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‘Whence We Came’ Exhibit focuses on history of African Americans BY ADAM TESTA

more than 400 photographs and written multiple books on the subject. This exhibit and photo exhibit and lecture series will allow series of lectures and presentations will take him to return home to Carbondale from his Southern Illinoisans on a current Virginia residence journey to the and share his passion. Carbondale’s past. He remembers his The photo exhibit, youth, growing up on the “Whence We Came: northeast side of African Americans in Carbondale, Illinois 1852- Carbondale, when the 1963,” opens Tuesday, July neighborhood was 2, at the Carbondale Civic prospering with momand-pop businesses on Center. It features every corner. photographs capturing “Most of that is gone,” different elements of life he said. “I just want the in the city for black citizens through the years, next generation to know some of their past.” including early residents, Hazel Chappell Law, one churches, economics and of the committee members social conditions, civic working on the exhibit organizations and early project, said she’s excited businesses. to see it come to fruition. “This is an attempt to The efforts of previous capture those memories, community leaders and and hopefully inspire a influential members of the younger generation of black community helped black children to learn pave the way for the about their past,” said current and future Melvin Green Macklin, generations, she said. coordinator of the event “It impacted all of series. “I want our Carbondale, and these children and our great community leaders youngsters to have some worked so hard and idea about the legacy of struggled so their children our ancestors in and their children’s Carbondale.” children could live Macklin has collected



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Photos from some of the several pictorial books published by Melvin L. Green Macklin on the history of African Americans in Carbondale are shown. An exhibit of some of those photos is coming to the Carbondale Civic Center.

SCHEDULE The photo exhibit at the Carbondale Civic Center will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2-3; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7. See a full schedule with this article at successful lives in Carbondale,” she said. “I hope everyone, not just from the east side but from all of Carbondale,

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Through the Garden Gate: The Little Egypt Arts Association Arts Centre, downtown Marion; gardenrelated scenes in several media; hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; through June; 618-559-7379 Joan Skiver-Levy: Exhibition of Mixed Medium Pastiche Collages, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; through June; www.joan 618 997-4030 North Window Artist: Linda Martin, paintings, The Little Egypt Arts Association Arts Centre, downtown Marion; starts July 1; hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; through July; 618-559-7379 Mixed Messages USA: Call for Art A Brief Retrospective by What’s Hatching in Union R. Michael Fisher, Carbondale County? Contest by the Anna Public Library; mixed media drawings and paintings; Arts Center, 125 W Davie St, through July 1 Anna; Chicken/Rooster Contemporary Fiber Art & Exhibition Contest to prepare Sculpture: Southern Illinois for the Union County Fair; Art & Artisans Center, 14967 display a piece of work that captures a chicken or rooster Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; contemporary quilts by or chick; enter by July 25; Illinois artisans and narrative 904-625-1109

ceramic sculptures by Robin Power; through July 14; hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 618-629-2220; Ghost Wall 115: By Chris Radtke, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; the units in the sculpture are based on the artist’s own cubic measurements translated into box-like vessels; located in Beal Grand Corridor Gallery; through July 21;; 618-242-1236 The L. Brent Kington Memorial Exhibit: University Museum, SIU; honors the late metalsmith and professor of art, L. Brent Kington; now through July 26; www.; 618-4535388 Mother and Son: The Art of Lee and Eldon Benz, University Museum, SIU; Lee Benz produced art in several media, most particularly in watercolor; with much of her work

destroyed in a fire, her son, Eldon Benz, is preserving some of his mother’s art through digitized computer technology; now through Aug. 24;; 618-453-5388 Student Art Exhibition: Southeastern Illinois College Art Gallery, Harrisburg; hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; through August; 618-252-5400, ext. 2245

Receptions The Summer Art for All exhibition: Closing reception, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Atrium, Shawnee Community College, Ullin; work of around 50 young artists displayed; 618-322-9181 Vickie Gingrich: Reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Harrisburg District Library; acrylic and watercolor on canvas and storytelling dolls; through June 30; 618-2537455

Comedy The Carbondale Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station 13, Carbondale; see The Carbondale Comedians on Facebook Paul Aldrich: Christian comedian, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; observations and musical impressions have been seen on Showtime and The Improv; $35 includes catered dinner; doors open 6 p.m.; www.thegathering; 618-965-3726

Events Out of the Woods: Legalized Moonshine myths discussed during tasting, 6-7 p.m., Thursday, June 27, Giant City Lodge, Makanda; discussion led by Red Eye Moonshine’s head distiller Karen Binder; free; seating limited;; 618-503-9050 Miss Illinois pageant preliminaries: 7 p.m. today, Thursday, June 27, Marion Cultural and Civic Center and finals, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, civic center; $23 for the preliminaries and $33 for the final; also Teen, Pre-Teen and Princess pageants will be staged in one event at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28 in the civic center; $28; 618-997-4030; Car Craft Magazine Street Machine Nationals: FridaySunday, June 28-30, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; celebration of horsepower and dream machines includes highperformance street machines, hot rods and street trucks from across the nation; also, Burnout Competition, Dyno Challenge, Miss Street Machine Contest; hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 28; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30; $10; SEE EVENTS / PAGE 4

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z EVENTS FROM PAGE 3 Super City Blues & Ques: Barbecue and music, FridaySaturday, June 28-29, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis; music Friday by Gary Bobo, Crestview Kings and Jim & Monte and music Saturday by Tommy Akers Band, The Beat Daddys, Bluesberry jam Band and Lew Jetton & 61 South; 618-5241696; www.cityofmetropolis .com Trivia Saturday Night: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Zeigler Eagles, 114 N. Main St., off The Circle; doors open 6 p.m.; $5 per person; team of six, $25 Dawg Days of Summer: Super Shelter Spectacular, noon-6 p.m., Sunday, June 30, Alto Vineyards, Illinois 127, Alto Pass; benefits eight local animal rescue organizations; music by The Rural Kings, The Bone Dry River Band and The Whistle Pigs; veterinarians, pet groomers and dog trainers will provide information and basic services; adults, $15; children and pets, free; 618-201-4841 or 618-893-4898

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CARBONDALE — A free Community Cinema screening of the film “Love Free or Die” is set for 2:30 p.m. June 29 in the Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St. The film is sponsored by WSIU Public Broadcasting and the library. The Sundance Awardwinning documentary looks at church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity — and Gene Robinson’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. Robinson is the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. His consecration in 2003 in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire caused an international stir and threatened schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Rev. Katherine Bryant Graves, pastor of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, will lead a discussion after the film. For more information about Community Cinema, contact Vickie Devenport at 618-4536148 or vickie.devenport@

Community Cinema: Features Love Free or Die, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Carbondale Public Library; part of a series of free film screenings from the PBS series Independent Lens; refreshments; 618-453-6148;

Theater Oliver! 7:30 p.m. ThursdayFriday, June 27-28, newlyremodeled Benton Civic Center; also, Harvey, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, July 26-27, also at the Civic Center; 618-521-1794; www.pyramid; www.bentoncivicc Hair: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28-29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, McLeod Theater, SIU, Carbondale; adults, $25; students, $10; 618-453-6000; www.southerntickets

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The Liberty Bell of the West at Kaskaskia Island was given to the church in 1741 by King Louis XV of France.

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KASKASKIA ISLAND — The 44th annual Independence Day program at Kaskaskia Island will place special emphasis on the 272-yearold Kaskaskia Bell. The celebration is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 at the Liberty Bell of the West Shrine on Kaskaskia Island. The bell was rung by villagers July 4, 1778, to celebrate liberation from the British by Col. George Rogers Clark. King Louis XV of France gave the bell to the church of Kaskaskia in 1741 and the bell has become — The Southern known as the Liberty Bell

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of the West. The celebration will include special speakers, including Glenn Poshard, Don Welge, Emily Lyons and others. The Chester Municipal Band will perform patriotic music, Chloe Wallace will sing patriotic selections and taps will be played by Brian Roth. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs. Plate lunches and other refreshments will be available before and after the program. The Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site is located on a 14,000-acre island a half mile above the Chester Bridge. To reach Kaskaskia, cross the Chester Bridge, go four miles on US 51, turn right on H Road, go seven miles to Highway 61, turn right, travel through St. Mary, Mo. to the Old Channel Bridge, turn right and follow the Kaskaskia Bell Markers for five miles. For more information, call 618-859-3741 or go to — The Southern

HERRIN — A Summer Classic Church Tour will kick off Friday, June 28. Three churches highlight Midwestern church architecture from the 20th century. Tours will include historic sidelights about the buildings discussed. The first church to be featured at 2 p.m. Friday is Herrin First Presbyterian Church, 421 N. 14th St. Other churches on the tour are Herrin First United Methodist Church, 301 S. 16th St. on Friday, July 12; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 316 W. Monroe St., Friday, July 26. All tours begin at 2 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served after each session. The tours are offered by the Herrin Area Historical Society. — The Southern

Pageant events continue today MARION — Tickets are on sale for Miss Illinois, Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen, PreTeen and Princess events at Marion Cultural and Civic Center this week. Miss Illinois preliminaries continue at 7 p.m. today; finals are 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $23 for the preliminaries and $33 for the final. Teen, Pre-Teen and Princess pageants are at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28. Tickets are $28. For tickets, call the civic center at 618-9974030 or visit www. — The Southern

z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Concerts Southern Illinois Widespread Panic: Tickets on sale, 10 a.m. Friday, June 28 for Tuesday, Oct. 1 concert, SIU Arena Carbondale; concert will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 1; buy tickets at the SIU Arena Ticket Office; or 618-4532000 Sunset Concert Series: Features Rico, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, steps of Shryock Auditorium, SIU; Latin rock; free; no glass bottles, kegs, pets; 618-5363393; www.studentcenter; Creedence Clearwater Revisited: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Walker’s Bluff, Carterville; doors open, 6 p.m.; songs include Bad Moon Rising, Born on the Bayou, Fortunate Son, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Proud Mary and Who’ll Stop the

Rain?; $100/$40/$35; 618956-9900; Friday Night Fair music: Whistle Pigs, 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 28, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; www.carbondale; 618-5298040 Street Machines After Hours: Features Southern Illinois bands, 7 p.m. FridaySaturday, June 28-29, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; performers include Hails Boys, Cache River Band, We’ve Got It Covered, The Real Deal with Casey James and Chris Slone; $10 wristband good for admission Hobo Knife: And singersongwriter Jenny Johnson, benefit concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; $5; tickets on sale at Cristaudos and The

Practice Pad, both in Carbondale and Liberty Theater; 618-684-5880 Eisenhauer Band: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, Keyes Park, Du Quoin; free; bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, food may be brought and concessions available; www. Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; $30 includes catered dinner; doors open 6 p.m.; www.thegathering; 618-965-3726 Will Rock For Food: Benefit concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; proceeds to the Marion Food Pantry; tickets now on sale; silent auction; bands include the Jeff Pritchett Project, The Handcuffs and The Producers; $15; www.marion; 618-993-8419 Du Quoin State Fair concerts: Tickets now on sale for the fair grandstand entertainment; musical acts include Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Kansas, Sawyer Brown, Matt Maher, Brittany Loyd, Theory of a Deadman; grandstand concerts start Saturday, Aug. 24 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 31; 618-5421535; www.duquoinstate


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Stars of Tomorrow: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50;; 888-459-8704 Emily Portman: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; tribute to Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Reba McIntire; $22/$21/$10/ $7.50; www.kentuckyopry. com; 888-459-8704

Coulter, Goot and Wall: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, The Grotto Lounge/Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-649-6400 Fareed Haque: 8 p.m. Saturday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden; $15; open at 6 p.m.;; 618893-2233 Casey James Trio: Featuring Ron Coulter and Mike Alderfer, 9 p.m.midnight, Saturday, The Grotto Lounge/Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-649-6400

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Street Machines After Hours features several Southern Illinois bands Sunset Concert After the engines are shut down, the music will be just beginning at the Street Machine Nationals, which returns this week. The Street Machines After Hours street party will take place on Derby Lane at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and will

feature Southern Illinois bands. Several bands will play at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 and Saturday June 29. Bands include: z The hard rocking Hails Boys, featuring music from Ozzy Osbourne, Black Saddath and Ted Nugent.

z Cache River Band, known throughout the region for their outlaw country music. z We’ve Got It Covered, a classic rock/country band that opened for the legendary Lee Greenwood during the 2012 Du Quoin State Fair.

z The Real Deal with Casey James, featuring music inspired by legendary guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Johnson. z Blues master Chris Slone will open at 7 p.m. both nights.

SPARTA — Singer, composer and entertainer Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 5 in The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta. Bonn recently formed a new blues band of “cream of the crop” players from the St. Louis area. The band features Paul on vocals and percussion, Rich McDonough on lead and slide guitar, Slim Louis on bass, Tony Arnett on keyboard and Derek Bonn on drums. The band’s material includes traditional blues, soul, R&B and Cajun covers and originals, and members members have years of experience touring regionally, nationally and worldwide with St. Louis as their home base. The event includes a catered dinner for the total price of $30. Doors open 6 p.m. and reservations should be made five days before the concert. For more information on the show, go to www.the gatheringplaceoff or call 618-965-3726.

CARBONDALE — The Sunset Concert Series continues tonight, June 27 with a concert by Rico. The band defines itself as a “rich sound of diversified musical culture.” The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the steps of Shryock Auditorium at SIU. The band’s website says they were influenced heavily by the “spirit of Santana.” The band performs other genres as well, including Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Kanye West and Hendrix. Rico creates their special sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards and guitar. Free concerts will be on tap every Thursday through July, with the exception of July 4. The venue will alternate between the steps of Shryock Auditorium on the SIU Carbondale campus and Turley Park on Carbondale’s west side. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Here’s what’s next: July 11: The Right Now, Shryock, vintage soul/rhythm and blues, July 18: The Kopecky Family Band, Turley Park, Indie rock, www. July 25: The Ark Band, Shryock, reggae, Rules prohibit glass bottles, kegs, pets and solicitation. Regulations permit responsible use of alcohol within designated areas, but only from 6 p.m. until the end of each show.

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Wineries FRIDAY Woodenships: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Swamp Tigers: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff SATURDAY Don Wier: 2-5 p.m., Blue Sky Vineyard Ol’ Moose: 2-5 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Kevin Lucas Orchestra: 2-6 p.m., Owl Creek Larry Dillard Blues: 3-6 p.m. Walker’s Bluff Ivas John: 3-7 p.m. The Bluffs Red, White & Bluegrass Festival: 4-8 p.m., Von Jakob Winery & Brewery; Whistle Pigs; fireworks; doors open, 10 a.m. Bullhound: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery SUNDAY Brian Curran: 1-4 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Roxie Randle: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Ol’ Fishkins: 2-6 p.m., Owl Creek Vineyard Flashback: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Von Jakob Winery & Brewery WEDNESDAY Jason David Cooper Band: 7-10 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery; fireworks FIND THEM HERE Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Honker Hill Winery, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Road, Cobden Orlandini Vineyard: 410 Thorn Lane, Makanda Owl Creek Vineyard, 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden Pheasant Hollow Winery, 14931 Illinois 37, Whittington Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden Von Jakob Winery & Brewery, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville

z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Tres Hombres, Whistle Pigs, 10 p.m. THURSDAY Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Benton: J Dee’s Connection, Club, Oblivious, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Bobby Orr and the CrossrMarion: Hideout, Bob Pina, oads Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. piano 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Carbondale: PK’s, Timmy American Legion, Nite Whiteford Band; Tres Riders, 7:30 p.m. Hombres, Copecetic, 10 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Marion: Williamson County Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot Fairground Hanna Building, & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. Big Lake Country Band, Whittington: The Zone 6:30-9:30 p.m. Lounge, No Issues Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, The Swing N’ Country Dance MONDAY Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Elkville: Civic Center, Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m. FRIDAY Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Carbondale: Hangar 9, Soul Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fuzz Vinyl Dance Party PK’s, The Hakks; Tres TUESDAY Hombres, Transcendental Herrin Teen Town, Country Cowboys, 5-8 p.m., patio; Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. Nasty Nate, 10 p.m. Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Ina: Ina Community Building, Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 Friday Night Jam Band, p.m. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Mike’s Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. West Frankfort: WB Ranch Thompsonville: Old Country Barn, WB Ranch Band, 6:30Store Dance Barn, Jeanita 9:30 p.m. Spillman & The Sentimental Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. FIND THEM HERE Whittington: Corner Dance 20’s Hideout Restaurant: Hall, Dave Caputo Band, 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 7:30-10:30 p.m.; The Zone 618-997-8325 Lounge, Logan Thomson Corner Dance Hall: 200 Band Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 SATURDAY Elkville: Elkville Civic Center, Carbondale: Hangar 9, Aaron 405 S. 6th St., Elkville 618Kamm and The One Drops; 201-1753 PK’s, Bosco and Whiteford; Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave.,

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Bullock and McCarthy bull their way to laughs in ‘The Heat’ The Heat *½ Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence; starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans; directed by Paul Feig; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

Give it up for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. You’ll never see them work harder at comedy than in “The Heat,” a stumbling, aggressively loud and profane cop buddy picture where they struggle to wring “funny” out of a script that isn’t. Plot? It’s more a collection of scenes that force the stars to riff and riff until something coarse and amusing comes out, topped by something else coarser and more amusing. Instructions must have read, “Sandy and Melissa go to a dance club, where Melissa hacks off chunks of Sandy’s costume to

make her ‘sexy.’“ Or “Melissa and Sandy get drunk in a bar and line dance.” Better still, “Our intrepid, mismatched ‘buddies’ are tied up by the bad guys and turn a simple leg stabbing into a comic escape attempt.” Bullock, finally back to making the sorts of “Miss Congeniality” dogs she was doing before “The Blind Side,” is the knowit-all overly-coiffed F.B.I. agent Ashburn a Miss Priss none of her fellow agents like. She is sent to Boston, ostensibly to prep for a promotion. Mainly, it’s to get her out of the hair of her boss (Demian Bichir). That’s where Ashburn runs afoul of the foulmouthed detective Mullins (McCarthy), a shambling

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‘White House Down’ out-popcorns ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ White House Down ** Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, including intense gunfire and explosions, plus language and a brief sexual image; starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Joey King, Maggie Gyllenhaal; directed by Roland Emmerich; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

If you see just one terrorists-take-over-theWhite-House thriller this year, make it “White House Down.” Even if you

saw the dour and bloody “Olympus Has Fallen,” which has a lot in common with “White House Down,” you owe it to yourself to check out Roland “2012” Emmerich’s preachy, goofy, over-thetop take on “‘Die Hard’ at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” From the earnest but earnestly funny president in jeopardy (Jamie Foxx) who doesn’t like bad guys yanking on his sneakers (“Take your hands off my Jordans!”) to the eyerolling image of a child having a “Les Miz” bigflag-on-the-barricades moment, “White House Down” is a corker, real competition for “Fast & Furious 6” as the dumbest fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.

Channing Tatum is Cale, the war vet / D.C. cop who can’t convince Maggie Gyllenhaal to let him in the Secret Service. Cale has to content himself with guarding the speaker of the House (Richard Jenkins) and calling in favors to get his daughter (Joey King) a White House tour. Then we see who Emmerich cast as the head of the White House Secret Service detail James Woods. There’s “on-thenose” casting, and then there’s casting Woods as a potentially volatile villain too on the nose. We go through the same “Olympus has Fallen” hyper-professional mercenary assault on the various security agencies that allows bad guys to

crash into the White House. And we see Cale, the guy not good enough to get into the Secret Service, charge to the rescue of his daughter, the president and the world. These terrorists, who never miss until they start shooting at Cale, are glib. “You just killed the secretary of Defense!” “Well, he wasn’t doing a very good job.” Nicolas Wright plays a scene-stealing White House tour guide who sometimes interrupts the mayhem to share a little White House lore, or lecture the bad guys on the priceless artifacts they’re wrecking. Emmerich makes sure there’s an “Independence Day” joke, and if that’s too subtle, he

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Channing Tatum (left) and Jamie Foxx star in ‘White House Down.’

blows up the Capitol. Shared plot aside, “White House Down” does stuff “Olympus Has Fallen” couldn’t afford to. All of which undercuts the script’s lectures about the “military industrial complex,” the militia movement, the turf wars over presidential succession and the like.

Whatever messages they want to shoehorn in tumble aside in a blizzard of bullets, bombs, missiles and jokes. This is a popcorn movie, with an adequate hero, a comical presidential sidekick, a passable villain and too many deadlines, plotlines and punchlines to ever allow it to turn giddy.

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