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Hoskins in the NFL

Edwardsville native overcame hurdles.

4 Hot Yoga

Latest craze arrives in Glen Carbon.


The mind of Da Vinci Exhibit featured in St. Louis.

You're better off sitting this one out.

20 An English Christmas Don't get too excited about the goose.

Holiday tips

Put your best face forward.

24 Villa Marie Winery Discovering a one-of-a-kind lunch.



What’s Happening Thursday December 22_____

• Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Ar t Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through • C h r i s t m a s Wo n d e r l a n d , Jan. 22. open through Dec. 28, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Rep, 8 p.m., St. Louis, Runs through Dec. 23

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•"Meet Me in St. Louis", 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville • C h r i s t m a s Wo n d e r l a n d , open through Dec. 28, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Rep, 2 p.m./8 p.m., St. Louis, Runs through Dec. 23 • David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30

• Christmas Wonderland, open through Dec. 28, Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton • David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 • Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22. • Reflections of the Buddha, Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis. Exhibit runs through March 12.

Sunday December 25_____ Merry Christmas!

Monday December 26_____ • C h r i s t m a s Wo n d e r l a n d , open through Dec. 28, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton

Tuesday December 27_____ • C h r i s t m a s Wo n d e r l a n d , open through Dec. 28, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton

Wednesday December 28_____ • C h r i s t m a s Wo n d e r l a n d , open through Dec. 28, Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rock Spring Park, Alton

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People Hoskins overcame hurdles in the NFL Edwardsville native's career came to an untimely end By BILL ROSEBERRY Of The Edge NOTE – This is the second in a two-part series. Part one appeared in the Dec. 15 Edge. Bob Hoskins' first season with the San Francisco 49ers was a whirlwind, but it was his sophomore campaign that proved to be the highlight of his pro football career. Hoskins had come from playing for the the Edwardsville Tigers and the Wichita State Shockers to finding himself in the middle of California and the NFC Championship game in January 1971 as a rookie. The 49ers were 103-1 that season and the NFC West champs. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings 17-14 in the divisional playoffs only to fall to the Dallas Cowboys 17-10 on Jan. 3, 1971, a game shy of the Super Bowl. Hoskins had been a key cog on San Francisco's stellar, record setting O-line, but when he returned in the fall for the ‘71 season he found himself playing on the D-line. On Dec. 26, 1971 Hoskins produced the most memorable play of his professional career in a divisional playoff game against the Washington Redskins. Leading just 17-13 entering the fourth quarter, Hoskins made his presence felt. The 49ers had the Redskins pinned deep in their own territory and forced them to punt. The snap was bad and the ball caromed into the end zone where Hoskins scrambled after it and smothered it for a touchdown. It gave San Francisco a commanding 24-13 edge on the way to a 24-20 victory. While Hoskins was making the spectacular play, his wife Carolyn was back at their home in Edwardsville proud of her man. "I was in Edwardsville at the time that game was going on and of course everybody around was very excited and as a matter of fact I still have the ball here on the mantle," Carolyn Hoskins said by telephone recently. "That was really a big highlight for him." Again though the 49ers fell to the meddling Cowboys 14-3 in the NFC Championship game. Dallas also ousted San Francisco from the ‘73 divisional playoffs. "Even today it's still such a big rivalry between the 49ers and the Cowboys," Hoskins said. "It was really Dwight Clark and the catch that really sealed it, but up until that time it was the three years in a row when Bobby played that Dallas knocked them out of the playoffs." As he grew acclimated with life in California he decided to uproot the family and move them from Edwardsville after his second season with the 49ers. Once Carolyn arrived in San Francisco she felt a little out of place. It was an affluent area and different from Edwardsville and she wanted to find people her family could connect with. That happened one day when she was in a department store with her children and saw an African American woman shopping. "In this area where we lived you never saw a lot of blacks," said Hoskins. "I was looking for somebody for my kids to play with and I saw this lady who had three little boys with her, so I walked up to her and I introduced myself and she told me she was Pat Bonds. We started talking about sports and she said her husband was Bobby Bonds and played baseball. I was just elated to be able to meet some friend of color and instantly her and I became very good friends and when Bobby met Bobby Bonds it was just a connection to where they were totally inseparable." The Bobby Hoskins and Bobby Bonds relationship grew from a friendship into more of a brotherhood. Bonds, who was a star player for the San Francisco Giants from 1968-74, got Hoskins into golf, the two fished together on Bonds' boat, they just genuinely enjoyed each other's company. "Most of the time when Bobby wasn't playing ball you'd see one, you'd see the

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Bob Hoskins of the San Francisco 49ers other," Hoskins said. "Bobby Bonds got my Bobby into playing golf. He bought him his first set of golf clubs. Bobby Hoskins didn't really have the temperament to hit this little ball and Bobby Bonds kept saying, ‘You're going to learn.' "They spent all their time together and his kids, Barry, Rickey and BB (Bobby Bonds Jr.) were always at our house so it was like an extended family. Our kids called him Uncle Bobby and called his wife Aunt Pat Pat." It was after the 1973 season Hoskins suffered his biggest roadblock in life to that point when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, which is known as Hodgkin's Lymphoma today. It's a cancer of the lymph tissue in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow and other sites. Symptoms include severe fatigue, fleeting fever and chills, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss. It didn't slow Hoskins though. "All through his treatments they told him he was really going to lose weight and he never did," said Hoskins. "He was just determined to show them something different, so during his treatments he gained nine pounds. "He continued to play basketball. If he got tired he just took a nap. We probably ate at every restaurant in San Francisco because after his treatment he would just eat. If he got sick, he would eat again and we bought these mints by the cases because with the radiation he always had a bad taste in his mouth." To put his worried wife at ease, Hoskins even joined a cancer support group and quickly became a motivator to its members. "He joined a support group, more for me than it was for him," Hoskins said. "Because I was the one who didn't want to say the word cancer. I'll never forget this Sister named Sister Patrice who just kept calling and calling so finally he joined the support group and they just looked forward for him being there because he had such a positive attitude.

"He always felt like he was the same person, it was just that, big deal, he had cancer and he was going to beat it." When it came time to get back to playing football Hoskins was up to the challenge. He went to 49ers' training camp determined to keep his job. "Nobody thought he'd be able to come back and play football, but he did," said Hoskins. "It was weird because they were having training camp and his hair had started coming out, so he just went and shaved all of his hair off. He went to camp and nobody recognized him. He was still big, the only difference was he didn't have any hair. "After being diagnosed with cancer he never missed training camp. At the time that he had it he just took his treatments and he was fine by the time training camp started the next year. He got his starting position back on the defensive line." Carolyn did credit the 49ers as being a giant help in the recovery process. "He was fortunate because he was with the 49ers and had the very best doctors and the very best of everything as far as care was concerned," she said. "You just learn that your mental attitude is so important. He had a great mental outlook and he just enjoyed life and was going to live it to the fullest." He went on to play two more seasons with San Francisco in 1974 and 1975 before the real Achille's Heel of his football career set in, blood clots in his legs. In a 1981 article Carolyn told Intelligencer sports editor Joe Meyer, "Bobby probably worked the hardest trying to get rid of the blood clots in his legs. At first he could take only a few steps before they went numb. Gradually he improved to a point that he could jog several miles." In that ‘81 article, Carolyn recalled Hoskins visiting a 49ers training camp after he could no longer play and stretching and exercising at one end of the field while the team worked

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out at the other end. "More than one player has told me that they could not have done what he did. People just don't realize what his body went through," Carolyn said in that interview. After football Hoskins enjoyed spending time with Bonds and working his job for Bank of America. "There was a program with Bank of America and he was vice president of Bank Americard," said Hoskins. "What they did was got different athletes to go out with different corporate sponsors to promote the business so he worked there for three or four years. When Bobby Bonds wasn't playing ball he would pick him up and they would go to speaking engagements together." Unfortunately in 1980, at the age of 34, Hoskins died of a heart attack leaving a slew of shocked family members, friends and colleagues. "Of course it was such a shock and such a tragedy because he wasn't sick. It was just very sudden," said Hoskins. "We'd gone through cancer and at that particular time when you said cancer the next word was death." Bonds was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals at the time and immediately took a leave of absence to be with the Hoskins family. "It was amazing, but that's how Bobby Bonds was," said Hoskins. "That's just how he cared so much about Bobby and about us as a family. He took the time from the Cardinals and stayed with us through the whole thing. He came back to Illinois for the burial and even after that he was there always for my kids. He was like a second father to them." The Hoskins family remained close with Bonds until his death from complications from lung cancer and a brain tumor in 2003 at age 57. "That was very, very hard because I never really thought he was that sick," Hoskins said of Bonds' passing. "You just thought he was going to beat it, so it was a very hard time for my family and for all of us. It was losing someone who was so special and meant so much to you. You just felt like it wasn't the time." Through their fathers' friendship, Barry Bonds and Steve Hoskins became very close friends, too. Steve served as Barry's best man at his 1999 wedding, but their bond became strained in 2003. In this year's grand jury trial against Bonds for lying over his alleged use of steroids, Hoskins was a key witness after having an incriminating tape recording against Bonds. Carolyn adamantly believes the whole happenstance would have been drastically different had Bob Hoskins and Bobby Bonds still been around. "Definitely not," said Hoskins. "It never would have happened. Even if Bobby Bonds would have still been around it would have come out totally different. Bobby Bonds wasn't the type of person that wanted to display his personal stuff within the limelight. He was just a private person and a caring person." She admitted she hasn't been in contact with Barry Bonds in quite sometime but if she saw him she'd still embrace him as family. Carolyn forged ahead after the sudden passing of her husband and though the aforementioned drama with Steve Hoskins and Barry Bonds could be considered a black eye linked to Bob Hoskins' legacy, football also awarded the Hoskins the chance to give back also and that's what Carolyn has done. She's been a big part of the NFL alumni association and the 49ers, overseeing the Northern California Chapter's annual Drug Awareness Day and teaming up with 49ers' legend Jerry Rice for an annual toy drive. "I met Jerry (Rice) when he first came to the 49ers and his children are my godchildren and we started doing this toy drive and this year will be the 17th year," said Hoskins. "Last year we gave toys to 25 small, local organizations and this year we will top that number. For something that started out small, it's grown into this great event and I'm very proud of that. It helps so many kids who otherwise wouldn't have a happy Christmas." See "HOSKINS" on Page 6

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Hot Yoga New trend heats up the local scene By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


et out of the cold and into the heat at the area's hottest workout with Hot Yoga Edwardsville. Hot yoga takes students through a series of poses that are performed in a room heated to 95 degrees or higher in order to burn fat more efficiently, increase flexibility and eliminate toxins from the body through sweating, according to owner Dr. Bridget Brasfield, who is also a certified chiropractor and yoga instructor. Brasfield also owns Physical Medicine Clinic in Granite City, which offers multiple services including chiropractic, physical therapy, nutrition, sports physicals and yoga among others. "I started doing yoga as a therapeutic thing for my patients because it's very good for the spine, for the core, all these things. And then I saw all these benefits with my patients so I decided to go and get trained to teach yoga," said Brasfield. "I went through the training and just fell in love with yoga." In 2007, she decided to open a yoga studio within her Granite City clinic that offered both regular and hot yoga. "I just personally love the hot yoga because it makes your muscles warmed up and it's detoxifying," said Brasfield. About a year after opening the yoga studio in Granite City, Brasfield decided to expand and bring the benefits of hot yoga

to the residents of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. Her hunch that people in this area would fall in love with hot yoga just as she did proved right. Hot Yoga Edwardsville opened in April, 2011, initially offering seven classes per week. Brasfield said they had 40 students in every class during its first month. Hot yoga was so popular, in fact, that they had to lock the doors to keep the classes from getting overloaded. By October, the number of classes offered had risen to nine per week and now there are 16 classes per week for students to choose from. Some students love it so much that they even take more than one class per day. Amy Geissler of Shiloh has been taking classes at the studio since it first opened. She and her twin sister, Erin Wessels, both enjoy the challenge that hot yoga offers. "It's more challenging than regular yoga," said Geissler. "We like it. The hotter the better. Some days you feel like you're going to die but after you feel great. It helps you breathe...when I work out, I want it to be hard." Geissler also praised the staff and her fellow hot yoga devotees for their friendliness. "Everybody here is nice. It makes you want to come back," she said. However, hot yoga is not just for advanced students looking for a harder workout. Brasfield said every class is made up of the same sequence of 28 clearly-defined poses. Beginners are encouraged to do their best as they go through the sequence. More experienced students will perform the same poses going just a little bit deeper and fine tuning

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A class works out recently at Hot Yoga. their technique. Each person’s body will react differently to the heat giving every student the opportunity to work toward their own personal skill level. “Don’t just come to one class. The whole experience can be very shocking,” said Brasfield. She encouraged new students not to be intimidated. The studio regularly sees up to five new students per class. Everyone from competitive athletes to beginners who have never exercised in their life can experience the benefits of hot yoga, said Brasfield. Instructor Jeremy Henkhaus describes hot yoga as a “very

disciplined” practice where students are encouraged to maintain their breath control throughout the class. According to Henkhaus, the intense heat helps students to free their mind of the stresses of the day and focus solely on their breath and the movement of their body. “We want beginners and advanced (students) to be able to get something out of it,” said Henkhaus, who is certified through the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Course and has been teaching for the past two years. For anyone interested in taking

their passion for yoga a step further, the studio also offers a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program. Hot Yoga Edwardsville is currently offering an introductory rate of $29.99 for the first month with unlimited access to classes. After the first month, the price goes up to $39.99 per month with unlimited use. To sign up for classes or find out more about Hot Yoga Edwardsville, located at 19 Junction Drive in Glen Carbon, call 205-6167, email hotyogaedw@ or visit www.

On the street What's your favorite holiday tradition?

"I like going to see the lights around houses." Jillian Burgett, Springfield


"Just having dinner together as a family." Jeannine Hampton, St. Louis

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"My favorite Hanukkah tradition is making potato latkes." Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, Florissant

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"Decorating the tree."

"Going home."

Brandon Khammanivong, Granite City

Ashley Elliott, Farmer City

People People planner Science Center to host Star Trek: The Exhibition This fall, the Saint Louis Science Center will present Star Trek: The Exhibition. For more than 40 years, Star Trek has entertained audiences with compelling stories, colorful characters and powerful allegories. No other science-fiction brand has become so interwoven with popular culture. While entertaining and delighting, Star Trek also foretold the world today: humans exploring other worlds, miracles of modern medicine and even the first cell phone.  This exhibition brings 45 years of authentic Star Trek artifacts to life, showcasing the largest collection of artifacts ever put on public display. One-of-a-kind costumes, props and filming models from every Star Trek television series and feature film will amaze and inspire Star Trek fans and novices alike.  Tickets and more information at Information on related programs at the Science Center will be available at

Garden to host Orchid Show The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a colorful respite from the winter doldrums with its much-anticipated Orchid Show, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. The annual Orchid Show is the one time of year for visitors to see a regularly-rotating display

of 800 blooming orchids from the Garden’s renowned collection, one of the largest in the nation. Stroll through the lush, tropical landscape of fragrant blooms on Saturday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. daily. Show admission is $5, in addition to regular Garden admission. Visit to learn more. The Orchid Show is a temporary display built from the ground up inside the 5,000-square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Show themes change annually, offering visitors new ways to experience the orchid collection from year to year. In 2012, to celebrate the Garden’s “Year of China” and 25th year of work on the Flora of China project, the Orchid Show transforms into an architecturally-inspired indoor Chinese strolling garden. Pass through a replica of the Moon Gate (the iconic, rounded entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden) to enter a landscape of greenery infused with Chinese-themed accents. Stroll along the curved paths to uncover numerous water features, small stone lanterns and other statuary. Thirty oversized, tasseled silk lanterns suspended overhead add vivid, eye-catching pops of color. Free-form bamboo shoots are shaped into artistic arrangements. Replicas of a small stone footbridge and a stone pagoda are nestled in the mosscovered, orchid-filled flower beds. At every turn, orchids of many colors burst from the landscape. Approximately 800 orchids are on

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summers and offer a diversity of color and form. Horticulturists juggle temperatures inside the greenhouse range to force the winter bloom of as many plants as possible for the annual Orchid Show. Spent blooms are rotated o u t f ro m w e e k t o w e e k a n d replaced with fresh ones, subtly shifting the look and landscape of the show throughout its run. Photographers are welcome to use hand-held cameras to capture the Orchid Show for personal enjoyment; tripod and monopod usage is not permitted indoors. The 2012 Orchid Show is p r e s e n t e d b y We l l s F a r g o Advisors. Orchid Show admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and over), in addition to general Garden admission ($8 for adults; $4 for St. Louis City and County residents, with free admission Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon; free for children ages 12 and under). Missouri Botanical Garden

members enjoy free general admission along with free Orchid Show admission. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. Throughout the Orchid Show, stop by the Garden Gate Shop to browse a large selection of orchid p l a n t s , b o o k s a n d g a rd e n i n g accessories for both beginners and experienced growers. Proceeds support the Missouri Botanical Garden. For general Garden information, visit www.mobot. org or call (314) 577‑5100 (tollf re e , 1 ‑ 8 0 0 ‑ 6 4 2 ‑ 8 8 4 2 ) . F o l l o w t h e G a rd e n o n F a c e b o o k a n d Twitter at m i s s o u r i b o t a n i c a l g a rd e n a n d

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People People planner Dunham tour to stop in St. Charles The man whose standup concerts rule the comedy world, Jeff Dunham, announces a full slate of shows through March 2012 that offers his millions of fans brand new laughs and hilarious additions to his famed troupe of sidekicks Dunham will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at The Family Arena in St. Charles. Tickets available at all MetroTix locations. Charge by phone (314) 534-1111 or online at In the coming months, concertgoers will meet two new Dunham characters: Achmed Junior, the not-as-equally skeletal son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and Little Jeff, a mini-ve`rsion of the ringmaster himself. Dunham’s sidesplitting performances have made him the top grossing live comedian in North America for three consecutive years as well as the last two worldwide. Now his evergrowing legion of devoted fans that flock to his shows year after year will meet the newest additions to his suitcase posse. Achmed the Dead Terrorist has to now contend with his rebellious offspring, Achmed Junior, aka A.J. Meanwhile, Peanut has decided that he’s tired of being Jeff’s sidekick and has taken up ventriloquism with his own character: Little Jeff.  More hilarity than ever ensues as the never-before-seen characters unleash their

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Maybe her proudest philanthropic enterprise comes away from football though. She's currently working on finding a home for her traveling Black History exhibit. "The NFL alumni is a sponsor of the program. It's a non-profit organization named after my grandson," said Hoskins. "It got started when he was in the first grade. He had to do a project on a famous African American and he said he didn't want to do another report on Dr. (Martin Luther) King because he knew everything about him. He asked, ‘Wasn't there any other African Americans who had done anything.' I was like, ‘Wow.' I told him there were so many, so we started this project with his school and it snowballed into a traveling museum. "Finally I got my non-profit status and last year we were very fortunate to have a building donated to us to use in Burlington, Calif. We had it stuffed with artifacts and now we're trying to find a permanent building. I'm very proud of that. It's not just Black History, it's American History." All of these projects are things she knows her late husband would have believed in also due to his love of people. She recalled the amount of letters she received from fans and friends after his passing and it's still a little overwhelming. "I remember when he died - and I still have them - there were thousands of cards that people sent and it was so amazing because in every card somebody wrote some kind of note talking about something special that he had done, or he had stopped by their house just to say hi or whatever," Hoskins said. "That was just amazing." Carolyn says there's not a day that goes by she doesn't remember Hoskins, sometimes on her own free will and other times from friends and relatives reminiscing


own havoc on stage.  The comic has taken his craft to unequalled heights of success in recent years. He currently boasts 7 million DVDs sold of his three previous specials and Comedy Central series, a New York Times Book Review bestseller list autobiography (“All By My Selves”), ratings records for his past TV shows, a briskly selling line of more than 100 items of merchandise, and a live show that fills top venues in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia to rapturous receptions and standing ovations nightly.  Further information on Jeff Dunham is at: His upcoming special has its own dedicated page at: www. chaos.

Globetrotters to visit St. Louis Having signed one of its biggest rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team went on sale on Monday, Oct. 17. Tickets are available at www., www.ticketmaster. com, the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, or by phone at 800.745.3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. The new Globetrotters, owned by former Edwardsville resident Mannie Jackson, also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob “Hops” Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker joins slam dunk runnerup John “Jet” Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell “Spider” Wilks of the University of Cincinnati. The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony “Biggie” McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England. “The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “This year’s rookie class features some of the most talented and promising

players from across the world.” Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces. Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to draw fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their firstever basketball experience. Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over more than eight decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.

Card of him. "For some reason someone almost every day will mention

something about him, or I think of something about him, so there's not really a day that goes by that

I don't think about him," said Hoskins. "And that's a good thing." Bob Hoskins will always be

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Hypnotist Brian Imbus performs three shows at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. First Night® favorites return including the magic of Brent Lowenstein in Johnson Hall at Third Baptist Church and Improv comedy with Ed Reggi’s Paper Slip Theatre in the Grandel Theater. As always, First Night® will also be offering a wide variety of live music including jazz, bluegrass, cabaret, Irish harp, rock, barbershop and native American flute, to name a few. A new venue this year is the Grand Center Arts Academy at 711 N. Grand Blvd., where performers from the Academy along with the Teen Talent Showcase (presented by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation) will show off their talents. On the main level of the brand new building, GCAA parents, tea chers and staff will host a First Night® coffee shop, a great place to step out of the cold and enjoy some hot chocolate, coffee, tea and other festive refreshments. The Cadence, a dynamic, l i v e l y d r u m m i n g g ro u p f ro m Springfield, Mo., returns to First Night®, taking the Main Stage at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. to lead the countdowns to both fireworks displays, the first at 9 p.m. for the young and young at heart, and the grand finale at midnight. This talented group first captured the national spotlight on America’s Got Talent in 2008. Outside, visitors to First Night® – St. Louis will find m o re a c t i v i t y o n t h e f e s t i v a l footprint, where the district will be enveloped with special effect lighting and lively s t re e t p e r f o r m e r s . I n S t r a u s s Park, located at Grand and Washington, visitors can make w i s h e s f o r t h e N e w Ye a r a n d burn regrets from the past. Wishes will take the shape of “cake sprinkles,” decorating a giant, artificial 20th birthday cake built just for First Night®. Admission buttons to FIRST NIGHT® - St. Louis go on sale in December and are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Several area businesses have partnered with F i r s t N i g h t ® t o o ff e r b u t t o n s at a pre-event price of $4 for children and $8 for adults. The community partners include: all area Dierbergs, select Schnucks locations and new this year, a

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Buttons on Sale for First Night River Bend The First Night River Bend 2012 button is your ticket to an evening filled with music, dance, magic, humor and a wide variety of artistic expression. Buy your button and wear it for admission to all performance venues on the Lewis and Clark Community College campus – it’s your ticket to excitement and entertainment. Admission buttons for this year ’s New Year ’s Eve celebration of the arts are $10 in advance and $15 at the event. Children age 5 and under are free. Buttons can be purchased at the following locations: • Dick’s Flowers (Alton & Wood River) • Party Magic • Liberty Bank locations • Jersey Community Wellness Center Numerous acts and entertainment will highlight the annual celebration of the arts, taking place on New Year ’s Eve on the college’s Godfrey campus.

The re-opening of the Hatheway Cultural Center will bring back the main stage to the 17th annual First Night River Bend event. Gracing the main stage this year will be returning favorites Master Hypnotist Ray Thompson, Illusionist Keith Jozsef and “The Whip Guy” Chris Camp. Other returning favorites to First Night River Bend include the comedy and magic of Chris Egelston, musical performances by Back in the Saddle and the Alton Landing Jazz Quartet, i c e c a r v i n g s b y C h i p O ff t h e Block, air brush face paintings by Fantasy Faces, and numerous hands-on activities for the children. River Bend Arena will open at 6:30 p.m. with activities and performances for children of all ages. Two fireworks shows will be held again this year, the first at 9 p.m. and the second at midnight. For a complete schedule of entertainers and events, log on to First Night River Bend is an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year ’s Eve celebration of the arts, featuring live music, singers, dancers, jugglers and more.



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Music Tuning in Chamber Chorus plans Tribute series In a season that blends the grand with the intimate, the Chamber Chorus performs true chamber music where the audience is invited to witness music at close quarters, as well as large scale works presented in some of the city’s more majestic spaces. In a musical odyssey, the singers celebrate the Latvian capital in the Missa Rigensis, a major work by pop-performer-turned-classiccomposer Ugis Praulins. They conjure up Alpine vistas in the music of Judith Bingham, and they invoke Haiti i n a w o r l d p re m i e re f ro m Sydney Guillaume. His is but one of several notable commissions this season, including Songs of Ale by Robert Walker, who will travel from his home in England for our performance at the Schlafly Tap Room. Another British composer, Sasha Johnson Manning, provides the ‘new piece’ for our recreation of the Nine Lessons & Carols associated with King’s College, Cambridge. Yakov Gubanov, a successor to Sasha as our ‘Composer-inResidence’, is writing an homage to his Russian homeland for our season finale, a series of tributes to fallen leaders and their heirs, from Tsar Nicholas II to President Kennedy. Remaining performances include: A CHORUS CAROUSE February 19 • 3 pm The Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust St • St. Louis • 63103 A TRAVELER’S TALE April 22 • 3 pm First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood 100 E. Adams Ave • Kirkwood • 63122 A LEADER’S LAMENT May 27 • 3 pm Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 5020 Rhodes Ave • St. Louis • 63109 For information call (636) 458-4343 Visit us at www.chamberchorus. org SLCC, PO Box 11558 Clayton, MO 63105

Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers. On the Rock-O-Matic tour, the guys will be playing all their favorite songs from their wildly popular TV series as well as debuting new material from their brand-new “Rock-O-Matic” CD/DVD.

The Fox to host the Fresh Beat Band The Fresh Beat Band is coming to the Fox Theater Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25 and are on sale now at the Fox Box Office, by calling 314/534-1111 or at  T h e F r e s h B e a t B a n d , Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will hit the road in February 2012 for the first time ever on a 15-week nationwide concert tour.  Kiki (Yvette GonzalezNacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music.

Clarkson to appear at the Fox Global superstar Kelly Clarkson announces her highly anticipated Stronger Tour 2012 in support of her fifth studio album, Stronger, which was released on Oct. 24. The first leg of her world tour kicks off with

a North American 40 plus city trek beginning in Mashantucket, CT on Jan. 13, with special guest Matt Nathanson. Clarkson will appear on March 16 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are available at the Fox Box Office or The album, Stronger, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 2 on the Digital Albums Chart. All 5 of Kelly’s albums have debuted in the Top 3. The first single, “Mr. Know It All” has reached No. 4 on the iTunes Singles Chart and marks Kelly’s ninth Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Kelly recently won a Country Music Association award for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean, for their hit single “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” E n t e rt a i n m e n t We e k l y c a l l s Stronger, “a breakup album for the ages” while Billboard states, “she’s in her strongest form yet on fifth album Stronger.” The New York Times claims, “Ms. Clarkson is turning into the Mary J. Blige of pop,” while USA Today says “vocally, Clarkson has never sounded better.” Rolling Stone states Kelly has, “one of music’s most remarkable voices.” Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released five studio albums ( T h a n k f u l , B r e a k a w a y, M y December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 9 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards, 1 Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.


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N i n e N e t w o r k p re s e n t s A n Evening with Yanni on Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $84.50, $74.50, $64.50 and $49.50 and are on sale at the Fox Box Office, by calling 314/534-1111 or at Yanni, music’s true world citizen and most popular contemporary composer, announced today the first leg of a major tour of North America commencing in April of 2012. The tour includes a stop at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on April 29, 2012. This year saw Yanni, one of the music industry’s most beloved artists, selling out major concert venues around the world including Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With his world-class orchestra, he performed music from his latest album “Truth of Touch,” now platinum in the Middle East, as well as classic concert favorites. On December 16th and 17th, Yanni will perform and film two shows at Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, a recognized UNESCO Heritage Site, in Puerto Rico. The show will air exclusively in the United States on PBS and debut March 3, 2012. The CD/DVD combo will be available exclusively through PBS pledge drives and a worldwide release in the Spring of 2012. In addition to his television special in Puerto Rico, his string of U.S. dates will be followed by a South American tour in the fall of 2012, and a multi-city tour of China in 2013. As Yanni tours across the globe, his heartfelt and compelling music continues to touch both old

Jacoby Arts Center hosts open mic nights Jacoby Arts Center is excited to introduce open mic nights to their East Room stage. Open Mic: WORDS takes place on third Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from September to November and again from February through May. The doors will open at 6 p.m.; presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Audiences of all ages welcome; however, attendees are advised that content may not be suitable for everyone. A cash beverage bar with beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages, as well as a coffee bar will be available; light refreshments will also be served. A $5 suggested donation is requested from each presenter to ensure 5-10 minutes of time on the evening schedule; the final amount of time allowed to each presenter will be determined after confirmation of the total number of artists participating. Pre-registration is requested by sending an email message to info@ or by calling Jacoby at 618.462.5222. Anyone ages 16 and up who wants to share their words of art are invited to present. Songwriters are welcome to try out a new song, fiction writers can share their poetry and short stories, playwrights and actors can try out new lines and skits, comedians can share their new material with the audience.

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Music Tuning in Single tickets on sale for Touhill events In its ninth season, the Touhill showcases an ever-expanding variety of genres on the two stages at the performing arts center. Single tickets for most 2011-12 events went on sale Aug. 22. The diverse programming is largely due to strong partnerships with esteemed local arts organizations, including Dance St. Louis, Modern American Dance C o m p a n y, S a i n t L o u i s B a l l e t , Ambassadors of Harmony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Arianna String Quartet and Jazz St. Louis, as well as select, outstanding resources on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus. Interactive children shows, titled Arts@Play, bring new partnerships with Paper Slip Theatre and The Muny. Please see the calendar that follows for a chronological event list with show times and ticket prices. Tickets are available at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at www.; or by phone at 314-5164949. SAINT LOUIS BALLET: The Nutcracker December 16-18, 21 & 23 • on sale TBA Choreographed by Gen Horiuchi, the ballet is set to the classic score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Filled with enchanting scenery, magical lands and splendid dancing, the production caters to all ages. A R T S @ P L AY: Exercise Imagination Presented by Touhill & MADCO January 20 • Fri @ 7PM • $5 With excerpts of its athletic and entertaining dances, MADCO will share how artists get their inspiration and what it takes to turn an idea into dance. Everyone will work together to create a new dance for the company with special roles for the audience. This program is suitable for elementary school students. EMSEMBLE ESPAÑOL SPANISH DANCE THEATER Presented by Dance St. Louis January 27 & 28 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM • $50, $40, $35 • on sale September 6 Wi t h p a s s i o n , p o w e r a n d spectacle, the 40 dancers, singers and musicians of Chicago's celebrated Ensemble Español highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures from around the world. Their repertory features more than 125 dances in flamenco, folkloric and classical Spanish styles. PRO ARTE QUARTET Welcomed by the Arianna String Quartet February 10 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 The Pro Arte Quartet perform regularly throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, this oldest string quartet in continuous existence celebrates its centennial in 2012. STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG February 17 • Fri @ 8PM • $65, $40, $30 This is no ordinary puppet show. No Kermit or Miss Piggy. It’s an adults-only, improv show from Henson Alternative, the edgy branch of the Jim Henson Company that’s played off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre to rave reviews and has been touring since. The bawdy puppeteers perform off-the-cuff comedy combined with musical theatre for a hilarious puppet romp. SILVER ROOTS: Japan Meets


World Presented by the Center for International Studies February 18 • Sat @ 8PM • $18 An intersection between Japanese music and the Western World, this performance showcases classical and traditional music from both hemispheres, as well as original works for violin, flute, cello, voice and dance. ARIANNA STRING QUARTET: World Premiere March 2 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 The centerpiece of the evening is the World Premiere of David Stock’s Quartet No.9, a work written for the Arianna. Stock’s a w a rd - w i n n i n g c o m p o s i t i o n s have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh S y m p h o n y, Seattle Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. BEETHOVEN: Q u a r t e t i n F m i n o r, O p . 9 5 , “Serioso” ; STOCK: Quartet No.9; TCHAIKOVSKY: Quartet No.3 in E-flat minor ST. LOUIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA Spring Concert March 6 • Tues @ 7PM • $20 general admission; tables start at $46 Eight years and countless touring miles since it formed, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra has claimed the Lee Theater at the Touhill as a new home. Under the direction of bassist/educator Jim Widner, the orchestra brings together some of the finest jazz artists in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. THE JOFFREY BALLET Presented by Dance St. Louis March 9 & 10 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM • $60, $55, $40 • on sale September 6 A pioneer in ballet creativity since its birth in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet flexes its muscles in a stunning contemporary program. Works by modern masters James Kudelka

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and William Forsythe set classical moves off-kilter with results both provocative and exquisite. SYN-AULOIS : Rembetika to Modern Presented by the Center for International Studies * March 10 • Sat @ 8PM • $18 general admission; tables start at $46 The repertoire is a journey through the history, landscape and people of contemporary Greece, Bluesy, heart-wrenching rembetika, bouzouki-driven music, is the music of the 1920s Greek demimonde inhabitants of the waterfront bars of Piraeus. (E3!) HERBIE HANCOCK Presented by Jazz St. Louis March 18 • Sun @ 7:30PM • $150, $ 60, $40 Throughout his explorations, Hancock has transcended limitations and genres including jazz, bebop, R&B, electro funk and classical, all while maintaining his unmistakable voice. His illustrious career spans five decades and 14 Grammy Awards. His latest album is The Imagine Project. MADCO: 35th Anniversary Concert March 30 & 31 • Fri & Sat @ 8PM • $23 Whether you are a longtime fan or new to the company, this concert promises an outstanding snapshot of MADCO’s history, repertoire and talent. CHEIKH LÔ * Presented by the Center for International Studies April 12 • Thurs @ 7:30PM • $18 general admission; tables start at $46 A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer, Cheik Lô has been influenced by the music of West and Central Africa and crated a style uniquely his own.

A R T S @ P L AY : M u n y 4 U Presented by Touhill & The Muny April 13 • Fri @ 7PM • $5 Designed by The Muny, this interactive and lively show will involve the young audience in different aspects of musical theatre and demonstrate they know more about the genre than they might realize. The grand finale will involve the whole audience in an impromptu flash-mob-style production. This program is suitable for middle-school age students. ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET Presented by Dance St. Louis April 13 & 14 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM • $50, $40, $35 • on sale September 6 "Fleet, feisty and fun" (Denver Post) -- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet boasts top-flight dancers in an eclectic and engaging repertory. The vibrant troupe performs works by both veteran and up-andcoming European and American choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Trey McIntyre and dozens more. GREATER ST. LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVAL Presented UMSL, Touhill & Jazz St. Louis April 20 & 21 • Fri & Sat @ 8PM • $65, $40, $20 Friday night’s headliner: Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band, featuring Terence Blanchard with opening set by the UMSL Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Widner. Saturday night’s headliner: Christian McBride Big Band with opening set by the UMSL Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Widner THE SECOND CITY: Laugh Out

Loud Tour April 26–28 • Thurs & Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 5 & 9PM • $34 general admission; tables start at $78 The Second City’s trademark improvisation will be on full display in the Lee Theater cabaret with its one-of-a-kind Laugh Out Loud Tour. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy. SAINT LOUIS BALLET: Western Symphony April 27 & 28 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2:30 & 8PM • on sale TBA Choreographed by Gen Horiuchi, the ballet is set to the classic score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Filled with enchanting scenery, magical lands and splendid dancing, the production caters to all ages. ARIANNA STRING QUARTET: Famous Last Words May 4 • Fri @ 8PM • $23 The Arianna closes its fourconcert season with a musical odyssey through final works for string quartet written by three leviathans of the quartet repertoire. MENDELSSOHN: Andante and Scherzo, Op.81; BARTOK: Quartet No.6; BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Major, Op.135EMERSON SPRING TO DANCE 2012 Presented by Dance St. Louis and the Touhill May 24 - 26 • 5PM • $10 • on sale September 6 SPRING TO DANCE is a treasure box of dance from cutting-edge to classic, with 30 companies, three days, and a different program every evening -all for just $10 a night.

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Religion It's a time to rejoice and love I’ve put up my Christmas decorations indoors and with the help of grandsons, the few I have outdoors are also in place. I’ve done a bit of shopping (not too much) and I’ve written cards to friends to be mailed soon. I’ve also started my Christmas baking. So far, I’ve most of the cookies baked and still have the stollens and cinnamon rolls to do. It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I love that feeling. I’m not saying I love shopping, wrapping, writing cards, baking, decorating and that ‘stuff’, but in reality those are ‘trappings of the holidays’ and not really ‘Christmas’. I think what I like about the holiday is the whole story of that baby born so many years ago. God sent that tiny little baby as a gift. This was the one who would one day, by his sacrificial death, offer us salvation from our sins. I

doubt we could ever have attained the gift of salvation without this ultimate gift from God. Such a gift makes our relentless search for the ‘right’ gift seem a little fruitless, doesn’t it? I’m as guilty as the next person of losing my perspective when I get all involved in what I think I ‘need’ to do. I really don’t need to do any of that. It is custom rather than faith that makes me hustle and bustle about. But, on the other hand, the things we do are most often done out of love and that makes me feel warm and also makes me hope that my messages, my gifts to others and the love they represent are more important than the ‘things’. I also am happy to see all the ways in which this time of Christmas seems to bring out the

generosity and concern for others less fortunate. If only we would carry that feeling of concern and love throughout the whole year. There is a joy that seems to bubble up and surround us at this special time of year. And yes, sometimes the season brings tears and sadness for what used to be. Recently while reading, I came across a quote attributed to Dr. Suess. I saved it because there are times it speaks directly to me. He said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Especially at times like Christmas, we find ourselves looking back with sadness at what ‘used to be’. We remember those we loved and lost. We think of ‘the good old days’ and bemoan the ‘here and now’. But I don’t think Christmas should be a time of sorrow and re g re t s , b u t r a t h e r a t i m e o f rejoicing and love.

What greater gift could any of us have received than that of that tiny baby born so many years ago? In the midst of what we call our preparations for Christmas, let’s take the time to focus on why we celebrate this holiday. And, by the way, it is still in my thinking “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holiday”. I do wish happiness to all on this special day. But without the birth of the baby Jesus, we wouldn’t be celebrating and sharing all the joy that comes with the day. I, for one, love the Christmas music. Attending a late Christmas Eve service at church and hearing someone sing, “O Holy Night” always makes the tears come…not tears of sadness, but rather a deep emotion that just seems to spill over. And who could ever tire of

singing the beautiful hymns…O C o m e a l l Ye F a i t h f u l , J o y t o t h e Wo r l d , O L i t t l e To w n o f Bethlehem…the list of meaningful hymns is boundless and the words tell the story of the birth we celebrate. And, I love the little children’s program. What greater joy than watching little innocent children singing with all their little hearts, “Away in the Manger”. And somehow, Christmas Eve draws to a conclusion when we sing, “Silent Night.” It seems then that all the hustle and bustle of preparation seem insignificant because now we are singing, with hearts filled with love, of the most wondrous gift of all time…the tiny baby Jesus. How could we ever have deserved such a wondrous gift?

tucked away in southeastern Connecticut soon will be recognized nationally as one of the area’s most treasured historical sites. More than a century ago, the land was home to the state’s first rural synagogue and a community

of Jewish farmers. The farmers, originally from Russia, immigrated in the 1880s to New York to escape the persecution and violence they faced abroad. By 1890, many had made their way to Chesterfield. Earlier this month, the state’s h i s t o r i c p re s e r v a t i o n c o u n c i l

voted unanimously to accept a nomination to list the Chesterfield site among the National Register of Historic Places. By the end of the year, it is expected the site will be accepted to the register, which features more than 80,000 historic buildings, sites, structures and

more scattered throughout the country. T h e N e w E n g l a n d H e b re w Farmers of the Emanuel Society, a nonprofit religious organization, has been at the forefront of the effort to preserve the Chesterfield site.

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People planner Pennsylvania town rejects atheist banner for inclusion in holiday display including Nativity E L LW O O D C I T Y, P a . — A western Pennsylvania mayor refused to include a banner from an atheist group that says “there are no gods” as part of a holiday display that includes a Nativity scene and has been erected annually on city property for decades. Hundreds turned out to support the mayor ’s decision to go ahead with the display last week, which also includes symbols of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah and secular symbols, including Santa Claus, a snowman and a Christmas tree. The city about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh added secular symbols to the display after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained last year that the Nativity scene amounted to a government endorsement of religion. Seeking to head off a similar challenge this year, the mayor also invited the Madison, Wis.-based group to contribute something to the modified display. The group mailed a sign that read: “At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” Mayor Tony Court said he’s yet to receive the banner in the mail, but he refuses to add it when it arrives. “It’s offensive,” Court said. “Nothing in our display challenges or puts down what others believe. I don’t think you can say that about the banner the group is supposed to be sending.”

Jewish farmers’ settlement in Connecticut to be recognized as historic site MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A small stretch of nondescript land

Photographs for the Edwardsville Intelligencer 150th Celebration We need help compiling photographs for a local history book depicting stories found in the Intelligencer. Examples of Photographs wanted that represent people and events in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area. • Celebrations and Milestones • Occasions for Mourning • Weather Events • Local Sports Championships • The first or last in the Community (Business) • Photographs of Interesting Feature Stories

While we have archived microfilm photos, original photos are much better to reproduce. Original photos will be returned to their owners. Although all photos might not be used, all images will be archived for future generations at the Madison County Historical Society unless otherwise requested. Choices for inclusion in the book will be based on availability of space and quality of photograph. The book will be authored by local historian Cindy Reinhardt.

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December 22, 2011

The Arts

The mind of Da Vinci Unique exhibit featured in downtown St. Louis By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


e all know that Leonardo da Vinci was a great painter who helped to change the course of western art forever. His great masterpieces like the “Mona Lisa” and the “Last Supper” were groundbreaking when they were first painted and continue to fascinate us still. But, did you know that Da Vinci was also a talented scientist exploring the areas of anatomy and engineering and created drawings for machines that men of his time could only dream of? Five hundred years later, we are living those dreams with helicopters and complex machinery now an everyday part of our lives. You can see for yourself the amazing designs that Da Vinci created at the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy, and now open in downtown St. Louis. This amazing collection contains over 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Da Vinci’s 500-year-old designs. See his designs for the bicycle, double hull boat, spring powered car and the air screw, which was a precursor to what we know of as the helicopter. “He had everything in place for the industrial revolution in the 1400s,” said Mark Williams, exhibition director. “He had 44,000 drawings but only 15,000 survived. His designs haven’t changed in 500 years.” This exhibition is grouped into three themes: War machines, Flying machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics. More than 30 of the machines are interactive, which makes them even more popular with visitors as they can can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Da Vinci’s drawings accompany

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Exhibition director Mark Williams stands with one of da Vinci's many machines now on display. Below, one of da Vinci's ideas for human flight. each model. The exhibition is a joint venture by Niccolai Teknoart SNC, in association with the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci, in Florence, Italy and Imagine That! Design and Production Inc. in Las Vegas, Nev. Williams said that the idea for the exhibition came about from Teknoart. Three

generations of Florentine artisans behind Teknoart have spent nearly 50 years painstakingly working to bring Da Vinci’s amazing machines to life. “They’ve been building these machines since the late 1950s,” said Jessie Gillam, assistant curator of the exhibition. The main exhibition is housed in the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, which is run by Teknoart. There are also three traveling exhibitions: North America, Europe and Asia. Most of the thousands of machines that Da Vinci designed were never built, according to Williams. This was partly because his designs were so advanced that the materials he needed to build them had not yet been invented. Also, the clever Da Vinci purposely incorporated a flaw into many of his designs which prevented anyone from stealing his ideas. Only he knew the trick to make them work. Later, his apprentices did manage to build some of his machines but the vast majority were never realized. The big theme running through the exhibition is ease of use. Da Vinci was always looking for ways to improve upon something and make it better. He adapted the Archimedes’ Screw and conceptualized the basic principles for the internal combustion engine. “He was trying to make the work easier and maximize the strength of one man,” said Williams. The exhibition has proved extremely popular since it first opened in August, especially with school groups. So popular in fact that the exhibition’s scheduled run has been extended twice and will now continue through the end of February, 2012. More than 100 school groups have visited the exhibition coming from as far north as Chicago and as far south as Memphis, Tenn. Williams said they had 200 people alone come from the Mehlville School District. The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition is located at 800 Market St. in downtown St. Louis. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $14 for general admission, $11 for students and seniors, $9 for children 5 to 10 and children under 5 are free. A good option for families is the Family Pack, which provides admission for two adults and three children for $40. School and group pricing is also avaliable. Discounted parking is available at Stadium West Garage. There is also metered street parking available. The exhibition is available for special events and corporate functions. For more information, call (314) 241-1241 or visit www.

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The Arts Artistic adventures Museum to feature van der Werve's work The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Guido van der Werve’s 2 0 0 9 f i l m , N u m b e r Tw e l v e : Variations on a Theme, as its latest New Media Series installation. Van der Werve’s 40-minute film weaves the unlikely fields of chess, astronomy, and music theory into a seamless philosophical meditation on possibility, mathematics, and the infinite.  Divided into three movements filmed in distinct locations, Number Twelve begins with the artist pondering how to calculate the number of chess games it is possible to play. In the first movement, “the king’s gambit accepted,” van der Werve plays a chess game against opponent Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin at New York City’s famed Marshall Chess Club.  Van der Werve and Yudasin play on a one-of-a-kind instrument built by the artist. The instrument combines the layout of a chessboard with the mechanics of a piano; each of the 64 squares on the board represents a musical note, and as the game progresses and pieces are moved, different notes are struck. This chess game opens with the King’s Gambit, a strategy popular in the 19th century, but rarely used today. While they play, an accompanying string ensemble performs an original score composed by the artist.  I n t h e s e c o n d a n d t h i r d movements, “the number of stars in the sky” and “and why a piano can’t be tuned or waiting for an earthquake,” van der Werve considers two new challenges: how to count all the stars in existence and how to tune a piano. The chess game continues from the first movement, indicated only by notations at the bottom of the screen. Throughout the second and third movements, van der Werve can be seen traversing the vast and arresting landscapes of Mount St. Helens in Washington and the San Andreas Fault in California, a nod to the 19th-century Romantic concept of the natural sublime. The chess game concludes in a stalemate, and thus never truly ends. Van der Werve offers such a conclusion to underscore the idea of infinity and the expansiveness of the natural world. Born in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, in 1977, van der Werve received his BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, in 2003. Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, van der Werve was also awarded the 2010 Prix International d’Art Contemporain, La Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco and has been featured in international solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the 54th Venice Bienniale (2011) where Number Twelve was screened. His work is included in various international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Netherlands Institute for Media Art, Amsterdam, and the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin. He lives in Finland and is currently in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin through spring 2012. In addition to being a composer, van der Werve is a trained classical pianist and accomplished chess player. C u r a t e d b y Tr i c i a Y. P a i k , assistant curator of modern and


contemporary art, Guido van der Werve: Number Twelve will be on view in Gallery 301 from September 9, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

Lewis Black to appear at the Peabody Live Nation welcomes Lewis Black to the Peabody Opera House on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Prolific funny man, actor, author, and stand-up comedian/ranter Lewis Black will be live onstage as part of his “In God We Rust” tour. Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. Lewis Black came into national prominence in his appearances on “The Daily Show” in 1996. His appearances on“ The Daily Show” led to four specials on Comedy Central. In 2001, he won the Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. He has also produced six comedy CD albums, including the 2007 Grammy-Award winning The Carnegie Hall Performance. Lewis Black just won his second Grammy Award with his most recent CD “Stark Raving Black” for best comedy album. Lewis Black has also written

two best-selling books, “Nothing Sacred” and “Me of Little Faith.” His book, “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” was released in November 2010. Tickets are on sale now and are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, and $75. Additional service charges may apply. Tickets are available for purchase at, the Ford Box Office at the Scottrade C e n t e r, o r c h a rg e b y p h o n e 800.745.3000.

"Wicked" returns to the Fox After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in three previous engagements, "Wicked", Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, December 12, 2012January 6, 2013. Subscribers and groups will receive information on priority ticket sales. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at a later date. For information about becoming a subscriber to the U.S. Bank Broadway Series, visit www. now or call Fox Subscription Services at 314535-1700 beginning Monday, October 17. For information about advance group sales visit www.FabulousFox. com/groups or call 314-535-2900 beginning Monday, October 17. This marks the fourth engagement of "Wicked" in St. Louis since 2005. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, A c a d e m y Aw a r d - w i n n e r f o r Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), "Wicked", the untold story of the witches of Oz,


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is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked", winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. “We are thrilled that St. Louis can ring in the 2012 holidays with 'Wicked,'” said Fox Theatre producer Kristin Caskey. “Whether it’s your first time seeing it or your fourth, the experience is magical. "Wicked" is the preeminent American Musical and we consider this fantastic production the greatest gift we could give our audiences.” Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the "Wicked" Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. "Wicked" has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played,

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The Arts Arts calendar Thursday, Dec. 22 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 8 p.m. David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22.

Friday, Dec. 23 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 2 p.m./ 8 p.m. David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick

Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22.

p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22. Reflections of the Buddha, Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis. Exhibit runs through March 12.

Sunday, Dec. 25 Merry Christmas

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David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9

David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 David Noonan and Emily Wardill: Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open late until 8 p.m. Thursday, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Exhibits run through Dec. 30 Monet's Water Lilies, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis. Runs through Jan. 22. Reflections of the Buddha, Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis. Exhibit runs through March 12.

Artistic adventures Muny prepares for 2012 season The dates for The Muny’s 2012 season were announced recently. “The major through-line that connects the 2012 Muny shows is, they’re all great entertainment,” says The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. KMOXCBS Radio has predicted that 2012 will be “a season that will make Muny ticket holders stand up and cheer.” Current season ticket holders can sign up for automatic payments online, by phone, by checking the box on their renewal forms, or in person at the Muny box office in Forest Park. New season tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 3, and single tickets will be available beginning Saturday, June 2 • “THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE” June 18 - 24 Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the tale of a smalltown girl arriving in New York City to lead a new, thoroughly modern lifestyle. A big, fun-filled show done in true Muny fashion, …Millie is filled with energetic dance numbers, fabulous flappers, and the spectacle of 1920s New York. Music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Dick Scanlan. • “Chicago” June 25 - July 1 The number one pick on the Muny survey for years, the 2012 production of Chicago will bring merry murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly to the grand Muny stage. This Tony- and Oscarwinning international smash hit tells a jazzy, hilarious tale of how murder can feed celebrity. Kander and Ebb’s brilliant score is electrified by extraordinary choreography. (Although the Broadway production of Chicago appeared at The Muny in 1977, this is the first time The Muny has produced this show.) • “Aladdin” July 5 - 13 Following upon the fantastic success of the Muny production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Muny presents its premiere of Disney’s Aladdin. The Muny production will be only the third production of this new stage musical adapted from the beloved animated feature to be produced anywhere in the world. Disney’s Aladdin features the favorite movie characters and all of the beloved songs from the film’s Oscar-winning score, plus n e v e r- b e f o re h e a rd M e n k e n / Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the film. Variety hailed this new full-length stage version of

Aladdin as “fresh, funny and very entertaining.” “Dreamgirls” July 16 - 22 Winner of six Tony awards and two Oscars, Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls follows the story of an all-girl singing trio from Chicago called the Dreams. Based on the show biz stories of the 1960s R&B acts like the Supremes and James Brown, Dreamgirls portrays the heartbreak and challenges of breaking new ground, both musically and socially, and how family and friendships triumph and last through all the trials. Dreamgirls features the blockbuster songs “One Night Only,” “Dreamgirls” and the landmark “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

July 23 - 29 Last produced at The Muny in 2007, Joseph… is a generational favorite of many musical colors. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice originally wrote a children’s oratorio that has, in time, expanded into a beloved classic. Children of all ages know the Old Testament story of Jacob, his twelve sons, and the amazing adventures of the youngest, Joseph. This production will be the first at The Muny to use the orchestrations and changes that were developed for the highly successful West End Production in London. • “Pirates (or Gilbert & Sullivan’s Punder’d)” July 30 - August 5 Swashbuckling pirates! A curse! Caribbean comedy! The Muny premiere of Pirates! (or, Gilbert

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“The King and I” August 6 - 12 Last seen at The Muny in 2006, this captivating and timeless East-meetsWest musical treasure has been enchanting Muny audiences since the first Muny production in 1955. Cultures collide as Anna struggles to find her place in the exotic Siamese world of beauty and grand tradition, ruled by a King whom she must learn to serve and understand. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic includes “Something Wonderful,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Getting to Know You.”

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Having been revered as a master for decades and functioning at the top of his game as he approaches 70, Martin Scorsese would seem to have nothing else to prove. So it’s thrilling to see him make a bold, creative leap with “Hugo,” which is not only an unusual family film from him but also his first movie in 3-D. Scorsese doesn’t just tinker with this newfangled technology, he embraces it fully. This is the most dazzling use of 3-D yet — more so than the vaunted “Avatar.” Scorsese has completely realized the production with a third dimension in mind and maximized it for its immersive qualities, a joy to behold at a time when so many films are shot in 2-D and shoddily converted to 3-D afterward. All the flawless production values you’d expect from a Scorsese film are in place, with the director reuniting with so many members of the creative team with whom he’s worked over the years. Based on the Brian Selznick c h i l d re n ’ s b o o k “ T h e I n v e n t i o n o f H u g o C a b re t , ” ‘’Hugo” takes place at a train station in 1930s Paris, where the title character, a wide-eyed orphan played by Asa Butterfield, secretly lives in the walls and keeps all the clocks running on time. Chloe Grace Moretz is radiant as the inquisitive girl who helps him unlock the secrets of his past, which have something to do with the mean old man who runs the train station toy shop (Ben Kingsley). The film takes a little while to find its narrative footing, but eventually morphs from a children’s adventure into a lesson in the need for film preservation. RATED: PG for mild thematic material, some action/ peril and smoking. RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“Sleeping Beauty”

Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, this is an artful exercise in pointlessness. Australian novelist Julia Leigh’s first feature as writer and director has an admittedly voyeuristic allure. Lucy (“Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning), a college student of pristine, porcelain beauty, engages in a series of increasingly o d d , o d d j o b s t o p a y t h e b i l l s b e f o re b e c o m i n g a lingerie-clad wine server at elite dinners and, e v e n t u a l l y, a n u n c o n s c i o u s p l a y t h i n g f o r w e a l t h y old men. Leigh depicts this surreal descent matterof-fact l y, t h ro u g h a s s u re d , l o n g t a k e s i n w h ich the camera quite often just holds still and takes in the k i n k y t r a p p i n g s o f t h i s r a re f i e d w o r l d . B ro w n i n g re v e a l s n o t h i n g , e i t h e r — w h e n s h e ’ s a w a k e , s h e ’ s so passive that she may as well be asleep — even as she snorts coke with a strange woman in a nightclub bathroom or lets a coin-toss determine which random, middle-aged man she’ll sleep with that night. Leigh takes the character into deeper and more dangerous p s y c h o l o g i c a l t e r r i t o r y, b u t L u c y i s s u c h a c i p h e r it’s impossible to tell, or care, whether this journey is taking any sort of toll on her. Ambiguity can be appealing and challenging and all, but “Sleeping Beauty” takes that approach to frustrating extremes, which ultimately proves irreparable. R AT E D : U n r a t e d b u t c o n t a i n s s e x u a l s i t u a t i o n s , nudity, drug use and language. RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.


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What's at the Wildey Thursday, Dec. 22: “Love, Actually”, Rated R, 6:30/ 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23: “Meet Me in St. Louis”, 6:30/ 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31: A Wildey New Year’s Eve, featuring The Original Knights of Swing Big Band with Maria Keenah, 8 p.m. To assure disabled patrons of seating availability, all Handicapped Seating purchases must be made by phone with the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Edwardsville at (618) 692-7538. For ticket information, visit

“New Year’s Eve”

This is the second in a remarkably shallow series of holiday-themed, celebrity-stuffed confections, following “ Va l e n t i n e ’ s D a y. ” G a r r y M a r s h a l l a g a i n d i r e c t s a script by Katherine Fugate that weaves together a dozen or so plotlines that crisscross a holiday prone to sentimentalizing. If there is some kind of world record for schmaltz, this may have set it. Included here are first kisses, midnight rendezvous, dying fathers, newborn babies, husbands at war and trapped strangers. I t ’ s n a rc o t i c m a w k i s h n e s s , w i t h n o t e s p l a y e d o n heartstrings like a 12-string guitar. Though it’s pure, rosy fantasy on screen, this is cynical, paint-by-thenumbers entertainment, sold with a gaggle of stars spread across its movie poster like a telethon lineup. Among them: Hilary Swank as a producer of the Times Square ball drop, Jon Bon Jovi as a rock star, Katherine Heigl as a catering chef, Abigail Breslin as Sarah Jessica Parker ’s rebelling teenage daughter, Zac Efron as an ultra-confident courier, Jessica Biel as Seth Meyers’ pregnant wife and Halle Berry as the nurse of a dying Robert De Niro. Maybe the really good stuff will come once they get to “Columbus Day,” or maybe, just maybe, “Ash Wednesday.” RATED: PG-13 for language, including some sexual references. RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Gary Oldman is in a tough spot here. As the ironically n a m e d G e o rg e S m i l e y, h e ’ s a n i n h e re n t l y re t i c e n t , veteran operative, given to revealing nothing personally or professionally. And yet, as the central figure in this adaptation of John le Carre’s best-selling 1974 Cold War novel, he must serve as our conduit, our guide through a shadowy and increasingly dangerous world where no one is to be trusted and nothing is as it initially seems. Because he’s Gary Oldman and he’s such a chameleon, he finds a slyness beneath the stoic veneer, a frightening intelligence that makes him a surprisingly formidable force. Oldman leads an excellent cast, a veritable who’swho of top British actors working today, all of whom

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keep us guessing as to who the traitor might be among them. Tomas Alfredson, perhaps best known for directing the superb Swedish vampire thriller “Let the Right One In,” has crafted a precisely detailed, well-acted mystery. But he’s created a chilly mood that may be a bit too cold, a tension that may almost be too restrained. Smiley, who’s been forced into retirement by Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, is rehired to uncover a mole among its ranks. Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds and David Dencik are the suspects. RATED: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language. RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“Young Adult”

Gorgeous but damaged, conceited yet self-loathing, Charlize Theron dares you to like her, and the movie itself dares you to stick with an anti-heroine who makes no apologies for her deplorable behavior. It’s an exciting thing to see, this willful rejection of tidy character arcs and happy endings, and it actually makes you wish “Young Adult” had been even further fleshed out and gone on a little longer. This is not something we say about a movie very often. In re-teaming with “Juno” director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody dials down the snark that marked the Oscar-winning script that made her a superstar in her own right. She’s actually created the anti-Juno in a lot of ways while managing to retain much of the directness, the sharply drawn characters and the casual poignancy that are her signatures. Theron’s teen-lit writer Mavis Gary is as verbal as Juno MacGuff was, but rather than finding the perfect, clever quip at all times, she usually manages to say the rudest, most inappropriate thing. This trait is on vivid, horrific display when she returns to her Minnesota small town to pry her high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson) away from his wife (Elizabeth Reaser) and newborn daughter. Patton Oswalt is excellent as Mavis’ nerdy former classmate and the film’s voice of reason. RATED: R for language and some sexual content. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“The Sitter”

Jonah Hill, world’s worst babysitter. Must have sounded like such movie magic that director David Gordon Green and his team grabbed the first three brats they found on the street, shoved them in a minivan with Hill and started filming. As broad, dumb comedy goes, it’s not a bad idea to cast Hill as a chubby slacker roped into a hellish night tending to a high-maintenance brood. Yet other than Hill’s admirable work ethic trying to squeeze laughs out of this dismally underdeveloped scenario, the movie has nothing going for it, slogging from one rotten gag to the next. The movie’s also a serious racial offender, parading a gang of black actors around as hoods stealing cars, talking jive or looking for a fight. Hill plays an idler minding three annoying siblings (Max Records, Landry Bender and Kevin Hernandez), who tag along with him on a mirthless trek through Manhattan in search of the cocaine he needs to keep his sort-of girlfriend (Ari Graynor) happy. To his credit, Hill tries to make this mess work, without success. Co-starring Sam Rockwell in a wretched role as a psychotic drug dealer. RATED: R for crude and sexual humor, pervasive language, drug material and some violence. RUNNING TIME: 81 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.


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In this image released by 20th Century Fox, from left, Kevin Hernandez, Landry Bender and Max Records are shown in a scene from "The Sitter."

Stay home, don't hire "The Sitter" By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press Jonah Hill, world’s worst babysitter. Must have sounded like such movie magic that the makers of “The Sitter” grabbed the first three brats they found on the street, shoved them in a minivan with Hill and started filming. As broad, dumb comedy goes, it’s not a bad idea to cast Hill as a chubby slacker roped into a hellish night tending to a high-maintenance brood. Yet other than Hill’s admirable work ethic trying to squeeze laughs out of this dismally underdeveloped scenario, “The Sitter” has nothing going for it. Not even its fleeting length. Take away the opening and closing credits, and you’re

left with not much more than an hour of actual movie. But it feels much, much longer, watching “The Sitter” slog along from one rotten gag to the next. The movie’s also a serious racial offender, parading a gang of black actors around as hoods stealing cars, talking jive or looking for a fight. Director David Gordon Green — who started as an indie-film prodigy with such small, smart dramas as “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls” before going Hollywood with the 2008 hit “Pineapple Express” — delivers his second bad, raunchy comedy of the year, after last spring’s “Your Highness.” He’s single-handedly jeopardizing the

goodwill R-rated comedy has gained in Hollywood from such dirtier-minded hits as “Bridesmaids,” “Bad Teacher” and others in the Judd Apatow mold. Apatow protege Hill, who leaped from a bit part in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to stardom in “Superbad,” plays Noah Griffith, an idler kicked out of college, living with his divorced mom and whiling away his time watching TV. His mother guilts him into taking a babysitting job for family friends, and from there, the merry mayhem is supposed to take off. It’s all just muck from then on, except for an occasional throwaway line that’s worth a chuckle. Screenwriters Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka’s verbal jokes are mostly

mindless, though, and “The Sitter” really fails in the physical comedy department with an assault of mean, humorless sight gags. The filmmakers try to sneak in tender, nurturing moments with each of the three kids: 13-year-old social outcast Slater (Max Records of “Where the Wild Things Are”); little sister Blithe (Landry Bender), a junior party girl whose painted-whore makeup is not hilarious, as the filmmakers apparently believed, but simply creepy; and their adopted Hispanic brother, Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez), a destructive monster with an arsenal of cherry bombs. Bender is shrilly annoying, Hernandez is obnoxiously annoying, while Records is merely annoying.

"The Descendants" makes the holidays bright By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge How can it really be seven years since I first saw Sideways, Alexander Payne’s last movie and one of the best features of the 2000s decade? It blows my mind to think that. I just watched it a few weeks back and remarked to myself how great it really was; especially as an adapted screenplay of a book I don’t remember getting a lot of buzz. Payne is back in the director ’s chair now with another adaptation, a movie that is scoring some of the best reviews of the year, "The Descendants." Starring George Clooney in one of his best roles yet, "The Descendants" is a not-to-bemissed hit that I liked very much. The California coast and pinot noir grapes of the ticklish, prickly world of Sideways have been left

behind. Way behind. The action of The Descendants takes us to another paradise, this one the tropical islands of Hawaii. Clooney’s character, lawyer Matt King, is a normal guy and this is one of the few times that I’ve felt like George has been able to bring that level to his work. He’s still gorgeous and worldly and super cool, but somewhat “unfamous” in this role, even if Matt is something of a local bigwig on Kauai. He’s the sole trustee of his family’s land holdings, a massive parcel of unspoiled island Shangri-La that must soon be divested to appease the change in local laws. Matt’s expanded family, cousins and cousins, all get to vote on how the land should be divided – golf courses, condos, retail complexes – to make them billions, but the final choice is Matt’s alone to make. He’s feeling the pressure, even if his

gut feeling is to do whatever best protects the indigenous values of his great-great-grandmother, a Hawaiian princess. One would think that having this weighty decision to make would be monumental, but of rewarding return. Complicating Matt’s life, though, is that his wife, Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie), is in a coma after an accident that occurred during a powerboat race. She’s been on life support with no improvement for nearly a month when we meet her and he’s starting to look on the verge of losing it in front of his daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley). Scottie is ten years-old and rebelling as every traumatized kid is bound to do. She’s freaking out her classmates and acting out with baby-like tantrums. Alex, on

the other hand, is acting out in ways adults choose to do. She drinks and uses drugs and starts hanging around this burned out kid named Sid (Nick Krause). It’s about to get her kicked out of her private school. Alex’s attitude toward her mother is very, very cold and Matt struggles to understand how it went south so quickly. They were close, but even adolescence doesn’t usually sour a mother/daughter bond as thoroughly as this one has….even when you consider we only see one side. Elizabeth lies in a coma after all. Then Alex drops the big bomb. Mom had been cheating on Dad for almost a year with a local real estate magnate (Matthew Lillard). When this shoe drops, Matt is left devastated. His grief is now compounded by anger and he does what every self-respecting father

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does – he loads up the girls and Sid and takes off to Oahu for a short trip, just in time to start stalking the loser boyfriend as he vacations with his wife (Judy Greer) and their own kids. Life is quirky, I know, but never so much as in this movie. Payne and writing partner Nat Faxon find that perfect balance between pain and humor that makes this movie one that you won’t be able to forget. Woodley is a major find, but I most loved the scenes between levelheaded Matt and bizarro Sid….almost as much as the scenes between Sid and Elizabeth’s short-tempered father (Robert Forster). Go see this film! ••• "The Descendants" runs 130 minutes and is rated R for language including some sexual references. I give this film four stars out of four.

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Christmas acoss the pond By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


hristmas in England isn’t all that different to Christmas in America these days. The British still decorate Christmas trees, give presents and eat and drink far too much. And, just like here, the shop windows are packed full of Christmas decorations while Maria Carey wails away on the radio about how all she wants for Christmas “is yooou” from the beginning of November. That said, there are a few notable differences across the pond. Having spent the first five years of my married life living in the U.K., I got to know and love many of these differences. Now that my family and I are back in the United States, we’ve brought several of our British traditions over with us. Probably the biggest difference at first glance is the food. The typical classic Christmas dinner in England is actually very similar to our Thanksgiving dinner over here. Roast turkey will take pride of place on the dinner table in most households across the country. Obviously, there will be some variations with a few families choosing other types of roast such as beef or pork and vegetarians will obviously opt for non-meat options. Pretty much everybody else though will be eating turkey. My fantasies of the classic Dickensian feast featuring a plump roast goose on the table were dashed during my first Christmas in England. Almost nobody cooks a goose anymore. It turns out that we Americans are responsible for the demise of the Christmas goose. Apparently, the arrival of the turkey from North America in the 16th Century proved so popular with the British that the goose’s future as a holiday staple was cooked. Roast potatoes traditionally accompany the turkey instead of our usual creamy mashed ones. Now, British roast potatoes are nothing like the roast potatoes my mom always made. These potatoes are parboiled first and then drained and roughed up in the pot until they go all fuzzy around the edges. Next they are put into a hot pan filled with several tablespoons of sizzling oil and roasted in the oven on a high temperature for about 40 minutes. This method results in mouthwatering roast potatoes that are crispy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The British even have a saying that


perfectly captures how amazing these roast potatoes are. They call them “moreish.” As in, they are so good you just have to have more. Other items on the menu include Brussels sprouts, chipolatas (mini sausages wrapped in bacon), possibly mashed potatoes and some other vegetable such as carrots or broccoli. Everything is then drenched in either gravy

pudding. This is not pudding in the American sense. In England, pudding is a general term for dessert. Christmas pudding doesn’t actually contain plums or figs. Instead, it is made with a variety of dried fruits including raisins, golden raisins/ sultanas, currents and mixed candied peel and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves

spend Christmas Day working. Afterall, somebody had to roast the turkey and make the mince pies and you can bet it wasn’t going to be the lord and lady of the manor. So, once all of the festivities were finished and the last dish had been washed, most servants were given a well-deserved day off on Dec. 26 to celebrate with their own

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Above, traditional British crackers. Below, the author's Christmas cake. or bread sauce, which is a savory white sauce made with milk, butter or heavy cream, herbs and spice and thickened with bread crumbs. Bread sauce goes back to medieval times and is traditionally served with poultry. Personally, I’m not a fan of it but my English sister-in-law absolutely adores it and our mother-in-law always makes a special batch of it just for her. Cranberry sauce is beginning to become popular in England with more supermarkets offering it now, but for most people, it is still a very “American” dish that doesn’t really rate on the English list of Christmas dinner must-haves. Finally, for dessert there is Christmas pudding, also known as plum or “figgy”

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and nutmeg. Add in some dark brown sugar, suet and a few other ingredients and you’ve got the basics of a Christmas pudding, which is then left to marinate in some brandy for several hours or overnight. The pudding is then boiled or steamed for five to seven hours so that it becomes a dense, dark, heavy sponge. Feed it with a little more brandy and leave it to age for several weeks or even months. The longer the better. The pudding is finally unveiled on Christmas Day and served flaming with brandy sauce. And if you’re really fortunate, you’ll get the hidden coin in your slice ensuring good luck for the coming year. Christmas crackers are another big difference between Christmas in England and America. You may be thinking right now that these crackers are a type of snack food, but they are actually a classic Christmas party favor. Crackers have a body made of a cardboard tube (think empty toilet paper roll) that is then wrapped in brightly decorated Christmas paper. The result slightly resembles a large wrapped up Tootsie Roll or other type of sweet. The idea is that you and a partner both pull each end at the same time until CRACK! and the cracker pops open to reveal a small Cracker Jack-type of prize inside. They also contain a rolled piece of paper that unfurls to become a paper crown. No Christmas gathering in England is complete without a photo of everybody smiling giddily around the table in their silly paper hats. Christmas in England also lasts two days with Boxing Day taking place the day after Christmas Day. Boxing Day is a bank holiday and (nearly) everybody gets the day off just the same as they would for Christmas Day. Historically, Boxing Day was the day that all of the servants got to celebrate Christmas. Obviously, with all the well-to-do aristocrats hosting lavish parties, the servants had to

families. The box in Boxing Day comes from the box of gifts and treats the master or mistress of the house would give to their servants as their Christmas present. Unfortunately for Americans, Boxing Day isn’t just observed in England. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries (the 54 countries that formerly made up the British Empire) all get to enjoy the extra day off, too. Yep folks, we may have booted those red coats out but we also forfeited our chance to get two days off at Christmas. Such is the price of independence. On Boxing Day, the celebrations continue with more indulgent foods. My motherin-law usually puts on a big buffet for everybody with sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, mini sausage rolls and other finger foods and of course, the Christmas cake. This very special cake is made in much the same way as the Christmas pudding, except instead of steaming it, you add more flour and create a dense, fruit cake. It too is marinated with either brandy or sherry and left to age for several weeks. Then a few days before Christmas, it is covered with a layer of marzipan and then iced with fondant icing and decorated with a Christmas theme. It’s always a big hit and most children look forward to it every year. My husband always did when he was a little boy. As you can see, Christmas in England really isn’t all that different from Christmas over here. Both countries are celebrating the birth of Christ and both highlight the importance of spending time with family and friends. What you choose to eat or how you celebrate wherever you are really doesn’t matter all that much as long as you’re with the people you love. The English just get an extra day to enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A park in Maryland is already decorated for Christmas with over a million lights. The Christmas light display at Watkins Regional Park in Prince George’s County begins Friday and will run every night from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Light displays at the park’s 25th annual Winter Festival of Lights include Santa flying a helicopter and driving a fire truck. Cars pay $5 to enter the park and see the light displays. Buses pay $25. The show continues through Jan. 1 and is free on Christmas Day. Visitors are also encouraged to bring canned goods for a donation drive.

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue will offer nonstop service from between Boston and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport starting in May, the carrier said Wednesday. Fort Worth is the home base of American Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy protection last week. DFW will be JetBlue’s 71st destination. JetBlue will have three flights a day, which go on sale Tuesday. American says it will continue to fly a regular schedule through the Chapter 11 process, but it plans to trim some flights to reduce costs. JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker predicts that AMR, which also owns the American Eagle regional airline, will cut capacity by 10 percent. Last week, Spirit Airlines said it add flights from Dallas to New York and Atlanta. It offered $11 introductory fares.

3 Wyoming ski resorts open for season ALTA, Wyo. (AP) — Three Wyoming ski resorts are opening for the season. Friday is opening day at Grand Targhee Resort and the Sleeping Giant and Snowy Range ski areas. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is set to open Saturday with more than 3,000 vertical feet of skiing and six lifts.

21c Museum Hotel breaks ground in Bentonville BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Operators of an upscale hotel have begun construction in Bentonville, where the property will complement the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Louisville, Ky.-based 21c Museum Hotels broke ground Tuesday at a site near the museum. The hotel is expected to open in about a year. Crystal Bridges held its opening last month, showing off paintings and sculptures acquired by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, whose multi-billion-dollar fortune bankrolled the museum. The hotel will have 104 rooms and a 125-seat restaurant. It will be decorated as a museum itself, featuring various artworks in its public areas.

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December 22, 2011

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Family Focus Best face forward this holiday season By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge ‘Tis the season for looking glam and getting noticed at all those holiday parties you’ve got planned this month. After all, what other time of the year are you going to get a chance to wear glittery eye shadow and those sexy sky-high heels you bagged on sale last summer? However, before you slip on your favorite LBD, there are a few necessary preparations that must be done first to get you looking and feeling your best. Small changes to your health and beauty routine now combined with one or two special treatments will ensure that everything from your hair and nails to your skin and waistline will be party ready. Grab that water bottle First things first, throw out that bottle of soda you’re drinking and switch to water. The bigger the bottle the better and preferably with lemon in it. If you can manage it, swap out your usual morning cup of coffee, too, and start drinking hot water with lemon. Yes, I know it’s tough, but the debloating benefits you’ll reap will be worth it. We all know how good water is for us, but are we really getting enough? The Institute of Medicine advises that healthy women living in a temperate climate should be getting approximately 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) total of beverages per day, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website at www.mayoclinic. com. Technically, any beverage is better than none, but water is best. If you’re getting lots of exercise, then you’ll need more than this. Besides being high in Vitamin C, lemon is also a natural diuretic. This will help to flush out your system and get your skin looking clear and bright. You’ll also banish that bloat. Eat your 5 a day Next, try eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. I know, I know. You hear this advice all the time, but it really will help you to look and feel better. You’ll have more energy, your hair, skin and nails will benefit from the extra boost of vitamins and you might even lose a pound or two. What is there to lose? Scrub and slather Now that we’ve addressed the inside, let’s take a look at the outside. How is your skin doing? Winter is notorious for bringing with it dry, scaly and chapped skin. Between the wet and windy weather outside and the dry, moisture-zapping heat inside, it’s no wonder our legs look more like a crocodile purse than a baby’s bottom. Luckily, this is one of the easiest problems to remedy. Start with a long soak in the tub followed by a thorough all-over exfoliation with a medium to fine body scrub, paying particular attention to problem areas like knees, elbows and the soles of your feet. This will get rid of that scaly top layer of dead skin cells. Then, while your skin is still moist, start slathering on a really good, thick moisturizer every morning and evening. Body butters are excellent all-over


moisturizers and will have your skin feeling silky smooth in just a couple of days. Again, pay extra close attention to those rougher areas that may need a little bit extra moisturizing. My personal favorite is good, oldfashioned cocoa butter. Every time I use this my skin feels amazingly soft, and the smell reminds me of laying by the beach. Some formulas even have tiny reflective particles in them to give your skin a slight sheen. Get that glow While we’re on the subject of skin, pasty white legs are not that sexy unless you’re blessed with legs like Nicole Kidman. For us mere mortals, a touch of color goes a long way. Winter is not really the time for full-on self tanner. At best, you’ll end up looking way too dark and at worst, orange. Instead, opt for a moisturizer tinted with just a touch of self-tanner. This will give you a hint of glow without being too obvious. However, if you’re not that sure of yourself when it comes to applying anything with fake tan in it, then leave it to the professionals. Again, I repeat, do not go for the darkest level here. Darker is not always better. Sometimes, it just looks cheap. Instead, ask for a lighter tan that will leave you looking golden and glowing, rather than dark and muddy. Plus, glitzy winter make up will look better on slightly tanned and shimmering skin. Apply with confidence The holidays are time when you can have some fun with your makeup. Yes, you still want to look like you but an extraspecial version of you. So, if you’ve been dying to try out one of those gorgeous jewel-colored

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eyeliners or glittery shadows, then go for it. Just don’t over do it. The old rules still apply here. If you’re playing up your eyes, go neutral on the lips and vice versa. If you’ve always been a lip balm girl, be brave and slick on some cherry-red lipstick. Follow with a thin line of black eyeliner and some mascara on your eyes and you’re good to go. Nothing looks classier than old Hollywood flicked out eyes

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and red hot lips, especially with a sexy black dress and heels. On the other hand, smokey dark eyes combined with neutral, glossy lips that look juicy and plump is always a winner. Pair with a creamy winter white dress or top and shimmery arms and legs and you’ll look icy cool. Either way, try to have some fun with your makeup this season. Christmas and New Year ’s only come around once a year so make it count.

Treat yourself If you’re looking for that extra boost, then head to your favorite spa or salon and take advantage of something a little special. Don’t ignore your hands and feet. No one is going to notice your killer heels if you’re sporting cracked heels and gnarly toenails. Manis and pedis are a must. Plus, if you decide to let the professionals do it, you can take some time to relax before the big night. You can also choose from all those super sparkly nail decorations to make your manicure even more special. If you’ve got enough time, say a week or more before your big party, then consider a chemical peel. This will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, improve acne scars and any areas darkened by sun damage. A word of warning though. This is a fairly intense procedure so you’ll need a least a week to allow your skin to recover (you’ll peel) and settle down. If you’re not quite ready for something as intense as a chemical peel, then consider microdermabrasion. This procedure gently sands down the top layer of skin to reveal fresher, younger skin beneath. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there is little to no discomfort from having this procedure and no recovery time. Finally, for the ultimate party prep, indulge in a full-body massage or super relaxing facial. When in doubt, I highly recommend the hot stone massage. This treatment involves placing heated stones along your back and neck. The heat brings a deep sense of relaxation. This one gets my vote every time. If, however, you’re short on time then even a 30-minute massage is still a great way to unwind and get yourself in the party mood.

Family Focus Pack up the car and hit the holiday road NEW YORK (AP) — Elaborate gingerbread houses, boat parades, train shows and dazzling light shows that illuminate entire neighborhoods are all part of the holiday fun this year for the Christmas and New Year’s season. Here’s a selection of beautiful things to see and interesting things to do around the country now through early January. In Manhattan, the Rockefeller Center tree stays lit until Jan. 7. This year it’s a 74-foot-tall Norway spruce illuminated by 30,000 lights. You can go skating at the rink onsite, see the Christmas show at nearby Radio City Music Hall or visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Other favorite Christmas trees around Manhattan include the tree and Neapolitan Baroque creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, up through Jan. 8, and the origami holiday tree at the American Museum of Natural History through Jan. 2. Elsewhere in the city, through Jan. 16, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is hosting an exhibit called “America’s Parade: Celebrating 85 Years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” with posters, audio, video, artwork and models of floats and characters from the annual event kicking off the Christmas season. In Washington, you’ll find the National Christmas Tree, a 26-foot Colorado blue spruce, located on the Ellipse, a park that lies between the White House and the National Mall. The tree was planted earlier this year to replace a previous one that had blown down. Mardi Gras is not the only holiday celebrated in style in New Orleans. The Big Easy offers Creole traditions and other festivities throughout the Christmas season, including a holiday light display in City Park, filled with twinkling 100-year-old oak trees; holiday displays at the Botanical Garden and Storyland; and New Orleans Reveillon, an old French Creole holiday dining tradition available in restaurants around the city with prix fixe menus and dishes like absinthe oyster soup and sugarcane smoked duck. They don’t get much snow, but a Christmas tradition in many Florida towns is the holiday boat parade. There are nearly 50 of them held from Pensacola to Key West this time of year, with lighted boats illuminating waterways and harbors. A good directory of the parades is online at http://www. content/article/1647-boat-parades. Holiday train shows are a tradition at a number of botanic gardens with model trains running through elaborate scale replicas of landscapes and landmarks. At the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the holiday train show on display through Jan. 16 in the Enid A. Haupt Conservancy features miniature versions of Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. At the Chicago Botanic Garden, through Jan. 1, the Wonderland Express holiday train exhibit includes more than 80 miniature Chicago landmarks including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, the Art Institute, and more. At the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, “Trains, Trestles and Traditions” includes poinsettias, trains and lights, through Jan. 1. Many ski resorts offer special events at holiday time. Taos Ski Valley hosts torch light parades on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The resort says that “crowds gather at the bottom of the mountain to watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light.” Making a gingerbread house is no longer a simple activity done at home with children. Many hotels are now hosting displays of elaborate gingerbread houses created by pastry chefs and artists. The Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., and The Jefferson, in Washington, D.C., are all hosting ornate gingerbread displays. Mohegan Sun, a casino in Connecticut, is hosting a 24foot lifesize gingerbread house. At Le Parker Meridien hotel in Manhattan, through Jan. 6, some of the city’s top bakeries have contributed gingerbread masterpieces for a display that benefits City Harvest, which provides food to nearly 600 community programs. At Universal Studios Hollywood in California, CityWalk is hosting a “Holiday Lights Spectacular.” At Universal Studios in Orlando, the Macy’s Holiday Parade is held every evening through Jan. 1 with some of the same floats, characters and balloons that were seen on the streets of Manhattan Thanksgiving Day. And at Universal theme parks in both California and Florida, you can take in a “Grinchmas” show and meet the Grinch and the Whos. In North Carolina, Christmas at the Biltmore estate in Asheville features 57 Christmas trees in the Biltmore House and nearly 500 wreaths around the estate. Thousands of lights illuminate the National Historic Landmark and grounds, and the estate offers a variety of tours and other events throughout the holiday season. Christmas celebrations have a long tradition there, going back to Christmas Eve 1895, when George Washington Vanderbilt first opened Biltmore House to family and friends. In Riverside, Calif., The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is hosting its 19th annual Festival of Lights, with 3.6 million lights through Jan. 8, plus horse-drawn carriages, carolers, and more. Over 300,000 people visited the Mission Inn last year during the holidays to see the free display. Arkansas is offering a downloadable “Trail of Holiday Lights” brochure at http://www. with details on lighting displays and other events in more than 60 communities around the state. Of course Arkansas’ most famous lighting display has been transported to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, where visitors can see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights through Jan. 7. The massive display of 3.2 million lights originated at the home of Jennings Osborne in Little Rock, but the spectacle drew complaints and eventually a lawsuit from neighbors. Osborne passed away in July; the light show has been at Disney since 1995. In Wheeling, W.Va., the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center hosts the Winter Festival of Lights through Jan. 8. The show covers more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive with larger-than-life lighting displays including a Ferris wheel, dinosaurs, a poinsettia wreath, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In Dallas, a huge electronic music

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December 22, 2011

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Lunch at Villa Marie Winery with lasagna, a Caesar salad and a blueberry muffin.

A pleasant surprise at Villa Marie Winery By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge


'm sure that most of you who receive the Edge every week have already had the pleasure of dining at Villa Marie Winery, probably more than once. However, for those of you who haven't, this article is for you.

I had the good fortune of eating lunch there recently for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything from the food, to the service to the value for money were spot on. Even the dining room looked amazing with its beautifully decorated Christmas tree and festive red poinsettias. We were immediately seated, brought water and given the day's specials. One of the specials was a lasagna with Caesar salad for $7.50. I thought this sounded perfect for lunch on a cold day as did my dining companion so we both ordered the lasagna. It did not disappoint. Now, I should probably mention first that I am particularly picky when it comes to lasagna with my mother's recipe being the best in my book. If it is too soupy, loaded down with runny bechamel sauce or ends up


getting burnt around the edges, the whole thing just becomes a big disappointment. This lasagna though was a definite contender for my mom's. It was thick and hearty with just the right amount of meaty tomato sauce, cheese and well-cooked pasta. Together with a very generous portion of Caesar salad and a mini blueberry muffin, this lunch was a perfect balance of tasty food, generous portions and value for money. As good as the lasagna was, I was particularly impressed with the Caesar salad. Most restaurants offer salads separately and charge accordingly. On the rare occasions when a salad is included with the entree, it is usually a pitiful little pile of lettuce leaves that do little more than garnish the plate. This salad, however, was piled high and more than held its own next to the lasagna. The dressing was rich and creamy with just enough of a hint of anchovy to taste like a proper Caesar without being overpowering. A generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese and house made croutons made this salad one to remember. The little blueberry muffin completed the meal with just a touch of sweetness. It was one of those little surprises that moves a meal up a notch from very good to excellent.

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If, like me, you love your salads then be sure to try out some of Villa Marie’s other Signature Salads. The Salad Tuscany is made up of romaine lettuce, cannellini beans, black olives, toasted pine nuts and tender green beans dressed in an orange red wine vinaigrette and topped with parmesan cheese. Judy’s Chicken Salad features a herb-infused simmered chicken and red onion tossed in a mayonnaise dressed and is served on a bed of mixed greens. Curried chicken salad is also available upon request. Also offered are the Tuna Salad and Milano Salad, which includes fresh spinach, goat cheese, artichoke hearts and Italian salami. However, if you’re after something a little more substantial, one of the restaurant’s hearty sandwiches is sure to fill that hole in your stomach. Choose from Italian Beef, Chicken Salad on Croissant, Ruben, Tuna Salad, Ham and Swiss Lorraine Panini or Turkey Club. All sandwiches are served with house made chips. A bowl of Italian Chicken Soup, Famous Barr French Onion Soup or the Soup of the Day would make a great accompaniment to your sandwich or salad. Or, if you just can’t decide, then make it a combination with your choice of two or three items: small salad, cup

of soup and/or half-sandwich. For dessert, the winery boasts a fine selection of sweet treats to temp you. Choose from the house made Berry Pie with a combination of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries; house made Cherry Pie served with a dollop of Chantilly Cream; house made Apple Pie; Hot Fudge Pudding Cake served with a French Cranberry Compote or Creme Brulee topped with fresh raspberries. Of course, no meal would be complete without a glass of Villa Marie’s awardwinning local wine. If you’re not too sure which wine goes best with which dish, the menu’s recommendations for each item provide a handy cheat sheet. Tea, coffee, beer, soda and bottled water are available and mixed drinks are available upon request. For all the brides-to-be out there, Villa Marie’s stunning banquet center is definitely one to consider. The second annual Villa Marie Bridal Fair is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012. Check the website for details. So whether you’re planning your next lunch with the girls or special event, Villa Marie Winery and Banquet Center, located at 6633 E.Main St. in Maryville, is worth a visit. For more information, call 345-3100 or visit www.

Dining Delights Let appetizers set the party tone Is shrimp cocktail a mainstay of your holiday party table? And are you a little bored with the same old dish? This year, try something different. We start with the same easy, precooked shrimp, but this time they get tossed with a zesty Jamaicanstyle seasoning blend and skewered with cubes of tangy mango and cool, crunchy cucumber. Add a touch of zippy pepper and nobody will suffer from yet-another-shrimpcocktail syndrome. CARIBBEAN SHRIMP SKEWERS Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 24 skewers 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 10 ounces peeled and deveined cooked medium shrimp 6 Peppadew peppers, quartered 2 mangoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 English cucumber, cut in 1/2 moon slices In a medium bowl, stir together t h e g a r l i c p o w d e r, a l l s p i c e , cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, cayenne, black pepper and salt. Pat dry the shrimp (this will help the spices stick), then toss in the spice mixture. On 4-inch skewers or picks, place a piece of pepper, then a piece of mango, a piece of cucumber and finally 3 spiced shrimp. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 30 calories; 5 calories from fat (10 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 3 g protein; 1 g fiber; 85 mg sodium.

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French onion dip is a delicious and classic holiday party offering. And yet most people don’t bother to make it, instead opting for a tub of convenience. But convenience comes at a cost — a lackluster, totally forgettable dip. The good news is that French onion dip isn’t difficult to make from scratch. And the difference between it and purchased makes it well worth the trouble. You start by sauteing onions, shallots and garlic until they are sweet and caramelized. Let them cool, then they go into the food processor with a few other ingredients. And that’s it. Also, you can do the sauteing a day ahead, then refrigerate the onion mixture. The morning of your party, just process them with the other ingredients (this gives the flavors time to meld). CREAMY FRENCH ONION DIP Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 16 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large sweet onions, sliced 4 shallots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 16 ounces low-fat cottage cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 2 t e a s p o o n s c h o p p e d f re s h marjoram 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives In a large skillet over medium, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute until the onions are browned and caramelized, about 15 to 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the garlic begins to brown too much, add a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the cottage cheese, thyme and marjoram. Puree again until smooth. Stir in the chopped chives. The dip can be served immediately, but benefits from being refrigerated for an hour or so to give the flavors time to combine. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 50 calories; 20 calories from fat (37 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 0 g fiber; 240 mg sodium. ••• Meatballs are a great holiday entertaining food. They are homey, well-loved and easy to do ahead of time. But let’s face it, they’ve been done. They’ve been done with grape jelly and ketchup. They’ve been done with beer and barbecue sauce. And they’ve been done with creamy gravies. So how about something a little different? Something that adds some zing to the appetizer offerings. This recipe has all that, plus a do-ahead sensibility. We’ve given directions for making the meatballs on the stove, but if you prefer you can transfer them to a slow cooker to keep them warm for your party. You also can keep them warm in a Dutch oven over a stovetop burner set on low. CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE MEATBALLS Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 50 meatballs For the meatballs: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground pork 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce), minced 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotles in adobo) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 eggs 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs For the sauce: 16-ounce can cranberry sauce 12-ounce jar chili sauce 3 tablespoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotles in adobo) Heat the oven to 425 F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium skillet over mediumhigh, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked onion mixture, beef, pork, salt, black pepper, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, vinegar, eggs and breadcrumbs. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and browned. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce and adobo sauce. Bring to a simmer. When the meatballs are done, transfer them to a shallow bowl or rimmed platter. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Nutrition information per meatball (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 60 calories; 25 calories from fat (38 percent of total calories); 3 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 0 g fiber; 280 mg sodium. •••

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INVITATION TO BID The Village of Glen Carbon, IL is requesting proposals to furnish all necessary labor, supervision, materials, equipment, and supplies to satisfactorily perform janitorial services at the Village Hall, Senior/Community Center, Heritage Museum and the Public Safety Facility. Your bid should include separate quotes for each of the four (4) buildings. Bids are required to be returned in a sealed envelope no later than the 17th of January, 2012, by 3:00P.M., to the Office of the Village Clerk, located in the Village Hall at 151 N. Main Street, Glen Carbon, and IL 62034 at which time the proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud. Sealed proposals should be labeled “Janitorial Services” on the outside of the envelope. Bids that are furnished by mail shall be addressed to the Village Clerk, Village of Glen Carbon, 151 North Main Street, Glen Carbon, and IL 62034. While we have archived microfilm photos, original photos are much better to reproduce. Original photos will be returned to their owners. Although all photos might not be used, all images will be archived for future generations at the Madison County Historical Society unless otherwise requested. Choices for inclusion in the book will be based on availability of space and quality of photograph. The book will be authored by local historian Cindy Reinhardt.

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2 BR townhouses, 15 min to 2 Bdrm apt in Glen Carbon. SIUE very clean. $650 incl w/s/t W/D hookups. $740 per month. & w.d. On-site mgr/maint. No Avail. 1/1. 618-975-0975 pets, no smoking 618.931.4700 2 Bedroom 1.5 bath, W/D 3 Bdr 1.5 Bth close to dwntwn, 1 Bdr 1101 N. Main St., Edw. hookup, $675/month. Glen Carpossible commercial property $475/mo + sec. dep. W/S/T incl. bon. No pets. Agent owned. for professionals, off strt prkng, No pets 618-977-2195. Call Kevin at 581-3211. all hrdwd floors refurnished, 1 BDR loft apt. CREDIT 2 Bedroom APARTMENT, w/d, frig, stove, microwave, dshCHECK. No pets, no smoking Edwardsville, minutes from whsr incl, full unfnsd bsmt. $585mo. $585dep. 656-8953. SIUE: 1.5 bath, W/D hookup. $1500/mo $1000/dep. Avail Jan$625/month. 618-407-5333 1 Bdrm apt. No pets. Credit ck uary 1st, 314-574-3858. required. $425/mo. No calls 2 BR $600 1.5bth or 1 BR 3 BR 2 BA home., Edw: reno$500, apts. Spacious, 300 S. after 6:00pm. 656-3407. vated interior, new kit., 2-car Main, Edw., water, sewer, gar., bike trail access. $1,300/ 1 BR apt.,on Main St, Edw. trash pd., coin w/d, 1 yr lease. mo. No smoking. (618)520-9541 across from courthouse; off-st. No pets. Lve msge@656-0923 parking. w/s/t incld $550/mo+ 3 BR/1BA: Cute home, quiet dep. refrncs reqd 217-851-1398 2 BR 1Bth apt, Troy: Close to histreet, remodeled; all applncs. way access, off street parking, 413 Sanner, Edw. $725/mth. 1 BR upstrs apt, downtwn Edw., on-site laundry. No smoking, no remodld. $525/mo. + dep., water Available now. 618/210-7966 pets $600/mo. 618/975-0670 incl.; 1 yr. lse. Refrnces. No 2 BR LOFT, newly remodeled: pets. Avail now. 618-781-1487. DW, micro, stove, frig, garbge 2 BDR LOFT apt in Troy. Newly disp, w/d hkup. New kit/ba/wi/dr remodeled, new carpet, located Apts, Duplexes, & Homes $715 incl wt/sw/tr 618/593-0173 in a very quiet & nice neighborVisit our website hood. No pets, $535/mo inclds 2 BR, 1.5 BA, Edw./Glen Cbn., 656-2230 near SIU: W/D hookups, off-st. W/S/T pick-up 618-830-4183. pkng. $710 up to $745. 6922 BDR townhouse, 1/5 Bath, Apts/Duplexes 6366. HSI Management Group W/D hookup, patio. No pets, For Rent 710 one year lease, $665/mo plus 2 BR, 1.5 BA: 1-car gar., 1-story. 25 Pearl Ct., Pontoon Beach deposit 692-7147. 1 excellent 3BR, 1200 sq.ft. TH: (behind GC Credit Union Bank. Collinsville, near 157/70; 12 Ideal for seniors. No pets. 2 Bdrm near SIUE. Washer min. to SIUE, FP, DW, W/D, ceil$550 + dep. 377-8834 & Dryer. NO pets/smoking. ing fans, cable, sound walls, off$625 mthly. (618)972-3715. 2BR TOWNHOMES, Edw. 1.5 BA, st. prkng. Sm pets OK, yr. lse. w/d hook up, all kit appliances. $780/mo. 618/345-9610 give No pets. $800 w/gar;$750 w/out AM/PM phone. gar,. 618/659-2188; 978-2867



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