This impressive animated action film features several returning characters plus several key additions. Young Viking Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, and his dragon friend Toothless lead the good fight against a new evil power that includes a seemingly overpowering dragon army. Hiccup’s Viking friends Snotlout, Tuffnut, Ruffnut, Fishlegs, and Astrid also have companion dragons. Based on Cressida Cowell’s book series, How to Train Your Dragon 2 happens five years after the first film where dragon races and exploration lead to the next adventure. These life-changing discoveries drive an action-filled plot that introduces Fret, voiced by Kit Harington; Drago Bludvist, a dragon hunter voiced by Djimon, and a very important female character named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett who has a stormcutter dragon named Cloudjumper. How to Train Your Dragon 2 provides enough character/plot progression especially with Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast, well voiced again by Gerard Butler, while stars Craig Ferguson (Stoick’s long-time friend Gobber) and Jonah Hill (Snotlout) inject humor and memorable dialogue. Director/co-writer Dean DeBlois amazes with the animation during the one hour and 42 minute film that audiences of all ages can enjoy. John Powell delivers another amazing musical score, which showcases a 120-piece orchestra, 100-voice choir, and bagpipe Scottish group The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Recommended (***) and rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. Fans can also look forward to the third installment coming in June, 2016.
A musical comedy follows Monty, the heir to a family fortune who juggles his fiancee, his mistress, and plans to murder the line of succession. 7:30pm. 8pm Friday, November 10. 2pm and 8pm Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. $22-$88. Stranahan Theater 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851 | stranahantheater.org
Enjoy the Ballet Theatre of Toledo’s annual Nutcracker performance. Special showing on Friday; regular performances run Saturday, November 25 at 7pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm. $25-$40. The Valentine Theater 410 Adams St. | 419-242-2787 ballettheatreoftoledo.org
At 79, most of us are, or at least hope to be, thoroughly retired. Not so for Gordon Wright, Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef at Whitehouse Country Manor. Wright, who served in the army between 1957 and 1960, claims he will always be busy. “Busy hands, busy feet, busy mind. I have to
When you feel good your body reflects it. Your hair and skin glow, your energy soars and your mental health is stable. What is not to love about that. Our experts here give us some insight about what they do to stay healthy. Advanced Wellness and Chiropractic Center 3454 Oak Alley Ct. #100. 419-535-9600. Wellness4toledo.com