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Art Events Thursday Night Live: Food, music, artists, 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; through Aug. 29;; 618-242-1236

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Strictly Digital: Open juried photography competition for all amateurs, advanced or professional photographers; deliver photographs and other works between 4-6 p.m. July 26, July 27 or July 29, Anna arts Center, 125 W. Davie St., Anna; entry fees, $20 for up to three entries and $25 for four entries; show will occur Aug. 1-Sept. 2; reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; 904-625-1109 What’s Hatching in Union County?: Contest by the Anna Arts Center, 125 W Davie St, Anna; Chicken/Rooster Exhibition Contest to prepare for the Union County Fair; display a piece of work that captures a chicken or rooster or chick; enter by July 29; 904-6251109

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Focus 4: Four solo exhibitions, The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; features the work of Preston Jackson of Peoria, Michael Onken of Carbondale, Steven Robnett of Elgin and Suellen Rocca of Romeoville; now through Oct. 20; 618-629-2220 or 618-629-2518 Joan Skiver-Levy: Exhibition of Mixed Medium Pastiche Collages, Crossroads Coffee Company, Carterville; through July: 618-985-1080 Dreams and Visions: By Marie Samuel, north wall of Little Egypt Art Association, downtown Marion; exhibit of mixed media works; through July 30; 618-889-4145 Featured painting: Created by Amy R. “Miss Birdie” Kirkpatrick Aug. 7, 1912, now on display at the Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; hours, 9 a.m. – noon, Monday through Friday; through July North Window Artist: Linda Martin, paintings, The Little Egypt Arts Association Arts Centre, downtown Marion; hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; through July; 618-5597379 The Mystic Southwest: Mixed media exhibit by Ann Strawn, Carbondale

Public Library, 405 W. Main St.; hours, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.6 p.m. Friday and 1-6 p.m. Saturday; through Aug. 15;; 618-457-0354 Mother and Son: The Art of Lee and Eldon Benz, University Museum, SIU; Lee Benz produced art in several media, most particularly in watercolor; with much of her work destroyed in a fire, her son, Eldon Benz, is preserving some of his mother’s art through digitized computer technology; now through Aug. 24;; 618-453-5388 Spinning Straw Into Gold: By Molly Groom Alter and Laurie Blakely, anthill gallery, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; metals, enamels, fibers, ceramics and encaustic wax mediums; through August; hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; 618-893-3100; Bangladesh artist Kamal Talukder: Luna Gallery in the Yellow Moon Cafe, 110 N. Front St., Cobden.; proceeds to For Kids’ Sake; through August; 618893-3100; Student Art Exhibition: Southeastern Illinois College Art Gallery, Harrisburg; hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; through August; 618-252-5400, ext. 2245 Nostalgia: Biki Andres Chaplain’s paintings inspired by old photos, Frankfort Area Historical Museum, 2000 E. St Louis St, West Frankfort, Wednesday and Thursday; now through August; 618-932-6159 Lisa Hicks: Rustle Hill Winery, 8595 US 51, Cobden; abstract impressionism paintings; through Sept. 2; 618-8932700; Mel Garbark: A Retrospective, Harrisburg District Library; a naturalist and conservationist, Garbark is exhibiting 28 acrylic paintings of wildlife and landscapes; through Sept. 8 Centennial Celebration: Mounds African American Museum, now through Sept. 14; hours, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 618-745-6183;

Receptions Reception: 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; reception for Cut & Paste and Visions and Dreams by Marie Samuel; 618-998-8530 or

Focus 4 features Illinois artists WHITTINGTON —Focus 4, Four Solo Exhibitions is currently featured at the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center museum gallery. The exhibit shows the works of Preston Jackson of Peoria, Michael Onken of Carbondale, Steven Robnett of Elgin and Suellen Rocca of Romeoville. Onkens’s exhibition, curated by Illinois State Museum Associate Curator Debra Tayes, features a selection of paintings, several wood cut prints and an artists’ book. Onken creates narratives that reflect “found thoughts” rendered in delicate, jewel-like images. Jackson’s exhibition, curated by ISM Assistant Director of Art/Curator Robert Sill, features his recent sculptures and paintings. Jackson tells “poignant and sometimes personal narratives of African American experience – both past and present – in a distinctively bold and expressive realist style.” Robnett’s exhibition, curated by ISM Director of Art Jim Zimmer, features his paintings and drawings that tell stories of human existence. Inspired by memory, news, photos and art historical references, Robnett’s subjects range from the “whimsical to the unsettling, skillfully rendered in his distinctive form of realism.” Rocca’s exhibition, curated by ISM Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton, features a selection of drawings and paintings that explore the symbolic realm of dreams where abstracted figures become entwined with trees, boats and birds. Rocca’s images are coded with “metaphoric relationships, rendered with delicate precision and brilliant color.” Focus 4 is an ongoing program that highlights the work of accomplished Illinois artists in four separate exhibitions. The artists are selected by four fine arts curators from various sites of the statewide Illinois State Museum system. The exhibit is currently up and will run through Oct. 20. The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center is located at 14967 Gun Creek Trail, just off I-57, west of exit 77 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge and handicap accessible. For more information, call 618-629-2220.


Logan College now accepting AutumnFest applications CARTERVILLE — The deadline for accepting applications from artists and vendors who would like to reserve booth space at the 38th annual AutumnFest Arts and Crafts Show is Friday, July 26. The event will be held Nov. 9-10 at John A. Logan College. AutumnFest is a juried show that includes a wide range of original arts and crafts, jewelry, home décor items and specialty foods made by original artists. The event draws around 7,000 shoppers each year, making it one of the largest in the region. For more information about the AutumnFest application, call 618-9852828 ext. 8015 or go online to vities/autumnfest_applicati on.php. — The Southern

Dog show comes to The Pavilion Aug. 3 MARION —An AKC Dog Show will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4 in The Pavilion of the City of Marion. It’s expected that around 600 dogs representing more than 100 different breeds will be competing for the coveted title of Best in Show both Saturday and Sunday. A judging program with breed ring times is available online at Saturday’s show will include a Fun Match along with microchip, hearing and eye clinics. A raffle and a 50/50 drawing will be held at 10 a.m. There will be a large selection of vendors carrying all types of dog-related products. Concessions will also be available. Only dogs entered in the TRY OUR FRESH FRUIT




show and/or attending the health clinics will be allowed in The Pavilion, behind the Illinois Star Centre Mall. Admission is $5. Children 10 and under are free. The Crab Orchard Kennel Club is

hosting the show. For more information, go to www.craborchard or contact Crab Orchard Kennel Club President Rodney Jones at president@craborchardke — The Southern

CARMI — Country Music Night highlights events at the White County Fair, which is set for Sunday, July 28, to Saturday, Aug. 3. Five finalists will vie for first place in the 32nd annual Country Music Showdown. A pre-show concert will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday followed by the Showdown. Nashville recording artists Brasher/Bogue will entertain at 8:30 p.m.

Other events on tap at the fair include harness racing at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, a queen contest at 7 p.m. Monday, mud races starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, motocross at 7 p.m. Friday and a demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more on the 135th White County Fair, visit teCountyFair. —The Southern

Herrin book sale starts July 27 HERRIN —Friends of Herrin City Library will host a two-day book sale Saturday, July 27, and Monday, July 29, in the Herrin library, 120 N. 13th St. The sale includes a large selection of books, VHS tapes, DVDs and children’s books.

Funds raised support the library’s history room, large print books, summer reading program and other requests for the library. The book sale will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Monday. Call 618-942-6109. — The Southern





Clumber Spaniels wait with their handlers for their round of judging during the 2012 American Kennel Club Dog Show. The event returns to the Pavilion of the City of Marion on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4.

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z 28-Saturday, Aug. 3, fairgrounds, Carmi; country music, harness Book Sale: By the Carbondale racing, queen contest, mud races, Public Library, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. motocross, demolition derby; Saturday, July 27, Brush Building, Library parking lot Cobden Peach Festival: FridayBook Sale: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July Saturday, Aug. 2-3, Cobden; 27 and 1-7 p.m. Monday, July 29, celebrates local peach harvest; Herrin City Library, 120 N. 13th St.; carnival rides; pageant, food; 5K paperbacks, cook books, VHS tapes, run/walk; parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday; DVDs; 618-942-6109 618-303-1589 Book signing: By Mike Estel, 1-4 Hummingbird Festival: 9 a.m.p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Union County noon Saturday, Aug. 3, Trail of Tears Museum, South Appleknocker Street, State Forest, Jonesboro; discussion Cobden; book is a work of historical about hummingbirds; the birds will fiction about a drummer boy in the also be captured and banded; look for Civil War the large pavilion and white barn along Trail of Tears Road northwest of Comedy Jonesboro; 217-787-3515 52nd Corn Fest & Music Jam: 4 The Carbondale Comedians: p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Charter Oak 9 p.m. Mondays, Hangar 9, 8–Sided School, 9272 Schuline Road, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Sparta; fried chicken dinner; Indian Station 13, Carbondale; see The Carbondale Comedians on Facebook pudding and ice cream; adults, $9; ages 4 through 10, $5; under 4, free; country store; period music, tours Events AKC Dog Shows: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4, The Heirloom Produce: 10 a.m.-noon, Pavilion, Marion; around 600 dogs Saturday, July 27, Fort de Chartres Historic Site, 1350 Illinois 155, Prairie representing more than 100 different breeds will be competing for the title du Rocher; demonstration and of Best in Show; $5; 10 and under, discussion about summer seed free; saving and planting for the fall Williamson County Fair: Harness garden; produce, seeds and recipes racing, noon, Monday, Aug. 5, available; produce currently in season grandstand, fairgrounds, Marion; includes cucumber, squash and carnival opens Tuesday, Aug. 6; also herbs;; 618-284bull riding, concerts, monster truck 7230 Charity Masquerade Ball: 6 p.m.- show, tractor pull, horse show; fair closes Saturday, Aug. 10 with a demo midnight, Saturday, July 27, derby; www.williamsoncounty Murphysboro Event Center, 1329 Walnut St.; music by Sharon Clark Duck Dynasty event: Featuring with Mel Goot; dancing, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres; sponsored by Jase and Missy Roberton, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Carterville High School; the Murphysboro Black Alumni Society; per person, $30; per couple, sponsored by Black Diamond HarleyDavidson, Marion; $35-$200; $50; semi-formal event; 618-559www.GorillaGrid 0801 Saint Andrew School Festival: White County Fair: Sunday, July

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Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10, Saint Andrew Church grounds, 723 Mulberry St., Murphysboro; bingo; food; games; music by Bill Harper, 711 p.m. Friday; Dave Caputo Band, 7-11 p.m. Saturday and Blue Grass Mass Band, 6-7 p.m. Saturday; 618-6872013; Car and Truck Show: Registration, 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Saline Masonic Lodge, corner of Fly Ave. and Ferne Clyffe St., Goreville; goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries; lunch in the airconditioned dining room; music by Big Elvis Rock and Roll; silent auction for the Masonic Children’s Home; trophies; 618-694-6976 or Ladies Night Out Tour: Features R & B and comedy, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Paducah Expo Center; lineup includes Ginuwine and comedians AG White and Courtney McGriff; $54.50/$44.50/$34.50;; 888-718-4253

Films Movies in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, sunset, Friday, July 26, Ft. Massac State Park, Metropolis; bring chairs and blankets; free; 618-5345126

History Classic Church tour: 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 316 W. Monroe Ave.; leading tour, Msg. Ken Schaefer; refreshments 19th Century Riverboat presentation: By Robert Swenson, 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, Herrin City Library; Swenson is a retired SIU professor of architecture; he will focus on riverboats that were constructed in Metropolis

Auditions Auditions: For A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 20 and Aug. 22, Anna Arts Center; for men and women ages 15 and over and small roles for children ages 5 to 14; auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; directed by Joey Johnson; performance dates, Nov. 8-10; 618-534-7026;

Dinner Theatre Lexi Elisha: Tuesday, Aug. 6, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; pop singer/songwriter; dinner, 6:30 p.m. and show, 7:30 p.m.; $30; order tickets four days in advance; doors open, 6 p.m.; www.thegathering; 618-965-3726 Andy & Brenda Coin: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; traditional and vintage music; $25; no dinner; www.thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.c om; 618-965-3726

Theater/Performances Playwright Competition plays: 7 p.m. Friday July 26, Marion Cultural and Civic center; presented by the Paradise Alley Players; short plays and skits performed in between the plays by the participants of the Children’s Theater Workshop; $5; buy tickets between 6 -7 p.m. the night of the show; 618-997-4030 Harvey: 7:30 p.m. FridaySaturday, July 26-27, Benton Civic Center; presented by the Pyramid Players; 618-521-1794;;

Record donations needed for vinyl and media sale CARBONDALE —Donations of old albums, CDs, DVDs, eight-track tapes, cassettes, VHS tapes, electronic games and working stereo equipment are being accepted now through Friday, Aug. 16. The items are being sought for the sixth annual Southern Illinois Radio Information Service Classic Vinyl and Media Sale. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the University Mall. All sale proceeds will benefit SIRIS, a special service of WSIU Public Radio and SIU for individuals who are blind or whose physical condition makes reading impossible. Drop off locations include: z University Mall Guest Services, 1237 E. Main St., Carbondale z SIU Credit Union, 1217 W. Main St. and 395 N. Giant City Road, Carbondale z SIU Credit Union, 300 S. Pershing Ave., Energy z SIU Credit Union, 2809 Outer Drive, Marion z Wright Do-It Center, 208 S. Williams St., Murphysboro Questions about the sale may be directed to Robby Ballard at 618-453-4355 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by email at robby.ballard@ —The Southern

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Trail of Tears State Forest features hummingbirds JONESBORO — Hummingbirds will be captured and banded at the annual Trail of Tears Hummingbird Festival scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Trail of Tears State Forest. Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander associated with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will begin the festival with a short

discussion about hummingbirds and explain why they are banded. After the discussion, he will capture and band the birds. The festival is a family event and there is no charge. Those attending may adopt a bird by making a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. Those who adopt birds will receive a signed

certificate, may be able to release their adopted birds depending on how many birds are captured and will be notified if their birds are ever recaptured. The large pavilion and white barn along Trail of Tears Road, northwest of Jonesboro, has been reserved for the festival. For more information contact Kleen at 217-7873515.


Hummingbirds will be captured and banded at the annual Trail of Tears Hummingbird Festival scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Trail of Tears State Forest.

—The Southern

Fair pageant applications now available MARION — Applications are now available for all Williamson County Fair pageants by calling Karen Sala, pageant director, at 618-942-6264 or 618922-6264. The Miss Williamson County Fair pageants, ages 16 to 20 and princess, ages 4 to 8, will be staged in one event Friday, Aug. 2, in Marion High School. The children’s pageant for girls ages 1 month through 15 years and boys ages 1 month through 5 years will be Sunday, Aug. 4, in the high school.


Chandler Short reacts with surprise after being named Miss Williamson County Fair 2012 as 2011 queen Chelsea Reardon fits the sash around her during the Miss Williamson County Fair Scholarship Pageant. Applications for this year’s fair — The Southern pageant are now available.

Sunset Concerts finish up in Carbondale tonight CARBONDALE — The Sunset Concert Series wraps up its 35th year in Carbondale tonight, July 25, with a performance by The Ark Band, bringing reggae to the steps of Shryock Auditorium at SIU. Free concerts have been on tap Thursdays for the last two months. The last concert this season is set for 7 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours.

blankets and lawn chairs. Rules prohibit glass bottles, kegs, pets and solicitation and there will be strict enforcement of PROVIDED BY THE ARK BAND underage drinking laws. Regulations permit Reggae act The Ark Band will responsible use of alcohol close out the 2013 Sunset within designated areas Concert series at 7 p.m. tonight, July 25, on the steps but only from 6 p.m. until the end of the show. of Shryock Auditorium. For more information, The concert is call 618-536-3393 or go advertized as family online at www.studentfriendly. Attendees are encouraged to bring — The Southern

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Races for Life set for July 27 WEST FRANKFORT — The third annual Dr. Chris M. Griffin Races for Life on Saturday, July 27, will start at West Frankfort Aquatic and Activities Center, 1100 E. Cleveland St. The races, which begin at 8:30 a.m.,

include a Redbird Mile, a 12-and-under 1-mile Fun Run, a 2-mile Road Walk and a 2-mile Cross Country Run. Trophies and awards will be presented in each category. The event is in memory of the late Dr. Griffin. For more details, call 618-525-2340.

Bet on love Southern Illinois high school students take center stage in McLeod Summer Playhouse, CCA production of ‘Guys and Dolls’

— The Southern


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CARBONDALE — Some actors long for that one part — the role they must play in their career, their favorite character or an iconic creation of a theatrical master. They steer their careers in that direction, building toward that goal, auditioning for parts in various productions for different companies trying to claw their way to the top of the cast. Harrison Barr hasn’t quite found that role yet. The incoming senior at Carbondale Community High School still considers himself a novice of musical theater, learning the ins and outs through school productions. Next month, he takes the stage for the McLeod Summer Playhouse production of “Guys and Dolls.” For some, it’s an opportunity to perform an iconic Broadway show. But for Barr, it’s more of an opportunity to expand his horizons. “I haven’t had the experiences of others, so I came in really not even knowing the plot, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Barr, who portrays Sky Masterson. “This was a way I could do theater over the summer, have fun and meet people from different towns.” The closing production of the Playhouse series, part of the All Southern High School Theater Project, is a collaborative


Spencer Gualdoni and Harrison Barr star in the McLeod Summer Playhouse and Carbondale Community Arts’ All Sothern High School Theatre Project production of ‘Guys and Dolls,’ which runs Aug. 1-5 at McLeod Theater in the SIU Communications Building.

effort with Carbondale Community Arts. While the previous shows in the series — “Hair” and “Annie” — have featured professional actors from across the country, “Guys and Dolls” put the emphasis on local high school students. The opportunity gives up-and-comers like Barr, as well as more experienced teens like Miss Adelaide portrayer Emily Fink, the chance to perform in front of friends, family and a hometown Southern Illinois audience. With a week left to prepare, Barr said there are a mix of emotions as all-day rehearsals and final preparations hit high gear. “I know I still need my book for a scene or two,” he said. “But mostly it’s just excitement and readiness to show people what we’ve been working on.” “Guys and Dolls” runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and

Monday, Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the McLeod Theater in the SIU Communications Building. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at m or by calling 618-4536000. The Tony Awardwinning musical tells of Masterson, a handsome gambler who takes a bet that he can get any girl chosen to join him on a weekend getaway. His friends choose Sergeant Sarah Brown, a Salvation Army mission worker. “He has to lure her in and drama ensues,” Barr said. The show features classic tunes including “Fugue for Tinhorns,” “I’ll Know,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Luck Be a Lady.” 618-351-5031


Country stars playing Sikeston rodeo preliminary celebration for the Super Bowl of the Western lifestyle, which is just 13 days away. The annual Sikeston Vince Hoffard Bootheel Rodeo will feature four of the hottest vocalists in the country music s cowboys and cowgirls industry. Brantley Gilbert opens on Aug. 7, followed from all across Southern Illinois make by Randy Houser on Aug. 8, Gary Allan on Aug. 9 and final preparations to haul campers and horse trailers Chris Cagle for the Aug. 10 grand finale. to the annual Nine-Day Tickets are $20 for each Trail Ride at One Horse show. The admission price Gap in rural Pope County also includes a professional this weekend, they’re also rodeo featuring bull riding, preparing for the



barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling and saddle bronco riding. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. each day, immediately followed by the concert. For more information, call 1-800-455-2855. Gilbert was a virtual unknown when he appeared at the Copper Dragon in Carbondale a couple years ago with local favorites Cache River, but his career quickly exploded, thanks to his phenomenal songwriting SEE HOFFARD / PAGE 9


Fairgoers relax as the sun sets over the 2012 Cobden Peach Festival. This year’s festival runs Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3.

76th Cobden Peach Festival starts Aug. 2 COBDEN —The 76th Peach Festival will be celebrated in Cobden at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, at the Cobden Community Park. The festival features a carnival, queen contest, food, peach cobbler, bingo and spin-and-win for peaches. The entertainment for Friday will be Fast Eddie’s DJ & Karaoke, and on Saturday, country and rock musician Eli Tellor will perform. The Cobden Peach Festival 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the park on Locust Street. A Peach Festival parade through downtown Cobden is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.


Victoria Kissiar of Murphysboro, serves peach cobbler at the 2012 Cobden Peach Festival.

Entries are currently being accepted by the village now through the parade date. For more information,

call 618-893-2425 or visit the village webpage at — The Southern

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FRIDAY Carbondale: Hangar 9, A. Side/B. Side w/DJ Pickel PK’s, The Driftaways Tres Hombres, Doug Anderson, 5-8 p.m., patio; The Mudsills, 10 p.m. Ina: Ina Community Building, Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6:309:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Store Dance Barn, Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Country Band, 6:309:30 p.m. Whittington: Corner Dance Hall, Rebel Country Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m. SATURDAY Carbondale: Hangar 9, Sun Stereo

PK’s, Bone Dry River Band Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:309:30 p.m. American Legion, Back Drift, 7:30 p.m. Orient: Just Elsie’s, Rusty Juveniles, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. Whittington: The Zone Lounge, position 12

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FROM PAGE 7 talent, which was displayed on the one-two punch of “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem” he delivered for superstar Jason Aldean. The reigning New Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music, Gilbert reached the top of the Billboard singles chart with his first two singles, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” “Gilbert’s music settles into a classic Southern rock groove, but he sets it apart with his incredible ability to write songs that make you feel the red Georgia clay between your toes. After selling out most dates earlier this year on his Hell on Wheels Tour, he is currently serving as opening act on Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. He is also engaged to country singer Jana Kramer. Houser also got his first big break in Nashville as a songwriter. Sitting in the Wildhorse Saloon one night with Jamey Johnson, they closely watched a girl in tight jeans as she worked her way to the dance floor and quickly composed “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which created a line dance craze and took Trace Adkins’ career to a new level. Houser also inked Justin Moore’s first single “Back That Thing Up.” Houser signed a major label deal in 2008 with Universal South Records. His debut single was the monster ballad “Anything Goes,” which became an instant favorite of David Letterman and led to several national television appearances. His follow-up single “Boots On” is his


Brantley Gilbert (left) and Gary Allan (right) are two of the perfomers for the annual Sikeston Bootheel Rodeo Aug. 7-10. Randy Houser and Chris Cagle will also perform. Tickets are $20 for each of the four concerts.

highest charting single, peaking at No. 2. Houser experienced the dreaded sophomore slump with his second album but has bounced back stronger than ever, thanks to a new wife and changing record companies, switching to Stoney Creek Records. He has cracked the Top 10 with his last two releases, “How Country Feels” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” Allan has been a hitmaking machine for three decades, starting with debut single “Her Man” in the 1990s. He reached No. 1 with “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys” and “Nothing on But the Radio” in the 2000s and he topped the charts earlier this year with “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).” The 45-year-old Allan’s laid-back demeanor exudes coolness. When combined with his unique raspy vocal, it completes a very marketable package. Allan struggled early in his career and worked as a car salesman to put food on the table. Displaying ingenuity, a demo tape he left in a vehicle sold to a wealthy customer resulted

in a $12,000 investment that financed a trip to Nashville and jumpstarted his musical vocation. Allan recently announced he will co-headline the Free and Easy Tour later this year with Sheryl Crow. Cagle is a real cowboy. He has a ranch in Oklahoma, where he raises and trains cutting horses. The 44-year-old Louisiana native was waiting tables in Nashville when a customer guided him to the president of Virgin Records, which led to a major record deal. He stormed out of the country music gate with hits like “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” “Laredo,” and “Chicks Dig It,” but working so long and hard to achieve success caused Cagle to burn out on the industry. So he retreated to the farm, built a new house and started a family. He rejuvenated his musical ambitions in 2010 by signing with Bigger Picture Records and releasing “Got My Country On.” VINCE HOFFARD can be

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Du Quoin State Fair concerts: Musical acts Southern Illinois include Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Kansas, Sunset Concert Series: Features The Ark Band, 7 p.m. Sawyer Brown, Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Thursday, July 25, steps of Tippin, Darryl Worley, Matt Shryock Auditorium, SIU; reggae; free; no glass bottles, Maher, Brittany Loyd, Theory of a Deadman; fair runs from kegs, pets; 618-536-3393; Aug. 23-Sept. 2;; 1535; www.duquoinstate Summer Pops Concert: Carbondale Rocks Revival: Sounds of the Sixties, 2 p.m. Three-day music festival, Sunday, July 28, O’Neil Sept. 5-7, features several Auditorium, John A. Logan bands in various locations College, Carterville; Logan throughout the community; Community Band performs the music of Paul Simon, The all-access pass to the festival, excluding the Woodbox Gang, Rolling Stones, The Mamas $20; and the Papas, The Assoc iation, The Beatles, The Beach /event/415130 Boys; free; 618-985-2828 Woodbox Gang: 7 p.m. Ext. 8287 Saturday, Sept. 7, Shryock The Nehkorns: Gospel Auditorium, SIU; headlining Night, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July show for the Carbondale 30, Keyes Park, Du Quoin; Rocks Revival; main floor, $15; free; bring lawn chairs; concessions will be available balcony, $10; 618-453-6000;


HOFFARD: Gilbert, Allan among performers Widespread Panic: Tickets on sale for Tuesday, Oct. 1 concert, SIU Arena Carbondale; concert will start at 7 p.m.; buy tickets at the SIU Arena Ticket Office; $30/$35/$40; or 618-4532000

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‘Way, Way Back’ a romance that’s nostalgic for the present The Way, Way Back ***


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Trent is a bully, a guy moving this relationship Rated PG-13 for thematic with Pam and Duncan and elements, language, some Trent’s daughter from a sexual content and brief previous marriage into “a drug material; starring family.” A long stay at his Steve Carell, Toni Collette, house on the Sam Rockwell, Liam James, Massachusetts shore, where Trent has old friends AnnaSophia Robb and Allison Janney; directed by and “history,” will be the test. A boozy, profane Nat Faxon and Jim Rash; neighbor, Betty (Allison opening Friday at Janney), and the fun couple ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale Joan (Amanda Peet) and Kip (Rob Corddry), ensure BY ROGER MOORE that the kids will get an MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS eyeful of adults reliving their more irresponsible A person can come of age past — the ‘80s, with pot, at any time. But in the beer and infidelity in the movies, a lot of that mix. growing up seems packed Lovely Susanna into the summer months. (AnnaSophia Robb) catches Especially for boys. That’s Duncan’s eye. But it’s not when a lad can hang out on until he falls into the the beach, come to some clutches of slacker smartsort of arrangement with aleck Owen (Sam Rockwell) girls and endure entirely that things look up. Owen too much of his closelylures Duncan into working observed family for his own at Water Wizz, the aged good. water park that he “The Way, Way Back” is a manages — whenever he semi-nostalgic coming-of- manages to be in the age dramedy from the folks mood to manage it. who wrote “The Duncan learns to ogle Descendants.” It’s about a bikini babes on the water shy, put-upon lad, his slides and how to long-suffering mother, the sarcastically win over that mom’s difficult new beau special someone — in and the vacation where a Owen’s case, Caitlyn (Maya lot of these issues come to Rudolph). Over the course a head. of a few weeks, Duncan’s Liam James is 14-yearsecret job teaches him his old Duncan, whose true self-worth. relationship with Trent What actors turned (Steve Carell), the well-off Oscar-winning creep who mother Pam screenwriters (and now (Toni Collette) is living directors) Nat Faxon and with, is summed up on the Jim Rash have done is mash drive to Trent’s beach up assorted vacation house. Size yourself comedies — especially up, Trent says, and tell me “Meatballs” — into a how you’d rank on a scale mother-son vs. mother’s of one to 10. The kid boyfriend melodrama. shrugs, hems and haws, Rockwell has the amusing and says “a six.” goof-off mentor role that “I think you’re a three.” Bill Murray played at the

beginning of his career, and Collette and Carell et al act out some of the darker corners of “Beaches” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” Both writer-directors have chewy bit-acting roles as water park employees in the film, which further adds to the scruffy, offhanded feel of “The Way, Way Back.” Trent has restored an ancient station wagon, with its rearmost rearfacing “way, way back” seat giving the film its title. And in this beach town, ‘80s music is still the rage. The screenwriters try to avoid writing a period piece about their fondlyremembered past, but don’t quite pull it off. Like “The Kings of Summer,” the kids often take a back seat to the adult players here, with Carell, in a rare bad-guy role, creating a fully-formed jerk with none of the broad caricature touches that made his career. Collette makes Pam a pitiable figure — smart enough to see who Trent is, too broken to think she deserves any better. Janney is broad and loud and never funnier than when Betty is telling people how to talk to her son with the lazy eye: “Just stare at the bridge of his nose. That’s what I do.” And Rockwell, playing another in a long line of larger-than-life eccentrics, turns the frustrated standup comic Owen into a slacker icon — saying “Don’t let the Dahmer glasses fool you” when introducing Duncan to the concession stand clerk (Jim Rash), and dispensing random bits of quirky advice.


Wolverine slashes off more than he can chew



Yamanouchi), now a billionaire, speculates. “A man can run out of things to live for.” He offers his savior the chance to lose his immortality, to live a normal life span without the super-healing powers and strength that make the very idea that Wolverine would have ever been a prisoner of war absurd. Wolverine finds himself mixed up in the succession between the dying man and his heirs. The Japanese mob, the Yakuza, is trying to nab the supermodelthin granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto), and Wolverine chases her to protect her. Wolverine takes his place within Japanese culture as a Ronin, a loner, a samurai without a leader or purpose. He’s dreaming a lot about the mutant he loved but had to kill (Famke Janssen), and fretting over the dying old man’s doctor (Svetlana Khodchenkova), a fork-tongued devil so thin she makes Mariko consider a diet. And then his powers start to fail him. Mangold sets up an interesting premise — an


Hugh Jackman returns to the ‘X-Men’ movie franchise in ‘The Wolverine’ from director James Mangold. The film continues the story started in ‘Origins’ and sees the clawed mutant head to Japan. The film opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 and University Place 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion.

immortal tired of living faced with mortality. How brave can Wolverine be when the bullets leave permanent holes, when every arrow fired by a ninja could kill and every slashing-fight against samurai sword-wielding foes could be his last? Then the movie stumbles into the curse of the feeble villains — none worthy of Wolverine’s knives — and the trap of endless fights. The action sequences are grimly violent and entertaining, but there is no one written or cast in this worthy of his

best efforts. Jackman has great presence in this role, brooding, sulking, wisecracking to alarmed airport metal detector operators. “Hip replacement.” This “Wolverine” gets our hopes up, and falls short. If you’re the sort who stays through the credits and swoons over


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Mangold (“Walk the Line”) take on the superhero franchise stumbles up blind alleys, overreaches and turns long and repetitious by its bloody-bland predictable third act, at least it gives Jackman something worth chewing over for the first 90 minutes. We first see our man Logan in solitary, stuck in a well in a Japanese POW camp at the end of World War II. His captors panic at the sight of a couple of BBY ROGER MOORE 29 bombers, and one frees MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS the American prisoners, very uncharacteristic “To be, or not” ... let’s behavior historically, but make it “To slash, or not to hey, this is comic book slash.” Because this latest history. Logan shields the X-Men movie is a lot more guard when the big blast existential than recent comes because this turns installments in this comic out to be Nagasaki, where book series have been. the second atomic bomb “The Wolverine” is was detonated to force nothing if not ambitious — Japan’s surrender. a moody, haunted tale of Decades later, the Logan the Wolverine (Hugh immortal mutant with the Jackman) coping with his Adamantium knives in his ghosts and settling old fists is summoned to the debts — in Japan, no less. side of the man he saved by It’s the perfect country for a martial arts pixie (Rila a guy who appreciates a Fukushima). good, sharp blade. “Eternity can be a curse,” And if this James the dying old man (Hal

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language; starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen and Tao Okamoto; directed by James Mangold; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 and University Place 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion

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‘Fruitvale Station’ a timely, riveting tale Fruitvale Station ***1/2

events in 2009 when unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by a cop at Oakland, Calif.’s Fruitvale train station, it begins with grainy cellphone footage of the actual killing. It then tracks back in time to what led up to that horrible encounter and, even though we know where this dark road travels, the remarkable BY CARY DARLING “Fruitvale Station” still MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS manages to be both sorrowful and suspenseful At its most basic, while also celebrating a life “Fruitvale Station” is about only half-lived. What’s a man being shot to death. even more amazing is that But it isn’t a whodunit. this film — the Grand Jury Based on tragic real-life Prize winner at Sundance

Rated R for violence, strong language and drug use; starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Ahna O’Reilly and Chad Michael Murray; directed by Ryan Coogler; opening Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale

and one of the winners in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes — is director / writer Ryan Coogler’s first feature. Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”) turns in a riveting, starmaking performance as Oscar Grant, a somewhat aimless young black man with a girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), a young daughter (Ariana Neal) and few prospects. He has lost his job at a grocery store for being late too often, he’s got a record, and he’s very much tempted to go back to hustling dope. Despite all that, Oscar isn’t a bad guy deep down.

He enjoys fatherhood and being a son — much of the film is devoted to him getting ready to celebrate the birthday of his mom (Octavia Spencer, “The Help”). But as events move relentlessly toward the foregone conclusion, Oscar finds himself in a situation spiraling hopelessly out of his control. Coogler, who shot the film with a sense of swagger that belies his age of 27, doesn’t paint Oscar as a saint but just as a guy who has made bad choices in his life. Coogler has admitted to taking liberties with the truth — a scene with a dog apparently was


Michael B. Jordan stars in ‘Fruitvale Station,’ the powerful adaptation of a true-life fatal shooting in an Oakland, Calif., train station by a local police officer. The film opens Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale.

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about what happened that night might see it as one-sided and manipulative.

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