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A century-old building on Herrin’s main downtown street is bustling once again thanks to some entrepreneurship and strategic vision. Oh, and don’t forget the food. The Annex Coffee & Deli, which sits in the place of the highly popular former Annex movie theater, has grown substantially since opening its doors in 2011. Now with an expanded bakery area and menu, the Annex is offering a new selection of artisan breads, rolls and bagels. Deli owners Dr. Barry Vesciglio and Dr. Ted Van Acker don’t plan on stopping their improvement efforts any time soon. “Business is great and we feel over the past two years we’ve perfected our breakfast and lunch offerings,” Vesciglio said. “Now we are working on providing more dinner options, special events and developing our

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catering department.” The Annex dishes out a hot pasta special and three varieties of soup every day. Its “pick two” offering allows diners to try a wider variety of menu items, such as a half sandwich with soup, salad or pasta. Favorites also include the wide range of coffees and specialty drinks, as well as Italian pastries, cheese cakes cookies and cinnamon rolls. “We also do a cake of the month that can be purchased by the slice or a whole cake in our bakery,” Vesciglio said. Patrons can head into the Annex this month for a delicious Cannoli cake. Cakes are beginning to earn the Annex regional recognition. The deli fielded rave reviews from brides-to-be for its cake

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samples at the Ever After Bridal Expo earlier this month. Vesciglio says the Annex can cater any size party, from an intimate engagement dinner to an extravagant event. “We can also customize menu items to meet dietary concerns and individual tastes. If you can dream it, we can do it.” The Annex’s aspirations to improve its offerings and services align perfectly with the City of Herrin’s objectives. “Herrin is working hard to bring more people in to the downtown area and that’s very exciting for us all,” Vesciglio said. As Herrin and the Annex continue to grow together, one thing is certain: This popular diner will always stay grounded in quality products and elite customer service.


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New exhibitions now open at Cedarhurst in Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON— The 40th Scholastic Art Awards is now on display in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery and Beal Gallery at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. The annual student competition, open to seventh through 12th grade students in 28 southern Illinois counties, brought in over 650 entries from area students. A panel of three judges reviewed all submitted works and selected

American Vision Award nominees, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention certificate award recipients as well as the winner of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Administrative Counselor Scholarship. A total of 235 works of art will receive an award and are part of the Gallery exhibitions. Works of the top award recipients from the regional program move on to New York for a

national competition. The annual student exhibition will close with the Scholastic Art Award ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall at Cedarhurst. Cedarhurst is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 618-242-1236 or visit — The Southern

Misselhorn Gallery celebrates 25th anniversary SPARTA — The Misselhorn Art Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary Sunday with a reception and new exhibition at the Misselhorn Art Gallery at 611 W. Second St. Other activities planned throughout the year include a children’s art contest, student and adult art classes, a Sparta High School art exhibition, “The Roscoe Ride,” a bicycle ride dedicated to Roscoe Misselhorn to benefit the Roscoe Misselhorn Art Scholarship Fund, a

concert and vender fair and a banquet for trustees, scholarship recipients and guests. The new 25th anniversary Exhibition includes: Santa Fe Freight Train, circa 1960’s; North Carolina Mill, circa 1950’s; M and O Railroad Depot, Waterloo, 1982; Whipper Will Mine and Tipple, Jamestown, 1952; Cave In Rock, 1952; Post Office-First Berry Lincoln Store, New Salem, circa 1950’s; Flatboat, circa 1950’s; Hayshed in Snow, circa 1950’s; Old Mill, circa

1950’s and many more. Plans are to have the new exhibition on display until mid-March. Also, a commemorative lithograph, “The Railroad Ferry,” has been issued to honor Misselhorn’s lifetime dedication to art. For more information, call 618-443-3577 or visit www.misselhorngallery. com. — The Southern

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Illustrations come to life Eric Carle’s drawings to be featured in Benton show BY ADAM TESTA

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings its theatrical production of “The Very or more than 40 years, Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle children across the country and around the Favorites” to the Benton Civic Center at 7 p.m. globe have been Saturday, Jan. 25. entertained by the words The show uses threeand illustrations of Eric dimensional, full-moving Carle. puppets to bring His most famous work, “Caterpillar” and two of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” has captivated Carle’s other stories, readers since its release in “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed-Up Chameleon,” to 1969. The picture book life. also spawned a career of “I prefer to call what we more than 70 books and do object movement, of 125 million sales. which some of the objects Children and their we use are puppets” said families in Southern Jim Morrow, artistic Illinois have an opportunity to see Carle’s director of Mermaid works in a new way, as the Theatre. “Many of the THE SOUTHERN


objects we move through space don’t have a soul or personality; however, they’ve been executed beautifully.” “Caterpillar” follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry bug as he eats his way through a variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. “Little Cloud,” living high in the sky, playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, airplane, shark and more. “Chameleon” tells of a lizard bored with life, who is inspired by a trip to the zoo to emulate the animals he sees before finding the



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true value in his own self. Carle’s stories have been adapted, designed and directed by Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent. “I see the objects and the characters I helped create as if they’re actually living,” Morrow said. “We’ve been able to find a way to bring them to life,

and the performers have been able to affect them with some emotion.” Tickets for the hourlong performance are $15 and $20 and can be purchased online at For Morrow, shows like this are an opportunity to introduce new audiences to theater and hopefully hook them for years to come.

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Local duo Zola Road puts out record, harmonizing way to success COUNTRY SCENE Vince Hoffard

ola Road was a mundane street on the outskirts of Harrisburg at the start of 2013, an ordinary place that flew under the radar and attracted little attention from the outside world, just like Brian Smith and Megan Wren. The 21-year old Wren is an X-ray technician at the Harrisburg Medical Center, studying ultrasound at SIU, where she is scheduled to graduate in 2015. Smith, 33, graduated from the SIU School of Law in 2005 and he practices in Marion, specializing in civil litigation and workman’s compensation cases. The two attended church together and each were fully aware that the other possessed high quality vocal skills. While neither aspired to pursue a solo singing career, last January they mutually agreed to collaborate on a couple tunes just for fun.


From day one, the results have been jaw-dropping. Listeners are instantly captivated by the perfect harmony, swearing the pair must have been working together for years instead of weeks. “From the very beginning, it sounded so natural,” Smith said. “We knew very quickly that we had something special. We decided to work hard and see how far we could take this thing.” Wren says both members of the duo, who are actually distant relatives, have a long history of singing in church. “We grew up singing gospel music. That is where we learned to harmonize,” she said. Needing a name and a product to get established on the local music scene, the duo adopted the name Zola Road, the street where Wren was born and raised, then decided to record a CD to use for promotions. Equipped with a solid selection of original material written mainly by Smith, the newly formed Zola Road entered The Rock Recording Studio in Elizabethtown in March

and spent several weeks recording under the watchful eye of studio owner Joe Jenkins. “I wrote most of the songs we recorded, then Megan and I would work together to hammer out the arrangement,” Smith said. The result is an 11-track country/pop flavored disc titled “The Way You Burn Me,” which showcases powerhouse velvety vocal synchronization on a wide range of beefy material, including “Favorite Place,” “All I Want Is You” and a terrific cover of the Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean,” that is slowed way down and turned into a soft ballad. A coming out party of sorts for Zola Road was entering the Texas Country Showdown. They were virtually an unknown act as they advanced through two qualifying stages to make it to the regional finals at the Herrin Civic Center during Herrinfesta Italiana in late

May. They finished in a very respectable runner-up position in the field of 10 contestants, narrowly missing first place by three points. “It was really good exposure for us,” Wren said of the strong showing at Southern Illinois’ premier summer festival. Smith added: “We met a lot of good people at the showdown. We were disappointed that we didn’t win, but we were able to get our name out to so many people. Our Facebook exploded after that weekend.” Up to then, the singers had operated in virtual anonymity, except to their closest friends. Now, the secret was out of the bag. “People at my office knew I was a musician and I had a band, not much more than that, until Herrinfest,” Smith said. “Most of my friends don’t know the extent of what we are doing and how



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hard we are working to take it to the next level,” Wren added. Zola Road’s calendar was busy in the last half of 2013, with numerous shows at area clubs and wineries. At each stop, they expanded their fan base with shows filled with original material and covers of old and new pop and country material. The constantly evolving repertoire of the duo is as mixed as their influences. Smith is a big fan of songwriters and leans towards the music of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Wren is drawn to the music of The Civil Wars and Shania Twain. The future is definitely bright for Zola Road. “Last year just blew away our expectations. Neither

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Wineries SATURDAY Joey Dean Hale: 1-4 p.m. Rustle Hill Winery Marty Davis: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Ivas John Blues Band: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery SUNDAY Dave Caputo Duo: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Larry Dillard: 3-6 p.m. Honker Hill Winery FIND THEM HERE Alto Vineyards: Illinois 127, Alto Pass Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road,

Graves Tres Hombres, Woody Pines THURSDAY w/Billy Dan Langley Carbondale: Hangar 9, Marion: Hideout Restaurant, ClusterPluck/Blue Fruit Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 Snacks. p.m. PK’s, Flowers of Evil American Legion, Ninety Tres Hombres, Baby Head and Proof, 7:30 p.m. the Feathers Eagles, The Cruizers, 7-10 p.m. Marion: Williamson County Thompsonville: Old Country Fairground Hanna Building, Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & Big Lake Country Band, 6:30- Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, SUNDAY The Swing N’ Country Dance Marion: Eagles, The Cruizers, Band, 7-9:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m.

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618-997-8325 MONDAY Du Quoin: Derby’s Community Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618Hall, Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 303-5266 p.m. Derby’s Community Hall: 214 Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s High St., Du Quoin 618-201Country Band, 6-9 p.m. 1753 TUESDAY Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Herrin Teen Town, Country Carbondale 618-549-0511 Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. Herrin Teen Town: 105 N. 13th Marion: Hideout Restaurant, St., Herrin 618-889-3651 Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 J Dee’s Connection: 215 E. p.m. Main St., Benton Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, John Brown’s on the Square: Mike’s Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 FIND THEM HERE SATURDAY Just Elsie’s: 302 Jackson St., 20’s Hideout Restaurant: Carbondale: Hangar 9, Orient, 618-932-3401 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion Mountain Sprout/County Lion’s Club: South Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4888 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618997-6168 introducing Marion Eagles: Russell and Friday Night Longstreet Roads, Marion Pizza & Pasta Specials! 618-993-6300

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Events Care and Feeding of Birds: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress; also, make a bird feeder and a nesting box for birds; 618-657-2064 to register Red Carpet Gala: 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, The Pavilion, Marion; proceeds from the fundraiser to Hospice of Southern Illinois; cocktails, dinner, silent auction, celebrity performances; dinner, 6 p.m.; theme, The Way We Were; 618-997-3030 or email Viva Harrisburg Casino Night: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Southeastern Illinois College Foundation Center, Harrisburg; fundraiser for the

Harrisburg Medical Center Foundation; auction, music, gaming; $60; 618-2530403 Taste of Chocolate: Sponsored by the Women’s Center, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Carbondale Civic Center; chocolate, music, auction; $35; 618-549-4807, ext. 228

Theatre Auditions Auditions: For Radio Golf, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, McLeod Theater, SIU; also, auditions for Joan’s Laughter, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, C.H. Moe Theater, SIU; 618-4535741

Theatre Thespian Comedy Improv: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Rend Lake College Theater, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina; 618-437-5321; Shrek the Musical: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $15; www.marionccc. org or 618-997-4030

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‘Expressions II’ now on display at Corridor Gallery in Carbondale Civic Center CARBONDALE — “Expressions II,” a collection of works by artists who have been featured on the WSIU Television series “Expressions,” is now on display at the Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery located at 200 S.

Illinois Ave. A meet-the-artist reception will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in the Civic Center. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

through Jan. 31. For more info, contact Carbondale Community Arts at 618-457-5100 or or visit at — The Southern

Jonathan Rundman to perform in Anna ANNA — Minneapolisbased folk/pop songwriter Jonathan Rundman will make his first appearance in Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 with a performance at the Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St. Born and raised in the isolated FinnishAmerican communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Rundman has been writing songs and performing across the country since he was 18 years old. He emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating positive reviews in “Billboard,” “The New York Times,”

“Performing Songwriter” and “Paste.” His songs can be heard on radio stations across America, in Scandinavia and England and have been featured on television’s “Ellen Degeneres Show” and “CBS This Morning.” He navigates between folk music, garagey rock, sophisticated pop and Americana. The cost of the concert is $10. For more information or tickets, call 618-6970009 or 904-625-1109 or visit the box office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. — The Southern

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Patriot games rebooted in ‘Jack Ryan’ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ** Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief language; starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley; directed by Kenneth Branagh; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY JAKE COYLE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Having clung to the Russians as go-to villains long after the Cold War thawed, the movies find themselves current again with their favorite archenemy.

Cooling Russo-American relations have yielded an opening for the return of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst, just in time for the Sochi Olympics. In the Jack Ryan reboot, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Chris Pine takes over as the spy who was played by Alec Baldwin (“The Hunt for Red October”), Harrison Ford (“Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger”) and Ben Affleck (“The Sum of All Fears”). It’s a decent legacy of a dark-haired, intellectual action hero. Ryan is a navigator of murky, reasonably realistic, international espionage worlds. He has neither James Bond’s preternatural suavity nor Jason Bourne’s

visceral butt-kicking skills, but instead anxiously finds his way with patriotic cunning. “Shadow Recruit,” which was scripted without a Clancy book by Adam Cozad and David Koepp, tells a new backstory for Ryan. Inspired by Sept. 11, he joins the Marines and is heroically injured in Afghanistan. During his recovery, he meets his eventual fiancee (a doctor named Cathy played by Keira Knightley) and is lured to the CIA by a mysterious recruiter (Kevin Costner, unconvincingly trying to exude a Donald Sutherland-like gravitas). He’s covertly embedded at a Wall Street bank where he uncovers a Russian plot

to buy up U.S. Treasury bonds, which he suspects will be sold off in a coordinated act of terrorism and currency devaluation. Surely, if Ronald Reagan (whose endorsement of Clancy’s first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” propelled his fame) was still around, he’d swoon over a spy thriller based on the harrowing threat of inflation. Ryan’s investigation leads him to the Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin, played by Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the film. Certainly, it takes a bite out of the nationalistic politics when the movie’s villain is played by a knighted British actor known for his


Chris Pine stars in ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.’

Shakespeare work. Branagh endows his film with (mostly) oldfashioned competency — something often lacking in today’s action films — but little to distinguish it from superior thrillers that have come before. The best thing here is the sleekness of modern Moscow, where

much of the action takes place. The film is filled with a nighttime mix of neon and taillights set against the Kremlin and other monuments — a handsome enough rendering to send a viewer back to the recent Bond, “Skyfall,” for those elegant Shanghai scenes.

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Great pizza in a family-friendly environment. At Pizza and Pasta Express we take pride in serving our customers with lots of smiles and hospitality. We offer an alcohol-free, family environment with speedy service and positive attitudes. Children and adults of all ages enjoy our large-scale model train display that is suspended from above and in full operation while they dine. So come in and enjoy some of the best homemade Pizza and Pasta dishes found in the area. Be sure to try our famous Double Decker Pizza and award-winning Italian beef subs and salads.

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104 N Division, Carterville, IL 62918 618-985-6262 or 618-985-6999

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