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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,” (www.lightbridgelegacy.com).

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

Movie:
Mughal-E-Azam

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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Thunder Power announces "Volumes" release date, tour dates, and monkey video! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by mewmedic.com   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:09
VOLUMES TO BE RELEASED 12/11/12
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 http://soundcloud.com/thunderpower/thunder-power-spiraling-sky, and watch the video here.
or click this link...
You can also find the video for "Foreign Soil" from Volumes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1To6eIhfj0.
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.

 
2013 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCES JUDGES AND MENTORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ms Shane Thompson   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:09
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Neon Trees, Iggy Pop, Ryan Bingham, Eve, Carly Simon, Hunter Hayes, and Many More Round Out Judging Panel

November 29, 2012 - Unsigned Only Music Competition today announced its judging panel for the 2013 competition, which is now accepting entries. The panel of judges consists of the top echelon of recording artists and music journalists, representing the ten categories of popular music covered by the competition.

Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan noted, "We are gearing up for another great year of Unsigned Only with even more judges, bigger cash prizes, and another great opportunity to bridge the gap between unsigned artists and the music industry executives who could potentially influence and elevate their careers."

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. Entries are being accepted now until March 14, 2013. Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian Music, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop/Top 40, Teen, and Vocal Performance.

Launched in 2011 by the founders of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Not only does it offer great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals, but it also takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

2012 Grand Prize winner Lara Johnston states, "being the Grand Prize winner of Unsigned Only has been a definite high point of my career thus far. The mentoring opportunities provided by Unsigned Only are nothing short of incredible: I've had in-depth conversations and meetings with the uppermost gatekeepers and leaders of the music industry. Since winning Unsigned Only, I've garnered invaluable advice from a rich variety of perspectives, and I've had the chance to start relationships with people who can truly help me in my career. I'm excited to see where this all takes me and I would urge any aspiring artist to enter this year's competition - you never know, you might be the next Grand Prize winner!"

The judging panel is comprised of an impressive group of recording artists and top-level music journalists. They include: Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Cyndi Lauper; Iggy Pop; Carly Simon; John Oates (Hall & Oates); Eve; 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; Brandi Carlile; Hunter Hayes; Manchester Orchestra; Black Francis (The Pixies); Ryan Bingham; Faith Evans; David Crowder; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; Wynonna; Aaron Shust; Kirko Bangz; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Vanessa Satten (Editor-In-Chief, XXL Magazine); Christopher Weingarten (Senior Editor, Spin); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post).

The panel of mentors who have signed on to participate is equally impressive. Included are: Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic Records); Pete Ganbarg (Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Shawn Holiday (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Label Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Allison B. Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Lisa Ramsey-Perkins (Senior Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); and more to be announced.

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance and Teen categories, which allow original or cover songs.

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For more information, please contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

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