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Oscar Predictions: In a Perfect World

By Sandra Olmstead

As I make my predictions for who with win and who won’t in office pools, in social media forums, at the party, and privately during the Oscars’ telecast, I am always conscious of three factors in Oscar prediction that make it more a game of chance than an intellectual pursuit. The first challenge is that I have my favored and loathed among the nominations, which influences my guesses. Second, although the actual quality of one film above the other requires comparing apples to oranges, the nominees and the winners reflect only the majority opinion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members. The third challenge to predicting the winners is more complicated. The personal and business politics of who wins and the studios’ massive advertising campaigns both influence, or not, the voting of the Academy.

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Alpha Players Presenting ‘Parfumerie,’ A Sweet and Timeless Scent, in March

PARFUMERIE: Danny Brown (who plays George   Horvath) and Diane Kenley (who plays Amalia Balash)     in The Alpha Players production of " Parfumerie."

PARFUMERIE: Danny Brown (who plays George
Horvath) and Diane Kenley (who plays Amalia Balash)
in The Alpha Players production of ” Parfumerie.”

Alpha Players’ second show of its 56th season – E.P. Dowdall’s Parfumerie –will play the Florissant Civic Center in March.

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Della’s Diner Comes to the Civic Center Theatre

The Florissant Fine Arts Council Presents: Della’s Diner from the State Theatre of Georgia on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Della’s Diner is a delicious comedy romp with outrageous Southern characters and show-stopping Country, Blues and Rockabilly tunes. Della is the sassy, big-hearted café owner who dispenses love, wisdom and moral advice to the parade of odd balls who come and go from her cozy diner on Morning Glory Mountain. The musical tells the tale of Della’s mixed-up relationships and the threatened future of her diner.

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The Baldknobbers Jamboree From Branson Coming to Florissant Civic Center Jan. 25

baldknobbers_The Florissant Fine Arts Council presents The Baldknobbers Jamboree on Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre as part of their Applause/Applause Series which features professional national and international companies. Tickets are $28 for adults and $26 for seniors and students. Group rates are available also. Call the box office at 314-921-5678 for tickets or go online at www.florissantfinearts.com.

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Karen Knotts Stars in Tied Up In Knotts at Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Karen Knotts on stage with a picture of her father Don Knotts.

Karen Knotts on stage with a picture of her father Don Knotts.

Karen Knotts will be appearing in Tied Up In Knotts, a fun-filled evening dedicated to the memory of her father Don Knotts. A true father-daughter story, Karen Knotts’ one women show, Tied Up In Knotts, will delight, entertain, and take you on a wild journey, along with a host of zany characters all portrayed by Knotts, as she describes what life was like growing up the daughter of the legendary Don Knotts.

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Musical Opens Christmas Day

Into the Woods: A Tasty Treat For the Holidays

by Sandra Olmsted

With Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical, director Rob Marshall whips up a tasty treat for the holiday. Dashes of wit and Brothers Grimm darkness complement the equal parts talented cast, solid musical source material, and, finally, imaginative staging for film.    The story combines several favorite fairy tales into a new story with interwoven threats between the stories, as through all these familiar characters live in the same community. At the center of the fairy-tale-based musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) long for a child, and then the neighborhood witch (Meryl Streep) informs them that she has cursed the Baker’s family for something his father stole from her garden and offers the couple a way to have child.

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