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Entertainment

‘Alita’ leads a slow box office weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sci-fi fantasy “Alita: Battle Angel” topped the charts and beat out a number of newcomers including the meta romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” and the horror sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” in its first weekend in theaters, but it is a victory with a few ...

One art show to end, another to begin

Tiffn Art Guild opened its “Anything Goes” 2019 high school student art exhibition with a reception Feb. 3. TAG received 87 pieces of art from 48 students representing four high schools: Calvert, Hopewell-Loudon, New Riegel and Columbian. A drawing by Julia Reinhart of New Riegel High ...

Heidelberg to host NY poet/performance artist

New-York-based poet and educator Joe Hall is to be at Heidelberg University Feb. 22 for a workshop with students and a public reading of his writings. Hall’s visit is the first in the spring semester’s Jean Warren Gekler Writer’s Series, hosted by the School of Communication, Humanities ...

‘Finding Your Roots’ looks into political leaders’ past

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., hopes this season of his popular PBS series “Finding Your Roots” helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family links and how those family histories tell the story of the country. Now in its fifth season, the ...

‘Lego Movie 2’ opens No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” was easily the top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film’s $35 million opening failed to stack up to its expected haul, according to studio estimates Sunday. The animated sequel had been forecast to draw around $50 ...

Piano program Saturday at Heidelberg to combine classic, contemporary pieces

A piano recital Saturday by Heidelberg University’s Margarita Denenburg is to combine a joyous Mozart sonata, a nostalgic Chopin nocturne and a contemporary nod to Cleveland by Ohio composer Gerald Evans. Denenburg, assistant professor of keyboard studies in the School of Music & ...

Cast set for Ritz Player’s drama ‘12 Angry Jurors’

The Ritz Players has announced the cast for ‘12 Angry Jurors’ Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 23-24. Based on the Emmy Award-winning TV movie by Reginald Rose, “Twelve Angry Men,” the play was adapted by Sherman L. Sergel. A 19-year-old boy has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his ...

TU to stage first musical theater production

Tiffin University is to present “Heathers The Musical” Feb. 15-17 in the Marion Center, 235 Miami St. Under the direction of Aly Horn, this show marks the first-ever musical theater production in TU’s history. “Heathers The Musical” is a comedic dark musical based on the 1988 film, ...

Oscar winners asked to be brief

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Winners at this year’s Oscars will need to be quick, in their walks to the stage and their acceptance speeches. Producers told nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards they will have 90 seconds from the time their name is called until the conclusion of ...

Heidelberg to stage mystery drama

Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic child, is extraordinarily intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. What happens when he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog? Find out when the Heidelberg University School of Music & Theatre stages the mystery ...

‘Glass’ stays at No. 1, while ‘Miss Bala’ opens in third

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the distraction of the Super Bowl, freezing temperatures affecting large portions of North America and only one big new release in theaters in “Miss Bala,” movie-going audiences largely took the weekend off from the theaters in what is estimated to be the ...

Entertainment briefs, Jan. 31

Chill for charity The 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for Saturday morning at Camden Falls, 2460 S. SR 231, Tiffin. Registration is to start at 9 a.m. with breakfast buffet to open at 9:30 and the jump at 11.  The cost is $30 for first-time jumpers, which includes T-shirt, hat, patch ...

‘Glass’ movie No. 1 again

NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew McConaughey notched one of the worst debuts of his career, Oscar nominees saw only modest bumps and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” easily remained No. 1 on a quiet weekend in movie theaters. The weekend’s two new wide releases — McConaughey’s tropic noir ...

Nobodies of Comedy returning to Tiffin

Tickets still are available for The Nobodies of Comedy Tour which is to stop at The Ritz Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Even though you’ve never heard of them, the four talented comedians promise to provide plenty of laughs for mature audiences only. Bill Boronkay A former sportscaster, ...

He’s Red Green, and he can stop touring if he wants to, we guess

Steve Smith has made a career out of playing, well, Steve Smith. More accurately, he’s been, for most of 40 years, his signature character — Red Green. And Red is back on the road this year in what Smith hints could be the final public appearances for his alter ego. Red Green began as a ...

‘Glass’ is No. 1 at box office with $40.6M

NEW YORK (AP) — M. Night Shyamalan scored his fifth No. 1 movie as the director’s “Glass,” while not quite the blockbuster some expected, nevertheless dominated Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office with $40.6 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates ...

‘The Upside’ unseats ‘Aquaman’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he’s got a number one movie. “The Upside,” starring Hart and Bryan Cranston, surpassed expectations to open with $19.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The strong performance of “The Upside” ...

‘Aquaman’ continues box office reign

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Aquaman” is still the champ at the box office three weeks in, but the high-concept thriller “Escape Room” also drew some substantial crowds in its debut weekend. Warner Bros. Sunday said “Aquaman” has added an estimated $30.7 million from more than 4,000 ...

Box office sees post-Christmas increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the final weekend of 2018, “Aquaman” still led the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Mule” and “Second Act” enjoyed post-holiday bumps too, even amid an onslaught of new Christmas offerings like “Vice,” ...

Entertainment briefs, Dec. 27

Tickets still available for comedian Comedian Louie Anderson is to appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St. For tickets and information, call (419) 448-8544 or visit www.ritztheatre.org. TAG plans high school exhibit Tiffin Art Guild invites high school ...