Sam’s Picks for the best of the weekend
November 8, 2007
Some suggestions for this weekend and next couple of weeks around Carson City and elsewhere, including new DVDs. Check entries in the daily Nevada Appeal for more details, but this should be enough for planning this weekend and the next couple. Ay criticisms please let me know at Sbauman@nevadaappeal.com.
Sam Bauman, entertainment editor
“Guys and Dolls” staged by the college musical group plays at the Community Center running this weekend and next. This is one of the grand musicals of old Broadway and well worth your bucks. Dates are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Don’t miss this one, the musical theater company does a fine job. Two great songs (among many) are “If I Were a Bell” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.”
“Wonder of the World,” is presented by the Proscenium Players this weekend and next at the Brewry ARts Cente Black Box Theatre. A marvelously funny play with a distinct disconnect with ordinary TV-type humor. Some of the words may not be your choice for kids (although they hear it every day) so don’t take them. But don’t let that stop you from seeing one of the most original comdies to play Carson in a long time ” if ever. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno has announced the postponement of the Julio Iglesias show set for Friday. A new date will be announced and all tickets for the show will honored for the new date.
PBS part four of a six-part series about a woman newly elected prime minister in a sort of fluke election. It’s really worth your time if you like reasonably literate TV fare. It plays Sunday night on Channel 5 (or 29 for off-the-air antenna reception). Roz is the new PM and she’s already faced her latest crisis. Now she has to figure out how to fun a stuffy old government. It may be a dream story of democacy at work but it’s fun.
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“The Nerd,” produced by The Dakota Organization, will be presented tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden at Esmeralda and 4th Street. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors (55 and older), and youths (17 and younger) and groups (8 or more). Purchase tickets online at http://www.thedakotaorganization.com or call 265-7694 or 450-0155.
“Fragments of Latin America,” a collection of photographs by Western Nevada College Graphic Communications instructor Jayna Conkey, will hang in the College Gallery through Nov. 29. The exhibit features digital photographs from Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Call 445-3000.
With commercial success in pop, adult contemporary, R&B, country and Latin, Sheena Easton has earned the reputation as one of the most versatile vocalists of the 1980s. Catch Easton Saturday in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks. Easton has developed a steady acting career, with more than a dozen movie titles to her credit. Easton plays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 at (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300 or at janugget.com.
Reno Chamber Orchestra concerts are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the University of Nevada, Reno Nightingale Concert Hall. Music director Theodore Kuchar conducts a program featuring Ravel’s “Mother Goose” ballet and the Symphony No. 85 by Haydn. Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu will be soloist in Faure’s “Ballade” and the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich. Tickets are at 348-9413 or at RenoChamberOrchestra.org. Recipient in 2002 of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Meng-Chieh Liu has performed all over the world, including numerous television and radio broadcasts.
The Carson City Music Club will present “10,000 Years of Hornblowing” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brewery Arts Center, 511 W. King St. Dan Ballard will be featured tracing the history of hornblowing from primitive animal horns to modern brass instruments. Call 882-9517.
Charter Communications has added the Gospel Music Channel, America’s first 24/7 channel dedicated to all styles of family-friendly Christian and gospel music. Gospel Music Channel is available to Charter customers in Reno, Carson City, Fallon, Gardnerville, and Fernley on channel 482. Information on Gospel Music Channel is at (888) Get-Charter. Amen.
National Geographic Digital Media has the most amazing and beautiful animal photos online. Check out gorgeous photo galleries and learn fun facts on animals ranging from amphibians to reptiles at http://www.animals.nationalgeographic.com. The NG site is constantly refreshed with new animal photos and interesting stories and is a valuable resource for kids.
Wal-Mart Stores, U.S. has announced that the Eagles’ “Long Road Out of Eden” released Oct. 30 exclusively at Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Sam’s Clubs and Samsclub.com has sold more than 700,000 units in its first week of release. This represents the largest first week sales of any music product at Wal-Mart in the last two years. The two disc set of 20 new songs is available in store for $11.88 or $10.88 in downloadable MP3 format online.
New DVD releases:
A rat supplanted Mickey Mouse as the No. 1 rodent at Disney last summer with this latest cartoon from the studio’s partnership with Pixar Animation, the masters of computer-generated storytelling. Directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”), “Ratatouille” is the story of a gourmet rat who teams with a bumbling human kitchen hand to whip up creations at a fine French restaurant. The DVD and high-definition Blu-ray releases include a handful of unfinished scenes with introductions from director Bird, who explains why they were discarded (one early story approach had the rat’s imaginary mentor, a dead French chef, still alive and running his restaurant). Bird also appears with chef Thomas Keller in a behind-the-scenes segment, and the disc has the short Pixar film, an alien-abduction comedy, that preceded “Ratatouille” in theaters along with an amusing new short on the pros and cons of rats. Available separately on DVD and Blu-ray disc is “Pixar Short Films Collection,” gathering 13 cartoons, including the early ones that were training ground for Pixar animators as they worked toward the first feature-length computer-animated film, “Toy Story.” DVDs, $29.99 each; Blu-ray discs, $34.99 each. (Disney)
“I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”
Adam Sandler and Kevin James are bridegroom and bridegroom in this comedy centered on how far friends will go to help friends. Sandler’s a womanizing firefighter who works with his best buddy (James), a widower worried about providing for his children in case he dies. So pal Sandler agrees to pose as his gay lover to insure that the kiddies will be eligible for life insurance, with Jessica Biel co-starring as the hot attorney defending their domestic-partner rights. Extras include deleted scenes with commentary from director Dennis Dugan, who also joins Sandler and James for commentary on the full movie. Along with the standard DVD release, the movie comes in a combination disc with both high-definition HD DVD and standard DVD versions. DVD, $29.98; HD DVD combo disc, $39.98. (Universal)
For his next act after the Academy Award-winning “Bowling for Columbine” and the documentary smash “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore takes the pulse of America’s health-care system and finds it seriously ailing. Moore makes a pitch for universal coverage as he examines how corporations and government oversee health care, and he travels to Canada, England, France and Cuba to compare the systems in those countries to medical treatment in the United States. As usual, Moore’s critics claimed he’s a crusader with a one-sided agenda, but it’s tough to knock a movie with such priceless moments as Moore on a boat outside Guantanamo Bay, bellowing through a megaphone that sick Sept. 11 rescue workers deserve the same level of medical care as terrorism suspects held there. The DVD has seven deleted segments and a batch of extended interviews. DVD, $29.95. (Genius)
The Beatles and director Richard Lester quickly followed up on their big-screen success with “A Hard Day’s Night,” crafting a giddy comedy that allowed John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to goof their way around Europe and the Bahamas (with choice musical interludes, of course). What plot there is concerns a cult pursuing the boys over Ringo’s sacred ring. Besides the title tune, the songs include “Ticket to Ride,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” The two-disc set packs a deleted scene, a making-of segment featuring Lester, and cast and crew interviews. DVD set, $29.98. (Capitol)
“Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who”
Also on the rock legends front is this two-disc set chronicling the band formed by four other Brits in the 1960s: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. The main documentary presents a portrait of the four-decades-plus career of the Who, featuring musical footage of the band, plus interviews with Townshend, Daltrey and such collaborators and admirers as Sting, Eddie Vedder and U2’s The Edge. A companion film, “Six Quick Ones,” includes segments devoted to each band member, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a 2003 recording session. DVD set, $29.98. (Universal)
“America’s Game: Super Bowl I-XL”
This is one for the ultimate football fan. The 40-disc set packs an hourlong documentary for every one of the 40 Super Bowls to date. The list of NFL stars offering insights and recollections is remarkable, among them Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Bubba Smith, Don Shula, Lawrence Taylor, John Elway, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Franco Harris and Roger Staubach. Joining them is an equally impressive lineup of marquee names as narrators, including Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne, Bruce Willis and Martin Sheen. The set also comes with an 88-page booklet packed with action photos. DVD set, $199.98. (Warner Bros.)
TV on DVD:
“Seinfeld: The Complete Series” ” Along with a four-disc set containing the 24 episodes from the ninth and final season, a mammoth 32-disc set arrives with the entire 180-episode run of Jerry Seinfeld’s sitcom about four Manhattan pals. The complete series set includes a 226-page book with photos, trivia and background on the show; commentary and other extras that were featured in single-season boxed sets; and an hourlong chat among Seinfeld, series co-creator Larry David and co-stars Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards. “Complete Series” DVD set, $283.95; “Season 9” DVD set, $49.95. (Sony)
“Heeere’s Johnny: The Definitive DVD Collecton From the Tonight Show” ” A 12-disc package gathers hours of interviews, comedy routines and musical performances from Johnny Carson’s 30-plus years as king of late-night TV. Anchoring the set is a six-disc “Timeless Moments” collection, featuring an endless parade of stars. The set also has three previously released compilations focusing on country singers and stand-up comedians appearing on “The Tonight Show,” plus general highlights from the show. DVD set, $99.99. (R2)
“The King of Queens: The Complete Series” ” Also getting the complete-series treatment is Kevin James’ sitcom about a delivery guy, his brash (Leah Remini), and his live-in father-in-law (Jerry Stiller). The 26-disc set packs all 207 episodes from the show’s nine-year run. DVD set, $232.95. (Sony)
“Full House: The Complete Series” ” And Bob Saget’s comedy about a widower raising three daughters with help from his brother and his best friend returns with a four-disc set containing the 24 episodes of the eighth and final year and a 32-disc set with all 192 episodes. “Complete Series” DVD set, $169.72; “Eighth Season” DVD set, $29.98. (Warner Bros.)
“Dr. Who: The Complete Third Series” ” The newest incarnation of the venerable sci-fi cult hit stars David Tennant as the time-traveling, space-faring doc, now paired with a fresh companion, a medical student (Freema Agyeman). Season three’s 13 episodes come in a six-disc set that includes deleted scenes and commentary. DVD set, $99.98. (BBC)
“The Best of the Colbert Report” ” Stephen Colbert, the standard-bearer for truthiness, gets his own DVD compilation of prime moments from his Comedy Central parody of TV news and analysis. Among the bits: Colbert’s light-saber duel with George Lucas and a metaphor contest with Sean Penn. DVD, $19.99. (Paramount)