The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on October 13, 2005 · Page 35
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WHERETO GO! Last but not least After months of offering everything from antique furniture to Partridge Family place mats, the curtain closes Sunday on this fZ year's 3rd Sunday Market season. More than 400 dealers from 17 states will make one more trip to Bloomington's Interstate Center where gates are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 with kids 15 and under free. Call (217) 202-2847. Big bands If high school marching band music is your thing, look no further than ISU's Hancock Stadium, which is home to the annual Band Day extravaganza, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Finals begin at 7:30 p.m. Call (309) 438-2166 for ticket information. NEW AT THE MOVIES f (fh : - 5r. i : : THE PANTAGRAPH Your weekly guide to things to do, whether staying in or going out. THURSDAY, October 13, 2005 GO! MOVIES rSd Cheesy debut ' Delightfully low-tech Wallace & Gromit make a spirited debut in . t . tffc-W,., le.A I : ineinirsi leaiure- 1 U4lilengthfilm- ' (dj . PageD3 " -A-( n-- "" Elizabethtown The buzz on this one hasn't been so hot, which is why director Cameron Crowe was making changes up to the release date. The film certainly has two hot stars: Orlando Bloom is a young man who returns to his hometown after his father's death. On the way, he falls for a flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). See GO! Movies, D3, for more WHAT'S TO DO! The Cosby kids The fact that "The Cosby Show" still registers with kids after being off the air for years is a testament to its guality. Season one (1984-85) of one of .TV's all-time hits debuts on DVD, starring Bill Cosby as a doctor, Phylicia Rashad as his lawyer wife, and the kids. The four-disc set retails for $49.99. The winners are... Cedric the Entertainer hosts the 2005 Black Movie Awards honoring films that focus on the lives of black Americans. Top award nominees include "Hustle & Flow," "Crash," "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," and "Coach Carter." Actor Sidney Poitier will receive the Distinguished Career Achievement Award. Airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on TNT. NEW ON VIDEO f V Alison Krauss y i n ); v . ! ) .; J LA 4 'IK v .5; ! JM 4 1 i if TV ( mix tiff.ki.i Kicking and Screaming Will Ferrell didn't have a big hit with this one, but it was fairly entertaining as family comedies ' go. Will plays a mild-mannered dad who turns into a nut case when he starts coaching his kid's soccer team and becomes obsessed with beating the team coached by his distant dad (Robert Duvall). Other new releases "Happily Ever After," "High Tension," "Kingdom of Heaven," "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "Unleashed" c GO! EATS Catch a buzz T.C. Buzz Coffeehouse attracts: diverse crowd D2 3 GO! CALENDAR The band played on Arsenio Hall's former band leader finds new groove D4 CONTACT US Dan Craft, entertainment editor (309) 829-9000, ext. 259 e-mail: dcraftpantagraph.com Jft. i n ml ', If , A f ft in to i ) 1 1 4 J . ByDarCraft dcra(tpantagraph.com lie wits Imh'ii in Decatur, rcw up in Cliai pain-Urlmna and occasionally 'ol owr r IJ-N for a jam at Illinois State I'niwrsity. lint bluc rass (ii(vn Alison Krauss doesn't return to lier roots much these days. In fact, she confesses that her Oct. 20 show in ISU's Braden Auditorium marks the fii'st time shell have-even passed through Central Illinois in quite awhile. The most Grammy-winning female performer in history 14 times and counting was last seen hereabouts 312 years ago in a concert at Champaign's Virginia Theater (Krauss remembers it as evpn Ionizer $1 ag0 according to the theater's records, she and her band. Union Station, played a March 2002 show at the venue). Truth be told, the reasons for Krauss coming A i home aiiain aren't quite what they used i i to oe. "My family's small," she admits, noting that her parents have long since moved away, and that her equally musical big brother Viktor Krauss, has gone his sepa rate way, too out of Central Illinois and into a successful career in jazz and rock. Oh, well. There are a couple relatives in Chicago, she notes. And, sounding as if she's morally obliged to come up with some local blood kin, she adds that (original Union Station bass player) "John Pennell's mom still lives in Champaign." But that's about it. ' Still, even though family may be in short supply, there are plenty of friends and acquaintances around these parts enough, in fact, to make these occasional trips home among the hardest shows to do. SEE ROOTS BACK PAGE i 1 At a glance What: Alison Krauss Union Station with Jerry Douglas When: 8 p.m. Oct. 20 Where: Illinois State University Braden Auditorium Cost: $34.75 to $40.75 Box office number (309) 438-5444 I 0 The boys in the band Alison Krauss' name appears up front, but her Union Station band mates are formidable forces in and of themselves: Jerry Douglas Douglas gets special billing above the other boys (Alison Krauss Union Station "with Jerry Douglas"), joined the band in 1998 and carved out a niche as bluegrass' premiere virtuoso of the dobro, an acoustic steel slide guitar held flat in the lap. Douglas, whose own solo projects have won renown, has earned a half-dozen Grammy Awards himself. Barry Bales Bass player and lead harmony vocalist, joined the band in 1990, and has garnered numerous awards, including seven Grammy Awards, five IBMA Awards and one Country Music Association Award. ' Ron Block Banjo player and guitarist, joined the band in 1992, and has proved his song-writing talents since. . Also involved in his own solo projects, his spiritually infused music leans toward the gospel end of the spectrum. Dan Tyminski Acoustic guitar and lead harmony . vocalist, joined Union Station in 1994, and has won widespread acclaim for his vocal talent, even starring as the singing voice of George Clooney in "0 Brother, Where Art Thou?" BILLBOARD A tail of two behemoth b ueiny movie You are about to enter a column devoted entirely to the subject of giant, marauding bunny rabbits. If this somehow strikes you as absurd or beneath your preferred level of dignity, then we re-direct your attention to, oh, say, our interview with Alison Krauss directly above. Or, perhaps, our profile of former Arsenio Hall bandleader Michael Wolff a few pages inward. Absolutely nothing hare-raising dh those fronts. The reason for this colurmi-length meditation on the subject of giant, marauding bunny rabbits is, we feel, well-grounded. In the space of just a few days, the only two movies in the history of mankind ever made about giant, marauding bunny rabbits arrived (or, in the case of one, re-arrived) simultaneously, their Volvo-sized cottontails A .. " . . Dan Craft twitching in tandem.' "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," now playing at theater near you, is, of course, the one you've likely heard about (and if you haven't, there's a review inside for assistance). It is as charming and funny as a movie about a giant rabbit can be, and we heartily endorse 'it as a temporary cure for whatever ails you. The one you probably haven't heard about is another matter altogether: as funny as a movie about a giant rabbit actually, a herd of giant rabbits can be, but ... charming? How about: the (expletive)-(deleted)-est thing you ever saw. The film, a 1972 item called "Night of the Lepus," received its first-ever home video release just a day or two before "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" hopped into theaters, proving, in a single bound, the theory of kismet. How else to account for their joint arrival? This is no fly-by-night DVD release, by the way. The movie was made 33 years ago by the almighty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), home of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Ben-Hur," whose films are now owned by the almighty Warner Broth ers (WB), home of "Casablanca" and "Driving Miss Daisy." The reason we are motivated to get . this "Night of the Lepus" thing out of our system can be traced back to a traumatizing experience of our youth' at the Drive-In Theater in Decatur, where "Lepus" leapt out of the hot summer night, straight into the bot- - tom-most pit of our psyche. Truly. You have to understand that nobody in 1972, least of all some pimply teens ; out for a night at the drive-in, knew what the heck a Lepus was. All we knew was that the newspaper ad looked mighty tempting: a dark 2 night sky featuring giant glowing eyes-hovering over a scene of some terri- fied people swinging shovels and stuff ; at them. ; SEE BILLBOARD BACK PAGE

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