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Music: See a review of Huey Lewis and The News’ concert at the Luhrs Center.

Shemekia Copeland to bring her ‘blastfurnace voice’ to the Carlisle Theatre this weekend.


Out & About Special Events • Dance classes at Iron Forge Elementary School (Boiling Springs). Remaining dates: Nov, 1, 8, 15 and 29. There is a beginner class at 6 p.m. that covers Swing, Tango, Cha Cha, Foxtrot. The advanced class is at 7 p.m. and covres advanced Swing, Waltz, Rumba, Mambo, Two-step. Cost is $35 resident; $41 non-resident. Email parksprograms@smiddleton.com to sign-up. For more info email fhancock@comcast.net or call 241-4483 or visit www.hancockdance.com. • Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After is coming to the Giant Center in Hershey. The show will be Thursday, Nov. 1. Other show times include: Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 2 and 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. • Comedian Ralphie May will be performing at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Pullo Center at Penn State York. Tickets can be purchased by calling Pullo Center’s box office at 505-8900 or via the following website: pullocenter.showare. com/ordertickets. • Local authors William G. Williams (Camp Hill) and Douglas Gibboney (Carlisle) will sign copies of their books at Civil War and More from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information call 766-1899. • The third annual Carlisle Christmas Craft Show will be held at Carlisle High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. In addition to vendors, CHS Culinary Arts students will create breakfast and lunch items in the Christmas Cafe and there will be a raffle. Admission is free. • Back Stage Horrors presents Zombie Contagion through Nov. 3 at the Broadway Classics Theater inside Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. For more information visit www. backstagehorros.com or call 877-717-7969. • There is a Breat Cancer Benefit at Sharpshooters Grille in Gettysburg from 5-11 p.m. on Nov. 3. The benefit will include a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $10, and the event is for adults 21 and older. • Rillo’s Restaurant and Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb are teaming up for their 4th Annual Adult Prom at Rillo’s from 7-11 p.m. on Nov. 3. Tickets cost $20 and include a prom picture, favor, drink ticket and entertainment. Proceeds penefit The United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County. • Dance Classes at Dickinson College. The Beginner Class is at 6 p.m. Third Timer Class at

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7:15. Remaining dates are: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27. Cost is $30 a person. Contact devwell@dickinson. edu to signup. For more info call 241-4483 or email fhancock@comcast.net.

• Sweet Potato Pie will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Hostetter Chapel at Messiah College. Tickets are $23. To order or for more information call 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/culturalseries.

• Dance classes at Letort View Community Center at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle. Remaining dates: Nov 7. Cost is $30 a person. There are two beginners classes, one is at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. The classes cover Swing, Tango, Cha Cha, Foxtrot. The advanced class is at 7:30 p.m., and covers advanced Swing, Waltz, Rumba, Mambo, Two-step. For more information email fhancock@comcast. net or call 241-4483 to sign up. For more info visit www.hancockdance.com.

• Molasses Creek will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Hershey Area Playhouse. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www. hersheyareaplayhouse.com or by calling 533-8525.

• The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will host the 3rd Annual Harrisburg Book Festival, part of PCN’s Pennsylvania Book Festival, Nov, 9-11. All events are free and open to the public. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe is located at 1302 N. Third St., Harrisburg. For more information visit MidtownScholar.com. • The Employment Skills Center will celebrate their 9th annual “Carlisle’s Own Iron Chef” fundraising event at Letort View Community Center at Carlisle Army War College from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 18. Admission is $65 and includes hors d’ouvres and door prizes. There will also be a silent auction. • Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! is coming to Hershey Theatre at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets for this show are $28, $50 and $65. Tickets are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office, they can be charged by phone at 534-3405 or online at www.HersheyTheatre.com or www.TicketMaster.com. For more information visit www. PhineasAndFerbLive.com. • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will host a Sugarplum Fairy Tea Pary from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Meet the Sugarplum Fairy before seeing her dance in CPYB’s production of The Nutcracker Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. For more information visit www.cpyb.org. • The Carlisle Poets Workshop has begun accepting entries to its annual poetry contest. There are three categories in the contest – poems about families and pets, humorous poems that rhyme or limericks, and poems about everyday miracles. The contest is open to all poets, including members of the group. For more information, contact Susan Vernon at snvernon@ comcast.net.

• The Combined Shippensburg and Carlisle Town Band Concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University. Admission is free. • The Shippensburg Band and the Carlisle Town Band will present a concert for symphonic winds at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University. Admission and parking is free. For more information call 496-6279 or visit carlisleband.org/calendar. • The Wednesday Club will open its concert season with a performance by a trio of artists at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Chapel Hill United Church of Christ, located at 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill. Featured artists will include pianist, Dr. Maria Corley; soprano, Cheryl Crider; and lyric tenor, Clifford Bechtel. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 adult, $12 senior, and $5 for college students. For program and other information, call 234-4856 or visit wednesdayclub.org. • The David E. Baker Music Scholarship Trust Dinner Concert Benefit will be held 4:45-9 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Allenberry Resort Carriage Room in Boiling Springs. The event will include an Italian dinner buffet and feature music, a raffle and a silent auction. Admission is $25, or $40 for special overnight accomodation. • Messiah College’s Student Activities Board hosts a free weekly concert series titled “B-sides,” the schedule is as follows: Ava Luna; Nov. 7, Snowmine; Nov. 14, Donora; Nov. 28, Ami Saraiya; Dec. 5, Fort Lean. • The Dickinson Jazz Ensemble and the Dickinson Improvisation and Collaboration Ensemble will present a concert of politcally motivated music at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts. • The Freedom Valley Chorus will give a free concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at St Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. There is no admission fee to the concert, but free-will donations will be accepted

to help defray costs of music, costumes and education. Light refreshments will follow the concert. For directions or more information, call Mandy at264-3914, email freedomvalleychorus@yahoo. com, or visit freedomvalleychorus.org. • Bel Voce’s Annual Children’s Concert will open its 2012-13 season with “Fables and Fairy Tales,” a concert for children. The program will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11. Adult tickets are $5; children receive free admission. • The Central PA Oratorio Singers will present an “English Requiem” concert at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Second St., Harrisburg. For more information visit cposingers.com. • Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill will hold a Veterans’ Day Spectacular concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. Free admission. • Rick Christie with piano accompanyment by Jeff Vandeheijden will perform classic love songs from Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra; and hope and praise songs from Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Jamie Cortez at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cumberland Valley in Boiling Springs. There is no admission, but a free will offering will be taken to benefit The Somaly Mam Foundation. • Dickinson College will present a Noonday Concert featuring students in the performancestudies program at noon at Nov. 15. • Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre will present Sunny Side Bluegrass and The Circa Blue Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17. Admission is $13, children under the age of 12 are free. For more information call 762-4711 or visit beckbenedicthardware.com. • Dickinson College Choir and Orchestra will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts. • The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. For more information visit whitakercenter.org or call 214-ARTS. • Jake Shimabukuro, a Ukulele virtuoso, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Sunoco Perfomance Theater at the Whitaker Center, 225 Market St., Harrisburg.

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A guide to area events Art • Joan Rhodes will be the Artist in Action at the Village Artisans Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3. • The Garden Gallery, Nancy Stamm’s Galleria and Haverstick Gallery & Studios will participate in the “First Saturdayâ€? art show on Nov. 3. Shows continue through the end of the month. For further information, contact The Garden Gallery at 249-1721. • David Reinbold will offer ContĂŠ Crayon: Urban Landscape at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning, Monday, Nov. 5. Check out www.DaveReinbold.com to view this talented artist’s cutting edge voice. Register online at carlisleArts.org or call 249-6973. • The Dickinson College Department of Art and Art History will present Jane L. and Robert H. Weiner in a lecture on the fine arts, “What is Going On in Jacques-Louis David’s ‘Sappho and Phaon?’â€? at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts. • Whitaker Center will present the free art exhibition, “Calculated Transformationsâ€? by Tara Chickey through Nov. 8. The exhibition will be located on two levels along the curved lobby walls of Whitaker Center, and is available to the public during regular hours of operation. For more information visit whitakercenter. org or contact Deborah Peters, Exhibits Manager and Curator at 724-3872.

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• The Whitaker Center and The Art Association of Harrisburg will present a free art exhibition, A Celebration of the Seven Lively Artists, Nov. 16 through Jan. 25. The works from this popular painting group, “The Seven Livelies,â€? will be located along the curved lobby walls of Whitaker Center and available to the public during regular hours of operation. • Dickinson College will present Legacy: Recent Acquisitions at The Trout Gallery from Nov. 10 through March 23. The Trout Gallery is located in the Weiss Center for the Arts and its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Dickinson College will present Senior Studio-Art Seminar: Works in Progress Nov. 27 through Dec. 7 at the Goodyear Gallery in the Goodyear Building on campus. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. • Scrap metal artist Edward D. Baltzell’s work will be on display at the Learning Commons on HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road through the fall of 2012.

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Shemekia Copeland the new “Queen of the Blues� will be performing at the Carlisle Theatre this weekend. Also, see a review of Huey Lewis and The News’ concert at the Luhrs Center last week.

Alibis Eatery & Spirits 10 N. Pitt St. Carlisle, 243-4151 www.alibispirits.com Thursday Nov. 1: DJ 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2: Band Night 9 p.m. “Ginger Child� Saturday, Nov. 3: DJ Trey 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 : Team Trivia 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7: Open Mic 8 p.m.

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Appalachian Brewing Company 50 N. Cameron St. Harrisburg, 221-1080 www.abcbrew.com Thursday, Nov. 1 : Yellow Dubmarine with Afro Zep 8 p.m., $7 Cover Friday, Nov. 2: Spirit Family Reunion w/TBA 8 p.m. $7 Cover Monday, Nov. 5: Rusted Root 7 p.m. $20 Cover

Market Cross Pub & Brewery 113 N.Hanover St. Carlisle,258-1234 www.marketcrosspub.com Thursday, Nov. 1: Thirsty Thursday with Mickey/ Paulduo, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3: Aaron Daniel Gaul, 9 p.m.

• Carlisle Arts Learning Center presents “New Worksâ€? featuring paintings by Patricia Walach Keough and Ceramics by Kurt Brantner on exhibit through Nov. 10. • Paxtang Art Association will celebrate 60 years in the arts with an art show and sale Nov. 16-18. The show will featurebe held at the Paxtang Firehouse. Admission to the show is free, and a “Meet the Artistsâ€? reception will be held Nov. 16 from 6-10 p.m. For more information visit www.paxtangart.com.

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Theater • Oyster Mill Playhouse presents its final show for the 2012 season, the comedy “My Three Angels.â€? The show opens Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 18. Tickets are $16 on opening night and $14 for all other shows.

p.m. on Nov. 4 and 5. Actors should be between 30 and 50 years old and be able to express good comedic timing and a British accent. The final cast will consist of two women and five men. For more information, visit www.oystermill.com.

• Center Stage Opera presents a staged production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at three area locations: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, Covenant Moravian Church, 901 Cape Horn Road, York; 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Trinity United Church of Christ, 116 York St., Hanover; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 S. 22nd St., Camp Hill. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students at all venues, and $30 for groups of 15 and more. For more information visitcsopera.org or call 774-4352.

• Hershey Theatre will present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical Nov. 4 through 11. Visit HersheyTheatre. com or call 534-3405 for more information.

• Oyster Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for the farce “Funny Moneyâ€? at 7

• Messiah College’s theatre department presents “The Phantom,â€? which will run Nov. 8 through 18. Tickets cost $11, or $7 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 691-6036 or visit www.messiah.edu/tickets. • Chambersburg Community Theatre presents the psychological thriller “Bad Seed,â€? running Nov. 9 through 18. Tickets

are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children 5 and younger. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.cctonling.org or call 263-0202. • The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company will present “A Candlelight Nutcrackerâ€? at 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 11 at the Wood Center of the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. The event will feature a suite of dances from the Nutcracker, as well as light refreshments and for young guests, a photograph with the Ballet’s star dancer. Tickets are $10; to purchase, call 264-0308. • Dickinson College will present “Five Under Forty: Dance Works by Five Emerging Female Choreographers,â€? at the Mathers Theatre, Holland Union Building. Performance dates are: 8 p.m. Nov. 16; 8 p.m. Nov. 17; and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $7 or $5 with student ID.


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D4 — The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa. Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Country legend Tom T. Hall honored as BMI Icon By CHRIS TALBOTT Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom T. Hall is a bit of a loner, so he found the red carpet at the BMI Country Awards a little overwhelming Tuesday night. Truth is the newest BMI Icon is a homebody. “I’m missing the second episode of a twopart ‘Gunsmoke’ tonight,” Hall joked. “That was bad. But I was very proud of the fact I could get back in my tux. I don’t think I’ve had it on in 12 years.” The performing rights organization honored the 76-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member with a wideranging tribute that was hard to categorize. Toby Keith represented mainstream country with “Faster Horses (The Cowboy & The Poet).” But folk rockers The Avett Brothers were there, too, playing “That’s How I Got to Memphis.” Bluegrass stars Dailey & Vincent sang “Can You Hear Me Now” and rising Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle sang “Homecoming ” for Hall, showing how far-reaching his music has become. “I think a song is just a song,” Hall said. “They can do it with all kinds of different bands. It’s just a lyric and a melody. I was talking to Kris Kristofferson one time. They asked him what was country, and he said, ‘If it sounds country, it’s country.’ So that’s my philosophy.”

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent said they were on hand to pay back Hall for his support of bluegrass. “I just really love his heart,” Vincent said. “The bluegrass industry doesn’t really have big budgets ... and he’s been so gracious to the bluegrass industry. He’s got a studio in his home and he has helped so many bluegrassers get started. He just gives them a shove to get started and it’s just so kind.” Songwriter Luke Laird said Hall’s style of songwriting is immediately identifiable. “His songs, they call him ‘The Storyteller,’ and they really do just suck you in,” Laird said. “It’s like a 3-minute movie. He really has mastered the art of that.” Laird doesn’t have a nickname yet, but he’s also come up with a winning songwriting formula. The Nashville resident was named songwriter of the year, tying for the honor with 2011 winner Dallas Davidson. He also won song of the year for Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” written with Rhett Akins. He said it felt strange walking the red carpet and giving interviews. “It’s not what I’m good at,” Laird said. “The stars are good at that. But it’s really cool that they would honor songwriters. There’s such a high regard for songwriters in Nashville and just to get to be part of that community, I feel really fortunate.”

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Tom T. Hall, right, accepts the Icon Award from Del Bryant at the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards on Tuesday Oct. 30, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Toby Keith throws back a few more one in “Get Got.” ‘’Don’t mix your whiskey with decision/Ask forgiveness not permission,” Keith sings later in the same song. As for the music, Keith is smart enough not to mess with a winning formula. There are weeping steel guitars, omnipresent drums and an occasional fiddle. It all makes for sing-along stuff that’s sure to keep his fans happy and provide more than a few toast-worthy moments in concert. He certainly shouldn’t have any problem finding a tour sponsor. CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: “The Size I Wear” with the unforgettable rhyme: “She was five foot two ‘bout ninety-five pounds/She was round in the places she’s supposed to be round.” — Associated Press

Review: Macy Gray tackles Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

Toby Keith’s new album “Hope on the Rocks.”

Carlisle Christmas Craft Show SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012 8 A.M. – 2 P.M.

CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL FREE ADMISSION Over 170 crafters and vendors with a raffle of donated artisan crafts. The CHS Culinary Program will provide wonderful food items to purchase. For additional information: wagnerk@carlisleschools.org or 717-240-6800. Ext. 26132

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A mere seven months after the release of her “Covered” album, which included songs by Radiohead, My Chemical Romance and others, Macy Gray has taken on what some may consider an unthinkable task: revisiting one of Stevie Wonder’s most iconic records, 1972’s “Talking Book.” It’s a gutsy decision, and one that may raise a few eyebrows (as it should). But Gray mostly delivers the collection with a twist, making over hits such as “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” in her own quirky fashion. One of the most noticeable tracks is “You and I (We Can Conquer the World),” which highlights Gray’s sweeter side, thanks to the song’s harmonies. “You Got It Bad Girl” suits Gray’s distinctive bass tone, but doesn’t show off her vocal flexibility as much as “Big Brother.” The arrangement on “Blame it on the Sun” is different from the original. Wonder’s silky vocal tone is now Gray’s raspy soulfulness, but nevertheless it maintains its nostalgia. However, the gaps in between suggest no one does Stevie better than the man himself, though Gray delivers a fresh alternative. Whether it’s been writer’s block or a simple timeout from songwriting, perhaps after two cover albums Gray will return with her own material. CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: “Tuesday Heartbreak” is a jam blending Gray’s wild vocals over smooth sounding horns with an infectious backbeat. — Associated Press

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Toby Keith wants you to know he’s not just a beer man. Whiskey will do in a pinch. Perhaps expected from the album title, only two of the 10 new songs don’t reference some sort of drinking. Most feature his favorite malt beverage in their titles or lyrics (“I Like Girls That Drink Beer,” ‘’Cold Beer Country,” ‘’Haven’t Had A Drink All Day” and a bonus remix of 2011’s “Beers Ago”), but whiskey gets its share of shout outs. “Daddy makes the whiskey and mama say the prayers,” Keith sings in “Scat Cat,” a song about a family of moonshiners. The songs are full of practical drinking advice as well. “Always drink upstream from your cattle,” says an old man to a younger

D5 — The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa. Thursday, November 1, 2012

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‘Queen of the Blues’ comes to Carlisle Theatre By Stacy Brown The Sentinel sbrown@cumberlink.com

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Shemekia Copeland will perform on Nov. 3 at the Carlisle Theatre. embarrassment outweighed her desire to sing. But when she was fifteen and her father’s health began to fail, her outlook changed. “It was like a switch went off in my head, and I wanted to sing,” she said. “It became a want and a need. I had to do it.” Copeland has performed

with the Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival where last year she was presented with the crown, “Queen of the Blues,” a title once bestowed on the great Koko Taylor. “That was totally awesome,” Copeland said of the honor which she received in 2011. “I didn’t

expect that and I am a huge fan of Koko Taylor. I’ve been blessed.” Copeland has also performed in Iraq and Kuwait for American soldiers stationed there. She recently shared the stage with Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton and performed at the White House for President

Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama. “Singing for the president and Mrs. Obama was amazing,” Copeland said. Fans at the Carlisle show should expect to hear a lot of material from Copeland’s “33 1/2” CD, including, “Lemon Pie,” “Mississippi Mud,” “Ain’t That Good News,” and the

Bob Dylan cover, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.” “I have always said that I got a calling when I was 16,” Copeland said. “Every day doing what you love to do is a blessing and I feel blessed.” Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 show are $25, $30, and $35. For tickets, visit www.carlisletheatre.org.

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Shemekia Copeland is ready to have some fun in Carlisle. The freshly crowned Queen of the Blues brings her show and new CD, “33 1/2,” to the Carlisle Theatre Nov. 3 and the New York City native and current Chicago resident want the locals to come along for the ride. “A woman told me that my show is like a rollercoaster, filled with ups and downs and that she loved that,” Copeland said. “Musically, if you want to get up and dance that’s what you’ll do. The show also makes you think. And then, you get back up and dance,” she said. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heartpounding urgency, according to her biography. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more. Born in Harlem, New York, in 1979, Copeland actually came to her singing career slowly. Her father, the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, recognized his daughter’s talent early on. He always encouraged her to sing at home, and even brought her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight, she said. At the time, Shemekia’s

“A woman told me that my show is like a rollercoaster, filled with ups and downs and that she loved tha. Musically, if you want to get up and dance that’s what you’ll do. The show also makes you think. And then, you get back up and dance.”

D7 — The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa. Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Alex Cross’ is a bust By DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press

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This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Edward Burns, left, and Tyler Perry in a scene from “Alex Cross.” babbler than a guy whose incisive mind cuts right to the heart of the case. In this scenario, Cross is early on in his career, a star on the Detroit police department along with partner and best pal Thomas Kane (Edward Burns). They’re tracking a killer code-named Picasso (Matthew Fox) who’s working his way up the food chain with murders and attempted murders of execs at an international conglomerate, with the big boss, Giles Mercier (Jean Reno), clearly the ultimate target. It’s unclear just how the showy crimes against underlings are going to get Picasso closer to his goal,

rather than simply alerting authorities to put extra security on Mercier. But such is the hazy thinking of the twisted mind, and such is the hazier thinking of Hollywood hacks who don’t care about making sense. It made enough sense to Patterson, though, a producer on the movie. Director Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) and screenwriters Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson weave in as bland a home-life as imaginable for Cross, with his perfect wife (Carmen Ejogo), their perfect kids and his perfect live-in mom (Cicely Tyson). The filmmakers offer a miserly personal

life for Kane, who’s feeling his way through a new romance with a fellow detective (Monica Ashe). As the irascible police chief, John C. McGinley looks permanently constipated and wishing he could be anywhere but here. Unlike Freeman’s Rrated Alex Cross movies, the grisly crimes are only talking points, the images sanitized to a Perry-friendly PG-13 level. Cohen’s strong suit usually is action, but fights, chases and gunplay are mostly a jumble of quick cuts. An opening scene in which Cross literally dodges a bullet a second or more after it’s fired

kind of sums up the action trajectory, which eventually devolves from bad police procedural into a bad “Dirty Harry” copycat. Fox plays Picasso like a drop-out from the Heath Ledger’s Joker school of cackling villainy, repeatedly calling Cross on the phone to toss around dreary taunts. Cross’ profile technique amounts to “I don’t have any concrete information about this perp so I’m going to spout vague generalities while furrowing my brow.” He blathers on about Picasso as a rogue sociopath, a narcissist out to make someone suffer, maybe his mom or

his dad or himself or the whole world. “Who the hell knows?” Cross says. Tyler Perry’s Alex Cross certainly doesn’t. Neither does Tyler Perry. “Alex Cross,” a Summit Entertainment release, is rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity. Running time: 102 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Motion Picture Association of America rating definition for PG-13: Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

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James Patterson titled his 12th Alex Cross crime novel simply “Cross.” The filmmakers who adapted it expanded the title to “Alex Cross.” They might as well have gone for broke and called it “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Stab at Expanding HerHis Hollywood Marketability as James Patterson’s Alex Cross.” Perry’s name will draw his fans in. Patterson’s name will draw his fans in. There’s no trace of Madea in director Rob Cohen’s adaptation, yet the spirit of the sassy grandma inevitably hangs over the project for viewers curious to see Perry playing it straight and dramatic. Alex Cross the man and “Alex Cross” the movie wind up suffering for it. It’s perfectly reasonable for Perry to try to broaden his enormous popularity beyond the Madea lineage in his own raucous portraits of family life. It’s also perfectly reasonable to say that casting Perry as Cross was a bad idea, though it’s not necessarily the worst in a movie built on bad ideas. Perry has little allure as supposedly brilliant criminal profiler Cross. He looks the part of Patterson’s big, athletic hero. And no one expects a Morgan Freeman, who played Cross in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider.” But Perry is low-key bordering on sleepwalker dull, and the standard-issue cop-vs.-serial-killer story presents Cross as more of a dopey psycho-

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‘Wreck-It’ casts a wide and beguiling net By JUSTIN LOWE The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES — Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to “Wreck-It Ralph,” recruiting a top-notch cast and a diverse array of animation, visual effects and lighting artists to contribute to the distinct and varied vid-game styles. With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net. Emulating a lo-res ‘80s video game, “Wreck-It Ralph” envisions the titular character as the short-tempered, sledgehammer-fisted, 600-pound bad guy competing against goody-good nemesis Felix in a game located in Mr. Litwak’s (Ed O’Neill) video arcade that’s known as “Fix-It Felix Jr.” As Ralph (John C. Reilly) tells some fellow evildoers at his first “Bad-Anon” meeting, he’s a reluctant villain, tired of always being the culprit who tears down the apartment building inhabited by the Nicelanders who worship Felix (Jack McBrayer) for his superior repair skills. After 30 years of taking the blame, Ralph’s ready for a change - he thinks maybe if he can earn a medal, the Nicelanders might give him some respect and invite them to one of their frequent cocktail parties. Traveling through the arcade’s power cords and surge protectors, Ralph journeys to Game Central Station, the gateway to every game in the store. Hearing that first-person shooter challenge “Hero’s Duty” awards a medal for bravery, Ralph suits up to join no-nonsense Sergeant Calhoun’s (Jane Lynch) platoon to battle the Cy-Bugs, a nasty computer virus in the form of cyber spiders. Escaping hi-def “Hero’s Duty” with the coveted service medal, Ralph crash-lands one

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This film image released by Disney shows Ralph, left, voiced by John C. Reilly in a scene from “Wreck-It Ralph.” of Calhoun’s spaceships into “Sugar Rush,” a Candy Landstyled race-car game, after he’s attacked onboard by a massive Cy-Bug. He quickly loses his citation to pint-sized Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a little girl determined to compete in one of “Sugar Rush’s” prestigious races. Her bratty attitude and refusal to return the medal, which she can use to stake her spot in an upcoming competition, enrage Ralph, but he’s powerless to force the girl to do his bidding. Following an unpleasant encounter with “Sugar Rush” dictator King Candy (Alan Tudyk), Ralph allies himself with Vanellope in a plan to recover his medal and help the kid win a spot in the race. But first they’ll have to in break into the King’s specialized factory and build a competitive race car - and it might be a good idea for Vanellope to actually learn to drive it. Meanwhile, Felix has abandoned the “Wreck-It Ralph” game and the Nicelanders, joining up with Calhoun on a quest to retrieve his friend

and protect “Sugar Rush” from the Cy-Bugs before the game gets flatlined. Although the script is an original by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, with its tortured toy characters facing obsolescence and searching for freedom and meaning, it bears a distinct Pixar DNA signature. Johnston and Lee don’t stray too far from the Disney template, however, and although the characters are digital, their emotions are very recognizably human. Since Ralph and Vanellope are both outcasts, their struggles for acceptance are comfortably similar and familiar. Making his feature film debut, Emmy-award winning director Rich Moore (“The Simpsons”) ably manipulates the action by tantalizingly shifting the characters between game worlds. Effortlessly orchestrating a dizzying variety of visual elements, Moore consistently manages to keep the focus on Ralph and his comrade’s multiplying perils. Visually, Pixar’s influence is also evident in the

level of detail lavished on the wide range of quirky characters and nearly every setting and background scene. Fortunately the more sugar-coated sentiments are mostly dialed back in favor of genuine character development and rousing, digitally realistic 3D action. The audience’s POV is occasionally represented by a girl who frequents the “real world” of Mr. Litwak’s video arcade, where she interacts with all of the games depicted in the film. Game-play visual elements are used to enhance the impression of actually playing the arcade consoles, which can sometimes get distractingly disorienting as the narrative slips in and out of the video arcade setting. An enthusiastic cast lends voice to the characters, led by Reilly, capably evincing the role of Wreck-It Ralph. His sad-sack sentiments, however, are frequently overshadowed by the hyperactive and super-snarky Vanellope. Silverman fully inhabits the character, marvelously calibrating her voice’s volume, insinuat-

ing tone and emotional impact to match the character’s antic facial expressions and unpredictable behavior. Tudyk is ridiculously over the top as the punning Mad-Hatter meets Wizard of Oz-like King Candy, while McBrayer and Lynch add surprising dimensionality to the increasingly smitten pair of Felix and Calhoun. Editor Tim Mertens modulates the sometimes frenetic pace with brief interludes of introspection and camaraderie that help fill in the characters. Henry Jackman’s lively score is supplemented by musical selections from R&B star Rihanna, electronica artist Skrillex and classic Kool & the Gang, among others. “Wreck-It Ralph,” a Disney release, is rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/ violence. Running time: 93 minutes. Motion Picture Association of America rating definition for PG: Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.


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Flagship Cinemas Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg Argo (R) Thu.-Thu. 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 10 Cloud Atlas (R) Thu.-Thu. 12, 3:30, 7 Fun Size (PG-13) Thu.-Thu. 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 Hotel Transylvania 2D (PG) Thu. 12:20, 7:20, Fri.-Thu. 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu. 2:40, 5, 9:30 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Thu.-Thu. 1, 3:20, 5:50, 8, 10:05 Silent Hill: Revelation 2D (R) Thu. 2:30 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (R) Thu. 12:10, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40, Fri.-Thu. 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sinister (R) Thu. 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50, Fri.Thu. 2:40, 9:40 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu. 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50, Fri.Thu. 12:20, 5, 7:20 Wreck-It-Ralph 2D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 Wreck-It-Ralph 3D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 9:50

Great Escape Alex Cross (PG-13) Thu. 12:10, 2:35, 3:45, 5, 6:40, 7:25, 9:05, 9:50, Fri.-Thu. 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Argo (R) Thu. 12:35, 3:55, 6:50, 9:30, Fri.-Thu. 12:35, 3:55, 6:45, 9:30 Chasing Mavericks (PG) Thu. 12:50, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55, Fri.-Thu. 12:45, 3:40

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Cloud Atlas (R) Thu. 12:40, 4:20, 8, Fri.-Thu. 12:45, 4:20, 8 Flight (R) Fri.-Thu. 1, 4, 6:30, 7, 9:30, 10 Frankenweenie 2D (PG) Thu. 1 Fun Size (PG-13) Thu. 12:25, 2:45, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu. 1:05, 4:15, 6:45, 9:20, Fri.-Thu. 1:10 Hotel Transylvania 2D (PG) Thu.-Thu. 12:05, 2:15, 4:25, 7:15, 9:25 Man with the Iron Fists (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:20, 2:40, 5, 6:40, 7:40, 9, 10:10 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Thu. 11:50 a.m., 12:30, 2:10, 2:50, 4:30, 5:10, 7:05, 7:45, 9:10, 10:05, Fri.-Thu. 11:55 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:15 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu. 12:20, 3:50 Silent Hill: Revelation 2D (R) Thu. 7, 9:15, Fri.-Thu. 12 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (R) Thu. 12, 2:30, 4:45, 7:30, 9:45, Fri.-Thu. 2:30, 4:45, 7:30, 9:45 Sinister (R) Thu. 1:10, 4:40, 7:35, 10:10, Fri.-Thu. 4:40, 7:35, 10:05 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu. 12:15, 2:25, 4:50, 7:50, 10, Fri.-Thu. 12:15, 2:25, 4:55, 7:50, 10 Wreck-It-Ralph 2D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:20 Wreck-It-Ralph 3D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55

Hotel Transylvania 2D (PG) Thu. 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, Fri.-Sat. 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:35, Sun.-Thu. 2, 4:40, 7:20 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Thu. 2:40, 5:10, 7:50 Silent Hill: Revelation 2D (R) Thu. 12:30, 5:20, Fri.-Thu. 2:40 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (R) Thu. 2:50, 8:10, Fri.-Sat. 5:10, 7:50, 10:30, Sun.-Thu. 5:10, 7:50 Sinister (R) Thu. 7:30 Wreck-It-Ralph 2D (PG) Fri.-Sat. 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40, Sun.-Thu. 1:40, 4:20, 7 Wreck-It-Ralph 3D (PG) Fri.-Sat. 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20, Sun.-Thu. 2:20, 5, 7:40

Regal Carlisle Commons Noble Boulevard Alex Cross (PG-13) Thu. 2:30, 5 Argo (R) Thu. 12:50, 4:10, 7:10, Fri.-Sat. 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10, Sun.-Thu. 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 Chasing Mavericks (PG) Thu. 1, 4:40, 7:40, Fri.-Sat. 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30, Sun.-Thu. 1:30, 4:10, 6:50 Cloud Atlas (R) Thu. 12:40, 4:20, 8, Fri.-Sat. 2:30, 6:30, 10:10, Sun.-Thu. 2:30, 6:30 Fun Size (PG-13) Thu. 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, Fri.-Sat. 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50, Sun.-Thu. 2:10, 4:50, 7:30

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Regal Harrisburg Alex Cross (PG-13) Thu. 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55, Fri.-Thu. 2:30, 7:40 Argo (R) Thu. 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10, Fri.-Thu. 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:55 Chasing Mavericks (PG) Thu. 2:10, 5, 7:40, 10:20, Fri.-Thu. 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Cloud Atlas (R) Thu.-Thu. 1, 4:35, 8:15 Flight (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:55, 4, 7:20, 10:25 Fun Size (PG-13) Thu. 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 10:05, Fri.-Thu. 1:50, 4:10, 6:40, 9 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu. 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40, Fri.-Thu. 5, 10:15 Hotel Transylvania 2D (PG) Thu. 1:40, 4, 6:30, 9, Fri.-Thu. 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 The Man with the Iron Fists (R) Fri.-Thu. 2:55, 5:30, 8:10, 10:30 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore

(NR) Wed. (Nov. 7) 6:30 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Thu. 1:05, 2:20, 3:20, 4:45, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:20, 10:30, Fri.-Thu. 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu. 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Seven Psychopaths (R) Thu. 4:05, 9:50 Silent Hill: Revelation 2D (R) Thu. 3:10, 7:50, Fri.-Thu. 2:50 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (R) Thu. 12:50, 5:30, 10:10, Fri.-Thu. 5:20, 8, 10:20 Sinister (R) Thu. 2, 4:55, 7:45, 10:25, Fri.-Thu. 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35 Student of the Year (NR) Thu. 12:55, 6:40 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu. 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45, Fri.-Thu. 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Wreck-It-Ralph 2D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 1:10, 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Wreck-It-Ralph 3D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

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Fri.-Thu. 7:30, 10:05 Taken 2 (PG-13) Thu. 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30, Fri.-Thu. 11:20 a.m., 7:20, 9:35 Wreck-It-Ralph 2D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Wreck-It-Ralph 3D (PG) Fri.-Thu. 11 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9

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Alex Cross (PG-13) Thu. 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:30 Argo (R) Thu. 11:25 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45, Fri.Thu. 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Ballet in Cinema: Swan Lake from the Royal Ballet (NR) Sun. 12:30, Tue. 7 Chasing Mavericks (PG) Thu. 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:35, Fri.-Thu. 1:40, 4:10 Cloud Atlas (R) Thu. 11:25 a.m., 2:50, 6:20, 9:45, Fri.-Thu. 11:20 a.m., 2:50, 6:20, 9:45 Dead Souls (NR) Fri.-Sat. 10, Mon. 7:30 Flight (R) Fri.-Thu. 11:15 a.m., 2:30, 6:30, 9:30 Fun Size (PG-13) Thu. 12:20, 2:35, 4:45, 7:15, 9:25, Fri.-Thu. 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:55 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Thu. 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9, Fri.-Thu. 11:50 a.m., 2:05, 4:30, 6:45 Hotel Transylvania 2D (PG) Thu. 1:50, 4, 6:15, Fri.-Thu. 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4, 6:15, 8:20 Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) Thu. 11:40 a.m. Jesus Christ Superstar UK Spectacular (NR) Thu. 7:30 The Man with the Iron Fists (R) Fri.-Thu. 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:15, 7:15, 9:55 The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore Encore (NR) Wed. (Nov. 7) 6:30 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Thu. 11:35 a.m., 1:35, 3:35, 5:40, 7:50, 10:05, Fri.-Thu. 11:25 a.m., 1:35, 3:35, 5:40, 7:50, 10 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Thu. 11:50 a.m., 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Dr. Faustus (NR) Thu. (Nov. 8) 7 Silent Hill: Revelation 2D (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (R) Thu. 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Sinister (R) Thu. 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05,

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‘Liar’s Autobiography’ honors Python’s ‘dead one’ BY DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press

TORONTO — Some call Graham Chapman the forgotten Python. Some call him the enigmatic one. John Cleese calls him the dead one. Don’t expect the animated film “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” to sort out his place in the British comedy troupe. Based on Chapman’s book, an “autobiography” curiously co-authored with five other writers, the film doesn’t reveal much that Python fans don’t already know about the facts of his life. But fans will come away with a better sense of the strange inner workings of Chapman, who died of throat cancer in 1989 but is reunited with Cleese and most of his Python mates in the voice cast of “A Liar’s Autobiography,” which has a limited U.S. theatrical run starting Friday and has its television premiere the same day on Epix. Ex-Python member Terry Jones thinks Chapman would have loved the cryptic mishmash of observations, self-analysis, bizarre asides, flights of fancy and revisionist personal history that make up the film. “What an odd person he was,” Jones fondly recollected at September’s Toronto International Film Festival in an interview alongside son Bill Jones, who codirected “A Liar’s Autobiography” with Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson. Fourteen companies crafted the visuals in 17 different animation styles, presented in 3-D and leaping from such vignettes as a procrastinator’s writing holiday with Cleese in Spain and a recreation of a skit with Chapman as Oscar Wilde, to a sedate moment drinking spiked tea with the Queen Mother and a rousing

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Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones, featured in the 3-D animated film “A Liar’s Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman,” poses for a portrait at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, in Toronto. production of the Python tune “Sit on My Face.” Chapman studied at Cambridge, where he became a doctor and met Cleese, who became his writing partner and closest colleague among the Python troupe, which included fellow Brits Jones, Michael Palin and Eric Idle, and American animator Terry Gilliam. Joining the Cambridge Footlights performing group, Chapman gradually veered away from medicine, joining Cleese as a writer on David Frost’s BBC show “The Frost Report” and eventually co-starring in the groundbreaking sketch comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which premiered in 1969. The other Pythons had signature bits and skits — Cleese with his Ministry of Silly Walks, Palin with his lumberjack song, Jones with his menu of endless Spam variations, Idle with his nudgenudge, wink-wink routine — and Gilliam distinguished himself with his surreal animation. Chapman reveled in shrill

cross-dressing characters but often tended toward self-serious straightmen roles, much as he did with the leads in the troupe’s biggest film comedies, as King Arthur in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and the title role in “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” Terry Jones recalls the first time he saw Chapman perform in London, an odd duck playing alongside Cleese and fellow British comedian Bill Oddie. “I couldn’t take my eyes off Graham, because he looked like he’d just walked on off the street, and what was he doing on stage?” Jones said. “John Cleese and Bill Oddie were being funny on stage. Graham was not being funny. He was being serious, and that’s why I think he worked so well as King Arthur and Brian. Because John wanted to do Brian, wanted to play Brian, and we persuaded him out of it. Because Graham was, he’s just the rock around which everybody else is doing funny performances.”

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