Top 20 Restaurant of the Week: Alongi’s Italian Restaurant
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hen a customer sits down to eat at Alongi’s in Du Quoin, they’re not only getting a great meal, they’re getting a bite of Southern Illinois history. Guy Alongi, an Italian immigrant from Sicily, came to the U.S. in 1902. Guy’s story was like many others around the turn of the century, he found work in the dark and dreary mines of the area. However, Guy became an entrepreneur, opening a dry goods store with his brother Frank and later a beer and soft drink distributorship. In the years after prohibition, “Guy’s Place,” as Alongi’s was first known, was a saloon and the first to introduce pizza into the region. In 1953, the business was passed on to sons Jerome “Mimi” and John. John was famous for telling stories or talking politics and Mimi was busy collecting baseball memorabilia and scouting for the New York Mets. Still, the Alongis managed to turn a small restaurant into a local legend, selling one million pizzas and five million glasses of Budweiser. Current owners Guy Alongi III and John Alongi II, grandsons of the original founder, are proud to continue to offer the great Italian food and old world hospitality that has made Alongi’s Italian Restaurant a Southern Illinois favorite. In the 1990s, they expanded the restaurant into the old State Theater to build a waiting and dining area, bar, fireplace and banquet room that
Buy one entrée and get one free at this restaurant and other featured restaurants across Southern Illinois with the 2011 Top 20 Dining Card. Purchase them at The Southern offices in Carbondale and Marion, call 618-5295454 or online at www.thesouthern.com/top20. Cards are $20. can accommodate groups of up to 60. Recently, they have been in the process of redeveloping another old building next door to add outdoor dining for about 80 people, drivethrough access and a parking garage. “If we can add features to the restaurant, it gives people more reasons to come to Du Quoin and gives people attending Du Quoin State Fair more reasons to come to downtown Du Quoin,” said Guy Alongi III. The restaurant offers a great value in its original thin crust pizza. First choose your size, then pile on as many fresh toppings you want with no additional charge. But Alongi’s reputation goes beyond delicious pizza. The legendary restaurant has been enticing regular customers during its long history with its menu of traditional Italian appetizers, pasta dishes and seafood, beef and chicken specialties. Signature entrees range from the seafood lover’s Tutto di Mare with shrimp, baby clams, crabmeat and mushrooms in Alongi’s special butter and garlic sauce over linguini, to traditional Italian Veal Marsala and Chicken Parmagiano.
DETAILS Who: Alongi’s Italian Restaurant What: Pizza, pasta, steak, veal, chicken, seafood Where: 18 W. Main St., Du Quoin Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. SundayThursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Phone: 618-542-2468 Portion sizes are plentiful, and the price range is affordable, with pasta entrees in the range of $8.95 to $11.95. Alongi’s House Salad, with fresh greens mixed with pepperoni, tomatoes, red onions and shredded mozzarella topped with Alongi’s House Dressing, is a legend of its own created by Rosalia Alongi, grandmother of founders Guy and John Alongi. Celebrities from the Du Quoin State Fair such as Red Skelton, Sonny and Cher, Connie Stevens and great sports personalities such as Stan Musial, Joe Garagiola and Jack Buck have visited Alongi’s. The restaurant is a source of pride to its owners and the Du Quoin community. — For The Southern
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Speaker to address use of non-native plants CARBONDALE — Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to learn how their home gardens can play a role in sustaining the region’s wildlife at a special presentation. Tallamy Douglas Tallamy, professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Browne Auditorium in the Parkinson Laboratory
at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Many plan garden spaces with aesthetics as priority, but Tallamy makes the case that non-native plants are making life increasingly difficult for our native wildlife species. The best salvation for native plants, insects and animals may be substituting these species with native elements, he says. Tallamy’s lecture is free, open to the public and sponsored by a number of local ecological businesses and organizations. — Adam Testa
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Book Sale Winter Book Sale: 5:307:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Sallie Logan Public Library, 1808 Walnut St., Murphysboro; Friday presale, $5 or join the Friends for $5 per year; no admission fee Saturday.
Classes Student Center Craft Shop: Crafts and classes offered, SIUC; 618-453-3636, www.siucstudent center.org.
Comedy The Carbondale Comedians: Stand-up
@siu.edu or call 618-4537593. E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 26, Southern Illinois Center, Du Events Quoin State Fairgrounds; $10Nature talk: By Doug $20; www.monster nationals. Tallamy, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, com or 888-718-4253. Browne Auditorium, Parkinson Monopoly tournament: Lab Building, SIUC; free; Saturday, Feb. 26, http://bringing Southeastern Illinois College naturehome.net. Foundation building, North Chili Cook-Off: 4 p.m. Commercial Street, Wednesday, Feb. 23, Christian Harrisburg; sponsored H. Moe Theater, by The Harrisburg Elks Lodge; Communications Building, proceeds to the Fowler-Bonan SIUC; sponsored by Foundation SIUC Department of Theater; Clothes for Kids program; $4 admission; those wishing music by the The Last to compete, e-mail holcombe Call Band, 8:30 p.m.;
comedy, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, Station #13, 2400 W. Main St., Carbondale; attached to the old Royal Plaza Inn; 618-5292424.
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Films Big Muddy Film Festival: Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 27, southern Illinois; 66 juried films, $2/$4; passes, $20, students and general public, $50; www.bigmuddy film.com. Marx Brothers doubleheader: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; Horsefeathers and Duck Soup; donation suggested; dollar treats; 618-684-5880. SEE FILMS / PAGE 4
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Save The Massac Movie Night: Features “The Majestic” starring Jim Carrey, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis; popcorn and drinks available; $3; 618-638-2139.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday Feb. 18, 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, The Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; dark comedy about a woman distracted by a ringing cell phone, becomes involved in a dead man’s life; mature History audiences only; $15/$10; www.stagecompany.org. Lincoln Dinner: Friday, Feb. The Scarlet Letter; 7 p.m. 18, The Edition at 315, Anna; Thursday, Feb. 24, The Carson doors open, 6 p.m.; buffet Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., dinner, 6:30 p.m.; historian Paducah; $15/$7.50; 270-450Glen Bishop will present 4444 or www.thecarsoncenter. “Letters to, from, and about Union Co. Volunteers in the Civil org. The Tragedy of Macbeth: War;” 618-833-9928; parking at By William Shakespeare, 7:30 Stinson Library. p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and 2 p.m. Storyteller: Shanta Saturday, Feb. 26, Moe Nurullah will tell African folk Theater, Communications tales and explain their Building. SIUC; condensed evolution in the American South, 4 p.m. Saturday, March version; limited seated; free; 19, Harrisburg District Library; 618-453-5741. Next of Kin: Mystery 618-253-7455.
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Theater Dinner, 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, Field of Dreams Banquet Facility, 3034 N. Reed Station Road, Carbondale; reserved tickets, $35 until Feb. 23; tickets, $40 at the door; 618-549-3090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org RLC Spring Musical: South Pacific, 7 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, March 3-5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Rend Lake College Theater, Ina; $12; 618-437-5321 ext. 1467. How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying: Presented by Marion High School, 7:30 p.m. FridaySaturday, March 4-5, Marion Cultural and Civic Center;$10; www.marionccc.org or 618997-4030. New York Theatre Ballet presents: Alice In Wonderland Follies, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5, The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah; $15/$7.50; 270-450-4444 or www.thecarsoncenter.org.
618-242-1236 ext. 249. Sharon Shanks: Current Art classes: Registrations art exhibit, Harrisburg being accepted, Little Egypt District Library, Harrisburg; Arts Centre, downtown includes 10 fabric wall square, Marion; no art hangings and seven acrylic experience necessary; all paintings in the style of supplies furnished; classes Picasso and Modigliani; start Feb. 24, 28; 618-997through Feb. 20; 618-2530421 or missytheviolin 7455.. email@example.com. Focus 4: Shows by Mel Watkin, Kevin Veara, Judith Raphael and Jacqueline Exhibits Moses, The Illinois State Jo Loomis: Featured artist, Museum Southern Illinois Art Williamson County Pavilion, Gallery, Southern Illinois Art Marion; 20 paintings on and Artisans Center, 14967 display and for sale; Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; landscapes, seascapes, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; through people, pets; 618-889-5330 Feb. 27; free; 618-629-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or www.museum.state.il. Shrode Spring Art and us/ismsites. Craft Competition and Captured Visuals: Exhibition: Feb. 25-May 1, Photography art by Steve Regenhardt Gallery at Hecklinger, The Tribeca Cedarhurst Center for the Gallery, 127 Market House Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Square, downtown Paducah; Mount Vernon; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 1; Tuesday through Saturday; email@example.com.
Frederick Hart: Sculpture, University Museum, SIUC; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. SaturdaySunday; through March 5; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. African-American Artists in the Museum’s Collection: University Museum, SIUC; art in the museum archives created by black American artists from the Harlem Renaissance to the present; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday, and 1-4 p.m. SaturdaySunday; through March 11; www.museum.siu.edu. Andy Warhol: Little Presents, University Museum, SIUC; prints and Polaroids from the Andy Warhol Foundation; several photographs of celebrities; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday and 1-4 p.m. SaturdaySunday; through March 11; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388.
Exhibits Art With a Cause: Paintings by Joyce Elledge of Du Quoin, Central Showcase at Realty Central, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; through March 12. Love is in the Air: Little Egypt Arts Association members, LEAA Centre, Marion; through March 31; 618-998-8530. Burghilde Gruber: Full Circle, University Museum, SIUC; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday and 1-4 p.m. SaturdaySunday; through April 2; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Pop Art: University Museum, SIUC; from the museum’s print collection; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. SaturdaySunday; through Sept. 23; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Katherine Kuh: Creating a Legacy of Art for SIUC, University Museum, SIUC; art critic for the “Saturday Review,” curator for the Art Institute of Chicago; 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; through May 2012; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Sun and Raven Totem Pole: Features a 13-foot totem pole crafted by native Tlingit people in Alaska, University Museum, SIUC; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; long-term exhibit; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Rotating art exhibitions: Now on display, anthill gallery, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; original works by more than 50 Southern Illinois artists; Yellow Moon Cafe, Cobden; www.anthillgallery.com. 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 www. starviewvineyards.com.
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Loomis featured at Williamson pavilion MARION — Twenty paintings by Marion artist Jo Loomis will remain on display at Williamson County Pavilion through February. Loomis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has worked as a commercial artist, industrial designer, mechanical engineer and corporate executive in his career.
Married to his wife for 61 years, Loomis has raised six children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Since retiring, he’s sold and displayed his awardwinning paintings in Florida and Southern Illinois, where he was a founding member of the Little Egypt Arts Association. He paints with very vivid and bright colors using acrylic paints and specializes in landscapes, seascapes, people and pets. — Adam Testa
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Coffeehouses, Cafés, Eateries Happenstance: 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; www.cousinandy.org. Howlin’ At The Moon: Hosted by John Vitt and Ray Hogan, 8 p.m. Saturday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden; www.yellowmooncafe.com; 618-893-2233. The Outside Track: 7 p.m. Monday, Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, 515 Orchard Drive, Carbondale; $10; students, $5; www.madriverrecords.com. Magician David Ranalli: Comical sleight of hand, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Blue Martin, 215 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-549-4326; www.thebluemartin.com.
Wineries Slappin’ Henry w/Tawl Paul: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Barry Cloyd: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard Roxie Randle: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Honker Hill Winery Dirtwater Fox: 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Von Jakob Orchard Dave Simmons: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery The Natives: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Dave Caputo Duo: 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Von Jakob Orchard Dan Weithop: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Blue Sky Vineyard Vintage: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Winery Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-995-9463 or www.blueskyvineyard.com Lau-Nae Winery: 1522 Illinois 3, Red Bud; 618282-9463 or www.lau-naewinery.com Rustle Hill Winery: U.S. 51, Cobden; 618-893-2700 or www.rustlehillwinery.com Von Jakob Orchard: 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; 618-893-4600 or www.vonjakobvineyard.com Von Jakob Vineyard: 1309 Sadler Road, Pomona; 618-893-4500 or www.vonjakobvineyard.com
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BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Strange Arrangement Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: VolHolla/Say It Back and La Bella Charade PK’s: Level D Tres Hombres: The Congress/Auraia, 9 p.m.
CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Bonepony Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Your Villain My Hero PK’s: Pillow Talk INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION John Brown’s on the Square : Skinny Jim & The No. 9 Blacktops, 8:30 p.m. Ramesses: Mixed Company
MONDAY MARION Marion Youth Center: Ragtag Band, 7-10 p.m.
TUESDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Punk Soul Bruthahood PK’s: Tim Whiteford Tres Hombres: Grateful Dead Night w/ ADCB (Another Dead Cover Band), 10 p.m. 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 Colyer’s: Righteous Rebel Band, 7-11 p.m. WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:309:30 p.m.
THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Rebel Country Band, 7-10 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Sentimental Swing, 7-10 p.m. WHITE ASH The White Ash Barn: Lindell and Bob and the Boys, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Dave Caputo Band, 7:3010:30 p.m.
SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: This Must Be The Band; Talking Heads Tribute PK’s: Alex Kirt Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Rod Tuff Curls & The Bench Press Tres Hombres: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, 10 p.m. HERRIN Perfect Shot: Four Deep JOHNSTON CITY Linemen’s Lounge: Music N Motion, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Jackie Martin,
8 p.m.-midnight Ramesses: Mixed Company MOUNT VERNON Wagon Wheel Country Ranch : Roger Black and the Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys, 6:30-9:30 p.m. STEELEVILLE American Legion: Kickin’ Country, 7:30-11:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band (formerly Weekenders), 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:3010:30 p.m.
SUNDAY MARION Marion Eagles: Jackie Martin Band, 6-10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Intimate Stanger/Babiemecca Hangout 002 Tres Hombres: Saluki Music Night, 8 p.m.; features Jam Jazz
20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618833-5182 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Coulterville VFW: 511 VFW St., Coulterville 618-758-9009 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618-435-6161 Gatsbys Bar & Billiards: 610 S Illinois Ave Carbondale 618-549-9234 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; 618-549-0511. Ina Community Building: 504 Elm St., Ina 618-315-2373 John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-9972909 Just One More Bar & Grill: 1301 Enterprise Way, Marion 618-9939687 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 Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: 12024 Laguna Drive, Lake of Egypt Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618-9838107 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618-997-6168 Marion Eagles: Rural Route 3, Marion 618-993-6300 Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard St., Marion 618-9227853 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618684-4541. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville 618-2184676 Orient American Legion: 404 Jackson St., Orient 618-932-2060 Outlawz Dance Club: 10032 Samuel Road, Carterville 618-922-0610 Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin, 618-942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-5493348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Steelhorse Saloon and Campground: 202 Dewmaine Lane, Carterville 618-985-6713. Tavern on 10th: 224 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon 618-244-7821 The 127 Lounge: 657 N. Mill St. Nashville, 618-327-8014 Toad & Lily’s Restaurant: 112 N. 14th St., Herrin, 618-998-1516 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 Wagon Wheel Country Ranch: Illinois 37 South, Mount Vernon WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-937-3718 White Ash Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Wit and Wisdom Nutritional Site: 225 E. Poplar St., West Frankfort 618937-3070 Zeigler Eagles: 114 N. Main St., Zeigler 618-596-5651
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The Outside Track to perform Monday
Around the world
CARBONDALE — A marriage of musical sounds from across the globe combine to create a harmonic fusion every time The Outside Track takes the stage to perform. With members hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, the band is held together by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals, the five musicians showcase boundless energy. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse in the Church of the Good Shepherd Fellowship Hall, 515 S. Orchard Drive. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 for students.
Vienna Boys Choir
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Strange Arrangement takes the stage tonight at Hangar 9 CARBONDALE — Chicago-based Strange Arrangement will make a stop in Carbondale celebration tour for the release of the group’s second album “Polygraph.” The band produces a unique sound blending rock, jam, funk, jazz and folk while paying attention to lyrics, melody and song craft. “Polygraph” draws on influences including Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, Herbie Hancock and Moe. The album was released in January, and the band has been touring the Midwest promoting it. Strange Arrangement will play at Hangar 9 tonight, Feb. 17. — Adam Testa
Vienna Boys Choir to perform at Shryock
International nonprofit musical entourage; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4; Shryock Auditorium; tickets are $39 and $49 for adults and $10 for children and students and can be purchased online at www.southern ticketsonline.com or by calling 618-453-6000. BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN
or two to three months each year, the students of the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir travel the world, immersing themselves in different cultures. Under the leadership of conductor Kerem Sezen, a collective of the youth are embarking on a whirlwind tour of the United States, a trip that will stop in Southern Illinois on March 4. Early in the delegation’s stay in California, Sezen said the boys were embracing the subtle luxuries of the American lifestyle. “They all love to sing, they all love to travel, they all love shopping at Wal-Mart,” he said. The choir’s touring schedule allows the youth the opportunity to learn through life experiences in addition to their classroom curriculum. For most of the year, the international assemblage study in Austria, learning the ins and outs of being part of a professional musical organization. But for the weeks they spend on the road — and in the skies — the lives of the 10- to 14-year-old boys transforms into a more adult experience. They practice learning
The Vienna Boys Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Shryock Auditorium on the SIUC campus. Tickets can be purchased online at www.southerntickets online.com or by calling 618-453-6000.
English, or other native languages of the countries they visit; speak with members of the media, discovering how to present themselves in public; and host meetand-greets with political leaders and dignitaries. “It’s kind of life as a young artist, all the good and sometimes the negatives, but we deal with it pretty well,” said Sezen, himself a former singer. “It’s cool for a 13year-old boy to have experiences like that.” In addition to being an exciting experience, it’s also an opportunity for the participating youth to take their seat in history. The choir itself derives from the Viennese Court, a choir created to accompany songs at the royal church service during the Middle Ages. That organization existed until 1920, when it disbanded. Desiring to carry on the tradition, Josef Schnitt founded the modern-day Vienna Boys Choir. Today, the choir and its accompanying school consists of about 100 students, divided into four traveling groups.
Last year, a secondary education program was added, allowing both teenage boys and girls to study with their worldclass peers. As musicians, the students present a concert featuring a wide range of melodies, from sacred and traditional songs from the past to modern pop, including the 1985 super-group hit “We Are the World.” The choir will bring its world-famous sound to Shryock Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4. Adult tickets are $39 or $49, with children and students costing $10. They can be purchased online at www.southern ticketsonline.com or by calling 618-453-6000. “Every time we come to a place, the people are open-hearted,” Sezen said while the choir toured the western United States earlier this month. “I hope the people of Carbondale are openhearted like we’ve found here in California and we’ll have an awesome time there, too.” email@example.com 618-351-5031
Concerts the ensemble and pianistconductor Barry Douglas, 7:30 Willie Nelson Country p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Throwdown Tour: June 11, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; World Shooting and $10-49; www.southern Recreational Complex, Sparta; ticketsonline.com or 618-453advance VIP tickets now on 6000. sale; general tickets on sale Tokyo String Quartet: Friday, Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, www.countrythrowdown.com. Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; The Neverly Brothers: $10-$49; www.southern 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Visual ticketsonline.com or 618-453and Performing Arts Theater, 6000. Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Kentucky Harrisburg; rock ‘n’ roll George Jones: Tickets go on anthology from ’50s to sale 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, present; $10; diggingrecords @comcast.net; 618-252-5400. concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April Chiaroscuro Trio: 7:30 p.m. 1; The Carson Center, Paducah; $35-$140; thecarson Saturday, Feb. 26, Performance Hall, Cedarhurst center.org or 270-450-4444. Paducah Symphony Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; Orchestra: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, The Carson Center, features mezzo-soprano Paducah; $20/$40/$15; Elizabeth Petillot, her thecarsoncenter.org or 270husband, French violist 450-4444. Aurelien Petillot, and pianist Kentucky Opry Talent Yuko Kato; $20-$5; 618-242Search: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1236 or www.cedarhurst.org Feb. 19, Kentucky Opry, 88 Kenny Rogers: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, SIUC Arena; Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16$7.50; 270-527-3869 or intimate setting as the arena will be curtained down to just www.kentuckyopry.com. National Symphony 3,000 seats; only eight rows of Orchestra’ performance: 7 floor seats; $49/$69; p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, The www.southernticketsonline. Carson Center, Paducah; com or 618-453-6000. $20/$45/$15; thecarson The Vienna Boys Choir: center.org or 270-450-4444. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, Young People’s Concert: Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; Featuring the National $10-$49; www.southern ticketsonline.com or 618-453- Symphony, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, The Carson Center, 6000. Paducah; $5; advance Benefit concert: Featuring reservations required; 270Emma’s Revolution, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Carbondale 450-4444 or www.paducah symphony.org. Unitarian Fellowship, 105 The Pink Floyd Experience North Parrish Lane; Zambian HIV/AIDS Partnership Benefit presenting ANIMALS: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, The Concert & Silent Auction; advance, $15; at the door, $18; Carson Center, Paducah; $25students, $10; http://emmas $45; thecarsoncenter.org; www.thepinkfloydexperience.n revolution.com/live/ or et; 270-450-4444. 618-529-2439. Memories: A tribute to Missouri Barbara Streisand by Sharon Celtic Woman: Tickets on Owens, 7:30 p.m. Monday, sale for Celtic Woman … Songs March 7, Marion Cultural and from the Heart coming May 2 Civic Center;$20/$30; to the Show Me Center, Cape www.marionccc.org or Girardeau; 573-651-5000 or 618-997-4030. Camerata Ireland: Features www.showmecenter.biz.
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Savannah Jack keeps making a steady climb to success there to be entertained. We hit them with a lot of surprises and hope to make a bunch of new fans,” Gatlin Vince Hoffard said. Savannah Jack will attempt to find new uccess in the music supporters in Southern business is based Illinois when they open for largely on taking Rogers at 7:30 p.m. advantage of golden Saturday, Feb. 26, at the opportunities. renovated SIU Arena. The three members of Tickets are $69 and $49, Savannah Jack have spent and only 3,000 will be sold. years inching their way up They can be purchased by country music hierarchy, calling 618-453-6000 or finally reaching a point online at www.southern where they’ve released an ticketsonline.com. album and are on tour with The 43-year old Gatlin Kenny Rogers. and his brother comprised Group spokesman Don the Darryl & Don Ellis duo Gatlin knows a majority of in the early 1990s that the concert audiences are in failed to hit with Epic the seats waiting to hear Records. Afterward, a major Rogers sing his classic record deal with Sony failed tunes, but there is potential to get off the ground. at every show to convert Hailing from Beaver Falls, listeners to the growing Pa., a blue collar Savannah Jack fan base. community of steelworkers “We’ve been doing this that is also Joe Namath’s since an early age, and hometown, Gatlin’s work we’ve learned the crowd is ethic does not allow failure. not against you. They are He keeps pounding away
until he finds a combination that works. “Getting together as a trio was my idea,” Gatlin said. “I had tried it as a duo and a solo act. At that point, I knew it was going to take something pretty special to get the industry’s attention. I saw Mike (Ulvila) and Jay (Darby) play in different places. I got them together, it was blind luck that they were available, and it just clicked.” Ulvila is an incredible musician, proficient on saxophone, fiddle, keyboards, mandolin and many other instruments. The Montana native also co-wrote four songs on the new album. Darby is from Florida. He plays both bass and acoustic lead guitar. Gatlin is also a gifted songwriter. He has penned tunes for Blake Shelton, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio and many others. “I love to write,” Gatlin
says. “It’s an amazing process. You go from a blank sheet of paper and create a story to present to the world.” Joining forces in 2004, Savannah Jack is well known for high energy live shows and breathtaking three-part harmony reminiscent of Diamond Rio and Restless Heart. Using hand-picked, world-class musicians, the band recorded its self-titled debut album at the highly acclaimed Blackbird Studio in Nashville, owned by John McBride. He served as engineer of the project and supervised the final mix. The album was recorded for McMurry Records. It was released last year and the first single was “I Know.” “We made an album that we are extremely proud of. It shows exactly what we sound like,” Gatlin said. VINCE HOFFARD can be
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New on DVD
Liam Neeson (right) stars in ‘Unknown,’ which opens Friday at University Place 8 in
Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. It is rated PG-13.
Unstoppable: With an unmanned freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock. Starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. Directed by Tony Scott. Rated PG-13. Waiting for Superman: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony,
Francisco, Bianca, Daisy and Emily. Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education. Rated PG. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a freespirited call girl named Charmaine, Helena surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller.
Starring Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated R. Game of Death: Secret Ops agent Marcus is sent to Detroit to take out an arms dealer and the head of the hedge fund that is financing him. Starring Wesley Snipes and Gary Daniels. Directed by Giorgio Serafini. Rated R. — Adam Testa
Urgency would make ‘Unknown’ a great thriller nothing Neeson or the A-B range Jones do suggest loss, longing or urgency. The Harrises have traveled to Berlin for a big bio-tech conference. But a misplaced briefcase and a taxi accident separated them. Martin is without briefcase, without passport, without ID. Somehow, he has a pocketful of cash. And when the wife gives him the cold shoulder and hotel security gives him one long incredulous look, he sets out to find out what happened and somebody who can prove BY ROGER MOORE he is who he says he is. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS Diane Kruger is the Bosnian immigrant cab driver who saved his life and who “Urgency” in the movies can be a starts to buy into his story. The wonderful product of editing or a consequence of Bruno Ganz is an aged, wheezing and very fine acting. It’s that sense that there whimsical ex-Stasi agent who makes a is a ticking clock working against our few inquiries. And long, long before we’re hero, that a matter of life or death, love or told what’s going on, we know what’s loss is at stake. going on. Think of Pierce Brosnan’s breathless Director Jaume Collet-Serra is more at sprints away from explosions in his James home in horror (“House of Wax,” Bond outings, Melissa Leo’s desperation in “Orphan”), so the jolts here work better “Frozen River” or Liam Neeson’s manic than any attempt he makes at ratcheting hunt for his kidnapped daughter in up suspense or creating a sense that “Taken.” anything’s at stake. It’s a solid, engrossing That urgency is missing in Neeson’s thriller, but a slack one. latest, a tricky thriller about a man who But you can feel the possibilities awakens from a brief coma and finds his presented by Didier Van Cauwelaert’s identity has been stolen. He’s been source novel and by the casting. Neeson replaced in work, in life and in his young established his man “with particular wife’s bed. skills” credentials with “Taken.” He’s just “Liz,” he pleads. “It’s me. Martin! Your supposed to be a doctor here, but he husband!” survives repeated attempts on his life and You have to buy into that early moment a wild car chase as if he’s Jason Bourne in “Unknown.” Dr. Martin Harris, a re-born. botanist, has been in a Berlin car accident. A paranoid thriller has to be more When he wakes up and returns to his paranoid than this, with far more urgency hotel, his frosty blond bride (January to it, to work. And when the director’s not Jones) greets him with a look of confusion up to it, then it falls to the actors to pick and ... we can’t decide what else. Jones, up the slack. In “Unknown,” we never get typecast after “Mad Men,” seems in on a that pulse-pounding rush that reassures conspiracy to remove Martin 1 and replace us that much is at stake because the him with Martin 2 (Aidan Quinn). And players don’t convince us that there is.
Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content; starring Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella and Aidan Quinn; directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; opens Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion.
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‘I Am Number Four’ With three of his peers dead, young John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) finds himself on the run, evading his hunters. ‘I Am Number Four’ opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion, is rated PG-13. STUDIO
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Screening of ‘The Majestic’ will raise money for Save the Massac METROPOLIS — In the 2001 movie “The Majestic,” Jim Carrey plays a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter who loses his memory in a car accident, drifts ashore in a small town and helps revitalize its movie theater to its former glory. Ten years later, the people of Metropolis and Massac County are trying to save a historic theater of their own. Save the Massac, an
organization dedicated to preserving the city’s Massac Theater, will be hosting a fundraiser screening of “The Majestic” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St. Admission is $3 and popcorn and drinks will be available. All proceeds will benefit the organization and its restoration efforts. — Adam Testa
Liberty Theater showing Marx double feature MURPHYSBORO — Audiences at the historic Liberty Theater will be treated to a double dose of knee-slapping comedic medicine this weekend, as the venue hosts a Marx Brothers double feature. Beginning at 7 p.m., the theater will show 1932’s “Horsefeathers” and 1933’s “Duck Soup.” A donation is suggested for the showing, and the concession counter will be selling snacks. Proceeds support ongoing restoration efforts at the Liberty. — Adam Testa
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