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JALC hosts ‘A Dickens Dinner’ CARTERVILLE — The John A. Logan College Choral and Chamber Ensembles plan to take guests at this weekend’s “A Dickens Dinner” events on a magical holiday journey. The dinner theater, scheduled for two nights of performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, will create the atmosphere of a Cratchit family Christmas. The night will feature sounds of the season, unforgettable games and a visit from Father Christmas himself. The menu for this holiday meal will include roast turkey, sweet cornbread, stuffing and a dessert of flaming fig pudding. Tickets for the event are $30. For tickets or more information, contact the Logan College box office at 618-985-2248 or visit — Adam Testa

‘The Music Man’ is coming to Shryock for a 7:30 p.m. show Feb. 2.


‘The Music Man’ headed to Shryock CARBONDALE — A Tony Awardwinning musical has been announced as the latest stage show headed to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The national touring production of “The Music Man” will take the stage at Shryock Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Tickets for the performance go on sale to the general public at noon Monday, Dec. 13. Tickets can be purchased at Southern or by calling 618-453-6000. Star Club members will receive a $3 discount on tickets. “The Music Man,” the story of fasttalking traveling salesman Harold Hill, is filled with memorable and timeless

songs including “Ya Got Trouble (in River City),” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You.” The show won five Tony Awards, including best musical, when it opened on Broadway in 1957. A 1962 film adaptation starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. In the story, Hill dupes the people of River City, Iowa, into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. His plans to skip town with the cash he’s made are thrown into chaos when he falls in love with Marian, the town librarian. For more about the show, visit — Adam Testa


‘Legally Blonde’ coming to The Carson Center ‘Legally Blonde’ Broadway musical; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9; The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave.; tickets range from $30 to $52.50 and can be purchased by calling 270-450-4444 or at; The Carson Center will be collecting boxes of cereal for the Paducah Cooperative Ministry at the performance. BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN

PADUCAH — Upon graduating from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, this spring, Nikki Bohne set out following the footsteps of so many aspiring actresses before her.

She packed her bags and moved to New York with only very few contacts and one prevalent ambition — to perform on a Broadway stage. “It wasn’t a goal or a plan,” Bohne said. “It was a dream, and I wasn’t sure if it was even an attainable dream.” But within weeks of arriving in the Big Apple, the young actress found herself auditioning for a familiar role — a character on a journey to overcome the odds. Ultimately, she was selected for the role and has been performing on Broadway and touring as Elle Woods in the musical adaptation of the 2001 film “Legally Blonde.” The musical, which

comes to The Carson Center in Paducah for a 7:30 p.m. performance tonight, follows the same premise as the movie. Woods, a stereotyped attractive blonde, follows her ex-boyfriend to law school in an attempt to win his heart back and discovers that she may be more savvy and intelligent than anyone had imagined. “She definitely ends up proving she’s more than a dumb blonde, and she ends up on top,” Bohne said. Just like Woods, the Utah native has had to adjust to her own life changes as she’s headed out on the road, living out of a suitcase and spending several hours each week on a bus. Spending time with her co-stars and the crew, who

have become close friends, helps make the time on the road easier, she said. And a certain group of colleagues stand out from the pack — and they do so on four legs. Chico and Roxy are two of the Chihuahuas who play the role of Bruiser, Woods’ loyal companion, in the musical. For Bohne, they also make wonderful travel partners. And both of them, along with the other canines who fill the role, have their own stories to share, as they were all rescued from shelters. “They’re the real Cinderella story,” Bohne said. “They went from rags to riches. They went from being beaten and abused to being Broadway stars.”


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z MOVIES z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THINGS TO DO z BOOKS z DANCE z FESTIVALS z THEATER z Presented by Ryan Klopf, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Authors to sign books: Swingin’ on a Star: 7 p.m. Carbondale Township Meeting Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Monday, Dec. 20, Marion Room, 217 E. Main St.; Dec. 11, Marion Bookworm, Cultural and Civic Center; refreshments; 618-529-4824. Illinois Centre mall; authors presented by Travelstead Winter Wonderland Ice include Jon Musgrave from Dance; or Skating: 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-noon and John 618-997-4030. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Griswold, William Iseminger, White Christmas: Dance Sunday, Walker’s Bluff, North Bonney Hogue Patterson and Recital by High Image Dance, on Reed Station Road, Kay Rippelmeyer from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Carterville; through Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 618-457-2665 or Marion Cultural and Civic Dec. 19; 618-985-8463 or 618-997-3790. Center; Holiday book sale: 10 a.m.- or 618-997-4030. 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Holiday Events Dec. 13-15, Herrin Library, 120 Events N. 13th St.; new and used Holiday Lights Fair: Drive Illinois Prairies: Past, books, cookbooks, tapes, through, 6-9 p.m. through movies, music; 618-942-6109. Present and Future: Dec. 30, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; lighted displays throughout the fairgrounds; exhibition hall open FridaySunday the first three weekends of December with musical performances, holiday tree display, visits with Santa; $8 per vehicle; 618-542-8338. Candy Cane Lane: Now

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through Dec. 31, West Frankfort; hours, 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday; Drivethrough neighborhood decorated with Christmas lights and holiday scenery in downtown West Frankfort beginning at Main Street past the high school. Coulterville Holiday Light Display: Nightly through Jan. 1, city park; 350 Christmas figurines, animated displays, music; North Pole Express Train; bonfire and hot chocolate, 6-8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday; free; or 618-758-2813. A Dickens Dinner: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, Conference Center, John A. Logan College, Carterville; dinner theatre featuring the JALC Choral and Chamber Ensembles; $30; 618-9852828 ext. 8287.

Eighth Annual Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Union County Museum, 117 S. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden. holiday-related items; sponsored by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society; 618-8932567 or 618-893-2865. Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Cambria Community Center, 302 Richart St.; chili and sandwiches; 618-925-2523. Golconda Christmas House Tour: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Golconda; tour of historic homes, church and The Davidson Log Cabin; tickets available at the Golconda Main Street office, 113 W. Main St; $8; Christmas in the courtyard begins at 6 p.m.; caroling, bonfire and Santa; 618-683-6246. Steeleville Christmas Walk and Home Tour: Includes craft and vendors 10 a.m.3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, St. Mark’s school; luncheon, 11 a.m., school cafeteria, $6/$3; tour four homes and two churches, $10; lunch and tour, $15; 618-615-1475. Olde Tyme Christmas: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis; 618-524-9321.

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Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Park Avenue Productions’ Performing Arts Center, 321 N. 13th St., Herrin; $5; 618-319-3421. ‘Legally Blonde’: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah; $30-$52.50; also bring cereal boxes to donate for Paducah Cooperative Ministry; 270-450-4444 or ‘November’: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 10-12, Varsity Center For The Arts, 418 S Illinois Ave., Carbondale; mature audiences; comedy about a US president who plans to win public support by saving Thanksgiving turkeys from slaughter; Friday and Saturday performances, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; $15/$10; www.stage or 618-5495466. ‘Away in the Basement’: Christmas show presented by The Church Basement Ladies, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; $24-$49; www.; 618-453-6000. Auditions for Macbeth: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, McLeod Theater, Communications Building, SIUC; schedule audition appointment at 618-453-5741 or sign in the day of auditions.

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Fort Massac event offers historical holiday perspective METROPOLIS — Yuletide spirit crossing generational boundaries will be in full display this weekend as Fort Massac hosts its annual Old Tyme Christmas event. Re-enactors will create atmospheres reflecting time periods ranging from the fort’s construction in the 1700s through the American Civil War, when soldiers were housed at the base. Guests are able to sample traditional foods from the various time periods and learn about holiday celebrations and family activities, as well. Period-appropriate music will also be performed in the fort’s PROVIDED visitors’ center, where attendees can Fort Massac in Metropolis will host its annual Old learn more about the facility’s Tyme Christmas from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. historical ties. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at Fort Massac, 1308 E. Fifth St. Admission is free. — Adam Testa

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Five local authors to sign Easton Corbin to play HerrinFesta 2011 their works at Bookworm MARION — Five authors of books about Southern Illinois history will join together for a special signing event this weekend. Marion historian Jon Musgrave will appear at the Bookworm store in the Illinois Centre mall from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11. John Griswold, William Iseminger, Bonney Hogue Patterson and Kay Rippelmeyer will appear from 1 to 4 p.m. Musgrave has just published “Secrets of the Herrin Gangs,” an inside account of Bloody Williamson by gangster Ralph Johnson and annotated by Musgrave. The book retails for $10. His other works include “The Bloody Vendetta of Southern Illinois,” “Slaves, Salt, Sex and Mr. Crenshaw: The Real Story of the Old Slave House,” and “The Handbook of Old Gallatin County.” Griswold, who grew up in Herrin and now teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois, is most recently the author of “Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City,” which sells for $20. He has also written “Ghosts of Democracy,” a novel based on the 1922 Herrin Massacre. Iseminger, assistant site manager at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park, is the author of “Cahokia Mounds: America’s First City.” He has worked at the site for nearly four decades, which helps him tell the story of the place and it’s ancient and contemporary cultures with clarity and confidence. That book

sells for $20. Patterson’s new book, “Hunted in the Heartland,” is a memoir of her neighbor’s 1978 murder in Marion, which went unsolved for 20 years until a police investigation connected the murder to serial killer Timothy Krajcir. The book tells the story of Krajcir’s life and his victims and ends with his April 2008 conviction in federal court. The book’s price tag is $12.50. Rippelmeyer’s large format book, “Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps,” focuses on the development of the park in the 1930s and tells the story through the eyes of the men who were part of the project. The hardcover edition sells for $35 and the paperback retails for $20. — Adam Testa

Nearly six months before the gates are scheduled to swing open, organizers for Herrinfesta Italiana have secured a major country act for the 2011 celebration. Easton Corbin, who reached the top of the charts with his first two singles “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll With It,” has been signed to appear on May 29. “We have already logged hundreds of hours planning for the 2011 festival,” said Jim Gentile, executive director of the event. “We have looked at many acts, and there are not many out there that have had back-to-back No. 1 records. Easton Corbin is an outstanding talent and he gives us a solid foundation to build on.” Gentile said ticket prices have not been established and a date for tickets to go on sale has yet to be determined. A University of Florida graduate, Corbin migrated to Nashville in 2006 from his native Florida. He worked at Ace Hardware during the day to finance his musical endeavors, eventually signing with Mercury Records in 2009. Corbin became Mercury’s best selling debut artist in seven years when his self-titled album sold 43,000 units

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Paducah Symphony Chorus hosts Holiday POPS concert Dec. 11 PADUCAH — Seven special guest soloists and a special visitor from the North Pole will join the Paducah Symphony Chorus for its Holiday POPS concert this weekend. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave. A preconcert discussion is slated for 7 p.m. Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti is inviting guests to sing along with favorite Christmas and holidays tunes as the Symphony Chorus is also joined by the Children’s Chorus and Paducah POPS Orchestra. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 270-444-0065 and at the door at 5:30 p.m. the day of the show. — Adam Testa

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Coffeehouses, Cafés, Eateries Jeff Talmadge: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, 515 Orchard Drive, Carbondale; $10; students, $5; Tim “The Magic Man” Needham: Magician, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fat Patties, 611B S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; 618-529-3287

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z TONIGHT BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: The Whistle Pigs, 10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Sentimental Swing, 7-10 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Misty Mountain Band, 7-10 p.m.

Wineries Bill Harper: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Ivas John Blues Band: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Von Jakob Orchard Dirtwater Fox: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, The Bluffs Winery Venturi’s: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Marty Davis: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Blue Sky Vineyard Dave Caputo Duo: 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Von Jakob Orchard Michael Logen: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Winery Tawl Paul: 3-7 p.m. Sunday, The Bluffs Winery Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-9959463 or The Bluffs Vineyard and Winery: 140 Buttermilk Hill Road, Ava; 618763-4447 or Rustle Hill Winery: US 51, Cobden; 618-893-2700 or Von Jakob Orchard: 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; 618-893-4600 or Von Jakob Vineyard: 1309 Sadler Road, Pomona; 618-893-4500 or

z SUNDAY MARION Marion Eagles: Salty Dog, 6-10 p.m.

z TUESDAY CARBONDALE PK’s: Whistle Pigs MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. Walt’s Pizza: Matt Basler on the patio, 6-9 p.m. MOUNT VERNON Double K’s Kickin Country: Jacks-RBetter, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT Colyer’s: Righteous Rebel Band, 7-11 p.m. WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.


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MARION Walt’s Pizza: Phil Powell on the patio, 6-9 p.m.

z FRIDAY CARBONDALE Copper Dragon: Hairbangers Ball Tres Hombres: Mathien w/Phil Garcia; For Kids Sake Benefit CARTERVILLE Steelhorse Saloon: Dirtwater Fox INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION John Brown’s on the Square: Kentucky Knife Fight, 8:3011:30 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON The Tavern on 10th: LevelD SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Paul Reynolds & Band, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Rebel Country Band, 7-10 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Country Sidekicks, 7:30-10:30 p.m. WHITE ASH The White Ash Barn: Lindell and Bob and the Boys, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Battle Creek Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

z SATURDAY CARBONDALE Copper Dragon: Wedding Banned Tres Hombres: Barnacle Billy and the Zebra Mussels HERRIN Perfect Shot: Four Deep JOHNSTON CITY Maddie’s Pub and Grub: Roger Black and the Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Salty Dog, 8 p.m.-midnight

NASHVILLE The 127 Lounge: Southern Pride, 8:30-12:30 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Mike & Band, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:30-10:30 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Nice & Easy Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

z MONDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Raw Flesh Eaters, 10 p.m. MARION Marion Youth Center:

Ragtag Band, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT Wit and Wisdom: Jim White and Jim Cox w/George Sisk, 7-10 p.m.

DIRECTIONS & DIGITS Andy’s Country Club: 1602 Old Creal Springs Road, Marion 618-997-6989 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Crazy Horse Bar: 14747 Illinois 14, Benton 618-439-6179. Double K’s Kickin Country: Illinois 37, Mount Vernon 618359-0455 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618435-6161 Gatsbys Bar & Billiards: 610 S Illinois Ave Carbondale, 618549-9234 Ina Community Building: 504 Elm St., Ina 618-315-2373 John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Just One More Bar & Grill: 1301 Enterprise Way, Marion 618993-9687 Key West: 1108 W. Main, Carbondale 618-351-5998 Linemen’s Lounge: 100 E. Broadway, Johnston City Lion’s Cave: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618983-8107 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618997-6168 Marion Eagles: Rural Route 3, Marion 618-993-6300 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618-997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville, 618-927-2770. Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin, 618942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Ramesse: 1754 Illinois 37, Lake of Eygpt, 618-995-9104 Tavern on 10th: 224 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon 618-244-7821 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Trails End Lodge: 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden 618-893-6135 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort West Frankfort Moose Lodge: 327 E. Main St. 618-932-3455 Whisker Willy’s Bar & Grill 13510 N. Illinois 37, Marion; 618-9835300


A Doo Wop Christmas with


performance has been named, will feature a variety of segments ranging from traditional tunes to holiday music from the 1950s and ’60s to religious songs celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ as the reason for the season. But there’s more than just music to a Blend concert. The group hopes to create a Branson-style atmosphere in Southern Illinois with the inclusion of dancing, comedy, audience interactivity and a few special guest appearances added to the mix. “People are going to come in and sit down, and it’s going to be like they hopped in a 1957 Chevy, shut the door BY ADAM TESTA and cranked up the AM radio,” Estes said. THE SOUTHERN Music legends like Elvis and others, like Roy Orbison, whose legacies don’t have ome Christmas tunes have become the same place in American culture, will timeless classics; others helped be featured artists on this show. Johnston City comedian David Oster define generations. also shares the stage with Estes and his A Southern Illinois-based a cappella Blend cohorts, as he constantly tries to group with an ever-expanding tour schedule hopes to capture the essence of insert himself into the group, making untrue promises about his singing both — while adding their own special abilities. When he’s finally allowed to flair — during an upcoming series of share his talents with the world, things three special holiday shows. don’t always work out so well. The four members of Blend will bring But while the show has plenty of their first full Christmas-themed show humor, Estes said it’s also important to to the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. take a little time for the serious side of Illinois Ave., later this month for their the holidays. Songs like first real foray into the Carbondale “I’ll Be Home for entertainment scene. They will perform Christmas” pay tribute at 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 17; 2 p.m. and to the men and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18; and 7 p.m. women Thursday, Dec. 23. “This year we decided to go all-out and fighting overseas do a Christmas show that’s the same who are left quality as our regular show,” said without their Johnathan Estes, the last remaining families this member of the band’s original 2005 season. ensemble. “At Christmas “A Doo Wop Christmas,” as the

‘A Doo Wop Christmas’

Blend a cappella group; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23; Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for groups of 10 or more; a limited number of tickets are available at First Bank of Carbondale and others can be purchased by calling Johnathan Estes at 618-713-0641; for more information, visit



Blend, a Southern Illinois-based a cappella group, will be performing its first full Christmasthemed concert event, ‘A Doo Wop Christmas,’ later this month at the Varsity Center for the Arts in Carbondale. Shows are scheduled for Dec. 17, 18 and 23. The members are Johnathan Estes (clockwise, from left), Andrew Smith, Joe Woodard and Anthony Deaton.

time, we really need to be thankful for things,” he said. Before these performances have even begun, the members of Blend have already begun preliminary discussions about the possibilities for next year’s Christmas season. Estes said he would like to see the group find a regular home for the season and perform more than just three shows, possibly performing nightly for the two weeks leading into Christmas. And if the organization running the Varsity Center for the Arts would be interested, Estes said they’d be thrilled to use that venue as a seasonal home, as

they’re excited about their upcoming performances there. “We were looking for a venue that was smaller but still had elegance,” Estes said. “It just has an at-home feel to it.” Having a local venue would also help keep Blend in Southern Illinois. In the past few years, they’ve negotiated deals for full-time set-ups in Branson and Hannibal, Mo., and Paducah, but not taken any offers. Instead, they remain based in the region where they began, touring on weekend during the spring, fall and winter and full time during the summer. Looking back at the beginning when the group formed at John A. Logan College as an entrant for the HerrinFesta talent show, Estes expresses his amazement at how far Blend has come and how it’s members — now including about 13 alumni — have evolved through the past five and half years. SEE BLEND / PAGE 14

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Pop The Black Eyed Peas “The Beginning” ** After the painfully dumb but multiplatinum “Monkey Business” in 2005, the Black Eyed Peas got it right with last year’s winningly dumb and even more multi-platinum “The E.N.D.,” perhaps the most successful hip-hop album ever to hit the bar mitzvah

circuit. What made “The E.N.D.” work was the way took his concise and inherently optimistic raps straight to the dance floor, making the Peas over as an Auto-Tuned electro-dancepop band that went “Boom Boom Pow,” both figuratively and literally. Not surprisingly, “The Beginning” follows “The E.N.D.” with the same

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formula, this time being even more brazen with the crassness of the MC Hammer-worthy samples. Yep, that’s Dirty Dancing’s “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” that powers “The Time (Dirty Bit).” But can be pretty creative when he puts his mind to it, and “The Beginning” is well-enough made to get the job done. Next time: More Fergie, please.

Cooper originals, spiced with numbers from Herb Pedersen, Tom T. Hall, John Hartford and fellow East Nashvillian Jon Byrd. Cooper also worked with Green on his 2008 album “Mission Door,” and for this follow-up the steel player gets his name in the title of the album.


Kevin Eubanks “Zen Food” ***1/2 It may take a while to Country/Roots shake the persona that guitarist Kevin Eubanks Eric Brace and Peter projected for nearly 18 years Cooper “Master Sessions” as musical director of “The ***1/2 Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Peter Cooper “The Lloyd But this CD nicely changes Green Album” *** ½ Eric the channel. Brace and Peter Cooper, two Eubanks, who grew up in of the leading denizens of the Philadelphia and played in the fertile East Nashville music scene, teamed up last year for early 1980s with drummer Art the exquisite “You Don’t Have Blakey, among many others, is a serious player, and this to Like Them Both,” bringing quintet recording finds him to mind great duos from the Delmores to the Everlys to the sounding very assured working alongside some L.A. O’Kanes. The harmonizing folk-country singer-guitarists pals: tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Pierce, — Brace also leads the band Last Train Home — work here drummer Marvin “Smitty” again with pedal-steel master Smith, keyboardist Gerry Etkins, and bassist Rene Lloyd Green, but also with Camacho. another virtuoso, Mike “Dirty Monk” has a dark, Auldridge on Dobro. The stomping feel and some instrumentalists’ interplay adds a new layer of grace and vicious solos along with a pretty coda, while “Adoration” expressiveness to another strong collection of Brace and is folky and prettier still.

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Southern Illinois SIUC Wind Ensemble and the Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; $12/$6; or 618-453-6000. Southern Illinois Flute Choir: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., Carbondale; free. The Nutcracker Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; The Southern Illinois Music Festival Dance Company, sponsored by Willow Street Studios and Southern Illinois Children’s Choir join the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra; $22-$5; or 618-453-6000. Cedarhurst Choral Project: Presents Vivaldi’s Gloria plus works from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; $3-$8; 618-2421236;

Indiana Mike Porter Christmas Show: 7 p.m. Eastern time,



Saturday, Dec. 4, Boot City Opry, 11800 S. Highway 41, Terre Haute; $11; www.boot, 812-299-8379.

Kentucky A Country Christmas Show: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $17-$7.50; 270527-3869 or www.kentucky Holiday POPS Concert: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah; $15-$45; 270444-0065 or www.paducah A Doo Wop Christmas: By Blend, a cappella group, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; $10 in advance, $12 at door and $8 for groups of 10 or more; 618-713-0641 or Missouri Celtic Woman: Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, for Celtic Woman. Songs from the Heart coming to the Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, May 2; 573-6515000, www.showmecenter. biz.

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Sunday, December 12 during the 11 a.m. worship service Church Choir will present a cantata “All On a Christmas Morning.” Narrator, Jeff Williams, and the Grace Children will join the Choir for the cantata featuring the music of the Alfred Burt carols.

“Star of Wonder” Children’s Musical Presented by Children’s Choir of First Baptist Church, Carterville

Sunday, December 19, at 10:40 a.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service First Baptist Church, Carterville

11:00 p.m. Pastor Brad Harlow

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Everyone is welcome. Do come & bring your friends and enjoy “All On a Christmas Morning.”

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Michael Logen will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Rustle Hill Winery in Cobden.

Pop/folk artist Michael Logen to perform at Rustle Hill COBDEN — An internationally touring pop/folk artist will perform this weekend in Southern Illinois. Michael Logen will take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Rustle Hill Winery, 8595 U.S. 51. Growing up in a Mennonite family in Pennsylvania, Logen began playing piano at age 6, guitar at 8 and writing and performing at 13.

After high school and some touring, he moved to Nashville, where he attended college and pursued his dream of being a musician. In 2005, he backpacked through Europe, where he wrote most of the songs for his debut album, “Things I Failed to Mention,” which was released in June 2007. Songs from that release were featured on MTV’s

“Real World” and ABC Family’s “Kyle XY.” One of the album’s tracks won the Song of the Year award in the International Songwriting Competition. Logen is currently touring to promote that album while writing and recording his second release. For more information, visit michaellogen. — Adam Testa

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Ions’ works on display at Carbondale Civic Center CARBONDALE — A display of paintings by Southern Illinois artist George Ions will remain on display at the Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery through the end of the year. Born in County Durham, England, George Ions took early retirement to move to the United States and focus on his paintings in a personal studio. He had been drawing and painting throughout his life, including being influenced by visiting the workshop of renowned painter Edward Seago, who became an influence for his own work. Ions calls his work the “Art of the Imagination and Color” and the variety of his subjects is a reflection of what stimulates his interests or imagination at any given time. His work has been displayed in the United States and Europe. — Adam Testa

Murphysboro; variety of art.

Events Art for Giving: Off The Wall exhibit for the selection of holiday gifts, Varsity Center for the Arts, Carbondale; artists include Molly Groom Alter, Paulette Aronson, Roberta Elliott, Karen Fiorino, Teresa Fix, Kendall Inman, Dan Johnson, Susie Phillips and Sarah Shoot; gallery hours, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; through Dec. 30; 618-457-5100. For Kids’ Sake Art Show: Artwork on display and for sale, Harbaugh’s Café, Thai Taste, Town Square Market, Tres Hombres and White & Borgognoni, Carbondale; art sale, silent auction benefit Bangladeshi children; closing reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Do U Glass Hot Shop: Holiday Sale & Party, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Douglass School Art Place, 900 Douglass St. Murphysboro; glass blowing demos; 618-687-3791. Christmas Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Hughes Gallery, 1603 Edith St.,



Exhibits Small Town exhibit: Communications Building, north wing, SIUC; area towns photographed by SIUC student photographers; towns include Brookport, Cambria, Colp, Dowell, Elizabethtown, Kaskaskia, McClure, Mounds, Olive Branch, Orient, Rosiclare, Schuline, Tamaroa and Zeigler; through Dec. 10. The Vogel Collection/Carbondale Community Arts’ Biennial: SIUC University Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through Dec. 11; or 618-453-5388. Joy of Painting: By Joan SkiverLevy, Central Showcase at Realty Central, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; hours, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; through Dec. 11; 618-457-4663. Glass at 40: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the SIUC Glass Program by Bill Boysen, SIUC University

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z MOVIES z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THINGS TO DO z BOOKS z DANCE z FESTIVALS z THEATER z Museum; artist Bill Boysen, now professor emeritus, launched the glass program at SIUC’s School of Art in 1970; features Boysen’s work and the works of students; through Dec. 11; or 618-453-5388. Combined Faculty Art Exhibit: SIUC University Museum; exhibit features art from SIUC faculty; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through Dec. 12; Masters of Fine Arts’ Preview: SIUC University Museum; 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through Dec. 12; Holiday Show and Sale: Monday-Saturday, Dec. 13-18, Central Showcase at Realty Central, Murdale Shopping

Center, Carbondale; contributing artists include Janet Althoff, Ken Burnside, Biki Chaplain, Chuck Daugherty, Retha Daugherty, Eileen Doman, Karen Hale, Richard Lawson, Susie Phillips, Marie Samuel, Kat Shaffner, Sarah Shoot, Joan Skiver-Levy, Gina Soprano, Jurhee Veach and Jan York; refreshments, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18; hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday; 618-4574663. Betty Martyn’s World: Watercolors, Harrisburg District Library; through Dec. 14. OFF THE WALL: Holiday Group Artist Exhibition, anthill gallery and vintage curiosities and The Yellow Moon Café, both in downtown Cobden; work by 50

local artists; through Dec. 19;, 618-457-7641. What’s the Buzz on the Playground: Features St. Louis artists, Cedarhurst Center for The Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; curated by St. Louis artist Mary Sprague; through Dec. 30; or 618-2421236. Holiday Extravaganza exhibit: Little Egypt Arts Centre, downtown square, Marion; original paintings, jewelry, pottery, fine craft and photography; pieces designed for holiday gift giving; through Jan. 10; hours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Focus 4: Shows by Mel Watkin, Kevin Veara, Judith Raphael and

Jacqueline Moses, The Illinois State Museum Southern Illinois Art Gallery, in Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; through Feb. 27; free; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 618-629-2220 or www. Ongoing art exhibit: Photographs of Juhree Veach, mosaics from Janet Altoff and sculpture from Tom Horn, StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden; 618-893-9463 or

Reception George Ions: Reception, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, Corridor Gallery, Carbondale Civic Center; through Dec. 31; 618-457-5100.

Local artists’ works on display CARBONDALE — The works of more than 15 local artists will be on display next week at a special holiday show and sale at the Central Showcase gallery, in Realty Central in Murdale Shopping Center. The exhibit will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 13-17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Refreshments will be served Saturday. Participating artists include Janet Althoff, Ken Burnside, Biki Chaplain, Chuck Daugherty, Retha Daugherty, Eileen Doman, Karen Hale, Richard Lawson, Susie Phillips, Marie Samuel, Kat Shaffner, Sarah Shoot, Joan Skiver-Levy, Gina Soprano, Jurhee Veach and Jan York. — Adam Testa

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z MOVIES z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THINGS TO DO z BOOKS z DANCE z FESTIVALS z THEATER z New on DVD and Blu-Ray Inception: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page. Rated PG-13. Shrek: Forever After: Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme.

Starring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. Rated PG. Restrepo: Documentary showing a year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Rated R. LennonNYC: The story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the Twentieth Century, and how he found redemption in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. Directed by Michael Epstein. Not rated.


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‘The Tourist’ This film revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Starring Johnny Depp Angelina Jolie (above), the movie was directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It is rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language. The movie opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion.

audience reactions to the early performances “extraordinarily funny” “marvelous cast and set” “tour de force”

BY DAVID MAMET 7:30 pm Friday, December 10 7:30 pm Saturday, December 11 2 pm Sunday, December 12

Varsity Center for the Arts 418 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale $15/$10 for students with ID; group discounts available Box office hours: 5 to 7pm Monday through Saturday and one hour before every performance 618-549-5466 To purchase online go to

A hilarious play about a politician’s plan to win support by saving Thanksgiving turkeys. Please note: Show contains adult themes and graphic language

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FROM PAGE 9 “What started out as just a tri-state adventure has evolved into an 18state routine,” Estes said. “We get busier each year. As we perfect our talent and become more polished musicians, it seems like people just start to notice that.”

Tickets for Blend’s shows are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for groups of 10 or more. A limited number of tickets are available at First Bank of Carbondale. Contact Estes at 618-713-0641 to purchase advance tickets. 618-351-5031

Deadline approaching for Big Muddy Film Festival entries CARBONDALE — The deadline for entries into the 2011 Big Muddy Film Festival is fast approaching. Submissions for the festival’s 33rd year must be postmarked by Sunday, Dec. 12, to qualify for late deadline entry. Categories for submissions include documentary, experimental, narrative and animation. There is also a special section with an emphasis on “Women in Film.” Filmmakers can submit their works through or by downloading the paper submission form at Submissions must be in DVD format. Fees for late deadline entries are $35 for short shorts (10 minutes or under), $40 for short films (40 minutes or under) and $45 for feature films (41 minutes or more). The festival is scheduled for Feb. 18 to 27 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. — Adam Testa


Creators unsure if ‘Dawn Treader’ will sink or swim ’The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ *** Rated PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action; starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, and the voices of Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton; directed by Michael Apted; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 and University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

“Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is either a spirited revival of the film franchise based on the C.S. Lewis children’s Narnia novels, or an entertaining and

— Lucy (Gergie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) — are stuck in World War II Britain, riding out the Blitz with their insufferable cousin Eustace (the hilarious Will Poulter from “Son of Rambow”). But when Lucy notices that a painting in her room seems particularly “Narnian,” darned if the seas don’t pour off the frame and wash the three of them — the “What rubbish”spouting Eustace included — into the deep, where they’re rescued by Caspian STUDIO (Ben Barnes) and crew on the good ship Dawn ‘The Chronicle of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 and Treader. University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. There are fresh threats to the kingdom, islands to be hand on the tiller of many Lewis’ Christian allegory emotionally satisfying coda to “The Chronicles of an action film (including a fantasy might have played visited, slave traders to be out, a worthy challenger to fended off and a quest to James Bond adventure), Narnia.” the far more popular Harry be completed. the series’ casting In the able care of And true to the intent of shortcomings and drifting Potter pictures. veteran director Michael the Christian apologist A couple of years after story lines are less Apted, who has helmed Lewis’ novels, there are pronounced and we get an “Prince Caspian,” the films that won actors younger two Pevensie kids lessons to be learned, idea of how the whole of Oscars and been a steady

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many of them voiced by the chivalrous mouse, Reepicheep, voiced with a plummy verve by Simon Pegg. The tests are about vanity, ego, faith and courage, and they figure in the sermons of the ghostly God-figure Aslan, the anatomically incorrect lion voiced by Liam Neeson. Nevertheless, Apted makes good use of those he has and gives this “Chronicle” an emotional resonance and lightness of touch that the films Disney made (Fox has taken over distribution of these Walden Media projects) lacked. There are more novels to be filmed, depending on whether this one sinks or swims. The finale to this one is so satisfying that, revival or fond filmed farewell, the Dawn Treader makes port after a voyage well worth taking.

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