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Top 20 Restaurant of the Week: Whaler’s Catch BY SHAWN CONNELLY FOR THE SOUTHERN

PADUCAH — Southern Illinoisans hungry for some New Orleans-style food don’t have to travel all the way to Louisiana to satisfy their Cajun cravings. A short trip across the bridge into neighboring Kentucky can fill the bill with a stop at Whaler’s Catch Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Market. Nestled within the revitalized downtown area of this nearby river town, Whaler’s Catch combines casual New Orleans ambiance with a unique dining experience that promises something for every taste. The fresh seafood restaurant was started by Roberta Morse in 1977. Current owner John Harris purchased the establishment in 1991. After a fire caused major damage to the restaurant’s first location, Harris moved the restaurant to its current location at 23 N. Second St. and into a building that dates back to the late 1800s. Nearly 30 appetizers, from Cajun corn to calamari, help get your meal under way. For dinner, you may want to try shrimp gumbo or some Maryland Style Blue Crab Cakes from the plentiful seafood selections. A spicy dish, Mamou Cajun Shrimp, is also popular, Harris said. “While the taste of New Orleans has always been our specialty, we’re more than just seafood,” Harris said. “We also serve all quality cuts of meat. Our filet mignon is second to none.” A variety of fish, chicken and pasta entrées are

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Whaler’s Catch Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Market offers Cajun fare in a casual environment at its location at 123 N. Second St. in downtown Paducah.

available, as well as several house specialties like the Boiling Bag a mixed bag of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, new potatoes, corn and onions with a garden salad. On Tuesday nights, guests are treated to allyou-can-eat fish. According to Harris, the restaurant takes great pride in the preparation of all its dishes and makes an effort to keep its menu offerings fresh. “We tweak it all the time,” says Harris. “It’s not something that stays stagnant.” Harris credits strong word of mouth and the fact that most of the staff, from the chef on down, have been with the restaurant for many years as the reason customers come from Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Nashville “and everywhere in between.” Whaler’s Catch has plenty of indoor seating, as well a unique outdoor

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’s office at 710 N. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale, call 618529-5454 or online at www.thesouthern.com/top20. Cards are $20. option known as the “Crow’s Nest” an outdoor, twin-deck section that offers a terrific view of the Ohio riverfront. “It’s a beautiful view up there,” Harris said. “On Thursdays, we have groups like the Cruisers and 61 South and people just load up the Crow’s Nest to enjoy dinner, watch the river, and listen to some jazz music.” Harris also recognizes the renovated downtown area is a draw in and of itself, with art galleries, shops, restaurants and other entertainment. “Downtown Paducah is really a fun place,” Harris said. “It’s a place where,

DETAILS Who: Whaler’s Catch Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Market What: Oyster bar, seafood, sandwiches, salads, pasta, entrees Where: 123 N. Second St., Paducah Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday Phone: 270-444-7701 when you have visitors come to town, you take them downtown because it’s just different. Our downtown has made a remarkable comeback.”


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‘Macbeth’

Shhhh ... SIUC theater department holds to superstition in rehearsals for ‘Macbeth’

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy; 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 28 to 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1; McLeod Theater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Communications Building; tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $6 for students and can be purchased at www.southernticketsonline. com or by calling 618-453-6000. BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN

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THEATER with a real dagger in the firstever production of “Macbeth.” When the villainous Macduff stabbed the titular character, the actor met an untimely end. Through the years, other similar tragedies have befallen the cast of this epic tragedy. But as the cast and crew of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s production of “The Scottish Play” gear up their rehearsal schedule, they’re not letting the curse get in their way. “When you’re doing the play, the best thing to do is ignore it,” said Benjamin Ponce, an SIUC theater student playing Macbeth in the production, with performances scheduled for Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1. For many theater groups, “Macbeth” has become a rarity. Whether because of the legend of the curse or other issues — such as a preference for more traditional Shakespeare plays like “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — not many will attempt a production of “Macbeth.” Macbeth also features more fighting than most other SEE ‘MACBETH’ / PAGE 5

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Local, national comedians to headline festival

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Tommy Johnagin will appear on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ at 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, on CBS.

Johnagin to appear on Letterman show While Southern Illinois gears up for the fifth annual So Ill Comedy Festival, one former Benton resident is taking his own brand of comedy back to the national stage. Tommy Johnagin, a 2001 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School, will appear on “The Late Show with

David Letterman” at 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, on CBS. Last year, Johnagin earned runner-up honors on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He dropped out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue his dream of being a professional comedian. — Adam Testa

CARBONDALE — Local and national comedians will share the stage in Southern Illinois next week, as the So ILL Improv Comedy Club hosts the fifth annual So ILL Comedy Festival. Shows are scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23, at Varsity Center for the Arts, Hangar 9, Station 13 and Longbranch Coffeehouse. Each show will feature different improv, standup and sketch acts. Headlining this year’s festival will be Chicago’s fully improvised musical, “Baby Wants Candy.” The group behind that show performs weekly in Chicago and New York and has become the birthplace of many stars,

including Seth Meyers and Rachael Dratch of “Saturday Night Live” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock.” Breaking out of its traditional improv mold, this year’s festival will also feature stand-up comedians from Chicago, New York, Wichita, Champaign and Canada. Ed Hill of British Columbia will be the first international performer to take part in the event. He will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Varsity, 418 S. Illinois Ave. The event will be capped off with a special concert featuring musical comedy acts at Hangar 9. Chicago’s BeatBox, a rap battle that integrates improvised scenes into a hip-hop background, will

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The So ILL Improv Comedy Club will host shows Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23, as part of its fifth annual So ILL Comedy Festival.

be the headliner. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at Carbondale Main Street and Longbranch, by calling 800-838-3006 or

online at www.brown papertickets.com. For a full line-up and more information, visit www.soillcomedy.com. — Adam Testa

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CARBONDALE — “Split Your Sides Laughing Comedy Show” is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center Ballrooms on April 14. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and seating is limited. Tickets can be purcahsed at the business office on the second floor of the Student Center. The host is “C Dawg” from BET’s “Comic View,” acclaimed for his hilarious story telling. Ray Lipwoski, comic veteran with performances since 2000 on “Comic View,” Showtime’s “White Boyz n the Hood,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy” and others will entertain. Ms B Phlat is the

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‘C Dawg’ will perform at the ‘Split Your Sides Laughing Comedy Show’ at 8 p.m. today, April 14, at SIU Student Center Ballrooms.

headline act. You’ve seen her on BET’s “Comic View — One Mic Stand,” HBO’s “DEF Comedy Jam,” and Showtime’s “Comic Without Borders,” and now, the outrageous urban humor comedienne is coming to Carbondale. — SIUC University Communications


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Comedians; cost of tickets vary; 800-838-3006; Spring Book Sale: 10 a.m.- www.soillcomedy.com. 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, Herrin Casa Gala 2011: Friday, April Library; used books, 29, Benton Civic Center; paperbacks, cookbooks, tapes, dinner is included with movies, sheet music, booksentertainment that features on-tape, children’s books; songs from Grease, Bad to the 618-942-6109. Bone, rendition of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Sweet Child of Mine starring state Classes Rep. John Bradley; doors open Student Center Craft at 5:30 p.m.; proceeds to Casa Shop: Variety of crafts and of Franklin County; classes offered, SIUC; tchambers@activist.com. 618-453-3636, www.siuc Trivia Night: Elverado Little studentcenter.org. League trivia night fundraiser, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Comedy Elkville Park Pavilion; $100 per table of six to eight players; The Carbondale cash prizes; bring food and Comedians: Stand-up comedy, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, snacks; 618-568-1277 or 618Station #13, 2400 W. Main St., 521-6258 to reserve a table. Carbondale; attached to the old Royal Plaza Inn; 618-529Films 2424. Living Downstream of the Factory Farm: 7:30 p.m. Events Thursday, April 14, Carbondale Township Meeting Room, 217 Asian American Heritage E. Main St.: Stacy James, Month: Films, martial arts, Water Resources Scientist at discussions, music and Iron Prairie Rivers Network, will Chef Competition, month of give a presentation on the April, SIUC; 618-453-5714 or environmental and social http://siuc.orgsync.com. impacts of factory farms in Circus comes to town: Illinois and show the film Ringling Bros. & Barnum and “Living a Nightmare;” free; Bailey circus, Friday-Sunday, 618-529-4824. April 15-17, SIU Arena; www. Easter Parade: Starring southernticketsonline.com or Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, 618-453-6000; $11/$14/$19. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Morel Mushroom Fest: Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, Trail Liberty Theater, downtown of Tears Lodge & Resort, Jonesboro; 618-833-8697. Heritage Festival: Hosted by Morthland College, Saturday, April 16, West Frankfort; parade, 10 a.m., Main Street; historical reenactors, music, antique cars, barbecue, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., park; 618-987-2127. So ILL Comedy Festival: Presented by the So ILL Improv Comedy Club, Wednesday-Saturday, April 2023, Varsity Center for the Arts, Hangar 9, Station 13 and Longbranch Coffee House, all in Carbondale; comedy acts from around the country including local act, Kyle Scanlan and the Carbondale

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Stage Company; $15/$10; 618-457-3689 or www.stage company.org. ‘Avenue Q’: Tony Awardwinning musical, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, History Shryock Auditorium, Illinois History Symposium: Carbondale; contains mature “Sacred Oaths, Shallow Graves: themes not appropriate for Illinois in the Civil War, Part I,” children; $30-$70; www. Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, southernticketsonline.com; Morris Library, SIUC; the 618-453-6000. symposium commemorates ‘Henry and Ramona’: the 150th anniversary of the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 beginning of the Civil War; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, more than 40 presentations; Marion Cultural and Civic www.historyillinois.org. Center; $7/$10; 618-997-4030 or www.marionccc.org. ‘Anything Goes’: Music and Theater lyrics by Cole Porter, 7 p.m. ‘Avenue Q’: Tony AwardFriday, April 29, Saturday, April winning musical, 7:30 p.m. 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Thursday, April 14, The Carson O’Neill Auditorium, John A. Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Logan College, Carterville; Paducah; contains mature $12/$5; 618-985-3741. themes not appropriate for ‘The Man Who Planted children; $30/$53; Trees’; 7 p.m. Wednesday, May www.thecarsoncenter.org; 4, The Carson Center, 100 270-450-4444. Kentucky Ave., Paducah; Forbidden Broadway: $15/$7.50; 270-450-4444 or Broadway hits with a twist, www.thecarsoncenter.org Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, Southeastern Illinois College, Workshop Harrisburg; performances, Shakespeare Workshop: 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, and 2 p.m., April 17; $6/$8; 618-252- Registration open for the Stone Soup Shakespeare’s 5400, ext. 2486 or 2487. ‘You Can’t Take It With You’: workshops conducted May 14, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 15, 20, 21, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave, April 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Varsity Center Carbondale; for adults and for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., children; $25/$10; stageco Carbondale; presented by The @summitstudies.com. Murphysboro; also in the movie, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller; donations requested; 618-684-6880.

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‘MACBETH’: SIUC will perform FROM PAGE 3

known as the weird sisters. Director Segun Ojewuyi Shakespearean works, has aimed to look at four which makes it more factions of society in his challenging, yet possibly presentation: Church, state, more enjoyable, to perform. military and the corporate These challenges didn’t world. faze Ponce, as he jumped at These elements are the opportunity to step into explored through Macbeth’s shoes. everything from the set and “I’ve always had an costumes to the stage interest in Shakespeare,” he direction and delivery of said. “When someone does lines, said Anne Fletcher, ‘The Scottish Tragedy,’ you one of four dramaturges audition for it because working on the production. nobody ever does ‘The The costume design is Scottish Tragedy.’” adapted to fit a World War I While Ponce enjoys his military and post-war style. role, the content of The four performances “Macbeth” adds a challenge later this month cap off a to his repertoire. The play year-long project by SIUC’s tells the story of regicide, theater department to the killing of royalty, plotted explore “Macbeth.” by Lady Macbeth and her adam.testa@thesouthern.com husband to fulfill the prophecies of three witches, 618-351-5031

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Mark your calendars for April 30 regatta, triathlon

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SIUC will host the 38th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and the 28th annual Doc Spackman Memorial Triathalon on April 30.

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CARBONDALE — Two wet and wild traditions return to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on April 30. The 28th annual Doc Spackman Memorial Triathlon and the 38th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta share the spotlight. Both events welcome students, faculty, staff and the public as participants and as spectators. It’s an alcoholfree fun day. Refreshments will be available. “There isn’t a better way to spend a quality day at

our own campus lake, as we celebrate the last of April before gearing up for final exams,” said Kathy Hollister, assistant director of special populations for Recreational Sports and Services at SIUC. “ The triathlon begins with sign-in from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Campus Lake. The event includes a 385-yard swim, a fivemile bicycle ride and a two-mile run. Participants provide their own equipment and compete either individually or in teams of three with each team member completing one leg of the race. Participants should register for the event by 6 p.m. April 28 at the Student Recreation Center Administrative Office. The cost is $15 for an individual competitor or $25 for a three-person team. Those registering after the deadline will pay $5 more. The competition field is limited to the first 25 teams and 300 individuals to sign up. All ages are welcome at this event, although parents must sign a waiver for anyone younger than age 18. If the combined age of team members is 104 or less, the team will compete in the junior division. Teams with a combined age of 105 or higher will compete in the senior division. There are prizes for the top male and female overall, the top three finishers in each individual age category and first place in each team category. The boat regatta comes to the campus boat docks with the first race beginning at noon. Boats of all shapes and sizes will

try to complete the u-shaped course without sinking. Registration is from 10 a.m. until noon and the cost is $15 per boat. For those wanting to make their boat before race day, corrugated cardboard can be purchased at the chemistry department in the Neckers Building at SIUC. The cost is $3 for a large flat sheet, and a typical boat takes about four sheets to build. Or, for the more adventurous, an instant boat kit can be picked up that morning at the regatta. The kit includes one 7-by-8 sheet of cardboard, a box knife, a nail and a small roll of duct tape. There are a limited number of the kits available so a lottery system will select those who get a boat kit and then they get about two hours to finish their boats. Registration for “instant” boats is also $15. Regatta organizers provide kayak paddles, oars, paddles and life preservers for participants. There are four race classifications. Class I is for boats powered by canoe paddles, oars or kayak paddles while Class II is for boats with paddle wheel, propeller, plunger or other innovative forms of muscle-power. No engines of any kind are permissible. The third class is for instant boats built that morning and the final class is a youth race for those ages 13 and younger. The top three finishers in each class will get trophies. There are special awards for the most spectacular sinking and the best use of cardboard. — SIUC University Communications


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9 a.m.-noon Saturday; through April 23. Spring Pottery Sale: Hookers, Lookers and Hot Southern Clayworks, 11 a.m.- Mamas: Little Egypt Arts 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Centre, Marion, downtown April 19-20, breezeway of square; includes artistic rug Faner Hall near University hookings, quilts, handmade Museum, SIUC; 618-437-2313. bags, wall hangings and sewn bowls, artwork featuring quilt paintings and fiber based Call For Art quilt collages; reception, Call for entries: Paducah 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 29; Photo ’11 Juried Photography through April 30; allen Exhibition; sponsored by carstens@frontier.com or Yeiser Art Center, Paducah; 618-997-0421; www.little open to all photographers egyptarts.com working in digital or film Fantastic Fibers: Yeiser Art photography; deadline, early Center, 200 Broadway St., submissions, April 24; Paducah; fiber used as the deadline, late submissions, primary medium; through May 1; www.paducah April 30; 270-442-2453; photo.com; info@theyeiser. www.theyeiser.org. org; 270-442-2453. Mudd and Junk — Art by Herrinfesta entries Bonnie and Bill Shileny: sought: All Southern Illinois artists are invited to enter the anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, 102 N. Front St., Herrinfesta Italiana Art Competition during Memorial Cobden; refreshments; raku and horsehair pottery; artistic Weekend, May 26-30; welding; hours, noon-6 p.m. preregistration by May 6; Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.www.herrinfesta.com/art or 6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 herrinfesta.art@gmail.com. p.m. Sunday; through April Student artwork: Sought 30; anthillgallery@gmail.com for Congressional or 618-457-7641 competition by student Polly Winkler Mitchell: artists living within the 19th Paper artist, Corridor Gallery, Congressional District; Carbondale Civic Center; deadline, Friday, May 6; through the end of April; 618217-492-5090 or 457-5100. www.shimkus.house.gov. Italian Suite: By Carol Carter, Main Gallery, Exhibits Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; paintings Civil War Era Quilts: of Italian cities and Southern Illinois Art & countrysides; also, exhibition Artisans Center, Rend Lake, north of Benton; includes a showcasing works from the quilt from Anna whose fabrics SIUC Department of Cinema include both Union and and Photography, the Beal Confederate uniforms, said to Grand Corridor Gallery; be the sons of the maker; an through May 1; 618-242-1236. album quilt made by a Woman and Her Needs: neighbor of Abraham Lincoln Nikki May, The Tribeca and quilts made by mothers Gallery, 127 Market House and sisters of soldiers; exit 77 Square, downtown Paducah; off of Interstate 57; hours, mixed media; through May 3. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily; free; The Essence of India: The through Sept. 30; 618-629Brush, the Lens and the Light: 2220. The Work of Mary, Abraham Eldon Benz and Jo Kirch: and Cynthia Pachikara, Central Showcase at Realty University Museum, SIUC; Central, 1825 Murdale hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shopping Center, Carbondale; Tuesdays-Fridays and from photography; hours, 9 a.m.1-4 p.m. Fridays; through May 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 13; free.

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Daffodils, Moths And Ponds: A show of original photographs and painting by Richard Cox, Weaver’s Cottage, 1904 Bass Lane, Carbondale; through May 30; 618-529-1413 or weavecottage@hotmail.com. A Joyful Journey: By Jerry Oliver, Harrisburg District Library, 2 W. Walnut St.; hours, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1- 5 p.m.. Sunday: reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1; through June 4. Pop Art: University Museum, SIUC; from the museum’s print collection; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through Sept. 23; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Down On The Farm: Memories of Not That Long Ago, Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Murphysboro; through mid-November; 618-303-0569 or johnalogan museum@globaleyes.net. Katherine Kuh: Creating a Legacy of Art for SIUC, University Museum, SIUC; art critic for the “Saturday Review,” and a curator for the Art Institute of Chicago; highlights some of the art Kuh brought to campus; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through May 2012; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Sun and Raven Totem Pole: Thirteen-foot totem pole crafted more than 60 years ago by native Tlingit people in Alaska; University Museum, SIUC; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; www.museum. siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Rotating art exhibitions: anthill gallery, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; original works by more than 50 Southern Illinois artists; ceramics, painting, photography, wood turning, jewelry, mosaics, stained glass, fibers, blacksmithing and fine metals; www.anthillgallery. com.

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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. Jo Loomis: Williamson County Pavilion, Marion; 20 paintings; 618-889-5330 or vanjol@frontier.com.

Reception Rickert-Ziebold Award competition reception: 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 15, The Surplus Gallery, 432 S. Washington St., Carbondale; award presentation, 6:30 p.m. Friday; features art work by seniors in the SIUC School of Art and Design; through Saturday, April 16; hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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Jerry Oliver’s work on display in Harrisburg HARRISBURG — The work of Metropolis’ Jerry Oliver will be on display at the Harrisburg District Library through June 4. Oliver, who is self-taught, works in oils, watercolors, wood burning and PROVIDED painting. Her work Work by Jerry Oliver will be on is in several display through June 4 at collections across Harrisburg District Library. A the United States. reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. She describes her Sunday, May 1, at the library. experiences as a “Joyful Journey,” the name of this exhibit, and can share a story behind each piece of art. A reception is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the library, 2 W. Walnut St. — Adam Testa

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Wineries Rural Kings: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Randy Webb: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Lau-Nae Winery Bill Harper: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard Ronnie Lee: 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Von Jakob Vineyard The Dirt Choir: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, StarView Vineyards Ray Martin: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery

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Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-995-9463 or www.blueskyvineyard.com The Bluffs Vineyard and Winery: 140 Buttermilk Hill Road, Ava; 618-763-4447 or www.thebluffswinery.com. Lau-Nae Winery: 1522 Illinois 3, Red Bud; 618282-9463 or www.lau-naewinery.com Rustle Hill Winery: US 51, Cobden; 618-8932700 or www.rustlehillwinery.com StarView Vineyards: 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden; 618 893-9463 or starviewvineyards.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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TUESDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Grateful Dead Night w/ ADCB, 10 p.m. Underground Grill & Pub: Rip Lee Pryor, 7-9 p.m. Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. PK’s: Tim Whiteford MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, 6-9 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, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY CARBONDALE Key West: Blue Plate Specials, 8 p.m.-midnight MARION Hideout Restaurant: Jeff White, noon-2 p.m. Hideout Restaurant: Cynthia Fligel, 6-8 p.m. Marion Eagles: Roger Black Band, 6-10 p.m.

FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Love and Light, SIU Dub Club Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Metal Toyz PK’s: The Natives Tres Hombres: Tekfro, 10 p.m. INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Mel Goot, 6-10 p.m. John Brown’s on the Square: Chris Duarte,

8:30-11:30 p.m. Ramesses: Mixed Company 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: Battle Creek Band, 7:3010:30 p.m.

SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Non Stop Reggae Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Wedding Banned PK’s: Annaihilate The Hero/Dead Water Tres Hombres: Funky Butt Brass Band w/Soul Track Mind, 9 p.m. JOHNSTON CITY Linemen’s Lounge: Sixx Killer Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Roger Black Band, 8 p.m.-midnight Ramesses: Mixed Company THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:30- 10:30 p.m.

MONDAY MARION Hideout Restaurant: Mel Goot, 6-8 p.m. Marion Youth Center: Ragtag Band, 7-10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: SIU Dub Club, 10:30 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Mel Goot, 6-8 p.m.

20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-9978325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618833-5182 Coloni’s Bar & Grill: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin 618-988-5341 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 618-5499234 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 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 618-997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. 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 618549-3348 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 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 Underground Grill & Pub: 717 S. University Ave., Carbondale 618351-0171 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-9373718 White Ash Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Wit and Wisdom Nutritional Site: 225 E. Poplar St., West Frankfort 618-937-3070 Zeigler Eagles: 114 N. Main St., Zeigler 618-596-5651


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Herrin native David Lee Murphy sticking with songwriting after hits Murphy said he was happy to provide the act-breaking tune for Thompson Square, the Vince Hoffard husband-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. A year ago, avid Lee Murphy both members of the hasn’t had a record couple were working as out since 2004, but bartenders at The Wheel, a today he’s sitting on top of bar on Nashville’s Lower the country music world. Broadway. Nearly a decade ago, the “I’m tickled to death to Herrin native decided to have a No. 1 record. It’s a focus on songwriting in an great feeling when effort to escape the something you created torturous grind of nonstop reaches the top of the touring to promote the charts,” Murphy said, mandatory release of one during a telephone new album per year, then interview Tuesday. “They relying on radio airplay cut it at Sound Stage and concert ticket sales to Studio, the same studio earn a living. where I recorded ‘Party Songwriters have the Crowd’ and ‘Dust on the benefit of working close to Bottle.’ I knew they just home and sleeping in their killed it. I told them, own bed each night. ‘Doggone, you guys just Murphy chose this route cut a hit.’” because he had three Ironically, Thompson young sons. He wanted to Square will perform the watch them grow into song in Murphy’s old person, instead of through stomping grounds on May pictures. 30 when they open for To top it off, songwriting Savannah Jack and The can be a lucrative Band Perry at HerrinFesta business. If a writer Italiana. consistently cranks out hit Murphy said it is material, his mailbox difficult for an act like quickly fills up with hefty Thompson Square — royalty checks. which is signed to April has been a terrific independent Stoney Creek month for Murphy. Two Records — to compete weeks ago, his tune “Are against major acts from You Gonna Kiss Me or major labels with deep Not” hit No. 1 for new act pockets for promotion. Thompson Square. Last “It’s so tough for the week, the tune was nosed- little guys on independent out in the final hours of labels,” Murphy said. “It’s the chart week and fell to like building race cars in No. 2. your backyard and racin’ However, Murphy also NASCAR. It’s hard to pull was at No. 5 on the charts it off. We barely missed last week with the Kenny out of staying No. 1 for a Chesney’s summer second week, but got anthem “Live A Little,” a nosed out at the wire by tune with a thunderous Zac Brown.” AC/DC type intro that he Murphy said the is using as his opening Chesney song “Live a song for his monster 2011 Little” was written at world tour. his farm on the outskirts

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of Nashville. “I gave a copy of the demo to Doug (Casmus, his longtime manager). He played it for Buddy (Cannon, Kenny Chesney’s record producer). Buddy gave it to Kenny and he flipped over it,” Murphy said. “Kenny called me a couple months ago and we made a surprise appearance at a little bar in town. We were on his bus later that night and he told me he had cut it.” Chesney had a hit in 2006 with “Living in Fast Forward,” another song written by Murphy. Although Chesney is now a superstar, Murphy said he is quick to remind the beach-loving singer that many years ago he served as the opening act for the Southern Illinois native when they performed at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Dothan, Ala. Murphy’s ability as a songwriter was first displayed in 1985, when he wrote “Red Roses Won’t Work Now” for Reba McEntire. There are plenty of irons in the fire for Murphy. He

Herrin native David Lee Murphy wrote the No. 1 hit ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,’ performed by Thompson Square. He has also writen hits for Kenney Chesney and Reba McIntire.

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inked the new Randy Houser tune, “In God’s Time.” He also has cuts by Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Dunn, Jake Owen and Trace Adkins that could turn into singles. “I just write them and keep my fingers crossed. Once they get cut, it’s like salmon swimming

upstream. Some of them make it and some of them don’t,” the 1977 Herrin High School graduate says. “The secret is to never let up. You have to keep writing and creating new things. If you don’t, you might be retired before you know it.” Murphy will be in

concert May 13 in Rockford and has a tour of Canada planned for July. His agenda also includes planning a concert tour in Australia, with possible appearances in Hawaii. VINCE HOFFARD can be

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Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show kicks off today in Mount Vernon BY VINCE HOFFARD

Mount Vernon. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. today and features continuous music from MOUNT VERNON — local and national talent for Country Music Hall of three consecutive days. Fame members Loretta Tickets are $8 for today, $15 Lynn, Charlie Pride, Mel for Friday and $20 for Tillis and Ray Price may Saturday. A three-day pass have never gotten their is available for $38. For careers off the ground if it hadn’t been for world-class more ticket information, call 618-218-2517 or musicians like Doug 618-932-0211. Jernigan and Joe Wright Vendors will be at the working behind the scenes. show selling items related Jernigan and Wright are to the steel guitar industry. elite steel guitarists. They In an effort to appeal to a have worked countless wider fan base this year, hours in grueling lateorganizers are bringing in night sessions at top national vocal talent to Nashville studios, accompany the steel guitar ultimately creating the legends. The headlining instantly identifiable vocalist this year is Leona signature lick for many Williams. classic country tunes. “Leona is an outstanding They will be joined by singer. Through the years, other superstars of the she has become good instrument like Jeff Surratt, Lynn Owsley, Mike friends with many of our featured steel guitarists,” Sigler, Eddie Dunlap and said Dow Smith, a board Scotty Henderson at the member of the Southern 11th annual Southern Illinois Productions, the Illinois Steel Guitar Show nonprofit group that hosts at the Holiday Inn in

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CLICK & CONNECT: For a performance schedule, see this story at www.thesouthern.com/flipside. the show each year. “Our crowds have been growing every year, but unless you are a hardcore traditional country music enthusiast, you don’t recognize the big name players until we talk about who they played for. In our opinion, the vocals and music are equally important. By bringing in a big-name singer, we are providing vocal support for the pickers and becoming more appealing to the average country music fan.” Williams has been performing professionally since 1958 and always seemed to be ahead of her time. She released a 1971 single titled “Country Girl with Hot Pants On” and, with her “San Quentin’s First Lady” album in 1976, she became the first female country singer to record an album from prison. A native of Missouri, Williams was married to Merle Haggard from 197883. She wrote charttopping singles “Someday When Things Are Good” and “You Take Me for

Granted” for her husband. She also had tunes cut by George Jones, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Gene Watson and Tammy Wynette. Williams charted eight singles during her career. Her biggest hit was “The Bull And The Beaver,” a duet with Haggard. She will soon release a bluegrass album with special appearances by Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis and others. Jernigan will accompany Williams during Saturday’s grand finale. He is known for his blazing speed. During his distinguished career, he has played in the road bands of Little Jimmy Dickens, David Houston, Johnny Paycheck and Faron Young. Wright is a long-time crowd favorite. He spent many years traveling with Charlie Pride and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat with his dynamic showmanship. vincehoffard@yahoo.com 618-658-9095


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Jasper String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon. The performance closes out the Cedarhurst Chamber Music Series.

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Jasper String Quartet to close out Cedarhurst series MOUNT VERNON — The awardwinning Jasper String Quartet will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, as the final event of the 2010-11 Cedarhurst Chamber Music series. Originally formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jaspers began pursuing a professional career

when they became Rice University’s graduate quartet-inresidence in 2006 studying with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. The quartet continued their studies at Yale University, studying with the Tokyo String Quartet, and has performed across the United States and in Canada, Norway, England, Italy and Japan.

The quartet is dedicated to performing pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Ligeti, Webern and Ades. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $18 for students and $5 for students and music teachers. They can be purchased at Cedarhurst in advance or at the door. — Adam Testa

Diversity on display at chamber music society concert Sunday CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society will present a collaborative blend of classical and jazz music at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane. The concert features Illinois’ premiere jazz group the NewArts Jazztet, as well as violinist Michael Barta, violist Aurelien Petillot and pianist Yuko

Kato from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The show will feature a variety of music ranging from Eastern European to African American gospels and spirituals. Proceeds from the concert support PROVIDED scholarships for SIUC Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society will present a concert music students, some of at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Unitarian Fellowship in Carbondale. who will be in attendance at the event. Tickets are and $3 for students. the door. $15 for general admission — Adam Testa They can be purchased at

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Amy Speace to ‘Land Like a Bird’ in Carbondale CARBONDALE — Award-winning folk singer/songwriter Amy Speace’s new album is the product of a life thrown into transition. After spending several years in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey, she suddenly found herself in a new environment, the South. As she bade farewell to her Jersey City apartment, she began work on “Land Like a Bird,” her newest release that contains personal goodbyes to people and places of her East Coast past. “Life takes its twists and

turns, and as much as I loved Manhattan, I felt the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another,” she said. “Relief and anticipation went hand in hand with the grieving.” Speace has toured with Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin, and her song “Weight of the World” was ranked No. 4 Folk Song of the Decade in 2010. She will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, 515 Orchard St. Tickets are $10. — Adam Testa

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Concerts Sunday, April 17, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 Southern Illinois Steel North Parrish Lane; $15/$3; Guitar Show: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 618-536-8742. Thursday-Saturday, April 14Faculty Brass Quintet: 7:30 16, Holiday Inn and Conference p.m. Monday, April 18, Old Center, Mount Vernon; $8/$20; three-day pass, $38; Baptist Foundation Recital Hall, SIUC, free; 618-536-8742. 618-218-2517. Southern Illinois Civic Tokyo String Quartet: Orchestra and Symphonic 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; April 21, Shryock Auditorium, $10-$49; www.southern ticketsonline.com or 618-453- SIUC; $12/$6; 618-536-8742 or www.southerntickets 6000. online.com. Inside The Bach’s: 7:30 Live at the Grand Ole p.m., Friday-Saturday, April 15Varsity: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Old Baptist Foundation 21, Varsity Center For The Arts, Recital Hall, SIUC; free. Carbondale; $20; 618-453Jasper String Quartet: 6000. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Spring concert: 7 p.m. Cedarhurst Center for the Thursday, April 21, Rend Lake Arts, Mount Vernon; College Theatre, Ina; 618-437$20/$18/ $5; 5321, www.cedarhurst.org; Dub 57 Music Festival: www.jasperquartet.com. The Great Collaborators V: noon Friday, April 22 to noon, Sunday, April 24, Club 57, 203 Tri-College Choral Showcase featuring the choral programs N. Duncan Lane, Dix; 18 and up; 618-751-4086. from John A. Logan College, Isabelle Demers: Organist, Rend Lake College and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, Southeastern Illinois College, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Logan free; 618-536-8742. College, Carterville; free; Apples and Handgrenades: 618-985-3741. Southern Illinois Chamber 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Liberty Theater, 1333 Walnut Music Society: Featuring the St., Murphysboro; all ages; $5; New Arts Jazztet, 3 p.m.

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www.applesandhandgrenades. com. Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour: June 11, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta; $55; www.countrythrowdown. com.

Indiana The Marlinaires: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Boot City Opry, 11800 S. Highway 41, Terre Haute; $11; www.boot cityopry.com or 812-299-8379.

Kentucky Kentucky Opry Talent Search: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16$7.50; eliminations; 270-5277869 or www.kentuckyopry. com. Triumphant: Paducah Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Carson Center, Paducah; $15/$40; 270-450-4444; www.thecarsoncenter.org. Missouri Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart, 7:30 p.m. May 2, Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau; 573-651-5000.


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Directed by David Yates. Rated PG-13. Country Strong: A rising country-music songwriter sparks with a fallen star. Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager and a beauty queen-turnedsinger. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Directed by Shana Feste. Rated PG-13. Summer in Genoa: A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality. Starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis and Willa Holland. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Rated R.

MURPHYSBORO — Irving Berlin’s 1948 classic “Easter Parade” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the historic Liberty Theater in downtown Murphysboro. Starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, the movie tells the story of dancing team Don Hewes and Nadine Hale. Hale decides to take her career on its own path, and Hewes finds himself a new partner. Eventually, this new duo is offered a spot with the same dance company where Hale performs. The trio quickly find themselves involved in a complicated triangle of love and dance. Donations are requested for admission. Proceeds support ongoing renovation and revitalization efforts at the theater.

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois native Jon Merz will be making a trip back home, as he and his band Soul Track Mind will perform Saturday, April 16, at Tres Hombres, 119 N. Washington. Soul Track Mind blends 1960s and 70s-era soul and R&B with flares of jazz, blues, funk and dance rhythms to deliver a unique knockout punch PROVIDED with a sound deeply Soul Track Mind will perform Saturday, April 16, at Tres rooted in retro convictions Hombres, 119 N. Washington in Carbondale. that feels fresh and modern. trombone and percussion Soul” last year. Merz, The group released its for the eight-man group. originally from debut album “Ghost of — Adam Testa Carbondale, plays

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Walker’s Bluff launches ‘Film Friday’ series CARTERVILLE — Walker’s Bluff will launch its 2011 movie season with a 7:40 p.m. screening of Academy Award-nominated “Toy Story 3” on Friday, April 22. Admission to this and other Friday night films is free. Through the rest of the summer, other movies, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I,” “Iron Man 2” and “Yogi Bear,” will be shown. Scheduled films include: May 13: “Post Grad” May 27: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I” July 1: “The Sandlot” Other events will be added in the future. Walker’s Bluff is at 14400 Meridian Road. — Adam Testa

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‘Rio’ a colorful and fun flick for the whole family ‘Rio’ ***1/2 Rated PG for mild off color humor; starring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan and Jamie Foxx; directed by Carlos Saldanha; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

It doesn’t take four minutes for “Rio” to set itself apart from all the “Ice Age” movies the animators at Blue Sky made before it. A rain forest filled with parrots, macaws, cockatoos and toucans sing and dance the samba in a flying delirium of color.

And then the poachers show up. Comical, colorful, wonderfully cast and beautifully animated, “Rio” is the first Blue Sky movie that could be compared to the best of Pixar. It weighs weighty subjects with a light touch, embraces the music of the culture it visits and delivers delights like few cartoons this side of the Golden Age of Disney. This is an adventure comedy about endangered species set to a rumpshaking beat. Blu, given a witty, nervous nerdy voice by the wonderful Jesse Eisenberg, was nabbed during the bird-napping expedition in the opening. He tumbles into the hands of little Linda and they grow up in

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Moose Lake, Minn., devoted to each other. Fifteen years later, a goofy scientist (Rodrigo Santoro) talks shy, homebody Linda (Leslie Mann) into bringing Blu to Rio de Janeiro. Blu is the last male cerulean blue macaw and there’s a female blue macaw who has to be his Miss Right. Of course, the spunky, jungle-savvy Jewel (Anne Hathaway) wants nothing from Blu but his help escaping. That’s tricky, as he never learned how to fly. And he doesn’t get her mania for freedom. “I wouldn’t expect a pet to understand,” she hisses. And then they’re

poached, again, by a gang of thieves with a wicked pet cockatoo (a perfect Jemaine Clement). The macaws will have to learn to work together. And they’ll need the help of a friendly, henpecked toucan (George Lopez), a couple of streetwise, crooning/rapping songbirds (Jamie Foxx, will. i. am) and a daffy bulldog (Tracy Morgan) to pull this off. All this happens during Carnival, Brazil’s nationwide party of costumed parades, an orgy of glitter and song. The film showcases, in dazzling animated digital 3-D, the glories of Rio and this festival. Native Brazilian director

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Carlos Saldanha may have earned his bones with those obscenely successful “Ice Age” movies, but give him a project close to his heart — he co-scripted this — and the movie just sings. Literally. Sergio Mendes consulted on the music, and from the assorted sambas and insertion of “The Girl from Ipanema” to the bossa nova beat of other tunes — it shows. “I poop on people,” Clement croons in a song he wrote, “and blame it on the seagulls.” There isn’t a bad voice in the mix. And giving somebody with Lopez’s timing the job of getting the two non-lovebirds

together pays off, and how. “Young love, always so melodramatic.” The songs themselves don’t compare with Disney’s best, even Clement’s wickedly funny “Pretty Bird.” But “Rio” is such a delight, so much better than anything we’ve seen in animated form this year, that you won’t mind the 3-D premium prices, you won’t hate that your children want to watch the BluRay over and over again when it comes out on video, and won’t dread the compulsion they’ll feel to do sequels — lots and lots of sequels — and probably spoil it as they do.


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‘Scream 4’ barely resurrects franchise survivors of that series — older, a tad wiser and showing their mileage — are back. So Williamson and Craven have made an “In Praise of Older Women” for the horror crowd — a showcase for Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, firstgeneration “Scream”-ers. The movie staggers out of the starting gate with a “meta” take on the whole “How do you top the original?” post-modernist horror movie that BY ROGER MOORE comments on horror MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS movies. It begins with a movie within a movie “Scream,” that cutlery, within a movie, all playing cleavage and quips franchise, returns to life — the same “Who is this?” sort of — with “Scream 4” phone game from the era before caller ID. (Among (or “Scre4m”), another those in the fake films are sashay down self-aware Kristen Bell and Oscar “meta-movie” lane with winner Anna Paquin.) director Wes Craven and Every character in these writer Kevin Williamson. It’s a fitfully amusing, not films-within-films notes “It’s been done to death,” remotely scary slasher picture that refuses to take but nobody listens. Eventually we transition its own advice, one drilled to historic Woodsboro, the into our heads (not town where “it all literally, praise be) by the happened.” “Ghostface” movie itself: found a big knife, donned “Don’t (bleep) with the a mask inspired by a original!” famous painting and went As a “Don’t open that after all the buxom babes door!” thriller that in town ... and Campbell. involves us, connects us It’s the anniversary of with characters and the original mass murders, frightens us, it fails. which were turned into As a satire of the Media popular books by Gale Generation, drunken, horror-obsessed cellphone Weathers (Cox) and into a string of hit “Stab” horror and viral video-addicted movies. Now Sidney teenagers, it stumbles. Prescott (Campbell) has Somebody explain her own book, about “Twitter” and “texting” surviving all the various and “live streaming” to nut-with-a-knife assaults those geezers Williamson she endured. Her book and Craven. publicity tour brings her But as a tribute to the original movie, it more or back to Woodsboro. And it all begins again. less succeeds. The

‘Scream 4’ *1/2

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking; starring Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Rory Culkin; directed by Wes Craven; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion.

The new group of tarty teens under the threat of Ghostface are Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts and Marielle Jaffe. The “new” horror movie nerds are Rory Culkin — yes, those Culkins — and Erik Knudsen. Same old incompetent cop, only now Dewey (David Arquette) is sheriff and is married to Gale, an ex-journalist whose writing career has dried up until the killings start again. Same phone calls. Same pointless, heartless attacks. Same entrails. Professionalism hides the sense that Craven and Williamson feel any “All these years later, and this is what they’ll let me do?” frustration. But from casting look-alikes in some of the kid roles in this “reboot” to the extremes Williamson has to go to to keep characters — any of them — from dialing 911, pulling a pistol or generally being cautious or fighting back — the fatigue is there. At least the dialogue has that same snarky snap — “She fears The Reaper,” one quips; “She’s on the cutting room floor” Ghostface hisses to another, putting in movie terms the mayhem he is creating. But it’s hard not to see Williamson rolling his eyes as he typed out this argument. Heaven knows I did. “You’ve over-thinking it!” “Am I? Or is the person writing this underthinking it?”

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Courtney Cox stars in ‘Scream 4,’ which opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion.

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