OCTOBER 29 ISSUE
Thursday Thursday October 29_ ______ November 5_ _____
Tuesday November 10_____
Coyotes -Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Trail of History
Saturday Saturday _ ______ October 31 November 7_ _____
In the Heights -The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks -Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Illinois' jewel of the north.
A corn maze and more.
Life in the Northwest Territory.
6 Ginger Blossom Yes, she's a real person.
Apples, pumpkins and more.
8 Port Edward
Classic dining in a classic setting.
14 "The Stepfather" A movie to skip.
Halloween Parade -downtown Edwardsville, 6:30 p.m. Rob Thomas -Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames -Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.
“Home for Christmas” Standard Flower Show -Collinsville Historical Museum, 406 W. Main, Collinsville, noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday Sunday _ _____ November 1 November 8_ _____ Robin Williams -Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m.
Tuesday November 3_ _____ Celtic Thunder -Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m.
Wednesday November 11_____ In the Heights -The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. Dance in Concert 2009 -SIUE Theater and Dance, Dunham Hall Theater, www.siue/THEATER/
Fall Coin Show -Northfiled Center I, 3210 Northfield Dr., Springfield, Ill., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Home for Christmas” Standard Flower Show -Collinsville Historical Museum, 406 W. Main, Collinsville, noon to 5 p.m.
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The best of both worlds McHenry County among the jewels in northern Illinois By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge McHenry County offers the best of all worlds. There are a number of suburban shopping areas mixed with the rural country roads lined with farms, beautiful forests and lakes, streams and rivers that wind throughout. When people think of family vacation destinations, they really need to consider a visit to McHenry County. Just an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago and a hop-skip-and-jump from the Wisconsin border, there is enough of a variety of destinations to keep any family busy for several days. The main thing that I noticed as a visitor to the area was the honest, family-oriented attitude of every person I met during my stay. Every business owner was supportive of the other business owners, suggesting other stops and visits to make, even if the suggestions were of their competitors. From the first moment on arrival, locals give visitors the feeling that their patronage is very appreciated and welcomed.
Some of the towns to visit include Crystal Lake, Richmond, Woodstock, McHenry, Algonquin, Harvard, Hebron and others. The city of Crystal Lake is a bedroom community that offers the newly renovated Raue Center For the Arts featuring major Broadway productions, community theater and more. It is located at 26 North Williams Street in Crystal Lake. Web site: www.rauecenter.org. The Dole Mansion and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is directly across from the actual Crystal Lake, located at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Web site: www.lakesidelegacy.org. The Colonel Palmer House is a museum and archives, located at the corner of Route 176 and Terra Cotta Road
in Crystal Lake. Web site: www.cl-hs.org. Boating, sailing and fishing are offered on Crystal Lake. There are a number of festivals throughout the year. Visit www.crystallake.org for a complete calendar of festival dates and times. Maybe you would like to make a stop in Richmond to taste the delectable hand dipped chocolate and candy creations at Anderson’s Candy Shop, Inc., located at 10301 Main Street. You can even visit their online site if you would like to mail order some of their goodies at: www. andersonscandyshop.com; phone: 815-678-6000. There are a number of specialty shops and antique stores in Richmond, along with a number of quaint Victorian houses. After making a stop at the Port Edward Restaurant in Algonquin, located right on the Fox River, maybe a river walk or a stop in one their eclectic shop offerings should be on the agenda. Before you leave McHenry County, you must make a visit to the beguiling Victorian village of Woodstock, which was featured in the film “Groundhog Day” which starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The historic Woodstock Opera House is a mustsee, as its beautiful architecture and intimate stage setting are where Orson Welles honed his craft in the beginning of his career. Visitors will surely be surprised at what is offered in McHenry County, especially in the fall, as the rolling hills and storybook farms make for unforgettable scenery. For a complete listing of festivals, events and more on McHenry County, visit www. VisitMcHenryCounty.com.
Above, the town square in Woodstock. Building with bell tower is historic Woodstock Opera House. At left, handdipped chocolates made at Anderson’s Candy Shop in Richmond.
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A corn maze – and so much more By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge The Richardson family rolls out the welcome mat the second you step on their farm. Hosting what they claim is “the world’s largest” corn maze along with rows and rows of Christmas trees, the family has the right to be proud and shows that pride in the way they do business. T h e R i c h a rd s o n F a r m w a s homesteaded in 1840 by Robert Richardson who emigrated from England. The farm has grown over the years to include 450 acres and two farmsteads. Eventually, brothers George and Robert Richardson became the owners and operators of the farm.
The corn maze and Christmas tree business are not where brothers George and Robert Richardson began in the family business. Hogs were their main farming interest. But after the bottom fell out of the hog business, they looked to other options to keep their family farm afloat. They began planting Christmas trees in 1982, and after attending a conference on how to build a corn maze, the brothers decided that it was just the thing to make a go of their failing hog farms. In 2001, the first corn maze was cut out of their fields, and it ended up being the world’s largest of its kind. That is still true in 2009. The maze is open from August through the end of October and the family
hosts upwards of 5,000 people on most weekends of those three months. The development and design of the corn maze begins each year in January, with George doodling out some designs and themes for the upcoming season. He then meets with the rest of the family to get their input and a decision is made on the theme for the year. The 2009 theme celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Anniversary, with Lincoln and Illinois images carved into the field design. After the basic theme and family drawings are designed, they are sent to someone who puts the design into software that gives a more detailed idea of the pathways and coordinates of the maze. After a number of drafts and adjustments, a final design is completed. The “maze engineer” then comes to the farm with a GPS attached to the front of his tractor, and after entering the four corner coordinates of the 28 acres into the GPS, the rest is up to the computer and the tiller on the tractor. The Richardsons decided a few years back to plant a sterile type of corn in order to not produce actual ears of corn on the stalks. They found that the ears made for dangerous projectiles and also realized that they could plant these plants much closer together to create a much denser look to the maze, making the sterile stalks a much wiser choice. After a couple more tillings of the paths to both widen and tamp down the soil, the maze is complete. The Richardsons have added new attractions to their property each year. They offer free picnic areas and campfire circles that patrons can call and reserve. They allow visitors to bring their own food and beverages and for a $5 charge you and your friends can hang out in your own little camp site with the farm providing all the firewood you need at no extra charge while the
kids are wearing themselves out in the maze. If you forgot your s’mores makings, just pick up a s’mores kit at the concession stand. The big top tent by the concession barn is a great place to eat, not to mention “The Bin,” an actual grain bin turned into a concession stand and bathrooms. If you want to enjoy the view, climb the huge, 50-foot tall observation tower so you can see the aerial view of the corm maze and the entire farm. If you are brave, for a fee, you can slide down the zip line from the top of the observation tower, across the tops of the corn tassles, and come in for a gentle landing. They are one of only a very few mazes in the country that are open late every night for a whole new twist on “corn mazing.” There’s nothing quite like finding your way through the mazes with flashlights or the light of the moon under the starry sky. The entire farm is clean and manned with friendly and helpful staff to assist in any way to help
make your visit a fun experience. If getting turned around or lost in the maze is a concern, you will find plenty of staff to help or you can climb up one of the several observation bridges throughout the maze to look over the corn tops to get your bearings. If you like, you can even visit the “punch” stations throughout the maze that are marked on a card which you receive at the entrance of the maze. Those that return with a completed punch card receive a “suitable for framing” c e r t i f i c a t e p ro v i n g t h a t t h e y completed the task. Completing the entire maze, including every single path, is an 11.1 mile trek! The Richardson Farm is located at 9407 Richardson Road in Spring Grove. The corn maze is open Aug. 1 through Nov. 1 each year, with the tree farm opening on Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. The tree farm is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For corn maze hours or other information, including admission prices, visit www.richardsonfarm.com. To make reservations, call 815-675-9729.
The corn maze at Richardson Farm, above, is like no other in the world. At left, a zip line is available to thrill-seeking visitors. Photos for The Edge.
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Trail of History Exploring life in the Northwest Territory By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge When planning your fall activities for next year, mark the date for the third weekend in October to visit McHenry County’s Trail of
History. The Trail of History is located in Glacial Park, at 6316 Harts Rd., in the town of Ringwood (located off of Route 31 between the cities of McHenry and Richmond). The Trail of History is a living history interpretive event. Interpreters from across the country portray and demonstrate life as it was from 1670 to 1850 in the former Northwest Te r r i t o r y
which encompasses present day Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and portions of eastern Minnesota. The event’s focus is to show the interrelationship between nature, man and cultural development. The first event occurred in 1989 and was named the Kames Rendezvous. In 1990, the event was renamed Trail of History to reflect the increased focus toward living history interpretation. Today there are over 150 encampments featuring re-enactors who work hard to bring history to life by portraying life as it would have been during that timeline. The Trail of History encampment is nestled at the foot of the glacial kames in the rolling terrain of Glacial Park. It occurs annually the third weekend in October just as the prairie grasses and trees display their vibrant colors. The McHenry County Conservation District presents the Trail of History with the assistance of numerous volunteers and other areas and re-enactors from across the country. Visitors arrive and leave modern day behind with an approximate mile long hike through the beauty of the park to the “floor” of the encampments. There are fact-based stopping points along the entry trail that bring visitors back in time in preparation of the setting they are getting ready to experience. Throughout the day, re-enactments are performed of military tactics during the French
Indian War. Children learn about the frontier schoolhouse, making cornhusk dolls, making candles and playing pioneer games. Parents can even sign their children into “slavery,” where children sign a replica contract offering their services in payment of their parents debt. Children are given tasks such as carrying water, mashing corn into cornmeal, grinding meat and more. Parents can bring a camera to photograph their children at the dress-up area. Dr. Balthazar awes visitors with his traveling medicine show and even at times uses audience participation. Vendors are spread throughout the
encampments, selling and trading their wares to visitors. Many even put on demonstrations of how their goods are made and may even let visitors take part. Be sure to get there early to witness the opening ceremonies or stay late for the closing ceremonies. The re-enactments and character portrayals are truly fantastic. The education value of the Trail of History is well worth the nominal fee charged for the day long event. Just remember to leave the pets at home, as they are not allowed at the event. To read more about the Trail of History, visit www. mccdistrict.org/ web/Trail-ofH i s t o r y. htm.
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Ginger Blossom She’s real – and so is her
unique shopping experience By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge Yes, her name is Ginger Blossom, and so is her business. Her first name just happened to be Ginger, when she met and married Evan Blossom, giving birth to the memorable title. The name fits the bubbly, outgoing personality of the woman that
her maternal grandmother described as a child as “being born with itchy feet.” Ginger began traveling the world in a number of different capacities and ended up teaching skiing lessons in Argentina. When Ginger found herself in the midst of a fateful Argentinean economy, she used up what money she had to bring home
sheepskin bedcovers to sell. The popularity of the sales of the bedcovers after returning to the United States led Ginger to a new career – importing art work and handicrafts. As her Web site explains: “In keeping with Ghandi’s principle of micro-industry, and working under the guidelines set by the Fair Trade Federation, Ginger
The Ginger Blossom Store is unique itself, as it is divided between the house that Ginger and her husband live in, the huge barn and basement of the barn that used to house the dairy cattle that were originally raised there, and a number of different out-buildings that are set up according to the theme of the items within. She offers a number of rugs including flat weaves, soumaks, and knotted carpets. The rugs are literally stacked wall to wall in the basement of the barn, which also houses a number of beautiful textiles, pillow covers, clothing and tribal wear. The main floor of the barn houses the furniture and home decor portion of Ginger ’s collection. Everything from huge armoires to small carved stones can be found in this area. Unique items that you will never see anywhere else can be found here, including a tree root that resembles some type of animals and has been adorned to be a
showpiece in someone’s home or business. Some of the items are ethnic antiques, while others are beautifully crafted replicas. Also available are some of the most beautifully designed hand knit sweaters, scarves, gloves, slippers, and hooded and zipped pullovers. You will also find jewelry, rare head dresses, ceremonial tribal wear and a number of other eclectic items that make for great unique gifts. If yard decor is your passion, Ginger has brought back some wonderful pottery, urns, fountains, iron works, bent willow and twig furniture, ornamentation and more from the far reaches. Since Ginger is used to shipping her items from overseas, she is well versed on shipping large items to wherever her customers want them. Ginger Blossom is located off Route 173 West, in a beautiful country setting. The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blossom buys from small scale producers who are paid an equitable wage, work under safe conditions, and do business in an ecologically sustainable manner.” Using the Fair Trade purchasing system, Ginger literally travels the furthest corners of the world to find some of the most unique items that are hand crafted by some of the world’s most talented artists.
At top, hand-carved and painted items that Ginger Blossom offers in her shop. Above, front view of Ginger Blossom’s family homestead farm that houses part of her imported collections. At right, a view of the textiles and oriental and Persian rugs that are on display beneath the Ginger Blossom barn. Photos for The Edge.
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McHenry County Family
Apples, pumpkins and plenty of fun By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge A great reason to plan a fall getaway for 2010 to McHenry County, is the family farms and orchards that provide pumpkins, produce and more fun that any one person can handle. Royal Oak Farm Orchard is located at 15908 Hebron Rd., between Hebron and Harvard. This family run farm is sure to please the entire family with all they have to offer. Start your day with a hearty breakfast of carmel apple french toast offered in the restaurant, or have lunch in the afternoon. The restaurant, along with the rest of the farm, is only open Aug. 1 through mid November. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission fees are only charged on Saturdays and holidays, except for November, which is free. The farm is closed on Sundays. You can choose to pick your own apples, raspberries or pumpkins, according to what is in season. They provide visitors with containers for use in picking all fruit. Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop, bakery or produce market for some fantastic buys. Whether you are in the mood for their famous apple cider donuts or a wonderful gift item, you can find it there.
Finally, don’t forget to let the kids feed the goats in the petting zoo, take a ride on the full size carousel or jump aboard the trackless train. For more on Royal Oak, visit www.royaloakfarmorchard.com Another must-see is Stade’s Farm (pronounced like stody). Guests are treated to the sights of a pumpkin Volkswagon, “Frank” the combine, a pumpkin cannon that has been known to shoot a pumpkin as far as a mile away, a petting zoo, pedal cars, a “shooting range,” and much
more. Visit the produce store for seasonal farm grown produce such as asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, onions, canteloupe, apples, sweet corn, watermelon, and many more. Their mission is to provide healthy homegrown farm products, agricultural education and fine family entertainment at reasonable prices to the local and surrounding community. Stade’s is located at 3709 Miller
Rd., in McHenry and are open daily, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit thefarm@ stadesfarmandmarket.com. Von Bergens Farm is another example of how important family is when running a farm. The entire family works and operates the farm located just outside Hebron, two miles east of Route 47 or six miles west of Richmond. 1,300 acres of the farm is used to grow soybeans and corn, while 150 acres are used to grow the produce that is sold in
their farm market. Sweet corn is picked fresh every morning when its the sweetest. Tomatoes, green beans, pickling cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini and other summer squash, and a variety of specialty peppers are among the fresh vegetables grown on the farm. Von Bergens pride themselves on hosting anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 school children each season, giving them an education of how and where food actually comes from. “So many times kids think that food comes from the grocery store, but have no idea where it originates. Having them come out and actually pick fruit and vegetables gives them a true sense of where produce originates,” said Bobette Von Bergen, who owns the farm with her husband Mel, and hosts many of the school tours. Families enjoy their petting zoo that features a pot belly pig, turkey, chickens, rabbits, goats and more. Children especially love the tractor and sand play areas, which are available all season. Von Bergen’s Farm is open daily, July through Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To read more about the Von Bergens or to get some of their famous recipes from the “Shared Secrets” section of their Web site, visit www.vonbergens.com.
Above and at right are two views from Royal Oak Farm. Photos for The Edge.
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Port Edward Classic dining in a classic setting By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge McHenry County, is fortunate to be the home of one of the most unique restaurants in the Midwest. Port Edward is located on the Fox River and Algonquin Road (Route 62) in Algonquin, and is as unique in decor as it is in class of cuisine. Opened in 1964 by Edward Wolowiec, Port Edward is home to a museum quality collection of rare nautical items that were collected by Wolowiec over his years of exploring the oceans as a diver in salvage expeditions. Described as “the eclectic soul,” Wolowiec’s genuine love of cuisine mixed with his passion for the nautical collections make for a dining experience that is second to none. Diners are greeted in the entryway with a glass showcase of hand built ships, including one made by sailors with discarded bones from meals and catches. The piece is considered to be one of the favorites of Wolowiec and has been said to carry a large price tag that appears and disappears from time to time, due to his apprehension of selling the piece. Waiting diners will next notice an indoor harbor which contains a 25-foot sailboat, The Porpoise, built in 1934, hosts private dining which comfortably seats four. The reservation list has a year-long wait, so call early if you would like to dine aboard. The Porpoise floats in the indoor harbor and is surrounded by a variety of fish. A favorite watering hole, the Salem Lounge is a floor to ceiling windowed lounge that offers a panoramic view of the Fox River. There is a “secret room” above the lounge that if guests are willing to climb the galley ladders to get to, they may enjoy a cocktail there. Another interesting feature in the lounge is a genuine
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1920s windmill that is set to the right of the entrance of the lounge. Wolowiec saved the windmill from destruction, and the interior offers an intimate setting where visitors have been known to use to “pop the question.” The restaurant has a fabulous wine cellar made up of hand hewn timbers and field stone, each personally carried in and assembled by Wolowiec. The cellar is now home to more than 3,500 bottles of wine from 355 different producers and has been recognized with the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.” The rest of the restaurant is worth the browse, with decor consisting of 17th century cannons, an Alaskan ice breaker’s double ships wheel, rare figureheads of an 18th century English gunship and a 16th century French vessel, a jawbone of a sperm whale, a large collection of harpoons and a number of hard hat diving helmets. Visitors are welcome to make their way downstairs, past the jail window that features a pirate skeleton with sword resting among the coins and booty. The matre de jokes that “he didn’t pay his bill,” as you enter the gift shop. Visitors can purchase ship models, ship wheels, telescopes, jewelry, dolls, books and more. There is even the “Port Edward Restaurant Celebrates the Joy of Seafood” cookbook on sale, which features a variety of recipes that have been featured over the years along with a history and bio of the restaurant, collections and Wolowiec. Finally, the menu is another reflection of Wolowiec and his love of the sea with selections of both sea and freshwater dishes. Selections include Alaskan King Crab Legs, Lobster “Edwardo,” Shrimp and Lobster Hoteliere, Port Royal “Seafood Grill,” Steward’s Choice, Bouillabaisse, Seafood Alfredo, Three Ocean’s Sampler, Potato Encrusted Halibut, Chicken Breast any style, Hemmingway Trout (a dish they are famous for), Atlantic Salmon Filet, Shrimp DeJonghe, Filet of Walleye Pike which can be pretzel encrusted, Mahi Mahi Hawaiian, and a number of other fantastic dishes. Finish your meal with one of their gourmet desserts that include Sundae Schooner, Crepes Beignet, Key Lime Pie, Tuxedo Cake, Tiramisu, Raspberry Creme Brulee, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake (choice of topping), Green Frog, Brandy Ice and more. Port Edward is a wonderful experience, whether you are with your family or on a romantic date. The service is superb. If you would like to read more about Port Edward, view more of the photos or read more of the history, visit their Web site at www.portedward.com.
Port Edward is well-known for its wide selection of seafood. Photos for The Edge. The Edge – Page
People People planner IWU plans Family Weekend Over Halloween weekend, Illinois Wesleyan University students may see miniature versions of Batman, Pippie Long Stocking and Cat in the Hat running across the quad. Or perhaps you will see ghosts flitting through the Hansen Student Center or cats prowling the dorms. These imitations would be the family, siblings, and current IWU students celebrating Family Weekend 2009. The festivities kick off Friday, Oct. 30 at 3:00 p.m. when the IWU volleyball team takes on the U n i v e r s i t y o f Wi s c o n s i n - E a u Claire at the Shirk Center (302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington). After cheering the Titans on, families are invited to register for the weekend at the Hansen Student Center Information Desk (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington) if they haven’t already done so online. By registering, families receive t-shirts for every family member and access to the tailgate lunch on Saturday. Friday evening is jam-packed with events, including another volleyball game at 7:00 p.m. against the College of Mount St. Joseph at the Shirk Center. For families looking for a little more mystery, Kemp Hall, the International House (1207 N. Main St., Bloomington), is hosting an International Clue Night, where
they will create a live Clue game for families and students at 7:00 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the IWU Jazz Ensemble is presenting a Halloween Concert at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). Admission is free to the public and the audience is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to participate in the costume contest. To add to the atmosphere, all ensemble members will be clad in their very own Halloween costumes. The evening will be rounded off with a showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 8:00 p.m. on the Hansen Student Center’s Center Court. Starting Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 a.m., registration opens for those families who chose to arrive on Saturday. It will remain open until10:30 a.m. at the Information Desk. Those registering guests and any early risers will also receive a complimentary continental breakfast open until 10:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. families are invited to the Shirk Center to watch the volleyball team take on the Anderson University Ravens. At 10:30 a.m. the Hansen Student Center will host an hour-long informational session for parents called “While Your Student is Still Sleeping.” At the event, Associate Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw, will inform parents about the happenings and highlights on campus. President Richard F. Wilson
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Science cafe focuses on plants Climate change, pests, weeds and man’s impact on habitat destruction t h re a t e n p l a n t d i v e r s i t y a n d sustainability. So, what’s being done to save plants? Join Dr. Matthew Albrecht, assistant curator of conservation biology at the Missouri
Botanical Garden, for “Saving Plants in a Changing Climate,” Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7p.m. The evening of informal discussion will be held at Herbie’s Restaurant, 405 N. Euclid Ave. in St. Louis. The event is free to attend. Food and beverages are available for purchase. At Science Cafe, Albrecht will discuss the crucial role botanical gardens play in saving plants from habitat destruction and the challenges and solutions they face in doing so. Albrecht focuses his research on rare plant populations and ex situ conservation, the practice of storing plants in off-site seed banks. This form of conservation complements habitat protection and is a practical and efficient way to conserve plant diversity and ensure that the basic ecosystems on which human populations depend are sustained indefinitely. Plants conserved in seed banks are protected from habitat destruction, climate change, and exotic pests and weeds and are immediately available as genetic stock for largescale habitat restoration projects and focused species management. .For more information, visit www. slsc.org or call (314) 289-4474. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continually operating botanical garden in the nation, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009.
The 2009 Halloween Coloring Contest Winners: AGES 0-3
Winner: Jack Conkovich of Glen Carbon, age 2
AGES 4-6 Winner: Avery Thompson of Trenton, age 6
AGES 7-10 Winner: Lauren McGarr of Edwardsville, age 7
To end the fun-filled day of festivities, families are invited back to Kemp Hall for another game of International Clue or to the Hansen Student Center to view Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Hansen. Free popcorn and candy will be provided for the movie. Both events begin at 7:00 p.m. The weekend closes Sunday, Nov. 1, with an hour-long worship service at Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington) by IWU Chaplain Hope Luckie entitled “Everyday Saints.” The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. At noon, families are invited to the Bertholf Commons for a family brunch served until 1:00 p.m. Registration is now open for families and is available o n l i n e a t h t t p : / / w w w. i w u . edu/studentaffairs/programs/ FamilyWeekend.shtml. For any additional information, contact the Student Affairs and Dean of Students’ Office at 309-556-3850.
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will also address the parents and answer any questions they might have. While the parents will be at Center Court, there will be a pumpkin decorating event in Room 200 of Hansen for the younger children. Current IWU art students will bring supplies to help them create their pumpkin masterpieces. Then it’s time for the “Family Tailgate” Picnic Lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is free to those families who have registered and will be held at the Shirk Center. After lunch, families are invited to walk the few short steps to Wilder Field (300 E. Kelsey St., Bloomington) to cheer on the Titan football team as they challenge conference rival North Central College (Naperville, Ill.). At 2:00 p.m. the volleyball team will close out their tournament with a game against Wartburg College. Also, at 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. there will be a double dose of soccer as the women and men’s soccer teams play Carthage College at Neis Field (1315 Franklin Ave., Bloomington). For those families desiring the warmth of the indoors, from 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. there will be a President’s Open House at the Hansen Student Center. This will give families the opportunity to meet with President and Mrs. Wilson and other faculty and staff. Light food and drink will be provided.
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People People planner Boo at the Zoo nights planned B o a rd t h e f a m i l y U F O a n d gravitate toward the Saint Louis Zoo for gobs of spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories, night hikes and hauntingly fun entertainment! St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital Boo at the Zoo Nights is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween experience from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night October 16-30. Keep your eyes peeled for the Phantom of the Zoo as you eerily make your way through Headless Horseman Graveyard, Pirate’s Cove, Dead Man’s Bayou, Boneyard Park and Old Western Cemetery. Careful not to tangle yourself in Frankie’s Maze! Pop into the Children’s Zoo to find out what the black and white ruffed lemurs are screaming about! If you are brave enough, stick around for “Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” on stage at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. featuring animals performing natural behaviors. See some sneaky animals in the Children’s Zoo building. You may even happen upon a docent in the shadows to give you an up-close look at some of the Zoo’s night crawlers! Admission to Children’s Zoo and show is free. Hooo’s asleep when the sun goes down? Join Ichabod “Crowned” Crane on a guided tour through Not-So-Sleepy Hollow at the Zoo. Meet some of the sleepy and not-sosleepy residents and hear about the not-so-spooky legends that keep the residents on their toes. Will the Headless Hootsman appear during your visit? Don’t be afraid to join the fun on this special trip through the Herpetarium, Big Cat Country and Historic Hill. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age three and up. Children age two and under are free for the hike. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771. Eerily draped in cobwebs, the Conservation Carousel will be transformed into the not-toospooky “Scare-ou-sel” (additional fee $2/person). Make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner, and see what’s brewing at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween bootique for souvenirs, and receive a free Halloween beanie with a $25 purchase at Zoo gift shops. This year ’s Boo at the Zoo souvenir T-shirt features prairie dogs as trick-or-treaters. The longsleeve white cotton shirt can be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org or by calling (314) 646-4771. Prices range from $10-18 for toddler to adult sizes. Admission to Boo at the Zoo Nights is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Each child between the ages of 2 and 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission. Children under 2 are
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free. Proceeds benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world. Parking is our treat, and will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Wells Drive is open to Zoo traffic during construction. Cars will be allowed to enter and exit from two entrances on the South Lot - one near Hampton Avenue and another near the Tamm Avenue bridge. Enter the event through the South Entrance using the t e m p o r a r y p a t h w a y f ro m t h e parking lot to the Zoo. The Living World North Entrance and North Parking Lot will not be open for
this event. For more information and driving directions, visit www. stlzoo.org or call (314) 646-4771. Be sure to stop by St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday on October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of safe and fun trick-ortreating along the Pumpkin Trail. Admission is free. Boo at the Zoo Nights is sponsored by St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital, North Star Frozen Treats, Laclede Gas, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK, Y98 FM and Savvy Family Magazine.
Methodist Church (618) 656-4648 8 0 0 N . M A I N S T R E E T • E D WA R D S V I L L E
St. Boniface Church Announces “After Halloween Parade Bash” Saturday, October 31, 2009 outdoors on the St. Boniface Parking lot, (weather permitting or in the gym in case of rain) Food, Beer, soft drinks, live band “Leaky Canoe” and lots of fun. The festivities start at 8:00 PM and end at 11:30 PM 50 / 50 Drawing Proceeds go toward: Steeple People, high school youth group, Pro Life March in Washington DC & Father McGivney Catholic High School Campaign
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Journey’s Inn Praise Service 9 am Traditional Worship 10 am • Sunday School 11:15 am Wonderful Wednesday Schedule (begins Nov. 4) Children’s Christmas Play Practice - 5:30 pm, Open Dinner - 6 to 7:00 pm, Choir Cantata Practice - 7:00 pm www.immanuelonmain.org
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Hillsboro At North Buchanan Edwardsville, IL 656-1929 The Rev. Virginia L. Bennett, D. Min. Sunday Services: 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I 9:00 a.m. Adult Education 9:00 a.m. Church School 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist Rite II Nursery Provided www.standrews-edwardsville.com
ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL Summit at School Street, Glen Carbon, IL 288-5620 Fr. Eugene A. Stormer Sunday: Christian Education 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas Child Care Center Now enrolling infants through Pre-K Call 288-5697 “Worship in the warm hospitality of a village church.”
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Thursday, Oct. 29 • Chippewa Chapel Traveling Guitar Circle, Medicine Show and Open Mic, Iron Barley, South City-St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. • Mason Jennings, The Pageant, University City, Mo. • Kim Massie, The Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway, St. Louis • The Arboghast Band, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Mo.
Friday, Oct. 30 • Powerful Percussion, featuring Colin Currie, percussion, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, 8 p.m. • Cornmeal, The Bridge, The Duck Room,
Blueberry Hill, University City-The Loop • Mike Harper, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Soulard Blues, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. • Our Lady Peace, The Pageant, University City, Mo. • Honey Vox, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Bottleneck Blues Bar, St. Charles, Mo.
Saturday, Oct. 31 • Rob Thomas, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. • Powerful Percussion, featuring Colin Currie, percussion, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, 8 p.m. • The Heaters, Stagger Inn, Edwardsville, 10 p.m. • Queensryche w/Lita Ford, The Pageant, University City • Pat Liston, Hazelwood Bowl, 210 Fee Fee Hills Dr., Hazelwood, Mo., 8 p.m. to 11
p.m. • Brown Bottle Fever-Halloween Party, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Villa Marie Winery, Maryville • Honey Vox, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Bottleneck Blues Bar, St. Charles, Mo.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 • Celtic Thunder, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
• Pat Liston, Grafton’s Landing, 215 W. Water St., Grafton, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Carnegie Hall Concert, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, featuring David R o b e r t s o n , c o n d u c t o r, C o l i n C u r r i e , Percussion, 8 p.m. • AFI, The Pageant, University City, Mo.
Monday, Nov. 2
Thursday, Nov. 5
Sunday, Nov. 1
• Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, The Duck Room, Blueberry Hill, University City-The Loop • Matisyahu, The Pageant, University City, Mo. • Marquise Knox, The Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway, St. Louis
• Chippewa Chapel Traveling Guitar Circle, Medicine Show and Open Mic, Iron Barley, South City-St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. • Neko Case, The Pageant, University City, Mo. • Pat Liston, Oasis Bar and Grill, 601 N. Shore, St. Charles, Mo., 9 p.m. to midnight.
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Music Tuning in Jazz ensemble Halloween concert set Ghouls swaying with their trombones, Frankenstein playing the piano and Little Red Riding Hood belting out a clarinet solo on the stage of Westbrook Auditorium- this is not your typical day in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington) It’s a dress rehearsal for Illinois Wesleyan University’s Jazz Ensemble’s Halloween Concert to be held Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. All interested in attending are encouraged to wear their own Halloween costumes to add to the atmosphere of the season. There will be a costume contest and the winners will be given prizes. The program includes solos by two senior trumpet players who will be student teaching next semester, Cathy Frisbie and Dan Morris. Frisbie will perform Little Girl Blue by Rodgers & Hart and Morris will play Concerto For Cootie by Duke Ellington. In addition to the senior solos, other ensemble members will be featured in the performances. Tenor saxophonists Kristina Dakis, class of 2011 and David Nutt class of 2010 will perform in the updated arrangement of Matt’s Mood by Glenn Miller and Steve Krutschke will be highlighted on the drums in Sing, Sing, Sing by Louie Prima. Junior vocalist Matt Neylon will compliment the ensemble when the group plays “They Can’ Take That Away From Me” by George and Ira Gershwin and “What Are You Doing the Rest of My Life” by Michel Legrand. Other works on the program will include such well-known jazz pieces as What Is A Woman by Wes Hensel, Widow’s Walk by Rick Margitza, The Jody Grind by Horace Silver, Buy It and Fry It by Denis DeBlasio and Blues and the Abscessed Tooth by Matt Catingub. T h e m o s t re c e n t I W U J a z z Ensemble CD will be available for purchase after the performance. For additional information about the concert, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
“Drei Motetten,” or “Three Motets.” Composed in the early 20th century the motets certainly serve the metaphor of the concert title as they speak to the prospect of death and the release it brings from a life of struggle and separation from God. Complementing Reger’s work will be a 17th century Lutheran mass by Christoph Bernhard based on
the traditional melody ”On Adam’s Fall.” The program will also feature a world premiere by the Chamber Chorus’s composer-in-residence, Clare Maclean. Commissioned specifically for this concert, “Slow Gold,” addresses a “fall” in the moral sense as it weaves together a poem by Emily Dickinson with
John Bunyan’s “He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall” and Psalm 23. The venue, the recently opened Community Music School Concert Hall at Webster University, will be new to the Chamber Chorus and many audience members. It offers modern facilities, comfortable seating and a crisp
acoustic. Join the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus for “Music of the Fall,” S u n d a y, N o v e m b e r 8 a t t h e Community Music School of Webster University. Parking is free. For more information about the concert, and tickets, call 636458-4343. The event will begin at 3 p.m.
Chamber Chorus to perform “Music of the Fall” The title of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus’s second concert of the season, “Music of the Fall,” refers not only to the season but provides a metaphorical context for the music being offered. The audience will have a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Max Reger ’s challenging and moving
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QuickGlance Movie Reviews
Drew Barrymore has forged a persona as both an actress and producer with movies that exude a playful sense of girl power, so it only makes sense that her first feature as a director would share that same sort of vibe. What is surprising, though, is Barrymore’s ability to find just the right tone all the time, which would be a difficult feat for any first-time filmmaker to achieve — even one who’s had the benefit of spending her entire life on movie sets. “Whip It” is funny without trying too hard to be wacky, sweet without being overly sentimental. It has an appealing sort of low-budget, ‘70s-style kitsch. And after a recent string of femalecentric films including “All About Steve” and “The Ugly Truth” that wallow in the worst kinds of stereotypes, it is such a relief to see women depicted as strong, smart, cool individuals. It’s also a joy to see Ellen Page play a character other than the impossibly clever smart-alecks she’s become known for in movies like “Juno” and “Hard Candy.” Here, Page stars as Bliss Cavendar, a misfit growing up in the nowhere town of Bodeen, Texas, and working as a waitress at the local barbecue joint. Bliss is reluctantly following in the footsteps of her beauty-queen mother (Marcia Gay Harden), but on a visit to the big city of Austin, she sees a flier for the local roller derby league and is immediately intrigued. Not only does she secretly try out, she makes it and becomes the league’s petite, speedy star. Kristen Wiig, Alia Shawkat, Juliette Lewis, stuntwoman Zoe Bell and Barrymore herself are among the solid supporting cast. RATED” PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
This is what life might have been like if the guys from “Swingers” had grown up, moved to the suburbs and turned into lame, sitcommy cliches. Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn team up again, on screen and on the script (along with Dana Fox), for this broad comedy about four couples who go on a tropical vacation together. In theory, they’re all there to support their friends Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) as they try to save their marriage through the couples’ counseling the resort offers. Little do they know they’ll get sucked into agonizing therapy sessions that reveal their own rifts. Under the direction of Peter Billingsley, another longtime Vaughn friend and collaborator making his first feature, “Couples Retreat” veers back and forth in a jarring way between crude sexual humor and supposedly poignant moments. The couples endure forced nudity and a wildly erotic yoga class; Favreau’s character, Joey, and his wife Lucy (Kristin Davis) each try to get it on with their respective massage therapists. But they also must bare their souls. Each of these characters is exactly the same person the whole way through, until one night when they all magically experience an epiphany that makes them more communicative, patient and
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loving. During such moments, a distracting, feel-good score — surprisingly from “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman — pipes in early and often. A few funny lines emerge here and there, but “Couples Retreat” mostly feels repetitive and overlong at nearly two hours. You wouldn’t mind getting voted off this island. RATED: PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and language. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.
“Law Abiding Citizen”
The real mystery here isn’t how Gerard Butler’s character manages to wreak explosive, bloody havoc on Philadelphia while confined behind the walls of his jail cell. What’s truly baffling is how the star of the hugely successful “300” has managed to make yet another questionable movie choice since then, following “P.S. I Love You,” ‘’The Ugly Truth” and “Gamer.” (To be fair, “RocknRolla” was a good fit for him and it was a lot of fun.) This time, Butler serves as a producer and stars as Clyde Shelton, whose wife and young daughter were murdered during a home invasion. Ten years later, he’s out for revenge — not just against the killer who went free after testifying against his accomplice, but against the entire judicial system. His ultimate target is Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx, looking bored), the slick prosecutor who cut that deal a decade ago to maintain his high conviction rate. But before going after Nick, he takes out everyone around him in ridiculously elaborate fashion. Clyde’s impossible omniscience and his sadistically convoluted game-playing feel like a rip-off of the “Saw” franchise, and the banter he shares with Nick makes “Law Abiding Citizen” seem like a poor man’s “Silence of the Lambs.” His tactics become so predictable, you know the second you hear a ringing cell phone or see a character climb into a car that something is going to get blowed up real good. F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) dully directs Kurt Wimmer’s over-the-top script with a misty, bleached-out aesthetic that only makes the movie feel like more of a drag. RATED: R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One star out of four.
“New York, I Love You”
The title is “New York, I Love You,” and it’s a collection of shorts intended as one big love letter to the city and all the romance it has to offer. The result is a curiously bland hodgepodge — not terribly evocative of such a famous place, and not all that inspiring in the connections it depicts. Following 2007’s “Paris Je T’Aime,” this is the second in a planned series of “Cities of Love” films. Each features a group
of eclectic directors and well-known actors coming together to concoct brief clips. Inherently with such a structure, you’re going to have hits and misses. Not all the segments are going to work for every viewer. But whereas “Paris Je T’Aime” had a healthy number of hits, “New York, I Love You” is the unfortunate opposite. The challenge presented to filmmakers was intriguing, too: Each of them had two days to shoot, then a week to edit. Each short had to take place in an identifiable New York neighborhood. And each had to involve some kind of love encounter. Except for Shekhar Kapur’s entry, with its dreamy, ethereal light, nearly everything in “New York, I Love You” has a dark, gritty sameness that feels smothering. Aside from references to Central Park and the Dakota building and restaurants like Balthazar and Pastis, “New York, I Love You” could take place in any bustling, densely populated metropolis. Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Joshua Marston and Natalie Portman are among the directors; James Caan, Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie and Robin Wright Penn are among the actors. RATED: R for language and sexual content. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
“Where the Wild Things Are”
The book is just 339 words long, but in turning it into a feature-length movie, director Spike Jonze has expanded the story with a breathtaking visual scheme and stirring emotional impact. What keeps the film from reaching complete excellence is the thinness of the script, which Jonze co-wrote with Dave Eggers. The beloved and award-winning children’s book, which Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated 45 years ago, still holds up beautifully today because it shows keen insight into the conflicted nature of children — the delight and the frustration that can often coexist simultaneously. With its warm lighting and detailed production design, “Where the Wild Things Are” remains lovingly faithful to the look and spirit of the book but functions assuredly as its own entity. Jonze also gets the feelings of fear and insecurity that the wild things of “Wild Things” represent, and he’s taken the bold step of showing the creatures not through animation but rather by using actual people in giant, furry costumes. The monsters were voiced by an all-star cast and enhanced through digital effects to make the facial features seem more lifelike. And because talented character actors like James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Dano had the benefit of voicing their roles on the same stage at the same time — rather than recording their parts independently of each other, which is standard practice — their interplay feels more organic. At their center is Max, played by 12-year-old Max Records, a lonely, misunderstood kid who runs off to the magical land where the wild things are and becomes their king. RATED: PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
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“Law Abiding Citizen” is criminal By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The real mystery of “Law Abiding Citizen” isn’t how Gerard Butler ’s character manages to wreak explosive, bloody havoc on Philadelphia while confined behind the walls of his jail cell. What’s truly baffling is how the star of the hugely successful “300” has managed to make yet another questionable movie choice since then, following “ P. S . I L o v e Yo u , ” “ T h e U g l y Tr u t h ” a n d “ G a m e r. ” ( To b e fair, “RocknRolla” was a good fit for him and it was a lot of fun.) This time, Butler serves as a producer and stars as Clyde Shelton, who watched helplessly as his wife and young daughter were murdered d u r i n g a h o m e i n v a s i o n . Te n years later, he’s out for revenge — not just against the killer who went free after testifying against his accomplice, but against the entire judicial system. He gets himself intentionally arrested to go after his ultimate target, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx, looking bored), the slick p ro s e c u t o r w h o c u t t h a t d e a l a decade ago to maintain his high conviction rate. But first he takes out everyone around Nick in ridiculously elaborate fashion, t o t h e g ro w i n g f ru s t r a t i o n o f t h e m a y o r, p l a y e d b y Vi o l a D a v i s . ( N a t u r a l l y, D a v i s h a s great presence in her few scenes, but one woman alone can’t save this film.) Clyde’s impossible omniscience and his sadistically convoluted game-playing feel like a rip-off of the “Saw”
In this film publicity image released by Overture Films, Jamie Foxx, left, and Gerard Butler are shown in a scene from, “Law Abiding Citizen.” franchise, and the banter he shares with Nick makes “Law Abiding Citizen” seem like a poor man’s “Silence of the Lambs.” His tactics become so predictable, you know the second you hear a ringing cell phone or see a character climb into a car that something is g o i n g t o b l o w u p re a l g o o d , real soon.
F. G a r y G r a y ( “ T h e I t a l i a n Job”) dully directs Kurt Wimmer ’s over-the-top script w i t h a m i s t y, b l e a c h e d - o u t aesthetic that only makes the movie feel like more of a drag. The mind wanders; distracting questions arise. If Clyde has been focused on nothing but revenge for the past 10 y e a r s , h o w c a n h e a ff o rd a l l the high-tech explosives and
ammunition he’s amassed? Having seen human lives taken right before his eyes and k no w i ng t he i r v a lu e , d o e s h e f e e l e v e n v a g u e l y re m o r s e f u l about killing others? And what s o r t o f i c e c re a m m i g h t t a s t e good once the movie is over? “Law Abiding Citizen” asks us to remain firmly on Clyde’s side even as the body count of decent, innocent people piles
u p , b u t i t ’ s a t o u g h re q u e s t . He’s meant to be not just a purveyor of vigilante justice b u t a c r u s a d e r. B u t h e g e t s off on the carnage too much, a n d t h e e m p t y, r e p e t i t i v e conversations he has with Nick do nothing to humanize either man. And so in the end, all we’re left with are ticking time bombs and a chunk of our own time that we’ll never get back.
Step away from “The Stepfather” By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge For the last few years I’ve been thoroughly exhaustive in railing against the overuse of the remake in the spate of pictures produced each year. It could be called a recurring obsession. That said, I’m always game to watch the original film when these relentless remakes arise, particularly if it’s an American reworking of an American title. I have nothing against foreign cinema, but the bastardized homeland versions of their films bear so little resemblance to the filmmaker’s original concept that it doesn’t brandish the same force. And discerning audiences abroad, suffice it to say, have different sensibilities than those here in the States. Wouldn’t you agree? So, halfway through the tepid and joyless new film, “The Stepfather,” I was floored when a co-worker leaned over and told me she’d
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RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material, and brief sensuality. RUNNING TIME: 111 minutes. ROBERT’S RANKING: ½ star out of four. thought the original was much better. “The Stepfather” was a remake? I felt betrayed, mostly by the laziness I’d used in preparing for it. And the original starred Terry O’Quinn (the amazing John Locke on TV’s “Lost”)? I must have been stuck in a cave. But this happens every year at Halloween time. Loads of the most offending remakes in recent memory have been of product that was terrible the first time around (see: “The Hills Have Eyes” or “When a Stranger Calls”), usually from the mid-to-late 1970s.
In this version of “The Stepfather” we meet a bad dad who’s going by the name of David Harris (Dylan Walsh) these days. He’s already ingrained himself into the ready-built family provided by a lovely divorcee named Susan Harding (played by the equally lovely Sela Ward) and her two young children. David is the ideal replacement for their absentee father, a womanizer who left them years earlier. It isn’t until Susan’s older son, Michael (Penn Badgley), returns from exile at military school that we start to see chinks in the seamless façade David is fronting. We already know he’s a murderer, moving from town to town to marry eligible divorcees – leaving most in a bloody trail behind him after the rage takes over. Violence is David Harris’s trade, but he also does a great job of giving creepy looks to Michael’s girlfriend (Amber Heard), who offers nothing to this movie but the opportunity to model (at least)
seven different tiny bikinis in the family’s backyard pool. The closest thing to fun in this movie is seeing Michael, full of scorn and sneer at all times, begin to suspect and prove that his new stepfather isn’t all that he’s cracked up to be. Cracked, of course, is the key word here. David’s temper is his ultimate undoing. Bodies start to pile up in his wake, but they’re constantly unsuspecting supporting characters that his new family doesn’t connect to their thin hold on happiness. I can’t understand why they didn’t question his need for all those padlocked storage spaces in the basement. That isn’t normal. Luck is all that keeps them from finding a similar fate to their neighbors. By the time David utters his famous line, “Who am I here?” we’ve pretty much blocked out anything of merit in the entire film and are waiting for the credits to roll.
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Whatâ€™s playing, when and where St. Clair Cinema Fairview Heights Movie Listings for 10/30 to 11/05 The following movies are playing at the Oâ€™Fallon Cinema. Call 1-800-FANDANGO Code 2405 for showtimes or visit on the Web at www.wehrenberg.com. Astro Boy (PG) Daily: 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:55 p.m. Cirque Du Freak (PG-13) Daily: 12:45, 3:25, 6:05, 8:45 p.m. Law Abiding Citizen (R) Daily: 11:15 a.m., 2:05, 5:00, 8:30 p.m. Michael Jackson This Is It (PG) Daily: 12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 p.m. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) Daily: 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:10, 6:35, 9:05 p.m. Stepfather (PG-13) Daily: 11:05 a.m., 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10 p.m. Couples Retreat (PG-13) Daily: 12:05, 2:50, 5:35, 8:20 p.m. Paranormal Activitiy (R) Daily: 11:55, 2:10, 4:25, 6:40, 9:00 p.m. Saw VI (R) Daily: 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:35, 6:55, 9:15 p.m. Oâ€™Fallon 15 Cinema Oâ€™Fallon Movie Listings for 10/30 to 11/05 The following movies are playing at the St. Clair Cinema. Call 1-800-FANDANGO Code 2404 for showtimes or visit on the Web at www.wehrenberg.com. Amelia (PG) Daily: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 p.m.
Astro Boy (PG) Daily: 11:15 a.m. 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Cirque Du Freak (PG-13) Daily: 11:20 a.m., 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) Daily: 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05 p.m. Paranormal Activity (R) Daily: 11:40 a.m., 1:55, 4:10, 6:30, 8:45,11:00* p.m. (*No 11:00 p.m. Sun-Thurs) Couples Retreat (PG-13) 11:05 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 p.m. Good Hair (PG-13) 12:50, 3:15, 5:45 p.m. Halloween 2 (R) 8:15, 10:50 p.m. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) Daily: 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 p.m. Law Abiding Citizen (R) Daily: 11:45 a.m., 2:35, 5:40, 8:30, 11:20* p.m. (* No 11:20 p.m. showing on Sun-Thurs) Saw VI (R) Daily 11:55 a.m., 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25, 11:50* p.m. (*NO 11:50 p.m. showing Sun through Thurs)
Stepfather (PG-13) 1:00, 3:30, 6:05, 8:35, 11:05* p.m. (*NO 11:05 p.m. showing Sun-Thurs) This is It: Michael Jackson (PG) 12:35, 3:20, 6:10, 8:50, 11:30* p.m. (*NO 11:30 showing Sun-Thurs) Zombieland (R) Fri-Sat: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25, 11:45 p.m. Sun: 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 p.m. MonThurs: 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 p.m. Showplace 12 Edwardsville Call 800-FANDANGO or visit www.kerasotes.com. Listings for 10/30 through 11/05 SPECIAL: Hillsong United Live: Weâ€™re All in This Together, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. SPECIAL: The Killers: Live at Royal Albert Hall, Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Saw VI (R) 2:00, 4:50, 7:20*, 9:40, 10:20 p.m. (*No 7:20 p.m. showing Thurs. 11/5) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) 1:20, 4:10, 6:50 p.m.
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Call 800-FANDANGO or visit www.kerasotes.com. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) Daily: 4:05, 6:45; Fri-Sat: 9:15; SatSun: 1:45 p.m. Saw VI (R) Daily: 4:30, 7:15 FriSat: 9:30; Sat-Sun: 2:00 p.m. Michael Jacksonâ€™s This is It (PG) Daily: 4:15, 7:00 Fri-Sat: 9:45; SatSun: 1:30 p.m. Paranormal Activity (R) Daily: 3:45, 6:30 Fri-Sat: 9:00; Sat-Sun: 1:10 p.m. Astro Boy (PG) Daily: 3:55, 6:20 Fri-Sat: 8:45; Sat-Sun: 1:20 p.m. The Stepfather (PG-13) Daily: 4:45, 7:30; Fri-Sat: 9:55; Sat-Sun: 2:15 p.m.
Zombieland (R) 9:10 p.m. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 1:50, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 p.m. Paranormal Activity (R) 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 5:00, 6:20, 7:50, 9:00, 10:10 p.m. Law Abiding Citizen (R) 1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampireâ€™s Assistant (PG-13) 12:40, 3:20, 6:10, 8:50 p.m. Couples Retreat (PG-13) 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:20 p.m. Astro Boy (PG) 1:45, 4:15, 7:40* p.m. (*NO 7:40 p.m. show Wed. 11/4) Michael Jacksonâ€™s This Is It (PG) 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 p.m. First Tuesday matinee of each title is Matinee Movie Magic for Moms and Dads (baby friendly environment)
Stadium Theatre Jerseyville Call 800-FANDANGO or visit www.kerasotes.com. Astro Boy (PG) Daily- 7:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 9:20 p.m.; Sun: 2:20 p.m. Michael Jacksonâ€™s This is It (PG) Daily- 6:40 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 9:30; Sun: 2:00 p.m.
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