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What’s Happening Friday Nov. 22____________
• D a n i e l R a e d e ke ' s N e w Paintings Exhibit, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through November 30. • The Past, Present and Future • 44th Annual Way of Lights of Nature Photography Exhibit, Christmas Display, Our Lady of The International Photography the Snows, Belleville, 5:00 p.m. to Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. • Macy's Festival of Lights, Runs through January 25, 2014. Kiener Plaza, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. • Santa's Magical Kingdom, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Eureka, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Karate Bikini w/Jedi Nighties, Junior Miss, High Scores, The • 44th Annual Way of Lights Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors Christmas Display, Our Lady of 8:00 p.m. • T h e U r g e w / U n i f y a h , the Snows, Belleville, 5:00 p.m. to Clockwork, The Pageant, St. Louis, 9:00 p.m. • Garden Glow 2013 Light Doors 7:00 p.m. E x h i b i t , M i s s o u r i B o ta n i c a l • David Cook w/Bella & Lily, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 Garden, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. p.m. • Gardenland Express, Missouri • Black Uhuru w/Mike Pinto, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. p.m. • C h r i s t m a s i n Va n d a l i a , • Regina Carter Quartet, Jazz Vandalia, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. • Santa's Magical Kingdom, and 9:30 p.m. • Well Hungarians, Wildey Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Eureka, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. • New Riders of the Purple • Grace Basement w/Ransom Note, Belle Adair, Plush St. Louis, St. Sage w/Acoustics Anonymous, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 8:00 Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • The Black Dahlia Murder p.m. • The Urge w/Funky Butt Brass w/Fallujah, Wolvhammer, The Band, The Feed, The Pageant, St. Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Regina Carter Quartet, Jazz Louis, 8:00 p.m. at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. • The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center and 9:30 p.m. • University of Illinois' The Other Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through Guys w/EHS AcaFellaz, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. November 24.
Saturday Nov. 23____________
• Civil Twilight w/Logos, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Mariner 5 Meets The Zonkeys, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Jim Gaffigan, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. • The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Runs through November 24. • Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection Exhibit, History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2, 2014. • D a n i e l R a e d e ke ' s N e w Paintings Exhibit, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through November 30.
Sunday Nov. 24____________ • 44th Annual Way of Lights Christmas Display, Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Garden Glow 2013 Light E x h i b i t , M i s s o u r i B o ta n i c a l Garden, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Santa's Magical Kingdom, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Eureka, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Diz Strohman Big Band, Edwardsville American Legion Post 199, Edwardsville, 3:00 p.m.
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People Washington University acquires Walt Reed Illustration Archive For the Edge Eight women converge on a s a l e s c o u n t e r, h u n t i n g f o r bargains. Above them a placard re a d s “ To d a y o n l y – 4 9 c e n t s . ” Their costumes and silhouetted forms are winsome and elegant– so much so that it takes a moment to notice the trampled boy, in stocking cap and sailor suit, lying face down on the ground, a victim of the rush for savings. This lively, stylish and darkly droll image was created for L i f e M a g a z i n e c i rc a 1 9 1 2 b y Jessie Gillespie (1888-1926), an illustrator perhaps best remembered for her work with the Girl Scouts. It’s a rich piece, ripe for critical a n a l y s i s . I t c a p t u re s a n e a r l y moment in the story of consumer culture—when clothiers and cosmetics makers began selling women a kind of luxurious intimacy. With the battle for women’s suffrage beginning to rage, the image exploits anxieties about self-involved females neglecting their maternal duties. It’s also a distinguished example from a specialty category in illustration reserved for women practitioners. Illustration House H i s t o r i c a l l y, m a g a z i n e illustration has received little scholarly attention. But in 1974, Walt Reed opened the Illustration House. For decades, the New York gallery was the nation’s premiere advocate for illustration art. In addition to hosting exhibitions, Reed and his son, Roger, staged twice-yearly auctions and helped pioneer what has become a thriving market for original works of illustration. “No one else championed the whole field the way Walt did,” says Jeff Pike, an illustrator and professor of communication design in the Sam Fox School o f D e s i g n & Vi s u a l A r t s a t Wa s h i n g t o n U n i v e r s i t y i n S t . Louis. “ Wa l t k n e w m a n y o f t h e illustrators he worked with, and brought a level of knowledge and sophistication that were, frankly, unmatched,” Pike says. “His book The Illustrator in America remains an invaluable reference, p ro f i l i n g h u n d re d s o f a r t i s t s dating back to the Civil War.” Roger Reed, president of the Illustration House, will present the lecture “Illustration is Dead– Long Live Illustration!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The talk is free and open to the public and takes place in the Sam Fox School’s Steinberg Auditorium. Preceding the talk, at 5:30 p.m., will be the opening of a small exhibition, in the university’s Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, of highlights from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Steinberg Hall is located near the intersection of Skinker a n d F o r s y t h b o u l e v a rd s . T h e Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library is located on the ground floor of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, immediately adjacent to Steinberg. F o r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n , c a l l (314) 935-7741 or visit the MGHL website.
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Pictured are two examples from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Now, the Washington University Libraries have worked with Reed to acquire the Illustration House archives, along with a substantial number of original artworks. These materials, which will be housed in the Modern Graphic History Library (MGHL), include approximately: • 8,000 periodicals. • 1,200 illustrated books. • 250,000 magazine tear sheets. • 140 pieces of original art, ranging from sketches and drawings to production art and finished canvases, by 45 artists. “Most institutions and collectors approach this field with a narrow focus on a few trophy objects, and context gets lost,” says Roger Reed, “whereas my father always took a broad stance, had catholic taste and shared information with all comers. “Even a minor drawing could delight him in its draftsmanship o r c u l t u r a l re s o n a n c e , ” R e e d adds. “I’m very pleased to be
working with the MGHL, which has both the vision and the facilities to responsibly house, maintain, digitize, protect and build curricula around this material. “For us, this is a long-term commitment.” A cultural strength “Illustration remains a poorly theorized field,” says D.B. Dowd, professor of communication design (in the Sam Fox School) and American culture studies (in Arts & Sciences). “It has been characterized by enthusiasts and fans more than by serious scholarship,” adds Dowd, creator of the illustrated journal Spartan Holiday. “The academy hasn’t paid much attention.” But things have begun to change. Around the country, a handful of universities—notably Duke, Ohio State and Michigan State—have established strong collections dedicated to a dv er ti si ng , c om ic b oo k s an d
other forms of graphic culture. “ O u r p a r t i c u l a r s t re n g t h i s periodical illustration,” says Dowd, who also serves as faculty director of the MGHL and leads the Sam Fox School’s newly formed Visual Culture Initiative. He explains that the catalyst for establishing the MGHL, in 2007, was a series of major gifts from the estates of Al Parker (a WUSTL alumnus), Robert Weaver and other leading practitioners. “The profession of illustrator was created at the birth of the m o d e r n p u b l i s h i n g i n d u s t r y, which was driven by periodicals,” Dowd says. “Yet the study of illustration has been weak, analytically speaking, in part because illustrations are always contingent on something else. “But from a culture studies perspective, that contingency is actually a strength,” Dowd says. “If you open just about any mid-century magazine, you’ll find illustrations, photographs, cartoons, short stories, nonfiction features, columns and advertisements. “They’re all evidence of editorial negotiation. The question is, how do these various items collide to capture a cultural moment? “Through the Visual Culture Initiative, we intend to build programming and curricula around these resources, for humanists as well as practitioners,” Dowd adds. “They capture then-contemporary social relations, gender roles, racial t ro p e s a n d t h e e m e rg e n c e o f consumer culture. “It’s a tremendous academic opportunity.” The Walt Reed Illustration Archive Skye Lacerte, curator of
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the MGHL, notes that the new acquisitions include important examples by dozens of major illustrators, with a particular emphasis on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include a half-dozen works by Gillespie as well as a drawing, circa 1880, by Benjamin Day (1810-1889), inventor of the ubiquitous “Ben Day” printing dot, and an 1882 cover illustration for The Century magazine by symbolist painter Elihu Vedder (1836-1923). Other materials include a 1912 piece for Life Magazine by Orson Lowell (1871-1956) and a 1907 Cream of Wheat illustration by Harry Stacy Benton (1877-1947). Later examples include a razorsharp 1965 painting, for Look Magazine, by Austin Briggs (1908-1973). Executed amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement, it contrasts the brightly colored billboards of the “fast-changing south” with the hunched bodies of cotton pickers still working the fields. In addition, the collection— which will be named the Walt Reed Illustration Archive—will include materials relating to Walt Reed’s own scholarship, as well a s c o r re s p o n d e n c e a n d o t h e r documents. “Academic access to this vast and comprehensive collection will greatly impact the growing field of visual culture research,” Lacerte says. “It also documents and preserves the contributions of Walt Reed and theIllustration House, the leading establishment in the advancement of illustration study and awareness. “We are proud to uphold Walt’s l e g a c y, w h i c h h a s i n f l u e n c e d a n d i n s p i re d t h e p re s e n t d a y scholarship of illustration.”
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People People planner MoBOT to celebrate Chanukah Enjoy storytelling, music, dance and a ceremonial menorah-lighting during “Chanukah: Festival of Lights” at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The event is included with Garden admission. The event begins with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. Choirs from the Reform Jewish Academy School and the Solomon Schechter Day school will perform traditional Jewish and Chanukah music. The female quartet Shir Ami (Song of My People) will entertain crowds as will the group HaShemesh (The Sun) who will sing and play contemporary Israeli folk music. Visitors can browse a traditional “shuk” (marketplace), with merchandise from The Silver Lady and Unique Treasures of the United Hebrew Congregation, or stop by the Garden Gate Shop for Chanukahthemed merchandise. Chanukah: Festival of Lights will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the upper level of the Ridgway Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Activities are included with Garden admission of $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/ m i s s o u r i b o t a n i c a l g a rd e n a n d http://twitter.com/mobotnews.
Zoo announces winter events The following events have been scheduled at the Saint Louis Zoo: November 13 – December 24, 2013 Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: www.stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Shop Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop in The Living World for unique gift ideas, ornaments and much more. Seasonal items will be available for purchase through December 24. November 28, 2013 Holiday Hours: Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. November 29-December 1, 6-8, 13-
15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013 U.S. Bank Wild Lights. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $4/Member; $5/Nonmember. Children under 2 are free. Free parking will be provided on the Zoo’s South Parking Lot on Wells Drive. More information: www. stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Walk through the Zoo’s holiday wonderland of spectacular light displays. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo and Fresh 102.5. December 2013 Daily through December 24, 2013 Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: www.stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Shop Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop in The Living World for unique gift ideas, ornaments and much more. Seasonal items will be available for purchase through December 24. November 29-December 1, 6-8, 1315, 20-23, 26-30, 2013 U.S. Bank Wild Lights. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $4/Member; $5/Nonmember. Children under 2 are free. Free parking will be provided on the Zoo’s South Parking Lot on Wells Drive. More information: www. stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Walk through the Zoo’s holiday wonderland of spectacular light displays. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo and Fresh 102.5. December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2013 Breakfast with Santa. Seating times: 9 and 11 a.m. Members: $20/adult, $18/child (2-12); Nonmembers: $22/adult, $20/child (212). Children under two are free. More information: (314) 646-4897 or www.stlzoo.org/santa. Festive holiday breakfast includes a photo with Santa, a gift for kids, visits from costumed characters, free parking and more. Pre-paid reservations are required, and seating is limited. December 20-23, 2013 Dinner with Santa. Seating times: 5 and 7 p.m. Members: $23/adult, $21/child (2-12); Non-members: $24/adult, $22/child (2-12). Children under 2 are free. More information: (314) 646-4897 or www.stlzoo.org/ santa. Enjoy an Italian buffet dinner while overlooking the colorful lights of Wild Lights. Evening includes dinner, admission to Wild Lights, visits from costumed characters Rudolf and Frosty, photo with Santa and free parking. Prepaid reservations are required, and seating is limited. December 24, 2013 (Christmas Eve) Holiday Hours: Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. December 25, 2013 (Christmas
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Science Center hosts exhibit on bugs The Saint Louis Science Center will open its doors for an insect invasion when it hosts Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! Oct. 19, 2013 through Jan. 20, 2014. The exhibition, which was developed by national pest control company Terminix, is a multisensory experience that immerses visitors into the world of bugs by introducing them to thousands of live insects. Hosted by Harry, a Chinese praying mantis, and his insect friends, Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! takes visitors on a unique journey through the habitats, sights, sounds and social structures of some of nature’s smallest, yet most important, contributors. “We are so excited to host Harry’s Big Adventure,” said Jackie Mollet, Senior Director of Exhibits at the Saint Louis Science Center. “The hands-on nature of the exhibition, coupled with thousands of live bugs, makes this fun and educational for all of our visitors.” Harry’s Big Adventure takes guests on an educational journey around the world through six distinct zones to see how insects impact their surroundings, the environment and ultimately human lives. Filled with interactive
games and competitions, visitors can see how far they can spit a cricket, pick their favorite roach in the Roach Race, get up close and personal with insects in the Bug Petting Zoo and even try an insect delicacy cooked up by the Bug Chef. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit slsc.org/ harrys-big-adventure or call 800.456. SLSC x4424 or 314.289.4424.
Engelbreit to serve as parade marshal Nationally renowned artist and entrepreneur Mary Engelbreit has been named Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2013 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade. "We are honored and truly thankful to have Mary serve as our grand marshal,” said Brian Hall, chairman of Christmas in St. Louis. “She is a true St. Louis treasure and national icon who has always given so much back to our community.” Now in its 29th year, the parade will begin at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, November 28 from the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. It will be broadcast live (starting at 8 a.m.) on KMOV-TV Channel 4’s “Great Day St. Louis.” A St. Louis native who went to work directly out of high school at an art supplies store, Engelbreit initially focused her talents on greeting cards, drawing attention from other companies anxious to license her artwork on a wide range of products; nearly 6,500 products in all, with more than $1 billion in lifetime retail sales. She was also editor-in-chief of the award-winning creative lifestyle magazine, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion.
Today, thousands of retailers sell Mary Engelbreit products to her countless fans, and Mary Engelbreit Studios continues to add new licensees and product categories. Nearly 30 years after that first trip to New York, Engelbreit fulfilled her dream of illustrating children's books, and is now one of a select few artists with three New York Times children's best sellers. The annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade is hosted by Christmas in St. Louis along with presenting sponsor Ameren Missouri and the City of St. Louis. In addition to dozens of magnificent floats and colorful helium balloons, the parade will feature area marching bands and the annual Battle of the Bands Contest. As a Christmas in St. Louis partner, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission’s Holiday Magic http://stlholidaymagic.com/ team will once again participate in this year’s parade. The Holiday Magic mascot, Snowflake, will also be on hand. Christmas in St. Louis will utilize Mary Engelbreit artwork for its first Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade Coloring Contest. Kids ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to enter. The winner of the coloring contest will be named Junior Grand Marshal and receive an exciting ride in the parade! Download and print the coloring poster from http://www.maryengelbreit.com/ cmss_files/attachmentlibrary/ TreeOfOrnamentsLA.pdf Download and print the rules and release form at http://christmasinstlouis. org/images/cisl_coloring-contestrulesandentry_2013.pdf For all the details visit Christmas in St. Louis website.
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People People planner Science Center hosts "Jerusalem" "Jerusalem", a new captivating film about the Holy Land’s most enigmatic city, premiered at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Omnimax Theater on October 4, 2013. Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek into the Darkness,” PBS’s “Sherlock”), "Jerusalem" gives audiences a rare glimpse of the ancient, storied city, as well as exclusive access to revered holy sites and littleknown parts of the region—including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada. Filmmakers were granted special permission in the region’s strict no-fly zone, enabling them to capture the first-ever large format aerial images of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land. “What you’re going to see is an amazing city, stunning in its beauty, and incredibly complex because it is the intersection of religion, history, politics and science,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center. “It’s just a powerful experience.” Audiences will discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. They will also join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, the 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC is Director of Photography. “With this extraordinary film’s immersive experience, audiences will feel as if they are really walking the streets of this beloved and iconic place,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment. "Through the unrivaled beauty, visceral nature and incredible technology of the giant screen format, you feel as if you are experiencing Jerusalem up-close and first-hand," said writer/director Daniel Ferguson. For more information, to view the trailer and to purchase tickets please visit slsc.org/jerusalem or call 800.456. SLSC x4424 or 314.289.4424.
SWIC Astronomy Club announces series topics for fall The Southwestern Illinois College Astronomy Club wants to explore the solar system with you this fall! The club continues its series of
talks about space and all its wonders at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. All meetings will be held in the Main Complex, Room 1360, at 7 p.m. A viewing session will take place after each meeting, weather permitting. The schedule of events for fall 2013 is as follows: • Mars Exploration is Tuesday, Dec. 3. Humans have built a space station and have an itching to explore and colonize space. This meeting will describe the next place we may call home, our nearest superior planet, Mars, and the robotic explorers sent there. Discover plans to send humans to Mars in the next few decades and the need to first explore the surface for water – a necessity of life. Learn about the two active rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, which are currently exploring different parts of Mars in search of water and life. T h e s e s s i o n s a re f re e a n d open to the public. Contact Club
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MoBOT plans "Garden Glow 2013" The Missouri Botanical Garden is excited to announce its plans for “Garden Glow 2013,” the Garden’s first-ever winter light exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. The exhibit will open Nov. 23, 2013 and run through Jan. 4, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn some of the Garden’s most iconic locations including the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis and Tower Grove House. Walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion
o f v i s u a l m a g i c , w h i l e m o re traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages. “Our members, visitors and staff have asked about the possibility of seasonal lights for years. This is the year.” said Missouri Botanical Garden President Peter Wy s e J a c k s o n . “ G a rd e n G l o w will become a destination for St. Louisans and visitors this year and for years to come.” Garden Glow will also feature music, food and drinks, including s’more-making, at fire pits on the grounds. Special Glow gear will be sold throughout the Garden and in the Garden Gate Shop, giving show attendees an opportunity to become a part of the fun. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South
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People People planner Zoo announces events for winter, holidays The f o l l o w i n g e v e n t s h a v e b e e n s c h e d u l e d at the Saint Louis Zoo: November 13 – December 24, 2013 Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: www.stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Shop Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop in The Living Wo r l d f o r u n i q u e g i f t i d e a s , o r n a m e n t s a n d m u c h more. Seasonal items will be available for purchase through December 24. November 28, 2013 Holiday Hours: Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. November 29-December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2013 U.S. Bank Wild Lights. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $4/Member; $ 5 / N o n - m e m b e r. C h i l d r e n u n d e r 2 a r e f r e e . F r e e parking will be provided on the Zoo’s South Parking Lot on Wells Drive. More information: www.stlzoo.org or (314) 781-0900. Wa l k t h r o u g h t h e Z o o ’ s h o l i d a y w o n d e r l a n d o f spectacular light displays. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo and Fresh 102.5.
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Music Tuning in Robin Thicke to appear at the Fox Following the release of his best selling new album, Blurred Lines, recording artist Robin Thicke has announced details of his highly anticipated Spring 2014 North American tour. The artist will be joined by special guests Jessie J and DJ Cassidy on all dates making this the hottest concert package of the spring. The tour will make 15 exclusive stops across North America and will kick off on February 21st in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theatre, continuing through the spring. Robin is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer fans some of the best seats in the house to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). These special tickets will be available exclusively at www.ticketsforcharity. com. Tickets and special limited VIP packages are available for purchasenow. For additional tour information, please visit www. robinthicke.com. Thicke will appear March 15 at the Fox Theatre. This past summer marked the debut of Robin Thicke’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, Blurred Lines (Star Trak/Interscope Records).
Cyrus bringing tour to St. Louis Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced today the details behind her BANGERZ TOUR. The highly anticipated tour, produced and promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on Valentine's Day February 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena and will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and Miami. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, November 16 at www.livenation. com. The tour will stop in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center on April 16. Tickets are available at LiveNation. com/Ticketmaster.com, the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000 American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 10 AM local time through Friday, November 15 at 10 PM local time. Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at http://bit.ly/_MileyRSVP. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, November 16. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com. Details for Miley’s BANGERZ TOUR follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. The announcement on Saturday Night Live comes on the heels of her well-received appearance on the show (re-airing November 9) as both host and musical performer on October 5 that was part of a series of headline-making appearances that supported the release of her new album, Bangerz, on RCA Records. Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 albums sold. Additionally,
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Touhill to host "The Nutcracker" Saint Louis Ballet, the region’s only professional ballet company, presents The Nutcracker December 20-29 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Directed by former New York City Ballet principal Gen Horiuchi, this holiday production features the company’s resident dancers who hail from the nation’s top training programs and beyond. The legendary Nutcracker ballet, appropriate for all ages, features Tchaikovsky’s classic score, spectacular dancing from 21 members of Saint Louis Ballet and
more than 80 local ballet students, as well as dazzling special effects. “The Touhill is an ideal venue for The Nutcracker, with a 2600 sq. ft. stage and stunning auditorium with over 1600 seats” said Horiuchi. “It’s a wonderful setting for both the dancers and the audience members.” Young Clara and her mischievous Uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, concocts a fantasy world for Clara, replete with a growing Christmas tree and a Nutcracker doll that comes to life and battles a Mouse King. With the defeat of the Mouse King brings a fantastical sleigh ride through falling snow and dancing snowflakes. Clara's visit to the Land of Sweets is a showcase of dancing treats presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. Saint Louis Ballet is the region’s major professional ballet company. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Gen Horiuchi, its 21 classically trained dancers are selected in a competitive national audition and come to St. Louis from training programs and ballet companies throughout the world. The company’s repertoire includes fulllength ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella as well as contemporary work from renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Christopher d’Amboise, Jessica Lang, and Pam Tanowitz. In addition to a season of fully mounted productions, Saint Louis Ballet operates a ballet training program and conducts outreach to 1,000 at-risk students through its partnerships with local social service agencies and public schools. Gen Horiuchi has been the artistic director of the Saint Louis Ballet Company and School since 2000. Since 2010, he has directed Gen Horiuchi’s Ballet USA each summer in Osaka, Japan where he presents his own choreography on professional dancers, bringing guests like Miyako Yoshida, former Royal Ballet principal, to dance alongside him to sold out audiences.
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SLSO Family Concert series announced The St. Louis Symphony’s Family Concert series for the the 2013-2014 season has been announced The St. Louis Symphony Family Concerts are held four times each
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Thursday, Nov. 21 RemiXT, Cicero's, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Regina Carter Quartet, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Turquoise Jeep w/DJ Billy Brown, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. J To t h f r o m H o t h , T h e Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Green River Ordinance w/Rosi Golan, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 Karate Bikini w/Jedi Nighties, Junior Miss, High Scores, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. The Urge w/Unifyah, Clockwork, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. David Cook w/Bella & Lily, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. B l a c k U h u ru w / M i k e P i n t o , Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Regina Carter Quartet, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. We l l H u n g a r i a n s , W i l d e y Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. Grace Basement w/Ransom N o t e , B e l l e A d a i r, P l u s h S t . Louis, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. The Black Dahlia Murder w/Fallujah, Wolvhammer, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 New Riders of the Purple Sage w/Acoustics Anonymous, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. The Urge w/Funky Butt Brass Band, T h e F e e d , T h e P a g e a n t , St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Regina Carter Quartet, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
University of Illinois' The Other Guys w/EHS AcaFellaz, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. Civil Twilight w/Logos, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Mariner 5 Meets The Zonkeys, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24 Diz Strohman Big Band, Edwardsville American Legion Post 199, Edwardsville, 3:00 p.m. The Mowgli's w/Royal Teeth, X A m b a s s a d o r s , T h e F i re b i rd , St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Music of the Night: Songs f ro m t h e P h i l i p p i n e s , To u h i l l P e r f o r m i n g A r t s C e n t e r, S t . Louis, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Open Mic Night, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 House Party w/Cree Rider Family Band, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. Vanessa Carlton w/Birdcloud, Blueberry, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Jake's Leg w/Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Lords and Kids CD Release w/ NeighborKid, Yankee Racers, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Fresh Heir, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. The Werks, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 9:00 p.m.
The Urge w/Greek Fire, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. The Us Against Them Tour feat. Jake Miller w/Action Item, Air Dubai, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. Nick Menn, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 10:00 p.m. Jeremy Davenport, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. R o g e r s & N i e n h a u s 2 0 Ye a r A n n i v e r s a r y C o n c e r t , Wi l d e y Theatre, Edwardsville, 8:00 p.m. A Benefit Concert feat. The Schwag All Stars, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 9:00 p.m. Austin Lucas w/PJ Bond, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 Blackwell w/Without Hazard, Major Cities, Plush St. Louis, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. S t e v i e R a y Va u g h a n Tr i b u t e w/The Steve Pecaro Band, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. The Lion's Daughter & Indian Blanket Record Release, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. Ocean Rivals w/Gemini H u s t l e r, S t o n e w a l l F re q u e n c y, The Gramophone, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. Jeremy Davenport, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Rock 10th Anniversary Celebration: EFFIC in Concert, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 7:30 p.m. The Finns w/The
Thursday, Nov. 28 RemiXT, Cicero's, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. DJ Mahf w/DJ Crucial, The Gramophone, St. Louis, 10:00 p.m.
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Friday, Dec. 6 Pat Martino Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wi n t e r C o n c e r t S e r i e s f e a t . G r e a t R i v e r s C h o r a l S o c i e t y, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville, 7:00 p.m. Ty p h o o n J a c k s o n w / M a t t Wynn, No Man's Law, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m.
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Sunday, Dec. 8 Chance The Rapper w/Dj Rashad & Spinn, The Pageant, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. UMSL Music Department presents Jazz for the Holidays, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. Chanel West Coast, Old Rock House, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Christmas at the Cathedral, Cathedral Basillica, St. Louis, 2:30 p.m.
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Tuning in Kenny Rogers to appear at the Family Arena Kenny Rogers has already had a massive year in 2013, including the announcement of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year ’s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC. His Through The Years World Tour has included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. This fall and winter, Rogers’ tour will roll on with more U.S. and Canadian dates, including the Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour, his annual holiday performances, in late November and December. In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, is being released today (September 3rd) and R o g e r s ’ N e w Yo r k Ti m e s B e s t S e l l i n g a u t o b i o g r a p h y, L u c k O r Something Like It, will be released in paperback on September 27th. Rogers returns with You Can’t Make Old Friends on October 8th via Warner Bros. Records, proving – once again – that he still has plenty to say. The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” It was thirty years ago almost to the day when Kenny and Dolly released “Islands In The Stream,” which went on to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in history. Rogers will appear Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Arena Parkway. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at www.metrotix.com. Prices: $68 (Gold Circle), $58 (Floor), $48 (Lower Lever), $33 (Upper Level). To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636-896-4234.
Il-Divo to perform at Peabody Opera House Following a successful week of concerts at New York’s Marquis Theater, Il Divo—the record-breaking classical crossover group that has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide—will bring IL DIVO - A MUSICAL AFFAIR: THE GREATEST SONGS OF BROADWAY LIVE to theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The Live Nationpromoted engagement, which begins on March 28 and concludes on June 7, supports the group’s sixth studio album A Musical Affair. It’s their first compilation of songs inspired by Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and West Side Story, and features stellar duet partners Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley and Michael Ball. Ticket sales began on Nov. 15. The tour will stop in St. Louis on April 22 at the Peabody Opera House. The limited engagement of live concerts in NYC marked the first time the four members sang together on the Broadway stage. The show intertwines the most famous songs from Broadway musicals with the individual theatrical experiences of Carlos, David, Urs and Sébastien. Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley was a featured guest for the entire run. The quartet members are no strangers to musical theatre; Carlos was cast as Marius in Les Misérables when the show first premiered in Spain in 1993, while David played Rodolfo in Broadway’s La bohème in 2003, which subsequently garnered seven Tony Award nominations. The show was developed by long-term IL DIVO collaborator and artistic director Brian Burke (La Reve and Celine Dion’s residency shows in Las Vegas, Elton John, Rod Stewart and The Killers). The album “A Musical Affair” showcases Il Divo’s signature romantic and emotional interpretation of heartfelt classics like “Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific), “Bring Him Home” (Les Miserables), “Tonight” (West Side Story) and more. Il Divo has also provided new arrangements for these much-loved songs, as well as invited familiar Broadway and pop artists to appear on certain tracks as their duet partners. These top musicians lend their talent in songs like “The Music of the Night” (Phantom of the Opera) – LIVE duet with Barbra Streisand; “All I Ask Of You” (Phantom Of The Opera) – duet with Kristin Chenoweth; “Memory” (Cats) – duet with Nicole Scherzinger; and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (The Lion King) – duet with Heather Headley. “It has been so inspiring to work with such legendary songs from the world of Broadway musicals for our new album,” says Urs Buhler from IL DIVO. “We can't wait to now perform them in our own style to our fans around the world.” Il Divo is the world's first and most successful classical crossover group. The foursome have sold over 26 million albums worldwide, achieved over 50 number one records, received 160 gold and platinum sales awards in over 33 countries and staged four groundbreaking world tours. The international quartet comprises of tenor Urs Buhler of Switzerland, baritone Carlos Marin of Spain, pop artist Sébastien Izambard of France and tenor David Miller from the United States. As Il Divo first came to fruition in 2003, this year ’s album and complementary concert series marks a milestone for the four singers as they commemorate the success of a 10-year career together.
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Pentatonix, above and below, is about to embark on a North American tour.
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ocal sensations Pentatonix, who are about to embark on their very first – and completely sold out – European tour, have announced dates for their upcoming North American headline tour. The initial run of dates will begin February 4, 2014 and go through April including shows at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as Oakland’s Fox Theater and New York City’s Beacon Theatre. All tickets, as well as limited VIP Packages – including meet & greets, access to soundcheck, exclusive merchandise and even a private performance – are available at http://www.ptxofficial.com/ tour. Pentatonix comes to the Peabody Opera House on March 19th. Tickets for the St. Louis show are $35 and $25 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 8th at 10am at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. Pentatonix will also release their second album – PTX Volume 2 – today, November 5th, exclusively on iTunes. The iTunes release features a 7-song Daft Punk medley, its video just released via the group’s YouTube
Channel, as well as a mash-up of Swedish House Mafia hits “Save The World” and “Don’t Worry Child” as an album-only bonus track. PTX Volume 2 follows the group’s two 2012 Madison Gate Records Releases – PTX Volume 1 and PTXmas – both debuting on Billboard’s Top 200 and selling more than 125,000
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albums to date. The new release will feature 8 brand new tracks, including 3 original songs, 4 covers and a modern twist on the classic “Hit The Road Jack.” Pentatonix have also won the YouTube Music Award in the “Response of The Year” category for their cover of “Radioactive” alongside Lindsey Stirling. The video has garnered almost 45
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million views. The first-ever YouTube Music Awards were held in NYC Sunday night and winners were chosen based on fan views and social media shares of the nominated videos. Pentatonix kicked off their PTX Vol. 2 release week with a performance on Ellen. The performance can be seen here: http://www.ellentv.
com/2013/11/04/pentatonixperforms-evolution-of-beyonce/ Online, Pentatonix’s YouTube channel boasts almost 160 million views, buoyed by nearly 1.9 Million subscribers, and is one of the Top 100 most subscribed-to music channels. The group also has more than 550,000 Facebook fans and nearly 150,000 Twitter followers. The band’s latest video release, a cover of Lorde’s #1 hit “Royals,” has garnered more than 11 million views and is the mostviewed YouTube cover of the New Zealand star ’s highlyduplicated indie anthem. Additionally, the group’s a cappella opus – “Evolution Of Music” – has now eclipsed 22 million YouTube views, after gathering nearly 5.5 million in its first week. The video spans 1,000 years of music in just 4 minutes, includes some of the most popular songs from the last dozen centuries and has been featured by The Huffington Post, Mashable and the Yahoo! homepage. Pentatonix have appeared on countless television shows, including Ellen, the American Music Awards red carpet show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Larry King Now, and have been chosen to appear in an upcoming episode of the new season of “Sesame Street,” which will air on February 7, 2014.
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Tickets for the March 14 engagement at the Fox will go on sale Friday, November 8 at 10am online at MetroTix.com, by phone at 314-534-1111 and in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. Ticket prices are $102, $72 and $42. The elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Islesâ€™ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage. The concerts will combine longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written specifically for Celtic Woman, under the direction of EmmyÂŽ-nominated music producer David Downes. The Emerald Tour will spotlight the angelic voices and inspiring music that have won Celtic Woman the devotion of a worldwide audience. Celtic Woman is a unique ensemble that showcases the
talent and charisma of four gifted young Irish women, whose dazzling performances combine the sound and sensibility of Irish traditional music with contemporary pop standards and memorable original compositions. Recently named Billboard magazine's #1 World Music Artist, Celtic Woman presents a one-of-a-kind concert experience that also incorporates the talents of a group of world-class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers. Since its inception in 2004, Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group's uplifting mix of timeless tradition and contemporary craft has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a loyal international fan base, who've embraced Celtic Woman's hugely successful public television specials and made their eight CDs and seven DVDs into multi-platinum best-sellers. The multitalented ensemble has sold more than eight million copies of its releases, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Music chart. As a live act, they continue to sell out concert halls around the world, having
performed for nearly three million fans. Celtic Woman has won a particularly passionate audience in America, where their elaborately staged, visually stunning concert tours consistently draw sellout crowds. The group has performed twice at the White House, as well as making high-profile appearances on such American television shows as Dancing with the Stars and the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. Celtic Woman recently completed a successful month-long tour of European concerts, encompassing performances in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The busy group is currently preparing for its third annual holiday tour of North America, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. The group then plans to kick off 2014 with a rare tour of Australia. Singing songs of love, loss, hope and inspiration, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's centuries-old musical and cultural traditions, while taking advantage of the limitless options of state-of-the-art stage production. The result is a breathtaking musical and theatrical experience to be enjoyed by multiple generations of concertgoers.
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Religion Iraqi Jewish belongings go on display WASHINGTON (AP) — The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population that’s all but disappeared from Iraq. Recovered from the Iraqi intelligence headquarters and shipped to the United States for years of painstaking conservation was a literary trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands o f d o c u m e n t s t h a t a re b e i n g digitized and put online. A sample of that treasure is being displayed for the first time this fall at the National Archives in Washington. “One thing that is particularly touching about them, or particularly interesting about them, is that they connect to a community that no longer lives in Iraq,” said Doris Hamburg, the National Archives’ director of preservation programs. The exhibit of two dozen items offers a rare glimpse into a Jewish population that dates to antiquity but dispersed after Israel was created in 1948. But the decision to return the collection to Iraq after its display here has raised bitter feelings among Iraqi Jews in the United States and stirred debate about whom the materials belong to: the country where they were found or the people who once owned them? Iraqi Jews consider the artifacts part of their heritage and say a nation that decades ago drove out its Jewish citizens doesn’t deserve to recover sacred objects of an exiled population. Some also fear there’s no constituency of Jews remaining in Iraq to ensure the books are maintained, especially
in a country still riven by violent conflict. A petition circulating among Iraqi Jews seeks to prevent the materials from being returned and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., made a similar public statement to the State Department last week. Some have written newspaper opinion pieces urging the items to be shared with the exiled Jewish community and have discussed burying torn Torah scroll pieces, as is customary for holy texts that are no longer usable. “The fact is these were archives that belonged to the Jewish community in Iraq,” said Gina Wa l d m a n , p re s i d e n t o f J e w s Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa and a Libyan Jew. “They need to be returned to their rightful owners. They were looted from the Jewish community and they rightfully should be returned.” State Department officials have expressed confidence that the Iraqi government will make the materials
accessible in an educational exhibit. The materials will be housed in Iraq’s national library and archives, with the goal of helping future generations understand the contributions Iraqi Jews made and the repression that they endured, said Saad Eskander, director of the Iraqi institution. Though an adviser to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities said there were no current plans to exhibit the materials and that the public and researchers would be able to see them online, Eskander said an exhibition would happen either next year or 2015. “Now, Iraqis have no problem in accepting the fact that the Jews are true Iraqi patriots who can live with their culture in a multi-cultural society,” Eskander said, calling the archive part of the country’s history and cultural heritage. He said the country now has the ability to adequately protect the materials. Two Iraqi conservators are expected to receive specialized training here
missing pages professing loyalty to an Iraqi king murdered in a 1958 military coup. “All this together gives the impression and the feeling that we had a rich history,” said Maurice Shohet, president of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq and a project consultant. The exhibit will open Nov. 8 after being delayed by the recent federal government shutdown. It’s scheduled to run through Jan. 5. The Iraqi Jewish heritage traces to ancient Babylonia, predating the Muslim communities that settled there and surviving ever-changing conquerors. By 1910, Jews comprised roughly a quarter of Baghdad’s population. But Nazi-inspired riots in 1941, known as the Farhud, left some 180 Jews dead and helped drive out the population. In the early 1950s, forced to relinquish citizenship and stripped of their assets, some 120,000 Jews fled.
ahead of the collection’s relocation. The artifacts were found in May 2003 after the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime as American troops searched for weapons of mass destruction. They found the material in the flooded basement of the Iraqi intelligence building, its water system damaged by an unexploded bomb. An intelligence official had tipped authorities to the collection’s existence, and though rumors of an ancient Talmud proved false, the discovery was nonetheless remarkable: a 16th century Bible printed in Venice, c e n t u r i e s - o l d To r a h s c r o l l fragments, Hebrew year calendars and reams of school records of Jewish students in Baghdad. T h e re ’ s a l s o a c o l o r f u l 1 9 3 0 Haggadah, or Passover narrative, depicting a family dining; a flooddamaged Torah case originally covered with velvet and metal; and school primers conspicuously
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As creaky as an arthritic hip, “Last Vegas” does for four leading stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s what movies like “Tough Guys” and “Grumpy Old Men” did for survivors of Hollywood’s storied Golden Age: It lets them show they can still throw a punch, bust a move, a n d g e t i t o n , a n d t h a t t h e y ’ re n o t q u i t e re a d y f o r the Motion Picture Home just yet. Beyond that, this genteel “Hangover” for the AARP crowd has little to recommend it, though a smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be. One doesn’t exactly expect “Death in Venice” from a movie that begins on a shot of female cellulite jiggling beneath the surface of a Florida community pool. But as various senior-centric pics have proven, from Martin Brest’s delightful caper “Going in Style” to Ron Howard’s “Cocoon,” going gray isn’t automatically an impediment to a screenplay that consists of more than death and Viagra jokes. But “Last Vegas” scribe Dan Fogelman (who wrote the monumentally smarter and shrewder “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) pretty much sticks to the lowest common denominator as he contrives to get four childhood friends together in Sin City for the bachelor party of the last unmarried man among them. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sexual content and language.” RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes.
Let’s start with the relatively good news: “Diana,” a new biopic about the last two years of Princess Diana’s life, is not nearly as horrendous as some of the reviews in her homeland may have led you to believe. (”Car-crash cinema,” one British paper opined.) Now the bad news: It’s just not very good. And that’s a shame, in at least three ways. First, the gifted actress Naomi Watts deserves to be in a better movie. Second, Oliver Hirschbiegel, who directed the admired and Oscarnominated German-language film “Downfall,” about Adolf Hitler, somehow, er, falls down here. Finally, and most unfortunately, an opportunity is lost to dig deeper into a personality that fascinated the world like few others in our modern times — “the most famous woman in the world,” as the movie aptly calls her. So where does it go wrong? For starters, the filmmakers may have been constrained by a desire to be respectful. It’s not hard to imagine why. Diana’s two sons are very much alive, for one thing. But blame must also be laid on the script. Yes, we know that royals speak woodenly in public. But we’re pretty sure they, and the non-royals in their lives, loosen up in private. Stephen Jeffreys’ script sometimes sounds like he’s unaware how real people chat, flirt, fall in love. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “brief strong language, some sensuality and smoking.” RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.
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Every year about this time, millions of turkeys are fattened up so American households can chow them down. But in “Free Birds,” two brave turkeys make it their mission to travel back in time and get their breed off the Thanksgiving menu. In this amusing but occasionally distasteful animated feature from visual effects studio Reel FX, turkeys Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) strive for heroism and bank some notably kooky buddy comedy along the way. We’re introduced to Reggie, a rather astute turkey living on a farm with his lackadaisical flock. With Thanksgiving on the way, he attempts to warn the other birds, with whom he desperately wants to fit in, that they’ll soon be dinner if they don’t wise up. As a result, his flock deems him the “anticorn.” However, they soon discover Reggie is right, then toss him out of the coop to be slaughtered. To his luck, he is scooped up by a peppy little redhead who convinces her father, the president of the United States (who sounds a lot like a Bill Clinton), that Reggie will be the year’s “pardoned turkey.” RATED: PG for “some action/peril and rude humor.” RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
"How I Live Now"
Ever since she burst onto the scene in “Atonement,” playing a girl with an overly fertile imagination in a performance that earned her an Oscar nod at age 13, Saoirse Ronan has been one of the most interesting young faces on the big screen. Her precocious, quirky and intelligent look, almost like a pre-teen Meryl Streep, has evolved now into a more mature beauty, and the actress, now 19, remains just as interesting to watch, if not more so. Her latest film, the post-apocalyptic “How I Live Now,” based on the 2004 young adult novel by Meg Rosoff, feels something like “The Hunger Games” sprinkled with a liberal dose of “Pretty in Pink” or any basic teen comingof-age story. Like in “Atonement,” the personal journey unfolds in the shadow of world war — only here, it’s not World War II. No, it’s World War III, which begins almost immediately after Daisy, a self-absorbed young American with bleachedblond hair, fashionably ripped black tights and plenty of eye makeup, arrives in Britain, sent by her father to spend the summer with distant cousins in the country. She’s not thrilled. When friendly cousin Isaac (a sweet Tom Holland) fetches her at the airport, the first thing she does is mock his accent. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality.” RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"The Book Thief"
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set “The Book Thief.” “Here’s a small fact: You are going to die,” we’re told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played
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exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse. Traveling by train in 1939, Liesel and her ailing younger brother are being taken to a small German town by their poor mother. Once there, they’ll be handed over to their new foster parents. But as a line of blood drips from her motionless sibling’s nose, Liesel’s large blue eyes widen in horror as she discovers her brother has died. Now, she must embrace her new life alone. At her brother ’s funeral, a gravedigger misplaces his “Gravedigger’s Handbook” and Liesel grabs it and tucks it under her coat. This becomes her connection to the past — she cradles the book when she sleeps and keeps a photo of her brother tucked between the pages. Based on Markus Zusak’s 2006 best-selling young-adult novel, “The Book Thief” is a bittersweet wartime drama about an uneducated little girl who grows into a polished author. Directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”), the film shines a bright light on Nelisse, a fresh young talent whose expressive eyes say everything. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.” RUNNING TIME: 131 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.
Commercials director Fredrik Bond makes a promising feature debut with “Charlie Countryman” a fanciful crime-drama / romance that gratifyingly eschews strict genre classification. Introduced in voiceover by an unseen Narrator (John Hurt), Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) is a bit of a lost soul and the death of his mother Katie (Melissa Leo) leaves him completely adrift. After she passes, he sees her in a vision and asks her for guidance — she tells him to go visit Bucharest. Lacking any other direction in his life, Charlie boards a Chicago flight headed for Romania and meets Victor (Ion Caramitru), a Romanian taxi driver on his way home to visit his daughter. Casual conversation reveals a shared love for the hapless Chicago Cubs baseball team, but their newfound friendship is cut short when Victor peacefully passes away on the flight and Charlie experiences another vision: Victor telling him to deliver a gift that he was carrying to his daughter Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). Charlie agrees, tracking her down at the airport when he arrives and consoling her as best he can before offering to assist with the disposition of her father’s body. Later at the opera house where he watches her play cello in the orchestra, Charlie meets Gabi’s menacing ex-husband Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), who has unfinished business with Victor over a missing videocassette that he now plans to settle with Gabi, but she turns him away. Later that night on a circuitous wander around the city, Charlie’s convinced he’s falling in love with Gabi, but she remains aloof and mysterious about her relationship with Nigel. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/ nudity, and drug use.” RUNNING TIME: Running time: 103 minutes.
This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
A banner year for blacks and films
By JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about black people receives accolades. A heart-warming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism — and then returns to business as usual. From the slavery odyssey “12 Years a Slave” to the day-in-a-life drama “Fruitvale Station,” this fall has been a banner season for films of racial struggle told without white protagonists and largely by black directors. As one of the stars of the Civil Rights history “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Winfrey is a proud player in a rare moment for African-Americans at the movies. But she and many others have tired of celebrating occasional aberrations of what should be Hollywood’s regular output. “We’ve been through this before,” says Winfrey. “I don’t want it to be, ‘Oh, gee, we
had the 10 films and now it’s another five years before you see another one.”’ 2013 is a historical high-point for blackthemed films, a culmination of Obama-era cinema. But the filmmakers and actors who made this confluence happen are resolutely against being resigned to a mere trend story, soon to be followed by another lull in diversity. Spike Lee, whose near-annual turnout has been a steady line through the undulations of the industry, disdains black filmmakers being treated like “flavors of the year.” “Every 10 years, we have the same conversation: ‘Oh, there’s lots of black films being made,”’ says Lee, who will release his revenge remake “Oldboy” later this month. “Then it drops off. It’s not consistent.” Opening Nov. 29 is “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a sweeping biopic of the South African leader starring Idris Elba. It joins a group of films that began with the Jackie Robinson drama “42” and runs through to the
Langston Hughes adaptation “Black Nativity,” out Nov. 27. Ryan Coogler ’s “Fruitvale Station,” with Michael B. Jordan as 22-year-old Oscar Grant, is a humanistic portrait of a young black man seldom seen at the movies: as a caring, generous father. The box-office hit “The Butler,” with Forest Whitaker as a generations-spanning White House butler, chronicles the Civil Rights era not from the perspective of a passionate white liberal, but via the dinner table of an average black family. Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been nearly universally hailed as the most unblinking portrait yet of slavery, a longoverdue recalibration of Hollywood’s “Gone With the Wind” point of view. In a striking review, Grantland’s Wesley Morris said the film “radically shifts the perspective of the American racial historical drama from the allegorical uplift to the explanatory wallop.”
“If I was an alien and landed on Earth and looked at the history of films, I wouldn’t think that there would be no slave narrative, or very little,” says McQueen, the British video artistturned filmmaker. McQueen believes the confluence of films suits the times. “With the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin, with having a black president, with the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it’s sort of like this perfect storm which has occurred where, I think, people are ready to receive the film in a way maybe they haven’t been before,” he says. If “12 Years a Slave” goes on to win the best picture Oscar (a prediction of many — though certainly not all — Academy Awards onlookers), it would be the first best picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. The best actor category, too, is full of African American contenders, including Ejiofor, Whitaker, Elba and Jordan.
A great movie hits the screen By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge Despite a very fond experience seeing the first Thor movie in 2011, I have been incredibly apathetic about the release of its sequel, "Thor: The Dark World," this year. Don't get me wrong; I definitely went to see it (and in 3D!). I might even have liked it better than the first one. The series just isn't that interesting to me. I'd rather tell you all about another film I saw over the weekend, one starring a bona fide movie star doing some of his best work later in life. I'm referring to Robert Redford's harrowing performance in "All is Lost," a movie that stares mortality in the face and never blinks. The stare is wide-eyed, fierce, and full of terror, but it never blinks. The premise of "All is Lost"
couldn't be an easier one to describe. An older man (Redford), billed only as 'Our Man', awakens one morning on his beautiful sailboat, the Virginia Jean, to find that his solo journey throughout the Sumatran South Indian Ocean is soon to become a battle for his very existence. The yacht has crashed into a random cargo shipping container full of sneakers that is afloat in the middle of nowhere. The jagged, corrugated metal has pierced a poster-sized hole in the hull of his craft and he's taking on water at a pretty good clip. Without panic, the man quickly alters his rigging and rides a little low on one side to keep the hole above the water line. He then uses a thick glue and sheets of burlap to form a hardened patch. While it's drying in the sun, the man then uses some time learned skills to resurrect his
saltwater-damaged radio from the dead. But the success is short-lived and he's soon alone again. "All is Lost" is two hours full of exactly this type of intuitive, dreadfree self-reliance. Clearly a seaman with many years under his belt, the man knows how to read the wind and fish for food and fix a broken bilge pump. He's in for a long fight until he can skim closer toward civilization, but Mother Nature has other plans. A fierce squall stirs up and the spackle job on the damaged hull quickly succumbs to physics. After a long night with a dwindling bottle of whisky, the man is forced to abandon his ship via an inflatable life raft. He's only able to take the bare essentials with him: a few gallons of water, some canned rice and beans, and signal flares. Before slipping on a Panama hat to shield himself from the sun,
the man grabs an unopened gift from a storage locker. He clearly never had an intention of opening the package, but its contents soon spell life or death for him. In addition to the charts, maps, and a book about celestial navigation, the box contains a sextant. Teaching himself to use it for steering toward some established shipping lanes, in hopeful search of rescue, the man uses only his wits and patience to stay alive. Sharks, another storm, and the chronic inability of freighters to see his warning fires keep him - and the audience - on the edge of sanity. R e d f o rd i s a m a z i n g i n t h i s picture. His rugged good looks that made him an idol in the 1970s haven't left him. He's still in great shape at age 77 and does most of his own stunts while being directed by hotshot up-and-
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comer J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). The fact that All is Lost features hardly any spoken words (some early voiceover narration, random 'mayday' calls, and a well-placed swear are it) sets it apart from the equally great film Cast Away that Tom Hanks starred in a few years ago (or like a more realistic v e r s i o n o f i t s c o n t e m p o r a r y, Gravity). The scene at the end of the picture where he uses some notepaper to light a signal fire so perfectly encapsulates the phrase 'last ditch effort' that I was beside myself. "All is Lost" is one of the great films of 2013. It might even be Redford's finest role. Go see it before the opportunity is lost! "All is Lost" runs 126 minutes and is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. I give this film four stars out of four.
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Pictured are two scenes from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," which will be presented at The Fox Theatre Dec. 5 to 8.
For The Edge The Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns to St. Louis with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The Fabulous Fox Theatre is thrilled to welcome this holiday classic to its stage for the 25th time December 5-8. This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has become a Yuletide tradition. The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones, former executive director of the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. The Caravan has been touring this adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. It is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for over 100,000 people in over 60 cities across the country. A Christmas Carol features a spirited ensemble of 28 performers who bring Dickens’ fable of redemption to life on a magical set created by noted designer James Othuse. A full array of timeless carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” are interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middle-class merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel. The heartwarming tale depicts Scrooge, whose values are focused exclusively on profit, and his conflicts with the struggling Cratchit family, whose tragic problems typified the working class during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. The touching climax is based on Dickens' belief that the ills of a greedy world can be healed by brotherhood and unselfishness. The colorful scenery and elaborate costumes faithfully recreate the Victorian period. Exceptional voices, lively dancing and dazzling special effects like the
mysterious spinning bed combine to create a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family. Performances A Christmas Carol at the Fox run Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8 with performances Thursday
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and Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday at 1pm and 6pm. Ticket prices range from $20 to $42 and are subject to change. Please visit FabulousFox.com for current pricing
information. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Fox Box Office, online at MetroTix.com or call 314-534-1111. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 314-535-2900.
The Arts "Elf The Musical" coming to The Fox For The Edge NETworks Presentations, LLC is pleased to announce casting for the St. Louis engagement of "Elf The Musical". The show will play December 17-29 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Performances of "Elf The Musical" at the Fabulous Fox Theatre run December 17-29. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. Additional evening performances are scheduled for Sunday December 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, December 23 at 8 p.m.Weekday matinees are scheduled on Thursday, December 19 at 1 p.m. and Friday, December 27 at 1 p.m. There will be no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Tickets are available online at MetroTix. com, by calling 314-534-1111 or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25. Prices are subject to change; please refer to FabulousFox.com for current pricing. "Elf The Musical" is part of the Fox Theatre’s 2013-2014 U.S. Bank Broadway Series and is presented locally by Grand Center, Inc. and American Airlines. The cast will feature Matt Kopec (Buddy), Tyler Altomari (Michael), Jane Bruce (Emily), Jacqueline Grabois (Deb), Gordon Gray (Santa), Kate Hennies (Jovie), Kevin Rockower (Mr. Greenway), Matthew Alan Smith (Walter), and Clyde Voce (Store Manager). The cast will also feature Austin Brannan, LilyAnn Carlson, Mara Gabrielle, Timothy Grady, Dan Higgins, Caitlin Leary, Ryan Patrick Lingle, Nick Lorenzini, Kyle McIntire, Elyse Niederee, Jacqueline Nuzzo, Lauren Palmeri, Christopher Timson, Amy Van Norstrand, and Tanner Wilson. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toymaking abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Additional information about ELF is available at www.ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com. Principal Biographies MATT KOPEC (Buddy). National tour: "Elf The Musical" (Buddy, First Nat’l), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Msr. D’Arque), All Shook Up. Regional: Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Joseph... (Butler/Levi), 42nd Street, The Full Monty (Dance Captain). Other favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy); Lady, Be Good (Bertie Bassett); Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Matt is a proud alumnus of The Muse Machine in Dayton, OH, and holds a BFA in Acting, Musical Theatre from Wright State University. TYLER ALTOMARI (Michael) is thrilled to be on his first tour! Favorite roles: Oliver
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Buddy shows his love of syrup in a scene from "Elf The Musical." (Oliver), Bye Bye Birdie (Randolph), Miracle on 34th St (Tommy Mara). Tyler would like to thank the production team for this opportunity. JANE BRUCE (Emily) is thrilled to be making her touring debut with the cast of Elf! Previous roles include Jo March (Little Women), Meredith Parker (Bat Boy), and Judy Garland (Beyond the Rainbow). Proud University of Michigan graduate. www. janebrucemusic.com JACQUELINE GRABOIS (Deb) was last seen in the national/international tours of Avenue Q (Kate Monster), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle) and Shout! The Mod Musical (Red Girl). Regional: Peter Pan at Northern Stage (Mrs.Darling).Voiceovers: Stage Star Productions (Spring Awakening, The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown). Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Avenue Q. www. jacquelinegrabois.com GORDON GRAY (Santa) is delighted to be reprising his role of Santa in Elf for his seventh tour with NETworks. Formerly a professor of Theatre at Barnard College, he has more recently been a “road warrior,” performing in numerous tours of Broadway musicals. Favorite roles include Max in The Sound of Music, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Strauss in
Titanic, and Pop Carnes in Oklahoma. A frequent performer with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare festival, he is also coauthor and director with Isy Monk, of the one woman play and PBS teleplay “We Ain’t What We Was.” KATE HENNIES (Jovie) spent last Christmas “falling in love with an Elf” and is thrilled to be back! BFA, Millikin University. Credits: Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Biloxi Blues (Rowena), Shape of Things (Jenny). Many thanks to Sam, Connor, and the Elf team. www.katehennies. com KEVIN ROCKOWER (Mr. Greenway). Recent opera roles include Marcello (La Bohème), Germont (La Traviata), and Robert (Iolanta). Kevin has performed at Symphony Space (32nd Bloomsday on Broadway), with Opera Slavica, Regina Opera Company, and with the Gateway Classical Music Society. As an actor, Kevin has appeared with the Kitchen Theatre Company, Vermont Stage Company at Flynn Space, Millbrook Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round and various OffOff-Broadway plays and musicals. Kevin is a graduate of Ithaca College (BFA) and Penn State (MM). MATTHEW ALAN SMITH (Walter) is
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thrilled be appearing in his first NETworks tour! Recent credits: Sweeney Todd (Turpin), Hairspray (Wilbur), Grey Gardens (Gould), Guys and Dolls (Sky). Soundtrack recordings: Robots, The Fountain, and the Academy Award-winning Happy Feet. CLYDE VOCE (Store Manager) is beyond thrilled to be touring once again with the Elf family! Regional: Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely), Dreamgirls (TruTone), Barnstormer (Arthur), My Fair Lady (Jamie). Producer Biography NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS, LLC (Producer). Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 55 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot the Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production ofWar Horse. Future productions include Memphis the Musical, We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton, and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
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The Arts Artistic adventures "Jersey Boys" returns to the Fox Tickets are on sale now for the St. Louis return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awardwinning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Fox Theatre February 19-March 2, 2014. Directed by two-time Tony Aw a rd - w i n n e r D e s M c A n u ff , JERSEY BOYS won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia), and continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America. JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by over 18 million people (as of July, 2013). JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award -winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. JERSEY BOYS is part of the U.S. Bank Broadway series presented in St. Louis by the Fox Theatre. Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys! Log on to www.JerseyBoysTour. com/watch. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The JERSEY BOYS First National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a recordbreaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. JERSEY BOYS is currently playing in New York; London; Las Vegas; Perth, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa and across North America on tour. JERSEY BOYS is will open soon in Capetown, South Africa. T h e J E R S E Y B O Y S d e s i g n and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award for his Lighting Design of JERSEY BOYS), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music). JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner. JERSEY BOYS will return to the Fox Theatre in St. Louis February 19 – March 2, 2014. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm; Sunday evenings at 6:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm, Sundays at 1pm; with a weekday matinee Thursday, February 20 at 1pm. Tickets for JERSEY BOYS begin at $30 and are available online at MetroTix.com, by calling 314534-1111 and in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. VIP Tickets in the first five rows are also available for all performances. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to chance without notice. For more
information, please visit www. JerseyBoysTour.com or FabulousFox. com. The Original Broadway Cast R e c o rd i n g o f J E R S E Y B O Y S , produced by Bob Gaudio, was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit. Seasons Greetings: A JERSEY BOYS Christmas, a new holiday CD featuring international cast members of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, is now available on Rhino Records. Visit the JERSEY BOYS website at www.JerseyBoysTour.com.
Peabody to present the Moscow Ballet Celebrate the beauty of the holidays and the best of Russian ballet in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to the Peabody Opera House on Sunday, Dec. 8 for a 5pm performance. The holiday favorite dramatizes the traditional story of Masha meeting her “Prince.” This year, exclusive to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, a tribute to world peace will be added. The “Dove of Peace,” will feature two dancers who become one bird with a 20 foot wingspan and escort Masha and Prince to the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” Tickets are $90, $60, $45 & $35. Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. There is a facility fee on all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420. For more information go to http:// www.nutcracker.com/yourcity/stlouis-mo Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian N u t c r a c k e r t el l s t h e b e lo v e d Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince – with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times as “thrilling and expansive,” the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forrest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and
Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season! www.nutcracker.com Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others by the Moscow Ballet. ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory National Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; the “From the Top” NPR TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdi and Itzhak Perlman, the “Alexander Godunov” national tour and more. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, ATP evolved out of the all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). The Great Russian Nutcracker made its debut in 1993 and was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats and the theatre's full orchestra joined Moscow Ballet to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet productions continue to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.
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vocabulary of visual associations that speak equally about the humanity of these places and about artistic selfdiscovery. Haber writes: “I’m drawn to the authenticity of small farm life that congregates along the margins in myriad cast-off moments: sunlight on muslin seed bags, wooden crates, plastic mesh, buckets, pots, hoses, a lunar planting calendar, quirky signage. As I made more and more pictures, the candid beauty and improvised quality I discovered in the unkempt edges of these small farm environments became a focus. I hope it is within the banal details, unsuspecting and unnoticed, that a narrative unfolds, showing the beauty in the randomness and the re-purposing. To me, there is a metaphor in the unending cycle of growth and harvest for my own image making.” Sandi Haber Fifield received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has widely exhibited her photographs in galleries throughout the United States and been included in exhibitions at museums such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The DeCordova Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Oakland Museum, The Southeast Museum of Photography and The St. Louis Museum. Her work is held in several private and public collections, including The Brooklyn Museum, The George Eastman House, The High Museum, The Library of Congress, The Los Angeles County Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and The New Britain Museum. In 2009 Charta published Haber Fifield’s first monograph of grids and multiple image installations, Wa l k i n g t h ro u g h t h e Wo r l d . Between Planting and Picking (also Charta), was released in March 2011. Additionally, Haber Fifield’s work has appeared in Fabrications: Staged, Altered, and Appropriated Photographs (Anne Hoy, Abbeville, 1988), Picturing California (Therese Heyman, Oakland Museum/ Chronicle Books, 1989), Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century (Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, the Saint Louis Art Museum), The Photography of Invention (Joshua P. Smith, Merry Foresta (MIT Press) and her recently released monograph, After the Threshold (Kehrer Verlag, 2013, Vicki Goldberg, essayist). Sandi Haber Fifield’s work is represented in New York by Rick Wester Fine Art and in Boston by Gallery Kayafas.
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Muny announces adult, teen, child audition dates The Muny announced today its audition schedule for the 2014 season. Complete information on times, locations and descriptions of each audition will be posted on muny.org on December 16. The audition dates are: January 31, 2014:St. Louis local non-Equity adult singer auditions February 1: Adult open call: Singers February 2: Singer callbacks
February 3: St. Louis local Equity adult principal auditions February 8: Adult open call: Dancers February 9: Dancer callbacks February 22: Teen open call February 23: Teen callbacks March 1: Children open call March 2: Children callbacks And for the first time: December 1-15, 2013: Singer video submissions accepted Adult singers looking to audition for the 2014 Muny season can now submit a video audition online.
Touhill welcomes acts for fall T h e B l a n c h e M . To u h i l l Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus has announced its schedule for the the fall. For ticket information, call (314) 516-4949 or visit www.touhill.org. December 1, Sun @ 7:30PM; $20; On sale August 19 Hellenic 5 create a unique sound that celebrates the rich musical traditions of Greece. Performing an extensive repertoire that includes everything from traditional folk dance music to the contemporary music heard in Athens today, the group has appeared state side on CBS’s Early Edition and on the Food Network with Bobby Flay. JIM BRICKMAN: The Magic of Christmas Presented by JMB Tours Glazed Hickory Laminate $3.69 sq. ft. Installed
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Thursday, Nov. 21 Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 24. Daniel Raedeke's New Paintings Exhibit, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 30. The Past, Present and Future of Nature Photography Exhibit, The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Runs through January 25, 2014. Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2. The United States Navy: WWI and WWII, Jefferson Barracks Museums, St. Louis, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Runs through December 29. Yoko Ono: Wish Tree, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through December 31. Postwar German Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 26, 2014. Highlights from the Textile Collection, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 12, 2014. Encounters Along the Missouri River: the 1858 Sketchbooks of Carl Ferdinand Wimar, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Jan. 19. A New Voice: Contemporary Art Exhibit, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I Was A Soldier: Photos by Jerry Tovo, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 20, 2014. 50 Years of Wilderness: Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 5, 2014.
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Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 24. Daniel Raedeke's New Paintings Exhibit, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 30. The Past, Present and Future of Nature Photography Exhibit, The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 25, 2014. Chiura Obata: Four Paintings, Four Moods Exhibit, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through February 2, 2014. Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2. The United States Navy: WWI and WWII, Jefferson Barracks Museums, St. Louis, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Runs through December 29. Yoko Ono: Wish Tree, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through December 31. Postwar German Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through January 26, 2014. H i g h l i g h t s f ro m t h e Te x t i l e Collection, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through January 12, 2014. Encounters Along the Missouri River: the 1858 Sketchbooks of Carl Ferdinand Wimar, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs through Jan. 19. A New Voice: Contemporary Art Exhibit, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. I Was A Soldier: Photos by Jerry Tovo, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 20, 2014. 50 Years of Wilderness: Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 5, 2014.
Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 24. Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection Exhibit, History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2, 2014. Daniel Raedeke's New Paintings Exhibit, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Nov. 30. The Past, Present and Future of Nature Photography Exhibit, The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Runs through January 25, 2014. Danica Dakic Exhibit, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 26, 2014. Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2. Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works Exhibit, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 4. The United States Navy: WWI and WWII, Jefferson Barracks Museums, St. Louis, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Runs through December 29. Chiura Obata: Four Paintings, Four Moods Exhibit, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through February 2, 2014. Yoko Ono: Wish Tree, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through December 31. Postwar German Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 26, 2014. Highlights from the Textile Collection, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 12, 2014. Encounters Along the Missouri River: the 1858 Sketchbooks of Carl Ferdinand Wimar, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through Jan. 19. A New Voice: Contemporary Art
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Exhibit, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I Was A Soldier: Photos by Jerry Tovo, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 20, 2014. 50 Years of Wilderness: Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas Exhibit, History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 5, 2014. The 1968 Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 5, 2014.
Sunday, Nov. 24 Sister Act, The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Rep presents Freud's Last Session, Loretta-Hilton Center Emerson Studio Theatre, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection Exhibit, History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs through March 2, 2014. Danica Dakic Exhibit, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Runs through January 26, 2014. Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Exhibit, History
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Dining Delights Save time, space by grilling your turkey By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press It all started with the Butterball Tu r k e y Ta l k - L i n e ! M y l o v e o f grilled turkey, that is! Early in my career, I managed and promoted the annual Thanksgiving help line. And every fall, all of the operators would gather together for a training session that would prepare these “cooking counselors” for the nation’s upcoming turkey trauma. Everyone was assigned a different turkey cooking method and brand of turkey so we could all be familiar with the different scenarios home cooks might face. As I watched all the veteran operators lobby to get the grilled and smoked turkey assignments, I wondered why. But after my first session, I knew! The flavor, texture and aroma of the grilled a n d s m o k e d t u r k e y s w e re f a r and away tastier than any other method, even the classic openpan roasting method. The natural convection-style heat of the outdoor grill is perfect for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. But you must use a grill that has a lid and is configured for indirect heat. This is not a job for an open braiser! The lid down/indirect heat-method ensures that the skin is golden brown and crisp at the same time that the bird is done. And there’s another benefit, t o o . A l l t h a t h o t a i r ro t a t i n g around the big bird means the outdoor grill method takes less time than traditional oven roasting. Plus, moving the turkey onto the grill frees up oven space for all those wonderful sides you’re craving. In recent years, I’ve upped my game by adding a brine to the recipe to produce the juiciest, tastiest, most golden brown and picture-perfect turkey you can image. The brine seasons the turkey to the bone and ensures it will be juicy. If you are brining the bird, it is important to buy a natural turkey that has not been pre-basted (pumped full of salt water). It’s been many years since my Butterball days, yet every Thanksgiving, I am still “on c a l l ” f o r a s e l e c t f e w. W h i l e I am cooking my own meal or getting ready to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor, I am on speed dial wherever I am. And answering their calls — having a turkey trauma moment, a laugh and ultimately assuring them that the turkey is going to be g re a t ( a l w a y s g r i l l e d ! ) — h a s become as much a part of my Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey itself. ORANGE TURKEY BRINE Brining helps ensure that the turkey stays juicy while roasting. This orange brine complements the maple-Southern Comfort glaze and scents the turkey with Thanksgiving’s favorite seasonings. Though some people use coolers or buckets to brine their turkeys, the easiest way is with a large brining or zip-close plas t i c b a g . M o s t g ro c e r s s e l l them this time of year. Start to finish: 1 hour, plus brining time Makes enough for a 12- to 14pound turkey 6 cups water
1 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 cups Kosher salt 3 cups ice 2 large navel oranges, quartered 3 tablespoons whole cloves 3 bay leaves 2 teaspoons black peppercorns In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove the pan from the heat and add the ice. Stir until melted. In a turkey brining bag or other food-safe container large enough to hold the turkey and liquid, combine an additional 2 quarts of cool water, the oranges, cloves, bay leaves and peppercorns. Add t h e w a r m s u g a r- s a l t s o l u t i o n a n d s t i r. L e t c o m e t o r o o m temperature before using. To u s e t h e b r i n e , s u b m e rg e the turkey in the cool brine. I f n e c e s s a r y, a d d m o re w a t e r to cover turkey and top with a weight to make sure it is
c o m p l e t e l y c o v e re d w i t h t h e liquid. Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours. GRILLED TURKEY WITH MAPLE-SOUTHERN COMFORT GLAZE The sweet maple syrup, sharply sweet notes of orange — and of course the Southern Comfort — combine not only to create a luscious glaze for the turkey, but also lend an amazing flavor to the pan juices, which make a wonderful gravy. Just remember to glaze only during the final 30 minutes of cooking to prevent burning. Start to finish: 2 to 3 hours (mostly inactive), depending on size of the turkey Servings: 14 1/2 cup maple syrup Juice of 1 small orange 2 tablespoons Southern Comfort 12- to 14-pound turkey, thawed and brined (neck and giblets removed) 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil Ground black pepper
Prepare your grill for indirect, medium heat cooking. On a charcoal grill, this entails banking the coals to one side. On a gas grill, it means turning off one or more burners to create a cooler side. In a small bowl or 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the maple syrup, orange juice and Southern Comfort. Set aside. To p r e p a r e t h e t u r k e y f o r grilling, remove it from the brine. Set it on a large cutting board. Use kitchen twine to tie together the ends of the legs, then tuck the tips of the wings under them. Brush the olive oil over the entire turkey, then season it with black pepper. Place the turkey on a disposable foil pan before setting on the grill grates.
Cover the grill and cook for 11 to 13 minutes per pound, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) registers 175 F and the juices run clear. Brush glaze on the turkey during the final 30 minutes of the cooking time. Transfer turkey to a platter and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. EDITOR’S NOTE: Elizabeth Karmel is a grilling and Southern foods expert and executive chef at Hill Country Barbecue Market restaurants in New York and Washington, as well as Hill Country Chicken in New York. She is the author of three cookbooks, including “Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned.”
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Above, crawfish etouffée. Below, the entrance to J. Gumbo's in Terre Haute, Ind.
J. Gumbo's a good introduction to Cajun By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge
ourneying into the world of Cajun cuisine can by a little dicey when it comes to the element of spice.
Personally, I like my food to have a little bit of a kick but I don’t want to be immersed in a five-alarm fire inside my mouth. With that being said, I enjoy delving into the Cajun food circuit on occasion and recently dove in at J. Gumbo’s Cajun Joint when I was in Terre Haute, Ind. covering the American Legion Post 199 baseball team. By paying attention to the menu and not being afraid of asking questions you can really control the spiciness of your selections at most restaurants, J. Gumbo’s falls into that category. J. Gumbo’s does happen to be a chain restaurant, not my normal choice, but with its menu selections it was unique enough for me to give it a whirl. Fortunately for those that want to check out J. Gumbo’s, and don’t want to make a trip to Terre Haute, there is a location in St. Louis at 312 N. 10th St. and another coming soon to downtown. On my trip to J. Gumbo’s I went with a Cajun specialty — and something I was testing out for the first time — crawfish etouffée (pronounced ay-too-fay). Before visiting J. Gumbo’s I had tried shrimp etouffée at a friend’s house and loved it, but the staple in this creamy Cajun dish is crawfish so I had to do it up right. J. Gumbo’s also offers the options of shrimp or chicken with its etouffée dishes. Etouffée is a French word literally meaning smothered, or suffocated. To assemble crawfish etouffée, the basic ingredients are rice, crawfish and the roux sauce which is seasoned and slightly thicker than an average stew. The crawfish rests on a bed of rice and then is blanketed
with the thick paste of roux, mixing everything together to make a thick stewlike dish. What is roux? Roux is a French cooking mixture of wheat flour and fat (traditionally butter, but it can use bacon fat, lard or vegetable oil) and is hopped up with different Cajun spices to give it a nice kick. Originally etouffée was a popular dish in the bayous of Louisiana before being introduced to the restaurant scene some 70 years ago. Today, etouffée is one of the most popular entrées on New Orleans’ menus for locals and tourists alike. At J. Gumbo’s I decided to give my crawfish etouffée some pizzazz by adding
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shredded cheddar cheese and fresh green onions to top it off. The J. Gumbo’s etouffée is made with a golden roux sauce with onions and celery mixed and spiced with red, white and black pepper. For an added bonus it is accompanied with a giant slice of garlic French bread. Within the first bite I knew I had made a spectacular choice. The sweetness, creaminess and spiciness of the roux, the meaty flavor of the crawfish and the blandness and texture of the white rice combined for an array of sensational tastes. It was indeed delicious. Toss in the airy French garlic bread, which was very fresh, and the entire J. Gumbo’s experience was awesome.
The ambiance of the new J. Gumbo’s location at 665 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute was nice, too. The expansion put the restaurant in a larger building with a plethora of large tables that allowed patrons to spread out and not be on top of each other. The walls were decorated with photos covering the history of downtown Terre Haute, which added a nice local flair, too. You can’t beat the price at J. Gumbo’s either. For my entrée, bread and a soda the cost was only $8.50. There were a slew of other great Cajun choices on the menu also, including: red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo and a section of po’ boy sandwiches. The spiciness level was marked for each choice by the number of tiny drawings of hot sauce bottles next to it. The voodoo chicken led the way with four bottles. It consisted of slow-cooked chicken in a spicy Cajun tomato sauce with garlic and crushed red pepper and sprinkled with J. Gumbo’s voodoo sauce. Another option that jumped out to me was the Creole ratatouille, which is said to be a classic French tomato stew with New Orleans flare. At J. Gumbo’s it features zucchini, squash, okra and bell peppers. According to online reviews, the Jean Lafitte Po’ Boy is the way to go for a sandwich. It is a sweet and spicy blend of the bumblebee stew — which is yellow corn, stewed tomatoes, onions and black beans in a sweet and spicy butter sauce — and voodoo chicken topped with shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeños and sour cream served open-faced on bread or as a wrap. While I’ll temper my expertise in Cajun cuisine seeing that I’ve never been to New Orleans – or Louisiana in general for that matter – I was more than satisfied on my visit to J. Gumbo’s. With a St. Louis location already around and another on its way, I’ll vouch for J. Gumbo’s as an excellent joint to visit when you gotta eat. Check out J. Gumbo’s at www.jgumbos. com.
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3324 Piazza Ln., Edwardsville BEAUTIFUL 5 BEDROOM RANCH with granite counters, wood floors in Ebbets Field. $369,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM JUDINE LUX OR CHRIS MILLER (618) 531-0488 (618) 580-6133
3322 Snider Drive, Edwardsville $549,000 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM CAROLYN KOESTER (618) 791-6712
7008 Alston Court, Edwardsville $469,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM SANDIE LAMANTIA (618) 978-2384
3171 Birmingham Drive, Glen Carbon $279,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM SANDIE LAMANTIA (618) 978-2384
901 Willamson Avenue, Staunton $39,900 OPEN SUN. 1-3 PM JAMSHED SYED (618) 406-9775
LARGE BRICK HOME ON 3 LOTS, beautiful setting, walkout basement, attached 2 car garage, inground pool, & more! $165,000 Edwardsville PR101332
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DIANA MASSEY TEAM (618) 791-5024 OR (618) 791-9298 A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE has made these Associates leaders in the real estate market.
BETSY BUTLER (618) 972-2225
SPACIOUS L-shaped kitchen/dining opens to living room, 2 car oversized heated garage, corner lot. $121,500 Staunton PR100599
EXECUTIVE STYLE CUSTOM 1.5 story with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths on great lot. $595,000 Edwardsville PR101371
ELEGANTLY DESIGNED 1 story in Stonebridge Subdivision with inground pool & 2 master suites. $569,000 Edwardsville PR101413
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE has made this Associate a leader in the real estate market.
ONE-OF-A-KIND find in Edwardsville situated on 2.94 acres overlooking Sunset Hills Golf Course! $529,000 Edwardsville PR101092
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Edwardsville 1012 Plummer Dr.
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SANDY LANE (618) 792-7918 A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE has made this Associate a leader in the real estate market.
DUNLAP LAKE 320’ of shore line, walk-out custom built, premiere point lot! $485,000 Edwardsville PR101259
IRRESISTIBLE ONE STORY! Chef’s kitchen, finished LL, fenced yard with stone patio & custom firepit. $450,000 Edwardsville PR100957
UNBELIEVABLE! A unique 3BR/3BA home on 25 acres. 2 lakes, 4 horse stalls, barn w/6 acres fenced & much more! $380,000 Dorsey PR101463
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE has made this Associate a leader in the real estate market.
SPACIOUS ATRIUM RANCH with 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, family room opens to gorgeous patio. $350,000 Glen Carbon PR101158
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HISTORIC HOME ON ST. LOUIS STREET. Many updates with attention to detail Corner lot. $298,000 Edwardsville PR100580
CUSTOM BUILT 2 STORY on wooded lot. 4 bedrooms, 3 car garage & finished walkout LL. $262,500 Edwardsville PR101411
BEAUTIFUL ATRIUM RANCH on large wooded lot. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, walkout, 20 min to downtown St. Louis. $249,900 Edwardsville PR101294
1904 UNIQUE STAUNTON HOME! Pocket doors, original woodwork, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. $219,500 Staunton PR101385
REMODELED THROUGHOUT! Beautiful 2 story on half acre +/- with 4BR/2BA. Call today! Agent interest. $189,900 Edwardsville PR101379
CUSTOM CERAMIC, HARDWOOD floors, finished LL, 3BR/2BA, main floor laundry, large covered composite deck. $170,000 Glen Carbon PR101303
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SPACIOUS updated bi-level with open floor plan on cul-de-sac. $165,000 St. Jacob PR101365
1892 HOME IN HEART OF EDWARDSVILLE 2 bedroom, 2 bath, oversize lot, detached garage. $159,000 Edwardsville PR101424
DYNAMIC DUO! Duplex with all new siding. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Carports! $135,000 Troy PR101028
CUTE, CLEAN, COZY! Nice corner lot, close to downtown Edwardsville. $115,000 Edwardsville PR101204
WONDERFULLY UPDATED 2 bedroom, 1 full bath located in historic LeClaire in Edwardsville. $110,900 Edwardsville PR101420
3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH in the heart of Staunton. Nice home with lots of potential. $89,500 Staunton PR101172
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