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Edwardsville Neighbors eases families financial burdens, page 4

Takin’ It To The Street: See what friends, neighbors are saying, page 12

People At The Party: Taste of Edwardsville, page 9

Food For Thought: Bella Milano’s citrus honey salmon melts in mouth, page 16


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Neighbors helping neighbors

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What to do ... events

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People at the Party

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New feature: Takin’ It to the Street

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Snoop Dogg, Megadeth headline State Fair

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Food for thought ... with Vicki Bennington

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Catching up with ‘Game of Thrones’

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What to hear ... music

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‘Pet Sematary’ shifts into gear

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What to discover ... arts

ON THE COVER: A recent past Edwardsville Neighbors Board of Directors, left to right, Ryan Govreau, current board marketing co-chair; Carie Terry (retired board member); April Slagle (retired board member); Katie Wigton; Dr. Clint Frye, current board nominations co-chair; Dr. Brooke Frye, current board secretary and memberships co-chair; Michelle Motley; Veronica Ambuehl, current board vice-president and marketing co-chair; Kathie Opel, co-founder and current board president; and, Chad Opel, co-founder and current board treasurer. This year’s board members not pictured: Stephanie Lantz, Ashley Thompson, Dr. Robert Scanlon and Julie Ponce.

Who to contact THE EDGE PUBLISHER • Denise VonderHaar..............dvonderhaar@edwpub.net THE EDGE ADVERTISING DIRECTOR • Carole Fredeking ............carole.fredeking@hearst.com THE EDGE MARKETING STRATEGIST • John Wunderlich ..............john.wunderlich@hearst.com THE EDGE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF • Jill Moon ..................................... jill.moon@hearst.com THE EDGE EVENTS COORDINATOR • Kendra McAndrews ..... kendra.mcandrews@hearst.com THE EDGE CONTRIBUTORS • Vicki Bennington............... vbennington@sbcglobal.net • Keith Brake ............................keithbrake76@gmail.com • Robert Grubaugh .............. rgrubaugh19@hotmail.com On The Edge Of The Weekend is a product of Hearst Illinois Media Group.


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Big event gives big hand to families in need By Jill Moon jill.moon@hearst.com EDWARDSVILLE — Taste of Edwardsville revelers — and there are many — know the festive atmosphere, exciting sounds and enticing aromas from the restaurants that voluntarily share their fare, but there’s much more behind the scenes of one of the year’s biggest social events. Taste of Edwardsville is a path to helping ease the financial burdens of families, within Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7, who are facing unexpected expenses due to unplanned medical financial crises. Every person who attends the always-sold out Taste of Edwardsville — recently celebrating its 11th annual April 6 — supports Edwardsville Neighbors’ mission. “Our mission is to ease the financial burdens of local families in need, while inspiring generosity and goodwill among the residents of our community,” said Edwardsville Neighbors board member and Source Juicery owner Michelle Motley, who’s been on the

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and Kathie Opel, along with their family, organized the first Taste of Edwardsville as a standalone fundraiser benefiting the Greg Seibert Foundation, named for Chad’s own stepfather, who suffered a spinal stroke. The following year, the Opels founded Edwardsville Neighbors, formerly Neighbors In Need, when it became a certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization in its own right. Since then, Edwardsville Neighbors has helped more than 150 families. “My stepfather had paralysis from the waist down,” Chad Opel recalled to The Edge. “After that, we realized, why wouldn’t we continue to fund-raise for this incredible, inspiring community. Why would we be reactive instead of proactive and why wouldn’t we be there when people really need some help?” Upon witnessing Taste of Edwardsville’s immediate success, the outpouring of generosity by the Edwardsville community and the difference it made for the Opels’ own family, which includes daughters Sami, 4, and Ellie, 3, they were inspired and committed to make this an ongoing community effort — always with the goal of helping other families in similar times of crisis. Today, Edwardsville Neighbors continues to work diligently to promote its services in the community and actively seek and accept nominations for families facing medical hardship within District 7. Through the nonprofit’s website — edwardsvilleneighbors.org — people are nominated to be recipients of Edwardsville Neighbors’ benevolence. “Some people don’t know about us, don’t know that there’s an organization like

Edwardsville Neighbors founders Kathie and Chad Opel, pictured with daughters Sami, 4, left, and Ellie, 3, were inspired and committed to make the nonprofit organization an ongoing community effort — always with the goal of helping families in times of medical financial crises. Kathie serves as Edwardsville Neighbors Board of Directors President and is an attorney for Weinheimer Law Firm, in Edwardsville; Chad Opel, a lifelong Edwardsville resident, serves as Edwardsville Neighbors Board of Directors Treasurer and works for Visionary Wealth Advisors as a wealth management advisor and managing director. Edwardsville Neighbors, to help people going through this, but they have a direct impact on families. Just by attending the Taste of Edwardsville event, they will help a family going through medical financial crises, within that year that they attend the event,” Motley explained. Edwardsville Neighbors Board of Directors have robust relationships with school nurses, churches and other nonprofits, Chad said. All of Edwardsville Neighbors’ fundraising events, community efforts, nomination and awards of assistance are overseen, reviewed and decided by the acting Board of Directors. “You expect friends’ and family support, but when restaurants and business leaders support an event just because it’s a cause, that’s inspiring,” Opel said. “Plus, it was a blast. At the end of the day, you have fun and support your community — it’s a win-win.” That win-win motivated the Opels to immediately start planning the second annual Taste of Edwardsville in 2010 and plenty of supporters wanted to become regular volunteers for the cause. Thus, they formed a board, of which its members can occasionally change from year to year, but many continue to volunteer, especially around Taste of Edwardsville. “We didn’t even have a family in mind that first year and now, 10 years later, we have helped over 150 families in District 7,” Chad said. “Anyone can nominate through our site. Immediately when someone is nominated, two board members are selected to meet with the family. We get to know them and bring

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hospitals if they can’t get the treatment they need close by.” Opel and Motley also acknowledged the restaurants that donate their time and their food at Taste of Edwardsville. “We definitely Edwardsville Neighbors couldn’t put on an six-year board member event like this withMichelle Motley, who out them, as well owns Edwardsville’s as the people who Source Juicery. come to it,” Motley said to The Edge. “We’re so grateful for all of them. I’m proud to be such a part of this community and on the board.“ To nominate someone in need, to volunteer and for more information about Edwardsville Neighbors or upcoming events, visit edwardsvilleneighbors.org.

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What to do … events Friday, April 19 • • • • • • • •

The Future is Female IV: A Stand-Up Comedy Show, The Heavy Anchor, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville IL, 8 a.m. Easter Bunny Toddler Time EGGstravaganza, Sky Zone, Fairview Heights IL, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Genealogy Drop-In, Ferguson Municipal Public Library, Ferguson MO, 3 to 5 p.m. Fish Fry, Knights of Columbus, Edwardsville IL, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. WeeJam, Wood River Public Library, Wood River IL, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Plinko On the Hill, Bunker Hill Area Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill IL, 5 to 8 p.m. Full Moon Float, Big Muddy Adventures, St. Louis, Missouri, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Splash & Search - Fusion Egg Hunt, Fusion Fitness & Aquatics, Hillsboro IL, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Full Moon Haunted Walking Tours, Washmo Haunted History Tours, Washington MO, 6:30 p.m. Easter Egg-Citement, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville IL, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WWE Live, Enterprise Center, St. Louis MO, 7:30 p.m. Murder in Mayberry Mystery Dinner Theater, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, Grafton IL, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Run/Eat Saturday, RunWell, Edwardsville IL, 8 a.m. Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville IL, 8 a.m. Easter Bunny Toddler Time EGGstrav-

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be 21 years or older. As guests jam out to their favorite hits, they can also satisfy their appetite with SEVENS’ specialty dishes, such as house-made Bayou Gumbo, the SEVENS signature burger and Nashville fried chicken, or any of their great shareable items, such as SEVENS appetizer platter and the fan-favorite Neptune platter. New beer and food pairings continue to help diners select the best brew to accompany each bite, including the Casino Queens specialty beer the Queen’s Jewel. SEVENS’ regular hours of operation are from 4 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m., Friday; 12 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and, 12 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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Premiere cover band One Night in Bangkok set for Casino Queen’s ’80s EAST ST. LOUIS — The crowd at Casino Queen is in for a real treat as the ever-popular group One Night in Bangkok plays at SEVENS on Saturday. The concert begins at 8 p.m., when One Night in Bangkok will bring their high-energy tunes guaranteed to keep the party going. Regional residents and music lovers are invited to dress in their favorite throwback attire for an electrifying night of dancing through the decades. With a wide musical selection ranging from ’80s to current top 40, One Night in Bangkok is a party band consisting of seasoned players with more than 10 hours of music that will have audience members grooving out of their seats. Guests must

aganza, Sky Zone, Fairview Heights IL, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Weekly Saturday Morning Run/Walk Group, Running Niche, St. Louis MO, 8 to 10 a.m. Sights and Sounds Trail Series, Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit MO, 9 a.m. EXTRA SPECIAL BrewHopSTL Tour, Square One Brewery & Distillery, St. Louis MO, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday Group Ride, Bike Surgeon Outpost, Edwardsville IL, 7 a.m. Breakfast with Bunny, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis MO, 8:30 a.m. Spring Wildflower Hike, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood MO, 9 a.m. Game of Thrones Brunch, La Patisserie, Florissant MO, 11:30 a.m.

Easter Brunch, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, Grafton IL, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter Brunch, Blood & Sand, St. Louis MO, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday Kinderfest, Hofbräu-

haus, Belleville IL, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Easter Brunch, Drifters Bar & Grill, Grafton IL, 10 a.m. Lawless Easter Brunch, Granite City Food & Brewery, Creve Coeur, MO, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch with The Easter Bunny, The Boathouse at Forest Park, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Brunch Buffet, Scape, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Easter Brunch, Sloan’s Pub House, Collinsville IL, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Café Flora Sunday Brunch, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farmhaus Easter Brunch, Das Bevo, St. Louis MO, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday Fun Day, Pieces: The St. Louis Board Game Bar & Café, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Missouri River Day Trip, Big Muddy Adventures, St. Louis MO, 9 a.m. Easter Car Show, Muny Opera Upper Parking Lot in Forest Park, St. Louis MO, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets, Busch Stadium, St. Louis MO, 1:15 p.m.


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Colin E. Braley/AP Images for Macy’s|For The Edge Various departments at Macy’s first Backstage off-price store, at Independence Center, in the Kansas City, Missouri region.

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The new store has approximately 13,000 square feet of dedicated retail space and is on the second level inside the full-line Macy’s. Macy’s has successfully expanded its offprice business to 165 new locations within Macy’s stores, allowing customers to shop both merchandise offerings in one trip to the mall.

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The annual Taste of Edwardsville once again sold out, providing support for Edwardsville Neighbors, a nonprofit organization that helps community members meet unexpected expenses created by unplanned medical needs. The event, held April 6, celebrated its 11th successful year.

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Dan Goodman, AP There are more TV streaming services than ever before and more people are opting to drop cable in favor of streaming services. But monthly subscriptions can add up fast. A little research on which services are best for you can help save big bucks.

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By MAE ANDERSON and SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Business Writers With more TV streaming services than ever before, from newcomers like Disney Plus to stalwarts like Netflix, consumers may feel the ideal viewing experience is finally at hand. Americans have, on average, three streaming video subscription services, according to a recent study of digital media trends by Deloitte. While some have dropped cable and its average bill of around $100 a month altogether, about 43% have both pay TV and streaming subscriptions. Yet patching together a variety of services to get just what one wants isn’t always seamless. Families and individuals can still find themselves with service that doesn’t perfectly suit their viewing habits. And those monthly subscriptions can add up fast. “It doesn’t make sense to pay for a bunch of content you have no interest in watching,” said Bruce McClary, vice president of marketing for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “Finding a service that lets you scale your channel lineup based on your interests can also help you avoid paying for things you don’t need.” A little research on which services are best can help save big bucks. FOR FAMILIES Disney is making the biggest play for family viewership. The owner of Disney

Channel, the Star Wars franchise and most recently Fox’s entertainment business is betting its mix of family-friendly franchises and beloved animated classics, along with original programming, will make the Disney Plus service irresistible to families, even if they already subscribe to other services. The service, launching Nov. 12, will cost $7 a month initially. For some kids, there may be no substitute for watching Disney’s “Frozen” over and over again. But other services that families might already subscribe to have a lot of family-friendly programming too. Amazon Prime ($119 per year or $13 per month for Prime loyalty program membership; Prime Video alone costs $9 a month), Hulu ($6 to $12 per month), and Netflix ($9 to $16 per month) all offer kids programming. Another choice for parents: HBO Now ($15 a month) is the home for the classic kids TV show “Sesame Street.” And for spendthrifts, YouTube’s free Kids channel offers a stream of kid-friendly fare, although quality varies widely. FOR MOVIE BUFFS Movie fans will soon have to work a bit harder to find movies to stream. As Disney, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers and others offer their own streaming services, they will all eventually pull their content from Netflix. But niche services are there to fill the void. Classic movies can be difficult to find

streaming. Movie fans suffered a loss when AT&T, which bought Time Warner last year, decided to discontinue FilmStruck, a streaming service that was a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. But a similar service called The Criterion Channel that offers 1,000 classic and contemporary films is stepping up to fill the void. It costs $11 a month or $99 for a year. Other movie-centric streaming services include Fandor ($6 per month or $50 per year) or Mubi ($11 per month). Both offer a curated selection of movies. Those on a budget can try Kanopy, a streaming service that works with libraries to offer card holders streaming movies for free. FOR SPORTS FANS Sports fans do have streaming options, but they cost more since sports must be watched live. Basic live TV options are cheaper but may not include sports channels. Which service you choose depends on which sport or which team you want to watch. There are a variety of live TV streaming services that offer a wide range of sports, but they’ve recently been raising their prices . Fubo TV offers more than 85 channels including ones that broadcast football, baseball, soccer and other sports. It costs $45 for the first month, then $55 a month after that. DirecTV Now costs $50 a month for the cheapest tier. Sling TV costs $25 to $40 a month. Hulu raised the price for its live-TV service in February, by $5, to $45. Sony’s PlayStation Vue

costs $45 to $80 a month. Google’s YouTube TV is increasing its monthly fee to $50. It launched at $35 and has raised prices as it added more channels. Most of the live TV services offer the major sports channels such as Fox Sports and NBC Sports Network, as well as games broadcast on network TV. But ESPN, for example, is on Hulu Live and YouTube TV but not Fubo TV, so fans of a specific team should examine listings for each service. There’s no budget offering for watching high profile sporting events. But Disney’s ESPN Plus costs $5 a month or $50 for the year. It offers some live games, including some hockey, soccer and baseball games, as well as content about sports like ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series. But you can’t watch most major league sports games. MIX AND MATCH If you’re a sports fan who also loves movies and has a family, you’ll have to mix and match services while trying to stay within your budget. It is still possible to stay below the monthly cost of cable, says the NFCC’s McClary. “The acceptable threshold for spending is up to each household, but most ‘live’ and ‘on demand’ streaming services would be on the low end of the scale compared to traditional cable packages,” he said. “One good measuring stick is to compare the monthly rate to monthly content consumption patterns and what it would cost if you paid movie rental rates each time you watch a program.”


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What are your Easter plans?

Takin’ It to the Street Follow us each week as On The Edge of The Weekend asks people in our community fun questions that stir new ideas, fun memories or just a good laugh. Watch for your friends and neighbors in Takin’ It to the Street!

Edwardsville’s Source Juicery staff says, “Happy Easter!” Twins Autumn Scott and Carli Scott, Glen Carbon —— “We go to my grandma’s house and have lunch. Then we’ll have an Easter egg hunt for my nieces and nephews,” Autumn said. ——- “We’ll be doing the same thing,” Carli noted.

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SIUE student Rachel Rau, St. Louis — “I’ll be working here at Source Juicery, I work Sundays. Then afterward, I’m going home and my mom’s cooking dinner for our family.”

Cyress Ahart, Edwardsville —- “Go to my grandma’s house —- always —always go to my grammy’s house.”


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Takin’ It to the Street What are your Easter plans?

Follow us each week as On The Edge of The Weekend asks people in our community fun questions that stir new ideas, fun memories or just a good laugh. Watch for your friends and neighbors in Takin’ It to the Street!

Nadia Msakni, Glen Carbon — “My family and I all go to my aunt’s house. We usually make up what we’re eating — if we’re feeling Mexican, if we’re feeling Chinese — and then we color eggs.”

SIUE graduate Zac Pegues, St. Louis — “I’m probably going to my grandparents. They like to hide eggs.”

Alex Prickett, Bethalto —- “I go to my dad’s side of my family. We just eat lunch there and the younger kids do an Easter egg hunt.”

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At 96, she still swings in band founded in 1951

By MALCOLM ABRAM Akron Beacon Journal On a recent chilly evening in Tallmadge, the Venue Banquet Center was mostly empty as the oldest big band in Akron prepared for its Spring Gala. The Moonlight Serenaders were founded in 1951 and have been keeping the hits of the era alive for 68 years. The 20 members’ ages and tenures span a wide range, but only one has been on the bandstand for the group’s entire history. Mona Schaeffer, a 96-year-old trumpeter, mother and grandmother, has played more gigs in more bands than most of her bandmates combined, and she’s still going strong. Schaeffer’s tenure is as unique as her entry into the Serenaders. The band was founded by the local Masons, who at the time did not allow women to perform. “They had to get a special dispensation … so Mona could play with them,” said band publicist, producer and alto and baritone saxophonist John Smith. Schaeffer doesn’t recall that detail. “Oh, I don’t know anything about that. But I was the only woman in the group,” she said

during a rehearsal break. She never had any problems from her allmale bandmates. “No. I’ve been with men all my life,” she said laughing. The Serenaders were rehearsing for their Spring Gala, and the old-school bandstand was set up and the room already decorated. Director/conductor Karl Tittl led them through the set list, with a few false starts and some suggestions from members about tempos. Five singers — three ladies dubbed the “Serenader Sisters” and two men — waited their turn to step up. First the band ran through the dinner set, which Smith referred to as “the soft, quiet, goto-sleep music,” promising that they’d “pick it up in the next set.” The tunes included familiar classics “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” one of several to feature a melodic spotlight for the slight-ofbuild Schaeffer, who admitted, “I don’t play as well as I used to.” She may not have the power she once had, but she still has the energy, as she currently plays in four different groups: the Serenaders, two concert bands and a German band that mostly plays Oktoberfests. Schaeffer first picked up the trumpet as a

teenager, though not quite voluntarily: “My mother played the clarinet and the sax, and my aunt played the sax and clarinet and accordion, and so they needed a brass player and that was me.” After graduating from Central High School at 19, Schaeffer married a musician, studied music at the University of Akron and then went pro, playing in a swing band with her mom and aunt. “That’s what I started with, all girls, long before you were born,” she said with a chuckle. “I played with a professional band. I joined the union when I was 19 and played with The Co-eds, which I’m sure you’ve never heard of. But they were pretty popular during the war because the fellas had all gone to war, so we did a lot of playing. We played in Cleveland and Youngstown and Gary, Indiana, all during the war,” she recalled. During the day, she worked at American Rubber. Just as her mother and aunt passed down the musical genes, Schaeffer taught her daughter and granddaughter. She’s proud that her granddaughter works in the music department at the Library of Congress.

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Mona Schaffer plays trumpet with the Moonlight Serenaders, Akron’s oldest Big Band in Tallmadge, Ohio, at The Venue Banquets. At left is Lara Estes. Schaeffer, a 96-yearold trumpeter, mother and grandmother, has played more gigs in more bands than most of her bandmates combined, and she’s still going strong. Schaeffer’s tenure is as unique as her entry into the Serenaders. The band was founded by the local Masons, who at the time did not allow women to perform.

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Food for Thought …with Vicki Bennington

I Like Juicy Salmon, and I Cannot Lie!

And when it’s in front of my face, I fall in love … you get the idea (or some will, anyway). But ,in other words, I like salmon — a lot! The citrus honey glazed salmon at Bella Milano is so juicy, with the sweet citrus glaze, and sitting on a bed of sautéed spinach, it is hard to resist. I almost thought I tasted a touch of pineapple in the glaze — and perhaps I did, or maybe it was the honey. And now that I know how good it is, I won’t be able to order anything else. I know myself — I get stuck on something at certain establishments, and I don’t even want to look at the rest of the menu. Of course, the house Milano salad comes In this column, Vicki with the entrée (or other salads, if you choose, but again, it’s hard to order something else Bennington shares you know how good the signature salad her love of food and when is), as does another side choice. I got asparaall that involves, gus. Who would think asparagus could be that from special dishes much better than the same vegetable made at home? Well, it was. It was cooked to perfecat local and regional tion. Not a lot of spices or extras, but just the right consistency, just the right crunch. restaurants to new The salad is worth the trip all by itself and trends and fads, and would make a great stand-alone for lunch, things to try at home. for sure, with lettuce, green onions, crispy Contact her at vben- prosciutto ham and the house-made Milano dressing. Of course, for cheese lovers, it comes nington@sbcglobal. with a special blend of cheeses, but I asked for net with comments, mine without. My husband had the seafood ravioli, ideas or suggestions described as lobster, shrimp and scallop ravioli tossed with grape tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and shallots in a brown butter cream sauce, topped with three jumbo, butterflied shrimp. Let’s put it this way: He cleaned his plate. But now that I swore allegiance to the salmon, and I’m looking at the menu, there are so many wonderful-sounding choices, I actually might have a hard time not trying something else. For instance, chicken Milano, which is lightly breaded, charbroiled chicken breast with mushrooms and green onions (OK, you can have provel cheese sauce, if you want) or an 8-ounce pepperloin filet, hand-cut and rolled in cracked black pepper, then pan-seared and topped with red wine reduction sauce. Sounds really good. And, I did almost get the Mediterranean snapper. I was trying to choose one of two recommended fish dinners a week, that I’ve been trying to stick with. The snapper is pan-seared and topped with grape tomatoes, red onions, capers and white wine lemon butter sauce (and feta, if you choose). It sounded good and, at first, it was a toss-up, but in the end, I went with the salmon. It was an excellent choice, but maybe the snapper would have been too. Hmmm … I will have to try it out and compare. We do usually try to forego the starters or small plates, and reserve our calories consumed for the entrée, but I have to say the choices, like lump crab cakes, crab stuffed mushrooms or bruschetta Capri on the small plates menu definitely have a ring to them, as do the zucchini sticks on the starters See FOOD, Page 17

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This image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The final season premiered Sunday.

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For seven seasons, you’ve ignored the lure of “Game of Thrones.” The multiple awards didn’t draw you in. Your friends debating plot twists each Sunday on social media didn’t move you. The “Is Jon Snow really

FOOD Continued from Page 16 menu. Interesting. And I’ve heard the brick oven pizzas are amazing. I’m not even going to talk about the desserts. Who would have room for that? All I can tell you is there are quite a few choices, and a decision would be tough. It had been awhile since I visited Bella Milano. The last time was for an office Christmas party, and we were in a private room, which was nice, and the food was good then, too. That time I had the Milano salad (of course), and the chicken Marsala, which I couldn’t complain about either.

dead?” storyline wasn’t enough; not even the “Hold the door!” memes sparked enough interest. But now, here you are, with the final season days away from kicking off, finally ready to delve in. Since you don’t have the time (or probably the stamina) to binge watch the past 67 episodes, here’s what you need to know to

Another fairly recent visit was for lunch, and I had the BLT pasta. You know you can’t go wrong with that combination. Mix the B, the L and the T with garlic, Kalamata olives, and a light butter sauce on top of angel hair pasta. It made for a nice treat in the middle of the day, when I usually eat leftovers from the night before or a low-cal frozen meal. It came with a small salad and a soft drink, too. The lunch menu also has a burger, chicken and fish, as well as the starters and small plates, pizzas, pastas and a few of the dinner entrees, including a smaller version of my to-die-for salmon. So go ahead, splurge, have fun — be one of those women (or men) who “lunch.”

follow along with a modicum of understanding as the eighth season gets underway on HBO. THE FAMILIES “Game of Thrones” is a family affair, with several Great Houses that love, fight, plot and conspire for the Iron Throne, ultimate power in Westeros. (Some love a little more than

normal — the twisted affair between siblings Jaime and Cersei Lannister, for example). Three families at the heart of the story are: THE STARKS The series began with Ned Stark, Warden of the North, at his home, Winterfell. He

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THRONE Continued from Page 17 and his family — wife Catelyn; sons, Robb, Rickon and Bran; daughters Sansa and Arya; and oh yeah, the bastard, Jon Snow — are living relatively quietly until they receive a visit from Ned’s old friend Robert Baratheon, now the king. Reluctantly, Ned agrees to become the hand of the king, kind of a ceremonial vice president position, and travels south with some of his family. Things don’t go so well, he loses his head and the family is scattered. Shamed by his origins, Jon Snow joins and soon becomes a leader of the Night’s Watch. Think of them as a combination of border patrol agents and celibate monks who stand guard at the Wall, which runs across the north of Westeros and kept out the Wildlings, a fierce nation that doesn’t recognize the kings and princes of Westeros. Eventually though, the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings join forces against something far more terrifying: the Night King and his White Walkers, an army of the frozen undead, who when last seen have come crashing through the Wall. By season eight, the other surviving Starks are: Sansa, who went from horrible engage-

This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The final season premiered Sunday. ment to horrendous marriages to, now, becoming the mistress of Winterfell; Arya, who survived on the run, picking up some deadly skills along the way; and a disabled Bran, a man with a mystical vision.

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Sittin on the Porch’ Thursday Night Jam, National Blues Museum, St. Louis MO, 6 to 9 p.m. Acoustic Country Thursdays, Game 6 HonkyTonk Joint, St. Louis MO, 6 p.m. Third Thursdays with Brian Curran, Hammerstone’s @ 9th and Russell, St. Louis MO, 4 to 7 p.m. Andrew Dahle, 1860’s Saloon & Hardshell Café, St. Louis MO, 6 p.m. Martin Sexton, Blueberry Hill Duck Room, University City MO, 8 p.m. Anthony Live, Tamm Ave Bar, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Alanna Royale, Off Broadway Music Venue, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Johnny Chase, Porter’s Steakhouse, Collinsville IL, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Brian Horneyer Trio, Four Strings, St. Louis MO, 9 p.m. Hudson Harkins with Elliot Sowell, Joe’s Café Concerts, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Grassfed, Broadway Oyster Bar, St. Louis MO, 9 p.m. Hollywood 5, Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, Alton IL, 7 p.m.

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Howlin’ Fridays, National Blues Museum, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Resurrection: A Journey Tribute, River City Casino & Hotel, St. Louis MO, 8

p.m. Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor, Das Bevo, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. The Gaslight Squares, Yaquis on Cherokee, St. Louis MO, 10 p.m. Masterblaster: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. An Evening with The Matching Shoe, The Bootleg, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Tony Campanella CD Release Party, Blueberry Hill Duck Room, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Muriel Anderson, The Focal Point, Maplewood MO, 8 p.m. The Waters Trifecta, The Franchise Sports Bar & Grill, Wood River IL, 8 p.m. The Beerkatz, The Pump House Bar & Grill, Wood River IL, 9:30 p.m. Manic Focus featuring Jason Hann, Old Rock House, St. Louis MO, 10 p.m. The String Cheese Incident, The Fabulous Fox, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m.

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Madbeats, Grafton Winery Inc., Grafton IL, 3 to 7 p.m. The String Cheese Incident, The Fabulous Fox, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Kim Massie, Das Bevo, St. Louis MO, 7:30 p.m. Paddy, Morrison’s Irish Bar, Alton IL, 8 p.m. Number 4 Combo, The Loading Dock, Grafton IL, 3 to 7 p.m. Annie and the Fur Trappers, Yaquis on Cherokee, St. Louis MO, 10 p.m. Jeezy, The Pageant, St. Louis MO, 9 p.m. SoMo: The Phases Tour, Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. EOTO, Old Rock House, St. Louis MO, 10 p.m. Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, Grafton IL, 7 p.m. Roots of A Rebellion with Tree One Four + The Driftaways, Atomic Cowboy Pavilion & The Bootleg, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Buttercup with The Pat Sajak Assassins and Bagheera, Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis MO, 9 p.m. Flipside, The Franchise Sports Bar & Grill, Wood River IL, 9 p.m. Scrambled, Schmitty’s Sunset Inn Again, Troy IL, 3 to 6 p.m. Baywolfe, The Pump House Bar & Grill, Wood River IL, 9:30 p.m. Saturday Showcase featuring Elaine Donohou, National Blues Museum, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m.

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Terry Beck, Grafton Winery Inc., Grafton IL, 2 to 6 p.m. Steve Gunn, Off Broadway Music Venue, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. The Jorrells, The Loading Dock, Grafton IL, 2 to 6 p.m. Brunchin’ at The Dark Room with Tommy Halloran Band, The Dark Room, St. Louis MO, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Usual Suspects, BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups, St. Louis MO, 4 to 7 p.m. Michael Neu & Friends, Alpha Brewing Co, St. Louis MO, 2 to 5 p.m. You, Me and Dougie, Molly’s in Soulard, St. Louis MO, 11:30 a.m. Salmon Creek, Doits Village Inn, Pontoon Beach IL, 2 p.m.

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Open Mic, The Four Strings, St. Louis MO, 9 p.m. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Delmar Hall, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Todd Snider, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. The Point welcomes SWMRS, The Ready Room, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, Off Broadway Music Venue, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. St. Louis Blues Society presents Lady J Huston, The Dark Room, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m.

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Monday, April 22 Young Cats of Jazz with Keith Bowman Quartet, The Dark Room, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Buckcherry, Pop’s Concert Venue, Sauget IL, 6 p.m. Missio: Rad Drugz Tour, The Firebird, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Pink Mexico with the Lizardtones, The Sinkhole, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. StL Music Open Mic & Jam, Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Joan Baez Fare Thee Well Tour 2019, The Pageant, St. Louis MO, 8 p.m. Webster University Jazz Singers, Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster

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to him. After killing his father and fleeing Kings Landing, Tyrion finds a second act as hand to a different queen, Daenerys of … HOUSE TARGARYEN The Targaryens ruled Westeros before Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark and others brought them down. Daenerys, the only surviving member of the family, more or less, was sold into marriage with Dothraki leader Khal Drogo (later killed). She receives an interesting wedding gift: three dragon eggs. Before

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sister, Lyanna, before he and his family were killed. TIME AND PLACE Martin has created a world that’s makebelieve but feels somewhat real. It’s like a mashup of feudal England and Tolkien’s Middle Earth with a healthy dose of sex, violence, conniving, power-grabbing, more sex, more violence and lots of full-frontal nudity. Some other prominent places: Dragonstone: Former home of House Targaryen, an island where the dragons of the past resided with the family. Essos: A continent lying across the Narrow Sea from Westeros. It’s where Daenerys was hiding in the beginning, and where the horseloving Dothraki roam. Braavos: a free city in Essos, home to the Iron Bank — to which the Lannisters owe some gold. Also home to the Faceless — religious types and assassins who worship the Many-Faced God of death, and collect faces of the dead from all over the world. Arya came up through the ranks here. Iron Islands: Home to a naval fleet of warriors led by House Greyjoy, who son Theon was a ward of the Starks and has been through some rough times since then. WHAT’S NEXT? As the final seasonbegins, the three houses have pledged to unite their armies — along with the Wildlings— to fight their common enemy: the White Walkers. The zombie-like creatures have broken through the Wall and they now include one of Daenerys’ dragons among their ranks.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The head of the company that controls Graceland says he is not threatening to move the Memphis, Tennessee-based tourist attraction centered on the life of singer Elvis Presley, despite comments that had suggested otherwise. The Memphis City Council is considering a $100 million expansion plan at Graceland that includes a proposal for tax-based incentives. The tourist venue includes Presley's former home, plus an entertainment complex across the street. It attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year from around the world. Concerns about the attraction's future arose this week when Graceland Holdings managing partner Joel Weinshanker was quoted in story by The Wall Street Journal story saying he has received offers "to take every piece of wood and panel and move it," including Asia and Nashville as possibilities. Some fans and social media posts interpreted the statement as a threat to move. But Weinshanker clarified those comments, saying Graceland has not sought out offers to move and it simply will not expand if the master plan is not approved by the council.


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‘Pet Sematary’s’ second half jumps into maximum overdrive

By Robert D. Grubaugh Contributing columnist We have to establish a few facts at the onset of this week’s review. By facts, I mean my own point of view that will be supported with a few brief sentences. My first statement is that horror films in the early 1990s were terrible. The specific window of time I’m pinpointing is roughly the post-’80s slasher heyday, up until 1996, when “Scream” (allegedly) reinvented the genre and there were sequels galore of previous horror films (“Psycho IV,” two additional “Child’s Play” movies, etc.). It was awful, but especially if you were an adolescent boy trying to find a way to understand entertainment as it applied to your peer group. The secondary part of my thesis is that a primary culprit who can be blamed for this lack of quality is someone I would stop just short of naming as co-conspirator, author Stephen King. Prolific and beloved, the writer has not always had the best luck with his work transferring to screen adaptation, somewhat because of his somewhat handsoff approach with screenplays, which he did not oversee or write. Between his two bestadapted works (adapted by others), “Stand By Me” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” nine other “King” movies came out that do not bear the scrutiny of time. And, 1989’s “Pet Sematary” rests squarely in the middle of that nostalgic slice of questionable production. Its

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Kerry Hayes/ Paramount Pictures via AP|For The Edge remake hit theaters last weekend. Little known actors Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby starred in the original film in 1989 and that should tell you all you need to know about the era. The story is legitimately horrifying, even if the movie was a lot on the schlocky side. In 2019’s “Pet Sematary,” Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) relocates his family to the Maine woods to take a new job at a university. When their cat is killed on the busy road in front of their home, kindly neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) takes Dr. Creed beyond the town’s established pet cemetery (charmingly misspelled in the title) and they bury the kitty in a sacred burial ground of some long-dead native tribe. The long-haired tortoiseshell feline returns the next day, a lot meaner and more than just a little undead. We know this story by now, right? The Creeds then lose their little girl (the Creeds’ little boy dies in the 1989 flick), Ellie (Jeté Laurence), and grief prompts Dr. Creed to try his hand again at reincarnation, by interring Ellie in the tribal burial ground. But, it goes badly and death and destruction follow. As Crandall tells Dr. Creed in the movie, “Sometimes dead is better.” After the enduring success of “Shawshank” and due to King’s own prodigious bibliography, more than 40 other adaptations hit the small and silver screens over the last 30 See ‘SEMATARY’, Page 22

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‘SEMATARY’ Continued from Page 21 years. Some are good (“The Green Mile”), some are awful (“Dreamcatcher”), and some are just indelible (“Secret Window” still gives me the shivers), but what happened in 2017 was the most noteworthy milestone of them all. “It” relaunched itself on the big screen that September, becoming the second adaptation of the novel following Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 miniseries of the same name. We all went nuts for “It,” the movie. Turns out, King’s works can become well-made horror films and made scary and open to more than $120 million in ticket sales. So, let’s redo them all! “Pet Sematary” is the first attempt at a remake of a film based on King’s works, and it’s a little uneven. The new cast is a mixed bag. Clarke and Amy Seimetz are adequate at the Creed parents. Lithgow is a good substitute for Fred Gwynne (the original Jud Crandall), but Lithgow plays the part differently and makes it his own. For me, the cat was an improvement in this one, the cat was great. But the best part of this movie is the little girl who plays doomed daughter Ellie (Laurence). It’s a role with n actual dialogue and purpose, not just a “MacGuffin.” The decision to alter which child is subject-

ed to the demonic curse inside this story was a big change. But, King was on-board, sharing that this is still his most personal and affecting novel. If you, like me, detest the lame special effects of the original and its bizarre settings, you’re going to be misled. The first half of the new “Pet Stephen King, prolific and Sematary” beloved, has not always is equally had the best luck with as terrible his work transferring as the to screen adaptation, original. somewhat because of But, once mayhem his somewhat hands-off starts approach with screenbefallplays, which he did not ing the oversee or write. Creeds, this movie jumps into (maximum) overdrive and will scare your socks off. “Pet Sematary” runs 101 minutes and is rated R for horror violence, bloody images, and some language. I give this film three stars out of four.

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Brian Ach/Invision/AP Ben Platt poses for a portrait in New York to promote his debut album “Sing to Me Instead.” Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch also star. Platt said Murphy sought him out for the role after seeing him in “Dear Evan Hansen.” “He said, ‘You were this open book, this sweet, empathetic, very easy to root for (character). And I would like you to now play someone who is conniving and sociopathic and has a lot of hubris and is kind of a brat. I want to challenge you to just turn completely on its head,’” Platt recalls. “I was like, ‘What more could you ask for as an actor?”


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Disney unveils new streaming service By MAE ANDERSON and MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writers Disney raised the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that’s aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally of the Magic Kingdom. The service, called Disney Plus, has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out plans for its attack on Netflix and a formidable cast of competitors, including Amazon, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. Disney Plus will roll out in the U.S. on November 12 at a price of $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. That’s well below the $13 monthly fee Netflix charges for its most popular streaming plan, signaling Disney’s determination to woo subscribers as it vies to become a major player in a field that has turned “binge watching” into a common ritual. Like Netflix, Disney Plus will be free of ads. Subscribers will be able to download all of the shows and movies on Disney’s service to watch offline.

Richard Drew, AP The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Disney is unveiling details of its long-awaited streaming service Disney Plus. Netflix will still have a far deeper video programming lineup after spending tens of billions of dollars during the past six years on original shows such as “House of Cards,” ”Stranger Things” and “The Crown.” But Disney Plus will be able to draw upon a library of revered films dating back several

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“No one is ever really gone,” says the voice of Luke Skywalker in the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which audiences finally learned will be called “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Friday at a fan event in Chicago. The closely guarded film from director J.J. Abrams will put an end to the Skywalker saga that began over 40 years ago, but even as characters and actors have passed on, the footage shown at Star Wars Celebration suggests that as with all “Star Wars” films, death is just a technicality a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Mark Hamill’s Skywalker may have died at the end of the most recent installment but his voice dominates the teaser trailer, telling someone, possibly Daisy Ridley’s Rey, that, “this is your fight now.” And audiences got a tantalizing tease from another figure from the past: Emperor Palpatine from the original and prequel trilogies, whose ominous laugh closes out the promotional spot. Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa is back as well, despite the actress’s untimely passing in Dec. 2016, thanks to unused footage from “The Force Awakens” which Abrams was able to craft into its own narrative for this new film. “You can’t just recast and you can’t just have her disappear,” Abrams said. “The idea

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Reel Late at the Tivoli: Shrek, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre, St. Louis MO, 11:55 p.m. Free Family Saturdays, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis MO, 12 to 2 p.m. Mosiac Stepping Stones, The MAC Macoupin Art Collective, Staunton IL, 4 p.m. Butterfly Houses- Kids, The MAC Macoupin Art Collective, Staunton IL, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Modern Calligraphy, Bowood Farms, St. Louis MO, 1 to 4 p.m. Spring Pansy Watercolor, Bowood Farms, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 12

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Yoga for Runners, RunWell, Edwardsville IL, 6 p.m. Intro to Wheel Throwing, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton IL, 6 p.m. Drink and Draw: Figure Drawing, The Heavy Anchor, St. Louis MO, 6 to 8 p.m. Chair Exercises, Wood River Public Library, Wood River IL, 10 a.m. Monday Meditations with Andy, DeMun Healing, Clayton MO, 7:30 p.m. Breastfeeding Meet-Ups, Momentum Wellness and Learning, Edwardsville IL, 6:30 p.m.

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Bar Top Book Club, The Pump House Bar & Grill, Wood River IL, 6 p.m. Photography 101, Bethalto Public Library, Bethalto IL, 6 to 8 p.m. Bunko, Eckert’s Restaurant and Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville IL, 6:30 p.m. Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic, The Heavy Anchor, St. Louis MO, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23 • • • • • • • • • •

Intro to Wheel Throwing, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton IL, 6 p.m. Comprehensive Drawing, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton IL, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Free Kids’ Class: Spin Painting, The MAC - Macoupin Art Collective, Staunton IL, 4 p.m. Art Journaling 103: Accordion Journals, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, St. Louis MO, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime, Collinsville Memorial Library Center, Collinsville IL, 10 a.m. Knit/Crochet Night, The Weaving Dept., Florissant MO, 6 p.m. $2 Tuesday Movies, The Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL, 7 p.m. Bird and Photography Walk, The Audubon Center at Riverlands, West Alton MO, 7 a.m. Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The Funny Bone, St. Louis MO, 7:30 p.m. Flash Fiction: The Art of the Short Story, The Kranzberg, St. Louis MO, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24 • • • • • • • • •

Cirque du Soleil, Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis MO, 7:30 p.m., Runs through April 28th. Throw + Grow Sculptures, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills MO, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Glass on Glass Mosaic, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton IL, 5:30 p.m. Introduction to Watercolor, The MAC - Macoupin Art Collective, Staunton IL, 6 p.m. Knitted Socks, Perennial, St. Louis MO, 6:30 p.m. Yoga with Kelly Masinelli, Wood River Public Library, Wood River IL, 6:30 p.m. Yarn Class with Christy, Afterwords Books, Edwardsville IL, 6 p.m. Baby Boogie, Collinsville Memorial Library Center, Collinsville IL, 9:30 a.m. Story Time/Craft, East Alton Public Library District, East Alton IL, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


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Iconic Muppets coming to a street near you

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Bird, Elmo and stars of "Sesame Street" are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. S t e v e Yo u n g w o o d , t h e c h i e f operating officer of Sesame Workshop, says the tour is both "a nod to the work we've done and a nod to the work we're going to do" but also "a celebration and reward to everyone who helped us get here." The Muppets will spend FridaySunday in each city, filming segments for the show with local kids and highlighting people and places important to the community. There also will be activities like a giant maze, a treasure dig, photo opportunities, sweepstakes and a cookies-and-milk snack station. The tour starts June 1 in New York and then has Saturday celebrations in Washington, D.C., on June 8; Pittsburgh on June 15; Detroit on June 22; Chicago on June 29; Dallas on July 6; Kansas City on July 13; Denver on July 20; Seattle on July 27 and Los Angeles on Aug. 3. "It brings together who we are —

HBO via AP This image released by HBO shows the cast of the popular children's show "Sesame Street." Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and hitting the road. The non-profit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will embark on a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. from the show to the local community organization to the fans — in a way that we had absolutely never done. It's amazing. You think 50 years and things we've never done before: This level of local engagement in a comprehensive way is something

we've never done. And we're really, really excited." The 50th season of "Sesame Street" kicks off in November with a starstudded primetime special that will include new takes on classic segments and visits from "Sesame Street" icons.

Five national touring productions coming to state By Tamara Browning State Journal-Register (TNS) Five national touring productions will be new to the Sangamon Auditorium stage for 2019-2020 on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. The University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center announced its Broadway series for the upcoming season on Monday. New this year, the Madden Broadway Series is being named for longtime series subscriber Peggy Madden of Decatur, who is this year's title sponsor. Madden's financial support also is allowing the series to offer singleshow tickets for $24 or a five-show subscription for $70. The five shows are: • "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" (7:30 p.m. Oct. 18). It tells the story of American singer-songwriter

Carole King, who has been active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. The show opened Jan. 12, 2014, on Broadway. It won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and two Tony awards. • "Waitress" (8 p.m. Feb. 14), which tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and a rocky marriage. She makes desserts that mirror her life such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed By My Eggs Pie." A baking contest and the town's new doctor may offer her a fresh start. • "The Choir of Man" (7:30 p.m. March 4) is a new touring concert show that features a cast of nine who sing a variety of songs, including pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock. • "The Color Purple" (8 p.m. April 10), which is the 2016 Tony Award

winner for Best Musical Revival about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. • "The Play That Goes Wrong" (7:30 p.m. May 7, 2020), which is an Olivier Award-winning comedy that is a hybrid of "Monty Python" and "Sherlock Holmes." "One thing we wanted to focus on this year was to present shows that had not played Sangamon Auditorium before, and all five of these shows have never been at Sangamon Auditorium, and only 'The Color Purple,' as far as we're aware of, has ever even played Springfield," said UIS Performing Arts Center Director Bryan Rives. Series subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. Single tickets are $89, $79, $69, $49 and $24. Subscribing to all five performances can save $100 per couple or $50 per person.


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