Let the games begin.
Dozens of professional and inspiring grill masters square off at the sixth annual Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 26-27) at HarborPark’s Celebration Place, located at 56th Street and First Avenue.
In the desolate Texas of “Hell or High Water,” a bank clerk (Dale Dickie) gently sasses the ski-masked robbers with the condescending assessment, “y’all are new at this.” That’s the world created by director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan in this post-recession Western, which plays like a Johnny Cash song come to life. All the adventures and angst of the good bad guys that Cash sang about are on screen, in this tale of men fighting for prosperity in a world that’s no longer made for them.
“Hell or High Water” is a film of parallel pairs — bank robbing brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), and the Texas Rangers on their tail, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto (Gil Birmingham). Both are odd couples, volleying nuggets of folksy, genial wisecracks back and forth, on an ambling collision course toward violence and blood. But they agree on a common enemy that also happens to be a victim here — Texas Midlands Bank.
Fifty years have passed since abandoned railroad tracks were converted into the 32.5-mile Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the first U.S. rail-to-trail project, and now at least 1,900 of these recreational paths crisscross the nation.
A new guidebook, “Rail-Trail Hall of Fame: A Selection of America’s Premier Rail-Trails” (Wilderness Press, $17), recognizes Elroy-Sparta and 28 other trails as pioneering efforts that inspired similar projects in other places. The nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy made the selections, based on trail significance and diversity.
LAUREL — To Jose Mares, who turned an urban corner into a thing of beauty. Mares, who lives next door to the Kenosha Rotary Safety Center, 5716 14th Ave., three years ago asked for permission to spruce up the grounds. “Now,” said Safety Officer Dennis Walsh, who staffs the Safety Center, “it’s like a botanical garden. ... He’s in there every day, watering, pulling weeds.” Kudos to Mares for taking the initiative to brighten up his neighborhood.