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Last chance to see your favorite Holiday movies on the GIANT Screen! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 10 December 2012 12:41

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Polar Express, playing now through this Thursday, December 13.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas tickets: $11/adults; $10/senior/student/military; $8/youth.

Polar Express tickets: $5

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D) opens this Friday on the Putnam’s GIANT Screen! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 10 December 2012 12:39

DAVENPORT- Join the Putnam Museum as they open The Hobbit with a Red Carpet Midnight Premiere this Friday, December 14 at 12:01 a.m. Don’t miss out on prize giveaways, fun trivia, VIP lanyards and seeing The Hobbit where it’s meant to be seen, on the Quad Cities’ GIANT Screen! The Giant Screen Theater is equipped with 264 stadium-style seats; a screen six stories high and seven stories wide; a eight-speaker, 10,000 watt digital sound system; THX® Certified sound by QSC Audio Products, LLC; and a new 4k Dolby digital projection system. The Theater is Giant Screen Certified by the Giant Screen Association.

Opening Weekend Showtimes:

Friday, December 14: 12:01 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

Saturday, December 15: 10 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

Sunday, December 16: 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D) Price: $12.50/adults; $11/senior/student/military; $9/youth. No additional charges for the Midnight Premiere.

‘The Hobbit,’ Premiering Dec. 14, Illustrates Value of Adventure Tales for Pre-Teens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:59
Juveniles on Brink of Personal Journey,
Says Youth Advocate

It’s only appropriate that fantastical genres of storytelling are often geared toward preadolescents, says writer Elayne James.

“It’s an extremely impressionable time, with the wonder of childhood firmly established and a dramatic transformation about to take place,” says James, author of “Destiny’s Call,” the first installment of the fantasy series “The LightBridge Legacy,” (

It’s also not surprising that the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy from 2001 to 2003 was one of the most successful in film history – and that fans are eagerly anticipating director Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth on Dec. 14 with the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” she says.

In addition to being masterfully interpreted on the big screen, many of us were attached to the story from the books, which are often introduced during the middle school years. The narratives and personal experiences we have during preadolescence tend to stay with us more than those from other phases of life.

Researchers frequently cite pediatric neuroimaging studies, which show that during the ages of 11 and 12 our brain development is at a fundamental stage. A four-month journey across America at that age left an indelible impression on James. The trip culminated in New York City which became the launching point for the “Tolkien-esque” adventure in her most recent novel.

“Think about what you were learning at that age, your interests, the dreams of who you might someday become, all taking shape as your sense of self comes slowly into focus. Those things you loved as a child, whether it be drawing or basketball, music or dance, will likely be what brings you back to yourself later in life.”

James says there’s much to value about pre-teens experiencing narratives like “The Hobbit”:

• Preparation and a sense of identity: In “The Hobbit,” the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous trilogy, Bilbo Baggins is the protagonist on a quest for treasure. Throughout his journey, he grows and matures, learning to accept the various aspects of his personality, including those that are less appealing. He must be brave at times, and rely on his common sense at other times. This is the journey pre-teens face when entering adolescence, and discussing it with them through the prism of Bilbo Baggins can be a wonderful teaching moment (as well as a potentially entertaining conversation).

• Puberty, the universal “adventure: ” Everyone must endure that first plunge of major physical transformation with puberty. As the body is flooded with adult hormones, adolescents must rely on their still-developing young minds to deal with mature situations. This can be a difficult, even frightening, time and, of course, kids are never the same after puberty. Baggins’ ordeals show children that high adventure (including puberty!) and the most important experiences in life, leave us forever changed. There may be frightening moments, times they grieve what they’re leaving behind, but ultimately, the journey is rewarding.

• There and Back Again … This is not only the expanded title of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” it is also a reoccurring theme in James' career as a writer. After reading “The Hobbit” at age 11 and chronicling her own adventures across America a year later, she decided to create her own stories. "Without Tolkien's invitation to Middle Earth," she says, "I might have followed a very different path. Tolkien made me view my own life as an adventure and I believed that I, like the unassuming, shy little Hobbit, could succeed, even against all odds." Returning to New York as an adult, and as an author, she claims, brought her journey full circle.

“What occurs during adolescence stays with you," says James, "so it's important to make sure children are exposed to positive stories and experiences.”

About Elayne James

Elayne James started her writing career at age 11 – after she read “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien and discovered she wanted to spend her life creating worlds. In addition to being a lifelong writer, she has been a singer/songwriter, sound effects specialist, a video editor, a playwright, a theatrical lighting designer, a graphic artist and a professional photographer. She lives by the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

Dec. 6th. 2012 Movie: Mughal-E-Azam, classic, recently restored and in color. I.S.E. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:58
December 6th  2012.    7.00 p.m.
Independent Scholars' Evenings


Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Akbar, Emperor of Emperors, solved the problem of  his son and heir’s love for a woman not accepted in his court as the mother of  next heir. 

The movie shows his innovative, and culturally often repeated, methods of breaking the affair.

Additionally, the movie shows the intermix of  Muslim and Hindu cultures coexisting under his rule, his Hindu wife, the Queen and the Hindu culture in his court.

This is a classic movie, the biggest blockbuster ever when released originally in 1960,  restored recently, in color and with subtitles.

Classic Bollywood without the modern Western influences.

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Please join in.  Free and open to the public.
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Thunder Power announces "Volumes" release date, tour dates, and monkey video! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:09
Thunder Power is excited to announce that their full-length debut Volumes on Slumber Party Records on December 11th, 2012!
You can stream and embed the single "Spiraling Sky" at, and watch the video here.
or click this link...
You can also find the video for "Foreign Soil" from Volumes at
Thunder Power is a band from Omaha, Nebraska whose tours have taken them from coast to coast over the last few years, including appearances at SXSW and CMJ. They have released a number of EPs on Slumber Party Records, an affiliate of Saddle Creek, and will release Volumes, their first full-length, on December 11th, to be followed by a tour supporting the new record.  Look for them at:
12/14 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown (album release at Omahype Holiday Rock-N-Shop)
1/18 Omaha, NE @ Side Door Lounge
1/19 Chicago, IL @ Uncommon Ground Edgewater
1/20 Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff’s
1/21 Jamestown, NY @ Labyrinth Press Company
1/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Arsenal Lanes
1/24 Lafayette, IN @ house show
1/25 Columbia, MO @ The Bridge
1/26 Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
Thunder Power will follow up with a preview of the full album in the next week or so.
Please stay tuned for further updates, and contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with further inquiries.

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