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Music is the lifeblood of many people’s lives. It speaks to us, and it can speak for us when words fail. It can change our mood in an instant. Music can take us to the outer limits to record our greatest triumph and just as quickly hasten our descent to the deepest despair, wallowing in memories we would sooner abandon. Many of us have consciously or unconsciously recorded memories to musical rhythms that are instantly relived upon hearing a melody. When I was in my 20s, I had a friend who gave me a sentimental card with the lyrics to Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” Every time I hear that song, I think of my friend, and I’m right back there, singing along. At the same time, I’m saddened, as our paths took us in different directions. Couples often claim a song as “theirs” — selected as their wedding theme or a remembrance of the first time they met. I know of one couple whose first dance together was to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and they knew they were in love. The bride said the lyrics, “fools rush in,” spoke to her even though they felt this was the real deal.

That song, for them, will invoke either wonderful or bittersweet memories of their young love as their relationship blossoms or wilts.

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music. A co-worker and friend told me she likes to exercise to metal since she fell off the treadmill while bopping along to hip-hop. Right now, for me, Queen’s “Somebody to Love” has taken on new meaning. It is basic human instinct to want to find someone to love and share our life with, and music is the perfect medium to transcribe this feeling for us because it appeals to our senses and the romantic side of our nature. Some songs and artists seem to transcend generations and become classics, just as we have literary classics. Perhaps the song addresses some universal truth, we admire the descriptive writing that invokes vivid imagery or we just enjoy the pleasing lyrical or evocative sounds. Maybe we relate to the artist behind the song or to a character in it. Whatever the reason, I thank heaven for the creative spirits around us — writers, musicians and singers — who are compelled to free the music inside them and are brave enough to share it. Continued on page 5

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01 Sophocles once said, "Silence gives the proper grace to women." Really? There are many women in the music industry today who put that attitude to shame.

Danielle Lensen

Clarke College

02 Unfortunately, moviegoers take for granted the musicians behind their beloved films. Many people remain oblivious to the names of these talented musicians.

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Clarke College


elevate your awareness The Influence of Music in Cinema by Ron Borel

Without the influence of music, Rocky Balboa would have looked more like a thick-headed boxer than an inspirational champion. The garbage-collecting robot in Pixar’s computer-animated comedy “Wall-E” wouldn’t have been understood at all. Movies wouldn’t be as fun without music.

We visit our local movie theater for the cinematic experience — character, story, images and sounds. Before the film starts, we stroll through concessions to snatch popcorn and a refreshing beverage. Sticky fingers, gleaming with salt and butter, evoke a tinge of joy when licked clean. Still, the movie is the main attraction. It is the reason we get excited when the lights dim moments before the projector is turned on. After the credits appear, audiences leave, hopefully satisfied and eager to see the next three or four “highly anticipated” sequels. And it’s true; we keep coming back for more. And a large part of the movie experience is the music. Movies would seem like nonsense without music. A score breathes life into cinema. The music seeps into our ears and grabs hold of our emotions, making romance more passionate, crashes more intense and explosions more powerful. It can facilitate the storytelling element of film without the use of dialogue. Music can make even the most mediocre actor seem worthy of an Oscar. John Williams, one of Hollywood’s most successful composers, has been orchestrating original music for the big screen since the 1960s. Williams’ achievements in cinema, which include more than 40 Academy Award nominations and five wins, distinguish him from the rest of his peers. Some of cinema’s biggest smashes — “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Jurassic Park” — bear the legacy of his creative genius. Hans Zimmer, too, has left a mark on the world of film with his innovative music, with contributions to “Gladiator,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Dark Knight.” He has composed music for more than 100 films. Yet, in most cases, individual actors or directors receive most of the credit for successful films — not composers. Without the influence of music, Rocky Balboa would have looked more like a thick-headed boxer than an inspirational champion. The garbage-collecting robot in Pixar’s computer-animated comedy “Wall-E” wouldn’t have been understood at all. Movies wouldn’t be as fun without music. Unfortunately, moviegoers take for granted the musicians behind their beloved films. Many people remain oblivious to the names of these talented musicians. Music is not the only element in film that matters, but it plays a vital role in cinema and should be recognized for its importance.

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Pinkify Your Philosophy in Life Daneille Lensen

Many girls and women today, when told they are not good enough, give up and walk in the wrong direction. Pink shows that women have to stick to their goals, and she isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Pink practically begs the press to quote her to show how strong her backbone is. Some critics don’t care for the rudeness and vulgarity in some of her work. And sure, Pink has her moments. But who cares? This is what makes Pink herself. She isn't going to pretend to be something she isn't, singing songs of glitter rainbows and cupcake-frosted unicorns. Pink is in control and fearless. Take her performance at the 2009 Video Music Awards, where she sang while doing flips and twists on a trapeze suspended at an ungodly height. Her performance shows that there isn't any obstacle that's too big, or force that's too giant to stop a woman. Try to give Pink a set of rules that she's supposed to live by. You'll get a rude awakening as she'll scream, “I don't play by your rules / I make my own / Tonight / I'll do what I want / 'Cuz I can.” Take that for silence, Sophocles.

03 It is apparent that tragic deaths result in greater popularity. The question that remains is why? Blaming the media is too easy. The answer came to me during Billy Joel’s “Only The Good Die Young.” Joel had a point — they all die young.

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Sophocles once said, "Silence gives the proper grace to women." Really? There are many women in the music industry today who put that attitude to shame. Foremost among them: Pink, also known as Alecia Moore. Pink is not afraid of holding back. Try telling her she's a nobody, and she might just slap you with lyrics like: "So, so what / I'm still a rock star / I got my rock moves / And I don't need you tonight.” This female can hold her own. Pink's most recent album, “Funhouse,” shows she is a symbol of strength for women. She has tough skin. She's able to embrace criticism, make fun of herself and admit she can take blame in an unsuccessful relationship.

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On Oct. 27, newscasters around the world filmed millions of fans waiting anxiously for the midnight release of “This Is It.” Some fans waited for up to three days to see this film, while others dressed to impress, imitating the King of Pop with one white glove, sunglasses and the infamous hat. After sifting through multiple articles praising this new smash hit, it struck me that this was Michael Jackson, the same person the media termed Wacko Jacko and criticized for his addiction to plastic surgery. The attacks and jokes continued right up until his death in June, when newscasters suddenly commended his legacy. Does a tragic death make a person more famous? Kurt Cobain, for instance, is considered the king of grunge. But did he really accomplish anything? His band was around only for seven years and had a few hits, yet Cobain is viewed as a legend. Jimi Hendrix is another example. He gained popularity in the United States in 1967, but his career ended in 1970 with his preventable death. Today he is considered the best electric guitarist of all time. What about Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Paul Gilbert? We also see actors and actresses reach heart-wrenching ends. The most recent example is Heath Ledger. Although he was in “Brokeback Mountain,” most of his movies were low-key. After his death, the publicity for his new film, “The Dark Knight,” skyrocketed. If Cobain had not died, he probably would have been just like his widow, Courtney Love. Hendrix would have spiraled downward with his increased drug use. And who could guess what would have happened to Ledger? He likely would have faded out of the spotlight, just as he did after “Brokeback Mountain.” It is apparent that tragic deaths result in greater popularity. The question that remains is why? Blaming the media is too easy. The answer came to me during Billy Joel’s “Only The Good Die Young.” Joel had a point — they all die young. In the 21st century, there have been so many advancements in medicine. We expect people to live longer than 27 or 50 to fulfill their potential. All of these stars died at a relatively young age, and this causes us to think about the what-ifs. A death like Ledger’s cuts two-thirds of the lifespan and talent out. It seems obvious these lives were cut short, so we recognize potential talent we have lost. In doing so, we also turn seemingly normal talents into heroes. It’s too bad that to be truly appreciated these heroes have to “Beat It.”

04 Music is the lifeblood of many people’s lives. It speaks to us, and it can speak for us when words fail. It can change our mood in an instant.

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Rare rye Iowa-born Templeton whiskey hard to find By Tina Hinz | tina.hinz@wcfcourier.com WATERLOO — Templeton Rye was hard to find during the days of Prohibition. Today, the situation seems much the same. Bottles often never make it to retail shelves. "We have a waiting list for it," said Jason Frazee, a clerk at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits in Cedar Falls. "Right now it's three to four weeks." The much sought-after whiskey follows a Prohibition-era recipe developed by moonshining Iowa farmers. Nicknamed the Good Stuff for its extremely smooth finish, Templeton Rye was the drink of choice for 1920s Chicago gangsters like Al Capone. Illegal production of the whiskey continued in small batches in the small town of Templeton, population 350, until distillery president Scott Bush persuaded old-timers to share the well-kept secret. The prize-winning Templeton Rye was launched as a legal brand, with the first bottles brought to market in 2006. The initial batch, produced by a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ind., filled 68 barrels, or approximately 4,000 cases of six bottles each. Inventory sold out in less than four months. "We were a much smaller company back then," Bush said. "We made what we could at that time, but the demand ended up being a lot more robust than we had anticipated." Because each batch must age for four years, no whiskey was available for the next eight months. The company expanded production and moved into Illinois the following year. The Templeton distillery opened in 2005, with a 10,000-square-foot expansion in 2007. Locally grown rye now is being used. Bush said Iowa customers still receive about 80 percent of the Templeton produced. Production was scaled up three years ago, which should alleviate most shortages by late next fall. Until then, Iowa shipments have been rationed based on a schedule that for most of the year supplies 400 to 500 cases a month to the state. About 1,200 cases were allocated for both October and November to accommodate holiday sales, Bush said. Also, Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division says license holders are able to purchase no more than one case of Templeton each week. This prevents a few large retailers from hoarding the supply. "It's sort of like the old days when you kind of had to know the right person who knew the right person and could get it for you," Bush said. "It's like that again in the modern age. Some people become friends with the liquor store manager." Suzanne Johnson, manager of Hartig Drug Store in Independence, already is seeing a more constant flow with about three bottles in stock earlier this week. "There were quite a few weeks where we weren't getting any," she said. "Right now we finally caught up. We have quite a few customers that buy it by the case." Templeton is like Coors beer, which was once only available from its Colorado brewery, Bush said. "We've got a long ways to go yet," he said. "There's still 48 other states and the whole world out there, but we're taking our time and trying to grow at a reasonable and manageable way." Photo by Rick Chase | Courier Staff Photographer PULSE: PULSE:ISSUE ISSUE031 031||2 12


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Monster Truck Tour coming in January DES MOINES – The Monster Jam monster truck tour will make a stop at Wells Fargo Arena in January. The family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on wheels will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. These 12-feet-tall, 10,000-pound machines will bring visitors to their feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – or smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for the family budget, and the colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of young and old.

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MOLINE, Ill. — Mannheim Steamroller will Coast and West Coast tour ensembles of Mannheim perform at the i wireless Center at 7 p.m. Steamroller. The show features the favorite ChristWednesday, Dec. 30. mas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate Mannheim Steamroller is celebrating a quarter- setting. century as America’s favorite Christmas music artist with a 58-city, 25th Christmas Anniversary Tour. For the second year, Grammy Award winner and mastermind behind the group, Chip Ticket prices are $55.50, $45.50 and $35.50. For ticket information, visit iwirelesscenter.com. Davis will direct and co-produce both the East


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Chris Duarte Group HEADS TO THE HUB

CEDAR FALLS — The Chris Duarte Group will hit the stage at the Hub Wednesday, Dec. 16. Showtime is 8 p.m., with special guest Scarlet Runner. Chris Duarte, a Texas native, began his music career at the age of 15. At 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, Texas, to further develop his musical career. Several years later, he met his best friend and co-founder of the Chris Duarte group, John Jordan. Jordan, like Duarte, was born with music in his blood. Together they would travel more than 300 dates per year for more than 15 years. Jordan has since departed the group to pursue a solo career and open his own record company, but the Chris Duarte Group continues to play more than 200 nights a year in every state and abroad. Now based in Atlanta, Duarte is backed by Joel Powell on bass and Chris Burroughs on drums. And Duarte is known to play guitar until his fingers bleed.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. For more information, visit thehublivemusic.com.

Rick Springfield in concert ‘JESSIE’S GIRL’ SINGER TO PLAY AT RIVERSIDE CASINO

RIVERSIDE — Tickets are now on sale for Rick Springfield’s performance at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort’s Event Center, 3184 Iowa Highway 22. Springfield, singer of hits like “Jessie’s Girl,” will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Tickets are $45 to $55. A hotel package also is available. The show is open to guests 21 and older.

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held at Shag’s CEDAR FALLS – For many years, Shag’s has offered teen nights during the summer months and holidays in an effort to offer our young people quality entertainment in a clean and safe place to socialize and meet new people. In November, Shag’s rolled out a brand new Saturday Teen Night for teens ages 14 to 18. The first two weeks were successful, and Shag’s is committed to continue with it as long as it continues to be a success.

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their 20’s and now Saturday nights cater strictly to teens ages 14 through 18.� During teen night, the age restriction and dress code are strictly enforced, said Kyle Dehmlow, vice president of beverage and late night operations for Barmuda. Teen night is an alcohol-free event with free soda all evening. Pizza by the slice also is offered. Admission is $10, and a valid school ID or driver’s license is required for entry. “The kids love the state-of-the-art sound and lights and enjoy having a place to dance and socialize on a regular basis,� Dehmlow said. ........................................................................................

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CEDAR FALLS — Movies Under the Moon will host a special holiday edition of the movie “Elf” at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Oster Regent Theatre, 103 Main St. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Amy Sedaris, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner, this hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole. “Elf” is rated PG. This event is free. For more information, call (319) 273-8641 or (319) 277-0213.

Grinnell College to host Handel's ‘Messiah’ GRINNELL — Grinnell College will host a group sing of selections of George Frideric Handel’s classic “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus. The first annual Handel’s “Messiah” Sing is open to the public and will feature several selections from the work, including the well-known “Hallelujah!” chorus. No previous experience is necessary, but an optional rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m. The event will feature a group of soloists from the college, including Michael Oxley, tenor, an applied music associate; Graciela Guzman, soprano, a third-year student from Canoga Park, Calif.; and Heather Riggs, alto, a second-year student from Portland, Ore. Norm Grimm, president-elect of the Iowa Choral Directors Association and choral director at Newton Senior High School, will direct the performance. Grinnell College organist Linda Bryant will play the college’s recently restored Aeolian-Skinner organ and Randy Brush will accompany on timpani.

PULSE ONLINE: Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus and is wheelchair accessible.

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The Salsa Band 6:00 p.m. Show

tri-states Gareth Woods 7:30 p.m. Show

Irish Cottage, Galena The Nun Before Christmas 8:00 p.m. Show

Bell Tower Theatre Dubuque Massey Road 8:30 p.m. Show

Ace’s Place Epworth, IA

Bryan Popp & Cory Jenny 9:00 p.m. Show

Bricktown Dubuque

The Stumble Brothers 9:00 p.m. Show

Dirty Ernies, Dubuque 98 in the Shade 9:30 p.m. Show

Murph’s South End Tap Dubuque Becky McMahon 9:00 p.m. Show

Jumpers Dubuque

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The Hub, Cedar Falls Damon Dotson (full band) 9:00 p.m. Show

The Hub, Cedar Falls Jascat 9:00 p.m. Show

Screaming Eagle, Waterloo Urban Legend 9:00 p.m. Show

Jameson’s, Waterloo Mike Merryfield with Steve Hartman 8:30 p.m. Show

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Kris Delmhorst & Jeffery Foucalt 9:00 p.m. Show

The Mill, Iowa City Emmitt-Nershi Band 9:00 p.m. Show

The Picador, Iowa City A New Revolution Silence is Broken Heartset Self Destruct 9:00 p.m. Show

1st Ave Live, Cedar Rapids

Live DJ’s 9:00 p.m. Show

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The Nutcracker 7:30 p.m. Show

Dubuque Grand Opera House The Nun Before Christmas 8:00 p.m. Show

Bell Tower Theatre, Dubuque Becky McMahon 9:00 p.m. Show

Dog House Lounge, Dubuque Rocket Surgeons 9:00 p.m. Show

Bulldogs Sports Bar, Dubuque Hard Salami 9:00 p.m. Show

Denny’s Lux Club, Dubuque The Stumble Brothers 9:00 p.m. Show

Knicker’s Saloon, Dubuque

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Never the Less 9:00 p.m. Show

Screaming Eagle Waterloo Fatcat Band 9:00 p.m. Show

Jameson’s, Waterloo Soul Fusion 10:00 p.m. Show

Voodoo Lounge Cedar Falls Mike Merryfield with Steve Hartman 8:30 p.m. Show

Joker’s Comedy Club Cedar Falls

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Kol Shira 5:30 p.m. Show / All Ages

The Mill, Iowa City

Josh Misener Band 9:00 p.m. Show

Volume, Cedar Rapids Live DJ’s 9:00 p.m. Show

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Lotus 9:00 p.m. Show

Jameson’s, Waterloo the Beaker Brothers 6:00 p.m. Show

the hub, cedar Falls Brad Myers 9:30 p.m. Show

the hub, cedar Falls déJà vu 9:00 p.m. Show

Massey road 8pm

dubuque driving range Live dJ 8:30pm

Gin rickey’s, dubuque okhaM’s razor 8:30pm

cornerstone Bar Galena, iL Marty koppes 9:00 p.m. Show

Budde’s, keywest the Mississippi BaNd 9:30pm

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Bell tower theater, dubuque Buzz Berries 9:00 p.m. Show

Jumpers sports Bar & Grill dubuque suNshiNe 9:00 p.m. Show

Bulldogs, dubuque BackLash 9:00 p.m. Show

courtside, dubuque BadFish 9:00 p.m. Show

Budde’s, keywest JohNNy trash 9:00 p.m. Show

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Bulldogs, dubuque JaBBerBox 9:00 p.m. Show

dubuque, iowa BettyaNd the headLiGhts 9:00 p.m. Show

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ENTERTAINMENT R E L E A S E S

Avatar, Fox Searchlight

‘Avatar’ December 18.09 Damon Ross Movieweb

STARRING: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald. WRITER AND DIRECTOR: James Cameron

Official Site: avatarmovie.com

"Avatar," a live action film with a new generation of special effects, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of "Titanic," first conceived the film years ago, PULSE: ISSUE 031 | 24

when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist. Now, after four years of actual production work, "Avatar" delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story. The story's hero is Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Bitter and disillusioned, he's still a warrior at heart. All Jake ever wanted was something worth fighting for, and he finds it in the place he least expected: on a distant world. Jake has been recruited to join an expedition to the moon Pandora, which corporate interests are strip-mining for a mineral worth $20 billion per kilogram on Earth. To facilitate their work, the humans use a link system that projects a person's consciousness into a hybrid of humans and

Pandora's indigenous humanoids, the Na'vi. This human-Na'vi hybrid – a fully living, breathing body that resembles the Na'vi but possesses the individual human's thoughts, feelings and personality – is known as an avatar. In his new avatar form, Jake can once again walk. His mission is to interact with and infiltrate the Na'vi with the hope of enlisting their help – or at least their acquiescence – in mining the ore. A beautiful Na'vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake's life, albeit reluctantly, because even in his avatar body, Jake represents to her the human encroachment on the Na'vi's unspoiled world. As Jake's relationship with Neytiri deepens, along with his respect for the Na'vi, he faces the ultimate test as he leads an epic conflict that will decide nothing less than the fate of an entire world.


25 new releases

ENTERTAINMENT

SEASON-TO-DATE BOX OFFICE NUMBERS The Blind Side

limited releases

DEC.11 1-25.09

Sandra Bullock stars as a well-to-do suburban mom who forms an unlikely friendship with a struggling teen from a broken home. At the same time, his presence in their lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

DEC.11 1-25.09

DEC. 11

Broken Embraces Release date: Dec. 11

Penelope Cruz stars in a four-way tale of dangerous love, shot in the style of a hard-boiled 1950s American film noir.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

The Princess and the Frog

Starring Hugh Grant & Sarah Jessica Parker

Disney Animation

Release date: Dec. 11

Release date: Dec. 11

Romantic-comedy regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker finally unite in this fish-out-of-water laugher. The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger. But it turns out all they may need is a change of scenery: the Morgans witness a murder and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide from the killers.

Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

sneak peak

Invictus Release date: Dec. 11

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in the true story of how South Africa's underdog rugby team united a nation.

The Lovely Bones Release date: Dec. 11

Peter Jackson directs the tale of Susie Salmon, a murdered girl who watches over her family — and her killer — from heaven.

A Single Man

Cumulative Gross to Date

Wks in Release

1

The Blind Side

$129,264,000

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

$255,639,424 3

Brothers

$9,700,000

Disney's A Christmas Carol

$115,006,000 5

3

1

Old Dogs

$33,934,000

2

Armored

$6,600,000

1

2012

$148,787,000 4

Ninja Assassin

$29,790,000

2

Planet 51

$33,966,000

3

Everybody’s Fine

$4,027,000

4

Release date: Dec. 11

After the sudden death of his partner, a man is determined to persist in his usual routine over the span of a single, ordinary day.

DEC.25..09

Crazy Heart

DEC. 16

Release date: Dec. 16

A fading country music singer gets his life on track with the help of a reporter who discovers the real man behind the musician.

Nine

DEC. 18

Release date: Dec. 18

A film director reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportions while balancing the numerous women in his life.

SHERLOCK Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes

OPENS CHRISTMAS DAY

STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan DIRECTED BY: Guy Ritchie GENRES: Action/adventure, thriller, adaptation and mystery

Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson's love interest, Mary.

New Releases

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The Young Victoria Release date: Dec. 18

Emily Blunt stars in the story of the early years of Queen Victoria's rule and her legendary romance with Prince Albert.

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BY CHUCK SHEPHERD

DEATH-ROW LUXURIES In October in Orange County, Calif., Billy Joe Johnson, who had just been convicted of murder as a hit man for a white supremacist gang, begged the judge and jury, in all sincerity, to sentence him to death. Johnson knew that those on California’s death row get individual cells and better telephone access, nicer contact-visit arrangements and more personal-property privileges than ordinary inmates. The Los Angeles Times reported that the state’s spending per death-row inmate is almost three times that for other inmates. The current death-row census totals 685, but because of legal issues, only 13 have been executed since 1977 (compared to 71 death-row fatalities from other causes). In fact, Johnson was so eager to be put on death row that he tried to confess to two murders that no one yet knew about.

BACKWARD LOGIC Shipments of Ford passenger vans arrive each month in Baltimore from a Ford plant in Turkey, but each time, workers immediately rip out the non-driver seats and replace the side windows with steel. The reason, according to a September Wall Street Journal report, is to avoid an expensive tariff on imported “delivery vans,” which is 10 times the tariff on “passenger vans.” Ford found it less costly to re-fit passenger vans than to acknowledge importing delivery vans. Ironically, the tariff was imposed in 1963 specifically to protect the U.S. auto industry from foreign imports.

COMMON SENSE KICKS THE BUCKET In October, Poland’s Polskieradio reported a settlement in the 18-month legal battle between two neighbors in Mikowice over a plastic bucket worth about $4.50. One had sued, accusing the other of ruining the bucket by kicking it. The respondent had elaborately offered proof of innocence by submitting video of the neighbor continuing to use the bucket as before, but the neighbor had countered by calling an “expert” witness, who examined the bucket and concluded that it was probably damaged. PULSE: ISSUE 031 | 2

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"Bank Job" — you're getting colder. by Matt Jones ©2009 Jonesin' Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com)

47 Currency replaced by the euro 49 Musician descended from Herman Melville (hence the name) 51 "Marble" deli loaf 52 Perot, formally 54 Exhaled response 56 Blood-type system 58 Ticket leftover 60 Childbirth assistants 64 Fictional typing tutor Beacon 66 What somehow happens to the vegetables in your TV dinner? 68 Beyond husky 69 Muppet with his pet fish Dorothy 70 Bullring yell 71 Cobb, for one 72 "Liquid sunshine" 73 Word that can precede either word in 17- and 66-across and 11- and 30-down Down 1 N.Y.C. gallery 2 "One Day in the Life of ___ Denisovich" 3 Arrive at the airport 4 Woodard of "Desperate Housewives" 5 Chew, as with a rawhide bone 6 "Charter" tree 7 Prop, really 8 Polite refusal 9 "Think outside the

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Clarke College

MUSIC MATTERS SERIES Have a conversation about it and see where it takes you

The assignment was simple: 1) think about music; 2) have a conversation about it with a classmate and see where it takes you; 3) write it. see pages 4-7 in this issue

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box," for instance 10 James Bond creator Fleming 11 That sharp nail in the road you just ran over? 12 Abbr. on a mountain sign 13 "No Ordinary Love" singer 18 For real 22 Mid-tournament rounds 25 Atlantic catch 27 Bohemian 28 Camera setting 29 Frequent site for flight layovers 30 Tool used to clean out the pits in kiddie playlands? 32 Group of wives 34 Egg producer 35 Edgy 37 It may get jammed under your windshield wiper 39 Italian restaurant selections 42 Be a braggart 46 "___, it's full of stars!" ("2001" line) 48 Threw out 50 Tries for, in an auction 53 Awesome 55 Smarts 56 "Good Times" actor John 57 The Who's "___ O'Riley" 59 Horror actor Lugosi 61 Mane man? 62 Fuzzy style 63 Put away your carryons 65 "Love ___ Battlefield" (Pat Benatar) 67 "___ dreaming?"

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