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CONTACT US Call toll-free: 800-228-0429 Cara Recine, Lifestyles and special projects editor / ext. 5075 Adam Testa, Lifestyles writer / ext. 5031 Brenda Kirkpatrick, lists, live music / ext. 5089 Rhonda Ethridge, cover designer / ext. 5118 The Southern Illinoisan (USPS 258-908) is published daily at a yearly subscription rate of $178. It is published at 710 N. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901. It is owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa.

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How to celebrate Thanksgiving, Italian-style too — with technology such as Skype and Gmail ROME calling, most of the ADVENTURES phone time it doesn’t even seem as though I’m an ocean Lacie Goff away. It seems more like an average semester when I’m in California and my hanksgiving is an mom and stepdad are back awesome holiday. It is in Southern Illinois. a time for giving Yet on Thanksgiving, thanks for all we have, for when I was talking to my what and whom we love mom and stepdad, all of most and to celebrate the the wonderfulness of company of family and family and home came friends. There has always flooding back. It was been a certain feeling probably the hardest day about Thanksgiving that is of being away yet. so comforting and Thanksgiving in Italy wonderful. definitely is not like it is in Just as I’m sure many of the States. However, our you have turkey-day study abroad program traditions, my mom and I organized a Thanksgiving have a tradition of going to dinner with all of us the movies every year, as it students, as well as the used to be just the two of teachers and Richmond faculty, at a very posh us after my father left us restaurant near Vatican when I was 10. I have so City. The food was many fond memories of delicious and the Thanksgivings together atmosphere splendid. and this one was my first We had a turkey dinner major holiday away from with an Italian twist, my family. consisting of cranberry For me, I got homesick sauce and bread as right when we first got to Europe and were adjusting appetizers, followed by a manicotti pasta dish and to all the newness; fried vegetables, a pasta however, I’ve been pretty dish that was out of this all right with things, just world, turkey and mashed enjoying the life here. It’s potatoes and finally an interesting sensation




The hosts of the program organized a Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey for the American guests.

chocolate cake with thick whipped cream. Of course, we mustn’t forget that we also got both still and sparkling water, as well as both red and white wine. We ate like royalty and the restaurant was superb. The fellowship, however, was better than anything. I am sure I was not the only one feeling the homesickness more than usual. Yet, being in the company of our friends, teachers and staff, somehow it felt like our Roman family. We chatted with teachers and laughed with

Though Italy doesn’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, the way to say ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ is ‘Buon giorno del ringraziamento!’ Italy’s time zone is seven hours ahead of Southern Illinois. Thus, depending on the bedtime, oftentimes when Illinoisans go to sleep, Italians are getting ready to start their day.

friends, and it was a wonderful evening filled with anything but loneliness. Everyone was dressed up in nice holiday attire and we even took class photos with our teachers. I cannot thank my program enough for putting that dinner on. Talking with my mom and stepdad on Thanksgiving, I felt as if I was home. I felt the ambiance, the crispness of the afternoon, the coziness of a warm sweater and the taste of pumpkin pie. SEE GOFF / PAGE 10

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MOVIES ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ 7:30 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, Dec. 7-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children and can be purchased by calling 618-453-6000 or at www.southerntickets







SIU gets Merry and Bright Theater department presents ‘White Christmas’


outhern Illinoisans who have been dreaming of a white Christmas will have their dreams come true next week. No, this isn’t a message from the weatherman, but rather a winter welcome from the theater department at SIU Carbondale. Students unite to present “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” from Dec. 7-11 at McLeod Theater. “It’s our holiday greeting to the Carbondale community,” said director Tom Kidd. “It’s a play based on a movie based on the bestselling Christmas song of all time.” The show isn’t only popular, it’s elaborate, requiring 26 cast members, more than 200 costumes and special effects-generated snow. And the complexities aren’t limited to the props and stage, either. The cast had to master several song-and-dance numbers, as well as the challenges of many quick costume changes. Kidd called this show the biggest production SIUC has done in several years and joins together the fine arts and music programs. “It’s the big, old-school Golden Age piece of American theater,” he said. “It’s what an Americana Christmas should be. You’ll walk away feeling good.” This year has been a




Historic city hosts celebration STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. — The historic city of Ste. Genevieve will host its 27th annual Holiday Christmas Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. The festivities begin with a grand parade featuring local dignitaries, the French Marines and other local militia, bands, musicians, beauty queens, French carolers, floats, Shriners, classic cars, horses, Santa and more. Event highlights include free performances by local and regional music acts,

including prodigy students from SIU Carbondale, Lindenwood University and Southeast Missouri State University, covering more than 500 years of multidimensional music heritage. There will also be a tree lighting, an art show and sale and many of the town’s historic sites will be offering their own festivities. Events run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. — Adam Testa



Tim Wessel (from left), Angie Fisher, Katelyn Ratliff and Josh Kimball star in ‘White Christmas,’ which runs Dec. 7 to 11 at SIU’s McLeod Theater.

JOIN US FOR “SUNSET FRIDAYS” - THE SUN NEVER SETS BEFORE 7PM rough one for many people, with the ongoing economic crisis and other situations plaguing daily life. This play offers a two-hour escape from reality and allows the audience to step back in time to the 1950s. “White Christmas” tells the story of two Army buddies, now successful performers, who team up to save the inn of their former commanding general and find the loves of their lives along the way. The production features 16 of Berlin’s most popular songs, including “Blue Skies,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “I Love a Piano” and, of course, the title song. The cast includes some of the area’s brightest young stars. Josh Kimball and Tim Wessell star as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, the roles played in the film by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Katelyn Ratliff and Angie Fisher play the Haynes sisters, Betty and

Judy, the roles played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in the film. This is the biggest production Fisher has been involved with, which has made the past seven weeks of rehearsal a thrill. “It’s been a marathon, but it’s an exciting one to do,” she said. “It’s the per-

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Southern Illinois Dance Company: Fall performance, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Furr Auditorium, Pulliam Hall, Books & Authors SIU; 224-213-4068; Book Signing: 5-7:30 p.m. Karaoke: 8 p.m. Friday, Thursday, Dec. 1, Marion Dec. 2, American Legion Post Carnegie Library; authors from several genres, including 147, Marion. Karaoke, bbq sandwiches and chips for $3. romance, mystery and local Latin dance: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. history; 618-993-5935. Saturday, Dec. 3, Carbondale Treasure in the Shawnee Elks Club; jazz band; cocktail Hills: By author C.C. Willis, attire; $10; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Open house: Noon Book Worm Bookstore in Saturday, Dec. 3, Lincoln Carbondale; also book signing, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin 11, Harrisburg Public Library. Road, Cobden. Pampered Chef, free massage and other Book Sale: MondayWednesday, Dec. 12-14, Herrin vendors will show holiday wares. Free refreshments. Library, 120 N. 13th St.; new and used books, paperbacks, 618-833-3783. cookbooks, records, tapes, movies, lots of books on tape, Film children’s books; $1/box ‘Final Destination 5’: bargain books; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Monday and Tuesday and Dec. 1-3 and 9:30 p.m. Friday10 a,m.-7 p.m. Wednesday; Saturday, Dec. 2, 3, Student donations also accepted; Center Auditorium, SIU; 618- 942-6109. horror thriller; rated R; $2/$3; 618-536-3393; Comedy Comedy Night w/Kenny Smith & AJ Finney: 8 p.m. Holiday Events Wednesday, Dec. 7, Copper Holiday Lights Fair: Dragon, 700 E. Grand Ave., Through Dec. 30, Du Quoin Carbondale; doors open, State Fairgrounds; drive7 p.m.; $10; 19 and older; through tree display, Santa; 618-549-3348 $8; 618-542-8338. The Carbondale Way of Lights Christmas Comedians: Stand-up Display: 5 p.m. nightly comedy, 9-11 p.m. Wednesthrough Jan. 1, Our Lady of day, Station #13, 2400 W. the Snows, Belleville; camel Main St., Carbondale; and pony rides, petting zoo, attached to the old Royal rides on horse-drawn Plaza Inn; 618-529-2424. carriages, laser show; 314-241-3400, ext. 6293 Events Hometown Christmas Festival of Trees: Gen. John Friends of Sallie Logan A. Logan Museum, 1613 Edith Public Library Silent Auction: Now through 6 p.m. St., Murphysboro; bidding until Dec. 11; proceeds to Dec. 5, library, 1808 Walnut charity; mileurorchard@ St., Murphysboro; final bidding and refreshments, Holiday Dinners: Swedish 5 p.m. Monday, Dec 5; gift Christmas dinners, 7 p.m. baskets, gift certificates, Dec. 1, Dec. 7, 15 and 22, dolls, dishes, quilted wall Hedman Vineyards, 560 hanging, handcrafted Chestnut Street, Alto Pass; Cherokee Bluebird necklace set, woven basket and kitchen reservations required for dinner; 618-893-4923. stools; 618-684-3271.

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THINGS TO DO Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m.4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, DuBois Building, 117 S. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden; holiday-related items and gifts for sale including pre-lit trees, ornaments; 618-8932567; 618-893-2865. Marion Holiday Train: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 514 N. Market St., Marion; $15/$12.50; www.marion Cairo Holiday House Tours: Through Sunday, Dec. 4. Magnolia Manor, Cairo; tours, 1-4 p.m. daily; also, Holiday House luncheons through Dec. 2; reservations required for the luncheons; 618-734-0201. 33rd Annual Holiday Craft Sale: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3, SIU Student Center, Carbondale; features crafts from 90 regional artisans; Coulterville Holiday Light Display: Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, Coulterville City Park; www. coultervilleholidaylightdisplay .com. Fantasy of Lights: Dusk-11 p.m. Dec. 1-31, Foundation Park, 1616 E. McCord, Centralia; drivethrough lighted Christmas display; Santa visits on Friday and Saturday nights; free; 618-532-3214 Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Veterans Park, Mount Vernon; holiday items for sale; 618-242-6890. Christmas On The River: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4 p.m., downtown Chester; tree lighting, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; parade, 7 p.m. Dec. 2; Christmas dinner, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 618-8265465; christmasontheriver Candy Cane Lane: 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Dec. 2-31, downtown West Frankfort; Christmas lights and displays begin at Main Street past the high school.

MOVIES Christmas in the Village Celebration: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, downtown Cobden. carolers, 5K, visits with Santa and more. Country Christmas Stroll, House Tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 11 a.m.4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Okawville.; craft fair, Festival of Trees, flea market, house tours, gingerbread house display contest, petting zoo, museums; 618-243-5694 Christmas Home Tour: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Pinckneyville City Hall; $10; 618-357-3243. Santa at Valentes Terrace: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Valentes Terrace, 103 West Franklin Ave. Sesser. Santa will be available for photos. Christmas parade: Floats, bands and Santa, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Washington Park, Metropolis; 800-9495740 Harrisburg Home For The Holidays: Christmas House Tours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; Blessing of the County, 6 p.m., Dec. 3; tree lighting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6; Christmas Lights Parade, 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8; 618-252-1937. Cedarhurst Family Days: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; make holiday ornaments; for all ages; 618-242-1236 or visit Downtown Christmas Parade: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Mount Vernon; 618-2372387 or 618-242-3151. 21st Annual Lights Fantastic Parade: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Carbondale;; 618-529-8040. Craft And Wine Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Williamson County Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion; crafts, baskets, stained glass, handmade jewelry, quilts, candles; taste and buy wine from local wineries; admission, $1; children 6 and younger free; 618-993-2657.



Benton Holiday Homes Tour: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Benton; hosted by the Franklin Hospital Auxiliary; homes of Joyce Fogleman, John and Sharon Clements, Charles and Joy Cash and Ron and Debbie Hampleman, as well as Fifth Season Assisted Living Facility and First United Methodist Church of Benton; $10; 618-435-2470 or 618-438-5201. Alternative Gift Fair: 3-6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane Carbondale; A German Christmas: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 101 S. 7th St., Mount Vernon; Ulrike Ohlwein shares Christmas customs and stories of her home country, Germany. 618-242-6322. Chocolate Festival: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Elks Lodge, 1107 Jordan St., Mount Vernon; taste samples of contest entries; treats will be available for purchase; entry fee, $5; 618-246-0033. Holiday Open House: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Office, Shawnee College Road, Ullin; 618-634-2231. Nativity: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, United Methodist Children’s Home, 2023 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; free; 618-242-1070 ext. 234. Hometown Christmas: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Murphysboro; silent auction, home tour, exhibits at Hughes Gallery, Santa’s Favorite Cookie contest to benefit Murphysboro Food Pantry; 618-687-3663. Powerhouse Athletics Christmas Bazaar: 10 a.m.9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Times Square Mall, Mount Vernon; bows, tutus, candles, scrapbooking, spices, jewelry, purses, pottery and makeup; entertainment for children; 618-237-1663 or



Olde Tyme Christmas: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis; re-enactors showcase Christmas traditions of French Colonial, American Revolutionary, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812 and Civil War periods; 618-524-9321. Christmas in the Park: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, Veterans Park, Mount Vernon; drive through park decorated with thousands of traditional and religious themes and live scenes; 618-242-6890.

Scrooge: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Historic Liberty Theater, downtown Murphysboro. Showing of 1970 movie “Scrooge” featuring an allstar cast. Admission is a requested donation. 618-684-5880. A Christmas Story: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec 2-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $12-$8; presented by the Paradise Alley Players; 618-997-4030 or White Christmas: By SIU Department of Theater, Theater 7:30 p.m. WednesdayDinner Theatre: “Starting Saturday, Dec. 7-10 and 2 p.m. Here, Starting Now,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, McLeod Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 and Theater, Communications 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Rend Building, SIU; $25/$10; Lake College Theatre, Ina; 618-437-5321; Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol: 7:30 p.m. FridayHoliday Shows Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 16-17 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11, 18, Kingdom of Chelsea: The Varsity Center for the Madrigal dinner, 6:30 p.m. Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Shawnee Community College, Carbondale; dark comedy is true to the original but has a Ullin; performance and twist; Jackson County Stage dinner; $25; tickets must be Co.’s holiday show; $15/$10; purchased in advance; 618-634-3250.

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Rend Lake College presents ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ this weekend in Ina.

COBDEN — The third annual Christmas in the Village festival Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature family activities all day. Events include a 5K walk/run, bazaars, wagon rides and a visit from Santa. Carolers will stroll through the village, and businesses will celebrate with activities including wreath makings, fused glass classes and free massages. Two new events this year include the Circle of

Love, which features animals available for adoption from Union County Animal Control, and knockout basketball. At the Circle of Love, people can also buy gift certificates for microchip implants for shelter pets. The day ends with bell ringing and a procession led by Santa to the village park for a tree lighting. For a full schedule, visit or call 618-893-2425. — Adam Testa


Glen Heisner and his horse, Pine, treat visitors to a carriage ride at Christmas in the Village last year.

Rend Lake College dinner theater goes classic Paradise Alley Players present ‘A Christmas Story’ INA — Rend Lake College will present this year’s dinner theater production, the musical “Starting Here, Starting Now,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. This year’s event, directed by Sara Alstat, trades the lore and crowns of past madrigal dinners

for top hats and a story of love and relationships. “(Richard) Maltby and (David) Shire have created a show that is entertaining for all audience members,” Alstat said. “The absolutely gorgeous melodic lines and witty, endearing lyrics — combined with lots of crowd interaction — create a musical

experience that will not be forgotten.” The production features student actors and musicians from Rend Lake College. Tickets are $25 each and include a meal from Seasoning Bistro. They can be purchased by calling 618-437-5321 ext. 1467. — Adam Testa

MARION — Red Rider BB guns, leg lamps and frozen lampposts are coming to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center just in time for the holiday season. The Paradise Alley Players will present the stage adaptation of the classic movie “A Christmas Story.” The

show run at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets on Friday and Saturday are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, and Sunday matinee tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. They can be purchased by calling

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Wineries Bare Bones: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery Elliott Ranney: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Blue Sky Vineyard Marty Davis: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Rustle Hill Winery Ivas John Blues Band: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Von Jakob Orchard Dirtwater Fox: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, The Bluffs

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TONIGHT BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Greensky Bluegrass/ Chicago Farmer, 10 p.m. Tres Hombres: The Werks, 10 p.m. WHITE ASH Scarlett’s Music Barn: Country Music Band, 7-10 p.m.

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FRIDAY CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Pepperland, Beatles Revue, 10 p.m. Pinch Penny/ Copper Dragon: Hairbangers Ball Tres Hombres: SIU Dub Club, 10 p.m. INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Country Ram Rods, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Old Country Store Dance Barn: Jeanita Spillman & The Sentimental Swing Band, 7-10 p.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Liberty Road Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

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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 Colyer’s: Righteous Rebel Band, 7-11 p.m. WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Eric Martinez, 10 p.m.

CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Black Fortys/The Jewels, 10 p.m. Pinch Penny/Copper Dragon: Wedding Banned; Ugly Sweater Contest Tres Hombres: Spread, 10 p.m. JOHNSTON CITY Maddie’s Pub and Grub, Sacrifice the Gods with Spirit of Chaos MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Marion American Legion: Righteous Rebels. Marion Eagles: Big Country, 7-11 p.m. Marion VFW: Dave Caputo, 7-11 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Country Sounds, 7-10 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 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 Maddie’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 Stan’s Place: Shawneetown 618-2693083 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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Herrin native Murphy keeps up prolific songwriting career in the Lone Star state, it has its own chart. Acts that are unknown on the national level often thrive Vince Hoffard in Texas. Fowler struggles on the Billboard chart, but he has sold out the Houston Astrodome. That’s only been part of avid Lee Murphy is Murphy’s hot streak in the the biggest country past four months. music star Southern He has also penned a Illinois has ever produced, and he has proven it again song on the most recent albums by Ronnie Dunn in 2011. and Trace Adkins, inked The Herrin native, one two tunes on the new of the most productive Rodney Atkins record, has songwriters in the three songs on the industry, is finishing the “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” year with a flourish. He album released Aug. 30 by inked the Kevin Fowler Jake Owen and teamed single “Hell Yeah, I Like Beer.” The tune has topped with Shane Minor to cothe Texas music charts the write three tunes on Fowler’s new LP, including past three weeks. title track “Chippin’ Away.” Country music is so big



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To bookend this incredible body of work, Murphy watched a couple of tunes he composed last year dominate the charts in 2011. He virtually launched the career of Thompson Square with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” and followed that immediately with “Live A Little” for Kenny Chesney. The 52-year-old SIU Carbondale graduate said viewing the songwriting process is as thrilling as watching paint dry. “If you are going to watch us work, you better bring a sleeping bag, because it gets pretty boring,” Murphy said. There was more action involved when Murphy teamed with Minor, a

former Los Angeles police officer, professional bull rider and opening act for Shania Twain, to write the Chesney tune. “We were sitting there trying to come up with an idea, and Shane said, ‘Live a little, love a lot.’ I said, ‘Wow man, that really sounds good!’ So we just started playing off that and started jamming on it on the guitar,” he said. “I remember we wrote the chorus in the morning, and then we went to Sonic out in Franklin and had lunch. We took the backroads home to my old farmhouse, and we couldn’t quit singing the chorus. It was the end of summer. We had all the windows rolled down. We

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were just having fun and taking some time. It’s the kind of upbeat song I like. It took us two or three days to finish it. The song is about forgetting about everything else and just focusing on having a good time. Just step back and smell the roses.” After the duo completed the song, they stared at each other, knowing the magical piece was a perfect fit for a specific country music superstar. “We were sitting there going, ‘Kenny (Chesney) could kill this,’” Murphy said. “It just so happened right after we cut a demo track, my manager (Doug Casmus) played it for (Kenny’s producer) Buddy Cannon. Buddy was like,

‘Put this thing on hold right now.’ I just felt if Kenny recorded it, it was going to be great.” Chesney did record the song for his 14th studio album, “Hemingway’s Whiskey.” After graduating from SIU, Murphy moved to Music City. One of his only pieces of furniture fell from the vehicle, becoming a pile of splinters, as he entered the city — a sure sign of hardships to come. The early years in Nashville were lean. In his tiny apartment, he didn’t even keep the fridge plugged in, because it only contained catsup. SEE HOFFARD / PAGE 9





HOFFARD: Murphy keeps up prolific songwriting career FROM PAGE 8 His first sniff of success came in 1985, when Reba McEntire recorded his song “Red Roses Won’t Work Now.” It was five years before he had another cut, this time with “High Weeds and Rust” for Doug Stone. When an associate landed a high-profile job at MCA Records, he gave Murphy a record deal. Murphy used his polished songwriting skills to create hits like “Party Crowd,” “Everytime I Get Around You,” “The Road You Leave Behind” and chart-topping tune “Dust On The Bottle.” When his friend left

MCA, Murphy’s four-year run with the company was over. But he discovered he preferred picking up royalty checks over riding in a cramped-up tour bus for weeks at a time. It allowed him to stay at home on his farm and raise his three boys. There is virtually no chance he will join the Country Music Hall of Fame as an artist. However, he is well on his way to getting there as a songwriter. Judging from the way he ended this year, there are many more hits lurking on the horizon. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or






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CARBONDALE — Renowned DJ Forest Green will be at Tres Hombres this weekend, as the guest of the local Dub Club. Green spins techno, electro, house, rave and many other styles of electronic beats during her performances. An avid music collector for more than 26 years, she’s been DJing since 1996. Fifteen years after starting her journey in San Francisco, Green continues to explore the art of music. She was also a featured DJ in the indie film “Groove,” which was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. Green will be taking the stage at 7 p.m. Friday,

Winter Bluegrass Show: Presented by National Open Fiddle Champion George Portz, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 3, Mascoutah American Legion, Illinois 177; $7/$3.50; 618-632-1384; Sunday Music Concert Series: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec 4, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden; featuring The Free Range Chicks, Modgrass with Dakota Cummins and The Ole Fishskins; $6; food available; 618-833-5807. SIU Guitar Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Old Baptist Auditorium, Carbondale. SIU Guitar Ensemble featuring Joseph Breznikar. Program will include works by Bizet, Vivaldi, Sor and Telemann. Tix: $7 general; $4 students.

Panther Creek Duo: Mike Porter and Marsha Banning, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Boot City Opry, 11800 S. Highway 41, Terre Haute; www.boot, 812-299-8379.

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Festival of Trees at Logan Museum

Silent Auction through Dec. 11th

Hughes Gallery Art Exhibit

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Murphysboro Home Tour

Tickets $10, available at the Sheley House 1603 Edith St.

Santa’s Favorite Cookie Contest

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DJ Forest Green will be at Tres Hombres this weekend.

Dec. 2. Tickets for the show are $6 and can be purchased at the door. The Dub Club is a registered student organization at SIU dedicated to bringing electronic music to Southern Illinois. The organization has been promoting shows in Carbondale for the past year and its looks forward to doing so in 2012. — Adam Testa

Holiday Concerts Holiday show: Southern Illinois Flute Choir, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., Carbondale; free. A Country Christmas Show: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $17-$7.50; 270-527-3869; Twelve Days of Christmas: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Friday, Dec. 16, Aiken Theatre at The Centre, 715 Locust St., Evansville; $44.50-$79.50; or 800-745-3000 or

The Stage Company in association with WSIU-FM and The Southern Illinoisan, presents:

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol By: Tom Mula Directed by: Mary Boyle

“A dark comedy that is not your classic Dickens!” Friday & Saturday, Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 - 7:30p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 18 - 2:00p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Dec. 2nd – 4th

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Senior Citizens Community Center Sat. Dec 10th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Children’s Fun at the Liberty Theater Madrigal singers and holiday movie Sat. Dec. 10th

Tickets: $15 adults / $10 students Box office hours: Mon-Sat 5-7p.m. and 1 hour prior to performances. Box office opens December 2nd.

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Pokey LaFarge returns to Hangar CARBONDALE — St. Louis roots band Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will return to Carbondale next week. The band released its newest album, “Middle of Everywhere,” this summer through Jack White’s Third Man Records. The group spent the summer and fall touring the United States and abroad to promote the new album. LaFarge is a traditional American music purist,

dabbling in everything from jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. His band is able to blend all these styles together into something fresh. The band will take the stage at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Hangar 9, 511 S. Illinois Ave. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Pokey LaFarge will be joined by The Dirt Daubers for the show. — Adam Testa

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SIU orchestra, wind ensemble, GOFF: How to celebrate flute choir to present concerts Thanksgiving, Italian-style CARBONDALE — The School of Music at SIU Carbondale presents a pair of concerts at community venues this week. The SIU Civic Orchestra and the Chamber Wind Ensemble join forces for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church, 310 S. University Avenue in Carbondale. The SIU Civic Orchestra includes community members as well as college students. Members are from Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties and range from adults to middle schoolaged musicians. The ensemble is under the direction of Eric Lenz and Jennifer Presar of the School of Music. The Chamber Wind Ensemble, directed by SIU’s Christopher Morehouse, is a smaller version of the larger SIU Wind Ensemble.

The program includes selections from Beethoven and Dvorak, among other music. Tickets are $12; student tickets are $6. The Southern Illinois Flute Choir, directed by Douglas Worthen of SIU and assisted by senior music student Izabel Zambrzycki, presents a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St. in Carbondale. The choir includes alto, bass and C flutes as well as the higher-toned piccolos. The ensemble is part of the community outreach of the School of Music and includes many community members eager to present free performances. This holiday-themed concert includes “Views from Falls House,” written by composer Gary Schocker, a recent guest at SIU Carbondale. — University Communications


when I’m home. This Thanksgiving, as I saw my friends every Thanksgiving, I am posting statuses about thankful for my fantastic watching the Macy’s mom, who has done and Thanksgiving Day parade, sacrificed so much for me and it made me and for my wonderful remember all the other stepdad, both of whom I Macy’s parades I’ve love so dearly. I am also watched with my mom. so thankful for my One thing about being wonderful boyfriend of abroad and just being one year now. I have been away in general makes truly blessed and feel so you appreciate home even fortunate to call them all more than before. While I my family. am also going to be away Buon fine settimana! for both Christmas and New Year’s this year, I LACIE GOFF is the will be with my fantastic daughter of Janice boyfriend and his family Gualdoni and the in Norway, which is going granddaughter of Louie to be such an exciting and Beauella Gualdoni, adventure. all of Herrin. Lacie is a Then, after the whirljunior at California wind of European travel is Lutheran University in Los over, I am so excited to go Angeles, majoring in home and see my mom, communication and stepdad and two dogs. journalism. She is They’re even holding spending this semester in Christmas so we can have Rome, studying Italian, “second Christmas” history and art history.





Combined Faculty: University Museum, SIU; Holiday Extravaganza: hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Begins Thursday, Dec. 1, Little Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Saturday; through Dec. 10; Square, Marion; artwork, or photographs, jewelry, 618-453-5388. Christmas décor and gift Master of Fine Arts’ ideas; through Jan. 15; Candidates’ Preview Exhibit: 618-998-8530 or University Museum, SIU; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday Southern Clay Works and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; Holiday Pottery Sale: through Dec. 10; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. or 1, Ceramics Studio, Pulliam 618-453-5388. Industrial Wing, SIU; 618-963Shin Cheolkyun: Lit Up 3076; www.artanddesign. with the Glow of Black Ink, University Museum, SIU; Shin Southern Glass Works is a visiting artist from Korea; Holiday Sale: 4-8 p.m. he teaches in the College of Thursday, Dec. 1, Glass Art and Culture at Korea’s House, 1002 W. Whitney St., Kangwon National University; Carbondale; 618-453-4315; traditional painter whose work often focuses upon Art Over Easy: Art Auction nature, particularly & Gala, 7-9:30 p.m., Friday, mountains of his homeland; Dec. 2, Surplus Gallery at the through Dec. 10; Glove Factory, Carbondale; or live music; 618-453-4315 or 618-453-5388. visit www.artanddesign. Members’ Show: Featuring Artist of the Month, Nancy BLING: Holiday Jewelry Loving, Yeiser Art Center, Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Paducah; fine art and crafts; Dec. 3, Little Egypt Art Centre, through Dec. 17; 270-442601 Tower Square, Marion; 2453 or 618-998-8530 or LEAFS: Quilters’ Christmas Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Little Egypt Art Centre, 601 Tower Square, Marion; 618-998-8530 or

Art Events


Off the Wall Exhibition: Yellow Moon Café and Anthill Gallery and Vintage Curiosities, Front Street, Cobden; more than 60 local artists; through Dec. 23; 618-457-7641; anthill and Maturity and Its Muse: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; artists 70 and older; Mitchell Museum Main Gallery; through Dec. 31; The History of Jefferson County: Jefferson County Historical Society and Village, Mitchell Museum’s Beal Grand Corridor Gallery, Cedarhurst, Mount Vernon; through Dec. 31; Marching to Appomattox: Beck Family Center Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; paintings by Ken Stark; through Dec. 31; Shrode Photography Competition Exhibit: Shrode Art Center Regenhardt Gallery, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; through Dec. 31;



Transformation: Paintings by Linda Hostalek, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, offices of Realty Central, Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; through Dec. 31. Dr. Leo Gadzepko and Jessica Edmond: Fern Fair Gallery, 8609 Giant City Road, Carbondale; through end of December; 618-529-3376; Red Rock Landscapes: Tribeca Gallery, Paducah; photographer Larry Heavrin; through Jan. 11; 270-8986056 or Creative Visions: Ceramic artist Greg Gibbs, woodworker Joe Landon, sculptor Darren Miller, glass artist Michelle Rial, painter Nina Weiss and jewelry artist Sandra Wilcoxon, Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, Whittington; free; through March 15; 618-629-2220.


The Legacy of Katherine Kuh: University Museum, SIU; Katherine Kuh, Chicago art connoisseur, art critic for Saturday Review and gallery owner purchased art for SIU including some major artists of the 20th century; through May 11; or 618-453-5388. From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln’s Illinois 1830-1861: Illinois State Museum at Rend Lake presents Part II of an exhibition exploring aspects of the state that Lincoln called home, The Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, Whittington; through May 13; 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; 618-893-9463 or

THEATER Jo Loomis: Williamson County Pavilion, Marion; paintings of landscapes, seascapes, people, pets; 618-889-5330 or

Receptions For Kids’ Sake Art Auction: Silent auction and sale help children in Bangladesh. Art on display now through Dec. 9 in Carbondale at Longbranch Coffeehouse, Arthur Agency, Global Gourmet, Hair Brains, Harbaugh’s Café, Thai Taste, Town Square Market, Tres Hombres, Dayemi Health Center, Holistic Wellness Institute and White & Borgognoni; art by local and Bangladeshi children as well as professional artists; closing receptions, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 618- 529-5044;;



Call For Art Land Between The Lakes Photo Competition: photographs must have been taken in or near Land Between The Lakes; deadline, Dec. 1;



Did you know that a boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake that is now available in Carbondale!

Come try one at Kelly’s Irish Boxty House!

Exhibits Sunshine Artists Exhibition 2011: Artists from the Ava area exhibiting work at Sallie Logan Public Library, 1808 Walnut Street, Murphysboro; through Dec. 8; hours, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.






Carstens hosts classes for kids, adults MARION — Children and adults are invited to take classes with a local artist this winter. Missy Carstens of the Little Egypt Arts Centre will host two different classes, one for youth focused on acrylic paints and the other for adults interested in watercolors. The first, created for kids ages 8 and older, runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 27 with no classes on Jan. 16 or Feb. 20. The cost is $40 for six weeks, supplies included. Participants are asked to wear old clothes and to bring a smock. The adult watercolor workshop focuses on the Gerald Brommer collage method of painting landscapes. The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon

Mondays from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6. An optional potluck lunch will follow each session. Cost for the watercolor course is $40 for LEAA members and $55 for nonmembers. A $15 fee will be charged if Carstens provides supplies. Participants can bring their own supplies, including a basic set of watercolor or acrylic paints and brushes, palette, paper towels, water cups and one sheet of 300-pound watercolor paper. Fees can be paid on the first day of class or in advance at the arts center, 601 Tower Square Plaza. For information, contact Carstens at 618-997-0421 or allencarstens@ Registration is open through Jan. 5. — Adam Testa

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Holiday Craft Sale returns to Student Center CARBONDALE — Those looking for some post-Thanksgiving shopping opportunities won’t want to miss the 33rd annual Holiday Craft Sale at SIU Carbondale. The popular arts and crafts sale, which is free and open to the public, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday,

Dec. 1-2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Student Center. Booths are set up in the Art Gallery on the first floor and International Lounge on the second floor. The sale features the work of about 90 local crafters, alumni and students, and many items are one-of-a-kind. Sale items will include

rugs, weavings, quilts, photography, soaps, glass art, pottery, iron work, jewelry, woodworking, candles, crocheted and knitted items, calendars, wreaths, toys, Saluki sculptures and more. For more information, call 618-453-3636 or visit siucstudentcenter. com/craftshop. — University Communications

SIU School of Art and Design hosts Art Over Easy 7 CARBONDALE — The School of Art and Design at SIU Carbondale returns with its biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from Art Over Easy 7 will help match two private grants for scholarship and creative research, providing

critical funding needed to further the school’s goals. The event, set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Surplus Gallery at the Glove Factory, will include a live and silent auction featuring artwork produced by faculty, students, alumni and

community members. A $30 ticket includes finger foods, beverages and access to the juried show and sale. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories, including alumni, student, community and faculty. — Adam Testa


Paducah gallery hosts its third holiday art sale PADUCAH — Paducah Area Painters Alliance Gallery will host its third annual Christmas Benefit Art Sale this weekend. The sale, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature a number of pieces for $10. These miniatures are signed and framed originals. Some paintings are by artists whose work usually sells for thousands of dollars. Funds from the sale benefit Paducah Cooperative Ministry, and in the past two years, about $3,500 has been donated. This sale is bigger than in the past, with more than 500 pieces anticipated, but organizers still expect to sell out quickly. The sale will be set up at 124 Broadway St. The PAPA Gallery features the original art of local and regional artists. Shows change seasonally, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is always free. — Adam Testa

Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 3rd 10:00am - 5:00pm Music by the Dorians Noon - 2 Refreshments will be served. Dec. Hours: Thurs - Sat 10-6 2310 Reed Station Road Carbondale 618.457.4020

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