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,
THINGS TO DO
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 email@example.com. 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.
— Adam Testa
— Adam Testa
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