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What is your most prized possession?
JANUARY 19, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE MOVIE REVIEWS
magine you must get rid of everything you own except for one item. Which of your possessions do you value so much that you couldn’t let it go? You could choose something practical that might be beneficial in your newly frugal life. Like a good Millennial, I would probably have to pick something with internet access, because without it I start to feel lost and out of touch with the world. I would find myself uneducated, wandering through a post-information wasteland without a constant stream of news and animal videos. But surely there are people who don’t care for such trivialities in life. They might choose a personal keepsake that doesn’t have much value to others, but means everything to them. Though I love to get nostalgic, I have never put much sentimental value in any of my belongings because they inevitably break or get lost. Maybe the answer isn’t a piece of cold technology or a personal item that warms your heart, but rather memories that can be shared and will last forever. Nah, I’m pretty sure it’s just an endless supply of funny pet videos.
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“It’s probably still my teddy bear from when I was a kid. I always had to bring it on trips with me and it always had to be there with me. I got it when I was 3 and I didn’t give it up until I was in like 8th grade. It’s still around; I think it’s in my closet at home. If he ever got destroyed I’d be pretty upset.”
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EDITOR’S NOTE DYLAN SUTCLIFF
The students are back! Every single break, I adore the empty streets, excess parking and overall unoccupied feeling of campus; however, there’s a certain something that gets me excited when 40,000 people suddenly appear overnight. Winter break was odd — not so much in my personal life, but in terms of climate. Almost every day was in the 50s! What? It was depressing. In my opinion, this is far worse than any harsh winter because there’s no prescribed activities for such weather. The temperature is similar to fall but without any of the charm. All of those activities are finished. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards have ceased hosting hayrides, corn mazes and their respective specialty foods. Everything is dead by the end of November and without a covering of white, dream-inducing snow, the great outdoors diminishes in value. Going into winter break, my intentions were to read comics and snuggle with my cat, and while I was successful on both accounts, I constantly felt like there was something else I should be doing. The only outdoor activity on my mind during this time of year is sledding, and that simply wasn’t an option. What the hell? Of course, now that school (responsibilities) has begun, the weather is brutal as all get out. The weather took just enough time for every piece of winter clothing my grandmother graciously gave me for Christmas to disappear, leaving me shivering at bus stops, attempting to mentally warm my fingers into feeling again. Overall, I’m happy to see the weather behave accordingly again, but with the return of students and the cold, we can soon expect to see inappropriately dressed girls attempting to survive the late night walk to and from Kam’s. Usually, I try very hard to not judge too harshly in these notes because everyone has different interests, but those girls are downright stupid. I do not understand how not wearing pants or a coat can be beneficial in below freezing weather. The idea is to look hot. I get it, but every time I see one of those girls, I tell them to put more clothes on because seeing people in pain doesn’t really turn me on. I don’t care how much leg you’re showing — when the skin turns blue, you can count me out.
I will cut you and your little too!
JANUARY 19 - 25, 2012
DREW HATCHER COPY CHIEF
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL by Max Huppert Annnnnd we’re back! Bet you were starting to think it was finally over. Kinda, maybe, possibly, just for a second? But just like the sun rising, the new year starting, and homeless guys asking you for spare change on Green Street, the cycle continues — and another semester begins at the University of Illinois. For seniors such as myself, it’s the last one. A final run to the championship, if you will, and it feels good. Only months from now, we’ll taste the sweet freedom of drinking cheap beer on a couch in our parents’ basements. But for now, the work begins again. These first couple weeks back are the easy part. Get a syllabus or two, meet some new people, hear about assignments that won’t seem important until the day before they’re due. So remember this moment a few weeks from now. When you’re trudging through the snow to get to class at 9 a.m., not having slept enough and with no end to the responsibilities in sight, don’t forget about the good times you had, relaxing and enjoying yourself over the holidays. After all, it’s all a cycle, and we’ll end up back there once again.
» Loveseats: The move-in furniture shake-up at my house has left me with no seating in my room but a single loveseat. While this leaves little room for entertaining friends, the loveseat does have its advantages. “Oh my, looks like someone stole my couch! Guess we’ll just have to cuddle up on this loveseat... Don’t mind those stains, baby.” Is it possible to high five a piece of furniture? Yes. I just did. » Cuties: Although I also like cute girls and referring to cute girls as “cuties,” what I’m really talking about here is a very tiny orange that you can peel with your fingers. I’ve been known to eat up to four in one sitting. Fuck scurvy. Not on these gums. Oh my god, this cutie is delicious. Oh my god. » Orange Tic-tacs: Despite the fact that these likes are beginning to read like an ad for oranges and orange-flavored candies, you just can’t deny the power of an orange tic-tac. No friends? Buy a box. Boom. Friends. They may only love you for your tic-tacs, but these things are not expensive, so you can keep it up forever.
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» The conditions in Nike sweatshops : Wanna hear about the person that made your shoes? It was probably a woman--age 13-24--working for less than $0.20 an hour, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (no overtime). Likely, she shared a bunk bed with three other girls living in a small, dirty room. If she talked to co-workers or disobeyed management she was fired (don’t even imagine what they’d do to her if she tried to form a union) If she was pregnant, she was fired or forced into an abortion (sweatshop managers don’t like pregnant woman--their slower, and liable to get tired). She was probably tired and hungry and unable to use the bathroom (except for one 15 break every six hours). When little girls in China, Indonesia, or Mexico hear “Just do it!” they hear the abusive growl of a monstrous manager. Anyway you slice it, the shoes on your feet were probably crime against humanity. Hope they look cool! buzz
Do your Dastardly deeds
Chicago-based folkies saddle ‘em up at the Cowboy Monkey
by Adam Barnett
hicago-based Dastardly is just about to release its second EP, and it’s a sonic doozy. It’s full of raw, folky moments of high-speed musical delinquency, banjos, harmonies and even laundry. The band is no stranger to Champaign-Urbana as we’ve seen Dastardly at quite a few shows over the past year, and on January 20, these crazy kids are paying a visit to the Cowboy Monkey to celebrate the release of the Bury Me in the Country EP (Out digitally on January 31, but you can most likely pick up some copies at the show). buzz spoke with Gabe Liebowitz on Martin Luther King Day to find out what’s what. »buzz: How’s your Martin Luther King Day going? Gabe Liebowitz: Oh man, my Martin Luther King Day. Yesterday, we spent 17 hours filming this music video, and it’s super intense. And we were filming in this winter house, and it was super dirty and ratty, and there was all this mold and dirt and dust. And we had to be down there for most of the day, running around and doing crazy shit. So now we’re all just kind of recovering with broken bones and just hyperventilating, getting our lungs back in action, lounging around. But no disrespect to Mr. King, of course; it’s just bad timing. Otherwise, we’d be on the streets celebrating like everyone else. » buzz: Yeah, and you could be giving each other presents. GL: Yeah, Martin Luther King presents. I know. We fucked up. But what can you do? » buzz: Oh, well — What song was the video for? GL: It’s a song called “Dirtnap (Uncouth Hillbilly Gets What’s Coming to Him),“ and it’s the last track of our record that we have coming out. » buzz: What are the names of the bones people ended up breaking? GL: I don’t know if any of us actually broke bones, but we certainly have some sore bones like calves, and fingers, and toes, and stomachs and things like that — stomachs aren’t bones, I know... » buzz: Going onto this record, did you guys approach it differently than your previous EP? GL: Yeah, we did it much differently. Our previous EP we actually recorded after we had only been together after about five months. So we were still kind of finding our sound... We recorded everything in a pretty nice studio, and everything was isolated. And we still really like that record and like the songs, but this one was way different because we had just heard that people said that they liked May You Never, the first one, but it just wasn’t a good representation of our live act, which people say is our strong point. So we’d basically been on tour all summer, and we had got back from a monthlong tour over in the West Coast, and we went to record a couple days later after we got back. And we weren’t actually planning on making this a record. We were just planning on getting 4
some demos out. And we didn’t record it in a studio. We actually recorded it in a laundry room in this art space called the Rumble Art Studio over in Humboldt Park in Chicago. And we just got real, real drunk, like we had a big ol’ handle of whisky with us, and we just recorded these songs. And we did them all live, and we didn’t isolate ourselves ... But it was just really rowdy, and the engineer doesn’t even remember the last half of the session. We listened to it afterwards and just thought that it perfectly encapsulates how we perform live and our vibe, and we’re really proud of the performances. So yeah, it’s definitely a lot more livesounding and a lot more raw and less produced than the last record... » buzz: Can you give me a few examples of the rowdiness that ensued? GL: A lot of the songs are just very high-voltage, like lots of rapid-fire percussion, bangin’ on laundry machines and music stands. For the third song, “Brief Thoughts on Death,“ we had been doing that song for a really, really long time, like almost as long as we’ve been together ... and we’ve never really figured out the best way to end it, so we were trying to figure that out ... Then Joe, who’s our banjo player, just said, “Why don’t we end it with a creepy, off-thecuff waltz?” And we were like, “Alright.” So we finished the song, and it all came together, like Joe grabbed this gigantic trash bin, and we were just banging on everything, and I came up with this little guitar part just on the spot, and it turned into this super creepy, eerie, dissonant, almost like a Tom Waits junkyard symphony. It was just a very high-voltage, spur of the moment type thing that was really cool to get on record. » buzz: Are you gonna bring some stuff to bang on to the Champaign show...? GL: I’m starting to realize that that kind of unusual percussion could be a big part of our sound. So I definitely wanna start bringing some of these more unusual percussion, you know like trash can lids and music stands and shit like that because it just sounds more interesting to me ... Maybe get some people on the stage banging along with us. » buzz: I’ve realized that you guys play in Champaign pretty often. What makes you keep coming back here? GL: The first show we played in Champaign was at Cowboy Monkey with our really good friends Dirty Feathers, and I just had no idea what to expect ... And it was just a sold-out show. There were like 200 people there, and it was so awesome. And there are so many great bands, like Elsinore’s really awesome, and some of my best music friends are Stan and Viv from Santah and Grandkids, and there are just so many cool bands. It’s such a different vibe from Chicago ... I really see Champaign as a home away from home, and I try to get us down there as much as
Photo by Tiela Halpin. Used with permission from Dastardly
possible because the enthusiasm for music in that town is just super inspiring and awesome. »buzz: I also noticed that you’re coming down for a solo show in a couple months. What’s that gonna be like in comparison to a Dastardly show...? GL: When the rest of Dastardly is busy with school and work and stuff, I’m starting to do these little ten or eleven-day solo tours maybe once a month in addition to touring with the full band whenever I can. That’s still a new thing for me, and that tour is actually gonna be me trying to figure that out. It’s mostly gonna be Dastardly songs. I think a lot of it is gonna be a lot of songs on the Dastardly docket, like songs we haven’t gotten around to working towards. And also it’ll give me a chance to do some covers that I really like doing ... I really like doing some Roy Orbison songs, and I love doing “Girls from North Country” by Bob Dylan and some cowboy songs and stuff. So I’m just gonna be trying it out. I think instead of having a setlist, I’m just gonna have a list of 50 or 60 songs I know how to play and kinda randomly just go at it every show... I did a solo tour once before that was a month long, so it’s definitely gotten my chops up a lot as far as singing goes and learning how to cope with any situation that’s given to you. Like, I now know how to act at a show if it’s actually a front for Mexican drug trafficking and underage prostitution. » buzz: I think that’s a good skill. GL: You gotta know, you gotta know. » buzz: I think I need to learn how to deal with that situation. GL: Go to Albuquerque, man. » buzz: I also read that before you were doing this thing full-time, you were a double-decker bus tour guide in Chicago. Do you think you drew any experiences from one to help with the other at all? GL: Absolutely ... I really did because, for being a double-decker tour guide, we get a base pay, but most of the money that we make is based on tips. And in order to get tips, you have to make people like you. So literally I would just go on a bus every day filled with 80 strangers,
and I would have to do whatever I could to just make them like me. And I learned all these different techniques of when to tell jokes and how to engage with people, and as far as that goes, being a frontman, those are such important skills, like when you go out of town and you’re playing in front of people and you don’t know anyone. Like, you have to learn the techniques to make people on your side, like eye contact and jokes and things like that… It’s like going to Madison, Wisconsin for the first time, and there’s 80 people there — to me it isn’t much different than 80 stranger tourists on a double-decker bus that I’m about to give a tour to… » buzz: So would it be good advice to say that, “If you want to be in a touring band, you should learn how to give tours on a bus and then go on tour”? GL: I wouldn’t go that far, but I definitely got some important tools as far as learning how to rope people in and get them onto your side, for sure. » buzz: Yeah, the way I’m thinking about it is like, you know how people say that football players will sometimes take ballet before they go to the NFL. Maybe it’s beneficial for bands to give bus tours before they take on big tours. GL: Absolutely. » buzz: So now that you guys are famous and bound to make millions of dollars, what are you gonna do first? GL: Who told you that? » buzz: I’m just assuming this. GL: Oh, okay. Fuck. I guess I’d have more money to properly celebrate MLK day, maybe get a big-ass float, a flotation device, and really get in gear for that ... I would probably make a really high budget, over-the-top Lady Gaga style music video to a Lady Gaga song, but starring me. It’ll be an investment, but we’ll see the popularity just quadruple after that, I’m sure.
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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
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Although this is a lofty statement, I believe that this may be the best espionage-drama I have ever seen. Every piece of the film is utilized perfectly from the writing, direction and, of course, acting. The film holds so many names that it is basically the distinguished British intellectual’s response to The Expendables. Starring Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Toby Jones (Harry Potter), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Tom Hardy (Inception) and the aforementioned Oldman and Hurt, the film will probably see more than a few Oscar nods. Be sure to see this film before it leaves The Art Theatre on January 26.
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information only when it is absolutely necessary. In this respect, the movie is very successful. I cannot recall a time when I have been so lost but also completely captivated by a mystery such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Red herrings seemed to be at every turn as this all-star cast leads the viewer down many routes toward one end goal: information. The film thrives on the idea of holding and withholding certain intelligence (“treasure”) from not only the audience but also between national organizations such as MI6 and CIA. And of course, as Oldman slowly works through the labyrinth, each character holds a small piece of the story at large.
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It’s ironic: Roman Polanski’s newest film, Carnage, satirizes proper parenting (remember, Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl when he was 43). Don’t worry. Polanski doesn’t preach; he attempts to prove that every person, at their deepest core, is totally despicable (an interesting but understandable claim for a child rapist). Carnage is an adaptation of French play God of Carnage; the droll satire of manners is framed as an argument between two couples discussing a dispute between
their children. Thankfully, Polanski’s adaptation is not an Americanization. He merely changed the dialogue to English and the urbane locale to Brooklyn while leaving the play’s pitch black humor and the unrelenting French pessimism intact. It’s obvious Carnage came from the stage. The action is revealed through dialogue; the setting is a small apartment. While live theater seems like a great way to watch a mental breakdown, only cinema brings together our beloved Hollywood stars! John
C. Reilly is Michael Longstreet, the blue-collar, John Wayne-loving husband of Penelope (Jodie Foster), a liberal intellectual writing a dense book about genocide in Sudan. When their son gets hit with a stick by another child, the Longstreets invite the Cowans to their apartment in hopes of mediating the issue. Christoph Waltz is Alan Cowan, a high-power lawyer for a faulty pharmaceutical company, and his wife Nancy (Kate Winslet) is a cold investment banker; they both go to the Longstreets to apologize for their son’s behavior. If this sounds too arty (it’s definitely a lot of talking), imagine Carnage as a blend between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inglourious Basterds, Silence of the Lambs and Dr. Steve Brule (I imagine that was the pitch meeting). Is it possible to spoil a moral? If maybe, stop reading. Carnage reminds audiences that even though you might try really hard not to be selfish and terrible, you’re still trying really hard. It’s way easier to be a shitty person — that’s also why it’s so popular. Carnage is Camus with a bone to pick against the 21st century. Political correctness, animal rights, modern art, corporations and vanity are all delightfully diced to ribbons. It’s satire at its purest: putting a magnifying glass up to society’s ridiculous contradictions and letting our overblown pretensions speak for themselves.
january 19 - 25, 2012
One-on-one with Kathy DaviS
Red Herring’s manager gives buzz the deets
by Jasmine Lee
nusual, cheap eats on campus are hard to find beyond the expected Indian and Thai restaurants that dot Green Street, especially if you’re vegetarian or vegetarian-inclined. Kathy Davis, manager of the cheerful Red Herring perched on Mathews and Oregon, wanted to change that — the expectation that a vegetarian meal is only made up of side dishes — along with the dodgy reputation Red Herring had garnered in the past. Once Davis took over the eatery, she revamped the menu and the atmosphere, turning the quirky basement cafe into a bustling, cheerful space that churns out incredibly tasty food — salads, falafel, sandwiches and an amazing selection of tea, to name a few of the menu items — and an experience in her larger-than-life personality. »buzz: In a sentence, could you describe Red Herring to any newcomers? Kathy Davis: Red Herring in one sentence — I would say fresh, homemade food that you can recognize, and food that you’re comfortable with, food that’s approachable, as opposed to some places that are just like the drones, the mass output of [makes splatter noises]. It’s all fresh. We make everything here. The only thing we don’t make is the pita, but maybe one day we can. »buzz: Does the menu change every day? KD: We have special entrees every day, and then we have the soup of the day. Sometimes our specials will be Monday and Tuesday the same, and maybe Wednesday will be one, but there’s always a daily special or soup of the day. And starting next week, we’re opening for dinners. I did not know if you were aware of that. Mondays through Fridays, from five to eight. I don’t think they’ve had dinners here for over ten years, and that’s ridiculous. We’ve had people asking about it. And it’s so hard. Unless you’re on campus, it’s difficult to get here, so nighttime ... we want to be more of a community. We love the students and the locals, but ‘cause they shut down for breaks, we’d like to stay open and depend on the community to come in and help us out. »buzz: About that – I know that you have a volunteer IOU service. Could you explain that? KD: If you come in and help us out for an hour, we’ll feed ya. Sometimes it depends on what your skill level is ... We have people that are bakers, and we’ll have them make up some cookies for us or help us prep veggies. But for the most part, though, a lot of people are most comfortable with washing dishes. We also have some musicians — we had some musicians come in today, and they’ll play for an hour, and we’ll feed you for an hour. And when they come in, there’s so much we can do here to get them to volunteer, like some of this artwork [on the walls] I think needs to be redone, but not everyone who comes in looking to volunteer is an artist. But if you can get the word out, that’d be cool.
»buzz: Do a lot of students take advantage of the service? KD: I’d say we would probably average three to five volunteers, and sometimes we actually don’t have anything for them to do, but we’ll still feed you, and maybe you can come back and check in one day later because it’s part of the ChanningMurray Foundation they’re supporting — that’s what the Red Herring is involved in, but it’s part of the Unitarian church, and their mission in life is to treat your body good, to get good food in you, to know where your food came from. It’s kind of like their outreach program. But I’m not preachy about that at all. »buzz: How long has Red Herring been in Urbana? KD: Thirty-seven years. And then it shut down for like 10 years during the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, at some point. This wasn’t even here before, it was like dirt, and then back in the 60s, these crazy hippies decided to dig this out and make a kitchen. And some places, you can tell, but I’m really trying to revamp and get it updated. But the basic equipment back there is a stove. »buzz: Why set up a vegetarian eatery on campus? KD: I guess even back in the day, there was no option for that. And it’s different — of course you can go to a Chinese place, or an Indian place, or any ethnic places that will have vegetarian options, but there’s still meat in their fridge. There’s still chicken sitting there, so I feel like we’re, like, veggie kosher. You don’t have to worry about it sitting next to a pound of roast beef or whatnot. »buzz: That’s a little scary. KD: [Laughs] »buzz: You call out names to pick up food. Does that encourage a kind of camaraderie between patron and the restaurant? KD: I think that the interaction, a little connection because it’s gotten to the point to where I see them come in and I go, ‘Hey Anna, hey Julie,’ and it’s always good to know new faces. I didn’t want to put numbers because I hate being a number. [Calls out] Number 4! [Shakes head] No. We’re all individuals. And then if their name, I’m a musical person, so if their name is associated with a song, I’ll try, like ‘Joe,’ Jimmy Hendrix, [croons] “hey, Joe,” try to get them a little kick out of it. It’s more personable, I think.” »buzz: Do you get a lot of regulars here? KD: Ohmigosh, yes, yes. And not just regulars through the years that I’ve recognized, ‘cause I used to volunteer here before, but new people that have just discovered it, and we’ve already made them a fan, and they’re like, ‘I’ve been here for four years, and I did not know you guys were here, and I love it, and I’m gonna keep coming back.’ And I think, dang. If only, ‘cause if they would’ve known about it four years ago, they would’ve told five of their friends
The Red Herring interior provides a cozy and comfortable setting for a writing workshop. Photo by: Sarah Syman
and so on and so on. And we’ve just now got that sign out in front, and all this time, they’ve never had a sign out there. Oh my Lord, I’d like to get another one out on Mathews. People walking by all day long, and I wouldn’t know — I’d just think it was a church, and I love the building. One of my dreams has always been to have an old church and turn it into a restaurant. So I’m almost there. I would love to make it go super big, so this all could be my kitchen, and the serving could be upstairs. I don’t know if you’ve been upstairs. But it’s open to the public. They can come in and go up there and sit and study. We have free wi-fi, so it’s a chill spot up there — an old chapel. I love it. »buzz: I understand Red Herring isn’t very wellknown among college students. KD: Yeah, it’s had a little bit of an iffy reputation, ‘cause a lot of times it’s been run by volunteers, so of course if your livelihood doesn’t depend on it, I don’t think you’re going to care so much about it, and it got kind of run-down. I’m trying to turn that around ‘cuz I’ve read some really awful reviews from a long time ago. Not on my watch. »buzz: Is there a certain dish you recommend? Is there a favorite? KD: Our black bean patty. That’s a new addition to the menu. We make that in house, as opposed to some restaurants that have veggie burgers that are just frozen, like Morningstar patties. That and people love us for our falafels. [Laughs] I never had one until I came here. The easiest way I can think to explain that to somebody is a Middle Eastern hush puppy. Kind of corny, even though it’s garbanzo beans, but still, that real hearty ... crunch on the outside, and all those spices on the inside. [Makes appreciative noise.] They’re really easy to make, too. »buzz: Yes, I’m just deathly terrified of bubbling oil in my kitchen.
KD: Yes. Unless you’ve got a regulator or something like that. We were just talking about earlier, how we got a little bitty fryer back there, and one time the fire went out, so they had to do it on the stovetop, and that would terrify me because at any moment — poof. I’ve had that happen before. I was twelve — I’ve been cooking since I was seven — so I had that turned all the way up, and I dropped the fries, and I turned around, and all I saw was this big orange fireball behind me. By the time I turned around, it’d gone down, but the entire side of that kitchen was just black. So, yeah. Frying grease at home, I understand. Bring them in. We’ll fry them up for you. [Laughs] »buzz: Is there anything else you’d like to say? For the magazine or for anyone who wants to come in? KD: We also have a coffeehouse on Fridays and Saturdays, open stage. I suggest people try everything on the menu. They might find a new favorite. ‘Cause the regulars who come in usually get the same thing. I’m just like, ‘Try something, something else. Be adventurous.’ And we have a fruity pebbles tea that’s just awesome. »buzz: Now that you’re opening up for dinners, are you planning on an open mic night kind of thing? KD: On Monday night, we’ve got a gentleman who will be performing from six to seven. He will be doing acoustic original music, and that’s something I’m really trying — I’d really like to get some jazz ensembles or even some comedy, some stand up, or ... get in touch with the drama department if they’ve got some plays going. Come in and do ten, fifteen minutes of a skit from your play that you’re having. I’d love that. Or any kind of community group that wants to get the word out. We’re totally about supporting artists’ expression. Some people just need a foot in the door. buzz
Beyond the Surface Students find comfort through creation by Andrea Baumgartner
mma Bucher came across the idea of using art as therapy during a late night studio session. “We would talk about all sorts of interesting things, and I found it to be really therapeutic to have that dialogue while at the same time being in this creative process,” she said. Bucher, a senior at the University of Illinois, is majoring in psychology and painting. While in her theories of psychotherapy class, she met Elka Kazmierczak. “I heard the teacher say something about Elka being interested in art therapy, and I was like, ‘oh, maybe she would be interested in something like this.’ I thought we could get an organization started up, and so I went and talked to her after class that day, and she said, ‘Yes, I have the same vision as you,’ and basically, things started falling in our laps after that.” The two had to plan the layout of the meetings, what each workshop would look like, how long they would meet, where they would have it and how they would finance themselves. Luckily, Kazmierczak knew Rachel Storm, the program coordinator at the Women’s Resource Center, and was able to secure a night and time for them to use their facilities to start Art Therapy, and for free. “That was a big one because everywhere else we had to pay money,” said Bucher. Kazmierczak was the sole facilitator for the first year and a half because of her extensive experience with art therapy. “I have been teaching art for 13 or 14 years,
studio art and design at the university, so I have a degree in art, actually, but I also then later on ventured off and started to volunteer and start a program at the women’s shelter in Carbondale because I am a survivor of domestic violence. I figured it was time to use what was helpful to me over the years to give back,” said Kazmierczak. She was also trained at the shelter to deal with crisis intervention with battered women and sexual assault victims. Even though she does not have a formal degree in psychology, she said she feels that without one, she is better able to maintain the flexibility of art. Art therapy sessions always begin with a routine. “I’ve been using this with women in the shelter and modified it here, and I discovered that it seemed to be working,” explained Kazmierczak. “The facilitator of the workshop does a little bit of a physical exercise — a guided stretching for health — and it gets people centered and grounded so their minds don’t go off on exams or something else, and we say, ‘stand on your toes and move your hands up,’ so one really has to focus on what they’re doing rather than thinking about other things. They are here right now to maintain balance, and that seemed to be working to get people to put things away from the outside and be in the moment.” From there, the group — depending on how many people are there — will sit at their table and get a prompt for the night that will help guide discussion as well as what they create.
“We give it to them, and then people pick up their materials and start doing their work and share how they feel right now. Some people sit quietly. Others engage. It’s really building a community rather than production of the work only,” said Kazmierczak. The night always ends with everyone sharing what they created and why they created it, continuing that sense of community and giving everyone an opportunity to connect. “It can give someone a good boost and make them feel good, and that satisfaction that, ‘Yeah, I did something cool.’ So it doesn’t always have to be deep, psychological self-examining. It’s always about seeing oneself in the context of other people and your own experiences. And that’s what makes it different from any other art club,” said Kazmierczak.
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Both Emma and Kazmierczak wanted the group to be completely voluntary and less formal than other RSOs on campus, so there is no fee to pay, no paperwork and no commitment. “We’ve had people who only have come once, but that time was very powerful, and they shared and shed a few tears and were able to go on their way, but that one experience was powerful for them,” said Bucher. Art Therapy meets the first, third and fifth Monday of the month at the Women’s Resource Center on the corner of Wright and Green. Bucher and Kazmierczak encourage anyone, whether they are just overwhelmed from school, are looking for a chance to get artsy or just want to meet people, to stop by. The next art therapy session will be Jan. 23, 2012 at the start of 2nd semester.
A Touch of Greatness The legendary Russian dance troupe visits campus by Corinne Ruff A classic story of love, betrayal and good triumphing over evil — Swan Lake is a timeless Russian ballet featuring the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. On Jan. 24 & 25, The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing the famous dance at 7 p.m. in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. “It is a priceless jewel that will be with us forever,” exclaims artistic director Elena Radchenko about the ballet. Both once legendary principal dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet, Elena and her husband Sergei formed the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989 as an independent dance company in hopes to combine the best aspects from the Bolshoi and Kirov Russian Ballet companies. Since they first began, 8
Swan Lake has been a part of their repertoire. “We are purely a classical ballet company that follows the deep traditions of Russian ballet which is our cultural heritage. It is very important to our company to keep the tradition alive, as not many companies accomplish this.” The company performs all over the world; however, their western tour will take them across Canada and the United States. They travel to many large cities as well as smaller college towns on the principle that “dance is for everyone.” In fact, the world-renowned dancers will be performing on the exact same stage as the dance students of U of I, allowing them to see how professionals can transform the stage into something truly remarkable.
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When asked about the inspiration dancing gives students, Elena replies, “Dance is our nature. The music inspires dance. Then, as you add the costumes and details of the production, it gives the people a sense of fulfillment and joy.”
A masterpiece that has been around for more than 100 years, Swan Lake is a critical piece of Russian culture and art. Upheld to the highest standards in preserving their heritage, the Moscow Festival Ballet’s performance promises to be an enriching and tremendous experience.
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Music fit for kings Krannert hosts the Royal Philharmonic of Great Britain
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n January 20 and 21, two legendary names in the world of classical music converge on Urbana’s Krannert Center for two evenings of music from the Romantic era, and their performing ensemble is the no less legendary Royal Philharmonic of Great Britain. If it were not enough to have the Royal Philharmonic here, maestro Charles Dutoit will conduct and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform the soloist’s role in two of the 19th century’s great piano concertos. Maestro Dutoit is currently the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, and in 2008, he conducted an evening of splendid music with the Chicago Symphony. Now in 2012, he and his new orchestra double the pleasure and bring an “A” list concert pianist as part of the package. This native of Switzerland has over 170 recordings on over 30 CDs and is one of the true giants of the classical scene. His recordings have won over 40 international awards, and his Grammy Award-winning recording of Debussy’s “Pelleas and Melisande” is a legendary item among opera fans. Yet, it is as a conductor of live music from the podium for which he is best known. His early musical career in his native Switzerland featured stints as a viola player and mentoring under legendary Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet. By 1960, he was a regular guest conductor with Ansermet’s orchestra, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. By the end of the decade, he had succeeded Paul Kletzki as conductor of the Bern Symphony, and in his distinguished 11 years there, guest conducting offers came in from all over the world. Then he left for North America, and for nearly 25 years as head of the Montreal Symphony, he led
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this ensemble into world-class status. Urbana native Paul Merkelo is the current first chair trumpet of the Montreal Symphony and was hired by Dutoit. This 1986 graduate of Urbana High School began his full-time professional career with the Montreal Symphony and has played for the Maestro through many concerts and recording sessions. I asked what made him special as a conductor, and Merkelo answered, ”Dutoit has a charisma and flair especially in French music that is exacting, precise and elegant.” He was equally descriptive about what made his recording sessions special: ”When we recorded, we did many full takes of movements. That lends itself to more fluid playing — the orchestra was and is always in form when it counts. That is part of our tradition”. Since 2009, Dutoit has been Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, and he returns here with his new orchestra and a major attraction, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. This master pianist will perform both nights two concertos from the late Romantic period that are not common concert items. On Friday, January 20, the soloist will tackle Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto #5, and Saturday night’s keyboard magic will be performed on Liszt’s Piano Concerto #2. Add to this featured symphonies by Tchaikovsky (#5) and Brahms (#1), and you have two nights of Romantic music from a master maestro and a pianist of both power and refinement. This is a rare opportunity to savor some of the musical world’s major talents from France, Swtizerland and Great Britain on Goodwin Street in Urbana on January 20 and 21. For further information, check out www.krannertcenter.com, or call 217-333-6280.
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Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts 500 East Peabody Drive Champaign, Illinois 61820 kam.illinois.edu 217 333 1861
Exhibitions Opening Thursday, January 26, 2012 Private Members’ Reception 5–6pm Public Opening Reception 6–7pm (museum open until 9 pm) Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections After Abstract Expressionism Featuring a gallery conversation with exhibiting artist Carolee Schneemann at 6 pm Cash bar provided by Michaels’ Catering. Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council For complete descriptions of exhibitions, programs, events, and sponsors, visit kam.illinois. edu.
SPRING 2012 EXHIBITIONS KRANNERT ART MUSEUM Exhibitions and programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Image: Carolee Schneemann, Exercise for Couples (detail), 1972. Self-shot gelatin silver prints with hand coloring and collage. Collection of the artist. Photo: Susan Alzner. © Carolee Schneemann
Ingredients for baba ganouj sandwiches at La Casa Grande Colectiva in Urbana.
by Avani Chhaya
alking up and down the stretch of Urbana homes, I was straining to see the house numbers at six in the evening. I scampered across the lawn to the large, white house with an attached porch. The porch had me sold with cozy couches and a swing that was ideal for drinking tea, reading books or holding an insightful conversation. I was walking up to a cooperative living house, where the tenants share meals, costs and house maintenance in this community-centered living arrangement. Curious glances and hellos met me when I entered through the squeaky screen door of the large, white house on the corner of an Urbana intersection that houses 14 people. Pratim Patil, tenant of Brooks House in Urbana, said he has lived in the house for two and a half years and that the tenants handle all the house repairs and finances. He said the people living in the house are diverse in terms of nationality and interests. It is about interacting with people in a real manner, he added. Erin Burnside, another tenant in Brooks House and graduate student, said she has been living in the co-op house for a year and a half. She said she read about the house on Craigslist, which made her apprehensive at first. “But I was really happy I decided to move in here once I did,” Burnside said. “It’s just a really great community.” Burnside said she is far from home, yet this environment is a comfortable place for her to be with other people. She has a lot of people she can go to if she is upset or happy in the house, she added. Patil said they think about and discuss a lot of issues that other people would not experience if they lived in a rented apartment. Learning not to avoid conflict but to resolve it was one of the most important lessons in this type of housing, Patil said. “We have to make all the decisions ourselves,” he said. “That has been an eye-opener.” Burnside said each person in the house pays $170 per month for food so that two people, who are the designated shoppers, can fetch the groceries. She said rent is based on room size, ranging
from $300 to a little over $400, while utilities are split evenly. Beyond making decisions together, meals are also shared. “Eating together really creates a bond,” Patil said. The orange-walled kitchen is home to a mismatched assortment of chairs and cranes hanging from the corner of the ceiling. White barrels of dry foods, including dried grains and beans, were stored in the low-ceiling, dimly lit basement, while three refrigerators were placed along one of the kitchen’s walls for all 14 tenants. Burnside said that for the most part, everyone’s food tastes align well, and people tend to be accommodating when cooking meals since there is one vegan, several vegetarians, some with food allergies and others who do not like certain foods in the house. People tend to keep dietary restrictions in mind, she added. Four dishes are usually made for every house meal with mostly vegetarian items, one protein source and one grain source, she said. “We have people here from all over the country and all over the world, so we get a lot of pretty interesting food,” Burnside said. “Because of the way the schedule is set up, we spend more time together right off the bat. I think it forms a really great community over these delicious meals every night.” She said being open-minded and working with other people is the key to living in a co-op house. “We like having lots of different people here, as long as they’re all willing to try to have a peaceful environment, work through conflicts and live well with 13 other people,” Burnside said. Patil said that a typical person choosing to live in communal housing is usually environmentally conscious, more cooperative and diverse on many different levels. His favorite part of living in the co-op house is “to find real people from different walks of life and to interact with them on a real level,” he added. Even though bringing a date may turn into a bigger event than it was intended to be, slumber parties as an end-of-the-year hurrah and impromptu dance parties reign free in the large, white house.
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WHAT’S MY NAME AGAIN? Does having a common name impede on a person’s individuality? by Karolina Zapal
ow convenient that the most permanent, sticky thing in your personality’s repository — your name — is chosen by your parents and not you. The baby name conversation — “Maybe we should name him Garrett. No, that sounds like ferret, and ferrets are ugly; I don’t want an ugly baby!” — will affect you for the rest of your life, and you probably weren’t even born yet when it happened. So that’s it. You cannot control it, yet are stuck with it through attendance sheets, college applications, those little bubble letters on exams and occasionally restaurant reservations. This may all be clear skies and broad daylight if you have really cool parents (ahem, a really cool name), but what happens when you’re John, Mike, Matt, or Dan, and the kid sitting next to you, who is also John, Mike, Matt, or Dan has already started to feed off the people you know or how you act, and you two start morphing into the same person? To see if common name holders are affected by their lack of unique identification, I interviewed
three guys named Dan: Dan Zielinski, Dan Bernacki, and Dan Durley. Zielinski has the best excuse for being named Dan (after his father), but I have no idea how having two men with the same name in a family of six is practical. I asked all three of them how many Dans they knew besides themselves, and they said, “many,” “five or six,” and “a bunch.” There you have it; there are A LOT of Dans, and “it sucks.” This past summer, I worked with another girl named Karolina, and every single time someone said the name, we would both turn around. She is the only Karolina I know besides myself. I couldn’t even imagine knowing “five or six” and being mistaken every time. Even though Dan is a popular name and it’s annoying to be mistaken, does having the name affect individuality? It’s easy to call a guy named Avery an artist and a guy named Joe a football player because of pre-conceived stereotypes, but according to Bernacki, names don’t have anything to do with personalities: “I define being unique by the actions one takes.”
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Zielinski agrees, “I’m pretty sure I would be the same person if my name was Francisco, but who knows?” Okay, so the latter is a pretty hippie way of looking at it, but maybe they’re right. Maybe if my name was Sylvia, like my parents first planned, nothing in my life would be different. Girls, I have not forgotten about you. It’s probably just as annoying to have a name like Emily or Ashley, but in my opinion, girls have more opportunities to show uniqueness with their hair and their clothes. I think they are less affected by
the common name epidemic because there seem to be more female style variations and options. The last thing I asked the guys was to name as many things as they can that rhyme with Dan. They all came up with about ten different words. Zielinki said, “The two most annoying words that sound similar are damn and dance.” Durley concluded his list with, “I think that’s it.” Sorry to break it to you, but it’s not. The trophy goes to Bernacki, who included these in his list: “Sedan, cyan, gingerbread man, Peter Pan.”
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano // Marquee SA JAN 21
MLK Community Celebration and Writing Contest Presentation // University of Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano // Marquee
SU JAN 22
MO JAN 23
Ian Hobson Presents the Complete Solo Piano Works of Robert Schumann: Fantasies, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews, Urbana
// School of Music
TU JAN 24
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
Illinois Brass Quintet
// School of Music
Damine Kabuki has received supporting funds from the Hakuho Foundation, the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Cultural Foundation, Nippon Express, the Arlington Heights School District, and the Japan Information Center of the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
WE JAN 25
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
Reid Alexander, piano
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Moscow Festival Ballet Jane Bishop Hobgood Craig Sutter
TH JAN 26
Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
William Kinderman, piano
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THUSDAY 19 Art & other exhibits Warriors, Guardians, and Demons Spurlock Museum 9am Jerusalem Saved! Inness and the Spiritual Landscape Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9am “In My Shoes”/ “A Study in Migration Through the Real, Desired & Recreated Geographies of 8 Employees” Indi Go Artist Co-op, 6pm
Rantoul Public Library 3pm Afterschool Fairytale Ballet with Kate Insolia Amara Yoga & Arts, 4pm
Movies & theater Gruesome Playground Injuries @ The Station Theatre The Station Theatre, 8pm
Sports, games & recreation Yarn ‘n Yak Rantoul Public Library 7pm
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Art & other exhibits
What is American Opera Today? Spurlock Museum, 4pm
Warriors, Guardians, and Demons Spurlock Museum 9pm Jerusalem Saved! Inness and the Spiritual Landscape Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9pm “In My Shoes”/ “A Study in Migration Through the Real, Desired & Recreated Geographies of 8 Employees” Indi Go Artist Co-op 6pm “Wise Animals: Aesop and His Followers” Exhibition U of I Main Library 8am
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Miscellaneous Big Homie presents Open Mic Night Phoenix, 9pm Rantoul Public Library Book Club Rantoul Public Library 2pm
Sports, games & recreation Big Dave’s Trivia Cowboy Monkey, 7pm
MONDAY 23 Art & other exhibits “In My Shoes”/ “A Study in Migration Through the Real, Desired & Recreated Geographies of 8 Employees” Indi Go Artist Co-op, 6pm “Wise Animals: Aesop and His Followers” Exhibition U of I Main Library 8:30am
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Art & other exhibits Live music & karaoke Jerusalem Saved! InOpen Mic Night Cowboy Monkey, 9pm Justin Tanaka & Steph Yang The Clark Bar, 7pm Piano Man Canopy Club, 9pm
ness and the Spiritual Landscape Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9m Warriors, Guardians, and Demons Spurlock Museum
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Food & festivals Po’ Boy’s Grand Opening Special Po’ Boys, 11am
Live music & karaoke Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey 7:30pm Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey 10pm 312 Vibe Night Canopy Club 9pm
Mind, body & spirit Yoga Wednesdays at indi go Artist Co-Op! Indi Go Artist Co-op, 19m Yoga Wednesdays Indi Go Artist Co-op , 19m Hatha Flow with Linda Lehovec Amara Yoga & Arts, 5:30pm Ashtanga Full Primary Series with Lauren Quinn Amara Yoga & Arts ,7pm Yoga Fundamentals with Grace Giorgio Amara Yoga & Arts 4:15pm
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES
(March 21-April 19)
What empire are you building, Aries? What master plan are you in the midst of carrying out? As you gaze out upon your realm, are you content with the way it’s evolving? Judging from the current astrological omens, I’d say it’s an excellent time to ponder questions like those. And if your inventory reveals that you’re missing some pieces of the big picture’s puzzle, I suggest you set out on a quest to locate them.
(April 20-May 20)
In a famous psychology experiment, test subjects watched a video of six people passing basketballs to each other. Their assignment was to count how many passes were thrown and caught by the three people wearing white shirts, while ignoring passes between the three wearing black shirts. But there was a trick embedded in the exercise. Midway through the video, a person wearing a gorilla suit ambled into the scene, thumped his chest, and quickly departed. Half of the test subjects did not notice this intrusion. They were too focused on the task of counting the passes made by the players in white. (Watch it here: tinyurl.com/TrickGorilla.) In the coming week, Taurus, I expect that you will experience at least one similar trick. Look for the unexpected.
(May 21-June 20)
Astrologer Hunter Reynolds says that when you are at your best, you Geminis specialize in “enlightened impatience.” You don’t get trapped expressing polite deference in situations that drain your energy. You don’t tolerate boring experiences just because they’re supposed to be good for you. You’d rather “err on the side of learning-through-too-much-movement” than get bogged down in “principled sluggishness.” But while that’s how you are when you’re at your peak, you can also be susceptible to the dark side of this talent. Sometimes you abort a potential breakthrough by prematurely fleeing a useful but difficult scene. I suspect you may be prone to that kind of behavior right now. My advice: Be skeptical of your escape reflex.
(June 21-July 22)
In her poem “Heathen,” Lesley Wheeler describes a young boy who puts his ear up against his mother’s ear “so that the god in your head can talk / to the god in mine.” The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to try something similar with people you care for. It’s a ripe moment to raise the stakes in your intimate life . . . to get closer than you’ve dared to get before . . . to retire the familiar stories you and your allies are in the habit of exchanging so that you can tune in to the deeper hum of each other’s wilder truths.
(July 23-Aug. 22)
There’s a guy on the Internet -- calls himself Tian -- whose mission is to correct Westerners who misunderstand and misuse Chinese characters. Many of the people who write to him for advice are Americans who have come to suspect that the Chinese characters they got tattooed on their flesh don’t really mean what they were led to believe (bit.ly/WrongTat). For example, Tian informed one person that a tattoo whose character supposedly says “to learn as much as possible” actually means “empty, hollow, bare, deserted.” I offer this up as a cautionary tale, Leo. In the coming days, make sure you’re not under a misapprehension about what you’re taking on and taking in. Choose only the very best imprints -- and verify that they are what you think they are.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
I regard 2011 as an excellent time for you to cultivate your unique talents, some of which may still be latent or undiscovered. With that in mind, consider these thoughts. Ernest Hemingway said a person had to have “the guts of a burglar” to develop his or her talent. Neurologist and author Dr. Alice W. Flaherty believes that the drive to use one’s talent is even more important than the amount of raw talent one has. And here’s novelist Erica Jong: “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that ‘talent’ to the dark place where it leads.” P.S. If you do venture into those dark places, you’ll eventually uncover ten suns’ worth of illumination.
JANUARY 13-19, 2011
by Matt Jones
“Art Colony”--wear your work proudly.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Back in 1962, an American company named Corning created a product that was so revolutionary, no one could figure out how to exploit it in practical ways. It was “Gorilla glass,” a glass that’s so strong it’s almost impossible to break or even scratch. Only recently has it found a commercial application, first in cell phones and other mobile devices and next in a new generation of ultra-thin TV screens. I foresee a comparable development in your immediate future, Libra: some ahead-ofits-time breakthrough you made a while ago that can finally be used to improve your life.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
When I arrived at my acupuncturist’s waiting room, there were just two magazines on the table next to my chair: The celebrity rag *People Style Weekly* and the spiritually oriented *Shambala Sun.* The first offered articles on “hot new handbags and shoes under $99” and “easy ways to get gorgeous hair, skin, and nails.” The second provided a “guide to mindful living,” with advice about how to get centered, focused, and relaxed. I thought that was metaphorically similar to the choice you will face in the coming week, Scorpio. It’s up to you: Which way do you want to go?
I can almost categorically guarantee that in 2011 you will have no encounters with fire demons, wart-ridden vampires, two-headed dogs, moaning ghosts, wayward werewolves, or extraterrestrial robots. Nope. You can pretty much go ahead and make plans based on the assumption that you won’t have to account for intrusions like that. But I can also assure you that the lack of crazy encounters with unhinged monsters does not mean your life will suffer from blahs or boredom. On the contrary: I think this could be one of your most interesting years in a decade. To prepare yourself, make sure you don’t unconsciously equate adventure with chaos; imagine what it would be like to experience mystery and intrigue that uplift you.
“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past,” said comedian Lily Tomlin. I recommend that you make this a keynote during the next six months. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you will have the best opportunity you’ve had in a long time to put some of your unsettling memories to sleep for good. This is your big chance to graduate from old anxieties that can never be resolved. You’re finally ready to declare your independence from messy burdens and maddening riddles that have haunted you.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
If you want to be healed, whether from a physical malady or a psychic wound, there’s one prerequisite you have to meet: You have to be willing to learn a lesson that your suffering has invited you to study. I would go so far as to say that no one, no matter how skilled a healer, can help cure you until you have taken that first step. So what teaching is it that you would need to explore in order to transform your distress into wisdom?
(Feb. 19-March 20)
Are you ready to get the fun surprise you were promised in your dreams? Are you fully prepared to collect the elegant prize you were guaranteed before you were born? I don’t think you are -- mostly because you’re not thoroughly convinced that you deserve these wonders. From what I can tell, your self-doubts are still more substantial than your self-worth. And as long as that holds true, you will continue to hold your just rewards at bay. So let’s make it your project in the next three weeks to elevate your levels of self-worth. It doesn’t mean you’ll have to completely shed your self-doubts, so don’t worry about trying to pull off that impossible project. All you need to do is adjust your self-worth to self-doubt ratio so it’s at least 51 percent to 49 percent.
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Across 1 Drum from India 6 In a bygone time 9 Lithuania, once: abbr. 12 Erotic diarist Nin 13 Camera output, slangily 14 Bridge material 16 Demand that Kissinger squeal like a pig? 18 What things could always be 19 Judged 20 Joint 21 Melville character 23 Learn about all things rosycolored? 25 Lean and muscular 27 Put in one’s piehole 28 Body part that may be “on the line” 29 Time Warner launch of 1996 30 Gross-looking delicacy 32 Where 16-across, 23-across, 46-across and 55-across all got their work done 38 Finds work for 39 Hill of the Clarence Thomas scandal 41 Cash cow, so to speak 44 Holy folk, for short 45 Shellfish considered an aphrodisiac 46 Do the nasty with Jeter?
50 Flour measurements 51 Rapper’s greeting 52 Japanese historical period that .ended in 1868 54 Creed lead singer Scott ___ 55 Ice skating area that’s totally green? 58 Conversational switch 59 Title for a Khan 60 Singer Cruz 61 Noise 62 Printer’s measures 63 “I put a spell ___...”
Down 1 Concept embodying yin and yang 2 Folk singer DiFranco 3 Biker’s headwear: var. 4 Favor over other options 5 Tennis legend Arthur 6 It may cause snoring 7 Braces (for) 8 Acne-fighting brand 9 Bend down low 10 Novak Djokovic’s country 11 Varnish ingredients 14 Said some bad words 15 Shallot relatives 17 One of many for “Mad Men” 20 Put off 21 Cameraman’s certification,
for short 22 Help breaking into a puzzle 24 “Save the ___” (breast cancer awareness phrase) 26 Ability to say clever things 30 One’s homies 31 Mimic 33 Show up 34 Put (down) 35 Like duos Dharma & Greg or Mike & Molly 36 In a traditional way 37 Rung 40 “___ Poetica” 41 Deep hole 42 Played the horn 43 “The Karate Kid” guy who catches flies with chopsticks 44 Online call service 45 “All right, I get it already!” 47 “___ intended” 48 Sit on the throne 49 Krabappel and Ferber 53 Kitchen gadget and cookware company 55 Singer Corinne Bailey ___ 56 Mark Tatulli comic strip 57 Former “Survivor” contestant ___-Man Chan
january 19 - 25, 2012
AND ANOTHER THING ...
by MICHAEL COULTER
five to midnight The Doomsday Clock I’m a little hesitant to expect good things in 2012. Not to be all gloom and doom, but you know, that whole end of the world thing could really bite everyone in the ass. Will the world really end? I sort of doubt it, but I can’t be sure. There’s that whole Mayan calendar deal, but more importantly, there was that movie called 2012 with John Cusack, and I’m pretty sure that shit was supposed to be true. I’ve actually never seen that movie because I hate it when I know the ending, and I wanted to experience the genuine apocalypse with a fresh perspective. I am, of course, joking about the end of days, but maybe I shouldn’t.
and not the pretend weapons like we did with that whole Iraq invasion last time. In fact, I really thought nuclear weapons were the only thing they looked at, but of course, I was wrong. They also look at other things like climate change, biosecurity and new technologies. Obviously, these are some funassed folks, and I would imagine they have some kickass parties when they aren’t all worried about predicting the end of the world. They were really popular back in the Cold War days. The closest the clock every got was in 1984 when the US and Soviet Union were playing a game where they threatened to shove big nuclear bombs up the other one’s ass every five minutes or so. It was a quaint time when the best defense was still considered a good offense. The clock got to three minutes to midnight back then. We all got a bit of a reprieve a few years It’s important to remember it’s a later in 1991 when the clock got moved all the way back to 17 minutes until midnight. symbolic clock and is just what This was because the Cold War was officially this group of people expects to over and the U.S. and Russia began to cut back on all the bombs they were storing in happen. The Bulletin of Atomic their arsenals. Oh sure, they still probably Scientists has no real control over had enough firepower to blast everything to kingdom freaking come five or six times, but our destiny. “Ooh, a bunch of everyone was making an effort to get along, scientists think they’re smarter so we got some extra theoretical time. went along swimmingly for some time than everyone else because they’re asThis people apparently thought all the counall educated and, um, smarter than tries were just going to throw away their weapons and have a big love-in. The clock everyone else.” has sort of bounced around since then, and now we’re back to five damned minutes to Last week, the Doomsday Clock was set forward midnight. The problem now is that a lot of countries one minute, and that’s nothing to screw around out there have nuclear capabilities, and the ones with, or maybe it is. The end of the world is so who don’t are trying to get nuclear capabilities. The tricky. The clock was at six minutes to midnight, scientists are worried because no one seems to be but now it is set for five minutes to midnight, so, on board with enacting any sort of test ban treaty. even though I’m not a big math guy, I think that The reason for this appears to be because most means that we’re one minute closer to not having countries enjoy being able to theoretically blow the a world. Of course, 95% of the people I know are piss out of other countries whenever they decide incapable of being on time to a freaking movie, they want to. When you consider all the smaller so I would expect we’ll have a few minutes either countries and terrorists that could start some shit way on that doomsday thing. at any time, I suppose the combination of everything In case you don’t know, the Doomsday Clock can get a little scary. If you’ve been putting off digsymbolizes how close we are to catastrophe. It’s ging that hole in your backyard for a bomb shelter, regulated by a group of people called the Bulletin you might want to get off your ass any time now, or of the Atomic Scientists. This clock was set up as at least in the next five theoretical minutes. a warning to leaders and also as a way to scare The whole Doomsday Clock thing is a little the piss out of all the world’s inhabitants every so spooky and dramatic, but I suppose it might work often. It’s important to remember it’s a symbolic in some way. I would guess it’s mostly to call atclock and is just what this group of people expects tention to atomic scientists, and the state of the to happen. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has world is simply their vehicle. Sure, if you ask me, no real control over our destiny. “Ooh, a bunch I’d tell you that the world is going straight to hell, of scientists think they’re smarter than every- but I’m sort of a glass half empty guy to begin one else because they’re all educated and, um, with. Either way, it’d be swell if our leaders would smarter than everyone else.” listen to the scientists and start taking care of the These scientists set the clock based on several planet, but I bet they probably won’t. There’s not issues that they feel will affect the survival of the much money in the end of times, so no one really entire world. One of their criteria is nuclear weap- cares all that much. Even if there was money in it, ons. I think they look at the real weapons, though, there’s really no place to spend it. 16
Published on Jan 19, 2012