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Palos Players present 'Crossing Delancey'


The Palos Village Players will present the first play of the 2013 season, "Crossing Delancey" by Susan Sandler, at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, 26, and Feb. 1 and 2, plus a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The play will be staged in the Little Theater of the Palos South Middle School, 131 Street and 82nd Avenue in Palos Park.

It is the story of Isabelle, played by Dana Grube of Chicago Ridge, a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her doting grandmother Bubbie (Kristi Ansinn). Granny and her matchmaker friend played by Julie Zebleckis, introduce her to Sam, the local pickle merchant (Jacob Feliciano). The romance blossoms despite the clash of traditional values versus modern times. Sam's buddy Tyler, is played by Shawn Hall.

The play is directed by Ken Evans, assisted by Peg Crawford, of Palos Heights. The producer is Steve Bell, of Evergreen Park.

Shown are Dana Grube and Shawn Hall.

Tickets for the performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling (1-887) PVP-TIXS. There is also a $25 theater/lunch combination ticket available for the Jan. 27 performance at Hackney's restaurant, 123rd Street and La Grange Road. Call Hackney's at 448-8300 for reservations.

Dance showcase at Stagg H.S.



Stagg High School Dance 1 students presented the annual end of the semester dance showcase. The dances were choreographed by the students as a part of their final physical education grade for the semester. The students made music selections, came up with choreography and designed costumes for the performance.

Above, students rehearsing are Paolo Jimenez, Lauren Vernola, Daniela Quezada, Cindy Ibarra, Courtney O'Farrell, Charlotte Clark, Laquesha Wright, Brianna Jenkins, Mariah Michels, Alex Pendleton, Jennifer Bochenek, Gerda Mainelyte, Agnes Czernik, Olympia Wojnik, Samantha Ferguson, Dorota Brzuchacz, Demetra Fotopolous and Nataly Quezada.

Stagg High School Dance 1 students Alex Pendleton and Paolo Jimenez prepare their piece for the semester dance showcase.

Videoview

by Jay Bobbin

(NOTICE: Ratings for each film begin with a 'star' rating - one star meaning 'poor,' four meaning 'excellent' - followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)

STARTING THIS WEEK: "TAKEN 2": It's a case of role reversal as ex-CIA man Bryan Mills has to be saved by his daughter in the sequel to Liam Neeson's action hit that redefined his career. The espionage veteran and his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) are kidnapped by a vengeful relative of one of the abductors Mills killed in the course of rescuing his offspring (Maggie Grace) ... and the rescuee has to turn rescuer to save her parents. As with the first round, it's fun to watch a confident and gritty Neeson even the score, and the overseas locale - Istanbul this time - adds much. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; alternate ending. *** (PG-13 and unrated versions: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

"TO ROME WITH LOVE": Woody Allen has had considerable success using foreign locales, certainly recently with "Midnight in Paris," and he takes that approach again with this enjoyable comedy that set several stories in Italy. Writer-director Allen himself plays an opera director who unexpectedly starts a new chapter, while Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network") plays a young man who falls for his girlfriend's friend (Ellen Page, "Juno") as an architect (Alec Baldwin) advises him. Judy Davis, Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Penelope Cruz - who was helped to an Oscar by Allen in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona - and fellow Oscar winner Roberto Benigni also star. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

"WON'T BACK DOWN": This earnest drama benefits from strong performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, as a parent who worries her daughter isn't getting the best educational experience, and Viola Davis, as a teacher who puts her career on the line to improve standards at her school. There's no doubt that real-life instructors will be a natural, and naturally satisfied, audience for the film. Holly Hunter and Rosie Perez also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by director Daniel Barnz; deleted scenes. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

"THE INTOUCHABLES": Based on a true story, this seriocomic French film by writerdirectors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano earned international raves for its two stars ... veteran actor Francois Cluzet as a rich aristocrat suddenly incapacitated while paragliding, and Omar Sy (who won the Cesar, France's equivalent of the Oscar, as best actor for this) as the much younger and more street-wise fellow hired to care for him. Though others are in the cast, the picture very much belongs to those actors, and their unlikely yet fabulous teamwork justifies it. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

"THE POSSESSION": It's time again to look in the Yellow Pages under "Exorcist," as a youngster falls prey to an ancient demon in this allegedly factinspired melodrama that benefits from having Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Magic City") as the victim's parents. The girl (Natasha Calis, "The Firm") buys an antique box at a yard sale, and the spirit it contains soon has a drastic effect on her and those around her. Sam Raimi is among the film's producers. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by director Ole Bornedal and writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

"LED ZEPPELIN: GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION": As Jack Black noted recently when surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones received the Kennedy Center Honors, it only took Led Zeppelin nine studio albums to cement its place among the all-time-great groups in music. This five-DVD documentary details how it happened by tracing the history of the band (which also included drummer John Bonham), expectedly with a generous dose of the related music. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

COMING SOON: "END OF WATCH" (Jan. 22): Police officers (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena) find themselves in big trouble when they unexpectedly cross paths with a dangerous cartel. (R: AS, P, V)

"FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL ..." (Jan. 22): Two college "frenemies" (Lauren Miller, also the film's co-writer, and Ari Graynor) unite years after graduation to start a phone sex business. (R: AS, P)

"THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY" (Jan. 29): After some of his loved ones are abducted while vacationing in Spain, a stock trader (Henry Cavill) learns of his father's (Bruce Willis) secret life. (PG-13: AS, P, V)

"HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA" (Jan. 29): Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) operates a resort for other monsters in this animated comedy-fantasy. Kevin James and David Spade also are in the voice cast. (PG: AS)

"CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER" (Feb. 5): Rashida Jones (also the film's co-writer) and Andy Samberg play a divorced couple trying to remain friends as their love lives move on. (R: AS, P)

"CLOUD ATLAS" (Feb. 5): Several stories of different eras suggest that all people are connected through time and space. Stars including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant have multiple roles. (R: AS, N, P, V)

FAMILY-VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.

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. The Expendables 2, Lionsgate, R
  5. The Bourne Legacy, Universal Pictures, PG-13
  6. Resident Evil: Retribution, Screen Gems/Sony Pictures, R
  7. Ted, Universal Pictures, R
  8. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Walt Disney Pictures,