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St. Joseph News-Press, Mo., Top 5 column

June 5, 2014

By Shea Conner, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

June 05--This weekend's entertainment best bets include the sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," a free show by country artist Bryan White at the casino and the annual Ride for Ryan event.

In theaters: Tom Cruise isn't quite ready to give up being an action star. The 51-year-old actor will star alongside Emily Blunt in "Edge of Tomorrow." Set in the near future, "Edge of Tomorrow" envisions a world largely defeated by an alien race. Cruise plays a military officer untrained for combat, who is deployed into a combat mission against the aliens. Though he's killed in minutes, he finds himself starting over in a time loop, repeating the same mission and learning to better battle the aliens each time. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star in "The Fault in Our Stars," based on the John Green novel, about two terminally ill teenagers who fall in love. Both films open Friday.

The fabric of their lives: The quilts of two dynamic artists with Los Angeles roots will be showcased at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art starting on June 8. Tula Pink graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in L.A. and worked as an exhibit designer for multiple museums in the city before moving to St. Joseph. Luke Haynes, on the other hand, currently resides in L.A. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, Newark Museum and the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, just to name a few places. Both create thrilling textile pieces and both will be the featured artists in "Pattern: Repeat." An opening reception for "Pattern: Repeat" will be held at the museum from 4 to 7 p.m.June 14. The opening reception for Kansas City painter and former Missouri Western student Kwanza Humphrey's "Naturally Human" will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.June 6.

Let's ride: Ride for Ryan may look back at the life of 1996 Savannah High School graduate Ryan Consolver, but the two-day event also is a celebration of motorcycles and live music. The festivities will start at various Downtown establishments on June 6 and will continue on June 7. Music acts such as Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders, The Souveneers, Casey Brett, Stormbourne, The Licious Brothers and Blue Oyster Culture Club will perform at various venues on Friday and Saturday, and guests may see them all by purchasing a $10 wristband. The ride itself will leave St. Joe Harley Davidson at noon June 7. For more information about Ride for Ryan, check out St. Joe Live in Friday's edition of the News-Press -- online at

White gold: For the second year in a row, the St. Jo Frontier Casino will bring a Grammy winner to town for a free concert. Country artist Bryan White will perform a free show at 7 p.m.June 7 at the casino (however, guests must be 21 or older to attend). White was one of the genre's biggest acts in the mid-1990s. He has recorded 17 singles that reached the Billboard country charts, of which six reached No. 1: "Someone Else's Star" in 1995, "Rebecca Lynn," "I'm Not Supposed To Love You Anymore," "From This Moment On" (with Shania Twain), "So Much for Pretending" in 1996, and "Sittin' on Go" in 1997.

A rave revue: The work of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb is pretty much inescapable. Their songs are not only ingrained in the history of Broadway musicals like "Cabaret," "Chicago" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," they're also a huge part of the pop culture lexicon. Robidoux Resident Theatre's production of "2 x 5: A Musical Revue of Kander and Ebb" will celebrate the great impact of the dynamic musical duo. The revue brings together the talents of Chris Lake, Derek Thompson, Rachel Cox, Lindsay Prawitz, Jordan Shadwick and pianist Chris Alexander. "2 x 5" will be performed at 7:30 p.m.June 5 through 7 and at 2 p.m.June 8 at Robidoux Landing Playhouse.

Shea Conner can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.


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