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Snyder: A little Madness can be a good thing

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I only pay attention to college basketball long enough to fill out my NCAA Tournament bracket and then agonize over the games. Which makes me an expert, as far as March Madness goes.

And I’m not apologizing for this brief yet deep dive into college hoops. It’s a relief to worry about Baylor’s three-point shooting numbers rather than the alarming number of Russian connections to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The best part? The games continue, starting today. The even best-er best part? Our Wisconsin Badgers are still playing, taking on Florida Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Snyder: Friendship sparks movie project

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Jim Kreutzer has been a filmmaker for more than 25 years.

So you expect him to love movies.

Next stop: France

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Kenosha natives Chad Halvorsen and T.C. De Witt and their crew continue to blaze a path through the world of film.

Forty-eight hours at a time.

Snyder: Saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi performing in his hometown

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Saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi is no stranger to performing in Kenosha.

He graduated from Tremper High School, where he played in the school’s music groups, came back in July of 2013 to work with and perform with the KUSD Jazz All-Stars and, most recently, performed a year ago during the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Jazz Week.

From ‘La La Land’ with love: Far from Hollywood, our ‘experts’ Liz and Dave predict tonight’s Oscar winners

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Another Oscar Night, another story packed with fearless predictions by Kenosha News staffers Elizabeth “Why isn’t the ‘Lego Batman Movie’ nominated” Snyder and Dave “Where’s Dory?” Walter:

Liz: This year’s Academy Awards will likely feature plenty of political statements by the winners.

Snyder: Beauty is in the ‘pie’ of the beholder

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While the rest of the country gets ready for the Academy Awards Sunday night and awaits the next presidential tweet storm, we in Kenosha County keep our priorities in order.

That means pizza.

Snyder: Oscar! Oscar!

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can turn our attention to the winter’s other Super Sunday — the Academy Awards, coming on Feb. 26.

If Oscars were awarded based on audience members’ votes, we’re pretty sure “Hidden Figures” would go home as Best Picture. But that’s the People’s Choice Awards, not the Academy Awards — which are voted on by a few thousand movie industry professionals. Which is why “Hidden Figures,” which everyone we know is raving about, may lose to “La La Land.” The latter — a modern-day musical set in Los Angeles — is an industry favorite, but among local moviegoers, it scores as many votes for “hate it” as “love it.”

Snyder: ‘A Seat at the Table’

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“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” — Fannie Lou Hamer

Spellbound: There’s more to spelling than P’s and Q’s

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Absolute power can be intoxicating. And frightening.

As one of the Kenosha Rotary Club volunteers who served as a judge and word pronouncer Monday night at Kenosha Unified School District’s middle school spelling bee, I was told — right there in the official rules — that judges “are in complete control of the competition and their decision is final on all questions.”

Snyder: All hail the Golden Globes! Let’s hope first-time host Jimmy Fallon can give the awards show some luster

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I have been asking you — actually, begging and cajoling, to no avail — not to watch the Golden Globe Awards for more than a decade.

Why?

Seize the day? Maybe tomorrow ...

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Welcome to 2017.

We’ve got 365 days to focus on self-improvement, striving for what Oprah calls living our better life. Which is a whole lot easier if you’re Oprah and you’re sitting around on bean-bag chairs stuffed with $100 bills. Ah, but bitterness was the 2016 us, not the 2017 model.

Seize the day? Maybe tomorrow ...

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Welcome to 2017.

We’ve got 365 days to focus on self-improvement, striving for what Oprah calls living our better life. Which is a whole lot easier if you’re Oprah and you’re sitting around on bean-bag chairs stuffed with $100 bills. Ah, but bitterness was the 2016 us, not the 2017 model.

Snyder: New Year’s Eve

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Well, somebody planned well this year.

New Year’s Eve — arguably the most festive night of the year — is actually on a Saturday night.

Snyder: 8 (days) is enough (time) to get your holiday on!

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Eight days.

That’s what’s left until Christmas.

Snyder: It’s a wonderful Holiday Movie Contest!

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OK, smarty.

Perhaps you know that Tom Arnold is a bonafide holiday movie star.

Snyder: Things to be thankful for

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Today, for the first time in recent memory, Americans are not spending Thanksgiving complaining that stores are open during this sacred family holiday. (Which is hilarious because those complainers are the same people who use an emergency cranberry sauce run as an excuse to get away from their in-laws for an hour.)

Instead of arguing whether or not Target should be opening its doors today (at 6 p.m.), families will likely spend much of the day glued to the television watching the NFL.

Snyder: Gobble, gobble, toil and trouble!

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With Thanksgiving coming up fast and furious, it’s time to recognize “turkeys” of another sort. We’re thankful for all our blessings through the year, but perhaps we are most thankful to celebrities whose bad behavior so entertains us through these cold winters.

Breaking up is hard to do (sci-fi division): “Star Wars” creator George Lucas started off the year by lamenting to Charlie Rose that splitting from the film franchise is akin to breaking up with a romantic partner. And then it got really silly. Lucas implied that he had sold those kids to “white slavers.” Oh, please. We’re still waiting for Lucas to apologize for Jar Jar Binks.

Snyder: Wanting to stay stylish?

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This past week has not been an easy one.

Our country went through an election in which the voters were split almost exactly down the middle, and the candidate who won the most votes lost the race because of the Electoral College. Not exactly a recipe for comfort and joy.

Hollywood, Wisconsin-style: Former Kenoshans making a name for themselves in film

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When you sit down to talk with Chad Halvorsen and David Geisler, it’s best to settle in for a while because these two love to talk about the creative process of filmmaking.

Lucky for us, the former Kenoshans, who live and work in the Milwaukee area, are great conversationalists.

Snyder: Indian Trail heading to state convention

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A group of students will be absent Thursday from Indian Trail High School — but they’ve got a good excuse.

The band’s Wind Ensemble — directed by Ken Wiele — will be performing in Madison at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Snyder: Saddle up for the Big Read!

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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.

GO Kenosha

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