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www.museum.siu.edu; 618-453-5388 High school artists: For 100th Anniversary the Union County High University Housing: School Art Show, artwork University Museum, SIU; the must be delivered to the university celebrates 100 Anna Arts Center on April 3 years of SIU housing; or 4; Union County high through March 8; school students; show from www.museum.siu.edu; April 5-14, Anna Arts Center; 618-453-5388 618-893-2401 Recent Acquisitions in the Humanities: University Museum, SIU; an 1890s Exhibits Crazy Quilt, tablecloth made Mixed Medium Pastiche: for the Columbian Joan Skiver-Levy, Southern Exposition, a Chinese model Illinois Art and Artisan boat, a Nigerian robe; Center, Rend Lake; mini exhibits from around the exhibition including a world; through March 8; watercolor collage; through www.museum.siu.edu; Feb. 28; 618-629-2220 618-453-5388 Visiting Artist Series: Topographies: Paintings David Brewer and Kris and sculpture by tattoo Killman, Rend Lake College, artists, University Museum, Ina; RLC Theatre Lobby; SIU; Lonnie Mann and Nate through Feb. 28 Steinbrink look at a lesserThe Artist Grimm: known side of major tattoo Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, artists by presenting their Cobden; through Feb. 28; paintings and art work; 618-893-2700 or includes art by Guy www.rustlehillwinery.com Aitchison, Scott Campbell, Winter Landscapes: Oil Chris Dingwell, Jason Brooks, paintings by Biki Andres Eric Doyle, Nick Baxter and Chaplain, Marion Civic Russ Abbott; through March Center lobby, Tower Square 8; www.museum.siu.edu; Plaza, Marion; through 618-453-5388 February; 618-997-4030; Recent Acquisitions in www.bikichaplain.com the Arts: University Alzheimer Art Quilt Museum, SIU; includes a Initiative: Shawnee Quilters piece from a sculpture that Guild, Sallie Logan Public stood between the towers of Library, 1808 Walnut St., the World Trade Center, a Murphysboro: through March series of Works Progress 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. MondayAdministration watercolors Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. of Old and New Friday and Saturday; Shawneetown, prints by Beth 618-684-3950 Van Hoesen and Spill, a Political Satire: Lincoln sculpture by Herbert Simon; items from the Jerome M. through March 8; Mileur Collection, University www.museum.siu.edu; Museum, SIU; through March 618-453-5388 3; www.museum.siu.edu; When Nature Talks: 618-453-5388 Southern Illinois Art & David Gilmore: 7 Of My Artisans Center, 14967 Gun 52 Years in Photography, Creek Trail, Whittington; University Museum, SIU; artists, Les Barker, Lisa Gilmore is an emeritus Goesling, Roger Grimes, professor of photography at Chris Main, Yuki Nyhan, SIU; photographs on Small Leonard Wilson; through Towns in Southern Illinois, March 10; 618-629-2220 Custom Cars and Las Vegas; www.museum.state.il.us/ through March 8; hours, ismsites/so-il 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday Mary Porter: Harrisburg through Friday and 1-4 p.m., District Library; 35 oil Saturday; paintings including
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landmarks of Southern Illinois; through March 24 Salvador Dali: The Playing Cards Suite, University Museum, SIU; The Ace, King, Queen and Jack of Diamonds and Spades are interpreted with the inimitable Daliesque flair in this exhibition of eight prints by the surrealist master; through March 29; www.museum.siu.edu; 618-453-5388 Mixed Medium Pastiche: By Joan Skiver-Levy, Longbranch Coffeehouse, Carbondale; more than 50 pieces on display of water/color collage; through April 1; 618-529-4488 Art and Soul: 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; 618-993-2657 The Artist’s Story Book: University Museum, SIU; students from Cobden, Eldorado, Elverado, ZeiglerRoyalton high schools and Shawnee Community College create illustrated books reflecting their personal stories; through May 10; www.museum.siu.edu; 618-453-5388
Receptions Expressions exhibit: 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery; fiber artist Robin Haller, photographer Fern Logan, watercolorist Mary Pachikara, ceramicists Karen Fiorino and Dan Johnson, metalsmith Roberta Elliott and prints by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir; through Feb. 28; 618-4575100; info@carbondale arts.org Painting by Carol Dooley: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, The Gallery Space, Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; through March 29; also on display at the Blend Tea and Crepes in Cardondale and
the Anna Arts Center; firstname.lastname@example.org Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age preview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; examines books on several levels; rare historical books, altered book sculptures, digital readers; through May 5; admission, $5; free Thursday; hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesdaySaturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 618-242-1236; www.cedarhurst.org Pocketful of Posies: Salley Mavor preview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Beck Family Center Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; fabric relief artwork; hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; through May 5; 618-242-1236; www.cedarhurst.org Shrode Fine Art & Craft Competition: Preview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; through May 5; admission, $5; free Thursday; hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesdaySaturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 618-242-1236; www.cedarhurst.org Cinema and Photography: Preview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; works of SIU students, faculty and staff; through May 5; admission, $5; free Thursday; hours, 10 a.m.5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 618-242-1236; www.cedarhurst.org
Workshop Quilt of Valor Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 9, Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; quilts will be sent to the Wounded Warriors Foundation; 618-614-0094
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Reception features ‘Expressions’ artists Students’ book CARBONDALE — Carbondale Community Arts will host a meetthe-artists reception for the new “Expressions” exhibit from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery. The exhibit showcases
several area artists who were featured on WSIUTV’s series of the same name. Included are works by fiber artist Robin Haller, photographer Fern Logan, watercolorist Mary Pachikara, ceramicists Karen Fiorino and Dan Johnson, and
metalsmith Roberta Elliot. Prints by “Expressions” host and exhibit cocurator Najjar AbdulMusawwir are also included in the exhibit, which is the first in a series planned by CCA. — Adam Testa
Exhibit on book art highlights Cedarhurst openings MOUNT VERNON — An exhibit examining the topic of books and literature through the ages will be the centerpiece of Cedarhurst Center for the Art’s new exhibit offerings. “Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age” challenges audiences to consider the cultural and historical values places on books, the social aspects of reading and how digital media has affected reading habits. Works in the exhibit range from historical books to altered book sculptures to digital readers. It will be open in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery from Sunday, Feb. 24, through May 5. Admission to the exhibit is $5, or free for Cedarhurst members and children younger than 10 from Tuesday through Saturday. It is free to all visitors every Thursday. “Brave New World” and other new exhibits will open with a members’ preview reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Admission for non-members is $5. The event also includes a discussion led by Cedarhurst curator Rusty Freeman. Other new exhibits opening soon include: z A showcase of works from the Department of Cinema and Photography at SIU Carbondale in the Beal Grand Corridor Gallery. This annual exhibit features works by students, faculty and staff of the department. z “Pocketful of Posies: Salley Mavor:” Featured in the Beck Family Center Gallery, this exhibit highlights Mavor’s fabric relief artwork, which was an outgrowth of her childhood fascination with handwork. In art school, she communicated her ideas with sculptural needlework and has continued to develop her technique for more than 30 years, creating 3D art that tells stories with embroidery and found objects. z “Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition:” This annual contest garnered entries from many talented individuals throughout Southern Illinois. The top entries in the juried competition will be on display beginning Sunday. — Adam Testa
M.J. Goerke’s ‘Transgressions,’ an altered book design, is one of the items featured in the ‘Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age’ exhibit opening Sunday at Cedarhurst Center for the arts.
‘Self Portrait with Blue Monkeys,’ a watercolor by Debbie Wilson of Mount Vernon, is one of the entries in the Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition. Wilson’s painting will be on display beginning Sunday.
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CARBONDALE — A book by SIU photojournalism and journalism students chronicling the aftermath of a tornado that devastated part of the region nearly a year ago is earning national recognition. The National Press Photographers Association is honoring the SIU student chapter with its Outstanding NPPA Student Chapter Award for “4:56 a.m.: The Story of the Feb. 29, 2012 Tornado.” The 80-page book features 67 full-color photographs shot by 16 student photojournalists. The storm killed eight people and injured more than 100. Six people died when the tornado hit; two others later died as a result of injuries they sustained. The book, which costs $10, garnered $15,000 for relief efforts in the two communities. SIU Carbondale beat out nationally recognized photojournalism programs that include Florida, Stanford, Ohio University and Western Kentucky University in earning the award. The book is the sixth produced by the School of Journalism in the last five years. Other books include “The Cairo Project,” “The Shawnee Project” and three separate photojournalism workshops that resulted in books chronicling Murphysboro; Alto Pass and Cobden; and Carterville, Cambria and Crainville. Students spent three days shooting photos for a fourth book that focuses on Chester in September. Editing and design is under way, and the book will be published in May. — University Communications
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Poetry Out Loud: Regional competition, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Longbranch Coffee House, 100 E. Jackson St., Carbondale; poetry recitation contest; www.carbondalearts. org/youth-programs-arteducation/poetry-out-loud History For Colored Girls Who Have A Fan’s Perspective: A Considered Suicide When the behind-the-scenes look at the Rainbow is Enuf: 7:30 p.m. Herrin High School 1957 state Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23 basketball champions, 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Friday, Feb. 22, Herrin City McLeod Theater, SIU; $16/$6; Library; Emaline Wilcox of www.southernticketsonline. Herrin to speak; attendees com; 618-453-6000 encouraged to bring pictures Ladies of the Corridor: and share memories; free; part Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24, of the Herrin Area Historical Varsity Center for the Arts, Society meeting 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; Jardin Potager Weekend: presented by The Stage 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. Company; 7:30 p.m. Friday 23 and 11 a.m.-2 pm. Sunday, and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Feb. 24, Fort be Chartres $15/$10; 618-549-5466; Historic Site, 1350 Illinois 155, 618-549-3465 Prairie du Rocher; recreation You’re a Good Man of 18th-century colonists Charlie Brown: 7 p.m. preparing kitchen garden for Friday-Saturday, Feb 22-23 plantings; email@example.com; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb 24, 618-284-7230 Masters’ Performing Arts King’s Battery: In Center of the Anna Arts conjunction with the 150th Center, 117 W. Davie St., anniversary of the Civil War, Anna; $15; advance, $12; www.facebook.com/Anna 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, ArtsCenter; 618-697-0009; Senior Adult Services center, firstname.lastname@example.org 409 N. Springer St., A Chorus Line: Musical, Carbondale; exhibits, guns, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, stories; cannon on a wagon; Feb. 22-23, Carson Center, potluck, 6 p.m.; bring a dish Paducah; $32.50-$58; and service; hosted by AARP; 270-450-4444; 618-457-5042
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Pro Wrestling Collision returning to Carbondale ‘Peanuts’ coming to life this weekend on Anna stage CARBONDALE — Pro Wrestling Collision returns to action Saturday, Feb. 23, with its first event in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, 250 N. Springer St. The Southern Illinois-based promotion debuted last month. The second event, set for a 7 p.m. belltime with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., will be headlined by a six-man tag team match pitting Matt Cage, Christian Rose and Zakk Sawyer of Team Overkill against Heavyweight Champion Heath Hatton, No Limits PROVIDED BY Champion Joey O’Riley and Christian Rose delivers a backbreaker to Kyle Sykes at “Farmer” Billy Hills. the Pro Wrestling Collision debut last month. Rose and Tag team champions Ace Sykes will both be in action Saturday. Hawkins and Brandon Espinosa Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for will defend their titles against Alex Castle kids younger than 12 and SIU students and Angelus Layne, and special guest with valid ID. They can be purchased in stars Sugar Dunkerton and Aaron Epic advanced at www.prowrestlingcollision. will compete in a bonus match. Other com or at the door. The show will be stars slated to appear include Shane Rich, taped for release on YouTube. Bull Bronson, Ax Allwardt, the Mississ— Adam Testa ippi Madman, KC Jackson and Justice.
ANNA — A classic comic strip filled with timeless and beloved characters is about to come to life on the Anna Arts Center stage. Director Brian Caraker is presenting “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 22-24. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the center, 117 W. Davie St. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at
the door. To reserve, call 618-697-0009. The show tells moments from different days in Brown’s life to tell the story of him and the other “Peanuts” clan. From Valentine’s Day to baseball season and wild optimism to utter despair, there’s a little bit for everyone, creating a familyfriendly production. The show stars young performers from throughout Southern Illinois. — Adam Testa
Auditions set for next week for Big Muddy Festival CARBONDALE — The SIU Department of Theater will host auditions for the Big Muddy New Play Festival next week. The festival will consist of four evenings of staged readings of new plays. April 4 will feature short plays, and full-length plays will be presented April 5-7. All events will
take place in the C.H. Moe Theater in the Communications Building. More details will be released at a later date. Auditions will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Moe Theater. Actors of all ages and types are needed. Each auditioner should prepare a one-to-two-
minute monologue. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 25-28 and/or April 1-4. Those interested in auditioning can sign up for an appointment at the Department of Theater office, by calling 618-4537589 or on site a half hour before auditions. — Adam Testa
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Sharing their stories SIU production shows struggles of black women BY ADAM TESTA
But for the past several weeks, Beverley’s focus hasn’t been on her own performance, but rather CARBONDALE — For on helping a new four years, Trezana generation of actresses Beverley stepped into the step into the roles of the shoes of the Lady in Red Lady in Red and the other for eight theatrical characters of the show. performances each week. Beverley has been She helped build the spending time at the SIU stage production of Department of Theater as Ntozake Shange’s “For a visiting artist and Colored Girls Who Have directing a production of Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” from “For Colored Girls” that coffeehouses to Broadway, opens tonight, Feb. 21, at McLeod Theater in the earning a Tony Award. At any moment, she can Communications still slip back into the role Building. Performances are set for without missing a beat. 7:30 p.m. today through “I can still do her,” Beverley said. “She’s in my Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 for muscles.”
adults and $6 for students and children and can be purchased online at www.southerntickets online.com or by calling 618-453-6000. The show collects a series of 20 poems in a choreographed form, with a common thread of telling stories and shedding light on the struggles and obstacles that black women face throughout their lives. A cast of central characters known only by the color of their outfit tackle topics such as love, abandonment, rape and abortion, each told in a powerful, emotional way. The Lady in Red’s “A Nite with Beau Willie
Arielle Thompson, Taylar Jones, Jasmine Reddick, Keylah Sykes, Arlicia Ketchum, Shakeia Smith and Almedia Exum star in the SIU Department of Theater production of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.’ The show is being directed by Trezana Beverley, who won a Tony Award for her role in the original Broadway production.
Brown” sees the titular character, a menacing, crazy alcoholic, threaten harm to the couple’s children unless the Lady in Red agrees to marry him. Beverley said this is the
part of her performance that garnered attention from the Tony Award committee. “With the power of that piece and my gift as an actress, it just brings
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things to a place where time just stops,” she said. That’s the same kind of power and emotion she hoped to instill in the young actresses bringing the production to life on the SIU stage. Speaking a few weeks before the production was set to hit the stage, Beverley seemed confident in her cast. “I have a very strong set of young ladies who I think will do it justice,” she said. “I’ve told them their lives will never be the same, and they’re starting to see that.” “For Colored Girls” changed Beverley’s life. Now a seasoned and experienced actress, she was only in her 20s when she the show took the world by storm and earned her the Tony Award. In the years since, the show has remained a key part of her life, and she was excited to be able to approach the production from a different vantage point. “It’s very special,” she said. “I’ve been telling my friends that ‘Colored Girls’ has come back into my life,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org 618-351-5031
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Stunt dog showcase coming to Shryock CARBONDALE — The newest SIU Presents! production coming to Shryock Auditorium has gone to the dogs. Chris Perondi and his cast of canines from the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Experience will take the stage at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Tickets are $15 to $30 and are on sale at www.southerntickets online.com or by calling 618-453-6000. Patrons can save $5 per ticket by using the promo code “SOUTHERN.” The showcase will feature amazing tricks, big art stunts, comedic antics, dancing, feats of athleticism and pure entertainment from man’s best friend. The show features a cast of both humans and dogs, who combine to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Among the stunts in the line-up are Frisbee catching, a triathlon, pole weaving and high jumping. There’s also a message to the production. All of the
dogs in the show have been rescued from pounds or shelters from across the country. The hosts hope to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, proper spaying and neutering, and spending time with pets. Audience interaction is a major part of the show, and attendees will be encouraged to join in “Dog Gone Fun” throughout the event. They will serve as judges for show-downs between the canine competitors, with their applause choosing a winner. A number of local animal rescue and support organizations will be on hand. These groups include the Humane Society of Southern Illinois, St. Francis Care, Wright-Way Rescue Shelter, Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Bollinger County Stray Project, Sikeston Humane Society, Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue, Murphysboro Dog Park and Feeder of the Pack. — Adam Testa
Trivia night raising money for festival CARBONDALE — Organizers of the Southern Illinois Irish Festival will host their first trivia night fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The event will take place at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 1206 W. Linden St. Admission is $10 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Proceeds from the contest and a silent auction will benefit the festival, the first weekend in October. Names can be placed on a reservation list by calling Don Kidd at 618-303-4574. Doors open at 6 p.m. with trivia at 7 p.m. — Adam Testa
Celtic singers, dancers coming to Cape Girardeau CAPE GIRARDEAU — Through an evening of music and dance, the performers of Celtic Nights will tell the tale of a “Journey of Hope” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Southeast Missouri State University. The crew from Celtic Nights weave together the lifting melodies and plaintive lyrics of Celtic lore and heritage to tell the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world. The audience will join these people as they dare to dream big and find a home in the New World. The show features the top male and female vocalists of the Celtic world, as well as dancers and musicians. Every eight minutes, a journey to a new place
Celtic song and dance will take center stage Wednesday at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.
begins, and the show will leave the audience filled with a mix of emotions, from humor to sadness and melancholy. Through it all, the cast and crew present their forefather’s legacy with an unrivaled sense of pride and passion. Among the songs that will be performed are classics like
“Danny Boy,” “Isle of Hope,” “Galway Bay” and “Isle of Innisfree. The show will be presented in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the SEMO River Campus. Tickets are $33 to $39 and can be purchased at www. rivercampusevents.com or by calling 573-651-2265. — Adam Testa
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Students competing today in Poetry Out Loud competition CARBONDALE — Carbondale Community Arts will host the 2013 regional competition for Poetry Out Loud at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 21, at Longbranch Coffeehouse. High schools students from across Southern Illinois will compete for the opportunity to represent the region at the state competition March 8 in Springfield. The state winner will then compete
at the national level from April 28-30 in Washington. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program provides free curriculum to teachers and encourages students to learn about their literary heritage. The public is invited to the competition for free. — Adam Testa
Historic gardening demonstration set PRAIRIE DU ROCHER — History comes alive at Fort de Chartres this weekend. A small contingent of “la Milice et des habitants de Ste. Genevieve” will show the experiences of the colonist of the Illinois Country in the 18th century working to prepare kitchen garden for late winter and early spring plantings. Visitors are welcome to
attend and see the free demonstration for themselves. Events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. A 10 a.m. Saturday presentation on the Jardin Portager will be conducted at the fort’s store building. For more, 618-284-7230 or www.fdcjardin.com. — Adam Testa
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 Hangar 9: Whistle Pigs w/EverGreen Grass Band PK’s: Raw Flesh Eaters The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Coulter, Goot and Wall, 7-10 p.m. Tres Hombres: 90’s Hip Hop Night, 10 p.m. MARION Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building: Big Lake Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Marion American Legion: Dave Caputo, 7:30-11:30 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, 6:30-9:30 p.m. WHITTINGTON The Zone Lounge: We Got It Covered
SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Spread PK’s: The Big Idea The Grotto Lounge/Newell House: Casey James, 9 p.m. Tres Hombres: The Jewels, 10 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: White Lightnin’, 7-11 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic
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Backstage Pass Coffee House series continues at WKCTC PADUCAH — Murr Vegas All Stars Unplugged will play the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Clemens Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. The 7:30 p.m. concert is part of the Backstage Pass Coffee House Series. The group features Stephen Keene on vocals, Drew Collins on guitar and Billy Cramer on bass. Their sound is rounded out with some saxophone and percussion to form a sound emanating blues, Motown and classic rock all night long. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $6 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.artsinfocus.org or call 270-534-3212. — Adam Testa
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Liberty Theater hosting annual Truthseekers Homecoming opens with Dixie Melody Boys Cabin Fever concert Saturday MARION — Popular Southern gospel quarter The Dixie Melody Boys will be one of the featured acts for the opening night of the Truthseekers Homecoming celebration at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Since its original formation decades ago, the North Carolina-based foursome has found tremendous success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous fan award nominations from The Singing News magazine, Southern gospel’s leading fan and trade publication. Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee and 50-year veteran of the trade Ed O’Neal leads the quartet. Under his guidance, they’ve produced 20 Top 40 hits, including eight Top 10 releases and a number-one single. The quartet has a goal of delivering first-class performances filled with excitement, energy and traditional Southern gospel traits no matter where they’re performing.
The Dixie Melody Boys will perform tonight for the Truthseekers Homecoming.
They will perform alongside The Talleys at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 21. The Southern gospel festival continues through Saturday, Feb. 23. Other acts for the weekend include Greater Vision, Mark Trammel, Ivan Parker, Brian Free and Assurance and the Mike LeFevre Quartet. Reserved tickets for all three nights are $37, reserved tickets for two nights are $30 and individual tickets are $16 each. They can be purchased by calling 618-942-2498. — Adam Testa
MURPHYSBORO — Southern Illinois has enjoyed a mild winter, but every once a while, a cold streak blows through the region, bringing about desires for summer and an escape from the season. For those who can’t get away, the historic Liberty Theater offers a night of respite with the fourth annual Cabin Fever concert Saturday, Feb. 23. The 7 p.m. performance features three different artists on one stage. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Acts for the evening include Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Carter and Connelly and Swamp Tigers. Award-winning singersongwriter Maring and world-class guitarist and fiddler Bowlin combine their talents and blend elements from many different genres to create
an acoustic sound of their own. Curt Carter and Tom Connelly have performed together since 1988 and have earned the label of “Illinois’ preeminent folk warriors.” They complement energetic and insightful songs that tackle social and environmental concerns with humorous anecdotes to entertain their fans. They will be joined for this performance by friends Mila Maring, Kelley Sims, Geoff Maring and Mark Stoffel. Swamp Tigers have earned a reputation as one of the region’s premier rockabilly groups. They have merged various styles of classic country, rockabilly, jump blues and surf music into a cohesive sound that invites listeners of all ages to dance along. — Adam Testa
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River Ridge Band learning to adapt already been paid for performing. We certainly COUNTRY appreciate the generosity of the SCENE fans, so we wanted to find a way to put the money to good use.” Vince Hoffard Researching charitable organizations, Heinemann said she found a perfect fit with the Wounded Hero Foundation, a ocal bands in this musical era have learned to adapt in volunteer group providing support for military personnel order to stay busy and be who suffered traumatic injuries successful. A common occurrence is for a few members during their service to the country. of the group to break off into a “Everyone working there is a smaller ensemble to play more intimate engagements, like at a volunteer. One-hundred percent of the contributions go winery, while the full group to the wounded veterans and plays larger venues. Mary Heinemann of Red Bud helps provide them with services that are not covered by is lead singer for the thriving the military or other insurance,” The River Ridge Band, but Heinemann said. “It may be routinely uses a couple building a wheelchair ramp, members of the group and covering a mortgage payment or becomes the three-piece Nine organizing a welcome home Mile Creek for smaller shows. party.” Almost a year ago, the trio Heinemann said The River was playing a local gig. They Ridge Band this week accepted had arrived at the site, an invitation to perform at a unpacked their gear and were playing on the small stage area, Wounded Hero Foundation motorcycle rally May 17 at Fort leaving open guitar cases Leonard Wood in the Missouri nearby. Patrons really liked the Ozarks. At that time, all tips music and started tossing tips Nine Mile Creek has collected into the guitar cases, just like you would for a street musician since April 2012 will be donated to the vets. Currently, the total on Lower Broadway in stands at $1,274. Nashville. The 33-year-old singer is a “We didn’t know what to do,” long-time staple of Heinemann said. “We had
the local music scene. She started singing in a secondgrade school play and never stopped. She was heavily influenced by the Ray Price, Connie Smith, Gene Watson, Tanya Tucker, Faron Young and Loretta Lynn records her parents continuously played at home. Her family would take her to see bands in the northwestern part of Southern Illinois. She quickly overcame any fear of performing in public by singing with The Country Gents and other local bands. For the past eight years, she has been very active musically. It started when she joined the Avery Hill Band in Belleville, a variety group playing everything from Patsy Cline to Pink. From there, she formed Midnight Run, a band that developed a large fan base playing “hot blues and kickin’ country.” About a year ago, Heinemann started piecing together The River Ridge Band. The band just wrapped a busy period of weekend shows and is taking a brief hiatus as they go through the process of adding a steel guitarist to what will become a six-piece band. SEE VINCE / PAGE 11
Concerts Southern Illinois 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; also music by Grainger, Gillingham, Vaughan Williams, Bryant and Weinberger; $12/$6; www.southerntickets online.com; 618-453-6000 Marilyn Burklow Memorial: Murray State Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; $10/$5; 618-252-5400, ext. 2487 Cabin Fever: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; featuring Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Carter & Connelly with friends and The Swamp Tigers; fundraiser for the historic theater; $10; 618-684-5880 A tribute to Johnny Cash: Featuring One More Round, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Von Jakob Orchard, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; $8 in advance/$10 at the door; 618-893-4600; www.vonjakob.com Benefit: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Grace Church, 2100 State St., Chester; funds used to rebuild pavilion at Fort Kaskaskia state historic Site; features George Portz on fiddle; food and drink available; 618-632-1384 Lincoln Trio: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Cedarhurst Center for the
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recorded for Heinemann’s solo album “The Real Me,” which was just released on “The band has been Right Side Up Records. extremely busy,” She covered many of the Heinemann said. “We may be playing a wedding songs she grew up in St. Louis one night and listening, including “Hillbilly Girl With The a bar in Sesser the next. Blues” by Lacy J. Dalton, We have a lot of experience under our belt Janie Fricke’s version of “Pass Me By,” Don in a short time.” Williams classic “Lord, I The next event for Hope This Day Is Good” Heinemann will be with and the first song she sang the Nine Mile Creek trio in public, “It Wasn’t God March 29 at The Barrens Winery in Perryville, Mo., Who Made Honky Tonk just across the Mississippi Angels” by Kitty Wells. “I’ve been singing River from Chester. ‘Honky Tonk Angels’ Heinemann is frequently used as a demo since I was able to stand up,” Heinemann said. “We singer by Gary Gordon at tried to pick songs with a his Inside Out Studio in lot of fiddle and steel Sparta. After hearing the guitar and make them our beautiful sound that his own.” daughter was able to Two of the original create, Heinemann’s songs, “You Don’t Love financially conservative Me Anymore” and the father said if she wanted outstanding “Bound for to record an album, he Tennessee,” were penned would cover the cost. by Patricia Taylor, “I had to explain that it wasn’t going to be a quick Heinemann’s sister. The other original, “Break $500 project,” she said. Those Chains,” was “After I told him it would be really expensive, he still written by Ike Sellers. The wanted to go through with album is available digitally online at cdbaby and sales it.” have been outstanding. With the experienced Gordon working as producer, top musicians VINCE HOFFARD can be were brought in to record reached at 618-658-9095 11 tracks, including three or vincehoffard@ original tunes. They were yahoo.com.
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It takes forever to get going, and lollygags along even after that. As a businessman scrambling to find a way to get his son’s federal prison sentence, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has to play fear, tough love, pity and panic — and he’s a bit in over his head. But that’s the point of “Snitch,” a straight-nochaser thriller “inspired by a true story.” The pacing is off, too many scenes lack dramatic punch and play like filler. But Johnson is pretty good at being a guy in over his head, sharing scenes with flinty pros like Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper. It’s a tale of a civilian who gets mixed up in the feds-vs.-Mexican drug cartels war, whose “mandatory minimum
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the legendary Emmanuelle Riva from “Amour.” I’m still pulling for Naomi Watts, who tears your It’s seemed over for heart out in the underweeks now. But is it? appreciated “The The 85th annual Impossible.” But Riva will Academy Awards will go win. to “Argo,” Jennifer Tommy Lee Jones Lawrence (“Silver Linings (“Lincoln”) and Robert Playbook”), Daniel DayDeNiro (“Silver Linings”) Lewis (“Lincoln”), Anne are the toss-up choices for Hathaway (“Les best supporting actor, two Miserables”) and Tommy venerated icons of the Lee Jones (“Lincoln”), silver screen. Since right? All the pre-Oscar hoopla, the earlier awards everybody else in the category is, like them, from critics’ groups and guilds, point toward those already an Oscar winner, there are no real dark conclusions. horses here. If it’s an Not so fast. Anne Hathaway has had “Argo” kind of night, doesn’t Alan Arkin have a best supporting actress socked away since the day shot? Oh, give it to Jones, she was cast as Fantine in see if it softens his mood. “Best directors direct “Les Miserables.” Cynical best pictures,” as the critics and heartless Oscar wags know. And punters claim they didn’t since Ben Affleck, who has cry when she sang “I taken Clint Eastwood’s Dreamed a Dream.” place on the Warner They’re liars. Brothers backlot — a Daniel Day-Lewis gave hitmaker who acts in and us a once-in-a-lifetime interpretation of Abraham directs prestige pictures — cannot win best director, Lincoln, historically “Argo” is facing a accurate and wonderfully human. Best actor belongs headwind in pursuit of best picture. He isn’t to him. Period. nominated for best But Jennifer Lawrence, director. But “Argo” has the front-runner for best won everything in sight. actress — forever — in the And “Zero Dark Thirty” somewhat over-rated “Love cures mental illness” and the hit “Django Unchained” have that dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook” — may give way same shortcoming. No to the sentimental favorite, best director nomination.
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People respected “Amour” and “Life of Pi.” But where’s the love? “Beasts of the Southern Wild” would rank with the biggest best picture upsets in history. The “Lincoln” blowback — historical shortcomings — is severe enough to suggest Spielberg won’t win best director or best picture. So the movie in which Hollywood saves the day AND the hostages, “Argo,” will win. Best director is a tossup. Ang Lee may be the favorite now, for “Life of Pi,” and the venerable bad boy Michael Haneke (“Amour”) may have bit of buzz. But the MAD money has to be on Benh Zeitlin of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” He will never, ever make a movie as novel as this one. “Brave” has won a lot of pre-Oscar guild prizes, but I still figure “Wreck-It Ralph” will win best animated film, “Searching for Sugar Man” best doc, costume and production design prizes for “Anna Karenina” and/or “Les Miserables,” and screenwriting awards for “Argo” and probably “Zero Dark Thirty.” But big surprises Oscar night? First-time host Seth MacFarlane may have to provide those.