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half century ago to enhance their successful formula by adding more CARBONDALE — It was seating, better parking, expansive banquet rooms just over a year ago when and flat-screen TVs to Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta, a enhance the dining fixture on Carbondale’s experience. Strip for more than 40 While all of this is years, moved its operation certainly “new and just to the north of its improved” for Pagliai’s, original location on Illinois Avenue. While the there’s no need to improve what is tried and true. The well-known restaurant original brick oven has may have physically moved a little, the attitude made the move to the new location and the kitchen is and inspiration that have still fully visible from the made “Pag’s” such a dining room, which allows success didn’t budge. guests to not only see their “Our quality and food being prepared but consistency is really our also demonstrates the strong point and the level of quality and care personal touch we add to put into every meal that is everything we do,” says prepared. the restaurant’s owner, Pagliai’s offers several Melissa Parsons. “We options for their wanted to preserve the family feeling you get here handmade pizza crust — you can enjoy your pie too. There’s a wide baked on a brick, thin or definition of family — it thick, which results in a could be a young couple, crispy crust or if you like students or a large, your pizza soft and chewy, extended family — we you can opt for a thin or really just want to make thick crust baked in a pan. people happy and I think Pagliai’s has also added we do that.” The new 4,000-square- whole wheat crust to the menu. The options don’t foot facility has allowed stop with the crust, the restaurant Parsons’ parents, Connie and Larry however. Pagliai’s offers Anderson, started nearly a over 20 toppings, allowing

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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 618-529-5454 or online at www.thesouthern.com/top20.Cards are $20.

DETAILS Who: Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta What: Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches Where: 509 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4 pm.-11 pm. Saturday and Sunday Phone: 618-457-0321 Web: www.pagliaiscarbondale.com guests to build their own favorite or choose from a number of popular specialty pizzas like “Joe’s Special” — a thin-crust pie with sausage (which Pag’s grinds in-house), pepperoni, extra cheese, onions, Canadian bacon and extra sauce — or “Big Red” — a tomato pizza featuring thick pan-baked crust, tomatoes and double cheese. Hungry for pasta? Pagliai’s has you covered there too. You can get cavatelli, fettuccini (alfredo or primavera),

lasagna, manicotti, mostaccioli and, of course, spaghetti. All of Pagliai’s pasta dished are served with garlic bread and dinners include a salad as well. On Tuesday evenings, you can get a large order of spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce and garlic bread for only $3.25! Pag’s also offers pick-up and delivery. If you haven’t in a while, come see what’s new (and not so new) at one of Carbondale’s most beloved restaurants!


MOVIES Authors & Books Book sale: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, and 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Sallie Logan Public Library, 1808 Walnut St., Murphysboro; preview sale, Friday, $5 admission. Going Green: Book signing by Chris Skates, 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Marion Bookworm, Illinois Star Centre; a novel filled with intrigue and suspense that involves murder, suspicion, Islam, environmentalism and terrorism; 618-997-3790. The Amazing Appleknockers: Illinois’ Cinderella Basketball Team of 1964 by Anne Ryman and Teri Campbell, book signing and reunion of team members, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden; www. luskcreekpublishing.com.

Classes Student Center Craft Shop: Variety of crafts and classes offered, SIUC; 618-453-3636, www.siuc studentcenter.org.

Car shows Marion Cruise Night: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, square, downtown Marion; food, music; 618-998-8039. Christopher Car and Truck Show: Registration, 9 a.m.noon Saturday, June 11, Christopher Fire Department, North Thomas Street; 50-50 Drawing, auction, raffles; Hot Rod Nights.

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Pavillion, Carbondale; music, food, crafts; through Oct. 28; 618-529-5044 or www. carbondalemainstreet.com. The Collector’s Caravan: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Perry County Courthouse square, Pinckneyville; antiques, crafts and collectibles; silent auction; vendor deadline, Friday, May 27; www.pinckneyville.com; 618-357-8931; 618-357-3243. Old School House Party: Featuring DJ Lee Hayes, 9 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, May 28, Elks Club, 220 W. Jackson St., Carbondale; $10; proceeds to I Can Read! 618-559-3452, 618-559-5004. Family Jamboree: Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; MMA fighting, demo derby, motor cross, classic car show, horse show, concerts, fishing, hiking and biking; camping, $20/night; events free for campers except for MMA fights; noncampers, $10 per carload parking fee covers the cost for all events except MMA; www.agr.state.il.us/dq; 618-319-5292, 618-542-1515. Wrestling event: Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will be making an appearance at Rent One Park on Tuesday, May 31, before Miners game; $20 admission fee includes a box seat ticket to the game, meet-and-greet with Duggan, an autograph and a perfect game coupon for a hot dog, drink and chips during the game; purchase tickets by Monday, May 30, by calling 618-998-8499. Ava Homecoming: Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4;

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firefighters water table fights, 3 p.m. Saturday; auto extrication competition between fire departments, 7 p.m. Saturday; music by Red Roots, Thursday; Metal Toyz, Friday; Crossing Mason, Saturday and music by Hangman over Boardwalk Friday and Saturday; 618-4575200, ext. 67606. Country Quilts and Memories: Quilt show, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, The Egyptian School, Tamms-Olive Branch Blacktop near Tamms; old and new quilts of local quilters and collectors; china display; also area history, scrapbooking; light lunch, noon; guest speaker, historian Darrell Dexter; $10; 618-6158323, cald7727@hughes.net. 100 Men Who Cook: Saturday, June 4, SIUC Student Center Ballrooms; chefs from Carbondale community will prepare their best dish to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale; $60 for individuals, $450 for a table of eight; price includes a 100 Men Who Cook cookbook; 618-457-3735 or mindy. combs@oldnational.com. TNA Wrestling: Professional wrestling event featuring Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, Rent One Park, Marion; $20-$50; southernillinoisminers.com or 618-998-8499.

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films, music, art, road races; www.herrinfesta.com. Carrier Mills Springfest: Thursday-Saturday, May 2628, downtown Carrier Mills; carnival opens, 5 p.m. Thursday; gospel night, 7 p.m. Thursday; pet parade, 7 p.m. Friday; Righteous Rebels, 8 p.m. Friday; carnival, 3 p.m. Saturday, Salty Dog, 7-10 p.m. Saturday; food, flea market, wrestling; 618-994-2205. Heritage Festival: FridaySaturday, May 27-28, along the Ohio River, Elizabethtown; outdoor play, ladies tea, duck races on the Ohio, pageant, quilt demonstrations and entertainment; 618-287-7090; www.hardincountyil.org. Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine and Arts Festival: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Riverside Park, Murphysboro; 12 wineries; food; local artisans; music by Wil Maring, noon and Kevin Lucas Orchestra,

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3 p.m. Saturday; Giant City Slickers, noon and Ivas John Band, 3 p.m., Sunday; www. shawneefest.com or 618-5652206. Cache River Nature Fest: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, Cache River Wetland Center, 8885 Illinois 37, Cypress; explore bald cypress-water tupelo swamp; guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demos, exhibits; 800-248-4373 or www.cacherivernaturefest.org The Taste of Tunnel Hill Trail Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday June 4, Vienna City Park, Vienna; bike rides, wine tasting from the five most southern wineries, shrimp, music, and arts/crafts; 618695-3546 or www.tunnelhilltrail.com.

Film Sustainable Living Film Series: Second and fourth

THEATER Fridays, Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 E Jackson St., Carbondale; “The Business of Being Born,” 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27; free; question and answer-style discussions follow; 618-5295044 or www.longbranch coffeehouse.com.

Theater Auditions Taming of the Shrew: Auditions, 6:30 p.m. MondayTuesday, June 6-7, Liberty Theater, Murphysboro; presented by Three Graces Theatre; show dates, Aug. 12, 13, 14; 618-687-4077, ext. 150.

Theater/Performances TESSI recitals: The Talent Education School of Southern Illinois recitals, 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Carbondale Civic Center, room 108; free; refreshments follow; 618-4576300.

Festivals HerrinFesta Italiana: Today through Monday, May 30, downtown Herrin; carnival,

Comedy The Carbondale Comedians: Stand-up comedy, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, Station #13, 2400 W. Main St., Carbondale; attached to the old Royal Plaza Inn; 618-5292424.

Events Friday Night Fair: 6-9 p.m. Friday nights, Town Square

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Special Italian Buffet Served @ Villa Rosa Thursday, May 26th through Saturday, May 28th 11am-2pm $695 plus drink Fried Chicken Buffet Served Sunday 11am-2pm Full menu also available featuring our delicious steaks, pastas, sandwiches and desserts

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Undefeated 618 MMA Heavyweight Champion Joe Norris applies a rear naked choke to Adam Grapperhouse. Joe Norris will be defending his title Saturday against Shane Wells at 618 MMA Midwest Pride VI Cage Fights at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Du Quoin hosts family fun this weekend DU QUOIN — Big names and hard hits are coming to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds as part of “The Family Jamboree” this weekend. The event will feature MMA fighting, along with demolition derby, motor cross, a classic car show, concerts, fishing, hiking and biking. “We are looking forward to a huge threeday event,” said John Rednour, Jr., manager of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. “As you know, we have plenty of parking, plenty of room, plenty of food and plenty of events to make the weekend fun for every family.” Families will also have the opportunity to camp on the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Camping spots cost only $20 a night. All events are free for campers except for the MMA fights. Noncampers will pay a $10 per carload parking fee. The $10 parking fee covers the cost for all events also except for the MMA fights. Here is the lineup for Memorial Day PROVIDED weekend: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and A Western Horse Show will be at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 29: Western Horse Show 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28: Demo Derby 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28: MMA fights; for tickets, call 618-319-5292 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29: Classic Car Show 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29: 4 Play opens for Johnny Rock-itt; from 8 p.m. to midnight, Johnny Rock-itt performs 9 a.m. Monday, May 30: Motor Cross For more information call the fairgrounds at 618-542-1515. — Adam Testa

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CHRISTOPHER — Residents of this Franklin County community will celebrate their homecoming next week with a special festival line-up. The event begins on Wednesday, June 1, and continues through Sunday, June 5. The schedule includes: Wednesday, June 1 5 p.m.: Carnival opens 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony Thursday, June 2 5 p.m.: Carnival opens 5 p.m.: Women’s bocce tournament 6 p.m.: Variety show 7 p.m.: Breeden, Bradley and Maze concert Friday, June 3 5 p.m. Men’s bocce tournament

6 p.m. Softball tournament 6 to 8 p.m.: Steak cookoff Saturday, June 4 7 to 10:30 a.m.: Lions Club pancake breakfast at the Civic Center 10 a.m.: Car show registration begins 11 a.m.: Bicycle rodeo for kids 10 and younger 1 p.m.: Barbecue cookoff judging and awards 2 to 6 p.m.: Cooter Brown Band concert 7:30 p.m.: Egyptian Combo concert Sunday, June 5 1 to 2 p.m.: Ice cream social 2 to 4 p.m.: Multiple Christian performers in concert — Adam Testa

Festival, bike ride celebrate Tunnel Hill Trail region VIENNA — The sounds of bicyclists echoing through the Tunnel Hill Trail Tunnel aren’t far off. On Saturday, June 4, at the Vienna City Park, bicyclists of all ages will take part in the first Taste of Tunnel Hill Trail Bike Ride. This event celebrates the bike trail, the communities along the trail and enjoyment of health and fitness in Southern Illinois. Offering opportunities for all skill sets and ages, all of the routes start and finish at the park, and range from 16 to 95 miles. There’s also a 28-mile road route looping from Vienna to Belknap and back to Vienna. The day starts at 8 a.m. Pre-event registration is $30. Children

under 15 ride free with a paid adult. Online registration or a downloadable form can be found at www.tunnel hilltrail.com. Participants can celebrate completing the trail ride by enjoying the Taste of Tunnel Hill Trail Festival, presented by the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Vienna City Park. This event showcases the best of food and wine offerings along the Tunnel Hill Trail Corridor. Wineries will offer tastings and a variety of local foods will be available, including locally-raised shrimp. Live entertainment will be provided by Lew Jetton and 61 South and Remedy. — Adam Testa

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Jeff Hauser of Pomona Winery jokes with festival goers at the 2011 Shawnee Hills Art and Wine fair at Riverside Park in Murphysboro.

Wine and art festival returns to Murphysboro’s Riverside Park MURPHYSBORO — The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Art & Wine Festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, at Murphysboro’s Riverside Park. Four bands will play at the historic band shell, and all the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries will participate. The two-day event will feature the works of local artists. Mase’s Place and 17th Street Bar & Grill will provide food. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 dollars at the gate. Tickets without wine tasting are $6. Advance tickets are

available at www.shawneefest.com or at Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce, 203 S. 13th St. Singer-songwriter Wil Maring opens at noon Saturday, with the awardwinning Kevin Lucas Orchestra at 3 p.m. Western swing band The Giant City Slickers play noon Sunday, and Ivas John Band at 3 p.m. Among the local artists expected to participate are Thomas Casey, Brenda S. Cooley, Dianne Conover, Dave Dardis, Michael Czerwonka, Cindy Kretz and Charlotte Hill. — D.W. Norris

CARRIER MILLS — The city festival formerly known as Catskin Days reemerges this year under a new banner, Spring Fest. The event begins tonight and continues through Saturday. Events include: Thursday, May 26 5 p.m.: Carnival opens 7 p.m. Gospel night featuring the First United Methodist Church W.O.W. Praise Team Friday, May 27 5 p.m.: Carnival opens 8 p.m.: USA Championship Wrestling show on Main Street featuring TNA knockout Mickie James 8 to 10 p.m.: Righteous Rebels Saturday, May 28 3 p.m.: Carnival opens 4 p.m.: Cake walk PROVIDED TNA knockout Mickie James will wrestle at 5 to 7 p.m.: Entertainment on the 8 p.m. Friday, May 27. main stage 7 to 10 p.m.: Salty Dogs 8 p.m.: USA Championship Wrestling show on Main Street — Adam Testa

Elizabethtown celebrates heritage with festival ELIZABETHTOWN — Hardin County will celebrate its heritage this weekend with a county festival. This is the first year the Hardin County Heritage Festival will take place in May instead of its traditional fall dates. Set for Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, the event features 1900’s style entertainment and activities.

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Events include a pageant, quilt show, duck race, craft and food vendors, a period ball, a regal women’s tea and live entertainment. Events take place in Elizabethtown and at the Hardin County K-12 School east of town on Illinois 146. For more information, call 618-287-7090. — Adam Testa


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Exhibits 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. SIU Women’s Club Painting Interest Group: Central Showcase at Realty Central, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; variety of works; hours, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.noon Saturday; through June 4. 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: through June 4. FAITH, Klintsy, Russia: Yeiser Art Center, Paducah; photographic documentary about a small sect of Baptist believers in Klintsy, Russia; photographs by Michael Walker and narrative by Jamie Broome; through June 11; 270-442-2453 or www.theyeiser.org. Ken Burnside: Miniature en plein air landscape oil paintings, anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; noon-6 p.m.

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Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; through June 12; www.anthill gallery.com Nature’s Bounty and Gourdgeous Gourds: Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; display of hand painted gourds, a selection of nature paintings and photographs; through June 15. Compositions From The Heart: By Marlene Webb, front lobby, CASA, Benton Square; includes various media on canvas; through June; 618-927-2804. Simply Susan: By Susan Edwards, The Tribeca Gallery, 127 Market House Square, downtown Paducah; through July 12; susan@wildhair studios.com or plumbart@bellsouth. net. The Fantastic Worlds of Ralph Guy: Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; through July 24; www.cedarhurst.org or 618-2421236. Through The Looking Glass: Disney to Vegas features the work of Michael Sarver, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; through July 24; www.cedarhurst.org or 618-242-1236. CitiBlocs: Cedarhurst Center for

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The Arts, Mount Vernon; hands-on gallery exhibit for families, where they will be encouraged to build their own creations as well as pattern structures after various models using wooden building blocks; through July 24; www.cedarhurst.org or 618-2421236. Tradition and Innovation: Three Visions of Craft, Mitchell Museum Gallery at Cedarhurst, Mount Vernon; features Dick Codding, Marilyn Codding Boysen and Bill Boysen; through July 24; www.cedarhurst.org or 618-2421236. A New Twist on Tradition: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, Rend Lake, north of Benton; quilt artists who have reinterpreted traditional quilt patterns into a unique vision include Gail Baar, Rod Butterfield, Sharon DeLaCruz, Sherrie Grob, Deborah Fell, Robin Haller, Marie Samuel, Sue Spurlock, Ruth Stegmeyer, Susan Swisher, Laura Wasilowski and Sandra Werlich; through Aug. 21; 618-6292220. A Parade of Quilts: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, Rend Lake, north of Benton; varied display of unique art quilts created by

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members of the Illinois Artisans Program; both traditional and modern designs; through Sept. 15; 618-629-2220. 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 618-4535388. Civil War Era Quilts: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, Rend Lake, north of Benton; includes a quilt from Anna whose fabrics include both Union and Confederate uniforms, said to be the sons of the maker; an album quilt made by a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln and quilts made by mothers and sisters of soldiers; exit 77 off of Interstate 57; hours, 9-5 p.m. daily; free; through Sept. 30; 618-6292220. Down On The Farm: Memories of Not That Long Ago, Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Murphysboro; through mid-November; 618-3030569 or johnaloganmuseum@ 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

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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. 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; paintings of landscapes, seascapes, people, pets; 618-889-5330 or vanjol@frontier. com.

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our of the biggest names in the music industry — Hinder, The Band Perry, Saving Abel and Easton Corbin — will be showcased this year at HerrinFesta Italiana. The 21st edition of the popular festival began Monday with the crowning of Chelsye Vincent of Marion as the HerrinFest Queen for 2011. Five big days of music starts tonight with a wide variety of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll with The Brat Pack at 6 p.m. and Hairbanger’s Ball at 8 p.m. Starting with a bang, the line-up only gets more powerful the next four nights, beginning with Saving Abel at 10 p.m. Friday, Hinder at 10 p.m. Saturday, Easton Corbin at 10 p.m. Sunday and The Band Perry bringing down the curtain at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $12 for tonight’s show and $15 the other four days. “This is the best lineup we’ve had in the history of the festival. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ we are going to have great entertainment, it’s a fact. All our headliners have mighty impressive credentials,” said HerrinFesta Executive Director Jim Gentile. “We have four major acts with new music that is dominating the radio airwaves. This is fresh, cutting-edge talent that we are offering for a very reasonable price.”

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the charts. As a result, he was named Best New Country Act of 2010 by Billboard magazine. “You can’t get a better endorsement than Billboard,” Gentile said. “As soon as he came out, people started comparing him to George Strait. He’s a great singer and is going to be around for a long time.” Saturday is designed to showcase the best country talent in Southern Illinois, starting at 3 p.m. with the Texaco Country Showdown. A field of 20 contestants competed in the semifinals at Hangar 9 in Carbondale on Tuesday and 10 advanced to the local finals at Herrinfest. The finalist are: Matt Basler of Herrin, Patrick Lee Beasley of Vienna, Jessica Krongos of Carterville, Cole Bossong of Carbondale, Chris McGee of Marion, Andrea Eads of Carterville, Travis Parks of Carrier Mills, Justin Easton of Murphysboro, Southern Belles of Du Quoin and Jim Cato of Goreville. Local favorites Dave Clark and Deanna PROVIDED Freeman will perform at 4 p.m., The Band Perry will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at HerrinFesta Italiana. followed by the annual return of Wild Horses, who have an enormous fan base Behavior” in 2004 from Universal “We’ve created a fad that isn’t going Gentile said advance ticket sales in Central Texas. Herrin’s Kaylee Mezo Records. The disc included actaway. The Brat Pack plays bubble gum were better than anticipated and kept will be a special guest performing with music from the eighties like Madonna, breaking single “Lips of an Angel.” improving as the event officially the band. However, the Oklahoma-based group while Hairbanger’s Ball is more arena started earlier this week. Newcomer Jason Jones takes the went in a more alternative direction rock like Van Halen, Guns & Roses and Gentile and his entertainment stage at 8 p.m. and Corbin brings down with follow-up album “Take It to the Bon Jovi,” Gentile said. “We will have committee worked countless hours the curtain at 10 p.m. Limit” and hit the dreaded sophomore brothers and sisters at the show with through the past six months piecing Gentile said the committee hit a pair their mom and dad. It’s a great night to slump. Last year, the band’s fan base together an incredible talent package. of home runs when piecing together hear the entire range of eighties music.” was re-energized with new album “All talent for the final day. They were able All of the work has been done. A huge American Nightmare.” Friday night is an experiment for stage has been erected in the back of to get a contract signed on The Band “Hinder developed a huge base of Gentile and the entertainment the Herrin Civic Center, the Perry before the single “If I Die Young” committee. For the first time, they are rock fans with its first album, then centerpiece of the event that has completed dominated radio in late 2010. offering a double feature, starting with went alternative with its second turned into Southern Illinois’ premier The Band Perry is composed of lead Cavo at 8 p.m. Cavo, another St. Louis album. It made new fans, but lost the summer festival. singer Kimberly Perry and her two area band, had major hits with “Crash” old ones. The new album, ‘All The only thing stopping potential instrumentalist brothers. They hit the and “Champagne,” which reached No. 1 American Nightmare,’ is a smash record breaking crowds from country charts in 2009 with debut because it brings both bases together,” single “Hip to My Heart” and released on the Billboard Mainstream Rock descending on HerrinFest this year is Chart. Both tunes are from their 2009 Gentile said. “Hinder is back with a the threat of foul weather. only one single in 2010, but it was the album “Brick Nights, Dark Days” from vengeance. We were lucky and signed “I’ve been watching the weather very monster “If I Die Young.” The band is them just before the third album blew Warner/Reprise Records. close. It looks like we are going to see currently in the Top 10 with single “You Saving Abel has been a consistent hit- up. They drew a crowd of 55,000 two some rain tonight,” he said. “All I’m Lie.” This year, The Band Perry won a weeks ago. If the weather cooperates, maker since 2008. The band’s hearing for the rest of the week is Grammy Award for Top New Vocal popularity undoubtedly increased after this could be a record-breaking crowd.” Group and was named Top New Artist scattered showers. For us, the weather The Egyptian Combo opens the touring with Nickelback, Hinder and report is a bigger obstacle than the by the Academy of Country Music. entertainment extravaganza at 4 p.m. weather itself. If the fans hear about a 30 Papa Roach. The Mississippi-based Gentile said he knew he had to bring on Saturday, followed by Dr. Zhivegas at Thompson Square to Herrinfest the first group had hits like “Addicted,” percent chance of rain, they stay home. 6 p.m., Solovus at 8:15 p.m. and Hinder time he heard “Are You Gonna Kiss Me “Drowning (Face Down)” and “18 In reality, there is a seven in 10 chance at 10 p.m. that it won’t rain, and I like those odds.” Days,” then topped the charts late last Or Not” and was told it was written by After three days of rock, Herrinfest year with “The Sex Is Good.” Gentile said he resisted the urge to Herrin native David Lee Murphy. Against The Tide is the opening act at shifts to a country mode. tinker with the opening night lineup, Thompson Square opens the Easton Corbin is the featured act on 6 p.m. Friday. which is traditionally reserved for the entertainment package at 3 p.m. Hinder has been a driving force on the Sunday. Last year was a breakout year St. Louis-based Hairbanger’s Ball. He Monday, followed by Savannah Jack at for the Florida native, as his first two intentionally paired them with another rock scene for a decade. The band 5 p.m. and The Band Perry at 7:30 p.m. singles, “A Little More Country Than soared to national prominence with cover band that plays different music triple platinum debut album “Extreme That” and “Roll With It,” hit the top of vincehoffard@yahoo.com / 618-658-9095 from the same era.

Italian films to be screened during HerrinFesta HERRIN — Herrin City Library has announced the next two features in the library’s Italian film series, co-sponsored by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis. Two contemporary films from Italy will be shown during HerrinFesta Italiana in the library’s community meeting room. Titles of the two new films are “Febbre da fieno (Hayfever),” and “L’uomo fiammifero (The Thin Match-Man).” L’Uomo Fiammifero will be shown at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and “Febbre da fieno” will be shown at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27. Light refreshments will be provided at each screening. The screenings

are free and open to the public. Presented in Italian with English subtitles, “Febbre da fieno” is a contemporary romantic comedy about a vintage shop in Rome and the misfits who mind the store. A movie for adults and children, Fantasy tale “L’uomo Fiammifero” will delight young people ages 10 and up. In the film, an 11-year-old boy named Simone is forced to stay home with his angry father. Then a green-eyed girl, Lorenza, arrives in the country on holiday. Thus begins an unforgettable summer looking for the thin match-man. — Adam Testa

HerrinFesta Italiana 2011 schedule of events HERRIN — For one week each year, everyone in Southern Illinois is Italian. HerrinFesta Italiana invokes a sense of pride in heritage for descendents of Italian immigrants and others alike. Pride runs the strongest in Herrin, where this week-long celebration has become an annual cornerstone for entertainment and family fun in Southern Illinois. This year’s event, which began Monday, is now heading into the full swing of Memorial Day weekend, when nationally known bands will take center stage and events with local flair will return to the forefront of people’s minds. For those looking for alternatives to the music of the festival, there are plenty of other options. From parades and fair food to competitive tournaments, HerrinFesta offers a diverse line-up. Popular favorites including multiple bocce competitions, a golf tournament and a pasta eating competition return this year, joined by the festival’s first bean bag tournament on Monday. Here is a full schedule of remaining events for this year’s HerrinFesta: Thursday, May 26 2 p.m.: Italian children’s film “L’uomo Fiammifero,” Herrin City Library 4 p.m.: Rededication ceremony for George Rogers Clark Mural, U.S. Post Office

5 p.m.: HerrinFesta Fun and Fashion event, Herrin Elks Club 6 p.m.: The Brat Pack, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Hairbanger’s Ball, Piazza Stage Friday, May 27 7 a.m.: Prayer breakfast, Herrin Civic Center 11 a.m.: Denzil Walker/Hal Norment Festa Golf Tournament, Pine Lakes Golf Course 11 a.m.: Robert A. Ferarri Corporate Division Bocce Tournament, Herrin bocce court 4 p.m.: Kids’ bike and pet parade, Our Lady of Mount Carmel parking lot 5 p.m.: Italian film “Febbre Da Fieno,” Herrin City Library 5:30 p.m.: Sponsors’ VIP party, sponsors’ tent inside the Piazza 6 p.m.: Against the Tide, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Cavo, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Saving Abel, Piazza Stage Saturday, May 28 8 a.m.: Tri-Festa Triathlon, John A. Logan College 8 a.m.: Masonic Lodge breakfast, Masonic Lodge at corner of 14th and Adams streets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Car show, Herrin City Park 11 a.m.: Grand parade, Park Avenue 12:30 p.m.: Adult-child bocce tournament, Herrin bocce courts 1:30 p.m.: Bigga Nose contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 1:30 p.m. Kids’ Fun Park, Our Lady of Mount Carmel playground

2:30 p.m.: Pasta sauce contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 3 p.m. Pasta eating contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 3:30 p.m.: Grape stomp, Civic Center north parking lot 4 p.m.: Egyptian Combo 50th anniversary show, Piazza Stage 6 p.m.: Dr. Zhivegas, Piazza Stage 8:15 p.m.: Solovus, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Hinder, Piazza Stage Sunday, May 29 11 a.m.: Special Intention mass, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 12:30 p.m.: Poker Run, J&J Time Out Sports Bar on West Cherry Street 12:30 p.m.: Volleyfesta, volleyball courts 1 p.m.: International Championship Bocce tournament, Herrin bocce courts 3 p.m.: Texaco Country Showdown, Piazza Stage 4 p.m.: Dave Clark and Deanna Freeman, Piazza Stage 6 p.m.: Wild Horses, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Jason Jones, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Easton Corbin, Piazza Stage Monday, May 30 8 a.m.: Road races 9 a.m.: Memorial Day service, doughboy on North Park Avenue 10 a.m.: Bags tournament, Piazza 3 p.m.: Thompson Square, Piazza Stage 5 p.m.: Savannah Jack, Piazza Stage 7:30 p.m.: The Band Perry, Piazza Stage

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our of the biggest names in the music industry — Hinder, The Band Perry, Saving Abel and Easton Corbin — will be showcased this year at HerrinFesta Italiana. The 21st edition of the popular festival began Monday with the crowning of Chelsye Vincent of Marion as the HerrinFest Queen for 2011. Five big days of music starts tonight with a wide variety of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll with The Brat Pack at 6 p.m. and Hairbanger’s Ball at 8 p.m. Starting with a bang, the line-up only gets more powerful the next four nights, beginning with Saving Abel at 10 p.m. Friday, Hinder at 10 p.m. Saturday, Easton Corbin at 10 p.m. Sunday and The Band Perry bringing down the curtain at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $12 for tonight’s show and $15 the other four days. “This is the best lineup we’ve had in the history of the festival. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ we are going to have great entertainment, it’s a fact. All our headliners have mighty impressive credentials,” said HerrinFesta Executive Director Jim Gentile. “We have four major acts with new music that is dominating the radio airwaves. This is fresh, cutting-edge talent that we are offering for a very reasonable price.”

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the charts. As a result, he was named Best New Country Act of 2010 by Billboard magazine. “You can’t get a better endorsement than Billboard,” Gentile said. “As soon as he came out, people started comparing him to George Strait. He’s a great singer and is going to be around for a long time.” Saturday is designed to showcase the best country talent in Southern Illinois, starting at 3 p.m. with the Texaco Country Showdown. A field of 20 contestants competed in the semifinals at Hangar 9 in Carbondale on Tuesday and 10 advanced to the local finals at Herrinfest. The finalist are: Matt Basler of Herrin, Patrick Lee Beasley of Vienna, Jessica Krongos of Carterville, Cole Bossong of Carbondale, Chris McGee of Marion, Andrea Eads of Carterville, Travis Parks of Carrier Mills, Justin Easton of Murphysboro, Southern Belles of Du Quoin and Jim Cato of Goreville. Local favorites Dave Clark and Deanna PROVIDED Freeman will perform at 4 p.m., The Band Perry will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at HerrinFesta Italiana. followed by the annual return of Wild Horses, who have an enormous fan base Gentile said advance ticket sales “We’ve created a fad that isn’t going Behavior” in 2004 from Universal in Central Texas. Herrin’s Kaylee Mezo were better than anticipated and kept away. The Brat Pack plays bubble gum Records. The disc included actwill be a special guest performing with improving as the event officially music from the eighties like Madonna, breaking single “Lips of an Angel.” the band. started earlier this week. while Hairbanger’s Ball is more arena However, the Oklahoma-based group Newcomer Jason Jones takes the Gentile and his entertainment rock like Van Halen, Guns & Roses and went in a more alternative direction stage at 8 p.m. and Corbin brings down committee worked countless hours Bon Jovi,” Gentile said. “We will have with follow-up album “Take It to the the curtain at 10 p.m. through the past six months piecing brothers and sisters at the show with Limit” and hit the dreaded sophomore Gentile said the committee hit a pair together an incredible talent package. their mom and dad. It’s a great night to slump. Last year, the band’s fan base of home runs when piecing together All of the work has been done. A huge hear the entire range of eighties music.” was re-energized with new album “All talent for the final day. They were able stage has been erected in the back of Friday night is an experiment for American Nightmare.” to get a contract signed on The Band the Herrin Civic Center, the Gentile and the entertainment “Hinder developed a huge base of Perry before the single “If I Die Young” centerpiece of the event that has committee. For the first time, they are rock fans with its first album, then completed dominated radio in late 2010. turned into Southern Illinois’ premier offering a double feature, starting with went alternative with its second The Band Perry is composed of lead summer festival. Cavo at 8 p.m. Cavo, another St. Louis album. It made new fans, but lost the singer Kimberly Perry and her two The only thing stopping potential area band, had major hits with “Crash” old ones. The new album, ‘All instrumentalist brothers. They hit the record breaking crowds from and “Champagne,” which reached No. 1 American Nightmare,’ is a smash country charts in 2009 with debut descending on HerrinFest this year is on the Billboard Mainstream Rock because it brings both bases together,” single “Hip to My Heart” and released the threat of foul weather. Chart. Both tunes are from their 2009 Gentile said. “Hinder is back with a only one single in 2010, but it was the “I’ve been watching the weather very album “Brick Nights, Dark Days” from vengeance. We were lucky and signed monster “If I Die Young.” The band is close. It looks like we are going to see Warner/Reprise Records. them just before the third album blew currently in the Top 10 with single “You some rain tonight,” he said. “All I’m Saving Abel has been a consistent hit- up. They drew a crowd of 55,000 two Lie.” This year, The Band Perry won a hearing for the rest of the week is maker since 2008. The band’s weeks ago. If the weather cooperates, Grammy Award for Top New Vocal scattered showers. For us, the weather popularity undoubtedly increased after this could be a record-breaking crowd.” Group and was named Top New Artist report is a bigger obstacle than the touring with Nickelback, Hinder and The Egyptian Combo opens the by the Academy of Country Music. weather itself. If the fans hear about a 30 Papa Roach. The Mississippi-based entertainment extravaganza at 4 p.m. Gentile said he knew he had to bring percent chance of rain, they stay home. group had hits like “Addicted,” on Saturday, followed by Dr. Zhivegas at Thompson Square to Herrinfest the first In reality, there is a seven in 10 chance “Drowning (Face Down)” and “18 6 p.m., Solovus at 8:15 p.m. and Hinder time he heard “Are You Gonna Kiss Me that it won’t rain, and I like those odds.” Days,” then topped the charts late last at 10 p.m. Or Not” and was told it was written by Gentile said he resisted the urge to year with “The Sex Is Good.” After three days of rock, Herrinfest Herrin native David Lee Murphy. tinker with the opening night lineup, Against The Tide is the opening act at shifts to a country mode. Thompson Square opens the which is traditionally reserved for the 6 p.m. Friday. Easton Corbin is the featured act on entertainment package at 3 p.m. St. Louis-based Hairbanger’s Ball. He Hinder has been a driving force on the Sunday. Last year was a breakout year Monday, followed by Savannah Jack at intentionally paired them with another rock scene for a decade. The band for the Florida native, as his first two 5 p.m. and The Band Perry at 7:30 p.m. cover band that plays different music soared to national prominence with singles, “A Little More Country Than from the same era. triple platinum debut album “Extreme That” and “Roll With It,” hit the top of vincehoffard@yahoo.com / 618-658-9095

Italian films to be screened during HerrinFesta HERRIN — Herrin City Library has announced the next two features in the library’s Italian film series, co-sponsored by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis. Two contemporary films from Italy will be shown during HerrinFesta Italiana in the library’s community meeting room. Titles of the two new films are “Febbre da fieno (Hayfever),” and “L’uomo fiammifero (The Thin Match-Man).” L’Uomo Fiammifero will be shown at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and “Febbre da fieno” will be shown at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27. Light refreshments will be provided at each screening. The screenings

are free and open to the public. Presented in Italian with English subtitles, “Febbre da fieno” is a contemporary romantic comedy about a vintage shop in Rome and the misfits who mind the store. A movie for adults and children, Fantasy tale “L’uomo Fiammifero” will delight young people ages 10 and up. In the film, an 11-year-old boy named Simone is forced to stay home with his angry father. Then a green-eyed girl, Lorenza, arrives in the country on holiday. Thus begins an unforgettable summer looking for the thin match-man. — Adam Testa

HerrinFesta Italiana 2011 schedule of events HERRIN — For one week each year, everyone in Southern Illinois is Italian. HerrinFesta Italiana invokes a sense of pride in heritage for descendents of Italian immigrants and others alike. Pride runs the strongest in Herrin, where this week-long celebration has become an annual cornerstone for entertainment and family fun in Southern Illinois. This year’s event, which began Monday, is now heading into the full swing of Memorial Day weekend, when nationally known bands will take center stage and events with local flair will return to the forefront of people’s minds. For those looking for alternatives to the music of the festival, there are plenty of other options. From parades and fair food to competitive tournaments, HerrinFesta offers a diverse line-up. Popular favorites including multiple bocce competitions, a golf tournament and a pasta eating competition return this year, joined by the festival’s first bean bag tournament on Monday. Here is a full schedule of remaining events for this year’s HerrinFesta: Thursday, May 26 2 p.m.: Italian children’s film “L’uomo Fiammifero,” Herrin City Library 4 p.m.: Rededication ceremony for George Rogers Clark Mural, U.S. Post Office

5 p.m.: HerrinFesta Fun and Fashion event, Herrin Elks Club 6 p.m.: The Brat Pack, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Hairbanger’s Ball, Piazza Stage Friday, May 27 7 a.m.: Prayer breakfast, Herrin Civic Center 11 a.m.: Denzil Walker/Hal Norment Festa Golf Tournament, Pine Lakes Golf Course 11 a.m.: Robert A. Ferarri Corporate Division Bocce Tournament, Herrin bocce court 4 p.m.: Kids’ bike and pet parade, Our Lady of Mount Carmel parking lot 5 p.m.: Italian film “Febbre Da Fieno,” Herrin City Library 5:30 p.m.: Sponsors’ VIP party, sponsors’ tent inside the Piazza 6 p.m.: Against the Tide, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Cavo, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Saving Abel, Piazza Stage Saturday, May 28 8 a.m.: Tri-Festa Triathlon, John A. Logan College 8 a.m.: Masonic Lodge breakfast, Masonic Lodge at corner of 14th and Adams streets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Car show, Herrin City Park 11 a.m.: Grand parade, Park Avenue 12:30 p.m.: Adult-child bocce tournament, Herrin bocce courts 1:30 p.m.: Bigga Nose contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 1:30 p.m. Kids’ Fun Park, Our Lady of Mount Carmel playground

2:30 p.m.: Pasta sauce contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 3 p.m. Pasta eating contest, dining tent on Walnut Street 3:30 p.m.: Grape stomp, Civic Center north parking lot 4 p.m.: Egyptian Combo 50th anniversary show, Piazza Stage 6 p.m.: Dr. Zhivegas, Piazza Stage 8:15 p.m.: Solovus, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Hinder, Piazza Stage Sunday, May 29 11 a.m.: Special Intention mass, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 12:30 p.m.: Poker Run, J&J Time Out Sports Bar on West Cherry Street 12:30 p.m.: Volleyfesta, volleyball courts 1 p.m.: International Championship Bocce tournament, Herrin bocce courts 3 p.m.: Texaco Country Showdown, Piazza Stage 4 p.m.: Dave Clark and Deanna Freeman, Piazza Stage 6 p.m.: Wild Horses, Piazza Stage 8 p.m.: Jason Jones, Piazza Stage 10 p.m.: Easton Corbin, Piazza Stage Monday, May 30 8 a.m.: Road races 9 a.m.: Memorial Day service, doughboy on North Park Avenue 10 a.m.: Bags tournament, Piazza 3 p.m.: Thompson Square, Piazza Stage 5 p.m.: Savannah Jack, Piazza Stage 7:30 p.m.: The Band Perry, Piazza Stage

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Coffeehouses, Cafés, Eateries Magician David Ranalli: Comical sleight of hand, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Blue Martin, 215 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-549-4326; www.thebluemartin.com.

Wineries Breeden, Bradley & Maze: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Barry Cloyd: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard Bill Booth: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Nyte Flyte: 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Von Jakob Orchard Fertile Soil: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, The Bluffs Breeden, Bradley & Maze: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, StarView Vineyards Swamp Tigers: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Big James and the Chicago Playboys: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Walker’s Bluff

Eli Tellor: noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Bill Harper: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Blue Sky Roxie Randle: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Honker Hill Barnacle Billy and the Zebra Mussels: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, StarView Dave Caputo Duo: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Von Jakob Orchard Tawl Paul: 4-8 p.m. Sunday, The Bluffs The Natives: 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Mississippi Heat: 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Walker’s Bluff Ivas John: 4-8 p.m. Monday, The Bluffs Winery

Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-995-9463, www.blueskyvineyard.com The Bluffs Vineyard and Winery: 140 Buttermilk Hill Road, Ava; 618-763-4447, www.thebluffswinery.com. GenKota Winery: 301 N. 44th St., Mount Vernon; 618-246-9463 or www.genkotawine.com Honker Hill Winery: 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale: 618-549-5517 Lau-Nae Winery: 1522 Illinois 3, Red Bud; 618282-9463 or www.lau-naewinery.com Rustle Hill Winery: US 51, Cobden; 618-893-2700 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. Von Jakob Vineyard: 1309 Sadler Road, Pomona; 618-893-4500 or www.vonjakobvineyard.com Walker’s Bluff: North on Reed Station Road, Carterville; 618-985-8463 or www.walkersbluff.com

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TONIGHT BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Neighborhood Flavor, 10 p.m. HERRIN Coloni’s Bar & Grill: Laci Goff, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY CARBONDALE Key West: Blue Plate Specials, 8 p.m.midnight HERRIN Coloni’s Bar & Grill: Oblivious, 9 p.m. MARION Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: Dave Simmons, 7 p.m. Marion Eagles: White Lightning, 6-10 p.m.

MONDAY MARION Marion Youth Center: Ragtag Band, 7-10 p.m.

TUESDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Punk Soul Bruthahood THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Mike’s Band, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT Colyer’s: Righteous Rebel Band, 7-11 p.m. WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:309:30 p.m.

FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Secondary Modern Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Under The Radar HERRIN Coloni’s Bar & Grill: Joey Odum, 9 p.m. INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: Phil Powell, 7 p.m. ROYALTON Enrico’s: Shaky Jake, 9:30 p.m.

SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Broken Spoke, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Rebel Country Band, 7-10 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Sentimental Swing, 7-10 p.m. WHITE ASH The White Ash Barn: Lindell and Bob and the Boys, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Dave Caputo Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY CARBONDALE Carbondale Eagles: Bob Donze All-Stars, 7-10 p.m.; ballroom dance Hangar 9: The Alright Blues Band Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: After Glow Tres Hombres: The Natives, 9 p.m. HERRIN Perfect Shot: Triple Schott, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MARION Kip & Traci’s Colonial Club: Dave Simmons, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: Sturling Steele, 7 p.m. Marion Eagles: White Lightning, 8 p.m.-midnight Pyramid Acres Marina: Way Back Machine SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Broken Spoke, 7-10 p.m. 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.

WEDNESDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Soul Glo, Wild Murphy and the New Year, The Venturies, 8 p.m.; benefit for flood victims

DIRECTIONS & DIGITS 20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion / 618-997-8325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618-833-5182 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 Enrico’s: 208 S. Main St., Royalton 618-984-2071 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 618-997-2909 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 618-983-8107 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 618-922-7853 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 618-218-4676 Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin / 618-942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Pyramid Acres Marina: 12171 Marina Road, Marion / 618-964-1184 Steelhorse Saloon and Campground: 202 Dewmaine Lane, Carterville 618-985-6713 The Italian Club: 9056 Main St. 618-724-4610 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown / 618-993-3035 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 Underground Grill & Pub: 717 S. University Ave., Carbondale 618-351-0171 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort / 618-937-3718 White Ash Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash / 618-997-4979 Wit and Wisdom Nutritional Site: 225 E. Poplar St., West Frankfort 618-937-3070 Xrossroads: 101 Rushing Drive, Herrin 618-993-8393 Zeigler Eagles: 114 N. Main St., Zeigler 618-596-5651


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SI Music Fest for music lovers CARBONDALE — The month of June belongs to lovers of classical and jazz music in Southern Illinois. The School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents the seventh annual Southern Illinois Music Festival, under the creative guidance of Edward Benyas, artistic director for the festival and conductor for the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Benyas is a professor of music at SIUC. The annual month-long musical event claims SIUC as its home-base, but the festival is very much a multi-venue affair. Benyas said bringing classical and jazz music to the Southern Illinois region by presenting concerts in some of the area’s small towns is part of the community outreach that is part of the mission of the School of Music and the university. This year, the Chicago Tribune gave the festival top billing in its listing of Midwestern summer festivals. The festival includes orchestra music, chamber music, jazz,

ballet, opera and performances especially formulated for young listeners. The festival overlaps the School of Music camps, giving high school-age camp participants a chance to hear and work with professional musicians from the United States and abroad, and to learn from some of the best performers in today’s classical and jazz music scenes. This year’s theme is “Bach to the Classics.” As one might expect, Bach’s works, including selections from his celebrated Brandenburg Concertos, are a central part of the festival. So also are works by Mozart and Brahms, the ballet “Giselle,” and the opera “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Also, performances by the New Arts Jazztet remind listeners of musicality of that most American of musical forms, jazz. A special opportunity this year is the Chamber Soiree, beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the home of SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng. Tickets for this event are $50, and tickets are

limited to 50 total. Tickets are available in advance only. For more information, call 315-4819901or email goodma20@ siu.edu. In keeping with the community focus for this festival, most performances are free and casual dress is welcome. In the schedule below, performances are free unless otherwise noted. For full information, including performer biographies and driving directions, visit www.sifest.com. Here is a full schedule, by city:

Carbondale June 5: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., “It’s Good to be Bach,” featuring the music of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, with SIUC’s collaborative pianist David Lyons. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students. June 9: Guitar Ensemble Performance, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall,

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SIUC campus, Joseph Breznikar, director. June 10: Jive with Jazz, 10 a.m., Carbondale Boys and Girls Club, 250 N. Springer St., interactive program for young listeners. June 12: Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, featuring Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2,” as well as music from Brahms and Mozart. Tickets are

$10 for general admission, $5 for students. Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall, featuring the music of Schubert and Liszt with performances by David Dillard, baritone, and Junghwa Lee, piano. June 14: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m., Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. SEE SI MUSIC FEST / PAGE 12

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SI MUSIC FEST: Schedule FROM PAGE 11 Orchestra Concert: Bach to Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Community High School, featuring music composed by Bach, Hummel, Haydn and Beethoven, and with performances by Amber Williamson, flute, Edward Benyas, oboe, Michael Barta, violin, and Martha Stiehl, harpsichord. June 17: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, featuring music composed by Bach and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. June 18: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m., University Mall, Carbondale. Orchestra Concert: Bach to Brahms, 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Community High School, featuring music composed by Bach, Rossini, Mozart and Brahms, with performances by Boja Kragulj, clarinet, and Emily Fons, mezzosoprano. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. June 19: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., Old

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Carterville June 14: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m., Carterville Community Center.

Cobden June 15: New Arts Jazztet, 7:30 p.m., Star View Vineyards. June 21: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m., Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker. June 22: New Arts Jazztet, 7:30 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery. June 24: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery.

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June 9: Jive with Jazz, 10 a.m., Du Quoin Middle School.

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June 15: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m., Liberty Theater, featuring music composed by Bach, Raff, Vivaldi, and Schubert. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students. June 21: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m., Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center. June 25: Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 724 Mulberry St., postconcert reception. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students.

Marion June 10: Ballet: Giselle, 7:30 p.m., Marion Civic Center. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 (assigned seating), $10 for students. June 11: Klassics for Kids, 11 a.m., featuring special guest Angelina Ballerina, presented by WSIU, Marion Civic Center. Pre-concert lecture by David Tuttle, Marion Civic Center. Ballet: Giselle, 2 p.m., Marion Civic Center. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15, $10 for students.

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‘Kung Fu’ a sweet film that delivers more heart than laughs Kung Fu Panda 2 **1/2

and is, if anything, more Rated PG for sequences of visually dazzling than the 2008 original film. martial arts action and Cuddly, plush Po (voiced mild violence; starring the by Jack Black) is now a voices of Jack Black, reasonably accomplished Dustin Hoffman, Gary and competent Dragon Oldman, Angelina Jolie and Warrior, a sixth member of Michelle Yeoh; directed by the Furious Five, meting out justice with his mad Jennifer Yuh; opening kung fu skillz. But there is Thursday at ShowPlace 8 a new threat, a preening in Carbondale and AMC peacock (literally) who Centre 8 in Marion covets all of China and has a new magic weapon, “one BY ROGER MOORE that breathes fire and spits MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS metal,” a weapon whose arrival on the scene “could It takes somewhat longer be the end of kung fu.” for the awesomeness to “But I just GOT kung turn all that awesome. fu!’ Po protests. And you can’t really Po and his Furious replicate that element of friends have a quest — surprise that the first stop Lord Shen (voiced by movie had going for it — a Gary Oldman) and destroy fanboy panda who gets to his weapon. But first, Po’s team up with his martial mentor (Dustin Hoffman) arts heroes. has a new life lesson for But “Kung Fu Panda 2” him — find inner peace. is a sequel that delivers “My innards are already more heart than laughs, super-peaceful,” Po

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Yeoh, as a goat) his fortune, her answer applies to greedheads of any age: “The cup you choose to fill has no bottom.” There are wonderful grace notes in this script, as befits a movie with a distinctly Buddhist bent — “Your story may not have a happy beginning. But look at how it turned out.”

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New on DVD Gnomeo and Juliet: The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. Starring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. Directed by Kelly Asbury. Rated G. I Am Number Four: John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed ... he is Number Four. Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer and Callan McAuliffe. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Rated PG-13. Lemonade Mouth: Five disparate high school students meet in detention and realize they are destined to rock, and ultimately form a band that becomes a champion for students sidelined by the high school elite. Starring Bridgit Mendler and Hayley Kiyoko. Rated G. The Big Bang: A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. Starring Antonio Banderas, Autumn Reeser, Sam Elliot, Jimmi Simpson and Snoop Dogg. Directed by Tony Krantz. Not rated. The Royal Wedding: William and Katherine: This keepsake captures all the pomp and pageantry of the historic occasion like no other memento. Not rated. — Adam Testa

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Chung) in Thailand. Stu insists that there will be no Rated graphic sexual content, bachelor party (just brunch), but of nudity, drug use, strong language course if there weren’t one there and violence; starring Ed Helms, wouldn’t be a movie or executive Zach Galifianakis and Bradley bonus checks at Warner Bros. So Cooper; directed by Todd Phillips; before long, Stu and his buddies Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach opening Thursday at University Galifianakis) are waking up in a fetid Place 8 in Carbondale and AMC Bangkok apartment, with the Centre 8 in Marion. severed fingers of Lauren’s brother Teddy (Mason Lee) as the only BY CHRISTOPHER KELLY evidence of the bleary, apparently MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS deadly night they’ve just shared. For the first 30 minutes or so, Chain-smoking monkeys! “The Hangover Part II” amiably Transsexual prostitutes! Bo staffcoasts along on the off-the-wall wielding Buddhist monks! Yup, it’s appeal of Galifianakis, whose time for another round of graphic mixture of childlike wonder (in gross-out comedy and cultural Thailand, you can drink Fanta soda insensitivity, courtesy of writerin a bag!) and borderlinedirector Todd Phillips (“Due Date,” sociopathic jealousy remains this “Old School”), a comic filmmaker franchise’s strongest asset. who has little use for subtlety. But as the men piece together Less a sequel to the surprise 2009 what happened to them, we’re blockbuster than a Thai-flavored served up a series of not especially remake, “The Hangover Part II” aims low and (if only barely) hits the inspired variations on the first film: In lieu of a baby to cart around, they mark. You can watch it with your eyes closed and still know every beat have a capuchin monkey; instead of having his teeth knocked out, Stu it’s going to hit. now sports a Mike Tyson-style face The groom this time is the mildtattoo. mannered dentist Stu (Ed Helms), Perhaps this movie’s extreme who has bid adieu to his prostitute first wife (Heather Graham, the only fidelity to the original is some kind of self-reflexive gag — whereas major cast member from the Justin Bartha’s Doug was mistaken original not invited back), and is for a black drug dealer in the first now set to marry Lauren (Jamie

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one, Lee’s Teddy gets mistaken for an aged monk in this one — but that gag feels more lazy than clever. Co-written by Phillips, Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, “The Hangover Park II” relies on the cheapest of cheap stereotypes in order to generate comedy (in the case of Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow, the mincing Asian drug dealer with the preposterously small genitalia, it’s the exact same set of stereotypes we were served up last time). And even more than the original, this new movie seems compelled by heterosexual anxiety about gay sex. The movie’s biggest “shock” sequence involves Stu and a gorgeous stripper named Kimmy (Yasmin Lee), who isn’t quite what she appears, and who, like every other nonwhite, nonstraight character in the movie, is cruelly humiliated by Phillips’ camera. No one is expecting humanitarianism from a movie called “The Hangover Part II” — not when Phillips is trying to sustain a franchise worth upward of a billion. (Phillips recently hinted at a press conference that a third “Hangover” is already in the works.) But Lee gets exploited for a quick, startling laugh, and then cynically shunted out of the proceedings. When that initial buzz of comedy fades, you’re left with a deeply sour aftertaste.

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“The Hangover” transformed Zach Galifianakis from a cult comedian to a major star. Still, the North Carolina native regards his new fame warily, and so values his privacy that he shut down his official website. Last week, speaking by phone from a room in the Beverly Hilton to promote “The Hangover Part II,” Galifianakis proved a reluctant, but still funny, interviewee. Q: You’ve been fairly candid about your feelings about sequels. What

made you decide to do this one? A: The fact of the matter is, I wanted to leave well enough alone. Then we got the script. And I gotta tell you, I liked it. And then there was that temptation: “Oh, my God! I can repave my parents’ driveway!” Q: How much of the film was scripted and how much was improvised? A: To keep it fresh on set, you try to say new things. Selfishly, as someone who just loves the energy of people laughing, I would try to make people laugh when they weren’t supposed to. It’s very unprofessional, but it really helped me. Q: Off the set, your co-star Ken

Jeong said he would literally cry laughing while you and director Todd Phillips cracked jokes during dinner. A: Ken is such a laugher. I remember exactly where we were eating, and Ken had a couple of wines in him. He laughed so loud it almost overtook the noise of the city of Bangkok. You probably can’t hear this in the background, but I’m in the next room from him, and I can actually hear him laughing so hard right now. Not at me. Q: I found a page from your old website that says, “The entertainment SEE Q&A / PAGE 15


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Drunk with success,‘The Hangover’ guys return for another fun film BY RAFER GUZMAN

weekend, seems destined for profitability. Aside from its built-in fan base, NEW YORK — Question: the film will undoubtedly benefit from months of When does comedy become serious business? entertainment-section headlines about its Answer: When you’re production. Late last year making the sequel to the came a string of stories $277-million hit “The about a Mel Gibson cameo Hangover.” that was nixed following Back in June 2009, few objections from cast and could have predicted the crew members. (Gibson, runaway success of that movie, in which a group of then mired in the scandal around his inflammatory guys wake up after a Las Vegas bachelor party with voice messages to a girlfriend, was apparently no memory of the night’s too radioactive for a movie debaucheries. Despite hitting theaters after years that includes of gross-out comedies and dismemberment, cocainesnorting and full-frontal bromances, “The male nudity.) More Hangover” somehow recently, there’s been a managed to seem fresh, partly because of its edgy, controversy over the use of a cigarette-smoking sometimes dark sense of humor, in which drug use, monkey — PETA and the American Humane violence and even an Association are not abandoned infant were amused — which may only played for laughs. “The boost the film’s reputation Hangover,” directed by for raunch. Todd Phillips, eventually Still, everyone knows became the highestthat sequels have a grossing R-rated comedy tendency to disappoint, in the United States. and that includes the The movie also filmmakers. Can Phillips introduced America to a and his cast truly re-create new group of stars. the organic, out-ofBradley Cooper, who played the married but not nowhere magic of the original? dead Phil W, went on to “There’s a little major roles in “The ATeam” and “Limitless.” Ed trepidation,” Phillips Helms, already familiar to admits. “But it was a lot harder making a movie fans of NBC’s “The Office,” gained a new level and turning to Bradley of fame as hapless dentist Cooper at 5 in the morning and saying, ‘This is funny, Stu. And Zach but is anyone going to see Galifianakis, as the it?’ I’d rather have this socially inept man-child pressure than the other Alan, went from cult kind of pressure. We can comedian to household pretty much rest assured name (albeit one difficult that people are going to to pronounce), appearing turn up for it.” opposite Robert Downey Phillips helped write the Jr. in last year’s buddy sequel’s script (he was an movie “Due Date,” also uncredited writer on the directed by Phillips. “The Hangover Part II,” original) with Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, scheduled for release newcomers to the project Thursday ahead of the with whom Phillips had long Memorial Day

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collaborated on 2006’s “School for Scoundrels.” According to Mazin, “The first thing we had to nail down — and it was a permanent, constant discussion — was, how similar should we be to the first film, and how different?” Like its predecessor, “The Hangover Part II” begins days before a wedding, though now Stu is the groom and Thailand the locale. Once again, Stu and company wake up in a strange room without their memories — and minus one friend, Teddy (Mason Lee, in his film debut), the sheltered younger brother of Stu’s bride. As they search for Teddy through the greasy streets of Bangkok, they encounter gun-toting criminals, violent Buddhists and the kind of surprise-in-every-

package prostitutes for which the Thai capital is famous. The writers also felt that Bangkok provided the perfect setting for the return of Mr. Chow, the globe-trotting, sexually ambiguous gangster so memorably portrayed by Ken Jeong in the first film. Jeong, a doctor-turnedactor who has since joined the NBC series “Community” and landed a role in the upcoming “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” says he prepared for his expanded role by watching Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” while in Thailand, paying close attention to Joe Pesci’s mischievous Mafioso character. “I kept thinking, ‘Chow loves chaos,”‘ Jeong says. “I made sure my reactions were the exact opposite of what everybody else is

thinking. And Todd loved that.” The sequel also leans on the comfortable chemistry between Helms, Cooper and Galifianakis, known collectively on screen as The Wolfpack. “We are all three very different archetypes, so there’s no competition. Everyone gets their own style of comedy, and their own type of punch lines,” says Helms, whose mildmannered Stu again serves as the film’s central (or most-abused) protagonist. “I think Todd did a magical thing by putting the three of us together.” Given that Phillips was told by Warner Bros. to start thinking of a sequel to “The Hangover” before the film was even released, are there already plans for a third? Yes, says Phillips, if only in his mind.

Q&A: With Zach FROM PAGE 14 business is both poison and honey.” Can you elaborate? A: Well, the honey is the warmness that I feel from people appreciating the humor I’m trying to do. That’s the beautiful thing. The poison is that you get locked into this silly business, and you believe the hype. Q: Yet, here we are, hyping you right now.. A: Yep! We’re trying to get the word out about a movie. I don’t know how you’d do it without being interviewed. I wish I could hire a skywriting campaign and have them do their smoke signals so I don’t have to divulge anything about myself.

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