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What’s Happening Friday October 26_ ______ • The Wizard of Oz-Music and Movie, Powell Hall, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. • Great Godfrey Corn Maze, Glazebrook Park, Godfrey, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • Frontier Ruckus, Water Liars, Old Rock House, Doors 8:00 p.m. • F re e l a n c e W h a l e s w / Geographer, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Minus the Bear w/Cursive, Girl In A Coma, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Ultraviolets, Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, 8:00 p.m. • The Mellow D's, Blue Agave, Belleville, 9:30 p.m. • Lee Brice, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Ustad Imrat Khan, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. • Fraid Not, Laurie's Place (Back Bar), Edwardsville, 9:30 p.m. • Coast 2 Coast Industry Mixer, Fubar, St. Louis, 9:00 p.m. • Daddy Long Legs, LorettoHilton Center Main Stage, Webster Groves, 8:00 p.m. • Clybourne Park, Loretto-Hilton Center Studio Theatre, Webster Groves, 8:00 p.m. • Annie, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. • In the Blood, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. • Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m., Runs through January 20, 2013. • ArtEast @ EAC, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday October 27_ ______ • The Wizard of Oz-Music and Movie, Powell Hall, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. • Great Godfrey Corn Maze, Glazebrook Park, Godfrey, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. • John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, COCA, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. • Toby Mac, Family Arena, St. Charles, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Justin Bieber, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Red Wanting Blue w/ The Campfire Club, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • The Grand Sultans Halloween Masquerade Ball, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 9:00 p.m. • Electric Guest w/NO, Billy and The Jets, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • The Independents-20th Anniversary Bloody Night Bash w/BassAmp & Dano, My Boy Ox, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Sable, 3:00 p.m. / Ultraviolets, 8:00 p.m., Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton • Ear thSOL and BOB, Blue Agave, Belleville, 9:30 p.m. • Street Fighting Band: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones, The
Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Jam Session w/ Mo' Pleasure, 2:00 p.m. / 420 Crossing, 6:30 p.m., Laurie's Place (Front Bar), Edwardsville • Mo' Pleasure, Laurie's Place (Back Bar), Edwardsville, 9:30 p.m. • Anacrusis, Clenched Fist, Compelled to Destroy, Fubar, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Daddy Long Legs, LorettoHilton Center Main Stage, Webster Groves, 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. • Clybourne Park, Loretto-Hilton Center Studio Theatre, Webster Groves, 5:00 p.m. • Annie, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. • In the Blood, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 20, 2013. • ArtEast @ EAC, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday October 28_ ______ • The Wizard of Oz-Music and Movie, Powell Hall, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. • Great Godfrey Corn Maze, Glazebrook Park, Godfrey, 1:00 p.m. to Dusk
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October 25, 2012
Nikki Giovanni SIUE's Arts & Issues series joins The Year of the Book initiative By JULIA BIGGS Of The Edge Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, takes the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville stage at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom for the next SIUE Arts & Issues program. For the past three decades, Giovanni’s outspokenness in her writing and lectures has brought the eyes of the world upon her and made her one of the most widely-read American poets. Always determined and committed to fight for civil rights and equality, Giovanni is well known for her role of being one of the strong voices of the African-American community. She puts focus on the individual and specifically on the power that each of us possesses to make a difference in our own lives and, as a result, in the lives of others. Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tenn. She grew up in an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, but Giovanni and her sister spent summers with their grandparents in Knoxville. Giovanni graduated with honors from Fisk University in 1968 and published her first book of poetry, “Black Feeling Black Talk,” in 1968. Within a year she published a second book and quickly became known as the “Princess of Black Poetry.” During the last 30 years, Giovanni has authored more than 30 books for both adults and children and was named one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends." Her books have received numerous awards. “Gemini,” her autobiography, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Five of her books were honored with NAACP Image Awards: “Love Poems,” “Blues: For All the Changes,” “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,” “Acolytes,” and “Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.” “Blues: For All the Changes” also reached No. 4 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list which is a rare achievement for a book of poems. Most recently, her children's picture book “Rosa,” about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book. “Rosa” also reached No. 3 on The New York Times Bestseller list and “Bicycles: Love Poems”
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Pictured are two views of Nikki Giovanni. reached No. 1 on Amazon.com for Poetry shortly after its release. SIUE Arts & Issues Director Grant Andree noted that Giovanni’s Arts & Issues program is being sponsored by the SIUE Foundation and is part of the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature’s The Year of the Book initiative. “The Year of the Book program was developed to promote the idea of reading as a group activity, to promote
contemporary literature as being meaningful and then to have discussions on campus about different books,” SIUE English Language and Literature Chair Sharon McGee said. “So, I talked to Grant about trying to bring in a couple of authors this year – maybe or maybe not connected with The Year of the Book titles but particularly to get authors on the agenda for the program for Arts & Issues.” “In the spring, we are having David Sedaris whose book we’re going to be reading in December, “Holidays on Ice,” a collection of really funny essays about the stress of the holidays. And he’s an NPR contributor as well,” McGee added. “And in October he was able to get Nikki Giovanni to come.” Although there isn’t a planned Giovanni book to read on The Year of the Book schedule, McGee noted that they’d likely be reading one of Giovanni’s poems in April because April is National Poetry Month. “She’s a poet, a civil rights activist, part of the black arts movement of the 1960s and '70s. So she’s appealing to us not only as a poet, but as a really important voice for poetry for social consciousness,” McGee pointed out. “Nikki Giovanni is very well known in the AfricanAmerican community, she’s a proponent of civil rights and social justice. She’s an activist and has won not only literary awards but humanitarian awards and so I think she’s someone who reaches out to a wide variety of people,” McGee said. Giovanni currently works as a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. McGee explained that Giovanni wrote a very powerful poem several years ago after the Virginia Tech. massacre. “She was the last speaker at the memorial service at Virginia Tech and read her poem. She really brought the community of mourners together in a special way,” McGee said. “I was just reading something the other day from someone who was there who said, “I listened to all the speakers talk about the religious connection to this and how we would mourn and it wasn’t very powerful but then Dr. Giovanni spoke and it was incredibly moving because she spoke about how tragedy shouldn’t happen and it does. And she just united us in an important way.” And I think that is part of the value of literature. It’s been around since people have been on Earth because we need ways to connect our hearts and our minds. And that’s what poems and stories and literature can do for us as human beings.” Tickets for Nikki Giovanni or one of the remaining SIUE Arts & Issues programs may be purchased at the Dunham Hall Fine Arts Box Office, the Information Booth at the Morris University Center, by calling 618-650-5774 or online at artsandissues.com. SIUE staff, retirees, alumni, students and seniors over 65 are offered discounts on tickets. If you have any questions, or would like an Arts & Issues season brochure, contact the Arts & Issues office at 650-5194.
October 25, 2012
On the Edge of the Weekend
People People planner Halloween party planned at Butterfly House
Science Center exhibit focuses on wildlife rescues
Children can wear their Halloween costumes, play insect-inspired games and make spooktacular crafts during the annual Booterflies Halloween party at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. This family friendly events features non-spooky fun designed for children ages 2 to 12 and is included with Butterfly House admission. BootterfliesAttendees can play Halloween themed party games including Mummy Wrap, Which Witch is Which?, Goblin in the Goblet toss, Pumpkin Golf and more. Face painting, crafts and goody bags are also available for participants. Booterflies activities will be held inside the Lopata Learning Lab and under the Emerson Lakeside Terrace pavilion at the Butterfly House, 15193 Olive Blvd. at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Admission is $6 for adults, $4.50 for seniors (ages 65 and older), and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and younger and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For more information, visit www. butterflyhouse.org or call (636) 5300076.
The Saint Louis Science Center invites the public to "take a walk on the wild side" with their new Wildlife Rescue Exhibition - an eye-opening, inspiring andÂ wildlyÂ interactive exhibit for all ages opened Oct. 5Â for a limited engagement at the Saint Louis Science Center's Boeing Hall. Â Wildlife Rescue, "a Journey of Hope", invites the public to step into the recovery efforts and "meet" the people who dedicate their lives to saving animals. The exhibition features interactive exhibits and activities that allow both adults a n d c h i l d r e n t o e x p l o re t h e innovative ways used to capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild. This new exhibition features the same puppets, costumes and other techniques used to teach young animals essential survival skills. Wildlife Rescue has educational, hands-on activities and displays, including a simulated flight on an ultra-light to guide young whooping cranes along their first migratory route; a touch screen globe to explore the stories of a wide range of threatened and endangered animals; and a
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"virtual" opportunity to join the Rapid Response team and test your knowledge about how organizations and individuals can respond to disasters such as oil spills, floods and forest fires. During the exhibition's run, the Science Center will be partnering with St. Louis area organizations - including the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis County Wildlife Rescue, t h e Wo r l d B i r d S a n c t u a r y, Humane Society of Missouri, the Endangered Wolf Center and other animal-related groups - to conduct workshops, lectures and provide rare opportunities to see animals and rescued wildlife first-hand. Commenting on the Saint Louis Science Center's latest exhibit in their recently opened Boeing Hall facility, Senior Director of Theater, Retail and Exhibitions Jackie Mollet notes, "We are excited to be able to bring this unique exhibition to St. Louis, and to be able to partner
with local area wildlife and animal rescue organizations to provide educational opportunities to both adults and children alike." In conjunction with the opening of the Wildlife Rescue exhibition, the Warner Bros. Pictures' IMAX film Born to be Wild is also showing in the Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater. Â Narrated by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise themsaving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX, Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of B o r n e o w i t h w o r l d - re n o w n e d
primatologist Dr. BirutĂŠ Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Tickets for Wildlife Rescue are $4 for member adults, and $8 for non-member adults; $3 for member children (12 and under) and $4 for non-member children; and $6 for seniors and college students with a valid school ID. OMNIMAX Theater tickets for Born to be Wild are $9 for adults; $8 for children, seniors, and college students with an ID; and $6 for members of the military with valid identification. Members may use their vouchers for free tickets. Showtimes vary, and are available online at slsc.org/WhatToDo/ OMNIMAXTheater/Showtimes or by calling 314.289.4424.
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People People planner Events planned in Alton area Looking for something to do around Alton? The following events will be happening in the coming months: Murder Mystery Dinner: Bullets in the Bathtub Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 7 p.m. Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St. Grafton, IL 62037 Get prepared for Halloween with a murder mystery dinner - Bullets in the Bathtub. Tickets are $35 per person plus tax and gratuity. Price includes dinner and show. Professional actors perform with the audience to create a very fun and casual atmosphere. Advanced reservations required. For more information, call (618) 786-3001. Mineral Springs Haunted Tour Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27 Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Mineral Springs Mall 301 E. Broadway Alton, IL 62002 Meet at Mineral Springs, walk to other haunted locations including the Underground Railroad slave tunnels under the old Enos Sanitarium. Return to Mineral Springs for an exclusive tour of the most haunted building in Alton. Attend a seance in the pool, and end
with a Tarot card reading. A Great River Safari: Full Day Canoeing/Birding Saturday, Oct. 27 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Audubon Center at Riverlands 301 Riverlands Way West Alton, IL 63386 The Mississippi River and its bays and backwaters are abundant with birds and other wildlife. Traveling the river's backwaters and bays in a guided voyageur canoe is one of the best ways to view the birds and wildlife that use the river's rich habitats. The voyageur canoe will be paddled by an experienced river guide accompanied by one of Audubon's bird and wildlife experts. No paddling experience is necessary and all paddling gear is included. Cost is $110 per person. For more information, call (636) 899-0090 or go to Riverlands.Audubon.org. Hartford Halloween Parade Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 1 p.m. Seventh Street Park Delmar Avenue Hartford, IL 62048 The Annual Hartford Halloween Parade is sure to be a ghoulish good time! The parade begins at Seventh Street Park, travels down Delmar Avenue to the Senior Citizen's Building and ends on Rand Avenue. For more information, call (618) 2512680. Haunted Museum at the National
Great Rivers Museum Saturday, Oct. 27 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. National Great Rivers Museum #2 Lock and Dam Way East Alton, IL 62024 There will be a chance to tour the Haunted Museum this Halloween season. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information, call (877) 4626979. LIVE at Jacoby: Saturday Night Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jacoby Arts Center 627 E. Broadway Alton, IL 62002 This month, the sounds of autumn fill the East Gallery as Mark Holland of "Autumn's child" plays global chamber music on the Native American flute. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10; Seniors (65+) and students with a valid ID are $8. For more information, call (618) 462-5222
or go to www.jacobyartscenter.com. McPike Mansion Oct. Ghostly Tours Saturday, Oct. 27 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. 2018 Alby St. Alton, IL 62002 Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. The cost is $20 per adult; children ages 1317 are $10 and children ages 6-12 are $5. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 462-3348. Mineral Springs Haunted Tours Saturday, Nov. 3 Doors open 7 p.m. Tour starts at 7:30 p.m. Mineral Springs Mall
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October 25, 2012
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People People planner Boo at the Zoo event planned Theyâ€™re coming! Superheroes, butterfly princesses, liâ€™l furry monsters, cuddly lion cubs, ticklish tigers, pirates, cowboys, ballerinas and swaddled punkins with their mummies and daddies are slated to invade the Saint Louis Zoo for Mercy Childrenâ€™s Hospital Boo at the Zoo Nights. Families will enjoy spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories, night hikes and hauntingly fun entertainment at the Zooâ€™s family friendly, non-scary Halloween experience from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night Oct. 19-30, 2012. Grab the witchâ€™s broom and float around the Zooâ€™s eerie grounds where youâ€™ll encounter ghosts in the trees, singing pumpkins, Fragile Forest Fairyland, a haunted house that â€œshuttersâ€? on North Lake Avenue, and floating busts that have spooks to sing about! Pop into the Childrenâ€™s Zoo for a â€œHalloween Pirate Adventureâ€? on stage at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. featuring animals performing natural behaviors. You may even happen upon a docent in the shadows to give you an up-close look at some
members) with a purchase of $25 or more at Zoo gift shops. This year's Boo at the Zoo souvenir T-shirt features a sea lion dressed as a mummy. The long-sleeve, white cotton shirt can be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org or by calling (314) 646-4771. Prices range from $10-18 for toddler to adult sizes. Admission to Boo at the Zoo Nights is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Each child between the ages of 2 and 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission. Children under 2 are free. Kids ages 12 and under are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. See website for the Zooâ€™s costume policy. Purchase tickets online at www. stlzoo.org, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world. Parking is our treat and will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Parking Lot will be open only on select nights, Oct. 19, 26, 27, 30. Be sure to stop by Mercy Childrenâ€™s Hospital Boo at the Zoo Spooky
of the Zooâ€™s night crawlers. Don't be alarmed if you discover the naked mole rats have left their costumes at home! Admission to Childrenâ€™s Zoo and show is free. G a t h e r ' ro u n d t h e f i re a s storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats. Perhaps Grandmother Goose will share chronicles of other Missouri critters. Come gaze with your glowing eyes and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories. Are you brave enough to help solve the mystery of the "Phantom of Historic Hill?" On the Zooâ€™s Night Hike, youâ€™ll be accompanied by an oh-so-sleepy tour guide on this family fun adventure as you explore the Herpetarium, Big Cat Country and the Bird Garden looking for the mysterious phantom. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free for the hike. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 6464771. Make a â€œcreepy craftâ€? at the Kidâ€™s Craft Corner, and see whatâ€™s brewing at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween boo-tique for souvenirs, and receive 10% off (or 20% for
Saturday on Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of safe and fun trickor-treating along the pumpkin trail. Admission is free.
Events planned at the Shaw Nature Reserve The 2,400-acre Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit is the perfect setting for you and your family to explore and enjoy the natural world! A host of events and programs are available throughout the fall and winter months: Oct. 27: Introduction to Herbal Soap Making. Learn how to make your own cold-pressed soap using vegetable oils and pure, therapeutic essential oils. Stir the pot as various vegetable oils, botanicals and other ingredients are added for a specific blend. Each participant will receive a cured bar of soap to take home. Other soaps will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to noon. Adlyne Freund Center. $24. Advance registration required; www.mobot. org/classes or (314) 577-5140. For a complete list of adult classes at the Missouri Botanical Gardenâ€™s family
of attractions, visit www.mobot.org/ classes. Oct. 28: Vinyasa Flow Yoga. This yoga class is well-suited for adults of all fitness levels. We will concentrate on connecting the breath as you flow from one movement to the next. Bring awareness to the present as you release tension and anxiety with every exhale. 4 to 5 p.m. Carriage House. $54. Advance registration required; www.mobot.org/classes or (314) 577-5140. For a complete list of adult classes at the Missouri Botanical Gardenâ€™s family of attractions, visit www.mobot.org/classes. Oct. 28: Dog Days of Autumn. Take your favorite canine companion for a nice walk led by Reserve staff. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with your pooch at a natural area where dogs are not normally allowed. Your four-legged friend must be friendly with other dogs and people and remain on a six foot leash at all times. Meet at the Adlyne Freund Center. $7 per dog. Advance registration required; www.mobot. org/classes or (314) 577-5140. For a complete list of adult classes at the Missouri Botanical Gardenâ€™s family of attractions, visit www.mobot.org/ classes.