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New exhibits open at The University Museum CARBONDALE — Five new exhibits are now on display at The University Museum in Faner Hall at SIU. Paintings by Kevin Veara will be on display through Oct. 26. Veara says he has always been drawn to the birds and plants of the Sangamon River Valley he knows as both a naturalist and as an artist. His lush, swirling flora brings an almost menacing touch to his intense works. Master Artists from the Museum’s Art Collection is curated by Dona Bachman, director of the University Museum. The exhibit presents some of the highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection of art. Artists

featured include Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Berthe Morisot, Jacob Lawrence, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Max Ernst. The exhibit will be on display through May 9. Inuit Art from the collection of William Rose will also be on display through May 9. Rose recently moved back to the Southern Illinois area after many years in New Orleans. His collection of objects from the native Inuit peoples of Canada was gathered over many years and many visits to this little-known region. Twentieth and 21st century artists’ works and philosophies are presented in the exhibition entitled, In

Their Own Words. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 4. Archaeological Findings at the Crawford Farm Site is curated by Mark J. Wagner of the SIU Center for Archaeological Investigations. The exhibit looks at the archaeological findings from an historic Sauk village occupied by Black Hawk between 1790-1810 and will be on display through Oct. 25. Two other exhibits will be on display at the University Museum beginning Sept. 6. Marking Time: The Work Of Harris Deller will be at the museum through Oct. 26. Noted fine arts

ceramicist and SIU professor emeritus of art, Deller has brought together examples from his long career in ceramics. Herbert K. Russell: The State Of Southern Illinois, An Illustrated History will be on display through Oct. 11. Photographs, both historic and contemporary, from Russell’s recent book, are featured in this exhibition. All of the exhibitions will be recognized at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Museum. For more information, call 618-453-5388 or go to

Watercolor exhibit by Carol Good now on display CARBONDALE — A collection of watercolor paintings by Carbondale artist Carol Good entitled “Egret with Atitude” is now on display at the Civic Center Corridor Gallery. The exhibit is a selection of watercolor paintings of Good’s favorite subjects, flowers and birds. She began painting in watercolors 25 years ago and says this medium gave her the most passion and reliability for artistic expression. Though mainly self-taught, she sought the teaching of several local artists over the years, notably Paul Lougeay, Ed Shay and Ellen Spalt. Western art has been a huge influence in her work but she says flowers are her favorite theme. An opening reception for Good is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 in the Corridor Gallery. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30 and is available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-457-5100, email or go online to

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Two communities will combine for Super City Quilt City Connection, a Celebration of the Arts between Two Cities, Sept. 14-15. An assortment of exhibits and activities will be held in both Metropolis and Paducah. The Massac Quilters Guild Quilt show combines quilting instruction, classes and demonstrations for an event of super measure at the Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center in Metropolis, while exhibits, demonstrations and lectures by known experts will be featured at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. Many of the activities are either free or low cost. The Massac Quilters Guild Quilt Show will feature a Super Block Challenge and exhibitors demonstrating needlework, basket making and more. The block challenge is open to all quilters. For more information, call Metropolis Tourism at 877-424-5025 or The National Quilt Museum at 270-4428856.

COBDEN— A reception recognizing an exhibit featuring the artwork of Maurice Metzger will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 in The Union County Museum. Metzger, of Anna, was a well-known artist who produced close to 2,000 pieces of art. Family members are expected to attend the reception. The museum received such a large quantity of art by Metzger that the exhibit will be changed Saturday, Sept. 21. Close to 30 paintings will be replaced with a new selection of art. The exhibit will continue through the end of October. The museum will also conduct special hours on Saturday, Aug. 31 in conjunction with the PepperFest held at Darn Hot Peppers southeast of Cobden. The museum and its resale shop will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. The Union County Museum is located in downtown Cobden on South Appleknocker Avenue.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ auditions start today CARTERVILLE — Auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar” presented by Dance4Grandma Theatricals and John A. Logan College will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the college. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song appropriate to the style and genre of the show.

Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be directed by Derek M. Hamblin. Show dates will be 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Deemed the first rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar” began as a concept album in 1970 and quickly grew to become a Broadway show. The play centers around Jesus’

radical teachings being embraced and Judas increasingly questioning the enlightened motives of this new prophet resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with “emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.” For more information contact Hamblin at d4gtheatricals@yahoo. com. — The Southern

Cache River Days: Features food, music, exhibits, guided canoe tours, SaturdaySunday, Sept. 7-8, Cache River Wetlands and the village of Ullin; 618-634-2231, 618-845-3445 or go to www. Twilight 5K Run/Walk: Registration, 5 p.m. and race, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Carterville Community Center, Cannon Park; in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Carterville Free Fair which takes place Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8; www.

Anna Arts Center; for men and women ages 15 and over and small roles for children ages 5 to 14; auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; directed by Joey Johnson; performance dates, Nov. 8-10; 618-534-7026; Auditions: For the musical, Ragtime; auditions for adults/students will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23, SIU, Altgeld Hall, room 116; for children, auditions, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug 25, Altgeld Hall, room 116; performances, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Auditions Oct. 27; 618-453-5741 Auditions: For Cat On A Hot Auditions: For Jesus Christ Tin Roof, 7 p.m. MondaySuperstar, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26-27, Varsity Thursday, Aug. 22 and 6-8 Center for the Arts, 418 S. p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, John A. Illinois Ave, Carbondale; roles Logan College, Carterville; for four women, five men and performance dates, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and four children, ages 6-12; actors not able to audition 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16; on Monday should contact Jim Lambert at jim@jim Auditions: For A Midsummer Night’s Dream by; performances of the play are Oct. 11-13 and William Shakespeare from 18-20; 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22,

Pepperfest in Cobden Aug. 31 COBDEN —Festival de Chiles or Pepperfest 2013 as some call the festival is preparing to tempt your palate with peppers of all sizes, shapes and varieties later this month. Pepperfest is set from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at The Darn Hot Pepper Farm, Rancho Bella Vista, 825 Vines Road. One of the highlights of the Festival is a lot of hot pepper product sampling and a wide variety of spicy food vendors. The event will also feature music by Carter and Connelly and arts and crafts. Entry fee is adults, $3 and children younger than 12, free. For information call 618-893-1443 or www. — The Southern

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The Du Quoin State Fair as seen from the air on the final night of last year’s events.


Miranda Ellis (left), waving to her mom, celebrated a birthday at the fair with Mackenzie Jackson and Casey Stucker. Christina Sullins of Carterville tries out the Southern Illinois Fried Fudge.

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Free fun at the fair Du Quoin State Fair features music and attractions for the family on a budget BY ADAM TESTA THE SOUTHERN


ree is key to Du Quoin State Fair Manager John Rednour Jr.’s strategy. Each year, Rednour and his staff work to provide a variety of free entertainment to patrons of the annual staple of Southern Illinois’ entertainment calendar. While many people travel to Du Quoin for grandstand

performances, the free shows provide an affordable alternative or supplement. “I think this year we’ve really outdone ourselves,” Rednour said. Through the course of the fair, which runs from Friday, Aug. 23, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, more than $500,000 in free entertainment will be presented at the fairgrounds. This ranges from special

grandstand performances to daily entertainment. The highlights of the free calendar are grandstand concerts featuring national performers Darryl Worley at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, and Gretchen Wilson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Worley’s performance is the second in a series of veteran appreciation concerts that began with Lee Greenwood last year, and

Wilson’s concert is sponsored by Illinois Lottery. Free music will also be presented throughout the week at the Beer Tent, with two noted acts in Uncle Kracker at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and Aaron Tippin at 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. “This is a big thing that we had our sponsors step up and do this,” Rednour said. Other noted Beer Tent acts

include Amber Digby, Lee Roy Parnell and Head East. Rednour also said people should keep an eye on Blackjack Billy, which recently signed a deal with the people who have propelled Florida-Georgia Line to stardom. Outside of music, there are also several acts playing to the fair’s theme of “Wheels and Deals.” SEE FAIR / PAGE 8





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FAIR: Free is the key word FROM PAGE 7 The first weekend of the fair, parade marshal Lightning McQueen will remain on the fairgrounds for people to see, and Tonny Petersen’s Helldrivers will present its signature stunt show. The rest of the week will feature Xtreme FMX motorcycles, a demolition derby, a car show and more. On top of all that, various performers will be staged throughout the fairgrounds, conducting shows several times a day. These include musician Riverboat John, “The Whip Guy” Chris Camp, horseman Mark Schwarm, among others. “We’ve got a lot of things going on,” Rednour said. “You can’t see it all in a day.” Grandstand entertainment also features harness racing, paid concerts and auto racing throughout the duration of the fair. The auto racing has seen high levels of pre-sales, which Rednour attributes to the events being canceled last year because of weather. As preparations hit their final hours, Rednour said he’s ready and expecting a potentially recordbreaking attendance for this year’s fair. “The grounds look beautiful, maybe the best I’ve ever seen them, and we’re ready to put on one heck of a fair for the people of Southern Illinois,” he said. 618-351-5031


Tim Tetrick drives Corener Blitz down the stretch.

Conservation Village embraces the outdoors DU QUOIN — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources encourages Du Quoin State fairgoers to stop by the Conservation Village at the fairgrounds for information about outdoor recreation and natural resources programs in Illinois. The Conservation Village area at the Du Quoin State Fair is open from noon until 8 p.m. each day. “Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Illinois, especially in Southern Illinois, and the Conservation Village at the Du Quoin State Fair highlights many of the ways to enjoy all the outdoor fun,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. Information tents at Conservation Village are at the center of the fairgrounds on Expo Drive, just south of the Expo Hall. Conservation Village features information and displays on outdoor recreation opportunities and IDNR programs. Visitors to Conservation Village can talk with IDNR Conservation Police officers about the regulations and laws governing fishing, hunting, and boating in Illinois.

Hunting and fishing licenses, hunting permits, and FOID card application photos are also available. Visitors can register for a raffle for an outdoor adventure package. Also featured is the beautiful “Come See What We Saw” woodwork of Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carving’s Mike and Wendy Rhodes. Fishing programs will be conducted at the lake on the Du Quoin fairgrounds between RV World and the Expo Building. The IDNR Urban Fishing Program will on hand each weekday of the fair from 4 to 7 p.m. and on the weekends and Labor Day from noon to 7 p.m. Adults and youngsters can practice their casting techniques and view fish displays. National Wild Turkey Federation Illinois chapter volunteers will host a BB gun range for youth to practice their shooting skills and learn more about hunting opportunities for young people. The IDNR will also host fishing clinics for area school groups at the Du Quoin State Fair on Friday, Aug. 30, from 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. — The Southern


Du Quoin State Fair home to major musical acts entertainment package and value this year. He is trying COUNTRY hard not to show favoritism SCENE and push one night harder than another. However, he Vince Hoffard has Aug. 31 circled in red on his calendar. “How can you beat hree major country Kansas and The Fabulous acts, a popular Thunderbirds,” he asks. contemporary “Then, when that show is Christian artist and a letting out, you can walk couple of bands from over to the beer tent and opposite ends of the rock see Head East for free. ‘n’ roll spectrum will offer There will be a lot of people local music fans a little bit sleeping in on Sunday of everything on the morning.” grandstand stage at the A 39-year-old Georgia 2013 Du Quoin State Fair. native, Currington is a hitBilly Currington, Sawyer making machine. He Brown and Montgomery cracked the Top Ten with Gentry will join classic his first two singles, then rockers Kansas, alternative received tremendous rock group Theory of a exposure in 2004 with Deadman and Canadian “Party for Two,” with praise and worship leader superstar Shania Twain. Matt Maher to form a solid His hits include “I Got a lineup filled with a variety Feelin’,” “Don’t,” “Pretty of musical styles. Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Our goal was to “Good Directions.” schedule acts that played Currington’s “People Are different types of music. Crazy” was nominated for We wanted to be very two Grammy Awards and diversified,” says Fair numerous industry Manager John Rednour Jr. accolades. The video for “I think we’ve “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ accomplished our mission. Right” was voted Hottest We’ve got a heckuva lineup. Video of the Year by CMT Advance ticket sales have in 2006. His new single, been strong, and the “Hey Girl,” is included on weather is looking good. upcoming album “We Are Everything is lining up. I’m Tonight,” which will be excited and ready to get it released Sept. 17. started.” Formed as the road band Currington performs for minor league country Saturday. Tickets are $35 vocalist Don King, Sawyer and $30. Sawyer Brown Brown decided to stick appears Monday. Tickets together after King quit are $25 and $20. Maher touring in 1981. They are takes the stage Tuesday. the first act to bring a Tickets are $10. TOAD is turbo-charged stage show scheduled for Aug. 29. to country music, gaining Tickets are $25 and $20. recognition early in their Montgomery Gentry career with songs like appears Aug. 30. Tickets “Betty’s Bein’ Bad,” are $35 and $30. Kansas “Shakin’” and “Leona.” will play on Aug. 31. The band would eventually Tickets are $35 and $30. display a serious side with Rednour said he is songs like “The Walk,” ecstatic about the overall “Gypsies on Parade” and


“Café on the Corner.” Sawyer Brown has reached the top of the Billboard singles chart three times, with “Step That Step,” “Some Girls Do” and “Thank God for You.” Mark Miller has been lead vocalist of the group for 32 years. The only personnel change in four decades has been at lead guitar. Bobby Randall left in 1991 and was replaced by Duncan Cameron, who quit to be a pilot for American Airlines in 2004. Shayne Hill has been lead guitarist for the last nine years. Lee Roy Parnell and Grace Askew, a finalist on “The Voice” this year, will open the concert. Montgomery Gentry is a Kentucky-based duet formed in the late 1990s by Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery. They were selected Vocal Duo of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2000 and joined the prestigious Grand Ole Opry in 2009. Meshing the influences of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. in their own unique style, Montgomery Gentry immediately kicked started their career with debut single “Hillbilly Shoes” and has been powered by 16 Top Ten singles, including “My Town,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Gone,” “Roll With Me” and “Back When I Knew It All.” Drew Baldridge, from Patoka, will be the opening act. He recently signed a major publishing deal in Nashville and polished his songwriting skills in Key West with tunesmiths from the industry. Formed in 2001, Therory of a Deadman is a quartet from Delta, British Columbia. The alternative

rockers have released four studio albums and scored seven Top Ten hits on the Mainstream Rock charts, including a pair of No. 1 singles, “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife.” Hard rockers Trapt will be the opening act for TOAD. Kansas established its signature sound in 1976 with “Carry On Wayward Son” and followed-up two years later with equally popular “Dust In The Wind.” The boys from Topeka cemented their place in the foundation of classic rock history with those two songs, which are enjoying their fifth decade in heavy rotation on rock radio.

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Gallatin County Fair features Popcorn Day RIDGWAY— The Gallatin County Fair/Popcorn Day festival is scheduled Sept. 5-15 at Ridgway. The fair kicks off with the livestock barn at the fairgrounds accepting cows, sheep and swine Sept. 5. The first event is the four-wheeler barrel race and truck tug of war at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the fairgrounds. Gate fees for most of the fairground events are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and pre-schoolers are free. Other events include a rodeo at 7 p.m. Sept. 7, a western horse show at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8 and the kiddie tractor pull at

7 p.m. Sept. 11. The Fair will also include pageants, arts and crafts, a carnival and gospel night, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 featuring The Lesters. One of the highlights of the fair is Popcorn Day which is set to start at 8 a.m. Sept. 14. The kiddie parade is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. with the carnival opening at 10 a.m. A variety of contests will start around 10 a.m. Sept. 14 including frog jumping, popcorn eating and bubble gum blowing contests. The giant parade will follow at 1 p.m. and the demolition derby starts at 5 p.m. Downtown, free stage entertainment begins at

2:30 p.m. with the band Glastone followed by the Nashville recording group Shenandoah at 3:45 p.m. Other musical groups include Us at 5 p.m.; Blend at 6:15 p.m. with encore performances by Us at 7:30 p.m., Blend again at 8:45 p.m. and the final stage act will be Shenandoah at 10 p.m. Also, the traditional free freshly-popped popcorn will be available downtown Thursday night, Friday night and all day Saturday in the popcorn pavilion near the stage. For more information on the events, call 618-2728971. —The Southern

Cache River Days features canoe tours ULLIN — The 19th Annual Cache River Days Sept. 7-8 features food, music, exhibits and a variety of family activities highlighted by guided canoe tours through the Cache River Wetlands. The weekend event includes activities in the half-million acre Cache River Watershed, with its forested hills and ancient cypress swamps, which looks more like the far South than Illinois. The wetlands support cypress trees that range from 500 to more than 1,000 years old — some of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. It shelters over 100 Illinois state threatened and endangered species, including river otters, bobcats and little blue herons.

It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance, putting it is the same ecological league as Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades. Cache River Days provides opportunities for visitors to experience the Cache River Wetlands through canoe tours that are scheduled throughout Saturday, Sept. 7. Participants will get a close-up view of ancient bald cypress trees while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of the largest remaining wetland resources in Illinois. This unique area harbors 250 species, from birds and river otters to turtles and frogs, providing great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Because the Cache River meanders slowly through

the swamp, it provides an enjoyable trip for both the beginning and experienced canoeist. There is no charge for guided tours, however, space is limited so to reserve a space, call Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231. A variety of activities are also on tap Sept. 7 and 8 in the village of Ullin. Many of the events get started around 7 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop at the welcome tent in Ullin for a list of all the times of the various activities. All programs are free. For more information, call 618-634-2231, 618-845-3445 or go to cypresscreek — The Southern z Page 10 Thursday, August 22, 2013 FLIPSIDE

Choir Auditions Southern Illinois Flute Choir: Flutists, age 16 and over, through Aug. 30; Auditions: For The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir; ages 5-16 years; call 618-541-6970 or email; through Sept. 20

Concerts Southern Illinois Friday Night Fair music: Secondary Modern, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; www.; 618-529-8040 Du Quoin State Fair concerts: Musical acts include Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Kansas, Sawyer Brown, Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Matt Maher, Brittany Loyd, Theory of a Deadman; fair runs from Aug. 23-Sept. 2; 618-5421535; www.duquoinstate Smoky Hollow String Band: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Mileur Orchard, west of Murphysboro on Illinois 149; free; homebaked strudel and Italian beef sandwiches available; 618-687-3663. Friday Night Fair music: Coulter, Goot & Wall, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; www.; 618-529-8040 Metropolis Labor Day Celebration: 2-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, Fort Massac State Park; music by Cross Harmony, 2 p.m.; Mike Hardison and Friends perform, 3:30 p.m.; The Melungeons, 5 p.m. and Cuttin Jessies, 6:30 p.m.; free; concessions available; bring lawn chairs Carbondale Rocks Revival: Three-day music

festival, Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 5-7, features several bands in various locations throughout the community; all-access pass to the festival, excluding the Woodbox Gang, $20; www.brownpaper Allen Edwards: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Meridian High School gym, Mounds; doors open, 6 p.m.; free with an advance admission ticket now available at the Jones Funeral Home Tamms-Villa Ridge; advance ticket admission only; jonesfuneral; 618-342-6622; 618-747-2213 Woodbox Gang: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Shryock Auditorium, SIU; headlining show for the Carbondale Rocks Revival; main floor, $15; balcony, $10; 618-4536000; www.southerntickets Lynyrd Skynyrd: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville; special guest, Blackberry Smoke; doors open, 4 p.m.; Tasting Room after party; tickets, $49.50; VIP, $126; 618-956-9900; Music Festival: Raddle The Bottoms Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival, 11 a.m.8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, St. Ann’s Church Yard, Raddle; features The Pickin’ Chicks, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Rural Kings and Ol’ Fishskins; food, auction; $2; younger than 10, free; 618-559-4287 Widespread Panic: Tickets on sale for Tuesday, Oct. 1 concert, SIU Arena Carbondale; concert will start at 7 p.m.; buy tickets at the SIU Arena Ticket Office; $30/$35/$40; www.siu or 618-4532000

Kentucky Stars of Tomorrow Show: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/ $15/$10/$7.50; www.; 888-4598704

String Band to entertain at orchard MURPHYSBORO — The Smoky Hollow String Band will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Mileur Orchard in Murphysboro. Banjoist Lew Hendrix and his wife, Cathie Hutcheson, on guitar, will also play at the concert. They are the lead instrumentalists of the longtime southern Illinois acoustic band Banjovi. They’ll be filling in the gap left by the departure of Smoky Hollow’s multi-instrumentalist Don Buedel and his wife, guitarist Lori Buedel. Don Buedel, also know as Missouri Don, died in June at age 59. Fiddlers Joanne Long, Kenny Lipe and John Jeschke, and percussionist/washtub bass player Carolyn Ferdinand, continue to play for the Smokies. Kenny’s brother, Larry Lipe, recently joined on rhythm guitar. Those attending the concert may bring lawn chairs for outdoor seating. Home-baked strudel and Italian beef sandwiches will available from the orchard’s kitchen on the day of the concert. Mileur Orchard is located one-and-a-half miles west of Murphysboro on Illinois 149. There is no charge to attend the concert. For more information, call 618- 684-4397 or 618-687-3663. — The Southern




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Cousin Andy’s Folkstravaganza starts Friday Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse kicks off the fall concert season with Folkstravaganza XIV at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 515 Orchard Drive. Local musicians include: Candy Davis, original folk Americana; Rog ‘n’ Bob, a comedy duo; After Barbed Wire, young, newgrass and Rural Kings, traditional and original bluegrass. The majority of concerts will be at Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 515

S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale with a $10 suggested admission price. The Folkstravanganza concert Friday is a benefit with all money raised helping Cousin Andy’s pay for the national folk performers who play music at Cousin Andy’s. Some of the concerts sponsored by Cousin Andy’s are also hosted by the Yellow Moon Café at 110 N. Front St., Cobden. For more, go to www. or www. — Brenda Kirkpatrick


‘Mortal Instruments’ opening not a good sign Mortal Instruments ** Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content; starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West, Jonathan RhysMeyers, Lena Headey; directed by Harald Zwart; now playing at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and Illinois 8 in Marion. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

There is most certainly an audience for the film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” fans of the six (planned) novels about demons, supernatural demon fighters, vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks. They’ll thrill to all the endless litany of runes, talismans, history and “rules” of this world of shadow-hunters descended from an angel that showed up to help crusading knights a thousand years ago. They’ll eagerly await the brief, throw-away visit to the “City of Bones” (a cemetery) of the title. And if you love exposition and shapely if bland young actors in leather, skinny jeans, knee boots, Goth cocktail dresses and heavy eye makeup, this may be the movie for you. Lily Collins is Clary, the birthday girl whose mother (Lena Headey of “300”) never told her about her heritage, why she keeps seeing signs and people with great hair stalking and stabbing demons in nightclubs and what not. Clary, dragging her unsuspecting admirer Simon (Robert Sheehan) along, finds out.

She was born into this world. Simon? He’s just a “muggle.” Sorry, “mundane,” a clueless human. They learn all this from the mop-topped warriorexplainer Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), who drives a Triumph motorcycle, flirts with Clary and has the tedious job of explicating every single thing to them and to the audience. “All religions assist us in our battle,” he says as they rummage through the demon-killing gear stashed beneath a New York church altar. “Magnus Bane. He’s a warlock. I should’ve known,” he mutters. Of course. The shadow-hunters fight “a war that can never be won, but must always be fought” the leader of their “Institute” (Jared Harris) teaches. We’re invited to draw our own parallels to modern battles against terrorism. Sometimes, vampires interfere. Sometimes, werewolves help. Johann Sebastian Bach’s contrapuntal compositions play a part.

Homoerotic come-ons play into the love triangles set up here. A magical cup, a “mortal instrument,” is sought by good guys and bad (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Cool effects? “The Portal” is a watery door to points in space and time, and the runes tattooed over the arms and chests of the shadow-hunters, glow when they’re doing their runish thing. It’s a stilted, silly mishmash of earlier fantasy franchises, with the occasional decent joke and frequent brawls involving swordplay and backflips. Director Harald Zwart has “Agent Cody Banks” and the recent “Karate Kid” among his credits. Which tells you the best they’re hoping for here is a “Percy Jackson” level of success. This franchise’s fate was sealed when bargain hunters Screen Gems got the distribution rights to it. And there’s no stopping them. “City of Ashes,” a second adaptation, is due out next year, probably dumped in late August, just like this one.

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World’s End *** Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references; starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine; directed by Edgar Wright; opening Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale. BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

“The World’s End” feels like a grand last hurrah, a victory lap for those “Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead/Spaced” mates Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and their writer/directorpartner-in-crime, Edgar Wright. A rollicking, drunken romp through beer, weepy co-dependency and alien pod people conspiracy



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theories, it allows these no-longer-lads one last chance to be lads playing guys who have aged out of getting drunk and hitting every pub in town, but trying to recapture that past. That’s what Gary King (Pegg) wants. We’ve met him recalling one epic pub crawl, “the Golden Mile,” from his youth 12 pubs in Newton Haven all in one night. Gary “The” King tells this tale at rehab. But that gets him to thinking. He and his four mates (Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan) never got from “The First Post” (a pub) to “The World’s End” (the twelfth). Even though they’re all 40-somethings, Gary rounds them up and somehow convinces each to join him for one last shot at glory. “It’s about closure!” Is it? Can a car salesman, a Realtor, a lawyer and contractor revive past sudsy glory? Can they forget the reasons they fell out with Gary who hasn’t changed wardrobe, cars or drinking habits over the decades? “I haven’t had a drink in over 16 years!” Andy (Frost) sneers. They can. It doesn’t matter that most of their pubs have fallen victim to “Starbucking” turned into corporate McPubs, even if the same 1993 publican is behind the bar. Our five beer-lovers may not hold their liquor as well and have families and different lives in the present and bad memories (Gary doesn’t) of the past. But they’re in it til “the bitter end. Or the lager end.”


‘Blue Jasmine’ is Allen at his best Blue Jasmine ****

with scalpel-sharp intelligence. Blanchett Rated PG-13 for mature makes Jasmine selfthematic material, deluded, deplorable, language and sexual dreamy and train-wreck content; starring Alec mesmerizing, delivering Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, the best film work of her dazzling career. It’s like a Cate Blanchett, Bobby Diane Arbus comedy Cannavale, Peter routine. Sarsgaard; written and Shooting his recent directed by Woody Allen; films in London, Paris, opening Friday at Barcelona and Rome University Place 8 in seems to have revived Carbondale. Allen. Here he’s almost painfully sharp. He uses BY COLIN COVERT his San Francisco MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS locations satirically, emphasizing the chasm Are we meant to laugh between Marin County or cry at the levels of mega-wealth and the narcissism on display in bedraggled working-class “Blue Jasmine”? Both, I neighborhoods south of think. Woody Allen’s the Financial District. triumphant dramatic Treating Jasmine to lunch comedy is an unsparing at a Fisherman’s Wharf portrait of a One bar and grill, Ginger Percenter in free fall. It’s always extra-funny to see squawks, “Isn’t it a person in top hat or tiara European?” Allen’s skid on a banana peel, yet camera holds for just a beat on a grimy container Cate Blanchett hits the ship docked at the next pavement so painfully that the guffaw catches in pier. Jasmine (nee Jeanette) your throat. and Ginger are adopted Jasmine, formerly sisters, we learn, and married to Hal (Alec Baldwin), a rich financial there’s no other way the fraudster, shopped till his princess and the serving girl could have had a Ponzi schemes dropped. relationship. Beautiful, poised and The tall, haughty bereft of any marketable skills, she is evicted from blonde Blanchett and petite, perky brunette her Park Avenue penthouse and reduced to Hawkins are like a heron and a sandpiper. Jasmine couch-surfing the deals with the indignity of cramped San Francisco having to work for income walk-up of her groceryclerk sister, Ginger (Sally by gulping Xanax with vodka. Hawkins). “Who do I have to sleep It sounds like the set with around here to get a up for a laugh-track Stoli martini?” she barks sitcom, but Allen constructs his characters at one point, telling us a lot about her sense of how with intricate care and things work. It’s not dissects their class clash


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surprising, given her selfmedication, that she lapses into reveries about her lost life, enabling Allen to cut back to scenes of those notentirely golden days. In addition to being a swindler, Hal was a cad with a yen for youngsters, and here Allen unpacks autobiographical material from his scandal-stained past. Ginger lives in the moment, eternally open and chipper. Her new boyfriend, roughneck car mechanic Chili (Bobby Cannavale), was planning to move in before Jasmine appeared on Ginger’s doorstep. His hostility toward Jasmine is partly fueled by self-interest, partly by resentment of her patrician airs, and partly by an honest desire to protect Ginger. Jasmine drives a wedge between the pair, judging Chili not “a man of substance,” and setting Ginger in search of a gent with more

potential, a quest less liberating than it sounds. Still an attractive woman (when she’s not in full Stoli meltdown) Jasmine’s prospects seem to brighten with the arrival of a politically ambitious diplomat (Peter Sarsgaard) in need of a woman with impeccable social skills. Other passengers on the film’s relationship merry-go-round include Michael Stuhlbarg as a schlubby dentist, Andrew Dice Clay as Ginger’s surprisingly soulful ex, and Louis C.K. as a sound engineer who is either carefree and amorous or sexually compulsive. All the characters share a common failing, the inability to face inconvenient facts. Lives constructed on pretense can only stand for so long. Watching them collapse is appalling but undeniably entertaining.

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