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Yeiser Members’ Show: The Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway St., Paducah; through Dec. 21; Michelle Fredman: Exhibit, The Pavilion, Marion; work can be viewed during the Pavilion’s regular hours; through December North Window Artist: Kris Killman, The Little Egypt Arts Association Arts Centre, downtown Marion; hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; through December; 618-559-7379 New Work Of Richard Cox: Weaver’s Cottage, 1904 Bass Lane, Carbondale; new weavings, painting and art quilts;

through December; 618-457-6823 Cedarhurst exhibits: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; Shrode Photography Competition and Michelle Stitzlein: Second Nature; Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock ‘n Roll Photography and Cedarhurst and 40 Years of History; through Dec. 31;; 618-242-1236 Art-Official Carbondale: Original art and illustrations by Steven W. Garcia, Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St.; hours, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. MondayThursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday; through Jan. 1; 618-457-0354 From the Heartland: Photographs by David Gilmore, Gallery Space, Law office of Joni Beth Bailey, located at 1008 Walnut St., Murphysboro; through Jan. 15; hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Cropper Life: Images of Dignity, Mounds African American Museum;

through Feb. 9; hours, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 618-745-61833; Caught in the Sweep of History: Egypt in the Civil War – The Second Year exhibit and documentary now on display, The General John A. Logan Museum, 1613 Edith St., Murphysboro; through April; 618-684-3455; to Master Artists from the Museum’s Art Collection: University Museum, SIU; artists featured include Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Berthe Morisot, Jacob Lawrence, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Max Ernst; through May 9; 618-4535388; The Urge to Embellish: Illinois State Museum Southern Illinois Art Gallery, Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, six miles north of Benton; open 9 a.m.5 p.m. daily; through May 25; 618-6292220; ismsites/so-il

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Harlem Globetrotters Fans Rule Tour in Carbondale, Cape next month CARBONDALE — The Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball team known throughout the world, will bring its 2014 Fans Rule World Tour to SIU Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Before the game, fans will be able to choose which game-changing rules they want to see during the contest by voting online for the following rule changes: Hot Hand Jersey — Both teams will have a jersey to pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets. Make or Miss — The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.

Trick Shot Challenge — Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points. The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules. The team will also play at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Tickets start at $17 and are available at the Globetrotters’ website at www.harlemglobetrotters. com/tickets. Buy tickets for the Carbondale game at the SIU Arena box off or by phone at 877-725-8547 or 618-453-2001. Tickets for the Cape Girardeau game may be purchased at the Show Me Center box office or by phone at 573-651-5000 or 866-464-2626. — The Southern

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Heritage House open for tours Sunday in Jonesboro JONESBORO — The PAST Heritage House at 102 S. Main St. will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Promoting Appreciation of Structural Treasures of Union County is a not-for-profit historical organization formed 20 years ago as a home tour committee. According to a member of PAST, the group was struck with the wonderful histories and treasures of the homes and businesses of the area and has been striving to provide

entertaining, historical and educational events several times each year. Around a year ago, the group purchased a beautiful ante-bellum home from the estate of George Harvel. The house was built in the late 1840s and served as home to many prominent citizens of early Jonesboro, when it was the largest community in Union County. Jonesboro was established as the county seat in 1818. The PAST Heritage House is

decorated with treasures given or on loan from Union County descendants of some of those early residents. One room is devoted to items and information about the time Lincoln spent in Jonesboro for the debate of 1858. The house is currently decorated for the holidays. There is no charge to tour the house. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 618-833-8745 or email — The Southern

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CARBONDALE — Historian Scott Doody will sign copies of his newly revised book, “The Herrin Massacre,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Bookworm bookstore. The store is at 618 E. Walnut St. in the Eastgate Shopping Center. “The Herrin Massacre” was published earlier this

MARION— Registration and auditions for the Artstarts Production of “Beauty and the Beast” will be in January in Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Dates and times of the auditions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Jan 4; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday. Jan. 9; callbacks will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Participants must be

year in light of information concerning burial of victims of the massacre in June 1922. The new section updates the results of the search of the graves of those killed in the Herrin Massacre. The 334-page book sells for $17.95. For more information, contact the Bookworm at 618-457-2665. — The Southern

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z COVER STORY z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z Books & Authors The Herrin Massacre: Book signing, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, Bookworm bookstore, 618 E. Walnut St., Carbondale; book has been edited to include 16 new pages; $17.95; 618-457-2665

Comedy The Carbondale Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station 13, Carbondale; see The Carbondale Comedians on Facebook

Holiday Happenings Art Off the Wall Exhibit: anthill gallery & vintage curiosities, 102 N. Front St., Cobden; buyer takes art off the wall before end of exhibition and some of the

artwork will be replaced by new art; paintings also on display, The Yellow Moon Café, 110 N. Front St.; through Dec. 22;; 618-893-3100 Holiday Extravaganza show: Little Egypt Arts Association Art Centre, square, Marion; handmade, refurbished, original works of Christmas art; fiber pieces, artwork, jewelry and photos; through mid-January; 618-998-8530;;

Saturday, Dec. 21, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $17/$16/$10/$7.50;; 888-459-8704 Doo-Wop Christmas: By Blend, an a cappela group, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Herrin Civic Center; scholarship benefit; 618-988-1234 Old Timey Christmas: By the Smoky Hollow String Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, John A. Logan Museum, Murphysboro; carols and fiddle tunes with fiddles, banjo, guitar, percussion, and washtub Concerts bass; refreshments; $10; 12 Community Christmas and younger free; portion of Nativity Concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, The Church of the proceeds donated to the museum Jesus Christ of Latter-day Joy To the World: An Saints, 7168 Old Illinois 13, acapella Christmas concert, Carbondale; 615-975-1334 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Country Christmas Show: Mitchell Museum 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and Performance Hall, Cedarhurst


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weekend with various entertainment; family vehicles, $8 per car; tour buses, $1 per person; drive through, 5:30-9:30 p.m. each weekday; Expo Hal, 6-9 p.m. Theater Fridays, Saturdays and It’s A Wonderful Life: Sundays Dec. 20, 21 and 22; Christmas musical, Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 19-22, Fantasy of Lights Marion Cultural and Civic Christmas Display: Dusk to Center; presented by the 11 p.m., through Dec. 31, Marion First Baptist Church; Foundation Park, Centralia; performances will include drive through the park matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday, decorated for the holidays; Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22 618-532-6789; 888-533and 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Dec. 19 2600 Light Display: Open nightly to 22; 618-997-9386 through Dec. 30, Coulterville City Park; more than a million Events lights, 450 figurines, Holiday Lights Fair: 15 animated displays and a Nightly, through Dec. 30, version of Candyland game; State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin; Christmas music; free Santa, Christmas characters, refreshments and activities trains, cookies; over one every weekend in December; million lights in a 2.5 mile 618-525-9182; drive-through, with 30 major coultervilleholidaylight exhibits; Expo Hall opens on Candy Cane Lane: Features several blocks of decorated homes, West Frankfort; starts at Main Street just past the High School; now through New Year’s Eve Santa’s House: Santa’s House will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 in Paducah; meet Santa from 4-7 p.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays at the corner of 2nd St. and Broadway,downtown Paducah; bring camera to take photos; Dashing All the Way: Pictures with Santa, noon5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Robert N. Brewer Foundation office, Herrin; bring camera for free pictures; register to Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon; traditional Christmas music; $8/$5/$3; 618-2421236;


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win a $100 Gift Card and give Santa your wish list; Santa will send you a return letter with the information provided; 618-988-1234 Holiday tour: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, PAST Heritage House, 102 S. Main St., Jonesboro; free; refreshments; 618-833-8745 or email

Other Events The Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, SIU Arena, Carbondale; tickets start at $17; 573-651-5000 or 866-464-2626; www.harlemglobe The Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau; tickets start at $17; 877-7258547 or 618-453-2001; www.harlemglobetrotters. com/tickets

Theater Million Dollar Quartet: Musical, 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14, Carson Center, Paducah; features tribute to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins; $35/$46/$57; 270-450-4444;

Auditions Beauty and the Beast: Registration and auditions, 9-3 p.m. Saturday Jan 4, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 7 and Thursday Jan 9, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; must be five to 18 years of age on the show dates, March 26-30;; 618 645-2787


Cedarhurst presents Joy to the World on Sunday MOUNT VERNON — The Cedarhurst Choral Project presents Joy To The World, an acapella Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. The choir will sing a collection of traditional Christmas music. Some of the songs to be performed include “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “In Dulci Jubilo,” “Sleigh Ride” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Members of the Cedarhurst Choral Project are: Director John McGhee; vocalists Charles Calvert, Kathy Calvert, DeAnna Clark, Joy Dauble, Michelle Frisch, Brett Gibbs, Sierra Harrell, Mary Harvey, Allyson Heitmeyer, Jim Hinz, Bill Hogue, Robert Huffman, Mike Launay, Karen Mayberry, Tammy McGhee, Josh Nelson, Brandi Palmer, Paula Routt, Kalen Soger, Randy Soger Shelley Soger, Cindy Strothmann and Hope Wallace, and rehearsal accompanist is Karen Given. Cost of the concert is $8, $5 for Cedarhurst members, and $3 for students. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is at 2600 Richview Road. For more information, call 618-242-1236 or visit — The Southern

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Blend members Aaron Chamness (from left), Joe Woodard, Andrew Smith and Johnathan Estes, with Santa (Charlie Groves), will perform ‘A Doo-Wop Christmas’ Dec. 21 in Herrin.

Blend presents Doo-Wop Christmas Saturday in Herrin HERRIN — The a cappela group, Blend, will present a “Doo-Wop Christmas” concert Saturday, Dec. 21, in Herrin Civic Center. The Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation and Blend have partnered together for the scholarship benefit concert. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and doors

open at 6 p.m. Proceeds go to the Robert N. Brewer Foundation, which awards scholarships to Herrin and Marion graduating seniors. Tickets are available by calling Marie at 618-988-1234 or stopping by foundation building at Two N. Park Ave. in Herrin. All tickets are $10. — The Southern

Rescheduled Christmas Nativity Concert is Friday CARBONDALE — The Community Christmas Nativity Concert postponed earlier this month because of a snow storm has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7168 Old Illinois 13. The concert will feature the Bethel AME Shabach Choir, Marilyn Frick, Joyce Hesketh, Kendra Ratnapridipa, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-

day Saints Faith in God Girls Choir, Liberty Street Baptist Church Men’s Choir, Rachel Kaze, Touch of Old Quartet, Murphysboro High School Madrigals, Angela Jackson and New Zion Missionary Baptist Male Chorus. The concert is free, and the building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Jana Brown at 615-975-1334.

PADUCAH —The award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” will be presented at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Carson Center. The Million Dollar Quartet was named as the result of a night in December of 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, called “The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, bringing the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. The Million Dollar Quartet brings that


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legendary night to life with an “irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humorous banter and celebrations.” The presentation features many hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ring of Fire,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the

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Billy Dan Langley: 9 p.m. Saturday, The Grotto Lounge/Newell House, 201 E. Main St., Carbondale; 618-649-6400

Britian’s Georgina Callaghan performs tonight in Cobden

SATURDAY Marty Davis: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Houndstooth Harmony: 3-6 p.m. Walker’s Bluff The Wait: 3-6 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Fiddlerick Johnston: 7-10 p.m. Walker’s Bluff SUNDAY Dan Barron: 2-5 p.m. Blue Sky Vineyard Dave Caputo Duo: 2:305:30 p.m. Von Jakob Winery & Brewery FIND THEM HERE Alto Vineyards: Illinois 127, Alto Pass Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda Honker Hill Winery, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale Orlandini Vineyard, 410 Thorn Lane, Makanda Owl Creek Vineyard, 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Road, Cobden Pheasant Hollow Winery, 14931 Illinois 37, Whittington Rustle Hill Winery, U.S. 51, Cobden StarView Vineyards, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden Von Jakob Winery & Brewery, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville


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Carbondale: Hangar 9, Punksoulbrutha PK’s, Bosco and Whiteford Tres Hombres, Copecetic Marion: Williamson County Fairground Hanna Building, Big Lake Country Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thompsonville: Lion’s Club, The Swing N’ Country Dance Band, 7-9:30 p.m.

Du Quoin: Derby’s Community Hall, Jerry’s Jammers, 7-9 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m.

FRIDAY Carbondale: Hangar 9, Tim Whiteford Band PK’s, Swamp Tigers Tres Hombres, Nasty Nate Ina: Ina Community Building, Friday Night Jam Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m. Whittington: Corner Dance Hall, Battle Creek Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m. SATURDAY Carbondale: PK’s, Raw Flesh Eaters Tres Hombres, William Feigns & The Flowers of Evil Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:309:30 p.m. Eagles, The Cruizers, 7-10 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. SUNDAY Marion: Eagles, The Cruizers, 6-9 p.m.

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Georgina Callaghan 7:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 19, The Old Feed Store, Cobden; $20; snacks, sandwiches available, BYOB

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

eorgina Callaghan is a free spirit, always willing to follow her musical passion anywhere the road might lead. So far, it has caused her to uproot from the comforts of mother England for a two-year stay in Atlanta, then on to Nashville for the last 18 months. Boldly using only her last name as her stage identifier, Callaghan built a national fan base earlier this year with a marathon series of 26 house


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concerts in a single month that took her from New York to California. “I had a great time and met a lot of wonderful people,” Callaghan says. “It’s a great way to get your music out to a large audience without spending a lot of money. We traveled over 11,000 miles, and our biggest expense was gas. I’ll never forget the experience.” House concerts are hosted in personal homes and draw from 10 to 50 people in an intimate setting, with income generated from a “donation” at the door and merchandize sales. With an angelic voice often compared to Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris, the 30-year-old Callaghan seems to effortlessly merge elements of folk, rock, pop and country into a unique SEE HOFFARD / PAGE 8

Concerts Callaghan: British-born singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker St., Cobden; she has been compared to Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris; opening act, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin; doors open 6:30 p.m.; $20; www.brownpapertickets. com; www.theoldfeed; www.callaghan Baroque Celebration: Featuring French harpsichordist Maryse Carlin, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale; presented by The Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society;

other performers include SIU faculty Doug Worthen, Petra Bubanja, Eric Lenz, Jacob Tews and Philip Brown; also SIU School of Music students Edward Charity, Ben Bollero, Alex Chavez, Jennifer Franklund and Richard Davis; $15/$5; music majors, free; Three Dog Night: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Carson Center, Paducah; $29-$79; hits include Mama Told Me (Not To Come), Joy to the World, Easy To Be Hard, An Old Fashioned Love Song, One, “Never Been To Spain, Eli’s Coming, Celebrate and Try A Little Tenderness; 270-450-4444;



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Cast members from Marion’s First Baptist Church rehearse ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: The Muscial’ on Tuesday at Marion Cultural and Civic Center.

Musical adaptation of 'It's a Wonderful Life' on stage at Marion Cultural and Civic Center It’s a Wonderful Life

The story has played out on screen for nearly seven decades, as James Stewart has become the iconic image of Bailey. This year, though, Southern Illinoisans can see the show from a new perspective, as the Marion First Baptist Church presents a musical adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “It’s a beloved classic,” said coBY ADAM TESTA director Brian Summers. “It has THE SOUTHERN instant recognition across all ages. MARION — Every year, Americans Any time you can appeal to a wide take a winter vacation to the quaint audience like that, you’ve hit a home run.” little town of Bedford Falls. The show is a fun, lively musical, There they gather with the which is a slight change of pace Baileys, the Martinis and all the from recent years, when other townsfolk in the spirit of productions like “The Gospel Christmas. But things aren’t all happiness and joy, especially for one According to Scrooge” and “Two from Galilee” took the stage at man, George Bailey. Down on life, Bailey contemplates Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Co-director Tom Herman said the suicide, as others around him show mostly follows the plot of the quietly pray for his well-being. That’s where the magic truly begins, classic movie, but there have been some alterations and changes. as Bailey is taken on a journey Written by two pastors in Texas, the exploring how different life would musical version removes some be in Bedford Falls if he never elements, such as the Martinis’ bar, existed. As it turns out, life can to make the show more Christian quite wonderful.

Stage musical presented by Marion First Baptist Church; 7 p.m. tonight to Sunday, Dec. 19-22, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22; Marion Cultural and Civic Center; free

oriented and friendly. None of the changes affect the overall plot or message, though, Herman said. The musical format also allows for parts of the story to be shared in a new way. “It’s interesting to see the way they’ve taken a lot of what they cut out of the movie and incorporated it into song,” Herman said. “You still get the story, just in a different form.” More than 100 people, most of them from the Marion church, are involved in bringing Bailey’s story to life on the stage. The group will produce six productions of the show, performing nightly at 7 p.m. from tonight through Sunday, Dec. 22, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22. All performances are free. “We choose to do it for free to reach out to members of the community,” Summers said, noting a holiday performance has been part of the church’s ministry for more than a decade. / 618-351-5031



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touring and working on other parts of my career and the time slips away.” style often tagged as Callaghan has already Americana — or music too started planning next year’s good to be played on grueling tour — Callaghan mainstream radio. She released the critically Corner-to-Corner — which kicks off in May acclaimed “Life in Full from sunny Key West and Colour” in 2011 and is in will conclude somewhere the process of recording in Washington state. the follow-up, tentatively There is a chance the scheduled for release in Northwestern migration 2014. “I’ve been lucky enough trail may not go through Southern Illinois next year, to be introduced to some magnificent songwriters in so local music fans wanting to see a live performance by Nashville. So far, it has the increasing popular been a very positive songbird must act quickly. experience,” Callaghan says. ““My first album was Callaghan will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. easy because I’ve been tonight at The Old Feed writing all my life and Store in Cobden. Tickets accumulated a wealth of are $20. Opening the show material. The second album is more challenging will be dynamic duo of Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, because I’ve been out

the last man to play fiddle in Bill Monroe’s road band. Refreshments, sandwiches and snacks will be available at the concession stand. Patrons are allowed to bring their own alcohol. “I’ve heard great things about the acoustics of the venue. I can’t wait to get there and share my music with everyone. I’m a songwriter first. I try to write songs people can connect with, and it stirs up the emotions a little bit,” Callaghan said, during a Monday evening telephone interview. Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, she started classical training on the flute when she was 6. Striving to be more creative, she evolved into a singer/songwriter over the

next eight years. At 14, she was working and recording with producers in London. She moved to the English capitol at 18 and started singing in clubs throughout the city. Callaghan had always been a fan of American singer Shawn Mullins, and, on a whim in 2009, not really expecting a reply, she sent an e-mail across the pond to the Atlanta-based singer. Much to her surprise, he agreed to collaborate with her in the studio. Mullins achieved stardom in 1998 with chart topping single, “Lullaby,” from the platinum selling album “Soul’s Core.” He is also the voice behind “All in My Head,” made popular by the television


The British singer’s new album is ‘Life in Full Colour.’ She performs tonight in Cobden.

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Georgia studios and included riveting tunes like “Best Years,” “It Was Meant to Be” and “Smile,” which received heavy airplay on the BBC. “I didn’t know what to expect when I got on that plane,” Callaghan says. “The whole experience has been beyond anything I could have imagined. I could not ask for more.” On the album, she was able to co-write with John Peppard, who won a Grammy Award for inking “In Another’s Eyes” for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Since moving to Music City, Callaghan has concentrated on developing contacts and polishing songwriting skills. “There is a magical appeal to Nashville. You never know what is going to happen during the writing appointments,” she said. “You are always hoping to write that special song that will make an incredible impact.” She is currently cowriting with the top tunesmiths in Nashville, including recent work with Dennis Matkosky, who has written hits for Keith Urban and Lee Ann Rimes. VINCE HOFFARD can be reached at 618-658-9095 or


Ron Burgundy takes Manhattan Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues *** Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence; starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and David Koechner,, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Josh Lawson; now playing at ShowPlace 8 and University Place 8 in Carbondale BY COLIN COVERT MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

If over the next few days your friends begin exchanging such cryptic phrases as “lace man” and “chicken of the cave,” followed by helpless guffaws, the reason is clear. They’ve seen “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” The follow-up to a classic is tough to pull off. “Anchorman 2” is Will Ferrell’s “Exile on Main Street” or “Physical Graffiti,” a somewhat baggy successor to a gem. It may not leave the same imprint on American culture as its superquotable predecessor. But it has moments of howling hilarity and the improvisatory spirit that gave Ron Burgundy’s origin story its shaggy, ramshackle charm. Having conquered the San Diego TV news market in the 1970s, then lost it all through hubris (shocking, isn’t it?) the obtuse news reader is recruited to help fill time in a new, 1980s concept: a 24-hour news channel. Ferrell, whose grasp on anvil-headed stupidity has never been firmer, rounds up his news team

(Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, a formidable band of cutups) to take New York by storm. Ron’s path is impeded by the prettier, slicker hairdo anchoring the prime-time slot (James Marsden, who holds his own nicely). He also runs afoul of his sultry African-American boss (Meagan Good). When they meet he can’t stop blurting out the word “black.” When they become an item and he greets her prim and proper family with thug slang, it gets exquisitely uncomfortable. “Anchorman 2” communicates an almost childlike delight in big, silly, naughty jokes. Ferrell, who again shares writing credits with director Adam McKay, salts some savvy satire into the script. Ron accidentally invents every pernicious, substance-strangling trend in today’s ratingsdriven TV news ecosystem. The cable news channel is even owned by a greedy, corrupt Australian (Josh Lawson). I wonder who inspired that? The film’s strong suit, however, is its unhinged, anything-for-a-laugh audacity. If somebody thinks there ought to be a 10-minute detour from the central plot to blind Ron and exile him to a remote lighthouse, that happens. Would it be entertaining to see him and his pals tossed about, slo-mo, in a crashing Winnebago full of boiling deep-fry grease, bowling balls and live scorpions? In it goes. The screenplay trashes

comedy conventions — the friends-lost-andregained formula, the dad’s race to his child’s recital — with infectious glee. I left the theater having laughed a lot, but mildly dissatisfied — mildly! — because of the erratic sketch-comedy pacing and the random nature of often haphazard gags. It’s such a pleasure when scenes actually develop and build upon each other and lead to payoffs down the road, rather than just stacking up as much randomly goofy material as possible. Soothing narration by Bill Kurtis smooths over most of the bumps. Then again, a classically constructed comedy could never build to the stupendous comic melee that caps the action here, with heaps of big-name cameo players in a gladiatorial battle royal. If I had to choose between tidy construction and belly laughs, wall-to-wall crazy wins every time.


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Tyler Perry gives America a lump of coal this Christmas ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ saunters Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas * Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language; starring Tyler Perry, Larry the Cable Guy, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, Kathy Najimy, Alicia Witt, Chad Michael Murray; written and directed by Tyler Perry; now playing at University Place 8 in Carbondale and AMC Centre 8 in Marion BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

Tyler Perry made his fortune by pandering to a predominantly AfricanAmerican audience. So a tip of the Santa hat for him trying to broaden his appeal by pandering to a white one with “A Madea Christmas,” his most integrated movie ever. Give him respect for

making an effort to go against the cultural grain, making a black female character a racist, spouting retrograde sentiments about how all a bully needs is a punch in the mouth and embracing the “War Against Christmas” meme of conservative news outlets. But from its unfunny Madea-in-customerservice opening to the abrupt thud of a finale, on into the seriously stiff outtakes that cover the closing credits, “Christmas” is his worst Madea movie ever. How bad is this tale of race, “Taking the Christ out of Christmas” and trouble down on the farm? You can’t wait for Larry the Cable Guy to show up. Yes, it’s that bad. And truth be told, Perry and Larry, two old pros at low comedy, could have done a simple twocharacter farce, bickering about bigotry, hip hop vs.

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country music or what have you, and produced a funnier movie. Their scenes at least have a little spark to them. The rest of the movie none at all. Madea is fired from her department store greeter gig thanks to assorted “slap the hell outta you” threats. But Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), her overbearing colleague, talks her into driving with her on a surprise

Christmas visit to Eileen’s school teacher daughter, Lacey (Tika Sumpter). Lacey’s a black teacher to a class full of white kids in tiny Buck Tussle (not to be confused with Bug Tussle), Ala. It’s a town about to lose its Christmas festival due to lack of funds, until Lacey’s exbeau Oliver (J.R. Lemon) steps in and finds a corporate (and secular) sponsor.

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A feeble modern-day framing device packs teenage Ricky (Charlie Rated PG for creature Rowe) and his tweenage action and peril, and mild sister Jade (Angourie Rice) crude humor; with the off to visit their voices of John Leguizamo, paleontologist uncle (Karl Urban) in Alaska. Jade’s Tiya Sircar and Justin down with digging for Long, with Charlie Rowe, dinosaurs. But Ricky Angourie Rice and Karl figures he already knows Urban; directed by Barry plenty about dinosaurs Cook and Neil Nightingale; already and would rather opening Friday at play with his phone. Then, a raven voiced by University Place 8 in John Leguizamo gets the Carbondale boy’s attention and tells him the tale of the bird’s BY ROGER MOORE ancestor, an Alexornis, a MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS bird from the Cretaceous period. “Alex” is friends The BBC series with a Pachyrhinosaurus, “Walking With “Patchi,” voiced by Justin Dinosaurs” gets a kidLong. We follow the baby friendly big-screen Patchi out of the nest, treatment, complete with through a few near death cutesy story and dinoexperiences and into poop jokes, in “Walking adulthood as he migrates With Dinosaurs 3D.” south with his herd, tries Aimed squarely at that to stick to his bigger, dino-crazy demographic tougher brother Scowler (7-12), it pumps a few IQ (Skylar Stone) and catch points into a kid film the eye of the fetching genre sorely in need of Juniper (Tiya Sircar). them. They endure attacks by “Walking” takes care to T-Rex like Troodons, ID each new dinosaur Gorgosauruses and flying species introduced, Pterosaurs, injuries and including factoids about the threat of a forest fire. what they ate and any Leguizamo, veteran of special skills they might the “Ice Age” movies, have had. It’s downright cracks a few jokes along educational. Just don’t the trek _ “If you want to tell your kids that. know where the food is, Combining striking follow the fat guys.” cinematography of some Alex is a wiseacre of a of the last great remote narrator, rolling the film places on Earth (Alaska) backward to deflate any with state-of-the art claims of heroism Patchi dinosaur animation, makes in this incident or “Walking” is another that one. “Great Migration” tale — Of course there are herbivores heading south dino-doo jokes and at the onset of Alaskan sibling rivalry zingers. But winter, hounded by all the biggest laughs are manner of carnivores and sight gags of the sort you omnivores. But might catch in a good thankfully, it’s not just nature film — simple another “Land Before behavior, simply Time.” observed.


‘Saving Mr. Banks’ dishes the dirt and the heartbreak behind ‘Mary Poppins’ Saving Mr. Banks *** ½ Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images; starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Schwartzman; directed by John Lee Hancock; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale BY ROGER MOORE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS

It’s a Hollywood legend that Walt Disney felt some sort of malevolent glee in killing Bambi’s mom, and what that animated death would do to the children who saw it. But that’s only a legend. P.L. Travers, the woman who wrote the glorious “Mary Poppins,” was a brittle, snobbish martinet and a humorless control freak. And that’s a fact. Stay through the credits of “Saving Mr. Banks” and hear for yourself. Emma Thompson brings Travers to prickly life in “Saving Mr. Banks,” Disney’s amusingly testy and emotionally rich telling of Walt Disney’s courtly struggles with the dismissive writer as he and his dream factory turned her “Mary Poppins” into one of the most beloved children’s musicals ever. The courtship Tom Hanks plays patient, longsuffering Disney is not an easy one. She is in the habit of barging into the movie/TV/theme park mogul’s office. He is all charm and informality. He calls her “Pam.” We meet Travers in London, her agent telling her she needs the money and must finally sell the screen rights to her most

famous book. Travers flies to Los Angeles and disapproves of everything. The flight, the scent in the air, the hotel. “Let’s make something wonderful,” Walt purrs. “I won’t have her turned into one of your silly cartoons!” Director John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) keeps this courtship center stage, and tells the story of Walt figuring out why Travers (real name, Helen Lyndon Goff) is the way she is and what he can do to make this unpleasant and miserable woman happy. That discovery is in the film’s many flashbacks, to young Helen Goff’s childhood in rural Australia, where her overwhelmed, worried mother (Ruth Wilson) was dependent on Helen’s father (Colin Farrell, very good), a drinking banker who would rather play with his kids than show up

for work. The flashbacks give the story its pathos. The battles in the early ‘60s in Burbank, Calif., deliver the laughs, and lots of them. Travers came to “supervise” the planned film, basically threatening to back out of the deal over the casting of Dick Van Dyke, over the inclusion of an animated sequence, over the silly, made-upword songs of the beloved Disney house composers, the Sherman Brothers (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novack, a hoot), and other irritants. Hanks wears Walt’s moustache and comfortingly plays Walt’s Midwestern drawl (and smoker’s cough). And this always-reliable leading man ably suggests the gentle but firm nevertake-no-for-an-answer movie mogul as he lays on the folksy charm to a woman who is, in every way, immune to it.

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“I could just eat you up!” he says, and she recoils. “You have got to share ‘her’ with me,” he pleads. Travers will not have this story forged in a dark childhood that desperately needed a magical nanny to rescue her and her family “careening towards a (Disney) happy ending, like a kamikaze.” Thompson plays Travers as a fairy godmother who has given up the sweet act to show her Cruella De Vil side. She is hilariously unpleasant, downright rude. But we, like Walt and her Disney-provided driver (Paul Giamatti), can sense that it’s all an act, and that this pose has deep-rooted, painful underpinnings. It’s a great


Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to ‘Mary Poppins’ author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in ‘Saving Mr. Banks.

performance and an exclamation point on Thompson’s career. The film’s a trifle long, especially for a story whose ending, we know, was a happy one. But with “Saving Mr. Banks,” Hancock, Thompson and Hanks find that holiday film sweet spot, blending

the poignant with the unpleasant, the grim with the giddy. It was never going to be “Supercalifragilisticexpiali docious.” Reserve that honor for the film that inspired it. But “Saving Mr. Banks” is still one of the best pictures of the year.

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‘American Hustle’ is the movie gift that keeps on giving American Hustle *** ½

scams, art forgery scams and a chain of dry cleaners and glass repair shops all over the Five Boroughs. He’s got a soul-mate, a paramour and partner in crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Like Irving, Sydney’s a dreamer. When she buys into his profession, a fake English accent becomes her calling card and Lady Edith Greensly becomes her name. She has “connections to London banking.” BY ROGER MOORE Irving is fat, with an epic MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS comb-over not quite covering his bald pate. But It was time of wide ties sexy Sydney, who never and velvet suits, jangly met a bra she liked, shrugs jewelry, open shirts, big that off. She can see hair and boat-sized cars. through people, size them After Watergate, cynicism up. And she’s good at was everybody’s default rationalizing their scams, mode. The economy was aimed mainly at desperate in the toilet, disco was on small-business people. the radio and everybody And then they con the was corrupt. wrong guy. Richie DiMaso “American Hustle” (Bradley Cooper) is a reminds us that as jaded as fanatical F.B.I. agent living we’ve gotten about crime the “Saturday Night and a rigged economy and Fever” dream. He’s got a government and politics, room in his mom’s home, a none of this is new. And if fiance he has no interest in you’re looking for a place saddling his future to and where right and wrong his permed hair in curlers dissolved from black and every night. Richie is every white to shades of grey, bit the striver that Irving David O. Russell’s caper and Sydney are. But what comedy is built around the he wants is the glory of 1970s ABSCAM scandal, a tearing down a culture of wide-ranging FBI sting graft, fraud and operation from the golden corruption. These two, age of such stings. It’s a strong-armed into setting film of bottom-feeding up cons to snare bigger con artists, ambitious fish, are his next politicians and insanely promotion. ambitious law Russell has plenty of fun enforcement folk. with the garish era that And it makes delicious was the setting “This new fun of the zero-tolerance thing a microwave ... It’s zeal built into this scandal scientific! Don’t put metal and its true cost to our in it” and he never lets ability to get big things himself get too caught up done. in the actual facts of this Christian Bale is Irving sting. That involved a fake Rosenfeld, a New York Arab sheik, a lot of low-life who runs loan money promised to help

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence; starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Shea Whigham; directed by David O. Russell; opening Friday at ShowPlace 8 in Carbondale

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Amy Adams (from left), Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale star in ‘American Hustle.’

re-launch the casino industry in Atlantic City and the politicians and mobsters who desperately want that to happen. “Some of this actually happened,” the opening credits joke. The three leads narrate the tale. And through them, others find their way in. Jeremy Renner is terrific as a hard-charging, idealistic mayor; Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”) is a willing, sleazy “victim”; Louis C.K. is the embattled, common-sense peddling F.B.I. boss Richie crosses, and Jack Huston is a

mob lieutenant. And Jennifer Lawrence is Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Irving’s wife. That’s right. He’s got an unstable child bride who was a single mom when she married him. Rosalyn is the juiciest character of the lot, a Martha Mitchell for this Watergate scandal, a loony loose cannon who cluelessly acts on every impulse and her favorite impulse is to hurt the husband she knows is cheating on her. “American Hustle” is about over-reaching, about a sting that grows more dubious and more dangerous the more

people it ensnares. Irving, blackmailed by the feds, can see this. Sydney, playing all the angles, worries. But Richie charges on, a lunatic on some sort of hang-’em-all mission. And he’s got his eye on Lady Edith. Cooper gives Richie an antic dizziness, which really pays off in his confrontations with the hapless, put-upon Louis C.K. Bale plays Irving without a hint of vanity and cagey, over matched resignation, a man who is no longer “in control” of his scams or his women. Lawrence is getting the lion’s share of the Oscar

buzz for her nasal-voiced, self-absorbed idiot, a happy drunk and a young woman jaded beyond her years. But Adams crackles with bitter longing in scene after scene. Lawrence has the showier moments in their confrontations, but Adams makes their scenes work. The disco decadence, the seedy era before Times Square became a theme park, the lowered expectations of an endless recession, everything that was then and is now makes up “American Hustle.” And that’s what makes this the best movie of this holiday season.


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