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Play board games at Lincoln Public
18, 2002] Bored
with winter? Lincoln Public Library presents "Board Games
Rodeo" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday through
March 23 in the Pegram Community Room.
you are high school age through adult, you are invited to come and
compete against your fellow "boardmeisters" in games of
Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, chess, checkers, Chinese checkers,
backgammon, Trivial Pursuit and Yatzee. Remember to bring your
gameboard so everyone can participate.
AmeriCorps volunteers serve as referees.
snacks are served.
more information about this program, visit the library at 725 Pekin
St. or call (217) 732-8878 or 732-5732.
Other Side of Truth’
9, 2002] "The
Other Side of Truth," by Beverly Naidoo. HarperCollins
Publishers, 2000. 252 pages. Grade 7 and up.
Naidoo has written a very thought-provoking, gripping novel about
the harrowing experiences of an eighth-grade girl, Sade, and her
fifth-grade brother, Femi, who have been smuggled out of Nigeria.
Their father is a journalist who has written several articles
critical of the government. Sade is the narrator of the events, and
she describes the murder of her mother on the very first page.
is slipping her English book into her schoolbag when Mama screams.
Two sharp cracks splinter the air."
this abrupt beginning the reader is drawn into the lives, thoughts
and inner feelings of the children. Armed with fake passports, a
small bag of personal items and the company of an unknown woman,
Sade and Femi are smuggled into London. The uncle who is supposed to
meet them has disappeared, and they are left to take care of
being falsely accused of stealing from a store, they are picked up
by the police and then handed over to the immigration authorities.
The children want to protect their father, so they provide false
last names and cities of origin. From there they are taken to a
series of foster homes and eventually land at the home of
"Uncle Roy" and "Aunt Gracie" King.
Kings ask Sadie and Femi to call them aunt and uncle. Even though
the Kings try to make them feel at home, Sadie and Femi are afraid
to share any personal information. Femi does not talk at all.
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is the next frightening experience for the children, especially Sade.
From the first minutes in Room 8B she wonders why everyone instantly
dislikes her. Marcia and her bully friends confront Sade after an
English homework assignment has been given… "No one does it.
No one. Not unless I say so." Marcia and the others continue to
taunt and harass her to the point she feels "like a small
creature whose eyes and ears are always in a state of alarm."
ponders all that her mother and father have taught her about dealing
with bullies and being truthful, and at the same time must base her
decisions on continuing to protect her father.
day she learns her father is being held in a detention center
because of illegally coming to London, she begins to formulate a
plan to reunite the family. She will tell "Mr. Seven O’Clock
News" her father’s story. Shortly after the story airs, Papa
is released, but everyone knows it would have been a very different
ending without the public support generated by the news story.
has included an author’s note at the end, giving information about
three political figures in the story who are real people. There is
also a glossary of unfamiliar words. She has also written
"Journey to Jo’burg" and the sequel, "Chain of
Schlough, Lincoln Public Library]
Brothers jazz up Logan County
11, 2002] Alison
England was from California; the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was from
England; and the Rhythm Brothers are not related, to paraphrase
their introduction. The Rhythm Brothers is a quartet consisting of
— at various times — two guitars, a banjo, a fiddle, a bass, a
sousaphone and four silky voices. If that isn’t enough, add in
"the music of Raul Reynoso and the humor of Doug
Mattocks," and you get one entertaining show.
Rhythm Brothers have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the
Grand Ole Opry to Disneyland. And now they have graced Lincoln with
their talented "plucking and strumming" as this month’s
feature in the Lincoln Land Community Concerts series, at the chapel
of Lincoln Christian College.
band consists of Raul Reynoso, Doug Mattocks, Paul Shelasky and Lee
is an extremely talented guitarist and songwriter. His songs have
been described as "True World Music," since they come from
his mixed background of Latin American culture, Los Angeles society
and luegrass guitar. The band played a few of them, including "Matelot"
and "Waneta’s Waltz."
a comedian and guitarist, also plays all three of the major styles
of banjo: four-string tenor and plectrum and five-string bluegrass.
As the unofficial leader of the band, his quick tongue keeps the
is an accomplished fiddle player. His talent has taken him from the
California State Fiddle Championships to international tours in
North America and Europe. He also is a songwriter. The band
performed one of his Discovery Channel-inspired love songs as an
encore, "I Don’t Want a Praying Mantis Love Affair."
plays the upright bass for the band. His playfully driving rhythms
give their songs, for lack of a better word, oomph. His renditions
of "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" and "Dueling Banjos" played on
the sousaphone are experiences no music lover should miss.
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their sets at Saturday’s concert, the band chose a wide variety of
tunes from all the ages of American string music. Traditional banjo
tunes included "Oh! Susanna" and "Foggy Mountain
Breakdown." The band’s smooth harmonies came out in the jazz
tunes "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Chicken Ain’t
Nothing but a Bird" and "Girl in the Little Green
Hat." Bluegrass fans were delighted by "Rolling in my
Sweet Baby’s Arms" and "Orange Blossom Special."
Selections also included some Spanish favorites, such as "Malagueña."
music was not the only gift given to the audience. Many of the song
introductions included brief music history or music appreciation
lessons. For example, the guitars played by Reynoso and Mattocks
were reproductions of traditional French guitars used by early jazz
players. Reynoso played the "petite bouche" or
"little mouth" guitar, which describes the opening in the
body. Mattocks’ guitar, the "grande bouche" or
"large mouth" version had a much wider opening, allowing a
appreciation teachers or new style of string quartet, the Rhythm
Brothers provided an entertaining and educational concert for Logan
more information, go to http://www.rhythmbrothers.com.
to be performed at Theatre 7
7, 2002] Performances
of "Deathtrap," by Ira Levin, begin this weekend at the
Decatur Civic Center Theatre. Curtain time will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb.
8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 17. This is the second
show of Theatre 7’s 38th season.
the play, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to
overcome a "dry" spell when he receives a script from a
student. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and
turn with devilish cleverness that holds audiences enthralled until
the final, startling moment of the play.
members are Peter Kareotes as Sidney Bruhl, Mary Wilking as Myra
Bruhl, Jeff Cowgill as Cliford Anderson, Missy Grohne as Helga Ten
Drop and Lonn Pressnal as Porter Milgrim.
Thompson is the director, and the assistant director is John Dunn.
are on sale to the public at the Decatur Civic Center Box Office,
production is sponsored by Behnke and Company, Inc.
playing at Richland next week
7, 2002] Merely
Players, in cooperation with the Richland Community College
Forensicaturs (for EN sic ay ters), present the two-act adult comedy
"Sylvia" in Shilling Auditorium on Feb. 14, 15, 16, 22 and
23. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for each performance. Tickets are
available at the door or by calling 875-7211, Ext. 342.
proceeds from the production will benefit the Richland speech and
is actually a dog who speaks — and watch out when she does! A
stray taken in by a couple in the midst of empty nest syndrome
(among other hilarious complications), Sylvia chews on shoes and
hearts with equal fervor.
opening performance, on Valentine’s Day, features a "non-blue night"
with special and free admission to students with current photo IDs.
The adult language will be modified for this performance only.
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cast is composed of Richland’s four speech team coaches: Carrie
Foxx as Sylvia, Joe Straka as Greg, Sam Straka as Kate, and Mike
Huff as Tom, Phyl and Leslie.
Becker is the producer and director. Assistant director is Vicky Sue
Gilpin, and technical director is David Gilpin.
time is approximately two hours.
For further information,
or to enter your dog as the canine equivalent as star of the show,
or for group ticket discounts, contact Sam Straka of Merely Players
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7 offers workshop leading up to auditions
7, 2002] Theatre
7 in Decatur announces an audition workshop along with auditions for
the musical comedy "Anything Goes."
to be on stage... but afraid to try?
Conditioning" is a workshop offered by Theatre 7’s director,
Mike Redlinger, to help nervous potential performers cope and
provide them with helpful hints for better tryouts. The workshop
will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at T7’s
headquarters, 131 N. Water in Decatur. Reservations are not required
and there is no charge.
will be an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the music,
history, highlights, cast requirements and rehearsal schedule for
Theatre 7 upcoming production of the musical comedy "Anything
Goes." The cast consists of 26 male and 26 female roles, ages
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for "Anything Goes" are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday,
Feb. 18 and 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Decatur Civic Center Theater.
Those participating should be prepared to read script, sing and
more information about both the workshop and the auditions, call
director Mike Redlinger at 864-2482.
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre’s website is at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html. Pictures from past productions are
included. The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656. E-mail: email@example.com.
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