Aug. 08--This weekend's entertainment best bets include the computer-animated film "Planes" and the return of pop-rock band Tommy & The High Pilots at the First Ward House. Prepare for takeoff.
In theaters: A sci-fi thriller, a computer-animated kids' film, an R-rated comedy and a fantasy action-adventure -- unless you're looking for romance, there's a little something for everyone at the movies this week. Experts expect the post-apocalyptic "Elysium" to win the box office this week. The futuristic film from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp stars Matt Damon as a man who tries to bring peace to the wealthy elitists in a man-made space station and the peasants left on the desolate Earth. However, "Planes" could give "Elysium" a run for its money. Pixar's "Cars" spinoff puts the spotlight on Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race but is hopelessly afraid of heights. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston star in "We're the Millers," a comedy in which a veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. And, finally, the sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" follows Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends as they embark on a quest to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. All four films open Friday.
Tommy time: If catchy pop-rock is your bag, head down to the First Ward House Thursday to see Tommy & The High Pilots. The band will perform at 9:30 p.m., and if it's anything like their last performance in St. Joseph, it'll be a barnburner. Tommy & The High Pilots hail from Santa Barbara, Calif., and have scored a couple of radio hits with "Lonely Place" and "Where to Start." The band -- which consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Tommy Cantillon, guitarist/keyboardist Michael Cantillon, bass player Steven Libby and drummer Matt Palermo -- has been featured on MTV and has recorded three albums through Redbird Records.
Something new in Smithville: Art enthusiasts in the Smithville, Mo., area will surely rejoice when the new Three Link Gallery opens this weekend. The gallery (106 N. Bridge St.) will host an opening reception for Denver artist Melissa Furness' "Sticks and Stones" exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit's depictions of ruins and swimmers create a haunting homage to Smithville's own history of regular flooding. Meanwhile, the complex layering of the artist's vast spaces and swimming figures form a suggested narrative of the individual struggle for future dreams as well as the search for lost memories.
Fit for Max King: Atchison High School art instructor Max King has made such a huge impact in the Northeast Kansas town that Friday has been declared Max King Day. But that's not all. The Atchison Art Association and the Muchnic Gallery will celebrate his legacy with the "Max King Retrospective." The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Muchnic Gallery in Atchison. A special "roast tribute" will be held at 6 p.m. Read more about the exhibit in Friday's edition of St. Joe Live, online at stjoelive.com.
Boundless metal: If you're into modern metal epics by the likes of Opeth, Mastodon or Dream Theater, head down to Cafe Acoustic Saturday for a performance by Phavian. The Los Angeles metal band will perform at 9:30 p.m.. Phavian uses unconventional rhythms, orchestrations and melodies as tools to craft a unique sonic experience.
Shea Conner can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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