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Pharmaceutical promotional materials are nothing to play with playing it that he would be “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting Chuck Shepherd dressed, bathing or communicating with More than a half-million family and friends.” In August, Judge Alan Kay children in the U.S. take declined to dismiss the antipsychotic medicines lawsuit and set it for trial. and (reported The New York Times in September) “even the most reluctant Ironies (doctors) encounter a z Between suicide, marketing juggernaut that murder, assault, drunken has made antipsychotics driving and drug use, the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, soldiers of the 4th $14.6 billion last year, with Brigade, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, prominent promotions Texas, have been aimed at treating statistically in greater peril children.” In one while stateside than while psychiatrist’s waiting room, observed the Times in Iraq. “Being back reporter, “Children played (home) is what we don’t do well,” Lt. Col. David with Legos stamped with Wilson told The New York the word Risperdal” (an Times in July. During the antipsychotic made by last year in Iraq, the Johnson & Johnson). The brigade lost only one company, which recently lost its patent on the drug, soldier, but in the previous year stateside, seven were said it has stopped killed and four people died handing out the toys — which it insisted were not in crimes committed by brigade personnel. toys at all but advertising z At a rally in reminders for doctors. Washington, D.C., in July denouncing employers The litigious society who hire nonunion carpenters, many of the Craig Smallwood of chanting protesters were Hawaii filed a federal nonunion day workers lawsuit earlier this year hired by the carpenters’ against the makers of the online virtual-world game union to make the demonstration look “Lineage II” for failing to bigger, according to a Wall warn him that he would Street Journal report. become so addicted to


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Civilization in decline

corruption commission, at a hearing in August, got engineer Don Gamage to admit that he “exaggerated” his credentials to get a series of government contracts. Nonetheless, Gamage was defiant: “If I didn’t exaggerate,” he explained, “the people of NSW ... would have missed out on the service and the benefit that I delivered.”

After an historic site along the lower Jordan River was closed for a day in July for public health reasons, an environmental group, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth (Middle East), called for a permanent suspension until the governments of Israel and Jordan (on either side of the river) assure that it is safe from agricultural discharge and untreated Least competent sewage. Facing sites on the criminals river both claim to be where John the Baptist z Gerald Maxwell, 39, a baptized Jesus, and convicted burglar who was pilgrims flock to the sites caught in August breaking to be baptized, as well. into the same Sarasota, Fla., home he had broken Compelling into last year, quickly tried to explain his innocence to explanations officers. “I was going back z The Republican in there to leave a thankcandidate for governor of you note, because I’m the Colorado, Dan Maes, guy who burglarized this explained in August that place last year, and I just he began the campaign got out of jail.” supporting “green” z Terrance Mitchell was programs but that he has arrested in Waterloo, rethought his position. Iowa, in July, identified Now, he told reporters, from video as the man environmental programs who tried to shoplift are, in reality, plots. “If surveillance equipment you do your homework from a store. Mitchell was and research, you realize thus apparently unaware that encouraging people to that stores that sell park their cars and ride surveillance equipment bikes in the city is part of a might operate surveillance greater strategy to rein in cameras. American cities under a CHUCK SHEPHERD can be United Nations treaty.” z The New South Wales reached at WeirdNews@ (Australia) anti-

z MOVIES z POP CULTURE z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THEATER z The Washington Post calls Corey Smith a ‘country-fried Jack Johnson.’

Corey Smith to play Copper Dragon CARBONDALE — Independent singer and songwriter Corey Smith will play a one-night-only show today at Copper Dragon, 720 E. Grand Ave. in Carbondale. Smith’s indie bent makes his country music unique compared to homogenized Nashville pop. His latest album, “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” was a chart-topper on iTunes’ singer/songwriter album chart. Smith has been described as a “country-fried Jack Johnson” by The Washington Post. Advance tickets at are $10. Regular advance tickets are $15. Tickets day of show are $20. Doors open at 8 p.m. with Tyler Reeve scheduled to take the stage at 9 p.m. Call 618-529-3348 or 618-529-3628 for more information. — D.W. Norris

Who’s your Big Bad Voodoo Daddy? Tickets on sale now for October Southern Lights show at Shryock CARBONDALE — Tickets for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at Shryock Auditorium, will soon be available at Southern Tickets Online or by calling 618-453-6000. Southern Lights Entertainment Star Club members will be eligible to purchase tickets Monday, Sept. 20. Ticket sales for the general public begin Sept. 27. Star Club memberships are $5 and can be purchased at the Southern Tickets Online website,

Regis & Kelly.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has mixed jazz, swing, bigband and Dixieland music into original songs for more than 16 years. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the premiere swing band in America Visit with appearances at the Super Bowl halftime show, in movies, and on TV www.southernlightsentertainment. com for more information on Big shows such as “The Tonight Show Bad Voodoo Daddy. with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with — D.W. Norris Conan O’Brien” and “Live with

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z MOVIES z POP CULTURE z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z BOOKS z hand piano pieces, spirituals, folk songs and Southern Illinois popular favorites such as “Blue Moon;” $8/$3; The Classics IV: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, main Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: stage, Old King Coal Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, downtown West Frankfort, Shyrock Auditorium, SIUC, performing such hits as Southern Lights “Stormy,”“Spooky” and “Traces of Love;” other groups Entertainment; swing band; tickets on sale at noon performing at the festival include Steve Gosney & Night Monday, Sept. 20 for Star Club members; general public Train, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. ticket sales start noon, 16; Dallas Alice plus Father Monday, Sept. 27; go to Trever Project Band, 7 p.m. www.SouthernTicketsOnline.c Friday, Sept. 17; Isolated om or 618-453-6000. Incident Band, 9:30 p.m. Derren Raser: Noon Saturday, Sept. 18 and Raven Wednesday, Sept. 22, Town Hill, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. Square Pavilion, Carbondale; 19; free; free; www.carbondalemain Cedarhurst Choral Project: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. or 618-529-8040. The Tall Tree Lake Music 19, Performance Hall, and Camping Festival: Cedarhurst Center for the Friday-Saturday, Sept. 24-25, Arts, 2600 Richview Road, 540 Tall Tree Lake Road, Mount Vernon; program includes Liebeslieder Waltzes Goreville; two-day ticket $55; singers and groups (Brahms), classical pieces performing include Emmittincluding Mozart and four-


Nershi Band, Big Gigantic, Ana Sia, Alex B, Eliot Lipp, Emancipator, Gift of Gab, Whistle Pigs; A Day in the Life: The music of The Beatles, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; music presented by AfterBeat, Rex VanZant, the Pepperland Orchestra and Chorale; $10; or 618-997-4030 David Lee Murphy/Josh Gracin: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Herrin Civic Center outdoor lot, 101 S. 16th St.; John A Logan College Foundation Benefit Concert; $15; tickets at college foundation office, Carterville; Event/View/6658148#ixzz0w Cx6lnVB. The Original Boneheads: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, Southeastern Illinois College Performing Arts Center, Harrisburg; trombone quartet; tickets $10;

Indiana The Sharp Family and Crystal Valley Quartet: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, Boot City Opry, 11800 S. Highway 41, Terre Haute; southern gospel, blue grass, country; $11; or 812-299-8379.

Kentucky The American Led Zeppelin Experience: Get the Led Out Tour, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Carson Center, Paducah; $23-$43; www.the

Recital Organ recital: Ken Cowan, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; free; pre-concert buffet dinner, 5:30 p.m., Ballroom B, SIUC Student Center; tickets for the dinner $25, includes admission to a special section of seating for the concert; 618-453-5306;

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They’ll be jammin’ with the general David Lee Murphy, Josh Gracin concert during Logan Days David Lee Murphy and Josh Gracin, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Vince Hoffard the Herrin Civic Center. Gates open at 5 p.m. and all seats are general General Logan’s admission. Tickets are $15. For more Country Jam information, call the Featuring David Lee John A. Logan College Murphy and Josh Foundation Office at Gracin, 7 p.m. Saturday, 618-985-2828, ext. Sept. 25, Herrin Civic 8355). Center; gates open 5 The concert is being p.m.; $15; call 618-985held in conjunction with Hunting & Fishing Days 2828. on the college’s s a young boy, Gen. Carterville campus. The John A. Logan loved annual festival is to play the fiddle. He expected to draw 35,000 would serenade his visitors Saturday and Jackson County Sunday, Sept. 25-26. neighbors and politically Gracin gained national influential family and exposure for his fourthfriends with the place finish on instrument. “American Idol” in 2003. A lethargic teenager, On one episode, he few would have covered “I’m Movin’ On” predicted Logan would by Rascal Flatts. The turn into a Civil War award-winning band was hero, U.S. Senator from watching the show from Illinois and the odds-on- their tour bus and favorite to become members were impressed president of the United by the Michigan vocalist. States before he died Because he was unexpectedly from committed to serving complications of one more year in the rheumatism in 1886. Marine Corps, Gracin Many celebrations missed out on lucrative have been held to post-“Idol” touring memorialize Southern opportunities. However, Illinois’ most famous his Rascal Flatts contact resident. Because it would eventually lead to features a Marine Corps a contract with Lyric veteran and a master Street Records. storyteller, the fiery Gracin’s debut album orator would surely give was certified gold and his prestigious stamp of contained hits “I Want to approval for an Live,” “Stay with Me upcoming event being (Brass Bed)” and chartheld in his honor. topping “Nothin’ to General Logan’s Lose.” Country Jam, featuring In January, Gracin COUNTRY SCENE


signed with Average Joe Records. He released a new single, “Cover Girl,” in August. The single is included on new album “She’s A Different Kind of Crazy,” which will be released in the near future. After graduating from Herrin High School in 1977 and Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the early 1980s, Murphy labored in obscurity in Nashville for a decade, mustering only minor album cuts for Doug Stone and Reba McEntire. Murphy was finally discovered in 1993 and signed to MCA Records. He quickly dominated the charts with tunes like “Every Time I Get Around You,” “The Road You Leave Behind,” “Out with A Bang” and charttopping “Dust on the Bottle.” In 1995, “Party Crowd” was the most played song of the year on country radio. Nowadays, Murphy prefers songwriting to touring. A sample of the tunes he has written includes “Living in Fast Forward” for Kenny Chesney, “The More I Drink” for Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor. Proceeds from the concert will be used by the Logan Foundation for student scholarships. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard


Results of unique project bring author, musicians to Cobden ‘Wilderness Plots’

patch and expand it, planting enough wheat to scratch out a living. But the dreamed-of farm had to be left untended while he answered the call to defend the west in the War of 1812. He would not return from the Battle of BY ROBERT COX Detroit. AND RANDY AUXIER This is only one of the FOR FLIPSIDE “plots” in Scott Russell Sanders’ book of 50 Life in the Ohio Valley vignettes, called two centuries ago was “Wilderness Plots,” but difficult, wild and the hardship and sacrifice ruggedly beautiful. is only part of the greater Ethelbert Baker got 100 story of those early acres for his service in the settlement days. American Revolution, but Sanders collected these when he arrived to see his pieces of stories while land grant, the lot was researching a novel and “unbroken forest.” left them in their minimal So he ate rabbits and form. He first published acorn bread for a season, “Wilderness Plots” in until he was able to clear a 1983. Now a professor

Scott Russell Sanders, Tim Grimm and Krista Detor; 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, Yellow Moon Café, Cobden; $10; call 618-893-2233. PROVIDED

Jason Aldean will perform at the Show Me Center on Sept. 23.

Jason Aldean making a stop in Cape CAPE GIRARDEAU — Jason Aldean will bring his exhaustive Wide Open Tour, which has been on the road for more than a year, into the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. Special guest Luke Bryan will serve as the opening act. The 33-year-old Aldean roared onto the country scene with an aggressive edge displayed on “Hicktown” in 2005. He followed with hits “Why,” “Amarillo Sky” and “Johnny Cash” before achieving superstar status in 2009, thanks to the enormous popularity of “She’s Country” and the David Lee Murphy-written “Big Green Tractor.” “David Lee has been a friend of mine for a while,” Aldean says of the Herrin native. “Before we went in to finish Wide Open, he sent over this song and it just hit me … a country boy’s chariot for his lady.” Aldean is currently on the charts with “My Kinda Party,” the title track from his fourth album, scheduled to be released Nov. 2. Bryan used a rollicking frat party video to jumpstart his career with debut 2007 single “All My Friends Say.” He has consistently pounded the Top 10 with “Country Man,” “Do I” and the chart topping “Rain Is a Good Thing.” Tickets are $42.25 and $32.25; call 573-651-5000.

emeritus of English at Indiana University, Sanders went on to publish many critically acclaimed and awardwinning essays, novels and stories. He thought he was finished with plots, and they reverted to their historical sleep. But in 2007, the book was discovered by a Bloomington, Ind., songwriting circle that gathered monthly under the auspices of its leader, Tim Grimm. The writers challenged one another to choose vignettes and to create from them songs for sharing at the next month’s gathering. What began as an exercise in songwriting continues today as a multimedia project. There is a CD, a

music special produced by the PBS station in Bloomington and aired nationally on PBS in 2009, a spot on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and now there are occasional touring performances of the delightful and surprising results of this collaboration. Some of the “plots” are making a stop in Southern Illinois. Writer Sanders and songsters Krista Detor and Grimm will bring the stories to the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden. Spending an evening at the Yellow Moon with Sanders, Grimm and Detor will take you back to the times when people survived by SEE PLOTS / PAGE 5

— Vince Hoffard

Benefit concert at Copper Dragon CARBONDALE — A benefit concert for WDBX station manager Brian R. Powell’s medical expenses will be Sunday, Sept. 19, at Copper Dragon, 720 E. Grand Ave. in Carbondale. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert slated to start at 7:45 p.m. Donations of $10 are requested, though organizers will accept any amount. There will also be a silent auction. Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon will lead the band Great American Taxi to the Copper Dragon stage. Barnacle Billy and the Zebra Muscles will also play, as will the Giant City Slickers. In addition to volunteering at WDBX, Powell is also a stagehand for local and Midwestern productions. Powell’s medical expenses came from diabetes-related surgeries. — D.W. Norris

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PLOTS: At Yellow Moon in Cobden FROM PAGE 4 the work of their bare hands and sweat of their

brow or perished in the demise of the land itself. “Wilderness Plots” inspired Grimm and

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Detor to put the images in their minds into songs straight from their hearts. Music flowed out of these songwriters to fill a CD of 19 songs. In a duet written by Detor, “Aurora Means Dawn,” we learn of the beginnings of Aurora, Ohio, which was to become a town of some 13,000. But it was no more than a surveyor’s stake and a red handkerchief when the Sheldons arrived from Connecticut in 1800 with their seven children. They had been expecting a village. The voices of Grimm and Detor recreate the dialogue of husband and wife, of hope and disappointment, and of hardship in the beautiful and forbidding forest of northeastern Ohio. Such hope has a beauty all its own, as love transforms their wilderness into home.


If you like Beatles music, you might want to check out AfterBeat in concert Sept. 24.

Beatles tribute band AfterBeat in Marion MARION — “A Day in the Life 2,” a Beatlesthemed, multi-act concert, will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Tower Square Plaza. Benton-area band AfterBeat will play the Beatles’ early catalog of songs and will be joined onstage by George Harrison tribute artist Rex Van Zant for the final section of the first act. After intermission, AfterBeat will be joined by the Pepperland Orchestra and Chorale in performing the Fab Four’s



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later music. “A Day in the Life” was presented at the Civic Center last year. Tom Herman, a founding member of AfterBeat with Darren Galloway, said the concert drew well because of the Beatles’ popularity. This year’s show, Herman said, should be even better. “Obviously, this is for anyone who loves the music of the Beatles,” Herman said. “What we try to do is faithfully recreate songs recorded with all the orchestration.

There are some multimedia aspects to it. This year, we’re adding a couple of video segments and a much more elaborate set. We’ve also added several songs this year.” Herman said the show will last more than two hours. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the calendar section of the Civic Center’s website, For more information, call 618-991-4030. — D.W. Norris


Classical is on the bill at Cedarhurst, Carbondale Chamber Music season starts Sunday

Choral Project concert

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society opens its 2010-2011 season at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Fellowship at 105 Parrish Lane. Jungwha Lee, Southern Illinois University Carbondale piano faculty, will headline “Romantic Discoveries,” which features a rarely performed quartet from Frans Shubert. Joining Lee will be fellow SIUC faculty violinist Michael Barta, violist Aurélien Pétillot, cellist Eric Lenz and graduate student violinist Metiney Suwanawongse. Lee and colleagues will also perform a piano trio from composer Ernest Chausson and a piano quartet by Antonin Dvorak. Sunday’s concert will be dedicated to the memory of Charles Maxwell, who died in June. Later in the season, pianist Yuko Kato will perform “Russian Perspectives” with Barta, Pétillot, Lenz and Suwanawongse on Nov. 14; Kato will again be featured Feb. 27 in “Soulful and Decadent”; the NewArts Jazztet closes out the season with “Jazz: Classically Original” on April 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door or by calling 618-453-2870.

MOUNT VERNON — The Cedarhurst Choral Project will hold a 10th anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performance Hall of the Mitchell Museum, on the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts’ grounds at 2600 Richview Road. The Cedarhurst Choral Project, made up of about 20 community members, will sing the music it performed in its debut concert a decade ago. Among those tunes will be waltzes, classical pieces including Mozart, four-hand piano pieces, folk songs, spirituals and popular favorites such as “Blue Moon.” Admission for the concert is $5 for Cedarhurst members, $8 for adults and $3 for students. Call 618-242-1236 for more information.

— D.W. Norris

— D.W. Norris

Music plays a big part of Old King Coal Festival; Classics IV on Saturday night WEST FRANKFORT — The musical schedule for the Old King Coal Festival, which begins Thursday, Sept. 16, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 19, has been announced. Night Train opens the fest at 6 p.m. Thursday. Dallas Alice and the Father Trevor Project play at 7 p.m. Friday. Four on the Floor opens Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by The Classics IV at 8 p.m. and Isolated Incident at 9:30 p.m. The Old King Coal Festival’s main stage is

located behind West Frankfort City Hall (110 N. Jefferson St.) and the Medicine Shoppe at 301 E. Main St. Also scheduled for the festival are the Old King Coal Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, a children’s pageant on the main stage at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and the Princess Flame Pageant at 2 p.m. in the West Frankfort High School’s Paschedag Auditorium. For more information, visit the Old King Coal website at

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Coffeehouses, Cafés and Eateries Jason Ringenberg: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, 515 Orchard Drive, Carbondale; $10; students, $5; Tim “The Magic Man” Needham: Magician, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fat Patties, 611 B S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; 618-529-3287

Wineries Bruce Zimmerman: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Skip Kurtz: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Sharron & Larry: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Von Jakob Vineyard Bill Harper: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, The Bluffs Winery The Natives: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Rough Grooves: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Walker’s Bluff Kilborn Alley Blues Band: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alto Vineyards Whiskey Dixon: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Lau-Nae Winery Phil & Chuck: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Blue Sky Vineyard Acoustic Twist: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, The Bluffs Winery The Hill Topper: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, StarView Vineyards Dave Caputo Duo: 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Von Jakob Orchard Fiddle Rick: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Walker’s Bluff Dan Wiethop: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Winery Bill Booth & The Usual Suspects: 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Winery Alto Vineyards: Illinois 127, Alto Pass, or 618-893-4898 Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-995-9463 or The Bluffs Vineyard and Winery: 140 Buttermilk Hill Road, Ava; 618-763-4447 or Lau-Nae Winery: 1522 Illinois 3, Red Bud; 618-282-9463 or Pheasant Hollow Winery: 14931 Illinois 37, Whittington; or 618-629-2302 Rustle Hill Winery: US 51, Cobden; 618-893-2700 or StarView Vineyards: 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden; 618 893-9463 or Von Jakob Orchard: 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; 618-8934600 or Von Jakob Vineyard: 1309 Sadler Road, Pomona; 618-8934500 or Walker’s Bluff: North on Reed Station Road, Carterville; 618-985-8463 or

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BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Band, 6:309:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Copper Dragon: Corey Smith, Tyler Reeve, 9 p.m. PK’s: Great Gatsby Jazz Orchestra Tres Hombres: Jobu,10 p.m. MOUNT VERNON The Tavern on 10th: Ronnie Lee THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Sentimental Swing, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT WB Ranch Barn: Little Egypt Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

z SATURDAY CARBONDALE Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Dot, Dot, Dot PK’s: Rosetta Squirrel Tres Hombres: Sam Sinclaire Trio, 10 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Steve Kesler & Wing-It, 8 p.m.-midnight Ramesse: Outlaw Entertainment, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MOUNT VERNON Double K’s Kickin Country: Southern Pride, 7-10 p.m. The Tavern on 10th: Alabaster Brown, 9 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Mike & Band, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

CARBONDALE Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Lt. Dan’s New Legs PK’s: Through The Dint of Heavy Washing INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION John Brown’s on the Square: John Krane, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Marion American Legion: Wayback Machine, 8 p.m.midnight. MOUNT VERNON The Tavern on 10th: South of

70, 7-11 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Paul Reynolds & Band, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Rebel Country Band, 7-10 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Country Sidekicks, 7:30-10:30 p.m. WHITE ASH The White Ash Barn: The. Heartland Country Band, 710 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Black Lace Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

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WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:308:30 p.m. Walt’s Pizza: Matt Basler on the patio, 6-9 p.m.

z WEDNESDAY MARION CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: W.C. Clark Walt’s Pizza: Phil Powell on the patio, 6-9 p.m. w/Ivas John, 8 p.m.

DIRECTIONS & DIGITS Andy’s Country Club: 1602 Old Creal Springs Road, Marion 618-997-6989 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Crazy Horse Bar: 14747 Illinois 14, Benton 618-439-6179. Double K’s Kickin Country: Illinois 37, Mount Vernon 618359-0455 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618435-6161 Gatsbys Bar & Billiards: 610 S Illinois Ave Carbondale, 618549-9234 Ina Community Building: 504 Elm St., Ina 618-315-2373 John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Just One More Bar & Grill: 1301 Enterprise Way, Marion 618993-9687 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 Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618983-8107 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618997-6168 Marion Eagles: Rural Route 3, Marion 618-993-6300 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618-997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville, 618-927-2770. Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin, 618942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Ramesse: 1754 Illinois 37, Lake of Eygpt, 618-995-9104 Tavern on 10th: 224 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon 618-244-7821 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Trails End Lodge: 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden 618-893-6135 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-9373718 West Frankfort Moose Lodge: 327 E. Main St. 618-932-3455 Whisker Willy’s Bar & Grill 13510 N. Illinois 37, Marion 618-9835300


Blues music gets a new voice

Southern Illinois Blues Society concert

Society hopes to bring top-notch talent, events to Southern Illinois BY D.W. NORRIS THE SOUTHERN

Birthday parties aren’t usually the best places for brainstorming, but sometimes a mix of blues and booze begets a brilliant solution to an obvious problem. At least that was the case for buddies and blues aficionados Will Stephens and Billy Langley. Despite hundreds of fans and musicians, the Southern Illinois blues scene was scattershot. Stephens and Langley responded by creating the Southern Illinois Blues Society, which hosts a concert beginning 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tres Hombres in

Carbondale. There is a $10 cover charge for the show, the society’s first. The Ivas John Band opens, followed by legendary Texas bluesman W.C. Clark, who played with Stevie Ray Vaughan and other luminaries. Clark takes the stage at 9 p.m. Stephens said coming up with the Southern Illinois Blues Society brainchild wasn’t exactly rocket science,

especially when artists such as Martin “Big Larry” Albritton and Rip Lee Pryor call the area home. “It’s one of these ideas that have been as plain as the nose on your face, and nobody picked it up,” Stephens said. “Billy and I aren’t geniuses. There’s just kind of a vacuum there.” Cities across the country have blues societies dedicated to America’s homegrown music. Langley moved from Texas a little more than a year ago and noticed that, despite fans and musicians, Southern Illinois lacked the creative camaraderie created by those blues societies. “It seems to lead to really interesting gigs,” said Langley, who fronted a Lone Star State blues band before moving here. “It seemed to open the door to people who needed a band. It’s an easy way for

The Ivas John Band (above) and W.C. Clark (below) take the stage at Tres Hombres in Carbondale for the first Southern Illinois Blues Society concert Wednesday, Sept. 22.

For more information on the blues in Southern Illinois, go to and get a link from this story.

local artists will use the society as a tool, Stephens said bringing together fans is just as important to the society’s success. “There are blues lovers in Harrisburg, De Soto, Mound City, all across the southern 19 counties,” Stephens said. “ … It’s not reinventing the wheel. It’s just going to take some time to cover all of Southern Illinois, and hopefully it takes off. I really think it will.” Booking W.C. Clark seems like a good first step. Clark has won multiple W.C. Handy awards for excellence in blues. Clark wrote the Stevie Ray Vaughan hit “Coldshot” in the 1970s, and his 50th birthday was the reason for one of the most acclaimed “Austin City Limits” musicians to hook up. shows ever. It’s a network of people.” Clark won the 1994 W.C. The Southern Illinois Handy Blues Award for Soul Blues Society will focus on promoting local blues artists Blues Album of the Year for “Texas Soul.” He took home a and bringing in national 1998 Handy award for the artist touring acts for deserving of wider recognition performances. A year’s for his song “Lover’s Plea.” Clark membership to the Southern Illinois Blues Society is $15 and won the 2003 Handy award for Blues Song of the Year for his includes a newsletter and composition “Let It Rain.” He discounts to future shows. was nominated for the 2004 While the hope is that many

Featuring the W.C. Clark Blues Revue and The Ivas John Band, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, Tres Hombres 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale; $10 at the door; one-year membership in the society is $15 and includes discounts to future shows and a newsletter; call Will Stephens at 618-534-1308 or Billy Langley at 940-300-5893

Handy for male soul artist. Stephens befriended Clark after a show in Austin, Texas, and was instrumental in getting the blues bass player to swing by Carbondale on his way from Memphis to Chicago. “They’ve tried to get him in this area several times, and it hasn’t worked out,” Stephens said. “This year, I decided to go for it. … (Clark) is one of the most underappreciated bluesmen ever.” Clark will not be underappreciated in Southern Illinois if the newly formed blues society has its way. But gathering enough cash to start things off is always an issue. Stephens said response to the blues society has been positive. Now, he said, he needs to raise about $500 in seed money for the newsletter and other expenses. “I’ve been reaching out to people who know me and I know them, and they’ve been very receptive,” Stephens said. Stephens said there is still work to do before the society begins hosting regular events, which will most likely start in early 2011. / 618-351-5074

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z MOVIES z POP CULTURE z ART z MUSIC z WINERIES z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; through Dec. 11; or 618-453-5388. Carolyn Gassan Plochmann display: Morris Library, SIUC; in the cases outside the Hall of Presidents on the first floor of the library; see artwork in the Special Collections Research Center reading room and other locations within the library; 618453-2516 or http:// x.php?pcollections/contr olcard&id2459. Ongoing art exhibit: Photographs of Juhree Veach, mosaics from Janet Altoff and sculpture from Tom Horn, StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden; 618-8939463 or www.

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Retrospective: Ed Shay Sculpture and Watercolors, through Oct. 30, SIUC University Museum; exhibit reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17; reception includes gallery talks: 5 p.m. about sculpture and 6 p.m. on watercolors; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdayFriday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; or 618-453-5388. Looking West: Marie Samuel, Central Showcase at Realty Central, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.–noon Saturday; reception, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17; through Sept. 18; 618-457-4663. Robert Ketchens: Reception, 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, Varsity Gallery, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; reception includes gallery talk, 5:30 p.m.;

Ketchens will discuss how New Orleans affected his art; through Sept. 30; 618-457-5100. Arthur C. Danto’s Woodblock Prints: Capturing Art and Philosophy, SIUC University Museum; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24; through Oct. 11; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; or 618-453-5388. Southern Illinois Metalsmith Society: Form, Fabricate, Forge, SIUC University Museum; exhibit reception 4-7, Friday, Sept. 24; metal artists; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; through Oct. 17; or 618-453-5388. Jeanette Johnson: Reception, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, Corridor Gallery, Carbondale Civic Center; through Sept. 30; 618457-5100.

CCA artist’s reception Tuesday at the Varsity CARBONDALE — Painter Robert Ketchens will have an artist’s reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Varsity Gallery in the Varsity Center for the Arts at 418 S. Illinois Ave. The reception is free and is part of Carbondale Community Arts’ exhibit of Ketchens’ work. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Ketchens, a New Orleans native, was a medical illustrator for the U.S. Air Force before fine-tuning his artistic vision in Germany and the American Southwest. He’s a community arts educator in St. Louis and has been exhibited internationally and in Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. For more information, contact Nancy Stemper, Carbondale Community PROVIDED Arts’ executive director, at Robert Ketchens ‘Displaced’ is among the works the artist, formerly of 618-457-5100. New Orleans, will exhibit in Carbondale. The reception is Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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Apple Festival: Today through Sunday, Sept. 19, Murphysboro; prayer breakfast, carnival, pie-eating Events contest; parade; car show; Marion Car Show: 8 a.m.618-684-3200 or noon, Saturday, Sept. 18, VA nursing home, Marion; free Town & Country Days: refreshments; sponsored by Today through Saturday, the Marion American Legion Sept. 18, Eldorado; theme, Post 147 Sons and the Legion cartoon characters; carnival, Riders. food, crafts; kiddie parade, Trail of Tears Conference 10:30 a.m. Saturday; concert and Symposium: Mondayby Lathan Moore, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 20-23, Saturday. Harrah’s Casino and Hotel, Old King Coal Festival: Metropolis; new discoveries Today through Sunday, Sept. and current research 19, West Frankfort; carnival, regarding the Trail of Tears kiddie and pet parade, food; through lectures, tours and opening ceremony, 5:30 p.m. cultural activities; 501-666Thursday, Sept. 16 includes 9032; dedication of Coal Miner’s or Memorial Park, downtown; Pretty in Pink: 6-10 p.m. parade, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. Friday, Sept. 24, StarView 18; 618-932-2181 or Vineyards, Cobden; Pretty in Pink Ladies Only Event to Festival Latino: noon-3 benefit SIH Foundation and p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, Free breast cancer patients; 21 and Forum area, north of older; $25 at the door; 618McAndrew Stadium, SIUC; 997-8123. experience Latino culture West Frankfort Car Show: with free food, entertainment; 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, VF Julio Barrenzueala, also Outlet Mall, West Frankfort; known as “The Salsa features stock, modified, Ambassador,” will perform; sport cars, trucks and bikes; part of The SIUC Latino proceeds benefit individuals Heritage Month. with developmental Buckner Reunion: Fridaydisabilities. Sunday, Sept. 17-19, Buckner Dachshund Races and Park; music, bocce ball, Fashion Show: 11 a.m. horseshoe and washer Saturday, Sept. 25, Marion tournaments; karaoke; American Legion Post 147, bratwurst, pork steak, Longstreet Road; registration chicken; music by Roger begins 10:30 a.m.; no entry Black and the Honky Tonk fee; bring a nonperishable Stardust Cowboys, 8 p.m., food donation to benefit the Saturday; 618-724-7072 or Marion Ministerial Alliance; 618-218-8634. trophies awarded; 618-751Golconda Shrimp Festival: 1631. Starts 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. Local Harvest Picnic and 18, Main Street Golconda; Fine Crafts Auction: noon-10 local prawns, music,

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Shane Parker of Grand Chain prepares shrimp on a stick during the annual Shrimp Festival in Golconda last year. The prawn is grown in Southern Illinois, so it’s as local as it can get.

Golconda Shrimp Festival Saturday GOLCONDA — The annual Golconda Shrimp Festival begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, on Main Street in Golconda and will feature music from Dickey James and Rocky Creek, Bottomline and Lew Jetton and 61 South. Dickey James plays from noon to 3 p.m. Bottomline follows from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jetton closes out the day from 7 to 10 p.m. The Little Miss Shrimp Pageant is also scheduled for 3 p.m. Southern Illinois prawn will be prepared and sold in many ways and will also be for sale by the pound. Local wineries will also be present at the shrimp festival, which celebrates its 10th year. For more information, call Golconda Main Street at 618-683-6146. — D.W. Norris

helicopter rides and Shawnee Queen River Taxi rides; area winery samples; music by Dickey James and Rocky Creek, Bottomline and Lew Jetton and 61 South; 618683-6246; Catfish Days Festival: Saturday, Sept. 18, Olmstead; parade, live music, flea market and yard sales, food; 3-D archery tournament, kids games and amusements; parade, noon; catfish served starting at 10:30 a.m., city hall; music starts, 10 a.m., Front Street Stage; 618-7426487 or Creal Springs Wonder

Water Reunion: WednesdaySaturday, Sept. 22-25, Creal Springs City Park and downtown; contests, carnival, crafts, entertainment, food and gospel sing, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 618-996-3519. Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off: Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 23-25, Murphysboro; barbecue festival with live entertainment, street dance on Friday; judging starts Saturday; corner of 17th and Pine streets; 618-684-8902 or www.17thstreetbarbecue. com. Bluegrass Festival: Raddle the Bottoms, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, St. Ann

Parish, Raddle, rural Jackson County off of Illinois 3; music by O’le Fishskins, Rural Kings, Whistle Pigs and Mountain Sprouts; food; $2; children 12 and younger, free; proceeds help provide medication to cancer patients: 618-4263321. Fall Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, Du Bois Center, 2651 Quarry Rd., Du Bois; crafts, Halloween and Christmas items and decorations, jewelry; blacksmith, weaving demonstrations; food; music; silent auction; kid’s activities; 618-787-2202 or

From Shakespeare with Love: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, Liberty Theater, Murphysboro; presented by The Three Graces Theatre. Southern Illinois Kids Got Talent: 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; proceeds benefit the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center; $7; or 618942-3800. Forever Plaid: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah; four members of an all-male singing group in heaven get a second chance to fulfill their dream and perform the concert they never got to in life; $30; 270-450-4444 or The Laramie Project: A reenactment of interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyo., relating to the events surrounding the death of a young man who was attacked because he was gay; presented by The Stage Company, Oct. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; tickets on sale Oct. 2 at the box office, or call 618-549-5466 or go to


Affleck directs, stars in involving, entertaining thriller ‘The Town’ intense Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” can’t get much out of her. But Jem, a two-time loser, isn’t in the mood to take chances. Doug isn’t hearing it. “She’s already scared,” he says. “Maybe not scared enough,” Jem spits back. Thus, an unlikely, farfetched “relationship” begins — the stilltraumatized Claire, who has no clue that this charming working-class Joe she met in a BY ROGER MOORE laundromat had once held MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS a gun on her, and the good-hearted bank robber The robbers work with a who has this great big lie confident, brutal and STUDIO hanging over his hopes for bracing efficiency. And the same could be said of their Ben Affleck (left) and Jeremy Renner play a scene from ‘The Town,’ which Affleck also directed. the woman of his dreams. As unlikely as all this director. Claire (Rebecca Hall of you. They don’t need the neighborhood, “The seems, Affleck makes it Ben Affleck’s “The “Vicky Cristina cash, or the hassle of the Town” is about a work. Though he can’t Town” is the work of a FBI getting close to them. Barcelona”) in their way. profession that has resist the occasional filmmaker with an eye for consumed generations She’s pretty, which Doug They splash bottles of personal confession faces, an ear for dialect notices through his bleach all over crime there — bank robbery. delivered with the farand a light hand on the Doug (Affleck) picked it up scenes, sweep up hair from disguise. She’s local, editor’s shoulder. It’s the which he picks up on. She away eyes of a soliloquy, barber shops to leave in from his dad, who’s in the romance’s bizarre best heist picture since works for the bank and their stolen getaway vans prison for life. nature never takes center “Heat,” and it confirms tripped the alarm, which — which they then torch. His pal Jem (the terrific stage. This is a movie that Affleck, who coJeremy Renner from “The DNA evidence? It’ll be the he hides from the others. wrote the adaptation of a And when they kidnap and about a milieu and the wrong DNA. They’re not Hurt Locker”) was born Chuck Hogan novel, is no blindfold her, he’s the one hard people who inhabit it. geniuses. They’re just into the biz, too. Their Renner brings a Cagney“Gone Baby Gone” fluke. drawing on generations of who whispers, “No one’s crew knocks over the like short-guy/chip-onSet in Boston’s going to hurt you.” occasional armored car or experience. his-shoulder intensity to Charlestown The feds, led by an But one robbery puts bank. Not too often, mind

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‘Alpha and Omega’ begins with great animation, ends with poor writing Alpha and Omega *½


‘Devil’ Five people trapped in an elevator suspect one of them is Satan disguised in human form. The film is not being screened in advance for critics, which is never a good sign. It’s rated PG for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language, including sexual references. It stars Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Logan MarshallGreen and Bojana; it was directed by Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle. The movie opens Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion.

Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action; animated with the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Vicki Lewis, Dennis Hopper; directed by Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

It’s nothing short of amazing to think how far even animation’s Bpictures have come in just a few short years. Compare “Alpha and Omega,” a new 3-D ‘toon

from Crest Animation (and Lionsgate) to “Hoodwinked” or “Fly Me to the Moon” — cut-rate pictures from just a couple of years ago. Visually, the newer film is light years ahead of those efforts. You’ve never seen 3-D dog drool this real. But as with any movie, this kids’ film is only as good as its writing — the jokes, the cute bits, the heart. And that’s where “Alpha and Omega” comes up short. It’s about wolves living free in the wilds of a park in Canada. The pack is separated into alphas — the leadership and hunting class, who only breed with their kind — and the omegas, the goofy hangers-on who don’t really pull their weight. Humphrey (voiced by Justin Long) can caper about with his friends all day. That’s what the omegas, mutts of the pack, can do. But there’s no

point having a crush on Kate. Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere ) is an alpha dog. She’s destined to hunt, and to mate with the son of a rival pack to bring peace to their valley. She knows it and accepts that duty from her dad (Danny Glover) and mom (Vicki Lewis). She only questions that obligation when she realizes her intended, Garth (Chris Carmack), has no howl. As in “Happy Feet,” wolves lure mates by crooning — wordless scat singing, really. Garth’s tone deaf. And just as Kate’s wondering what to do, game wardens tranquilize her and lumpy Humphrey and transport them to an Idaho park where they’re to “repopulate” the place with wolves. “They want you big wolves to make lots of little wolves,” is how the golf caddy duck (Eric Price) explains it.

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Will Eve and Humphrey make it back to Canada, maybe with the help of a golfing Canada goose (Larry Miller)? Will they get there in time to prevent war between dad’s pack and the one led by Tony (Dennis Hopper, in his final performance)? Will alpha and omega cross that class barrier and find puppy love? The Chris Denk-Steve Moore script has a classic odyssey structure, but too few incidents to energize the journey. There funny lines and situations. Want to insult a wolf? Call him a “coyote.” There aren’t enough jokes and characters aren’t fleshed in enough to make them interesting. Too many animated films hire name actors (Christina Ricci among them, voicing Kate’s omega sister) and expect their “performance” to perk up dull writing. It never does. Only Vicki Lewis, as Kate’s sweet-voiced but ferociously protective mom, lands consistent laughs. “Go for the throat and don’t let go until the body stops shaking,” she purrs to her little girl, should another wolf get out of line. And the 3-D here is only striking during snowball fights and caribou stampedes. Still, the message is benign and the humor harmless. Yes, the bar has been raised for animation’s also-rans and it’s a pretty good-looking movie. If you go knowing you’re not seeing Pixar’s new version of the state of the art, if you tell your kids not to expect the last word in animated entertainment, “Alpha and Omega” won’t disappoint. Much.


Emma Stone is terrific, but ‘Easy A’ is deserving of a B or B+ Easy A ** ½ Rated PG-13 for themes involving teen sexuality, language and some drug use; starring Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci; directed Will Gluck; opens Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois Centre 8 in Marion. BY CHRISTOPHER KELLY MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS


Emma Stone and Patrick Clarkson have some fun in ‘Easy A.’

In the winning teen comedy “Easy A,” Emma Stone (“Zombieland”) stares into the camera with a mixture of imperious selfconfidence and faint embarrassment: She knows she’s a babe, but she can’t help but find

the attention being directed at her a little ridiculous. It’s the perfect approach for Stone’s character Olive Penderghast, a brainyfunny regular girl who for years has been mostly ignored by her classmates — until she claims to have lost her virginity to a mysterious college student. In high school (just as in Hollywood), nothing guarantees celebrity quite like a juicy scandal. Deftly riffing off Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” the book Olive happens to be reading in her English class taught by Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church), “Easy A” watches as this little

white lie blossom to uncontrollable proportions. Her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd), taunted by the jocks for being gay, comes to Olive with a request: Will she pretend as if she’s had sex with him so that he might be able to fool his classmates into thinking he’s straight? Olive agrees, which leads to a steady stream of desperately unpopular young men knocking on her door for fake sex, which quickly leads to her being ostracized by a large population of the high school. For its first half, “Easy A” looks as if it might turn into something uncommonly meaningful and original. Olive’s chief

nemesis is a pretty Christian girl (a terrific Amanda Bynes), who leads a campaign to get Olive expelled. Screenwriter Bert V. Royal seems to be tackling head-on the strain of religiosity that has emerged in the last decade or so at American schools. It’s bad enough that the cheerleaders and jocks get to lord their popularity over everyone else, this movie argues. Now they get to claim the moral high ground, too. Unfortunately, “Easy A” loses steam and turns needlessly complicated with the introduction of a subplot involving Mr. Griffith’s cheating wife (Lisa Kudrow). Byrd’s

Brandon character is shunted out of the proceedings much too quickly — a mistake because he lends the movie a touching emotional undercurrent about the struggles of the bullied in high school. Still, the cast — which also includes Alyson Michalka as Olive’s best friend, Penn Badgley as the dreamy boy she’s crushed on for years, and Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci has her liberal, jokey parents — is utterly adorable, and director Will Gluck keeps the pace brisk and breezy. It’s ultimately more like an easy B or B-plus, but it’s an admirable effort all the same.

There might be a message among the mayhem in ‘Virginity’ The Virginity Hit **½ Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug and alcohol use; starring Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman and Nicole Weaver; directed by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland; opening Friday. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

Oh, that my kids were teenagers, so that I could forbid their seeing “The Virginity Hit.” A transgressive blend of stoner comedy, horny teenager movie and “Blair Witch” reality riff, this no-budget romp through teen New Orleans crosses the line and erases that line in a hell-bent pursuit of hell-bound laughs. And yeah, it’s often funny as all get out. Four friends document

their bong-hit celebrations as each loses his virginity his senior year in high school. Zack (Zack Pearlman) is the portly provocateur and would-be filmmaker in this quartet, the guy who records and YouTubes everything the guys do. When his sweet, committed-to-one-girl adoptive brother Matt (Matt Bennett) is the last of their number to remain a virgin, that becomes Zack’s quest. “I’m going to do to your virginity what Hitchcock did to birds!” We follow Matt’s elaborate plans for the romantic night with his longtime girlfriend, Nicole (Nicole Weaver) — reserving rooms in the stately antebellum hotel (with its drawling pervert proprietor), planning the dinner, bonding with the girl’s health-nut dad. A sweet moment? Dad

(Daniel Weber) gives Matt cash so that the boy treats his daughter to a fine dinner and memorable night. But Matt was reserving “rooms” at the hotel. Zack hides microphones all through the room, and throws a party with friends next door, listening in. And when the best-laid plans for the evening implode, Matt’s life goes into a tailspin that only even more elaborate plans to lose his virginity can save him from. Shooting this DIY mockumentary on the cheap doesn’t take away the wonderful depiction of hedonistic New Orleans that emerges here. Bennett and Weaver stand out in the cast, giving us real emotions that interrupt the horndog pursuit. Jacob Davich and Justin Kline are the other two pals and barely register, but Krysta

Rodriguez has a fiery sparkle as Zack’s hardpartying older sister. The air goes out of this smoky balloon about the time Matt meets a toogood-to-be-true potential sex partner on the Internet, and the finale packs the same message every “American Pie” served up. There’s a bigger theme to this movie from the writer of “The Last Exorcism” and the team that made the comic mockumentary “Mail Order Wife.” A generation that feels the need to experience reality through a viewfinder, and then advertise the most intimate details of life — from shopping binges to sexual exploits — on the World Wide Web, may wake up to find something missing. Intimacy is not intimate when the world knows about it.

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