The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1998 · Page 25
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THE SALl OURNAL encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D2 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D ALMOST HEROES ** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Chris Farley and Matthew Perry lead a bickering, brawling and bumbling crew of misfits and miscreants on a trail of comic misadventure straight into historic oblivion. THE APOSTLE **** ART CENTER CINEMA RATEDPG-13 Robert Duvall writes, directs and stars as a Pentecostal preacher who commits a crime and seeks redemption. Fleeing trouble in Texas, he finds himself in a Louisiana hamlet where he begins a new church with a mostly black congregation, and tries to atone for his sin. I BULWORTH *** 1 /2 CENTRAL RATED R Warren Beatty plays a California senator who sickens of the political process, flips out and buys a contract on his own life. Expecting to . die, he feels free and begins to say exactly what he thinks. It's a liberating experience. - The movie is abrasive, outrageous and politically incorrect. I CITY OF ANGELS *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Nicolas Cage stars as an angel and Meg Ryan is a heart surgeon who, in a moment of despair, can see him. They fall in love. :DEEP IMPACT ** 1 / 2 CENTRAL RATED PG-13 A comet is headed for Earth and will destroy all life unless a space crew can blow it up first. Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood and Morgan Freeman star. I FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS * MID-STATE RATED R Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro star as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and his Samoan attorney, in a saga about two Vegas visitors who are addled beyond repair in a nonstop zonked-fest. I GODZILLA * 1 /2 CENTRAL RATED PG-13 The much-hyped monster finally lumbers into view, but creates too few thrills along the way. Includes Matthew Broderick. K THE HORSE WHISPERER *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Kristin Scott Thomas drives her daughter and her horse, who were spooked after a riding accident, West in search of a legendary horse trainer (Robert Redford), who indeed has a healing touch. Too long, but redeemed by the majestic settings and the genuine feeling. • HOPE FLOATS ** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Sandra Bullock learns on a talk show that her husband is cheating on her with her best friend. Devastated, she flees with her daughter to her Texas hometown, where her mother (Gena Rowlands) tries to fix her up .„ with an old boyfriend (Harry Connick Jr.). MERCURY RISING ** SUNSET RATED R Bruce Willis is a hot-shot FBI agent who discovers that a government agency is trying to murder a 9-year-old autistic kid who cracked one of their encryption codes. QUEST FOR CAMELOT ** MID-STATE RATED G The animation isn't vivid, the characters aren't very interesting, and the songs are routine in this animated feature about a girl's quest for Excaliber. •TITANIC **** MID-STATE RATED PG-13 James Cameron's film of the tragic voyage is in the tradition of the great Hollywood epics. It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding. THE WEDDING SINGER * SUNSET RATED PG-13 Adam Sandier plays a wedding singer who falls in love with a waitress (Drew Barrymore). From Wire Service Reports An exhibit of Norman Rockwell magazine covers makes a stop at the Mark Twain museum in a ... mencana The Mark Twain Museum, which sits in the heart of downtown Hannibal, Mo., is displaying the Saturday Evening Post covers painted by Norman Rockwell. Photos by TOM GANNAM / The Associated Press Edna Patterson of Burleson, Texas, views some of the 322 Saturday Evening Post magazine covers painted by Norman Rockwell. The covers are on display at the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Mo. Display covers span of 47 years By JIM SALTER The Associated Press HANNIBAL, Mo. Mark Twain Museum &;$ANNIBAL, Mo. — One by one, jJf;|jChuckand Carolyn Peterson care- 2| fully studied each of the framed |-works along the walls of the New Mark Twain Museum. >$£g ^'« The focus of their attention had h&*i !fev.ynothing to do with Twain, Hannibal's favorite son. They were instead admiring the work of a New Englander — Norman Rockwell. In what can best be described as a merging of Americana, all 322 of Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers are on display at the museum, which opened in April. The exhibit runs through Aug. 15. The Petersons, from Milford, Conn., were drawn to Hannibal by Twain, who spent his boyhood here and used the town and its characters as the inspiration for such works as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." It just so happened they also are fans of Rockwell. "They are American originals," Chuck Pe- IvUSSOUHl Covering Rockwell terson said. "And you look at these C9vers — I lived through this." The Rockwell exhibit is the highlight of the new $1.8 million museum. It's the sixth downtown museum dedicated to Twain. About 100,000 people visit the museums each year, curator Henry Sweets said. Based on early results, that number might rise. Buses carrying students and tours from around the country are making their way to Hannibal, Sweets said. The Rockwell exhibit has been displayed outside the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., just five times — and never in the Midwest. It was scheduled to be shown in Russia this year. When that feU through, Twain museum officials moved quickly to bring the exhibit to Hannibal, symbolically linking one of the nation's favorite authors with arguably its best- known artist. "The two are just so genuinely American," Sweets said. Rockwell began his career as an illustrator in 1910, the same year Twain died. And though it's unlikely the two ever met, they've figuratively crossed paths before. In 1935, Rockwell was commissioned to illustrate the reissuing of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Rockwell visited Hannibal that year to draw inspiration. Since 1941, the 15 original illustrations have been displayed in Hannibal, first at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, and now at the new museum. But the star attraction is the display of magazine covers, lining the long walls of the first floor of the museum. See A TIME CAPSULE, Page D3 About the exhibit • WHAT: A display of Norman Rockwell's 322 Saturday Evening Post covers. • WHEN: Through Aug. 15. • WHERE: The New Mark Twain Museum on North Main Street in downtown Hannibal, Mo.¥ • COST: The museum is one of six Twain- related museums within a two-block area of downtown Hannibal. All six locations may be toured at a cost of $6 for adults and $2 for children. • GETTING THERE: Take U.S. 61 or U.S. 36 to town, then follow U.S. 36 downtown. Go south at the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, then left on North Street and right on Main Street. Then go three blocks to the museum, on the east T MUSIC Indigo Girls get kicked out of three high schools Group's concerts canceled in three of five high schools because of offensive lyrics By NEIL STRAUSS The New York Times NEW YORK — The most controversial music group in the country this month was not a gangsta rap or shock rock band, but the Indigo Girls, the politically and ecologically minded, Grammy- winning female guitar duo. A spokeswoman for the band's label, Epic, said no one was more surprised than the Indigo Girls themselves when three of five performances on a tour of high schools this spring were canceled by school administrators. Officials at the high school in Irmo, S.C., were so serious about the cancellation that when students protested their decision, five of them were suspended for eight days. It didn't stop the students from protesting; however, they have filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the school superintendent and principal. Schools in Germantown and Knoxville, Tenn., also backed out of scheduled concerts by the band. The reason, school administrators say, is the band's offensive lyrics and complaints from parents. Though Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls called the principals of these schools and promised not to play any songs with profanity, the administrators refused to back down. Students as well as the Epic label say the concerts were canceled because the band members are openly gay, but principals, among them Edwin Hedgepath of Knoxville, maintain that there was no way to make sure the band wouldn't use profanity in front of students. Scouring albums by the Indigo Girls for dirty lyrics, however, is like watch- ing "Barney" for signs of intelligence: They are few and far between. That isn't to say, however, that the Indigo Girls don't have their crude moments. In one song, the Girls advocate cutting classes — "I remember the time when I came so close with you/Sent me skipping my class and running from school/And I bought you that ring cause I was never cool" (from "Least Complicated"). In another, they employ unorthodox methods of teaching history — "Europe shed the blood of Indians/Here I sit in the land of plenty/Crying about my own virginity" (from "Scooter Boys"). SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjjhaag@saljournal.com

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