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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.”

“Dumb and Dumber To,” a fitting title to a dumber sequel

  • Written by Tony Pinto

 

Pinto-PicksIn 1994, the original “Dumb and Dumber” arrived and brought us two bumbling idiots: Jeff Daniels, as Harry Dunne, along with Jim Carrey, as Lloyd Christmas. Some 20 years later they are back reprising their roles as Harry and Lloyd In “Dumb and Dumber To.” The “to” is, sadly, not a misprint. That is the first of many unfunny attempts at humor in the film.

 The funniest part of the movie is that Jim Carrey, 52, and Jeff Daniels, 59, think they are not too old to play such idiots. Twenty years ago, it worked because they were younger and funnier. Now they are both at an age where this dumb humor doesn’t work for them. Honestly, this juvenile humor probably wouldn't work well for anyone.

 Maybe this movie would have worked if it had been made soon after the first. This is a prime example that shows not everything needs a sequel, but in the world of Hollywood, money talks.

This is a complete rehashing of the original, just far less funny. Instead of going on a road-trip to deliver a briefcase filled with money, this time they just go on a road-trip to deliver a different kind of package. Both films end up having so-called bad guys who just want money. This time the bad guy is played by Rob Riggle.

Basically, the movie follows the two on a road-trip to deliver a package to Harry’s daughter, who he just found out about. Nothing is as simple as it seems with these two, and unfunny gags ensue. As stated earlier, if it happens in the first film, it happens again, just in a not so funny way.

 Number two, or ‘to’ is more mean spirited than the first, which hurts its charm. Instead of being fun-loving idiots, they are now mean-spirited idiots. In the original, they were the butt of the jokes, but in this one the so-called jokes are at the expense of others. In the first they were protagonists, but in this one they are just annoying bullies worth ignoring.

 Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who have written and directed decent films such as “There's Something About Mary,” fail miserably here. It’s bad enough that this film is a rehashing of the first - it’s the fact they needed the help of four more writers to write the film that makes it even worse.

This review can’t be all negative, so let’s talk about the lone positive of the film, not counting the part when the film finally ends. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels do a decent job in the roles they play. They do the best they can with such bad writing. Neither of them will win an award for this, but they do show they can act no matter how bad everything else is.

 “Dumb and Dumber To” is a very accurate title as this movie is much dumber than the first. If you want to see Harry and Lloyd in all their glory, go watch the original and stay far away from this crash grab.

Tony Pinto’s grade: F-minus

 

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

                                                                          Yoga class
  A new five-week series of gentle yoga classes will be offered at The Center on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will meet at the Anderson Activity Center of The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Instructor Valerie Lindstrom will lead the yoga sessions, which will include discussion and practice on breathing, relaxation, and centering, as well as movement and poses.
Yoga newcomers are welcome. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. The five-week class costs $50. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

                                                            The Teen Bridge Center events

  • Pass the Class with Sylvan Learning Center — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host a program with Sylvan Learning Center to help students to feel confident to pass a class they are struggling with.
  • Gabe Burdulis 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Friday Night Live event with live music from Gabe Burdulis and with free food from Gatto’s.
  • Walk in Style — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, students create their own T-shirt, using puff paint and fabric markers, to wear at their Bullying Stops Here Community Walk to be held Saturday, Oct. 4.
  • Fitness For You: Swallow Cliff Boot Camp — 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1, a fitness program with Anytime Fitness for students to workout using the stairs at Swallow Cliff.
  • Project Serve: Walk Goodie Bags — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, put together goodie bags for their Bullying Stops Here Community Walk.
  • Bean Bag Tourney — 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2, program for high school students to join their friends and enjoy a tournament of bags.
These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.


                                                       Woman talk discussion

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Sept 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                                       Center Cinema
“Singin’ in the Rain” will be shown this Friday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is one of the most beloved American pictures ever made. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor celebrate the coming of sound to movies by dancing their hearts out. A discussion follows the movie. Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                             Book review by the author

 Linda Whittaker will review her recently published book at a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  “Isabella and the Tale of the Unanswered Question” takes readers on a journey into the inner realms of the self, through a fairy-tale story of a young girl, Isabella, who goes on a magical journey from elf-loathing to self-confidence, from longing to joy, from brokenness to wholeness. Whittaker is a psychotherapist in private practice in Olympia Fields.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $18 and requires advance reservations. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650.


Upcoming

                                                      Spiritual Book Club: Amish Grace

  The Center’s spiritual book club will meet Monday, Oct.13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Led by Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins, the group will discuss “Amish Grace” by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher. The book concerns the incident that took place on Oct. 2, 2006, when Charles Roberts walked into a one-room Amish schoolroom and killed five young girls before killing himself. “Amish Grace” explores the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive him and to offer support to his family.

  There is no participation fee, but registration is requested. All are welcome. Call The Center at 361-3650.


Old Brosnan doesn’t bond well with audience in ‘November Man’

  • Written by Jackie Santora

By Tony Pinto

Pierce Brosnan is back in action as a wannabe James Bond. The man who actually played James Bond in “Goldeneye” nearly 20 years ago, is back trying to be an action star in the movie “The November Man.” 

 

  At 61, he’s still got something, but that might just be his appetite for on screen drinking.
  Brosnan plays ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who, like Bond, is fond of the liquor. The films plot centers around Devereaux being pulled out of retirement for one last mission. Of course, this time there are personal reasons involved.
  The film opens up with a flashback of a botched mission, where Devereaux and his much younger, inexperienced partner David Mason (Luke Bracey) accidentally kill an innocent child. Five years after that fateful day, Mason is ordered to kill a former Russian spy named Celia (Caterina Scorsone.)
  As to not give too much away, that somehow affects Devereaux. Soon, he goes on a somewhat vengeful rampage against the CIA. In what would only happen in a movie, the CIA sends his former partner David Mason to capture him.
  There is a lot of violence in this movie. Way more than is needed. This is an action movie so some violence was expected, but most of this violence seems unnecessary. Watching this movie will give you the view that director Roger Donaldson is a fan of pointless killing.
  Donaldson must also be a fan of adult situations, which there are far too many off. It would be different if these scenes helped move the plot along but they don’t do any of that. They just help slow the plot down.
And it’s already slow as it is.
  There is not much reason to go see this movie. Brosnan is only okay, and what more can you expect. He’s too old to be an action star but if it’s any consolation he looks extremely well for his age.
  The plot is mostly pointless. There are a few scenes that happen that will have you puzzled and not in a good way. There are a few scenes where Brosnan’s character, who is the good guy, becomes the bad guy for a few minutes. A good guy wouldn’t do this or that but in this film they apparently do.
You might be thinking major plot twist during these scenes, which never happens. All these scenes do is contradict the already lazy plot by just being tossed in. If they never get brought up again whats the point of them?
  If you want violence for no reason, you have it. If you want adult situations for no reason, you have it. If you want anything else from this film, you don’t have it. It’s a film Brosnan didn’t need to make and it’s a film you don’t need to see.
  Tony Pinto’s Grade: D

 

 

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

                                                                              Yoga class
  A new five-week series of gentle yoga classes will be offered at The Center on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will meet at the Anderson Activity Center of The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Valerie Lindstrom will lead the yoga sessions, which will include discussion and practice on breathing, relaxation, and centering, as well as movement and poses.
Yoga newcomers are welcome. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. The five-week class costs $50. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

                                                              The Teen Bridge  Center events

 • Pass the Class with Sylvan Learning Center — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host a program with Sylvan Learning Center to help students to feel  confident to pass a class they are struggling with.
 • Gabe Burdulis 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Friday Night Live event with live music from Gabe Burdulis and with free food from Gatto’s.
 • Walk in Style — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, students create their own T-shirt, using puff paint and fabric markers, to wear at their Bullying Stops Here Community Walk to be held Saturday, Oct. 4.
 • Fitness For You: Swallow Cliff Boot Camp — 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1, a fitness program with Anytime Fitness for students to workout using the stairs at Swallow Cliff.
 • Project Serve: Walk Goodie Bags — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, put together goodie bags for their Bullying Stops Here Community Walk.
• Bean Bag Tourney — 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2, program for high school students to join their friends and enjoy a tournament of bags.
 These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.


                                                                      Womantalk discussion

 The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Sept 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                                      Center Cinema
  “Singin’ in the Rain” will be shown this Friday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  “Singin’ in the Rain” is one of the most beloved American pictures ever made. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor celebrate the coming of sound to movies by dancing their hearts out. A discussion follows the movie. Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                                Book review by the author

  Linda Whittaker will review her recently published book at a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  “Isabella and the Tale of the Unanswered Question” takes readers on a journey into the inner realms of the self, through a fairy-tale story of a young girl, Isabella, who goes on a magical journey from elf-loathing to self-confidence, from longing to joy, from brokenness to wholeness. Whittaker is a psychotherapist in private practice in Olympia Fields.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $18 and requires advance reservations. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650.
Upcoming

                                                         Spiritual Book Club: Amish Grace

  The Center’s spiritual book club will meet Monday, Oct.13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Led by Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins, the group will discuss “Amish Grace” by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher. The book concerns the incident that took place on Oct. 2, 2006, when Charles Roberts walked into a one-room Amish schoolroom and killed five young girls before killing himself. “Amish Grace” explores the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive him and to offer support to his family.

 There is no participation fee, but registration is requested. All are welcome. Call The Center at 361-3650.