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Pulse: From yoga to Shrek, plenty to do in new year

Brooke Tetik, NapervilleÕs Sundari Power Yoga
In Magical Starlight Theatre presentaion of ÒShrek The MusicalÓ Jan 17-19 and 24-26, donkey is played by Aronzo Traylor II, and Shrek is played by Mike Restaino.  |  Submitted
North Central College will showcase paintings and sketches by Jason Godeke in the exhibit ÒMonsters and TotemsÓ Jan. 12 through March 6. Shown here is Allies, a 21-by-48-inch oil on canvas.  |  Submitted

Wild about Yoga

Naperville studio part of national initiative

New Year’s resolutions often include getting in shape and losing a few of those holiday pounds, and if yoga sounds like the way to reach your fitness and spiritual goals, this national initiative might be right for you. You can try it for a month from your own home.

“We offer yoga challenges throughout the year, and we’re planning for our biggest one yet,” said Kelli Lin Knott, CEO of Wild Abundant Life, an international inspirational and yoga business.

Knott’s company is partnering with studios around the world, including Naperville’s Sundari Power Yoga, to present the online program, “30 Day Digital Yoga Challenge.”

Knott met Sundari Power Yoga owner Brooke Tetik two years ago. Tetik said the program, which costs $30 for 30 days, will be offered through an exclusive Facebook group. It includes a series of 10-minute videos, special diet tips and a cleansing using food, as well as inspirational messages and a T-shirt that will be sent out after the 30-day program ends.

“Yoga is different than going to a gym because you become part of a community, and there are things you get while you’re on the mat as well as after you leave it,” she said. “We encourage people to come into the studio if they wish, but this program allows people who are busy to participate in the comfort of their own home.”

Tetik said more than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the program worldwide.

For information, visit www.wildabundantlife.com/30daychallenge. The program begins Jan. 5.

Ogre friendly

Shrek fans will love this

If you own all the Shrek movies — and know the words by heart — “Shrek The Musical” will give you plenty of reasons to support local theater.

Magical Starlight Theatre will present “Shrek The Musical” from Jan 17-19 and 24-26 at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave.

A cast of 58 community actors will present the story of a faraway kingdom turned upside down when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess.

“This family-friendly show truly will thrill Shrek fans of all ages from the moment they walk in the door until the curtain closes. This is an enormous team effort, and it’s been fantastic to see it all come together,” said director Kris Visher in a press release. “Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and the rest of the cast and crew are going to knock your socks off.”

Friday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday performances are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. A sign language interpreter will be present at the 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if purchased in advance through the Naperville Park District at www.napervilleparks.org until noon on the Friday before the weekend performances or at the Park District administration building at 320 W. Jackson Ave. until about 3 p.m. on the same Friday.

Courtesy of PBS

Naperville natives in PBS Christmas special

Belmont University students and Naperville natives Amy Pfluger, Michael Cahill and Tyra Thompson performed in the nationally televised broadcast of “Christmas at Belmont” Dec. 20 on PBS.

More than 800 Belmont University student musicians, singers and faculty along with the Nashville Children’s Choir performed in “Christmas at Belmont.” Hosted by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, the annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites, was produced by Nashville Public Television. This is the 11th consecutive year “Christmas at Belmont” has been seen by a national audience on PBS.

“‘Christmas at Belmont’ is an amazing opportunity to showcase Belmont University’s world-class School of Music in front of a national audience,” said Belmont University President Bob Fisher.

“We’re incredibly grateful that this partnership with NPT puts our talented students and faculty in living rooms across the country.”

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VP to speak at annual MLK breakfast

Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of human resources for CNN Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting System, will be the featured speaker at the 19th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Jan. 20.

Goodly will present “Invoking the Hero in Each of Us,” followed by breakout sessions focused on the theme of “Living Together,” led by William J. Carroll, president of Benedictine University, and Joseph E. Collins, executive vice president at COD.

The breakfast will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

Based in Atlanta, Ga., Goodly is responsible for the development of human resources policies and procedures for the organization’s domestic entertainment, animation and young adult, news networks and businesses including TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com.

He is a frequent presenter on organizational development, workplace diversity and employee-employer matters.

Goodly joined TBS in 1997 as director of human resources for Turner Sports, and has worked successfully across all divisions in successive assignments and expansions of his responsibilities. He has led strategic personnel efforts, planning and implementing organizational restructuring and redesign efforts, and has served as chief human resources adviser to the company’s top executives.

His 20-year-plus career in human resources and general management includes service at Mobil Corp., the Pepsi-Cola Co. and as an officer in the U.S. Army.

The King breakfast honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund at Benedictine and COD.

For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at 630-942-4000 or visit www.cod.edu/MLK. Tickets are $25 each.

High notes

‘The Rat Pack of Opera’ returns

Kick off the near year with the London-based vocal trio Tenors Un Limited, aka “the Rat Pack of Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

The one-night-only performance follows their successful concert series in the UK.

Scott, Paul & Jem are excited to present their best show yet as they wrap up their 10th anniversary concert tour.

Tickets are $33; $28 seniors; and $18 students and those younger than 16 at the ox office, tickets.noctrl.edu or 630-637-7469.

From Bizet to Bublé, Bocelli to Broadway, this evening of classical crossover melodies will include some of the best-loved songs from the Tenors’ previous tours, studio albums ­— “Brand New Day” and “Viva La Vita” — as well as a peek at some new repertoire from their upcoming album.

Artist’s rendering

Godeke’s ‘Monsters and Totems’

North Central College will showcase paintings and sketches by Jason Godeke in the exhibit “Monsters and Totems” Jan. 12 through March 6 in the college’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

Godeke is interested in combining familiar, machined, idealized versions of humans with freshly hewn figurative aspects that are crude and flawed. He often draws or paints toys or figurines as actors with oversized objects as props or architecture and landscape as backdrops. A Barbie doll might need a gorilla’s arms to survive in a world without cars, clothes, computers or cash. Captain America might not be a big strong hero, but rather a scared, vulnerable little boy.

“There’s something appealing to me about the overt contrivance of a tableau, the fact that the artist not only renders the image, but also arranges and chooses the objects in the picture,” says Godeke, in a press release.

An artist reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 6. For gallery hours or to learn more about the exhibit, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or nclanhammurray@noctrl.edu.

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