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Heights native exhibits artworks at Moraine Valley ‘Vestiges’ show

  • Written by Kari Nelson

JS pic 1In the print “This Could Really Happen,” Justin Santora explores the conflict between nature and manmade structures, a theme that is common to his work. Submitted photo.

Artwork by Palos Heights native Justin Santora will be on JS pic 2Justin Santora is well known for his prints promoting musical acts, from well-known rockers like Phish (right) to local bands struggling to make a name for themselves. Submitted photo.display from Monday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, March 8, at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “Vestiges” exhibit will include about two dozen prints, according to Santora, a 2002 graduate of Stagg High School who later graduated Northeastern Illinois University.
A reception for the exhibit is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Santora will speak at 3 p.m.
Santora’s work “represents a universal struggle: the want to stay young, avoiding the conventions of adulthood with the desire for control over one’s life. It seems in our world these two ideas are often at odds with one another. His work uses themes of construction and disassembly to relate to his pursuit for security and his desire for autonomy.”

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

Womantalk discussion
The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ladies are invited to join the discussion of Simple Abundance and other readings by Sarah Ban Breathnach. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Ladies are invited to bring a picnic lunch if they would like to stay after the discussion. Call The Center at 361-3650.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

• BTS: Chicagoland Speedway — 2 to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, July 24, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will take students to the Chicagoland Speedway to get up close and personal with the local race track.
• Soul Café: Turn Your Lows Into Highs — 3 to 5 p.m. today, a discussion for students to help them face the challenges in their lives.
• Tomorrow’s Alliance — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 25, weekly Friday Night Live event with live music from Tomorrow’s Alliance (rock) and a free ice cream sundae bar courtesy of Berkot’s.
• DJ Night - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 26, weekly High School Saturday event with a live DJ and dance-off night with free pizza from Wooden Paddle Pizza.
• Canyon Hike — 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. July 29, a program with the Forest Preserve of Cook County to visit the only natural canyon in Cook County for a scenic hike.
• Creative Writing: Personal Essays — 2 to 4 p.m. July 29, students will learn to tell a story from their life in a way that connects with others.
• Lead U: True to You — 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 30, a leadership program focused on helping students get to know themselves better and discovering their strengths as a leader.
• Project Serve: Litter Pick — 5 to 6 p.m. July 30, a program to help keep the area around The Bridge clean. Students will earn community service hours.
• Gardening — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 31, a program with Alsip Nursery to teach students the proper way to plant and maintain a garden.
• Flatbread Pizzas — 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 31, The Bridge will host a culinary program with Granite City to teach students how to make delicious flatbread pizza with homemade sauces.
These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.

Upcoming

Fabric painting
workshop
The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a fabric painting workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Quilting teacher Denise Dulzo will teach students to create marbled designs with inks on shaving cream to make interesting prints on fabric, which can later be used in quilts or other sewing or art projects.
The workshop costs $14 plus $2 for supplies. Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Fall Festival
vendors sought

Craft, flea market, and garage sale vendors are sought for the annual Fall Festival at The Children’s Farm to be held on Saturday, Sept. 27.
More than 2,000 people usually attend the festival, which features games, kid’s crafts, hayrides, horse rides, entertainment, food concession, and root beer saloon. Vendor spaces cost $25 each. The farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park. Call 361-3650.

Kids and adults should stay away from ‘Sex Tape’

  • Written by Jackie Santora

By Tony Pinto

  “Sex Tape” is not a family movie, as you could most likely tell by the title. It’s an R-rated movie that at times pushes the boundary of what can be considered an R-rated movie, so keep the kids far away from this film.
  The film’s about Annie, played by Cameron Diaz, and Jay, played by Jason Segel. They are a married couple in a sexless marriage. That wasn’t always the case, as we see in the extremely long opening montage. They had intimate relations all the time, then kids came and then they just kind of stopped.
  Apparently it’s not like riding a bike, and they forgot how to have intimate relations. In order to solve their problem they come to the conclusion they need to make a porno.
  What could go wrong with this idea?
  Long story short, their “Sex Tape” gets out. The one husband Jay is a radio DJ who is into technology. Somehow he gives away iPads as gifts really frequently. That’s one expensive gift to give out.
In what is not actually possible in real life, all the iPads sync to his computer. You can thank Apple for this not being real. What could go wrong there? What can go wrong does go wrong.
This is the part where all the computer savvy people come in and rip apart the plot for being intentionally technologically dumb. The writers are Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, and Kate Angelo, the latter two surprisingly also directed “The Muppets.” They want us to believe that Jay is a technologically savvy person, but if he actually was there would be no movie.
  If he was technologically smart, that would be nice, because then there would actually be no movie. Back to the plot, the tape goes up to the cloud which is basically a fancy storage device that doesn’t physically exist that holds computer documents. While up in the cloud, the tape syncs to all the iPads Jay gives outs. Jay and Annie with the help of their friends Robby, played by Rob Corddry and Tess, played by Ellie Kemper go on a wild goose chase looking for the iPads so they can erase the film from all the iPads Jay has given away.
  On the journey, they run into some interesting people including Hank Rosenbaum, played by Rob Lowe. He may do the best job of anyone in the film and that’s really not saying much. Diaz and Segel have starred together before in the film “Bad Teacher” where they actually had chemistry together, unlike in this film where it all seems forced.
  It has some laughs but not nearly enough. Even with the laughs we do get they all seem forced. The main characters are never the butt of any jokes but they should be. They seem to get out scot-free every time there could be a joke about them.
  At times the movie seems way to much like an iPad commercial. Hopefully the makers of this movie got some money from Apple, because there is Apple product placement everywhere.
  It’s a movie that’s not worth your time. There have been better R-rated comedies to come out this year, so spend your time watching those movies. If you do choose to see it be forewarned, the best part is it has a short running time.
  Tony Pinto’s grade: D.

Top Pop Singles

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  3. Die Young, Kesha, Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
  4. One More Night, Maroon 5, A&M Octone
  5. Ho Hey, the Lumineers, Dualtone Music Group
  6. Some Nights, Fun., Fueled by Ramen
  7. Home, Phillip Phillips, Interscope Records
  8. I Cry, Flo Rida, Atlantic
  9. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself), Ne-Yo, Motown
  10. Gangnam Style, PSY, Republic Records

Top DVD Rentals

  1. Men in Black III, Sony Pictures, PG-13
  2. The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros., PG-13
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures, PG-13
  4. Madagascar 3, Paramount Pictures, PG
  5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, 20th Century Fox, R
  6. The Expendables 2, Lionsgate, R
  7. The Bourne Legacy, Universal Pictures, PG-13
  8. Ted, Universal Pictures, R
  9. Brave, Walt Disney Pictures, PG
  10. Rock of Ages, Warner Bros., PG-13