July 11--This weekend's entertainment best bets include the action flick "Pacific Rim," Jerry Forney's CD release party at Magoon's and the RRT production of "The King and I" at the Missouri Theater.
In theaters: On one hand, you've got giant robots battling sea monsters. On the other, you have Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. If you're looking for a new movie to see this weekend, your choices begin and end with "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2." In "Pacific Rim" (directed by Guillermo del Toro), Transformers meets Godzilla as an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence and giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. In the less awe-inspiring "Grown Ups 2," Lenny (Sandler) and his family move back to his hometown looking for tranquility, but between old bullies, new bullies, crazy bus drivers, drunk cops on skis and hundreds of costumed party crashers, it ends up being another insane summer for the Sandler clan. Both movies open Friday in theaters.
Looking back to Siam: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's momentous 1951 musical "The King and I" is often thought of as one of the most timeless plays ever created. Robidoux Resident Theatre hopes to capture the magic of the play this weekend at the Missouri Theater. Set in the 1860s, the musical relays the experiences of Anna (played by Carol Myers), a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King of Siam's (Steve Snider) drive to modernize his traditional country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece -- the two strong-willed characters often butt heads -- as well as by a love that neither can consummate. RRT will present the musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Counterfit comedy: Anyone who tunes into RFD-TV surely knows the name Johnny Counterfit, an Emmy Award-winning clean comedian and impressionist who's been featured on "RFD-TV's Country Family Reunion" and "Larry's Country Diner." The "Rich Little of Country Music," as many in the business have dubbed him, will perform at the Plain Jane Cafe & Music Theater in Stewartsville, Mo., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. His show blends country tunes with spot-on impersonations of music legends, Hollywood stars and politicians.
From Renick to the record: This Tall Records got some major press a few weeks ago, but another fledgling record label will get its start in St. Joseph on Saturday. Renick Street Records will host its launch party at 9 p.m. at the First Ward House. The show will include performances by the label's acts including Missouri Homegrown, If You See Kay and The Burnstyles. The event will include a bike rally and a bikini contest. Check out Friday's edition of St. Joe Live for more information.
Forney's big Friday: Anyone who's spent a few nights at Magoon's knows that Jerry Forney is one of the most talented and respected musicians in the St. Joseph area. But, for the last several years, you'd have to see him at a live show to hear his masterful blend of blues, country, folk and even a little bit of funk. Not anymore. Forney will release his new album "Midnight on the Water" during his CD release show at 9 p.m. Friday at Magoon's. Those who attend should expect to hear smooth tunes from Forney's warm guitar.
Shea Conner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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