Best bets For the week ahead
by Deirdre Long
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For the kiddos: The Historic Ashland Theatre presents the final show of its third annual Summer Youth Musical, “Into the Woods Jr.,” today at 4 p.m. In the story, the Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” and offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in which your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch — meet and interact on their journeys.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students.


We will always love her: “Sparkle,” a musical drama about three sisters who become Motown sensations in the 1960s, opens in theaters Friday. “Sparkle,” which stars Whitney Houston among a plethora of other singers and actors, was the last movie for the superstar before her death in March.

Welcome to the machine: “Deus Ex Machina: A Robot Show” opens Friday at Naked Art gallery in Birmingham. The shows features — you guessed it — robot art from Birmingham artist John Lytle Wilson ( as well as other artists. The opening receptions are 5-9 p.m. Friday and 1-6 p.m. Saturday. Go to for more information and directions.


May the odds be ever in your favor: The Anniston Public Library will have a viewing of “The Hunger Games” at noon Saturday. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock all summer (and who would blame you, as hot as it’s been?), “The Hunger Games” is the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who fights for her life in a televised event called ... The Hunger Games.

The movie is based on the first book in a trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins. The cost of the movie viewing is free, just bring a lunch and come … hungry. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movie or read the books — it’ll be just as cool in the library as it is under your rock.

“Hunger Games” superfans can stay up late and head to to be the first to try and grab items from the store’s line of exclusive, high-end collectibles.

Available in very limited quantities beginning at midnight Saturday only on, these items include:

• Leather replica of Katniss’ hunting jacket: 100 available for $349 each on Saturday.

• “The Hunger Games” lithograph autographed by 10 top cast members, including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson: 100 available for $699 each on Sunday.

• 14-karat gold replica of Katniss Everdeen’s famed Mockingjay pin: 100 available for $999 each on Monday (pictured above).

Target is also offering a three-disc deluxe edition of “The Hunger Games” DVD/Blu-ray, featuring 45 minutes of new, exclusive content, including personal video diaries filmed by the movie’s seven main Tributes and interviews with the cast about the experience. The special DVD ($20.99) and Blu-ray ($25.99) are available for preorder now at
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