Arts

book cover for The Abandoned Heart
Pegasus

Author Laura Benedict's latest "Bliss House" novel hits book stores Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016).   The Abandoned Heart is the third installment in the series and chronicles the beginning of Bliss House and the sordid tale of it's patriarch, Randolph Bliss.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Part 2 - The Abandoned Heart: Continued

Part 3 - Benedict on writing mystery novels

book cover for Sting
Grand Central

Sandra Brown’s latest suspense novel, Sting, hit book stores this week.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with the New York Times best selling author about her new book and what keeps her inspired after more than 60-novels.

In the Author’s Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Radio and Southern Illinois University.

 Set in the 1930’s, the romantic comedy Café Society is the latest film written and directed by Woody Allen.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Café Society is currently playing in Paducah. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois through the  Listening Project.  Ours story is that of Gene Alexander - a beloved elementary school teacher and principal of more than 30 years in Benton.  Now, at age 81, he's known simply as "Mr. A" - the guy who paints maps of the United States on playgrounds across the region.
 

Gene Alexander's story was recorded as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

The 2016 comedy-drama  A Hologram for the King releases on DVD Tuesday.  It stars Tom Hanks as a washed-up corporate business man who finds a new lease on life in Saudi Arabia while trying to sell a high-tech teleconferencing system to an Arab King.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
A Hologram for the King is available at a movie store near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

movie poster for Lights Out
Warner Bros.

If you like your movies a little creepy and even scary... you might want to take in the 2016 supernatural horror film  Lights Out . Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews

Lights Out is currently playing at a theater near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

You can hear more of his reviews and others here.

book cover Past and Present
Seal Press

A new “how to” book suggests creative ways that we can remember loved ones who will never be forgotten.  It's a guide to how we can move beyond grief to celebrating the joy and affection of loved one's memories.    Loss survivor, author and journalist Allison Gilbert’s new book is Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Gilbert about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

On this Mother's Day weekend, Garry Marshall's latest film Mother's Day is currently playing at a theater near you.  It features a star studded cast including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Keanu

May 5, 2016
movie poster for Keanu
Warner Bros.

The 2016 action-comedy movie Keanu features the Comedy Central duo of Key and Peele.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie and its rather absurd premise for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
Keanu is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz teaches film studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  
 

movie poster for The Jungle Book
Disney

The Jungle Book is Disney's new live-action/CGI take on its 1967 animated film classic of the same name. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the film that blends elements of the original Disney classic with the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

The Jungle Book is currently playing at a theater near you.  Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. 
 

30th Annual Arts Education Festival

Apr 14, 2016
30th Annual Arts Education Festival
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The SIU Carbondale Campus had an extra 1500 visitors Wednesday and Thursday for the 30th Annual Arts Education Festival.

Students from all over southern Illinois had the opportunity to experience art in many forms.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Each year SIU Carbondale's School of Art and Design awards the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award to outstanding seniors in the College.

The fate of the Illinois State Museum could be decided in the next couple of days. The museum closed to the public last October as a cost-saving measure as the budget stalemate dragged on.

film poster for Spotlight
Open Road Films

The 2015 biographical film Spotlight is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.  It has also picked up a Best Picture Award award from the National Society of Film Critics and named Best Acting Ensemble by the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.   Film critic Simone Becque has more in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Author Colleen Coble is back with the next installment in her Sunset Cove series.  Mermaid Moon is out in paperback this week.  Readers get introduced to Mallory Davis as she returns to her Maine home for the first time in 15 years.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Coble for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Imagine a time in the not to distant future when Alzheimer's no longer exists.  The search for the fountain of youth has largely been a work of science fiction.  But science is on the cusp of a revolutionary breakthrough.  Dr. Michael Fossel is a physician and an expert in the science of cell aging and human aging.    WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Dr. Fossel about his book The Telomerase Revolution for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

SIU Reviews: Aloha

Nov 25, 2015

If you're looking for some non-football, post turkey entertainment you might want to consider a trip to your local movie store.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, Film critic Walter Metz suggests checking out Cameron Crowe's 2015 romantic-comedy,  Aloha.
 
Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. More of his reviews are available on our webpage - wsiunews.org
 

As the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Paris continues to unfold, Canadian journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer suggests the western world and specifically the United States does not need to be overly concerned with the rise of the so called "Islamic State."    For this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Dyer about his new book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East.  The conversation was recorded just days before the the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris.

The 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis chronicled the political campaign in Bolivia and the influence of American style political operatives.  The 2015 silver screen adaptation of the same name is loosely based on the original documentary.    Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the major motion picture in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD-Terminator Genisys

Nov 10, 2015

New this week at your favorite movie store is the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise - Terminator Genisys.   The Sci-Fi action thriller marks the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role he made famous in the original 1984 release.   Film critic Jason Hedrick takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Hedrick is a doctoral student specializing in Performance Studies in the Department of Communications at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   He is also Technical Director for SIU's Marion Kleinau Theatre.

Film critic Walter Metz reviews the 2015 historical drama Bridge of Spies for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

book cover of Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded
www.killernashville.com

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the Killer Nashville Writers' Conference. To commemorate the milestone a new anthology of mystery and horror short stories written by more than a dozen conference participants is now on bookshelves.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with conference organizer Clay Stafford about "Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded" for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

book cover Side-Yard Superhero
Five Star Publications

Author and educator Rick Niece reflects on life growing up in a small Ohio town and his journey back in his latest book Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Niece about the book in this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Art
Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale Community Arts opens its new headquarters this weekend in Carbondale. The building, at 304 West Walnut, used to house Carbondale's public library. Now, it's an open space with plenty of natural light, and for leaders in the organization now - the opportunities are nearly endless.

A portion of the Varsity Center for the Arts in Carbondale is being renamed in honor of a family who has been a major contributor to the creative and performing arts facility.

Hundreds of artists and administrators met last week to discuss the state of the arts in Illinois.

Politics dominated the discussion, with a focus on ever-shrinking budgets for many arts groups, including the Illinois Arts Council Agency - the state department that oversees government spending on the arts.

Funding for the council has diminished from about $20 million dollars in 2007 to less than $9 million in 2012.

Ra Joy heads Arts Alliance Illinois - the state's largest such advocacy and membership group:

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz examines the so called "Blaxploitation" film genre that got its start in the early 1970's with a closer look at Spike Lee's recent film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

SIU Reviews: Grandma

Sep 24, 2015

The 2015 comedy–drama  Grandma  marks the return of Lily Tomlin in a leading role on the big screen.  Film Critic Simone Becque has more in this edition of  SIU Reviews.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has a new agreement that leaders hope will lead to more students, and also opportunities for growth in the art program.

Image of Mad Men publicity photo
AMC

If you're still pondering the conclusion of  Mad Men... you're not alone. Film critic Walter Metz has you're Don Draper fix in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Soutehrn Illinois University Carbondale.
 

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