Matt Linsin Night Photography

The Garden of the Gods is captured during the night by photographer Matt Linsin.

Photography Exhibit
Available to View During Events
Free Admission / Bar Open

Unless we are awake in the middle of the night in some of Southern Illinois’ most beautiful places, few of us have seen our world as captured by Matt Linsin. 

Linsin, of Marion, is a nightscape and nature photographer with 20 years of creative leadership in Southern Illinois. His photography is so amazing it has been featured on the Star Talk Facebook page of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

His work will be exhibited at The Varsity in downtown Carbondale from Nov. 9 through Dec. 9. The exhibit will be available to view during all events at The Varsity.

Linsin launched “The Darkest Light” collection in 2018, highlighting photographs of recognizable local landmarks at night. The assortment features Camel Rock, Iron Furnace and Muddy Coal Mine, among others. 

“I love taking photographs of familiar places in unexpected ways,” he said.

The award-winning advertising voice of Mississippi River Radio, Linsin is creative director and producer with the station. He lives in Marion with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Jada, Maya and Elsa.


Terriers Live! Improv Comedy

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16
$8 adults / $6 adults 55+ / $4 students
Doors and Varsity Bar at 7

Terriers Live! Improv Comedy troupe is making its monthly appearance at The Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. 

The talented group of students is based at Carbondale Community High School. They perform a variety of short-form improvisational games. The show is appropriate for all ages.

The troupe is sponsored by CCHS teachers Erik Berrey and Josh Taylor. Their work is also made possible through a grant from the Garwin Family Foundation.

Tickets are available only at the door night of show when doors open at 7 p.m. That’s also when the Varsity Bar opens, featuring wine, beer, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Shakespeare in Action Workshops

Saturday, Nov. 17
10 a.m.-1 p.m. for students 8-13
2-5 p.m. for ages 14 and older

Stone Soup Shakespeare and its artistic director will be in Carbondale on Saturday, Nov. 17, to present two Shakespeare workshops and readings. The workshops are co-sponsored by The Stage Company and The Varsity Center.

Shakespeare in Action for KIDS (ages 8-13) is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shakespeare in Action (age 14 to adult) is from 2 to 5 p.m. Both workshops take place in downtown Carbondale at The Varsity, the home of The Stage Company.

Both workshops will cover general acting tools, including voice, movement and teamwork; Shakespeare’s storytelling; how to read Shakespeare; and how to perform Shakespeare.

Participants will have a chance to play with Shakespeare scenes in Stone Soup Shakespeare's unique style, and will be coached on Shakespeare monologues.

Each workshop is $15 for the general public, $10 for Stage Company members and $8 for students.

To register or for more information, email

For more information on Stone Soup Shakespeare, go to 

Sunday Service: Bingo with Blanche

2-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
Two Bingo Sessions, Drag Show
Doors and Varsity Bar at 1 p.m.

Drag queen bingo is back! Come to Sunday Services with Mama Blanche on Sunday, Nov. 18. The event is co-hosted by Rainbow Café LGBT Youth Center and The Varsity and takes place at The Varsity.

The event includes two sessions of bingo and a drag performance. Here’s the schedule:

Bingo Session I: 2-4:30 p.m.
Intermission with Drag Performance: 4:45-5:45
Bingo Session II: 6-8:30 p.m.

Performers include Kailey Kreme, Holly Haliwell, Rain Foxx, Korra, Idina Rimes Christina Garnette and more.

Prizes for games include items, services, gift baskets and other goods from local businesses and range in value from $25 to $100. 

Each session is $20 for approximately 15 games. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Café of Carbondale and Carbondale Gaia House.

TICKETS: Cash at the door only

For more information, go to