October 21, 2016
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Last call for Fall Color!kenosha news staff

This is it: Peak Fall Color Season in the Kenosha County area.

What to do? Get out in the next several days and enjoy the glorious Wisconsin autumn. The best part? You can keep your activities focused entirely on nature — or mix in some spooky Halloween fun, too. Enjoy!

‘Jack Reacher’ plays to Tom Cruise’s strengthsBy Katie Walsh

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) will use a gun if the situation calls for it, but he prefers to use his fists. His punches in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” don’t so much land as explode like cannon shots, decimating car windows, cement walls and the faces of his enemies: soldiers turned mercenaries with grown-out buzz cuts. Reacher’s former military himself, an ex-major (emphasis on the “ex”) in the Military Police Corps.

Now he roams the land solving crimes, enacting justice, and calling the current commanding officer of the 110th, Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), to commiserate about the job. When Susan’s arrested for espionage, Jack goes into full Reacher mode — he’s a bit like a very violent, near psychic MacGyver — to spring Susan from the clink and uncover a shady military arms deal.

Snyder: Saddle up for the Big Read!COMMENTARY BY ELIZABETH SNYDER

The Big Read has gone spooky (with Edgar Allan Poe tales in 2013) and classic (focusing on “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 2015).

But, this year, the community project is showing some true grit.

Fine Arts on Campus: Concerts aplenty at UW-Parkside this weekKENOSHA NEWS STAFF

The UW-Parkside Music Department and the College of Arts & Humanities are sponsoring a pair of concert performances this week.

At 7:30 tonight (Oct. 20), the UW-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band is performing at the Bedford Hall, 900 Wood Road. The group will be performing the music of Adam Gorb, Steven Bryant, Warren Benson, William Grant Still, Frank Ticheli, Darius Milhaud and John Barnes Chance.

GO Kenosha

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‘Kitchen Witches’ cooks up laughs at Theatre GuildBY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI

The “Martha Stewart Show” turns into an episode of Jerry Springer in the Racine Theatre Guild’s production of “Kitchen Witches.”

The comedy opens for a three-weekend run on Friday (Oct. 21).

Visual Arts
Get Out: Fall in love with the visual artsBY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery opens its season with Milwaukee artist Nirmal Raja’s contemporary look at her Indian heritage in the exhibit “Sifting: A Collection of Work.”

The opening reception is 4 to 6:30 p.m today (Sept. 22) in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Hunanities. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available in addition to a cash bar. The show runs through Oct. 12.

‘It is complicated and messy’: Learning some history lessons in PhiladelphiaBy MARY BERGIN

Many coins from passers-by top the tombstone for Benjamin Franklin at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia. We still respect this country’s founding father and inventor of electricity to bifocals, daylight saving time to catheters.

Fewer hunt for Francis Hopkinson, Dr. Benjamin Rush, George Ross or Joseph Hewes, whose burial plots are in the same compact cemetery. Like Franklin, they formed and signed the Declaration of Independence, but only small flags mark their final resting spots.



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