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Sensation, Revelation: Themes and Variations In Thursday Night Live: Studio Visits: Carbondale Color and Form, University Cedarhurst Center for the Civic Center Corridor Gallery; Museum, SIU; artistsare Arts, Mount Vernon; exhibits, featured artists include Najjar masters of multiple studies programs and activities; Abdul-Musawwir, Kathleen of color and form; through each Thursday through Shaffner and guest artists; Aug. 3; www.museum.siu.edu Aug. 30; open until 8 p.m.; through June 30; or 618-453-5388. cedarhurst.org; 618-242-1236. www.carbondalearts.org. Windmills of My Mind: Lebanon Art Festival: Susie Phillips: Road Trips, By Larry Mittendorf, Central 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SaturdayUniversity Museum, SIU; Showcase, Murdale Shopping Sunday, June 23-24, Horner hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday Center, 1825 W. Main St., Park, 11119 Widicus Drive, through Friday and 1-4 p.m., Carbondale; oil paintings Lebanon; 618-537-8428; Saturday; through Aug. 3; inspired by classical music; www.lebanonil.org reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, June each has a corresponding Memorial Art Show: 29; www.museum.siu.edu or piece of music; through June Featuring works by the late 618-453-5388. 23; 618-529-5098. Tim West, 5 p.m.-midnight, Bea Phillips and Steven Journey Stories: Starts Thursday, June 28, Teatro Martin: Stories In Fiber and Sunday, June 24, Jefferson Scarpino, 329 N. West Ave., Wood, University Museum, County Historical Village, 1411 Fayetteville, Ark.; West SIU; hand-made wall hangings N. 27th St., Mount Vernon; received his master’s and and boxes; through Aug. 3; through Aug. 4; www.jchs. bachelor’s degrees from SIU; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, mvn.net; jchsvip@mvn.net; the show will include West June 29; www.museum. 618-246-0033. works from collectors and siu.edu or 618-453-5388. American Spirit: portraits of the artist by fine Historic Structures & Selections From The Wells art photographer Diana Machinery 6: Little Egypt Arts Fargo Corporate Art Collection, Michelle. Centre, Tower Square, Marion; June 26-Aug. 3, University silent auction; closing Museum, SIU; hours, 10 a.m.reception, 4 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m., Tuesday through Call for Art July 14; 618-998-8530; Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday; www.littleegyptarts.com. reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 25th Anniversary The Mitchell Collection Of 29; www.museum.siu.edu or Celebration: Carbondale 618-453-5388. Community Arts continues the Small Metal Treasures: University Museum, SIU; From Humble Beginnings: celebration of its 25th through Aug. 3; reception, Lincoln’s Illinois, 1830-1861, anniversary with an exhibit, Southern Illinois Art & Artisans raffle, and silent auction from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 29; www.museum.siu.edu or Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 618-453-5388. Whittington; commemorates Varsity Center for the Arts; Southern Illinois bicentennial; through July 22. also, fundraiser for “E.T. Come Wildfire and More: Acrylic Home,” a public art initiative to Wilderness Landscapes: By photographer Taylor Reed, paintings by Jeff Ray, encourage “Extraordinarily Harrisburg District Library; Talented” artists who have left Luna Gallery, Yellow Moon through July 22. the region to come home this Cafe, Cobden; large metalCinematic Subjects: Sun fall to share their stories; local print photographs; through July 31; hours, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Smith-Foret and Jamie Adams, artists are invited to support Main Gallery, Cedarhurst Centhis effort by donating original Wednesday through Friday, reopening Friday at 6 p.m. and ter for the Arts, Mount Vernon; art to be included in the July opens at 9 a.m. Saturday; through July 29; 618-242-1236; 10 event; 618-457-5100; www.yellowmooncafe.com. www.cedarhurst.org. info@carbondalearts.org.

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The Allure of the Vessel: The Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; through July 29; 618-2421236; www.cedarhurst.org. Jon Burgerman: Color Me Silly, The Beck Family Center Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; family-friendly exhibit; through July 29; 618-242-1236; www.cedarhurst.org. Centering the Circle: Ceramic Art of Craig Rhodes, Regenhardt Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; variety of forms, textures, glazes, and glazing techniques fired in both electric and gas kilns; through July 29; 618-2421236; www.cedarhurst.org. Necessary Art: Mixedmedia by Rebecca Trammel and wood craft by Mike Nosovitsky, anthill gallery, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; noon -4 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday; through Aug. 4. Advertising Fans: A variety of fans featuring businesses, Union County Museum, Cobden; oldest fan from 1902 promotes Southern Illinois Fair in Anna; others include Union County Oil, Dillow’s Drug Store, Jonesboro Steam Bakery, funeral homes and politics; through the end of August; hours, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; 618-893-2067. The Kilenge: Life in New Guinea Villages, University Museum, SIU; anthropological fieldwork by Philip Dark and Joel Maring; www.museum. siu.edu; 618-453-5388.

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Receptions Philip McCabe photos: Tribeca Gallery, part of Tribeca Restaurant, 127 Market House Square, Paducah; reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21; through July 12; philip.mccabe@me.com; 312-810-2109. Familiar Faces Familiar Places: Watercolors by Mary Pachikara, The Gallery Space, Law office of Joni Beth Bailey, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; gallery hours, 9 a.m.5 p.m.; closing reception, 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 22;; marypachikara@gmail.com; gallery@jbbaileylaw.com.

Metropolis native showcases photos at Paducah gallery PADUCAH — Metropolis native Philip McCabe will showcase his photography at the Tribeca Gallery, 127 Market House Square, through July 12. The exhibit will feature a collection of his recent works, as well as some older ones. McCabe has been taking photographs since he was in college, when he discovered the art form while studying psychology and sociology. “I’m very interested in people’s reaction to my work,” he said of blending the two interests. “I want it to create a new emotion in them or bring them back to something from their past experience.” McCabe moved away from the region to live in Chicago for several years and recently returned. He is a previous winner of the Paducah Photo competition, but most of his exhibition work has been in the Chicago area. An opening reception for his exhibit is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. — Adam Testa

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‘Eros’ Beauty’ by photographer Taylor Reed captures the sun setting over Garden of the Gods. As a photographer, Reed strives to photograph the region’s natural beauty. Reed’s work is on display at Yellow Moon Café through July.

Photographer captures beauty of region COBDEN — Taylor Reed is showcasing “Southern Illinois Wilderness Landscapes” at the Luna Gallery in Yellow Moon Café through the end of July. Much of Reed’s youth was spent hiking and camping, giving him an appreciation for the region’s natural beauty. He began capturing that beauty in photos, and his works have appeared in a number of books and publications. “The goal of my images is to share the inspiration that I find in these special places,” he said. “Although photographs can never recreate the total sensory feelings of being there in that moment, it is my hope that by capturing these strong compositions in rare light will convey a strong sense of the place.” The gallery can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 6 p.m. to close Fridays and 9 a.m. to late evening Saturday, while the café is open. — Adam Testa

Winners announced in LEAA competition MARION — The Little Egypt Arts Association has announced the winners of the biennial “Historic Structures and Machinery 6” exhibit and competition. The exhibit will remain on display at the organization’s gallery through Saturday, July 14. Brenda Fleming of Pittsburg took Best of Show in the artist category, Sandie Kahl of Thompsonville earned first place in machinery and Kris Killman of Marion scored first in structures. Lydia Ramsey of Creal Springs topped the student category. Awards, as well as the prizes of an ongoing silent auction, will be presented at a reception on July 14.

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‘Churches on Kaskaskia’ by Brenda Fleming earned Best of Show honors in the ‘Historic Structures and Machinery 6’ competition. The exhibit of entries remains on display through July 14.

For information, call 618-998-8530 or visit littleegyptarts.com. — Adam Testa

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BluesFest returns to Sparta after a one-year absence SPARTA — After a oneyear absence, the Sparta BluesFest will return at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, on the grounds of the Sparta Eagles, at the intersection of Illinois 154 and Illinois 4. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Michael Burks, a fan favorite who performed at festivals through the years and died in May. Musicians from across the Midwest will descend on Randolph County for this special occasion. The event will be headlined by “The King of Beale Street” Preston Shannon, known as a powerful guitarist with a compelling and soulful

voice that sounds like a cross between Otis Redding and Bobby Womack. To many, Shannon exemplifies the power of Southern “deep soul” with hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements and an emotional way with both party tunes and ballads. He has released four albums. St. Louis’ Hard Tale Blues Band will also be performing at the festival. The group formed in 2006, mostly featuring members of The Apostles. The band hosts the Monday Night Blues Jam at Beale on Broadway in downtown St. Louis.

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A musician performs at a past Sparta BluesFest, which will return Saturday after a one-year absence.

Gates open at noon, and Other groups admission is $10. For more performing include the Backstabbers from Ottawa information, visit spartablues.com. and local act J.J. Fish ‘n — Adam Testa Bearfoot Blues Band.

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Friday Night Fair music: Bosco and Whiteford, 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 22, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; through September; www. carbondalemainstreet.com; 618-529-8040. Southern Illinois Music Festival: Through June 24, various venues; 618-9974030; www.sifest.com. Sunset Concert Series: Blend 328, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, Turley Park, Carbondale; free; no glass bottles, kegs, pets; 618-5363393; http://spc4fun.com. Sheryl Crow: 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville; also, Brandy Clark; doors open, 5 p.m.; lawn chairs and blankets welcome; $60/$55; southernticketsonline.com; 618-453-6000.

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Fireworks Finale Food vendors on site Bring your lawn chairs, blankets & camera (no coolers, alcohol or smoking allowed) Jammers are Welcome; plenty of porches for pickin’ & playin’! For more information about festival/area contact: Lynda Lorenz at 573-824-5404 • slmlynda@att.net Find us on Face Book

THEATER Sparta BluesFest: Saturday June 23, grounds of the Sparta Eagles, corner of Broadway and North Market streets; features Preston Shannon, the Hard Tale Blues Band, Bob Bradish and the Backstabbers, J.J. Fish ‘n Bearfoot Blues Band; gates open noon; music, 3 p.m.; $10; spartablues.com. International Carillon Weekend: Concert features the playing of bells in a tower, 114 N. Elm St., Centralia; Toni Raats and Carlo van Ulft, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23; Ellen Dickinson , Erik VandeVoort, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24; free; bring chairs; 618-533-4381 or www.centralia-carillon.org. Parsley & Sagebrush Band: Brown Bag Concert, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale; bring a lawn chair; www.carbondale mainstreet.com. Sunset Concert Series: James Armstrong, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, steps of Shryock Auditorium, SIU; blues; free; no glass bottles, kegs, pets; 618-536-3393; http://spc4fun.com. Country Throwdown: Music festival features Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney, Eric Paslay, Florida Georgia Line, 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, Rent One Park, Marion; gates open 3 p.m.; $45; fans may bring blankets but lawn chairs prohibited; www. southernillinoisminers.com. David Crowder: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, SIU Arena, Carbondale; $25/$35/$75; 618-453-2000; www. pepsimidamerica.com.

Kentucky Stars of Tomorrow: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-459-8704. Crosby, Stills & Nash: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Carson Center, Paducah; $50-$99; 270-450-4444; www.thecarsoncenter.org.


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Loveless, Biram, Hancock playing Hangar 9

Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock will perform Saturday, June 23, at Hangar 9 in Carbondale.

CARBONDALE — Hangar 9 will host two nights of concerts from Bloodshot Records artists this weekend. The festivities begin Friday, June 22, with Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless’ “Bad Machine Tour” at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Loveless, 21, combines country classicism with punk-rock candor, often within the same song. Growing up on a farm in rural Ohio, she started

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Local musicians, open mic night highlight winery’s writers’ night COBDEN — Musician, writer and producer Steve Hornbeak will host a night of music on the patio of Lincoln Heritage Winery at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Hornbeak will be joined by numerous local musicians performing original music. An open mic night will follow, allowing aspiring musicians to perform their own songs. Hornbeak has toured and performed with artists including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery and Lee Greenwood and has appeared on nationally syndicated shows like the Grammys, Country Music Awards and “CMT’s Next Superstar.” The event at the winery, 772 Kaolin Road, is free and open to the public. If interested in performing, contact Hornbeak at 618-833-2023.

writing her own music at a young age. She cites a wide range of influences, including Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Britney Spears. Biram’s fourth album, “Bad Ingredients,” took his sound down a different path, delivering his classic throatstomping style while showcasing more maturity as a songwriter. The record maintains Biram’s blues-metalcountry-punk-rock sound but strengthens it with crack guitar playing and

shrewdly crafted songwriting. On Saturday, June 23, Hangar 9 will host Wayne “The Train” Hancock at 9 p.m. Since his debut, “Thunderstorms and Neon Signs” in 1995, Hancock has been building a reputation as the king of juke joint swing. He is defined by the music he loves: steeped in tradition without being old fashioned and hardcore with a sense of swing. — Adam Testa

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Atkins takes break from USO tours to stop in Marion Country Throwdown 2012 7 p.m. Friday, June 29; Rent One Park in Marion; Rodney Atkins, Gary Allan and many more; Gates open at 3 p.m.; $45 at the door. BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN

ountry music star Rodney Atkins thanks the men and women who serve in the nation’s military every night. It’s a practice he’s done since he started his singing career, but after completing his first USO tour of Afghanistan and Kuwait earlier this

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year, he now does so with a little more personal perspective. He visited the Middle East at one of the worst times of the year, as rain pelted down on the desert landscape. Combining the desert heat with the harsh rainfall created conditions unenviable for anyone involved. But watching soldiers train and work out, even in their scheduled downtime, Atkins witnessed firsthand the commitment and dedication of those serving in the military. “It hit me pretty quickly — no one complained,” he said. “In the spirit of camaraderie, they kid around with each other, but no one actually

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complained. They always had each other’s backs.” Talking to his 10-year-old son from abroad, Atkins was asked the hard question, “Who are they fighting?” It’s a question that had to wait until Daddy came home, so he could sit down and explain the situation to his son. But there was also another task upon arriving at home: Signing up for another USO tour. Atkins said it doesn’t matter where he has to go; he wants another chance to perform for the troops and to thank them personally for their sacrifice.

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t’s a good thing the Southern Illinois Miners are out of town next week, because Rent One Park in Marion is hosting Country Throwdown 2012, and the stadium is being converted into a Yankee version of the CMA Music Fest. Three stages will provide nonstop music, with major acts Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins and Josh Thompson on the main stage and rising stars Sunny Sweeney, Eric Paslay, Maggie Rose and Florida Georgia Line on the secondary stage. Allan is best known for chart-topping singles like “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys” and “Nothing on but the Radio.” His 2000 hit “Right Where I Need to Be” was written by Thompsonville native Kendell Marvel. Atkins was dominant in

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the mid-2000s with a string of No. 1 hits, including “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),” “Watching You” and “Cleaning This Gun (Come on Boy).” Thompson climbed into the upper-talent tier with tunes like “Beer on the Table” and “Way Out Here.” He has also written songs for Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. Radio-friendly sounds will be flowing from the main stage, behind second base, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29. However, the most overlooked and underrated segment of the Country Showdown is the Bluebird Café Stage, which features Channing Wilson, Rose Falcon and Carly Pearce. It will be positioned down the third-base line in left field. Opening in 1982, the Bluebird quickly became famous in Nashville for launching the careers of singer/songwriters like Kathy Mattea, Don Schlitz, Garth Brooks and, mostly recently, Taylor Swift. The format of an artist presenting original

material in an intimate setting quickly became a frequently imitated part of the industry. Wilson’s gritty, honest voice is eerily similar to Jamey Johnson and so is his hard-hitting writing style. He tackles rampant methamphetamine abuse on “Poor Man’s Cocaine” and appears to be cut from the same cloth as Waylon Jennings on “Crazy Over You.” A huge regional success in Georgia, Wilson knew he had to make an even bigger commitment to succeed on the national level, so he sold his fishing boat and guitar collection to finance trips to Nashville. The gamble paid off in 2010, when he was discovered at a showcase and signed a deal with EMI Music Publishing. Wilson said he started getting serious about the music business after listening to Guy Clark. After signing with EMI, he has the same employer as his mentor. Wilson has opened shows for a virtual who’s who of modern-day outlaws, including Billy Joe

Shaver, Chris Knight, Steve Earle and Robert Earl Keen, and he always gets amped up when working with his honky-tonk heroes. “I came to Nashville to make a difference, and I’ll always work hard to earn respect from my peers,” he said. Falcon has co-written “Friday Night” for Lady Antebellum and “Give into Me” for Faith Hill, which was included on movie soundtrack for “Country Strong.” “I’m addicted to songwriting,” Falcon said. “I get high when I think I wrote a good one, but it wears off and then I have to write another.” The daughter of songwriter Billy Falcon, her mother died of breast cancer when she was 10. She turned to poetry to express her feelings and that passion evolved into songwriting. Last month, Falcon released “19th Avenue” and the recording has received rave reviews. VINCE HOFFARD can be

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20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618-833-5182 Carbondale Eagles: 1206 W. Linden, Carbondale 618-529-9345 Coloni’s Bar & Grill: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin 618-988-5341 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 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. Highway 127 Bar & Billiards: Illinois 127, Murphysboro John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618997-2909 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 Elks: .204 S. Market St., Marion 618-993-3151 Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard St., Marion 618-922-7853 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618-997-3424 Mount Vernon Moose Lodge: 800 Broadway Ave., Mount Vernon Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. Murphysboro Moose Lodge: 9663 Old Illinois 13 Murphysboro 618-684-3232 N-Kahootz Night Club: 115 W. Cherry St., Herrin 618-942-9345 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 Ave., Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Pyramid Acres Marina: 12171 Marina Road, Marion 618-964-1184 Scarlett’s Music Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-937-3718 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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THURSDAY BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Jake’s Leg, 10 p.m. PK’s: Manx/Stilline Tres Hombres: The Mudsills, 10 p.m. WHITE ASH Scarlett’s Music Barn: Country Music Band, 7-10 p.m.

FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Scott H. Biram/ Lydia Loveless, 10 p.m. Pinch Penny/ Copper Dragon: Rod Tuff Curls & The Bench Press, 10:30 p.m. PK’s: Uncle Shifty INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Marion Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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WANT TO BE LISTED? Call 618-351-5089 or email brenda.kirkpatrick@thesouthern.com. Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Lt. Dan’s New Legs PK’s: Bosco and Whiteford Tres Hombres: AD/CB, 10 p.m. flipsideonline.com MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano SPILLERTOWN 5:30-9:30 p.m. Track Side Dance Barn: Roger Marion American Legion: Black and The Honky Tonk Roger Black and Stardust Cowboys, 7-10 p.m. The Honky Tonk THOMPSONVILLE Stardust Cowboys, Old Country Store Dance 7:30-11:30 p.m. Barn: Jeanita Spillman Marion Eagles: White & The Sentimental Swing Lightnin’, 7-11 p.m. Band, 7-10 p.m. STEELEVILLE WHITTINGTON American Legion: Country Corner Dance Hall: Dave Aces featuring Jim Beattie, Caputo Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 7:30-11:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance CARBONDALE Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Hangar 9: Wayne “The Train” Country, 7-10 p.m. Hancock, 9 p.m.

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MONDAY MARION Marion Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY CARBONDALE PK’s: The Big Idea MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Mike’s Band, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

THEATER Coffeehouses, Cafés Billy Dan Langley: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort, 1575 Fair City Road, Jonesboro; 618-833-8697. Blue City All Stars: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake of Egypt. Craig Roberts Band: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Blue Boar Restaurant, 820-920 Kratzinger Hollow Road, Cobden; 618-833-5858. Backdraft: 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Trail’s End Lodge, 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden; 618-893-6135. Brad & Bri: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort, 1575 Fair City Road, Jonesboro. Blue City All Stars: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake of Egypt. Todd Person: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Boar Restaurant, Cobden. Woodenships: 9 p.m. Saturday, Trail’s End Lodge, 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden. Marty Davis: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake of Egypt. Dave Simmons: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Blue Boar Restaurant.

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Carter and Connelly: 2-5 p.m., Walker’s Bluff Dave Caputo Duo: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Von Jakob Vineyard New Arts Jazztet: 5-8 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery WEDNESDAY Big Mike Aguirre: 6-8 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery FIND THEM Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Road, Cobden Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden Von Jakob Vineyard, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, north on Reed Station Road, Carbondale

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Overcoming the Obstacles AAPW ‘Summer Chaos’ 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 30; Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Warehouse, Marion; $12 reserved front row, $10 general admission, $8 children, free for veterans; aapwrestling.com.

Wrestler living dream despite disability

BY JOE SZYNKOWSKI FOR THE SOUTHERN

By now, Greg Iron is used to overcoming obstacles. Cerebral palsy and a rocky childhood have strengthened his resolve and actually helped him define his wrestling persona. So no one should be surprised on June 30 when “The Handicapped Hero” wrestles his most recent impediment — a concussion that knocked him out cold for 10 minutes during a recent event. “It was a pretty good powerbomb,” Iron said. “I had to take a couple of events off, but I am good to go.” Iron will be one of the special guests partaking in All American Pro Wrestling’s “Summer Chaos,” the burgeoning wrestling company’s largest summer showcase. Southern Illinoisans will witness firsthand the Ohio native who has received national recognition for not only his skills, but how he has utilized them to push through some tough times. When Iron was 9 months old, doctors diagnosed him with cerebral palsy, a medical condition that causes physical developmental disabilities. His lack of strength in his right arm and hand, and the partial paralysis in his leg, has

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Greg Iron, an independent wrestler from Ohio, has overcome cerebral palsy and an abusive childhood to live his dream. He will be a special guest star at All American Pro Wrestling’s ‘Summer Chaos’ on June 30 in Marion.

required intensive physical therapy. Later, his mother became addicted to drugs, and his parents grew physically and verbally abusive. More grueling than the therapy or the abuse for Iron, though, was learning to accept his disabilities. “The moment I realized that my disabilities were never going to change was huge,” Iron said. “I can’t tell you exactly when that moment was, but it made all the difference.” Also helping Iron along his journey to selfacceptance were largerthan-life wrestling superstars like Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. “Watching those guys helped me escape from my problems,” Iron said. “To think that I am doing the same thing for people facing challenges is a pretty amazing feeling.” Iron delivers motivational speeches and interacts with children and adults through social media platforms, spreading a message of hope to people across the world.

“I always tell everybody the same thing,” he said. “No matter if your problem is emotional, financial or whatever, solving it all starts with you. If you keep a positive frame of mind, you can overcome it.” Along with Iron’s special appearance, AAPW fans will be treated to some spicy “Summer Chaos” storylines. The controversial Mike Masters will get a shot at the heavyweight title after recently being fired by AAPW Executive Producer Chris Hagstrom. Masters came under scrutiny after punching a fan during a taping of the company’s regular TV production, “Collision.” AAPW Owner Sean Chambers reinstated Masters and is giving him a title shot against current champion Edmund “Livewire” McGuire. “This is our biggest event with our biggest names,” Hagstrom said. “Whether you are a fan of wrestling or not, this is a chance to come see some of the future stars of wrestling.”

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De Soto Daze bring variety DE SOTO — An annual tradition returns this week with a jam-packed schedule. All events are at the De Soto park, unless otherwise noted. Tonight, June 21 6 p.m.: Little League ball games, Mike Moore Field 6:30 p.m.: Talent showcase 7:30 p.m.: Bingo Friday, June 22 5 p.m.: Pet show, seniors’ park 6 p.m.: Ice cream social 6 p.m.: Little League games, Mike Moore Field 6:30 p.m.: Co-ed softball tournament, Sam Marfio Field 6:30 p.m.: Baby contest 7:45 p.m.: Royalty coronation 8 p.m.: Kateena LeForge 9 p.m.: Karaoke Saturday, June 23 8 a.m.: Antique, custom and classic car show 10 a.m.: Parade 10 a.m.: T-ball tourney, Mike Moore Field 11:10 a.m.: Fear Factor Ranger style 12:30 p.m.: Cake bakeoff, judging in the pavilion 1 p.m.: Trivia contest, pavilion 2:30 p.m.: Four-on-four basketball tournament 5 p.m.: Home run derby 6 p.m.: “Heroes of Our Time,” Shelter 3 7:50 p.m.: Citizen recognition 8 p.m.: Bone Dry River Band with Moving Mary Sunday, June 24 9 a.m.: 10U roundrobin girls’ softball tourney, Mike Moore Field 11 a.m.: Fried chicken dinner Noon: Little Egypt Barbershop Chorus 2 p.m.: Horseshoes and washers tournament — Adam Testa


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Elizabethtown Homecoming Festival: Library book sale: 1-7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, along Monday, June 25, Herrin the Ohio River, Justin Library, 120 N. 13th St.; new Livingston Memorial Park, and used books, paperbacks, Elizabethtown; parade, cook books, VHS tapes, DVDs, games, car show, live music, sheet music, books on tape; barbecue and a fireworks 618-942-6109. display; 800-248-4373 www.hardincountyil.org.

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Kyle Upchurch stars as Conrad Birdie in Pyramid Players’ production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’ The show runs Wednesday through Friday, June 27-29, at Rend Lake College.

television production. Pyramid Players’ rendition of “Bye Bye Birdie” will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through

Friday, June 27-29. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling 618-521-1794. — Adam Testa

Wine, art, music on display at Riverside Park during wine fest MURPHYSBORO — The month on the calendar may be different, but the fun will all be the same when Murphysboro hosts the annual Shawnee Art and Wine Festival at Riverside Park this weekend. Friends of Murphysboro created the event a few years ago and operated it as a Memorial Day tradition. Under the leadership

of the Chamber of Commerce, the event has been moved further back into the summer. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate and include 12 wine tastings, a souvenir wine glass and entertainment. Non-drinker passes are also available for $3. Advance tickets can be purchased from the

ATKINS: Headed to Marion FROM PAGE 6 “It puts things into perspective for you,” he said. As the year rolls on, too, Atkins is expanding his horizons further. He will soon depart for his first European tour, with stops scheduled in Norway and Switzerland. “We’re taking country music everywhere we can,” he said. But before Atkins sets off globetrotting, he’ll be performing June 29 at Rent One Park in Marion

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Pyramid Players present musical,‘Bye Bye Birdie’ INA — Local theater troupe Pyramid Players will present the classic “Bye Bye Birdie” next week at Rend Lake College. The musical, set in 1958, is a satire on American society and was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, Conrad Birdie, is word play on the name of Conway Twitty, best remembered today for his long career as a country star. The original run of the production was a huge success, winning a Tony Award and spawning several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995

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as part of the Country Throwdown tour. The show is different than a traditional concert, and Atkins said that creates a lot of opportunities to have fun and meet with fans. “We’re just having a ball,” he said. “It’s a laidback party. I don’t know how else to put it; it’s just a really big party. It’s absolutely the most fun I’ve had in a long time.” adam.testa@thesouthern.com 618-351-5031

Chamber of Commerce at 618-684-6421. Entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin. Lew Jetton will take the stage from 2 to 4 p.m., and The Venturis will close out the festival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the music, several of the wineries from the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

and numerous artists will be on hand at Riverside Park to showcase and sell their products. Visitors are also encouraged to stick around after the festival for more fun. At 7 p.m. in the park, Three Graces Theater will offer a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” — Adam Testa

COMING ATTRACTIONS June 22 & 29 - Stars of Tomorrow Show June 23 - Kentucky Opry presents “A Kentucky Connection Show” and The Kentucky Opry Variety Show June 30 - Loretta Lynn Tribute with Emily Pirtle plus the Kentucky Opry Show-Show time 7:30 July 24 - Bus trip to The Grand Ole Opry call for details For a complete schedule visit us at www.kentuckyopry.com or call 888-459-8704 Open year ‘round

De Soto Daze: ThursdaySunday, June 21-24, most events at the park; starts with 4:30 p.m. barbecue today; parade, 10 a.m. Saturday; www.villageofdesoto.com. Shawnee Art and Wine Festival: Saturday, June 23, Riverside Park, Murphysboro; www.shawneefest.com; 618-684-6421. Williamson County Fair: Sunday-Saturday, June 2430, fairgrounds, Marion; carnival; 5K run, small animal show, tractor and truck pull, harness racing, demo derby; www.williamsoncounty illinoisfair.com. Jerry Seinfeld: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, The Carson Center, Paducah; $80/$68; 270-450-4444; www.thecarsoncenter.org. Archery Tournament and Festival: Tuesday-Sunday, June 26-July 1, Mermet Lake Fish and Wildlife Area, off U.S. 45, Massac County; www.metropolistourism.com 800-248-4373.

Theater Steel Magnolias: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, McLeod Theater, Communications Building, SIU; $25/$10; 618-453-6000; southern ticketsonline.com. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21 and Saturday, June 23, McLeod Theater, Communications Building, SIU; $25/$10; 618453-6000; southernticketsonline.com. Much Ado About Nothing: By Three Graces Theater, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Riverside Park, Murphysboro; free; bring chairs or blankets. Bye, Bye Birdie: Summer musical presented by Pyramid Players, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 27-29, Rend Lake College, Ina; $12; 618-521-1794 or www.pyramidplayers.org.

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‘Seeking a Friend’ finds its footing by the end Seeking a Friend for the End of the World **1/2 Rated R for language, including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence; starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; directed by Lorene Scafaria; opening Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale. PROVIDED

The 16th president of the United States is presented in an entirely new light in director Timur Bekmambetov’s ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ based off a popular novel. Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in the film, which opens Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion. It is rated R for violence and brief sexuality.

BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

For its first half, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is as lost and out-of-sorts as its title. Is it a comic romance set during Earth’s final days, a dark lampooning

of every “If I had a week to live”/ “Party like it’s 1999” cliché? But “Seeking” is a movie you have to give time to work. It was written and directed by the woman who wrote “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” so you owe it that much. Steve Carell stars as Dodge, an insurance salesman. And that adds to the confusion. On the phone with clients: “I’m afraid the Armageddon package is extra.” Do we laugh when, on hearing the news that a last-ditch space mission to stop the asteroid “Matilda” from crashing into Earth has failed, his wife literally leaps out of the car and runs away? Yeah, it’s a little funny.

Carell has built a career out of making put-upon seem funny. The “End of the World” party Dodge attends with couples, comically desperate to hook up with one, two or five last flings before the end comes, trying heroin for the first time, parents serving their kids’ mixed drinks is both amusing and very depressing. Everyone around him is giving in to impulses, acting irrationally. But all Dodge can do is be sad, wonder about the “love of his life” who got away (not his wife) and slap up fliers with his phone number on them. “Seeking a friend for the end of the world.”

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and collected all the Smart Cars he can, for transportation after the asteroid hits. The sunniest scene may be in a T.G.I.Fridays stylerestaurant, where the staff, led by the goofy T.J. Miller of “She’s Out of My League,” goes on serving customers in a giddy orgy. Carell plays this depressed soul well, and Knightley ably delivers the bubbly “free spirit” her character suggests. Scarafia has a lot of trouble finding the right tone for this. Jokes mix in with profundities, and “Seeking a Friend” burns through more lines with finality to them than halfa-dozen sci-fi epics. Dodge is nobody to anybody. “Nobody’s anybody’s anything anymore,” he sighs. But by the third act, the tragedy and romance of it all start to pay off. “Seeking a Friend” finds its footing, and finally seems to take its own message to heart: “Better late than never.”

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‘Brave’ ushers in new era for Disney princesses Brave ***1/2

“Destiny — it’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change.” Rated PG for some scary action and “Brave” is a spirited Scottishrude humor; starring the voices of accented romp that packs female Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, empowerment into a generally Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson amusing tale of youthful and Kevin McKidd; directed by Mark impulsiveness and its consequences. The writers and animators blend the Andrews, Brenda Chapman and oafish, brawny Scots humor of Steve Purcell; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC “How to Train Your Dragon” with the magic of “The Secret of Kells” Centre 8 in Marion. into a story about being brave enough to change your fate. BY ROGER MOORE Merida (Kelly Macdonald of MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS “Nanny McPhee” and “No Country for Old Men”) seizes her destiny Pixar’s first “Disney princess” when her father (Billy Connolly) and completes the evolution of the mom start parading unsuitable studio’s distinctly American take on suitors before her, a marriage that young womanhood. Princesses have will keep the peace among the evolved from sailor-obsessed Scottish clans. As tradition would mermaids to Merida, a spunky, self- have it, the would-be-kings assured lass who’d rather eat an compete in feats of strength to win arrow than take up with some guy her hand. But she selects one sport her parents point her way. She has where she herself dominates. She duties, obligations, an arranged hopes to win her independence with marriage to endure. the draw of a bow. Her mother, Queen Elinor (voiced Her mom says “Nothing doing.” by Emma Thompson), may insist So Merida takes her case to a witch, “We can’t just run away from who which is how mum gets turned into we are.” a bear. And since this is the bearBut as Merida narrates, her fate hunting-happy corner of Scotland, should be her own. that’s when “Brave” tumbles,

delightfully, into slapstick. Bear gags pile up, and the animators turn the queen into a critter who can’t shake her dainty manners even in ursine form. Merida has to protect her from a castle-full of burly Scotsmen who want a trophy for the castle wall. Merida’s helpmates are her mischievous brothers, three wee hellions with can-do attitudes about any prank, hurling themselves (without dialogue) into the mayhem. No animation house has been as good at telling an adult story for children, as adept at tugging the heartstrings as Pixar, and “Brave” continues that tradition. The colors are stunning, the animation lush, photo-realistic and wet. And if they haven’t progressed as far as some in animating the human face, that’s just as well. Princesses are supposed to look otherworldly. It’s the destiny of Pixar’s “Scottish Play” to change the way movies, and wide-eyed young viewers, look at “princesses” from now on. They’re beautiful, yes. They’re also smart, self-reliant and able to learn from mistakes, as long as they’re the ones who get to make the mistakes in the first place.

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