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Top 20 Restaurant of the Week: Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge BY JOE SZYNKOWSKI FOR THE SOUTHERN

The art of perfecting a crepe is one that requires patience and discipline – two attributes Ming-Wei Huang possesses in abundance. The dedicated owner of Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge in Carbondale puts in 70 hours per week to ensure his eatery’s success, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” Huang said. “We’re bringing a lifestyle and a cultural influence to Carbondale.” Originally from Taipei City, Taiwan, Huang operated a successful crepe business in Virginia before relocating to Carbondale and opening Blend in 2011. He describes crepe-making as a labor of love, one comprised of spreading batter into a thin circle over a flattop skillet, and then filling it with fresh fruits, peanut butter, ice cream, meats, cheeses or other items. Blend offers a wide variety of crepes – from the sweet ones filled with Nutella and ice cream to the savory options loaded with ham, egg, cheese and spinach. A diverse, easyto-navigate menu has been critical to Blend’s success in drawing a large customer base, which like many

food offerings is matched by the excitement surrounding its extensive selection of teas, slushies and smoothies. For less than $3, you can enjoy a tall glass of shaken iced tea with bubbles and a splash of your favorite flavor. Popular options are honey, peach, mango and strawberry, but feel free to choose another from Blend’s large list of flavor STEVE MATZKER / THE SOUTHERN options. Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge in Carbondale offers a variety of Huang also offers fruit or savory crepes, grilled chicken, fresh teas and smoothies. seasonal drinks like cinnamon chocolate milk Carbondale tea, as well as healthy drink establishments, is made options like skim or soy primarily of Southern milk. Illinois University “We try to have students. something for everybody,” Blend’s interior is Huang said. colorful and open, with With a diverse menu and plenty of seating and room a comfortable atmosphere, for customers to enjoy their DETAILS Huang wants Carbondale’s favorite crepe. Guests can business community to also enjoy a meal or cold tea What: Fruit or savory know that there is room at in the outdoor dining area. crepes, grilled chicken, Blend for lunch meetings Free Wi-Fi is available, fresh teas, smoothies or special events. making Blend the perfect Where: 719 S. University “Our target market is place to study or socialize. Ave., Carbondale definitely the college “We hold a lot of events Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. students, but we would like for the student Contact: 618-300-1088 to expand,” Huang said. organizations,” Huang said. “We want to continue to “We’ve done live music and get good business in the we have a lot of summer and winter when willing to listen to menu promotions.” the students aren’t here.” feedback. Huang cares about his Anyone interested in “We now have the grilled customers, and is focused staying current with on reaching new ones with chicken that is very Blend’s upcoming specials, menu updates and popular,” Huang said. promotions and menu “People tell us they really loyalty programs. Blend additions can find and also sends special coupons like it. We’re always looking to add new things.” ‘friend’ the lounge on to customers on their Facebook. Enthusiasm for Blend’s birthday and is always

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Harrisburg District Library; counted cross-stitch; Brenda Fleming: Artist of through March 2 the Month, Little Egypt Art 25th Anniversary Centre, 601 Tower Square, Exhibition: Dedicated to Marion; through February; artist Roscoe Misselhorn, 618-998-8530 or Misselhorn Art Gallery, 611 W. Second St., Sparta; on Cropper Life: Images of display until mid-March; 618Dignity, Mounds African 443-3577; American Museum; through Feb. 9; hours, 2-5 p.m. Jo Dodd, Joanna Gray and Saturday and Sunday; 618Rene DeGroof: The Pavilion, 745-61833; 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion; hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayTo Kill and To Heal: Friday; through March 26; Weapons and Medicine of the 618-993-2657 Civil War, Anna Arts Center. Caught in the Sweep of 125 W. Davie St., Anna; History: Egypt in the Civil traveling exhibit; designed War – The Second Year and constructed by the staff exhibit and documentary of the Abraham Lincoln now on display, The General Presidential Museum; 9 a.m. John A. Logan Museum, 1613 to noon Monday-Thursday; Edith St., Murphysboro; appointments to see exhibit, through April; 618-684-3455; 618-833-6525; free; through to Feb. 10 Master Artists from the High School Art Museum’s Art Collection: Competition: Little Egypt Art University Museum, SIU; Centre, 601 Tower Square, artists featured include Marion; cash and Pierre Bonnard, Pablo merchandise prizes Picasso, Berthe Morisot, presented to winners at Jacob Lawrence, Pierreclosing reception Feb. 16; Auguste Renoir and Max includes art by high school Ernst; through May 9; 618students from throughout 453-5388; Southern Illinois; painting, drawing, photography, The Urge to Embellish: sculpture; exhibit may be Illinois State Museum viewed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Southern Illinois Art Gallery, Monday and from 11 a.m.-3 Art & Artisans Center, 14967 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 618- Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, 993-2564; six miles north of Benton; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Wheat Elder: Visiting through May 25; 618-629Artist Series, Rend Lake 2220; College, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina; theater lobby; sites/so-il through Feb. 28; 618-4375321; A Song from the Field: Collection of works by Robert Ketchens and William Burton, Jr., depicting the history of the Blues genre of music, Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery; in conjunction with Black History Month; through March 2; 618-457-5100, or Jeanne Warren: Awardwinning needle work,


30;; 618-453-5388 From Generation to Artist Trading Cards Generation: Folk Arts of Project: Curated by Bob Illinois, University Museum, DeHoet, University Museum, SIU; reception, 4-7 p.m. SIU; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; curated by Lisa Friday, Feb. 7; through May 9; Rathje and Clark “Bucky”; 618Halker; through March 7; 453-5388; 618Cast in Carbondale: 453-5388 Sculptures & Drawings by Hoyeon Chung: Mixed Visiting Artists from the Media, University Museum, Thomas Walsh Donation, SIU; reception, 4-7 p.m. University Museum, SIU; Friday, Feb. 7; through March reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, 7;; Feb. 7; through May 9; 618-453-5388; 618Sustain 2: National 453-5388 Collegiate Juried Exhibition Master Artists from the of Art and Design for Eco Art Collection: Curated by Living, curated by Nate Dona Bachman, University Steinbrink, reception, 4-7 Museum, SIU; reception, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; through p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; through March 7; May 9;;; 618453-5388 453-5388 The Trunk Show: Curated Scholastic Art Award by Eric S. Jones, University ceremony: 3 p.m. Sunday, Museum, SIU; reception, 4-7 Feb. 9 , Mitchell Museum p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; through Performance Hall, March 7; Cedarhurst Center for the; 618Arts, 2600 E. Richmond 453-5388 Road, Mount Vernon; work of What’s What, Whose students from Anna Who?: Reception, 4-7 p.m. Jonesboro, Belleville, Benton, Friday, Feb. 7, University Carbondale, Carterville, Museum, SIU; through March Cobden, Herrin, Johnston 7;; City, Joppa, Kell, Marion, 618-453-5388 Mount Carmel, Mount Mike Chervinko: Historic Vernon, Waltonville and Photographs of the Tri-State Waterloo; through Feb. 9; Tornado, reception, 4-7 p.m. 618-242-1236; Friday, Feb. 7; through March


To Kill and To Heal exhibit on display in Anna ANNA —The traveling exhibit, “To Kill and To Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” will be on display through Feb. 10 in the Anna Arts Center. The exhibit explores the invisible killer of the Civil War: “disease and the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale.” The display was designed and constructed by the staff of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and was sponsored by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Monday


Civil War era weaponry and medical equipment will be on display at the Anna Arts Center through Feb. 10.

through Thursday with alternative hours available by calling 618-833-6525. The exhibit is part of the Civil War Weekend of Union County which is set from Feb. 7 to 9. — The Southern

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Express Yourself workshop Old Jail Museum in Marion has new hours scheduled for Saturday MARION — The Old Jail Museum now has new open hours. The museum, located at 105 S. Van Buren Ave., will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day and on Sundays by appointment. The museum includes more than 20 rooms of exhibits on county history plus a large research library for study of county history and genealogy. Circuit clerk records

dating to 1839 are also housed in the museum. The Williamson County Historical Society welcomes new volunteers to help staff the museum. Membership dues for the Historical Society are $20 per year for individuals, families or businesses. For more information, email carolinefletcher14@gmail .com or call 618-9975863. — The Southern

CARBONDALE — Express Yourself: A Company of Folk Workshop with Fiber Artist Edna PattersonPetty will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8 in Hickory Lodge, 1115 W. Sycamore St. Participants will complete a 12 by 12 fabric square using their own remnants of fabric and embellishments such as ribbon, buttons, etc. Before creating the fabric square, each participant will create a quick design idea on paper. The idea can be based on a word that is special to the participant

such as a hobby or a pet depending on what depiction each participant wants to make. The remnants and embellishment will be used to create the ideas and cut and glued on to the 12 x 12 fabric square. Any buttons would have to be sewed on the fabric. Patterson-Petty uses the tradition of sewing learned from her mother and grandmother combined with the education she received. This is a free program but advance reservations are required and participants are asked to bring their own materials. To register, contact Carbondale Community Arts at 618-457-5100 or — The Southern


Author Heather McLaren wrote ‘Mythos.’

Teen-fantasy author signs books Saturday at the Bookworm CARBONDALE — Herrin author Heather McLaren will sign copies of her new teen-fantasy novel, “Mythos”, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in the

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Bookworm bookstore located in the Eastgate Shopping Center. “Mythos” tells the story of David Cooley and Faren Sands. While in the Bahamas, true love was least on Cooley’s mind, but the moment he laid eyes on Sands, he knew he had found the girl of his dreams. But there are many obstacles to face including the fact that the love of his life is a mermaid from the lost island of Atlantis. Fate forces David to make a decision that will forever affect his young life. McLaren wrote and rewrote “Mythos,” for three years before successfully publishing the book. She is currently working on the second book in the five book series entitled “Beyond Legend.” “Mythos” sells for $17.95. For more information contact the Bookworm at 618-457-2665. — The Southern


Learn about herbs and gardens this weekend in Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON — The 2014 Midwestern Herb and Garden Show will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb. 7 and 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Times Square Mall. The 26th annual show will include speakers, workshops and vendors offering plants, arts, crafts and specialty foods. A variety of workshops will be offered on topics such as edible and medicinal herbs, birding, beekeeping and do-it-yourself herbal bath and body products. Keynote speaker is best-selling author Sharon Lovejoy, former contributing editor of “Country Living Gardener” magazine. Lovejoy, a guest on several TV shows including “The Victory Garden” on PBS, is author and illustrator of 10 books, including ”Sunflower Houses” and “Trowel & Error.” She will hold book signings and speak on theme and container gardening at 5 p.m. Friday, and secrets of good gardening at 11 a.m. Saturday. Sunday’s special guest speaker, storm chaser and emergency management and response expert Eddy Weiss, will speak about disaster preparedness at 1 p.m. Speaking events are free to the public, as are most workshops. The annual show helps fund an annual scholarship for students seeking a degree or certificate leading to a


Guests peruse the Midwestern Herb and Garden Show at Times Square Mall in Mount Vernon.


Pattie Jackson of Edwardsville talks to a vendor at the Midwestern Herb and Garden Show in Mount Vernon.

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Winter Book Sale slated at Sallie Logan Library MURPHYSBORO —A Winter Book Sale is scheduled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 in

The Sallie Logan Public Library located at 1808 Walnut St. Items for sale include

new and used books, videos, DVDs, audio books, cassette and VHS tapes. A preview day will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Admission is $5 or join The Friends of Sallie Logan Public Library for

$5 per year and get free admission to three book sales. The regular sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 and there is no admission fee for the Saturday sale. — The Southern



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CASA Trivia Contest set Feb. 22 HARRISBURG —A trivia contest will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in the American Legion George Hart Post 167, 600 E. Logan St. The contest is a fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Saline County. Doors open at 5 p.m. and categories include: Movies; In the News; Music; Television; History; Truly Trivial and Who is behind those

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‘Masks of Culture’ on tap Feb. 27 CARBONDALE —A unique presentation on how masks allow people to transform themselves is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in The Science Center of Southern Illinois, in the University Mall. “Masks of Culture” will be presented by Ron Naversen, Department of Theater at SIU. Naversen will discuss the association of masks with human culture from the

ancient past to the present day and “how masks allow us to transform ourselves.” Admission is free and those who come early can enjoy a complimentary cup of Gloria Jean’s coffee. For more information email, call 618-549-2565 or go to si.sciencecenter@ — The Southern

Crystal Ball features White City Park theme HERRIN— The annual Crystal Ball set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Herrin Civic Center will have a White City Park theme. White City was a huge entertainment complex in Herrin with a swimming pool, carnivals, picnics and dancing in the evening to many of the Big Band orchestras of the time. White City bordered North 17th and North l8th streets near the old Northside School from the 1920s till the mid 1950s. The Williamson County Crisis Center and the Herrin Food Pantry are

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Foster Grants? Teams can dress up in themed attire and decorate their tables according to the theme. Cash prizes are given and food and beverages are served. Cost to participate is $100 per table, which includes 10 players. To reserve a table for the contest or inquire about training sessions for CASA, call 618-253-3355.

now located on the site. The Crystal Ball will have cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Herrin Historical Society and the Herrin Community Strategic Plan. Dinner will be provided by Crystal’s Catering and music will be provided by The Presswoods. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. For questions or tickets, call Jennifer Frost at 618- 922-1530 or Nina Helleny at 618-5349234. — The Southern



Amelia Blakely models her period costume for the musical, ‘Lincoln: The Life and Times,’ during the 2012 Civil War weekend.


Appearing in ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ are Kate Burns, Shelley Hill, Eric Billingsley and Darcy Kriegsman.

Last of the The Stage Co. presents

Red Hot Lovers

‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’

a middle-aged man going through a midlife crisis. Having been with his high school sweetheart since their school days, Cashman begins to wonder what it would be like to spend time with another woman. He sets out for a tryst with three different women, each who presents her own unique issues and challenges. “He’s a little out of his depth,” Billingsley said. “Something goes BY ADAM TESTA very wrong with each one.” THE SOUTHERN And where Cashman finds romantic problems, the audience CARBONDALE – This Valentine’s finds laughs and entertainment in Day, The Stage Co. is sharing a the traditional Simon style. lesson about looking for the wrong Lee Brackett, directing his 10th kind of love in even worse places. production for The Stage Co., said The theater troupe opens a sixthe audience will find plenty to performance run of Neil Simon’s enjoy, most of it coming at “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” on Friday, Feb. 14 , at the Varsity Center Cashman’s expense. “They will be totally entertained for the Arts. “This one has a little more edge to by the different personalities of the different ladies he meets,” Brackett it than other Neil Simon plays the audience might have seen,” said Eric said. “They make for a very entertaining and exciting Billingsley of Goreville, who plays central character Barney Cashman, conversation.”

Neil Simon stage play presented by The Stage Co.; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 and 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 and 23; Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, or $5 for students on Feb. 16

The show isn’t entirely comedy though, as it has its poignant moments and a serious realization for Cashman in the end. “He ends up realizing what he had to begin with was the best life he could have hoped for,” Brackett said. “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 and 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 and 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Students can attend the Feb. 16 performance for only $5. A cash bar including champagne and a chocolate fountain with strawberries will be available before each performance and at intermission. A special surprise is also planned for the Valentine’s Day opening. “It’s a special event,” Billingsley said. “It would be perfect for a couple looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day.” 618-351-5031

Civil War Weekend in Union County features Kirkpatrick Pottery UNION COUNTY — Anna’s Kirkpatrick Pottery will be on display during the Civil War Weekend in Union County at the Anna Arts Center, 125 West Davie St., Anna. The pottery will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 8. Anna Pottery was established in 1859 by two brothers, Cornwell and Wallace Kirkpatrick. The brothers came to Anna, because of the local kaolin clay pits and the Illinois Central Railroad was across the street to ship their wares to customers. Kirkpatrick’s Anna Pottery is recognized worldwide and is normally sold for anywhere from $5000 to over $100,000. Another event on tap for the Civil War Weekend is the play “Patches and Squares” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Anna Arts Center. Pete Housman will

present a staged history of portions of the Civil War from 1862 to 1864. Also, musicians Carla Anderson, Warren Anderson and Dick Johnson will play the instruments of the period. Cost is $10. Reserve at 618-697-0009 or 618625-1109 or email Several other events are scheduled Saturday including speakers and exhibits on Grant, newspapers, weapons, Civil War photos and steamboats Also on tap for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 is a historical bus tour entitled: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro.” Call 618-833-8745 for reservations. The cost is $10. For more information on the Civil War weekend, call 904-6251109, email vabchlee@ or go to — The Southern

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Square Mall, Mount Vernon; speakers, workshops, Mythos: Book signing by vendors; Herrin author Heather www.midwesternherbandgar McLaren, 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Bookworm Civil War Weekend: bookstore, Eastgate Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9, Shopping Center, Union County; bus tour, Carbondale; exhibits, re-enactors, 618-457-2665 storytelling and Civil War era food and music; 618-833Comedy 8745; Fly With the Eagles: Half The Carbondale Marathon, 9 a.m. Saturday, Comedians: 9 p.m. Feb. 8, Crab Orchard Mondays, Hangar 9, National Wildlife Refuge, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Marion; registration and Wednesdays, Station 13, packet pick up begins Carbondale; see The 7 a.m.; 618-694-9035; Carbondale Comedians on Facebook St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: Features The Events Southern Illinois Roller Girls, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, the Taste of Chocolate: 7230 State Route 152, Du Quoin, IL • 618-542-2424 Sponsored by the Women’s Pavilion of the City of Open at 5pm Tuesday through Saturday Center, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. Marion; doors open 5 p.m.; Walk-Ins Welcome. Reservations Suggested $8 in advance or $10 at the 7, Carbondale Civic Center; Take-Out Available door; 12 and under; free; chocolate, music, auction; $35; 618-549-4807 Southern Illinois Got extension 228 Talent Contest: 9 a.m.-6 Midwestern Herb and p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Garden Show: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday Feb. 7- Illinois Star Centre Mall food court, Marion; proceeds to 8 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the Good Samaritan Sunday, Feb. 9, Times Ministries; $15 to try out plus two non perishable food items; entry into contest includes tee shirt; bring DVD of performance, non-perishable food items and $15 before Feb. 10 to the Mall office located near LITTLE EGYPT BARBERSHOP CHORUS Target; 10 winners will Presents compete for $300 March 8 at the Marion Cultural Civic Center;; 618-889-0517 Trivia night: To benefit Southern Illinois Roller Want to give that special gift for Valentines? Quartets from the Little Egypt Chorus are again offering to sing to that special person. Quartets Girls, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, will be on the road Thursday & Friday February 13 &14 from 9:00 AM to Feb. 15, Herrin Elks Lodge, 7:00 PM. Requests will be accepted from Jackson, Union and Williamson 221 E. Monroe St., Herrin; counties. Base price is $50.00 and includes two songs, a card and rose. doors open, 6 p.m.; $100 Call now to request the date and time you wish a quartet to make for a team of 8 or $15 that special gift. Please leave your phone number and if there is any individually; reserve at flexibility in the time you request.; Call Al Terry 985-4271 between 8 AM and 10 PM.

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Herrin City Library; bring any handmade item from the past or present handed down, a gift from someone special or a special memory associated with the item; no quilts; bring items anytime after 10 a.m.; presented by the Herrin Area Historical Society;

Dinner Theatre Monty’s Valentine Show: Featuring Monty Jackson & Friends, 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; $35; show and dinner; www.thegatheringplaceoffbr; 618-965-3726

Theatre Auditions Auditions: For The McLeod Summer Playhouse 2014 season, starts 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Altgeld Hall, Room 116, SIU;;; also, technical staff interviews;

Theatre/ Performances Patches and Squares: Play starring Pete Housman, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Anna Arts Center, 125 West Davie Street, Anna; part of Civil War weekend; $10; 618-6970009 Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.: 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St., Anna; tickets now on sale; $8; 618-697-0009; C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters: 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8, The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, Paducah; tickets now on sale; classic piece of literature transformed into a live performance; $49/$39/$29;; 270-443-9932

Musicians invited to perform in downtown Carbondale CARBONDALE — The City of Carbondale would like to invite musicians to perform in downtown Carbondale and elsewhere in the community. “Carbondale has always been world renown for excellent musicians that write and perform a variety of forms and styles so, we want to encourage musicians to share their talents,” said former Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler. “This effort to encourage musicians to perform, and people to support the arts, is a small part of reviving downtown Carbondale as an entertainment district.” Musicians are welcomed to play their non-amplified instruments in public areas while keeping nearby sidewalks clear. Musicians should also check with business owners to see if they could perform on their property. Fritzler said people passing by the musicians are encouraged to show their support with their applause and/or by dropping contributions into the musicians’ open instrument cases or tip jar. Panhandling though is prohibited in commercial areas of Carbondale. — The Southern


Coffeehouses, Cafés

THURSDAY Carbondale: Hangar 9, AD/DC. Tres Hombres, Orismo Marion: Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building, Big Lake Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, The Swing N’ Country Dance Band, 7-9:30 p.m.

Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:309:30 p.m. Eagles, Salty Dog, 7-10 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m.

FRIDAY Carbondale: Copper Dragon, Chalice Dubs Masquerade Ball; features Dirt Monkey, Positive Vibr8tions, Medusa Hangar 9, Archnemesis and Shattered Sound Tres Hombres, Nasty Nate Ina: Ina Community Building, Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m. Whittington: Corner Dance Hall, Rebel Country Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

MONDAY Du Quoin: Derby’s Community Hall, Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m. Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Club, Dave Simmons, 7-10 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m.

SATURDAY Carbondale: Copper Dragon, Brushville w/Cache River Hangar 9, Cornmeal w/Head for The Hills Tres Hombres, The Well, Well, Wells Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Club, Flat Line, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

SUNDAY Marion: Eagles, Salty Dog, 6-9 p.m.

TUESDAY Herrin Teen Town, Country Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:308:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, Mike’s Band, 6:309:30 p.m. FIND THEM HERE 20’s Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-3035266 Derby’s Community Hall:

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Coulter, Goot and Wall: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, The Grotto Lounge/Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-6496400 Buddy Mondlock: 7 p.m. Friday, Cousin Andy’s Coffee-

house, Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale; $10; students, $5; Rip Lee Pryor: 8 p.m. Saturday, The Grotto Lounge/ Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-649-6400

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The Band Perry: Family band makes a big impression ust a little more than two years ago, The Band Perry was playing tiny clubs all over the country for crowds sometimes less than 100, hoping to build a fan base and prove the family band was not a one-hit wonder. The group had generated limited attention with debut single “Hip To My Heart,” but caught the illusive lightening in a bottle with follow-up “If I Die Young,” written entirely by lead singer Kimberly Perry. An avalanche of accolades were earned by the act-breaking tune, including a difficult sweep of Single of the Year and Song of the Year from the prestigious Country Music Association in 2001, after the band had won Top New Artist and Top New Duo or Group earlier in the year from the Academy of Country Music. Getting to the top of the country music mountain was pressure packed.


a pre-show acoustic performance and several other perks. For additional ticket information, contact the Show Me Vince Hoffard Center box office at 573-651-5000. The 24-year old Ell was Staying there is even born in Calgary, Alberta. harder. She started playing piano The Band Perry at six, switched to guitar at responded with a fury, eight and was discovered cranking out six at 15 by Randy Bachman of consecutive Top 10 Bachman-Turner singles, including chart Overdrive fame. She grew topping “All Your Life” up loving country music, and “Better Dig Two,” but was in a phase which was co-written by rising country star Brandy dedicated to learning the blues guitar techniques of Clark. Gone are the days of tiny Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn when venues. The Band Perry Bachman listened to her will be storming into the demo CD and swore it was Show Me Center at Cape Chet Atkins. Girardeau with their “We She toured with blues Are Pioneers World Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Easton legend Buddy Guy, before migrating to Nashville and Corbin and Canadian signing with Stoney Creek guitar slinger Lindsay Ell Records. She has since will serve as the opening toured with Keith Urban, acts. Gretchen Wilson and Tickets are $25, $39.50 Ronnie Dunn, before and $182 for a special VIP teaming with The Band package that includes seating in the first 20 rows, Perry on this major 50-city tour. Ell has recorded two solo albums and hit the charts last year with debut single “Trippin’ On Every Us.” Tuesday Corbin soared to the top Night of the charts with his first two Mercury Nashville singles, “A Little More Country Than That” in 2009 and “Roll With It” a $2 You year later, leading many Call It Rails critics to crown him “the


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next George Strait.” However, it would take the 31-year old Floridian two long years to crack the Top 10 again. He found the magic with back-to-back hits “All Over The Road” and “Lovin’ You Is Fun.” His current single is “Clockwork.” Raised by his grandparents on a steady diet of classic country and Hee Haw, Corbin formed his own band while still in high school that served as opening act for major stars like Janie Fricke and the late Mel McDaniel. Corbin graduated from the University of Florida with an agribusiness degree, before launching his assault on Music City. He spent nearly three years developing industry contacts while working a day job at Ace Hardware to keep food on the table. His third studio album will be released later this year. Last month, he performed an acoustic show at Black Diamond Harley Davidson in Marion, where he has purchased a couple bikes since performing at Herrinfesta Italian in 2011. The Perry family hails from Mobile, Ala. At 15, Kimberly formed her own band, using brothers Reid, 10, and eight-year old Neil as roadies. The brothers would eventually splinter off and form their own group, often serving as the


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opening act for their big sister. In 2005, the trio merged into The Band Perry, fronted by the booming vocals of Kimberly. They had tirelessly toiled in the musical trenches for three years when a live performance made a big impression on Bob Doyle, manager of superstar Garth Brooks. Doyle arranged for a studio demo project that would eventually catch the ear of Scott Borchetta, who was in the process of starting up the Republic Nashville label. He quickly signed the band to the innovative company, which is now also home for Florida Georgia Line and The Eli Young Band. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and has been certified quadrupleplatinum for sales exceeding four million units. Follow-up “Pioneer” came out in 2013 and has reached gold status, meaning sales have surpassed the 500,000 mark. On Sunday, the band played at a pre-Super Bowl tailgate party with Phillip Phillips, winner of American Idol season 11. VINCE HOFFARD can be

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Dennis Straughmatt will perform Friday at John A. Logan College.

Creole musician performs at Logan Friday CARTERVILLE – Go on a musical journey into the French-American Creole culture when Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in O’Neil Auditorium at John A. Logan College. Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and $10 for JALC students and children 12 and under. Stroughmatt, a native of Albion, tours with his band throughout the country, playing a lively mix of Celtic, Canadian, and Old Time music that bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. For more information about Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole or to order advance tickets for the show, contact the JALC Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, ext. 8287. — Logan Media Services

z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Concerts Southern Illinois Beatles Anniversary Party: 50 Years Since Landing in America presentation, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Carbondale High School Auditorium; features Robby and Kate, Matt Basler, The Venturis, Soul Glo, Mr. Swamp Fox and Dave Brown; trivia, silent auction; donation; go to Venturis Facebook page for more information Dennis Stroughmatt: Et l’Esprit Creole, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, John A. Logan College, Carterville; designed to bridge the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun style music; $15/$10; 618-985-2828 Randall Bramblett Band: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets, $20; Faculty Showcases: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, John A Logan College, Carterville; Logan faculty presents program of

solo and collaborative music; free; 618-985-2828, ext. 8287 Piccolo and clarinet concert: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, Old Baptist Foundation, SIU; Jan Gippo, piccolo and Jane Carl, clarinet, former members of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; free; masterclasses, 4:45 p.m. Monday, Altgeld Hall, SIU; free for SIU students; adults, $20; other students, $10; 618-559-8154 Vivaldi for Valentine’s: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, DunnRichmond Economic Development Center, SIU; presented by The Southern Illinois Symphony and SIU Concert Choir; gourmet dinner; music; $75; reserve by Friday, Feb. 7; 618-4536000;;

Kentucky Talent Search 2014: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50;

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560 Chestnut St., Alto Pass • (618) 893-4923 or (618) 521-2506; 888-459-8704 Three Dog Night: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Carson Center, Paducah; $29-$79; hits include Mama Told Me (Not To Come), Joy to the World, Easy To Be Hard, An Old Fashioned Love Song, One, Never Been To Spain, Eli’s Coming, Celebrate and Try A Little Tenderness; 270-450-4444;

Missouri The Band Perry: We Are Pioneers World Tour 2014, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau; special guests Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell; Pioneer, the sophomore album from The Band Perry, has been certified gold and features the number one hits, Better Dig Two and Done; current single, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; band members are Neil Perry on mandolin, accordion, vocals, Kimberly Perry, lead vocals, guitar and Reid Perry, bass, vocals;; $25$39.75;



National Federation of Music Clubs Festival: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Altgeld Hall and Old Baptist Foundation Building, SIU; over 200 music students will perform prepared pieces; includes piano concertos, piano duets and hymn playing, as well as classical guitar solos, violin solos, duets, trios and voice solos; participants come from several communities including Carbondale, Carterville, Cambria, Eldorado, Elkville, Herrin, Makanda, Marion and Murphysboro

FRIDAY Eli Tellor: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery

Recitals TESSI recitals: Noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, First Christian Church, 306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale; students from the Talent Education School of Southern Illinois; ages 4-18 on piano, voice, violin, bowed psaltery and classical guitar; free; 618-457-6300

SATURDAY Phil & Chuck: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Jenny Johnson: 2-6 p.m. Alto Vineyards Sharon Clark Blues Band: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Bone Dry River Band: 3-7 p.m., StarView Vineyards Kristen Kearns: 6-9 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery SUNDAY Marty Davis: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Ryan Schambach: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery B. Douglas: 3-6 p.m. Honker Hill Winery FIND THEM HERE Alto Vineyards, Illinois 127, Alto Pass Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Honker Hill Winery, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale Orlandini Vineyard, 410 Thorn Lane, Makanda Owl Creek Vineyard, 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Road, Cobden Pheasant Hollow Winery, 14931 Illinois 37, Whittington Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden Von Jakob Winery & Brewery, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville

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Red Rose Gala affair to remember

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1527 Champions Dr., Marion, Illinois Join us for an evening of music Tickets are $40 each entertainment, dinner, dancing, $70 per couple cash bar and a silent auction black tie optional or a table for 8 - $275

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Those pesky little pieces add up to long-awaited laughs The Lego Movie **** Rated PG for mild action and rude humor; starring Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman; directed by Phil Lord and Christopher; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

Finally! A comedy that works. An animated film with a look — a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line’s bright, bricklike origins — that isn’t like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the

Lego-indebted parent as well as the Lego-crazed offspring. Amovie that, in its brilliantly crammed first half especially, will work even if you don’t give a rip about Legos. “The Lego Movie” proves that you can soar directly into and then straight past product placement into a realm of the sublime, if you’re clever enough. This isn’t just the funniest PGrated animation in too long; it’s the funniest film, period, in months, since the kid-hostile “This Is the End” and “The World’s End” came out last summer. I would like to nominate the screenwriting team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy With

a Chance of Meatballs”) for the Nobel Peace Prize, even though very little about “The Lego Movie” is peaceful. It is, in fact, a manic wonder, sneaking in so many small, medium and large jokes on the sly, it has an instantly re-watchable appeal. The setup of “The Lego Movie,” also directed by Lord and Miller, recalls both “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and the recent “Wreck-It Ralph” in its mashup of familiar characters and imaginative worlds. (Confession: I always found “Roger Rabbit” a technically remarkable but mean-spirited drag, and consider “Wreck-It Ralph” clever but exhausting. So consider

that when considering my response to “The Lego Movie.”) The prophecy dictates that the one who will save the world is a person born with “face of yellow.” So says the Yoda-style soothsayer voiced by Morgan Freeman. The hero? An ordinary Lego construction worker, with the classic waist-bendy design and fondness for right angles and orderly skylines of many colors. Emmet is his name, and he lives and resides in the bustling community of Bricksburg. This world’s overlord, President Business (Will Ferrell doing the vocals, in full snivel), has nefarious plans for maintaining that order permanently. But a mighty

band of resistance fighters has other plans, and pretty soon safe, routinized, anonymous Emmet is mistaken for the saviors’ ringleader and mastermind, even though he’s never really put much stock in individuality. He’s a good little Lego. The way Chris Pratt of “Parks and Recreation” voices this fellow, his sweetness is never in doubt. The movie flings Emmet, and the audience, into one Lego universe after another. There’s a Wild West sequence that owes as much to “Son of Paleface” as anything else. When other Lego favorites are introduced into the action — Will Arnett voices an exceedingly narcissistic

Batman — they’re given distinct and vivid comic personalities. Liam Neeson is superbly cast as the voice of the quick-change artist Bad Cop/Good Cop, tasked with capturing Emmet and implementing the end of Bricksburg as we know it. Each facet of Emmet’s world is part of an insidiously entertaining mindcontrol experiment. The citizens of Bricksburg all tune into the same officially sanctioned hit show, “Where Are My Pants?”; everyone sings the same annoyingly hummable hit song, “Everything Is Awesome.” (Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo did the score.) This isn’t paradise; it’s hell. Or both.

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The taste of New Orleans close to home. Whaler’s Catch has a rich and varied past. Commonly known as “Whaler’s” by local Paducahans, the first-of-its-kind fresh seafood restaurant and fish market was started in 1977. Members of the “Catch Crew” invite you to enjoy our beautifully restored, historic setting, the casual New Orleans ambiance and fine dining that truly make Whaler’s Catch a local treasure.

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Annex Coffee & Deli Bennie’s Italian Foods BJ’s Garden Inn Café Blend Tea & Crepe Lounge Boondock’s Seafood Co. Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill Centralia House Chuck’s BBQ Courtside Grill Crossroads Coffee Delaney’s On Broadway Egyptian Hills Resort Fat Patties Grandma Helen’s Jack Russell Fish Company Miranda’s On Main Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta Pizza & Pasta Express Riverview Mansion Hotel & Levee Lounge Sergio’s Mexican Restaurant Southern Que Barbecue Taqueria La Fogata Thai Taste Whaler’s Catch


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