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618-629-2220. Looking Up! Photography People’s Choice: Former by Jo Kirch, Central local artists, Civic Center Showcase, Realty Central, Corridor Gallery, 1825 W. Main St., CarbCarbondale; starts Monday, ondale; through Oct. 20. Oct. 8; through Oct. 30; SIMS’ 4th Annual Form, 618-457-5100; www. Fabricate, Forge: University carbondalearts.org. Museum, SIU; Southern William Conger — Illinois Metalsmiths Society, Narrative Abstraction: jewelry to sculpture, from Mitchell Museum Main representational to abstract; Gallery, Cedarhurst, Mount through Oct. 20; www. Vernon; also exhibitions at museum.siu.edu; 618-453Beal Corridor, Beck Family 5388. Center Gallery and the Paintings and Works on Shrode Art Center; through Paper 1993-2012: Cheonae Oct. 14: www.cedarhurst.org; Kim, The Gallery Space, 618-242-1236. Law office of Joni Beth Gathering of Quilts Baily, 1008 Walnut St, exhibition: Cedarhurst, Murphysboro; through 2600 E. Richmond Road, Oct. 22; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Vernon; through Oct. Fossils and minerals: 14; 618-242-1236; Union County Museum, www.cedarhurst.org. Cobden; artifacts, most Snuggle and Snooze: In local; features crinoid with conjunction with the Annual its stem, a shark’s vertebrae, Gathering of Quilts featured a cephalopod, trilobites, in both the Beal Grand agates, geodes and thunder Corridor and Shrode Art eggs; through Oct. 28; Center, Cedarhurst, Mount hours, 1-5 p.m., Saturday Vernon; quilts made for and Sunday. children; through Oct. 14; Mixed Medium Pastiche: 618-242-1236; Joan Skiver-Levy, Southern www.cedarhurst.org. Illinois Art and Artisan The Art of Larrie Lands: Center, Rend Lake; a mini Oil paintings by lifelong exhibition including a Harrisburg resident, watercolor collage; through Harrisburg District Library; Oct. 30; 618-629-2220. through Oct. 14. Carbondale Community Gate to a World of Color: Arts’ Biennial: Extraordinary Southern Illinois Art and Talent Come Home, Artisans Center, 14967 Gun University Museum, SIU; Creek Trail, Whittington; featured artists: Preston Illinois artisans using styles Jackson, Frank Brown, from ge from realism to JoAnna Johnson; through abstract, from fantasy to Oct. 30; www.museum. function; through Oct. 15; siu.edu; 618-453-5388.

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LEAA Harvest Time: Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; through Oct. 31: art pieces and photographs with a harvest theme; 618-998-8530 or www.littleegyptarts.com. Primo Angeli: A Retrospective of Posters, Design & Brand Identity, University Museum, SIU; master designer Primo Angeli grew up in West Frankfort; internationally know designer; posters for the Olympics; through Dec. 8; www.museum.siu.edu; 618-453-5388. Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My: Animals in a humorous setting through poems on various artworks, University Museum, SIU; through Dec. 8; www. museum.siu.edu; 618-4535388. The Mitchell Collection of Small Metal Treasures: University Museum, SIU; through Dec. 8; 618-4535388; www.museum.siu. edu. The Photography Project: University Museum, SIU; by high school students from Cobden, Elverado, Eldorado, Zeigler-Royalton and Shawnee Community College students; through Dec. 8; www.museum.siu. edu; 618-453-5388. Political Cartoons: From the Jerome M. Mileur Collection, University Museum, SIU; U.S. presidential memorabilia collection; through Dec. 8; www.museum.siu.edu;

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Open House Nevins Ware: Exhibit starts Thursday, Oct. 4, Illinois Rural Heritage Museum, 187 Fairground Road, Pinckneyville; 9 a.m.5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; includes paintings of local buildings, sites; through October; open house, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7; 618-357-8908; www.illinois ruralheritagemuseum.org.

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Civil War Day at John A. Logan College set for Wednesday

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CARTERVILLE — John A. Logan College will present its annual Civil War Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Admission to the event, sponsored by the Continuing Education department, is free and open to the public. Hundreds of school children are expected to attend the eighth annual THE SOUTHERN FILE PHOTO commemoration at Logan College. Bob Mihall of Mount Vernon explains to children at last year’s Civil War Day Storyteller what types of medical tools would be Brian Ellis will used on the battle field. portray “Black Jack” Logan at 9:15 a.m. in the conference center of the main building. Musicians and re-enactors playing Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, doctors, civilians and soldiers will appear outdoors at 10:30 a.m. Music will be provided by Don and Lori Buedel and Joanne Long of the Smoky Hollow String Band. Ellis will present “Civil War Ghosts and Legends” at 12:30 p.m. Re-enactors will then appear again in character from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

COBDEN — Cobden’s Fall Fest celebration will be headlined by a downtown car show Saturday, Oct. 6. Southern Counties Autos Unlimited will sponsor the non-judged show, which will feature a variety of different models of vehicles. The show begins at noon and continues into the evening. The event will also feature food, music, games, a charity fundraiser and other fun activities. The auto club has sponsored the show for several years. Guests

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Deadline for ‘Be My Bra’ is Oct. 12 CARBONDALE — SIU students and faculty are encouraged to get creative with their artwork for the annual “Be My Bra” competition. Participants put their imaginations to the test as they decorate brassieres to symbolize their stance against breast cancer. During the contest, competitors also present a short narration explaining how the entry represents the theme “Be My Bra! Unite to Fight!” Any university fraternity, sorority, RSO,

sports club, individual or group affiliated with SIU Carbondale can participate in the contest. To enter, contact Amy Behrens of SIH Cancer Care Services at amy. behrens@sih.net or by fax to 618-529-0568 by Oct. 12. There is no entry fee. The competition will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the SIU Student Health Center. For additional information, contact Behrens at 618-457-5200, ext. 67167. — University Communications

are invited to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the day’s festivities. Other activities will also be happening throughout the village, including a communitywide yard sale. Maps of participating sales will be available at 7 a.m. at the village hall on East Maple Street. The Union County Museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Fall Fest. The current exhibit features about 100 different fossils and minerals, including several rarities. — Adam Testa

Du Bois Center Fall Festival offers free entertainment DU BOIS — The 36th annual Du Bois Center Fall Festival, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, offers a variety of free entertainment to the community. Various artists and crafters will be set up, selling their wares and demonstrating their trades. A blacksmith will show how to use his working forge, and members of the Twisted Fiber Guild will exhibit their hand-spun yarn and

spinning wheel. Woodworkers and painters will also offer live demonstrations. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, with two handmade quilts being given away. The auction and raffle end at 4 p.m. All events are at the Du Bois Center, 2651 Quarry Road. For more information, call 618-787-2202 or visit www.duboiscenter.org. — Adam Testa

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The late Nevins Ware was known for painting Pinckneyville locations, including this rendition of Luke’s restaurant.

Exhibit honors late artist PINCKNEYVILLE — The works of the late Nevins Ware are on display through October at the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum. Ware, who managed the former P.N. Hirsch store for more than 40 years, died in 2005. As an artist, he worked with oil and acrylic paints and was especially well known for his paintings of Pinckneyville’s past. The exhibit features more than 40 of his works, including still lifes, landscapes and paintings of sites like the Pinckneyville mill, the Windsor Hotel, the Pinckneyville train depot, old City Hall, the old Perry County Jail, the Opera House, McDaniel’s store,

Luke’s, Braun’s Standard Station, the First Baptist Church and other wellknown Pinckneyville landmarks. The paintings are on loan from the Pinckneyville City Council, First Baptist Church, Murphy Wall State Bank and others past and present residents. A reception for the exhibit will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the museum, 187 Fairgrounds Road. Ware’s son and other family members will be present. The reception is free and open to the public. The museum is regularly open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. — Adam Testa

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Stage Co. opens season with ‘God of Carnage’ CARBONDALE — The Stage Co. launches its new season with this week “God of Carnage.” The modern comedy tells the story of two pairs of parents, brought together because their children were involved on a playground scuffle, who attempt to handle the situation. As the evening goes on, the parents begin to act more and more like their children, turning the experience into chaos. The play, written by Yasmina Reza, was originally produced in French but has been translated to English with acclaim in both London and New York. The Stage Co. will present the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 and 12-13, and 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 7 and 14, at the Varsity Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the Varsity box office or by calling or online at stagecompany.org. The theater troupe’s season also includes:

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The cast of The Stage Co.’s ‘God of Carnage’ rehearse the play, which tells of two sets of parents brought together by a playground scuffle between their children.

“Blithe Spirit” on Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 “Ladies of the Corridor” on Feb. 1517 and 22-24 “Making God Laugh” on April 12-14 and 19-21 “Anne of Green Gables” on July 11-14. — Adam Testa

‘Titanic: The Musical’ coming to Cape Girardeau CAPE GIRARDEAU — A traveling Broadway musical making its way to Southeast Missouri State University embraces the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. “Titanic: The Musical” debuted on Broadway in 1997 and won five Tony

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well as the infamous striking of the iceberg and subsequent sinking, plays out against a setting exemplifying the rigid class distinctions of the time. “Titanic” arrives at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the SEMO River Campus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $39 and $45 and can be purchased online at www. river campusevents.com. — Adam Testa

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Waterloo German Band headlines Oktoberfest ALTO PASS — Von Jakob Winery is embracing the German spirit of its name with this weekend’s Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration is all day Saturday, Oct. 6. Winery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The winery will be serving a menu of authentic German foods like pork schnitzel, brats, pretzels and more, as well as its signatures wines and beers. The Waterloo German Band will provide the afternoon’s entertainment, playing from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The band began in 1939, and while it’s undergone many changes in lineup through the years, some of the original members continue to perform. At one point, there were different bands that toured simultaneous, but it’s down to a five-member ensemble. It’s not unusual for the group to play upward of 50 concerts each October at venues across the country. Admission is $6 at the door and includes a commemorative wine or beer glass. — Adam Testa

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Auditions for ‘Cedarhurst’s Got Talent’ scheduled for Sunday MOUNT VERNON — Contestants are being sought for the second installment of the “Cedarhurst’s Got Talent” competition. The winner of the Nov. 10 talent contest will take home a $500 cash prize. Last year’s event featured a variety of vocal performances, drama/ comedy skits and a piano solo. Auditions begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road. There are no age or talent restrictions, but guidelines and application can be found online at www.cedarhurst.org or at the venue. The Nov. 10 contest will also feature a silent auction and dinner from Cindi’s Catering. Tickets can be purchased at Cedarhurst or by calling 618-242-1236, ext. 225. — Adam Testa

Autumn Feast supports Fort Massac Southern Illinoisans and their guests are invited to attend the Autumn Feast at Fort Massac on Saturday. The eventfeatures a meal, silent auction, entertainment and more. It is a major fundraiser supporting educational activities at the historic site. Festivities begin at

5 p.m., and Indianabased Highland Reign Band will play period music from the 1750s. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Fort Massac Visitors Center until the drawing Sunday, Oct. 7. — Adam Testa

Entrants sought for Youth Talent Show MURPHYSBORO — Organizers of a talent show at the historic Liberty Theater are looking for Southern Illinois teens who have a special skill to showcase. Those ages 13 to 17 are invited to apply for a spot the Youth Talent Show, scheduled for 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is open to guitar players, dancers, singing groups, skit actors, ventriloquists, clowns or other entertainers. For more information or to register, contact Lois Murphy at 618-6845880. — Adam Testa


MOVIES Books & Authors Book signing: Friends, Comrades, Warriors by Mike Estel, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Union County Museum, Cobden; book concerns a Confederate cavalry officer who takes his servant to war.

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Fluorspar Festival: Thursday-Saturday, Oct. The Carbondale 4-6, Rosiclare; tour museum, Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, parade, carnival, quilt show, Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 pageant, food, bike show, p.m. Wednesdays, Station 13, Saturday; car show, Sunday; Carbondale; see The 800-248-4373 or Carbondale Comedians on www.hardincountyil.org. Facebook. Southern Illinois Irish Festival: Friday-Sunday, Oct. Events 5-7, Carbondale area; Irish and Scottish music and Celtic Buffalo Tro: An ancient Fair activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. American plains Indian Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ceremony, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sunday, Turley Park, Oct. 5, Touch of Nature Carbondale; $5; festival starts Environmental Center, with Ed Miller, 7:30 p.m. Carbondale; dinner, drinks, Friday, Oct. 5, Cousin Andy’s reception; auctions; $75 per Coffeehouse, Church of the person; www.tonbuffalo Good Shepherd, 515 S. tro.siu.edu.; 618-453-5682; Orchard Drive, Carbondale; juliee@siu.edu. $12/$5; Chicago Reel, Fall Fest Car Show/Yard 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Sale: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Winery, US 51, Cobden; $12; Oct. 6, downtown Cobden; silirishfest.org. non-judged car show begins Autumn Feast: 5 p.m. at noon, downtown park; Saturday, Oct. 6, Fort Massac, food, music, games, Metropolis; period music by fundraiser; yard sale maps Highland Reign Band, silent available at Village Hall on auction, re-enactors, 1750sEast Maple Street starting at type foods available include 7 a.m.; Union County Museum ham, chicken and dumplings, on South Appleknocker Drive; corn in the husk, cornbread, open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. green beans, coleslaw, apple Octoberfest: 4-11 p.m. crisp; 618-645-1034; Saturday, Oct. 6, Riverroad 618-524-9657. Vineyard, 5079 Riverroad, Downtown Art and Wine Royalton; benefits Franklin Fair: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, County CASA and Pat’s Kids; Oct. 6, Carbondale; downtown music by Shakey Jake, between Longbranch Jackson Junction with Coffeehouse and Tres Deanne Freeman Morris, My Hombres; www.carbondale Second Cousin, Big Larry mainstreet.com; 618-529Williams and Friends; $20 8040. includes barbecue dinner; Du Bois Center Fall 618-218-2631. Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 101 County Checker Sunday, Oct. 7, 2651 Quarry Tournament: SaturdayRoad, Du Bois; crafts, Sunday, Oct. 6-7. Illinois Star blacksmith, spinning wheels, Centre, Marion; registration wood workers, painters, food; 8 a.m. Oct. 6, food court; music by Eden UCC, entry fee $10; play begins, Edwardsville Brass Quintet, 9:45 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. The Venedy Band, Three Sunday; bring your checker Wheel Wagon, Freeburg UCC board; 618-402-1822; Praise Band and Dual

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Generation; silent auction, Oak Lodge; kids activities; 618-787-2202; dcinfo@duboiscenter.org; www.duboiscenter.org. Carmi Corn Days: FridaySunday, Oct. 12-14, Carmi; includes Artisan Fest, 4-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Main Street; pumpkin growing contest, car show, baby contest, chili cook-off; parade, 4 p.m. Saturday; music by Joe Diffie, 9 p.m. Saturday; gospel concert, 8 p.m. Sunday; www.carmikiwanis.org. Super City Blues & Ques: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, uptown Metropolis; barbecue, food contests, sidewalk sales and live entertainment; 800248-4373; vwww.metropolis tourism.com.

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Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; presented by The Stage Company; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; $15/$10; 618-5495466; 618-549-3465; stagecompany@hotmail.com; www.stagecompany.org. The Rocky Horror Show: Centralia Cultural Society Little Theater Players, Community Arts Center, 1250 E. Rexford, Centralia; 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5; midnight, Saturday, Oct. 6; 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and midnight, Saturday, Oct. 13; $12/$10; rated R; 618-5322951; artcntr@msn.com; www.centraliaarts.org.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Musical comedy, 7 p.m. FridaySaturday, Oct. 12-13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg; $8/$6; 618-2525400, ext. 2486 or 2487; boxoffice@sic.edu. McLeod Series: Rent, Oct. 18-21; The Three Musketeers, Nov. 29-Dec. 2; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Feb. 21-24 and Reasons To Be Pretty, April 25-28; McLeod Theater, SIU; tickets for the four shows, adults, $56 and students, $24; individual tickets range from $16-$6; also three special

THEATER productions, The Three Seasons of Cora, Cosi Fan Tutte and Playwights’ Festival; $6-$16; 618-453-6000; www. southernticketsonline.com. SIU Presents! Shryock Auditorium, SIU; package tickets guarantee same seating for Fiddler on the Roof, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; bluegrass entertainers Dailey and Vincent, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; Traces, groundbreaking circus, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Experience, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7; Rock of Ages, Monday, April 22; www. southernticketsonline.com; 618-453-6000.

Film Wizard of Oz: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; donation; younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult; 618-684-5880.

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History Civil War Day: 9:15 a.m.2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, John A. Logan College, Carterville; re-enactors, storytellling, music by Lori and Don Buedel and Joanne Long of the Smoky Hollow String Band; free; 618-9852828, ext. 8248.

Talent Contests Cedarhurst’s Got Talent Auditions: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; $500 cash prize; Got Talent Event Nov. 10; www.cedarhurst.org. Kids with Talent: Youths 13-17 sought for a spot at the Youth Talent Show, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro; 618-684-5880.

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Everybody’s Irish Festival full of music, food and fun Southern Illinois Irish Festival Ed Miller concert; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5; Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale; $12 adults, $5 students Chicago Reel concert; 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; Rustle Hill Winery, 8595 U.S, 51, Cobden; $12 Celtic Fair; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7; Turley Park, Carbondale; $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger

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Phillip Webster of Elkville (left) spars with an opponent during a demonstration by the Medieval Combat Society at the Southern Illinois Irish Festival. Members of the live-action role playing group create unique personas and square off in one-on-one or group combat.

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iam Lynch’s life as a leprechaun began as a favor for his daughter. As she celebrated the grand opening of an Irish gift shop in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2005, Lynch thought he could help drive traffic to the store if he dressed up and stood on the corner. Commuters on the busy street, however, were distracted by the rather large leprechaun, and one driver missed a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Lynch’s daughter pulled him off the street. He was at a loss. “I thought, I bought the silly suit, what I am going to with it now,” he said. The idea soon descended upon Lynch, and he

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developed a new personality — Liam the Leprechaun — and began touring Michigan, appearing at different St. Patrick’s Day events and Celtic fairs. “It went into a life of its own,” he said, noting while his daughter’s store has since gone out of business, Liam lives on. Lynch has taken his act on the road across the Midwest, and everywhere he goes, people line up to have their photo taken

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with him. This past March, nearly 5,000 people used a picture with Lynch on their Facebook profiles. Among other annual duties, he acts as the host of the Leprechaun Village at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the largest in the world. He was also featured in the PBS documentary “Music of Ireland, Vol. 2: Welcome to America.” He will make his debut at the Southern Illinois Irish Festival this

weekend, Oct. 5-7. Lynch said he’s been checking the festival website every day and is very excited to make the trip to Carbondale. The familyfriendly nature of the festival and the fact it’s spread out appeals to him, as it’s different than many of the other events he attends. “I don’t really work; I just have fun attending,” he said. “My favorite part is spending time with kids and their families.” Lynch will talk to festival guests about their Irish heritage and culture. He also provides young fans with a union card, declaring them official leprechaun apprentices. And for those who want to ask the hard-hitting questions — like why he’s such a big leprechaun — he’s got the answers ready. “If you take a leprechaun out of Ireland and put him in America, he’s going to grow,” Lynch said, using an analogy of taking a goldfish from a bowl and putting it in a river to

explain the difference in size and scale between the two countries. Lynch is only one of many acts to be featured during the 16th annual Southern Illinois Irish Festival. The event begins with an Ed Miller concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive. Miller, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, specializes in songs of Robert Burns and other traditional Scottish songs. He lives in Austin, Texas, and hosts “Across the Water” on the University of Texas public radio station. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Saturday’s featured entertainment will be Chicago Reel, a fivemember band playing classic and traditional Irish tunes. Three of the members have direct ties to Ireland and the surrounding regions of Europe. They will take the stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at

Rustle Hill Winery, 8595 U.S. 51 in Cobden. The festival’s Celtic Fair takes place at Turley Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The fair features two stages of music and dance, Highland Games competitions, children’s activities and bagpipe demonstrations by Seam Folsom. Admission is $5 each day for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Performers at Turley Park on Saturday include The Dorians, Roisin Dubh, E.L. Kurtz, Shaina’s Strings, Kevin Buckley, Patsy O’Brien, dancers and musicians from St. Louis Irish Arts and cameo appearances by Ed Miller and Chicago Reel. Sunday’s lineup includes The Bankesters, The Rural Kings, The Dorians, The Bone Dry River Band, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin. adam.testa@thesouthern.com 618-351-5031


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FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: This Must Be The Band Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Dirty Muggs INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Marion Youth Center: Craig’s Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Swing Band, 7-10 p.m.

SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Hobo Knife MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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Ed Miller: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale; doors open 7 p.m.; part of Southern Illinois Irish Fest; www.cousinandy.org Woodenships: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort, 1575 Fair City Road, Jonesboro; 618-833-8697 Kevin Lucas: 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Trail of Tears Lodge & Resort

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SUNDAY MARION Marion Eagles: Big Country, 6-10 p.m.

MONDAY ELKVILLE Elkville Civic Center: Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m.

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

Key West: 1108 W. Main, Carbondale 618351-5998 Lion’s Cave: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618-983-8107 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 St., Marion 618-922-7853 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618-9973424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. Murphysboro Moose Lodge: 9663 Old Illinois 13 Murphysboro 618-684-3232 N-Kahootz Night Club: 115 W. Cherry St.,

SATURDAY Bill Harper: 2-5 p.m., Blue Sky Vineyard Jim Keaveny: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Octoberfest: Features the Waterloo German Band, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Von Jakob Vineyard Chicago Reel: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery SUNDAY Acoustic Feedback: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard

Phil Powell: 2-5 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Aaron Vanvoren: 2-5 p.m. Walker’s Bluff Sharon Clark & Larry Dillard: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Von Jakob Vineyard Movin Mary: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery WEDNESDAY Marty’s Band: 6-9 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery FIND THEM HERE Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden Von Jakob Vineyard, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville

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

WEDNESDAY HERRIN Herrin American Legion: Timberline, 7 p.m.

Directions & Digits 20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618-8335182 Carbondale Eagles: 1206 W. Linden, Carbondale 618-529-9345 Coloni’s Bar & Grill: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin 618-988-5341 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618-435-6161 Elkville: Elkville Civic Center, 405 S. 6th St., Elkville 618-201-1753 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; 618-549-0511. John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-9972909

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Concerts Southern Illinois SI Country Fest: Features Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7, World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta; other acts, Corey Smith, LoCash Cowboys, Colt Ford, The Farm and Casey James; $40-$85; discount on advance tickets; www.sicountryfest.com; www.southernticketsonline.com. The SteelDrivers: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Rustle Hill Winery, 8595 US 51, Cobden; doors open, 5 p.m.; advance, $15; at the door, $20; bluegrass; lawn chairs welcome; 10 and under, free; www. southernticketsonline.com; 618-4536000. Jaimee Paul: Jazz vocalist, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E. Richmond Road, Mount Vernon; Cedarhurst Chamber Music; $20/$18/$5; 618-242-1236, ext. 234; www.cedarhurst.org. The Woodbox Gang: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Shryock Auditorium, SIU, Carbondale; $20/$15/$10; opening act, Chicago Farmer; www.southerntickets online.com; 618-453-6000.

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Concert, food drive benefits Murphysboro Food Pantry Halloween Pops: Magical Monster Mash, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Shryock Auditorium, SIU, costumes and candy; everyone is encouraged to dress up in costumes; awards; $15/$6; www.southern ticketsonline.com; 618-453-6000.

Kentucky Bluegrass Night: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; free; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-4598704. George Jones Tribute: Featuring Allen Hilbert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $20/$19/$10/$7.50; www.kentuckyopry. com; 888-459-8704.

Missouri Russian composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Aram Khatchaturian and Sergei Rachmaninoff, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, Cape Girardeau; also, pianist, Jack Gibbons in the Symphony Orchestra’s season opening concert; 573-651-2265; www.rivercampusevents.com.

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MURPHYSBORO — Jeff Carver of Music Magic Etc. will be performing Sunday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wal-Mart to raise money for the Murphysboro Food Pantry. The Sunday performance is the beginning of a week of food pantry-related programs. Shoppers are

encouraged to bring chairs and enjoy an open-air concert featuring a blend of music ranging from country and pop to show tunes and R&B. Carver will perform several sets from noon to 6 p.m. The food pantry will have a van and board members on site to accept

canned goods and nonperishable items. Throughout the week, Walmart will also host a food drive to benefit the pantry. On Oct. 13, Carver will close out the week with a second concert from noon to 6 p.m. — Adam Testa

Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra opens season CAPE GIRARDEAU — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will open its 2012-13 concert season with a program of music by the renowned Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Aram Khatchaturian and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Joining the orchestra for its gala season opening concert will be acclaimed

pianist Jack Gibbons in a performance of the celebrated “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Rachmaninoff. The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the SEMO River Campus. The concert will open

with the “Overture on Russian Themes” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a 19th-century composer who wrote such notable works as “Scheherazade” and “Russian Easter Overture.” Tickets are $16 or $19 and can be purchased at www.rivercampusevents. com. — SEMO Media Services


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Aldean has earned his spot atop the country music world “Tattoos on This Town” and “My Kinda Party” at COUNTRY decibels so loud it caused SCENE ear drums to throb for days. Vince Hoffard Aldean recently topped the charts with “Take a Little Ride,” the first ason Aldean’s career in release from his highly anticipated “Night Train” country music was nearly over before it got album, which will be released Oct. 16. His threestarted. year blitz as the hottest The Macon, Ga., native commodity in the country moved to Nashville in music world should be 1998. He was only 21, but rewarded with the most within a month he had prestigious award in the signed a record deal. he industry. was quickly dropped, I predict Aldean will be however, and would soon crowned Entertainer of the lose another record deal. Year by the Country Music Frustration set in and he planned on migrating back Association during its annual ceremony, which to Georgia after one last will begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 talent showcase at the popular Wildhorse Saloon. at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and As fate would have it, at Carrie Underwood will the end of what could’ve been his last show in Music host the program, which airs nationally on ABC. City before he went back Other Entertainer of the home to find a new Year nominees include vocation, he was Kenny Chesney, Blake approached by a Shelton, Taylor Swift and representative from Paisley. progressive up-andLike a great country coming Broken Bow song, Aldean spent more Records and offered a than a decade relentlessly contract. Aldean established rock- pushing himself toward the ultimate goal — solid career momentum Entertainer of the Year with his self-titled debut honors — only to possibly album and follow-up, shoot himself in the foot at “Relentless,” and then the last minute. became a major star with Portrayed as a the 2009 “Wide Open,” consummate father and which contained breakout family man in recent hits “She’s Country” and national publications, “Big Green Tractor.” No steamy photos of the longer a struggling artist, singer and Brittany Kerr, a Aldean was a bona fide contestant on season 11 of star. American Idol, have With the release of the “My Kinda Party” album in emerged over the last two days, forcing Aldean to 2010, Aldean blasted his issue a public apology on career to an entirely new level. He started selling out Facebook. The timing of the major arenas, and each indiscretion was horrible single became a virtual when it comes to the CMA. rally cry for a youthful fan Final voting for this year’s base that enjoyed hearing awards starts today and “Dirt Road Anthem,”

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concludes Oct. 22. One person licking his chops after the votes are tabulated will be Luke Aldean Bryan. In what may be the most evenly matched category of the program, I predict Bryan will be the surprise winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year award, as he fights off the enormous challenges of Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Aldean, Paisley and Keith Urban. Bryan has had a phenomenal year, with tunes like “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Drunk on You” reaching the top of the charts and current single “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” seemingly on the same course. He stood before a national audience in July and sang the National Anthem at the baseball all-

star game in Kansas City. If there was such thing as a three-headed coin, it could be flipped to decide the winner of Female Vocalist of the Year. Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride don’t have a chance. The competition between Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood is dead even. Swift is my pick. Her voice is everywhere, with recent hits like “Ours,” “Sparks Fly” and melodic addicting “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is the first single off a new album due out Oct. 22. She could be heard in the animated film “The Lorax” this year but displayed a much more serious side when she teamed with The Civil Wars on “Safe and Sound” for The Hunger Games soundtrack. My favorite category of

the night is New Artist of the Year, formerly known as the Horizon Award. It is given to the star displaying the most career growth in the past 12 months. Brantley Gilbert should edge Hunter Hayes and Lee Brice to take this prestigious honor. Gilbert, a Georgian who wrote “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party” for Aldean, established himself this year with “Country Must be Country Wide” and rollicking outlaw favorite “Kick It in the Sticks,” his current single. Other winners will be: Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum Duo of the Year: Sugarland

Album of the Year: “Chief” by Eric Church Song of the Year: “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton Single of the Year: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town Video of the Year: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town Musician of the Year: Brent Mason Musical Event of the Year: “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” a collaboration between Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard@ yahoo.com.

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Burton revives his ‘Frankenweenie’ to great effect for new film Frankenweenie ***1/2

science and love — the love a budding middleschool scientist, Victor Frankenstein, has for his dog Sparky. That was the kernel of the original 1984 “Frankenweenie,” back at the beginning of Burton’s career. Burton gives that genius concept full voice in a rich, delicatelytextured, 3-D jewel in the stop-motion animation style. BY ROGER MOORE Victor (voiced by MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS Charlie Tahan) is a loner, a smart kid who spends “Frankenweenie” is hours in the attic, fiddling darned near an instant with science projects. classic. Tim Burton has He’s pretty much taken the animated short friendless, save for his that launched his career beloved weenie dog, and expanded it into a Sparky. vivid and moving essay on Mom (Catherine

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action; starring the voices of Charlie Tahan, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara; directed by Tim Burton; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion

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O’Hara) indulges him, but Dad (Martin Short) wants the boy to get out, make some friends and take up a sport. Victor just wants to come up with a project for the big science fair at school. Dad suggests they “compromise,” and to Dad, that means “nobody gets what they want,” so Victor finds himself at the plate, struggling to master baseball. Miracle of miracles, he hits a home run. But a highlight of his young life is crushed when Sparky chases the home-run ball into the street and is killed. Victor, a morose, quiet kid, mourns in a morose, quiet way. Mom’s

reassurance that no one you ever love dies, “they just move into a special place in your heart,” isn’t enough. It’s only when Victor sits through a demented, inspired thunder-storm lesson by his Eastern Bloc science teacher (the always inspired Martin Landau) that he has his answer. Mr. Rzykruski has made a dead frog’s muscles twitch with electricity. Victor will dig up Sparky, patch and stitch him up, attach a positive and negative lead on his neck (bolts, of course) and thunder-storm jolt his beloved dog back to life. Burton revels in the props and appliances Victor re-purposes for his project. But he ensures that there’s an animated warmth to the boy’s connection to this playful goof of a mutt, who is pretty much his old self once he’s revived — save

for the odd body part that falls off. There are rival students (who look like extras from old Universal horror films of the ’30s) aiming to beat Victor at the science fair, and a cute Goth neighbor girl (Winona Ryder, of course) with a poodle whom Sparky sparks for. And there are big messages here, about what makes a child’s connection to a dog so primal, and death and about science. When the volatile Mr. Rzykruski is challenged by parents and the school board, he gives a tactless rant that would rattle the “ignorant” and “stupid” corners of America to their core. “You do not understand science, so you are AFRAID of it!” thunders Landau (who won an Oscar as Burton’s version of Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood”). It’s no wonder that “Your

country does not make enough scientists.” Godzilla gags and visual riffs on everything from “Gremlins” to the Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated TV specials (“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”) of the 1960s and ’70s flesh out this cadaverously cute tale. But it is Burton’s ability to give heart to the weird, the unsympathetic and sometimes animated characters in his films that has been the hallmark of the director’s career. Don’t be surprised if your eyes mist over for a silly dog of clay and the stick-boy who loves him. And parents, if you didn’t know, choose the words of comfort you say to a child mourning a lost pet carefully. With the inspiration of the right science teacher, “we’d bring him back if we could” might come back to bite you.


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‘Taken 2’ struggles to recreate excitement of original Taken 2 ** Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality; starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija and D.B. Sweeney; directed by Olivier Megaton; opening Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion

Liberty Theater showing ‘Wizard of Oz’ on Saturday MURPHYSBORO — Movie fans can follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Liberty Theater this weekend. The historic downtown venue will be showing the classic “Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will support ongoing renovations at the theater. The 1939 film tells of Dorothy and her journey through the mythical land of Oz as she tries to find a way home to Kansas.

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In nature, lightning occasionally strikes the same place twice. In the movies, it almost never happens. So as good as Liam Neeson was in “Taken,” as good as he often is in “Taken 2,” the sequel — about the family of all those Albanians he killed in “Taken” taking their revenge — is an often silly movie where the strain to stay credulous shows. Neeson’s retired secret agent, Bryan Mills, is being hunted by the few Albanians left after he massacred most of the Albanian mob for kidnapping his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) the last time around. So what does he do? He invites Kim and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) along with him on a trip to Istanbul. What could go wrong? He doesn’t know that the Muslim mobster (Rade Serbedzija) has sworn he will have his “justice.” But Bryan is onto them in a flash. Next thing you know, he’s giving his wife the same lecture he gave Kim, once upon a time in France: “I need you to FOCUS.” They’re both nabbed. He

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warns his daughter with one last cellphone call. She too has to “FOCUS.” (Again.) Then, tied up and hooded, they’re whisked off somewhere as Brian counts the seconds between turns, the sounds he hears passing, working out where they might be. MacGyver has nothing on this dude. The villain smacks his lips and makes speeches. In English. The few remaining Albanian mobsters all speak English. “Your death weeel not be queeeck,” he hisses. “It weeeel not be pleasant!” Neither weeel yours, pal. Producer/ co-writer Luc Besson once gave us “The Professional,” a movie about a hitman savant, a

“cleaner” (Jean Reno) whose arrival somewhere prompted bad guys to say, “Somebody’s coming. Somebody SERIOUS.” Nobody’s more serious than Neeson in this part. The hulking ex-boxer lumbers through Istanbul’s narrow streets, shouts at his driver’s testflunking daughter (“Faster!”) when they wind up in a stolen cab, takes a beating and delivers one, too. But Besson, who lets Olivier Megaton direct these films, has run out of gags, ways to put characters into and out of jeopardy. “Taken 2” defies logic and credibility as it puts its character’s in harm’s way and refuses to take the easy, logical way out.

And hilariously, our villain hears explosions, shots fired, and always says the same thing: “Go und zee what happened.” Besson’s Islamophobia is an amusing subtext to all this. Here his characters are in perhaps the most beautiful and most secular city in the Middle East, and he never loses an opportunity to let us hear Muslim calls to prayer, suggest a conspiracy between Muslim mobsters and Muslim cops, or to have Bryan or his family shoot, smash, steal or set off grenades in scenic Istanbul. It’s as propulsive and kinetic as the original “Taken,” all chases and shootouts and brawls and narrow escapes. But this sequel’s shortcomings

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This movie’s pitch is far from perfect Pitch Perfect ** Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references; starring Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin and Rebel Wilson; directed by Jason Moore; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY RAFER GUZMAN MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

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haven’t already exploited to death. We’re already familiar with breakdancing, cheerleading and even debating teams. But what about competitive a cappella? That has potential, especially now that Fox’s “Glee� has made the theater kids cool. “Pitch Perfect� seems keenly aware of pop-cultural currents — it’s directed by Jason Moore (Broadway’s “Avenue Q�) and written by Kay Cannon (NBC’s “30 Rock�) from a novel by

Mickey Rapkin (a former GQ editor) — but that ultimately undermines it. Though likable and energetic, the movie is so eager to put a finger on every pulse that it loses the rhythm. Anna Kendrick plays Beca, a budding DJ reluctantly attending Barden University. Strolling the quad, she’s recruited by Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), leaders of The Bellas, a team of desperate a cappella losers. Across

campus, cute freshman Jesse (Skylar Astin) joins the all-male Treblemakers, setting the stage for a Romeo-Juliet romance. The cast is appealing: Rebel Wilson, of “Bridesmaids,� has fun as the overconfident Fat Amy, while Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins get the most laughs as a pair of sardonic commentators. But like a teenager trying out identities, “Pitch Perfect� can’t decide on one.

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