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Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014
Get (your silverware) bent
Posted Friday, August 24, at 10:52 AM
As this blog comes out, so does a new SE Live (and also a very busy weekend). But tonight, you can be part of a magical experience. Morgan Strebler a magician/mentalist originally from Sikeston, will put on a live, world-wide Facebook mental silverware bending event at 7 p.m...

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Coming up in Cape
Posted Thursday, August 9, at 8:09 PM

Hello, everyone! It's been awhile since my last entry, but this one's a doozy. First off, I want to remind everyone that there's a new SE Live in the Friday/Saturday edition of the Southeast Missourian. We'll be talking about the music scene, "The Campaign," and information on how you can win some tickets to a great upcoming festival. Don't miss it!...

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SE Live gets a makeover
Posted Thursday, May 31, at 1:13 PM

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the abbreviated work week. And now the weekend is here again (whoo hoo!). First Friday with the Arts is tomorrow, June 1, and there will be some beautiful work on display at Cape Girardeau galleries. We feature one particular artist, Rochelle Steffen, in the new SE Live this week. ...

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Memorial Day weekend packed with fun options
Posted Thursday, May 24, at 10:54 AM

We have a three day weekend upon us, folks. That's right ... more fun, more BBQ, more relaxation, more everything. And the events aren't limited to our area, of course. CNN recently named its 7 Best Memorial Day Weekend Getaways, and St. Louis' Bluesweek Festival was ranked among the nation's best...

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Morley is for music lovers
Posted Thursday, May 17, at 12:36 PM

Ever been to Morley? If not, check it out this weekend. The Morley Community Betterment Association is hosting its second annual songwriters' festival this weekend. So why should you go? Check out this lineup of performers: Bill Booth & Steve Clinton...

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Moms do it 366 days a year
Posted Thursday, May 10, at 11:42 AM

Mother's Day is fast approaching, and I'm that guy who is waiting until the last minute to find something nice for my mom (and mom-in-law). But this year, I have another mother to think about ... my wife. Our daughter Charlotte is about a month and a half into her life, and already I've started to get why people tell me "congratulations" and "say goodbye to your pre-baby behavior" in the same breath...

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Fun is a battlefield
Posted Wednesday, May 2, at 1:11 PM

Question: What do you get when you combine "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," "Captain America," "The Hulk" and "Thor" on the big screen in one day? Answer: Serious preparation for "The Avengers." Tomorrow (May 3), you can find most of the heroes (and some of the villains) depicted in new Marvel release "The Avengers" in their individual films at Cape West 14 Cine during the Marvel Marathon. ...

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You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think about the future.
Posted Wednesday, April 25, at 11:49 AM

First off, an update: the SE Live section in Friday's paper is being moved to page 11 this week, so remember to look for it there. Moving on ... There will be a showing of the documentary "Give A Damn" tomorrow, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Rose Theater at Southeast Missouri State University. A question and answer session with the filmmakers -- Dan Parris, Rob Lehr and David Peterka -- will follow...

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A big entertainment weekend ahead
Posted Wednesday, April 18, at 12:21 PM

I hear it all the time from friends and family: "There's nothing to do this weekend." Well, I can certainly relate to that sentiment on occasion, but not this weekend. There will be music and wine festivals, cabaret and burlesque shows, even Broadway theater (check Friday's SE Live, our new facebook page and www.semoevents.com for more info on all the weekend happenings). But one of my favorite events of the year is Saturday: the 5th Annual Independent Record Store Day...

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Good times coming your way
Posted Wednesday, April 11, at 11:25 AM

The summer music festival season is almost here, and local super-promoters Bloom Heavy are having a ball. The Mudstomp Ball, coming up next Friday, April 20, will feature a bevy of bands looking to get you up and dancing. Mountain Sprout, the Ben Miller Band, the Whistle Pigs, the Big Idea, Mockingbird and Tyrannosaurus Chicken will give Bel Air patrons something to hoop about. ...

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Weekend Picks and Pieces (of info)
Posted Friday, December 19, at 1:05 PM

Friday The Usual/ 2 North Bistro/ 9 p.m. This Nashville, Tenn. foursome stops in town for a night to delight fans of alt/pop. For fans of local acts Fists of Phoenix and Improv of 7 Dying Men ... this is right up your alley. Saturday Bottom Feeders Blues Band/ The Rude Dog/ 9 p.m...

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Our music scene: A comparison
Posted Tuesday, December 16, at 1:16 PM

With many cultural similarities and 80-something miles separating Cape and Paducah (even Carbondale), it's hard to resist comparing the two. The urge only grows stronger when comparing the cities' music undergrounds, as pride mixes with grass-is-always-greener complaints...

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Weekend picks and pieces (of info)
Posted Thursday, December 11, at 2:45 PM

This weekend has numerous possibilities for fun, but if you wanna party LiveMusic style I've got your get-down destinations below ... featuring a trifecta of Illinois music makers (and not one of them was offered a Senate seat by Gov. Rod Blagojevich)...

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Ups and downs in local music
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 10:20 AM

Monday was a notorious day in music history - the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's death. But as I return to action, a few more musical thoughts come to mind (besides the many Led Zeppelin songs stuck in there) ... The local music scene has scored a few successes in recent months, with Drivin' Rain and Leadwood Folk making their mark on the music industry...

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James Samons is your arts and entertainment liaison for the area. He works on SE Live and daily entertainment news, and uses this blog to tell you what's coming up and what went down.
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