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By SHANDA COOK • 843-706-8126
This week’s theme: Songs from the years the contestants were born
In a league of his own:
Adam Lambert: “Mad World” by Tears for Fears
If you were one of the unfortunate souls who did not watch last night’s show as it was broadcast live, there’s a good chance your DVR cut off recording minutes before a truly historic moment on “American Idol.” Simon Cowell gave a contestant a standing ovation. In eight seasons, I’ve never seen this happen before. Needless to say, Lambert’s performance was hauntingly beautiful and technically brilliant. They might as well just give him the title now, because I highly doubt anyone else will be able to top that. If you missed Lambert’s performance, it’s worth heading over to YouTube to watch the clip and see Simon’s reaction.
The Ridgeland Police Department will soon replace the videotape recording equipment in its patrol cars with digital cameras.
The Ridgeland Town Council authorized $60,000 Thursday to outfit nine of its 18 patrol cars with digital cameras, said town manager Jason Taylor. The funds will come from money seized from drug traffickers.
Town officials decided to upgrade because it has been too difficult to find VHS tapes, Taylor said.
“We never had any reason to switch until (VHS) became completely obsolete,” he said.
So maybe your pup can't pig out on chocolate bunnies. Take him to the Tail-Waggers Easter Biscuit Hunt this Saturday, and let him run wild! The hunt is set for 11 a.m. in the yard outside of Tail-Waggers in Coligny Plaza. Bring a basket or bag to collect treats ... if your dog doesn't eat them on the spot.
The Hilton Head Humane Association will have pets up for adoption available.
Pictured is Daxie Lee and the Easter Bunny. Daxie belongs to Sharon Burstein of Hilton Head Island. I hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of chocolate-free goodies, Daxie. :)
The highly groovy Philadelphia-bred outfit G. Love and Special Sauce, rock-show veterans and semi-recent additions to Jack Johnson's Brushfire collective, will stop at the island's Shoreline Ballroom on Saturday, May 9.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, go on sale Wednesday, April 8 (not the usual Friday) at 10 a.m. via the venue's Web site or by calling 843-842-0358. For more Shoreline happenings, go to their MySpace page.
G. Love's most recent disc was last year's "Superhero Brother"; they'll spend part of the summer opening for the terminally touring Dave Matthews Band.
A blogger on this Web site recently expressed frustration with the reordering of The Beaufort Gazette’s online and print products — a reordering necessitated by economic circumstances. More to the point, he was fed up “supporting” a hometown newspaper that in his view wasn’t particularly responsive to its customers. I hope he changes his mind. We care very much what you folks think and try very hard to give you a product you find useful and enjoyable, even in a challenging economy.
Out this week is the comedy “Adventureland.” Coming from the guys who brought you “Superbad,” it tells the story of a recent college graduate, James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), who always has played life on the serious side. His summer plans to Europe have been flushed, and now he’s faced with taking a minimum-wage job with his friends at the local amusement park. The sun finally starts to show when he meets Em (Kristen Stewart) and realizes the turn of events might not be the disaster he once thought it was.
Noise, noise, noise. Crunched metal and shattered glass. More noise. Revving engines. Vin Diesel’s giant head. Hot chicks in tight miniskirts. Even more noise. The end.
That’s pretty much all there is to “Fast & Furious,” essentially a remake of the 2001 hit “The Fast and the Furious” with the same cast, except it seems to exist in some parallel universe where the word “the” no longer exists. It also seems to function outside of logic, cohesive plot structure and the laws of gravity, but hey — this being the fourth film in the street-racing series, such niceties have long since been tossed out the widow and run over repeatedly.
A summer away from college, a seasonal amusement park job and a little romance — these are ingredients of yet another “coming of age” dramedy, one that allows Kristen Stewart to try out her newfound “Twilight” fame.
But “Adventureland” isn’t really about her or her character. Stewart plays Em, the sleepy-eyed dreamboat that James (Jesse Eisenberg) takes a tumble for at a cheesy amusement park in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. This is a gullible lad’s “growing up” tale and it’s not the first.
The Beaufort Redevelopment Commission is going to ask business owners along Boundary Street if they are willing to chip in so plans to revamp the gateway into town can proceed.
Right now, the city is $3 million short for a $25 million plan that would include a median, bike lanes, a pedestrian walkway, other streetscape improvements and a roundabout at Ribaut Road.
Redevelopment Commission members decided Thursday to research an additional tax on commercial property along that road and created a subcommittee to survey business owners.
According to the always accurate and reliable sources at The National Enquirer online, the 29-year-old daughter of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is getting married this summer.
I’m super happy for Chelsea, who has improved her looks tremendously since those awkward teen years in the White House (and I totally sympathize with her because we were going through the bad hair and braces phase at the same time).
But when I heard she could fulfill her dream wedding to boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky on our Hilton Head Island, my happiness swelled.