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Forty years of delicious food and excellent customer service do not happen by accident. Mackie’s signature, thin-crust pizza has been a hallmark of the business since Mackie and Roxanna Nicholes opened the Harrisburg restaurant in 1972. By adding the sprawling Marion location in 2006, the Nicholes expanded the restaurant’s reach to a new audience of pizza connoisseurs. “It’s a big year for Mackie’s,” said John McPeek, the Marion restaurant’s manager. “We’re planning some
events to celebrate.” Mackie’s isn’t limited to the traditional, thin-crust pizza. Browse the menu, and you’ll find an array of specialty pizzas as well, like Healthy Heart Pizza, White Chicken Pizza or Mediterranean Pizza. Mackie’s also offers more unique options, including the Baked Potato Pizza, loaded with sour cream, potato wedges, bacon bits, bell peppers, red onions, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. Mackie’s even serves several pizzas with a local influence, like the Marion Delight — a traditional pie with pepperoni, sausage, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms — or the Saluki Special — a pizza that starts off traditionally with hamburger, onions, olives and bell peppers but adds a unique twist to the recipe — apples. “We get a lot of requests for our specialty pizzas, like our cheeseburger pizza or our baked potato pizza,” McPeek said. “People like to try something new sometimes.” In the same way Mackie’s takes pride in its unique and diverse menu
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of pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and salads, the Marion location presented an opportunity to add a unique design to the restaurant’s floor plan. Inspired by its namesake food item, the restaurant’s dining room is round. Locating a second restaurant in Marion also allowed the Nicholes to introduce more Southern Illinoisans to the pizza that inspired its unique design idea. With the rapid expansion of business, the addition of entertainment venues and the proximity to a major interstate, Marion was the ideal location for expansion. “We’ve always had a lot of customers come in from the Carbondale and Marion area, so locating there was a good choice,” McPeek said. While Mackie’s offers a comfortable atmosphere for family dining, the Marion location also hosts special events. With the capacity to serve up to 300 people in the 12,000 square-foot facility, Mackie’s is often the destination of choice for large gatherings. “We do a lot of wedding rehearsals, birthday
DETAILS What: Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches Where: 2704 Walton Way in Marion, 502 E. Poplar St. in Harrisburg Hours: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Saturday; Harrisburg location opens at 4 p.m. Sundays Phone: Marion 618-9974100, Harrisburg 618-2526368 Web: www.mackiespizza.com parties and retirement parties here,” McPeek said. “We’ve got free wi-fi, too, so it’s a great place for business meetings.” Mackie’s is also known for its wide range of sandwiches and salads. From an array of subs and Italian beef or sausage sandwiches to more than 10 different salad choices, Mackie’s offers something for every taste. Diners can also go for the restaurant’s popular spaghetti dinner. As proud as they are about the restaurant locations and layout, however, the Nicholes know it is the food and dedication to customers that have kept loyal patrons coming back for four decades.
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MOVIES Auditions Bye, Bye Birdie Auditions: From 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 14, Illinois Star Centre Mall, Marion, community room next to Target and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Rend Lake College Theater, Ina; presented by Pyramid Players; performance dates, June 28-30; 618-439-9196 or www.pyramidplayers.org.
Authors, Books Book Signing: By Taylor Pensoneau, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, CE Brehm Library, 101 S. 7th St., Mount Vernon; author of books on the Shelton Brothers and Black Charlie Harris; 618-242-6322; www.mtvbrehm.lib.il.us. Book signing: By Clara Orban, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Kite Hill Vineyards, Carbondale; book, Wine Lessons: Ten Questions to Guide Your Appreciation of Wine; www.kitehillvineyards. com; 618-684-5072.
Events Illinois State Checker Tournament: Registration begins, 8 a.m. Saturday, March 31, food court, Illinois Star Centre Mall, Marion; entry fee. $10; play begins, 9:45 a.m. Saturday through the evening and continues 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1; bring your checker board; 618-9623321 or gellison@hamilton com.net. Arthritis Poker Run: Registration, 10 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 31, Sesser Masonic Lodge; includes pancake and sausage breakfast, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; silent auction; also, spaghetti dinner and music, 6 p.m. March 31, Sesser VFW; 618-927-7412 Trivia night: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Brehm School, 1245 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale; benefit for PUKA School; eight-person tables, $120; 618-549-7633.
Easter Egg Drop: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, Rent One Park, Marion; partnering with Life Church; gates open 10:15 a.m.; Easter eggs will be dropped from a helicopter; candy; prizes; 618-969-8500; www.southernillinoisminers. com. Southern Illinois Roller Girls Bout: Doors open 5 p.m. Saturday April 7, The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion; $10; 618-993-2657; www.ThePavilionEvents.com. Little Grassy Literary Festival: Wednesday, April 11-Friday, April 13, SIU; hosted by the Graduate Writers Forum/ MFA Creative Program at SIU; includes poetry reading by Henri Cole; poetry panel discussion with Cole, Paul Guest, Claire McQuerry, Cynthia Huntington and readings by Geoff Schmidt, Elizabeth Crane and Paul Guest; www.facebook.com/events/ 252320004859799. Storytelling Festival: Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, downtown Cape Girardeau; $10-$35: 573-335-1631; CapeStorytelling.com, Indian Artifact Show: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday April 14, World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta; archaeology demonstrations; artifact identification; food available; 618-537-6753; wilsonkw1976 @sbcglobal.net. Gem and Mineral Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, The Pavilion, behind the Illinois Star Centre Mall,
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Marion; adults, $2; 18 and under, free; exhibits of minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, gemstones, jewelry, shells and lapidary work; working demonstrations; www.siesclub.org.
Film Revenge of the Electric Car: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Carbondale Public Library; discussion; refreshments; free; 618-453-6148.
Theater Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, The Carson Center, Paducah; $30/$42.50/$55; 270-4504444; www.thecarson center.org. Cats: Musical, Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; 7 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $15; presented by Artstarts; www.marionccc.org or 618-997-4030. Layla and Majnun: A Love Tragedy in Five Acts, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 30-31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 218 N. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; performed by children of the Dayemi Homeschool Collective; $10/$7; 618-967-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear Edwina Jr.: A musical comedy, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $5/$8; www.marionccc.org or 618-997-4030.
Vineyard hosts tasting event ALTO PASS — Alto Vineyards will host a tasting event focused on Chambourcin wines this Saturday. “The Many Faces of Chambourcin” offers an opportunity to expand knowledge of wine and learn from winemaker Paul Renzaglia. Guests will also have a chance to enjoy an exclusive barrel tasting of the unfinished 2010 and 2011 Chambourcin vintages, as well as house discounts. The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Admission is $29.50 per person, and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online at www.altovineyards.net. — Adam Testa
Party for a purpose at Carson Center PADUCAH — A wine tasting and auction at The Carson Center is being billed as “a party for a purpose,” with proceeds benefiting performing arts education. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, and activities include live music from a Paducah Symphony Orchestra string quartet and an auction. Food and beverages courtesy will be offered. Tickets can be purchased at www.thecarsoncenter. org or by calling 270-443-9932 ext. 241.
Exhibit focuses on region’s diversity MARION — The Little Egypt Arts Association will host the closing reception for its “Celebrating Southern Illinois Diversity” exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 30. The exhibit features artwork of different media focused on a theme of embracing different cultures and occupations of people who call Southern Illinois home. Works by more than 40 LEAA members are on display as part of the exhibit. The exhibit remains on display through Saturday, March 31, at the LEAA gallery, 601 Tower Square Plaza.
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Fiber art exhibit returns to Yeiser PADUCAH — A diverse international exhibition of contemporary and innovative artworks created with fiber as the primary medium will open with a gala reception at the Yeiser Art Center. Evident in this year’s “Fantastic Fibers” exhibit is an array of materials, techniques and processes that take the form of wall hangings, sculpture and wearable art. Works by 159 fiber artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, the United Kingdom and 38 states were entered. A total of 53 pieces by 43 artists were selected. “Fantastic Fibers” runs concurrent with the American Quilter’s Society’s Quilt Week in Paducah. An opening gala and reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the center, 200 Broadway St. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists at the reception. — Adam Testa
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A lifetime of design
Museum shows work of Darwin Reid Payne Darwin Reid Payne estimates he designed more than 330 sets in his career, many at SIU Carbondale. The University Museum will host an exhibition of his work opening Friday, March 30. A reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6.
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hen Darwin Reid Payne studied art at SIU in the 1950s, the university was a much smaller environment. Everyone knew everyone at the time, and one of Payne’s friends, a theater student, encouraged him to tag along for an audition. Thinking he could do better than the others who were trying out, Payne auditioned and landed the part. That moment sparked the beginning of a career in theater that would last more than five decades, though the majority of the time wasn’t spent on the stage. In 1953, Archibald McLeod asked Payne, then a master of fine arts student, if he’d be interested in designing sets for the theater department. “I just started doing sets,” Payne said. “Then I did them pretty much until six years ago.” Averaging about six productions a year, Payne estimates he designed more than 330 sets throughout his career. And they weren’t limited to SIU. His work could be seen across the country and around the globe. When asked how he kept each set fresh and new, Payne admitted that never really occurred to him.
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“It’s a craft. Every show is a new show,” he said. “I never thought about that.” From the onset of his career through his retirement a few years ago, Payne saw changes come and go to the theater. When he started, professional theater was pretty well limited to Broadway, but since then, it has blossomed into a national entertainment outlet without a truly centralized locale. Through his career in theater, however, Payne didn’t forget his roots in the more simple forms of art. To this day, he continues creating watercolor artwork. He doesn’t sell his paintings or attempt to make a living off his hobby; for him, it’s just something he enjoys and an outlet of expression.
The public is invited to see Payne’s artwork — both watercolors and the models he’s built of the sets he designed — at the University Museum at Faner Hall on the SIU campus. The exhibit opens Friday, March 30, and runs through May 4. A reception is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6. The models and scenic renderings in this retrospective exhibition are just a fraction of Payne’s design work, which is now included in the university’s Special Collections. The exhibit also includes 16 of his paintings from his days as an MFA student through the present. The exhibit is free and open to the public. email@example.com / 618-351-5031
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Exhibits Darwin Reid Payne: Theater set design and painting, University Museum, SIU; Friday, March 30; hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 6; through May 4; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Antarctica – Imagined Geographies: Media arts installation created by SIU Professor Gary Kolb and Associate Professor Jay Needham, exhibited in the rotunda of Morris Library, SIU; through May 4; a total of 23 events will take place in the area including a concert, panels, workshops and lectures; 618–534 3989; www.antarctica-initiative.org. Life Threads Fiber Show: April 1-30, Little Egypt Arts Centre, Tower Square, Marion; features quilts, artistic fiber hooking, crochet, and other fiber objects; 618 998-8530; www.littleegyptarts.com. Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest: Starts Tuesday, April 3, University Museum, SIU; through April 21; hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. SEE EXHIBITS / PAGE 5
Students, Faculty and Staff, Department of Cinema and Heavenly Realms and Photography, SIU Earthly Delights: Open for Carbondale and Totally viewing beginning Tubular Art exhibit from Wednesday, April 4, anthill Cedarhurst’s After School gallery & vintage curiosities, Program; through May 6; 102 N. Front St., Cobden; 618-242-1236; features painter, Judith Bush www.cedarhurst.org. and ceramicist, Darby Ortolano; larger canvases in Receptions this exhibition will be on display ay the Luna Gallery The Kilenge: Life in New in the Yellow Moon Café, Guinea Villages; 110 N. Front St., Cobden; Documentary Photographs anthillgallery.com; and Objects Collected by yellowmooncafe.com. Philip Dark, University Patrons’ Favorites: Museum, SIU; Dark was a Selections from the professor of anthropology Museum’s collections, at SIU Carbondale from University Museum, SIU; 1960-1978; opening includes a mysterious set of reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, carved cypress, a Japanese March 30; www.museum. crepe silk dress from around siu.edu or 618-453-5388. 1910 and a 19th century Celebrating Southern French charcoal and chalk Illinois Diversity: Closing painting; through April 18; reception, 5-7 p.m. Friday, www.museum.siu.edu or March 30, Little Egypt Art 618-453-5388. Centre, 601 Tower Square, Battle of Shiloh exhibit: Marion; features different Man Can Die But Once: cultures and occupations Shiloh Letters, Morris of people who call Southern Library, SIU, Hall of Illinois home; www.little Presidents and Chancellors egyptarts.com; 618-998exhibit cases; 8530. commemorates the 150th Fantastic Fibers 2012: anniversary of the Civil War Opening reception, battle; through April 20. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March Classic Images — 31, Yeiser Art Center, Photographs by Ansel downtown Paducah; Adams: Cedarhurst Center artwork created with fiber for The Arts, Mount Vernon; as the primary medium; normally $5 admission; free through May 5; Fantastic admission, Thursday; Fibers runs concurrent with through May 6; 618-242the American Quilter’s 1236; www.cedarhurst.org. Society’s Quilt Week Exhibits: Cedarhurst Wednesday-Saturday, April Center for The Arts, Mount 25-28 in Paducah; 270-442Vernon; New Work by the 2453; www.theyeiser.org.
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Yonder Mountain String Band headlines two St. Louis shows ST. LOUIS — Bounce into spring with two special shows Find interviews, video and at The Pageant Theatre with more at flipsideonline.com. the Yonder Mountain String Band. The breakthrough acoustic duo known as Brown Bird will be opening both shows Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Jeff Austin, vocalist and mandolin player for Yonder Mountain, touched base with us on some unforgettable moments and future plans for the band. “St. Louis is one of the only cities we’ve done a New Year’s away from home. We did a show at Mississippi Nights years ago with Tim O’Brien in the spring. Those were great shows,” Austin said. He described working with different drummers on the upcoming album, saying, “We’ve worked a long time with a lot of other drummers from Futureman with the Flecktones, to Jon Fishman with Phish. Studio time with Pete Thomas is amazing, though.” Yonder Mountain String Band takes the stage in north central Illinois at the Summer Camp Music Festival in late May, and they will be hosting the Harvest Music Festival in Arkansas later this fall. — Matt McGuire
Metal bands playing in Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON — A number of Southern Illinois metal bands will be joining together for Saturday’s Chaosfest concert at the Moose Lodge, 800 Broadway Ave. Hosted by Southern Illinois Metal Movement, the concert will feature Spirit of Chaos from Mount Vernon, Sacrifice the Gods of Herrin, WashCo Lowlifes of Nashville, Rob Whisenhunt of Mount Vernon, The Arcane Horror of Vienna and Death County of Carbondale. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and runs until 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6. The concert is open to those ages 16 and older. The event will also be the release party for Spirit of Chaos’ new album. For more information, call 618-242-4110.
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Big band revue comes to Paducah PADUCAH — “In the Mood” will bring its 1940s big band, swing dance musical revue performance to The Carson Center next week. The show celebrates America’s musical past through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and others. The show’s arrangements, costumes and choreography are authentic to the era. “In the Mood” takes a look at the life and times of America’s Swing Era. Swing music ranged from mellow ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive. The production features the 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers, featuring a swing dance couple, performing more than 40 songs. Tickets for the show, slated for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Tuesday, April 3, are $33-$49 and can be purchased at www.thecarson center.org or by calling 270-450-4444. — Adam Testa
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Murphy up for Songwriter of Year
“The fan didn’t have a screen covering the blades. It was a suicide machine. If you woke up in the middle of the night n his early days in and staggered too close, Nashville, David Lee you would be in trouble,” Murphy kept his tiny he said. “Those were apartment barely pretty lean times, barely inhabitable during the getting by and pushing as summer months, with a hard to get through it.” decrepit fan that should’ve Murphy migrated to been in a junk pile instead Music City in 1981 after of the struggling singer/ graduating from SIU songwriter’s window. Carbondale. He broke out The Herrin native as an artist for MCA vividly recalled “the good Records with hits “Dust on ole’ days” during a phone the Bottle” and “Party interview Monday. Crowd.” Vince Hoffard
A vast majority of singers fade into the sunset when they part company with a major label. Not Murphy. He continued writing, pitching his tunes to the fresh talent in town, and started racking up hits. He earned his way into an elite circle of top writers with songs like “Big Green Tractor” for Jason Aldean, “Living In Fast Forward” for Kenny Chesney, and more. Murphy has recently taken his career to an new level with hits for Thompson Square, Jake Owen and Josh Thompson, plus new singles for Casey James and Rodney Atkins. Murphy was recently nominated as Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. The award will be handed out during a televised special on CBS at 8 p.m. Sunday. Other nominees are
Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Luke Laird. Murphy frequently co-writes songs with all four. “This is the first time I’ve ever been nominated for a major award as a songwriter,” he said. “Any time you get recognized by your peers, it makes you feel good. It’s an honor. You’ve got to be a little bit nuts and crazy enough to believe you can do it because you are up against simply incredible odds.” Murphy said he has been taking the same basic idea and adding differen spins — good ole’ boys sitting on the tailgate of their pickups and partying around a bonfire. In December, Murphy won two Grammy Awards for inking the Thompson Square hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” VINCE HOFFARD can be
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Coffeehouses, Cafés and Eateries Adam Williams: 7-10 p.m. Friday; Phil Powell: 7-10 p.m. Saturday; Rip Lee Pryor: 1-4 p.m. Sunday; The Blue Boar Restaurant, 820-920 Kratzinger Hollow Road, Cobden; 618-833-5858. Corky Siegel: And Frank Donaldson, 8 p.m. Saturday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden; www.yellowmooncafe.com; 618-893-2233.
Wineries Brad & Bri: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Bill Harper: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Movin Mary: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Adam Williams: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Steve Hornbeak: 5-8 p.m. Sunday; Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden. Elliott Ranney: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Larry Dillard Blues Therapy: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dave Caputo Duo: 3-6 p.m. Sunday Von Jakob Vineyard, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass.
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3-D ride worth destination in ‘Wrath of Titans’ Wrath of the Titans **
And the director of “Battle Los Angeles” and the screenwriters give it a bit of mythic whimsy amongst all the muddle about gods, demigods, the father of gods and the end of the age of gods. In a boulder-strewn Greek past of volcanoes, but no trees, Perseus (Sam Worthington, stoic as ever) is living the life of a village BY ROGER MOORE fisherman and single dad to MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS Helius (John Bell). The kid is growing up without What’s the old saying — religion, without his “3-D fool me once, shame grandpa. That’s because on you, 3-D fool me twice, Perseus knows “There’s no shame on me?” such thing as ‘good gods,’” “Clash of the Titans” and his dad, Zeus (Liam was a nearly humorless, Neeson), is entirely too overly digitized remake of a busy for grandparenting. piece of sword-andHe’s too busy narrating. sorcery cheese from the “The time of the gods is 1980s, an inoffensive bigending,” Zeus narrates. budget trifle whose biggest Hades (Ralph Fiennes) sin was a post-production aims to hasten that. conversion to 3-D. “You’re sweating like a The “Titans” sequel human, brother,” Hades wasn’t converted, so the purrs. “Next, it’ll be tears.” 3-D is a lot better. With another son of
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action; starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes; directed by Jonathan Liebesman; opening Friday in Carbondale and Marion.
‘Mirror, Mirror’ One of the most beloved stories of all time comes to life in ‘Mirror Mirror,’ starring Lily Collins (above), Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer. The movie tells of Snow White, presented as a princess in exile, and the evil queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarves join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her prince. The movie, which opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion, is directed by Tarsem Singh. It is rated PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.
Zeus, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), the god of war, Hades traps Zeus in the underworld. Perseus must round up a team and go get ’em, before god of gods Kronos cracks free and gods and men are drowned in a sea of lava. First among them is Andromeda, a vision in blond hair and armor played by Rosamund Pike. Bill Nighy steals the movie as Hephaestus, blacksmith and armorer to the gods. He makes the old tinkerer a crackpot who carries on conversations with himself, Gollum-style. Then, there’s the disreputable son of Poseidon, “The Navigator” Agenor, given a bemused spin by Toby Kebbell. He’s a reluctant recruit. “Would you do me a favor?” he asks Perseus. “Go to Hell.” So we know where this is going, and we know who’ll be in the final brawl. But director Jonathan
Sam Worthington stars in ‘Wrath of the Titans.’
Liebesman and company keep this stripped down (few gods, not too much dialogue) and manage a few surprises and a little fun on the trip. They even trot out Danny Huston as Poseidon, in a beard and get-up that remind us that his dad, John Huston, once played Noah on the big screen. Yes, this “Titans” is going to you-know-where. At least this one manages to make the 3-D ride worth the destination.
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Seasoned grilled jumbo shrimp served with rice, salad, broccoli and cauliflower