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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z time and during intermission; also open Call For Art: For Kids’ Sake during box office hours from Art Auction, which will be 5-7 p.m. Monday through April in the Longbranch Saturday; 618-549-5466; Coffeehouse in Carbondale; deadline for students to Chicago Prints: 150 Years submit their artwork, of the City of Art from the Monday, Jan. 6; 618-529John and Lucia Hollister 5044; Collection, University Museum, SIU; through Exhibits Dec. 13; 618-453-5388; Holidays: Please see the Yeiser Members’ Show: Holiday Events listings on The Yeiser Art Center, 200 Page 4. Broadway St., Paducah; Cropper Life: Images of through Dec. 21; Dignity, Mounds African American Museum; through Michelle Fredman: Exhibit, Feb. 9; hours, 2-5 p.m. The Pavilion, Marion; work Saturday and Sunday; can be viewed during the 618-745-61833; Pavilion’s regular hours; through December Nature: Hard and Soft, North Window Artist: Kris features metal artist Killman, The Little Egypt Arts Roberta Elliott and fabric Association Arts Centre, artist Karen Linduska, downtown Marion; hours, Varsity Center for the Arts, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and 418 S. Illinois Ave., Tuesday; through December; Carbondale; gallery open 618-559-7379 during the run of the play, New Work Of Richard Cox: “The 39 Steps” 7:30 p.m. Weaver’s Cottage, 1904 Bass Dec. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Dec. Lane, Carbondale; new 15, one hour before show

Monday-Friday; 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, PierreAuguste Renoir and Max Ernst; through May 9; 618-453-5388; 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; 618-629-2220; ismsites/so-il

Student Art sought ‘For Kids’ Sake’ CARBONDALE — Student art is being sought to display and sell at the For Kids’ Sake Art Auction, which will be in April 2014 at the Longbranch Coffeehouse. The 14th Annual Art Auction featuring art from students in Southern Illinois and Bangladesh is

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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.

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one of the largest For Kids’ Sake fundraisers for Bangladeshi orphans and school children. Students interested should submit their artwork by Monday, Jan. 6. Art is accepted from students of all ages through college. Around 75 to 100 pieces will be selected for the auction.


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The art will be framed and on display at the Longbranch Coffeehouse in Carbondale from March 25 until the closing reception on April 25. For more information, call 618-529-5044 or email




Christmas in the Village rescheduled to Dec. 14 COBDEN —Christmas in the Village has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Cobden. The Old Feed Store on Appleknocker Drive in the downtown plans to host an open house with a variety of activities, including free holiday treats and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A visit from Santa Claus will occur from 1 to 4 p.m. and goody bags for children will be given out. A Cobden Christmas 5K run/walk is scheduled for 10a.m. and will start at the Feed Store. For more information on the run/walk, call 618-833-5807. Bazaars offering holiday decorations, gifts, crafts and homemade treats will be featured at the Union County Museum, Apostolic Lighthouse Church and St. Joseph Church parish hall in Cobden. At St. Joseph church, a variety of soups will be served for lunch. The bazaars at the museum and St. Joseph open at 8 a.m. and at the Lighthouse Church at 8:30a.m. Santa and his helpers plan to walk from the Old Feed Store to the downtown park shelter at 5 p.m. for the presentation of the Christmas lights. Caroling is planned before the lighting. For more information visit or call 618-893-2425. A list of events and times will be available at the Union County Museum and many of the participating shops. — The Southern

Prairie Folklore Theatre presents ‘A Prairie Christmas’


The Christmas Bird Count will no doubt include Cardinals like this male perched on a fence.

The early bird gets the worm at the Cypress Creek Christmas Bird Count ULLIN — One of the holiday traditions on tap this month in Southern Illinois is the 2013 Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count. The count starts bright and early at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Refuge office. The Christmas Bird Count is an all-day census of early winter bird populations. The conservation effort has been conducted throughout the entire

country during midDecember for more than 100 years. The information gathered has resulted in the longest running database in ornithology. The data shows trends of bird populations across America. Cypress Creek Refuge officials stress that interested individuals of all skill levels are welcome to take part in the Monday Christmas Bird County. The Cypress Creek

National Wildlife Refuge office is on the Shawnee Community College Campus, Building D, in Ullin. Bird counters are asked to dress appropriately to be outside all day. For more information, contact Cypress Creek NWR at 618-634-2231. For a listing of programs and activities scheduled for 2013, visit presscreek and click on Events Calendar.

MURPHYSBORO — Prairie Folklore Theatre will present “A Prairie Christmas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the historic Liberty Theater. The event will feature songs and stories from an old-fashioned Christmas. Audience members may sing-a-long with their favorite carols and explore the story behind the song. The presentation will blend tales from pioneer days with local history. “A Prairie Christmas” includes true stories from pioneer days such as A Savage Santa Claws, a humorous tale about two minors who encounter a grizzly on Christmas Eve and a story about the first Christmas at Fort Dearborn where the Indians joined in the cheer. “Blending humor and history, wit and warmth,

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this performance offers something for everyone. Folks are encouraged to bring their extended family, as both grandparents and grandkids will have something to talk about on the way home.” The performance features Brian “Fox” Ellis, which many Murphysboro Area residents will remember for his performances as Walt Whitman, John James Audubon and Black Jack Logan. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Concessions will be available. The funds raised will be earmarked for the repair of the century-old theater’s roof. Liberty Theater is at 1333 Walnut St. Doors open at 6:30p.m.

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z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z HOLIDAY EVENTS z Thursday, Dec. 12, Carson Center, Paducah; Rogers will be joined by a choir for more than two hours of music entertainment, including holiday classics and several of the tunes that made him famous; $30 to $135; Holiday Happenings Christmas at the Liberty: Art Events Features Nathan Clark George and Mark Stoffel, 7:30 p.m. Do U Glass Hot Shop: 14th Downton Abbey: Preview of Friday, Dec. 13, Liberty Annual Holiday Sale & Party, season four, 5 p.m. Sunday, Theater, 1333 Walnut St., Dec. 15, Liberty Theatre, 1333 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Murphysboro Dec. 14, Douglass School Art Walnut St., Murphysboro; free; Country Christmas Show: Book Sale Place, 900 Douglass St., event will kick off at 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Murphysboro; food; drink; Holiday book sale: Noonwith tea in the Murphysboro Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton glass blowing demonstrations; 6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. Event Center, 1329 Walnut St., Lane, Benton, Ky.; 16-17, Herrin City Library, 120 Murphysboro; seating limited; hosted by Thomas and $17/$16/$10/$7.50; Cameron Smith; 618-687-3791 N. 13th St.; fiction, non-fiction, RSVP at or; Off the Wall Exhibit: anthill cook books, VHS tapes, big 618-453-6122 gallery & vintage curiosities, print books, children’s books, 888-459-8704 Sing Along Messiah: By the 102 N. Front St., Cobden; CD’s, DVD’s, Santa figurines, History buyer takes art off the wall Beanie Babies; 618-942-2492 Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, before end of exhibition and Lewis and Clark Dec. 13, Shryock Auditorium, some of the artwork will be Anniversary Observation: Concerts SIU; features soloists, a replaced by new art; paintings 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kenny Rogers: Christmas chorus and the chamber also on display, The Yellow Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, and the Hits show, 7:30 p.m. orchestra; conducted by Lewis and Clark State Historic Moon Café, 110 N. Front St.; Joseph Ryker; tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students; attendees will be seated by their vocal type; Country Christmas Show Matinee: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Kentucky Opry, 88 Chilton Lane, Benton, Ky.; $17/$16/$10/$7.50;; 888-459-8704 A Festival of Love and Light: By The Southern Illinois Site, Illinois 3, Hartford; displays of Native American The Carbondale artifacts, frontier medical Comedians: 9 p.m. Mondays, tools and military weapons; Hangar 9, Carbondale; 10 p.m. free;; Wednesdays, Station 13, 618-251-5811; Carbondale; see The Carbondale Comedians on Facebook


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;;

Children’s Choir, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, First Presbyterian Church, 310 S. University Ave., Carbondale; traditional carols by Rutter, Leavitt, Hampton and McKelvy, Handel, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev will be preformed; free The Jon Mcannelly Christmas Party: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Marion Eagles; features Jackson Junction with Dave Clark, Shawn Mayer, Mark Dooley, Kassie Miller and Ben Wilson; free A Christmas Celebration: By The Paducah Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Carson Center, Paducah; $24-$50; 270-4440065; The Messiah Sing-Along: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; presented by the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra; $15 for general audience and $6 for students of any age;; 618-997-4030 A Tawl Paul Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, The Old Feed Store, Cobden; soups and sandwiches; doors open, 6:30 p.m.; $15; The Music of Christmas: Presented by the SIC Community Choir, 2 p.m.

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Sunday, Dec. 15, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg; $5; 618-252-5400, ext. 2486 or Shawnee Hills Music Christmas Concert: Featuring Steve Hornbeak and the Mainstreet Players, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec.15, Von Jakob Winery and Brewery, 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass; also, Eli Tellor, Ashley Hatfield, Darrell Hannahs, Danny Tetley, Rich Fabec and Danny Weaver; $10/$12 at the door; 618-8934600; A Prairie Christmas: By the Prairie Folklore Theatre, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Liberty Theater, 1333 Walnut St., Murphysboro; songs and stories from an old-fashioned Christmas; sing-a-long; features Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd; adults, $10; children, $5 Doo-Wop Christmas: By Blend, 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 bass; refreshments; $10; 12 and younger free; portion of the proceeds donated to the museum

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Special Services:

December 24 6:30 p.m. December 25 9:00 a.m. December 31 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Advent Services 6:30 p.m.

Immanuel Cookie Walk: December 14 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Sunday service 9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class 10:15 a.m Pastor: Rev. Joe Hoem Phone: 618-684-3012 1915 Pine St., Murphysboro

z MOVIES z ART z WINERIES z BOOKS z THEATER z THINGS TO DO z MUSIC z HOLIDAY EVENTS z Events Holiday Lights Fair: Nightly, now through Dec. 30, State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin; Santa, Christmas characters, trains, cookies; over one million lights in a 2.5 mile drive-through, with 30 major exhibits; Expo Hall opens on 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. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22; Fantasy of Lights Christmas Display: Dusk to 11 p.m., through Dec. 31, Foundation Park, Centralia; drive through the park decorated for the holidays; 618-532-6789; 888-533-2600 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 Light Display: Open nightly through Dec. 30, Coulterville City Park; more than a million lights, 450 figurines, 15 animated displays and a version of Candyland game; Christmas music; free refreshments and activities every weekend in December; 618-525-9182; coultervilleholidaylight 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; Christmas in Carterville: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, downtown Carterville; www.carterville S’more Stories with Santa: Stories with Santa, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13, Veterans Park, Mount Vernon; 618-242-6890 Union County Historical Society Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, DuBois Building, 117 S. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden; collectible holiday items, greenery, wreaths, lights, glassware and kitchen items; 618-893-2567; 618-893-2865 Christmas in the Village: Saturday, Dec. 14, downtown park, Cobden; bazaars, Christmas lights; open house, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Old Feed Store, Appleknocker Drive with free holiday treats and a visit from Santa Claus, 1-4 p.m.;; 618-893-2425 Olde Tyme Christmas: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Fort Massac, Metropolis; The Massiac Marines, French and Indian War re-enactors, will celebrate Joyeux Noel Saturday and then on Sunday they will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759; music, refreshments and decorations; free

Lights Fantastic floats: Staging area, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, SIU’s campus, north of Communications Building; free Christmas Bird Count: 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Shawnee Community College Campus, Building D, Ullin; 618-634-2231; cypresscreek 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 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

Tour of Homes Christmas House Tour: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Golconda; purchase tickets for $5 at the Pope County Historical Society Museum, 112 Columbus St.; refreshments available at each


Ugly Sweater Christmas Party December 14th Live acoustic music by Dom Wier starts at 8pm Food drive to support Murphysboro Food Pantry. Bring in at least a dozen canned goods and receive 1/2 off one drink! New Years Party December 31st Live music by Katie Foley starting at 8pm Weekly Schedule starting 2014 Monday: Closed Tuesday: Trivia Night Wednesday: Open Mic Night Thursday: Live Music Friday: Appetizers Saturday: Specialty Saturday (Unique concoction every week) Sunday: $5 Bloody Marys

stop; 618-889-6358 Home and Community Education Christmas Tour of Homes: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Johnson County; also, lunch served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Community of Christ Church. 5170 Tunnel Hill Road, Tunnel Hill; tour includes First Baptist Church of Goreville, the Webbtown homes of Pam and Ric Reuscher and Jean Webb Phillips; rural Goreville home of Joyce and Dave Frederick, along with the Teapot Cottage; tour tickets, $7 and lunch tickets, $3 and $5; 618-995-2491

Marion High School Choir, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13, 14, Adams School, 15470 Lake of Egypt Road, Creal Springs; doors open, 6:30 p.m.; children, $15; adults, $20; buy tickets at Marion High School office; limited tickets at the door; 618-993-8196 Madrigal Feaste: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Murphysboro High School; Renaissance Fair, 5:30 p.m., library; choir performance, 6 p.m., cafeteria; $25; 618-687-2336


Living Nativity: 6-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dinner: Presented by The Dec. 12 through Dec. 14, Madrigal Society of Southern Immanuel Baptist Church, Illinois, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 516 N. Main St., Benton; over Dec. 12, Du Quoin Elks Lodge, 1000 people attended last US 51; dinner starts 6:30 p.m.; year chorale performance and Christmas in the dinner; for tickets, call 618Courtyard: 6 p.m. Saturday, 357-2165; 618-542-2130 Dec. 14, Golconda; bonfire, hot Dinner: Presented by the chocolate, cookies and a visit


from Santa; also live nativity and caroling; 618-889-6358

Theater Christmas with Santa: Play performed by the Bright Star Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon; $5/$4; 618-242-1236 ext. 221;; A Country Christmas: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, John A. Logan College, Carterville; $12/$7; postponed from last weekend; Dec. 6 tickets honored Dec. 13 and Dec. 7 tickets good for Dec. 14; tribute to country music; 618-985-2828 ext. 8287 Hard Candy’s Christmas: Performed by the country music cast of Kornbread Junction, 7 p.m. Sunday, SEE LONGLIST / PAGE 6

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Dec. 15, Egyptian Hills Resort, Lake of Egypt; ham and beans supper, 6 p.m.;$12 It’s a Wonderful Death: A murder mystery, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Pheasant Hollow Winery, Whittington; tickets are $40 and include the show, dinner and a glass of wine or beer; www.pheasanthollowwinery. com or 618-629-2302 It’s A Wonderful Life: Christmas musical, Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 19-22, Marion Cultural and Civic Center; presented by the Marion First Baptist Church; performances will include matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and

The Lucky Old Sons Christmas Show: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta; $35; includes meal; www.thegatheringplaceoffbro; 618-965-3726

Theater/Performance The 39 Steps: An action-packed, comedic thriller presented by The Jackson County State Company, Dec. 13-15, Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale; performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15; tickets, $15/$10; 618-549-5466; COURTESY NICK BRIGGS FOR PBS

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Michelle Dockery stars as Lady Mary Crawley in ‘Downton Abbey.’ The new season will see the addition of several new characters, including award-winning actor Paul Giamatti. Giamatti will play the maverick, American playboy brother of Lady Cora Crawley. ‘Downton Abbey has seen many great characters visit the house over the years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the new faces that will be joining the regular cast,’ says Gareth Neame, executive producer of the series. Other new characters appearing include Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party; Nigel Harman as Green, a valet; Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager; Joanna David in a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil; Julian Ovenden as aristocrat Charles Blake; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as a guest who sings in the house; and Gary Carr as a jazz singer named Jack Ross.

Friday, December 13 • Photo Op with Santa • The Christmas Market • Letters to Santa • Stuff a Squad Car (With Items for Christmas Meals)

• Horse & Carriage Rides • Santa’s Post Office • Festival of Trees • Live Music Stages

• Sleigh & Nativity Photo Ops • Window Decorating Contest • Classic Christmas Movies • Ornament Making For Gum Drops • Sugar Plum Dance Fairies • Face Painting • Chili Supper at the Fire Dept • Plenty of food and beverages

5:30 p.m. - Christmas Parade 5:45 p.m. - Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:00 p.m. - Toddler Snowball Drop 7:00 p.m. - Black Diamond Helicopter Snowball Drop For more information, call 985-2700 or email Page 6 Thursday, December 12, 2013 FLIPSIDE

Christmas Open House Saturday, December 14th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Music by the Dorians Noon - 2 Refreshments will be served Dec. Hours: Thurs - Sat 10-6 Mark Akin, Bookseller


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Event in Murphysboro gives ‘Downton Abbey’ fans a chance to see the first episode of the new season while making like the Brits


MURPHYSBORO — One of the hottest sets of imports to the United States from the United Kingdom in recent years isn’t anything you’ll find on a store shelf. Instead, these products are delivered digitally to millions of television sets, digital streaming boxes and computers on a near-daily basis. British television has entertained American audiences in many forms through the years, but the steam has really picked up. From series like “The Office” that inspired an U.S.-centric spinoff to shows like “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” that arrive in their original form, networks are picking up what the Brits are putting down. And at the center of it all is “Downton Abbey.” The British drama, set in a fictional country estate, details the lives of the Crawley family and those around them as the great events of history, such as World War I and the Great Depression, affect their lives and times. For some, that history is part of the show’s allure. “I think it’s the authenticity of the show,” said fan Chris Hagstrom of De Soto. “Masterpiece has always done a great job of keeping to historical accounts and accuracy. While I’m not a major history buff, I do enjoy period pieces like this.” The show stays true to more than just the events of history, too. The costumes and attire of the

characters also prove to be attention-catching. “I got into the show because I saw a feature about the costumes in a magazine, and the dresses were just so beautiful that I decided to look into it a little bit more,” said Jenna Riccolo, a “Downton Abbey” fan from Marion. “I’m a sucker for period pieces, so when I saw that it traced the Crawley family over several years, starting in 1912, I decided to check it out.” For Riccolo, the costumes were the draw, but the stories and the drama kept her around. Laura Cobin, donor communications and event coordinator for WSIU Public Television, which airs the show, said the stories attract audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It takes viewers back in time and into the minds of its central characters, she said. “You get to know the characters and get invested

of the two-hour season premiere on Sunday, Dec. 15. The event begins at ‘Dowton Abbey’ season 4 p.m. at the Murphysboro four premiere; tea Event Center, 1329 Walnut party at 4 p.m. at St., before moving to the Murphysboro Event historic Liberty Theater for Center; screening at a 5 p.m. screening. 5 p.m. at Liberty The event is free, but Theater, Murphysboro; advance registration is free; register in required, as seating is advance with name and limited. Those interested in phone number at attending should RSVP or with their name and phone 618-453-6122. number at or 618-453-6122. Guests in their lives,” she said. are encouraged to dress in The ending of the third period clothing. season left fans saddened Cobin said WSIU staff and angered by the death of had talked about doing an two major characters, but event for people to dress up the future of the fourth in historic attire and when season remains unseen a promotional copy of the for American audiences at premiere arrived at the least. The season has studio, everything already begun airing in clicked. Europe but won’t premiere “When we had the in the States until Sunday, opportunity to show the Jan. 5. premiere, the two things But Southern Illinoisans went hand in hand,” she don’t have to wait that said. long. Friends of WSIU will host a special tea party and 618-351-5031 screening of the first hour



Shirley MacLaine returns as Martha Levinson for the fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS. MacLaine was new to the drama last season, portraying the American grandmother of leading character Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery). Fans of the series will be happy to know that the fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’ begins Jan. 5 on WSIU-TV.

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Alto Vineyards celebrates 25th anniversary with music Three Dog Night coming to the Carson Center

ALTO PASS — Alto Vineyards will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the vineyard. A light fare will be provided along with music by Carter and Connelley.

Alto Vineyards was established in the spring of 1981 with the first plantings of grapes, both French-American hybrids and Native American varieties. Beginning in 1985, Alto Vineyards sold

their first crop of grapes and realized they were making about six cents per hour so something had to change. The Renzaglias turned their next crop into wine and in 1988, Alto Vineyards released 1500 gallons of their first vintage and sold out in three days. Alto Vineyards now boasts over 22 wines, including the award-winning Chambourcin and the Shawnee Gold.

“It’s been a great ride,” said Paul Renzaglia. “And we couldn’t have done it without all the friends, family and support.” Located at the foothills of the Shawnee National Forest, Alto Vineyards is Southern Illinois’ oldest and most award-winning vineyard. For more information go to or contact Erin Downs at 618-893-4898 or

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Historic site celebrates Lewis and Clark anniversary HARTFORD — Displays of Native American artifacts, frontier medical tools and military weapons are designed to help the people of today connect to the moment in 1803 when the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at its Illinois winter camp. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site will celebrate the anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. Activities for the Arrival at Camp River Dubois take place at the Interpretive Center and the replica of the expedition’s camp. On Saturday, Ron Stellhorn, a retired teacher, will demonstrate how flax is processed to produce linen. Other exhibitors will be present for the entire weekend. Paul Imes will exhibit medical tools used by Captain Lewis. Michael Stout will display tools of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, while Bob Mitchell exhibits rocks,

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minerals and fossils of Illinois. The 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery will be presenting but not firing a cannon. Jim Duncan will display firearms and accoutrements carried by soldiers on the expedition and Ken Porter will exhibit frontier artifacts. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, marks the spot where the Corps of Discovery wintered before launching the historic expedition to the Pacific Ocean. They arrived Dec. 13, 1803. It features an interpretive center about the Illinois role in the expedition, as well as an accurate reconstruction of Camp River Dubois and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from for free public tours. The site is located along Illinois 3 a few miles north of I-270 in Hartford. — The Southern

PADUCAH — Three Dog Night, one of the most popular bands in America in the 1970s, will perform a concert at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in the Carson Center. Tickets for the concert will go on sale Monday, Dec. 16, and vary in price from $29 to $79. Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits in the 1970’s, including three No. 1 songs. By 1975, the band had sold almost 50 million records. Since 1986, Three Dog Night has performed more than 2,200 shows around the world, including two Super Bowls. The band’s music has been on the bestseller charts in pop, rock, and country music. Three Dog Night will

perform hits and new music with founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup. Band members Paul Kingery on bass and vocals and Pat Bautz on drums complete the lineup. Three Dog Night 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,” “Liar,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Celebrate” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” To buy tickets, call 270450-4444 or visit the web page at www.thecarson — The Southern

Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents ‘A Christmas Celebration” PADUCAH — “A Christmas Celebration” by The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave. The Christmas concert will be presented by PSO choruses, the Murray State Concert Choir and the McCracken County High School Choir Patrons may vote for the song they would like to hear at the end of that concert, “Jingle Bells” or “Let it Snow,” by visiting and placing a monetary vote. Proceeds benefit the Youth & Children’s Chorus or the PSYO and Sinfonia.

Tickets to the concert are $24 to $50 and may be purchased by calling 270444-0065 or visiting Patrons may also go to the website and dedicate a poinsettia for $20. The name of the purchaser and dedication will be listed in an insert in the Christmas concert program. The poinsettias will decorate the stage during the concert and may be taken home after the concert. Those visiting the web page may also purchase Christmas gifts for $100 which includes four concert passes which can be used between Feb. 1 and May 4 and includes a PSO tree ornament. — The Southern

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CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Middle School Winter Concert, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Middle School at 1150 E. Grand Ave. The concert will feature the CMS Concert Band, the CMS Concert Choir and the CMS Orchestra. Also featured will be vocal and instrumental holiday music from different cultures. The free performance will be in the CMS Commons. For more information, call the school at 618-457-2174. — The Southern

String Band to present ‘An Old Timey Christmas’ MURPHYSBORO — Murphysboro’s Smoky Hollow String Band will present its third annual “Old Timey Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the John A. Logan Museum of Murphysboro. The band will play carols and fiddle tunes with fiddles, banjo, guitar, percussion and washtub bass. Light refreshments will be served. Admission will be $10 for adults and children 12 and younger will be admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the museum. The John A. Logan Museum is at 1613 Edith St., two blocks south of Walnut, Murphysboro’s main street. — The Southern

COBDEN — Tawl Paul will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 14, at The Old Feed Store as part of the Christmas in The Village celebration in Cobden. Soups and sandwiches will be served, and attendees are asked to bring their own drinks. Paul has been called Southern Illinois’ preeminent blues man. Several guest musicians and singers will join Paul onstage for both acoustic and electric sets. A native Chicagoan, Paul remembers the first blues he ever heard was when his parents hosted parties. “No one could afford to go to the bars, so everyone would just come over, and they’d play records,” he said. His band, Slappin’


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Herrin Civic Center will host the Southern Illinois Opry regional fame like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff into national superstars. Through the success of Vince Hoffard the Opry, Nashville became the Mecca of country music and the Southern Illinois Opry building hosting the event Featuring Miranda Joy —the Ryman Auditorium Willmore, Cassie Andrews — became its shrine, & Calico Creek, Gladhearts, earning the reputation as Herrin High School choir, “the mother church of country music.” Loose Gravel featuring Organizers of a local Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon; concert series is following Saturday, Dec. 14, Herrin the blueprint Hay utilized Civic Center; doors open nearly a century ago and 6:30 p.m., music starts achieving similar results. 7:30 p.m.; $15 at the door The best country, gospel or and bluegrass performers in the area are on display hen George D. Hay monthly at the Southern founded the Grand Illinois Opry, hosted by the Ole Opry in 1925, he Herrin Civic Center. was searching for a vehicle “This is the best thing to showcase American that has hit the Southern music to an entertainment Illinois music scene in a starved world. His long time,” said singer Juli endeavor was an Ingram, a longtime overwhelming success and country music fixture as turned singers with lead singer for Quarter



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Moon, radio personality and now co-host of ‘The Spiel’ with Angie Wyatt on the local Fox affiliate. “There is a wide variety of outstanding talent on display each month. Seating is wonderful. There is not a bad seat in the house. And the acoustics are incredible. You cannot find a better place to listen to music.” The venue is family friendly, including the double bonus of being alcohol and smoke free. Ingram, who keeps her vocals in shape with frequent guest appearances with Jackson Junction, said the staff for the Opry puts together a quality lineup each month and fan support has steadily improved. “I’ve been to most of the shows and I love it. The entertainment value is outstanding,” Ingram said. “There was a nice crowd in October and it nearly doubled in November. It wouldn’t surprise me if the thing didn’t start selling out.” The December lineup is simply loaded with Miranda Joy Willmore,

Cassie Andrews & Calico Creek, Gladhearts, the Herrin High School choir and Loose Gravel, featuring banjo plucking Lt. Governor Shelia Simon. Doors for the next Opry performance will swing open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or can be purchased on line at In the past year, Willmore has gone from a virtual unknown on the local music scene to its most dominant female country vocalist. The Jefferson County native has nearly tasted victory several times in the Texaco Country Showdown qualifier and in St. Louis auditions for “The Voice,” but could never make a major statement. Her luck changed in October with a stunning victory in the Southern Starr Oscar Night Showcase at the Marion Civic Center. “That was a big step for me. I thought I was getting so close to winning other

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competitions, but came up short. Instead of getting disappointed, I just kept working hard and doing everything I knew to get better. It was a pretty big deal for me to finally break through,” Willmore said. A popular waitress at Cracker Barrel in Marion during the day, Willmore has worked a second job as a bartender in local clubs for several years. During breaks at those establishments, she often puts her vocal ability on display by sitting in with the band for a couple songs or performing karaoke, which has earned her the title of “The Singing Bartender.” Willmore said she working one night at NKahootz nightclub in Herrin when she heard Hollie Hiller of Benton had left the Mocking Bird Hill group to start her own band. Willmore successfully auditioned for the vacancy in November at the West Frankfort recording studio of bass player David Batts. She is amazed with the rapid progress of the band. “We already have four songs recorded and available for download at CDBaby, iTunes and Reverbnation,” Willmore said. “David is a tireless promoter and has

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Black Diamond show reschedule Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Easton Corbin/Kendell Marvel concert at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion on Dec. 5. The show has been rescheduled for Dec. 19. Corbin is currently on the charts with the single “All Over the Road.” Tickets are $10. VINCE HOFFARD can be

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Holiday Concerts: Please see the Holiday Events listings on Page 4. Three Dog Night: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Carson Center, Paducah; tickets go on sell Monday, Dec. 16; $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; Southern Illinois Opry: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Herrin Civic Center; features Miranda Joy, Cassie Andrews & Calico Creek, the Herrin High School Chorus, Glad Heart and Loose Gravel featuring Sheila Simon; doors open 6:30 p.m.; $15; 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; The Band Perry: We Are Pioneers World Tour 2014, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau; special guests Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell; Pioneer, the sophomore album from The Band Perry, has been certified gold and features the number one hits, Better Dig Two and Done; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; band members are Neil Perry on mandolin, accordion, vocals, Kimberly Perry, lead vocals, guitar and Reid Perry, bass, vocals;; $25-$39.75;

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‘Blue Jasmine,’ Woody Allen at his best Blue Jasmine ****

think. Woody Allen’s triumphant dramatic comedy is an unsparing portrait of a One Percenter in free fall. It’s always extra-funny to see a person in top hat or tiara skid on a banana peel, yet Cate Blanchett hits the pavement so painfully that the guffaw catches in your throat. Jasmine, formerly married to Hal (Alec Baldwin), a rich financial fraudster, shopped ‘til his Ponzi schemes dropped. BY COLIN COVERT Beautiful, poised and bereft of any marketable MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS skills, she is evicted from Are we meant to laugh or her Park Avenue penthouse and reduced to cry at the levels of couch-surfing the narcissism on display in cramped San Francisco “Blue Jasmine”? Both, I walk-up of her grocery-

Rated PG-13 for mature, thematic material, language and sexual content; starring Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K.; written and directed by Woody Allen; re-opening Friday at Carbondale 8.


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clerk sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). It sounds like the setup for a laugh-track sitcom, but Allen constructs his characters with intricate care and dissects their class clash with scalpel-sharp intelligence. Blanchett makes Jasmine selfdeluded, deplorable, dreamy and train-wreck mesmerizing, delivering the best film work of her dazzling career. It’s like a Diane Arbus comedy routine. Shooting his recent films in London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome seems to have revived Allen. Here he’s almost painfully sharp. He uses his San Francisco locations satirically, emphasizing the chasm between Marin County mega-wealth and the bedraggled workingclass neighborhoods south of the Financial District. Treating Jasmine to lunch at a Fisherman’s Wharf bar and grill, Ginger squawks, “Isn’t it European?” Allen’s camera holds for just a beat on a grimy container ship docked at the next pier.

Jasmine (nee Jeanette) and Ginger are adopted sisters, we learn, and there’s no other way the princess and the serving girl could have had a relationship. The tall, haughty blonde Blanchett and petite, perky brunette Hawkins are like a heron and a sandpiper. Jasmine deals with the indignity of having to work for income by gulping Xanax with

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Cate Blanchette (second from left), Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay in a scene from the Woody Allen film ‘Blue Jasmine.’

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vodka. “Who do I have to sleep with around here to get a Stoli martini?” she barks at one point, telling us a lot about her sense of how things work. It’s not surprising, given her selfmedication, that she lapses into reveries about her lost life, enabling Allen to cut back to scenes of those not-entirely golden days. In addition to being a swindler, Hal was a cad with a yen for youngsters, and here Allen unpacks autobiographical material from his scandal-stained past. Ginger lives in the moment, eternally open and chipper. Her new boyfriend, roughneck car mechanic Chili (Bobby Cannavale), was planning to move in before Jasmine appeared on Ginger’s doorstep. His hostility toward Jasmine is partly fueled by self-interest, partly by resentment of her patrician airs, and partly by an honest desire to protect Ginger. Jasmine drives a wedge between

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


‘The Christmas Candle’ never flickers to life The Christmas Candle **

onto a tradition that says every 25 years, the local candle maker produces one batch that holds the magical candle that an angel ensures will grant the owner his or her heart’s desire. In a poor town where “the people are disheartened,” that’s a nice thing to cling to — a little hope that being given this BY ROGER MOORE candle and told to “light MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE this and pray,” grandpa’s NEWS SERVICE blindness will be cured, that missing goat or If lush settings were prodigal son will return by plums and costumes were the end of Advent. nuts, we’d all have But that 200-year-old fruitcake for Christmas. tradition is pooh-poohed And we could enjoy it by the new preacher, watching the lovely handsome Rev. David looking but dramatically Richmond, played by Hans flat and emotionally sterile Matheson, wearing the “The Christmas Candle,” a same haircut he sported pretty period piece of a on TV’s “Tess of the holiday fable that lacks d’Urbevilles” and “The only the wit, decent story Tudors.” It’s 1890 and and better dialogue that England is going electric. might have made it a There’s no “magical, classic. wish-granting angel,” he Filmed in preaches. And the locals Gloucestershire, England, are appalled. it’s the tale of a village — Rev. Richmond was Gladbury — that has held recruited from the

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Salvation Army, so eventually he sees the need to at least replace the “miracle” with something else to cling to. As the townsfolk pass on their Christmas candle wishes to the candle-making Haddingtons (Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy), Rev. Richmond reads those wishes and attempts to make them come true. “Be the miracle,” he advises his flock. Fix that roof, visit that lonely old lady. And so they do. But the reverend is harboring his own secret sadness. And there’s a fellow skeptic, the lovely Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks of “Les Miserables”), who might be lured back to church by his good deeds. Can he help her sickly dad (John Hannah of “Four Weddings and a Funeral”)? Or Charlie, the little boy who cannot speak? Even the caretakers of the church parsonage, played by James Cosmo and Susan Boyle — yes,

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that Susan Boyle, of “Britain’s Got Talent” and viral video fame — could use a miracle. The performances — save for Boyle, a better singer than actress — are uniformly fine, if limited. There’s not a whit of mystery to the proceedings, and even moments with the potential for great charm manage only the tiniest drop of it. Director John Stephenson comes from the animation and special effects realm, so the angel effect and miracle candle effects are well conceived. And the entire production is burnished to the point of handsome. He had the makings here of a “Masterpiece Theatre” Christmas production. But neither he nor the screenwriters are able to turn Max Lucado’s novel into anything more than pablum — best served to babies and the undiscriminating. No fruitcake for us this Christmas.

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Jackson rediscovers hobbits can be funny in ‘Desolation of Smaug’ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ***


‘Anchorman 2’ Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell, above, with Christina Applegate) wants us to stay classy and wants himself to be early. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” the sequel to the comedy hit of about a decade ago, had its release date moved up. It picks up as Burgundy and the gang travel to New York to join a nascent 24-hours cable news channel. Also returning to the sequel are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner). The movie, which is rated PG-13, opens Wednesday at Carbondale 8 and Illinois 8 in Marion.

It looks more like a fantasy fantastical, with more murk and the otherworldly light of those Rated PG-13 for extended mass-produced Thomas Kinkade paintings. sequences of intense Characters feel more fantasy action violence distinct, with Martin and frightening images; Freeman’s Bilbo making starring Martin Freeman, the transition from mere Richard Armitage, Ian passenger on this McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, dwarf’s quest “beneath Luke Evans, James Orlando the Lonely Mountain” to the brains of the motley Bloom, Stephen Fry; directed by Peter Jackson; crew. And there’s just more now playing in 2D and 3D going on. Jackson and at Illinois 8 in Marion, company wisely tamper University 8 in Carbondale with the Holy Writ of and Carbondale 8. Tolkien to invent a lady elf and to find Orlando BY ROGER MOORE Bloom’s elf Legolas a part MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS to play. They’re more Bilbo turns tougher and concerned with making this all a prelude to “The more cunning and “The Lord of the Rings,” so Hobbit” turns altogether more entertaining in “The foreshadowing and the suspicions of Gandalf the Desolation of Smaug,” Grey (Ian McKellen) step Peter Jackson’s livelier, funnier and action-packed to the fore. That ups the ante, middle film in his trilogy creates urgency and sets based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s up a love triangle, just one slight delight of a novel.

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of several elements that become cliffhangers before “The Desolation of Smaug” ends. The company of quarrelsome dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) stumble through Mirkwood as they make their way through spiders, suspicious elves and Laketown toward the Lonely

Mountain, where they have a date with a dragon who wiped out their kingdom and stole a vast treasure. Bilbo, who found this magical ring he refuses to tell them about, saves their biscuits time and again. Gandalf, worried that “The enemy has SEE THE HOBBIT / PAGE 15

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Ian McKellen portrays Gandalf in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’

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THE HOBBIT: ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ FROM PAGE 14 returned,” leaves them on their own, of course. So they stumble into Woodelves, which is where Legolas and the lovelybut-deadly Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) enter the story. Tauriel takes a shine to the tallest of the dwarfs. (No, it’s not who you think.) Fans of the novel will be impressed with the gloom of Mirkwood (“Fell things creep beneath these trees.”) and the vast complex of the dwarf’s city beneath The Lonely Mountain. Lake-town, the community of men at the base of the mountain long terrorized by the dragon Smaug, is a Teutonic fairytale Venice, a watery city of canals and wood and downtrodden residents, all in leather and dirty shades of brown. Stephen Fry is the town’s dictator, the Master, one of the few “name” players in this semi-obscure cast. Luke Evans is Bard the Boatman, another Laketown resident destined to play a key part in the third film.

Jackson stages a splendid chase and a few stirring brawls with legions of digitally augmented goblins. And he lets the dwarfs and their sometimes incredulous hobbit “burglar” be funny. They’re greedy, petty and far more in need of help than they’d ever admit. Bilbo, given Freeman’s exquisite double-takes, can only shake his head and endure their putdowns and suicidal orders. Quibbles? The landscapes mostly look like matte paintings and the murk can be a bit too much. Jackson costumes the soldiers of Lake-town in battle gear from the Wicked Witch of the West Collection. And Jackson’s use of 48frames-per-second filming speed does nothing to smooth out digital action beats, which have a jerky video gamegraphics quality. The dumbest voice casting stunt ever may be Benedict Cumberbatch, utterly unrecognizable as Smaug, the syntheticvoiced digital dragon. The

BBC/PBS Sherlock Holmes gets to team up with his Dr. Watson (Freeman), but any voice actor could have done that and we’d have been none the wiser. And the padded scenes that allowed them to stretch this brief book into three films are obvious. But “The Desolation of Smaug” is engagingly desolate and absorbingly back-engineered to prefigure “The Lord of the Rings,” a movie that clips along and amuses as it does. Look for Jackson’s cameo in the opening, which sets the tone. Call it another visual triumph for New Zealand’s vision of Middle Earth. Still, the national tourism board shouldn’t start counting the cash from another uptick in visitors, thanks to this. The Land of the Kiwis never looks so digitally desolate.


Holiday ‘Madea’ Friday ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ arrives in theaters with Hollywood’s pre-eminent African-American movie kingpin, writer-director-star Perry (above), in drag as his guntoting grandmother alter ego, Madea. In this movie, Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all. The film, rated PG-13, opens Friday at University Place 8 in Carbondale and Illinois 8 in Marion.



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