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July 2013

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Serving Up Art, Music, and Culture for the Metro East’s Enjoyment

Jake Bishop

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Inside Page Editors Word – July 2013

July 2013

Straight Up Magazine is here with its 12th edition ‘Serving Up Art, Music and Culture for the Metro-East’s Enjoyment’. St. Louis has its arts and entertainment magazines. The Metro East deserves its own. And here it is. It’s called Straight Up!!! We are pleased to have Jake Bishop as the cover artist for this twelfth Straight Up edition! See more on Jake Bishop in our Submissions section. There, you will also see 22 other award winning artisans of the Southwestern Illinois College art program. On July 21st, Str8Up welcomes “4&20”, a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tribute Performance at Crehan’s Pub in Belleville. Read all about it in this month’s Str8Up! See the poster on the back page!!! The mission of Straight Up Magazine is to support local arts and artists and the businesses and organizations that support local arts and artists. Please feel free to contact us with ideas, comments, information, etc. that might assist us in our mission to serve you, the residents of the Metro-East. WE WANT YOU! - All you artistic and creative types out there! You should contact us. Show us your work. Tell us of your craft and brief personal/artistic history. Submit any art form that you’d like. Perhaps, you can be one of our next published contributors or even a featured artist. See our “Wanted” poster in this edition for submission details. Check out the Submissions Pages to see who’s featured this month. Next month, that could be you!! Enjoy Str8 Up. Tell your friends. Send us your work. And visit our website at StraightUpMagazine.net. (You can scan our QRC on the cover.) You’ll see Straight Up Magazine at nearly 200 area distribution locations. And we’ll see you at the clubs, theatres and festivals all over the Metro-East. The Editors thank you!!!

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July Credits - Staff

Managing Editors: Dylan Seibert, Paul Seibert Content Editors: Dylan Seibert, Paul Seibert Layout Design Artists: Mark Polege (MarkusDesignWorks.com), Michelle Reynolds Sales: Brian Gardner, Paul Seibert Ad Artists: Michelle Reynolds, Shannon Davis, Wil Sullivan, Mark Polege Wanted Poster: Michelle Reynolds Calendar: Dylan Seibert Website Design: Mark Polege (MarkusDesignWorks.com) Photography: Mark Polege

July Credits - Contributors

Cover Art: “Splash”, Jake Bishop (Bishop-Arts.com) Cover Logo: Josh Rowan (JoshuaRowan.com) Photography: Jim Viviano (4&20); Linda Gass-Burgess (SWIC Submissions); Robyn L. Kirsch (4&20) Comics: Lyndsee Geyer;, Wil Sullivan Feature Writers: Brenton Ebersole; Robyn L. Kirsch

July Credits - Submissions

2013 Southwestern Illinois College Student Art Exhibition Award Winners All material in this publication is copyrighted to the individual contributors or Straight Up Magazine, LLC and may not be reproduced without written consent. We are very grateful to those who have submitted material to be considered for publication. However, the opinions and views of those contributing content to Straight Up do not necessarily reflect those of Str8 Up Magazine.

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Str8 Up Magazine Distribution Locations: Belleville

10th Street Baking Co Abbey, The Acropolis Restaurant Almighty Tatoos Althoff CHS Art Dept Anthony’s Salon Antique House Bar & Grill At Home Computer Repair Bamboo Valley Buffet Bear Book & Candle Beatnik’s Bell Air Bowl Belleville Public Library Belt Line Mart Big Reggie’s Blue Agave BP Hucks - Carlyle Ave. BP Hucks - N. Illinois Bronx Zoo Bump and Grind Coffee CeLeen Gallery Centerfield Bar and Grill Christopher Mikal Photo. Circa City Hall Conoco Phillips Crehan’s Pub Dutch Hollow Barn Eckert Florist Effinger’s Garden Center Facial Rejuvenation Center Governor French Gallery Grappa Growlers Hair on Main Happy Hops Homebrew Hardees Harters Hobby House Hicks Bar-B-Que Hippie Daze Hite Auto Body and Repair Holistic Journey Imo’s Pizza

Katherine Frazier State Farm Kelso Auto Body Lindenwood Univ Local Lucy’s Lucinda’s Grill and Café Main Street Café Mary’s Hidden Treasures Max’s One Stop Melodic Rhythms Mom’s Soul Food MotoMart My Vintage Addiction North Belt West Liquor Olympic Restaurant Patriot Restaurant Plug N Play Computers Plum Local Rising Star Too Schnucks Sears App and Hrdwe Shop N Save - Carlyle Ave. Shop N Save - N. Belt West Simply Thrift Sips n Splatters Sole Survivor Leather & Art St E’s Medical Arts Bldg Super 8 Motel SWIC Art Department SWIC Café SWIC Film Department TOCO Shop Towne & Country Mart Win Flowers & Gifts Your Choice Automotive YMCA East

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Caseyville

America’s Best Inn & Suites First Western Inn Knollwood Retirement

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Centreville

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Collinsville

Collinsville Public Library Dean’s Farmers Market Spring Garden Restaurant Swing City Music

Edwardsville

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Granite City

Apple Tree Restaurant SWIC Café SWIC Fitness Center

Highland

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Lebanon

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Sauget Diner

Scott Air Force Base

Chicago Chicken & Fish Ralph’s Barber Quick Mart Scott Elementary School Subway

Shiloh

Bank of Edwardsville David Anthony Barber Dierberg’s Golden Corral St. Louis Bread Quizno’s Walgreens

Swansea

Big Time Beads Concept Shoe Repair CVS Schnucks Dobbs Gas Mart Tourism Bureua of IL S. Wild Birds Unlimited

Troy

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Bringing Generations Together: Four & Twenty rollin’ into Belleville by Robyn L. Kirsch The third annual acoustic Four & Twenty concert hosted by Belleville’s Crehan’s Irish Bar is fast approaching folks! Come to the West End of Belleville to see what you’ve been missing--a true musical gem of the local music circuit. The rhythms and harmonies of the versatilely inclined musicians never fail to amaze and leave people feeling a buzz of awe that clings to the minds and hearts of listeners, said friend and fan of the band, Jim Viviano of Belleville. “They play so effortlessly with a finesse that encourages even new

Not only are the musicians in other bands as well, but they all have a deeply rooted history with one another--some members playing with each other for going on twenty years, which is evident by observation of the dueling guitars and harmonies. “Terry Jones Rogers and Scott Nienhaus, of Rogers & Nienhaus, along with percussionist, drummer and vocalist Tim Politte, and percussionist Madison Thorn, have joined with The Mondin Band with John Mondin, Paul Graves, John Coatney, and Bob Werner, to create a tribute to CSNY. Not only are they all world-class musicians, Rogers, Nienhaus &

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listeners to not peel away from the music--it’s not even just about listening to some good live music, it’s truly an EXPERIENCE that everyone should have under their belt,” Viviano raved. When watching the group play, eyes closed and energy flowing, it’s as though the music is a clear extension of the band’s soul, and onlookers gasp and coo, hanging onto every note while the band takes them to the very edge. Through observation, one can see that it’s almost as though the band creates a musical sphere that pulls people in while all else falls to the wayside. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young left it’s footprint on the landscape of American music, and Four & Twenty tribute band takes that impression a step farther. With world class musicians who’ve played all over the Midwest, nationally and internationally, this band is a must see--for young and old. 4

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Politte toured the world as members of The Byrds and The Byrds Celebration band, and have worked with Firefall and Nicolette Larson,” Viviano said. According to Mondin, of Alton, people love the tight harmonies, the musicianship and the intricate musical arrangements. “The music of CSNY allows for people who like different types of music to enjoy. There’s some for those who like folk, or jazz, or rock. It really crosses over a vast majority of age groups and genres actually. I think one of the large draws is to see how many guitars Scott can fit on stage,” Mondin says as he chuckles. Belleville resident and longtime fan of the musicians, Jacque Davis said not only are they a professional bunch, but also humble with a level of pedigree that is phenomenal. “I think they’re the best guitar players we have in this area. I love that they

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July 2013 as much of the music as he can in the present, as the bands are often playing metro east venues, larger scale and more intimate. “They’re like a treasure that seems to be slipping away--I hope I’m wrong, but I still feel like it’s imperative we get the word out about these guys,” Viviano said. Four & Twenty will be also playing the Family Arena in early winter in 2013, making it their fourth year with more to come. “The family arena show has grown to be a tradition for myself and friends, we’ve gone every year and we get a hotel room and make a night of it,” Davis said. Mondin said the band gets just as much from Photo by Madison Thorn the music as the fans do. “Every time we go out to perform this music--I just don’t know what to say. We let it flow and it’s really taken on a life of it’s own,” Mondin said. The upcoming Belleville show will be at Crehan’s Irish Pub at 5500 North Belt West, produced by Jim Viviano and media-sponsored by Straight Up Magazine. Doors open at 2 pm on July 21st for the 4 pm show. Tickets may be available at the door. Advanced purchase is recommended. Expect this to be a sell-out event.

show up with so many guitars to every gig, and use them all,” Davis said. The band’s large and steadily growing niche of loyal followers is unique and genuine, said Viviano. Terry Henke and her husband Steve, of Florissant, Mo., have been going to two or three shows a month on average for the last eight years, no matter where the venue may be -- traveling near and far to see this eccentric and down-to-earth group of guys play is rewarding and worth it, Terry explained. “They are just so nice and humble and it really shows in their playing that they love what they’re doing. I love the genre of music they play because, not only is it awesome, but it brings back so many memories of what I grew up with,” Terry said. “When I look out in the crowd, I seriously see people in their twenties ranging all the way up to their seventies--a well diverse audience... it’s just fantastic,” Mondin said. “I’m speechless when I hear stories from people who hear us play...I find it fascinating that we’re able to bring generations together.” Mondin recalls a story from one fan who brought her daughter who was in her early twenties to a show and she quickly turned from being apprehensive to watch them play to loving it. Photo by Jim Viviano “The mother told me after the show that her daughter no longer thinks that she’s a stick in the mud, so to speak. She said she didn’t know if she Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door (if available). Admis would like it because, ‘it’s mom’s music’ - but the energy. Seeing the people’s sion includes a free BBQ buffet. reactions to every song, it’s a breathtaking experience,” Mondin said. For tickets, call Crehan’s at 234-6500. For more Beth Gordon, of St. Louis, has been a fan for the past year, after she information, call Crehan’s at 234-6500 or visit CSNYTribwas exposed to the group at a privately hosted party at a friend’s rural home ute.com or www.RogersandNienhaus.com. Check out the where Rogers & Nienhaus played. poster on the back page. “When you close your eyes and listen to them, it’s hard to believe that there’s only a (handful of people on the stage)--the music is so rich and full of life that it takes you away--it’s almost like a religious experience,” Gordon explained with sincerity. With the changes the music industry has experienced over the years, Vivano expressed that he is fearful of if or when there won’t be music of CSNY and Four & Twenty’s caliber anymore. Viviano said that he soaks up StraightUpMagazine.net

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July Calendar of Events

July 2013

July 1st (Monday) Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Hill Williams; Honkey Tonk Discovery Garden at LaVista Park (Godfrey) - Garden Workday; 9am–12pm Downtown (Belleville) - Concerts on the Square; A Step Beyond; Bring your lawnchair; 7pm Schatze’s (Belleville) – Karaoke

July 2nd (Tuesday) Bike Surgeon (Shiloh) - Tuesday Night Metro East Road Ride; 6pm Pitchers (Belleville) - Tenacious Trivia; 8pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke

July 3rd (Wednesday) Alton Riverfront (Alton) - Mississippi River Fireworks Festival; Grounds open at 5 pm; The fireworks display will be at 9 pm; Free; Featuring Borderline; 7pm Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Waters Tri Fecta Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz, Cigar/Scotch Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Karaoke Every Wed Dandy Inn (Fairview Heights) - Car Cruise; 5-9pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Scott And Karl; 6pm; Must be 21 years old PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - Line Dancing; 1:30pm-3pm; Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session. PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - The Gateway East Artists’ Guild (GEAG) meets the first Wednesday of every month at the PSOP/SWIC building; open to the public; 6pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Open Mic; 7 - 11pm; with AfterHours Entertainment & your host Banyon Hanner The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Hartford) - Fireworks over the Confluence; 8pm-10:30pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night Wild Country (Collinsville) - The Taping of St. Louis Country with WIL gang, Derrick, Danny, Bo & Judy! Open 7pm-1am; $5 for everyone, FREE w/ valid College ID! Wood River Roundhouse (Wood River) - Imperial Swing Dance Lessons; 6:30–9pm

July 4th (Thursday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Dan Sproat 5pm-9pm Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Fireworks; 8:15pm-9pm; Fireworks begin at dusk. 6

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Bubby and Sissy’s (Alton) - Karaoke Dance Party; 9:30pm-1:30am Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Daddieo’s Nite Out (Wood River) - DJ & Karaoke with DJ Co1; 9:30pm-1:30am Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Wherehouse Project; 7pm; Must be 21 years old Grafton Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park; Dixie Dudes 7pm Great River Road (Godfrey) - Water Ski Show every Thursday, weather permitting; 7pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park (East St. Louis) - Fourth of July Celebration; 11:30am - 10pm Red Hawk Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music while experiencing the majestic views of the Mississippi River. Rain or inclement weather will cancel this event.7-9pm Riverview Park (Alton) - Free Concert every Thursday; 8pm Rural King (Swansea) - Swansea Farmers Market; every Thursday; 11am-3pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Bike Night with Live Music Scheve Park (Mascoutah) - Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration 4-10pm; Music, craft vendors, food, kids games, pony rides; fireworks at 9:30pm Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Well Hungarians; Every Thursday Night The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Hartford) - Fireworks over the Confluence; 8pm-10:30pm The Abbey (Belleville) - Singer/Songwriters night; 7-10pm The Acropolis (Belleville) - Live Music Lunch; 11:30am-1pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music Wild Country (Collinsville) - Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 – 10pm w/ Joyce Warren Wilson Park (Granite City) - Festival and Fireworks; Fireworks at 9:15pm

July 5th (Friday) Alton VFW Post 1308 (Alton) - DD Revival; 7-11pm Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Teen Night; The Mellow D’s (Rock/Funk); 7:30pm-9:30pm Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Off the Shoulder Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Hudson & the Hoo Doo Cats; jump / swing / rock n blues; 7pm-9pm; Free Fairmount Park (Collinsville) - Every Friday night at Fairmount is a Party at the Park! Join us for racing, live music, drink specials and

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July 2013 more in this weekly summer tradition. Gates open at 6pm with race post time at 7:30pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Hoosier Daddy’s; 3pm; Ultraviolets; 8pm; Must be 21 Fezziwig’s Marketplace (Lebanon) - Firecracker Wine Tasting; 6-7:30pm Glazebrook Park (Godfrey) - Family Fun Day & Fireworks; 5pm-9:30pm; There will be activities like rock wall climbing, zip lines, inflatables, vendors, and more. The Great Godfrey Maze’s theme will be unveiled and there will be fireworks at 9:15; Free. Grafton Riverfront (Grafton) - Fireworks On The Waterfront; Fireworks at dusk; Grafton business owners will be offering food and drink specials, live entertainment and games for children. Then watch the fireworks over the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers from the decks of one of the many businesses or from a spot on the riverbank. Rain date is July 6. Free Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park (East St. Louis) - Fourth of July Celebration; 11:30am - 10pm Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Open Mic Night every Friday night from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Grind - a tribute to Alice In Chains; presented by Pop’s & The Beard with TBA; 7pm; $5 advance, $10 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Saloonatics Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Through Aug 9; Zeuxis, Mark Travers, & Erin Vigneau Dimick Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music Sole Survivor Gallery (Belleville) - Art After Five every First Friday; Annual Young Artists Show; See the work of 25 local young adults. Artists are selected through a juried process. A People’s Choice and Best of Show prizes will be awarded. Vote for your favorite artist throughout the month. July 5-28, 2013 The Abbey (Belleville) - Jazz Trio; 7:30-10:30pm The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Hartford) - Fireworks over the Confluence; 8pm-10:30pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music

July 6th (Saturday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Graham Pagano 3pm-7pm Blue Agave (Belleville) - John Bartley Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Mondinband Cigar Inn (Belleville) - The Saturday Mid-Day Live Jazz Matinee with Willie Akins and Friends quartet; Every Saturday 5pm-8pm; This event is Non-Smoking Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Downtown (Belleville) - Old Town Market; 7:30am-12pm; Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local

farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Downtown (Edwardsville) - Land Of Goshen Community Market; 8am–12pm; Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. Free. Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Melroys – rock, cool covers, old favorites with a twang; 7pm-9pm; Free Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Hoosier Daddy’s; 3pm; Ultraviolets; 8pm; Must be 21 Laurie’s Place (Edwardsville) - Every Sat - Jam Session w/ Mo’ Pleasure - 2pm-6pm Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke No-Jacks Bar & Grill (Smithton) - DJ & Karaoke Every Saturday; 9pm Phil’s Bar & Grill (Wood River) - Karoke/DJ; 9pm-2am Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Flatland Band Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Gary Johnston’s Bday Bash featuring: Hung Like A Martyr, Ghost In The Machine, From Skies Of Fire, Cannibal Road, OATM, & Burning Down Oceans; 6:30pm; $5 advance, $7 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Tough Love Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music Spectators Sports Bar and Grill (Alton) - Country Karaoke; 9pm – 1am The Cyclery and Fitness Center (Edwardsville) - Saturday Morning East Side Road Ride; 7am The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music

July 7th (Sunday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Graham Pagano; 2pm-6pm American Legion Post 365 (Collinsville) - Catsup Bottle Summerfest; 9am-5pm; World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Birthday; car and truck shows; bands; vendors; kids activities; Quarter Draw Band 3pm; Free Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Miss Jubilee (Jump Swing/Blues); 7:30-9:30pm

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July Calendar of Events

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Club 111 (Pontoon Beach) - Crossing Mason; 6pm Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - First Sunday of Every Month Jam; 4pm-8pm Dutch Hollow Barn (Belleville) - Every Sunday Jam Session; 7pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Red Rock; 2pm; Champaign Fix; 7pm; Must be 21 Haskell Park (Alton) - Free Concert; 7pm; Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Matt Livasy Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Son-Life Church (Collinsville) - Big Bottle Bicycle Ride; 7:30am-9am; After the ride, stay for the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival; Fees: On-line - $8 member, $13 non-member, $3 child. Day of ride - $10 member, $15 non-member, $3 child Sullivan’s (Belleville) - Billy Barnett; 4pm; Rogers and Nienhaus; 5pm-9pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night

July 8th (Monday) Discovery Garden at LaVista Park (Godfrey) - Garden Workday; 9am–12pm Downtown (Belleville) - Concerts on the Square; The Dale Willeford Band; Bring your lawnchair; 7pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) – Ceramics; Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am – noon

July 9th (Tuesday) 6pm

Bike Surgeon (Shiloh) - Tuesday Night Metro East Road Ride;

Fezziwig’s Marketplace (Lebanon) - Tea 101; an introduction to Loose Leaf Premium Tea Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Collinsville Area Women’s Connection; 12:15-2:15pm; Admission: $13 Pitchers (Belleville) - Tenacious Trivia; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Don’t Be A H8tour; presented by The Beard; with Blameshift, Screaming For Silence, Out Of Sequence, Lock and Key, TBA; 6:30pm; $10 advance, $12 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am – noon 8

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Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style.

July 10th (Wednesday) Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Rogers & Nienhaus Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz, Cigar/Scotch Night City Park (Prairie du Rocher) - Party in the Park; Music by Acoustic Asylum; 7pm Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Karaoke Every Wed Dandy Inn (Fairview Heights) - Car Cruise; 5-9pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Jay N Waylon; 6pm; Must be 21 years old PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - Line Dancing; 1:30pm-3pm; Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session. Schatze’s (Belleville) - Open Mic; 7 - 11pm; with AfterHours Entertainment & your host Banyon Hanner Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) – Ceramics; Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am - noon The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night Wild Country (Collinsville) - The Taping of St. Louis Country with WIL gang, Derrick, Danny, Bo & Judy! Open 7pm-1am; - $5 for everyone, FREE w/ valid College ID! Wood River Roundhouse (Wood River) - Imperial Swing Dance Lessons; 6:30–9pm

July 11th (Thursday) Bellevue Park (Belleville) - Free Concerts at Bellevue Park; Alley Kats Band; 7pm

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July 2013 Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Silly Jilly the Clown (Balloon Artist); 7:30-9:30pm Bubby and Sissy’s (Alton) - Karaoke Dance Party; 9:30pm1:30am Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Daddieo’s Nite Out (Wood River) - DJ & Karaoke With DJ Co1; 9:30pm-1:30am Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Featherstone Drive; 7pm; Must be 21 years old Grafton Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park; The Owlz; 7pm Great River Road (Godfrey) - Water Ski Show every Thursday, weather permitting; 7pm Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr; 7pm–8pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Mama Gusto’s (Lebanon) - Rogers and Nienhaus; 7-10pm Red Hawk Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music while experiencing the majestic views of the Mississippi River. Rain or inclement weather will cancel this event.7-9pm Riverview Park (Alton) - Free concert every Thursday; 8pm Rural King (Swansea) - Swansea Farmers Market; every Thursday; 11am-3pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Bike Night with Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am – noon Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style. Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Well Hungarians; Every Thursday night The Abbey (Belleville) - Singer/Songwriters night; 7-10pm The Acropolis (Belleville) - Live Music Lunch; 11:30am-1pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music Wild Country (Collinsville) - Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 – 10pm w/ Joyce Warren

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Cahokia) - Preview Party: Contemporary Indian Art Show; 6:30pm-9pm. Reservations required, call 618-344-7316 Chez Marilyn (Alton) - 3rd Coast Jazz & Blues Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Downtown (Belleville) - Tour de Belleville Bike Ride; The Tour de Belleville is a family friendly, noncompetitive trek over a relatively easy course to give riders a scenic view of the city at night. Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Mark Biehl; Composer / multi-instrumentalist; 7-9pm; Free E.L. Flanagan’s (Highland) - Pat Liston Fairmount Park (Collinsville) - Every Friday night at Fairmount is a Party at the Park! Join us for racing, live music, drink specials and more in this weekly summer tradition. Gates open at 6pm with race post time at 7:30pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Scott And Karl; 3pm; Spin The Bottle; 8pm; Must be 21 Gateway Center (Collinsville) - NatsuCon Anime Convention Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr; 7pm–8pm Jacoby Arts Center (Alton) - 9th Annual Juried Exhibition; Opening Reception 5pm-8pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Open Mic Night every Friday night from 7-11pm Pitchers (Belleville) - Tim Session; 9pm Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Summer of Strange Tour 2013 featuring Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, & Stevie Stone w/ A-Town Mob, Freakz R Uz, & Filthee Bnjaminz; 6:00pm; $18 advance, $20 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Abbie Steiling Hillbilly Authority; 9pm Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Opening Reception of exhibitions by Zeuxis, Mark Travers, & Erin Vigneau Dimick Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music Swansea Improvement Association (Swansea) - Cactus Moon Band; 8pm-12am The Abbey (Belleville) - Jazz Trio; 7:30-10:30pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music The Wildey Theatre (Edwardsville) - Randall Bramblett Band; 8pm

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July 12th (Friday) Arlington Greens Golf Course (Granite City) - Tunes on Tap Concert Series: Randy McAllister; 7pm Bee Hollow Market (Mascoutah) - Wine Tasting; 4pm-7pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Belleville Knife Show StraightUpMagazine.net

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Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Randy Clemmons 3pm-7pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Belleville Knife Show Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Lucky Old Sons (Rockabilly); 7:30-9:30pm Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Cahokia) - 18th Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show; The Contemporary Indian Art Show is a juried show and sale of fine art by Native American artist. 9am 5pm. Free. Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Karaoke Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Downtown (Belleville) - Old Town Market; 7:30am-12pm; Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Downtown (Edwardsville) - Land Of Goshen Community Market; 8am–12pm; Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. Free. Downtown (Belleville) - Car Cruise; 6pm-9pm Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Western Satellites; western swing; 7pm-9pm; Free Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Jay N Waylon; 3pm; Spin The Bottle; 8pm; Must be 21 Failoni’s (St. Louis) - Pat Liston (of the Metro East) Gateway Center (Collinsville) - NatsuCon Anime Convention Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr; 7pm–8pm Johnny’s Sidebar (Collinsville) - The Hatrick; 10pm Laurie’s Place (Edwardsville) - Every Sat - Jam Session w/ Mo’ Pleasure - 2-6pm Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) – Karaoke Millstadt Firemans Picnic (Millstadt) - The Bob Band No-Jacks Bar & Grill (Smithton) - DJ & Karaoke Every Saturday; 9pm Phil’s Bar & Grill (Wood River) - Karoke/DJ; 9pm-2am Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Blu Skies; 6pm-10pm Pitchers (Belleville) - Belleville Car and Bike Cruise; 6-9pm; Dynamic J’s; 9pm Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Summer Juggalo Bash presented by The Beard & Whoop X2 with ABK , Terror Troopaz , Local Kings , Freaks R Us , Ryda Click , NuttinxNyce , POW , Hazmat , Loco LA , Stand Up Cough’n; 6:30pm; $12 advance, $14 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Creative Kids Art Class: “Build Your Dream Home,” 12:30pm 10

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July 14th (Sunday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Randy Clemmons 2pm-6pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Belleville Knife Show Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Abbey Road Warriors (Beatles Tribute); 7:30-9:30pm Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Cahokia) - Cahokia Archaeological Society Meeting; Program and meeting at 7:30pm. Come at 6:30pm to help wash artifacts. Club 111 (Pontoon Beach) - Crossing Mason; 6pm Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Cactus Moon Band; 4pm-8pm Dutch Hollow Barn (Belleville) - Every Sunday Jam Session; 7pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Acoustic Asylum; 2pm;

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July 2013 Gateway Center (Collinsville)- NatsuCon Anime Convention Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr; 2pm–3pm Haskell Park (Alton) - Free concert every Sunday; 7pm Hawg Pit (Grafton) - Rogers and Nienhaus; 1pm-5pm Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Casey Reeves Band; 1pm-5pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night The Wildey Theatre (Edwardsville) - Home Grown & Locally Shown – A Singer/Songwriter Showcase; 2pm

July 15th (Monday) Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Hill Williams Honkey Tonk Discovery Garden at LaVista Park (Godfrey) - Garden Workday; 9am–12pm Downtown (Belleville) - Concerts on the Square; Ed and Friends; Bring your lawnchair; 7pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Ceramics – Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am – noon

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Belle-Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - 47th Annual Shrine

Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Riversong Acoustic Band Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz, Cigar/Scotch Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Karaoke Every Wed Dandy Inn (Fairview Heights) - Car Cruise; 5-9pm Dunham Hall Theater @ SIUE (Edwardsville) - Summer Showbiz presents “Nunsense”; 7:30-10pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Scott And Karl; 6pm; Must be 21 years old PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - Line Dancing; 1:30pm-3pm; Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session. Schatze’s (Belleville) - Open Mic; 7pm – 11pm; with AfterHours Entertainment & your host Banyon Hanner Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Ceramics – Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am noon The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night Wild Country (Collinsville) - The Taping of St. Louis Country with WIL gang, Derrick, Danny, Bo & Judy! Open 7pm-1am; - $5 for

July 16th (Tuesday) Circus 6pm

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - 47th Annual Shrine Bike Surgeon (Shiloh) - Tuesday Night Metro East Road Ride;

Pitchers (Belleville) - Tenacious Trivia; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - The Virginmarys; 105.7 The Point Low Dough Show - $1.05 show; w/ TBA; 7pm; $1.05 flat, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am - noon Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style.

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July 2013 The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music Wild Country (Collinsville) - Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 - 10 w/ Joyce Warren

everyone, FREE w/ valid College ID! Wood River Roundhouse (Wood River) - Imperial Swing Dance Lessons; 6:30pm–9pm

July 19th (Friday)

July 18th (Thursday) Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Bellevue Park (Belleville) - Free Concerts at Bellevue Park; Waterloo German Band; 7pm Bubby and Sissy’s (Alton) - Karaoke Dance Party; 9:30pm1:30am Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Cahokia) - Cahokia Archaeological Society Meeting. Program and meeting, 7:30 pm. Come at 6:30 pm to help wash artifacts. Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Daddieo’s Nite Out (Wood River) - DJ & Karaoke with DJ Co1; 9:30pm-1:30am Downtown (Belleville) - Diva Night 5pm-8pm; Start at Hair on Main. End at Papa Vito’s Dunham Hall Theater @ SIUE (Edwardsville) - Summer Showbiz presents “Nunsense”; 7:30pm-10pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Radio Star; 7:00pm; Must be 21 years old Grafton Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park - Hymn River Suite; 7pm Great River Road (Godfrey) - Water Ski Show every Thursday, weather permitting; 7pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Red Hawk Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music while experiencing the majestic views of the Mississippi River. Rain or inclement weather will cancel this event.7-9pm Riverview Park (Alton) -Free concert every Thursday; 8pm Rural King (Swansea) - Swansea Farmers Market; every Thursday; 11am-3pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Bike Night with Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am - noon Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style. Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Well Hungarians; Every Thursday Night The Abbey (Belleville) - Singer/Songwriters night; 7-10pm The Acropolis (Belleville) - Live Music Lunch; 11:30am-1pm 12

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July 2013 The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music The Weingarten (Belleville) - Dueling Pianos; Toe-Tappin’ Knee-Slappin’ Sing-Along; 7-11pm

July 20th (Saturday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Walt Miller 3pm-7pm Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30–10:30pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Flea Market Belle Valley School (Belleville) - “101 Dalmatians Kids” Performance by Brass Rail Players; 7pm Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Fanfare (Variety); 7:30pm-9:30pm Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Block Party; The OWLS Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Karaoke Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Lauren Marshall Band; 9pm-1am Downtown (Belleville) - Old Town Market; 7:30am-12pm; Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Downtown (Edwardsville) - Land Of Goshen Community Market; 8am–12pm; Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. Free. Dunham Hall Theater @ SIUE (Edwardsville) - Summer Showbiz presents “Nunsense”; 7:30pm-10pm Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; The Aaron Eckert Jazz Combo; 7pm-9pm; Free Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Hoosier Daddy’s; 3pm; All Mixed Up; 8:00pm; Must be 21 Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Belleville News Democrat “Lipstik” Women’s Show; 10am-4pm; Admission: $5 Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Pegasus Productions; Admission: $7 Laurie’s Place (Edwardsville) - Every Sat - Jam Session w/ Mo’ Pleasure - 2pm-6pm Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Lindenwood Unviersity Auditorium (Belleville) - Summer Rhythm & Music Series- Dean Christopher Rat Pack & more; 7-9pm No-Jacks Bar & Grill (Smithton) - DJ & Karaoke Every Saturday; 9pm Phil’s Bar & Grill (Wood River) - Karoke/DJ; 9pm-2am Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Centennial Road; 6pm-10pm Pitchers (Belleville) - Ambassador Wing Eating Challenge;

Echotrace with Brian Clover opening; 8pm Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music Pop’s (Sauget) - Hollow Point Heroes: CD Release Party w/ Exit 714, Deny The Gravity, Decadent Nation, & Wild Tiger Fighters; 7pm; $5 advance, $7 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Live Music Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Dance Floor Riot; 9pm Skooter’s West (Freeburg) - Hot Flash Duo; 8pm Spectators Sports Bar and Grill (Alton) - Country Karaoke; 9pm – 1am Splash City Family Waterpark (Collinsville) - Dash ‘N Splash; 6-10pm; Take a dash and cool down with a splash. Start this fun filled evening with a 5K run/walk then cool off and relax with a private party, dinner and music at Splash City Family Waterpark. The party is open to friends and family members of those participating in the 5K run/walk. Proceeds go to help fund programs by the Collinsville Area Recreation District. Swansea Improvement Hall (Swansea) - The Bob Band The Cyclery and Fitness Center (Edwardsville) - Saturday Morning East Side Road Ride; 7am The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music The Wildey Theatre (Edwardsville) - Rush Studio of Dance Presents “Right Between Wrong”; 7:30pm

July 21st (Sunday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Dan Sproat 2pm-6pm Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 2pm-5pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Flea Market Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Jeremiah Johnson (Blues); 7:30pm-9:30pm Cleo’s (Edwardsville) - Pat Liston Club 111 (Pontoon Beach) - Crossing Mason; 6pm Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Str8 Up Magazine Welcomes the 3rd Annual Four & Twenty Acoustic Summer Concert – A CSN&Y Tribute; BBQ Buffet included w/ ticket purchase; $15 in advance, $20 at the door if available; Doors @ 2pm, Showtime 4pm; Hear All Your Crosby Stills Nash & Young Favorites Live! For More info www.rogersandnienhaus.com or 618-234-6500. Dutch Hollow Barn (Belleville) - Every Sunday Jam Session; 7pm Dunham Hall Theater @ SIUE (Edwardsville) - Summer Showbiz presents “Nunsense”; 2pm-5pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Acoustic Asylum; 2pm; Whiskey Dixon; 7pm; Must be 21

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Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Pegasus Productions; Admission: $7 Haskell Park (Alton) - Free concert every Sunday; 7pm National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Visitors Center (Belleville) - Gateway East Artist Guild Exhibition & Sale; Opening Reception 1pm-4pm; Awards Presentation 2pm; Runs through Aug 16 Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Spellbound; 1pm-5pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Drowning Pool & Pop Evil with Gemini Syndrome, Era 9, D-Railed, & OATM; 6pm; $10 advance, $12 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night

July 22nd (Monday) Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Discovery Garden at LaVista Park (Godfrey) - Garden Workday; 9am–12pm Downtown (Belleville) - Concerts on the Square; Jim Chadderton and The Special Edition; Bring your lawnchair; 7pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Ceramics – Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31’; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am – noon

July 23rd (Tuesday) Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Bike Surgeon (Shiloh) - Tuesday Night Metro East Road Ride; 6pm Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking Pitchers (Belleville) - Tenacious Trivia; 8pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am - noon Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal 14

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July 24th (Wednesday) Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Lamina & the Zippers Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz, Cigar/Scotch Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Karaoke Every Wed Dandy Inn (Fairview Heights) - Car Cruise; 5-9pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Jay N Waylon; 6pm; Must be 21 years old Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking Pitchers (Belleville) - Afroman PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - Line Dancing; 1:30pm-3pm; Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session. Schatze’s (Belleville) - Open Mic; 7pm – 11pm; with AfterHours Entertainment & your host Banyon Hanner Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Ceramics – Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am - noon The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night Wild Country (Collinsville) - The Taping of St. Louis Country with WIL gang, Derrick, Danny, Bo & Judy! Open 7pm-1am; - $5 for everyone, FREE w/ valid College ID! Wood River Roundhouse (Wood River) - Imperial Swing Dance Lessons; 6:30–9pm

July 25th (Thursday) Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical);

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July 2013 Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Bellevue Park (Belleville) - Free Concerts at Bellevue Park; Country Music Machine; 7pm Bubby and Sissy’s (Alton) - Karaoke Dance Party; 9:30pm1:30am Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Daddieo’s Nite Out (Wood River) - DJ & Karaoke with DJ Co1; 9:30pm-1:30am Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Spin The Bottle; 7pm; Must be 21 years old Great River Road (Godfrey) - Water Ski Show every Thursday, weather permitting; 7pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Lindenwood University Auditorium (Belleville) - ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Performance by Brass Rail Players; 7pm Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking Red Hawk Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music while experiencing the majestic views of the Mississippi River. Rain or inclement weather will cancel this event.7-9pm Riverview Park (Alton) - Free concert every Thursday; 8pm Rural King (Swansea) - Swansea Farmers Market; every Thursday; 11am-3pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Bike Night with Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Illustration and Drawing; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25; Stylized drawing techniques, traditional modulation and advanced artistic concepts will push high school students from their comfort zones into fresh ideas for artwork. Instructor Andy Brandmeyer will lead the class. 10am – noon Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style. Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Well Hungarians; Every Thursday Night The Abbey (Belleville) - Singer/Songwriters night; 7-10pm The Acropolis (Belleville) - Live Music Lunch; 11:30am-1pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music Wild Country (Collinsville) - Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 – 10pm w/ Joyce Warren

Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Hookie Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers; Jump blues / swing / hot jazz; 7pm9pm; Free Edwardsville Arts Center (Edwardsville) - Through Aug 30th; Main Gallery - Women’s Marks; Student Gallery - EHS Art Students Fairmount Park (Collinsville) - Every Friday night at Fairmount is a Party at the Park! Join us for racing, live music, drink specials and more in this weekly summer tradition. Gates open at 6pm with race post time at 7:30pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Acoustic Asylum; 3pm; Radio Star; 8pm; Must be 21 Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Young Frankenstein; 7:30pm– 10pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Lindenwood University Auditorium (Belleville) - ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Performance by Brass Rail Players; 7pm Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Open Mic Night every Friday night from 7:00-11:00pm Pitchers (Belleville) - Tim Session; 9pm Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Live Music Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music The Abbey (Belleville) - Jazz Trio; 7:30-10:30pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - The Bob Band

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Summer Youth Showcase; 7:30pm–10:30pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Great Train Expo Belle Court Manor (Belleville) - Heartlands Conservancy Field to Fork; Our area has many exciting things happening in terms of people learning renewed appreciation for localy grown meat, fruit and vegetables. Eating is once again about experiencing new tastes and healthy eating habits. The ingredients for this meal are harvested the 2 days prior to the Field to Fork event – you can’t get any fresher than that when coming from Field to Fork! Enjoy the “Best of Southwestern Illinois” while supporting HeartLands Conservancy and prepare your palette for a delectable evening. 5-6pm Cocktail Reception; 6:15pm Dinner. Belleville West (Belleville) - BEACON Pathway to Hope 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1 mile Fun Run PLUS the Metro East’s Longest Conga Line! Fund-raiser for Beacon Ecumenical Ministries providing financial and material support to the needy in St. Clair County; 8am Bobby’s Frozen Custard (Maryville) - Mondinband (Blues/ Classic Rock); 7:30pm-9:30pm Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Streetbeat Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Karaoke Night Corner Keg Pub (Highland) - Lauren Marshall Band; 9pm1am Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Downtown (Alton) - Alton Block Party; wide variety of food and drink at reasonable prices provided by neighborhood establishments. Kids activities take place from 4 pm to 7 pm and adult activities begin when the bands begin playing afterwards. Downtown (Belleville) - Old Town Market; 7:30am-12pm; Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Downtown (Edwardsville) - Land Of Goshen Community Market; 8am–12pm; Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. Free. Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Cole Porter Band; Indie country with Southern Soul; 7pm-9pm; Free Failoni’s (St. Louis) - Rogers and Nienhaus (of the Metro East) Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Acoustic Asylum; 3pm; Radio Star; 8pm; Must be 21 Grafton Riverfront (Grafton) - Shiver Me Timbers Towboat Festival; Glimpse inside the giant towboats that travel America’s Great Rivers; tours from noon to 4 pm; Citywide Treasure Hunt, Pirate Ship Rides, discounted Parasailing for those who come dressed as pirates, Hula-hoop Making Workshop, Pirate Parties, Grog and Grub Specials, and discounts by many of Grafton’s businesses. 16

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Lau-Nae Winery (Red Bud) - Wine & Music w/ Hot Flash Duo; 7pm-10pm Laurie’s Place (Edwardsville) - Every Sat - Jam Session w/ Mo’ Pleasure - 2pm-6pm Lewis and Clark Historic Site (Hartford) - Hummingbird Festival; In conjunction with the Illinois Audubon Society, hummingbirds will be captured and banded. Participants can adopt and release a hummingbird. Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Lindenwood University Auditorium (Belleville) - ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Performance by Brass Rail Players; 7pm Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking No-Jacks Bar & Grill (Smithton) - DJ & Karaoke Every Saturday; 9pm Phil’s Bar & Grill (Wood River) - Karoke/DJ; 9pm-2am Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Wedgewood Brothers; 6pm10pm Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Pop’s (Sauget) - Voodoo Queen’s Summer Meltdown presented by Voodoo Queen & The Beard; Lye; with Fatal Havoc , Slave To The Day , Just Ted , Dollhouse Skandal , Silent Hollow; 6pm; $8 advance, $10 day of show, $2 minor surcharge Schatze’s (Belleville) - Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Creative Kids Art Class: “UnbeLEAFable Art!,” 12:30pm Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music Spectators Sports Bar and Grill (Alton) - Country Karaoke; 9pm – 1am The Corner Keg Pub (Highland) - Lauren Marshall Band; 9pm1am The Cyclery and Fitness Center (Edwardsville) - Saturday Morning East Side Road Ride; 7am The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - The Alley Tones; 9pm

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Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Randy Clemmons 2pm-6pm Alton Little Theater (Alton) - The Music Man (Musical); Summer Youth Showcase; 2pm-5pm Belle Clair Fairgrounds (Belleville) - Great Train Expo Club 111 (Pontoon Beach) - Crossing Mason; 6pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Scott And Karl; 2pm; Ultraviolets; 7pm; Must be 21 Grafton Riverfront (Grafton) - Shiver Me Timbers Towboat Festival; Glimpse inside the giant towboats that travel America’s Great Rivers; tours from noon to 4 pm; Citywide Treasure Hunt, Pirate Ship Rides, discounted Parasailing for those who come dressed as pirates, Hula-hoop Making Workshop, Pirate Parties, Grog and Grub Specials, and discounts by many of Grafton’s businesses. Dutch Hollow Barn (Belleville) - Every Sunday Jam Session; 7pm Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Young Frankenstein; 2pm– 3:30pm Haskell Park (Alton) - Free concert every Sunday; 7pm Lindenwood University Auditorium (Belleville) - ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Performance by Brass Rail Players; 7pm Madison County Fairgrounds (Highland) - Madison County Fair; Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby. Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration Pere Marquette State Park-Visitor’s Center (Grafton) Ancient Glacier Byways Bicycle Tour; 9am Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Tim Buck Two; 1pm-5pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Sole Survivor Gallery (Belleville) - Annual Young Artists Show Closing Reception and Awards Presentation; See the work of 25 local young adults. Artists are selected through a juried process. A People’s choice award and Best of Show prizes will be awarded; 2pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night

July 29th (Monday) Discovery Garden at LaVista Park (Godfrey) - Garden Workday; 9am–12pm Downtown (Belleville) - Concerts on the Square; Tommy Tunes; Bring your lawnchair; 7pm Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) – Ceramics; Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8-31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand

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Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration Pitchers (Belleville) - Tenacious Trivia; 8pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Karaoke Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style.

July 31st (Wednesday) Chez Marilyn (Alton) - Pat Liston Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz, Cigar/Scotch Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Karaoke Every Wed Dandy Inn (Fairview Heights) - Car Cruise; 5-9pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Scott And Karl; 6pm; Must be 21 years old Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration PSOP/SWIC (Belleville) - Line Dancing; 1:30pm-3pm; Our instructor, Carol Schwartz, will show you new line dances and techniques each week. This is a great group to dance with, so sliiiide on over. Cost is $2 per session. Schatze’s (Belleville) - Open Mic; 7pm – 11pm; with AfterHours Entertainment & your host Banyon Hanner Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) – Ceramics; Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 31; Instructor Dawn Schuck will guide high school students as they work with clay to learn or refine their ability to throw on the pottery wheel. Students can try their hand at mixing specialty glazes and learn how to fire work in the kiln. 10am noon The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Open Mic Night Wild Country (Collinsville) - The Taping of St. Louis Country with WIL gang, Derrick, Danny, Bo & Judy! Open 7pm-1am; - $5 for everyone, FREE w/ valid College ID! Wood River Roundhouse (Wood River) - Imperial Swing Dance Lessons; 6:30pm–9pm

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Step Beyond; 7pm Bubby and Sissy’s (Alton) - Karaoke Dance Party; 9:30pm1:30am Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Daddieo’s Nite Out (Wood River) - DJ & Karaoke with DJ Co1; 9:30pm-1:30am Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Ultraviolets; 7pm; Must be 21 years old Grafton Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park - The Waters Trifecta; 7pm Great River Road (Godfrey) - Water Ski Show every Thursday, weather permitting; 7pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration Red Hawk Park (Grafton) - Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music while experiencing the majestic views of the Mississippi River. Rain or inclement weather will cancel this event.7-9pm Riverview Park (Alton) - Free concert every Thursday; 8pm Rural King (Swansea) - Swansea Farmers Market; every Thursday; 11am-3pm Schatze’s (Belleville) - Bike Night with Live Music Schmidt Art Center @ SWIC (Belleville) - Sculpture classes; Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 1; 1-3 pm; Found objects, wood and fiber are only a few of the media used in this sculpture class. Instructor Dawn Schuck will teach high school students how to assemble items into a great composition that reflects their personal style. Silver Creek Saloon & Grill (Belleville) - Well Hungarians; Every Thursday Night The Abbey (Belleville) - Singer/Songwriters night; 7-10pm The Acropolis (Belleville) - Live Music Lunch; 11:30am-1pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music Wild Country (Collinsville) - Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 – 10pm w/ Joyce Warren

Meet; Begins at 9am Admission- Friday and Saturday: $25; Saturday: $15; 13 yrs and Under: Free with Paid Adult Gateway Center (Collinsville) - First Day Family Fun Festival; Friday: 4pm-7pm; Unit 10 School District Families: Free Admission Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Young Frankenstein; 7:30pm– 10pm Jailhouse Rock (Trenton) - Class Act Karaoke Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey) - KSHE Blood Drive; 10am Lilly’s Lounge (Alton) - Karaoke Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine (Belleville) - Healing Novena Celebration Piasa Winery & Pub (Grafton) - Open Mic Night every Friday night from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Plum Local (Belleville) - Live Music; 8pm Salem Community Theatre (Salem) – “Hairspray”; Hairspray delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960’s Baltimore, where the 50’s are out — and change is in the air! Overnight, Tracy Turnblad finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Schatze’s (Belleville) - Live Music Shenanigan’s (Belleville) - DJ or Live Music The Abbey (Belleville) - Jazz Trio; 7:30-10:30pm The Stagger Inn…Again (Edwardsville) - Live Music

August 3rd (Saturday) Aerie’s Winery (Grafton) - Randy Clemmons 3pm-7pm Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Cahokia) - Archeology Day; Demonstrations of ancient crafts, artifact processing, hands-on activities, dig tours and storytelling. 10am - 4pm. Free.

August 2nd (Friday) Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Live Jazz Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Bruce Zimmerman; Americana / Blues / Roots music 7pm-9pm; Free Fairmount Park (Collinsville) - Every Friday night at Fairmount is a Party at the Park! Join us for racing, live music, drink specials and more in this weekly summer tradition. Gates open at 6pm with race post time at 7:30pm Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - American Idle; 3pm; & 8pm; Must be 21 Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Railroad Prototype Modelers 18

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July 2013 Cigar Inn (Belleville) - Karaoke Night Crehan’s Irish Pub (Belleville) - Live Music Downtown (Belleville) - Old Town Market; 7:30am-12pm; Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Downtown (Edwardsville) - Land Of Goshen Community Market; 8am–12pm; Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. Free. Eckert’s Country Farm (Belleville) - Summer Concert Fest; Copper Creek; Country / blues / rock; 7pm-9pm; Free Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton) - Hoosier Daddy’s; 3pm; American Idle; 8pm; Must be 21 Gateway Center (Collinsville) - Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet; Begins at 9am Admission- $15; 13 yrs and Under: Free with Paid Adult Hard Road Theatre (Highland) - Young Frankenstein; 7:30pm– 10pm Historic Downtown Square (Highland) - Annual Street Art Festival; Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks and. There is also a Creative Kids Corner with lots of activities for young, aspiring artists! An Arts Expo featuring several local artists and there will be live music and enjoying great food. Free Laurie’s Place (Edwardsville) - Every Sat - Jam Session w/ Mo’ Pleasure - 2pm-6pm

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About Straight Up Magazine

St. Louis has its arts and entertainment magazines. The Metro East deserves its own. And here it is. It’s called Straight Up!!! There just isn’t another source for the arts and activities for the Metro East region. The area is so rich in culture, activities, events, music and the arts. Where else can you find it all than in Straight Up Magazine? Straight Up is the definitive guide for what to do and where to go in the Metro East. Distributed free-of-charge in clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and other high-traffic venues, Straight Up is as entertaining as it is informative. Straight Up is local. It covers only those artists and activities that are relevant to the Metro East. It supports local arts, local shops, local restaurants. It is part of the ‘be local, buy local, eat local, think local’ movement. Straight Up is in print and in black and white. It is a piece of artwork in and of itself. In this super-vibrant-color, internet digital age, there is still a demand for the tangible, hold-it-in-your-hands media. Straight Up provides an esthetic of real-life artwork that leaves something to the imagination. It comes to life because you pick it up and hold it over your cup of coffee or glass of wine. And it’s also in brilliant color on the web at StraigtUpMagazine.net. Straight Up readers and advertisers are Patrons of the Arts. The mission of Straight Up Magazine is to support local arts and artists and the businesses and organizations that support local arts and artists. As a reader or advertiser, you are part of that mission. Together, we are the movement that is Straight Up Magazine. Straight Up is the official Visitor’s Guide in every guest room at the following hotels: The Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center - Fairview Heights LaQuinta MidAmerica Inn and Suites - Mascoutah / Days Inn - O’Fallon Super 8 - Belleville 20

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Friend

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Foe by Brenton Ebersole

It would be hard not to notice the amazing impact the moist spring has had on the natural world around us. The drastic difference from the ample rain and longer duration of the cooler temperatures has been wonderful to the native trees and wild flowers when compared to the last year’s slow growth from a much drier late spring. In every garden and landscape, annuals, vegetables and perennials are exploding with green, lush growth. Worth taking note of, however, is that if these plants are all doing so well, so are a few plants most people would do better to avoid contact with such as poison ivy and stinging nettles. Colonies of nettles are growing fast and quite thick, under the canopy of local woodlands and parks. They are achieving maturity and also a stronger sting at an earlier point this season than last year. Poison ivy vines are also vigorously spreading and climbing in the spaces between buildings and trees alike. These potentially irritating plants are distributed virtually everywhere by many species of birds who eat their berries which are toxic to mammals. This year, the Metro East’s climate has been the perfect conditions for all plant species which in turn has supported local fauna populations, such as deer, ground hogs, raccoons, rabbits, opossums and coyotes. With healthier animals, the parasites that rely on them as hosts have been thriving as well. Populations of ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes are much higher this spring than the last and will continue to be so during the hot summer months to come. Despite these increased hazards of traveling out into fields or wooded areas, the brilliant display of vitality and energy at work is more than worth the effort to protect yourself. Chemical controls in bug repellants, such as DEET, can protect you from these parasites. However, recent research has shown that they may cause damage to parts of the central nervous system involved with muscle control and the sense of smell after long time exposure and continuous use. There are many herbs that can be grown in a home garden that repel these pests without ill affect to you or your pets’ health. These herbs, as essential plant oils, can be infused into plant-based Castile soaps, such as Dr. Bronner’s, and used to wash clothing, hair, and skin to prevent exposure before adventuring to the woods. Also, this protection can be obtained by suspending the raw or dry materials of these species in pure plant-based oils. Coconut oil is a particularly good choice because, by itself, it is already healthful for the skin and hair, providing some protection from the sun’s UV rays while simultaneously moisturizing and allowing it to breathe. Herbs in the mint family, especially basil, lemon balm, StraightUpMagazine.net

and catnip, give off a scent that discourages pests such as ticks and mosquitoes from biting. Rosemary is particularly effective against ticks. These plants, along with scented geraniums and citronella, can be planted in landscapes and containers in places where people congregate such as porches, around pools and patios which can reduce the impact of pest presence. The frequent food use of basil, rosemary, lemon balm, apple cider vinegar and alliums, such as onions and garlic, help build up the body’s defenses to these pests without even having to apply anything to the skin. For added protection, coconut oil can be infused with a combination of the following fresh picked herbs: rosemary, garlic, basil, catnip, lemon balm, citronella and geraniums. To make this outdoor protection, simply combine the herbs with liquid coconut oil in a glass jar and allow them to sit at room temperature for at least a couple days to pull the herbs’ oils out into the coconut oil. Allowed to sit longer, a few weeks or more, the potency of the oil increases, providing more effective protection. After being bitten by chiggers, ticks or mosquitoes, the wounds can be uncomfortable, itchy or even painful. To reduce the impact, the leaves from a wild species of violets and plantains found all over our area in fields and lawns can be crushed and applied directly to the location affected. Both plants have astringent properties which help dry up the bites and contain compounds that act as a disinfectant. Calendulas, or pot marigolds, are common plants in gardens and the leaves and flowers are also used to alleviate these symptoms. These plants can also be applied effectively to bee and wasp stings and spider bites to reduce irritation and swelling. As for protection from exposure to poison ivy and stinging nettles, jewelweed - a native flowering herb - is quite useful to heal the skin that came in contact. The plants can be found in low lying wet areas and on the edge of woodlands, and can be recognized by the yellow or orange flowers and glossy stems. The fluid inside the main stalk of the blooming jewelweed can be applied to the skin directly and soothes the irritating symptoms such as burning, itching, redness and blistering. Our perception of the grandeur of the natural world shouldn’t be limited by a few insect and plant pests. Armed with the proper remedies and knowledge of beneficial plants, the wilderness can be inviting and rewarding to explore, bringing peace to your soul, smiles and good memories to this summer, not just irritation and discomfort. Go out and explore the beauty of our Metro East parks and nature preserves for yourself this season! Str8Up Magazine

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Submissions

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Call for Artists Str8 Up Magazine

seeks submissions of visual and graphic artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing for publication in print and on the web. To have your work considered, send hard copy or a disc to

P.O. Box 412 in Belleville, IL 62222 Digital submissions should be 300dpi and can be e-mailed (size permitting) to

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Jake Bishop Southwestern Illinois College student Jake Bishop of Glen Carbon recently received the Kiwanis Club Award for his oil-on-canvas piece, “Splash,” at the 2013 SWIC Student Art Show held annually at the Schmidt Art Center. “This 4’-by-5’ piece is the first in a series I’m working on,” said Bishop. “I wanted to take the human face and abstract it in such a way that will draw attention from a distance if necessary. The bold colors ‘splashed’ across the canvas allow the face to ‘emerge’ from within the chaos.’” Although Bishop has shown a true talent for the use of vivid colors in his work, he faces a unique obstacle as an artist. He is colorblind and cannot see variations or shades in color. “I don’t let being colorblind slow me down,” he said. “I try to use color in a way that draws the viewers’ attention and allows them to have an emotional connection to my work.” The 23-year-old is currently studying for his Associate in Fine Arts degree at SWIC. He plans to complete a bachelor’s degree, and would love to eventually work full time creating art. For more information about Bishop and his art visit Bishop-Arts.com.

2013 Southwestern Illinois College Student Art Exhibit The 2013 Southwestern Illinois College Student Art Exhibit at the Schmidt Art Center showcased the many talents and various media of the SWIC art program students. In all, 24 students were selected for distinguished recognition this year. Straight Up Magazine is pleased to honor these artisans. All photos are by SWIC Photographer Linda Gass-Burgess.

Hannah Bernardini of Belleville Presidential Purchase and Dean’s Awards

Emily Matthews of Collinsville Presidential Purchase Award

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Sarah Sparks of Pana Visual Arts Committee Award Photo “The Lone Rooster”

Mary Bernal of Swansea Visual Arts Club Award

Connie Furhman of Red Bud Art Book Award

Bradley Diemert of Prairie du Rocher Art Book Award

Betty Horschler of Belleville  Presidential Purchase & Visual Arts Comm. Awards

Victoria Martinez of Belleville  Noisivelvet Public Art Award

Anita Arnold of O’Fallon SWIC Adjunct Faculty Union Award

Jake Coyne of New Baden Doug and Darlene Eskra Purchase Award

Kevin Feuerhelm of O’Fallon  Sam and Maetta Gray Award

Dustin Bradshaw of Dupo Art Book Award

Wes Southerland of Smithton Art Book Award

Cheyne Carroll of Belleville Visual Arts Club Award 

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Leslie Brierly of Shiloh Krueger Pottery Award

Laurie Mueller-Bevirt of O’Fallon Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois Award

Mary Rhein of Belleville Kellerman Memorial Award

Jonathan Schelhardt of Granite City Kiwanis Club Award

Eleni Braswell of Granite City Visual Arts Club Award

Jake Bishop of New Baden Kiwanis Club Award

Stehn Soderman  American Frame Award Oil painting: “Raccoon and Turtle Trinity”

Samantha Kalika of Collinsville Gateway East Artist Guild Award

Str8 Up Magazine is accepting submissions of artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing, etc. for possible publication in print and on the web. To have your work considered, send hard copy or disc to P.O. Box 412 in Belleville, IL 62222. Digital submissions should be 300dpi and can be e-mailed to editor@straightupmagazine.net

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Straight Up Magazine July 2013