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talian cinema is filled with classic lines, memorable scenes and unforgettable characters. This week has been a truly cinema-filled week. It started with us having the unique opportunity of touring Cinecittà studios on a class trip for our History of the Italian Cinema class. Cinecittà is the biggest production center in mainland Europe and its name means “Cinema City.” Our class had the rare opportunity of touring the studios, and it was so much fun. I’m fortunate enough to have been on studio lots before, but being on an Italian one was a whole different side of cool. Nicknamed “Hollywood on the Tiber,” Cinecittà was founded by Mussolini in 1937 and is the filming location for many famous movies, including “Roman Holiday,” “La Dolce Vita” and “Ben Hur.”
The first stop we made was one of the streets that Martin Scorsese used for the filming of “Gangs of New York.” It was all just façades, with the building front is supported by exposed beams in the back. It was so interesting to see all of these ornate and seemingly sturdy structures that are all just light building materials with rods and beams in the back. You can’t go inside of them; it’s only for outside show. In another area, there were buildings that had walls that were not straight. Rather, they curved out in spots as they went up. This, we learned, is a technique that, combined with proper filming angles, makes the buildings look taller. It will never cease to amaze me how wonderful the cinema industry is at creating illusions and morphing reality to create a world perfect for the atmosphere of a film. Hands down, one of my favorite parts of the tour was the second place we visited. Right after we saw the “Gangs of New York” street, we walked no more than two minutes and we
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many other films. It was a truly wonderful experience. Then, this past Friday evening, my friends and I went to the Rome Film Festival. Again because we’re in the cinema class at school, we had our tickets paid for and got to experience this amazing Italian film festival. This year, the festival ran from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, and every day was jam-packed with events. SEE GOFF / PAGE 6
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Larry the Cable Guy to ‘git-r-done’ in Paducah Comedian-turned-movie-star bringing his act to The Carson Center BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN
hen the call came in 2003, Dan Whitney knew it was something special. Better known by his stage name, Larry the Cable Guy, Whitney had hit his big break a few years prior after hooking up with fellow comics Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White and Bill Engvall on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The success of that venture opened new doors, and likely also led to that call from Pixar movie studios. John Lasseter was casting for his latest project, an animated film about a self-loving racecar who finds himself stranded in a desolate desert community. The movie, released three years later in 2006, became “Cars.” “When he (Lasseter) was a kid, he always dreamt of a world of talking cars, so this was special to him,” said Whitney, who voiced the lovable character in the film. “He considers himself kind of like Mater, so when he was looking for a voice, he knew exactly what he wanted. When he hired me, it was a great compliment; I’m glad he trusted his little dream to me to breathe life into it.”
commercial successes. The first, 2006’s “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” was originally planned as a direct-tovideo release but test audiences approved of it up three credits apiece The first “Cars” was a enough to warrant a with the “Toy Story” critical success, and theatrical release. Whitney’s Mater stole the franchise, but few other His other credits include names can claim such a show, in many people’s 2007’s “Delta Farce” and feat. opinions. Pixar has since “Everyone wants to do a 2008’s “Witless spun out a mini-series and Protection.” He will star in Pixar movie,” Whitney a sequel to the film, both the lead role in next year’s said. “All these big actors focused around Mater. In “Tooth Fairy 2,” the sequel would love to do a Pixar “Mater’s Tall Tales,” the movie, and of course they to the 2010 film starring tow truck reminisces his Dwayne “The Rock” haven’t. The fact that not stories of being an Johnson. astronaut and a stuntman, only have I done one, but “I would love to do more I’ve done two Pixar movies among others, and in and I got top bill in one of movies,” Whitney said. “Cars 2,” Mater took the “They’re fun, they’re international crime scene them, it’s just awesome.” different, my fans enjoy His film career hasn’t as a not-so-master spy. them. They like seeing me been limited to voice Few actors can lay acting, either. claim to being Whitney has starred so heavily in three live-action involved in films that, while Pixar panned almost projects. Tom universally by Hanks and critics, have been Tim Allen relative have racked
do other things … The critics always hammer my movies, and they can hammer them all they want. The reason you make a movie is because they’re fun to make and they make good money.” But Whitney hasn’t forgotten his roots in stand-up comedy. He’s spent more than 25 years perfecting that trade, and he’s preparing to showcase his skills to a crowd Sunday, Nov. 20, at The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave. Whitney will be performing as Larry the Cable Guy for shows at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $125 and can be
purchased online at thecarsoncenter.org or by calling 270-450-4444. Whitney said that by this point in time, fans should know what to expect from the show. “It’s just what I always do. You’re not going to hear the same stuff from my last album word for word. Probably 80 percent of every joke I do is going to be something they’ve never heard,” he said. “I’m going to start in the first 10 seconds with a joke and a punchline, and it’s going to go the next hour and 17 minutes and not stop.” email@example.com 618-351-5031
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Appleknocker Drive, next to the Union County Museum, Love Until the End: Book Cobden; bazaar continues signing by Mike Estel, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 3, 10; hours, Friday, Nov. 11, Gen. John A. 8 a.m.-4 p.m; 618-893-2567; Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Comedy 618-893-2865. Murphysboro; 618-684-3455 The Carbondale PAST Holiday Home Tour: or johnaloganmuseum.net. Comedians: Stand-up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. A Love Story, Shuugh, God comedy, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, 19; $15 for all of the houses or and Lulu: Novel on domestic Station No. 13, 2400 W. Main $5 per house; tickets can be abuse by Lois Fowler Barrett; St., Carbondale; attached to purchased at each site book signings, Autumn Fest the old Royal Plaza Inn; including the PAST House at Arts and Crafts Show, 618-529-2424. 313 South St., Anna, where an Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12, 13, exhibit of historic Union John A. Logan College, County photos will be on Events Carterville and Starview display; 618-833-8745 or Friends of Sallie Logan Vinyard near Cobden, 618-697-1870. Public Library Silent Auction: Thursday, Nov. 17; www. A Souled Out Show: 6 p.m.Now through 6 p.m. Dec. 5, brickhillpublishing.com. midnight, Saturday, Nov. 19, Sesser Library Book Club: library, 1808 Walnut St., Elks Club, 220 W. Jackson St., 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Sesser Murphysboro; final bidding Carbondale; soul food buffet, Public Library, 303 W. Franklin 5 p.m. Monday, Dec 5; a silent auction; entertainment Ave., Sesser; discussion on the handcrafted woven basket and by Big Larry, Richard “Rip Lee” handcrafted kitchen stools; book, The Mountain Between Pryor and James Barnes & 618-684-3271. Us by Charles Martin; 618Friends; a tribute to Elbert Earl AutumnFest Art and Craft 534-9499; firstname.lastname@example.org. Simon Sr.; proceeds to I CAN Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, READ! of Southern Illinois; Author Taylor Pensoneau: Presentation, 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35; 618-549-0969; 618-457Sunday, Nov. 13, John A. Logan 4995; Nov. 19, Herrin City Library; College, Carterville; arts and Pensoneau is the author of email@example.com. crafts exhibitors and vendors; Brothers Notorious: The Glee!: Dancing with demonstrations; free; Sheltons, Southern Illinois’ Artstarts, 7 p.m. Saturday, www.jalc.edu; 618-985-3741. Legendary Gangsters and Nov. 19, Marion Civic Center; Christmas Bazaar: Opens Dapper & Deadly: the True vote with dollars for favorite 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Story of Black Charlie Harris; dancing couples, each portion of book sales donated DuBois Building, 117 S. representing a charity;
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Three Classic Fairy Tales: By Disney Live!, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, SIU Arena; more than 25 famous Disney characters; three fairy tale adventures will be brought to life on stage; $15/ $24; www. southernlightsentertainment .com or 618-453-6000. Clarence Darrow: Portrayed by James Ivey, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; Ivey, Films a former Marion resident, will Film Fridays at the Varsity: perform the one-man play which centers around the New Beginnings, Animation, Experimentation and Women, major trials of Darrow’s life, including the Scopes evolution 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, trial; $20-$30; www.marion Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; ccc.org or 618-997-4030. Alice in Wonderland: free; 618-303-5154 or 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 17 and firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. Documentary film: The 18-19, John A. Logan College, Tragedy of Bataan,” a 30Carterville. minute documentary written Dinner Theatre: 7 p.m. and produced by Jan Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 and Thompson, will air at 8 p.m. 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Rend Friday, Nov. 11, WSIU-TV Lake College Theatre, Ina; Channel 8; narration by actor 618-437-5321. Alec Baldwin; also, a 30A Christmas Story: 7:30 minute WSIU InFocus segment featuring Thompson, a faculty p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec 2-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, member in the SIU Marion Cultural and Civic Department of RadioCenter; $12-$8; presented by Television, precedes the the Paradise Alley Players; broadcast; accounts of more 618-997-4030 or than 20 Bataan Death March survivors, archival photos, and www.marionccc.org.
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Logan museum to host book signing Local author Mike Estel will be signing his new book, “Love Until the End,” at the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro on Veteran’s Day, on Friday, Nov. 11. The signing is from 2 to 4 p.m. The work is a historical fiction that tells the tale of the life and experiences of Alice Smidley, a mother from Rockland, N.Y., who sets out on an adventure to find her son, whom she fears has been killed or wounded in the Civil War. Although women are not allowed in the military during the Civil War, she disguises herself as a man and joins the Union Army in an effort to find out what happened to the son she has not heard from in months. In Estel’s book, there are several exciting passages and battlefield adventures of Alice while she is traveling to the last known whereabouts of her son. This is the third book Estel has written. His first book, “War Stories from the Heartland,” is set in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. A second book, “The Last Hope: A Civil War Tale,” is about a Northern woman who attempts to get her seriously injured husband out of a Confederate prison in Salisbury, N.C. Estel also will donate a Civil War era mortar shell to the museum. Estel is a Murphysboro High School graduate, a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Navy. — The Southern
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Ivey to portray Clarence Darrow this weekend An established actor with ties to Southern Illinois returns home for a special theatrical production at Marion Cultural and Civic Center this weekend. James Ivey, the son of Nathan and Dorothy Ivey, attended the Marion school system in the late 1960s and early 1970s. After leaving Marion, he studied theater at Illinois State University, University of Kansas, University of Illinois, Texas Tech University and the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio-Emilia, Italy. He has accumulated a diverse theatrical resume including the roles of Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha,” File in “The Rainmaker,” Harold Hill in “The Music Man” and King Arthur in “Camelot,” among others. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Ivey will step into the role of Clarence Darrow, a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Darrow took on many cases which involved Labor Movement issues, and he was ahead of his time in many respects when it comes to humanitarian interests and racial equality. “Clarence Darrow: A One-Man Play” by David W. Rintels is based on the Irving Stone novel “Clarence Darrow for the Defense.” Tickets for the show are $20 to $30 and can be purchased at www. marionccc.org or by calling 618-997-4030. — Adam Testa
Art Event Yellowstone and Grand Tetons: Photo presentation by Dave Brewer and Kris Killman, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Little Egypt Arts Association, 601 Tower Square Plaza, town square, Marion; 618-889-0301
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Exhibits Transformation: Paintings by Linda Hostalek, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Central Showcase, offices of Realty Central, Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; through Dec. 31. Combined Faculty: Opens Tuesday, Nov. 15, University Museum, SIU; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; free; through Dec. 10; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Master of Fine Arts’ Candidates’ Preview Exhibit: Opens Tuesday, Nov. 15, University Museum, SIU; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; free; through Dec. 10; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. Goin’ Fast and Lookin’ Good: Hot Rods in Southern Illinois exhibit, University Museum, SIU; pictures and stories of hot rods and racers in Southern Illinois; through Nov. 10; 618-453-7413 or email@example.com. The Way We Worked: University Museum, SIU; explores why, where and how we work; exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; free; other exhibits throughout
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southern Illinois; through Nov. 12; www.museum.siu.edu or 618-453-5388. The Sharecroppers’ Strike of 1937: By Robert Ketchens, Carbondale Civic Center, Corridor Gallery; original photos of the strike from the Farm Service Organization; through Nov. 12; 618-457-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Down On The Farm: Memories of Not That Long Ago, Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Murphysboro; through mid-November; 618-303-0569 or johnalogan email@example.com. Past to Present: Platinotypes and Poetry of the Great Midwest, Fern Fair Gallery, Suite B, 8609 Giant City Road, Carbondale; handmade platinum prints of Midwestern subjects by photographer Mike Chervinko and work from poet and SIUC graduate Justin Hamm; through Nov. 16; 618-529-3376 or www.fernfair.com. Fall Exhibition 2011: The Gallery Space, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro, Law office of Joni Beth Bailey; includes works by Bod Angarola, Tom Bell, Karen Linduska, Eric Johnson, Mary Pachikara and Fraenze Reichard; hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; through Nov. 21; firstname.lastname@example.org Jay and Patricia Constatine: Painting, drawing and mixed media, Clemens Fine Art Center, campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah; through Nov. 25, www.artsinfocus.org; 270-5343212. Brenda Riley: Paintings in watercolor and acrylic, Harrisburg District Library; through Nov. 27; 618-2537455. The Classics: Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; art featuring old barns, old cars, antiques and still life; through Nov. 30; hours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday thru Saturday; 618-998-8530. Maturity and Its Muse: Cedarhurst Center for the
Arts, Mount Vernon; artists over the age of 70; Mitchell Museum Main Gallery; through Dec. 31; www.cedarhurst.org. The History of Jefferson County: Highlights from the Jefferson County Historical Society and Village, Mitchell Museum’s Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst, Mount Vernon; through Dec. 31; www.cedarhurst.org. Marching to Appomattox: The Footrace that Ended the Civil War, The Beck Family Center Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; original paintings by Ken Stark; through Dec. 31; www.cedarhurst.org. Shrode Photography Competition Exhibit: The Shrode Art Center Regenhardt Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for
the Arts, Mount Vernon; through Dec. 31; www. cedarhurst.org. Creative Visions: Features the work of ceramic artist Greg Gibbs, woodworker Joe Landon, sculptor Darren Miller, glass artist Michelle Rial, painter Nina Weiss and jewelry artist Sandra Wilcoxon, The Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, Whittington; free; through March 15; 618-629-2220. 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.starview vineyards.com. Jo Loomis: Williamson County Pavilion, Marion; paintings of landscapes,
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Receptions Red Rock Landscapes: Tribeca Gallery, downtown Paducah; opening reception for photographer Larry Heavrin, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10; through Jan. 11; 270-898-6056 or email@example.com. Members’ Show: Featuring Artist of the Month, Nancy Loving, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah; opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, fine art and crafts; through Dec. 17; 270-442-2453 or www.theyeiser.org.
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GOFF: Enjoying Italian films FROM PAGE 2 Celebrities also attended the festivities; for example, some of the actors of “Twilight” were at the festival one day for a “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” event. The film we saw was an American film, “Too Big to Fail.” It is an HBO film and was released for TV on May 23. I thought the film was absolutely fantastic and very well done, just another plus to an already fantastic night of being at the festival in general. The atmosphere there was phenomenal. We got to walk on the red carpet, hear live Italian music being streamed live on RAI radio, a large broadcasting company in Italy, and even got free espresso. Life could not have been much better. I love my classes here in Italy because they all have been so involved in
Did You Know? During World War II, Cinecittà Studios was used to house displaced persons. Thus, for a certain period of time, movies could not be made there. During our tour, we saw one building upon which you could still see the remnants of the word ‘Disinfazione,’ which is Italian for ‘disinfection.’ This is the building where people entering the facility would go first to be rid of impurities. culture and real-world situations. We take so many class trips, and we get to have amazing experiences like these two just for being in a class for the semester. These are definitely not things you get to experience everyday and I feel so fortunate to be taking part in it all. Ciao tutti!
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Yeiser series will feature Loving Nancy Loving will be the first featured artist of the 2011 Yeiser Art Center’s Members’ Show. Loving is a Paducah resident who has been active in the Easter Seals of West Kentucky art program since its 2006. She was this year’s featured artist for the Easter Seals’ “Heart and Soul” art celebration. She turns twodimensional pieces into mixed media ones with the addition of everyday items, giving her work and almost ethereal appearance. An opening gala reception for Loving’s exhibit is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway St. The reception is free and open to the public. Loving exhibit will be on display through Dec. 17. — Adam Testa
Red Rock Landscapes appearing at Tribeca PADUCAH — The glowing warmth of the Southwest high desert will be the focus of the newest showing at the Tribeca Gallery in downtown Paducah. An opening reception for Larry Heavrin, local photographer, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the gallery, 127 Market House Square. “Red Rock Landscapes of Southern Utah” showcases Larry’s photographic talent, as well as his adventurous spirit. The work will be available for viewing through Jan. 11. Heavrin has loved photography since 1970, when he got his first 35mm Pentax camera. The great Ansel Adams was his favorite photographer and Adams’ photography of our national parks inspired Heavrin to visit most of America’s parks. He loves to photograph
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TONIGHT Coffeehouses, Cafés and Eateries John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal: Plus Doug E. Rees, 8 p.m. Saturday, Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St., Cobden; www.yellowmooncafe.com; 618-8932233. Magician David Ranalli: Comical sleight of hand, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Blue Martin, 215 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-549-4326; www.theblue martin.com.
Wineries Marty Davis: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Roxie Randle: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard Bill Booth: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery The Phonics: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Von Jakob Orchard Kevin Lucas Orchestra: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, The Bluffs Slappin Henry Blue w/Tawl Paul: 6-9 p.m.
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Roger Black and The Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys, 6-9:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Swing Band, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Swing-N-Country Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Hip Hop Night w Angry Abe and friends Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Mike and Joe Tres Hombres: The Ben Miller Band, 10 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:309:30 p.m. Marion Eagles: Salty Dog, 7-11 p.m. Marion VFW: Twin Bridges, 8 p.m.midnight
Ramesses: South of 70 MURPHYSBORO Murphysboro Senior Center: The Pridesmen, 6:30-9:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:30-10:30 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: As Time Goes By Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Anna VFW: 70 VFW Lane, Anna 618833-5182 Carbondale Eagles: 1206 W. Linden, Carbondale 618-529-9345 Coloni’s Bar & Grill: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin 618-988-5341 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Coulterville VFW: 511 VFW St., Coulterville 618-758-9009 Diver Down: 199 E. Main St., Golconda 618-683-3483 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618-435-6161 Enrico’s: 208 S. Main St., Royalton 618-984-2071 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; 618-549-0511. Hurley’s: 1504 W. Broadway Boulevard, Johnston City John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Key West: 1108 W. Main, Carbondale 618-351-5998 Kip & Traci’s Colonial Club: 1602 Old Creal Springs Road, Marion 618-9976989 Linemen’s Lounge: 100 E. Broadway, Johnston City Lion’s Cave: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina: 12024 Laguna Drive, Lake of Egypt 618Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618-983-8107 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618-997-6168 Marion Eagles: Rural Route 3, Marion 618-993-6300 Marion Elks: .204 S. Market St., Marion 618-993-3151 Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard St., Marion 618-922-7853 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618684-4541. Murphysboro Moose Lodge: 9663 Old Illinois 13; Murphysboro 618-6843232 Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4676 Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin, 618-942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Pyramid Acres Marina: 12171 Marina Road, Marion 618-964-1184 Scarlett’s Music Barn: 207 Potter St., White Ash 618-997-4979 Steelhorse Saloon and Campground: 202 Dewmaine Lane, Carterville 618-985-6713 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort 618-937-3718 Wit and Wisdom Nutritional Site: 225 E. Poplar St., West Frankfort 618937-3070 Xrossroads: 101 Rushing Drive, Herrin 618-993-8393 Zeigler Eagles: 114 N. Main St., Zeigler 618-596-5651
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Latini and Seal return to Yellow Moon Cafe COBDEN — Awardwinning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal return to the Yellow Moon Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. They will be joined by local favorite Doug E. Rees for “A Night of Hillbilly-Endorsed and Hippie-Approved Music.” Latini is a two-time Detroit Blues Challenge champion. In addition to being a serious crafter of clever songs, he is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically harddriven guitar style. Originally from Queens, New York, he has begun to build a fan base of all ages in the Midwest. Seal’s repertoire reflects the different styles of music she loves,
including roots rock, country, folk, gospel and jazz standards. Her music has been played on more than 200 Americana and roots radio stations throughout the United States and Europe, and she has numerous regional television and commercial credits. Both musicians are represented by Midwest indie label Smokin’ Sleddog Records. The duo is lauded not only for their musical talent but for their witty interaction with each other and their audiences. They have released 12 CDs individually and are currently working on a combined project. Tickets for the show are $10. —Adam Testa
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Country music star Travis Tritt will be performing an acoustic concert Feb. 12 at SIU Carbondale’s Shryock Auditorium.
Travis Tritt playing at Shryock in February CARBONDALE — Twotime Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt will be heading to Southern Illinois next year. The country music star will present a special concert event, “Travis Tritt: A Solo Acoustic Performance,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Shryock Auditorium at SIU Carbondale. His performance is part of the Southern Lights Entertainment series. Tritt made a name for himself as one of the leading new country singers in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s delighted fans by mixing his love of country with a fondness for bluegrass and produced hit singles including “Help Me Hold On,” “Foolish Pride” and
“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares).” Tritt has said he loves performing acoustic sets because they allow fans to feel as if they are in his living room. These shows have a more intimate vibe and have been receiving positive feedback from fans in online forums, Tritt began embracing the acoustic approach a couple of years ago and uses the setup to tell stories and play his songs. Tickets for Tritt’s show are $39 and can be purchased online at www. southernticketsonline .com or by calling 618-453-6000. For more information, visit www.southernlights entertainment.com. — Adam Testa
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Kassie Miller brings country stylings to Southern Illinois except in one area — because I have a great sense of humor and I like to make every person in the Vince Hoffard room feel like I’m singing just to them. “In my heart, I know when I’m singing that I’m doing exactly what I’m ust like the artists supposed to be doing. bringing home awards We’re going to come to last night from the Southern Illinois and Country Music Association, Kassie Miller spread some sunshine as the winter season has tasted success in the approaches.” entertainment world, Miller will be although it has been in accompanied on stage by smaller portions. In 2006, she parlayed her her manager/husband Ben Wilson. singing, dancing and For the past six years, bartending skills into the Miller has been a bartender championship in Season 1 at Legends, a must-visit of “The Search for the Ultimate Coyote,” a spinoff attraction on Lower Broadway that is part of of the ultra-popular the “Honky Tonk Rivera,” “Coyote Ugly” movie, which also includes which aired on CMT. The Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge prize package included and Robert’s Boot Shop, all $25,000. three located a half block Miller scored big on from the Ryman CMT again in 2009 when Auditorium, the mother she finished in the Top 10 church of country music. of “Can You Duet” with “The owners of Legends partner Memarie Gayle. are so good to me. They’re A native of Somerville, Ala., she has spent nearly a like my grandparents,” she said. “They know I have decade in Nashville, bigger dreams than painstakingly paying her bartending the rest of my dues as she learns every life. They give me time off aspect of the country music business. Her vocals whenever I want to pursue my singing career. Hey, it’s and songwriting have matured to the point where a really good gig, and I’ve been fortunate enough to she feels she can compete meet a lot of great people.” with anyone on the In high school, Miller national level, and she has wasn’t thinking about a fresh batch of material to becoming the next Sara prove it. Evans or Martina McBride. Miller will be in concert “Cheerleading was my at Mack’s Marina at the life in high school,” she Lake of Egypt from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and said, with a chuckle. “I enjoyed singing, but I from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, didn’t think I was better Nov. 19, at Kip and Traci’s than anyone else. My in Marion. Admission is parents always thought I free. would be a singer, but I “We are going to be doing acoustic sets,” Miller didn’t see it. Then, I went to an all-girl Baptist said during a Tuesday college (Judson College in telephone interview. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m Marion, Ala.) and sang in the choir. I started a lot like Dolly Parton —
believing in my vocal talent and wanted country music as a career. My parents would drive me two-anda-half hours to Nashville and we started making contacts.” Sadly, soon after she started making trips to Music City, her father fell ill and died in October 2001. The following year, she moved to Nashville. “I decided to chase my dream for me and for my dad,” she said. With raspy chops reminiscent of a young Tanya Tucker, the 28-yearold Miller has forged a vocal style soaked with soulful sexiness by blending her pop country influences with a pinch of the blues. “I have a unique voice,” she said. “It sounds like I’ve been smoking all my life, but I never was a smoker.” She was once offered a recording contract by an independent label but quickly backed out of the deal. “The label wanted me to be something different than I was,” she said. “They picked songs I didn’t like
and wanted me to change. It didn’t feel like the right thing to do. I’d love to have a record deal, but it’s all in God’s time. Every step I take and mistake I make is creating the path that will one day lead me to where I’m supposed to be, which is hopefully to a major label and a bunch of hit records.” Thanks to a mentoring session with songwriter Jim Fimeno, who penned “Just Got Started Loving You” with James Otto, Miller gained confidence to express herself artistically and has confidence in her ability. She is currently financing a recording project of all new material, which should be out early next year. The package will include several songs she inked by herself and others she cowrote with Shawna Thompson, who last year was bartending across the street from Legends at the Broken Spoke and is now part of the Thompson Square duo.
Concert to benefit, thank local veterans MARION — Cache River and Heath Holloman will provide musical entertainment Saturday, Nov. 12 at Black Diamond HarleyDavidson in Marion for a benefit concert supporting area military veterans. The event is planned to give local residents an opportunity to show their appreciation to individuals who fought for American freedom, said Cache River lead singer Jeff Mears. Holloman will perform at 8 p.m. Cache River takes the stage at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, which included four beer tickets. The concert will be in the Black Diamond warehouse, next to the dealership. Food from The Great Boars of Fire will be available at the venue. Prizes, including several $50 cash awards, will be awarded to current and former military personnel throughout the event. All proceeds will be given to the American Freedom Veteran Support Group. — Vince Hoffard
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Lydia Loveless playing Hangar 9 on Thursday CARBONDALE — Ohio native Lydia Loveless will bring her attentiongrabbing sound to Hangar 9 next week. Loveless’ voice calls on the spirit of past country music legends like Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and even Hank Williams. Her songs are written from her perspective, raw and honest, without watereddown concerns of pleasing the masses. Her sound is also a reflection of her stylistic influences. From the juke
joint era through the punk revolution, Loveless borrows energy from each movement, combining them with her own sense of heartbreak quality. The 21-year-old recently released her newest album, “Indestructible Machine,” through Bloodshot Records. Her show on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hangar 9, 511 S. Illinois Ave., will promote the new album. Loveless will be joined by local act Skinny Jim and the No. 9 Blacktops for the show. — Adam Testa
Lydia Loveless blends her country and punk backgrounds with her unique style of music. She will be performing Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hangar 9 in Carbondale.
SISO Mahler & the Stars: Presented by the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Shryock Auditorium, SIU; features the Stars of Altgeld, winners of the SIU School of Music Solo and Composition Competitions; features the acclaimed soprano, Barbara Paver, from the faculty of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; $8/$20; www.southern ticketsonline.com. Active Duty Soldier Appreciation Dinner & Concert: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Warehouse, 2400 Williamson County Parkway, Marion; music by Heath Holloman and Cache River Band; Great Boars of Fire food; $10; soldiers with military ID, free;
THEATER www.southernticketsonline .com. An Evening with Carolyn Wonderland: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Varsity Theater, 418 S Illinois Ave., Carbondale; Texas blues; $25/$20/$15; www. southernticketsonline.com. Brian Downen: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sparta; accompanied at the piano by Diane Helfers Petrella who teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; donations accepted. The Pridonoff Duo: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Performance Hall, Cedarhurst Center For the Arts, Mount Vernon; Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff serve as duo-inresidence and professors of piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; www.cedarhurst.org. The Bottle Rockets: And The Swamp Tigers, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; $20/$25; www.southern ticketsonline.com.
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‘Immortals’ is no ‘300’ Immortals *
work of Frank Miller, Rated R for sequences of and Singh’s past movies, such as the magnificent strong, bloody violence “The Fall,” had strong and a scene of sexuality; stories. This script has all starring Henry Cavill, the depth of a manhole Mickey Rourke, Luke cover. Theseus (Henry Cavill) Evans, Isabel Lucas and must rally the troops to Kellen Lutz; directed by stop the evil King Tarsem Singh; opening Hyperion (Mickey Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Rourke) from wiping out Carbondale and AMC most of Greece (not Centre 8 in Marion unlike that country’s current financial woes) BY RICK BENTLEY with help from a handful MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS of gods: Zeus (Luke Evans), Athena (Isabel We will never know Lucas) and Poseidon what it’s like to live (Kellan Lutz). There are forever, but we can at some plot elements about least get a taste of what a magic bow and arrow eternity feels like with and a group of oracles “Immortals.” The last who look like Justin time something this big Bieber backup dancers, and bloated moved this but this is a one-note slowly there was during story that never resonates the Ice Age. either on a personal or It’s surprising the movie heroic level. is so bad. It comes from There might have been Mark Canton and Gianni some leeway given the Nunnari, producers of the weak plot if the casting, spirited “300,” and was direction and costuming directed by the visionary weren’t so ludicrous. Tarsem Singh. Rourke, who looks more The difference is that like a homeless man than both “300,” based on the a menacing king, and
Stephen Dorff bring too much of a contemporary feel to the roles to make them believable as ancient characters. Cavill has the brawn to pull off the near-naked fight scenes where he swings a sword like a ceiling fan. The problem is when he has to deliver the hackneyed dialogue. There’s a scene where he tries to rally a handful of soldiers that has elements of almost every “give’em-hell” speech ever written. All he needed to do was declare the soldiers were a band of brothers and it would have been a total rehash. Singh showed a knack for visual brilliance with “The Cell” and “The Fall.” This film slops over from brilliance to silliness, especially in the Mount Olympus scenes where the gods prance around with contraptions on their heads that look like TV antennas. It all adds up to a bland, boring film for which the end is welcomed.
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MOVIES New on DVD Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II: Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Directed by David Yates. Rated PG-13. Atlas Shrugged, Part I: A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Starring Edi Gathegi and Taylor Schilling. Directed by Paul Johansson. Rated PG-13. The Change-Up: A comedy in which a married father accidentally switches bodies with his best friend, leading to a series of wildly complex difficulties. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde. Directed by David Dobkin. Rated R. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure: A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas. Starring John Cleese, Tom Arnold, Robert Picardo, Curtis Armstrong and Munro Chambers. Directed by John Putch. Rated PG. 13: A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men. Starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), Ray Winstone and Sam Riley. Directed by Gela Babluani. Rated R. — Adam Testa
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Sandler swings, misses twice in ‘Jack and Jill’ Jack and Jill * Rated PG for mild vulgar language, comic violence and crude humor; starring Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes and Eugenio Derbez; directed by Dennis Dugan; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY RENE RODRIGUEZ MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS
Among the famous people who make cameo appearances in the new Adam Sandler comedy “Jack and Jill”: Johnny Depp, John McEnroe, David Spade, Shaquille O’Neal, Drew Carrey, Christie Brinkley, Michael Irvin, Regis Philbin, Dana Carvey and even Jared Fogle, the guy from the Subway sandwich commercials. Total number of laughs all this amassed star power generates: One. The bit with Depp, who has an amusing exchange with Al Pacino, made me chuckle. Yes, Pacino is also in “Jack and Jill” playing himself. This is not a cameo but a real supporting role. And unlike Robert DeNiro, who often sleepwalks through his forthe-paycheck jobs, Pacino gives the movie his all. Method is Method, whether you’re working with David Mamet or Dennis Dugan. Dugan is a TV and film (mostly TV) actor who has directed many of Sandler’s pictures, from “Happy Gilmore” to “Big Daddy” to “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” Why isn’t Dugan betterknown, considering his track record of box office hits? First, because he’s terrible at his job (this movie looks so cheap and crummy that when Sandler attends an L.A. Lakers basketball game, all you can notice is the actor standing in front of a green screen, the athletes behind him pasted in by computer.) But Dugan isn’t bad enough for anyone to remember. And he is practically invisible as a director anyway. He’s a yes-man who is
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Adam Sandler stars in ‘Jack and Jill,’ which opens Friday in Carbondale and Marion.
good at doing what he’s told — the epitome of a hack. “Jack and Jill” contains long stretches of squirm-inducing tedium in which Sandler riffs and ad-libs far longer than he should, as if he thought that wearing a dress would immediately turn anything he did into comedy gold. Why didn’t anyone on the set (or even the editing room) tell him how irritating he was? Playing Jack Sadelstein, an L.A. ad exec dreading the annual holiday visit of his twin sister Jill (also Sandler), the actor is obviously having fun. But the party doesn’t include the audience. The film radiates a smirking, self-satisfied vibe, and Sandler goes so far over-the-top as Jill — a whiny, needy New Yorker who has never used a computer, has never eaten Mexican food and, apparently, has never gone out on a single date — that I was gritting
my teeth 15 minutes in. Suddenly, sitting through “The Human Centipede” again doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Sandler is a capable actor: He’s done good, sometimes surprising work when he’s paired with a strong director (Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” Mike Binder’s “Reign Over Me,” James L. Brooks’ “Spanglish”). But left to his own devices, Sandler reverts to his worst, laziest habits. He forgets that what might have been tolerable in a three-minute “Saturday Night Live” skit becomes excruciating when stretched to feature-film length. And this is one of Sandler’s PG-rated, kiddiefriendly films, so instead of any edgy humor, you get fart jokes, pratfalls and more fart jokes (I counted four, but there could be more.)
I might not have been able to make it all the way through “Jack and Jill” if it weren’t for Pacino — not because he’s funny but because his performance is fascinating. This is arguably Pacino’s first big sell-out, but he earns every single dollar. He plays himself as an arrogant, show-off manipulator who pitches a fit onstage when someone’s cell phone goes off during a performance on Broadway; talks to his service staff in gibberish to make people think he can speak foreign languages; and relentlessly pursues Jill as a way of getting into character for an upcoming gig as Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha.” Pacino doesn’t hold back, whether he’s prancing around to I’m a Believer or pillaging famous lines from his most revered characters for laughs (he breaks out “The Godfather” and “Scarface,” too.)