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By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
The Mark Twain Museum is celebrating Mark Twain’s 182nd birthday with an old-fashioned birthday party for children, a mustache competition, masquerade mask exhibit and contest — and the official lighting of the Boyhood Home Christmas tree with music, Mark Twain and Tom and Becky.
All are invited to join in the festivities Saturday, Nov. 25, for a day full of fun and merriment.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Faith is the central theme of Bluff City Theater’s fourth full season that begins in February 2018.
BCT Executive Director Joe Anderson said that he chose the theme of faith because there is a rich selection of theatrical material that explores the concept in a variety of ways. In announcing the 2018 season, he stressed that while religion plays a central role in many people’s tenet of faith, it is not the only thing that sustains us. Consequently, the season’s offerings explore both religious and secular themes.
“I don’t want audiences to confuse the theme of faith with religion,” Anderson said. “Those who have followed our work will know that we want to engage our audiences in a dialogue. The time just seemed right to explore this theme in 2018. We succeed best when you’re still thinking about something you saw days earlier, so while most of the plays do touch on religion in some way, they are all very entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.”
Next season’s shows are:

“The Sunset Limited”
By Cormac McCarthy
Feb. 15 to 24
Black is a former convict who became an evangelical Christian in prison. White is a university professor and an atheist. One morning, White decides to end his life by jumping in front of a train — the Sunset Limited. Black, in the right (or wrong) place at the right time, saves his life. Feeling responsible for him, Black takes White back to his tenement in Harlem, where the men engage in a spirited discussion about life, religion and the rights of man. Best known for his novel “No Place for Old Men” which became an Academy Award-winning film, Cormac McCarthy is one of America’s most prolific and significant authors. “The Sunset Limited” was adapted into an HBO film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Directed by Alex Freeman.

“Becoming Dr. Ruth”
By Mark St. Germain
March 22 to 31
While everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous sex therapist, few know her full story. From fleeing the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Israel as a sniper, to coming to America as a single mother, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is a story of struggle, honesty and faith in oneself. Bluff City Theater audiences will know Mark St. Germain as the author of 2016’s breakaway hit “Best of Enemies.” This production stars Susie Wall, last seen at Bluff City Theater as Alice B. Toklas in “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” in a role she made her own at the New Jewish Theater in St. Louis.

“My Name is Asher Lev”
By Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
May 31 to June 9
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.
Directed by Jennifer Stewart.

“Trees Die Standing Tall”
By Alejandro Casona, American premiere, adapted from the Spanish by Lia Beeson
June 28 to July 7
A comedy in three acts, this is the story of one woman’s faith in her grandson, even while facing the undeniable. Alejandro Casona was a Spanish-Argentinian playwright, considered one of the major talents of his era. This production was originally staged by BCT’s sister theater, Talk is Free Theater in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. While playing, in many ways, like a traditional British farce, “Trees Die Standing Tall” is a clever and funny narrative that belies its structure to explore themes and ideas that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel”
By Tom Key and Russell Treyz, music by Harry Chapin, based on “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan
July 26 to Aug. 4
This “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is set in rural Georgia and features country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As “Gospel” begins, they sing that “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.” Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. This is a spirited and rocking musical production featuring a bluegrass orchestra and supported by the BCT Young Company. “The Cotton Patch Gospel” will be performed environmentally.
Directed by Alan Knoll.

Ticket information
Season subscriptions for 2018 are available for sale now at eventshannibal.com by searching 2018 Subscriptions. Regularly priced at $115 for all five productions, early bird subscribers can lock in the discounted price of $99 until Dec. 1.
Subscriptions also may be purchased by calling 573-719-3226 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
Tickets are on sale for Hannibal-LaGrange University’s 76th Annual Booster Banquet, which will feature former football coach Steve Spurrier as keynote speaker. The banquet will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
Spurrier is well known for his lengthy and successful career in football. He served as head coach for three college and two professional teams and also was an exceptional college football player before spending nearly a decade playing professionally in the NFL.
Ticket prices are as follows.
• $75: General admission, includes banquet admission.
• $200: Executive admission, includes reserved parking, admission to a private reception with Spurrier from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and reserved seat at the banquet. Attendees of the private reception will be able to meet Spurrier and have a photo taken with him.
• $1,500: Sponsor a round table, includes eight executive tickets.
The number of executive tickets is limited, and they may be purchased with a credit card by calling 573-629-3124.
Growing up in Tennessee as the son of a Presbyterian pastor, Spurrier was a multisport all-state athlete in high school. A graduate of the University of Florida, he served as the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons and won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of fame as a player in 1986.
In 1967, Spurrier was a first round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL draft. He went on to play for the 49ers as a backup quarterback and punter until 1976, when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the starting quarterback for their inaugural season.
Spurrier became the youngest head coach in professional football when he accepted the position with the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits in 1983.
In 1987, he began coaching the Duke University Blue Devils. Spurrier went on to lead them to the conference championship in 1989.
Spurrier then began his tenure as head coach at his alma mater and led the Florida Gators to unprecedented success. He led the team to six SEC championships and a national championship. In 1996, Spurrier became the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner when Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the award.
After the 2001 season, Spurrier left Florida to coach the Washington Redskins for two years before returning to college football in 2005 as the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
In 2015, Spurrier resigned as coach of the Gamecocks and retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina history. He has the second most coaching wins in the history of the SEC and in 2017 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach, one of only four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach.
Spurrier now serves as an ambassador and consultant for the University of Florida’s athletic department.
Spurrier is author of “Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football.”
More information is available by calling 573-629-3126 or sending an email to lauren.youse@hlg.edu.
By Kelly Wilson 01 Nov, 2017
For two decades, the first Saturday of November has seen motorcyclists from around the Tri-State area gather and ride together to support the children at Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch.
This year’s ride will be Saturday, Nov. 4.
The effort began two decades ago as the dream of the late Johnny Watt, a man who loved motorcycles and children. Initially a small event, it has grown to include many groups, clubs, people and organizations. Participants feel Watt would be proud of the event, which takes place in the Clarence, Mo., area. Watt’s vision was to provide money for the children and their house families to have a little extra at Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.
Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is a safe haven for abused, neglected and at-risk children. It receives no government money; its funding comes entirely from churches and individual gifts.
Riders will meet at 9 a.m., with those from the east meeting at Ayerco/Rocket Truck Stop, 7233 Route MM, Palmyra. Riders from the west will meet at Trustee’s Cycle Shop, 1402 Route JJ, Moberly.
Registration will be $10 per rider or car, and proceeds will be donated to the ranch. A commemoration patch will be available for $5.
Riders will meet at Casey’s and, led by Santa Claus, will ride to the ranch, where families will line the drive to watch the motorcycles roar in.
More information about the ride is available by calling or texting 573-406-4909 or 573-795-6335.
More information about Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch is available at shilohranch.org.
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