February 25, 2017
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Navaeh Grandow serves up a slice while working in a booth at last year's Pizza Bake-Off event at the Parkway Chateau on Sunday evening. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

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.

That’s right: 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.

Snyder: Buses get programs rolling at the Boys & Girls Club

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“Get me a bus.”

That was one of the first things Jake McGhee, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha’s CEO, was told when he started his job in the spring.

Snyder: Sharing the Emmy love ... with Jimmy, Al and Trae

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Jimmy Kimmel did a good job hosting the Emmy Awards last Sunday night — but it didn’t really matter.

Up against tough competition — the Green Bay Packers/Minnesota Vikings game on NBC and part one of the CBS JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery investigation — the Emmys didn’t really stand a chance. Thank goodness AMC wasn’t airing a fresh “Walking Dead”! (And, can there really be a “fresh” episode of a show populated with rotting zombies?)

Snyder: ‘Fates and Traitors’ author visiting Kenosha

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As a writer of historical novels, Jennifer Chiaverini is no stranger to despicable characters.

Her latest book — “Fates and Traitors” — focuses on one of history’s most infamous villains. The subtitle is “A Novel of John Wilkes Booth,” and, yes, the action concerns President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

Predictions: A new Emmy kingdom?

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We’re baacckkk! Liz “Still Never Seen ‘Game of Thrones’ ” Snyder and Dave “Christian Slater is My Dead Dad” Walter will now boldly predict the Emmy Awards.

Liz: Before I get to my picks, let me say that television “experts” are correct: There’s just too much good TV.

Editorial cartoonist navigates the online world

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Ann Telnaes — a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editorial cartoonist — is one of the speakers at this week’s Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

Before she gets here (her free presentation is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenosha Public Museum), we asked the Washington, D.C.-based cartoonist a few questions:

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