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Commemorates the 60th anniversary, starts Saturday, June 14, Union County Art Events‌ Museum, Cobden; through Thursday Night Live: July 27; hours, 1-5 p.m. Art, food, music, Cedarhurst Saturday-Sunday Center for the Arts, 2600 Flower Power: South wall, Richview Road, Mount Vernon; Little Egypt Arts Centre, 618-242-1236; www.cedar601 Tower Square, Marion; hurst.org floral artwork, fiber pieces, Quilt lecture: 1 p.m. photographs; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 13, Brehm school Monday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. cafeteria, Grand Avenue, Tuesday-Saturday; through Carbondale; presenter Bonnie June; 618-998-8530 or www. Browning; 618-529-6026; littleegyptarts.com www.bonniebrowning.com Kaye Howell: North window artist, Little Egypt Arts Centre, Call for Art‌ 601 Tower Square, Marion; LEAA competition: through June; 618-998-8530 Deadline June 20, Little or www.littleegyptarts.com Egypt Arts Centre, 601 Tower George and Janet Stone: Square, Marion; works eliPhotographers, north wall, gible for prizes must depict a Little Egypt Arts Centre, Southern Illinois structure or 601 Tower Square, Marion; piece of machinery; 618-998- through June; 618-998-8530 8530 or www.littleegyptarts. or www.littleegyptarts.com com Cedarhurst Center for the Arts: Playing with Scissors, Exhibits‌ Polly Winkler-Mitchell; Waves in Black and White, Sandra Joan Skiver-Levy: Award Gottlieb; Dreaming Out winning artist exhibits 24 paintings, Corner Dance Hall, Loud, Recent works by Paul Aho; Pastoral America, The Whittington; through July; Morrissey Family Collections; 618-303-5266 all at Cedarhurst Center Strictly Digital photogfor the Arts, 2600 Richview raphy: Opens Friday, June Road, Mount Vernon; through 13, Anna Arts Center, 117 W. Davie St., Anna; through June Aug. 3; 618-242-1236; www. cedarhurst.org 29; reception and awards, Landscapes of Southern 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 29; Illinois: A curated group 618-833-2862 or gsbjr@ exhibition through a variety frontier.com of media, Carbondale Civic Anna Centennial celCenter Corridor Gallery; ebration of 1954 exhibit:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; through July 31; presented by Carbondale Community Arts; 618-457-5100; info@ carbondalearts.org; carbondalearts.org Staycation: Missy Carstens, oil and acrylic paintings of local scenes, Latta Java coffee shop, 412 N. Market St., Marion; 8 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.2 p.m. Sunday; through August; 618-998-8530 Du Quoin Library of Arts: 6 S. Washington St., Du Quoin; works of the late Paul Schirmer; through June 15; 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; 618 457-6823 Celebration in Nature: Paintings by Bluma Herman, Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St.; through July

1; 618-559-1641; carbondale. aol@gmail.net Light Up the Night: Exhibit by Scott Morris of Karnak, Harrisburg District Library; acrylic paintings; many 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; also the Marion Landmarks Series, drawings inspired by Marion’s past; 618-993-2657 Playful Notions: Experiments in Mixed Media: Judy Disman, clay sculpture, Lisa Mahar, painted furniture, Carolyn McMahon, wire sculpture, Jeanne Salerno, mixed media vessels, Debbie Wilson, mixed media painting, Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail,

Whittington; through Aug. 23; closing member’s reception, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22; 618629-2220 or mgalloway@ museum.state.il.us Intermediate Basket Weaving: Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Wittington; June 18 through Aug. 23; taught by Kay Wiggins; tuition and materials, $70; classes paid in advance, no refunds within two weeks of start date; 618-629-2220 or mgalloway@museum.state. il.us

Receptions‌ Drawings — More Than Black and White: By Najjar Abdul-Musawwir and Mike Faris, The Centralia Cultural Society, Rexford and Pleasant streets, Centralia; starts Tuesday, June 17; reception, 2 p.m., Sunday, June 22; drawings reference the media of the works, racial issues in the United States and the subject matter of some of the artworks; free; through June 30; 618-322-8486

Drink and Draw evening benefits Logan museum ‌CARBONDALE – Drinking wine, learning to paint and helping a great cause? That’s your opportunity Thursday, June 19 at Kite Hill Vineyards. Local artist Peggy Strong will walk participants through the process of creating a painting, and organizers stress that one need not have painting experience to participate. A cash bar will be available at the winery; appetizers will be provided. Cost of the evening is $40 per person and includes supplies, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and your painting. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Call 618303-0659, email director@ loganmuseum.org or visit www.loganmuseum.org. Kite Hill Vineyards is at 83 Kite Hill Road in Carbondale. — The Southern

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Paducah quilter to speak at Brehm ‌CARBONDALE — A Paducah quilter will present a free presentation on “The Princess and the Pea and True Teacher Stories” on Friday, June 13, at Brehm Preparatory School. Bonnie Browning, executive show director at the American Quilters Society, has quilted since the late 1970s and has taught and judged across the United States and around the world. Her travels have taken her to Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan,

Switzerland, Turkey and Egypt. She is a certified quilt judge and Zentangle instructor and is working on a book combining Zentangle drawing and quilting. She has authored 12 other books on quilting. In her writing and teaching, Browning shares basic techniques to help make quilts that will last generations. She is known for her techniques in applying borders to fit custom quilts. — Adam Testa

Union County Museum to feature photos ‌COBDEN — The Union County Museum is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Anna Centennial celebration of 1954 with two special photo exhibits. The Union County Historical Society recently obtained a collection of colored slides that have been converted to photos. The second collection

features 30 black-andwhite photos by Everett Conyer. These depict the various activities conducted during the centennial. The exhibit opens Saturday, June 14, and runs through July 27. The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. — Adam Testa

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by the Christopher Fire Department; registration, $15; 618-218-3080 Art in the Park: 10 a.m.8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Johnston City Park and Scout Cabin, Adams Avenue; concessions available; art activities, T-shirt sales, dunk tank, 50/50 raffles, games; music provided by Music in Motion, noon-2 p.m., Calico Creek, Comedy‌ 2-4 p.m., Matt Galik, 4-6 p.m., The Carbondale Roisin Dubh, 6-8 p.m.; hot Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, dog eating contest, 2 p.m.; Hangar 9, Carbondale; silent auction, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Station admission, adults $2, children 13, Carbondale; see The 4-12 $1; 618-579-9653; Carbondale Comedians on nhodges81@gmail.com Facebook Wing‌A‌Ma‌Jig: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Harrisburg Events‌ Town Square, Vine & Locust Movie in the Park: streets; also, 5k/10k Chicken 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Harrisburg Sesser Coal Miners Memorial Middle School; music by Park, 200 S. Park St.; conces- Giovanni Jones and Murphy sions available; proceeds fund 500; wing cook-off contest, Sesser events; sponsored sign up day of event; wingamby Sesser Youth and Family ajig.webs.com; 618-252-4192; Activity Planners www.salinecountychamber. Car/truck motorcycle com show: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Marion Rotary Race: June 14, Christopher 7 a.m. Saturday, June 28, City Park, North Thomas Rosalie and Tilden Parks Street; oldies music by Hot Rotary Amphitheater, Crisp Rod Nights; sponsored Sports Complex, southwest of Book-signing: Bring It On by Angela Holmes-Young, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, the Bookworm, 618 E Walnut St., Carbondale; topics include job interviews, promotions and how to improve as an employee; 405-458-5642; michelle@keymgc.com

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Superman Celebration: Thursday-Sunday, June 12-15, Metropolis; Super Trek Bike Ride; guests, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams; 618-524-2714; metropolistourism.com LeveeFest 2014: Starts 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14, Jacob; proceeds for levee repairs; 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; 618-763-4615; 618-318-3855 Sesser Homecoming: Wednesday-Saturday, June 18–21, Miners Memorial Park, 200 S. Park St., Sesser; carnival rides, horse pull, tractor pull, car show, food concessions; entertainment; 5K race, register, 7 a.m. June 21; 618-218-9145; sesser.org

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Catching Fire: Outdoor movie, dusk, Friday, June 13, Walker’s Bluff Gazebo, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville; free; bring chairs and blankets; concessions available; 618-956-9900; www. walkersbluff.com

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Herrin Family History: 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, Herrin City Library; program on early Herrin; community was first known as Herrin’s Prairie in the middle of the 19th century and was incorporated into the town of Herrin in 1900; presented by Herrin Area Historical Society

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‌CARBONDALE — Southern Illinoisans will have the chance to try out their moves or learn some new ones during the West African Dance Class in Carbondale. Leading the classes will be Djibril Camar from Guinea, West Africa. Camara was formally trained at Guinea’s National School and is a principal dancer and choreographer fro the international touring company Ballet du Afrique Noir of Senegal, Troupe Federale Conakry and Ballet Bougarabou. Two classes are scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at Willow Street Studios,

Program on Italian Ancestry: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Herrin City Library; various community members with ties to Herrin’s Italian population will speak; presented by Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois and Herrin Area Historical Society; 254-423-1846

McLeod Summer Playhouse: Oklahoma, June 20-22 and June 27-29; Spamalot, July 11-13 and July 18-20; Anything Goes, July 30-Aug. 3; individual tickets to Oklahoma and Spamalot, $25 for adults and $10 for students; Anything Goes, $16 for adults and $8 for students; plays presented at McLeod Theater; $12/$8; playhouse.siu.edu; 618-453-6000 Steve Davis: Memories of Elvis, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; $35; meal included; www.thegatheringplaceoffbroadway. com; 618-965-3726

Djibril Camar from Guinea, West Africa, will lead the classes and perform with S.I.W.A.D.E. later that evening. GETTY IMAGES‌

205 W. Willow St., Carbondale. The 1:30 to 3 p.m. class is for children ages 8 to 13; from 3:30 to 5 p.m., students 14 and older will have their class. Cost for each class is $15, if you register by June 14; cost is $20 after that. The Southern Illinois West

African Drum Ensemble — of SIWADE — will provide live drumming. Later that night, see and hear Carmara and SIWADE perform at Cubside in Carbondale. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the restaurant, 227 W. Main St. — The Southern

First-ever Marion Rotary Race features fun run ‌ ARION — The first M ever Marion Rotary Race is set for 7 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Rosalie and Tilden Parks Rotary Amphitheater at Crisp Sports Complex, southwest of Marion High School. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt, depending on availability. The race includes a 5K and 10K run and a

one-mile Fun Run for kids 12 and younger. The race consists of eight age categories and awards will be presented. Registration is $10 for the Fun Run and kids may

register the same day. To enter, go to www. marionrotaryamphitheater.com or call Amanda Gott, race chairwoman, at 618-993-2196. — The Southern

Sesser preparing for annual Homecoming festival ‌SESSER — Music, a parade and more is on tap when this Franklin County city celebrates its annual Homecoming festival. Nightly music runs from Wednesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 21, with acts including White Lightening, Jackson Junction, Billy Joe Royal and Doug Stone. Concerts will be at Coal Miners Memorial Park. Events continue with an overload horse pulling

contest at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the park and a 5K Fun Run and Walk beginning at the Custard Stand at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21. Advance registration for the 5K is $15 or $8 for senior citizens, and day-of-race registration is $20. Saturday’s events also include a car show at Miners Memorial Park and the popular parade at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www. sesser.org. — Adam Testa

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Oklahoma! comes sweeping onto McLeod Stage A great American musical — “Oklahoma!” — comes sweeping onto the stage of the McLeod Summer Playhouse later this month. The Broadway classic filled with love, passion, danger and comedy, was written by the great team of Rodgers and Hammerstein and has a score of memorable songs including “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Can’t Say No,” and, of course, “Oklahoma!” Set in the Oklahoma prairie territory, just before receiving statehood in 1906, the musical tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain, his romance with farmgirl Laurey Williams, and the rivalry with a mysterious and dangerous farmhand, Jud Fry. Threaded through the plot is a comic secondary romance that concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway in 1943 and was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Many people may remember the Academy Award winning 1955 film adaptation starring Gordon

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New festival combines embers, education, entertainment breathing and eating fire. Other classes will be available, as well, including yoga. Guests at the festival will also have the opportunity to test and push themselves VIENNA — Cautionary lessons of youth teach children not to play with fire, physically and mentally by participating in activities like walking across fire and but a Carbondale native is encouragmaneuvering a tight-rope. ing people to do just that — under the “We want to show that you really do right conditions and proper supervision, have the power to do whatever you set of course. your mind to,” said Harris, who has pracGrant Harris, president of Northern ticed fire-spinning for about 10 years. Lights Entertainment, is bringing a new Through his experiences, including event to the region in the form of the Fire five years in the professional business and Flow Arts Retreat from June 20-22 of presenting fire-spinning shows and on the shores of Tall Tree Lake. classes, Harris has connected with fire The multi-faceted festival is both artists from California to North Caroeducation and entertaining, as various classes will be offered during the day and lina and places as far as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These individuals will be music acts take the stage at night. Proworking the retreat, sharing their knowlfessional fire-spinning instructors will edge and teaching Southern Illinoisans be on hand to teach the art of spinning,

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Northern Lights Entertainment will present the first Fire and Flow Arts Retreat from June 20-22 at Tall Tree Lake near Vienna. Attendees at the family-friendly event will spend the days participating in classes and seminars on topics like fire spinning, breathing and eating, as well as yoga and meditation. In the evenings, live bands and DJs will provide entertainment.

new skills. At night, bands from Carbondale and St. Louis, as well as disc jockeys from the Indianapolis area, will provide music entertainment. There will also be a fire circle, where people can put to test what they learned earlier in the day under proper supervision. “We really want to bring a change and a new type of event to Southern Illinois,” Harris said. “This is something no one down there has ever seen.” The retreat is open to everyone ages 6 and older. Up to two children, ages 6 to 14, will be admitted free with each paying adult. Adult admission is $75 in advance at www.soillflow.com or $85 at the gate and includes primitive camping for the weekend. Gates open at 7 a.m. June 20 and close at 7 p.m. June 22. No alcohol will be sold or distributed on site in an attempt to keep the event as familyfriendly as possible. Harris said he feels outdoor festivals in Southern Illinois have gotten a poor reputation from past events, such as the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, and he wants to take steps toward restoring a positive image with a family-focused retreat style event. “Honestly, this isn’t a moneymaker for me,” he said. “I just want to bring

something back to the community where I grew up that gives kids something different to do.” This year’s festival is a beta test of sorts and will determine what course things take in the future. Harris said he’d like to see the event become annual, but that requires the support of the local community. Discovering fire spinning a decade ago changed Harris’ life, and he hopes others will have the same experiences. “It really helped bring me to a happy place in life,” he said. adam.testa@thesouthern.com / 618-351-5031

‌CARTERVILLE – This year’s Southern Illinois Music Festival will be a tale of two operas, beginning with Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di LammerCheney moor.” The tragic opera will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, and 2 p.m. SunDillard day, June 15, in the Carterville High School Performing Arts Center. A second opera, Mozart’s Alonso “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” will close the festival later this month. “Lucia di Lammermoor” is a classic opera tale of love, murder and suicide based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The performance features some of Donizetti’s top melodies and the famous Sextet and Lucia’s Mad Scene. The story is set in 17th century Scotland, where an emotionally fragile woman, Lucia, finds herself caught in a feud between her family and that of her lover. Directed by Josh Shaw, the cast for this performance features Spanish soprano Laura Alonso as Lucia, the return of tenor Brian Cheney as Edgardo, Southern Illinois’ own David Dillard as Raimondo and a supporting cast with adult and

children’s choruses. The opera is sung in Italian with projected English supertitles. Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $20 for general admission and $8 for students and are available in advance at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, by phone at 618-997-4030 or online at www.marionccc.com or at the door of each performance. There is an additional 15-percent fee for paying with a credit card through the civic center. Other upcoming Southern Illinois Music Festival events include:

Thursday, June 12‌ Jive with Jazz; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Herrin Civic Center; free Klassics for Kids; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Altgeld Hall, SIU; free Friday, June 13‌ “Lucia di Lammermore” by Gaetano Donizetti; tragic opera; 7:30 p.m.; Carterville High School; $25 premium, $20 general, $8 students Saturday, June 14‌ Jive with Jazz; children’s event; 4 p.m.; Cairo Public Library; free Chamber music in Anna; 7:30 p.m.; Anna Arts Center; $10 general, $5 students New Arts Jazztet; 7:30 p.m.; Cairo Public Library; free Sunday, June 15‌ “Lucia di Lammermore” by Gaetano Donizetti; tragic opera; 2 p.m.; Carterville High School; $25 premium, $20 general, $8 students Violin and piano recital; 7:30 p.m.; Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall, SIU; free

Tuesday, June 17‌ Jive with Jazz; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale; free Klassics for Kids; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Du Quoin City Hall; free Carbondale Chamber of Commerce luncheon performance; Carbondale Civic Center; $10 Chamber music in Murphysboro; 7:30 p.m.; Liberty Theater; $10 general, $5 students New Arts Jazztet; 9:30 p.m.; Town Square Plaza, Murphysboro; free Thursday, June 19‌ Klassics for Kids; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Anna Events Center; free Klassics for Kids; children’s event; 10 a.m.; Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale; free Friday, June 20‌ Mozart in Motion; ballet; 7:30 p.m.; Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $20 general, $8 students Saturday, June 21‌ Jive with Jazz; children’s event; 10 a.m.; University Mall, Carbondale; free Klassics for Kids; children’s event; 12 p.m.; Marion Cultural and Civic Center; free Mozart in Motion; ballet; 2 p.m.; Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $20 general, $8 students Battle of Normandy 70th Anniversary Tribute; 7:30 p.m.; Marion Cultural and Civic Center; $15 general, $6 students Sunday, June 22‌ Coronation Mass; Orchestral, chorus and chamber program; 7:30 p.m.; First Baptist Church of Herrin; $20 general, $8 students adam.testa@thesouthern.com 618-351-5031

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618-533-4381; www.centraliacarillon.org Southern Illinois‌ Donnie Faknor: Tribute Sunset Concert Series: artist performer, 7 p.m. Friday, Features Eddie Shaw and the June 13, Liberty Theater, Wolfgang, 7 p.m. Thursday, downtown Murphysboro; June 12, Lot 89A, hillside, SIU; tribute to Eddy Arnold and Chicago blues; www.eddieJim Reeves; fundraiser for shawsax.com; bring coolers; the Liberty Theater; free CDs; free; 618-536-3393; www. refreshments available; 618studentcenter.siu.edu 684-5880; Donfalknor.com Southern Illinois Music Thunderhead: A tribute to Festival: Mostly Mozart in the Rush, 8:30 p.m. Friday, June Midwest, now through June 13, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake 29; see story on Page 7; www. of Egypt, 75 Egyptian Parkway, SIFest.com; 618-997-4030 Creal Springs; $20; benefits Friday Night Fair: Flowers the Williamson County Family of Evil, 6-9 p.m. Friday, June Crisis Center Homeless 13, Town Square Pavilion, Shelter; Legends on the Lake corner of U.S. 51 North and will continue all summer Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; with tributes to Rascal Flatts, food; crafts; www.carJourney, Elton John; www. bondalemainstreet.com; egyptianhillsresort.com for 618-529-8040 complete list; 618-364-8088 Centralia Carillon Summer or 618-996-3449 Series: 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Hollie Hiller and South of Carillon Tower, 114 N. Elm 70: 1-7 p.m. Saturday, June St., Centralia; dates, June 14, Fire Fly Valley, 980 Rocky 13, Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5; Comfort Road, Makanda; carlo@centralia-carillon.org; 618-694-5162; info@

fireflyvalleyevents.com The Belletones: Brown Bag Concert, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale; bring a lawn chair; free; www. carbondalemainstreet.com Sunset Concert Series: Features Classical Blast, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, Turley Park, Carbondale; rock and roll; bring coolers; free; 618-5363393; www.studentcenter.siu. edu Friday Night Fair music: Gnarly Parkers, 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 20, Town Square Pavilion, corner of U.S. 51 North and Illinois 13 West, Carbondale; food; crafts; www. carbondalemainstreet.com; 618-529-8040 Fire and Flow Arts Retreat: Friday-Sunday, June 20-22, 685 Tall Tree Lake Road, Vienna; fire spinning, yoga, dancing, fire walking and fire circles; primitive camping along the shores of Tall Tree Lake; music by The Driftaways, Blue Fruit Snacks, DJ’s Psynapse and Ceebz, Soul Census and BSO9000; $85 at gate starting at 7 a.m.; pre-sale, $75; children ages 6-14, free; under 18 requires guardian to sign them in to retreat; www. soillflow.com Du Quoin State Fair: Concerts start Aug. 23 with Foreigner; other acts include Kenny Rogers, Aug. 24; Travis Tritt, Aug. 25; The Jon Henninger Band, Aug. 26;.38 Special, Aug. 28; Rodney Atkins, Aug. 29; KC and the Sunshine Band, Aug. 30; shows start 7:30 p.m., grandstand; The Jon Henninger Band, $10; remaining shows, $25/$30; tickets on sale June 18; 618-542-1535; www. duquoinstatefair.net. Third Music Friday: Features Moonbeam Lane, 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 20, Pheasant Hollow Winery, 14931 Illinois 37, Whittington; no charge; light food provided; no drinks; 618-629-2302; events@pheasant hollowwinery.com; www.pheasanthollowwinery.com

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Show: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-459-8704 Kentucky Connection Show: Songs and artists from Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $16/$15/$10/$7.50; www.kentuckyopry.com; 888-459-8704 The Beach Boys: 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, The Carson Center, Paducah; $135/$100/$65/$50/$30; www.thecarsoncenter.org; 270-450-4444

Wineries‌ FRIDAY Kevin Lucas: 6-9 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery #Pop: 7-10 p.m., Walker’s Bluff SATURDAY Concordia: 2-5 p.m., Blue Sky Vineyard Heather Neal: 2-5 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery Jenny Johnson: 2-6 p.m., Alto Vineyards Alley Tones: 2-6 p.m., Owl Creek Winery The Beatle Brothers: 3:306:30 p.m., Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Matt Basler: 3-6 p.m., Walker’s Bluff Bone Dry River Band: 4-8 p.m., StarView Vineyards Movin Mary: 6-9 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery Gin House Jazz & Blues: 7-10 p.m., Walker’s Bluff SUNDAY Bill Harper: 1-4 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery Concordia: 2-5 p.m., Blue Sky Vineyard Dave Simmons: 2-5 p.m., Walker’s Bluff Nate Staub: 2-6 p.m., Owl Creek Winery Jefferson Avenue Duo: 2-6 p.m., StarView Vineyards Backdraft: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Von Jakob Winery & Brewery Blue Afternoon: 5-8 p.m., Rustle Hill Winery

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FIND THEM HERE Alto Vineyards: Illinois 127, Alto Pass Bella T Winery: 755 Parker 618-351-5089 City Road, Creal Springs brenda.kirkpatrick@ Blue Sky Vineyard: 3150 S. thesouthern.com Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda The Bluffs Vineyard and Winery: 140 Buttermilk Hill Road, Ava 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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pass Marion: American Legion, Walker’s Bluff: 326 Vermont Danny and the Dreamers; Road, Carterville Hideout Restaurant, Bob Pina, piano 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Egyptian Bars & Clubs‌ Hills Resort, Taylor Made Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Eagles, Salty THURSDAY Benton: Senior Center, The Dog, 7-10 p.m. Thompsonville: Old Country Swing N’ Country Dance Band, Store Dance Barn, Lil’ Boot & 7-9:30 p.m. Classic Country, 7-10 p.m. Carbondale: Hangar 9, Whittington: Corner ClusterPluck; Tres Hombres, Dance Hall, As Time Goes By, Easy Riders 7:30-10:30 p.m. FRIDAY Carbondale: Hangar 9, Little SUNDAY Marion: Eagles, Salty Dogs, Pizza; Tres Hombres, DJ Nasty Nate/Tim Whiteford, 6-9 p.m., 6-9 p.m. patio MONDAY Ina: Community Building, Du Quoin: Derby’s Friday Night Jam Band, Community Hall, Jerry’s 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jammers, 7-9 p.m. Marion: Youth Center, Marion: Youth Center, Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m. Craig’s Country Band, 6-9 p.m. Whittington: Corner Dance TUESDAY Hall, Ed Waid & North of Herrin: Teen Town, Country Nashville, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Ramrods, 7-10 p.m. SATURDAY Marion: Hideout Restaurant, Carbondale: Hangar 9, Bob Pina, piano 5:30-8:30 p.m. County Graves Album Release FIND THEM HERE Party w/Bob Reuter’s Alley Barb’s Place: 206 E. Market Ghost and Patrick Egan; Tres St., Christopher 618-724-5562 Hombres, Funky Junk Carbondale Eagles: 1206 W. Herrin: N-Kahootz Night Linden St. 618-529-9345 Club, Joey Odum Blues Band,


 Movies  Art  Wineries  Books  Cover Story  Theater  Things to do  Music  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 Ninth 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 Illinois 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

Foreigner, Kenny Rogers headline Du Quoin State Fair ‌DU QUOIN — The Du Quoin State Fair will open with an all-star weekend of entertainment featuring Foreigner and Kenny Rogers. The fair opens Aug. 22 and continues through Sept. 1. Foreigner has 10 multiplatinum albums, as well as 75 million digital downloads, more than any other classic rock act in history. Hits include such rock staples as “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded” and “Double Vision.” When the band performs its best-known song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” during its Saturday, Aug. 23, concert, a choir of Du Quoin High School students will sing backup. Country music Hall of Famer Rogers will bring his long list of timeless classics and No. 1 singles to Du Quoin Sunday, Aug. 24. Hits include such memorable tunes as

“The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Islands in the Stream” and “We’ve Got Tonight.” On Monday, Aug. 25, two-time Grammy Award and three-time CMA Award-winning artist Travis Tritt will perform. Tritt, who is known for hits like “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “T-R-OU-B-L-E,” has sold more than 25 million albums. The Jon Henninger Band will take the grandstand stage Tuesday, Aug. 26. The contemporary gospel group’s hit song “We Will Stand” was featured at the Daytona 500 and is the theme song for the Code Of Support Foundation, which assists American troops and military veterans. Pro wrestling Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler will be the main attraction Wednesday, Aug. 27, in a match against Scott Steiner when USA

Championship Wrestling comes to the fair. The entertainment Thursday, Aug. 28, will feature .38 Special, which charted several singles in the 1980s, including “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ into the Night,” “Caught Up in You” and “Fantasy Girl.” On Friday, Aug. 29, country music’s Rodney Atkins is the featured entertainment. Atkins’ song, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” was not only a No. 1 hit in 2006 but was also the most played country song of the year. His other No. 1 hits are “These Are My People,” “Take a Back Road” and “It’s America.” The grandstand performances conclude Saturday, Aug. 30, with KC and the Sunshine Band.

Founded in 1973, the band used a mix of funk, R&B and disco to create such super hits as “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake Your Booty” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).” All the grandstand shows are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. With the exception of the gospel show, which costs $10 a seat, and the wrestling match, which is priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children, tickets are $25 or $30. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the fairgrounds ticket window. Phone orders will be taken beginning at 10 a.m. June 18 at 618-542-1535. For more information on the fair, go to www. duquoinstatefair.net.

Tess Boyer will perform at pageant ‌MARION — A former contestant on singing competition series “The Voice” will be taking the stage in Southern Illinois as she performs at the Miss Illinois pageant. Tess Boyer, a Glen Carbon native and former St. Louis Rams cheerleader, will share her talents with the pageant audience at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on Saturday, June 14. After the pageant, she will be signing autographs for fans. Tickets for Saturday’s portion of the event are $35 and can be purchased at www.marionccc.org. Tickets are also available for the preceding days of the Miss Illinois pageant. — Adam Testa

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The Bankester’s journey of Bluegrass country In 2012, Emily Bankester was named Artist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Awards. “Everybody was so excited and happy for her. It was a reward for a lot of hard work by the Phil Bankester, spokesman for the band entire band. With the new album, it seems like songs that feature Melissa dedicated practice is pay- dreamed we would take ing off for The Bankesters. it this far. We didn’t push on lead are receiving the most airplay. Everything anybody in to this. All Last Tuesday, the is balancing out beautithe arts are celebrated in band’s latest album, fully,” Bankester said. our house. The goal was “Love Has Wheels,” won Bankester said one of to provide a rich learning Best Bluegrass Album environment. They devel- his proudest moments from the Independent through the process was oped on their own,” said Music Awards. Phil Bankester, spokesman when he came home for “This has exceeded all lunch one day from his job our wildest expectations. for the band. A song from the album, at SIU and found Emily Winning the award is a big honor for us. We never “Looking Forward To Look and Alysha bubbling with enthusiasm when Back,” reached No. 1 on Bluegrass Today charts in they showed him a song THE SALINE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & TOURISM BOARD PRESENT February and tunes from they learned featuring the project like “Guardian twin fiddle. The Bankesters will Angels,” “Storms” and “One Room” are in heavy be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the food court rotation on Sirius/SM at the University Mall in satellite radio. Carbondale as part of a Also, “Cups” has been in the Top 20 of Bluegrass benefit sponsored by the Southern Illinois HealthUnlimited for an incredFUN FO ible seven months. It fea- care Hope Is Home camR THE WH OLE tures Emily on lead vocals. paign and the SIU DepartFAMILY ! ment of Kinesiolory The album includes Strong Survivor program. guest appearances by The event kicks off with guitarist Josh Williams and fiddler extraordinaire a 5:30 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner and music Sierra Hull.

‌Three sisters huddled in a tight semi-circle around a microphone Saturday night on stage at the Egyptian Hills Marina at Lake of Egypt. For the final song of the Country night, they scene released Vince Hoffard three minutes of jaw-dropping angelic harmony on “When God Dips His Love In My Heart,” the first song they learned together nearly 10 years ago. Back then, they barely started their musical journey. Strange sounds were

created when they first started plucking guitar, mandolin and fiddle. A brief gig at a church talent show started an entertainment career that has taken them from the obscurity of their Carbondale living room to the cusp of national prominence. It has been a long, uphill climb for Alysha, 19, Emily, 21 and 26-yearold Melissa, as they have been guided by parents, Phil and Dorene, through the challenges of bluegrass music. It started as an experiment, to see if the girls would latch on to music, or select a different avenue to display artistic creativity. Thousands of hours of

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by popular local blues man Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Framed by a setting sun and boats leisurely traveling on the water in the background, a decade of continuous improvement by The Bankesters was on display at Egyptian Hills. Alysha plays predominately mandolin, Emily adds fiddle and a three-months pregnant Melissa contributes stand up bass. Her husband, Kyle Triplett, pulls it all together with killer banjo. All three girls provide lead and harmony vocals. Every member of the group plays other instruments, but its especially powerful when Alysha and Emily play twin fiddle. Bankester said the band enters each performance with a set play list that is “strict and flexible.” When a fan requested “Down To The River To Pray” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, the game plan was altered. “We had never played that song at a show before. Ever. It was a spontaneous thing that

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‘Jump’ for joy: Buddy cop sequel is the funniest movie of the summer (so far) jock who climbs walls and finds a new BFF in an Owen Wilsonlook-alike quarterback (Wyatt Russell). A pack of credited writers, and the co-directors of the first film, those “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” guys Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, conjure up good, quick-footed and foulmouthed fun. It goes on way too long, peaks too early and sputters before ROGER MOORE rallying with a frothy MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS‌ finale and a closing credits gag that kills, but also ‌You’re pretty much goes on too long. going to have to see “22 That doesn’t much Jump Street” twice — just matter. Hill and Tatum to catch all the jokes the are the unlikeliest of roars of laughter make big-screen odd couples, you miss. a happy-goofy one that No kidding, when this buddy cop parody hits its MCT, SONY PICTURES‌ seems headed for a long and fruitful relationship Channing Tatum (left) and Jonah Hill in ‘22 Jump Street,’ opening Friday. sweet spots — bromance — homoerotic or not. And gags carried to hilarious you’re still going to need with the idea of “an open epic girlfight and a blast fooling anybody. extremes by Jonah Hill to see this one twice to get “He’s like a 30-year-old ... investigation,” learning of slam poetry. Tatum is and Channing Tatum, all the sight gags, punchfrom their human sexual- comically convincing as 8th grader!” too-dumb-to-be-a-cop The filmmakers and the ity class how inappropri- a walk-on superstar tight lines and pratfalls that riffs by Tatum and a couend for the football team, this “exactly the same” ate each can be. cast mock the idea of a ple of vintage, sneering sequel serves up. and a parkour-loving “Did you know I used rants by Ice Cube — “22,” sequel and get away with doing exactly what they’re homophobic slurs in the sequel to “21,” only high school?” “exactly the same” as the mocking, even if “it’s “Yes, aimed at me.” first film (a running gag), always worse the second Pretty funny line combecomes a “see it again on time around.” ing from Hill, who just Ice Cube, making the Netflix when I can hear it had to apologize for most of just a few scenes all” experience. as Captain Dickson, lands calling a paparazzo a This comedy produces more laughs with a scowl homophobic slur. There the biggest, loudest or three than he has in his are other coincidences laughs of any movie — Maya Angelou and last five pictures this summer. with one side item Tracy Morgan jokes — And Tatum and Hill Undercover cops Jenko only that give the comedy an take their characters’ (Tatum) and Schmidt eerie currency. (Hill) are sent off to M.C. relationship to the next Hill scores with an level of bromance, toying State University to track down a new designer drug that college kids are using to help them focus. They try to blend in by doing slam poetry, by pledging a frat, attending classes that are out of their dimwitted depth, Come on down for some authentic hitting parties and asking southern food and hospitality today. around about the drug and this coed who died because of something she (618)457-8000 knew about it. But they’re not 887 E. Grand • Carbondale, IL L

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Second trained ‘Dragon’ is less charming than the first movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 **½

sweet-message/great flying sequence movies don’t need, it’s fewer jokes. Rated PG for adventure The misfit, inventive and action and some mild, rude now one-legged Viking humor; animated with the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate teen Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou, and his pet Night Fury dragon, Toothless, are America Ferrera, Gerard living with other Vikings Butler, Craig Ferguson, and other dragons in utter Jonah Hill; written and harmony on the island of directed by Dean DeBlois; Berk. Their days are taken opening Friday at AMC Centre 8 in Marion and AMC up with Dragon Racing, a dragon-mounted chase Carbondale 8. game that’s reminiscent of Hogwarts’ sport, Quiddich, ROGER MOORE with catapulted sheep as MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS‌ the ball to be battled over. “No sheep, no glory!” ‌The charms of “How Hiccup’s dad, Stoick to Train Your Dragon” the Vast (Gerard Butler), are thinned a bit for its sequel, a cartoon with bet- still has the kid’s ascent to the chiefdom of Berk in ter animation and livelier mind. But Hiccup would action, if fewer jokes. And rather ride like the wind if there’s one thing these

not overly reliant on oneliners and verbal comedy. That’s even more true about the sequel, in which writer-director Dean DeBlois, no longer sharing those duties with his “Lilo & Stitch” teammate Chris Sanders, ignores the bevy of potentially funny voices AP, and focuses on physical DREAMWORKS‌ shtick. It was all about the “respect the differentlyHarrington, Cate Blanchett abled” message. Even and Djimon Hounsou voice that message is watered down here. new characters that the But Berk, now dragon Berk kids stumble into. friendly, has its own dragon First the younger Berks, then the adults tangle with (cat) lady. There are scads these new faces, with their of giggle-worthy sight different dragons and their gags involving pet dragons imitating puppy behavior differing dragon agendas. — manic games of fetch, The original “Dragon” bellies being rubbed and broke from the Dreamthe like. Awww. Works formula as a film Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, in a scene from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2,’ opening Friday.

with Toothless. Hiccup and his peers (America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Mintz-Plasse do some of their voices) are venturing far afield, exploring lands to the west. That’s where they stumble into The Dragon Thief and rumors of an army of Vikings mounted

on dragons led by the malevolent Drago, “a madman without conscience or pity.” Hiccup, an optimist and, against all odds, a Viking pacifist, wants to fix that. “Let’s go find him and change his mind!” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is about that quest to do just that. Kit

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