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Life’s More Fun in Tie Dye page 14
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Thursday October 28_ ______
Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com
Friday October 29_ ______
Trick or Treat -Downtown Belleville, 233-6769 Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree -Eckert’s Farms, Belleville, Millstadt, Godfrey Bodies...The Exhibition - The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com “Forever Plaid” Off-Broadway performance -Florissant Civic Center Theatre, Florissant Mo., 8 p.m. Arianna String Quartet by Request -Touhill Performing Arts Center, UMSL, St. Louis, 8 p.m. MoPleasure, Halloween Party -Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main Street, Maryville, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Roger Waters Live -Scottrade Center, 8 p.m.
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Send a personal message of love.
"Life's more fun in tie dye."
Venturing in famous wakes.
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A movie you've seen before.
Liz Allen remembers Woodlawn.
Faculty Showcase -Abbott Auditorium-SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra -The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
Saturday October 30_ ______ Trick or Treating 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. -Yanda Log Cabin, Glen Carbon. Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree -Eckert’s Farms, Belleville, Millstadt, Godfrey Largest Yard Sale -Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville, 233-0666 Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com St. Louis Pet Expo -St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Mo. Umphrey’s McGee -The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. Black Kat Bash (Halloween Costume Party) w/Butterfly Distortion and The Imposters, Forever Legends, -Fosterburg Rd., Alton, 9 p.m. Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition -St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis
The Treepenny Opera -WUSTL Performing Arts Dept., 8 p.m., Edison Theater, Wash. Univ. Campus
Sunday October 31_ ______ Largest Yard Sale -Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville, 233-0666 Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Annual Halloween Parade, 6:30 p.m. -downtown Edwardsville Ellen Martinez -Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main Street, Maryville, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jeremy Camp, Carlos Whittaker, John Mark MicMillan, Jon Henninger -Salem High School Gym, Salem, Illinois, itickets.com Umphrey’s McGee -The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition -St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis The Treepenny Opera -WUSTL Performing Arts Dept., 8 p.m., Edison Theater, Wash. Univ. Campus
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Ghosts in the cemetery Liz Allen has many memories of Woodlawn By STEVE HORRELL Of The Edge
or years during the spring and summer months – at least until amyotrophic lateral sclerosis grabbed hold of her and refused to let go – Liz Allen had driven her truck down North Main Street, out past the Madison County Courthouse and onto historic St. Louis Street, headed for Woodlawn Cemetery. She turned left at a small wooden sign that reads “WOODLAWN 1871” and past two familiar whitestone pillars that straddle the entrance. Her grandson, Rick Allen, pulls the riding lawnmower alongside and Liz slides over onto the seat and takes off through the cemetery, mowing. “It’s funny because she needed help a lot of times to get on the mower but then once she was on it she was fine, because it operates like her little motorized scooter,” Rick Allen said during a recent visit to the cemetery. “She definitely doesn’t want to quit.” But in March his grandmother turned 71 and in recent days she has been moving to the background, confining her role as sextant to answering phone calls and handling the paperwork at her home near downtown Edwardsville. Ever so gradually, Rick Allen has been easing himself into the position as Woodlawn Cemetery’s new sextant. ••• Signs of the ALS began a p p e a r i n g i n M a rc h o f 2 0 0 9 . Liz Allen awoke one morning with drop foot in her left foot. A neurologist administered a nerve test and a series of blood tests, though he wasn’t able to pin down what was going on. But the muscles in her leg and foot grew progressively weaker, and he referred her to the ALS unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. More tests and bloodwork followed. Then came the diagnosis. For the past six months, the disease has confined her to the scooter. “The only thing you can do for it is rest,” she says. At one point Allen considered taking
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Liz Allen holds a photo of a raccoon she took in as an orphan. a medicine that seemed to hold promise for ALS. It’s benefits, though, have proven to be minimal and, at $9,000 per year, the cost is exorbitant. Even if Medicare were to pick up some of the tab, if it doesn’t work, why bother, she says. Through it all, Liz Allen continued mowing just a few weeks ago, when all that shimmying and shaking started causing pain in her hips and back, especially at night. Her doctor finally convinced her to retire. Were it not for her sons – Ron is the youngest, followed by Rick’s father, Richard, and then Brad – Liz Allen would have had a much tougher time. But Brad went to work and found her a motorized scooter on Craigslist, one that she still drives to this day. It’ll last her for a while, but because ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – is a progressive motor neuron disease, it may not be long before she trades up for a wheelchair with more bells and whistles. The white frame house where she lives across from Jack’s 66 Auto Repair was built in 1820. In
May, Richard built her a wooden “four-way intersection” ramp that allows her access to the vegetable pots that grow in the front yard. It’s been a huge help though her wanderings have not been without incident. “I’ve had to call a couple of people,” she admits. “If you hit a mole track and one wheel doesn’t touch, you get stuck.” To E d w a r d s v i l l i a n s s h e i s perhaps best known as the woman who ran Liz’s Shirt Shack. She opened the store down the street a ways, where Sacred Grounds Cafe is today. Nine years later, she moved everything over to her home at 606 North Main St., and opened it there. To d a y h e r d a u g h t e r- i n - l a w, Monica Allen, operates it as MonTee’s Prints, at 616 North Main. ••• Liz Allen grew up in Litchfield, one of eight kids on a 150-acre farm where Lake Lou Yaeger sits today. She would rise in the morning and walk outside carrying a milk pail and stool. “The cows would all come up and we’d just sit down outside,” she says. “My dad and I were the fastest milkers, so we did
most of it.” It wasn’t until she got married that the family bought a milking machine. They didn’t have fancy things, she says, “but we had all the meat and eggs and stuff we needed. We were one of those families that went to town once a week, and if you were lucky you got a candy bar,” she says. An aunt lived near Edwardsville, and when Liz’s husband landed a job with McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing), they decided to move to Edwardsville to be closer to his work. ••• In the years before she became sextant, Liz Allen says she would take flowers from her flower bed and drive them out to Woodlawn Cemetery. Later, when people would ask her whether it was permissible to plant flowers out there she was unequivocal. “I tell them I would rather trim and mow around living flowers than plastic ones,” she says. ”I said, ‘As long as I’m here you can plant.’” A big part of Allen’s job has been mowing and weedeating, and, of course there’s the matter of changing the oil in the lawnmowers and weedeaters and sharpening the blades. Says Rick Allen: “I have to t r i m a ro u n d t h e h e a d s t o n e s . Every single one of them. It takes forever.” During the summer, Liz Allen employed a trimmer; but as the weather cooled and business slowed, they had to lay him off. The job of sextant also involves working with families and funeral homes. And if family members don’t yet have a grave space, there’s the business of selling them a lot. Much of her time is also spent coordinating things between the funeral home and the grave digger to try to ensure that all goes well. “People don’t realize how much there is to be a sextant. You’ve got to be the caretaker of everything,” Allen says. “Sometimes I’ll be on the phone an hour or two a day with different people. Sometimes I’ll meet people and it’ll be two hours before they decide where they want to buy.” And that’s understandable. “It’s a traumatic time for people because it’s a permanent thing.” Then there’s the very real danger involved with navigating a riding mower past trees and tombstones on a steep grassy landscape. ••• The narrow road leading into Woodlawn from St. Louis Street forks at the tiny A-frame chapel, circa 1966. Turn right and as you
approach the steep hill you’ll come face-to-face with a large statue of an angel off to the right. Movie directors came out one time and shot a scene for a movie, but the memory is hazy and Allen says she never heard from them or followed up on the movie. “Something to do with gangsters, and somebody was supposed to come back reincarnated or something,” she says. Turn left at the chapel and follow the path past a row of tall, slender monuments off to the left, the kind that haven’t been manufactured for decades. The names inscribed on them are familiar, like Henry Stullken, who died on Dec. 13, 1937, and Isaac Prickett, who died Nov. 16, 1926. Across the road is a thicket of tombstones, the largest of which has an ominous-sounding inscription: GHOST TUNNELL. It’s about 5-feet tall, and several rectangular tombstones surround it. Many belong to the Tunnell family: ELIZABETH E. TUNNELL (1859-1934); JAMES E. TUNNELL (1856-1912). Near the road are Ghosts. Such as ELLA TUNNELL GHOST (1854-1909), and ALLEN MCDOWELL GHOST (1844-1913). A tiny tombstone nearby simply reads: “INFANT SON OF F.W. and A.B. TUNNELL 1898.” “The two families married together,” Liz Allen explains. “It’s always been a kind of funny thing for the kids at the cemetery.” She recalls several Woodlawn tales. She has a videotape of a commercial the Cardinals shot years ago. Rick Allen still laughs a b o u t t h a t o n e . “ T h e y w e re building a new team, and they were going to act like they were digging up parts of different bodies to rebuild the Cardinals team,” he said. At GHOST TUNNELL the road winds down a steep hill to the bottom of the cemetery. Liz Allen refers to the steep grassy lawn off to the right as “Kane Estates” because several members of the Kane family are buried there. “Oh, that one’s horrible to mow,” she says. “When he first started, I wouldn’t let Rick mow it unless I was out there with him. My theory is, if it’s slippery, let the trimmer do it. It’s not worth knocking over somebody’s thousand dollar stone and you getting hurt.” Down the road, off to the right, are a couple more tombstones whose juxtaposition suggests the name of an aging rock star. It isn’t perfect (one is higher up on the hill and slightly to the side), but the name is there for anyone with imagination: MICK JAGGERS.
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Dressing up the Edwardsville area for 26 Halloweens By ANN NICCUM Of The Edge
udy’s Costumes is now open and ready for business.
The shop has been offering the community a place to find that perfect costume for 26 years now – for Halloween or any special occasion. Edwardsville’s Judy Koen is the owner and designer at the shop. For Halloween, she opens up her closet of more than 200 adult costumes, fully tailored and with accessories, for both men and women. Customers may rent or buy from the selections. A majority of the costumes have been handmade by Koen. Costumes include those for individuals, couples or even groups. Themes include: “The Three Musketeers,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “I Dream of Jeannie” as well as pirates, flappers and many, many more. Koen celebrated the shop’s 25th anniversary last year. Koen said some people have been wondering if she is still open for business, because the traditional signs that she places throughout the community every near Halloween are no longer allowed because of the city’s newest sign ordinance. “I want people to know I am still a live and well,” Koen said. This year, Judy’s Costumes is located in the lower level of the building located at 326 South Fillmore Street in Edwardsville. Guests have to venture around the back of the little blue house where there is parking and the entrance
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From silly to scary, Judy’s Costumes can fill your Halloween needs. to the shop. Hours for Halloween are: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment. The shop is only open specifically during Halloween, but anyone may schedule an appointment year-
round for a special event, such as a themed party. Koen is a musician by trade – a singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. She still performs at venues across the area and plays the finest in classic folk, pop and originals.
“I have always been a musician,” Koen said. But years ago, when traveling in a vocal group she decided to sell some of her outfits she had worn during some of her performances. “My Mom said run an ad to get
my back money, so I did,” Koen said. In addition, Koen said she has always been making costumes for herself and friends for Halloween and Mardi Gras. She said her friends always wanted to borrow them or have her make one for them. One year, Koen said she made several pink flamingo outfits for her friends to go to Mardi Gras. So, Koen said she started renting her stuff out of her house and it just grew into a business. “I enjoy making them and I enjoy people wearing them,” Koen said. Plus, Koen has and continues to make custom costumes for clients. Koen thinks she gets her artistic talents from her father. “I think I get my creative side from him,” Koen said. “He worked in the space program at Boeing.” And Koen loves what she does. Plus, she said the people of Edwardsville have always been wonderful and very supportive of her. Koen said she is now looking forward to this Halloween season. Rentals at Judy’s Costumes range from $25 to $65 normally and some items are for sale. To get to Judy’s Costumes take Route 159 to Wolf Street, turn between Farm Fresh and Dairy Queen go down one block to Fillmore Street. Koen said the shop also has a new Web site and is on Facebook. For more information about Judy’s Costumes visit, www. judyscostumes.com or call Koen at 618-656-8188 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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People People planner Saint Louis Science Center hosts Legends of Flight Saint Louis Science Center visitors and aviation enthusiasts will climb into the command seats when the newest giant screen film Legends of Flight plays out on the OMNIMAX Theater. The film demonstrates how modern science and materials help aeronautical engineers build aircraft that emulate natural flight better than ever before. “St. Louis has always been at the center of the aviation industry, from the connection to Charles Lindbergh, to the contributions of McDonnell Douglas, to the work Boeing continues here today,” said Doug King, President and CEO of the Science Center. “We’re so pleased to share this film with the community and celebrate such an important part of our city’s history.” Legends of Flight also makes generous use of computer animation and other effects to provide possibly the most advanced flight teaching tool ever presented to a general audience. “Our mission was not to make another airplane movie - but to share with the viewing public the significance of achievement in design and manufacture,” said Legends of Flight Director Stephen Low. “It brings the concept of manufactured flight closer to nature than ever before. Our goal is to connect the dots between prior aviation advances and by doing so make the viewer more aware of just how far flight has come.” To shape its story, Legends of Flight relies on Mike Carriker the
Chief Test Pilot for the Boeing 787 program and an array of seminal aircraft and designs to help the audience understand advanced airplanes. “When compared to highlyadvanced aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner is more sophisticated,” Low added. “Compared to the Constellation, it is simpler in terms of systems reliance. By making these and other comparisons, the film takes the viewer to a new level of understanding. This is not about how things work better, it is about how contemporary flight engineers are learning more about how to apply the principles of natural flight to human machines.” Carriker is himself a legend and is flight qualified on more than 100 aircraft. His insight and personal connection to aviation, art and science allows for an avenue of understanding that equally meets the fascination of a schoolchild or aviation’s most avid fan. Featured airplanes include the non-powered Schleicher glider, Stearman PT 17 trainer and Lockheed’s classic tri-tail Super Constellation - considered by many to have been the height of piston-powered passenger aircraft design. It was the Constellation that helped solidify the notion of general passenger aviation services, with elegant cabins matched to long range capability and reliable service life. The Connie set the standard for flight comfort in the 1950s and shared ramp space with the first passenger jets. Soon, its reign as mistress of the skies was displaced by the early Boeing and McDonnell Douglas jets and European entries from deHavilland and
others. In some ways, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner resets the stage as it becomes the torch bearer for advanced passenger and cargo long-range flight and like the Constellation, cuts a dramatic profile on the runway. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for children, college students with an ID and seniors, and free for Members with vouchers. Showtimes are available at 314.289.4424 or slsc.org
The Darkness now open in Soulard St. Louis’ own The Darkness, named one of America’s top haunted houses, opened for the season on Sept. 10. The Darkness will be open weekends Sept. 24-25 from 8 p.m. until midnight. The attraction will be open every night from Oct. 1 through 31. Oct. 1-2 and 8-9, hours are 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.; Oct.r 3-7, 10-14, 17-21 and 24-28, hours are 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Darkness opens early at 6 p.m. and stays open until 12:30 p.m. on weekends in October beginning Oct. 15-16 and continuing on the 2223 and 29-31. The attraction opens for one last haunt Nov. 5-6 from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Darkness is located in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood next to the historic Soulard Market. The street address is 1525 South 8th Street, St. Louis, Missouri, MO 63104. Tickets for The Darkness are $20. Children 50 inches tall and shorter are admitted for $15. A combination ticket that includes admission to Creepyworld and The Lemp Brewery, which open later in
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The Professional Bull Riders’ elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) returns to Scottrade Center for the St. Louis Invitational Feb. 25-27, 2011. With tickets starting at as little as $10, PBR fans new and old will get to see the world’s toughest athletes,
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September, is $50 for adults and $35 for children 50 inches and shorter. Visitors can save time in the line by purchasing their tickets online at www.Scarefest.com and printing their tickets at home. Tickets can be upgraded with a Speed Pass which will allow pass holders to skip admission lines and enter the haunts immediately. Two dollar discount coupons are available online at www. Scarefest.com or at Spirit Halloween Superstores, St. Louis area White Castle restaurants, Blockbuster Video stores, Spencer ’s Gifts, The Tan Company, and Slackers CD’s and Games. Or visitors can bring a Pepsi can to the attractions to receive the discount. The Speed Pass ticket is $30 for an individual haunt or $50 for adults. The Speed Pass cost is $65 for adults and $35 for children for all three attractions – The Darkness, C re e p y w o r l d a n d T h e L e m p Brewery. Group tickets are available at a discounted rate online only at www. Scarefest.com. Tickets are priced at $17 each for groups of 20 or more and $15 each for groups of 50 or more. For more information, visit www.ScareFest.com.
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People People planner Alton added to Lincoln program The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition (LFLHC) today has officially added Alton to the highly selective list of now twenty historic partner communities in Illinois who offer rich visitor experiences tied to the Lincoln Legacy. For the past two years, Alton has been under review for addition to the Coalition and, in that time, has developed an engaging and entertaining story about Alton’s role in the shaping of Abraham Lincoln, the State of Illinois, and the nation. “Today, with the introduction of their very compelling audio tour, which complements the Lincoln and Civil War Legacy Trail, Alton has created an extremely vivid and inspiring visitor experience tied to the Lincoln Legacy. This, along with their already remarkable wealth of history and culture, warrants their inclusion in the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition,” said Hal Smith, Director of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and the LFLHC.
Alton has a remarkable collection of historic sites, including the site of the seventh and final LincolnDouglas Debate, the Elijah Lovejoy Monument, a mass Confederate grave site at the North Alton Confederate Cemetery, remains of the Alton Confederate Prison, a National Cemetery that includes African-American Civil War veterans, the Alton Museum of History and Art, and other sites that help set a very historic stage for visitors. Now, the audio tour blends elements of history and entertainment that will make this tour irresistible to visitors. “We hope the addition of Alton, at the southwesternmost end of the Heritage Area, will serve as an invitation to all the communities in the St. Louis region, as well as residents of Missouri and Southern Illinois, to plan a ‘Looking for Lincoln’ adventure to Alton and to the rest of the 42 counties of Central Illinois that compose the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area,” said Smith. The LFLHC is a non-profit organization composed of 20 historic communities that offer vivid Lincoln heritage
tourism experiences, such as Springfield (including the iconic sites of Lincoln’s Home, the Lincoln Tomb, the Old State Capitol, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum), Lincoln’s New Salem at Petersburg, Charleston and the Lincoln family farm at Lerna, Quincy, Vandalia, Jacksonville, and many others. T h e A b r a h a m L i n c o l n N a t i o n a l H e r i t a g e A re a , designated in 2008 by Congress, is the only heritage area in America named for a U.S. President and its purpose is to preserve, enhance and promote visitor experiences in the 42 counties in central Illinois where Lincoln lived for nearly 30 years. The LFLHC was named by Congress as the coordinating entity for the newly designated Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) and is authorized for up to $1 million dollars annually in matching federal funds to encourage the preservation, interpretation and promotion of very compelling Lincoln Legacy stories. For more information, visit www.lookingforlincoln. com.
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People People planner SWIC to host presentation on sharks Come check out â€œThe Belize Whale Shark Expeditionâ€? from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in The Commons at the Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road. â€œThe Belize Whale Shark Expeditionâ€? is a thrilling real-life adventure in the series of The Ocean Adventure programs by undersea explorers Wayne and Karen Brown. This fun, exciting program documents the Brownâ€™s expedition to find and study whale sharks in Central America via an action-packed, multimedia presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 618-931-0600, ext. 6678.
Delta Dental Health Theatre plans Halloween event Itâ€™s no trick that the on-going consumption of sugary treats can negatively impact oneâ€™s dental health and overall well-being. In an effort to help stop cavity-causing plaque, the Delta Dental Health Theatre is encouraging area children to bring their Halloween candy back to its first ever candy exchange event being held at the theatre on Sat., Nov. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Candy will be exchanged for chances to win a Nintendo Wii Game Console and other great prizes. The Delta Dental Health Theatre is located on Lacledeâ€™s Landing at 727 North First Street, right next to the Old Spaghetti Factory. The daytime event will feature carnival-style games, face painting, balloon artists, theatre performances at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the opportunity to exchange candy for chances to win prizes. Delta Dentalâ€™s Tooth Wizard and Panda, favorites
at area elementary schools, and their pesky arch enemy, PlaqueMan, will also be on hand to greet children. Each pound of candy will be worth one ticket for the prize drawings, which will take place at 2:00 p.m. Returned candy will be sent oversees to the troops, who list candy among their top requests. â€œCandy is synonymous with Halloween, and there is nothing wrong with sweet treats, as long as they are enjoyed in moderation and followed by a thorough teeth cleaning,â€? stated Shannon Woodcock, executive director of the Delta Dental Health Theatre. â€œThe problem lies in the volume of candy received by todayâ€™s trick-or-treaters. It leaves young ones munching on candy for weeks. It is bad for their teeth and their bodies. Our hope with this new initiative is to get children excited about turning their candy in for prizes that encourage healthy habits and active play.â€? Area schools, clubs and organizations are also encouraged to get involved. The participating classroom, club or organization that surrenders the most candy by weight will receive free admission to a 2011 show at the Delta Dental Health Theatre. The school with the most participation will receive a $250 donation to buy books for their library, courtesy of Delta Dental of Missouri. The Delta Dental Health Theatre opened its doors back in 1977 and continues to offer a unique blend of fun, entertainment and education to promote healthy life choices. Guests enjoy an interactive 45-minute program that includes an educational video, puppet theatre and educator-led games and discussions. The program educates and inspires children and families to take care of their smiles and to adopt a healthy lifestyle. More than 10,000 children visit the theatre annually, underscoring the important role it plays in educating area youth. To learn more about the Delta Dental Health Theatre and the upcoming candy exchange event, call 314-2417391 or visit the newly-updated website at www.ddhtstl. org<http://www.ddhtstl.org/>.
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The Arts Touhill announces 2010-11 schedule On its 2010-11 calendar, the Touhill again showcases events that span many genres, from classical to opera, jazz to dance, and international to special events. Single tickets for most events went on sale Aug. 9. The breadth and wealth of talent that will grace the two stages at the performing arts center is largely reflective of continued partnerships with esteemed local arts organizations, including Dance St. Louis, Modern American Dance Company, Ambassadors of Harmony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Arianna String Quartet and Jazz St. Louis, as well as select, outstanding resources on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Exceptions are noted in the event calendar. Tickets are available at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at www.touhill.org; or by phone at 314-516-4949. The Touhill’s Ticket Office is located at One University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121. Student, group, and senior discounts are available. Check with the Ticket Office for eligibility. AMY GRANT: Pieces of Our Lives Tour * An event to support Compassion International’s Leadership Development Program October 26 • Tues @ 8PM • $300 For more information about Compassion International’s Leadership Development Program, call the Event Concierge at 615-829-8472. MAVROTHI KONTANIS & THE MAEANDROS ENSEMBLE * Presented by the Center for International Studies October 28 • Thurs @ 7:30PM • $18 Founded by oud player Mavrothi Kontanis, Maeandros Ensemble specializes in traditional folk, urban and classical music of Greece and the Near East. The group weaves a distinctive sound of Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Arabic, Jewish, Gypsy and Assyrian cultural influences. (E3!) ARIANNA STRING QUARTET: By Request * October 29 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 Inspired by the support of the hometown crowd, the Arianna String Quartet has compiled a list of 12 masterpieces from which audience members can select, with the top vote-getting works to be performed at the second concert of the season. Vote at Touhill.org. Voting ends September 11. (E3!) OPERA ON THE GO! Marriage of Figaro Presented by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis November 5 • Fri @ 2 & 7:30PM • $10 The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers this interactive introduction to the fantastic world of opera through mini-workshops. Participants see that by applying make-up a singer transforms into character. They get a peek behind the curtain to learn there’s as much action backstage as on stage. NATATLIE MACMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY: Masters of the Fiddle November 19 • Fri @ 8PM • $35 The power couple of the fiddling world, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, play and step-dance through the states in their first tour together. (E3!) MARTIN SHORT November 20 • Sat @ 8PM • $100, $65, $45 A household name from his star comedic turn on “Saturday Night Live,” he recently garnered critical raves for his role as a cold, calculating attorney in the television drama “Damages.” Short’s range extends beyond television; his prolific talent includes writing, song and dance and improvisation. (GC) ST. LOUIS PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY CONCERT December 3 • Fri @ 8PM • $20 The St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra presents their Holiday “Pops” Spectacular with a strong, passionate 150-voice choir. THE AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY: Sounds of the Season 2010 December 10 - 12 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM; Sun @ 2 & 7PM • $33, $28, $25
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The Arts Artistic adventures Mainstage to present “The Threepenny Opera” Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear/ And he shows them pearly white … So is introduced Macheath, the dapper bandit and notorious womanizer more infamously known as “Mack the Knife.” And thus begins “The Threepenny Opera,” a merciless send-up of operatic conventions that has itself become one of the iconic works of 20thcentury musical theater. T h i s m o n t h , Wa s h i n g t o n University’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences will present The Threepenny Opera as its fall Mainstage production. Performances will take place in the university’s Edison Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Performances will then continue the next weekend, at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30; and at 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Edison Theatre is located in the Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. Tickets are $15, or $10 children, students, seniors and Washington University faculty and staff. Tickets are available through the Edison Theatre Box Office, (314) 935-6543, and through all MetroTix outlets. For more information, call (314) 935-6543 or visit padarts.wustl.edu/ Wr i t t e n i n 1 9 2 8 b y B e r t o l t Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, “The Threepenny Opera” is the quintessential work of Weimar-era Berlin as well as the inspiration for subsequent shows such as Cabaret, Chicago and Urinetown. The story is largely adapted from The Beggar’s Opera (1728), a hugely popular parody of then-popular Italian opera by the English satirist John Gay. Like Gay, Brecht and Weill sought to create an opera “by and for beggars,” infusing the form with Jazz Age wit and modern political bite. The evening begins with a mock-Baroque overture, followed by a brief prologue in which a shabbily dressed singer briefly chronicles Macheath’s legendary life of crime. The real trouble starts when the roguish Macheath marries Polly, defiant daughter of Jeremiah Peachum, boss of beggars in preVi c t o r i a n L o n d o n . O u t r a g e d , Peachum and his wife use their considerable influence to have Macheath arrested, despite the latter ’s friendly relations with police chief Tiger Brown. Always one step ahead of the law, Macheath prepares to leave town, but stops to visit his favorite brothel, where he is betrayed to authorities by an exlover, Jenny. ‘Small bad people in a big bad world’ “This is a story about small bad people in a big bad world,” says Jeffery Matthews, coordinator of the PAD’s Acting & Directing Program, who directs the cast of 33.
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“Macheath is the ultimate hedonist, driven by the pursuit of pleasure. And we like him, though we also see that he’s a bad man. Nobody is good in this play.” The unique stage design, by Sean Savoie, coordinator of the PAD’s Design-Technical Theatre Program, embodies the play’s mixture of operatic lushness and Spartan circumstances. The set itself is a simple black box, with a system of risers on which various scenes are enacted. Dividing the actors from the audience is a large, semi-transparent scrim, upon which images, backdrops, scene titles and even film clips can be broadcast. “Threepenny is typically done in a ‘poor theatre’ style that parodies grand opera,” Matthews says. Yet in today’s theatre, such opulence is increasingly achieved with stateof-the-art lighting and projection. “I was interested in taking that technology and using it to, in a way, parody itself. “The scrim also helps the action flow quickly,” says Matthews, who was inspired by the pioneering work of director Bob McGrath at the Ridge Theatre in New York. “You never have to stop to get reset. Actors just ‘appear ’ onstage when you light them. For the audience, it’s as if you’re inside on a bright sunny day, looking through a screen at someone outdoors. “As far as I know, nothing like it has ever been done in St. Louis before,” Matthews says. “Technically, I think it’s the most challenging show that we’ve ever undertaken, and it’s very demanding for the actors. They really have to hit their spots. “But I think the results will be worth it.”
Lewis and Clark Diversity Council announces fall calendar The Lewis and Clark Community College Diversity Council is announcing its fall calendar, which includes a variety of programming that is free and open to the public. The Diversity Council, which originated in 2006, was named a best practice by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 2007. The council’s goals are to: • Promote cross-cultural understanding and communications. • Broaden and expand opportunities for positive constructive and instructive diversity experiences on campus. • Increase awareness and enhance understanding of the meaning and importance of diversity in today’s world. • Promote an atmosphere of tolerance that respects differences and encourages inclusiveness. The fall calendar includes the
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The Arts Arts calendar Thursday, Oct. 28 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis
Friday, Oct. 29 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis • The Treepenny Opera, WUSTL Performing Arts Dept., 8 p.m., 6445 Forsyth, St. Louis
Saturday, Oct. 30 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis • T h e Tr e e p e n n y O p e r a , WUSTL Performing Arts Dept., 8 p.m., Edison Theater, Wash. Univ. Campus
Sunday, Oct. 31 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis • T h e Tr e e p e n n y O p e r a , WUSTL Performing Arts Dept., 2 p.m., Edison Theater, Wash. Univ. Campus
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The countertop challenge With Buhrmester's help, you can do it yourself By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge DIY is one of the buzz phrases that has bounced around the home decor circles. DIY means Do It Yourself and has become one of the reasons that HGTV has become so popular. Whether it is the economy, a fad or just a sign of the times, people are turning to Do It Yourself projects more and more. Recently, Buhrmester Paint and Wallpaper in Edwardsville hosted an open house. The business offered a couple classes throughout the day giving demonstrations on one of their newest DIY products, Giani Granite Paint. This product is truly amazing. Created to transform countertops, this product is actually very versatile and can be used to make over many types of surfaces. Today’s kitchen decorating trend is to use natural stone for countertops. Whether it be granite, marble, limestone, sandstone or others, this can be quite a costly venture. However, your laminate countertop can really date your kitchen, making it difficult to update the look if you are on a really tight budget. This is where Giani Italian Granite Paint comes into to play. Not only can you, yes, you, use this product to make your existing countertops look like granite or even marble, the results are much more durable than the real natural stone.
Traditional granite countertops are naturally porous and absorb liquids and food that can hold in harmful bacteria. The countertops require a resealing procedure every year, which many people don’t do, or don’t know to do it. Natural stones also scratch, crack and chip if users aren’t very careful. Many times purchasers of these more fragile surfaces have to buy special cookware, use special rubber surfaced mixing bowls, special cleaners, etc., to keep their expensive investment looking its best. Why use Giani rather than the real thing? Giani countertop finishes are designed to lock out moisture and resist bacteria because of their unique blend of polymers and minerals. The Giani polymers are of an automotivegrade resin that are used in the manufacture of car bumpers, so it makes the countertop extremely durable. It still can be scratched, so it isn’t recommended that you cut or chop directly on the surface, but it certainly can handle more wear and tear than the natural counterparts. T h e p ro d u c t l a s t s a s l o n g a s a n y conventional countertop so for a small investment, you can give your kitchen a whole new look without breaking the bank – and not be afraid to let your family use it. It will stain if a strong contaminate is left sitting for a long extended period, but it is much more resistant
to stain that most other kitchen surfaces. The Giani paint system is heat resistant, once it cures properly, up to 250 degrees. It is not suggested to put pans directly from the oven or range on it, as the temperature cannot be determined exactly and may exceed the temperature limit. Unlike mined granite, Giani will not fingerprint because the clear resin that is put on as a topcoat surrounds the minerals, making the surface print resistant. The process is fairly simple, but directions should be followed exactly. Buhrmester staff members suggested that the first step be to prepare the surface with a product called “Dirtex Cleaner.” This product can be purchased from them in either a spray bottle or powder form that you can mix yourself and put in your own spray bottle. Then it is imperative that you tape off any area that you do not want the paint to touch. You can use painter’s tape or a masking tape, but masking tape can be more difficult to remove and can leave a residue. It is not required that you remove your sink or your cooktop or stove, but it again is extremely important to tape around them carefully. If the paint touches an area that you do not want paint on, you may be able to quickly wipe it off with a cloth if you do so within a very few seconds. However, once the paint sits for any length of time, it is essentially permanent. Remember that when deciding what to wear to do this process and it is suggested that you protect the floor area with a drop cloth. Do not paint any surface that has extended contact with water, such as your sink bowl, your shower walls, bath tub, etc. This product is not meant to be submersed in water for extended periods of time. That being said, it can be used on outside products, even though they will be out in the weather. Again, it is just not meant to be submerged in water.
The kit, along with some samples of painted countertops, includes nearly everything you need, including a “Paint-by-Number” instructional DVD that will help even the most novice painter do a great job. The kit covers 35 square feet or 16 running feet of standard 24 inch wide counters. The kit runs for approximately $50 and is available at Buhrmester’s in a number of color selections. Not only can you purchase the kits at Buhrmester’s, but many of their staff members have been trained on how to use the product and can assist you with any questions you might have. There are a number of colors that you can choose from and you can vary how much of the colors in the kit you use on your surface so your project is uniquely your's. If you read about the product, how to apply it, see the results and love it, but you just know that the Do It Yourself process is still not for you, there is an independent contractor, Patti Dumstorff of Affordable Countertop Resurfacing who will be happy to give you a free estimate to do the project for you. She is from the Maryville area and can be reached at 696-9535. You can visit her Facebook page, search Affordable Countertop Resurfacing, and she has a number of before and after photos of a number of projects she has completed. Buhrmester Paint and Wallpaper is located at 201 North Second St., in Edwardsville. They are open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sunday. You can call them at 656-0490 for information about Giani, its application, or any decorating process. They have been a part of the Edwardsville community for over 75 years and know their stuff. For product information, testimonials, reviews, photo gallery, informational videos and much more about Giani Italian Granite Paint, visit www.gianigranite.com.
Above, a Buhrmester associate paints on the Giani Granite Paint on a preprepared surface during the open house demonstration. At left, samples of the different styles and colors of the Giani Granite Paint on display at Buhrmester Paint and Wallpaper. Photos by Debbie Settle.
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s homeowners who like to garden, we often think of planting tulips for the spring, pretty annuals like geraniums and petunias for the summer and then there’s the beauty of mums and even pansies for the fall, but do you ever plan for a winter garden? “A lot of people think about a three season landscape – spring, summer, fall, but I encourage folks to think about all-seasons,” Doug Conley, director of the Gardens at SIUE said. “A winter garden doesn’t have to be dreary with nothing going on, and it’s not too late to add color and texture to add winter interest in your landscape. Conley noted that winter interest and color can come from bark, leaves or fruit that lingers. “An oak tree tends to hold its leaves,” he said. “They turn brown but they provide some interest.” While many homeowners typically will add tree and shrub evergreens like yews, blue spruce and junipers, Conley reminded that there are the yellow foliage of Chamaeycyparis or false cypress, which holds its leaf and color throughout the winter. He also pointed out that the weeping forms of some plants like white pine and Alaskan cedar are also good options. When thinking about winter interest remember to look beyond the leaf. “You can use redosier dogwood or yellow-twig dogwood – which is a related species – to bring some color in,” Conley said. “The stems actually bring in the color.” Conley also recommended that when planting dogwoods that they be “planted as a mass so that you have enough of a group that they show up.” “If you’re going to plant one, two
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or three, give them a backdrop - something that will really allow that red or yellow to show off whether it’s a fence or other plantings so that it really stands out.” There are also several types of plants with interesting bark that can add texture to the landscape. “There is the smooth bark of beech and yellow-wood or furrowed bark of oak and cotton wood. Both of which are large mature trees and need space to grow,” Conley said. He also suggested that homeowners consider plants with a peeling bark like the exfoliating bark of river birch or paper bark maple. “Not only do they give some interest because they are flaky but they are also attractive colors,” Conley said. “River birch has a nice light brown color while paper bark maple has a rich cinnamon-brown color. Beautiful in all seasons.” Plants that have fruit that lingers into the winter months is another great way to add color. Conley pointed out that there’s actually several examples of “fruit display all over campus.” “Right next to the Gardens’ shop is beauty berry from the genus Calicarpa,” he said. “And the red berries of deciduous holly are gorgeous and persistent.” “There’s just a lot of ways to add a lot of interest to a winter garden,” Conley said. “Actually all of these plants add interest year round, but they really become the stars in that winter landscape.” And a couple of side garden notes: The Plastic Pot Recycling Program is closed for the season. Additionally, while the weather for the past three weeks has been lovely, there has been little rain. “Even though plants are dropping their leaves, they still need water,” Conley said. “Especially plants installed in the last two years. Give them a thorough soaking as needed until dormant or rain returns.”
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Sentimental Silver Send a personal message of love By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
ne of the best gifts you can get for someone that is hard to buy for is a great personalized item. There is something about having your name, initials, child’s name, pet’s name, last name or special dates on something you own. It just makes it so personal. Personalized jewelry is becoming more popular. Whether it is a bracelet with your children’s names or a pin with your initials engraved, it just seems so unique and special to the person who is wearing it. Sentimental Silver is a company that makes a personalized jewelry line that is not only popular with women and young girls alike, it is affordable. The hand-designed jewelry has a very large selection to choose from, but the line is earth friendly, as the silver derives from recycled pure silver. Sentimental Silver creates hip, handcrafted, personalized silver jewelry and is personalized on pure silver (.999 percent) pendants. Each pendant is stamped with the
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text of the customer’s choice and is handmade by jewelry artist, Christi Johnstone, owner of Sentimental Silver. Customers can personalize their jewelry with the names of loved ones, special nicknames or sayings or celebrate an anniversary or other special date. These creations are not just stamped into “pre-made” charm blanks. Instead, Johnstone creates each piece individually from a pure silver clay. This is a very timeconsuming process, but one that creates a unique piece that is oneof-a-kind and can be treasured for a lifetime. Because of the the nature of how this jewelry is created, no two pieces are identical in shape and the letters will not be perfectly aligned, spaced or colored. This only adds to the character and uniqueness of the products. These variations are not flaws, and show that handmade special touch and care it takes to create the pieces. Their pendants are made from pure silver (.999), but the chains, findings and picture frames are made from sterling silver (.925). The We b site w w w. sentimentalsilver.com is where you can view the many jewelry styles that are available. There are a number of shapes and sizes of different pendants. You can also add birthstones to the pendants. There is a line of “Adoption Jewelry” which helps symbolize that special bond between birth mother and adoptive mother, birth mother and child that is adopted or any other variation. There is a line of photo jewelry that allows the wearer to keep that special someone’s image close at heart. The photos are not
permanently sealed, so you can remove for cleaning or change the image as you wish. If you need assistance with sizing the image you love to fit the photo pendant, they also have a service that will accommodate you. If you choose an item that does not come with a chain, they also have a selection to choose from. There is complete instructions for order, all of their policies, the care instructions and more on their Web site. There is also a complete list, along with a few photos of celebrities and their children, who are wearing the jewelry or have purchased the jewelry: Courtney Cox and her daughter, Coco, Heidi Klum and her daughter Leni, and Ana Ortiz who received the personalized Square Pendant Necklace that states “I AM BLESSED.” Check out the complete line of Sentimental Silver jewelry a n d a l l o f t h e o rd e r i n g a n d product information at www. sentimenalsilver.com.
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Groovyware Edwardsville native – “Life’s more fun in tie dye” By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
omething happens to most women when they become mothers. Their protective instincts and creativity seem to kick into high gear. Because of these instincts, many women have become entrepreneurs in their own homes in order to be able to be stay-at-home moms and take care of their children. That is exactly the way Mrs. Field’s Cookies was born and also the way Kim Wolfford created Groovyware Tie Dye.
Above right, a scarf created by Groovyware Tie Dye. Above, a detail of a guitar earring done in tie dye. Photos for The Edge.
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A great idea was born out of finding something to wear for a costume party. Wolfford and her husband decided to go as hippies to the party and were trying to find appropriate attire. Wolfford decided to make their own tie dyed tshirts as part of their ‘60s ensemble. After receiving a number of compliments and requests for her costume design, she began to think that maybe she had struck a chord. In July of 1998, while living in Lexington, Ky., she began to experiment with dyes, designs and materials. Starting out on a shoe string, her hobby began to turn into a profitable and desired product. She signed up to sell her wares at a craft show and had such a great response that she decided to keep creating. Wolfford grew up in Edwardsville, went to SIUE, and after she was married, she lived in Lexington, Ky., for around 15 years. In 2003, their family had the opportunity to move back to the Edwardsville area. Since then, Wolfford, with the help of her family, shows her creations at approximately 17 to 18 shows per year. Not only that, her teenage daughter has joined in on the creative bandwagon and has designed and is selling “guitar pick earrings” that she creates herself at the shows. “I couldn’t do this without my family’s help. They help me pack up, unload, sit at the shows and assist customers with me. My daughter has even done well selling her earrings, which she pays for the supplies, makes the products and keeps track of her bookkeeping all on her own. I am really proud of her,”
said Wolfford. Although Groovyware does not have a store front, they family does have a Web site where people can view a number of her creations which grow all the time. Wolfford is always adding to her repertoire of items anytime someone requests something different or she has a brainstorm about new items to tie dye. Visitors to the Web site can see many of the items she offers, a number of designs they can choose from for those items and purchase through the Web site. Their items are then mailed to them. The best way to see the biggest selection of her designs, however, is to visit some of the shows that she does. Shows that she attends every year: Festival of the Little Hills, St. Charles, Mo. – August; Greentree Festival, Kirkwood, Mo.-September; Leclaire Parkfest, Edwardsville – October; O’Fallon Ill., Band Booster’s Arts and Crafts FairNov. 6 and Nov. 7, 2010 (usually in November) their booth will be in the Panther Dome; Edwardsville High School Band Booster’s Arts
and Crafts Fair, Edwardsville - Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, 2010 (usually in November)their booth will be in the EHS cafeteria; SIUE Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair - Edwardsville - Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 (usually in December) located in the Morris University Center. New shows that Groovyware appeared at this year and hope to continue - Route 66 Festival, Edwardsville (June); Soulard Market Park Craft Fair, St. Louis, Mo. (multiple dates-check Web site), Strange Folk Festival, O’Fallon, Ill., (October). Just a sampling of some of the tie dye items that Groovyware carries: t-shirts from size 2 to 4 (youth) to plus size adult (up to a 6X); baby items (onesies, baby caps, baby blankets and bibs); hats for adults and children; bandanas; scarves (cotton and velvet); sarongs and wraps; underwear – different styles; and jewelry – tie dye pendants and guitar pick earrings. Wolfford has experimented over the years and has perfected a number of great designs. Just a
sampling of her most requested are: spirals (classic rainbow and many other variations), “extreme burst” (rainbow and black), crunch die, fireworks, guitars, ties, peace signs, and hearts. These are just a few of the designs that she has. View these and more at the Web site or at any of the upcoming shows. Groovyware has reached all over the world. Wolfford has shipped her designs to as far as Japan and Australia. She loves being at an event or shopping and seeing someone in her clothing. She even approaches them from time to time and comments, “I made that!” She just can’t help herself. Her family motto about the business is “Life’s more fun in tie dye.” She said that no matter how down you feel or how gloomy it is outside, it always makes you feel better when you wear something tie dyed! For more information about Groovyware products, where she is selling at, or to order products, visit www.groovyware.com.
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Chile Venturing in famous wakes By CLAUDIA PEROZZI For The Edge Editor’s note: This is the second article of a six-part series from former Glen Carbon residents Bill and Claudia Perozzi. The Perozzis are fortunate to have traveled to some of the most exotic places in the world. Sail around the Horn at the tip of South America! Follow in the wakes of explorers like Magellan, scientists like Darwin and the first person to sail around the world alone, Joshua Slocum! My husband Bill and I wanted to go where they went – but not in the same way. For our adventure we chose the cruise ship Norwegian Sun, a 1,900 passenger vessel, with all the amenities. Since we had to sail during South America’s summer, we had to fly down there in our winter. We would leave the U.S. in cool weather, arrive in warm weather, cruise to very cold weather and wind up in steamy hot weather. We had to pack clothes for both extremes and everything in between including dressy outfits. Such was our challenge. I picture those ancient mariners rolling their eyes. We had spent several sunny days getting familiar with Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile and we deemed them delightful. Not so delightful was our tedious boarding experience; hurry here, wait there. But at last we settled into our home for the next two weeks. Our cabin, right off the main atrium, was conveniently located to shows, shops and the main dining areas. Norwegian lines are known for free-style which means you eat when and where you want rather than as assigned, something new for us. We caught all the shows: talented young performers on the
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way up and headliners aging out. But the best show was the scenery off our port bow: the majestic, rugged, dark Andes spotted with snow and towering up into the clouds. Rather than book excursions through the cruise line, most of the time Bill and I prefer to make our own arrangements. We usually find a local taxi driver, pay less and avoid being herded like sheep. Since it’s more fun and less expensive to tour with another couple, at our first stop we started asking other couples, “Do you speak English?” and that’s how we found Lydia and John. These world travelers from Michigan became great traveling companions with whom we shared several tours and taxis. For our first excursion together in Puerto Montt we negotiated a ride for four at about the same price as a ship excursion would have been for one. Our driver spoke only Spanish so we pointed to local sites on a map and off we zoomed on our custom tour. Besides seeing the towns near the port, we rode out past postcard pretty snow capped mountains, past a llama farm with cute babies to see up close and to a park with a lovely waterfall. Lots of photo ops and lots of vendors. For souvenirs, Lydia and I bought locally made sweaters. Then we took another route to a vacation village, Frutillar, with a black sand beach, huge hydrangeas and luscious lemon meringue pie. Delightful and delicious. Bill and I had prebooked an excursion through the ship at our next port, Chacabuco, and I must admit it was very enjoyable. Our guide was born in Italy, learned English in Scotland so he spoke with a brogue and married a Chilean girl with whom he speaks Spanish in this town that has a heavy German
Photos by Bill and Claudia Perozzi
Above, penguins at Otway Bay. Below, a sail boat slides around Cape Horn. influence. He informed us that Chileans eat just to satisfy hunger and don’t care about seasoning their food. He had to become the family cook because he said, “As we all know, Italians are obsessed with food.” Amen. Our multi-lingual guide led us through the Patagonian rainforest with its large leafy plants and colorful flowers. Eventually we wended our way to a clearing by a beautiful lake with a nearby restaurant in the round. We were wined (champagne) and dined (lamb) and treated to lively folk dancing, another delightful and delicious experience fit for foodloving Italians. By far, my favorite excursion in Chile was at Punta Arenas, nestled in the Straits of Magellan. At this point the great explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, was close to completing the famous route which connects the two oceans. After our docking, we four tourists took a taxi together for our first penguin sighting at nearby Otway. Along the way, when we stopped to catch photos of wild ostriches, Bill got out of the car briefly. At the penguin park he realized that he had lost his wallet, assumed it had happened at the ostrich stop, told us to get started while he and our driver dashed back. He found it at that stop because another driver had found it at the penguin park and chased behind them until they stopped. Both drivers declined tips but Bill insisted. Not only was his wallet never stolen, it couldn’t even stay lost. What lovely people! Back at the park, I fell in love with the penguins. Boardwalks led us through clusters of them and out to a viewing shack overlooking hundreds at and in the water. We gawked at them and they ignored us as we seemed to be in parallel worlds. Dear, dressy penguins-so industrious digging out holes
for homes, so lonely braying for companionship, so affectionate with life long mates – so human, portraying our best qualities. At our driver’s suggestion we next visited the dead. At the Cementerio Municipal we were amazed at the many ornate mausoleums commemorating early settlers and their affluence. Much more simple graves contained the remains of indigenous peoples. When I noted the many Russian sounding names, our driver said 40 percent of the population is Russian so add that ethnic group to all the other European settlers. Again 19th Century affluence and European influence were exhibited for us at a mansion turned into the Museo Regional de Magallanes. Every room was a work of art with ornate carved furniture, parquet flooring, crystal chandelliers and marble statues. Before the opening of the Panama Canal, cities like Punta Arenas flourished since they were on the trade route. But when the canal shortened the route from the Atlantic to the Pacific in 1914, all the port cities of South America went into decline from which they are still struggling to recover. Back on the ship as we continued through the Straits of Magellen, we entered the Beagle Channel, named after Charles Darwin’s ship. Now we would see sights similar to those seen by the famous scientist. We had to get up early to see the glaciers gleaming on our portside with snow draped mountains in the distance. The icy blue layers of crushed snow were named after European countries and loomed large but not as large as those we had seen in Alaska. The next day we were summoned early again, this time for out last sighting of Chile: Cape Horn. The first non-indigenous sailors who discovered it named it after their
hometown, Hoorn, Holland. The actual island looked like all the other islands near it: low grassy, treeless mounds. Without a compass we could not have told which one was southernmost. It took about an hour to sail around the island and as we did we finally saw the weather station and the monument of an albatross, commemorating both successful and unsuccessful passages. What was so spectacular for me was seeing a small sailboat round the Horn in the opposite direction from us so that it passed us on our starboard. What a feat in a small boat! These waters can be very treacherous. Most of the other passengers on our cruise ship didn’t realize how extraordinary that was but as sailors we fully appreciated the accomplishment. Fortunately for all of us, the weather was sunny with only occasional sprinkles and the seas were calm but the wind was nosenumbing cold. We were all bundled up on our cruise ship; I wondered how the passengers in the sailboat were dressed. Did they compare themselves to Joshua Slocum? Did they toast to their success? We c e l e b r a t e d o u r p a s s a g e with many others in a Baptismal ceremony. The captain poured icy water on our foreheads, each one in turn, and then gave each of us a certificate. If this is a big deal on a large cruise ship, it must be a huge deal on a small sailboat. Reflecting back on Chile, what stands out for me are the people and the penguins. The people we met, mostly of European heritage, were friendly, funny, kind and interesting. I could almost use the same adjectives for the penguins. Rounding the Horn became a means to an end, that of experiencing the charming country of Chile. On to Argentina in the next article.
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Travel Travel briefs “Mission Impossible” filming starts in Dubai soon DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai has a new mission: To play starring role in the upcoming “Mission Impossible 4.” The Gulf city that hosts the world’s tallest building said Tuesday filming will begin on the next installment of the Tom Cruise spy franchise in the coming weeks. Dubai’s media office says the sheikdom expects to play host to more than 400 members of the Mission Impossible 4 crew and cast for at least three weeks. Dubai in recent years has bankrolled studio facilities and an annual film festival in an effort to establish itself as a regional moviemaking hub. Among the few western films in which it has featured prominently is political thriller “Syriana.” Last year’s spythemed “Duplicity” briefly featured exterior shots of Dubai.
N.J. casino adopting ’Boardwalk Empire’ theme ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Resorts Atlantic City, the nation’s first casino to open outside Nevada, will adopt a roaring ’20s theme to capitalize on the success of “Boardwalk Empire,” the HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Dennis Gomes, who is buying the casino-hotel with developer Morris Bailey, says dealers, cocktail servers, bellhops and others will dress in 1920s-period costumes, music from that period will play, and even the drinks and casino shows will have a roaring ’20s theme. “A lot of people here are learning 1920s songs now,” Gomes told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday morning.
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Gomes said the new theme is his plan to remake and save the struggling casino, which is being sold because its former owners stopped making mortgage payments due to the poor economy and cutthroat competition from slots parlors in neighboring states. The roaring ’20s theme is part of the nationwide fascination with “Boardwalk Empire,” but also a nod to Resorts’ own history. Its main building was built in the 1920s and the decor is already faithful to that period. The 1920s were “more than just a decade in a history book. It was a decade that defined and shaped our nation,” Gomes said. “Beyond that, it was fun, adventurous and exciting, a period in time where people simply let loose to give way to a lifestyle where entertainment was king. “Resorts will be all of that,” he said. “It will define and shape the direction Atlantic City needs to take to survive in an increasingly competitive market. It will be luxurious, it will be fun and it will be one of the leading entertainment spots in Atlantic City.” Resorts is based in what was originally built as the ChalfontHaddon Hall Hotel, which has been shown as part of the skyline in “Boardwalk Empire.” A recent interior renovation was done in 1920s style, eliminating the need for expensive construction. Gomes estimates the new costumes will cost about $1 million. “It seemed like such a natural,” he said. “The property was built in the 1920s and the decor already was from the ’20s.” Among the touches being planned: a strolling violinist in a zoot suit, wandering around the casino floor and lobby, playing songs from the ’20s and ’30s. Drinks — heavy on the whiskey that was illegal yet plentiful during Prohibition — will be served, and casino floor shows and many singers will stay faithful to the period as well. The changes will take effect in early December, when the new owner take over after the sale is approved by the New Jersey
Casino Control Commission. Gomes and Bailey, a New York developer, are paying $35 million for Resorts — by far the lowest price ever paid for a casino in New Jersey. Resorts was New Jersey’s first casino, opening in 1978. In a related development, the City Council in Atlantic City dealt a posthumous diss to the real-life star of “Boardwalk Empire,” whacking a plan to rename part of a street near the Boardwalk after Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. The council voted Wednesday night against a proposal to rename part of a street that runs alongside the hotel where Johnson lived and held court, mainly because of the more unsavory aspects of his life. For 30 years, until he was finally sent to prison in 1941 for tax evasion, Johnson dominated Atlantic City — then one of the nation’s leading resorts. He controlled not only the Republican political machine that had a stranglehold on government, but also made sure illegal liquor, prostitution and gambling operations flourished under the protection of paid-off officials.
Cruise ships at San Francisco dock get access to clean power SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cruise ships that dock in San Francisco now have access to a cleaner energy source. Officials unveiled equipment on Wednesday that allows the ships to plug in to the city’s electricity grid instead of relying on on-board diesel generators for power. Those generators release noxious particulates that are blamed for increasing rates of bronchitis, asthma and other lung ailments. The new power source comes from hydroelectric plants in the Sierra Nevada. It does require each ship to be upgraded at a cost of about $1 million, but officials say the ships’ operators will save money in the long run.
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Thursday, Oct. 28 • Chris Sligh, JOY FM Sofa Concert, South County Christian Center, St. Louis, www.joyfmonline. org • Marty B, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Mo. • Aaron Lewis of Staind, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
Friday, Oct. 29 • Arianna String Quartet by Request, Touhill Performing Arts Center, UMSL, St. Louis, 8 p.m. • MoPleasure, Halloween Part at Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main Street, Maryville, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Roger Waters Live, Scottrade Center, 8 p.m. • Faculty Showcase, Abbott Auditorium-SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. • D a r k S t a r O rc h e s t r a , T h e Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
Saturday, Oct. 30 • Umphrey’s McGee, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Black Kat Bash (Halloween Costume Party) w/Butterfly Distortion and The Imposters, Forever Legends, Fosterburg Rd., Alton, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31 • Ellen Martinez, Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main Street, Maryville, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Jeremy Camp, Carlos Whittaker,
St. Louis, 9 p.m. • “Set Apart” Bluegrass Gospel, Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Blvd. Bethalto, www. setapartmusic.net, $5 per person donation appreciated.
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Tuesday, Nov. 2
Sunday, Nov. 7
• Jonsi (of Sigur Ros), The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
• Barenaked Ladies, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Tuesday, Nov. 9
• Red, Rock & Blue USO benefit concert featuring Bret Michaels, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo., 7 p.m., www.usomissouri.org.
• Lifehouse, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
Thursday, Nov. 4
Wednesday, Nov. 10 • Joshua Radin, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
• Dave Barnes, The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Mo., 9 p.m. • Vienna Boys Choir, 2:30 p.m., Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis
Thursday, Nov. 11 • Gypsy, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Mo.
Friday, Nov. 5
Saturday, Nov. 13
• Alan Ox in Concert “Song, Schtick & Soft Show”, 8 p.m., Washington University, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, Mo., $20 adults, $10 students w/valid ID, www.AlOxLive.com; MetroTix, 314-534-1111 • Frank Bank & His Secret Stash, The Duck Room, Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Mo. • Vienna Boys Choir, 8 p.m., Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis
• “Songs of Inspiration & Praise” Great Rivers Choral Society, Godfrey First UMC, 1100 Airport Rd.,
Sunday, Nov. 14 • Reel Big Fish/The Aquabats w/ Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, 7 p.m., The Pageant, St. Louis, Delmar Loop
Tuesday, Nov. 16 • The Dresden Dolls, 8 p.m., The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis • Big Band Jazz Concert, Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
One, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 26 • Cavo, Shaman’s Harvest, A m e r i c a n B a n g , C o p p e r v i e w, The Pageant, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27 • 12th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute featuring The Steve Pecaro Band, The Tony Campanella Band, Jimmy Lee Kennett, The Pageant, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 2
• Needtobreathe, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
• Friends of Music Madrigal D i n n e r- re s e r v a t i o n s re q u i re d , call 650-3900 for tickets, SIUE
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Friday, Dec. 3
• Wolf Parade, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 • Jake’s Leg, Aaron Kamm & The
• Opera Scenes, Jack & the Beanstalk by John Davies, Abbot Auditorium, SIUE, 7:30 p.m. • Christmas at the Cathedral, Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis, Mo.
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Music Tuning in Jazz St. Louis plans upcoming season Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the Jazz at the Bistro subscription series and special events scheduled for the 2010 -2011 season. These artists reflect some of the biggest names and finest talent in jazz today: 2010-2011 Subscription Series Listed as: Date, Artist, Prices. November 3-6, Regina Carter ’s Reverse Thread, $30 and $35 November 17-20, zMike Stern Band featuring Dave Weckl, $30 and $35 December 1-4, Pat Martino Trio, $30 and $35 December 15-18, Jane Monheit, $30 and $35 January 5-8, The Bad Plus Charlie Hunter, $30 and $35 January 19-22, Charlie Hunter, $25 and $30 February 2-5 Stanley Clarke with Hiromim $30 and $35 February 16-19, Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quintet, $25 and $30 March 2-5, Chris Potter Underground, $30 and $35 March 16-19, Christian McBride, Benny Green & Gregory Hutchinson, $30 and $35 March 30-April 2, Ann Hampton Callaway, $35 and $40 April 13-16, Yellowjackets, $30 and $35 April 27-30, Bill Charlap Trio, $25 and $30 May 11-14, Houston Person, $25 $30 May 25-28, Sean Jones Quintet, $25 and $30 Special Events August 16-17, David Sanborn, $50 Special engagement to benefit Jazz St. Louis’ education & outreach programs. Sponsored by AT&T September 18, The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wa y n e H e n d e r s o n & Wi l t o n Felder. 8:00 p.m. show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc. November 26-27, Jeremy Davenport, $35 February 11, Al Jarreau , $150/$50/$40. 8:00 p.m. show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. -Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc. All show times are at 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On sale dates for David Sanborn, the Jazz Crusaders and Al Jarreau will be announced separately. Tickets for all other Jazz at the Bistro events go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at all Metrotix locations, via phone at 314.534.1111, online at www. metrotix.com or through the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314.289.4030.
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Menzel to perform with SLSO The St. Louis Symphony has just added a Live at Powell Hall concert to its 2010-11 season. Tony Award winner and popular cast member of the hit television show “Glee,” Idina Menzel, will perform for one afternoon only with the St. Louis Symphony on Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m. The Broadway powerhouse, who received a Tony Award for her role as “Elphaba” in the international blockbuster Wicked, will perform a diverse concert of classical, pop, and musical theater favorites, including hits from Wicked and Rent and her Glee appearances. Tickets for the concert are $65 to $40 and are now available at the Powell Hall Box Office, online at www.stlsymphony.org, or by phone at 314.534.1700. The Powell Hall Box Office is located at 718 North Grand Boulevard in Grand Center. To n y Aw a r d w i n n e r I d i n a Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in films and in music. Idina is a powerhouse of talent, who constantly amazes audiences with her strong, emotional performances. Menzel recently joined the cast of Glee, the Fox juggernaut about a varied group of high school kids who come together to sing as the underdog of glee clubs. Menzel plays the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, McKinley High Glee Club’s main competition. Last year, Menzel concluded a national tour promoting her album, I Stand. A skillful songwriter, Idina writes and performs her own music. She released the Glen Ballard produced album for her record label, Warner Bros. Records, and played to sold out houses around the United States. Menzel performed her show in New York as part of the Mastercard Soundstage series, which aired on PBS. PBS also aired the concert version of Chess: The Musical, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall where Idina shared the stage with Josh Groban. In film, Idina appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams in Disney’s hit, Enchanted, directed by Kevin Lima. Prior to that, Idina was seen in director Chris Columbus’ film
version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen. This was on the heels of her co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. In television, Idina recently completed an arc on the Grey’s Anatomy hit spin-off, Private Practice on ABC. In September 2006 Idina p re m i e re d t h e B ro a d w a y h i t Wicked in the West End in London to rave reviews and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She starred in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical See What I Wanna See directed by Ted Sperling at the Public Theater. This role garnered Menzel a Drama Desk Award nomination as well as a Drama League Award nomination. Menzel completed her Tony Awardwinning performance, for Lead Actress in a Musical, in Wicked in December 2005. Helmed by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello, Wicked played to packed audiences at the Gershwin Theatre since it opened in October 2003. Additionally, Menzel was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as the misunderstood green girl. Idina received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut performance a s M a u re e n , i n t h e o r i g i n a l production of the Pulitzer Prizewinning hit Rent. She also earned a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Kate in Manhattan Theater Club’s Off- Broadway original musical The Wild Party. She appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of Hair and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s Aida. Her other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway, original, buzzcreating production of Rent and The Vagina Monologues.
TSO will roll into St. Louis Dec. 30 The Christmas spectacular known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra will hit St. Louis for two shows – 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – on Thursday, Dec. 30. Tickets are on sale now at the S c o t t r a d e C e n t e r B o x O ff i c e , Livenation.com or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of the top selling concert acts in the world creates one of the most captivating concert experiences on
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the road today. Insistent on giving their fans the most “value for their dollar,” TSO puts on an overthe-top audio/visual spectacular complete with lasers, pyrotechnics and state of the art lighting with a ticket price that starts as low as $25 allowing generations of fans to be enthralled year after year. TSO founder, producer and writer Paul O’Neill explains, “When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying ‘that was a great show’ or ‘that was worth it’ or even ‘that was the best show I’ve seen in a long time.’ We want them to say, ‘Man, that the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.’” With sales in excess of 7 million - including nearly 2 million CDs and DVDs sold in the past two years -Trans-Siberian Orchestra is among the most popular groups of the modern era. The Orchestra debuted in 1996 with the timeless “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” Highlighted by the remarkable hit single, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” the album has since achieved 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, with sales now rapidly approaching 3 million. Two further albums completed O’Neill’s planned Christmas Trilogy; 1998’s “The Christmas Attic” and 2004’s “The Lost Christmas Eve,” both of
which are currently approaching 2x platinum certification. All three of the Orchestra’s Christmas-themed albums have proven enduring blockbusters, returning annually to the top 10 on Billboard’s “Top Catalog Albums” and “Top Holiday Albums” charts. TSO’s 2009 Winter Tour played to over 1.2 million fans in 80+ cities, and generating revenues of nearly $45 million, which according to Billboard magazine’s midyear touring chart, put them as the #2 most attended tour. Since its first Winter Tour in 1999, TSO has been one of the concert business’s most successful acts, consistently rating in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance. In the spring of 2010, TSO debuted the much-anticipated live rock opera “Beethoven’s Last Night,” TSO’s gold-certified rock opera fantasy about “what could have happened” on Beethoven’s final night of life. The successful tour provided the template for their innovative brand of “Rock Theater” and the much-anticipated World Tour in 2011. The band’s latest release “Night Castle,” which featuring the singles, “Believe” and a cover of the classic “Nutrocker,” burst onto Billboard’s “Top 200” chart and was certified gold in less than 8 weeks.
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QuickGlance Movie Reviews
“Life As We Know It”
Katherine Heigl has again been saddled with an unexpected baby, only this time, no one calls her parenting mate a schlub. Unlike Heigl’s “Knocked Up” co-star, Seth Rogen, Josh Duhamel is emphatically in her league. In “Life As We Know It,” they have a good and believable chemistry as opposites pushed together through fate. Heigl and Duhamel have handsome movie-star presences and keep the movie entertaining, even though its familiar story passes with nothing to distinguish itself from the many other similarly plotted films and sitcoms. They play godparents to mutual friends, who die suddenly. Guardianship to their baby girl is left to the pair, even though they hate each other. Everything from there proceeds exactly as you’d expect: some combination of antics with diapers, anxious speeches over kitchen sinks and — Spoiler Alert!! — gradual heartwarming toward each other and their makeshift family. With Sarah Burns and Melissa McCarthy as candid onlookers. RATRED: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content. RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
In a world of inspiring real-life sports stories, the tale of Secretariat is one of a kind. It’s too bad the Hollywood version about the legendary racehorse is just another one of the pack. Director Randall Wallace and his team do what the horse and its caretakers never did on the way to Triple Crown glory in 1973. They play it completely safe, offering a classy but standard Disney-fication of the tale, whose thrilling race scenes are offset by some of the blandest “you can do it if you try” dialogue you’re likely to encounter on film. Cheery performances from Diane Lane as the housewife-turned-horse-owner and John Malkovich as Secretariat’s oddball trainer help rein in
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some of the movie’s sentimental excesses. Still, the movie has exhilarating moments, especially the re-creation of Secretariat’s breathless finale at the Belmont Stakes. RATED: PG for brief mild language. RUNNING TIME: 116 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two and a half stars out of four.
Hilary Swank is at her best in working-class, little-people roles, and she’s found another in the real-life story of Betty Anne Waters, who put herself through law school on an 18-year fight to clear her brother of a murder rap. The drama is straightforward, even a bit superficial, kind of an “Erin Brockovich” on a bad-hair day — still appealing and inspiring, though rote and predictable here and there. But Swank, sometimes adrift in lofty parts such as Amelia Earhart in last year ’s “Amelia,” keeps director Tony Goldwyn’s film grounded with blue-collar pluck and earnestness reminiscent of her Academy Award-winning roles in “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Swank is aided by excellent performances from Sam Rockwell as Waters’ brother and Minnie Driver as a lawyer pal. The action flows with a certainty that saps some of the suspense. Yet it’s enormous fun to watch Swank in her element, pounding down legal barriers with the same tenacity she knocked out opponents in “Million Dollar Baby.” RATED: R for language and some violent images. RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
Three-D would seem tailor-made for the guys from “Jackass.” When the technology is used for its funniest and most entertaining purposes, as it was recently in “Piranha 3-D,” it’s all about the wild, gratuitous gimmicks. Johnny Knoxville and Co., who are constantly outdoing themselves with crazy and creative pranks and stunts, would seem to be just the right guys to do that sort of thing. But very little occurs in their latest movie, “Jackass 3D,” that wouldn’t
have sufficed in 2-D. Sure, there’s an amusing and effective bit involving archery with a sex toy rather than an arrow. Steve-O and Dave England play tetherball with a beehive — dressed in nothing but furry bear hats and tighty-whities — and it feels as if the worked-up insects are swarming around us, too. But more often than not, this third installment in the franchise, directed as always by Jeff Tremaine, doesn’t take full advantage of its visual potential. A lot of what goes on here is the typical hit-and-miss, let’s-see-what-happens silliness. Bodily injury usually ensues. But “Jackass 3D” — and the group’s entire oeuvre, if you will — is at its best when it’s about these guys playing well-orchestrated tricks on each other and the world at large. RATED: R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts, and for language. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
This spy caper admirably rejects the frenzy of many modern action thrillers, slowing things down to a digestible pace appropriate for vintage-bordering-ongeriatric heroes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Yet despite the impressive cast, which includes Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, this latest adaptation of a hip graphic novel fails to fill in the spaces between the action with anything terribly interesting. Director Robert Schwentke aims for a mix of action and comedy but never quite delivers on either. The action is OK, though nothing you haven’t seen done better a hundred times before, while the laughs are slight and sporadic, the filmmakers unable to generate enough clever interplay among the story’s band of ex-CIA operatives targeted for elimination. It’s a huge missed opportunity, given Willis’ cool-under-fire comic charms and the brilliant co-stars off whom he could have been bouncing better wisecracks. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language. RUNNING TIME: 111 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
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Movies Heigl, Duhamel in familiar roles By JAKE COYLE Associated Press Katherine Heigl has again been saddled with an unexpected baby, only this time, no one is going to call her parenting mate a schlub. Unlike Heigl’s “Knocked Up” co-star, Seth Rogen, Josh Duhamel is emphatically in her league. In “Life as We Know It,” they have a good and believable chemistry as opposites pushed together through fate. Both have handsome, moviestar presence and keep the film entertaining, even though its familiar story passes with nothing to distinguish itself from the many other similarly plotted movies and sitcoms. Heigl (”27 Dresses,” TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) plays Holly Berenson, a well-dressed professional — the kind of character that seems to be her specialty. As Eric Messer, Duhamel (“Transformers,” TV’s “Las Vegas”) is also a gender stereotype: the immature, promiscuous jock. After a disastrous blind date set up by their mutual friends (Christina Hendricks, Hayes MacArthur), Holly and Messer (as he’s called) settle into years of mutual annoyance, hardly tolerating each other as fellow godparents at weddings and birthdays. When their friends die in a car accident, Holly and Messer are named as guardians to their baby girl. In the kind of absurd twist that only happens in romantic comedies, they accept guardianship and move into their friends’ Atlanta house in separate bedrooms. From this point, everything
In this image released by Warner Bros., Katherine Heigl, left, and Josh Duhamel are shown in a scene from “Life as We Know It. proceeds exactly as you’d expect: antics with diapers; anxious speeches over kitchen sinks; and — Spoiler Alert!! — gradual heartwarming toward each other and their makeshift family. The main contribution from director Greg Berlanti ( a T V v e t e r a n w h o c o - w ro t e the upcoming superhero flick “Green Lantern”) and writers Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson is a simplistic,
unhurried tone. After “Knocked Up,” Heigl famously wondered if the film was sexist and painted women as humorless. But in “Life as We Know It,” she fails badly in the scenes in which she’s given room to be funny, particularly one where she’s drunk when a case worker (Sarah Burns) visits. Melissa McCarthy, as a polite but blunt neighbor, and Burns, seemingly mousy but also very
direct, show far better comedic chops in supporting roles. Heigl is still a pleasure to watch, though. She has a knack for smart, anxious characters, and one suspects she’ll eventually find the right romantic comedy that properly showcases her talents without hoisting motherhood on her. It’s also a familiar genre to Duhamel, a former model whose tall, muscular build and proclivity
for baseball caps make him a natural stand-in for the ESPNaddled male. He has the good sense not to depend too much on his good looks. A s p o r t s b ro a d c a s t c o n t ro l room operator, his big dilemma comes when he’s offered a job with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. But when it comes to bachelor life or fatherhood, does Steve Nash stand a chance against the Wiggles?
Brace yourself for “Never Let Me Go” By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge The first thing you have to understand is that “Never Let Me Go” could not be a story further from the antics of the Harry Potter saga if it tried...I don’t care what anyone from the New York Times might tell you otherwise. You see, this is a movie that will elicit a very strong emotional reaction from anyone who watches it. It’s not a particularly terrible movie. The acting, in fact, is quite good, but it does consider things that many people might find morally questionable and decidedly off-putting. Several scenes forced me to sit straight up in my cinema seat and grimace with realization as some truths - according to “Never Let Me Go” - dawned on me. \The bulk of the story takes
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place between 1967 and 1994 and it’s set in the English countryside and along its rocky seacoasts, truly beautiful locations that only heighten the disquiet that will come. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) are students together at Hailsham School, an idyllic manor house that could easily be mistaken for the same crusty, upper-class boarding palaces so famous in many European tales of isolated adolescence. What sets Hailsham apart, though, is its obvious differences. Technology, for instance, exists in this alternate reality. Each student wears an ID bracelet that scans when passed by an electronic checkpoint as the exit for recess and physical education classes. That was my first clue that something was different about this school. And the pills they give
each student before breakfast? They reminded me of a dispensary line on a psych ward. Where was this bizarre story going? We l l . . . i t w a s a g o o d f o r t y minutes before the light bulb went off over my head. These students (played smartly as children by Isobel Meikle-Small, Ella Purnell, and Charlie Rowe) and their classmates are a subclass of people being raised with limited identities to serve openly and only as organ transplant donors for other unseen members of society. They are literally grown in order to begin having their various pieces harvested around age twenty and then picked over piecemeal until too many secondary organs (a liver lobe, bone marrow, an eye, or a kidney), or something too vital (a lung, the heart), are removed. When they’ve given their life, they
have “completed”, the term the author of the source novel, Kazuo Ishiguro, uses to express death. Shortly after leaving Hailsham, Tommy and Ruth begin a romantic relationship that removes Kathy from their tightly-knit group. She moves into a role as carer, a nurse/caretaker that delays her own donating and completion cycle for some years, and loses contact with her old friends. Happenstance brings them together again nearly ten years later as Ruth and Tommy, now fully immersed in their life’s work, are preparing for their third harvesting, the level at which most patients complete. An apologetic and remorseful Ruth wishes nothing more than to take back the hurt she did to Kathy by stealing Tommy away at a time when she knew that love was brewing between her friends. She forces Kathy to attempt a deferral,
the mythical license that allows donors to become exempt from completing and to lead a “normal” life. Be better prepared than I was if you choose to see this movie. It’s brave and unsettling. The young cast (and so good-looking!) do make a fine ensemble, but the hang-up of being created on a “battery farm” as Tommy puts it, is just too much. I am haunted still by the image of Keira Knightley’s lungs being removed as she lays open on an operating table, the stump of a ventilator ’s tubing hanging from between her cold dead lips. How’s that for dramatic imagery? ••• “Never Let Me Go” runs 103 minutes and is rated R for some sexuality and nudity, though the adult thematic content of this movie is even more troubling. I give this film one star out of four.
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"Funny Story" is quite trite warmth as the hospitalâ€™s staff psychiatrist; everyone else feels two-dimensional. But itâ€™s Galifianakisâ€™ character, Bobby, who becomes a makeshift mentor to Craig, teaching him how to cheat the system and make the most of his time in the psych ward. The star of â€œThe Hangoverâ€? shows some of his trademark offbeat humor, but he also has some more dramatic, volatile scenes that allow him to
By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press With only two feature films to their credit, Anna Boden a n d Ry a n F l e c k h a d a l r e a d y established themselves as an original, confident and exciting writing-directing team. Their 2006 debut, â€œHalf Nelson,â€? featured Ryan Gosling in an Academy Award-nominated performance as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who tries to turn his life around with help from a student. Their second film, 2008â€™s â€œSugar,â€? could not h a v e b e e n m o re d i ff e re n t : I t followed an up-and-coming pitcher from the Dominican Republic struggling to make it here in the big leagues. Both films stood out for the purity of their storytelling, the honesty of their characters and the complete lack of cliche even w i t h i n g e n re s t h a t a re p re t t y familiar. All of this makes their third film, â€œItâ€™s Kind of a Funny Story,â€? such a letdown. It has some strong performances from a solid cast â€” Zach Galifianakis especially stands out in an u n c h a r a c t e r i s t i c a l l y m e a t y, serious role â€” but there are also some tonal inconsistencies, too much narration and ill-fitting fantasy sequences. Ultimately, the whole effort feels too pat, given that itâ€™s about something as complex as mental illness. Based on Ned Vizziniâ€™s semiautobiographical novel of the same name, â€œItâ€™s Kind of a Funny Storyâ€? finds 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) riding his bike early one morning to check himself into a Brooklyn hospital. Seems heâ€™s been feeling suicidal and wants someone to fix this for him. When the doctor who examines him (Aasif Mandvi) agrees to admit him, Craig finds out heâ€™ll have to stay there for a minimum of five days, and canâ€™t just zip in and out overnight. And because the youth psychiatric ward is closed, heâ€™s placed in the adult ward. His parents (Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan, both underused) are supportive; meanwhile, his high school friends view him as a rock star for doing something so daring, including his best friendâ€™s girlfriend (Zoe Kravitz), with whom heâ€™s secretly in love. But Craig finds a new girl he clicks with in Noelle (Emma R o b e r t s i n a p l e a s i n g l y m o re mature role), who is there because sheâ€™s been cutting herself. They bond during arts and crafts night, and music hour. Theyâ€™re the only t e e n a g e r s t h e re s o , n a t u r a l l y, theyâ€™re going to hook up with each other. Craig and Noelle also happen
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show off unexpected range. If only Gilchrist himself had done the same. Granted, heâ€™s meant to be the straight man in a setting where everyone else is wildly unusual, but Gilchrist delivers his lines in a monotone throughout the movie and he never changes â€” which is a problem, since heâ€™s supposed to have undergone a massive internal transformation by the filmâ€™s end.