The Main Squeeze on college scenes and musical gumbo

Chicago-based funk band The Main Squeeze, rooted in Indiana University nightlife, blends together all the ingredients needed to get the dance floor rocking.  The Main Squeeze performs at Hangar 9 Friday. Carbondale’s own Soul Census will open the show. In ... Continue Reading →

Children’s shows basis for adult performance

A classic kids’ television series is the inspiration for an exploration of queer theory at the Kleinau Theater this weekend.  Queer and transgender activist Benny LeMaster, a doctoral candidate in communication studies from Long Beach, Calif., wrote ... Continue Reading →

Inequality addressed on the ‘Radio’

A performance piece can be an effective way to address national concerns, and this weekend SIU will play host to a piece focused on one of America’s most controversial topics. The Tony Award-winning play “Radio Golf,” written by August Wilson, opens ... Continue Reading →

Summer 2014: Breaking down the blockbusters

The sweet smell of freedom is starting to waft in like air conditioning on a blisteringly hot day. Come May 10 that freedom will no longer be a mirage. With the end of school comes summer movie season. This is also known as the three months where audiences ... Continue Reading →

Little Pizza on collaboration and Afroman

Little Pizza might not deliver to your door, but it often delivers its sounds to Hangar 9. The band, fronted by Ryne Teston, opens for Afroman Thursday evening at the bar. It’s music offers an eclectic, raw and experimental style, infusing classical ... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Blues in the family

For Carbondale blues musician and one-man band Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor, music came at a young age and never loosened its grip, no matter where life took him.  Rip Lee, the son of legendary Chicago blues musician James “Snooky” Pryor, began his ... Continue Reading →

Student’s clarinet recital closes out studies

For John McCowen, C’s don’t get degrees. A’s through G’s do. McCowen, a senior from Herrin studying music composition, chose to pursue the clarinet and is on the home stretch of his studies. McCowen presented what he has learned during a clarinet ... Continue Reading →

Bosco and Whiteford united in musical matrimony

Some may say working with your spouse is a challenge. In fact, some people would refer to it as a nightmare.  Whoever thought up the stereotype has obviously never seen or heard Tim and Kristen Whiteford perform music. Together, the couple forms two-thirds ... Continue Reading →

SpringFest lineup features a homecoming

The tunes of area musicians make up the backbone of Carbondale nightlife, and because of festivals like the Shiner SpringFest that tradition lives on.  The annual music festival will take place Saturday at Hangar 9. Shiner Beer and Carbondale Main Street ... Continue Reading →

Gramatik on Lowtemp, touring, stage production and must-see TV

The Slovenian-born Denis Jasarevic, also known as Gramatik, makes his Copper Dragon debut Thursday with support from fellow Lowtemp recording artists BRANX and Gibbz.  Gramatik is one of electronic music’s most versatile producers, mixing the likes ... Continue Reading →

Improv musicians build on film

It could be said music is one of the most important elements in a film. Composers often spend months perfecting their scores to match a film’s mood.  But several musicians did not have time on their side Sunday night when they prepared music on the ... Continue Reading →

Student unspools masculinity thesis

As the lights went down on the cinema and photography soundstage, Mike Kartje watched the summation of his collegiate work flicker on the screen in front of him. Kartje, a graduate student from Murphysboro studying mass communication and media arts, held ... Continue Reading →

Heavy ‘Laughter’ at Moe

Heroine icon Joan of Arc is coming back to life to live her final moments again. The resurrection can be seen this weekend at the Moe Theater, as SIU’s theater department presents “Joan’s Laughter.” The drama focuses on Joan’s final hour alive ... Continue Reading →

Professors hydrate film

Several SIU faculty members let their finely crafted films about water flow.  Seven employees created the seven films focused on the relationship between humanity and water featured in the Big Muddy Faculty Showcase. They presented the projects in Morris ... Continue Reading →

‘How I Met Your Mother’ in 780 words

After nine years and more than 200 episodes, “How I Met Your Mother” ends Monday. And compiling a list of the best episodes is incredibly tedious. But after hours of debating and arguing, the field is narrowed to 37 episodes that encapsulate ... Continue Reading →
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