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CARBONDALE — SIU President Glenn Poshard, his wife, Jo, and the his office have been named the recipients of the 2012 Keeping Arts in Business Award, presented by Carbondale Community Arts. CCA officials cited the Poshards’ commitment to and participation in the arts for several years as a reason for their recognition. Poshard has trained teachers in working with students in art, music, dance and
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poetry during his tenure at the State Office for G. Poshard J. Poshard Gifted Education and sponsored the first Congressional high school art competition in the district while he
watercolor collage; through Feb. 28; 618-629-2220 The Artist’s Story Book: Visiting Artist Series: David Starts Friday, Feb. 15, Brewer and Kris Killman, Rend University Museum, SIU; Lake College, Ina; RLC Theatre students from Cobden, Lobby; through Feb. 28 Eldorado, Elverado, ZeiglerThe Artist Grimm: Rustle Royalton high schools and Hill Winery, US 51, Cobden; Shawnee Community College through Feb. 28; 618-893create illustrated books 2700 or www.rustlehill reflecting their personal winery.com stories; through May 10; Winter Landscapes: Oil www.museum.siu.edu; paintings by Biki Andres 618-453-5388 Chaplain, Marion Civic Center High School Art Lobby, Tower Square Plaza, Competition exhibit: Little Marion; through February; Egypt Arts Association gallery, 618-997-4030; www.biki on the square, Marion; several chaplain.com area high schools participated; Alzheimer Art Quilt through Feb 17; Initiative Display: By The www.littleegyptarts.com Shawnee Quilters Guild, Sallie Joan Skiver-Levy: Oil, Logan Public Library, 1808 acrylic, watercolor, pastel and Walnut St., Murphysboro: casein paintings, Carbondale through March 1; hours, 10 a.m.Public Library; through Feb. 15; 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 618-629-2220 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Intimate Paintings: Works Saturday; 618-684-3950 by Dick Dougherty, Clemens Political Satire: Lincolnania Gallery at Clemens Fine Arts From The Jerome M. Mileur Center, Paducah; through Feb. Collection, University Museum, 22; 270-408-4278; SIU; feature Lincoln items email@example.com from the Mileur collection; Expressions exhibit: through March 3; Features fiber artist Robin www.museum.siu.edu; Haller, photographer Fern 618-453-5388 Logan, watercolorist Mary David Gilmore: 7 Of My 52 Pachikara, ceramicists Karen Years In Photography, Fiorino and Dan Johnson, University Museum, SIU; metalsmith Roberta Elliott and Gilmore is an emeritus prints by Najjar Abdulprofessor of photography at Musawwir; through Feb. 28; SIU; photographs on Small 618-457-5100; info@ Towns in Southern Illinois, carbondalearts.org Custom Cars, and Las Vegas; Mixed Medium Pastiche: through March 8; hours, Joan Skiver-Levy, Southern 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday Illinois Art and Artisan through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Center, Rend Lake; a mini Saturday; www.museum. exhibition including a siu.edu; 618-453-5388
served in Washington. The Poshards also support a number of other local art programs and organizations, including the McLeod Summer Playhouse, the Varsity Center for the Arts and the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. They were presented the award, a sculpture by Aldon Addington, at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce banquet last week.
Recent Acquisitions In The Humanities: 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; www.museum. siu.edu; 618-453-5388 Topographies: Paintings And Sculpture By Tattoo Artist, University Museum, SIU; Lonnie Mann and Nate Steinbrink look at a lesserknown side of 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; www.museum.siu.edu; 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.museum. siu.edu; 618-453-5388 When Nature Talks: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; artists, Les Barker, Lisa Goesling, Roger Grimes, Chris Main, Yuki Nyhan, Leonard Wilson; through March 10; 618-6292220 www.museum.
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state.il.us/ismsites/so-il Mary Porter: Harrisburg District Library; 35 paintings, all in oil, including several landmarks of Southern Illinois; through March 24 Painting by Carol Dooley: The Gallery Space, Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; title, Carol Dooley — 35 Views of Yesterday; through March 29; her paintings also on display at the Blend Tea and Crepes in Carbondale and the Anna Arts Center; gallery@jbbailey law.com Art and Soul exhibit: The Pavilion of the City of Marion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion; featuring the works of Shawn M. Vincelette; collection of pen and ink drawings portraying snapshots of Marion’s past; through April 23; 618-9932657
Reception Mayor’s Art Club Opening Reception: Noon Thursday, Feb. 14, city hall, Paducah; meet the artists selected for the inaugural Mayor’s Art Club; first installment of artwork by artists Joan Dance and Paul Lorenz also on display Opening Reception: Mixed medium Pastiche by Joan Skiver-Levy 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Longbranch Coffeehouse, Carbondale; over 50 pieces on display of water/color collage; Joyce Hesketh will perform on the harp and Joan will sing songs; refreshments served; through April 1; 618-529-4488
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Harrah’s celebrating 20th anniversary LEAA awards two winners will receive METROPOLIS — Harrah’s recognize high Casino $2,020 cash. and Hotel is Then, on Saturday, Feb. 23, celebrating its 20th school artists anniversary with several a commemorative gift MARION — Artwork created by local high school students will remain on display at the Little Egypt Arts Association gallery through Sunday, Feb. 17. The works were submitted as part of the seventh annual High School Art Competition. A closing reception for the exhibit is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Awardwinning students will be presented with ribbons and other awards, including money and art supplies, at that time. Catherine Howell and Betty Jesse served as judges for this year’s competition. Best of Show honors were awarded to Katelyn Ryder of Harrisburg and Alyvia Payne of Marion. Daphne Whiting of Marion won the Tim Barnfield Memorial Award. Firstplace honors went to Alyx Williford of Benton, Sara Mataya of Johnston City, Justin Smock of Harrisburg, Ryder of Harrisburg and Tessa Shevlin of Marion. Emily Ramsey of Anna-Jonesboro, Harrison Thomas of Carterville, Lucy Odam of Herrin, Megan Benitone of Herrin and Adrianna Uribe of Anna-Jonesboro earned second-place recognition. Katie Malnar of AnnaJonesboro, Whiting, Thomas, Ryder and Amberley Evans of Goreville placed third. — Adam Testa
special events this month. The establishment opened on Feb. 23, 1993, under the name Player’s Riverboat Casino. In the years since, hundreds of thousands of people have visited the facility annually for gambling, dining and entertainment. Between 2:20 and 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, two winners will receive $220 free slots play every 20 minutes. At 8:20 p.m.,
celebrating the anniversary will be available to patrons between 1 and 9 p.m. while supplies last. The casino’s buffet will also offer a $20 special. Harrah’s will donate $1,000 to each of 20 local and national charity organizations. The money will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 19, during an employee event at the River Front Event Center. — Adam Testa
Paducah launches Mayor’s Art Club program with reception PADUCAH — Mayor Gayle Kaler’s new Mayor’s Art Club will officially launch with a public reception at noon today, Feb. 14. Kaler launched the program as a way to highlight the work of local artist. In January, Kaler asked artists to submit photos of their work for consideration. Paducah School of Art Director Paul Aho, Yeiser Art Center Executive Director Josh White and former tourism official Rosemarie Steele selected eight of the artists to be featured throughout the year.
Black History Month celebration continues at SIU CARBONDALE — Maggie Anderson, whose family spent a full year patronizing only blackowned stores and businesses, will discuss those experiences later this week at SIU. Anderson’s lecture at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in the John C. Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library is one of several events during Black History Month at SIU. The annual celebration observes the contributions of black Americans to American history and culture. The lecture is free. Anderson and her husband, John, of Oak Park, pledged to patronize only black-owned stores and businesses for a full year. They enacted their pledge in 2009, full of ideals and hopes to spearhead a truly empowering local movement. Anderson’s 2012 book, “Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy,” details her family’s experiences. Other speakers contributing to the
month’s events include Darryl Littleton, also known as stand-up comedian D’Militant, who will discuss one of his recent publications, “Why We Laugh: The History of Black Comedy,” and motivational speaker Eric Thomas, author of “Secret to Success.” Littleton’s presentation is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, while Thomas will be on campus at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Both speakers will be at the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. Other highlight events include: z “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Not Enuf,” 7:30 p.m. Feb.
21-23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, in the McLeod Theater in the Communications Building. Tickets are available at www. southernticketsonline.com z BTO Tunnel of Oppression, 5-9 p.m., Feb. 25-28, Lower Grinnell Hall. This free event allows participants to experience a set of scenarios designed to make them rethink issues of oppression, including their own roles in their communities. z Sounds of Spirituals performance hosted by the School of Music, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. — University Communications
Each quarter, two of the eight artists will have their work displayed at City Hall. The first two featured artists will be folk art painted Joan Dance and abstract painter/drawer Paul Lorenz. Their works will remain on display through March 29. Other artists to be featured this year include photographer Lily Shapiro, printmaker Freda Fairchild, fiber artist and ceramicist Judeen Theis, painter BiLan Liao, sculptor Linda Odgen and painter Jenny Fuller. — Adam Testa
Alto Vineyards event focuses on wine, cheese ALTO PASS — Alto Vineyards will host a special wine and cheese soiree from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets for the event are $15 and reservations are required. Patrons at the event will gain a better understanding of the nuances in flavors and characteristics of
local and regional cheeses. Alto wines will be paired with cheeses from throughout the state, including Ludwig from Fithian, Marcoot from Greenville and ROPP from Normal. To make reservations, call 618-893-4898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Adam Testa
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raffles and music by Brad and Bri and Roostered Up; seat at the tournament, $150; admission, $10; 618-2525000; 618-841-4366 Trivia Night: 7-10 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23, Eagles Lodge, 1206 W. Linden St., Carbondale; proceeds benefit The Southern Illinois Irish Festival; $10 per person; cash bar; bring snacks; silent auction; 618-303-4574; www.silirishfest.org Pro Wrestling Collision: Live professional wrestling taping; 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, 250 N. Springer St.; adults, $10; children younger than 12 and SIU students, $8; www.pro wrestlingcollision.com CASA trivia contest: Saturday, March 2, Harrisburg American Legion, 600 E. Logan St.; proceeds to raise funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Saline County; $100 for a table of 10; prizes; 618-253-3355
traditional elements with street performance King’s Battery: In atmosphere, 7:30 p.m. conjunction with the 150th Sunday, Feb. 17, Shryock anniversary of the Civil War, Auditorium, SIU; features 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, awes-inspiring acrobats; $15Senior Adult Services center, $50; save $5 per ticket by 409 N. Springer St., using the promo code Carbondale; exhibits, guns, SOUTHERN; www.southern stories; cannon on a wagon; ticketsonline.com; 618-453potluck, 6 p.m.; bring a dish 6000 and service; 618-457-5042 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Auditions Rainbow is Enuf: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23 Fiddler on the Roof and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Auditions: 4-6 p.m. TuesdayMcLeod Theater, SIU; Wednesday, Feb. 26-27, presented by the SIU Southeastern Illinois College, Department of Theater; $16/ Harrisburg; casting for $6; www.southerntickets 10 female and 12 male roles online.com; 618-453-6000 plus a large ensemble; April You’re a Good Man Charlie 26-28; email@example.com; Brown: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 618-252-5400, ext. 2487 Feb 22-23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb 24, Masters’ Performing Theater Arts Center of the Anna Arts Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m. Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; $15; advance, $12; www. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16, facebook.com/annaarts Lawson Hall, SIU; $10; center; 618-697-0009; students, $7; proceeds to the firstname.lastname@example.org Women’s Center; directed by A Chorus Line: Musical, Sarah Fassig; 561-674-2292 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Ladies of the Corridor: Films Feb. 22-23, Carson Center, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17 and Classic Musical Movie: Paducah; winner of nine Tony 22-24, Varsity Center for the Guys and Dolls, 7 p.m. Awards, including Best Musical Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Saturday, Feb. 16. Liberty and the Pulitzer Prize for Carbondale; presented by Theater, Murphysboro; stars drama; one of the longestThe Stage Company; times, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons 7:30 p.m. Fridays and running American Broadway and Frank Sinatra; 618-684Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; musical ever; $32.50-$58; 5880 270-450-4444; $15/$10; 618-549-5466; Big Muddy Film Festival: www.thecarsoncenter.org 618-549-3465 Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 20Thoroughly Modern Millie: Streetcar Named Desire: 24, southern Illinois; features Presented by the Marion High 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and filmmakers Bobby Abate, School Music Department, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Jesse McLean and Julie 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Southeastern Illinois College, Wyman; independent films; go 3575 College Road, Harrisburg; March 1-2, Marion Cultural and to bigmuddyfilm.com or email $8/$6; 618-252-5400, ext. Civic Center, Marion; $10; email@example.com for www.marionccc.org; 618-9972486; firstname.lastname@example.org. schedule 4030 Traces: Circus blends
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Local women staging ‘Vagina Monologues’ at SIU CARBONDALE — Women ages 16 to 41 from across Southern Illinois will come together to present “The Vagina Monologues” this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at Lawson Hall at SIU. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students. Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” is episodic play originally run at the Westside Theatre in New York City. It has been staged across the globe and was adapted for a television rendition on HBO. The show also served as the catalyst for V-Day, a global nonprofit movement that has collected more than $75 million for women’s anti-violence support. Each of the monologues, read by different women, deal with an aspect of the feminine experience. — Adam Testa
The Stage Co. presenting ‘Ladies of the Corridor’ CARBONDALE — The Stage Co. continues its season with “Ladies of the Corridor,” a drama about six women looking to redefine their lives in an upper East Side New York hotel in the 1950s. The play, by Dorothy Parker and Arnaud d’Usseau, was written in an era when a woman’s place was in the home, leaving many of them struggling to find a new purpose that will take them in a different direction. Three plotlines are interwoven to form the story of the play. They center around a group of women, either widowed or estranged from their husbands, and the people in their lives. The core cast includes Lulu Ames, who left Akron, Ohio, to find adventure in New York; Mrs. Nichols, a wealthy wheelchair-bound invalid; and Mildred Tynan, who escaped her abusive husband and struggles with alcohol, self-esteem and loneliness. The show originally opened on Broadway in 1953 and had a television adaptation filmed in 1975
Jacquie Betz, Jo Ann Hensley, Brandyn McGhee and Susan Harrocks in The Stage Co. production of ‘Ladies of the Corridor.’
starring Chloris Leachman can be purchased online at www.stagecompany.org. as Lulu Ames. A 2005 — Adam Testa revival by the Peccadillo Theatre Company in New York brought the play back to prominence. Vincent Rhomberg is directing The Stage Co.’s rendition, which runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16 and 22-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 and 24, at the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and
SIC presenting ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ HARRISBURG — A classic tale of rejection and the struggles of marriage comes to life on the Southeastern Illinois College stage this weekend, as the school’s theater department presents Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The play focuses on Blanche DuBois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, leading her to reject and ignore the realities of life and challenges she faces. She goes to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella Kowalski and has added pressures intensified by her brother-in-law. Eventually, it all builds and pushes her to a
revelation of her selfdelusion and to madness. The lead role will be played by Ashly Gwaltney of Eldorado, with Salena Russell playing Kowalski and Justin Leinenbach playing the husband, Stanley. Sean Partain of Harrisburg directs the show. The show runs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center at SIC. General admission tickets are $6, and students, staff and seniors can get in for $4. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 618-252-5400, ext. 2486 or 2487 or by emailing boxoffice@ sic.edu. — Adam Testa
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Thursday, Feb. 21
Juror workshop with Julie Wyman: The Documentary Imaginary; 1 p.m.; venue TBD Documentary feature; “The White Picket Fence Project;” 3 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium Narrative feature; “My Little Friend;” 3 p.m.; Mississippi Room “Empire Builder” special screening; 5 p.m.; Student Wednesday, Feb. 20 Center Auditorium; free Juror workshop with Juror showcase featuring Bobby Abate: Esoteric Jesse McLean; 7 p.m.; Underground Cinema; 1:30 Student Center Auditorium p.m.; venue TBD Late night screening of Documentary shorts; “The short film collection; 9 p.m.; Chinese Gardens” and “Jerry Pagliai’s Pizza and Pasta and Me;” 3 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium Friday, Feb. 22 “Future Weather” special screening; 5 p.m.; Student Juror workshop with Jesse Center Auditorium; free McLean: Critiques of Opening night reception; Student Work; 1 p.m.; venue 7 p.m.; International Lounge TBD
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Documentary shorts: “Claiming Space, Negotiating Identity;” 3 p.m. Student Center Auditorium Narrative feature; “And Here No Devil Can Hurt You;” 3 p.m.; Mississippi Room Documentary feature; “Around Crab Orchard;” 5 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium; free Juror showcase featuring Bobby Abate; 7 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium Late night screening; “Tremors;” 9 p.m.; Pagliai’s Pizza and Pasta
Saturday, Feb. 23 Documentary feature; “Indelible Lalita;” 11 a.m.; Illinois Room Documentary shorts: “Work and Leisure;” 11 a.m. Student Center Auditorium Animated shorts; various films; 1 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium Narrative feature; “Bubba Moon Face;” 3 p.m.; Illinois Room Narrative shorts; various films; 3 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium “Drop City” special screening; 5 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium; free Juror showcase featuring Julie Wyman; 7 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium
Sunday, Feb. 24 John Michaels screenings; 11 a.m. “Solving for X,” 12:30 p.m. “Directing Dissent,” 2 p.m. “As Goes Janesville,” 3:30 p.m. “Por Dinero,” 4 p.m. “Fibershed” and “Something Different; Mississippi Room Narrative feature; “Ninah’s Dowry;” 11 a.m.; Student Center Auditorium Young adult screening; various films; 1 p.m.; Student Center Auditorium; free Experimental shorts; various films; 3 p.m.; Guyon Auditorium “Best of Fest;” 5:30 p.m.; Guyon Auditorium; $5
Lili Carter stars in ‘Future Weather,’ the first full-length feature film from Carbondale native Jenny Deller. The movie opened at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale.
The Art of Film ‘Future Weather’ to be featured during festival BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN
n first comparison, there may not seem to be many similarities between Southern Illinois and Philadelphia. But looked deeper, and in the right corners of the city’s outskirts, and the two worlds begin to look more alike. Filmmaker Jenny Deller captures much of that in “Future Weather,” her first fulllength feature film. Deller knows Southern Illinois — the film’s setting — quite well. Born in Murphysboro and raised in Carbondale, she called the region home for many years. But when it came time to put the project to film, she was living in Pennsylvania, and as much as she wished she could
Perla Haney-Jardine and Amy Madigan star as a young girl and her grandmother in Jenny Deller’s ‘Future Weather.’ The film explores the lives of three generations of women and explores the parallels to climate change.
shoot on location, it simply wasn’t feasible. “The goal was to get it done,” she said. “I had a very practical mindset.” After five or six years of
working on the script and raising money through grants, Deller and her crew began filming. SEE BIG MUDDY / PAGE 11
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Carlos Alberto makes Valentine’s Day special Bankesters performing COUNTRY SCENE Vince Hoffard
o date on the calendar conjures up more romantic images than Valentine’s Day. There are mountains of red roses to be distributed, rivers of heart-shaped boxes of gourmet chocolates to be devoured and a gold mine full of jewelry to adorn your sweetheart. Flowers, candy and precious metals are the three standards for this lover’s holiday. However, the true Rico Suave will put a little more thought into the giving process. And after thoroughly researching all options, he may find the most sizzling option be a performance by Carlos Alberto. Born in Argentina, Alberto has mastered a musical style known as Flamenco, which is a vocal mixed with a blend of special chord progressions played on classical Spanish guitar. Frequently, hand clapping is often thrown into the mix. “I play a fusion of Flamenco, or a contemporary Flamenco. There are definite elements of the old sound, but I play it with more of a pop feel. I would describe it as a mixture of Spanishflavored guitar with a very rhythmic, Latin flavor,” Alberto said during an interview from his home in Cleveland. “I borrowed it from my great uncle in Argentina.” One of his favorite tricks as a performer is to take a popular song that is familiar to everyone in the
which is available digitally on iTunes and Reverbnation. Fans thought the recording may be their only connection remaining to the performer. Back in Cleveland, Alberto has joined a new band, the Plum City Posse, and the group frequently plays three or four nights a week in Ohio. Rochman knew only Alberto could provide the instrumentation and vocals needed to instantly create the romantic imagery and energy of a secluded Italian cantina, so he convinced PROVIDED Carlos Alberto will return to the region for a few concert events, the showman to return to the area for a special including a Valentine’s Day performance at Blue Sky Winery. Valentine’s Day dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Feb. audience, but change it into tremendous talent by 14, at Blue Sky. The cost of accident. his own unique the four-course meal, with His wife had been arrangement by adding wine, is $125 per couple. accepted into a master’s classical guitar riffs and a Reservations are extremely combination of English and degree program at SIU limited. For more Carbondale in 2003. Spanish vocals. His show information, call 618-995Without a single musical flows seamlessly from contact in the area, Alberto 9463. classical pieces to more “Carlos is back and I’m said he perused a modern work. newspaper and discovered pretty excited about it,” Alberto was raised on a Rochman said. an open mic night at the ranch in South America, Alberto said it is Yellow Moon in Cobden. and he started playing guitar when he was 11. His He became a regular at the surprising that he has been able to build a huge fan family members, dressed in club. base in this area. “I went up to the Yellow traditional gaucho attire, “I have been floored and Moon to see him and he would perform traditional overwhelmed by the Argentinean folk songs for was fantastic. I’d never positive response,” Alberto heard anything like it. I visitors at the working said. “I never expected this basically stole him,” said ranch. Those songs and Barrett Rochman, owner of style of music to be so well influences from Jose received in Southern Blue Sky Vineyards in Feliciano, Ottmar Liebert Illinois. Usually the Makanda. and The Gipsy Kings, thought of a 600-mile Alberto says he feel in would evolve into Alberto’s authentic signature sound. love with Blue Sky the first drive is a little depressing, but I can’t wait to get on He migrated to Ohio with time he saw it. the road and see a bunch of “The place didn’t look his family when he was 5, friends I have been missing real,” Alberto said. “I stayed in the United State thought it was a painting.” for a long time.” for a few years and then Alberto will also play at Alberto was a regular returned briefly to performer at Blue Sky until Blue Sky from 2 to 5 p.m. Argentina. on Saturday and Sunday. he moved back to Ohio in “There was a lot of civil He will also appear at 8 2009. unrest in Argentina back p.m. Friday at the Trails Patrons thought they them. It was a dangerous End Lodge in Cobden. would never again have a time. We moved back to chance to see the guitar American permanently in wizard. During his six-year VINCE HOFFARD can be 1975,” Alberto said. Southern Illinoisans were stay, he released his reached at 618-658-9095 or “Mosaic Sky” album, exposed to Alberto email@example.com.
Sunday at Old Feed Store COBDEN — The Bankesters will provide an afternoon of awardwinning bluegrass tunes at the Old Feed Store on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Southern Illinois staples have continued to expand their reputation in the industry, as Emily PROVIDED Bankester took Hot off the heels of a successful 2012, the Bankesters will take the home the stage at the Old Feed Store in International Cobden for a 5 p.m. concert Bluegrass Music Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $10. Association’s first Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year. In addition, the song “Looking Forward to Looking Back” from the group’s latest CD was ranked fourth for December on the BluegrassToday.com National Radio Airplay Chart. The Cobden concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at theoldfeedstore.com. Food will be available for purchase, and guests are allowed to bring their own personal coolers. — Adam Testa
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Kentucky Knife Fight returning to Hangar 9
CARBONDALE — Two weeks before the release of its latest album, St. Louisbased electric Americana fivepiece band Kentucky Knife Fight will take the stage at Hangar 9 at PROVIDED 9 p.m. Saturday, Kentucky Knife Fight will return to Feb. 16. Hangar 9 for a 9 p.m. concert on Saturday, Feb. 16. Flowers of Evil and The group will release its newest Heat Tape will also perform. album on March 2, but first, they will share the Carbondale stage with Flowers of Evil and the Heat Tape this weekend. Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available at the door. Kentucky Knife Fight has been named the “Best Rock Band” twice by the Riverfront Times in St. Louis and has spent years developing a reputation not just at home in St. Louis but nationwide. The group has released five albums since 2006.
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 Hangar 9: Chicago Farmer w/Hugh DeNeal Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Edens Edge PK’s: Manx The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Coulter, Goot and Wall, 7-10 p.m. Tres Hombres: Copecetic, 10 p.m. MARION Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building: Big Lake Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: The Coop PK’s: Slapin’ Henry Blue Tres Hombres: Nasty Nate INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Marion American Legion: Danny and The Dreamers, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Marino 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. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Battle Creek Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Zone Lounge: Redneck Rockers
SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: The Heat Tape w/Kentucky Knife Fight and Flowers of Evil PK’s: Slapin’ Henry Blue The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Casey James, 9 p.m. Tres Hombres: The Driftaways, 10 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Country Cavaliers, 7-11 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: As Time Goes By Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Zone Lounge: Two Knuckles Deep WHITE ASH Scarlett’s Music Barn: Swing N Country Dance Band, 7-9:30 p.m.
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SUNDAY MARION Marion Eagles: Country Cavaliers, 6-10 p.m.
MONDAY ELKVILLE Elkville Civic Center: Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m. MARION Marion Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Mike’s Band, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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 618-649-6400 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
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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 618-549-3348
PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618529-1124 Scarlett’s Music Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Steeleville American Legion: 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville 618-965-3362 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
Coffeehouses, Cafés Buddy Mondlock: 8 p.m. Friday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden; www.yellowmooncafe.com; 618-893-2233.
Wineries FRIDAY Todd Pierson: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Bill Harper: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff
SATURDAY Todd Pierson: 1-4 p.m. Lincoln Heritage Winery Carlos Alberto: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Adam Williams: 2-5 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Nyte Flyte: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Von Jakob Vineyard Larry Dillard Duo: 3-6 p.m. Walker’s Bluff The Natives: 5-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Shawn Dawson and Joe Swank: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff Bud Summers: 2-6 p.m., StarView Vineyards
SUNDAY Voyageurs: 1-4 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Carlos Alberto : 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Dan Barron: 2-5 p.m. Walker’s Bluff Dave Caputo Duo: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Von Jakob Vineyard
FIND THEM HERE Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Road, Cobden Owl Creek Vineyard, 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden Von Jakob Vineyard, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville
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Concerts, Music Festival Southern Illinois Junior Music Festival: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Altgeld Hall and Old Baptist Foundation Building, SIU; nationwide event for students who take music lessons and have teachers who belong to the National Federation of Music Clubs; around 200 local music students will perform prepared pieces which include piano solos, piano duets, hymn playing as well as trombones, clarinets, flutes, classical guitar solos, violin solos and voice Postcards from Eastern Europe: By The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N Parrish Lane; featuring the SIU School of Music faculty with members of the SIU Graduate String Quartet; adults, $15; students and children., $5; 618-529-2439; www.cuuf.net The Bankesters: 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker Ave., Cobden; bluegrass; $10; dinner available; BYO drinks; www.theoldfeed store.com Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Shryock Auditorium, SIU; features professor Jennifer Presar as horn soloist for Daniel Gofrey’s Shindig; performance of the first movement of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 The Lord of
Rings in honor of its 25th anniversary; the concert will also include music by Grainger, Gillingham, Vaughan Williams, Bryant and Weinberger; $12/$6; www.southernticketsonline .com; 618-453-6000 Marilyn Burklow Memorial Concert: By the Murray State Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; $10/$5; 618-252-5400, ext. 2487 Cabin Fever Show: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; featuring Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Carter & Connelly with friends and Curt Carter and Tom Connelly; $10; 618-6845880 St. Louis Irish Arts: Traditional Irish music, 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; voice, instrumentation and dance; performers range in age from 5 to adult; $10/$5; 618-252-5400, ext 2487
Kentucky Kentucky Opry Talent Search: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-459-8704 Foreigner: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Carson Center, Paducah; hits include Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and I Want To Know What Love Is; $35-$75; 270-450-4444; www.thecarsoncenter. org Made in America concert: 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Immanuel Baptist Church, Paducah, Ky.; features the Paducah Symphony Orchestra family of choruses including the PSO Adult, Children’s and Youth Choruses as well as the Murray State Concert Choir; $10; www.paducah symphony.org; 270-4440065
Even witches can be ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Beautiful Creatures *** Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material; starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum; directed by Richard LaGravenese; now showing at University Place 8 in Carbondale BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS
Young love, so sorely tested by vampirism and zombification in “Twilight” and “Warm Bodies,” finds the road to romance sunnier in “Beautiful Creatures,” in which two teens pair up despite the fact that one of them is a witch in training. The one-liners drawl from the lips of the South Carolina characters like Spanish moss dripping from the oaks in a script so witty it attracted Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons and Oscar nominee Viola Davis in supporting roles. Alden Ehrenreich gives a
breakout performance as Ethan, a dreamer and square peg in the round hole of rural Gatlin, S.C. A high school junior who longs for the day he can escape his provincial life, he’s an incessant reader — Henry Miller, Ayn Rand, William Burroughs — and that manifests itself in his narration and his take on his town. (“They keep reenacting the Civil War like it’s gonna come out different.”) He’s jilted the pretty, but less bookish and more fundamentalist Emily (Zoey Deutch), but open to the charms of the “new girl,” a raven-haired vision who appeared to him in dreams. Lena (Alice Englert) is a 15-year-old Southern Gothic Goth Girl — dark and mysterious, an aspiring poetess with numbers tattooed on one hand and a sullen sarcasm that is catnip to Ethan. He ignores the Mean Girl-mongering of Emily, the fear-mongering of the local fundamentalist crusader (Thompson) and the counsel of family friend Amma (Davis). Lena resists the warnings of her
patrician uncle (Irons), a recluse who presides over an estate that once encompassed the whole town. Of course they’re fated to be together. And the fact that she’s a witch, and that only he’s supposed to know? That just doubles down on the doomed love/ forbidden love thing. Veteran writer-director Richard LaGravenese (“Water for Elephants,” “Freedom Writers”) boiled the Kami Garcia-Margaret Stohl novel down to characters, sharp dialogue and a palpable sense of place. The story arc has few surprises — the odd flipped expectation or character in disguise. We can guess the climax in the opening scenes, and figure out the role the mysterious Amma and bombshell witch-coven cousin Ridley (Emmy Rossum), tarted up like a lingerie model, will play in that finale. But there’s something so delicious when Brits such as Thompson and Irons sink their fangs — sorry — into Deep South dialect.
Thompson devours scenery, supporting players and dialogue with every “Bless your heart, shooo-gah” in the script, and Irons curls his nonexistent moustache over every syrupy zinger. The film bogs down in the usual attempts at reinventing witchcraft — “We prefer the term ‘casters’” — and burdensome research the kids have to do to ensure their love isn’t “doomed” after all. Young Ms. Englert, daughter of the Australian director Jane Campion, is more girl next door than Cover Girl (i.e. Rossom and Deutch). She and Davis are tasked with giving the story pathos, but Englert’s real job is to hold her own with some of the finest actors to ever “Bless your heart” on the screen. She does. It’s Ehrenreich who makes the romantic longing believable enough for us to root for these impassioned teens, even if we know what 17-year-old Ethan doesn’t — “15 will get you 20.”
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‘Haven’ another Sparks adaptation that plays it too safe Safe Haven ** Rated PG-13, for thematic material involving threatening behavior, violence and sexuality; starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders and David Lyons; directed by Lasse Hallstrom; now playing at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS
The movies based on the novels of Nicholas Sparks always emphasize the simple pleasures. A quiet locale, a leisurely stroll down the beach, a romance that doesn’t begin in a bar and end in bed that same night. Those simple pleasures are in the forefront of “Safe Haven,” another sweetly treacly tale from the “beach book” author who gave us “The Notebook,” “Dear John” and “The Last Song.” There’s another beach
town — sleepy, bucolic Southport, N.C. — another pair of lovers, each with his (Josh Duhamel) or her (Julianne Hough) “big secrets.” And as they court, the Nebraska native Sparks serves up more of the homey homilies he’s picked up, studying the South. The girl, Katie, is on the run from Boston and the locals, especially the handsome widowed shopkeeper Alex, take an interest and try to make her fresh start work out. But Katie’s reading this helpfulness — he gives her an old bike to get to her job at the seafood joint — Yankee-wrong. “If you’re goin’ to live South of the Mason-Dixon line, honey, people GIVE you stuff.” Katie learns to spear-
fish flounder, to cope with critters in the shack she rents in the woods and to accept those unrequested gifts. About the beach: “Take a lot of pictures. You’ll only regret the ones you didn’t take.” There’s an overly-nosy/ overly friendly neighbor (Cobie Smulders) and a twinkly old uncle (Red West) to prod Alex into approaching the pretty new waitress in town. And a couple of cute kids eyeball Katie, one hoping she’ll replace her dead mom, the other fearing that same thing. Director Lasse Hallstrom (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Chocolat”) goes to some pains to hide each character’s secrets. The Boston cop (David Lyons) obsessed with tracking down Katie uses more
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police work than common sense to find her, and we glimpse the late wife’s attic office that Alex rarely visits. Hallstrom and his screenwriters may be stuck with Sparks’ formula, but they take advantage of the geography, the leads and a couple of homespun supporting players — Robin Mullins is a wonderfully folksy owner of the seaside seafood shack. The offhandedly charming Duhamel is more seasoned and better at this sort of laid-back slow-burn love than the still-green Hough, who seems too young for somebody with this much baggage. She is never more than adequate. Keira Knightley was originally talked up for the part and
that would have made a much more interesting couple. Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) is playing a plot device and nothing more. It’s a movie for people who nod their heads at the revelation that “Life is full of second chances.” There’s tragedy and heartbreak, in the past and possibly in the future, and a story that involves no heavy lifting — few surprises, and so “safe” that there’s nothing that anybody would consider “edgy.” From “Message in a Bottle” to “Nights in Rodanthe,” that’s a formula that’s made Sparks rich. But some of us want more from our big-screen romances, especially a film released on Valentine’s Day.
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BIG MUDDY: ‘Future Weather’ to be featured at film festival FROM PAGE 6
for Deller, who had only produced short films until Working within that point. It represented a budgetary means meant dream come true and a making a few sacrifices turning point in her along the way, but Deller filmmaking career. And it did her best to was something she did on accommodate. her own. As she would scout new “I didn’t have any locations or new settings connections to Hollywood for filming, she would or the independent film tweak the script to keep circuit, so I was really the stage decidedly building everything from Southern Illinois, while scratch,” she said. making the most of local The movie premiered at resources closer to home. last year’s Tribeca Film Not only did she write and Festival in Manhattan, and direct “Future Weather,” Deller has been taking it on she also helped in the the road to various production duties, helping festivals since then. She make the film a reality will be hosting a special from every vantage point. free screening of “Future “My goal was basically to Weather” at 5 p.m. learn by doing,” she said. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the “I think I’ve learned every SIU Student Center step of the process. I just Auditorium as part of the took it one step at a time Big Muddy Film Festival. and it just came together.” After the Carbondale Finishing the project screening, Deller will be marked a major milestone heading to Chicago for the
film’s theatrical premiere on Feb. 22. Then, on March 1, “Future Weather” opens in theaters in New York City and Toronto and will be available through cable-on-demand services. The success has been an amazing feeling, Deller said, and she’s excited to begin this new whirlwind tour with a stop at home. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it there and share it with people,” she said. “There’s so much inspiration I drew from the area. I think the audience there will pick up on more of the little things than any other.” “Future Weather” stars Perla Haney-Jardine, a young actress whose credits include “SpiderMan 3” and “Kill Bill Vol. 2;” Lili Taylor, who has appeared in a number of television shows and
movies; and Amy Madigan as three generations of women whose lives affect one another. Haney-Jardine plays Lauduree, a youth passionate about the environment, who has a hard upbringing. When her mother, played by Taylor, abandons her, Lauduree is thrust into the life of her grandmother, portrayed by Madigan. The movie explores the parallels between life’s situation and the debate about global warming to create a message for the audience. Deller’s film will be one of many screened during the Big Muddy Film Festival, which runs Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at SIU.
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It’s a good day for John McClane to hang it up A Good Day to Die Hard *1/2 Rated R for violence and language; starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch and Mary Elizabeth Winstead; directed by John Moore; now playing at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY ROGER MOORE PROVIDED
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Yeah, Happy Valentine’s Day, Mother Russia. But is it “A Good Day to Die Hard,” a good time to be had by all as Bruce Willis takes his fifth shot at “shootin’ all the scumbags”? Naaah. Loud and tedious, “Die Hard” 5 is a shaky-cam/ Sensurround blast of bullets and bombs, digital explosions and death defying feats of defying death. Not a decent villain or catchphrase in it, it’s an attempt to CIA-up the New York-cop-takes-onthe-world’s-terrorists franchise. And it doesn’t work. Director John Moore (“Behind Enemy Lines”) spends an endless opening filled with no-names speaking Russian and
laying out an elaborate scheme to nab/ kill or release a rich “political prisoner” (Sebastian Koch). Moore gave his cinematographer a Steadicam and a case of Red Bull, and shot the whole thing with a jittery frame that doesn’t mask how dull the action beats are, and how really dull the chatty father-son bonding scenes in-between the action beats are. John McClane (Bruce Willis) is in Moscow to check up on a son (Jai Courtney of “Spartacus”) who’s in jail. Turns out the estranged son is CIA, and he’s on a mission. And dad, who’s “on vacation,” is interfering. Or saving the day, depending on your point of view. The kid calls the old man by his first name. “John? Whatever happened to ‘Dad’?” “Yeah, whatever happened to him?” They don’t get along. “Need a hug?” “We’re not really a hugging family.” They crash through an epic Moscow traffic jam — which Moore & Co. shoot and edit into a jumble of crushed cars and feeble wisecracks from the villains — “Boy, dis guy iz really gettink on my nerves.”
They get into fights with helicopters. In the middle of the city. Not that local law enforcement notices. And it’s all in pursuit of some mysterious “file,” which the prisoner they’re trying to slip out of the country has. Or doesn’t. Vast arsenals turn up, at their convenience. Unlimited supplies of lead are exchanged with legions of evil minions. With “Red Dawn” remade, badly, and Stallone and Schwarzenegger stinking up cinemas in the weeks leading up to this, you kind of hoped the last ’80s action star to take his shot could conjure up a little of the old magic. Willis, sad to say, doesn’t. For 25 years, it’s generally been “A Good Day to Die Hard.” But these last two films have neutered the franchise and wrecked any hopes that Bruce as McClane might be Bourne again. The guy can still take a licking — still pull those shards of glass out after every deathand physicsdefying stunt. But the character is weary, and the “I’m on vacation” line is played out. McClane needs to trot out “I’m retired” from here on out.