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Courtroom drama

“Twelve Angry Men” will be even angrier if you don’t come to Granite City to Curtain’s Up Theater Company’s presentation of the classic courtroom drama this weekend.

The all-male cast will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Alfresco Performing Arts Center in Granite City.

The story depicts the emotional jury deliberation in the murder trial of an underprivileged young man. The jurors influence each other’s notions of prejudice, bigotry and preconceptions while determining his guilt or innocence.

Tickets are $15 and are available online at or at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Granite City, Happy Up and Edwardsville Library in Edwardsville, and Ashman’s Pharmacy in Collinsville. A cash-only bar and refreshments will be available.

‘Prescription: Murder’

Lt. Columbo will be back in the detective business when “Prescription: Murder” returns for a second weekend at the Capitol Theater in Waterloo.

Former Belleville West teacher Richard Hunsaker stars as the rumpled investigator, and two of his former students also appear in the Monroe Actors Stage Company production. Will Shaw (Class of 1969), of St. Louis, plays a psychiatrist who kills his wife. Mark Feazel (Class of 1983), of Millstadt is the district attorney.

The cast also includes Julie Grosse as the doomed wife, Kristy Weber as the mistress and Christine Miller as a secretary.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations: 618-939-7469 or

Trivia tribute

The 18th annual Looking Glass Playhouse trivia night will be a special tribute to the late Don Urban, a well known Belleville lawyer and booster of the Lebanon theater.

Several of the categories will contain Urban’s favorites — sort of a Best of Don night.

The trivia starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at at the back of Althoff Catholic High School’s Heritage Hall. Roger Schlueter, the Belleville News-Democrat’s Answer Man, will emcee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person for tables of eight to 10. Reservations: Call 618-537-2544 or online at

Urban was a partner in the law firm of Sprague & Urban in Belleville. He was past president of the Looking Glass, where he had directed and acted in more than 70 productions.

Motorcycle Expo

If you are into motorcycles, vroooom on over to O’Fallon Friday and Saturday for the first Midwest Motorcycle Expo.

Frieze Harley Davidson and Gateway Classic Cars are putting together the event from 5-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive. Admission options include: $12 single day admission; $22 for two-day pass. Tickets purchased at are $10 single day; $19 two-day pass.

The show offers more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. Vintage cars, educational bike seminars, and custome bike builders and vendors are all part of the action. Johnny Rock-Itt and Aces Wild will perform.