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By Lisa Kampeter
If you’re like me, when you think of a rooster, you think of crowing. You think of an annoying male chicken whose morning cry awakens even the heaviest of sleepers. You may even think of him strutting his stuff, marking his territory. Some may consider it romantic. He stands guard protecting his flock, crowing loudly if predators approach. I find it cocky, no pun intended.
By Sandra Olmsted
In writer-director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, the slowly unfolding story doles out romantic and dramatic tensions in digestible bites. Although told from the perspective of 13-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith), the story focuses on his mother Adele (Kate Winslet) heartbreak, depression, and withdrawal from society. At first, her wallowing in seems to be about being divorced from Henry’s father Gerald (Clark Gregg), but a deeper reason for Adele’s sadness drove the weak Gerald away. Although Hollywood rarely makes this once popular genre of film, the Woman’s Picture, Reitman may revive it with Labor Day.
Laura Barbiea, a St. Louis area native whose first performance was at age 3 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, will make her debut performance as a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union that represents nearly 50,000 actors and stage managers, on the same stage when she appears with TheatreworksUSA in a production of The Teacher from the Black Lagoon January 16-23.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, the 2014 eagle watching season will officially kick off with the Eagle Festival.
The Audubon Center at Riverlands at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary will be one of the hosts of the festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The center will have eagle viewing walks and vendor displays previewing upcoming activities and events happening throughout the season.
Free Eagle Watching Guide Available
Florissant native Derek Anthony will be at Yacovelli’s Restaurant on Dec. 26 for a CD release party. His new CD, “Cowboy Way,” will be released in December. Anthony will play songs from the new CD, greet fans, and have copies of the CD to sell.