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Pizza and Pasta Express is a mainstay in Carterville.

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‌When Frank Charles bought Pizza and Pasta Express in Carterville, he was in it for the long haul. Even the 20-year resident of the town has been surprised by the outpouring of support and customer loyalty. “In all of my years, this is the best, most loyal customer base I have ever had,” Charles said. “Every day is a blessing to be open and they have made it all possible.” Charles has built and maintained plenty of positive customer relationships throughout his two decades of accomplished work within the food service industry. Since purchasing the restaurant in 2008, he has sparingly tweaked the popular Pizza and Pasta Express menu as needed. Its chicken bacon ranch pizza is a mouth-watering mixture of the restaurant’s signature homemade ranch dressing, grilled marinated chicken strips, Canadian bacon, and 100-percent premium Italian mozzarella cheese blend. Other specialty options include the veggie and taco, or guests can create their own masterpiece. But it’s the double-decker that brings most customers through the doors. Charles starts the pie by adding sauce, cheese and toppings to a thin crust, then repeats the process and bakes the monster concoction to perfection. Guests can choose from deluxe, meatzza, chicken Alfredo,

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is provided as well, complete with toy trains. Pizza and Pasta Express also offers a banquet room for large groups and special occasions. The restaurant, founded in 1987, What: Pizza, pasta, salads, sandis closed on Mondays, but available wiches, buffets to private parties. Interested guests Where: 104 N. Division St., are urged to call and reserve ahead Carterville of time. Hours: Closed Monday; 11 a.m.“We have had a lot of birthday 1 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Tuesdayparties here on Monday nights or Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; post-game get-togethers,” Charles 4-10 p.m. Sunday said. “Guests like it because they Phone: 618-985-6262 kind of have it all to themselves.” Web: www.pizzaandpastaexpress. LGB Model Trains have been a com part of Pizza and Pasta Express’s success from its earliest days. Children and adults of all ages enjoy the or buffalo chicken, to name a restaurant’s large-scale model train few options. “We have been able to retain a lot display that is suspended in the air and in full operation to enhance the of customers because they know they will get high-quality food and dining experience. “Carterville is such a great place great service here,” Charles said. Diners who opt for the lunch and to own a business,” Charles said. dinner buffets get to fill up on pizza, “There are always people out and about and everybody is nice and pasta, bread sticks, salad and dessupportive.” sert pizza. A special area for kids

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anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays; through May 31 Luca Cruzat: New Prints 2014/ Summer exhibition, International Print Center of New York; Cruzat is a Carbondale artist; exhibit will run from May 30 to July 1; reception, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 , IPCNY, 509 26th St., 5th floor, New York; jurors selected 49 works from over 3000 submissions; art also exhibited at Christie’s Show room, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York from July 9 to July 16 Du Quoin Library of Arts: 6 S. Washington St., Du Quoin; exhibit of the works of the late Paul Schirmer; through June 15; exhibit housed in the old Du Quoin Library building; 618-790-4036; LibraryofArts@gmail.com Daedalus’ Wings: Installation by Luca Cruzat, The Gallery Space, law office of Joni Beth Bailey, 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayFriday; through June

French artist: Camille Ticheur, Weaver’s Cottage, 1904 Bass Lane, Carbondale; through June; first exhibit by Ticheur in the United States; 618 457-6823 Light Up the Night: Exhibit by Scott Morris of Karnak, Harrisburg District Library; acrylic paintings; many are street scenes of Paducah; closing reception, July 13 Stitching and Painting: The Art of Faith Ringgold, Mounds African American Museum, 216 N. Front St.; 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; through July 27; 618-745-6183 Paint on the Wall: By Shawn Vincelette, Pavilion of the City of Marion, 1602 Sioux Drive; heavy acrylic paintings; through July 2014; also, prints and mini prints from the Marion Landmarks Series, a collection of drawings inspired by Marion’s past; 618-993-2657

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Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Alto Vineyards, 8515 Highway 127, Alto Pass; fundraiser for the Touch of Nature Environmental Center; food, raffle, wine tasting; music by The Ivas John Band, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; $15; www. altovineyards.net, or call 618-893-4898 Grace Race: 7 p.m. Comedy‌ Friday, June 6, Grace United The Carbondale Methodist Church, 220 N. Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, Tower Road, Carbondale; 5K Hangar 9, Carbondale; run, 5K walk and a 1-mile fun 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station run/walk; www.gumc.net/ 13, Carbondale; see The race.htm; 618-457-2818 Carbondale Comedians on Arts in the Park: 8 a.m.Facebook 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, city park, Harrisburg, 921 W. Events‌ Poplar St.; artisans, crafters, Gen. John A. Logan cupcake walk, music, food; Centennial Celebration: 618-252-6033 Starts 9 a.m. Saturday, May Tractor Drive and 24, Murphysboro; dedication Banquet: Saturday, June of markers; speakers; parade; 7, Illinois Harvest LLC, wreath laying at Murphysboro 5355 Golden Eye Road, Middle School; www.visitmur- Pinckneyville; features The physboro.com Peterson Farm Brothers; HerrinFesta Italiana tractor drive begins 1:30 p.m. Bocce Tournaments: and the banquet starts Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, 6 p.m.; admission to the bocce complex, West Walnut tractor drive and banquet, Street, Herrin; www.herrin$50; banquet only, $25 for festa.com/event/bocce adults and $8 for children Wine With Friends: 12 and under; register or Before He Was Fab: George Harrison’s First American visit, discussion and book signing by author Jim Kirkpatrick, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, Harrisburg District Library; light lunch; 618-253-7455

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murphysborochamber.com Alto Pass Springfest: Saturday, May 24, downtown Alto Pass; flea market, games, silent auction, parade, water fights, treasure hunts, dunking tanks, school reunion roll call, veterans salute; trade fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; 618967-6243; 618-893-2490; 800-248-4373; southernmostillinois.com Christopher Homecoming: ThursdaySunday, May 29-June 1, Dennison Memorial Park; carFestivals‌ 24th HerrinFesta Italiana: nival, 5K run/walk, car show, bocce ball tournaments; karaCelebrates the Italian oke contest, 8 p.m. Thursday, heritage of Herrin, today May 29; music by Fertile Soil, through Monday, May 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 30; golf, bocce ball, carnival, beard and mustache contest; carnival starts 5 p.m.; also Lions Club pancake breakfast, concerts; grand parade, 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24; May 31; music Saturday by downtown Herrin and Herrin Civic Center; 618-942-5055; Jackson Junction, 7 p.m.; Ice Cream Social, 2-4 p.m. herrinfesta.com Sunday, June 1; Christian Riverside Art & Wine music, 2-4 p.m. Sunday; 618Festival: Wineries, fine arts, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 218-1710; cityofchristopher. Riverside Park, Murphysboro; org Ava Homecoming: Ivas John Band, noon-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June and Fertile Soil, 4-7 p.m.; 5-7, Bower Park, Ava; 21 or older; $10 in advance, carnival rides, bands, raffles; $15 at the gate, $5 for non-drinkers; 618-684-6421; 618-426-3641 RSVP by Wednesday, May 28; sponsored by the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum; 618-357-8908; 618-571-1854; irhmuseum@gmail.com; www.illinoisruralheritagemuseum.org Ainad Shriners Circus: Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; performances, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; $14/$10; SoILshrinercircus.com

Heritage Days: 10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, Schlosser Complex Historic Site, 114 W. Walnut St., Okawville; flea market,town-wide yard sales, farmers’ market, country store; 618-243-5694 31st annual Superman Celebration: ThursdaySunday, June 12-15, Metropolis; Super Trek Bike Ride, costume contest, carnival; guests, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams, Valerie Perrine and Aaron Smolinski; 618524-2714; metropolistourism. com LeveeFest 2014: Starts 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14, Jacob; proceeds for levee repairs; starts with half marathon, 8 a.m., Bottoms Up Bar & Grill, 3683 Neunert Road; basketball horse tourney, 1 p.m., Christ Lutheran Gym, 184 W. Jacob Road; fried chicken dinner, 4-7 p.m., Bottoms Up; music by We’ve Got It Covered and Murphy 500, 5-10 p.m.; adult, $20; ages 6-12, $8; 5 and younger, free; bring lawn chairs; 618763-4615; 618-318-3855

discoversoutheasternil.com Dedication ceremony: Historical marker, at the location of Carbondale College and Southern Illinois College, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, Carbondale Public Safety Center, 501 S. Washington St.; 618-457-3226 Fort De Chartres Summer Rendezvous: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, Fort de Chartres, 1350 Illinois 155, Prairie du Rocher; camp life, 1750-1820 reenacted; 618-284-7230; ftdechartres. com Trivia Contests‌ $1,000 Grand Prize Trivia Contest: Brews Brother Taproom, 1105 Chestnut St., Murphysboro; weekly trivia, 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 2; main trivia event, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7; no entry fee; 618-687-1111; marykat1@hotmail.com 11th annual Trivia Night: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Benton Public Library, 502 S. Main St.; $10 person; doors open, 6 p.m.; 618-438-7511

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McLeod Summer Playhouse: Tickets now on sale for Oklahoma, Monty Outdoor movie: Frozen, dusk, Friday, May 23, Walker’s Python’s Spamalot, Anything Goes and a children’s Bluff Gazebo, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville; bring chairs production of Charlotte’s Web; Oklahoma, June 20-22 and blankets; concessions and June 27-29; Spamalot, available; 618-956-9900; July 11-13 and July 18-20; www.walkersbluff.com Anything Goes, July 30-Aug. 3; three-show season History‌ subscription, $55 for adults Old Herrin photographs: and $20 for students ages Slideshow, 1 and 6 p.m. 17 and under; individual Friday, May 23, Herrin City Library; photos acquired from tickets to Oklahoma and Spamalot, $25 for adults and locals $10 for students; Anything Life On The Illinois Goes, $16 for adults and $8 Frontier: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for students; three plays Saturday, May 24, Saline presented at McLeod Theater, Creek Pioneer Village and SIU; Charlotte’s Web, starts Museum, 1600 Feazel St., June 7, C.H. Moe Theater, SIU; Harrisburg; rope-making, $12/$8; playhouse.siu.edu; corn-shelling, wagon rides; 618-25-7342; 618-841-3362; 618-453-6000

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Lions, tigers, elephants and acrobats coming to Du Quoin

Grace Race features fun run June 6 in Carbondale

‌DU QUOIN — The 48th annual Ainad Shriners Circus returns to the Du Quoin state fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Fun Time Shows will bring tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns and contemporary acts to the threering stage. The circus also includes aerial and high wire acts with acrobats. David, the Human Cannonball, the current Guiness Book World record holder will be one of the featured acts plus the Windy City Tumblers from Chicago. “It’s great that we have several new acts for this year’s circus. This is an opportunity for the entire family to have fun, young and old and especially young at heart,” said Rick Sieben, Ainad Shriners Potentate. Denver Tolbert and Roger Ellis serve as the local chairmen for the Du Quoin chapter. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children and may be purchased at all Southern Illinois Hucks locations, MotoMart Convenience Stores and Schnucks Supermarket. Also, tickets may be purchased at the circus ticket window on the day of

‌CARBONDALE — The 23rd annual Grace Race will take off at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Grace United Methodist Church, 220 N. Tower Road. The event will include a 5K Run, 5K Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Registration fees are $17 for the 5K Run or Walk or $15 if registered before May 30; $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk or $8 if registered before May 30. For registration information visit the web at www.gumc.net/race. htm or call 618-457-2818.

Participants also may register on site from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Friday, June 6. Race T-shirts will be given to the first 275 entries. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female winners. — The Southern

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the show. The circus tickets can be used at any of the six circus locations: Belleville, Waterloo, Jerseyville, Olney, Salem and Du Quoin. For more information, go to SoIL shrinercircus.com. — The Southern

Historical marker dedication set May 31 in Carbondale ‌CARBONDALE — A dedication ceremony for an Illinois state historical marker, commemorating the location of Carbondale College and Southern Illinois College is set for May 31. The dedication will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Carbondale Public Safety Center, 501 S. Washington St., the former site of Carbondale College. Carbondale College was the first college in Carbondale and contributed to Carbondale being selected as the site for what would become SIU. Carbondale College was established by the

Presbyterian Church in 1856, with support from town founder, Daniel Brush and business man James Campbell. During the Civil War, Carbondale and Carbondale College suffered hardships and the college was sold to the Christian Church. The Christian Church renamed the college Southern Illinois College. In 1868, Illinois State Governor Palmer authorized a teacher’s training college in the southern portion of the state. Strong community support coupled with the presence of Southern Illinois College having a student body of 300 played a pivotal role in Carbondale

being selected as the site for that college. Originally Southern Illinois Normal University, the college was renamed Southern Illinois University in 1947. The City of Carbondale Preservation Commission is holding the dedication ceremony with the assistance of the Illinois State Historical Society. The financial support for the marker was provided by Carbondale First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale First Christian Church and SIU. For more information about the dedication ceremony, call 618-457-3226. — The Southern

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Epic fairytale ‘Into The Woods’ comes to Anna in June ‌ANNA — Several wellknown characters will be brought to life in a production of “Into the Woods” set for Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, in Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St. The play is the

authorized version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Co-directors of “Into the Woods” are Hillary Hines and Joey Johnson. Music director is Derek Hamblin. In this show, the Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where individual worlds collide. Lapine and Sondheim take favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a relevant modern classic. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella who wants to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk.

When the Baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish may finally be granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results and lessons to be learned. The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Admission is $10. Purchase tickets by emailing joeyaj08@gmail. com, going to www. brownpapertickets.com or visit the Anna Arts Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. — The Southern

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McLeod Summer Playhouse mixes old favorites with the new ‌CARBONDALE — The upcoming McLeod Summer Playhouse season includes a subscription series of three productions and a special performance for a young audience. The subscription series includes “Oklahoma!,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and the CCA All Southern High School Theatre Project production of “Anything Goes.” The special theater for young audiences is the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web,” adapted to the stage by SIU alumnus Joseph Robinette. MSP is Southern Illinois’ professional summer theater and has been a part of the cultural community since the 1950s. “The Playhouse is a wonderful asset to the region,” says Trish Welch, president of the Board of the Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse. “It creates opportunity that otherwise would not exist for young artists, the faculty and staff and the community. That’s a winwin-win.” “I’ve been coming for almost 35 years,” said Laura Lipe. “We look forward to it every summer. The shows are great.” “What’s exciting are the families,” said Vincent Rhomberg, director of marketing for the Playhouse. “It’s wonderful to see young people, all dressed up for the occasion, coming to the shows and enjoying themselves. It’s an affordable gift parents and grandparents are giving to new generations.” The Playhouse subscription series opens June 20 with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s great American musical “Oklahoma!” playing June 20-22 and June 27-29. Show times are 7:30 p.m.

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Musical theater is a big part of the McLeod Summer Playhouse series. That tradition continues this summer with productions of ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Oklahoma.’

Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” the stage adaptation of the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” plays July 11-13 and July 18-20 with the same performance schedule. The series concludes with “Anything Goes,” Cole Porter’s tuneful, toe-tapping, high seas, madcap adventure, which is presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday July 30 to Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3. The box office is now open. The three-show season subscription is $55 for adults and $20 for students ages 17 and under and is a savings over individual ticket prices. Individual tickets to “Oklahoma!” and “Spamalot,” are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets to “Anything Goes” are $16 for adults and $8 for students. In addition to the summer subscription series,

the Playhouse will present a professional theater for young audience production of “Charlotte’s Web,” the story of the friendship of an irresistible pig and an extraordinary spider. The 50-minute, one-act version of the production is geared toward audiences ages 3–10 and is presented in the C.H. Moe Theater on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays, June 7 though July 12. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/ children, and seating is general admission. The play runs 2 p.m. Saturdays June 7, 21 and July 12 and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11, 25, July 2 and 16. Tickets can be obtained in person from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the McLeod Theater or Arena Box Office, online at playhouse.siu. edu, by phone at 618-4536000 or at the McLeod Theater box office one hour before each performance.


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THE SILVER SCREEN OF SUMMER Hollywood prepares for blockbuster season

Djimon Hounsou plays a new villain, Drago. 22 Jump Street: Jonah Hill ‌This year’s summer movie sea- and Channing Tatum are back son started early with the release as youthful undercover cops, of “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and now pretending to be college age. Directed by Phil Lord “Neighbors,” but don’t worry, and Christopher Miller (“The there’s plenty left to come. Lego Movie”). The summer’s overall lineup is more varied than you might expect. Superheroes abound, of Opening June 20 course, but some come with a Jersey Boys: A big-screen vertwist: Marvel’s “Guardians of the sion of the Tony Award-winning Galaxy” and Paramount’s “Teenage musical about Frankie Valli and Mutant Ninja Turtles” appear to be the Four Seasons. Several actors offering laughs as well as action. reprise their stage roles. Clint There also are musical movies Eastwood directs. (“Jersey Boys,” the James Brown Think Like a Man Too: The main biopic “Get on Up”), food movies cast and crew of the 2012 rom(“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) and com “Think Like a Man” return even two Westerns — one a comedy for the sequel. It’s set in Las from Seth MacFarlane, the other a Vegas. With Michael Ealy, Megan drama starring Natalie Portman. Good and Kevin Hart.

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Lucy: Writer-director Luc Besson (“La Femme Nikita,” “The Professional”) finds his latest female action hero in Scarlett Johansson. She plays a woman who turns the tables on her captors. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: What began as a parody of four different comic books in the 1980s became a successful media and merchandising franchise through the 1990s. Time for a reboot. With Megan Fox.

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HerrinFesta Italiana may have captured lightning in a bottle once again with country star Thomas Rhett

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t’s nice to see the Illinois Tourism Bureau and the Billboard Music Award in agreement when it comes to greatness. Recently, the state agency named COUNTRY HerSCENE rinFesta Vince Hoffard Italiana the Best Festival In Illinois, an amazing achievement for a local event that was competing against major cities like Rockford, Peoria and Kankakee. Led by a small army of nearly 200 volunteers, the event kicked off Monday and gets into full swing tonight with the opening performance on the main stage.

The quality of talent attracted to the Billboard show was obvious by simply watching the elaborate production Sunday on ABC. “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, the band that was the closing act at HerrinFest last year, was named Top Country Song of 2014. During the three-hour broadcast, FGL performed new single “This Is How We Roll,” with superstar Luke Bryan, another HerrinFest alumni. Blake Shelton was nominated for multiple awards on the show, too. He is another HerrinFesta veteran. HerrinFesta spokesman Chris Trapani says the entertainment committee closely scrutinizes every performer considered for celebration. A vital, yet

unpredictable, characteristic is potential for future success. In the past, the panel hit a pair of home runs by signing the Dixie Chicks and sold out last year’s FGL concert. Both acts were virtually unknown when they inked contracts six months before coming to Southern Illinois but had amazing career development in the weeks leading up to the big event. The committee may have captured lightening in a bottle again with Thomas Rhett. He is the featured attraction at HerrinFesta on Sunday. The 24-year old Georgia sensation has cracked the Billboard Top 10 with his last two singles, “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some Of That.” He broke

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onto the national scene in 2012 with debut single “Something To Do With My Hands,” and followed up with the reflective “Beer With Jesus,” cowritten with Fairfield native Lance Miller. Rhett strives to keep his young crowd engaged by performing high-energy shows that are saturated with relevant topics and infectious beats. “We try to put the set together where we can have transitions that feel right,” Rhett says. “It’s like, you knock ‘em, you knock ‘em, you knock ‘em, and then you give them a three minute chance to breathe and then you knock ‘em again. It never stops. Our set this year, there’s no time to breathe. I think it takes until song nine until I can get a sip of water.” Rhett did everything he could to take country music off his radar as a career option. He is the son of successful country music artist Rhett Akins, who rose to stardom in the mid-1990s with hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started,” before entering into a decade-long

tailspin. His dad reinvented himself as a songwriter and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2011. Witnessing first hand the brutal battle a country artist must constantly fight was enough to turn the sibling towards alternative career options. “My whole life, I swore I was never going to do music,” Rhett said. He valiantly tried another path. After a serious knee injury derailed a successful prep athletic career, his interest was spurred to study kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Simply because of his background, he knew a lot about music. He played drums and occasionally would perform on stage with his dad. At 9, he rapped Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” during an encore at an Aktins’ concert. He had a band in high school. So, in college, it wasn’t a long stretch to get him to play at frat parties. It was there he discovered a new culture. People his age loved Jason Aldean but music by Nickelback and Snoop Dogg was on the same play list. The lines

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were truly getting blurred. “These are the kids that are trendsetters,” Rhett said. “They are downloading music on their iPod, jamming it in their cars and playing it with friends. Those people become loyal and they want to be the people that said they found you first.” When his dad ask him if he wanted to work as the opening act for an industry showcase being presented by Frankie Ballard, Rhett agree. Although it was a non-paying gig and he got a parking ticket unloading his equipment, it was definitely a lifechanging event. His original material instantly impressed industry executives. As a result of the show, he signed a publishing deal and was soon co-writing with heavyweights like Chris Stapleton, Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman. Eventually, Rhett would perform showcases of his own and seven labels expressed interest in signing him to a recording contract. After much deliberation, he inked a deal with Scott Borchetta and Valory Records. Suddenly, he was on the same team as Justin Moore and using the same producer as Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. As a songwriter, it was easy to let Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line record his compositions “1994” and “Round Here.” Entertainment at Herrinfesta starts tonight with featured act David Nail, followed by Three Days Grace on Friday, Blue Oyster Cult on Saturday, Rhett on Sunday and Tyler Farr on Monday. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or vincehoffard@yahoo. com.


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of whom need a father figure, since their dad (Joel McHale) is a no-show. Every set-up is an eyeroller. Jim and Lauren stumble into each other at STUDIO‌ the drug store. He’s cluelessly buying tampons for Adam Sandler rides an ostrich in ‘Blended,’ which opens Thursday. his teen, she’s replacing a ROGER MOORE porn mag she ripped up for McClatchy-Tribune News‌ her teen. Maybe the sort of guy absurdly contrived joint Gags and one-liners that who peoples his movvacation/safari. ‌These days, Adam would be discarded in a ies with jocks (Shaq) and The wild-eyed Crews, Sandler is a bottle of beer jockcasters (Dan Patrick) in better comedy are trotted dancing and crooning, that’s lost all its bubbles out and then underlined cameos, along with other bumping and grinding, — cheap, mass produced here. When Lauren gives washed-up comics of his sings of the “blending” domestic beer. the tomboy “Larry” a generation. that will go on during this So let’s focus on what girlish makeover, she Jim’s a widower, meant week of non-traditional works in his latest, to explain Sandler’s sleep- debuts hearing “I’m Every families wildlife watch“Blended,” because he Woman” in her head, her walking demeanor. His ing and bonding. He is sure doesn’t. possible new beau hears daughters need a mom the Greek chorus for this Drew Barrymore, in her “I’ll Make Love to You” Lauren is newly third pairing with Sandler, obvious, stale and stiff while her dad panics and divorced, with a maddenstill brings energy and con- comedy, a shirtless jolt hears “It’s the End of the ingly rude and hormonal viction to her performance of life (the man’s pecs do World, and We Know It.” teen (Braxton Beckham) a dance all their own) in as Lauren, a mother of and tantrum-tossing tween Hilarious. Let’s repeat that two thrown together on an this lesser entry in the (Kyle Red Silverstein), both musical joke, shall we? career of the aptly-nickAfrican vacation with this lump she met on the Blind named “Sandman.” We are deep into the Date from Hell — a blind “family comedy” stage date at Hooters. of Sandler’s working life, Wendi McClendonfamilies where the kids Covey, playing her best cuss and rhinos hump, friend Jen, delivers a comically furious turn and where Jim urinating long either upstages Barrymore and loudly outside of a tent is played for a laugh, where or forces Drew to play at her level. Watch and listen the past-expiration-date Kevin Nealon and a jiggly/ to the two of them berate funny Jessica Lowe (the an obnoxious, snarky new Anna Faris?) are the loser-dad at Lauren’s only oversexed other “nonson’s Little League game traditional family” that the — shouting, talking over dollars a lB* Lauren-Jim ensemble pair each other, name-calling. 5lb or more please preorder up with. It’s Vince-and-Owen-inJim is raising three emo”Wedding Crashers” good. tionally stunted daughters And then there’s Terry to be pseudo-jocks, like Crews, who steals the Open Memorial Day movie as the MC and singer himself. Who nicknames from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. of an African vocal group at his daughter Hilary (Bella Come on down for some authentic Thorne) “Larry”? Who the Sun City resort where southern food and hospitality today. would name his troubled Jim (Sandler), the sad middle daughter (Emma sporting goods salesman, Fuhrmann), the one and Lauren, the profes(618)457-8000 sional closet organizer, and who “still talks to (dead) 887 E. Grand • Carbondale, IL L *Must Bring in this ad their five kids end up in an Mom,” Espn?

Festival features ‘Mostly Mozart’ ‌Mostly Mozart in the Midwest is the theme of the 10th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival. This year’s festival will take place June 10-30. The Music Festival features over three dozen performances in venues from Carbondale to Cairo and various other points around SIU in Carbondale, the major sponsor of the festival. In addition to members of the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, musicians from throughout the world perform. Highlights include two operas, Donizetti’s tragedy, “Lucia di Lammermoor” (June 13 and 15) and Mozart’s s comic masterpiece, “The

Abduction from the Seraglio” (updated to a “Star Trek” setting, June 27 and 29); “Mozart in Motion,” a contemporary ballet set to two Mozart Concertos, (June 20 and 21), with performances by professional and local dancers; a Battle of Normandy 70th Anniversary Tribute (June 21 and 24) and Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass (June 22 and 28) for soloists, choir and orchestra. The majority of the performances are free. Admission for other performances are noted on the schedule at www.sifest. com. Tickets are available at the event, or by calling the Marion Civic Center box office at 618-9974030 or online at www. marionccc.com. — The Southern

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Wine with Friends benefits Touch of Nature ‌ALTO PASS — Wine With Friends, a fundraiser for the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, will feature food, activities for adults and children, music, raffle and wine tasting. The event is set from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 1 in Alto Vineyards, 8515 Illinois 127. Music will be provided by The Ivas John Band from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Food will be available from Pat’s BBQ & Catering.

Admission to the event is $15. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with disabilities and others who attend outdoor programs at SIU Touch of Nature Environmental Center, a nationally recognized leader in environmental education, therapeutic recreation and adventure programs. For directions or more information, visit: www. altovineyards.net or call 618-893-4898. — The Southern

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Centralia Carillon features tower bellx ‌CENTRALIA – The Centralia Carillon Summer Series will feature internationally-renown performers at several concerts in May, June and August. The concerts get under way Friday, May 23 with a concert by Carlo van Ulft, director of the Centalia Carillon. The concerts feature the playing of bells located in a tower at 114 N. Elm St. All the performances are at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and last around 50 minutes. Concert dates and performers include: Frans Haagen of The Netherlands, May 30; Eddy Mariën of Belgium, June 6; van Ulft, request concert, June 13; Lee

Cobb of Florida, Aug. 22; Carol Jickling Lens of Colorado, Aug. 29 and the second request concert by van Ulft, Sept. 5. The request concerts will allow the audience to select 10 works from a list of about 600 pop songs to be played during the concert. Concert goers may make a song request in advance by contact van Ulft via email at carlo@ centralia-carillon.org. A free climb of the tower will also be available after every concert. Concertgoers are requested to bring lawn chairs. There is no charge for the performances. For more information, call 618-533-4381. — The Southern

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Hangar 9 features Bobby Bare Jr. May 31 ‌CARBONDALE — Bobby Bare Jr. will be performing an album release show Saturday, May 31 in Hangar 9. Bare’s new album, “Undefeated” is out on Bloodshot Records. Some say Bare Jr. could have phoned in a career and exploited the fact that he’s the son of iconic Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare. He was born into Nashville’s Music Row elite and counted artists like Shel Silverstein as close family friends and George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors. But most agree that his music is not strictly country but features some songs that are “rocked up.” According to SPIN Magazine, “Despite being Nashville royalty by bloodline, Bobby Bare Jr. has never been easy to pin down as strictly country. On ‘North of Alabama by Mornin’, the kickoff track

to Bare’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League’s forthcoming ‘Undefeated,’ Bare sounds as rockedup as ever. Opening with throbs of distortion, a martial stomp-along beat and ominously squalling guitars.” The song list on the album includes distorted pop rock gems “North of Alabama By Mornin’” and “Don’t Stand At the Stove” plus “Don’t Wanna Know” and “The Elegant Imposter.” “The 10 rootsy Americana-style rock songs are at once poignant and shot through with mordant wit,” reads a review in the Wall Street Journal. Hobo Knife will open the Hangar 9 concert. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. for those 19 and older with the show starting at 10 p.m. For more information, go to www.thehangar9. com/events.

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Coulter, Goot and Wall: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Grotto Lounge/Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-549-6400 Tim Beattie: 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Grotto


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THURSDAY‌

Benton: Senior Center, The Swing N’ Country Dance Band, 7-9:30 p.m. Carbondale: Hangar 9, Pizza Port/Lost Abbey PK’s, Jolly/Alliswell/ Fabulous Decline Tres Hombres, Flowers of Evil w/Hans Predator

FRIDAY‌

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Carbondale: Hangar 9, The Whistle Pigs w/Jenny and The Johnsons PK’s, The Deciders Tres Hombres, Nasty Nate/Janis Esch, 6-9 p.m., patio Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Club, #Pop, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ina: Community Building, Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Marion: Youth Center,

Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m.

SATURDAY‌

Carbondale: Hangar 9, The Ivas John Band PK’s, Annihilate The Hero Tres Hombres, White Trash Blues Revival/The Well, Well, Wells Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m. American Legion, Mixed

Company, 7:30 p.m. Eagles, Freedom, 7-10 p.m. Murphysboro: Moose Lodge, Lewis Creek Band, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; fish fry, 5-7:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m.

SUNDAY‌

Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Club, Jackson Junction featuring Deanna Freeman, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Marion: Eagles, Freedom, 6-9 p.m.

MONDAY‌

Carbondale: Tres Hombres, Molly Gene One Whoa Man Band Du Quoin: Derby’s Community Hall, Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m.

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Dirtwater Fox: 7-10 p.m., Walker’s Bluff

Alto Vineyards: Illinois 127, Alto Pass Bella T Winery: 755 Parker City Road, Creal SATURDAY‌ Springs As Girls Go: 2-5 p.m., Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 Blue Sky Vineyard Ol’ Moose: 2-6 p.m., Owl S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Creek Winery Honker Hill Winery: 4861 Laid Back Duo: 3-6 p.m., Spillway Road, Carbondale Walker’s Bluff Orlandini Vineyard: 410 Sharon Clark Blues Thorn Lane, Makanda Band: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Von Owl Creek Vineyard: Jakob Winery & Brewery Diamond Dog: 4-8 p.m., 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden StarView Vineyards Lincoln Heritage Mr. Swamp Fox: Winery: 772 Kaolin Road, 7-10 p.m., Walker’s Bluff Cobden Pheasant Hollow SUNDAY ‌ Winery: 14931 Illinois 37, Barry Cloyd: 2-5 p.m., Whittington Blue Sky Vineyard Rustle Hill Winery: U.S. Chris Slone: 2-5 p.m., 51, Cobden Walker’s Bluff StarView Vineyards: Laid Back Duo: 2-6 p.m., 5100 Wing Hill Road, Owl Creek Winery Dave Caputo Duo: 2:30- Cobden Von Jakob Winery & 5:30 p.m., Von Jakob Winery Brewery: 230 Illinois 127, & Brewery Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff: 326 MONDAY ‌ Vermont Road, Carterville Nate Staub: 2-6 p.m.,

HerrinFesta Italiana concerts: Thursday, May 22-Monday, May 26, Herrin; includes David Nail, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Three Days Grace and Blue Oyster Cult; go to HerrinFesta.com for show times and tickets Friday Night Fair music: Secondary Modern, 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 23, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; food; crafts; www. carbondalemainstreet.com; 618-529-8040 The WannaBeatles: Beatles tribute band, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake of Egypt, 75 Egyptian Parkway, Creal Springs; $20; benefits the Williamson County Family Crisis Center Homeless Shelter; Legends on the Lake will continue all summer with tributes to Jimmy Buffet, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Journey, Elton John; www. egyptianhillsresort.com for complete list; 618-364-8088 or 618-996-3449 Blend: Brown Bag Concert,

Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m.

TUESDAY‌

Herrin: Teen Town, Country Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Barb’s Place: 206 E. Market St., Christopher 618-724-5562 Carbondale Eagles: 1206 W. Linden St. 618-529-9345 Corner Dance Hall: 200 Franklin St., Whittington 618-303-5266 Curbside: 227 W. Main St., Carbondale 618-490-1539 Derby’s Community Hall: 214 High St., Du Quoin 618-201-1753 Gwen Wynn Senior Center: North 9th St.,

Benton 618-967-4635 Hangar 9: 511 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-549-0511 Herrin Teen Town: 105 N. 13th St., Herrin 618-889-3651 Hideout Restaurant: 2602 Wanda Drive, Marion 618-997-8325 Italian Club: 9038 Main Street, Coello 618-724-4610 John Brown’s On The Square: 1000 Tower Square, Marion 618-997-2909 Just Elsie’s: 302 Jackson St., Orient, 618-932-3401 La Fogata Mexican Bar and Grill: 519 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale; 618-457-2092 Marion American Legion: Longstreet Road, Marion 618-997-6168 Marion Eagles: Russell and Longstreet Roads, Marion 618-993-6300 Marion Youth Center: 211 E. Boulevard Ave., Marion

618-922-7853 Midtown Pub: Public Square, Jonesboro 618-614-7777 Murphysboro Moose Lodge: 9663 Old 13, Murphysboro 618-684-3232 N-Kahootz Night Club: 115 W. Cherry St., Herrin 618-942-9345 Old Country Store Dance Barn: Main Street, Thompsonville 618-218-4676 PK’s: 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale 618-529-1124 Pinch Penny Pub: 700 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale 618-549-3348 Steeleville American Legion: 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville 618-965-3362 Tres Hombres: 119 N. Washington St., Carbondale 618-457-3308 The Mansion: 1602 Heartland Drive, Marion 618-579-4145

noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale; bring a lawn chair; free; www.carbondalemainstreet.com Friday Night Fair music: Jenny Johnson/Mike Lynch, 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 30, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; food; crafts; www. carbondalemainstreet.com; 618-529-8040 Blackberry Blossoms: Brown Bag Concert, noon1 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale; bring a lawn chair; free; www. carbondalemainstreet.com Southern Illinois Music Festival: Theme, Mostly Mozart in the Midwest, June 10-30, various locations throughout southern Illinois; includes operas, chamber music, choirs, orchestras; www.SIFest.com; 618-997-4030

Kentucky‌

Talent Search 2014: Grand finals, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton; $19/$18/$12/$9; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-459-8704

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X-Men find the ‘70s as funny as ever in ‘Days of Future Past’ X-Men: Days of Future Past ***

put the fun back in summer blockbusters. Hugh Jackman, in the role he was coiffed to play, Rated PG- 13 for and the rest of the crew sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, from pretty much every some suggestive material, film in this past, present and future franchise, nudity and language; deliver the action and the starring Hugh Jackman, laughs in “Days of Future Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Past,” an all-star/all-XMen outing designed to Page, James McAvoy, transition from the aging Peter Dinklage, Patrick first generation cast into Stewart, Ian McKellen, their younger selves. It’s Omar Sy; directed by too long and so cluttered Bryan Singer; opening with characters and expoFriday at ShowPlace 8 sition that if you aren’t in Carbondale and AMC a fan of the comics, you Centre 8 in Marion. may feel you’re being punished. But it delivers the 3-D thrills and the ROGER MOORE Wolverine (and QuicksilMcClatchy-Tribune News‌ ver) giggles, and how. In a “Terminator” ‌Leave it to the X-Men to

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future, the robotic Sentinels have all but wiped out humanity and the mutants who love them. But with the aid of timebending Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), the X-Men may be able to stop the mad — or at least greedy and irritable — scientist (Peter Dinklage) who invented these machines back during the Nixon administration. Future mutants send the greying Wolverine (Jackman), or at least his consciousness, back to 1973. And from the minute the guy wakes up in a world of lava lamps, Little Feat and Lectric Shave, things are popping. Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and

his nemesis-turned-ally Magneto (Ian McKellen) need Wolverine to convince their feuding young selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to prevent a vendetta by Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that dooms the future. So Wolverine, Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and the two mutant leaders contend with the Vietnam War peace talks, Richard Nixon, as well as the young soldier (Josh Helman) who will age into the evil Stryker as they chase Mystique hither and yon. Because she’s seen the experiments this scientist has been doing on mutants. She’s been to Vietnam, where a selection of them were used in combat. And she’s got blood in her bluegreen eyes. History is twisted and sent up, from the Kennedy assassination to “Star Trek.” They need to bust into the Pentagon, so they track down a punk teen, the future Quicksilver (Evan Peters, who just kills in this part). That break-in scene, in 3-D slow motion “bullet time,” may be the coolest action beat ever filmed in 3-D and packs the biggest giggles in any X-Men film. Quicksilver hurtles through a sea of military police, misdirecting their guns, playing the “stop hitting yourself” game, giving wedgies. Meanwhile, in the future, Bishop (Omar Sy), Storm (Halle Berry) and Blink (Bingbing Fan) try to hold off the Sentinels using some of the most spectacular effects (instant wormholes) you’ve ever seen in a

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fight scene. Jackman has most of the one-liners. He drops in on the past version of Xavier’s school for gifted (mutant) kids, which has closed as the professor has lost his way and crawled into a bottle. “Are you a parent?” Hank/Beast asks at the door. “I sure as hell HOPE not!” The acting is all you could hope for from this cast, with Page bringing the empathy and Jackman

delivering the cool. Dinklage could have added a bit more villainous glee, but McAvoy re-interprets Xavier nicely and Lawrence doesn’t let down the side. There’s no Stan Lee cameo, the onslaught of characters is a bit much and the third act drags and drags before delivering a heartfelt payoff. But “Days of Future Past” is most everything we’d hoped the summer’s earlier popcorn pictures would be — fun.

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