w e b s i t e a t w w w. foundryartcentre.org.

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6.4 WOODED ACREAGE with 2/3 home site possibilities in small, older subdivision on edge of town. $267,000 Edwardsville PR101725

SPACIOUS 5 bedroom, 4 bath home nestled on a private cul-de-ssac wooded lot. All new hardwood. $254,900 Glen Carbon PR101517

WALKOUT 4BR/3BA, 3 car garage, storage on 2 acres, partially fenced, freshly painted. $235,000 Edwardsville PR100994

CHARMING 1.5 story brick home on double lot with Dunlap Lake water privileges. $199,900 Edwardsville PR101365

1904 UNIQUE STAUNTON HOME! Pocket doors, original woodwork, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage. $189,900 Staunton PR101385

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7 +/- ACRES FOR THE HORSE ENTHUSIAST with 60x120 indoor riding arena & 12 stall horse barn. $159,000 Edwardsville PR101729

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Important Message: It’s illegal for companies doing business by phone to promise you a loan and ask you to pay for it before they deliver. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP. A public service message from the Edwardsville Intelligencer and the Federal Trade Commission.

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CARPENTER FRAMERS Minimum 2yrs exp. Valid drivers lic. req. 618-977-3831 Come Join Our Team! We are needing a manager to come join our team. We provide competitive pay with benefits. You bring a smile and management skills. Send Resume to: Subway #2C Professional Park Dr. Maryville, IL62062 Enjoy good exercise? Friendly honest dependable worker needed. Full time days Monday-Friday $10 hour to start. Call 618-888-2119. HELP WANTED

$500 SIGN ON BONUS! Local company is looking for plumbing technician with 2 + years of experience. We offer top pay and full benefit package including vacation and retirement. Year round work. Must be clean cut, drug free and undergo a background check. Please Call 618-288-6086.

Faith based nursing home is seeking caring, reliable RN’s for day shift and LPN’s for midnights. Please apply in person at: Faith Countryside Homes 100 Faith Drive Highland, IL 62249 (NO phone calls please)

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Looking for dependable research telephone interviewers. Req.: Typing 30wpm, computer skills & good grammar. Eve/weekend shifts avail. P/T up to 29hrs/week. $8.25/hr. Fax resume to: 618-659-9376

Maintenance Worker The Edwardsville School District has an immediate opening for a Maintenance Worker. Experience including electrical, plumbing, and painting. Starting salary range $12.55 - $13.40 per hour. Please send application & resume to Nancy Spina, Personnel, ECUSD 7, 708 St. Louis Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Roxana manufacturing facility seeking person to sew flat can holders. 618-251-3352. SELF-MOTIVATED, hard worker for days Mon-Fri; Must be avail. 7am-7pm, no split shift! Local smoke-free cleaning company. 618-616-8801 pristine-cleaning@ hotmail.com

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618-254-8300 Lawn Technician Metro-East company is seeking a candidate who enjoys working outdoors and prides themselves on a job well done. Responsibilities will include but not limited to the following: * Applying fertilizer and pesticides to lawns using proper technique and label instructions * Provide excellent customer service to new and existing customers through verbal and written communication. * Properly clean and maintain company vehicles/ equipment to a high standard. In this position you will work outside and in potentially severe weather conditions. Moderate physical labor is required, and must be able to lift 50 lbs. A valid driver license and good driving record is required. Individuals that can demonstrate a good work ethic and learn the business can be expected to be rewarded with increased responsibilities and competitive wages. Country Club is a locally owned business with a family type atmosphere. Experience is not necessary. We offer: - Fill time Year Round - Competitive Pay - Medical Insurance - Paid Vacation & Holidays - 403(B) with company match E-mail resume to: Customerservice@ countryclub lawnandtree.com Busy Edwardsville holistic medical practice hiring for two part-time positions. 15-20 hrs/wk, including afternoon/early evening hrs. Applicant must be able to multitask, communicate well, and should have a similar holistic mindset/ lifestyle. Fax resumes to 618-692-1853 by 5/11/14.

Faith based nursing home is seeking caring, reliable C.N.A.’s for evening and midnight shifts. Please apply in person at: Faith Countryside Homes 100 Faith Drive Highland, IL 62249 (NO phone calls please) HVAC technician with 2 + years of experience. We offer full benefit package with retirement and vacation. Year round work. Must be clean cut, drug free & undergo a background check. Please call 618-288-6086.

Janitor Highland, IL Exp. Req’d w/ all janitorial responsibilities; clean, sweep, mop, vacuum, dust, restocks, & empties trash. Female Candidate required due to cleaning occupied restrooms. Must pass criminal background, motor vehicle criteria checks and various State and Federal registry checks + maintain valid driver’s license and be 21 or older to drive if required Apply at: http://careers.challenge unlimitedinc.org/careers EOE Minority/ Female/ Disabled/ Veteran Keller Construction, Inc. is looking for a full time

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to repair and maintain various types of equipment including trucks and heavy equipment. Must furnish standard tools. Clean driving record required. Experience necessary. Must have CDL. Drug and alcohol test required 618-781-1234 Lewis & Clark Community College seeks a Part-Time Head Men’s Tennis Coach. For more information, contact (618)468-6002 or cstrothe@lc.edu www.lc.edu EOE/AA

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Carrier Routes 401 CARRIER NEEDED! Rt 35 — Newspaper carrier needed in the area of Bunn Ave, Chapman St, Columbia St, Hickory St, Mill St, Orchard St, State St. There are approximately 25 papers in this route. The papers need to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. If you are interested in this route, please call the Intelligencer at 656-4700 ext 20

Furniture

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Bed - Queen PillowTop Mattress Set New, still in plastic, $175. (618)772-2710. Can Deliver!

Misc. Merchandise

2 Grave plots in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Value $3600, Sell for $2500. (618) 334-2089 5HP Seaking Outboard Motor And Fishing Gear 618-977-9363 C.K.S. METAL CORP. (618) 656-5306

Seeking LPNs & RNs only Private Duty Pediatric Cases Days, Nights, Weekends 1-800-830-2737 www.ansjobs.com

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If you are highly organized and are seeking a challenging career where you may utilize your talents and gifts to work with children and adults, our office may be for you. Our progressive and highly respected orthodontic team, with offices in Glen Carbon, Granite City, and Vandalia is looking for a full time New Patient Coordinator. To the right person, we offer a fun, challenging and diversified career. This management-type position involves sales, marketing, and administrative activities. Most of all, we are looking for someone with excellent “people skills” and an “enthusiasm” to grow, change, and learn with us. We offer an excellent benefit and compensation package. Please fax your resume to 618-692-9809.

Carrier Routes 401 CARRIER NEEDED! Rt 23-Newspaper carrier needed in the area of Sherman Ave, Sheridian Ave, Troy Rd, Holyoake Rd, Hale Ave, Dewey Ave. Edwardsville. There are approximately 37 papers on this route. The papers need to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and by 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. If you are interested in this route, please call the Intelligencer at 656-4700 ext. 20.

EDWARDSVILLE, IL #1 Copper $2.52/lb. #2 Copper $2.40/lb. Yellow Brass $1.68/lb. Stainless $.55/lb. Painted Siding $.64/lb. Scrap Alum $.54-.70/lb. Alum Cans $.60/lb. Clean Alum Wheels $.70/lb. Electric Motors $.25/lb. Seal Units $.17 Batteries $.29 Christmas Lights $.30 Insulated Wire #1-$1.15 #2-$.90 Scrap Iron $160.-$200./Ton

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Car dolley, used - but in great shape - Surge brake. Outstanding Price, $1000. Call 618-288-7340. Kenmore electric dryer 90 Series $75.00 618-655-0906

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1 Year old male Miniature Donkey Needs a good home Lois 618-633-2647

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244 Estate/ Moving Sale Sat. 5/10/14, 10a-5p Sun. 5/11/14, 12p-4p 702 Ostle, Collinsville, IL. 62234 follow the yellow signs Come and find a treasure for Mother on her special day! Country French Hutch, Drop Leaf Luncheon Table, Pr. Parsons Chairs, Sleigh Bed, Chest & Mirror. Short Poster Twin Bed, Leather Sofa, Club Chair, Sofa Table, Pr. Love Seats, Thomasville Bedroom Grouping (King Poster Bed, Tall Chest, Dbl. Mirrored Dresser, Lamps, Moss Prints, China, Glassware, Costume Jewelry, Silver Plate and Sterling Flatware and Much More!

Houses For Rent

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2BR, 1BA, Montclaire area, Edwardsville. Clean, best location, lg yard, $1000/mo. 1st/ last/ dep, 1yr contract, credit check, no pets, no smoking, no students. Applications accepted. 692-6417

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Apts/Duplexes/Homes www.glsrent.com (618)656-2230

IL CONCEALED CARRY COURSE. 20 YEARS LAW ENFORCEMENT. NRA & POLICE INSTRUCTOR. 16 HOUR COURSE, STUDENTS RECEIVE IL STATE POLICE & NRA CERTIFICATES $150. EMAIL: VANDALAY@ CHARTER.NET / 618-409-5898

House for Rent 389 Barnett Drive Edwardsville. 3br, 3ba luxury home with lake views. $1,795. Meyer Properties 656-1824

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All Real Estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, status or national origin or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” Familial status includes children living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

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Apts/Duplexes For Rent

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2 BR 1.5 BA Townhomes SMOKE FREE. 15 minutes to St. Louis and SIUE. I-255/ Horseshoe Lake Rd area. $675 mo includes washer/ dryer, water, sewer and trash service. No pets. www.fairway-estates.net 618-931-4700

Glen Carbon, 2 bedroom TH, $675. No Pets. Call 618-977-7222 1 Bedroom, Edwardsville, (single occupancy), $450 monthly, plus utilities and deposit. No pets. 618-288-5618 1BR apt. credit check req. No pets. $400/mo + dep. 656-3407 no calls after 6:00pm 1BR loft apt & 1BR duplex $585/mo ALSO 2BR house: $900/mo $1000dep. 656-8953 1BR near downtown Edw. W/S/T provided; No pets. Rent $450. (618)656-1725. 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Edw./ Glen Cbn., near SIU: $710-$750. 692-6366. HSI Management Group 2BR apt in E’ville. Retirement community. No pets, No smoking. $475. 217-854-8784. 2BR Loft, newly remod new kit, ba, wndws/drs d/w, w/d hkups. $675 incl. w/s/t. 593-0173 2BR Townhomes, Edw 1.5 BA, w/d hkup, No pets. $750 w/gar; 692-1745; 978-2867.

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3BR, 1.5BA, 1car gar. Glen Carbon, Avail. Jun. NO smoking/pets $990/mo. 307-5575 3br, 1.5bth, Esic area, fenced back yd, W/D and water incld. $1250/mo. 217-381-7069 Available Soon! 2br, 1.5ba townhomes. (618)692-9310 www.rentchp.com Edwardsville, 50 Devon Ct. 1 & 2 BR apts. w/s/t paid Call 618-791-9062 Excellent 3br TH 1200sq. ft. Collinsville, $790/mo. 345-9610 skyviewtownhouses.com FOR RENT: LUXURY TOWNHOMES AND APARTMENTS. 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA next to Highland High School, Korte Rec. Center & 27th Street $695-$735/month. $500 deposit. Call (618)830-4985. Wilkendevelopment.com

HOUSE & APT & CONDOS HARTMANN RENTALS CALL FOR DETAILS 618-344-7900 HartRent.info for Photos & Prices LUXURY 2 BRs located at 270 & 111 Gourmet kitchens, 2 bay windows, washer/dryer included. WST included. Must See! $675. Call for our move-in specials! (618)931-3333. MOVE IN SPECIAL 1ST MONTH 1/2 OFF 2Br, 1Br Glen Carbon w/d hook-ups, $655 (618)346-7878 osbornproperties.com Nice, Large 1BR apt in Edwardsville, $600. no pets, non-smoking. 618-692-4144.

Commercial Space For Rent 720 Commercial Space for rent, 50 Kreige Farm Rd. in Glen Carbon, Approx. 8,000 sq. ft. Rate & Terms negotiable. Call 618-529-1082

Office Space For Rent

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HWY 159-Maryville, 1200sq., 5 offices, rec area. $900/ 346-7878 618-624-4610 cecilmanagement.com Glen Carbon 1BR, all electric, stove, fridge, dw, stacked w/d, FP, trash pd from $615. 618-624-4610 carports available 2BR, 1.5BA, all electric, stove, fridge, wd hookups, from $695. 618-624-4610

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