Out and about by James Samons http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/ en-us Get (your silverware) bent http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/49187 As this blog comes out, so does a new {http://www.semissourian.com/events 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. By going to his {http://www.facebook.com/morganstreblerfanpage Facebook page}, you can participate. Strebler says this event will blow minds. "This is the first time something like... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:52:49 -0500 Coming up in Cape http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/48986 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! Moving on ... Even though we are far from the end of summer, the fall season of Tunes at Twilight begins next week (August 17). It looks like... Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:09:45 -0500 SE Live gets a makeover http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47965 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. Those who love variety will really dig Steffen's pieces; she has everything from mangled toys to sculptures made from Mississippi River driftwood. Check her out at the Arts Council... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:13:26 -0500 Memorial Day weekend packed with fun options http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47874 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. The festival features acts such as Bobby Rush, Shemekia Copeland, Marquise Knox, Big George Brock, Boo Boo Davis and Kelley Hunt, and is free. STL Bluesweek will also have the Bluesweek Awards at... Thu, 24 May 2012 10:54:28 -0500 Morley is for music lovers http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47784 Ever been to Morley? If not, check it out this weekend. The Morley Community Betterment Association is hosting its {http://www.semoevents.com/morley_mo/events/show/260009184-2nd-annual-songwriters-festival second annual songwriters' festival} this weekend. So why should you go? Check out this lineup of performers: Bill Booth & Steve Clinton Les Lindy Fara McSpadden Bob Camp Don Greenwood Jefferson Fox Chris Moore Dennis Gurley Doug E. Rees Bruce Zimmerman & Friends featuring Scott... Thu, 17 May 2012 12:36:10 -0500 Moms do it 366 days a year http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47667 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. But honestly, so far my wife has carried the majority of the load. While I'm here at the... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:42:50 -0500 Fun is a battlefield http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47547 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. It starts at 12:15 p.m., and tickets are $37.75 to see all five movies. And no, don't expect to see Scarlett... Wed, 02 May 2012 13:11:23 -0500 You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think about the future. http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47438 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. The documentary follows the three as they leave St. Louis in 2009 and travel across the U.S.,... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:49:06 -0500 A big entertainment weekend ahead http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47341 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, {www.facebook.com/seliveevents 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... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:21:14 -0500 Good times coming your way http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/47229 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. Expect more news about the Bloom Heavy crew in the future ... they've been working hard to put together some... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:25:18 -0500 Weekend Picks and Pieces (of info) http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/26297 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. The Bottom Feeders, out of St. Louis, have a fantastic, down home sound that always translates to a good time for their audience. Expect to get down and get up late the next day. Sunday Sundays at 3 featuring... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 13:05:35 -0600 Our music scene: A comparison http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/26296 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. The fact is there is no real way to accurately gauge which scene's music outdoes which. I argue almost everyday for Cape's local acts, but good music is different for everyone. As for the complaints? Well, while those in the... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:16:05 -0600 Weekend picks and pieces (of info) http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/26294 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). Friday: Jobu/ Buckner's Brewing Co./ 9 p.m. If you like Sublime, The Police or Incubus, these guys are for you. Hailing from Champaign, Ill., Aaron VanVooren (vocals, guitar), Matt Hines (lead guitar, vocals), Andrew Neel (bassist) and Evan... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 14:45:48 -0600 Ups and downs in local music http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/26292 ** Almost Famous <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> 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... Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:20:50 -0600 My weekend was a blast ... but where were you? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/17142 Nine different bands. Last weekend I saw nine different bands play ... with mixed results. Friday night didn't go so well. Kansas City blues trio Brother Bagman put on a decent show in front of a pretty large crowd at The Rude Dog, but for the $3 cover the drummer was worth 10 cents. Defined Perception had a little bit of a bluegrass thing goin' on at Broussard's, and they even played a nice Pink Floyd cover. But their speed-it-up style wore on me eventually. Buckner's featured a new band... Mon, 03 Mar 2008 21:26:28 -0600 Schock's Red Cross Benefit: Update http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/17073 The newest SeLive is out today ... with a story about a great benefit concert Saturday at Schock's Pub in Scott City for the victims of ICE STORM '08. Well, Schock's Pub marketing director Jenn Cabaniss has sent me some updated info, so I'm passing it straight along to you: SATURDAY MARCH 1, 2008 SCHOCK'S PUB in Scott City, MO American Red Cross Fundraiser 7:00 pm - 1:00 am Doors open at 6:00 pm FEATURING: The Opposition 7:00 - 7:45 (Bar Stage) Fill 8:00 - 8:45 (Hall Stage) The... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:16:45 -0600 Start the weekend with a Friend http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/16826 It has been a ROUGH week all around, thanks to *ICE STORM '08* ... ... so I figure you might wanna start this weekend off right by checking out Nashville natives Velvet Friend with Moon Taxi at The Camp around 9 p.m. myspace.com/velvetfriend myspace.com/moontaxi You might want to notice Moon Taxi's plans to play Bonnaroo on Mars in 2010. This is a show I promise you won't get bored at ... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 15:53:41 -0600 Grammys get low ratings, Winehouse gets high ... ratings http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/16719 Celebrating its 50-year anniversary, the Grammy Awards received its third-lowest ratings ever last night, with an estimated 17.5 million viewers (according to Nielsen). That's not to say it was a boring show, however. The ever-rehabbing Amy Winehouse performed (what else) "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good" live via satellite from London ... and ironically managed to both sound like a talented pop star and look like a 'tabloid' bad girl. Winehouse ended up winning five awards -- including... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:50:26 -0600 Got the Urge to go out tonight? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/16673 Bored? Have no plans for this evening? Check out The Level featuring former Urge frontman Steve Ewing at Club Moxy tonight at 9 p.m. Or maybe celebrate Mardi Gras down in Scott City at Schock's Pub with Blues Gone Awry. There is a $5 cover, but I hear the beads will be plentiful and so will the "booze." What about heading over to Buckner's and taking in the SEMO Jazz Ensemble for a bit tonight as well? Saturday night is gonna be just as hoppin', starting with adrenaline shot Thorlock with... Fri, 08 Feb 2008 17:47:52 -0600 Record sales falling in album numbers ... wait, reverse that http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/samons/entry/16295 Alicia Keys' (who is very talented) newest album "As I Am" sold only 60,519 copies last week ... the second-lowest total for a #1 record since SoundScan began keeping track in 1991. This was only 455 copies more than the lowest all-time, the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack. So what does this mean? It means we all need to get used to a new music industry. Keys has sold 2,786,000 copies in 10 weeks ... not bad but not the "old days" by any means. And by the way ... Radiohead's "In Rainbows," which... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:24:26 -0600