Benji Tunnell: 'Catching Fire' burns better than first movie
I'll be the first to admit I wasn't the biggest fan of the first "Hunger Games" movie. While it was capably executed, well-acted and certainly exciting, the entire premise of child-on-child violence left me feeling uneasy.
Dave Woods: Vegas a great destination for quick vacation
I love to get out of town for a few days, often with little notice. Expiring vacations days loomed on my calendar, and I needed some Dave time. Nothing fancy, just something cheap.
Joe Hadsall: Saints' success depends on me keeping mouth shut
The most intensely enforced item on my list of nevers, however: I never talk trash about teams with an upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints.
Holiday concerts featured at MSSU
Musicians and vocalists from Missouri Southern State University will perform three holiday concerts next week. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.
Grand Funk Railroad to roll into Downstream
A blues rock band of the '70s responsible for a score of recognizable, remade hits will appear at Downstream Casino.
Vocal quartet to sing medieval, current carols
Christmas songs aren't just Christmas songs, say members of New York Polyphony. As they are repeated and re-created, they become carols imbued with history and meaning.
Miracle workers: Story about Santa's sanity featured for first time at Joplin Little Theatre
There's a reason Richard Copeland does such a convincing acting job as the judge in "Miracle on 34th Street": He's an associate circuit judge in Missouri's Judicial Circuit 29 for Jasper County.
Benji Tunnell: Journal reveals movie columnist's pain, angst
People often approach me to ask about what it is like living the glamorous life of a movie reviewer. After calling off the three burly men I employ to keep back the legion of adoring female readers, I set down my glass of champagne, push back my plate of caviar, and invite them to sit while I explain to them that it is not all fabulous movie premieres and hobnobbing with celebrities.
Jeremiah Tucker: Never too late to name Owl City's 'Fireflies' as worst song ever
I have no time peg to tie this 2009 chart topper to anything happening today, but is that really necessary when we can finally put a name to the single worst song ever recorded?
Joe Hadsall: Adventures in vanity: New decade, new hairdo
This is a big deal, because I change hairstyles maybe once a decade. Seriously, my hairstyle can positively identify with decades. Not good decade trends, by any means, but decades nonetheless.
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