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Call for Art: Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah; sanctioned by the American Quilter’s Association; entries accepted through Jan. 25; fantastic; 270-4422453;

Exhibits Visiting Artist Series: David Brewer and Kris Killman, Rend Lake College, Ina; RLC Theatre Lobby; through Feb. 28. Recent Acquisitions In The Humanities: Starts Friday, Jan. 25, University Museum, SIU; an 1890s Crazy Quilt, tablecloth made for the Columbian Exposition, a Chinese model boat, a Nigerian robe; exhibits from around the world; through March 8; edu; 618-453-5388 Joan Skiver-Levy: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and casein paintings, Carbondale Public Library; through Feb. 15; 618-629-2220

Mary Porter: Harrisburg District Library; 35 paintings, all in oil, including several landmarks of Southern Illinois; through March 24 On & Of Paper: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, Whittington; paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, prints, woodblock, lithographs and etchings and constructed works created out of paper; through Jan. 27; hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 618-6292220 New Weavings: By Richard Cox, Weaver’s Cottage, 1904 Bass Lane, Carbondale; hours, 1-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday; through Jan. 27; 618-457-6823 Janet G Bixler: Watercolor and acrylic and oil, Little Egypt Arts Centre, Marion Tower Square; topics range from Southern Illinois scenes to cooking corn; through Jan. 31; 618-997-0421 L.O. Trigg: Eldorado Library; photographs from the Ozark Tours and family collections; through January High School Art Show: Now on display, Little Egypt Arts Centre, Marion Tower Square; 618-997-0421 Scholastic Art Awards: Mitchell Museum Main Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; seventh through 12th grade students; exhibition will close with the Scholastic Art Award ceremony, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; 618-242-1236

or The Carl L. Schweinfurth Collection: Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; includes the work of artist Rodney Winfield; through Feb. 10; 618-242-1236 or Joe Dodd: The Art of Comics, Regenhardt Gallery, Cedarhurst’s Shrode Art Center, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; Dodd has worked on creative teams for the Spiderman character for Marvel Comics and Hasbro, Inc.; through Feb. 10; 618-2421236 or Civil War Art Exhibit: Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; through Feb. 10; 618-833-6525; vabchlee@ Laying A Foundation: Art by Mollie Baumann, Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 E. Jackson St., Carbondale; through Feb. 11; 618-529-4488 Mixed Medium Pastiche: Joan Skiver-Levy, Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center, Rend Lake; a mini exhibition including a watercolor collage; through Feb. 28; 618-629-2220 The Artist Grimm: Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden; through Feb. 28; 618-893-2700 or www.rustlehill Winter Landscapes: Oil paintings by Biki Andres Chaplain, Marion Civic Center

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Lobby, Tower Square Plaza, Marion; through February; 618-997-4030; www.biki David Gilmore: 7 Of My 52 Years In Photography, University Museum, SIU; Gilmore is an emeritus professor of photography at SIU; photographs on Small Towns in Southern Illinois, Custom Cars, and Las Vegas; free; through March 8; hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday; edu; 618-453-5388 100th Anniversary University Housing: University Museum, SIU; the university celebrates 100 years of SIU housing; through March 8;; 618-453-5388 Topographies: Paintings And Sculpture By Tattoo Artists, University Museum, SIU; Lonnie Mann and Nate Steinbrink look at major tattoo artists by presenting their paintings and art work; includes art by Guy Aitchison, Scott Campbell, Chris Dingwell, Jason Brooks, Eric Doyle, Nick Baxter and Russ Abbott; through March 8;; 618-453-5388 Recent Acquisitions In The Arts: University Museum, SIU; exhibition includes a piece from a sculpture that stood between the towers of the World Trade Center, a series of Works Progress Administration watercolors of Old and New Shawneetown, prints by Beth Van Hoesen and Spill, a sculpture by Herbert Simon; through March 8; www.; 618-4535388

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Intimate Paintings: Works by Dick Dougherty, Clemens Gallery at Clemens Fine Arts Center, Paducah; reception, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; Dougherty is chairman of the Department of Art & Design, Murray State University, Murray, Ky.; through Feb. 22; free; 270-408-4278;


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exhibition opening at Paducah college PADUCAH —Murray State University Art and Design Department Chair Dick Dougherty will display his “Intimate Paintings” as part of a Paducah School of Art and West Kentucky Community and Technical College exhibit. The exhibition in the Clemens Gallery of the Clemens Fine Art Center will be on display through Feb. 22. An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 24. Daugherty has taught painting and drawing at the collegiate level since 1976. He is also an active exhibitor with 14 solo exhibitions and a number of group displays to his credit. He is retiring from Murray State at the end of this academic year. He began work on the paintings in this collection in 2009. As he continued the series, he found his content focusing on the small, quirky human-like gestures of the individuals in the paintings. He uses an observational process that utilizes digital software resources to allow him to continue working once changes in light or aging cause an item’s appearance to change. — Adam Testa

Fishing Show: 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Herrin Library Book Sale: Saturday, Feb. 2 and 10 a.m.10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, The 28, Herrin City Library, 120 N. Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, 13th St.; paperbacks, cook Marion; 618-993-2657; books, VHS tapes, books on tape; 618-942-6109 Taste of Chocolate: Fundraiser for The Women’s Comedy Center, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Carbondale Civic Center; The Carbondale auction items include jewelry, Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, an Adirondack chair, a football Hangar 9, Carbondale; autographed by Isaiah Pead 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station of the St. Louis Rams , 13, Carbondale; see The Waterford and Noritake Carbondale Comedians on crystal, sports memorabilia, a Facebook Swarovski crystal handbag Comedy Improv Night: from Little Earth Products, a 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, year of pizza from Walt’s in RLC Theatre, Ina; hosted by Marion and a quilt by Amy Rend Lake College’s student Noos; contact The Women’s thespians; free; audience Center if you have an item to interactive; 618-437-5321, donate; tickets, $35; 618-303ext. 1295; 5974; 618-549-4807, ext. 228; Last Laugh Friday: With; Robert G. Lee 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Kentucky Sweethearts of the Saddle Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Gala Benefit Event: 6:30 p.m. Benton, Ky.; Lee has been Friday, Feb. 8, Legends, called Hollywood’s top warmWalker’s Bluff, Carterville; up comic; veteran of such black-tie event includes shows as The New Adventures dinner, dancing, auction; of Old Christine, Just Shoot music by Ken Wollberg before Me, Becker and The Drew dinner and The Venturis after Carey Show; $15/$12; dinner; proceeds benefit; therapeutic equine riding 888-459-8704 program; 618-529-4110

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Events Roaring 20s: Red Carpet Gala Event, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, The Pavilion, Marion; entertainment, meal; fundraiser for Hospice of Southern Illinois; www.; 618-997-3030; jvinyard@ Southern Illinois Boat &

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Shrek The Musical: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 29-30, The Carson Center, Paducah; story of a swampdwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure; $58/ $46.50/ $32.50; 270-4504444; www.thecarson Murder at Kokopelli: Fundraiser for The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Kokopelli Golf Course Restaurant, Marion; murder mystery dinner theater; $35; raffles; door prizes; www.; 618-9326400 Cosi Fan Tutte: Comic opera, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb 10, Shryock Auditorium, SIU; with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra; $16/$6; 618-453-6000; www. TRACES: Circus blends traditional elements with Films street performance atmosphere, 7:30 p.m. Soul Food Junkies: Sunday, Feb. 17, Shryock 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Auditorium, SIU; features Carbondale Public Library; awes-inspiring acrobats; $15part of a series of free film $50; save $5 per ticket by screenings from the PBS series Independent Lens to be using the promo code held at the library on the last SOUTHERN; www.southern; 618-453Saturday of every month; refreshments; 618-453-6148; 6000

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Hospice gala brings back the roaring ’20s MARION — The roaring ’20s are about to return to Southern Illinois. Hospice of Southern Illinois will host its annual Red Carpet Gala at The Pavilion of the City of Marion on Saturday, Jan. 26. The gala has become a signature event in the region and offers residents a chance to live it up and dress to the nines. Hospice leaders will put on the Ritz and introduce some famous figures to the party. This year’s stars include Rep. John Bradley, Heartland Regional Medical Center CEO Steven Lund, Herrin Mayor Vic Ritter, Dr. Brad Miller, Verlinda Henshaw and more surprise guests. The event features a meal from Great Boars of Fire, an after-party and a silent auction. Leigh Bedokis Photography will be capturing photos at the event, and Your Jeweler and Eccentrics by Lauren will host a Diamond Drop. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner following at 6. Celebrity performances begin at 7 p.m. The Marion Junior High School Jazz Band will provide


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pre-show entertainment. Individual tickets are $150 per couple. For more information or tickets, call Jennifer Vinyard at 618-997-3030 or email — Adam Testa

Murder mystery coming to Kokopelli MARION — The Kokopelli Golf Course Restaurant will take a swing at murder. The venue will host a special murder mystery dinner theater presentation from Upstage Productions to benefit the Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets for the event are $35 and include dinner and entertainment and can be purchased online at www. and the Night Shield office. The pre-order deadline is Monday, Jan. 28. Proceeds from the event and a raffle will support the organization, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children from throughout the state. For more information, call 618-932-6400. — Adam Testa

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Auditions Auditions: For The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir; boys and girls with unchanged voices, ages 5-16, are invited to audition by contacting 618-541-6970 or

Concerts Southern Illinois Dinner and concert: By Curt Carter and Tim Connelly, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; folk music; spaghetti dinner; $15; reserve at 618-833-6525 VonJakobville 2013: Featuring The Boat Drunks, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Von Jakob Winery and Brewery, Alto Pass; tropicalrock music including the best Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys; advance, $13; at the door, $16; doors open, 10 a.m.; food available, noon;; 618-893-4600 Rubix Groove: ’80s tribute band presents Totally Awesome ’80s Party, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2,

Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel Event Center; proceeds benefit United Way of Massac County; advance, $20; at the door, $25; www. Jimmy Evitts: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; vocal and piano in the style of Michael Buble’ and Frank Sinatra; $10; 618-252-5400, ext. 2486 Mardi Gras Prom: Featuring Soul Glo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker Ave., Cobden; $15; www.theoldfeed

Kentucky Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, The Carson Center, Paducah; $29-$95; 270-450-4444; www.the Kentucky Opry Talent Search: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50;; 888-459-8704


No ordinary fairy tale

‘Shrek’ takes the stage at Carson Center


any college seniors struggle with the uncertainty of not knowing what their future will hold once they walk across the stage at graduation. Whitney Winfield was able to take a sigh of relief, as she knew that just a few months after collecting her diploma, she’d be a princess. Winfield, then in her final year at Pace University in Manhattan, was recruited by one of her professors to audition for a national touring production of “Shrek: The Musical,” which he was casting. She decided to throw her hat into the ring, auditioned and landed the role of Princess Fiona in the adaptation of the DreamWorks animated film. “To have something lined up was great,” said Winfield, who spent her summer preparing before heading on the road in October. For the past several months, she and her colleagues have spent their lives on a tour bus, traveling as far as Alaska, and bringing the show to life on stage for audiences of all ages. Stepping into the role of Fiona, the character voiced by Cameron Diaz in the film series, wasn’t too daunting of a challenge for the Naples, Fla., native. She had seen “Shrek” when it had first come out, but she didn’t feel pressured or nervous about being able to live up to the character created in the movie. It also helps that Fiona is



‘Shrek: The Musical’ follows the story of the original DreamWorks movie. The stage adaptation delves deeper into the characters, like Whitney Winfield’s portrayal of Princess Fiona. The Naples, Fla., native and her colleagues arrive in Paducah for two productions at The Carson Center on Jan. 29 and 30.

much like her. “She’s a kick-ass sort of girl; she’s not like the other fairy tale princesses,” she said, noting Fiona’s quirky and wild mannerisms. “This is the kind of role that you can step into and make it your own.” Winfield has portrayed other fairy tale princesses, including Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” in Naples, but Fiona sets herself apart by breaking all the traditional norms of the character archetypes. While the musical follows the plot of the first “Shrek” movie, the fun part is that it allows for all the characters, especially

the secondary fairy tale creatures, to develop and showcase more personality. The show even features a full-size flying dragon. The colorful production makes its way to The Carson Center for performances at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29-30. Tickets are $32 to $58 and can be purchased online at or by calling 270-4504444. Beneath the colorful costumes, fun songs and fairy tale atmosphere, there’s a moral lesson in the show, Winfield said. “Shrek” encourages people to be themselves

and to be happy with who they are. It’s a lesson the young actress fully believes in. “There’s a lot of silliness and a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, it’s still a really strong message,” she said. For Winfield, this tour of “Shrek,” which wraps up in April, is only the beginning. She hopes this will be a springboard for a successful career. She hopes to branch out into television and movies and may even dabble in nonmusical theater. “The sky’s the limit after this,” she said. 618-351-5031

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Folkstravanganza: 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;

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Directions & Digits 20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618-435-6161 Elkville: Elkville Civic Center, 405 S. 6th St., Elkville 618-201-1753 The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: 201 E. Main St., Carbondale 618-6496400 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-549-0511 J Dee’s Connection: 0215 E. Main St., Benton John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Key West: 1108 W. Main St., Carbondale 618-351-5998 Lion’s Cave: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: 12024 Laguna Drive, Lake of Egypt Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618-997-6168 Marion Eagles: Russell and Longstreet Roads, Marion 618-993-6300

Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard St., Marion 618-922-7853 N-Kahootz Night Club: 115 W. Cherry St., Herrin 618-942-9345 Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4676 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale 618-5493348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Scarlett’s Music Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Steeleville American Legion: 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville 618-9653362 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-937-3718 Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building: Fair and Main streets, Marion 618-917-5230 The Zone Lounge: 14711 Illinois 37, Whittington 618-629-2039

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THURSDAY BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. J Dee’s Connection:: Bobby Orr and the Crossroads Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE PK’s: Alison Floyd The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Coulter, Goot and Wall, 7-10 p.m. Tres Hombres: The Voyageurs, 10 p.m. MARION Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building: Big Lake Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY CARBONDALE Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Mike and Joe PK’s: Blarney Stones Tres Hombres: Sam West Trio INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION John Brown’s on the Square :

WANT TO BE LISTED? Call 618-351-5089 or email brenda.kirkpatrick Secondary Modern, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Marion Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Country Band, 7-10 p.m.

SATURDAY ANNA Anna Moose: Roger Black Band, 7:30-11:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Rod Tuffcurls & The Benchpress/The Hot Sauce Committee; Polar Bear party PK’s: Skinny Jim/The Black Bonnet Ballyhoo The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Casey James, 9 p.m. Tres Hombres: Ivas John Band, 10 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion American Legion: Egyptian Combo, 8 p.m.midnight Marion Eagles: White Lightnin’, 7-11 p.m.

MURPHYSBORO Murphysboro American Legion: Jackson Junction 711 p.m.; benefit dance for Alan Arbeiter THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. WHITE ASH Scarlett’s Music Barn: Swing N Country Dance Band, 79:30 p.m. WHITTINGTON The Zone Lounge: Embrace the Chaos

SUNDAY MARION Marion Eagles: White Lightnin’, 6-10 p.m.

MONDAY ELKVILLE Elkville Civic Center: Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m. MARION Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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ir travel is expensive, and Kendell Marvel didn’t want to miss his flight. He had important business in Nashville the next day. The popular songwriter had just fulfilled his contractual obligation by performing at a cooperate function in Naples, Fla. He was trying to enjoy an adult beverage in a hotel lounge, while a persistent patron tried to convince him to stick around for a few hours and write a jingle for his company. Not knowing the identity of the smoothtalking businessman, Marvel discreetly ask a waitress about the stranger. She immediately said it was prestigious customer Kent Taylor, founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain. “We went back to his room and wrote what is


now the new Texas Roadhouse theme song,” Marvel said. “They just started playing it eight times a day in over 300 restaurants. The first time we met, I didn’t know if he had any money. I found out pretty quickly he had deep pockets. He didn’t just buy tickets for a later flight, he chartered a Lear jet to fly me and a couple songwriting buddies back home.” Marvel said Taylor was in Naples for a meeting with 1,400 executives from his company. He hosted the week-long event at the luxurious Ritz Carlton and picked up the entire tab. Taylor is having another outing in May in Maui, Hawaii, and has invited Marvel to be his guest. The event will include a concert featuring Marvel, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson and Glenn Frey of the Eagles. A fixture among the elite tunesmiths in Music City for more than a decade, Marvel has written songs which will be included on new albums by Brantley Gilbert, Josh Thompson

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and Justin Moore. The 42-year-old Marvel was a popular traditional country singer in Southern Illinois when he migrated to Nashville in 1998. It didn’t take long for him to make an impact. He inked the 2000 smash “Right Where I Need to Be” for Gary Allan and, at the time, it was the biggest hit of the singer’s career. Marvel penned the 2004 Joe Diffie tune “Tougher than Nails” and was responsible for the very first Jake Owen release “Yee Haw.” He would eventually earn a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award for writing “Startin’ with Me,” a tune that pushed Owen’s career to a new level. He also wrote “Twang” for country legend George Strait. Besides the gratis trip to Hawaii and occasional songwriting junkets to Key West, Marvel’s reputation as a hit-making machine has earned him the privilege of performing twice a month at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, a virtual Mecca for aspiring country songwriters.

Marvel will make a mini swing through central Illinois from Feb. 15-17 when he performs in Decatur, Springfield and Danville as part of a threeperson songwriter’s caravan with George Teren (“Ladies Love Country Boys”) and future Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame member Casey Beathard, who has written five No. 1 singles and a slew of Top 10 hits. Marvel is naturally excited that so many artists are recording his material. “They wouldn’t record them if they weren’t real good, but there are a lot of things that go into determining if a song is going to be a single. I just hope for the best and keep writing everyday,” Marvel said. “Trace Adkins has recorded nine of my songs, and I was joking with him the other day and told him it was about time he turned one of them into a hit.”


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‘Parker’: Jason Statham steals the movie Parker *** Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, brief sexual content and nudity; starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Bobby Cannavale and Patti Lupone; directed by Taylor Hackford; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale BY CONNIE OGLE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

“Parker” roars into a dull January and enlivens the movie landscape, and thank the action-movie gods because we needed a little something to wake

us from our winter slumber. Based on a novel in a series by Richard Stark, the alter ego of the late, great Donald E. Westlake, the film is basically a heist-and-payback movie. But it’s made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eyerolling blow-’em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand,” its main competition at the box office. As played by the everstoic Jason Statham (the “Transporter” and “Expendables” films), Parker is more antihero than hero: He operates on the wrong side of the law, but he’s got a complicated

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code of ethics. He will steal — and steal quite unremorsefully — but only from people who can afford it, he says. If you stumble into one of the many crimes he commits, he won’t hurt you as long as you do exactly what he tells you to do. He doesn’t go looking to hurt innocents. But all bets are off if you don’t follow directions, and woe unto anyone who dares to cheat him. A double-cross is precisely what happens in the opening scenes of “Parker”: A crew carries out a daring robbery at the Ohio State Fair. The heist does not run smoothly — not all the thieves in this bunch are as detail-oriented as Parker — and after their escape, the second in command, the menacing Melander (Michael Chiklis of “The Shield” and “Vegas”), demands

that Parker turn over his share of the profits to help finance the next job. “It’s the score of a lifetime,” he tells Parker. Like any sensible individual who hears those words, Parker is skeptical. So he refuses and gets shot, robbed and dumped at the side of the road for his trouble. The rest of the movie follows what happens when Parker recovers and decides to get his money back from — and revenge on — the guys who left him for dead. This requires him to figure out precisely what the next job is and where it’s happening. The road to payback leads him to Palm Beach County, Fla., where the movie was partially filmed, and into the orbit of Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a real estate agent dying for her first commission.

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“Black Swan”). But Statham, not always the most charismatic of actors, turns out to be a good choice to play the taciturn thief. He looks like the sort of guy who stands a good chance of getting out of any tight corner, even if his assailant is armed and he’s not. Even the people who griped about Tom Cruise being cast as the towering Jack Reacher will have to admit Statham fits nicely in Parker’s shoes.

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Directed by Taylor Hackford (“Ray,” “Proof of Life”), Parker is not without its absurdities. Melander is resourceful, but could he and his gang really commandeer a West Palm Beach fire truck? Patti Lupone goes a bit over the top as Lopez’s super-ethnic mama, and Lopez gets stuck with a couple of unfortunate ditzy moments, courtesy of the script by John J. McLaughlin (“Hitchcock,”

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Jason Statham stars in director Taylor Hackford’s ‘Parker,’ which opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale.



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