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“Sweet Story Set During Vietnam War”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
THE SAPPHIRES is inspired by the unlikely, but true story of four girls from the aboriginal outback of Australia who form a singing group that entertains the American troops in Vietnam during the war.
The movie begins in 1958 in Australia, and we see four little girls who love to sing performing before an audience. Suddenly a group of government officials show up, and one of the little girls, Kay, is taken away from her family by the officials, because she has light skin, and forced to live in a city with a white family.
This was all part of a government program to integrate aborigines into Caucasian society.
Then the movie shifts to 1968, and we meet Dave Lovelace, played by Chris O’Dowd, who is sleeping in his car and arrives late to work in a bar where he is the emcee of a local talent show, and his boss puts him on his last warning.
Dave says to the audience, “I sort of start off slow, and then I slowly peter out.”
Two young aborigine girls, Gail and Cynthia, are singing in the talent show, they announce that they are from “black fella’ country,” and they sing a country song that the audience doesn’t pay much attention to.
But when their younger sister, Julie, suddenly joins them on stage, their singing becomes much better and so does the audience’s appreciation.
After the talent show, the girls approach Dave, show him a newspaper clipping about an audition in Melbourne for singers and dancers to perform for the troops in Vietnam, and ask him to help them go to the audition.
Dave agrees to help, but says they should sing soul music instead of country music and that Julie should sing lead instead of Gail, which doesn’t please Gail one bit.
Also, while they are in Melbourne, they track down their cousin, Kay, who had been abducted 10 years earlier, and she is able to join them for the audition.
Ironically, while Dave is coaching the girls and teaching them choreography, he says that they should sing their soul songs “blacker.”
So, the girls, accompanied by Dave as manager and chaperone, entertain the troops in Vietnam, where there is danger, conflict, and even romance.
The Sapphires is a sweet and mostly true story set during the Vietnam War.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
“Of Two Minds, One Body”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Host is based on the novel written by Stephenie Meyer, who also wrote the books that were the basis for the Twilight series of films, but this one doesn’t have any vampires or werewolves in it, just aliens.
When the movie opens, Earth has been invaded by an alien race that has inhabited almost every human body, and the humans who haven’t been invaded are on the run.
We learn that the aliens don’t change the worlds they invade, but they just occupy and improve them.
We see one young woman being chased by aliens and put up a fight, but she is captured.
An alien known as The Seeker looks down at the captured woman and says, “This one wants to live.”
The mind of the young woman, Melanie, played by Saoirse Ronan, stays active even though her body is taken over by an alien mind.
How do we know this? Because we hear the thoughts of both minds, but you can figure out the problem with this gimmick, can’t you?
Both minds are played by the same actress, therefore they sound exactly alike, and when one of the minds starts thinking, we don’t know if it is the human or the alien speaking.
Also, which mind is in control of the body?
Well, the alien mind says to call her Wanderer, and the human mind, Melanie, dreams, which we see and which fills in her back story, but then the Melanie body escapes when she is being interrogated so that the aliens can find other humans.
We can see the difference between aliens and humans, because the aliens all wear white clothes. The aliens also don’t lie, because they trust each other, and therefore it is easy enough for Melanie to borrow an alien’s car and take off in search of other humans.
However, Melanie and Wanderer get into an argument and one of them crashes the car.
Well, to make a long movie short, Melanie and Wanderer find some humans who are led by Melanie’s uncle, there is a three-way love story, but the movie’s pacing is so slow, what could have been a promising story just drags along.
Also, some famous actors in it are unrecognizable.
The Host is of two minds and one body, just like me about this movie.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
an attitude” to see what they do. Then it doesn’t hurt to meet with police safety experts. It is also important to know who your enemies are and what potential they have to kill you.
In my case my life has been threatened so many times, I became proactive in my own protection and defense.
I have had police tell me straight up. We can’t protect you, you have to protect yourself.
As a talk show host I have interviewed countless Gang experts, cops of all types and I came away with one solidifying factor.
Cops carry guns in holsters on their hips. They wear bullet proof vests and they are constantly vigil when on the job. If you are a criminal or violent offender and you are going to get into a gun fight with a cop , you are probably going to lose.
If you are a mouthy talk show host and piss off the wrong element of society, you better be as prepared as a cop when bad guys come gunning for you or you are going to die.
An expert in the Amend program which treats violent offenders once asked me, “do you actually think you are going to out draw a violent man who is intent on killing you??”
People who are targets, who carry concealed weapons will never out draw a violent offender or come out of an ambush alive.
Now just so that you know in my line of work I have been kidnapped at gun point by three assailants who were never caught. I have had guns pulled on me twice. One was a drug dealer who aimed a gun at my chest point blank from his car window because he did not like my stance on drugs. I instantly disarmed him, drug him out of the car by his hair and pinned him until the sheriff got there..
The second time was during a live radio show with former DA Bill Ritter and Governor Rohmer at 9th and Corona in Denver. A right wing Arian man wanted to shoot me . He was subdued by two Denver PD who were standing in the crowd.
I don’t think Ritter nor Romer know how close we all came to dying that night.
Even so, I had two armed body guards provided by the Radio station standing ten feet from me and they missed the whole thing.
Body guards are a good investment when tensions are high and people are threatening your life. I have always hired armed body guards in my career on Radio and TV. You never know who or when an assailant will jump out of the bushes and shoot you dead when you are getting out of your car.
That happened to my colleague Alan Berg in 1984. He had so taunted the Aryan nation that they ambushed him and killed him outside his home.
When Seth Brigham kept whispering in my ear “ I can kill you any time I want” I wasn’t waiting to call 911 to protect myself. I hired an armed guard to watch Seth and to protect me. In that case the police could not protect me and the media made a joke out of Seths threats.
You cannot listen to people who say you are over reacting when you get death threats. The Daily Camera were in such denial in their reporting, that they actually made it dangerous for me. I told them about it in no uncertain terms. They still thought it was a joke. But you can’t listen to people who have never experienced vehement threats from fans, callers or political crazies who have targeted you.
You cannot listen to nay sayers when your life is being threatened.
Under extreme circumstances, I have armed myself to the teeth and wore a bullet proof vest. I have actually walked down the middle of a dark street with a gun in hand just to secure my ability to get to my car and drive home.
I have had black Cripps gangsters follow me to my car knowing that they were not going to kill me with out a fight. I have had Body guards walk with with me with shot guns to my car.
I have told people on the air if you come for me I will be ready and you may get a few rounds off at me, but I am taking you with me. It is very important to not show fear to violent offenders and to let them know you are as big a nightmare as they are. I swear that has saved my life more than once. That is the kind of attitude you have to have with violent offenders intent on hurting you.
You have to know when you are in a war zone and be prepared to defend yourself and match the threat with overwhelming bravado and visible firepower. Visible firepower.
If you in the line of work where people want to kill you… You know provocative talk show host, DA, cop, etc…. I think you have to be as prepared as a street smart cop.
I have taken multiple self defense classes. One was model mugging for men. How to defend against multiple assailants with hand guns. I have studied and practiced shoot no shoot scenarios. I have gone up against armed gunmen.
My son is a LERP special forces Marine. When I see him we train in how to disarm assailants at 30 paces.
So yes I take my personal protection very seriously. I learned from Denver Police: refuse to be a victim.
Now with me. It is protect myself or get out of the TV talk business.
And that is the question high profile people have to ask themselves, : How far am I willing to go for personal protection. ?
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Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting. The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. www.picassoartandarena.com
Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit - In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, historically and culturally significant ephemera relating to the construction and early years of the Hotel Ponce de Leon will be on display. This exhibit includes original Carrere and Hastings and McGuire drawings and blueprints, photographs, a copy of an 1885 map, and construction documents. Additionally, the exhibit highlights a group of artists who made the Hotel Ponce de Leon their seasonal home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Original artwork and other artifacts related to their time in Saint Augustine will also be displayed at Flagler College’s Crisp – Ellert Art Museum, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.ponce125.com
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum – The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings are featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John’s County residents are free. 904-824-2874
Art Exhibit: Global Latitudes: Travels Near & Far – The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a visual travelogue of the places and diverse cultures lost and found on planet Earth. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.staaa.org 904-824-2310
Monday – Friday: March 11 – 15
What Could Be Exhibition – Artist Anna von Mertens’ What Could Be exhibition is on display at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine. The artist meticulously translates empirical data about subjects as far ranging as energy in nuclear explosions to auras in historical paintings into paintings, hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics. The gallery will host the exhibition through April 12. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Charles Reid Watercolor Workshop – Renowned watercolorist Charles Reid provides a 4-day workshop that teaches students how to simplify a painting and avoid overworking a piece. Direct painting will be taught using as few over washers as possible. Each daily session is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. The cost of the course is $750 ($695 for Cultural Center members). The Hilton Garden Inn offers workshop attendees a special $99 rate for a standard room and $129 for a suite. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday: March 12
Hotel Ponce de Leon Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Alan Woolfolk presents a lecture titled “The Rise of the Wasp Establishment.” The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125TH Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel and takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room of the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.
Reservations call 904-819-6282 www.ponce125.com
Wednesday: March 13
Ecology Boat Tour – Board an exquisitely stable explorer boat for a front row seat to see historic sites and amazing animals that call this area home. Learn about dolphin behavior and get a the chance to listen to their underwater communication. The tour departs at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Luxury Sunset Eco Tours – Ride the tide into the sunset on a guided tour with Riple Effect Eco Tours. Swirls of color paint the nighttime sky as you learn about the natural mystery of the estuary. The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. and departs from Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland). The $55 adults and $45 for 15 years or younger fee includes the finest kayaking equipment and guided service. 904-347-1565 www.rippleeffectecotours.com
Thursday: March 14
Discover First America Series “Revolt in Revolutionary War St. Augustine” – A colorful and exciting look at life in loyalist Florida. Sponsored by the Colonial Quarter, this program is part of the 500th Commemoration of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of La Florida and takes place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Admission is free. www.StAugustine-450.com
Sunset Sail – The Schooner Freedom hosts a sunset sail with local musician Scott Sweet of Grampa’s Music playing an acoustic set live on board. The 2-hour sail will depart at 6:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $45 per adult. It will include complimentary soda, water, beer, and wine. 904-810-1010
Friday: March 15
Music Walk on the Boulevard – From 5-9 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, local businesses on St. Augustine’s Anastasia Boulevard host a special event featuring live music and drink specials at restaurants along the boulevard which begins at the east end of the Bridge of Lions. This week’s musical entertainment features Gove Scrivenor. The Standard, Black Fly, RAW Martini and Gas restaurants (9, 108, 113 and 200 Anastasia Blvd.) along with local boutiques host the event. 904-201-6300
Friday & Saturday: March 15 & 16
Paranormal Investigation of the Old Jail – Explore one of the most haunted buildings in St Augustine, The Old Jail, wiht 2Ghouls Events. Hear sinister accounts of life inside the Victorian prison. Conduct your own investigation with professional equipment. The investigation begins at 10:30 p.m. at the Old Jail, 167 San Marcos Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $80 per person. 904-671-5010
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Pub Tour – Informative and interactive guided St. Patty’s Pub Crawl of St. Augustine. The two-hour walking tour stops at 4 or 5 venues for tastings and a stop at an award-winning micro-brewery where the master brewer will share fun facts about brewing beer, The tour, including beer samples, is $49 per person. ww.thetastingtours.com
Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company – This world-class flamenco troupe performs at 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors/military; and $10 students. www.StAugAmphitheatre.com 904-471-1965
Friday & Sunday: March 15 & 17
Nobody In My Family Ever Wore A Kilt – A comedy everyone will enjoy…..Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more. www.fortmenendez.com 904-824-8874
Saturday: March 16
Pet Friendly Savory Faire Food Tour – Join St. Augustine City Walks on this unique ‘pet friendly’ version of thier original, award-winning food tour! Your furry friends can join in on all the fun as you taste your way through St. Augustine’s rich history and culinary influences. Tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at Tour Saint Augustine, 4 Granada St, and lasts approximately 2.5hrs. Tickets are $49 pp and space is limited. www.StAugustineCityWalks.com 904.825.0087.
R.I.P – Ripley’s Investigates the Paranormal – Join Ripley’s Investigators of the Paranormal and between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm as Ripley’s St. Augustine kicks off its new paranormal tours. Ripley’s will hold free tutorials on how to utilize paranormal investigative equipment – including laser grids, infrared ID digital thermometers, EMF meters and e-smog scouts, which detect electromagnetic fields and produce sound equivalents. There will be lots of music, fun, ticket giveaways and an appearance by Mr. X, a mysterious guest wiht a hauniting past at Ripley’s Castle Warden. Ripley’s is located at 19 San Marco Avenue. www.findmrX.com. 904-824-1606
Celtic Pub Crawl – Beat the rush and start the celebrations early! Join St. Augustine City Walks for a fun Celtic themed version of the original, world-famous St. Augustine Pub Crawl. You’ll explore all the hot-spots and drink with new friends, while learning about Celtic history and its heritage right here in St. Augustine. Tour begins at 2 p.m. $39 pp all-inclusive. Space is limited. ww.StAugustineCityWalks.com 904-825-0087
Castillo By Candlelight – Night tours by candlelight will be from 6 -9 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Admission is $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 – 15; and free for children 4 and younger. www.nps.gov/casa
AWOLNATION Concert – Electronic and Indie rock group AWOLNATION will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Reserved seats are $22.50 in advance; $25 day of show. www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399
St. Patrick’s Day Kayak Adventure – Guided 2-hour eco tour provides an opportunity to paddle into the estuary, one of the earth’s most productive habitats. Learn about fascinating creatures big and small – from the great egret to the eastern oyster. No experience necessary. Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all. The tour departs from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $40/adult paddler and $30/kids ages 6 -12. For time and reservations call 904-377-7245; www.staugustineecotours.com
Saturday & Sunday: March 16 & 17
Historic Plaza Stroll – Guided historic walking tour of St. Augustine’s downtown features little-known secrets, legends and informative stories that are fun and entertaining. The 60-90 minute tour begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person and space is limited. For reservations and information: 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
Sunday: March 17
Matchbox Twenty Concert – Five-time Grammy Award nominee Matchbox Twenty performs at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. This tour celebrates the group’s blockbuster album NORTH. Tickets range from $39.50 to $75. Info: www.StAugAmphitheatre.com 904-471-1965
Murder in The Old City
A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city combined with great dining creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show begins 7 p.m. Raintree Restuarant is located at 102 San Marco Ave. 904-824-7211
Local Resident Specials
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489
To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.
Source: City of St. Augustine