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C2 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Entertainment PICKS OF THE WEEK "The Perks of Being a Wall- flower" (PG-13) -- Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a lonely 10th-grader just hoping to make it through the school year. He has no close friends, and no hopes, of finding any joy in his teen years. Char- lie's perspective changes after he gets swooped up by two seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) who show him that life is bigger than our insecurities. The film is based on a novel by Stephen Chbosky, who adapted it for the screen -- and directed it himself. And it totally works. The movie is funny, heartfelt and sensi- tive. Anybody who has been or still is a teenager can find something in this story that speaks to them. "The Sessions" (R) - - Mark (John Hawkes) is a writer who can't write. Since he caught polio as a child, he's spent most of his time in an iron lung (a giant tube that helps him breath), and the rest of his time on his back, hardly able to move. He's also 34 and a virgin. After talking it over with his caregiver and his priest (William H. Macy), Mark gets the blessing to see a sex therapist (Helen Hunt), a licensed professional who can walk him through his first few times. It's a heart- wanning, grownup movie about sex. The experience is funny, relatively easygoing and rather uplifting. Ezra Miller, Emma Watson in 'qhe Perks of Being a Wallflower" "Bully" (PG-13) -- This documentary explores what bullying does and has done to the youth of America. Imme- diately, the stakes are set high. Documentarian Lee Hirsch finds two families who have lost children to suicide after they were buUiecL The movie also follows Alex, a boy who is bullied every day because of the way he looks. The film- maker goes up close with kids, parents and administrators to see how bullying is handled. The message at the core of the movie is that not enough is being done. Rather than explore the causes of bully behavior, the film focuses on how school officials, legisla- tors and communities have shrugged off the effects of bullying, while children still endure senseless cruelty every day. "The Man with the Iron Fists" (R) -- This is a cheesey, overdone pile of kung-fu runoff -- and it's all clearly made with love. Thank writer, director and star of the film, RZA. The movie is an obvious love letter to the bargain-bin action movies of his youth. In 19th-century China, a remote village is prey to a band of vicious outlaws. It's up to the town blacksmith to lead a curious band of unique fighters through a series of confusing, cluttered and ridiculous action scenes. It's gory, it's action- packed, and it's hard to follow -- in a fun way. (c) 2013 King Features Synd Inc. Pawnee Bill Ranch to Host a Primitive Bow-Making Workshop On Saturday, February 9, 2013, the Pawnee Bill Ranch will host a primi- tive bow-making workshop in the historic big barn, according to Erin Brown of the Pawnee Bill Ranch. Experienced bowyer Tommy Leach, of Stillwa- ter, will teach participants the step-by-step process of crafting a self-bow. "He will show bows in various stages of completion and discuss everything from selecting the appropriate materials to finishing the bow" Brown said. The process of creating a bow takes several months, but the finished project is unlike anything you can purchase. This will be the 9th year that the Ranch has offered this popular class, she explained. "The primitive bow- making class is intended for hunters, re-enactors, or anyone interested in primi- tive skills." The class, scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m costs $25.00, including lunch. Space is limited so pre-registration and pre- payment is required. For more information or to pre-register, please call the Pawnee Bill Ranch at (918) 762-2513 or email ebrown@ okhistory.org. The Pawnee Bill Ranch is located mile west of Pawnee on Hwy 64. The Pawnee Bill Ranch is a member of Green Country Marketing Association, one of 11 multi-county organi- zations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn and the other multi- county associations to promote the state tourism industry. Your Local Ii~dependent Agent We've Got Don ,oldridge, Agent 505 E. 33 * Perkins 547-2900 'Greater Tuna' opens tonight Stillwater's Town and Gown Theatre brings to life the third smallest town in Texas with its produc- tion of Greater Tuna, Feb, 7-10, and 14-17. Kyle Shifflett and Seth Philips reprise their roles from Tuna Christmas playing almost the whole town of Tuna. Patt Ward Curtin directs. The two men play 20 resi- dents. In the course of one day we meet Aries Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phinas Blye and Rev. Spikes, just some of the upstanding cit- izens of Tuna Add in smut snatchin' Vera Carp, pistol peddlin' Didi Snavely and Bertha Bumiller's misfit family--- Charlene, who has been denied the title of cheerleader for seven years, Stanley, the M & M juvenile delinquent, and Little Jody, the dog addict son. Racism, big- otry and big hair, violence and fanaticism are the bread and butter of the "red-blooded American" residents of the town of Tuna and the main course of the entire comedy, "It wouldn't be comedic satire without these small town stereotypes, their prejudices, quirks, and pretensions. The residents of Tuna, Texas are exag- gerated versions of the things Americans don't like about themselves, and that makes them the prime target for satire. Charac- ters like Bertha Bumiller and Didi Snavely may be backward, mouthy, and crass, but they are without any sort of facade or pre- tentious front. As soon as something is in their heads, it exits their mouths, which is strangely endearing and sets the stage for humor. In spite of this, it is almost impossible to walk away without a fondness and affection for the people who live in Tuna. But the playwrights take advantage of the residents' flaws to magnify and comment on social mores. Everyone and everything is fair game. That's the nature of satire," director Patt Ward Curtin said. Playwrights Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard knew these characters warts and all from their own small towns (Sears grew up in Bartlesville and graduated from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah). Shifflett from the tiny town of Fay, Ok, and just up the road from Watonga, Curtin's former home, and Philips from Morrison, identify. Although this is Curtin's directing debut at Town & Gown, she has directed over 60 plays. She moved here 18 months ago after retiring as a Watonga AP English, Theatre, and Humanities teacher to become the House Director for Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at OSU. She has also taught and directed for South- western State University, Weatherford, and directed shows in various Oklahoma towns. "Directing shows around the state, teaching acting workshops, and work- ing summer camps every summer is how I helped put my three children through college," Curtin said. All of them have some kind of theatre experience; commu- nity theatre was our family sport. It's what we did for fun." In addition, she has adjudicated state, regional and national theatre venues, and published six weekly newspapers. Her graduate degree in theatre is from OSU. In real life, Shifflett is a staff attorney for the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and Philips is a marketing strategist for Cox Commu- nications in Tulsa. "In addition to the come- dic satire, it's the quick change gimmick, which propels the play where the two actors must play twenty characters---men, women, and children of all ages, attitudes, and body types, and sometimes two or three characters in a single scene, changing costumes, hair-dos, and visions of the world. For the audience, the quick costume changes promote a great deal of the fun. "Town and Gown" has a secret weapon in the form of Shifflett, "Curtin explained. "He's the cos- tume designer, and in this play, his costumes not only have to reflect the resi- dents' personalities and just the right amount of "Texas Tacky", but they also have to be built for speed." Shiftier and Philips aren't alone backstage waiting to get on Paul Weber's well- designed set and clever rendition of an Air Stream trailer park. "I wanted a set that was fun, functional, and non- confining as far as the space goes, and that's what he and builders Tim Wilson, Susan Weber, and Keith Sheets gave us," Curtin said. Each actor is aided by two dressers, Susan Weber, Dawn Wilson, Cindy Sheets, and Valerie Kisling, who help them strip off one costume and slip into the next one, sometimes in a matter of seconds. Ronda Plake acts as a "floating"dresser where ever she's needed. "We have to make sure the wigs are tugged down and that the bosoms are straight," dresser Cindy Sheets said. In addition to helping them change clothes, the dressers also remind the actors of where they are in the show and what comes next-,a very big deal in a fast-paced show Show magic also comes from sound and lights. Cody Whittenbm' g designed the sound for the town "where Patsy CIi fe never dies." Sound operator is Tiara Young:7 Lights were designed.by Keith Sheets. Cast photographer is Philip Whitacker and graphic artist is Valerie Kisling. Greater Tuna has per- formances at Town & Gown, 3524 S. Perkins Road, Feb. 7-10, and Feb. 14-17. The box office opens Monday, Feb. 4, (405) 372-9122 or vi'sit www.myticketscene.com. Moreinformationis available at www.townandgown.org. Shows start at 7:30 Thurs- day through Saturday with two Sunday matinees ;af2: 30. Ticket prices are $14for adults and $12 for students. Seniors can take advantage of a $12 ticket price at both matinees. National Award Winning Meats Mon,R ~P-11:30 a,~ 1~30-6 ~, Q ~at "t-!l:aO a,m, IIII II. I tlmn Ilmllll lltr/.lt l IIII