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Off the Coast of Argentina page 13
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Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com Gypsy -Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Mo. Furthur-Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, featuring Jeff Chimenti, John Kadiecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker, Jeff Pehrson -Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo.
SIUE plans jazz concert.
Film proves to be a faithful remake.
Southern rockers roll into St. Louis.
Along and off the coast.
15 A classic returns The Fox to host "South Pacific."
20 Song inspires novel Brandy is still a fine girl.
Who We Are
Local author tackles favorite subject.
Friday November 5_ _____ Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com Alan Ox in Concert “Song, Schtick & Soft Show”, 8 p.m. -Washington University, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, Mo., $20 adults, $10 students w/valid ID, www.AlOxLive.com; MetroTix, 314-534-1111 Frank Bank & His Secret Stash -The Duck Room, Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Mo.
Vienna Boys Choir, 8 p.m. -Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis Loop Underground -The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. Rickie Lee Tanner Band, 3rd Rail, Pacific, Mo., 9 p.m.
Saturday November 6_ _____ Woodcarver’s Show -Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 233-0052 Holiday Walk, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. -Belleville East High School, 2555 West. Blvd., Belleville Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com St. Louis Gun and Knife Military Collectables -St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Mo. Fall Craft Fair -O’Fallon Township High School, 600 S. Smiley St., O’Fallon, IL, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Colt Ford -The Pageant, St. Louis, Delmar Loop Devon Allman’s Honeytribe -The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, 9 p.m. “Set Apart” Bluegrass Gospel -Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Blvd. Bethalto, www.
setapartmusic.net, $5 per person donation appreciated. Kinna Grannis -Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo.
Sunday November 7_ _____ Woodcarver’s Show -Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 233-0052 Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com St. Louis Gun and Knife Military Collectables -St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Mo. Fall Craft Fair -O’Fallon Township High School, 600 S. Smiley St., O’Fallon, IL, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Edwardsville Moose Meat Shoot -Edwardsville Moose Lodge, Edwardsville Barenaked Ladies -The Pageant, Delmar Loop, 8 p.m.
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Bodies...The Exhibition -The Galleria, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis, www.bodiestheexhibition.com
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Historic Leclaire Cindy Reinhardt – author and resident – tackles one of her favorite subjects By ANN NICCUM Of The Edge Edwardsville historian Cindy Reinhardt has put together a pictorial history book about the historic village of Leclaire as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series. The book was officially released on Oct. 11. Leclaire, now a neighborhood in Edwardsville, was once a cooperative village. It was founded by N.O. Nelson in 1890. Reinhardt said Nelson, a businessman and philanthropist, created the village around one of his N.O. Nelson Manufacturing Company factories. She said Nelson created something unique in Leclaire by providing benefits to his employees, such as education, recreation, entertainment, profit sharing, pensions, good working conditions, homes and more. Though Reinhardt said he had other factories in the U.S., Leclaire was constructed with a companion village around it. She said the company built small Victorian cottages with electric lights and running water and sold
the New York World. “Leclaire was just one of his many projects,” Reinhardt said. “In fact, people are still talking about Nelson.” Reinhardt said she has found dozens of stories across the country and the world about Nelson and his work. She said the village was annexed into the city of Edwardsville in 1934 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Her book specifically covers the village from 1890 through 1934. Reinhardt said she uses the photos to tell the story of Leclaire. She said the photos are accompanied by a narrative provided by old articles to personal family stories. Her book has more than 200 vintage images from public and private collections and tells the story of N. O. Nelson and his village of Leclaire. Pictures and histories in the book include: photos of the factory and its workers; interior of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edwardsville (made by Leclaire workers); buildings in the village, such as Leclaire School
Photo at top right. On September 3, 1901 the first electric streetcar arrived in Edwardsville. The occasion was celebrated with a blast of factory whistles in Leclaire and at the Madison Mine. The East St. Louis and Suburban streetcar system ran down the center of Troy Road in Leclaire until 1928 when automobiles became the preferred method of travel. In this photo looking north from the corner of Troy Road and Hale Avenue, the tracks have gravel beneath them, but the street was what the Edwardsville Intelligencer called, “the mud road par excellence.” The trains were replaced with the Blue Goose, an hourly bus service. (Courtesy of St. Clair County Historical Society.) Photo above, The second photo (038.tif) is of Eppie Shaw (left) and Joseph Rotter who were playing on different teams but were both Leclaire boys. The NONCO insignia on Eppie Shaw’s uniform stands for N. O. Nelson Company. Behind them is the Leclaire Recreation Hall where residents and guests could bowl or play billiards. This building would have been located north of the present day baseball stadium in Leclaire. The photo is courtesy of Joseph Rotter Jr. Photo at lower right – the cover of Cindy Reinhardt’s book. them at near cost to promote home ownership. Reinhardt said Nelson and Leclaire become nationally and internationally featured in newspapers from The Los Angeles Times to
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House and its students; recreation teams, residents and guests; Leclaire Lake; Homes of Leclaire including the Lawnin Mansion, the residences of Fred Merckle and Caleb Bartlett;
families of Leclaire including the Kuethe family, the John S. Allen family, the Rotter family and many more, as well as individual and group photos and shots of life at Leclaire. Reinhardt said she used things from old phone books to word of mouth to try and locate decedents from the village to get photos and stories. “It was amazing,” Reinhardt said. Reinhardt said she spoke with people from all over the country. “Challenging to track them down,” Reinhardt said. She said many people helped her find people including Edwardsville’s Joan Evers. Evers was able to give her a 1911 city directory. “It included valuable information,” Reinhardt said. And when contacting people, Reinhardt said they were so trusting and kind. She said they trusted her with original family photos. During her research, she said she even spoke with the great-great grand-daughter of N.O. Nelson. In addition, Reinhardt said she scanned more than 700 photos. She said although not all the photos made it in the book – they did make it into the digital archive at the Madison County Historical Museum’s Archival Library and in the Madison County Genealogical Society’s collection. Reinhardt said the photos should help people in the future researching history or genealogy. In her search for the history of Leclaire, Reinhardt even found things never seen before, such as the village’s co-op store. She was able to locate a photo of the store – now in the book. “A really valuable find,” Reinhardt said. Reinhardt said the search for images continues even now. “I would love to add to the collection at the museum,” Reinhardt said. Plus, Reinhardt admits she will not be stopping her research of Leclaire whether it leads to another book or not. She said she loved researching and putting the book together. “I had a lot of fun,” Reinhardt said. Reinhardt said she has always loved history and genealogy, and when she moved to Leclaire more than 15 years ago she became interested in its history. She said not until she retired from the SIUE Bookstore after 30 years, did she have the time to begin to researching
the village’s history. Reinhardt, familiar with the book industry, said she was able to land a contract with Arcadia Publishing to publish a book on the village and record its history. Reinhardt serves on the Friends of Leclaire Board, writes the Leclaire newsletter and coordinates the Annual Leclaire Parkfest and is a member of the city of Edwardsville ’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Arcadia Publishing’s mission is “to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.” The book “Leclaire” is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online, through Arcadia Publishing at www. arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 1-888-3132665. The book is $21.99. Signed copies of the book are also available for sale through Friends of Leclaire. Those interested may call, Reinhardt at 656-1294 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reinhardt said part of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Leclaire. In addition, she said if someone purchased a book at a local store or online and they would like it signed, they may also contact her at the same phone number or e-mail address and she would be happy to sign it. To learn more about historic Leclaire, visit www.historic-leclaire.org.
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People People planner Zoo announces fall schedule The Saint Louis Zoo has announced its schedule of activities for the fall. Here’s a look: November 2010 November 20, 2010 Zootini presented by Macy’s. 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. VIP pre-party at 7 p.m. Advance reservations: $35/ members and $40/non-members. Advance VIP reservations: $70/ members and $75/non-members. Admission at the door (space permitting): $40/members and $45 for non-members. VIP admission at the door: $75/members and $80/ non-members. For information and reservations, call (314) 646-4771 or visit www.stlzoo.org. The Young Zoo Friends’ party in The Living World includes live music, “Zootini” cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Zoo. Ages 21 and up only. Sponsored by Macy’s, Y98 FM, metromix.com and Riverfront Times. November 23, 2010 Conservation Conversations. Creepy Crawly Conservation: The Value of Invertebrates. Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Outreach Coordinator, Xerces Society. 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Living World. Free. For information, call (314) 646-4544, or visit www.stlzoo. org. November 25– December 24, 2010 Holiday Zootique. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit www.stlzoo.org. Shop Holiday Zootique in The Living World for unique gift ideas, ornaments and much more. Seasonal items will be available for purchase through December 24. November 25, 2010 (Thanksgiving Day) Holiday Hours: Zoo open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12, 17-23, 26-30, 2010 U.S. Bank Wild Lights. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $4/Member; $5/Nonmember. Children under 2 are free. Free parking will be provided on the Zoo’s South Parking Lot on Wells Drive. For information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit www.stlzoo. org. Walk through the Zoo’s holiday wonderland of spectacular light displays. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, North Star Frozen Treats, Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK, Savvy Family Magazine and momslikeme.com. December 2010 December 3-5, 10-12, 17-23, 26-30, 2010 U.S. Bank Wild Lights. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $4/Member; $5/Nonmember. Children under 2 are free. Free parking will be provided on the Zoo’s South Parking Lot on Wells Drive. For information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit www.stlzoo.org. Walk through the Zoo’s holiday wonderland of spectacular light
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displays. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, North Star Frozen Treats, Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK, Savvy Family Magazine and momslikeme.com. December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2010 Breakfast with Santa. Seating at 9 and 11 a.m. as available. Member: $20/adult, $18/child (2-12); Nonmember: $22/adult, $20/child (212). Children under 2 are free. For information, call (314) 646-4857, or visit www.stlzoo.org. Festive holiday breakfast includes a family photo with Santa, goodie bags for kids, visits from costumed characters, free parking, and more. Pre-paid reservations are required, and seating is limited. December 17-20, 2010 Dinner with Santa. Seating at 5 and 7 p.m. as available. Member: $23/adult, $21/child (2-12); Nonmember: $24/adult, $22/child (212). Children under 2 are free. For information, call (314) 646-4857, or visit www.stlzoo.org. Enjoy an Italian buffet dinner at Painted Giraffe Cafe while overlooking the colorful lights of Wild Lights. Evening includes dinner, admission to Wild Lights, visits from costumed characters Rudolf and Frosty, photo with Santa and free parking. Pre-paid reservations are required, and seating is limited. December 24, 2010 Early closing. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 25, 2010 Zoo closed. December 27, 2010 Raja’s 18th Birthday. Raja the Asian elephant turns 18. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River ’s Edge. For more information, www.stlzoo.org.
MoBOT offers 2011 wall calendars Bring the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden into your home or office! The Garden’s 2011 wall calendar is now available for purchase from the Garden Gate Shop. The 12-by-15-inch calendar celebrates the Garden’s visual appeal in every season through colorful landscape portraits and macro nature shots. The calendar retails for $12.95 and can be purchased in person or online at www.gardengateshop.org. The Missouri Botanical Garden wall calendar has been a staple souvenir for nearly three decades. This year’s calendar features vivid images of blooming orchids, tulips, lilies and poinsettias, contrasted with seasonal scenic shots of the Garden’s displays. Enjoy the Japanese Garden after a snowfall or burning with the colors of autumn. View the verdant Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden (the Chinese Garden) in spring, and summer wildflowers blooming in the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Tropical water lilies and Chihuly Walla Walla glass sculptures pop before the Climatron® in the Milles Sculpture Garden. A unique aerial shot of the Blanke Boxwood Garden
showcases the formal scrollwork of its green hedges and brick trim. In keeping with the Garden’s message of conservation and sustainability, this year’s calendar has been printed for the first time on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper – a switch that saved 162 fully-grown trees. Missouri wind energy credits offset 100 percent of the power used to print the calendar. Each calendar page also features an eco-friendly tip, a reminder to keep planet Earth at top of mind no matter the month. The Garden Gate Shop also stocks an assortment of fine home furnishings, plants, books, souvenirs and garden accessories. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. Garden members receive a 10 percent discount on all merchandise; learn more at www.mobot.org/ membership. 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 & South exit. Free parking is available on-site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For Garden Gate Shop information, call (314) 577-5137 or e-mail customerservice@gardengateshop. org. For general Garden information, v i s i t w w w. m o b o t . o rg o r c a l l (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1-800-6428842).
Jewish Book Festival returns The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, returns for its 32nd season Nov. 7 through 18 at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. Presenting literary, media, business, sports and entertainment luminaries to audiences of more than 20,000 every fall, the festival has grown into one of the largest, most anticipated events of the year. Whether it’s a tall tale, a touching m e m o i r, e a s y - t o - u n d e r s t a n d information about the economy, a social commentary, advice on healthful food choices, the scoop on baseball’s best, or how to connect with departed loved ones, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival has the author and book to suit nearly all tastes this November. Open to the public, the event draws attendees from local communities and nearby states. The festival officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 with keynote speaker Jerry Weintraub, the legendary Hollywood mogul, movie and music producer, and author. Weintraub discusses his book, When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, in a hilariously frank story-telling session with co-author Rich Cohen. Among the many other don’t-miss programs are Ambassador Nancy
Brinker with her book, Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched a Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure more than 25 years ago and from it spawned the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which continues to grow as one of the largest fundraising events in St. Louis. The Missouri’s Own Program at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 features moderator Don Wolff and four authors from right here in the ShowMe State: Naomi Cahn, Red Families V. Blue Families; Felicia Graber, Amazing Journey; Larry Swedroe, Wise Investing Made Simpler and Evonne Weinhaus, A New Fearless You. Nov. 14 features a very special concert event with members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, including Concertmaster David Halen and guest star, internationally acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham. Programs continue through N o v. 18. Vi s i t w w w. stljewishbookfestival.org for a complete schedule. “Whether it made them laugh, cry or think about something a little differently, year after year, people are surprised by how the authors and programs affect them,” said Marcia Levy, director of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. “To connect with
these national- and world-renowned authors, comedians and modern thinkers is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our audiences – and one they will not soon forget!” Among the challenges and tensions in the modern world, the festival remains a safe and special event where people of every race, religion and age gather to hear insightful speakers and entertainers share thoughts and express opinions. Audiences vary from 200 to 2,000 at each author presentation, which is followed by an audience questionand-answer session. Books are available onsite at the festival bookstore, and the authors stay afterwards to sign copies of their books. Ti c k e t s m a y b e p u rc h a s e d individually for each program or as a festival series package that permits access to all speakers. Organizers note that the cost of the complete series package is often covered by the purchase of just a few individual program tickets. Tickets are available by phone at 314-442-3299 and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Series tickets are also available for purchase at the JCC in Creve Coeur, the JCC in Chesterfield, Plaza Frontenac, Left Bank Books in the Central West End and Downtown, and the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Lindbergh Boulevard.
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People People planner “Gone With the Wind” Festival planned Frankly, my dear, people still give a damn. More than 70 years after its release, the 1939 MGM classic film “Gone With the Wind” is still a phenomenon. Known as “Windies,” the movie’s fans from St. Louis and around the country are invited to attend Gateway To The Wind, a festival commemorating the 70th anniversary of the St. Louis premiere of “Gone With The Wind.” The festival is coming to St. Louis November 5 through 7, 2010. Events will include special appearances by actors from the movie, panel discussions featuring Hollywood and antebellum-era experts covering GWTW and St. Louis Civil War history, book signings by GWTWgenre authors and an exhibition of artifacts and original costume items and props from the film. A screening of a new documentary about GWTW by St. Louisan Sally Tippett Rains titled “The Making of a Masterpiece,” a gala
charity costume ball and the “Fiddle-Dee-Dee Follies,” a musical salute to the film, round out the blockbuster program. All events will be open to the public and are scheduled at various venues in St. Louis. Advance registration is required for the events with activity packages ranging from $60 to $90 and individual events at $20. Go to www.GWTWbook.com for details on festival price packages, individual tickets and the registration forms. The Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park, 2111 Sulphur Avenue (Hampton Avenue at I-44), serves as both the headquarters hotel and venue for many festival activities. A special festival rate is available for out-oftown attendees by mentioning “Gateway to the Wind” when making reservations at 1-866-899-8039 or on-line at www.druryhotels.com. Additional lodging is available at the Lodge at Grant’s Trail B&B, 4398 Hoffmeister Avenue. Go to www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com or call 314-638-3340 for reservations. The conference begins Friday, November 5 at the Ulysses
S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road (across from Grant’s Farm), with the program “The Antebellum Plantation: Perception vs. Reality.” Speakers will include historian Pamela Sanfilippo of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, noted GWTW experts Kathleen Marcaccio and Abb Dickson who will discuss Rural Home, “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell’s greatgrandparents’ plantation, (upon which much of “Gone With The Wind” is based), and how Mitchell came to write the famous novel. There also will be a Southern cooking demonstration and “Gone With the Wind” artwork on display. On Saturday, November 6, “Gone With the Wind” fans can attend a Market Place Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park. Several authors will be selling and autographing their books, and three actors who portrayed Beau Wilkes, son of Ashley and Melanie Wilkes, at various stages of his life in the movie -- Mickey Kuhn, Patrick Curtis and Greg Giese -will be present to sell and autograph their photos.
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On Campus Center announces Excellence in Design winner The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (Center), the nation’s leading organization working to advance environmental excellence in the roofing industry, today announced that the National Great Rivers Research & Education Field Station is the 2010 winner of the Center ’s Excellence in Design Award for Overall Innovation. The Field Station is owned by Lewis & Clark Community College, which formed the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (ngrrec.org), in conjunction with the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey. Located in Alton, Illinois, the Field Station’s mission is to advance the knowledge of environmental issues impacting the Mississippi River and other major river systems around the world. Foresight Services, Inc of Highland, Illinois, designed the fully vegetated roof system for the Field Station, under the direction of project architects AAIC, Inc. Wayne Korte of Foresight Services, Inc. said the “project is a tremendous s h o w c a s e o f e n v i ro n m e n t a l l y friendly design and construction features, completely in sync with the owner ’s desire to provide a state-of-the-art facility to observe, learn and instruct others about the importance of our country’s natural great rivers.” Applicants for the Excellence in Design Award are judged on a range of criteria, including energy efficiency, durability, material
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Cutline: The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing presented the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) Confluence Field Station its 2010 Design Award for Overall Excellence. The award presentation took place on the award-winning roof of the Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station Oct. 27. Pictured from left to right: Chuck Morris, Architect, AAIC; Dr. Dale T. Chapman, President of Lewis and Clark Community College and Chairman of NGRREC; Dr. James Hoff, Director of Research with the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing of Washington, D.C.; Wayne Korte, CEO, Foresight Services of Highland; Joe Lauberth, General Manager, Roofing Services & Solutions of St. Louis; Kent Kampwerth, Project Manager, River City Construction of Benton, Ill.; Wes Rhodes, Regional Manager, Carlisle SynTec, of Wentzville, Mo.
Education notebook SWIC showcasing three exhibits The Southwestern Illinois College William and Florence Schmidt Art Center will show off bold images this fall with exhibits that span the world of art. Three exhibits opened Oct. 14. The Schmidt Art Center is located at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The first exhibit is titled RTFO – Recycled Toys and Found Objects and features the work of Malaysian artist and architect Suhaimi Fadzir. Fadzir creates paintings from old, unwanted toys and other objects. He puts these items together in a way that makes a statement and is also a poignant creation. During this exhibit, visitors will be able to witness the artist in the process of creating. He will work in the Marsh gallery at the Schmidt beginning Oct. 14 and installing these new pieces into the exhibit over time. “Many people visit our exhibits and ask us how the artist thought up their creation,” said Schmidt Art Center Director Libby Reuter. “Here’s your chance to see the artist at work and ask him.” Fadzir will ship additional paintings from his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and install them in the gallery during the course of the exhibit. The second exhibit will consist of photographs taken by famed conservationist Ansel Adams. Adams, who died in 1984 at age 82, is famous internationally for taking spectacular black-and-white photos of some of America’s greatest vistas. More than 20 authorized prints of these photos will be on display during the exhibit. The third exhibit, Young Art, features photos of area elementary school students creating art from recycled materials and studying local heroes. In these pictures, the children are shown making art alongside Schmidt educator and Americorps member Kay Renner.
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The Schmidt Art Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday. For specific times Fadzir will be at the Schmidt, visit schmidtart.SWIC.edu. For more information on the fall art exhibits, contact the Schmidt Art Center at 618-235-2700, ext. 5ART (5278).
SIUE jazz concert to feature Big Band music Big Band music will be featured at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music’s Annual Fall Big Band Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the theater in SIUE’s Katherine Dunham Hall. The evening will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band directed by Brett Stamps, director of SIUE’s Jazz Studies Program, and the SIUE Jazz Lab Band, directed by Nick Jost, a Jazz Studies student. The evening will showcase talented SIUE students performing arrangements from the Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and Clayton Hamilton big bands. The concert also will feature a premiere performance of Mike Dee’s arrangement of Kenny Garrett’s Sing a Song of Songs, with the vocal stylings of SIUE students Zelina Bott-Goins, Nicole Jonas and Barry Moton. Admission to the Nov. 16 concert at SIUE is $10; senior citizens and those 18 and younger, $7. SIUE students with a valid Cougar ID will be admitted free, compliments of Arts-For-All, a program sponsored by the SIUE Office of Student Affairs. For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.
management, water management and production of renewable energy. Craig Silvertooth, executive director of the Center, noted that the award “is an important recognition for innovators in the roofing industry.” He added, “the growing number of projects submitted the past two years for the award is evidence of the public awareness that roof systems have a uniquely diverse and powerful role in advancing environmental benefit in building design.” J o h n G e a r y, c h a i r m a n o f the Center Board of Directors, congratulated the winner, sta\ ting, “the National Great Rivers Research & Education Field Station represents an extraordinary commitment to sustainable building that fully reinforces the Field Station’s mission of advancing environmental stewardship.” The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is a notfor-profit 501(c)(6) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, whose mission is to promote the development and use of e n v i ro n m e n t a l l y re s p o n s i b l e , high-performance roofing systems a n d t e c h n o l o g i e s . F o r m o re information on the Center and the Excellence in Design Award, visit www.roofingcenter.org. Media inquiries should be directed to Craig Silvertooth at (202) 380-3371 (ext. 205) or craig@roofingcenter. org.
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QuickGlance Movie Reviews
“Life As We Know It”
Katherine Heigl has again been saddled with an unexpected baby, only this time, no one calls her parenting mate a schlub. Unlike Heigl’s “Knocked Up” co-star, Seth Rogen, Josh Duhamel is emphatically in her league. In “Life As We Know It,” they have a good and believable chemistry as opposites pushed together through fate. Heigl and Duhamel have handsome movie-star presences and keep the movie entertaining, even though its familiar story passes with nothing to distinguish itself from the many other similarly plotted films and sitcoms. They play godparents to mutual friends, who die suddenly. Guardianship to their baby girl is left to the pair, even though they hate each other. Everything from there proceeds exactly as you’d expect: some combination of antics with diapers, anxious speeches over kitchen sinks and — Spoiler Alert!! — gradual heartwarming toward each other and their makeshift family. With Sarah Burns and Melissa McCarthy as candid onlookers. RATRED: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content. RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
Hilary Swank is at her best in working-class, little-people roles, and she’s found another in the real-life story of Betty Anne Waters, who put herself through law school on an 18-year fight to clear her brother of a murder rap. The drama is straightforward, even a bit superficial, kind of an “Erin Brockovich” on a bad-hair day — still appealing and inspiring, though rote and predictable here and there. But Swank, sometimes adrift in lofty parts such as Amelia Earhart in last year ’s “Amelia,” keeps director Tony Goldwyn’s film grounded with blue-collar pluck and earnestness reminiscent of her Academy Award-winning roles in “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Swank is aided by excellent performances from Sam Rockwell as Waters’ brother and Minnie Driver as a lawyer pal. The action flows with a certainty that saps some of the suspense.
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Yet it’s enormous fun to watch Swank in her element, pounding down legal barriers with the same tenacity she knocked out opponents in “Million Dollar Baby.” RATED: R for language and some violent images. RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
Three-D would seem tailor-made for the guys from “Jackass.” When the technology is used for its funniest and most entertaining purposes, as it was recently in “Piranha 3-D,” it’s all about the wild, gratuitous gimmicks. Johnny Knoxville and Co., who are constantly outdoing themselves with crazy and creative pranks and stunts, would seem to be just the right guys to do that sort of thing. But very little occurs in their latest movie, “Jackass 3D,” that wouldn’t have sufficed in 2-D. Sure, there’s an amusing and effective bit involving archery with a sex toy rather than an arrow. Steve-O and Dave England play tetherball with a beehive — dressed in nothing but furry bear hats and tighty-whities — and it feels as if the worked-up insects are swarming around us, too. But more often than not, this third installment in the franchise, directed as always by Jeff Tremaine, doesn’t take full advantage of its visual potential. A lot of what goes on here is the typical hit-and-miss, let’s-see-what-happens silliness. Bodily injury usually ensues. But “Jackass 3D” — and the group’s entire oeuvre, if you will — is at its best when it’s about these guys playing well-orchestrated tricks on each other and the world at large. RATED: R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts, and for language. RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
This spy caper admirably rejects the frenzy of many modern action thrillers, slowing things down to a digestible pace appropriate for vintage-bordering-ongeriatric heroes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Yet despite the impressive c a s t , w h i c h i n c l u d e s M a r y - L o u i s e P a r k e r, R i c h a rd Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, this latest adaptation of
a hip graphic novel fails to fill in the spaces between the action with anything terribly interesting. Director Robert Schwentke aims for a mix of action and comedy but never quite delivers on either. The action is OK, though nothing you haven’t seen done better a hundred times before, while the laughs are slight and sporadic, the filmmakers unable to generate enough clever interplay among the story’s band of ex-CIA operatives targeted for elimination. It’s a huge missed opportunity, given Willis’ cool-under-fire comic charms and the brilliant co-stars off whom he could have been bouncing better wisecracks. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language. RUNNING TIME: 111 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
You don’t have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged anew by Charles Ferguson’s thorough dissection of the country’s economic collapse of 2008. As he did with his first documentary, the Oscar-nominated “No End in Sight,” Ferguson takes an unwieldy topic and makes it accessible — regardless of whether viewers are already well-versed in it or can’t stand to follow every development. But that 2007 film was more specific: a meticulously researched look at the U.S. occupation of Iraq. “Inside Job” is about a financial crisis that has touched every American’s life and reverberated around the world. Ferguson’s reach likewise is global, featuring stories, footage and expert interviews from Iceland, France, Singapore and points in between. Still, it’s a daunting topic, but with the help of user-friendly graphics and Matt Damon’s narration, Ferguson breaks down the meltdown into digestible terms without ever condescending. At the same time, he’s managed to make a potentially dry, headache-inducing subject cinematic: “Inside Job” is gorgeous to look at, shiny and crisp with gleaming cinematography. RATED: PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material. RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three and a half stars out of four.
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“Let Me In” a faithful remake By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press When the Swedish horror film “Let the Right One In” debuted a couple of years ago, it was deservedly hailed as one of the most original vampire tales to come along in a while — no small feat, given the bloodsuckers’ ubiquity both on the big screen and television. Now, it’s been remade as the American thriller “Let Me In” — but rest assured, much of what made the first film so special remains intact. A s i d e f ro m m a k i n g a f e w structural tweaks, writer-director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) has stayed extremely faithful in his adaptation, right down to chunks of dialogue, details like the Rubik’s Cube the kids play with, and the jungle gym in their courtyard — even some camera angles. Reeves also smartly recreated the sense of tension that built in the original film’s stillness, and similarly, the quiet moments that allowed the two young characters to forge their bond. On the surface, both films (based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist) are about a bullied boy and the 12-year-old vampire girl who comes to his rescue. But really, they’re about a couple of lonely misfits who are drawn together — the sweetness in the way they strengthen each other, and the sadness of the realization that their friendship can’t last — and Reeves gets that right, too. “Let Me In” is also gory, startling and intense, as you’d expect from any worthwhile vampire story, and the score from Michael Giacchino (“Up”) adds to the chilling vibe. Reeves makes the violence more explicit, which wasn’t terribly
Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, left and American actress Chloe Grace-Moretz, arrive for the London Film Festival premiere of the film, Let Me In, at a central London cinema, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. necessary — what’s merely implied can be even more frightening — and the special effects when our hungry young heroine is in full-on attack mode make her movements look jumpy and jerky, which detracts from the film’s otherwise realistic approach. Still, the relationship at the film’s core always works, with excellent casting choices in Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and Chloe Grace Moretz
as Abby. Smit-McPhee, who played Viggo Mortensen’s son in “The Road,” has an innocence about him that makes him a believable underdog; with his wide eyes, lanky frame and slightly eerie disposition, he resembles a young Billy Bob Thornton. And the engaging Moretz, who was such a scene-stealer earlier this year as Hit Girl in “Kick-Ass,” shows a different side of her talent here. She brings a sense of regret
and melancholy to the character, who’s been 12 “for a long time,” as she puts it. If it’s possible, “Let Me In” actually makes Moretz look less than cute. As in the original, the two meet at night (of course) in the center of their shabby, snow-covered apartment complex. (The action’s been moved to Los Alamos, N.M., but it still takes place in the early ’80s.) By day, Owen gets beaten up by the tough kids at
school while his new neighbor Abby slumbers in her makeshift bathtub tomb. When the sun goes down, they shyly get to know each other the way any awkward preteens would. Meanwhile, Abby’s guardian — played movingly by Richard Jenkins, as if he were capable of any other kind of performance — seeks out sustenance for her, but it’s getting harder to find, and with each killing he comes closer to getting caught.
Movies that leave strong impressions By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge I’ve been toying with an idea all morning about how infrequently attention spans can tolerate an entire film. Think about it with me. Do you ever sit through a movie, uninterrupted, and pay attention to ever element of the story as the director intends? I would say that in a majority of instances I don’t. Harry Potter gets my vote. So do Westerns and riveting documentaries. But scary movies in particular fail to hold my interest - both out of my aversion to gore and my dislike at being terrified by many of the shenanigans thrill seekers turn out in big numbers for. Why would you intentionally pay a significant admission price to be made uncomfortable for ninety minutes? Maybe it’s just me and my own
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tastes, but here is a reaction to two movies I caught this week and they are certainly both of, um, questionable taste. The so-called Jackass Crew were back at the top of the box office with their third feature release, n o w v i a t h e f o r m a t d u j o u r, “Jackass 3D.|” Screwballs Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, SteveO, Wee-Man, and their assorted cohorts use the extra dimension to add weight to their various stunts and practical jokes. Examples include a stunt called ‘The High Five’ in which unsuspecting cast members round a corner to be smacked in the puss by a gigantic swinging open palm mounted on a springing hinge. We also get a treat of seeing the rabidly ophidiophobic Margera dropped into a pit full of (mostly) rubber snakes. Bar none, this was the funniest movie I’ve seen in a while and made a rough
day fade away as my laughter shook the tension right out of me. Interesting cameo: Rams’ placekicker Josh Brown also has a brief non-speaking role. The fly in the ointment, however, was a scene involving the obese stuntman Preston Lacy, wrapped in plastic and riding an elliptical machine to nasty, nasty results. So extreme were the actions that I will not detail them here. Do know that I did close my eyes and cover my ears just as soon as I started gagging. I would not embarrass myself in public by getting sick when simply avoiding sixty seconds of screen time would solve the concern. This little face-saving trick i s o n e I l e a r n e d f ro m a v e r y dear friend when we caught “Halloween: Resurrection” one afternoon back when we were in college. I laughed at her at the time, but it’s very effective.
I have modified the technique when the time comes to see a movie that’s horrific for traditional re a s o n s t h a n g ro t e s q u e o n e s . That’s what I did while watching the sequel to last year ’s smash hit “Paranormal Activity.” This installment, which is actually a better example of storytelling than any horror sequel (nay, prequel) I’ve ever considered, is one that delivers on its promise to evoke s t u n n e d s c re a m b y t h ro w i n g sudden and unexpected things at you - like a pot falling off of a shelf without provocation or a pool cleaning vacuum winding up on the sidewalk despite seeing it dropped into the water just hours before. This stuff drives a family insane, but I survive unscathed by focusing on the lower left-hand corner of the screen. By watching this particular quadrant, where nothing ever happens, I have
learned to maintain my nerve despite whatever scary music, haunting images, and gruesome m a y h e m a re t a k i n g p l a c e i n the center of the framed image. S i l l y, p ro b a b l y, b u t a c o p i n g mechanism I’ve used to great success. A strategic restroom or popcorn break is also not to be underestimated. Of course I could simply avoid subject matter I don’t care for, but that’s not really the best way to feed a serious movie obsession now, is it? ••• “Jackass 3D” runs 105 minutes and is rated R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language. I give this film two stars out of four. ••• “Paranormal Activity” 2 runs 105 minutes and is rated R for some language and brief violent material. I give this film two and a half stars out of four.
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"Inside Job" gets inside the meltdown By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press You don’t have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged anew by “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s thorough dissection of the country’s economic collapse of 2008. As he did with his first documentary, the Oscar-nominated “No End in Sight,” Ferguson takes an unwieldy topic and makes it accessible — regardless of whether viewers are already well-versed in it or can’t stand to follow every development. But that 2007 film was more specific: a meticulously researched look at the U.S. occupation of Iraq. “Inside Job” is about a financial crisis that has touched every American’s life and reverberated around the world. Ferguson’s reach likewise is global, featuring stories, footage and expert interviews from Iceland, France, Singapore and points in between. Still, it’s a daunting topic, but with the help of user-friendly graphics and Matt Damon’s narration, Ferguson breaks down the meltdown into digestible terms without ever condescending. At the same time, he’s managed to make a potentially dry, headache-inducing subject cinematic: “Inside Job” is gorgeous to look at, shiny and crisp with gleaming cinematography. His title sequence, featuring aerial shots of the Manhattan skyline with Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” blaring behind them, starts things out on a catchy, splashy note. (And come to think of it, his opening isn’t too dissimilar from the start of Oliver Stone’s timely sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”) At the end, though, the image of the Statue of Liberty is a little facile, especially compared to all the complex ideas and discussions that preceded it. But the film as a whole moves well, too, with pristinely flattering lighting even for the wonky talking heads. Among the dozens of experts he speaks with — insiders and watchdogs alike — are billionaire philanthropist George Soros; NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini (known as “Dr. Doom” for predicting this crisis back in 2006); French finance minister Christine Lagarde; U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee; and Eliot Spitzer, who initiated lawsuits against all the major investment banks when he was New York State Attorney General. Most of them provide information that fuels Ferguson’s points and helps build a mounting sense of outrage at the sheer gall of it all — the complicated structures and unchecked greed that ultimately caused millions
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In this publicity image, former construction worker Steven A. Stephen is shown in a scene from the documentary, “Inside Job.” to lose their homes and jobs. But some find themselves on the hot seat, with Ferguson asking calm but pointed questions. Former Bush chief economic adviser Glenn Hubbard, current dean of Columbia University’s business school, grows so defensive, he snarls: “You have three more minutes. Give it your best shot.” Still other key figures —
including U.S. Treasury Secretary Ti m o t h y G e i t h n e r ; F e d e r a l Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; his predecessor, Alan Greenspan; and Larry Summers, President Obama’s chief economic adviser — declined to be interviewed for “Inside Job,” which is telling in itself. Unlike Michael Moore, who tends to insinuate himself into the
action so that his audience can see him shaking his fist in disgust, Ferguson stays off-camera: We only hear his voice, and he’s a quick and educated questioner. He’s also bipartisan in assigning blame, tracing the country’s economic collapse to deregulation of the financial sector that began during the Reagan administration in the 1980s and continued under
presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The advent of derivatives added risk, as did the rampant practice of subprime lending. It’s all depressing, welldocumented stuff. “Inside Job” pulls this information together and into one eye-opening, jawdropping package. You may think you don’t want to see this. But you should.
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NeedtoBreathe Southern rockers to appear at The Pageant By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge The Pageant will welcome NeedToBreathe on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. The Daylights will be opening for them. Doors open at 8 p.m. The smooth southern style of rock of NeedToBreathe is made up of Bear Rinehart on vocals, guitar and piano; Bo Rinehart on guitar and backing vocals; Seth Bolt on bass and backing vocals and Joe Stillwell on drums and backing vocals. The unique sound of NeedToBreathe may be be courtesy of the closeness of the foursome, and the small town upbringing that brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart had. “We’re from a small town in South Carolina called Possum Kingdom,” NeedToBreathe frontman Bear Rinehart explains when asked about the place he and his younger brother/co-writer Bo were raised. “Trust me – there was absolutely no music scene there.” And, though he makes light of it, the relative isolation that came with growing up in such an environment must have played some part in fostering the independent-minded approach the Rinehart boys would later bring to their band. In this way, it makes perfect sense that NeedToBreathe’s third album is called “The Outsiders” and listening to the anthemic title track that opens the 14-song collection, it’s clear that they embrace this label as both a badge of honor and a battle cry. The sons of an Assembly of God pastor, Bear and Bo Rinehart had inherited their father’s gift with words, and put it to good use in their songwriting. Their mother taught piano, making music a constant part of their young lives. Formed in 1999, NeedToBreathe (with childhood friends Joe Stillwell and Seth Bolt) built an impressive regional following, playing throughout the Southeast. Along the way, they sold more than 15,000 copies of their self-released EP’s, recorded by Seth, who had earned a degree in record engineering. 2006 saw the release of the band’s major label debut, “Daylight,” and a relentless, national touring schedule. Despite being on the road nearly non-stop, NeedToBreathe returned the following year with “The Heat,” which went to No. 2 on the Heatseekers chart and spawned the hit single “More
Time,” a top 10 success at Triple-A radio (sitting alongside established artists like Coldplay and Jack Johnson). The group’s penchant for capturing a poignant moment or eliciting an emotion with their music is evidenced by the numerous songs from each of their albums that have appeared in film and television, including the Hilary Swank-led motion picture “P.S. I Love You” and MTV’s “The Hills,” among many others. On their latest album, “The Outsiders,” NeedToBreathe has truly come into their own, seamlessly blending ambient, arenare a d y s o u n d s c a p e s w i t h a d e c i d e d l y Southern sensibility. “The ‘Southern thing’ is very scary to some people,“ Bear said. “But for us, it’s not so much a sound than a feeling. It’s just about having some soul in the words you write, the music that you play. And it’s something that just comes naturally to us.” It might also be that “Southern thing” that lends a soulful warmth to Bear ’s d i s t i n c t v o i c e , p ro v i d i n g t h e p e r f e c t f o i l t o e a c h s o n g . F ro m t h e s o a r i n g majesty of “Something Beautiful” to the philosophically minded ballad “These Hard Times,” his vocals are emotive yet honest, making the words he’s singing all the more
powerful and moving. “Stones Under Rushing Water” (featuring Sara Watkins of the Grammy award winning group Nickel Creek) is achingly beautiful, both musically and, perhaps even more so, lyrically. “My favorite love songs are the ones that say things in the simplest terms,” Bear relates. “When you think of a song like (Percy Sledge’s) ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ the words just don’t get much plainer. But the emotional impact is overwhelming.” Then there’s the blues-inflected rocker “Prisoner” with its searing guitar solo – a first for the band (“It’s about as ‘Smoke On The Water ’ as NeedToBreathe gets,” Bear jokes). The alt-rock edge of “Hurricane” is countered by the back-porch ease of “Won’t Turn Back” and the gospel feel of “Lay ‘Em Down.” The Peter Gabriel-esque anthem “Through Smoke” (inspired by a toy organ the group bought at a thrift store) and the orchestrally driven “Garden,” build on the album’s wide range of sounds. “We’ve never said we can’t do something because it sounds a little country or too modern rock, because then we wouldn’t be staying true to ourselves,” Bo said. And it is truly magic when the four m e m b e r s o f N e e d To B re a t h e t a k e t h e stage. The band has honed their live show
the old-fashioned way – putting in the time, spending years on the road. Aside from their skillful musicianship, there’s a spontaneous energy that intangibly connects them with their audience, and their powerful performances have helped build a dedicated fan base. Doors open on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at The Pageant. General admission tickets are $18, with a $2 surcharge for anyone under 21, payable at the door. Tickets are available at The Pageant Box Office, Suite 100 or at the Halo Bar. The main floor is for all ages, but those under 21 will be restricted to the minor section. The upper level is accessible to the Halo Bar. The Pageant is a non-smoking venue. Those over 21 may smoke in the Halo Bar and outside the venue. The Pageant is located at 6161 Delmar Blvd., in St. Louis, Mo. Parking is free directly behind The Pageant. Additional free parking can be found directly behind the lot, in the Metrolink Delmar Station P a r k - n - R i d e l o t a n d t h e Wa s h i n g t o n University lot. For more information about The Pageant, v i s i t w w w. t h e p a g e a n t . c o m . F o r m o re information about NeedToBreathe, visit www.needtobreathe.net.
Band Bio: Rickie Lee Tanner By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge Rickie Lee Tanner – his music really fits no genre. He has a country boy look with a rock and roll flair to his music. He is Americana through and through, and Americana can only be defined as the music of the people. If compared to similar musicians, you might describe him as a John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen or a Tim McGraw. Band members include Rickie Lee Tanner, lead vocals,
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rhythm guitar; Jimmy B, lead guitar, vocals; Mike T. Horn: drums, percussion; Kim McKinney bass, vocals. R i c k i e L e e i s m o re t h a n j u s t a s i n g e r. H e i s a n accomplished songwriter and musician. He has won numerous singing and songwriting competitions. He has also made an impressive showing in contests such as Nashville Star, and the Colgate Country Showdown where he was a state finalist. Rickie has performed on television shows like Smart Country and Nashville On Stage. He has played on stages of all sizes while touring as a regional act and has
opened for many national performers as well. He has performed at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., and is scheduled to play again in 2011. He has been featured in Powersource Magazine and on KSDK, where he performed his newest release “Fast Lane,” as one of the winners of the MetroMix Hot 5. His newest CD, “Fast Lane” is now available and y o u c a n h e a r c u t s f ro m i t a t w w w. m y s p a c e . c o m / rickieleetanner. For more info on “RLT” visit www. rickieleetanner.com.
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Music Music calendar Thursday, Nov. 4 • Dave Barnes, The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Mo., 9 p.m. • Vienna Boys Choir, 2:30 p.m., Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis
• Furthur-Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, featuring Jeff Chimenti, John Kadiecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker, Jeff Pehrson, Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
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• Alan Ox in Concert “Song, Schtick & Soft Show”, 8 p.m., Washington University, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, Mo., $20 adults, $10 students w/valid ID, www.AlOxLive.com; MetroTix, 314-534-1111 • Frank Bank & His Secret Stash, The Duck Room, Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Mo. • Vienna Boys Choir, 8 p.m., Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis • L o o p U n d e r g r o u n d , T h e Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Rickie Lee Tanner Band, 3rd Rail, Pacific, Mo., 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 • Colt Ford, The Pageant, St. Louis, Delmar Loop • Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, 9 p.m. • “Set Apart” Bluegrass Gospel, Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Blvd. Bethalto, www. setapartmusic.net, $5 per person donation appreciated. • Kinna Grannis, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo.
Sunday, Nov. 7 • Barenaked Ladies, The Pageant, Delmar Loop, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 • Lifehouse, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 10 • Joshua Radin, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 11
• Kyle Hollingsworth Trio, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18 • Savoy, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19 • Rickie Lee Tanner Band, Dolt’s Village Inn, Granite City, 9 p.m.
• South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20 • Wolf Parade, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Hill Country Revue, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St.
Louis, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21 • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 • Messy Jiverson & Bockman, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis.
Saturday, Nov. 13 • “Songs of Inspiration & Praise” Great Rivers Choral Society, Godfrey First UMC, 1100 Airport Rd., Godfrey, 7:30 p.m. • Iron & Wine, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Cinamatic Titanic, Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo. www.familyarena. com • Mindy Smith, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14 • Reel Big Fish/The Aquabats w/ Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, 7 p.m., The Pageant, St. Louis, Delmar Loop • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 • The Dresden Dolls, 8 p.m., The Pageant, Delmar Loop, St. Louis • Big Band Jazz Concert, Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. • The Flatlanders, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 • Needtobreathe, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. • Enter the Haggis, Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, Mo. • South Pacific, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.
• Gypsy, Bottleneck Blues Bar, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Mo.
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Music Tuning in TSO will roll into St. Louis Dec. 30 The Christmas spectacular known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra will hit St. Louis for two shows – 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – on Thursday, Dec. 30. Tickets are on sale now at the S c o t t r a d e C e n t e r B o x O ff i c e , Livenation.com or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of the top selling concert acts in the world creates one of the most captivating concert experiences on the road today. Insistent on giving their fans the most “value for their dollar,” TSO puts on an over-the-top audio/visual spectacular complete with lasers, pyrotechnics and state of the art lighting with a ticket price that starts as low as $25 allowing generations of fans to be enthralled year after year. TSO founder, producer and writer Paul O’Neill explains, “When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying ‘that was a great show’ or ‘that was worth it’ or even ‘that was the best show I’ve seen in a long time.’ We want them to say, ‘Man, that the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.’” With sales in excess of 7 million - including nearly 2 million CDs and DVDs sold in the past two years -Trans-Siberian Orchestra is among the most popular groups of the modern era. The Orchestra debuted in 1996 with the timeless “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” Highlighted by the remarkable hit single, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” the album has since achieved 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, with sales now rapidly approaching 3 million. Two further albums completed O’Neill’s planned Christmas Trilogy; 1998’s “The Christmas Attic” and 2004’s “The Lost Christmas Eve,” both of which are currently approaching 2x platinum certification. All three of the Orchestra’s Christmas-themed albums have proven enduring blockbusters, returning annually to the top 10 on Billboard’s “Top Catalog Albums” and “Top Holiday Albums” charts. TSO’s 2009 Winter Tour played to over 1.2 million fans in 80+ cities, and generating revenues of nearly $45 million, which according to Billboard magazine’s midyear touring chart, put them as the #2 most attended tour. Since its first Winter Tour in 1999, TSO has been one of the concert business’s most successful acts, consistently rating in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance. In the spring of 2010, TSO debuted the much-anticipated live rock opera “Beethoven’s Last Night,” TSO’s gold-certified rock opera fantasy about “what could have happened” on Beethoven’s final night of life. The successful tour provided the template for their innovative brand
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of “Rock Theater” and the muchanticipated World Tour in 2011. The band’s latest release “Night Castle,” which featuring the singles, “Believe” and a cover of the classic “Nutrocker,” burst onto Billboard’s “Top 200” chart and was certified gold in less than 8 weeks.
Menzel to perform with SLSO The St. Louis Symphony has just added a Live at Powell Hall concert to its 2010-11 season. Tony Award winner and popular cast member of the hit television show “Glee,” Idina Menzel, will perform for one afternoon only with the St. Louis Symphony on Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m. The Broadway powerhouse, who received a Tony Award for her role as “Elphaba” in the international blockbuster Wicked, will perform a diverse concert of classical, pop, and musical theater favorites, including hits from Wicked and Rent and her Glee appearances. Tickets for the concert are $65 to $40 and are now available at the Powell Hall Box Office, online at www.stlsymphony.org, or by phone at 314.534.1700. The Powell Hall Box Office is located at 718 North Grand Boulevard in Grand Center. To n y Aw a r d w i n n e r I d i n a Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in films and in music. Idina is a powerhouse of talent, who constantly amazes audiences with her strong, emotional performances. Menzel recently joined the cast of Glee, the Fox juggernaut about a varied group of high school kids who come together to sing as the underdog of glee clubs. Menzel plays the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, McKinley High Glee Club’s main competition. Last year, Menzel concluded a national tour promoting her album, I Stand. A skillful songwriter, Idina writes and performs her own music. She released the Glen Ballard produced album for her record label, Warner Bros. Records, and played to sold out houses around the United States. Menzel performed her show in New York as part of the Mastercard Soundstage series, which aired on PBS. PBS also aired the concert version of Chess: The Musical, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall where Idina shared the stage with Josh Groban. In film, Idina appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams in Disney’s hit, Enchanted, directed by Kevin Lima. Prior to that, Idina was seen in director Chris Columbus’ film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen. This was on the heels of her co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. In
television, Idina recently completed an arc on the Grey’s Anatomy hit spin-off, Private Practice on ABC. In September 2006 Idina p re m i e re d t h e B ro a d w a y h i t Wicked in the West End in London to rave reviews and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She starred in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical See What I Wanna See directed by Ted Sperling at the Public Theater. This role garnered Menzel a Drama Desk Award nomination as well as a Drama League Award nomination.
Touhill announces 2010-11 schedule On its 2010-11 calendar, the Touhill again showcases events that span many genres, from classical to opera, jazz to dance, and international to special events. Single tickets for most events went on sale Aug. 9. The breadth and wealth of talent that will grace the two stages at the performing arts center is largely reflective of continued partnerships with esteemed local arts organizations, including Dance St. Louis, Modern A m e r i c a n D a n c e C o m p a n y,
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. Exceptions are noted in the event calendar. Tickets are available at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Ticket Office; online at www.touhill.org; or by phone at 314-516-4949. The Touhill’s Ticket Office is located at One University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121. Student, group, and senior discounts are available. Check with the Ticket Office for eligibility. NATATLIE MACMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY: Masters of the Fiddle November 19 • Fri @ 8PM • $35 The power couple of the fiddling world, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, play and step-dance through the states in their first tour together. (E3!) MARTIN SHORT November 20 • Sat @ 8PM • $100, $65, $45 A household name from his star comedic turn on “Saturday Night Live,” he recently garnered critical raves for his role as a cold, calculating attorney in the television drama
“Damages.” Short’s range extends beyond television; his prolific talent includes writing, song and dance and improvisation. (GC) ST. LOUIS PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY CONCERT December 3 • Fri @ 8PM • $20 The St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra presents their Holiday “Pops” Spectacular with a strong, passionate 150-voice choir. T H E A M B A S S A D O R S O F HARMONY: Sounds of the Season 2010 December 10 - 12 • Fri @ 8PM; Sat @ 2 & 8PM; Sun @ 2 & 7PM • $33, $28, $25
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Argentina Along and off the coast By CLAUDIA PEROZZI For The Edge Editor’s note: This is the third article of a six-part series from former Glen Carbon residents Bill and Claudia Perozzi. The Perozzis are fortunate to have traveled to some of the most exotic places in the world. In Argentina we started at the bottom and worked our way up. And I use the term “worked” loosely. On our ship, Norwegian Sun, my husband Bill and I had already cruised down the coast of Chile and next we sailed up the coast of Argentina, which claims the largest city at the “End of the World,” Ushuaia. Today this remote town, with a population of about 55,000, has the look of an Alpine village and serves as a summer training site for Olympic skiers. Tourism has become the primary source of income from cruise ships sailing around nearby Cape Horn and from planes and ships jumping off for Antarctica. We felt a bump up in affluence compared to Chile; the gift shops were more numerous with more expensive items. Ushuaia’s history is also part of its attraction. It was originally settled by and for convicts who had to build their own prison which now houses museums and art galleries. Walking through the old cells, it was easy to picture the bleak and dreary days of the condemned men. At one point, in an effort to tame some of the men, women were brought in. Three actually stayed and married inmates. As a reward for good behavior, some prisoners got to work on the railroad which led out of the confines to the forests. Now I use the term “work” in the harshest sense. In usually brutal weather, the convicts laid track, cut down trees and brought wood back into town. Riding the compact “Tren
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del Fin del Mundo,” the tourist Train at the End of the World, we felt we were transported back in history. The ride was only about 30 minutes long but a continuous recording gave me an eerie feeling as it described the prisoners’ unbelievably difficult conditions. No way would I want to go back in time here. But as we looked out the windows for a pleasant offset, we could see green fields, remnants of forests, streams and wildflowers – even happy campers. When our train trip ended, we took a bus into Tierra del Fuego Park, also said to be at the end of the world at the water’s edge. This beautiful so called Land of Fire got its name from early European explorers when they saw many campfires set by the natives at night. These indigenous people wore little or no clothing and had adapted to their environment. When Europeans insisted on dressing them, the garments actually held in unhealthy body excretions and contributed to diseases and their demise. The native culture is now preserved only in photos and artifacts back in town at the Museo Territorial. It is European heritage that we see reflected in present day residents. Back on the cruise ship we prepared for our next port, Stanley on the Falkland Islands. In the news were repeated stories about a renewal of the conflict between Argentina and the Falkland Islands, (only about 300 miles off the Argentina coast) this time because oil has been found under the waters around the islands. Would this hinder our excursion there? No, but the weather would. We had booked a long tour to see Emperor penguins but rainy weather had made conditions too difficult to traverse in the limited time we had. So we got plan B. Maybe it was the wonderfully cheery guides that spoke English. Maybe it was the interesting sights
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Above, Ushuaia, Argentina. Below, a pair of guanacos. and history. Maybe it was the four wheel drive vehicles that seemingly could go any where. Maybe it was all of the above and more that made this day, this excursion my favorite of the whole cruise. In a convoy of five vehicles, four of us piled into Steve’s auto and this handsome young man who was born in Stanley, served in the British army in Iraq, retuned home and planned to return to Iraq, regaled us with stories of Stanley and the world. Historically, the French were the first to colonize the Falklands but they were driven out by the Spanish who eventually abandoned the lands. The Brits took charge in 1833 and established Stanley on East Falkland as the capital. West Falkland is the only other sizable island; both main islands are surrounded by many islets. The abundant grazing land is ideal for raising sheep and wool is the primary export. In 1982 Argentina tried to take possession of these islands off their coast but England came to the rescue and after two months of battles, the English prevailed. Steve praised our lead tour guide, Patrick, who had manned the communications system for the islands during the war. Patrick continued keeping the islanders informed until an Argentinean gun was held to his head and even then he dictated his own terms. After the war Patrick received an award from the Queen. Seeing the actual battlefield with Patrick and Steve was powerful living history. They pointed out where Argentineans had tried to shelter themselves in rocky crevices, where British bombs had pock marked the grounds and where artillery had been abandoned. Both sides fought valiantly, endured harsh conditions and totally believed in their opposing positions. The war has produced such a lasting hatred that Falklanders who need specialized medical services or
want extensive shopping, fly to Chile or Brazil, but never to Argentina. Continuing on our ride over rough terrain, we sloshed and slogged through craters of water and mounds of bog. At times our vehicles were at 45 degree angles but they plowed on until we reached the old lighthouse at Cape Pembroke. Patrick had a huge key that he gave to one of the youngsters to open the door. Up all of us climbed to the parapet at the top for a view of the windswept lands at the oceans’ edge. On this clear day it seemed like we could see forever. The lighthouse is no longer is operation but must have saved many lives in its day. Our convoy headed back toward town, stopping at Gypsy Cove for some penguin observing. Even though we had already seen many penguins in Chile, they were still delightful to watch as they waddled around at the shoreline. What caught my eye this time was a large yellow refurbished bus called “Coach Tea Room.” How very British. On the ride back to the port, Steve detoured to show us a unique sight: a resident’s yard with signs protesting whaling. Littered all over the yard were whale teeth, bones and artillery, remnants of what he viewed as destruction. And then as live as could be, we saw a reindeer climbing through the debris. How very Falkland. After the tour we capped off our day at the Globe Pub with fish and chips and more chats with locals. A young British sailor told us about the only crime was occasional drunk and disorderly behavior of the military. In such a small area with less than 2,500 inhabitants, every one knew every one and all left their doors unlocked. How just plain lovely. Back on the mainland of Argentina for our next excursion at Puerto
Madryn, we reconnected with our American friends, Lydia and John. Since we were all interested in seeing the wildlife sanctuary at Peninsula Valdes, the four of us agreed to share another taxi ride. But this one was like no other. We decided our driver Lucas was in a race with other drivers to see who could complete the circuit fastest. We also decided he didn’t own his vehicle. Lucas, whom we dubbed Speed Racer, sped past dry landscape and over bumpy gravel roads. On the way to the preserve we saw another taxi turned over in a ditch. The passengers seemed dazed but uninjured. Some help had already arrived and more was on the way. But when we got back on our way, we all buckeled up and Lucas seemed to slow down a little for a while. Lucas spoke English fairly well and gave us his take on his country. He believed that Argentina has abundant natural resources but governmental corruption keeps the people from flourishing. Maybe his anger fueled his driving. Along the way and in the preserve we saw horses, penguins, elephant seals, foxes and an armadillo. The most striking animals for me were the guanacos which resemble llamas with single humps like camels. But all the wildlife took a back seat to our wild ride. When we returned to the port, we were very relieved just to reboard the safety of our relatively slow ship. Seeing Argentina from two port cities and from the offshore vantage of the Falkland Islands, a picture of Argentineans was forming in my mind: Intense, opinionated, fiesty people of European ancestry. How would this sterotype check out when we reached Buenos Aires? That will be continued in our next article when we visit the capital.
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Travel Travel briefs Soaring Hoover Dam bypass bridge finally complete LAS VEGAS (AP) — A soaring bypass bridge high above the Colorado River near Hoover Dam is set to open after nearly eight years and $240 million worth of work. The 1,900-foot engineering wonder perched 890 feet above the water is expected to drastically cut travel time along the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix, as motorists will no longer have to make their way across the dam and its security checkpoints at a snail’s pace. Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada were among federal and state officials expected for a Thursday morning dedication at the span linking the Silver and Grand Canyon states. The bridge, which officially opens next week, is named for former Nevada Gov. Mike O’Callaghan and Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who quit the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers and died in Afghanistan under friendly fire. Family members of O’Callaghan and Tillman are expected at the bridge’s dedication. Cars previously were routed across Hoover Dam to cross the b o rd e r b e t w e e n A r i z o n a a n d Nevada, and checkpoints added after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, often caused miles-long backups of traffic. Federal officials also heavily restricted the types of vehicles and cargo that could cross the dam, sending semis and other large vehicles an extra 23 miles through the resort town of Laughlin. The new bridge allows travelers to bypass the dam much more quickly and with no checkpoints. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates it will cut at least 30 minutes from the trip. Those going to the dam will no longer be able to pass over it to cross the border by car, though it will remain open as a tourist attraction. Visitors to the dam often can’t help but turn and gawk at the bridge, which federal officials say is the second- tallest bridge in the United States. The tallest is Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. It’s the longest bridge built with concrete arches in the western hemisphere, according to the Transportation Department. The arches measure 1,060 feet.
Virginia creates golf trail STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Virginia is creating a golf trail to help drive tourism. The creation of the trail was announced this week by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. It will include about 36 private and public courses in six
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areas that will allow for a nine to ten month season for the trail. Officials say the trail will link the state’s golf courses hotels, wineries, restaurants, historic, cultural and recreational amenities. The selection of courses on the trail include course ratings, proximity to other attractions and value. Tourism officials say the trail’s total annual economic impact when fully developed could generate $66.6 million per year and create 652 jobs. Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Stafford will serve as the home of the Virginia Golf Trail.
SeaWorld to add two venues at Florida parks ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new roller coaster and a tropical fish venue are coming to two Florida theme parks owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Park officials announced Wednesday that the roller coaster Cheetah Hunt is coming to Bush Gardens Tampa, while Grand Reef will open at Discovery Cove in Orlando. The roller coaster will launch riders from zero to 60 miles per hour at the start of the 4,429-foot track and include a 130-foot drop. A new cheetah habitat will be built alongside the roller coaster. Grand Reef at Discovery Cove will have a white sand beach, underwater grottos filled with eels, reef sharks and other tropical fish. Visitors will be able to snorkel and go on an underwater walking tour.
Annecy, Munich, Pyeongchang pitch for 2018 Games ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — The race to stage the 2018 Winter Olympics began in earnest when bid cities Munich, South Korea’s Pyeongchang and France’s Annecy made their first official pitches at a meeting of Olympic associations on Thursday. Tw o - t i m e O l y m p i c f i g u r e skating champion Katarina Witt fronted Munich’s bid, highlighting modern transport links. Annecy followed, pledging a compact bid and featuring a video message of support from France
first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Last up, Pyeongchang promised to create a new market for winter sports among a billion Asians. Pyeongchang was considered an early favorite to stage the games after unsuccessful bids for the last two Winter Olympics. Despite losing to Vancouver for the 2010 games and Sochi, Russia, in the 2014 vote, the expertise gained by the South Korean team was expected to be an advantage. Munich’s bid hit problems with Bavarian farmers unhappy about giving up land to be used during the games, though organizers claimed that problem was under control. Witt, who chairs the Munich team, announced the bid’s official slogan was “Festival of Friendship” at the Acapulco meeting. “This will be one of the most vibrant and celebratory atmospheres in the history of winter sports,” Witt said. J e a n - P i e r re Vi d a l , t h e 2 0 0 2 Olympic slalom champion backing Annecy, told The Associated Press that early criticism about venues being too far apart had been overcome. “This is now a very compact b i d , ” Vi d a l s a i d . “ P r e v i o u s games often go to big cities, but sometimes in a big city it is difficult to get a strong atmosphere. “In Annecy everybody will be in the same place and the excitement will be easy to produce.” Annecy’s bid centers on the Alpine resort of Chamonix-Mont Blanc. “If we are just talking about the games as an experience for athletes and spectators this is a very strong bid,” Vidal said. Besides Vidal, Annecy’s bid was chaired by 1992 mogul skiing champ Edgar Grospiron, with 1992 downhill gold medalist Antoine Deneriaz also on the team. “ We h a v e a l l c o m p e t e d i n different Olympics and we are working with the technical team to tell them what is good and what is not so good about the plans right from the beginning,” Vidal said.
Ticket sales brisk at revamped Colosseum ROME (AP) — It hasn’t taken long for the revamped Colosseum
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to become a hot attraction. Tickets for guided tours of the u n d e rg ro u n d , w h e re t o u r i s t s can see the cages for lions and tigers and where gladiators once prepared for fights, have been selling out since the opening Tuesday. “Italians are more informed. T h e y s a w i t o n T V, b u t t h e foreigners are getting more and m o re i n t e re s t e d , ” s a i d P i e t ro Vitelli, one of the ticket office operators. Culture Ministry officials say it is the first time the underground has ever been open, while the upper tier had been closed since the 1970s. T h e a re a s a re a c c e s s i b l e t o guided tours of a maximum of 25 people at a time, starting about every 20 minutes. Some 4.5 million people have visited the ancient arena between the beginning of the year and last month, according to the Culture Ministry.
New restaurant planned for Snowmass Ski Area SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — The Aspen Skiing Co. plans to invest more in Snowmass Ski Area, though a developer ’s financing difficulties have slowed the completion of the village at the base. Senior Vice President David Perry spoke to the Snowmass V i l l a g e To w n C o u n c i l o n Monday. He said that pending approval from the town and the U.S. Forest Service, the company hopes to break ground in spring 2 0 11 o n a m u l t i m i l l i o n - d o l l a r restaurant at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. The gondola operated for t h e f i r s t t i m e t h i s s u m m e r. Snowmass general manager Steve Sewell says it carried about 13,000 passengers, some of whom were drawn by hiking and biking trails. A two-person lift
that offered access to a different part of the mountain last summer carried 5,400 riders.
Telluride lift tickets to be $98 this peak season TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Could Telluride Ski Resort have the priciest Colorado lift ticket this season? T h e re s o r t ’ s w e b s i t e s a y s i t plans to sell peak season, singleday adult lift tickets for $98 at the window this winter. That equals the top price at Va i l a n d B e a v e r C r e e k l a s t s e a s o n . T h o s e re s o r t s h a v e n ’ t said what peak prices will be this season. Aspen’s peak last season was $96. Telluride didn’t return phone calls for comment. Tickets are generally cheaper when bought in advance, for multiple days, or in non-peak times like the early or late season.
Mount Rushmore to be featured in Macy’s Parade RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City for the next three years. The Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association says the four presidential profiles will be the focal point for a South Dakota-themed float. The float also will feature other things the state is known for, including the Badlands, dinosaur fossils and American Indian heritage. Association CEO Nort Johnson says he hopes the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will boost tourism in South Dakota. Some 3 million people already visit Mount Rushmore every year.
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The return of a classic The Fox will host two-week run of “South Pacific” By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
he classic musical favorite “South Pacific” is opening at The Fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 9, for a two-week only run, closing on Sunday, Nov. 21. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples: United States Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many as one of the finest musicals ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.” The lavish new production features musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award) with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann. The National Touring Company for South Pacific will consist of David Pittsinger as Emile de Becque, Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush, Anderson Davis as Lt. Cable, Timothy Gulan as Luther Billis, Jodi Kimura as Bloody Mary, Gerry Becker as Capt. Brackett, Peter Rimi as Commander Harbison, Sumie Maeda as Liat, Rusty Ross as Professor, original 2008 Broadway cast member Genson Blimline as Stewpot, Christina Carrera as Ngana and CJ Palma as Jerome. The ensemble is rounded out by performers Christopher Carl, Christian Carter, Eric L. Christian, Jacqueline Colmer, Alexis G.B. Holt, Rashaan James II, Chad Jennings, Christopher Johnstone, Kristie Kerwin, Joe Langworth, Cathy Newman, Julia Osborne, Diane Phelan, John Pinto Jr., Bret Shuford, Kristen J. Smith, Matt Stokes,
Gregory Williams, Victor J. Wisehart and Amos Wolff. Some information about the director and main cast members: Director, Bartlett Sher, from the Lincoln Center Theater: Joe Turner’s “Come and Gone,” “South Pacific” (Tony,Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), “Awake” and “Sing” (Tony nomination), “The Light in the Piazza” (Tony nomination). Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre; credits there include: the world premieres of “Prayer for My Enemy” and “Singing Forest” by Craig Lucas (both also Long Wharf Theatre) and “Nickel and Dimed;” plays by Chekhov, Wilder, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner. Opera: “Roméo
et Juliette” (Salzburg Festival), “The Barber of Seville” (Metropolitan Opera), “Mourning Becomes Electra” (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera). New York: “Cymbeline” (2001 Callaway Award for Best Director; first American Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company), “Waste” (2000 Best Play Obie), “Don Juan” (all TFANA). He is a member of the TCG Board. David Pittsinger (Emile de Becque) Broadway: “South Pacific” (Lincoln Center). Metropolitan Opera: “Tosca” (also live HD cinemacast), “Hamlet,” “Lulu,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “Don Carlo,” “Rake’s Progress,” “Giulio Cesare,” “La Bohème,” “The Magic Flute.” NYCO: “Don Giovanni” (Don Giovanni), “Nozze di
Figaro” (Figaro), “Orlando” (Zoroastro). U.S. & International credits include: “Don Quichotte” (Don Quichotte/Vienna, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires), “Tosca” (Scarpia/FGO), “Nozze di Figaro” (Count/ La Opera) “Faust” (Mephistopheles/ L’Arena Sferisterio, L’Opera de Montreal), Mefistofele (Mefistofele/I Solisti Veneti, Pittsburgh), “Rake’s Progress” (Nick Shadow/Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Bordeaux,), “Carmen” (Escamillo/ Montpellier, Santa Fe). Orchestral appearance include: Vienna Philharmonic,, Salzburg Festival, Dresden Festival, NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, ENO, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Discography includes: Charles Ives Songs, La Calisto, Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna. Awards: “Artist of the Year” Awards from NYCO and Pittsburgh Opera. MM: Yale. Carmen Cusack (Nellie Forbush) Carmen is from Houston, Texas, has spent the last two years playing Elphaba in “Wicked” (U.S. National tour, Chicago and Australia productions). Her career prior was based in England. Recent West End credits include: “Les Misérables” (Fantine; UK, US & Shanghai), “The Secret Garden” (Rose; Royal Shakespeare Company), “Personals” (Kim), “Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens” (Chesty Prospects), “Over the Rainbow” (Eva Cassidy; UK & Ireland) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (Christine; UK National Tour). http://www.carmencusack. net/ The Fabulous Fox stage will be transformed into the beautiful island in the tropical South Pacific. Beginning Tuesday Nov. 9, performances are Tuesday throiugh Saturday evenings, 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online at metrotix.com, MetroTix charge by phone at 314-534-1111 and MetroTix outlets. Ticket prices start at $28 and are subject to change; please refer to www.fabulousfox.com for current pricing. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 314-535-2900. South Pacific is a U.S. Bank Broadway series presentation and sponsored by American Airlines. To read more about the performances, see photos of the scenes and rehearsals, or to read what critics are saying about the tour performances, visit www.southpacifictour. com.
At top, Carmen Cusack as Ensign Nellie Forbush and the Nurses of South Pacific. Above, Cusack “Washing That Man Right Out of Her Hair.” Photos by Peter Coombs
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The Arts Arts calendar Friday, Nov. 5 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis • 500 Clown-Macbeth, 8 p.m., Edison Theater, Washington University Campus * Make Some Noise: Musical Toys, Eugene Field House and St. Louis , 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.eugenefieldhouse. org • Invitational Figure Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Home Lands: How Women Made the West, Missouri History Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 • Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis • 500 Clown-Frankenstein, 8 p.m., Edison Theater, Washington University Campus • Home Lands: How Women Made the West, Missouri History Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Make Some Noise: Musical Toys, Eugene Field House and St. Louis , 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.eugenefieldhouse.org • Invitational Figure Exhibit, Edwardsville Art Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Arts Artistic adventures Contemporary announces fall exhibits The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis will present two exhibitions that will run through the fall: Richard Artschwager: “Hair” and Elad Lassry: “Sum of Limited Views” from Sept. 10 to Jan. 2, 2011. About the Exhibitions: Richard Artschwager: Hair The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is proud to present an exhibition of works by the widely acclaimed American artist Richard Artschwager, in the first focused look at the artist’s exploration of rubberized horsehair. A maverick who began his career as a cabinet-maker, Artschwager has influenced countless other artists with a wide-ranging body of work that includes sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, installations, drawings, and furniture pieces that merge the machine-made with the hand-made. Over the past four decades, Artschwager ’s work has been variously described as Pop Art, because of its derivation from utilitarian objects and incorporation of commercial and industrial materials; as Minimal Art, because of its geometric forms and solid presence; and as Conceptual Art, because of its cool and cerebral detachment. But none of these classifications adequately define the aims of an artist who specializes in the relationship between perception and deception. Artschwager ’s exhibition at the Contemporary focuses on a material he has used throughout his career: rubberized horsehair. Emerging from the artist’s famous blps series he began in 1968, the hair works depart from the crisp lines and sharp forms of his better-known Formica furniture works, and blur the clarity of sculptural form, throwing objecthood out of focus. As the artist puts it, “Hair is peculiar. It’s foreign to gravity yet at the same time it has stability. You can cut it and it has built-in contrary qualities, which are structure and chaos.” Used most commonly in upholstery, rubberized horsehair is usually hidden from view underneath the rounded edges of chairs and couches. In these works, Artschwager turns the objects inside out, exposing their innards and applying them to new surfaces. The artist has long been interested in what he calls object-pictures, collapsing the flatness of an image with the tactility of an object, or, in his own words, “sculpture for the eye and painting for the touch.” Installed in the Contemporary’s central main gallery, silhouettes of life-size human figures seem to dance and float weightlessly on the wall. Often beginning as small scribbles in the artist’s notebook, the organic forms are enlarged
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to life-size and made with actual horsehair, allowing their sketch-like quality to outlast their entrance into the world of objects. As illusions, the images confuse the real with the artificial, and while his figures dance, climb, dive, and rejoice as “living” characters, their materials prevent the image from staying within our reach. Also included in the exhibition are images that have made up Artschwager’s iconography for over forty years: hair-covered blps, exclamation marks, corners, and hair-covered furniture pieces each become sculptures that are slightly out of focus. In contrast to a contemporary art conversation w e i g h e d d o w n b y i r o n y, strategy, and cool self-reflexivity, Artschwager ’s new exhibition at the Contemporary foregrounds the artist’s sincere celebration of the experiential knowledge of objects and pictures and his patient passion for locating the body and soul of an image. Richard Artschwager was born in 1923 in Washington D.C and currently lives and works in Hudson, NY. He first studied chemistry, biology, and mathematics at Cornell University. In the early 1950s, he became involved in cabinet-making, producing simple pieces of furniture. His work has been the subject of many important surveys, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; and Kunstmuseum Winterthur and is included in many museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Ludwig Cologne, and Fondation Cartier, Paris. Richard Artschwager: Hair is curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Elad Lassry: Sum of Limited Views The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is pleased to present a new exhibition by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry. Featuring recent and new works, this exhibition will be the artist’s first major museum monograph in the United States. Lassry’s intimately framed p h o t o g r a p h s s l i p e ff o r t l e s s l y between genres and iconographies, capturing plastic still-lives, uncanny publicity portraits, collages, animals, a n d l a n d s c a p e s . T h o ro u g h l y familiar and blank at the same time, his images move beyond the simple category of “photography” and instead ask us to revisit the perceptual experience of a picture. Duplicating and then cloistering his subjects within saturated fields of color, excised from their original context, Lassry attends to the singularity of his subjects, while also immersing them in their own formal properties. While clearly depicting specific objects, people, animals, or places,
the images are overwhelmed by their own colors, shapes, and p a t t e r n s , e ff e c t i v e l y m e rg i n g their representation with their abstraction. Lassry’s photographs often slide between stillness and movement— challenging the eye to register, in
certain blinks, fleeting vibrations in the picture. Whether through layered exposures (reminiscent of early techniques in “ghost photography”) or the staccato rhythm of colors, and between field and ground, his still-lives and portraits possess a seductive,
if slippery, hold on our vision. Ever suspicious of the status of photography, Lassry also paints his frames with richly saturated hues, camouflaging his images and flirting with the nature of the monochrome, and the photograph’s own status as an object.
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Chocolate can't compare to God Sometime back there was a song called “Love Makes the World Go Round”. There are countless songs as well as hymns that speak about the power of love. In all sincerity, I think love does play a tremendous part in making the quality of life all over the world a little better. However, I find myself wondering if perhaps we trivialize ‘love’. We use that word over and over in a variety of ways. I love the Rams, the Cardinals, and the Blues…maybe some of you even love the Cubs. Do we really ‘love’ them or do we enjoy them and are excited and enthused about their performance? How often have you heard someone say, “I just love your new hair style”? Or, perhaps, “I just love my new car. It is a dream come true.” Maybe you have moved into a different house and are so excited you can’t keep from gushing, “I just love it here. It is the answer to a dream.” Perhaps you’ve gone out to eat or had a particularly delicious meal at home and the comment is, “I just love pasta” or whatever you’ve just enjoyed. I don’t know if ‘love’ is the proper word to describe those things listed. Perhaps ‘like’ would suffice. When we say we ‘love’ our country, I think perhaps we have moved a step closer to the meaning of ‘love’. Because in my mind, love is a deep emotion that implies loyalty, trust, and commitment
Doris Gvillo When we speak of ‘love’ for humanity, I would venture we have moved even closer to the feeling Jesus spoke of when we were told to ‘love’ one another. He spoke about our responsibility to others. What he said made the meaning of ‘love’ not only a feeling, but also an action. We were told to care about each other in ways that impact lives. That would be ‘love in action’. Remember these words, “When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick you took care of me and when I was in jail, you visited me”? Such love isn’t the type of love we are so glibly speaking about in so much of our daily conversation. I recently read something that suggested we most often want love when we least often deserve it. We all want the assurance that even when we have acted badly, those we care about will forgive, understand and still love us. As parents we often remind our children that while we are disappointed and dismayed by their behavior, we do still love them. I think we sometimes try to earn love by our behavior, by gifts, by service, by all types of means that are
sometimes outward when what is most often required is a change of heart and attitude. I think without love we would shrivel up and cease to function. Perhaps that is one of the problems with some individuals in life today. Maybe somewhere along the way, love was denied or withdrawn. Without being overly sentimental, I have to say I was blessed with parents and family who may not have been able to overwhelm me with material things, but gave the assurance of love in every way possible. I was also blessed when I met and married Bill and found the love that makes a marriage and later a family able to survive both the good times and the bad. And today, I feel secure with the love of my children, grandchildren, two precious little great grandchildren, and yes, even a large and diverse international family and many friends. But there is a love that surpasses all of human love and that is the love of God. That he continues to love us in spite of all of our shortcomings is amazing. That he knows each and every thought that flickers through our minds, some not so good, and still loves us seems unbelievable. That we can make a super-dooper mistake, even one against the law, and that He still cares boggles the mind. God knows all we do, could have done, should have done, meant to do, and promise to do. He knows us
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through and through and still loves us…isn’t it breath-taking? When we return to God with a repentant heart He rejoices. But, God is always willing always to receive us with ‘love’ we can’t begin to understand. God’s love is endless. Do you ever wonder how He could love so much that he sent Jesus who died for our sins? God loves us enough to promise eternal life. His love is endless and enduring.
Somehow I don’t believe the words, “Don’t you just love chocolate” rank anywhere near God’s promise that ‘nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love.” Let us rejoice in the love God showers on us. And in response, let that love change our lives and how we respond not only to God but also to all the needs of our wounded world. Doris Gvillo is a member of Eden United Church of Christ.
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Brandy – still a fine girl Local author pens book based on pop song By DEBBIE SETTLE Of The Edge
hen we hear certain songs, they put us in different places in our mind. Some songs we relate to certain events, since that was what was playing when the event happened. Or certain songs take us back to an era, maybe in our youth or when our kids were young or when someone special sang it to us. When I hear the song “Brandy” by Looking Glass, a song that hit No. 1 on the pop charts in August of 1972, I think about sitting in the back seat of my parent’s woodsided station wagon – the one with the vinyl copper seats that you stuck to in the summer – and my mom or dad punching one of the buttons on the radio and that song coming on. Although I was pretty young when it came out, it was one of those songs that has stood the test of time and is still played on soft-rock stations today. Very seldom did my parents and I agree on music taste, but in the case of “Brandy,” we all agreed it was a “sing-along” song.
Everyone in the car would sing along, hum or at least tap their fingers with the beat when we heard it. I don’t know if I realized that there was a “story” to the lyrics, but Laura Balster realized it. Laura Balster, a resident of Maryville, not only had some of the same experiences I did with the memory of the song, but she went further and delved into the lyrics, realizing that there was a good story being told by the writer, Elliot Lurie, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the band Looking Glass. In Balster ’s first novel, she tells the story in the Acknowledgments about how the song resonated with her so much, it became the inspiration to write a book about the lyrics. Not just the lyrics, but what led up to the story in the lyrics and what became of the love story outlined in the lyrics. “Building on the basic constructs of the lyrics of ‘Brandy,’ I imagined an entire storyline which could be created around this woman, and the man she loved – the man who broke her heart by choosing life at sea over his desire for her,” says Balster in the beginning of the Acknowledgments of “Brandy.” If you are not familiar with the
song, following are the lyrics, as performed by the group Looking Glass, written by Elliot Lurie: There’s a port on a western bay And it serves a hundred ships a day Lonely sailors pass the time away And talk about their homes And there’s a girl in this harbor town And she works layin’ whiskey down They say “Brandy, fetch another round” She serves them whiskey and wine The sailors say “Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl) “What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl) “Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea” Brandy wears a braided chain Made of finest silver from the North of Spain A locket that bears the name Of the man that Brandy loves He came on a summer’s day Bringin’ gifts from far away But he made it clear he couldn’t stay No harbor was his home The sailor said “ Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl) “What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl) “But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea” Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes When he told his sailor stories She could feel the ocean foam rise She saw its ragin’ glory But he had always told the truth, lord, he was an honest man And Brandy does her best to understand At night when the bars close down Brandy walks through a silent town And loves a man who’s not around She still can hear him say She hears him say “Brandy, you’re a fine girl” (you’re a fine girl) “What a good wife you would be” (such a fine girl) “But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea”
The book description reads, “So….we all know Brandy’s a fine girl, and what a good wife she would be, but who says (with a little luck, and some lovely Irish charm) she couldn’t steal the sailor from the sea?!? Surely there’s more to the story than what we’ve been told. The locket is nice, as is the braided silver chain, but come on! There must be more to Brandy’s life than serving whiskey and wine to drunken sailors while she impatiently waits for the man she loves to return to her port.” Balster ’s first novel attempt is a great premise to a subject that many are already familiar with and maybe have also wondered if there was more to the “Brandy” story. Balster does a wonderful job giving the reader the back story of Brandy, her family, friends, and her love, Caleb, a Spanish sailor. Balster is a 1991 graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where she received her
Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in English. She is an accomplished vocalist, being a member of the Washburn Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir and Topeka Festival Singers. She moved to Illinois in 1996, has been working in the banking industry, volunteers for a number of local charitable organizations and has performed in many community theater productions. She currently resides in Maryville with her family. “Brandy” is currently available for purchase through www. authorhouse.com, www.amazon. com, www.borders.com or www. barnesandnoble.com. AfterWords Bookstore, located at 231 N. Main St., in Edwardsville, will host a book signing for Laura Balster, featuring “Brandy” on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in a pick up a copy and Laura would be happy to sign it for you.
Laura Balster, at left, and the cover of her book, “Brandy,” above. Photos for The Edge.
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Fundraisers harness the power of pink NEW YORK (AP) â€“ Ten-year-old Parker Salinas considers herself one lucky little girl and a lifelong believer in the power of pink. Mom Jules was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer, enduring weeks of radiation, chemotherapy and, finally, a double-mastectomy that saved her life. Parker â€” the oldest of three kids â€” begged to get involved in the search for a cure and got busy making and selling bracelets from soda can pull tabs. Her total: 600 bracelets and $600 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. â€œIâ€™m doing something fun but Iâ€™m also doing something to help another family, or somebody else,â€? said the fourth-grader from suburban Atlanta. â€œIt was the thought of helping others to feel better and not die from it.â€? Parkers large and small are trying to push back the most common form of cancer in women in their own homegrown ways, from two teachers who puttputted more than 2,700 miles on scooters in â€œDumb and Dumberâ€? getups to a Minnesota familyâ€™s cookbook that raised $30,000. Many do it year-round with help from a bump in online giving and the rise of Facebook. Others find shorter-term projects to take advantage of October â€™s designation as breast cancer awareness month, when bubblegum pink takes center stage during walks, corporate drives and the sale of special products that raise
millions for research, education and support for patients. â€œFinding a good give-back project is like finding that perfect pair of jeans,â€? said Christy Eichers, who nearly lost her mother, Joan, to the disease. â€œTo give to something you really believe in is a gift.â€? Eichers hit on her â€œMixing Up Memoriesâ€? cookbook idea while driving one day in Minneapolis two years ago, listening to the â€œWickedâ€? tune â€œDefying Gravityâ€?: â€œSome things I cannot change/ But â€™til I try, Iâ€™ll never know!â€? She embellished each comfort, party-pleasing recipe (Cowboy Salsa, Annieâ€™s Cajun Yams) with its distinct family history. â€œMy mom said, â€˜Oh my goodness, weâ€™re not going to have any family secrets left,â€™â€? Eichers said. Like Parker and Eichers, Carter Hoffâ€™s mom is a breast cancer survivor. Hoffâ€™s good friend Alan Landers has survivors in his family, too. Both men were teachers on a U.S. military base in the Azores in Portugal when they decided on their scooter ride across the United States in late June. â€œIt was an easy choice,â€? Hoff said. â€œWe decided we could be just two guys on scooters or we could do it wearing the orange and blue tuxedoes from â€˜Dumb and Dumber.â€™ We had canes, too, but we lost them in Pennsylvania. They fell off the hogs,â€? Hoff joked. Averaging about 300 miles a day at 60 mph or slower, it took them 16 days to go Washington to Washington and raise
about $4,300. â€œWe went for the everyday grassroots people you meet on the street,â€? Hoff said. â€œA few dollars here, a few dollars there could add up and make a big difference.â€? Nobody knew more about the personal touch than Mel Simmons, a suburban Boston mother of two and a flight attendant for 38 years who died of breast cancer after a fierce, five-year battle. Frequent flyers on Delta Air Lines planes asked for her by name. Her friends nominated her to carry the Olympic Torch, and she did with her trademark grin. During treatment for breast cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Simmons liked to give her nurses and others colorful bead bracelets on elastic bands that a friend found for her in Turkey. When Simmons died in 2005, the recipients of her token gift wore them in her honor. Soon others wanted them, too, and friends found 1,000 more of the bracelets. The supply quickly sold out, with proceeds donated to cancer causes. Her loved ones realized the bracelets could raise even more money in the fight against all cancers and formed the Friends of Mel Foundation. The group had a bad turn of luck in 2007 when they voluntarily recalled the bracelets due to lead, but it found a new source in January 2008 and the tradition continues. More than $2 million in proceeds from the bracelets and other fundraisers has been distributed. â€œWe were missing her and trying to
â€œGleeâ€? photos create stir NEW YORK (AP) â€” Youâ€™re a couple of great-looking, talented young actresses on the hottest show on TV. Youâ€™re adults. So why NOT pose for some seriously saucy photos in GQ, a magazine for adult men? Well, it gets a little thorny when the show is â€œGlee,â€? beloved by 8and 9-year-olds, and when youâ€™re posing as a high-school girl in nothing but skimpy panties, spreading your legs sky-wide on a locker room bench. Or suggestively licking a lolly as you lean â€” in the same skimpy panties â€” on a highschool locker. Did the stars of â€œGleeâ€? go too far? Thatâ€™s what critics and fans of the show have been debating as the photo spread in GQâ€™s November issue, featuring Lea Michele (the ambitious Rachel) and Dianna Agron (Quinn, the once-pregnant cheerleader), started circulating this week. Oh yes, male co-star Cory Monteith (the quarterback Finn) is in there, too â€” but he remains clothed (in fact, heâ€™s practically bundled up). â€œI just wasnâ€™t impressed at all,â€? said a disapproving Emily Martin of Ontario, Canada, a self-professed â€œhuge Glee fan.â€? â€œI guess I just donâ€™t understand why they chose to even pose for these photos in the first place,â€? Martin, 30 and the mother of two young children, wrote in an e-mail
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message. â€œI donâ€™t get what they hope to gain by putting themselves out there like that. Maybe just to assert the actors as older individuals, not the actual teens they play on the show? I just donâ€™t understand.â€? Her feelings were echoed by commentators as prominent as CBS anchor Katie Couric. â€œIâ€™m a Gleek,â€? Couric said in her online video â€œNotebook,â€? describing how she and her 14year-old daughter enjoy watching the show together. But she decried the photos, particularly Micheleâ€™s
spread-eagle one, as â€œraunchyâ€? and â€œun-Glee-like,â€? and concluded: â€œIâ€™m disappointed.â€? â€œUtterly tone-deaf,â€? chimed in Salon.com. â€œAn explosion of cliched fetishism not seen outside the cheap Halloween costume aisles,â€? wrote EW.com. Not surprisingly, though, the harshest commentary came from the Parents Television Council. â€œIt borders on pedophilia,â€? said Tim Winter, president of the council. He called the spread a â€œnearpornographic displayâ€? â€” especially the â€œfull-frontal crotch shot.â€?