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Vol. 14 No. 14
Garden Glow page 3
60s Chicks page 4
222 Artisan Bakery page 5
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What’s Inside 3
MoBOT presents a holiday favorite.
4 YMCA's 60s chicks
Group recently performed in Branson.
5 San Francisco style
222 Artisan Bakery employees attend institute.
15 "A Christmas Carol" Rep gets in the holiday spirit.
19 "Manchester by the Sea" New film swells with emotion.
23 You Gotta Eat
Sgt. Pepper's Cafe in Edwardsville.
26 The holiday season
There's a lot happening at Lake of the Ozarks.
Friday December 2______ • Dianna Reeves: Christmas Time presented by Jazz St. Louis, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Pulse, The Beard Productions, D-Railed, Sail Through Storms, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Undertow – A Tribute to Tool, Pop's, Sauget, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Winter LouGrass Fest, The Ready Room, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. • Vijay Iyer Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Annie, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • A Christmas Carol, LorettoHilton Center for Performing Arts, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Dixie's Tupperware Party, Playhouse at Westport, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Kramer Marionette TheatreL The Night the Toys Came to Life, Kramer Mariennette Theatre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Runs until December 31, 2016 • 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame Exhibition, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017
• TOYS of the 50's, 60's and 70's, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 22, 2017 • Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. • The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. • 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, Internation Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 • Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 • Conficts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 8, 2017 • New Media Ser ies: Dar a Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. • Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday December 3______ Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Earthless, Ruby The Hatchet, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. • Nick Waterhouse, w/(TBA), Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • Rittz “Top of the Line” Tour, Pop's, Sauget, Doors 7:00 p.m. • A Tribute to Hip Hop feat. Nite Owl, Cicero's, University City, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Vijay Iyer Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Audubon and Beyond, St. Louis Mercantile Library, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. • Annie, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • A Christmas Carol, LorettoHilton Center for Performing Arts, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Dixie's Tupperware Party, Playhouse at Westport, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Kramer Marionette TheatreL The Night the Toys Came to Life, Kramer Mariennette Theatre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Runs until December 31, 2016 • 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame Exhibition, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017
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Garden Glow ushers in holidays at MoBOT For The Edge The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, opened Saturday, November 19. Now in its fourth year, the expanded event features more than 1 million lights as well as additional interactive installations for guests. Garden Glow is open through January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $3 to $18. Again this year, there is a special “Dine and Glow” ticket which includes Glow admission as well as menu items in Sassafrass, the Garden’s café. Visit www.mobot. org/glow for more information and to order tickets. New this year, Santa will visit Garden Glow on Monday a n d Tu e s d a y n i g h t s t h ro u g h December 13. Installations will adorn the Garden’s most iconic locations including the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, the Central Axis, Tower Grove House, Shoenberg Fountain and the Cleveland Gate House among others. Food and drinks will be available at a number of locations on the grounds including stations located on the Central Axis featuring fire pits for s’more-making. New this year, the “Blizzard Bar” will offer guests the chance to buy alcoholic and soft drinks at the beginning of the route. Special Glow and holiday gear will also be sold on the grounds and in the Garden Gate Shop. Please note, for the enjoyment of all guests, there are no tripods, monopods or selfie sticks allowed during Garden Glow evenings. The Garden’s new gift cards can be used to purchase Garden Glow tickets, or for regular or special event tickets at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House or Shaw Nature Reserve. Gift cards can be used at all three locations and online through our website for tickets, memberships, classes, dining or shopping. They are now available for purchase at the Garden, Butterfly House and online. Garden Glow is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. Signature location sponsorship by Commerce Bank, David and Lelia Farr
and Monsanto. Special venue sponsorship Ameren, The Boeing C o m p a n y, B r y a n C a v e , L L P, Bunge North America, Maritz, and Moneta Group - Dan and Peggy West. Additional sponsorship by Object Computing, Inc. (OCI) and Wehrenberg Theatres In addition to Garden Glow, the Missouri Botanical Garden will offer a variety of other exhibits and events this holiday season. Stop by the holiday floral and train show, Gardenland Express to see G-scale model trains wander through a floral wonderland of more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other traditional plants. This year ’s theme is “Home for the Holidays,” where plant families around the world find a home at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Learn about a new species of poinsettias that our scientists have discovered
and how to identify the different characteristics of the popular holiday flower. Head over to our giant family tree, where you’re bound to be surprised by how winter plant families are related. The show will have a Victorian look complete with a gazebo serving as a centerpiece and photo opportunity for visitors. Experience this seasonal favorite on display from November 19 through January 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed December 25). Show admission is $5 during daytime hours, and $2 during Garden Glow Hours with a Garden Glow ticket. Free for Garden members and children ages 2 and under. All prices are in addition to regular Garden admission. For more information, visit www.mobot.org/ gardenlandexpress. Gardenland Express is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. Additional sponsorship
by CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Mr. and Mrs. James G. Berges. Enjoy Saturday with Santa: Christmas Carols in the Garden on Saturday, December 10 from 12 to 4 p.m. Listen to traditional and secular holiday carols from local schools and choirs inside the upper level of Ridgway Center and roaming the Garden outdoors. Performers include The Caroling Party, St. Margaret of Scotland Choir, Rosati Kain Voices and Concord Wire Choirs. Whisper Christmas wishes to Santa, whose sleigh has made its way to the Garden thanks to Rudolph. Cider, cookies and cocoa available will be available for purchase. Experience the traditional Jewish holiday celebration of Chanukah: Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 18 from 12 to 4 p.m. The event begins with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. 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. The Meshorerim Choir, an A capella group, will perform traditional Jewish music. Visitors will enjoy browsing through the “shuk” (marketplace) for Chanukah-themed treasures. Join us Wednesday, December 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. for the contemporary African-American holiday of Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits. This familyfriendly celebration honors African traditions and history with storytelling and music to
celebrate the feast before the dry season. Symbolic candle-lighting ceremonies are accompanied by African storytellers using traditional costumes and percussion music. The Holiday Wreath Auction will be on display November 17 through Sunday, January 1, and features creations by the region’s most talented floral designers, decking the walls of the Ridgway Visitor Center. Designs range from traditional to whimsical and are sold by silent auction bidding with proceeds benefiting the Missouri Botanical Garden. Experience a Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House, the 19th century country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw. The estate is decorated for the holidays by Garden staff, volunteers, and select Garden Clubs with wreaths, garland, artificial floral centerpieces, greenery, Victorian era toys, and several nature-inspired holiday trees. This year ’s theme, Christmas Wish list: Toys of the Victorian Era, recognizes Henry Shaw’s charitable contributions to the community during the holidays, as he always gave gifts to orphanages during the season. Children can enjoy storytelling Wednesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and visit the activity corner to create Victorian-themed holiday ornaments November 16 to January 1. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and on November 24 and December 25. Tower Grove House will be open nightly during Garden Glow hours.
Pictured are views from previous Garden Glows at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Photos courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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The 60s Chicks of Edwardsville with the Branson singing group SIX.
YMCA's 60s Chicks sing in tribute of a memorable decade Edwardsville group returns from performances in Branson
By JULIA BIGGS Of The Edge
bout a year-and-a-half ago, area resident Rebecca Biethman formed the 60s Chicks, an Edwardsville YMCA Ladies Chorus.
The group, which sings 1960s tunes and has been performing all over the Edwarsdville/Glen Carbon area, was recently invited to be the opening act for the group “SIX” at the Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson. Biethman, a former school music teacher, music ministry director and currently a YMCA dance fitness instructor, explained that the idea of the group was born over lunch with a friend, Joann Mefford. “I told her I wanted to start a ladies group. She said that she knew of a group that did 40s music, and she said but what if we did a group with '60s music,” Biethman recalled. “I just loved the concept,” Biethman said. “It's such a cool decade for music anyway because you can do everything from the Beatles to folk music. And then it also gives us a fun way to dress. Some wear a dress like Jackie Kennedy, some of them dress like hippies, and I wear go-go boots. Whatever you sort of gravitate to in terms of your vision of the '60s.” Being an employee of the Edwardsville YMCA, Biethman knew Esic YMCA Branch Director Karen Lintz and YMCA Arts & Climbing Director Natasha Howard. Together they worked out the logistics to begin the 60s Chicks. They began having introductory rehearsals in July of 2015. The 60s Chicks soon started performing in the community and began having some success when Biethman recalled that someone commented in jest, “before you know it we'll be singing in Branson.” But having taken a high school group to perform at Disney World when she taught public school music, Biethman knew that Branson might be a possibility. “So I called and sure enough they said, 'If you'll submit a video and submit some pictures, then if we feel like you're good enough, we'll let you be the opening act,'” Biethman recalled.
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“So I sent it in and did the follow up interview, and we got invited to come.” The 60s Chicks received an invitation to open for the acapella group “SIX” on Oct. 8 at the Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson. “SIX sings all kinds of a capella music. Everything from current to pop to classical to gospel to oldies. They just do every kind of music, and that was really a good fit for us because their audience is like our audience,” Biethman noted. Receiving the invitation was flattering and exciting, but then Biethman realized they had a task before them in working through the logistics to get the group there. Neither of the Edwardsville YMCAs, nor any other YMCA across the country for that matter, had ever organized a community chorus and then organized a trip for the group to perform in another state. There was no blueprint to follow. “They (YMCA) weren't sure how to make it happen, but they really worked with me to try to make it affordable and (figure out) how we could do this,” Biethman said. “I can't say enough. They have just gone above and beyond to try to not only make it a success but a safe and very positive success. And Gary (Niebur) has just been unbelievably encouraging.” The 60s Chicks raised money to rent a bus and the YMCA staff assisted them with obtaining the right insurance as well as working through the logistics. “We had to jump through a whole bunch of hoops and they've just really hung in there with us,” Biethman stressed. “It really took a huge amount of thinking outside the box.” The 25 members of the 60s Chicks loaded onto a bus the morning of Oct. 6 destined for Branson. Lintz accompanied the group. “She actually paid her own way, and we left on her birthday,” Biethman noted. “She said, 'I've never had a birthday like this before.' She was a lot of fun.” When the group arrived in Branson, they spent the rest of the day watching shows. “That was such a great learning experience to see all those professional shows. It was kind of like what can
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we adapt to what we're doing?” Biethman said. Then Saturday, the group saw more Branson shows and did some shopping before sound checks and rehearsals began around 3 p.m. They performed later that night to an audience of over 700 people, and boarded the bus to head home Sunday morning. “Our trip was just out of this world. We had more fun than we planned to,” Biethman commented. Since returning home, the 60s Chicks have been busy performing locally. They are currently in the midst of rehearsals for their holiday show, Sassy Season Celebration, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Esic Baptist Church located at 1000 University Dr. in Edwardsville. Tickets for Sassy Season Celebration are $5 per person and can be purchased at either the Meyer or Esic YMCAs. “The biggest thing that will be different about this show is we have lots of energy going on, lots of comedy, and lots of very good harmony – singing but the whole focus is fun – just having a really good time,” Biethman stressed. The 60s Chicks are also always open to new members. “We don't hold auditions,” Biethman said. “I have to say that's one of the coolest things about working with the Y. They stand for being open and available to everyone. Anyone who wants to participate. And they were really concerned that this chorus be open to all ladies. So we just take everybody who wants to sing music from the '60s.” Biethman pointed out that new members are welcome to join the chorus at the beginning of 2017 after the holiday show. She suggested those interested might want to come to the Sassy Season Celebration performance to see if they'd like to be a part of this type of chorus. Anyone interested in joining the 60s Chicks are encouraged to contact either YMCA or Biethman at 843-338-6005 or by email at rebeccabiethman1@gmail. com Follow the 60s Chicks on their Facebook page - 60's Chicks, Edwardsville YMCA's Ladies Chorus.
From the streets of San Francisco
222 Artisan Bakery sends pair to attend industry institute By CODY KING Of The Edge
222 Artisan Bakery is kneading o u t n e w b re a d s a f t e r s e n d i n g t w o o f t h e i r b a k e r s , Tr e v o r Taynor and Dustin Sheets, to the San Francisco Baking Institute Oct. 2 through Oct. 20. After learning how to bake baguettes, ciabatta, challah, ryes, and various others, both bakers have brought back the recipes and knowledge to the kitchen where it all started. Ta y n o r s a i d t h e i n s t i t u t e w a s u n f o rg e t t a b l e a n d w o r t h attending. “It was a beautiful experience. Yo u w o r k e d i n g r o u p s , s o whatever table you were at, you worked with them all week long. From meeting people from Brazil and Spain and all over the U.S., even in Australia, you get to meet a lot of people there for the same reason, from different backgrounds. The instructor was fantastic too; everything was really helpful. They were there to help you out and it was just to learn,” Taynor said. “(We did) everything between doing straight breads without any pre-fermented dough or levain cultures or anything like that to all that through different sweet breads, rye breads, all the different sourdoughs. How to treat different inclusions because you mix those in differently.” Both bakers learned the details of mixing, fermenting, shaping and baking breads, as
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Dustin Sheets and Trevor Taynor of 222 Artisan Bakery in Edwardsville pose for a selfie at the San Francisco Baking Institute. well as delving into various innovative baking techniques for each different kind of bread. Taynor said after purchasing the building for 222 Artisan Bakery,
they also inherited the recipes that went along with it, which inspired their recent trip. “It was a conscious decision because whenever we took this
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Trevor Taynor, of 222 Artisan Bakery, works on French baguettes as he participates in the San Francisco Baking Institute bread courses. Over a span of three weeks, both he and baker Dustin Sheets made over 50 breads in a span of three weeks.
p l a c e o v e r, w e l e a r n e d f r o m somebody that learned from somebody else. So instead of playing that game of telephone and just assuming different things and not really knowing why bread would turn out certain ways. Like what little ingredient does what; it’s kind of just like the knowledge of all the little things that go into it,” he said. The bakery’s bread menu includes baguettes, sourdough, French farm haus, rye, 9-grain, country white, whole wheat, ciabatta, and seasonal breads. The new breads are in the process of being added. Taynor said after completing the institute courses, the most rewarding aspect was learning more about the craft. “So you’re in a classroom and you go into the baking lab. For the first week, it’s like 50/50 and by the end of it it’s 90 baking and 10 percent in the classroom. So you have all of this knowledge that they’ll teach you and you see the different ways of mixing — not even just including different flours but it’s how you mix all of the flours. Then you will take one recipe and do it five different ways and seeing all of the results you can get…The rewarding part is knowing that you can specifically do one type of bread any way that you want to and make it your own,” he said. After bringing the recipes and the knowledge back to E d w a rd s v i l l e , Ta y n o r s a i d i t has been an adjustment making the new recipes in a different environment. “Baking things in San Francisco a n d d o i n g i t h e re i s a l i t t l e d i ff e re n t . T h e re a re d i ff e re n t
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climate factors, like humidity and everything like that that really goes into it. So you meticulously take notes on what the temperature is in the kitchen, the humidity that’s in the air, what the temperature of the flour is, baking times, because all ovens are different. Their equipment is different than what we have. So I just brought that back so we could figure out what’s the best way of doing it here,” he said. “(So far) we’ve done some C h a l l a h b re a d , s o m e F i n n i s h rye; we actually get some barley from Recess Brewing. We had a barley rye, we did a multigrain; anything between super fluffy and sweet to really dense and h e a r t y. I ’ v e t r i e d t o d o t h a t spectrum and try to figure out which ones I like the most and go from there.” B e f o re s t a r t i n g t h e c o u r s e s , Taynor said ultimately he and Sheets wanted to learn how to improve the bakery’s products. “ ( I t ) re a l l y w a s t o s e e h o w we can make our bread better. Not that our bread was bad to begin with; the process was. It was to learn why we are doing it the way that we are doing it; to see if there was a more efficient way or any little thing to do to just improve on what we have already,” he said. The institute will be having other courses relating to pizza i n F e b ru a r y o f n e x t y e a r a n d Ta y n o r s a i d h e h o p e s h e c a n attend, especially given the growing popularity of the bakery’s Artisan pizzas as well. For more information on the bakery or upcoming breads, visit the 222 Artisan Bakery w e b s i t e a t w w w.222baker y.com or visit their Facebook page by searching 222 Artisan Bakery.
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People People planner The National Children’s Cancer Society presents “An Evening with the Cardinals”
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) is thrilled to announce the Fifth Annual “An Evening with the Cardinals” on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 featuring Hall-of-Famers Lou Brock and Red Schoendienst along with Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Shannon. These baseball legends and long-time friends will share behind-the-scenes stories and reminisce about their illustrious careers. As in previous years, Dan McLaughlin of Fox Sports Midwest will serve as emcee and host a moderated question and answer session. The evening will also include silent & live auctions featuring oneof-a-kind memorabilia. A patron cocktail party and dinner will precede the event. All proceeds support the organization’s mission of providing emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors. Since 1987, NCCS has distributed over $63 million to more than 40,000 children with cancer. For more information on “An Evening with the Cardinals,” visit thenccs.org/ cardinals or contact Emily Hickner a t e h i c k n e r @ t h e N C C S . o rg o r 314.446.5226. The National Children’s Cancer Society, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a not-for-profit organization providing emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors. For more information call 314-241-1600 or visit thenccs.org or facebook.com/ thenccs.
located at Interstate 270 and Page Avenue and attracts more than 300,000 annual visitors. Westport Plaza has two newly renovated Sheraton hotels and several on-site dining and entertainment options, including: Backstreet Jazz & Blues Club, Bradford's Pub, Dino's Deli, Drunken Fish, Funny Bone Comedy Club, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Imo's Pizza, Jive & Wail, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, McDonalds, Patrick's We s t p o r t G r i l l , P a u l M i n e o ' s Trattoria, Starbucks, St. Louis Bread Company and TrainwreckSaloon.
Saint Louis Zoo to host kids' film festival
The Saint Louis Zoo is hosting Big Eyes, Big Minds— an international film festival showcasing award-winning films made for kids, about kids and sometimes by kids. The St. Louis I n t e r n a t i o n a l C h i l d re n ’ s F i l m Festival features international animated short films tailored to children age 2 to 18 years. However, adults will find the films equally appealing. An experienced writer, director and producer of television films, Festival Director Mabel Gan also produces the highly respected Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, which reaches 3,000 children each year. The St. Louis festival will
showcase a selection of the best new children’s films from around the world. Its programs include culturally diverse and value-affirming films that kids can connect with. The goal is to expand perspectives and stimulate critical thinking. The organization also works to cultivate film appreciation, increase knowledge of the craft of f i l mma k i n g a n d p rov i de a platform for kids to screen their own films. A f t e r e a c h s c re e n i n g , Z o o Education Department staff will offer a range of crafts and activities related to the animals featured in the films. Dates are Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, 2017 Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Screenings for ages 2 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Screenings for ages 5 and up Crafts and activities follow each set of screenings Films w ill b e show n at the Anheuser-Busch Theater at Saint Louis Zoo in The Living World, One Government Drive Admission is $10 per person for ages 2 and up. Children under 2 are free.
Union Station to host holiday extravaganza
The happiest season of the year is going to be bigger and
Westport Plaza to celebrate the holidays
Westport Plaza announces its exciting line-up of holiday events occurring throughout the month of December. From a visit by Santa to New Year's Eve fireworks, Westport Plaza has something for every family this holiday season. "Each holiday season, we look forward to providing events and attractions that make Westport Plaza a great, family-friendly destination. With multiple wintert h e m e d o ff e r i n g s , v i s i t o r s t o Westport will have a memorable holiday experience," said Craig Cobler, Senior Vice President of Development for Lodging Hospitality Management. Throughout December, explore Westport under twinkling lights from the back of a horse-drawn carriage each Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Westport Plaza then wraps up the month (and the year) with a family-friendly fireworks display in the outdoor village to celebrate the New Year on Saturday, December 31st at 6:00 p.m. Free carriage rides will also be available following the fireworks from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Westport Plaza is located at I-270 and Page Ave. Westport Plaza is a highly recognized 42-acre business and entertainment district in St. Louis. This landmark destination is
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better than ever at St. Louis Union Station. This year 14 new attractions and experiences will make Holidays at Union Station the biggest holiday hot spot in the Midwest. T h e S a n t a E x p r e s s Tr a i n Ride is the centerpiece of this expanded holiday event. Real trains pull out of St. Louis Union Station - the 1894 National Historic Landmark terminal - beginning November 18 and continuing through December 30, 2016. Trains will leave the station at 4:45, 6:15, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Hotel ticket packages for The Santa Express and Holidays at Union Station activities are on sale now. Individual Santa Express tickets went on sale Tuesday, August 30 at 9 a.m. Ti c k e t s m a y b e p u r c h a s e d online and the full calendar of train rides and ticketed activities are available at www. HolidaysAtUnionStation.com or www.SantaExpressTrainRide.com. For tickets by phone, dial 877-TWAS-STL (877-892-7785). For recorded information, dial 844-4 INFO 25 (844-446-3625). Magical and castle-like St. Louis Union Station will stand in for The North Pole throughout the holiday season with fun indoor and outdoor holiday activities for everyone. The
station will be decorated with elaborate seasonal displays and twinkling with holiday decor designed to rival the biggest holiday celebrations in the nation. A new Fire & Light Show under the outdoor train shed will create a spectacular backdrop for family activities and photos. Before and after the Santa Express train ride, visitors can enjoy the Glacier Park outdoor ice skating rink at Union Station. The rink will be open starting November 18, seven days a week. Next to the rink, guests can whoosh down an ice slide on a snow tube, do battle in a snowball fight arena, and sip a cocktail or drink hot chocolate on Glacier Park's Winter Deck. Inside St. Louis Union S t a t i o n ' s N o r t h P o l e Vi l l a g e , visitors can follow the smell o f f re s h g i n g e r b re a d t o M r s . Claus' Kitchen where Christmas goodies will be available for purchase and train passengers will receive complimentary g i n g e r b re a d c o o k i e s a n d h o t chocolate. Good girls and boys can enjoy a storybook time featuring cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus on Saturdays at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. throughout the season. They will leave the experience with a Mrs. Claus-autographed copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas.
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People People planner Fair Saint Louis announces 2017 dates
Returning to St. Louis’ iconic Forest Park for the fourth year, Fair Saint Louis has announced its 2017 dates. The 37th annual Independence Day celebration will be held July 2, 3 & 4, 2017, as fans pack the grounds that o n c e h o s t e d t h e 1 9 0 4 Wo r l d ’ s Fair. Fair Saint Louis has also announced volunteer leaders James Boldt, 2016 vice chairman, as general chairman for the 2017 event, and David Estes, 2016 venue management chairman, as vice chairman. “ Wi t h n e a r l y 2 3 5 , 0 0 0 attendees and a dozen entertainers at Fair Saint Louis 2016, we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2017,” said Boldt. “Forest Park is truly an incredible venue to host America’s Biggest Birthday P a r t y, a n d w e ’ r e o n c e a g a i n looking forward to showcasing America’s No. 1 city park to St. Louisans and visitors alike during next year ’s celebration.” Fairgoers are encouraged to c h e c k w w w. f a i r s a i n t l o u i s . o rg , and the Fair ’s Facebook (www. facebook.com/fairsaintlouis), Tw i t t e r a n d I n s t a g r a m ( @ fairsaintlouis) pages for more updates and announcements leading up to the event. About the Fair St. Louis
Foundation The Fair St. Louis Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Fair each year and has donated numerous gifts to the St. Louis Community in conjunction with these events. Over the years, the foundation has contributed to the lighting of the Eads Bridge, the Mississippi River Ove rlook and the milelong Riverfront Promenade, and was a partner in providing the G r a n d S t a i rc a s e s b e n e a t h t h e A rc h a s p a r t o f t h e N a t i o n a l Park System and to the irrigation system as part of Forest Park Forever.
Zoo announces upcoming events
The Saint Louis Zoo has announced its schedule for the fall and winter. F o r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t www.stlzoo.org. Nov. 10-Dec. 24, 2016 Holiday Zootique at Treetop Shop. The Living World offers animal-related clothing, ornaments, plush animals, toys, books, home décor and many items only available at the Saint Louis Zoo. Holiday Zootique is open daily November 10 to December 24 during Zoo hours with a special Zoo members preview on November 9. More info: stlzoo.org. Nov. 25-27, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11, 14-23, & 26-30, 2016
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The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the following events.information, call (636) 899-0090. Christmas Wonderland Friday, November 25, 2016 – Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:00pm to 9:00pm Rock Spring Park 2100 College Avenue Alton, IL 62002 (618) 463-3580 Drive through Rock Spring Park between Friday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 27 to see more than 2.5 million lights adorning trees and lighting displays throughout the park. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the holiday spirit. General admission for Christmas Wonderland is a suggested donation of $7 for cars and small vans, or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or (618) 465-6676. Green Gift Bazaar Bankside Repertory Theatre Company Presents: Silent Night, Holy Noely Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Sunday, December 11, 2016 Gates open at 7:00pm | 7:30pm to 10:00pm Jacoby Arts Center 627 E. Broadway Alton, IL 62002 T h e p l a y, w r i t t e n b y G e o ff C a l l a w a y, re v o l v e s a ro u n d a Chicago radio station and the staff's attempt to deal with lastminute disaster looming over their 1948 "Holiday Extravaganza" o n C h r i s t m a s E v e . F o r m o re information, call (618) 462-5222. Admission: Thursday Shows: $10/person Friday & Saturday Shows: $15/ person Students with ID: $10/show Christmas Mystery Dinner Theater Friday, December 2, 2016 Starting at 6:30pm Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. Grafton, IL 62037 We l c o m e t o a D i c k e n s o f a Killing! This hilarious holiday show is full of all of your favorite Charles Dickens characters and features a little singing, a little dancing and a little murder! What could be more fun? Join us for our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 338. Ad mi ssi on : $ 4 5 /p e r s o n a n d includes dinner, show, taxes and gratuity Olde Alton Art & Craft Fair Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Sunday, December 04, 2016 9:00am to 4:00pm Alton High School 4200 Humbert Rd. Alton, IL 62002 Find all your Christmas goodies at the 26th Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair featuring a variety of crafters from Illinois and Missouri. Breakfast and lunch will be served and there is free parking. All proceeds benefit the Alton Band and Orchestra programs at Alton Community School District. For more information, call (618) 474-6996. Admission: $2/Saturday $1/Sunday Under 12 free
Candy Cane Challenge Saturday, December 03, 2016 Gates open at 9:00am | 10:00am to 12:00pm The Nature Institute 2213 S. Levis Lane Godfrey, IL 62035 Bring a group of friends to hunt out clues using GPS and a compass. This challenge will lead you on TNI trails and make you work as a team. Your reward? CANDY! We welcome individuals, partners or groups to join us to learn, explore and get some nature out at our Candy C a n e C h a l l e n g e o n S a t u rd a y December 3, 2016 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please call to register at 618466-9930. Admission: $5/person Taste of Chocolate & Holiday River Walk Saturday, December 03, 2016 11:30am to 3:00pm Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St. Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-3001 Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the annual Taste of Chocolate 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grafton Winery. For more information, call (618) 7867000. Home for the Holidays House Tour Saturday, December 03, 2016 12:00pm to 4:00pm Village of Elsah Museum 26 LaSalle Street Elsah, IL 62028 (618) 374-2626 Visit historic Elsah during the holiday season and take a tour of decorated homes, the village museum, churches and bed and breakfasts. For more information, call (800) 258-6645. Admission: Advance admission is $15 (Tickets available at Alton Visitor Center and at either B&B in Elsah) Day of event admission is $18 (Tickets available at Elsah Civic
Center) Optional lunch by My Just Desserts: $11 Alton Little Theater: Don't talk to the Actors Saturday, December 02, 2016 Sunday, December 11, 2016 Alton Little Theater 2450 N. Henry Street Alton, IL 62002 (618) 462-6562 The best laid plans go awry when the cast an d crew of a Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior, and chaotic abandon to get what they want. For tickets, call (618) 462-3205 or visit http://tix5. centerstageticketing.com/sites/ altonlittletheater/showdates. php?s_id=13. Admission: $17/Adults, $10/ Students Christmas with Elvis at Pere Marquette Lodge Friday, December 09, 2016 Starting at 6:00pm Pere Marquette Lodge &
Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. Grafton, IL 62037 It won't be a "Blue Christmas" at Pere Marquette Lodge, when Steve Davis performs his holiday salute to the King of Rock and Roll. Come enjoy Pere Marquette Lodge's famous fried chicken buffet and then sit back and enjoy a n h o u r- l o n g t r i b u t e t o y o u r favorite Christmas classics. For more information, call (618) 7862331. Admission: $36/person plus tax and gratuity Breakfast with Santa in Wood River Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:00am to 10:30am Roundhouse at Central Park 633 Wood River Ave. Wood River, IL 62095 Don’t miss this opportunity for great family fun and pictures with Santa for only a small fee. For more information, call (618) 251-3130.
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Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown has announced “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” (www. altonbrownlive.com) will visit an additional 40 cities in 2017 including St. Louis’ Fabulous Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Later this year during Thanksgiving week, Brown will make his Broadway debut for eight performances at the Barrymore Theatre. Brown created a new form of entertainment – the live culinary variety show – with his “Edible Inevitable Tour”, which played in over 100 cities with more than 150,000 fans in attendance. The first leg of Eat Your Science sold 100,000 tickets in the 40 cities Brown visited. Tickets are $60, $50, $40 and are available online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. Brown says fans can expect “all-new everything including songs, new comedy, new puppets, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game.” Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” Brown, author of the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” is releasing his new cookbook through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) on September 27 and it is available for preorder now. “Alton Brown: EveryDayCook”, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network; Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix. Information about Alton Brown or the Eat Your Science tour can be found on Facebook: /altonbrown; Twitter: @altonbrown; Instagram: @ altonbrown; or use the tour hashtag #AltonBrownLive. Eight shows on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre include November 22, 23: 8pm; November 25, 26: 2pm and 8pm; and, November 27: 1pm and 5:30pm. Those with an appetite for more Alton Brown can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrownlive.com.
Laumeier Sculpture Park announces schedule
Laumeier Sculpture Park, located 12580 Rott Road in St. Louis, has announced its upconing schedule. For more information call (314) 615-5278. September 2016–February 2017
Fall & Winter Art Classes & Workshops Laumeier Sculpture Park offers art courses for all ages as multi-day classes and one-day workshops for youth, teens and adults. Art Classes and Workshops provide participants with a focused experience within a particular medium, process or concept. Art Classes and Workshops are taught by local, experienced Artist-Instructors and are designed to encourage artistic development and self-expression. Small class sizes provide participants with individual attention; projects are designed to allow participants the freedom to explore their own potential and creativity. Art Classes and Workshops meet at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier. org for more information. September–December 2016 / February–April 2017 Laumeier Teen Program N o w i n i t s s e c o n d y e a r, L a u m e i e r ' s Te e n P r o g r a m i s designed to encourage creative expression in young adults ages 13 to 19, offering workshops and mentoring to assist teens in preparing well-rounded portfolios. The Teen Program meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the school year (September–December and February–April) at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri.
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Religion Pope warns of "virus" of polarization on race, beliefs VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned against what he called a "virus of polarization" and hostility in the world targeting people of different nationalities, races or beliefs, as he led a ceremony Saturday giving the Roman Catholic Church 17 new cardinals from six continents. The consistory ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica formally inducted the churchmen into the cardinals' ranks. Francis used his homily to also caution the new "princes of the church," as cardinals are sometimes called, to guard against animosity creeping into the church as well, saying "we are not immune from this." The pope spoke of "our pitiful hearts that tend to judge, divide, oppose and condemn" and cautioned somberly against those who "raise walls, build barriers and label people." Earlier this year, when asked about the plan by Donald Trump, then a Republican U.S. presidential candidate and now president-elect, to build a wall to keep Mexicans and others from illegally entering the U.S., the pope replied that anyone
advocating building walls isn't a Christian. Francis, in a message a few days earlier to U.S. bishops, had urged them to help heal a society facing growing polarization. On Saturday, after receiving his red hat, Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of Tlalnepantla, expressed concern about Trump's plans, including deporting large numbers of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, soon after assuming the presidency. "You can't divide a family. You can't divide a community. You can't divide the world," the prelate said in reply to a question by The Associated Press about Trump. The Mexican churchman added: "One thing is the election campaign. Another thing is reality." In Saturday's homily, Francis commented on how "we see, for example, how quickly those among us with the status of the stranger, an immigrant, or a refugee, become a threat, take on the status of an enemy. An enemy because they come from
a distant country, or have different customs. An enemy because of the color of their skin, their language, or social class." He added: "The virus of polarization and animosity permeates our way of thinking, feeling and acting." Francis also lamented the tendency to "demonize" one's opponents, "so as to have a 'sacred' justification for dismissing them." Cardinals serve as papal advisers and someday elect popes' successors. Popes look to cardinals who share their approach to the church's mission in the world. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin is among the newly made cardinals. Tobin defied the governor of the U.S. state of Indiana, Mike Pence, by welcoming Syrian refugees. Tobin in January will become archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, while Pence will be installed as U.S. vice president. Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, after being made a cardinal at Saturday's ceremony, said the church has a special role in trying to bring
people together across the political spectrum. He noted that on Sunday, Masses are celebrated in 26 languages in his diocese. "People feel disenfranchised" from sharing in the common good, the cardinal said in an interview with The Associated Press. Another American in the latest crop of cardinals is Irish-born Archbishop Kevin Farrell, who led the Dallas diocese before Francis appointed him to head the Vatican office dealing with family issues. At a post-ceremony reception, Farrell acknowledged that polarization is felt within the church, too. "We've become gods on both sides — gods on the left, and gods on the right, and neither one of these are correct," Farrell told an AP reporter. The clash of mentalities between the conservative camps and the so-called progressives chosen by Francis has played out publicly in recent days. Four prominent, disgruntled cardinals, including a U.S. prelate, Raymond Burke, who is one of Francis' most vocal
critics, in a letter to the pope aired th eir doubts ab out his more compassionate approach to the contentious issue involving divorced Catholics. They fear his approach could sow confusion among the faithful. Church teaching forbids divorce, and says Catholics who remarry without annulments of their earlier marriage are essentially adulterers who can't receive communion. In a document earlier this year, Francis suggested that clerics could decide case-by-case if these Catholics could receive Communion. Farrell, asked about the tensions over the divorce issue, appeared to be open toward the pope's prescription for more compassion. "There is no situation in life that's black and white. Anybody that's lived in this world will have encountered those situations in their personal lives," Farrell said. The new cardinals, who pledged loyalty to the pope, come from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North and South America.
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Annie, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol, Loretto-Hilton Center for Performing Arts, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. D i x i e ' s Tu p p e r w a r e P a r t y, Playhouse at Westport, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Kramer Marionette TheatreL The Night the Toys Came to Life, Kramer Mariennette Theatre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Runs until Dec. 31, 2016 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame Exhibition, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 TOYS of the 50's, 60's and 70's, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 22, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, Internation Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 Conficts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 8, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Photography Hall of Fame Exhibition, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 TOYS of the 50's, 60's and 70's, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 22, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, Internation Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until
March 5, 2017 Conficts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 8, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to
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Audubon and Beyond, St. Louis Mercantile Library, St. Louis, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Annie, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol, Loretto-Hilton Center for Performing Arts, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Runs until Dec. 17, 2016 D i x i e ' s Tu p p e r w a r e P a r t y, Playhouse at Westport, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Kramer Marionette TheatreL The Night the Toys Came to Life, Kramer Mariennette Theatre, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Runs until Dec. 31, 2016
2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame Exhibition, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 TOYS of the 50's, 60's and 70's, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until January 22, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2016 IPHF Hall of Fame Exhibition, Internation Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 4, 2017 Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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The Arts The Rep to present "A Christmas Carol" For The Edge The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents "A Christmas Carol", adapted by David H. Bell from the novella by Charles Dickens and directed by Steven Woolf. This holiday mainstay runs November 30 – December 24 on the Browning Mainstage of the LorettoHilton Center for the Performing Arts. Dickens’ heartwarming tale comes to life on The Rep stage for the first time in 35 years. On Christmas Eve, the miser Ebenezer Scrooge is given a chance at redemption as he’s visited by four ghosts — his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future — who teach him it’s never too late to change. John Rensenhouse, last seen at The Rep in 2010’s The Diary of Anne Frank, returns as the miserly Scrooge. He’s joined by an all-star local cast – most notably Joneal Joplin, who will appear in his 100th Rep production as Scrooge’s ill-fated partner Marley. Featured performers include Michael James Reed and Amy Loui (Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit), Ben Nordstrom (Fred) and Jacqueline Thompson, Jerry Vogel and Landon Tate Boyle (as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, respectively). "A Christmas Carol" also features a historic collaboration between The Rep and The Muny. The show’s ensemble will include 13 members of The Muny Kids, a talented troupe of young performers who serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Forest Park theatre institution. Troupe member Owen Hanford will appear as Tiny Tim, and Muny Kids will fill various other roles throughout the production. Led by The Rep’s Augustin Family Artistic Director Woolf, the creative staff includes scenic designer Robert Mark Morgan, costume designer Dorothy Marshall Englis, lighting designer Robert Denton, sound designer Rusty Wandall and stage manager Emilee Buchheit. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 pm; selected Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 4 pm; selected Saturday nights at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm; and selected Sunday evenings at 7 pm. There will also be a pair of special 2 pm performances December 23 and 24. Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" range from $18 to $88.50. To purchase, visit The Rep Box Office, located inside the Loretto-Hilton Center, charge by phone by calling (314) 968-4925 or visit The Rep’s Online Box Office at http://www. repstl.org. The Loretto-Hilton Center is located at 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University). The Rep is partnering with
the Saint Louis Art Museum to enhance the patron experience of "A Christmas Carol". Participants can take a free onehour docent-led led Dickensian tour, featuring your favorite images of Christmas cards past. Enjoy period English paintings, furniture and decorative arts. No reservations are required and more information can be found at http://www.slam.org. For additional information about The Rep’s production of "A Christmas Carol", including a guide introducing the characters, plot and background on the play, photos related to the production and more,
visit The Rep’s comprehensive public website at: http://repstl.org/ season/show/a_christmas_carol. Cast: John Rensenhouse (Ebenezer Scrooge) Michael James Reed (Bob Cratchit) Amy Loui (Mrs. Cratchit) Ben Nordstrom (Fred) Owen Hanford (Tiny Tim) Jacqueline Thompson (Ghost of Christmas Past) Jerry Vogel (Ghost of Christmas Present, Mr. Fezziwig) Landon Tate Boyle (Ghost of Christmas Future, Young Scrooge) Joneal Joplin (Jacob Marley)
Susie Wall (Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Dilber) Kara Overlien (Fan, Martha, Bess) Chris Tipp (Dick Wilkins, Tom Watkins) Justin Duhon (Peter Cratchit) Kaley Bender (Belinda Cratchit) Kennedy Holmes (Melinda Cratchit) Nathaniel Mahone (Daniel Cratchit) Lana Dvorak (Belle, Alice) Peggy Billo (Ensemble) Libby Jasper (Ensemble) Alan Knoll (Ensemble) Donna Weinsting (Ensemble) Jack Zanger (Ensemble) Phoenix Lawson (Boy, Wyatt,
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Saint Louis Art Museum to present the works of Degas The Saint Louis Art Museum will present Deg a s, I mp re ssi o n i s m , a n d t h e P a r i s Millinery Trade, February 12–May 7, 2017, in the Main Exhibition Galleries, East Building. Admission is free. Edgar Degas's fascination with highfashion hats and the young women who made them is the inspiration for this groundbreaking exploration of the Paris millinery trade from about 1875 to 1914.
D e gas , Imp re s s io nis m, and the P aris Millinery Trade will feature 60 paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas that have never been exhibited in the United States, as well as an array of period hats. Organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the exhibition is the first to examine a crucial and little-known area of Degas's decades-long study of Parisian modern
life. The exhibition situates Degas's output within the context of the work of his fellow Impressionists who were also fascinated by hats, including Édouard Manet, PierreAuguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The exhibition relates these artists to the enormous industry of hat production and consumption in Paris in the late-19th and early-20th century. Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917; The
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Millinery Shop, 1885; oil on canvas; 39 3/8 x 49 9/16 inches; The Art Institute of Chicago DM003Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade is curated by Simon Kelly, the Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, and Esther Bell, curator-incharge of European painting at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Tickets for the exhibition go on sale November 22. For more information, visit slam.org.
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The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary d a n c e s p e c t a c l e s e t t o Tc h a i k o v s k y ’ s timeless music, is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and co-commissioned by United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker will kick off its second North American tour on November 17, spanning 23 cities including at stop in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $65, $55, $45, $35, $25 and are available online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. Directed and choreographed by BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED. IMPECCABLY Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker CRAFTED.production AND PERHAPS MOST by is a full-length performed SURPRISING, THE VALUE. a supercharged castBEST of aTOTAL dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her DIFFERENCE prince travel back THE MARVIN
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Jeff Nichols' "Loving," about Richard and Mildred Loving, is about simple-minded people, simply being in love. Both born and raised in the hills of Central Point, Virginia, the Lovings wed in 1958. But five weeks later, while Mildred was pregnant, they were roused from their bed at 2 a.m. by a Caroline County sheriff, put in jail and later ordered out of the state for 25 years. In Nichols' tender, graceful film, a love story progresses naturally, beautifully, with sudden, surreal interruptions — like the middle-of-the-night arrest — that play like abductions. And that's essentially what they were. Richard was white and Mildred was black, and that was enough to make their marriage a crime in 1958 Virginia. The Lovings would, after years raising their family in Washington D.C., spark the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling, Loving v. Virginia, that unanimously struck down all anti-miscegenation laws and declared marriage an inherent right. But "Loving" has none of the familiar dramatics of a social justice narrative. It's about civil rights revolutionaries who weren't in the slightest revolutionary. The only time "civil rights" is uttered in the film is when a relative of Mildred's advises, while watching Martin Luther King march in far-off Washington: "You need to get you some civil rights" — like she was suggesting a new carburetor. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "thematic elements." RUNNING TIME: 123 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.
Is "Hacksaw Ridge" Mel Gibson's redemption? Is it his atonement, or perhaps his miracle? Don't worry, we won't be making any such weighty theological pronouncements — though these terms have all been bandied about in the run-up to Gibson's first directorial effort in the 10 years since "Apocalypto." That movie came out in 2006, only a few months after news broke of Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic rant, which has plagued his career ever since. But "Hacksaw Ridge," the latest contribution to the canon of big World War II films, doesn't need any redemptive backstory. Whatever you think of Gibson, and whatever your position on the relevance of his personal flaws to his art, his filmmaking prowess is evident. This big, bruising, viscerally violent yet also often moving film should be judged on its merits. "Hacksaw Ridge," starring the goofily appealing Andrew Garfield as the real-life character Desmond Doss, may not be a perfect movie, but it strikes an unusual balance. It's a violent film whose hero — and moral core — espouses non-violence. It's a war film that will also appeal to a faith-based audience. It's a film that at moments can feel relentlessly corny — and a second later, painfully, horribly real. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist, was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. An Army medic, he refused to touch a weapon, believing he should be saving lives and not taking them. Though his exploits are a matter of record, we won't spill all the details here. After an early introduction to Doss as a boy in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we pick up in young adulthood. When war breaks out with Japan, the young man feels compelled to enlist, despite the objections of his loving but abusive father (an excellent Hugo Weaving), a World War I veteran who was ruined by the experience. Doss is also going against the wishes of his new fiancee, Dorothy (fresh-faced Teresa Palmer), who begs him to stay. RATED: rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America "for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images." RUNNING TIME: 138 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
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"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk " is not a war movie in the traditional sense. There are battle scenes, and brothers in arms banter, sure, but like its pioneering technology, on a pure story level "Billy Lynn's" also pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from this genre. The film is a precisely observed portrait of a young man slowly realizing his own trauma and agency over the course of a single football game. In other words, not the movie one might peg to usher in an entirely new way of experiencing images on the big screen, with its hyper-real 120 frames per second. But that's Ang Lee for you, one of the rare filmmakers adept at both embracing and enhancing a story's literary origins with measured spectacle. Adapted from Ben Fountain's 2012 novel, "Billy Lynn's" chronicles a day in an all-too-brief victory tour of a unit of soldiers who faced a particularly harrowing skirmish in Iraq that resulted in the death of one of their own. Billy Lynn (played by the captivating newcomer Joe Alwyn) has been singled out by the media as the one to celebrate. It was he who ran headfirst into the danger and faced hand-tohand combat, all caught on camera. So for a moment he gets to be everyone's reluctant rock star as Bravo Squad is paraded around the most vulgar display of Americanness possible — a Thanksgiving Day NFL game in Texas. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use." RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"Inverted flame combustion." That's the kind of heat generated by a self-made furnace that makes a late cameo in Paul Verhoeven's highly flammable "Elle," a violently dark comedy in which passion and cruelty burn together in the same perverted, masochistic fire. It begins startlingly, to say the least, with the muffled screams of rape. The noises have ceased when Verhoeven's camera first reveals a masked man, clad in black, standing up from the woman he has just assaulted on her floor. A cat quietly watches. Other films might follow such an abrasive starting point with tears, revenge or justice. But the woman, Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) we later learn is her name, catches her breath once her assailant has fled. She sweeps up the broken glass (with her heels still on), makes herself a bath and calmly orders in sushi before a visit from her son, Vincent (Jonas Bloquet). That Michele isn't shattered by the encounter will lose some who understandably refuse to tolerate any imagining of rape that eludes devastation. Verhoeven, rebuffed by Hollywood, took to France to tell the story, adapted by David Birke from Philippe Dijan's novel "Oh ..." The Dutch-born director of "Basic Instinct" and "RoboCop," here making his French language debut and his first feature in 10 years, has long blurred misogynist exploitation with feminist empowerment. "I supposed I was raped," Michele later tells her friends over dinner. Everyone's jaws drop. She's ready to hear the dinner specials. Michele is too dispassionate for victimhood or, it turns out, many other emotions. As Verhoeven coolly, masterfully unspools the pulpy, dense layers of "Elle," her character comes into relief. With her longtime best friend Anna (Anne Consigny) she runs a successful literary-minded video game company in Paris. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language." RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Xenophobia. Prejudice. Oppression. Who's up for a little escapism at the multiplex? J.K. Rowling, embarking on her new, post-Potter blockbuster franchise with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," has said herself that her screenplay, which she began several years ago, was informed by world events — particularly, she noted, a rise in populism around the globe. And so there's definitely some darkness in "Fantastic Beasts," despite its being a family film, complete with the sweetest little beasts (and bigger ones) imaginable — expect to see your kid melt forthwith over the lovable jewelryimbibing Niffler (It's stunning how many carats he can consume without gaining weight.) But there's also a refreshingly light tone competing with the sinister themes, thanks especially to two exceedingly appealing supporting characters headed for a sweet confection of a romance. But first, the title: Harry Potter fans will know that "Fantastic Beasts" was a required text for Harry and his Hogwarts mates. That little book has now become the seed of a franchise — there are FOUR films to come — based on its author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a wizard Magizoologist with a mop haircut, a bashful grin, and one fabulous briefcase. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some fantasy action violence." RUNNING TIME: 133 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"Manchester by the Sea"
It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea ." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells with the spectrum of human emotion. Humor, anger, cynicism and love all crash into one another to create an elegant composition of image and sound that is filmmaking and storytelling at its best. It's centered on Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who we meet as a quiet custodian in Boston. He fixes clogged toilets and leaking showers for the tenants and shovels and salts the same walkway day after day with mechanical resolve. He is docile but stubborn and seems to have a deep disinterest in people. He is alone, but not lonely and at night, he drinks and drinks and drinks. There is rage festering under the surface for reasons unclear. All we have are carefully chosen glimpses of the past, when Lee surrounded himself with family and had spirit and life, but we don't know what happened to turn him into this shell. Then his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies and he must return to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), a hot-headed but sensitive kid ill-equipped to deal with this tragedy. Lee's ghosts make the picturesque Manchester a cold and hellish landscape. Everything is a reminder of why he had to leave in the first place and the nerve is still exposed. At least in Boston, he didn't have to see people who knew. He just had to deal with himself. There is no easy way to continue talking about the plot without mucking up the impact of the structure. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "language throughout and some sexual content." RUNNING TIME: 137 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Four stars out of four.
This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Lucas Hedges, right, and Casey Affleck in a scene from "Manchester By The Sea."
"Manchester by the Sea" swells with emotion By LINDSAY BAHR Associated Press It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea ." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells with the spectrum of human emotion. Humor, anger, cynicism and love all crash into one another to create an elegant composition of image and sound that is filmmaking and storytelling at its best. It's centered on Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who we meet as a quiet custodian in Boston. He fixes clogged toilets and leaking showers for the tenants and shovels and salts the same walkway day after day with mechanical resolve. He is docile but stubborn
and seems to have a deep disinterest in people. He is alone, but not lonely and at night, he drinks and drinks and drinks. There is rage festering under the surface for reasons unclear. All we have are carefully chosen glimpses of the past, when Lee surrounded himself with family and had spirit and life, but we don't know what happened to turn him into this shell. Then his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies and he must return to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), a hot-headed but sensitive kid ill-equipped to deal with this tragedy. Lee's ghosts make the picturesque Manchester a cold and hellish landscape. Everything is a reminder of why he had to
leave in the first place and the nerve is still exposed. At least in Boston, he didn't have to see people who knew. He just had to deal with himself. There is no easy way to continue talking about the plot without mucking up the impact of the structure. Lonergan, who also wrote the script, allows the story to reveal itself to the audience, smartly weaving together past and present and building tension to a devastating crescendo midway through – enhanced by the gorgeous cinematography of Jody Lee Lipes and Lesley Barber's sophisticated score. Tissues are, unsurprisingly, recommended, but the film is packed with genuine wit and humor too, often when least expected. In this way, it feels like life, where fits of laughter
sometimes are the only relief from shattering moments. The film offers rich performances, too. Hedges, who had a small role in "Moonrise Kingdom," is beautifully affecting as a kid in flux – pushing the boundaries of the relationship with his reluctant guardian while trying to maintain a modicum of teenage normalcy. And, of course, there's the scene that has everyone buzzing – a raw conversation between Lee and ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams) that will surely become a fixture in awards reels this season. And yet, it's really the small moments and characters that add up to the whole – C.J. Wilson as a family friend, Tate Donovan as Patrick's hockey coach, Josh Hamilton as Joe's lawyer, to name a few. But in the end it is Affleck's movie.
Rowling's latest a little on the weak side By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge A fictional textbook seems to me like one of the unlikeliest sources for a blockbuster film franchise, but in a world where Donald Trump is elected president, little still surprises. (I wonder how long I'll continue to mine that chestnut). Five years after the conclusion of the stunning, pleasing "Harry Potter" franchise, Warner Bros. is back to the well to try and find another way to keep the golden goose laying. They've enticed prolific author J.K. Rowling to develop and write "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", a planned five-film cycle based on the adventures of Newt Scamander, a very minor character from her wizarding world that wrote the titular required reading
of Harry and his friends in their first year at Hogwarts. The movie is full of wonder and nostalgia, but it's also little more than an elaborate series of set pieces that are arranged to entertain via broad strokes. The more I think about it, the less impressed (and more depressed) I am. The machine really tries to make this one a behemoth. They lure Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne to play the lead role, a mumblymouthed scamp, and he's up to the task. Considering that the majority of his work is with a handful of live actors and a menagerie of green screen creations, he clearly earned his pay for this one. The story involves Scamander's travel from abroad to 1926 New York City where he's laying over en route to return an endangered Thunderbird to the Arizona desert.
He doesn't just study animals, this clever fellow, he rescues them from poachers and traffickers. He's the Hermione Granger of his day, nobly and bright, equally able to handle himself in a fight (and there are a few in this picture) as he is to stump for the greater welfare of all. Whilst strolling about the Big Apple, Newt's enchanted suitcase full of mythical monsters is mixed up in dust up with Muggle baker J a c o b K o w a l s k i ( D a n F o g l e r, another winning addition to the cast) and some of the beasties get loosed on the Crossroads of the World. Much time and great art is devoted to recovering the animals, especially the sticky-fingered Niffler, a fuzzy platypus-looking c re a t u re t h a t c a n ' t a v o i d h i s attraction to shiny things. He's a l s o g o o d c o m i c re l i e f . T h e
production value is high and the animated work that brings to life the zoo of Newt's life's work and flapper-era NYC - is at times breathtaking. The wizarding world of America, headquartered inside Manhattan's Woolworth Building, is revealed in various levels of detail throughout the picture as Newt and Jacob work alongside Magical Congress e m p l o y e e Ti n a G o l d s t e i n (Katherine Waterston) and her seer sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol). I would have liked to have seen more of this actually, especially like the magical speakeasy sequence. Instead, a good portion of the film focuses on the investigation of a supernatural threat that looms large for both the witching and human communities. Auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) grumps around in shadow
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trying to figure out if the danger is tied to Newt's carelessness or the premonitions he's been having about a weirdo anti-witch family (Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller) who peddle Salem smear leaflets on street corners with the help of desperate orphans. For this plot point alone, I found the movie to be weak of its own merit. That the "Harry Potter" films were so grand buys this one some goodwill. It would not have survived outside of this safety bubble and I wonder now if future installments ( f eatur in g shock cameo actor Johnny Depp) will be able to support themselves. But all great things have to start somewhere. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" runs 133 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence. I give this film two stars out of four.
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Movies Adams evolving into one of Hollywood's top actresses TORONTO (AP) — For a time, Amy Adams, a former chorus girl from Colorado, was known for her princesses and country girls: sweet and sunny characters that helped make Adams a star. "I call them the innocents — like Picasso, my 'innocent period,'" Adams says, chuckling. "But the naivety or anything that I brought to a role, I didn't feel trapped by it. I thought each of them saw the world in a different way. I was perplexed that people saw me in that way but I understood it. I didn't know when or how that would change, but I knew it needed to in order for me to evolve as an actress." That evolution has been going on for some time, from the forceful restraint of her performances in "Doubt" and "The Master" to more unbridled outings in a pair of David O. Russell films, "The Fighter" and "American Hustle." At 42, she is already a five-time Oscar nominee. But this fall, in a pair of intelligent, layered performances, Adams' expanding range and growing complexity has never been more on view. In Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival," she stars as a linguist tasked by the government with communicating with newly landed aliens whose sleek, orb-like ships are mysteriously hovering just off the ground. The movie, which opens Friday, is thick
with a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" atmosphere and resonant — through Adams' performance — with deeper emotions than your average sci-fi film. A d a m s a l s o s t a r s i n To m F o r d ' s " N o c t u r n a l A n i m a l s " ( o u t N o v. 1 8 ) , as a Manhattan gallerist trapped in an unhappy marriage. When a novel written by her first husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives, she's teleported into a fictional world. The book's story, a bloody thriller, is heavy with personal subtext. "Both of these characters come to a crossroads and I feel like I'm at a bit of a crossroads," Adams reflected in an interview in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where both films played. "It's being a mom and entering my 40s and looking at things in a different way, a way that has been really awesome," Adams said of her shift. "I feel really happy about the changes that have happened internally. I feel like these films helped that happen." But those changes, she says, are mostly about finding a balance between her career and her family life. She and husband Darren Le Gallo have a six-yearold daughter. Though spelling out the connection would give too much away, motherhood was an especially powerful influence on "Arrival." Adams agreed to
do the film within 24 hours of being sent the script. "Every time I start talking about my daughter in relationship to 'Arrival,' it goes straight to tears," says Adams. "My husband saw the film before I did and he couldn't talk to me for a while." Adams' range as an actress is a sneaky k i n d . T h e re a re n o t a l e s o f t o r t u re d transformations. She simply keeps showing up in role after role, fully inhabiting a character with warmth and smarts while, to varying degrees, remaining herself. Working with her acting coach, Warner Loughlin, Adams builds the essence of a character in advance of shooting so that she can be free and reactive on set. That was especially necessary in both "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals" because both films call on her to express much without speaking. In the latter, she's often just reading. "I have to be active and I have to drive a sort of emotional core through the movie," s ays Adams , "b ut yet I' m ver y much reactive at the same time. In 'Nocturnal Animals,' I was alone a lot." Vi l l e n e u v e , t h e Q u e b e c d i re c t o r o f "Sicario" and "Prisoners," says he needed a strong actress who could emote a lot while often acting against a tennis ball. "I knew that the movie would be on her shoulders," says Villeneuve. "I wanted
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The breakfast horseshoe served at Sgt. Pepper's Cafe in Edwardsville. Below, the exterior of the restaurant.
Sgt. Pepper's Cafe in Edwardsville By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge After a glutinous vacation in Las Vegas, it was good to be home. I decided to stay in my own backyard for my latest Yo u G o t t a E a t , h i t t i n g u p a n Edwardsville classic — Sgt. Pepper's Cafe. This Beatle-themed cafe, named for the British band's 1967 release “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” is located at 218 N. Main St. in downtown Edwardsville. The first Sgt. Pepper's actually opened in Springfield in 1999 a n d re m a i n s o p e n t o d a y. T h e original Edwardsville location opened its doors in 2005 at University Pointe before moving to its current downtown locale in December of 2011. There was also a short-lived location in Wood River. W h e re v e r t h e l o c a t i o n , S g t . Pepper's offers some great eats. Their specialty is a Springfield staple, the horseshoe, and they have lots of different ones to choose from. Horseshoes and The Beatles, how can you go wrong? My buddy Joe and I visited during lunchtime on a Friday afternoon. I hadn't had a good horseshoe in awhile and more importantly, I had never tried a breakfast horseshoe, which is available at Sgt. Pepper's. The breakfast edition comes in either a smaller pony shoe, or the larger horseshoe. It begins with bread and is then topped two eggs, your choice of sausage, bacon or ham, golden crisp hash browns or country potatoes and c o v e re d w i t h y o u r c h o i c e o f gravy or cheese sauce. I went with the horseshoe, because after all, I'm a growing
b o y w i t h a gro w ing ap p e tite . My choice of meat was of course bacon and I went with hash browns and half golden cheese and half white cheese all served over white toast. Joe went with the same, only smothered his in disgusting white gravy, which sat on a base of two buttermilk biscuits. If I haven't noted before, I have a strong disdain for gravy. When it arrived it was monstrous in size and oozing with cheese. Our neighbors in the
diner-style restaurant ogled at our orders, which were a sight to behold. Looks weren't deceiving either. Once I delved in I wasn't disappointed. It was extremely heavy and very filling, including all those great breakfast flavors swirling around in my palate. The cheese sauce was the thick and rich finishing touch that put it over the top. From the crunch of the hash browns, to the saltiness of the bacon and sweetness of the
cheese, it had it all. I finished every last bite of my entree as did Joe with his order. The breakfast horseshoe was a wonderful twist on the classic horseshoe, which Sgt. Pepper's offers plenty of options. There are a slew of horseshoe choices, from the steak or chicken fajita, to the pork tenderloin, the buffalo chicken, the chicken or steak philly, the barbecue chicken and the reuben to name a few. If horseshoes aren't your thing, there are plenty of other choices,
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too. They offer a burger portion of the menu, sandwiches, tex-mex specialties, salads, wraps and platters. On top of that, breakfast is served all day at Sgt. Pepper's, which includes omelets, waffles and pancakes, breakfast wraps, breakfast deluxe specials and breakfast classics. Check out the breakfast quesadilla or nachos, which i n c l u d e t h re e s c r a m b l e d e g g s with cheese, tomatoes and your choice of one meat: steak, chicken, bacon, ham, beef or sausage. It's all served on a 12-inch tortilla with sour cream and salsa. The waffles and pancakes o p t i o n s a re p re t t y i n t r i g u i n g with toppings including: granola, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, pecans, blueberries and strawberries. They also come with powdered sugar and whipped cream. If you're more in the mood for lunch, the chili cheese jalapeno burger caught my eye. It's served on a kaiser bun with a thick burger, chili, shredded cheese, onions, jalapenos and sour cream and a side order of fries. The barbecue chicken nachos sounded pretty good. They were comprised of tortilla chips on a bed of shredded lettuce, topped with chicken, sauteed onions, barbecue sauce and a choice between spicy white, or golden cheese sauce and sour cream. Enjoy looking at all of the Beatles' memorabilia inside the quaint restaurant, too. Sgt. Pepper's loves their Beatles and loves their food and you know what the Beatles say, “All You Need Is Love.” Well, maybe that and some good grub and Sgt. Pepper's Cafe definitely has that when you gotta eat.
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Music Tuning in Alarm Will Sound returning to The Sheldon
The Sheldon presents Alarm Will Sound, Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m. in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall (this program was originally scheduled for December 1). The cutting edge ensemble returns for their 5th “St. Louis Season,” performing John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony, written in 2007 for Alarm Will Sound. John Adams built his career in the 1980s making unique and unmistakable music of pulsing sound masses for large ensembles. But a 1992 commission for a one-of-eachinstrument chamber ensemble f o rc e d h i m t o f u n d a m e n t a l l y rethink his music, and it was a c o m b i n a t i o n o f S c h o e n b e rg and old 1950s-era cartoons that guided him to a new way forward. The dense and manic Chamber Symphony that emerged shocked fans who thought they knew what to expect from Adams, and its ferocious challenges pushed performers to their limits. Fifteen years after writing the original C h a m b e r S y m p h o n y, A d a m s composed a sequel, called Son of Chamber Symphony, for Alarm Will Sound. This special performance combines music, recorded interviews with the composer a n d o t h e r s, a s w e l l a s v o i c e s from the performers onstage to tell the story of the creation of these two seminal works, and of the struggle required to perform them. Tickets for Alarm Will Sound on December 15 are $20 general admission/$10 student. Ticket buyers who purchased tickets for the original date may retain their tickets and present them on December 15. For tickets, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit TheSheldon.org.
The Sheldon to present Dale & Ray
The Sheldon Sessions presents Dale & Ray in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall. Dale Watson and Ray Benson were meant to sing together. Both hailing from, in and around Texas, Dale and Ray have both individually worked their way through the local honky tonks and beer joints, e n t e r t a i n i n g t h e c ro w d s w i t h their own classic country and western styles. But, they have never recorded a record together until now. They appear at The Sheldon in support of Dale and Ray, to be released in January 2017. The concert is at 8 p.m. on J a n . 1 8 . Ti c k e t s a re : $ 3 5 o rc h 1, $30 orch 2, $25 balcony. Call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit TheSheldon.org. Channeling from the likes o f Wi l l i e N e l s o n a n d M e r l e Haggard, The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens and Don Rich, Wa t s o n a n d B e n s o n w i l l showcase their own, new original s o n g s l i k e “ B u s B re a k d o w n , ” “ I t ’ s C r y i n g Ti m e A g a i n , ” “Dale and Ray,” and “Feeling Haggard,” to covers like “Write Your Own Songs” (Willie Nelson
a n d Wa y l o n J e n n i n g s ) a n d “ I Wish You Knew” (The Louvin Brothers).
Family Arena to host Beach Boys, Temptations
Family Arena to welcome The Beach Boys and The Temptations on their Surf & Soul Tour April 23, 2017. The Beach Boys: Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone—July 4, 1985— they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. The Temptations: For more than fifty years, The Te m p t a t i o n s h a v e p ro s p e re d , propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and soldout performances throughout the world. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-andproduced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...”My Girl,” for instance...attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming. The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Offi ce or online at www.metrotix.com. P r i c e s : $ 1 2 5 ( F ro n t F l o o r ) , $85 (Rear Floor & Lower Level Sidelines), $59.50 (Lower Level End Zone & Upper Level Sidelines), $45 (Upper Level End Zone) To c h a r g e b y p h o n e c a l l MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636-896-4234. Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.
m i x t u re o f t r a d i t i o n a l s t y l e s , from jazz to folk to spirituals, and a generous dash of original m a t e r i a l . Ly d i a R u f f i n a n d Charlie Pfeffer have been singing together for more than 30 years, pleasing audiences with their easy harmonies. Mike Tiefenbrun’s bass enriches their sound, along w i t h P f e ff e r ’ s m a n d o l i n a n d Ruffin’s guitar and ukulele. Mayor Taylor is American roots music at its finest - a vocal and acoustic feast. Tickets are $18 orchestra/$15 balcony, and are on sale now through MetroTix at 314-534-1111, through The Sheldon’s website at TheSheldon.org, or in person at The Fox Theatre Box Office, 534 N. Grand Blvd. Tickets for the December 6th concert are limited. For more information, call The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 or visit TheSheldon.org.
Sheldon to present Mayor Taylor
The Sheldon presents Mayor Taylor, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6 and 7 at 10 a.m. in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall. Coffee and pastries are served, starting at 9 a.m., in the beautiful Louis Spiering room. Mayor Taylor creates a rich
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Loettke, Williams to team up for an evening at The Sheldon “Shut the Folk Up and Listen” featuring Keller Williams and Leo Kottke will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 9, 2017 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Tickets are $46 orchestra and $42 balcony and are available at MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit TheSheldon.org. Starting in January 2016, Keller Williams started collaboration with Leo Kottke by playing 24 “Shut the Folk Up and Listen” tour dates across the country. F o r t h i s t o u r Wi l l i a m s g o e s back to his roots, and with just an acoustic guitar, shares the stage with one of his musical
idols, flat picking six and twelve string guitarist Leo Kottke. This unique evening of music features solo sets by both artists and spontaneous collaborations between the two. In Williams’ words, “The ‘Shut the Folk Up and Listen Tour ’ is an interesting night at the theater. It starts with one of my acoustic heroes, Leo Kottke. Playing his signature 6 and 12 string Taylor guitars, he effortlessly takes the audience on a journey through his mind by way of his hilarious stories and warm acoustic perfection, just as he has for the past sever al decades. I’ m honored to join him for the last few songs of his set which then leads into a short intermission. After hearing every word and note of Leo’s set through my in-ear monitor system, I then take the stage fully inspired...”
Music Music calendar Thursday, Dec. 1
The King Khan and BBQ Show, w/The Gartrells, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Crystal Lady, Jennifer Hall, Circle The Wagons, Cicero's, University City, Doors 7:00 p.m. Vijay Iyer Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2
Dianna Reeves: Christmas Time presented by Jazz St. Louis, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Pulse, The Beard Productions, D-Railed, Sail Through Storms, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Undertow – A Tribute to Tool, Pop's, Sauget, Doors 7:00 p.m. Winter LouGrass Fest, The Ready Room, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. Vijay Iyer Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Earthless, Ruby The Hatchet, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:30 p.m. Nick Waterhouse, w/(TBA), Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. Rittz “Top of the Line” Tour, Pop's, Sauget, Doors 7:00 p.m. A Tribute to Hip Hop feat. Nite Owl, Cicero's, University City, Doors 8:00 p.m. Vijay Iyer Trio, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Jeske Park, w/The Public, Glasses, Gypsy Lion, Lia, Transition, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 6:00 p.m. Jackyl, Pop's, Sauget, Doors 6:00 p.m. Open Mic w/Mark Z, Cicero's, University City, Doors 8:00 p.m.
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Travel Lake of the Ozarks welcomes the holidays For The Edge Families looking to make their holiday season a little more memorable need to look no further than Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. The "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation has for years been a special holiday destination during the yuletide season with spectacular light displays, entertaining musical shows, superb shopping, delectable dining and other unique events and it all begins in late November with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and celebrate and cherish the ones they love and the things for which they are thankful. Those who can't get enough of the robust flavors of traditional Thanksgiving dinners, but don't necessarily have the time or patience for all that cooking or the desire to deal with the dreaded clean up afterward, will appreciate that several of the most popular Lake of the Ozarks restaurants and resorts offer fullblown Thanksgiving meals. J. Bruner's Restaurant (5166 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach) offers diners a savory menu of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, candied yams and delectable desserts. H. Toad's Bar & Grill at Camden on the Lake Resort and Marina (2325 Bittersweet Road, Lake Ozark), The Inn at Grand Glaize (5142 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach), HK's Restaurant at The Lodge of Four Seasons (315 Four Seasons Road in Lake Ozark), The Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook (58 Club Place in Camdenton) and Tan-Tar-A Resort (494 Tan Tar A Drive in Osage Beach) are offering Thanksgiving buffets with all the trimmings for their guests. For more details on the menu and hours of the Thanksgiving dinners at J. Bruners, visit www.JBruners. com; for H. Toad's at Camden on the Lake, check out www.HToads. com; for the Inn at Grand Glaize, visit www.InnAtGrandGlaize.com; for The Lodge of Four Seasons, go to www.4SeasonsResort.com; for Old Kinderhook, visit www. OldKinderhook.com and for TanTar-A Resort, head to www.TanTar-A.com. Tan-Tar-A will also offer many activities throughout the long weekend, including a bonfire, singalongs, visits with Santa and his elves, a comedic magic show, the lighting of the resort's holiday lights and more on Thursday. Friday, shoppers can take advantage of Tan-Tar-A's Black Friday deals in its various retail stores located on the property and younger guests can enjoy a Duck Drop race at Timberfalls, the Lake's only indoor waterpark, also on property. Old Kinderhook's Christmas Village, Fridays through Sundays, November 26 through Christmas. Thanksgiving weekend also officially marks the beginning of the holiday season at Old Kinderhook. The resort's annual C h r i s t m a s Vi l l a g e o p e n s o n Saturday, Nov. 26, featuring visits from Mister and Missus Claus and their merrymakers, carolers, ginger bread house-making stations, horsedrawn carriage rides and more. The Christmas Village will take place
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In 2015, the Enchanted Village of Lights in Laurie attracted nearly 20,000 visitors to city's fairgrounds. every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) until Christmas. The Ice at Old Kinderhook, the Lake's only outdoor ice skating rink, will also be open for the season for casual holiday skating sessions and a "pond hockey" league. The hours for The Ice are 4-10 p.m. on weekdays and 1-10 p.m. on weekends. Skating lessons are also available the week of December 26. For more details, visit www. OldKinderhook.com. The Lake area's three drivethrough holiday light parks will also be open for the season on Thanksgiving. The Enchanted Village of Lights, the largest light park in Mid-Missouri, is spread over 27 acres of the fairgrounds in Laurie and is open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. Also in Laurie is the Festival of Lights at St. Patrick's Shrine. The Festival of Lights is open from 6-10 p.m. And, the Unity Circle of Lights in Versailles is open from dark until midnight. Admission to all three light parks is free, but donations are welcome. For more information about the light parks, visit LakeHolidayLights.com. In Osage Beach, the city park and many businesses along Osage Beach Parkway will be dressed up in the holiday spirit from November 26 through December 31. Also at the city park, children of all ages can meet Santa Claus from 3-5 p.m. on December 19. For more information, visit www.OsageBeach.org. Other festive events and activities around the Lake include the Deck the Docks holiday lights dinner cruises on The Celebration motor yacht from November 25 though December 30. Visitors can take in the spectacular sights of lakefront homes and boat docks decked out in decorations and lights while enjoying a delicious dinner and live musical entertainment on this
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100-plus passenger luxury yacht. The Deck the Docks cruises begin boarding at 5:30 p.m. at 5085 Davis Drive in Osage Beach and are on the water from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Proceeds from these holiday dinner cruises go to benefit the Dogwood Animal Shelter. For additional details on different cruises, prices or how to book a reservation, visit www. CruiseLakeOfTheOzarks.com. On November 26, beginning at 6 p.m., visitors can watch a procession of fun floats decked out in lights during the 15th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Laurie. The Lake of the Ozarks' Steps Dance Studio presents its 17th annual performance of the world-famous Nutcracker Ballet on November 26 and 27 in the Cummings Auditorium at the School of the Osage in Osage Beach. This take on the classic Christmas tale features colorful and elaborate costumes and sets as well as young local dancers ages three through 17 performing alongside professionals from the community. The City of Versailles' "Olde Fashioned Christmas on the Square," which takes place from 4-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 in its historic downtown, features many craft and food vendors, live choir performances, horse-drawn carriage rides and a visit from Old Saint Nick. Additionally, the city of Lake Ozark hosts its 32nd annual "Christmas Magic" parade Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade route winds along the historic Bagnell Dam Boulevard. Afterward, children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and receive a free stocking stuffed with goodies from the merrymaker himself. For more information on these and other holiday events around the Lake, visit the event calendar at www.FunLake. com. Another longstanding Lake of the Ozarks holiday tradition is the
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popular and entertaining musical variety show, Christmas on Main Street, at the Main Street Music Hall at the Landing in Osage Beach. Holiday carols, gospel hymns, musical impersonations and comedy are all included in a great seasonal show offered by the cast of talented singers and musicians of the Music Hall family. The Christmas on Main Street show kicks off on Friday, Nov. 25 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18. Evening shows start at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and there's a 3 p.m. matinee show on Sundays. For more information, including show dates, times and ticket prices, or to make reservations, call the Main Street Music Hall box office at 800-348-9501 or visit www. LakeMusicHall.com. Another opportunity to enjoy live holiday music includes the Lake Area Community Orchestra's annual Winter Concert Series. The 2016 program, called "Syncopated Clocks" and directed by Rose A d a m s , f e a t u re s m a n y L a k e area musicians and takes place November 27, 29, December 4, 6, 11 and 13 at various venues around the Lake of the Ozarks. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. For details on the Winter Concert Series, visit www. LakeAreaCommunityOrchestra.org. The Lake of the Ozarks also is an ideal destination for marking items off Christmas gift lists of any length. The Lake is home to Osage Beach Premium Outlets, the largest brand-name factory outlet mall in Missouri, and The Landing on Main Street, a beautiful Victorian-themed village with over 20 boutique shops offering everything from home decor to chic clothing, kitschy souvenirs to homemade confections. There are also many antique shops around the Lake area and many unique shops and boutiques along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip in
Lake Ozark. And, to make the deals even sweeter, many of the Lake area lodging properties offer "Shop and Stay" or "Shop 'til You Drop" packages that include coupon books to the outlet mall worth hundreds of dollars in savings. Some lodging properties even throw in a pre-paid gift card for up to $50 for the outlet mall. For more information about shopping at the Lake, click on the "shopping" tab at www.FunLake. com. Some of the most memorable holiday traditions at the Lake of the Ozarks revolve around spending quality time with family and friends in a warm and relaxed setting that has all the comforts of home. Visitors can easily find the perfect accommodations for groups and families of all sizes. Accommodations at the Lake include resorts, cabins, condos, vacation homes, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and RV parks. And, with special winter and holiday lodging rates, travelers can save as much as 40 percent off in-season rates. For all the different lodging options available around the Lake, click on the "Places to Stay" tab at www.FunLake.com. Visitors can also ring in the New Year in style at the Lake of the Ozarks. Camden on the Lake, The Inn at Grand Glaize, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Old Kinderhook and Tan-Tar-A Resort, just to name a few, are offering special New Year's Eve dinners, events and specials and there will be Lake-wide fireworks displays at the stroke of midnight on January 1. For complete details on all the holiday events, seasonal attractions, as well as options for dining and lodging at the "Best Recreational Lake in the Nation," Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, visit the Convention and Visitor Bureau's award-winning website at www. FunLake.com.