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THURSDAY, JUNE 15,2006 ENTERTAINMENT THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A5 JAMIE ROPER / Hays Daily News Bill Inman's master's of fine arts thesis exhibition opens Friday at the Hays Arts Council, 112 E. 11th. Included in the exhibition are the oil on panel paintings "On Clouds of Glory" and "Fairy Dust." Inman's work inspired by faith By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS Looking at Bill Inman's oil paintings is like gazing through a window. "I use the naturalist approach," the Muncie, Ind., resident said. His master's of fine arts thesis exhibition opens from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hays Arts Center, 112 E. llth. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Inman said his faith inspires his work. "The 13th Article of Faith says anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things," Inman said. "There are a lot of difficult things happening in the world. I want to show hope and beauty." Some of the oil-based paintings feature familiar Kansas landscapes. "On Clouds of Glory" showcases the rolling Kansas landscape near Natoma. Another shows the bridge at Frontier Park. Other paintings in the show are full of vibrant flowers. "Bill's paintings have a beautiful depth to them, but also a softness," said Hays Arts V Council Executive Director ART DISPLAYS AROUND TOWN Art events from 7 to 9 p;m. Friday: • MFA Thesis Exhibition of Bill Inman, Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th • Exhibition by the FHSU summer monotype printmaklng class; • Hays Arts Center : • Tender Situations" by Jessica Connor, Moss Thorns Gallery of Art, FHSU Rarlck Hall • "Art Abilities: Natural Talent," Hays Public Library, 1205 Main • Jazz and Gospel music by Linus Server, Semollno's, 110 W. 11th -• -Brenda Meder. Inman shares his secret. "I pray before I start working every day and ask for inspiration," he said. The work does not have blatantly religious overtones, but he said, is inspired by his faith. "Christianity is meant to help people have joy and happiness in their lives," Inman said. In conjunction with the MFA show, students in Gordon Sherman's summer monotype printmaking class will exhibit in the rear gallery. This portion of the exhibit will consist of about 40 prints, Sherman said. "You will see figurative work, botanical work, abstraction," Sherman said. "Anything that runs the gamut will be in our exhibit." Meder said the printmaking would add to the depth of Friday night's opening. "There will be two distinctive shows with a lot of exciting work," Meder said. "You'll see the gamut as far as style and price and process." Another MFA show will be celebrated with a reception Friday night. At the Moss Thorns Gallery of Art, Jessica Connor's MFA show, "Tender Situations," will close with a reception from 7 to 9p.m. The show consists of a half dozen large-scale art pieces. Some, such as "Rites of Sacrament" are a reflection on international issues. Flags with hands shelter an inner room of sorts that is formed by pages of the Bible and Koran. The pages surround ccuets of oil and blood, which stand on a parcel of earth, surrounded by bullet casings. "I was worried about reaction," Connor said. "I have two holy books dismantled and carefully reconstructed." Reporter Karen Mikols can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 143, or by e-mail at ktnlkols@datlynews.net. (•tr? ,-% j p.. Cheesy plot brings back memories of childhood adventures, firsts ! ! I*' Tedious work molds honorable men on the job Gardeners who've fought Creeping Charlie and other unwanted plants may sympathize with James McKean from Iowa as he takes on "Bindweed." Bindweed There is little I can do besides stoop to pluck them one by one from the ground, their roots all weak links, this hoard of Lazaruses popping up at night, not the Heavenly Blue so like silk handkerchiefs, nor the Giant White so timid in the face of the moon, but poor relations who visit then stay. They sleep in my g Each morning I evict them. Each night more arrive, their leaves small, green, shrouds, •reminding me the mother root Ted Kooser AMERICAN POETRY waits deep undergrbund and I dig but will never find her and her children will inherit all that I've cleared when she holds me tighter and tighter in her arms. Reprinted from "Headlong," University of Utah Press, 1987, by permission of the author, and first published in "Poetry Northwest," Vol. 23, No. 3, 1982. Copyright (c) 1982 by James McLean. U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Koos- erls the first poet laureate chosen from the Great Plalns.Thls weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Ahead are a handful of DVDs released this week. In honor of Entertainment Weekly and the American school system, I am us-' ing the letter grade system of quality, from A to the F, for my ratings. All of these DVDs can be found in local video stores, and I would recommend listening to me because I have impeccable taste. And always remember: sometimes friends and family will let you down and the good Lord will give you hardships and presidential administrations will disappoint, but material possessions will always be there for you, unwavering and true. "The Princess Bride" Buttercup and Dread Pirate Editions "The Princess Bride" is one of those films that has left an indelible mark on anyone who was doing the whole childhood thing in the late '80s or early "90s. It was the cinematic equivalent of a trip to the candy store for most children of that era, a source of escape from the insecurities of the dreaded teenage years still ahead. For some of us, it was more. I consider the events that actually took place in the first stretch of my life — first kiss, first bike ride without training wheels, first time I put on a baseball mitt — to be vague and somewhat trivial, perfunctory steps that no doubt soon will be pushed out of my memory for good. But I always will remember, with vivid clarity, the giant rodents of the fire swamp and when Inigo Montoya killed the six-fingered man. I will remember Gary Elwes' battle with Andre the Giant and the scaling of the Cliffs of Insanity. For the uninitiated — and curse you for being uninitiated if you are! — "The Princess Bride" is the tale of the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn), who is kidnapped and held against her will to marry the evil Prince JH,umperdinck, anjd her childhood •sweetheart, Westljey (the inim- , ttabls Elwes), who attempts to save her. On his way to liberate the princess, Westley battles swordsmen and giants and even dies, only to be resurrected. Cheesy as the plot synopsis sounds, the tone of the film is just this side of "Monty Python"-esque bawdiness. Watching the film all these years later, I was reminded of just how capable the direction is, how witty the writing. Rob Reiner was hot off the comedic genius of "This is Spinal Tap" when he directed the film; screenwriter William Golden had just won Oscars for penning "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men." While "The Princess Bride" might not have been the artistic pinnacle for either of the filmmakers, it is perhaps their most beloved movie. At the time, I'm sure neither them nor any of the cast were aware of how enduring VISIT, Satellites and More 2522 Vine, Ste. 1 • Hays Offer ends 6-30-06 All prices, packages and programmings subject to NETWORK change without notice, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Try DISH NETWORK Risk-free for 30 Days. // you're not sntisttcct. we'll give you your money back. What have you got to lose? 785-628-9200 • 1 -877-293-0949 • www.satsatandmore.com TimHuck at Warner Brothers'Studio in Burbank, California To join the fun and enter our contest, readers need to have a photograph taken of themselves holding a copy of The Hays Daily News in front of an Identifiable landmark while on vacation. Photos will be published in the newspaper. Each participant will be entered Into a drawing to win a one-year subscription to The Hays Daily News. The winner will be announced In the August 28,2006 edition. To participate, mail your photo along with a description of the people pictured and your vacation destination, your name, address and phone number, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (for photo return) to: THE Voice or TlK HlOII HAWS P.O. Box 857, Hays, KS 67601 AHn: Mary Karst Photos also may be e-mailed to adverti9ing@dallynew8.n9t Micah Merles DVD REVIEW the film would become. What other film features such delightfully cheeky dialogue as: Vizzini: I can't compete with you physically, and you're no match for my brains. Westley: You're that smart? Vizzini: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Westley: Yes. Vizzini: Morons. Presented by MGM Grade: A "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" So ... Robert Downey Jr. has had extensive drug problems, and Val Kilmer is supposedly the most difficult man to work with in Hollywood, but what appealing actors they remain. While contemporaries like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson have gone off the deep end — either because of gory biblical films or that girl who used to be on "Dawson's Creek" — Downey Jr. and Kilmer have continued to make solid films. This is one of them. Downey Jr. plays a petty crook who, in order to evade police, stumbles into an acting audition, nails it and is shipped out to L.A. to be an actor. To prepare for an upcoming detective role, he trains with a detective/Hollywood insider (Kilmer). An actual murder takes place, and the two find themselves in the middle of a mystery or two. The convoluted plot that ensues is a clever homage to the Raymond Chandler noir of the '40s, as is the atmosphere, but the main reason to see this film is the interplay between Downey Jr. and Kilmer. Presented by Warner Brothers Grade: A- "The Pink Panther" Negative areas: All. From the first pitch at the studio board meeting to the distribution of the movie to theaters, every single catalyst in this film's existence is trite and cheap and lame and a waste of my time. Steve Martin commits an act of blasphemy in trying to impersonate Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau and fails miserably. As is typical of most Martin movies, he tries forcing comedy out of desperately unfunny scene after desperately unfunny scene. You'll find yourself scowling more than laughing. Kevin Kline and Jean Reno are wasted in supporting roles. Bey- once continues to make believe she's an actress. Director Shawn Levy, who also teamed up with Martin in "Cheaper by the Dozen," proves that he has no gift for tone, pacing or framing. Although, if bad accents and people falling down over and over and over is your idea of a good time, by all means, enjoy. Presented by MGM Grade: D- "Dave Chapelle's Block Party" This likable documentary from Michel Gondry follows a post- Comedy Central Chapelle as he throws a block party in Brooklyn that features artists like Kanye West, Most Def and a reunion of The Fugees. "Block Party" manages to be at once a solid concert film as well as a somewhat enlightening portrait of the comedian. Chapelle and company make this document of the organization and execution of the event completely endearing and occasionally moving. Presented by Focus Features Grade: B+ FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 16 & 17,2006 The Break-Up (PG13) 2:054:407:009:30 Cars ' (G) 1:50 WO 7:109:40 Over The Hedge (PG) 1:003:005:00 The Omen (R) 7:159:35 The Lake House (PG) 2:104:357:209:50 X-Men Last Stand (PG13) 2:00 4;307;30 9:45 H^ DICKINSON BEFORE 6 P.M. • *NO PASSES WWw*W^ww|p|#pp^p. Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift (PG13) 2:00 4:20 7:25 9:30 Nacho Libre (PG): 1:454:157:059:55 Includes choice of side, salad, and fresh-baked roll. *l % every \ MjHj^ n» ~» j,.. n».»•••at,Nf^. month of June. 3216 Vine Street • Hays * 6288786

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