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Frankfort; hours, 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday; Scholastic Book Fair: Drive-through 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 3-6, neighborhood decorated Boys and Girls Club of with Christmas lights and Carbondale, 250 N. holiday scenery Springer St.; book sale in downtown West features books for all ages; Frankfort beginning at tcarpenter@ Main Street past the high bgc-cdale.org or 618-457school. 8877, ext. 3. Coulterville Holiday “Slaves, Salt, Sex & Mr. Light Display: Nightly Crenshaw:” Discussion by through Jan. 1, city park; Southern Illinois historian 350 Christmas figurines, and author Jon Musgrave, animated displays, music; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, North Pole Express Train; Benton Community bonfire and hot chocolate, Building, 226 N. Main St.; 6-8 p.m. every Friday and Gem Club meeting; book on Saturday; free; www. the Old Slave House coulterville.org or 618-758available for purchase; 618- 2813. 942-2387. Stone Soup Picnic: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, Shelter Two, Giant Classes City Park, Makanda; Student Center Craft sponsored by the Shawnee Shop: Variety of crafts and Group Sierra Club; classes offered, SIUC; 618- vegetarian or meat; short 453-3636, www.siuc hikes in the park; bring a studentcenter.org. side dish to share and drinks; potluck lunch, noon; 618-529-4824. Events Whiskey tasting Holiday Lights Fair: fundraiser: 3 p.m. Drive through, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, the through Dec. 30, Du Quoin Underground Grille and State Fairgrounds; lighted Pub, 717 S. University Ave, displays throughout the Carbondale; Southern fairgrounds; holiday tree Illinois Irish Festival display; $8 per vehicle; 618- fundraiser; entertainment 542-8338. and gourmet appetizers; Candy Cane Lane: Now buy tickets through Dec. 31, West now for $35; after Jan. 10,

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MARION — The Little Egypt Arts Association has announced classes, events and shows for early 2011. All events will be at the Little Egypt Arts Centre on the southwest corner of the downtown square in Marion. Regular hours for the center are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The scheduled events are: z 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13: Artistic Lens Photographic Society meeting for beginning and advanced photographers from Southern Illinois. Meetings include training sessions as well as featured speakers. z Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 6: Annual High School Art Competition. Show highlights works from Southern Illinois high student artists. Closing reception and awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. Feb. 6. z Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 8: “Love is in the Air,” a new exhibit by LEAA members. Artwork depicts the many kinds of love. For more information about LEAA or these events, call 618-998-8530.

Auditions: For Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jan. 4, 6 and 8, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; hours, 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 4; 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan 6 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8; roles available for all ages; the show will be March 23-27 in the Marion Cultural and Civic Center; 618 922-1853.

Theater Songs for a New World: 7 p.m. Thursday- Friday, Jan. 20- 21, O’Neil Auditorium, John A. Logan College, Carterville; presented by Dance4Grandma Theatricals; directed by Derek M. Hamblin; $12 ; 618-985-2828 ext. 8287. The Music Man: TonyAward winning musical, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb, 2, Shryock Auditorium, SIUC; includes such musical hits as “Ya Got Trouble (in River City),” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You;” southernticketsonline.com,

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Phillips captures nature’s beauty with photography CARBONDALE — The works of a Southern Illinois photographer with a diverse artistic past will be on display through the end of January. “Sharing Treasures,” an exhibit of photos by Susie Phillips, will be shown at Central Showcase, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, through Jan. 29. A reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Phillips was introduced to art by her mother, a trained classical pianist. In college, she studied design and art history. Later, when her three daughters were in high school, she began working in the floral business, learning how plants and flowers impact human senses. “For more than 20 years, I’ve tried to use a camera to translate nature’s beauty into images that can be valued at leisure,” she said in an artist statement. “After living from the East

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“The area’s water, rocks, greenery and people continue to provide a spark that motivates me to continue the search for ways to share our local treasures with others.” — Adam Testa

Art for Giving: Off The Wall exhibit, Varsity Center for the Arts, Carbondale; jewelry, cards, small sculptures, paintings; artists include Molly Groom Alter, Paulette Aronson, Roberta Elliott, Karen Fiorino, Teresa Fix, Kendall Inman, Dan Johnson, Susie Phillips and Sarah Shoot; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday; through Dec. 30; 618-457-5100. New Year’s Eve art exhibition and celebration: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, hosted by The Paducah Wastelanders, 2 Street, 124 S. Second St., across from the Market House, Paducah; music by jazz singer and visual artist Tracy Badger; refreshments; free; 270442-1985. After Christmas

Fundraiser: Buy Christmas decorations until Jan. 16, Little Egypt Arts Centre, southwest corner of the downtown square, Marion; proceeds will be used to help pay for a new roof on the Arts Centre; hours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 618-9988530.

Exhibits What’s the Buzz on the Playground: Features St. Louis artists, Cedarhurst Center for The Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; curated by St. Louis artist Mary Sprague; through today, Dec. 30; www.cedarhurst.org or 618-242-1236. Holiday Extravaganza exhibit: Little Egypt Arts Centre, downtown square, Marion; original paintings, jewelry, pottery, fine craft and photography; pieces designed for holiday gift giving; through Jan. 10. Focus 4: Shows by Mel

Watkin, Kevin Veara, Judith Raphael and Jacqueline Moses, The Illinois State Museum Southern Illinois Art Gallery, in Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington; through Feb. 27; free; 618-629-2220 or www. museum.state.il.us/ ismsites. 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.

Reception Sharing Treasures: Photos by Susie Phillips, Central Showcase at Realty Central, 1825 Murdale Shopping Center, Carbondale; reception, 46 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday; through Jan. 29; 618-4574663.

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How will you ring in 2011? BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN

or many people, planning the final hours of 2010 will be a major task. Between planning parties, bar crawls or other simple get-togethers and picking the right outfit, selecting the right champagne or mapping out the perfect bar crawl map, New Year’s Eve can become a daunting party-planning affair. For others, however, the night is simply another day, marked only as special by the mental reminder to throw out the old 2010 desk calendar and pop open the new one found under the Christmas tree this year. Regardless one’s preferences, there’s many ways to spend Dec. 31. Here are a few suggestions: z Going out: Plenty of

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Southern Illinois bars will be open for the holiday. With a wide array of bands playing at various venues, there’s surely something for people of all tastes. In Marion, rock band Souls in Camo will be playing a special benefit concert the VFW. Find more information about their show on page 9 and a full list of bar events on Page 10. In addition to bars, a number of other businesses are hosting their own New Year’s entertainment. Venues such as Walker’s Bluff in Carterville, Green Retreat in Carbondale and Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis have special events planned. z Stay in: For those who don’t want to take to the streets, there’s also much fun to be had at home. Pull out the cell phone, text bomb your friends list and invite them over and have a

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get-together — whether small or large remains up to the organizer. Most television networks will broadcast from different cities, and cable channels also plan their own special line-ups. This kind of access allows you to celebrate the dawning of 2011 as it happens in places like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. What’s better than a reason to celebrate the same occasion three times in one night? And if your friends are arguing about which channel to watch, go with the one that’s showing Snooki from “Jersey Shore” being lowered into Time Square in a ball. That’s guaranteed to be as captivating as a train wreck. z Movie night: If partying isn’t your forte, New Year’s Eve offers the perfect occasion for a movie night. Whether you head to the

megaplex for a bigscreen release like last weekend’s “True Grit” and “Gulliver’s Travels” or check out a flick from the video store or Netflix, spending the night with celebrities is never a bad idea. Find a list of this week’s DVD releases on Page 11. And if you absolutely cannot make up your mind, take the safe route and go with 2010’s most underrated movie, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera and Mary

Elizabeth Winstead. z Take to the ice: For the sports fans willing to travel to St. Louis, a face-off between the hometown Blues and Phoenix Coyotes offers an alternative. After kicking things off with the best start in franchise history, the Blues have fallen in the ranks, but with 2011 comes a new year and a renewed effort to climb the ranks en route to a playoff berth in the back end of the season. Whichever form of

enjoyment you choose this New Year’s Eve, just remember to do it with caution. Enjoy the holiday, and we’ll see you again in 2011. adam.testa@thesouthern.com 618-351-5031

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COUNTING DOWN THE HIGHS AND LOWS For some, 2010 was a year full of wonderful beginnings; for others, it was full of humiliating endings. But it was drama all around. Here, from the Los Angeles Times, are the top 10 most memorable moments that happened in the entertainment world this year. The quotes are ours. 10. Katy Perry

9. ‘Spider-Man on Broadway’

7. Lady Gaga

5. “Lost” and “24”

3. Mel Gibson

1. Conan O’Brien

Ms. Perry has had quite a year. The only negative was her infamous “Sesame Street” video, which was pulled before it aired on the children’s show. The reason: Her outfit showed too much cleavage. Aside from this little mishap, Perry had a stellar year. She wed comedian Russell Brand in a lavish wedding in India; her album “Teenage Dream” was nominated for a best-album Grammy, and she rocked the stage at the “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” concert. Perry was all over the place in 2010, and whether the publicity was good or bad, she made her presence known.

It’s the most expensive Broadway production in history ($65 million), yet it has had the most mishaps. “SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark” kept pushing back its opening date because of accidental falls by stunt devils and actors during previews. All that money for a production that has become the most dangerous show on Broadway.

Fashion icon, activist and scandalous: This year, she was all three. From her meat dress at the VMAs, to her leading “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rallies, to her muchtalked-about racy video with Beyonce, “Telephone,” Lady Gaga made sure her presence was felt in 2010. Oh, yeah, and her album “Fame Monster” was nominated for Grammy album of the year. What a way to end an unforgettable year.

Sadly, we said farewell to both shows. “24” had a great run, beginning in 2001, and its end in May still left fans wanting more. “Lost” fans mourned as the show concluded with everyone dying, but all good things must come to an end.

Gibson’s vile rants toward his now ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva were heard all over the world. Mel has made degrading comments about other people and groups, but these were among his worst.

Our No. 1 spot goes to funny man Conan O’Brien. He was knocked off NBC to make room for Jay Leno, but he signed with TBS to host a new show, “Conan.” The buzz was huge, and to many he didn’t disappoint and is still the king of late-night TV.

They may take my sanity, my reputation and my girlfriend, but they can’t take my FREEDOM!

Christian Shephard? Seriously? Six years, and THAT’S the payoff? Matthew Fox, star of ‘Lost’

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Well, it only came about 168 hours too late.

Not so fast. You didn’t really think Southern Illinois was exempt from the drama, did you? After all, this will forever be known as the place where Tila Tequila was assaulted by juggalos. But that’s not even our favorite moment of 2010. We preferred it when popular folk artist Todd Snider ditched out on a contracted performance at PK’s in Carbondale halfway through the show. The manager said Snider “felt disturbed by the atmosphere.” Maybe this will teach him to research the venues where he’s going to be playing in the future.

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With all these injuries, I wonder if anyone realizes Doc Oc isn’t an M.D.

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It’s about time we lost the Brit. The show is ‘American’ after all.

I got to ‘meat’ the Queen this year. Did Ke$ha do that?

I need to make a comeback. Does Robert Downey Jr. need a co-star anytime soon?

NBC: Not Broadcasting Conan. Ha ha; you’re so funny. Who told you that one? Leno?

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I won for ‘Blind Side’ and got blindsided by my husband. I should have known better than marrying an outlaw.

Our favorite musical teens had a great year and constantly made headlines. Cast members faced drama with the backlash over their provocative GQ cover, and there were rumors that the beloved crew would be “graduating” and replaced with a new cast. On the bright side, they lead the Golden Globes with five nominations, and they had just about every celebrity in the world on their show this year.

And a local bonus: Todd Snider

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I kissed a guy, and it was alright. I kissed a girl, and I liked it. I kissed Lady Gaga, and I wasn’t sure what to think.

6. “Glee”

Simon Cowell, the loudmouth who often sent “Idol” hopefuls home in tears, made his exit from “American Idol” this year to be the executive producer and judge on another show, “The X-Factor.” His sarcasm and wit will be missed. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined “Idol” as the new judges, leaving your favorite dawg Randy Jackson as the only original judge.

Everyone’s heart went out to Sandra Bullock this year. She reached the pinnacle of any actor’s career by winning an Academy Award for best actress for her role in “The Blind Side.” She gave a heartfelt speech in which she thanked her husband, Jesse James, for being such a great supporter, but it soon came out that he had been cheating on her. Then she announced that, newly single, she was going ahead with her adoption of a baby. Talk about a year full of highs and lows.

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Oh, Lindsay, where shall we begin? Lohan was in the headlines just about every other day for violating her probation, going to court and then heading to the Betty Ford Center. Just when we thought our girl was getting better, there were reports that she sneaked out of the center to get alcohol and allegedly attacked one of the staffers at Betty Ford. Let’s hope the new year means sobriety for Lindsay.

Lind

8. Lindsay Lohan

2. Sandra Bullock 4. “American Idol”

Katy Perry

Spider-Man on Broadway Steven Tyler, new ‘American Idol’ judge

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Jayma Mays, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, stars of ‘Glee’

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COUNTING DOWN THE HIGHS AND LOWS For some, 2010 was a year full of wonderful beginnings; for others, it was full of humiliating endings. But it was drama all around. Here, from the Los Angeles Times, are the top 10 most memorable moments that happened in the entertainment world this year. The quotes are ours. 10. Katy Perry

9. ‘Spider-Man on Broadway’

7. Lady Gaga

5. “Lost” and “24”

3. Mel Gibson

1. Conan O’Brien

Ms. Perry has had quite a year. The only negative was her infamous “Sesame Street” video, which was pulled before it aired on the children’s show. The reason: Her outfit showed too much cleavage. Aside from this little mishap, Perry had a stellar year. She wed comedian Russell Brand in a lavish wedding in India; her album “Teenage Dream” was nominated for a best-album Grammy, and she rocked the stage at the “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” concert. Perry was all over the place in 2010, and whether the publicity was good or bad, she made her presence known.

It’s the most expensive Broadway production in history ($65 million), yet it has had the most mishaps. “SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark” kept pushing back its opening date because of accidental falls by stunt devils and actors during previews. All that money for a production that has become the most dangerous show on Broadway.

Fashion icon, activist and scandalous: This year, she was all three. From her meat dress at the VMAs, to her leading “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rallies, to her muchtalked-about racy video with Beyonce, “Telephone,” Lady Gaga made sure her presence was felt in 2010. Oh, yeah, and her album “Fame Monster” was nominated for Grammy album of the year. What a way to end an unforgettable year.

Sadly, we said farewell to both shows. “24” had a great run, beginning in 2001, and its end in May still left fans wanting more. “Lost” fans mourned as the show concluded with everyone dying, but all good things must come to an end.

Gibson’s vile rants toward his now ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva were heard all over the world. Mel has made degrading comments about other people and groups, but these were among his worst.

Our No. 1 spot goes to funny man Conan O’Brien. He was knocked off NBC to make room for Jay Leno, but he signed with TBS to host a new show, “Conan.” The buzz was huge, and to many he didn’t disappoint and is still the king of late-night TV.

They may take my sanity, my reputation and my girlfriend, but they can’t take my FREEDOM!

Christian Shephard? Seriously? Six years, and THAT’S the payoff? Matthew Fox, star of ‘Lost’

This one time at glee club…

Me l

Kiefe

r Su ther

4’ ‘2

on

Bullock

Well, it only came about 168 hours too late.

Not so fast. You didn’t really think Southern Illinois was exempt from the drama, did you? After all, this will forever be known as the place where Tila Tequila was assaulted by juggalos. But that’s not even our favorite moment of 2010. We preferred it when popular folk artist Todd Snider ditched out on a contracted performance at PK’s in Carbondale halfway through the show. The manager said Snider “felt disturbed by the atmosphere.” Maybe this will teach him to research the venues where he’s going to be playing in the future.

bs Gi

Sand ra

star of

O’B rien

land ,

Co nan

With all these injuries, I wonder if anyone realizes Doc Oc isn’t an M.D.

Lady G aga

It’s about time we lost the Brit. The show is ‘American’ after all.

I got to ‘meat’ the Queen this year. Did Ke$ha do that?

I need to make a comeback. Does Robert Downey Jr. need a co-star anytime soon?

NBC: Not Broadcasting Conan. Ha ha; you’re so funny. Who told you that one? Leno?

n

I won for ‘Blind Side’ and got blindsided by my husband. I should have known better than marrying an outlaw.

Our favorite musical teens had a great year and constantly made headlines. Cast members faced drama with the backlash over their provocative GQ cover, and there were rumors that the beloved crew would be “graduating” and replaced with a new cast. On the bright side, they lead the Golden Globes with five nominations, and they had just about every celebrity in the world on their show this year.

And a local bonus: Todd Snider

Loh a

I kissed a guy, and it was alright. I kissed a girl, and I liked it. I kissed Lady Gaga, and I wasn’t sure what to think.

6. “Glee”

Simon Cowell, the loudmouth who often sent “Idol” hopefuls home in tears, made his exit from “American Idol” this year to be the executive producer and judge on another show, “The X-Factor.” His sarcasm and wit will be missed. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined “Idol” as the new judges, leaving your favorite dawg Randy Jackson as the only original judge.

Everyone’s heart went out to Sandra Bullock this year. She reached the pinnacle of any actor’s career by winning an Academy Award for best actress for her role in “The Blind Side.” She gave a heartfelt speech in which she thanked her husband, Jesse James, for being such a great supporter, but it soon came out that he had been cheating on her. Then she announced that, newly single, she was going ahead with her adoption of a baby. Talk about a year full of highs and lows.

say

Oh, Lindsay, where shall we begin? Lohan was in the headlines just about every other day for violating her probation, going to court and then heading to the Betty Ford Center. Just when we thought our girl was getting better, there were reports that she sneaked out of the center to get alcohol and allegedly attacked one of the staffers at Betty Ford. Let’s hope the new year means sobriety for Lindsay.

Lind

8. Lindsay Lohan

2. Sandra Bullock 4. “American Idol”

Katy Perry

Spider-Man on Broadway Steven Tyler, new ‘American Idol’ judge

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Jayma Mays, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, stars of ‘Glee’

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Flooding and an interview with Jamey Johnson among highlights of 2010 bombing, the catastrophe in Music City was largely ignored by the national media. The Nashville music Vince Hoffard community felt the sting as its sacred property was ravaged by the floodwater. Many superstars were espite the tremendous among the 600 artists who effort of hundreds of stored equipment at singers and Soundcheck, a 160,000 songwriters, the most important event in country square foot warehouse. It music this year had nothing was almost totally submerged. Priceless to do with a prolific instruments from legendary composition that evokes tearful emotions or a Hall of recording sessions were destroyed, including many Fame-worthy vocal from the collections of Brad performance. Paisley and Vince Gill. Torrential rain in early Just when it seemed the May caused the ordeal was forgotten by Cumberland River to everyone, Garth Brooks suddenly rise 13 feet above came out of retirement for a flood plain, putting the Grand Ole Opry House and series of concerts at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. He Convention Center under water. The national disaster gave all proceeds to flood caused more than $1 billion relief organization. For those thinking Brooks in damage and killed more still doesn’t have the most than 30 people. clout in the business, when Because of the oil spill in he announced the event, the Gulf of Mexico and the the new conference was attempted Times Square

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attended by the Nashville mayor, the Tennessee governor and both U.S. senators. The concerts earlier this month pumped an estimated $15 million into the local economy. Brad Paisley finally captured the most soughtafter prize in the industry this year, the Entertainer of the Year Award from the prestigious Country Music Association. Carrie Underwood was Entertainer of the Year for the Academy of Country Music. The top vocalists for the CMA were Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, while the top vocalists for the ACM were Paisley and Underwood. Lee Brice captured No. 1 Song of Year from Billboard with his tune “Love Like Crazy.” It was the first time in the 66-year history of the charts a song took home top honors without reaching No. 1. Brice’s song peaked at No. 3, but stayed on the charts a recordbreaking 55 weeks. In an era when reality television is the top format, the personal lives of country stars were in the news. Carrie Underwood married hockey star Mike Fisher. Several artists got engaged, including Kellie Pickler, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton to each other. Randy Travis and Billy Ray Cyrus got

divorced. Chely Wright announced she was gay. Legends Carl Smith, Jimmy Dean and Hank Cockran passed away. The highlight of this year in country music for me came courtesy of Mae E. Payne, co-owner and President of Heartland Pump Rental & Sales Inc. in Carterville. When she called and said a former employee of her company was a successful Nashville songwriter and was coming back for a visit, she got my attention. When she asked if I would like to spend the day hanging out with Jamey Johnson, I thought I was getting punked. Mae has a super sweet voice and when she called back to confirm, it was total shock and awe. Johnson is my favorite male artist of this generation. I have played his “That Lonesome Song” CD hundreds of times. It would go on my Mount Rushmore of recordings, with John Fogerty’s “Blue Moon Swamp”, “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” by Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson’s “Phases And Stages.” Knowing he is an exMarine, plus the long beard and hair, makes Johnson a very intimidating figure. But during a ride from Carterville to tour a coal mine in Akin, he was very approachable, conversed

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freely and didn’t object to being compared to Waylon Jennings. Traveling out of West Frankfort, Johnson smiled as our vehicle was slowed by an old man on a moped, wearing a mismatched shirt and pants. “He’s got life figured out,” Johnson said. “He put on that shirt and is riding down to the store to get a sandwich. He doesn’t care what anybody thinks. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. We all want to be like him.” The theme is similar on “Front Porch Swing Afternoon,” one of 25 songs on Johnson’s new double album The Guitar Song, which was released just a few days after the Southern Illinois visit. The album was called the fifth most important release of the year from all genres by Rolling Stone. It was a good year for Herrinfesta Italiana. The festival treated local fans to a double shot of country in May with Luke Bryan and Randy Houser. Organizers have already made major strides for 2011, entering into contractual agreements with Easton Corbin and Saving Abel. The Copper Dragon in Carbondale continues to be an important destination for rising country stars. This year the venue hosted a turbo charged set by

Brantley Gilbert. Following in the footsteps of Dierks Bentley and Eric Church, Gilbert is a sure bet for stardom. The Du Quoin State Fair had its best lineup in recent memory, but the best show wasn’t on the stage in the main grandstand. Uncle Kracker rocked several thousand fans with hits like “Smile” and “Follow Me” during a free beer tent performance. Finally, David Lee Murphy was back home performing at the inaugural General Logan Jam, behind Herrin Civic Center. Although he doesn’t tour much and has little interest in recording, Murphy is in high demand as a songwriter. This year, he penned singles “Way Out Here” for Josh Thompson and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” for Thompson Square. And hats off to the boys in Cache River, who just helped the Fowler-Bonan Foundation raise over $4,000 for its clothing for needy school children charity. Formed this year, the band was the featured act for the grand opening of the Blue Boar in Anna and also opened at the Copper Dragon for Gilbert and the LoCash Cowboys. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard @yahoo.com.


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Souls in Camo to rock Marion VFW for New Year’s Eve MARION — A special New Year’s Eve benefit concert will support local Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations. Souls in Camo will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Marion VFW, 201 E. Longstreet. The event will also feature a champagne toast, food, snacks and drink specials all night. There is a $15 cover charge with all proceeds supporting the VFW. Guitarist Josh Swan and vocalist Chuck Hill have been playing music together since the late 1990s in bands like Frottage and Outercourse. In the fall of 2009, they began playing with drummer Terry Berkel and decided to form a full band. Terry called up his nephew Cody Mitchem to play guitar and his friend Michael Frangello to play bass. Since Souls in Camo formed, they have become

Concerts Illinois Doug Gabriel: Live from Branson, Saturday, Jan. 15, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; call 800-280-9757 for tickets; www.marion ccc.org or 618-997-4030. Mark Sparks: Principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall, SIUC; free; also, master class, 5 p.m. Jan. 24, Altgeld Hall, Room 112, SIUC; musicians of all ages are welcome to attend; class fee, $5-$20; 618-453-5832 or worthen@siu.edu. Kentucky New Year’s Eve Show: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; 50s and 60s Revue; ventriloquist Janie Jetty Mason; $10$31; 270-527-3869 or www.kentuckyopry.com. Cape Girardeau Celtic Woman: Tickets now on sale for Celtic Woman….Songs from the Heart coming to the Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, May 2; 573-651-5000 or www.showmecenter.biz.

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Top Five Albums 1. Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” — It takes an egomaniacal narcissist to conceive of an album this grand, one that doesn’t just strive to be the best in hip-hop, with the stunning “Monster” and “So Appalled,” but also stretches its boundaries with the prog-rock-sampling “Power” and the nineminutes-plus epic “Runaway.” Luckily, West fits that bill. 2. The National, “High Violet” — The indie rockers show the power of subtlety. Singer Matt Berninger is low-key with his complaints and rallying cries, while the rest of the band surrounds him with all sorts of acoustic and orchestral loveliness, from the U2influenced “Lemonworld” to the infectious “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” 3. My Chemical Romance, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” — The comic-book collision of revved-up glam and a superhero story cycle is irresistible, even when the band embraces its dancepop side (“Planetary”) and its love of U2-ish drama (“Sing”). And nothing can kill the joy of the careening rock thrill ride “Na Na Na” or the stomping “Vampire Money.” 4. Gaslight Anthem, “American Slang” — Brian Fallon’s Springsteen-ish growl perfectly embodies the struggles of the of the working man, especially in the inspirational “Bring It On,” with its “Born to Run” heroics and Ronettes sweetness. But it’s the punishing drums of “Orphans,” paired with Replacementsinspired guitars, that propels Gaslight Anthem to the next level of its promising career. 5. Black Keys, “Brothers” — The Black Keys bets its well-deserved blues-rock reputation on the ambitious, wide-ranging “Brothers” and wins big, as the Danger Mouse-produced “Tighten Up” and Dan Auerbach’s soulful falsetto on “Everlasting Light” introduces the Akron, Ohio, duo to all sorts of adoring new fans.

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Wineries Dan Stapleton: 6:309:30 p.m. Friday, Lau-Nae Winery King Juba: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Rustle Hill Winery The Downtime Band: 8 p.m. Friday, Walker’s Bluff; fireworks Bill Shotten: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Blue Sky Vineyard Matt Basler: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Rustle Hill Winery; open mic, 6:308:30 p.m.

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Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda; 618-995-9463 or www.blueskyvineyard.com Lau-Nae Winery: 1522 Illinois 3, Red Bud; 618282-9463 or www.launaewinery.com Rustle Hill Winery: U.S. 51, Cobden; 618-893-2700 or www.rustlehillwinery. com Von Jakob Orchard: 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; 618-893-4600 or www. vonjakobvineyard.com Walker’s Bluff: North on Reed Station Road, Carterville; 618-985-8463 or www.walkersbluff.com

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BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MARION Hideout Restaurant: Brock Bertling, 6-9 p.m. SPILLERTOWN Track Side Dance Barn: Misty Mountain Band, 7-10 p.m.

CARBONDALE PK’s: Whistle Pigs MOUNT VERNON Double K’s Kickin Country: Jacks-RBetter, 7-10 p.m. WEST FRANKFORT Colyer’s: Righteous Rebel Band, 7-11 p.m. WB Ranch Barn: WB Ranch Band, 6:309:30 p.m.

z WEDNESDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: Saluki Music Night, 8 p.m.; features Jam Jazz

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z FRIDAY BENTON Duncan Dance Barn:: Spring Pond Opry Band, 8 p.m.-midnight CARBONDALE Hangar 9: Soul Glo w/Alex Kirt, 10 p.m. Tres Hombres: Pokey Lafarge and the South City 3 w/The Swamp Tigers, 9 p.m. COLULTERVILLE Coulterville VFW: Country Aces, 8 p.m.12:30 a.m. HERRIN Herrin American Legion: Steve Kesler & Wing It, 7 p.m. Perfect Shot: One Finger Flying INA Ina Community Building: Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. JOHNSTON CITY Linemen’s Lounge: The Whistle Pigs, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

MARION Hideout Restaurant: Cynthia Fligel, piano 5-10 p.m. Marion American Legion: Danny and The Dreamers, 7 p.m.-midnight Marion Eagles: Salty Dog, 8 p.m.midnight Marion VFW: Souls in Camo, 8 p.m.; proceeds to VFW Ramesse: Shivver THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Rebel Country Band, 7-10 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Classic Country Band, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. WHITTINGTON Corner Dance Hall: Prospectors Band, 8 p.m.-midnight ZEIGLER Zeigler Eagles: Big Hurry & The Wait, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

z SATURDAY MARION Hideout Restaurant: Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. THOMPSONVILLE Lion’s Cave: Swing “N” Country Band

(formerly Weekenders), 7-9:30 p.m. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7:30-10:30 p.m. MARION Marion Eagles: Salty Dog, 6-10 p.m.

z SUNDAY CARBONDALE Tres Hombres: The Black 40’s w/The Sour Notes, 9 p.m.

z MONDAY MARION Marion Youth Center: Ragtag Band, 7-10 p.m.

DIRECTIONS & DIGITS Andy’s Country Club: 1602 Old Creal Springs Road, Marion 618-997-6989 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Crazy Horse Bar: 14747 Illinois 14, Benton 618-439-6179. Double K’s Kickin Country: Illinois 37, Mount Vernon 618359-0455 Duncan Dance Barn: 13545 Spring Pond Road, Benton 618435-6161 Gatsbys Bar & Billiards: 610 S Illinois Ave Carbondale, 618549-9234 Ina Community Building: 504 Elm St., Ina 618-315-2373 John Brown’s on the Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Just One More Bar & Grill: 1301 Enterprise Way, Marion 618993-9687 Key West: 1108 W. Main, Carbondale 618-351-5998 Linemen’s Lounge: 100 E. Broadway, Johnston City Lion’s Cave: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Maddie’s Pub and Grub: 14960 Illinois 37, Johnston City 618983-8107 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618997-6168 Marion Eagles: Rural Route 3, Marion 618-993-6300 Mollie’s: 107 E. Union St., Marion 618-997-3424 Murphysboro Elks Lodge: 1809 Shomaker Drive Murphysboro 618-684-4541. Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville, 618-927-2770. Park Plaza Pub: 3 Park Plaza, Herrin, 618-988-1556 Perfect Shot Bar & Billiards: 3029 S. Park Ave., Herrin, 618942-4655 Pinch Penny Pub/Copper Dragon: 700 E. Grand, Carbondale 618-549-3348 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Ramesse: 1754 Illinois 37, Lake of Eygpt, 618-995-9104 Tavern on 10th: 224 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon 618-244-7821 Trackside Dance Barn: 104 Rock St., Spillertown 618-993-3035 Trails End Lodge: 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden 618-893-6135 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 WB Ranch Barn: 1586 Pershing Road, West Frankfort West Frankfort Moose Lodge: 327 E. Main St. 618-932-3455 Whisker Willy’s Bar & Grill 13510 N. Illinois 37, Marion; 618-9835300


z MOVIES z ART z TV z MUSIC z WINERIES z THINGS TO DO z BOOKS z DANCE z FESTIVALS z THEATER z New on TV Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m.). Three couples tackle relationship terrors. With Kyle Bornheimer, Olivia Munn. “The Chicago Code” (Fox, Feb. 7, 9 p.m.). Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke in cop drama from producer Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”). “Traffic Light” (Fox, Feb. 8, 9:30p.m.). Comedy of Broadcast networks “Live to Dance” (CBS, Jan. married, dating, single friends. Based on Israeli 4 preview at 8 p.m., then hit. Wednesday at 8). Paula “Mr. Sunshine” (ABC, Feb. Abdul’s new dance 9, 9:30 p.m.). Matthew Perry competition. manages a sports arena. With “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox, Jan. Allison Janney. 9, 8:30 p.m.). Animated “Criminal Minds: Suspect familycom in an eastern Behavior (CBS, Feb. 16, 10 seaboard town. p.m.). — Spinoff stars Forest “The Cape” (NBC, Jan. 9, Whitaker and Janeane 9 p.m., then Monday at 9). Garofalo as elite agents. Presumed-dead cop (David Lyons, “ER”) turned Back with fresh seasons crusading superhero “The Bachelor” (ABC, Jan. wannabe. With Summer Glau, 3, 8 p.m.); alien invasion Keith David. drama “V” (ABC, Jan. 4, “Off the Map” (ABC, Jan. 9 p.m.); “The Biggest Loser: 12, 10 p.m.). “Grey’s Couples” (NBC, Jan. 4, Anatomy” creator Shonda 8 p.m.); “American Idol” Rhimes’ drama of six (Fox, Jan. 19-20, 8 p.m.); idealistic doctors in South “Parks and Recreation” American jungle (filmed in (NBC, Jan. 20, 9:30 p.m.); Hawaii). “Kitchen Nightmares” (Fox, “Harry’s Law” (NBC, Jan. 17, 10 p.m.). Kathy Bates as a Jan. 21, 8 p.m.); “Who Do fired lawyer bouncing back in You Think You Are?” (NBC, Feb. 4, 8 p.m.); “Survivor: producer David E. Kelley’s Redemption Island” (CBS, latest. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.); “The “Perfect Couples” (NBC, As the holidays pass, TV moves forward into midseason. The networks are announcing new shows to compete with cable’s usual deluge of January premieres. Here’s a quick peek at what’s on the way.

New Years Eve Party Big New Years Eve Show. Finger Food, and Fun! Several special guests!

Classic Country Radio Show, Slick Tire and the White Sidewalls 50 & 60's Revue, and Ventriloquist Janie Jetty Mason and "Jerry" & Vocal group Blend. Adult $31.00, Senior (60 & up) $30.00, Student $12.00, Child (12 & under) $10.00

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Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods” (CBS, Jan. 19, to Wednesday 10 p.m.); “Fringe” (Fox, Jan. 21, to Friday 9 p.m.); James Belushi’s “The Defenders” (CBS, Feb. 4, to Friday 8 p.m.); “Rules of Engagement” (CBS, Feb. 24, to Thursday 8:30 p.m.).

“Being Human” (Syfy, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.). Earnest young roommates played by Sam Witwer (vampire), Sam Huntington (werewolf), Meaghan Rath (ghost). Original UK version on BBC America. “Skins” (MTV, Jan. 17, 10 p.m.). Adaptation of gritty British hit about sex, drugs and friendship among modern teens. “Fairly Legal” (USA, Jan. 20, 10p.m.). Sarah Shahi as lawyer turned mediator, with Michael Trucco as her ex.

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Other new series

OWN (Saturday, formerly Discovery Health). Launch of Oprah Winfrey’s network, boosting “your best life.” “Episodes” (Showtime, Jan. 9, 9:30 p.m.). Matt LeBlanc as dense American actor hired for Hollywood adaptation of smart British series. “Shameless” (Showtime, Jan. 9, 10p.m.). Slacker family saga actually is an adapted British hit, cast here with William H. Macy and Joan Cusack. “Lights Out” (FX, Jan. 11, 10 p.m.). Holt McCallany as damaged boxer planning a comeback with help from Stacy Keach.

Tatyana Ali sitcom “Love That Girl!” (TV One, Jan. 10, 9 p.m.); Malinda Williams sitcom “Let’s Stay Together” (BET, Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.); weeknight talkfest “Piers Morgan Tonight” (CNN, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.); sitcom “Retired at 35” (TV Land, Jan. 19, 10:30 p.m.); satirical “Onion News Network” (IFC, Jan. 21, 10 p.m.); Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein character sketches in “Portlandia” (IFC, Jan. 21, 10:30 p.m.); Melissa Peterman/Ed Asner suburban sitcom “Working Class” (CMT, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.).

Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” (CBS, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.); “America’s Next Top Model” (CW, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.).

Time slot changes

The American: An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. Starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli and Irina Björklund. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Rated R. Resident Evil: Afterlife: While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors who want to relocate to the mysterious but unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. Starring Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Rated R. Legendary: A booksmart teenager joins his school’s wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago. Starring John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, Devon Graye and Madeline Martin. Directed by Mel

Damski. Rated PG-13. Twelve: A drug dealer watches as his highrolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. Starring Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Philip Ettinger and Esti Ginzburg. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Rated R.

TV on DVD Jersey Shore, Season Two: A reality-based look at the vapid lives of several New Jersey 20somethings and their respective friends and/or hook-ups. Starring Mike “The Situation” and Snooki. Not rated. United States of Tara, Season Two: A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and dysfunctional family. Starring Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist and Brie Larson. Not rated. — Adam Testa

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Top 10 movies of 2010

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Leonardo DiCaprio stars in ‘Inception,’ which McClatchy-Tribune News ranked as the top movie of 2010. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film earned praise from critics and viewers alike.

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1. Inception: Christopher Nolan’s visually stunning epic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a mind spy trapped in a dream, polarized viewers: Half called it a masterpiece, half called it incomprehensible. They’re both right. Once you admit the movie is too smart for you, it’s a total blast. 2. Black Swan: Who’s weirder: Natalie Portman’s deranged ballerina or Darren Aronofsky, who directed this psychosexual freakout? Subliminal imagery, creepy sounds and Barbara Hershey as Portman’s domineering mommy add up to one memorably wiggy movie. 3. The Social Network: The first truly trenchant movie about the Internet age, thanks to Aaron Sorkin’s jackhammer script, David Fincher’s vigorous direction and a terrific young cast (even you, Justin Timberlake). And if the story is based more on impression and opinion than fact, well, isn’t that just so Web 2.0? 4. Barney’s Vision: Paul Giamatti is terrific as a habitual womanizer in this semi-surreal, free-form picaresque that feels like a forgotten classic from the 1970s. Its one-week Oscar-qualifying run ended earlier this month; it opens theatrically Jan. 14. 5. The Kids Are All Right: Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy-drama about a lesbian couple (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore) and the man who sired their children (Mark Ruffalo) strikes every note perfectly. Down with the academy if the film and all three actors aren’t nominated. 6. Toy Story 3: Few animated films have had

the emotional power of “Toy Story,” whose characters — Tom Hanks’ Woody, Tim Allen’s Buzz, Don Rickles’ Mr. Potato Head — remain engaging even after 15 years. The franchise’s farewell couldn’t be more perfect, or more poignant. 7. The Fighter: Like Muhammad Ali popping awake late in a bout, Christian Bale suddenly delivers the performance of a lifetime as Dicky Eklund, the skeletal, crack-addicted halfbrother of famed boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). Bale is the support act, but the movie belongs to him. 8. Scott Pilgrim Versus the World: Add up the oneliners, running gags, sightgags, pop-culture riffs and meta-jokes, and you’d lose count after about 6,000. The film flopped at the box office (Michael Cera fatigue, maybe?), but it seems destined to become a treasure trove for generations of cultists. 9. Winter’s Bone: This tough-as-jerky backwoods drama features newcomer Jennifer Lawrence as a girl whose meth-cooking father has made enemies among his family. Unfortunately, in the Ozarks just about everyone is family. You’ll never complain about your relatives again. 10. The Town: What would you expect from a heist film whose director, co-writer and star is Ben Affleck? How about intelligence, class and several fine performances (particularly from a steely Jeremy Renner)? Nobody else expected that either, but this overlooked film is a modest gem well worth finding. —McClatchy-Tribune News


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