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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z MUSIC z Historical Museum, 2000 E. St Louis St, West Frankfort, Thursday Night Live: Food, Wednesday and Thursday; now music, artists, 5-8 p.m. through August; 618-932-6159 Thursdays, Cedarhurst Center Strictly Digital: Open juried for the Arts, Richview Road, photography competition for Mount Vernon; through Aug. all amateurs, advanced or 29;; professional photographers, 618-242-1236 Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St., Anna; hours, 4-6 p.m. Call For Art Tuesday-Saturday; through Sept. 2; 904-625-1109 Shrode Photo Competition: Lisa Hicks: Rustle Hill Call for entries, Cedarhurst Winery, 8595 US 51, Cobden; Center for the Arts, Richview abstract impressionism Road, Mount Vernon; deadline, paintings; through Sept. 2; Aug. 30;; 618-893-2700; www.rustle 618-242-1236 LEAA Photo Invitational Mel Garbark: A Contest: Through Sept. 30, Retrospective, Harrisburg Little Egypt Arts Centre, Tower District Library; a naturalist Square, Marion; for and conservationist, Garbark prospectus, call 618-998is exhibiting 28 acrylic 8530; email kriskillman@ paintings of wildlife and or contact Tom landscapes; through Sept. 8 Rabideau at 618-982-2572 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Centennial Celebration: Mounds African Exhibits American Museum, now North Window Artist: Bob through Sept. 14; hours, Barnfield, The Little Egypt Arts 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Association Arts Centre, 618-745-6183; eason@ downtown Marion; hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Faculty Exhibition: Paducah Tuesday; through August; School of Art & Design, a 618-559-7379 division of West Kentucky Spinning Straw Into Gold: Community and Technical By Molly Groom Alter and College; selection of works in Laurie Blakely, anthill gallery, painting, drawing, ceramics, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; sculpture, jewelry, metals, enamels, fibers, photography by the fine art ceramics and encaustic wax and visual communication mediums; through August; faculty; hosted in the Clemens hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery, campus of West Wednesday through Saturday Kentucky Community College, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, 618-893-3100; anthill Paducah; through Sept. 26; 270-408-4278; www. Bangladesh artist Kamal Talukder: Luna Gallery in the Egret with Atitude: Art by Yellow Moon Cafe, 110 N. Front Carol Good, Carbondale Civic St., Cobden.; proceeds to For Center Corridor Gallery; Kids’ Sake; through August; watercolors by flowers and 618-893-3100; anthill birds; through Sept. 30; 618-457-5100; info@ Student Art Exhibition:; www. Southeastern Illinois College Art Gallery, Harrisburg; hours, In Their Own Words: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday University Museum, SIU; through Thursday; through Twentieth and 21st century August; 618-252-5400, ext. artists’ works and 2245 philosophies; through Oct. 4; Nostalgia: Biki Andres 618-453-5388; www. Chaplain’s paintings inspired by old photos, Frankfort Area The Cedarhurst Biennial:

Art Events


Works by Illinois artist Kevin Veara are on display at University Museum. This painting is titled ‘Robin’s Song.’

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E. Richmond Road, Mount Vernon; showcases the best local and regional talent in all media and subjects; through Oct. 13; 618-242-1236 or Everyday Beauty: The Sculptures of Ann Weber, Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E. Richmond Road, Mount Vernon; through Oct. 13; 618-242-1236 or Gathering of Quilts: Regenhardt Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E. Richmond Road, Mount Vernon; through Oct. 13; 618-242-1236 or Snuggle and Snooze: Quilts for Children, Beck Family Center Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E. Richmond Road, Mount Vernon; through Oct. 13; 618-242-1236 or Focus 4: Four solo exhibitions, The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; features the work of Preston Jackson of Peoria, Michael Onken of Carbondale, Steven Robnett of Elgin and Suellen Rocca of Romeoville; now through Oct. 20; 618-6292220 or 618-629-2518 Archaeological Findings: At the Crawford Farm Site, University Museum, SIU; findings from an historic Sauk village; through Oct. 25; 618-4535388; Paintings by Kevin Veara: Birds and plants of the Sangamon River Valley, University Museum, SIU;

through Oct. 26; 618-4535388; Michelle Fredman: Exhibit, The Pavilion, Marion; work can be viewed during the Pavilion’s regular hours; through December Master Artists from the Museum’s Art Collection: University Museum, SIU; artists featured include Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Berthe Morisot, Jacob Lawrence, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Max Ernst; through May 9; 618-453-5388; Inuit Art: From the collection of William Rose, University Museum, SIU; through May 9; includes collection of objects from the native Inuit peoples of Canada; 618-453-5388;

Receptions Hands: By the German artist from Leipzig, Fränze Reichard, The Gallery Space, Law office of Joni Beth Bailey, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; through Oct. 23;; Maurice Metzger: Reception, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Union County Museum, South Appleknocker Street, Cobden; Metzger was a well-known artist from the 1950s to his death in 2001 who specialized in wildlife and Southern Illinois landmarks; he also produced cartoons commenting on his unique views of life for the GazetteDemocrat newspaper in Anna; through October


Light aircraft to be featured at expo MOUNT VERNON—The Plane and Pilot Midwest Light Sport Aircraft Expo set for Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 5-7, features all types of light aircraft. The event will have more than 40 light sport aircraft, including gyroplanes, at Mount Vernon Outland Airport. There is no charge. The LSA Expo also features the Commemorative Air Force’s B-25 bomber Maid in the Shade, Bowers Fly-Baby National Fly-In and St. Louis Women with Wings Aircraft Wash on Saturday. For more, call 618-3155462 or go to www. — The Southern

Paradise Alley Players present ‘Funny Fables’ MARION — Auditions for “Aesop’s Funny Fables” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3-4, in Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Actors needed for the play include more than 20 girls and boys, ages 7-18. Actors may bring a monologue or read cold from the script. The play includes fables and characters designed to teach young audiences the lessons of life. School performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18. Public performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 30, the at the civic center box office. For more, email marion

‘Treasure Island’ casting set Sept. 3 at Rend Lake College INA—With the fall play “Treasure Island” right around the corner, a casting call for actors has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Rend Lake College Theatre. Those attending the casting call will be asked to cold-read from a script, as well as do some improvisation. Theatre professor Tracey Webb said the play is going to have opportunities for the actors to ad lib some lines to provide more comedy to the piece. “I’ll still give them lines, but there will be places where they can do a little something of their own,” said Webb. Now on her 40th show, Webb said that this play will be unique to others she has done because the actors will need to speak with one of

two British dialects throughout the whole play. Rehearsals for the play will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some Sunday afternoon work will also be required for work on the sets. Webb asks that anyone interested in helping with building the sets, creating period costumes and working lights or sound contact her at 618-4375321 ext. 1295. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 7 at a price of $12. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. To purchase tickets, contact Cathy Cross at 618-437-5321, ext. 1263. Tickets will be available at the theatre on show night if they are not sold out. — RLC Media Services

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z by CatDaddy’O and the Mr. Swamp Fox Band Monday; fireworks, 8:30 p.m. Monday; food, Book sale: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, bingo, washer tourney, raffles, cake walk, Sallie Logan Public Library, 1808 Walnut St., souvenir T-shirts; 618-984-4463 Murphysboro; books for children and adults, Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo: 9 a.m.books on audio, and VHS tapes and DVDs; $5 or 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 5-7, Mount free for members of the Friends of the Library Vernon Outland Airport; features all types of light aircraft; free; 618-315-5462 or go to Comedy 100th Annual Carterville Free Fair: The Carbondale Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 5-7, Cannon Park; parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, new Junior High Wednesdays, Station 13, Carbondale; see The School; music, cake walk, carnival, queen Carbondale Comedians on Facebook pageant, baking contest; 618-985-6942

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Events Zeigler Home Festival: Friday-Saturday, Aug. 30-31, on The Circle, Zeigler; gospel hour and ice cream social, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; music by The Peaces, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday; parade, 10 a.m. Saturday; inflatables, story time, cake walk, fish fry; music Saturday by Hey Honey Blue Grass, 11 a.m., Indigo Blues, 5-7 p.m., Mike McCluskey on acoustic, 7-8 p.m. and Deanna Freeman with Jackson Junction, 8 p.m.midnight Festival de Chiles: Pepperfest 2013, 11 a.m.5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, The Darn Hot Pepper Farm, Rancho Bella Vista, 825 Vines Road, Cobden; hot pepper product sampling; music by Carter and Connelly; arts and crafts; adults, $3; under 12, free; 618-893-1443; Royalton Round-Up Festival: SundayMonday, Sept. 1-2, Royalton Community Park, 100 N. Meadow St.; chicken and dumpling dinner, 11 a.m. Sunday, St. Aloysius Catholic Church.; games, fireman’s tug of war, gospel music , Sunday; parade, 10 a.m. Monday; music

Gallatin County Fair/Popcorn Day: Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 15, fairgrounds, Ridgway; includes livestock show, western horse show, demo derby, agricultural exhibits, music; 618-272-8971 Cache River Days: Features food, music, exhibits, guided canoe tours, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8, Cache River Wetlands and the village of Ullin; 618-634-2231, 618-845-3445 or go to Twilight 5K Run/Walk: Registration, 5 p.m. and race, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Carterville Community Center, Cannon Park; in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Carterville Free Fair which takes place Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8; Veterans on Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Marion Junior High; parade open to all veterans; also, picture brigade which consists of parade participants carrying photos of deceased veterans; 314-375-7170; 618-9679415; Herrin Elks Poker Run: Starts with breakfast, 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, Herrin Elk’s Lodge,

221 E. Monroe Ave.; Harley give-away; first bike out from the Lodge at 11:30 a.m.; 618-942-5653 The Little Black Dress Party: Benefitting The Women’s Center, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Miners Stadium, Rent One Park, Marion; theme, Women Celebrating Women — While Helping Women in Need; music, food, wine, specialty drinks; music by Dr. Zhivegas; dance or run the bases; $30 for general admission and $100 for priority seating; www.littleblackdress

History Harrison Bruce Historical Village Tours: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, John A. Logan College, Carterville; see the four historical structures on site around the Robert Mees Village Centre including the Harrison House, Harrison Store Front, Purdy School and Hunter Cabin; self-walking or guided Docent tours are available; free Flatboat program: By John Schwegman, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Carbondale Township Hall, 217 E. Main St.; free; discussion on submerged flatboat found near Olmstead in the Ohio River

Auditions Auditions: For Godspell, 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 3-4, Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; allan.kimball@; 618-252-5400, ext. 2487 Auditions: For Aesops Funny Fables, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday Sept. 3-4, The Marion Cultural and Civic Center; presented by Paradise Alley Players; need more than 20 girls and boys, ages 7-18; z z

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Royalton Round-up on tap for Labor Day weekend ROYALTON —The 29th annual Royalton Round-up Festival begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, and 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Royalton Community Park, 100 N. Meadow St. The festivities will get started Sunday with a chicken-anddumpling dinner at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Games for kids are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, a fireman’s tug of war will start at 3 p.m. and Glad Heart will perform gospel music starting at 6 p.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday. Grand marshal is Carl Horn, former junior high and high school band director. The theme of the parade is “Music of America.” Musical entertainment Monday will be presented by CatDaddy’O and the Mr. Swamp Fox Band at 6 p.m. The festival will also include food, bingo, a washer tourney, raffles, a cake walk, souvenir Tshirts and games for all ages. The Round-up will conclude with a bang with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Monday accompanied by music. For more information on the festival, call 618-984-4463. — The Southern




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Historic flatboat is focal point of Sept. 12 program CARBONDALE — A program on the recent discovery of a historic flatboat will be presented by John Schwegman at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Carbondale Township Hall, 217 E. Main St. The discussion will focus on the fact that flatboats traveled American waterways with passengers and cargoes for more than 100 years but at journey’s end the vessels were usually broken up and sold for lumber. The program will point out how Schwegman, a Metropolis resident, discovered a submerged flatboat near Olmstead in the Ohio River just miles from its convergence with the Mississippi River. Researchers from SIU excavated the flatboat for study and preservation. Schwegman is a nature conservationist who is retired from a career with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He is a former state botanist and developed the agency’s Natural Areas program. Later, he implemented a native plant conservation program for Illinois. The archaeology program is sponsored by the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club. —The Southern

Bars & Clubs THURSDAY Benton: J Dee’s Connection, Bobby Orr KARAOKE, and the Crossroads Band, DJs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Carbondale: Hangar 9, Zoogma Tres Hombres, The Funner Brothers, 10 p.m. Jammers, 7-9 p.m. Johnston City: Scout Marion: Youth Center, Cabin, Big Lake Country Craig’s Country Band, Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, The Swing N’ Country TUESDAY Dance Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Herrin: Teen Town, Country Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. FRIDAY Marion: Hideout Ina: Ina Community Restaurant, Bob Pina, Building, Friday Night Jam piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, Marion: Youth Center, Mike’s Band, 6:30-9:30 Craig’s Country Band, p.m. 6:30-9:30 p.m. West Frankfort: WB Ranch Thompsonville: Old Barn, WB Ranch Band, Country Store Dance 6:30-9:30 p.m. Barn, Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Country FIND THEM HERE Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion SATURDAY 618-997-8325 Carbondale: Hangar 9, Corner Dance Hall: 200 Orismo w/The Blue Fruit Franklin St., Whittington Snacks 618-303-5266 Tres Hombres, The Late Derby’s Community Hall: Rounders, 10 p.m. 214 High St., Du Quoin Herrin: N-Kahootz Night 618-201-1753 Club, Dirt Water Fox, 9 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois p.m.-1 a.m. Ave., Carbondale 618-549Marion: Hideout 0511 Restaurant, Bob Pina, Herrin Teen Town: 105 N. piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. 13th St., Herrin 618-889American Legion, Nite 3651 Riders, 7:30 p.m. Italian Club: Main Street, Thompsonville: Old Coello, 618-724-4610 Country Store Dance J Dee’s Connection: 215 E. Barn, Lil’ Boot & Classic Main St., Benton Country, 7-10 p.m. John Brown’s on the SUNDAY Coello: The Italian Club, Rip Lee Pryor, 8 p.m.-midnight MONDAY Du Quoin: Derby’s Community Hall, Jerry’s

WANT TO BE LISTED? 618-351-5089 Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-9972909 Just Elsie’s: 302 Jackson St., Orient, 618-932-3401 Lion’s Club: South Street, Thompsonville 618-2184888 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618-997-6168 Marion Eagles: Russell and Longstreet Roads, Marion 618-993-6300 Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard, Marion 618922-7853 N-Kahootz Night Club: 115 W. Cherry St., Herrin 618942-9345 Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville 618-2184676 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Steeleville American Legion: 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville 618-9653362 The Zone Lounge: 14711 Illinois 37, Whittington 618629-2039 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-937-3718

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Coffeehouses, Cafés Gina Forsyth: 8 p.m. Friday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden;; 618-893-2233

Wineries FRIDAY Grant and Carman: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery American Lion: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff SATURDAY 90 Proof: 2-5 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Dan Barron: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Well Well Wells: 2-6 p.m., Orlandini Vineyard Dan-O: 2-6 p.m. Owl Creek Vineyard Houndstooth Harmony: 3-6 p.m. Walker’s Bluff One More Round: Johnny Cash tribute, 4-7 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Skylyne Drive: 5-7 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Diamondback: 7-10 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Hollerboys: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff

WEDNESDAY Adam Williams: 6-8 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery

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Win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at Herrin Poker Run on Sept. 8

SIC hosting auditions for ‘Godspell’ Union County

HERRIN— The 15th annual Herrin Elks Poker Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8. The poker run features a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide giveaway.

HARRISBURG — Southeastern Illinois College Theatre will host public auditions for the upcoming production of “Godspell” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3-4, in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre. Participants are being asked to prepare a portion of a song, with one verse and one chorus, from the categories of pop, country, gospel or Broadway. The song will be performed with a provided accompanist. Also, those auditioning should prepare a one-minute monologue, such as a parable or other folk-type tale. Sample monologues are available in room E219B or by contacting Those auditioning will also read from the script of the play. From the composer of “Wicked” and Disney’s

Breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Herrin Elk’s Lodge, 221 E. Monroe Ave., with the first bike out from the Lodge at 11:30 a.m. The last bike is expected

to be in from the poker run at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Herrin Elk’s Lodge or by calling 618-9425653. — The Southern

“Pocahontas,” “Mulan” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Godspell” has been called one of Broadway’s most enduring shows of all time. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, “Godspell” is the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love. Boasting a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit “Day By Day,” “Godspell” is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Southeastern’s production of “Godspell” has 20 roles to fill and the full cast will be onstage for the entire production. The play is also audience interactive, so members of the audience may find themselves on stage. “Godspell” is slated for performances at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 20. — SIC News Service

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Museum to host new Smithsonian exhibit

COBDEN — The Union County Historical and Genealogy Society is one of six organizations in Illinois to host the newest Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” Opening in March 2014, “Hometown Teams” will capture the connection between towns and their teams. The exhibit will feature artifacts, stories and special events that will provide audiences a chance to explore how historic upsets, championship runs, rivalries, traditions, individuals and teams can leave an indelible mark on a community. An exhibition national in theme and local in scope, the local history and sports heritage of Cobden, Union County and the region will also be prominently featured. Women’s sports and early African-American teams will be a part of the program and exhibit. “Hometown Teams” is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Illinois Humanities Council. The program brings Smithsonian quality exhibitions to local museums, historical societies, libraries and community centers around the country. Each exhibit celebrates and explores the local heritage within the context of a broad national theme. For more information contact Judy Travelstead at 618-893-2567 or Paulette Aronson at 618-893-2882. —The Southern


Carbondale Rocks!

Music festival features some of the region’s best

Carbondale Rocks Revival


Music festival, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; $15/$10 at or 618-453-6000.

For tickets and more detailed information, including a full list of concerts and times, visit www.carbondalemusiccoalition .com.


rganizers of one of Southern Illinois’ largest music festivals hope a more concentrated, focused effort will help create the best atmosphere of the event’s early tenure. The Carbondale Rocks Revival runs Thursday, Sept. 5, to Saturday, Sept. 7, at venues throughout Carbondale. This year, the event has the backing of the newly formed Carbondale Music Coalition, which has allowed for better organization and increased funding. The minds behind the project also decided to take a modified approach, focusing on more acts, particularly headliners, at fewer venues. “In past years, we were a little spread out,” said Curtis Conley, president of the Coalition and one of the festival founders. “We’d have some shows do really well, others do fine and some didn’t do so well. We want packed houses everywhere.” This year’s festival features a mix of popular local acts, headliners and up-andcoming bands from across the country. The central concert will feature Woodbox Gang and The Bottle Rockets performing at Shryock Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for balcony seating and can be purchased online at www. or by calling 618-453-6000. “It’s two big-time bands playing at the biggest venue in town, so it’s going to be a great time,” Conley said. Other venues for this year’s festival include Fat Patties, Hangar 9, the Varsity Center for the Arts, PK’s, the Cellar, Town Square Pavilion, The Grotto, Key West and WDBX. Among the visiting headline musicians are Marshall Crenshaw, the Cedric Burnside Project, Caravan of Thieves, Luella and the Sun and Mountain Sprout. Among the local favorites are Swamp Tigers, Whistle Pigs, The Bankesters and Bob Streit. “It’s exciting,” Conley said. “The end game has always been to make it bigger and

Thursday, Sept. 5 Secondary Modern, the Heat Tape and Copyrights at PK’s The Bankesters and Whistle Pigs at Tres Hombres Marbin at The Grotto Soul Glo and Yo Mama Big Fat Booty Band at Hangar 9 Jon Rector, The Voyageurs and Jenny Johnson at Fat Patties



Robert Russell will perform during Carbondale Rocks Revival.

better and to showcase all aspects of the local music scene.” This year’s Revival will play a role in determining how the Coalition and festival move forward in the future. Conley said he sees the organization beginning to present similar events throughout the year, including a spring music festival, rather than continuing to add more to the Revival. But, all of the future depends on what happens in the present, he said. Right now, he’s encouraging people of all ages and musical tastes to check out their favorite artists or discover new ones next weekend. “There’s a small group of people who have worked hard to put together what I consider to be the biggest music weekend in Carbondale in my lifetime,” Conley said. PROVIDED BY BOB STREIT 618-351-5031

Local favorite Bob Streit is on the Carbondale Rocks Revival bill.

Friday, Sept 6 Flowers of Evil, The Black Shades and Kentucky Knife Fight at Hangar 9 Hobo Knife and Caravan of Thieves at the Varsity Center for the Arts Stacie Collins and Slobberbone at PK’s Alex Kirt and The Cedric Burnside Project at Tres Hombres Spare Parts at The Grotto White Gold Centerpiece at Town Square Pavilion Bob Streit and Friends and Charlie Tabing at Fat Patties Saturday, Sept. 7 Mountain Sprout and The Big Idea at Hangar 9 Jenny Johnson and Marshall Crenshaw at the Varsity Center for the Arts Luella and the Sun and Slappin Henry Blue at PK’s DJ Curtis B and DJ Nasty Nate at Tres Hombres Swamp Tigers at The Cellar New Arts Jazz Quintet at The Grotto The Bottle Rockets and Woodbox Gang at Shryock Auditorium Mr. Swamp Fox at Key West Emma and the Moon, Bob Streit and Joe Swank at Fat Patties

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As Du Quoin State Fair winds down, music continues to ramp up acts will be performing on the same night. Baldridge takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, as the opening act for Vince Hoffard Montgomery Gentry. Tickets are $35 and $30. Blackjack Billy hits the hile the Du Quoin stage at 10 p.m. in the beer State Fair is winding tent, a virtual encore after down for another playing the beer tent at season, there’s still plenty 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 29. gas left in the tank for Smiling like a man country music fans, holding the winning including a grandstand Powerball ticket, Fair performance by award Manager John Rednour Jr. winning Montgomery said Blackjack Billy is the Gentry and appearances by one act in Nashville two of the hottest new everyone seems to be faces in the industry — betting on for immediate Blackjack Billy and Drew success. He couldn’t resist Baldridge. comparing them to Florida As an added bonus, Georgia Line. which will save miles on “They are high energy your vehicle and avoid from the minute they take extra parking fees, all three the stage,” Rednour said.



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“Everyone I talked to said they put on a great show. It’s a rockin’ event that is wide open. We were searching for variety in our overall entertainment package and this is a perfect fit. I can’t wait to see this one.” Blackjack Billy is not signed to a major record label. Instead, the band’s popularity has been fueled by social media and methodically constructing a solid fan base through live shows. The key has been one incredibly popular song. “The Booze Cruise” has been viewed more than 633,000 times on YouTube. Although it wasn’t released until March, it was still the highest selling song by an

independent artist on iTunes during the first six months of 2013, reaching sales of more than 100,000 in the United States and topping 150,000 worldwide. The group started as a duo in 2011, the brainchild of vocalists Noll Billings of Kennett, Mo., and Mississippi native Rob Blackledge. Billings had a publishing deal with the EMI Music Group and Blackledge was a student at the prestigious Belmont School of Music Business. The duo swelled to a trio with the addition of electric guitarist Jeff Coplan, who played a huge role in piecing together the band Love and Theft and produced that group’s first album. Blackjack Billy became a five-piece unit with the addition of former Randy Houser drummer Brad Cummings and bass guitarist Patrick Cornell. Baldridge is a graduate of nearby Patoka High School and attended Kaskaskia Community College, where he learned his heart was in country music, not academics. He started singing with the We Got It Covered Band last year, and his sexy baritone voice turned heads at the inaugural Southern Star singing competition in Marion. In 2012, Baldridge migrated to Nashville and quickly started making high-level contacts that were impressed with his vocal and songwriting skills. He quickly passed an audition to perform at The Bluebird Café. In March, he signed a publishing deal with This Music, which is associated with the powerhouse Warner/Chappell Publishing. It didn’t take long before


Drew Baldridge is the opening act for Montgomery Gentry. His concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.

he was off to Key West on songwriting junkets with major tunesmiths from Music City. He has received interest from several major labels and said he is still on the verge of signing. His material can be viewed on YouTube, including a live version of crowd favorite “B.Y.O.B.” The 22-year-old is full of energy. He performed at the state fair in Springfield, went on a mission trip to Costa Rica with his home church and is now hitting the road hard. He has played shows in Chicago, Milwaukee and Taylorville in recent days. Montgomery Gentry made a strong statement to the country music world in 1999 with an opening onetwo punch of “Hillbilly Shoes” and “Lonely and Gone,” which allowed them to win Top New Vocal or Group from the Academy of Country Music and Vocal Duo of the Year from the Country Music Association. Both awards were earned in 2000. The duo has been cranking out hits for more than a decade, including tunes like “Gone,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Roll With Me,” “My Town” and “Back When I

Knew It All.” Eddie Montgomery formed a band in 1990 call Early Tymz, and Gentry was a member. When the band broke up, Gentry went on to win the Jim Beam National Talent Contest in 1994. Another Early Tymz member was Eddie’s brother, John Michael Montgomery, who later would achieve superstar status in the industry. When Gentry failed to get a record deal as a solo artist, he went back to Lexington, Ky., and teamed up with Montgomery again. They started drawing huge crowds in a major metropolitan area and ultimately received and capitalized on a major recording contract. Head East, the rock and roll band that made countless appearances throughout region starting in the mid-1970s, will play the beer tent at 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 30. It will be great to heard “Never Been Any Reason” ring through the Southern Illinois air one more time. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard@

z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Revival: Three-day music Lynyrd Skynyrd: 6 p.m. Kentucky festival, Thursday-Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 15, Walker’s Stars of Tomorrow Show: Southern Illinois Flute Sept. 5-7, features several Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Choir: Flutists, age 16 and bands in various locations Carterville; special guest, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton over, through Aug. 30; throughout the community; Blackberry Smoke; doors Lane, Benton, Ky.; all-access pass to the open, 4 p.m.; Tasting Room $16/$15/$10/$7.50; Auditions: For The festival, excluding the after party; tickets, $49.50;; Southern Illinois Children’s Woodbox Gang, $20; VIP, $126; 618-956-9900; 888-459-8704 Choir; ages 5-16 years; call Variety Show: 7:30 p.m. 618-541-6970 or email /event/415130 Music Festival: Raddle Saturday, Aug. 31, Kentucky; Allen Edwards: 7 p.m. The Bottoms Bluegrass and Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, through Sept. 20 Saturday, Sept. 7, Meridian Folk Music Festival, 11 a.m.Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/ High School gym, Mounds; 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, $7.50; www.kentuckyopry. Concerts doors open, 6 p.m.; free with St. Ann’s Church Yard, com; 888-459-8704 an advance admission ticket Raddle; features The Pickin’ Ronnie Dunn: Formerly of Southern Illinois now available at the Jones Chicks, Wil Maring & Robert the award-winning country Sunset Showcase: 7-10 Funeral Home Tamms-Villa Bowlin, Rural Kings and Ol’ duo Brooks & Dunn, 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, the Ridge; advance ticket Fishskins; food, auction; $2; p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Pavillion, Carbondale; local admission only; jonesfuneral under 10, free; 618-559Carson Center, Paducah; groups; 618-967-4664; 618- 4287 $100/ $75/ $60/ $50/ $40; Friday Night Fair music: 342-6622; 618-747-2213 Widespread Panic: Tickets; Coulter, Goot & Wall, 6-9 Woodbox Gang: 7 p.m. on sale for Tuesday, Oct. 1 270-443-9932 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Town Saturday, Sept. 7, Shryock concert, SIU Arena Square Pavilion, corner of US Auditorium, SIU; headlining Carbondale; concert will 51 North and Illinois 13 West, show for the Carbondale start at 7 p.m.; buy tickets at Carbondale; www. Rocks Revival; main floor, the SIU Arena Ticket Office;; $15; balcony, $10; 618-453$30/$35/$40; www.siu 618-529-8040 6000; www. southern or 618-453Carillon performance: 2000 Concert features the playing of bells located in a tower, 114 N. Elm St., Centralia; Julianne Vanden, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31; Robin Austin, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 and Carlo van Ulft, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2; free; 618-533-4381 Metropolis Labor Day Celebration: 2-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, Fort Massac State Park; music by Cross Harmony, 2 p.m.; Mike Hardison and Friends perform, 3:30 p.m.; The Melungeons, 5 p.m. and Cuttin Jessies, 6:30 p.m.; free; concessions available; bring lawn chairs The Natives: Brown Bag Concert, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale; win gift certificates; bring a 100 s. illinois ave • 618.457.6900 lawn chair; www.carbondale lunch:11-2:45 mon-fri/dinner: 5-8:45 sun-thurs/dinner 5-9:45 fri & sat Granger Smith: Country $ music artist, Wednesday, Sept. 4, Copper Dragon, 720 One lunch special per coupon. E. Grand Ave., Carbondale; Valid Monday thru Thursday only. current single, Silverado Bench Seat; 618-529-3628; 100 s. illinois ave • carbondale 618-549-2319; expires: 9/19/13 Carbondale Rocks

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The Beaucoup Bottom Band brings an energetic country music show to Du Quoin on Sept. 1.

Beaucoup Bottom Band returning to state fair DU QUOIN — The Beaucoup Bottom Band will perform for the third straight year at the Du Quoin State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1. The band will perform an energetic, toe-tapping country music show with an original song or two thrown in the mix from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Free

Entertainment Tent. The band features two fiddles, drums, guitars, a mandolin and sometimes a harmonica and steel guitar. The band members all hail from Southern Illinois, representing Pinckneyville, Ashley, Oakdale and Nashville. Sunday’s performance is free. — The Southern

Raddle the Bottoms will feature bluegrass, folk RADDLE — Bluegrass and folk music will be featured at the Raddle the Bottoms Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Ann’s Church Yard. Performers for the benefit music festival include The Pickin’ Chicks, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Rural Kings and Ol’ Fishskins. Meals, desserts and beverages will be available, and the event will also feature raffles and a silent auction. Admission is $2 per person, with children 10 and younger admitted free. The concert is in memory of Sandra Sanders, who died of

pancreatic cancer in 2007. In addition to promoting general awareness of pancreatic cancer and supporting existing organizations, the proceeds from this concert will go to support a non-profit organization called Sandra’s Comfort Inc. Sandra’s Comfort Inc. aids in pancreatic cancer research and provides assistance to individuals with expenses incurred from any type of cancer. Donations for the silent auction, raffle or sponsorship of bands may be made by contacting Angela Dilday at 618559-4287. — The Southern

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‘Closed Circuit’ comes up short Closed Circuit ** Rated R for language and brief violence; starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Julia Stiles; directed by John Crowley; now showing at University Place 8 in Carbondale BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

A terrorist attack, a murderous cover-up, a highly publicized trial and two lawyers — former lovers — forced to stay apart during the proceedings, “Closed Circuit” has all the makings for an incendiary thriller. But this paranoid, cynical tale of terror and privacy and the ways the intelligence apparatus deals with one by stealing the other never quite catches fire. Blame it on the weak chemistry of the stars, blame it on the way the script refuses to let them develop chemistry and the perfunctory way the story is dispensed with, but the sparks aren’t there. Eric Bana is Martin, an English barrister tasked with defending the lone surviving suspect in a mass murder terror bombing. Britain’s State Secrets act means that he’s not the only lawyer on the case. There will be evidence that cannot be heard in open court, and that, for arcane reasons, Martin will not be allowed to hear. Rebecca Hall plays Claudia, another lawyer tasked as “special advocate,” basically the attorney in charge of the suspect’s case in that closed-door part of the trial. They cannot meet, discuss the case or share


Eric Bana stars as one of two lawyers caught up in a terrorist trial in ‘Closed Circuit.’

what they know with one another. That’s probably for the best, as she’s the reason his marriage broke up. Not that they tell the judge this. The fact that the first attorney on the case killed himself sets off no apparent alarm bells, but within hours, both Claudia and Martin have reason to believe they’re under surveillance, and that the people watching may be interested in doing more than just observing. Director John Crowley once did the lively and surprising Irish dramedy “Intermission,” and he jazzes this up with lots of split screens — as many as 15 different surveillance images capture the prelude to the terror attack. “Closed Circuit” is built on parallel threads telling the same story. We see Martin dig, make a discovery, fret over suspicious cabbies and dinner party guests (Julia Stiles is a reporter). We see Claudia interview the suspect’s family and worry over the spy (Riz Ahmed) charged with delivering evidence to her and seeing what she does with it. Neither tells the other what he or she has found out. Jim Broadbent lets just a hint of sinister peek through as the attorney

general who charges them with taking this highly public trial. We and Martin question his motives. Ciaran Hinds plays a solicitor who plays the role of “fixer,” getting them access to evidence — separately — doing background work, listening in on their meetings with the client (Denis Moschitto). At 92 minutes, “Closed Circuit” should feel tidier and tighter than it is. Screenwriter Steven Knight dispenses with back story by having Bana and Hall’s characters blurt out exposition, sizing people up with a few pithy, memorized bits of background and profile data, sort of the “I know your type” speech. That doesn’t spare the film the inane “Keep looking” shout from the spy chief whose minions have lost track of someone (What else are they going to do?) or “OK, you know the plan” (Then why say so?). There’s no virtue in a lean script that still packs in so many things that don’t need to be said. It feels as if there’s more story here, more movie that was lopped out. We never have time to size characters up for ourselves or invest in anyone before their lives are put in jeopardy.


‘One Direction’ film sanitized for teenage protection One Direction: This Is Us ** Rated PG for mild language; starring Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell; directed by Morgan Spurlock; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes last summer at the news that last summer’s flashy prefab pop phenomenon One Direction would be releasing a concert documentary this summer. Forgiven by everyone save their fans, who might pout for suggesting that one summer’s boy band craze is the next summer’s old news. But “One Direction: This is Us” still has a popularity wave to ride a full year after “What Makes You’re Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young” dominated the airwaves. So stop the eye-rolling. This film captures the five British lads handpicked by Simon Cowell to go where NKOTB, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync have gone before — up the charts and into arenas around the world. Caught at their peak, they come off as the clean-cut fulfillment of millions of teen and tweenage girl fantasies. It’s not that different from the Justin Bieber doc, or the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus concert films — sanitized, packaged — presenting these five

British or Irish boys, ages 19-21, as paragons of pop virtue while others vouch for what “rebels” they are, and that they have “edge.” Yeah, they’ve got vast tattoo collections and they’re not shy about losing a shirt and yanking each other’s trousers down on stage in choreographed bits of tomfoolery. We see Harry, Liam, Louis, Zyan and Niall bonding on a tour bus across Europe, a camping trip in Sweden and the occasional stroll down a public street — until they’re recognized and mobbed. They marvel at their sudden fame, don disguises and work as ushers at a venue here and there. “One Direction?” Irish prankster Niall Horan, in fake nose, beard and wig tells a couple of fans he’s escorted to their seats. “I think they’re crap!” They travel to Africa to show their charitable side. Harry Styles goes back to the Cheshire bakery where he used to work the counter to serve a few customers. And being all of 21 or so, they reminisce: “Remember when we met at Boot Camp?” That was where they were brought together, rehearsed and trained to be pop stars by Cowell & co. Indie filmmaker sell-out Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) shows us how 1D were recruited by Cowell on Britain’s “XFactor” talent show, how a cadre of hard-core first generation fans amped up enthusiasm for them in the UK before they even had a record out and how much they’ve changed their parents’ lives (buying them houses, etc.) and how much fun they have

together as mates on what one describes as a “Benjamin Button” journey — peaking at 20, realizing it’s all “backward” and downhill from here, lads. It’s a chipper, cheerful portrait with nary a discouraging word in it. And after Katy Perry’s much more revealing and dramatic “Part of Me” film, it’s disappointing that Spurlock didn’t have the access, the footage or the spine to depict any of the cynicism behind such creations, which are manufactured by pop Svengalis like Maurice Starr (New Kids on the Block, et al), Lou Pearlman (Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync) and Cowell. SONY PICTURES The tunes are catchy, Members of British boy band One Direction are shown rehearsing in a scene from ‘One and the 1D boys have Direction: This Is Us.’ charm, a little wit about them, and some stage spontaneity of a to hear that, or hear that us forget that it’s a teenage presence even if their McDonald’s menu. they have a limited shelf girls’ world. We’re all just shows have all the Not that their fans want life. Oh no. They never let wearing earplugs in it.





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‘Getaway’ finishes the summer cinema season with a whimper Getaway *1/2 Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language; starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight and Rebecca Budig; directed by Courtney Solomon; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

And thus does a summer that started with a silly car chase picture end with a sillier one.

“Getaway” has some of the elements of a good gear grinder — a B-movie where a car takes a pivotal role in the cast. It’s got Ethan Hawke, doing enough of his own driving to pass muster with the likes of Ryan Gosling (“Drive”), Dax Shepard (“Hit and Run”), or Paul Walker (“Fast & Furious”). It’s got a cool car — a Shelby Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang. It has an unusual city setting — Sofia, Bulgaria. And then Selena Gomez shows up as the mouthy, tech-savvy sidekick dragged along for a long, Christmas season chase

through the not-quite-generic (tramlines, train tracks) mean streets of Sofia. That’s where the silly kicks in. Things turn pulse-pounding in the third act, but that’s entirely too late to rescue this end-ofsummer orphan. The improbable set-up: Disgraced racing driver Brent Magna’s Bulgarian wife (Rebecca Budig) has been kidnapped. He gets a call and is told to steal a particular armored, camerapacked Mustang that he will drive on a series of “tasks.” The villain, whose chin stubble and martini-slurping lips are all we see, is played by Jon Voight

with a German accent. “You’re runnink out off time — tic toc, tic toc,” he purrs, and we’re off. Having a car covered with cameras raises the variety of shots and sometimes amps up the pulse-pounding nature of the chases, choreographed by Charlie Picerni. Until you notice that door mirrors that popped off the Mustang in the last chase magically return in the next scene. “I can’t believe that worked,” Magna confesses after one escape. Too often, neither can we, despite the non-digital / real-cars-having-real-crashes

nature of the beast. A guy whose wife has been kidnapped and threatened with death should be a lot more worked up and manic than Hawke plays this fellow. And one would think that a young woman snatched for a ride-along would be freaking at this or that hairraising chase, the streets filling with wrecked Bulgarian cop cars, the machine-gunning motorcyclists and what not. The leads don’t turn up the requisite adrenalin-jacked pitch of their voices or their acting. They’re really in that car, but they’re entirely too calm about all this mayhem.





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