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VOL10 NO 07
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE GLASS = CLASS
Krannert goes transparent
It’s “I.” Get it?
The new guy!
GRANDKIDS 10 A poignant letter to buzz
CHURROS 4 ON READBUZZ.COM ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Do you like art? Sweet. So does the Arts & Entertainment staff! We’ve got previews and review of upcoming and current exhibits at all the local galleries. Check out the Arts tab on readbuzz.com and find out what’s happening within the C-U art community! MOVIES & TV We’ve got all kinds of columns online! Did you see our short film animation academy award rundown? It was cool. Go look, ya goober!
LISTEN TO THE FACTS.
MUSIC Did you watch the Grammys? Well, at least one of us did! And he wrote up what he thought about it. Hooray!
COMMUNITY This week Avani shatters the notion of gender roles on readbuzz.com. Manly men and girly girls are not the only options for people. Avani’s column inspects the spectrum of gender and how it allows people be who they are, not who they are told they should be. FOOD & DRINK
OUR MUSIC LIBRARY IS 12,000 SONGS.
THIS EQUALS 15,038 TACOS FROM TACO BELL.
THEY WOULD COST $11,800 ON ITUNES.
Ever dreamed of making your own restaurant-like desserts or straight-out-of-the-package goodies? Jasmine’s column will be your haven. Check it out, it’ll be online Saturday!
Your guide to this week’s events in CU
EDITOR’S NOTE DYLAN SUTCLIFF
As an English and Creative Writing major, I probably spend an unjustifiable amount of time thinking about words. Not the idea, but specific words that I use or wish to use. A good example came last week while I was going to the bathroom. My bowels were particularly strange that day, and as a result, my poop did not come out in a normal fashion. Instead of one or two thick lumps or the gross watery stuff that happens once in a while, my excrement was instead three spherical missiles that shot out in rapid succession. Amazed, I said aloud to myself, “Well, those were some weird turds!” Immediately I realized that turd was the perfect word to describe those golf-ball sized brownies. Poop has many synonyms, and now I know it is because all droppings are not the same. Another word I have thought a lot about is “burgle” and how completely hilarious it is. The verb form of burglary isn’t used too often because it sounds like the first word a baby fish would learn. It is especially hilarious in the context of McDonald’s under utilized villain, The Hamburglar. This character is easily one of the funniest advertising ploys I’ve ever seen, and I dearly wish I could have been present at the meeting where he was conceived. “Basically, he’s a burglar who only burgles hamburgers: The Hamburglar!” A round of hearty applause erupts from the boardroom. I also tend to think about the words I say to an annoying degree. Often I think I say a word too often and make strides to change things up. Recently I’ve been saying the word “goofy” to describe anything fun or silly, and it has gotten on my nerves. I also assume that it gets on other people’s nerves; however, I doubt people are too concerned about what I say and how often. I only notice this on other people when they repeat a phrase too often. Recently I met someone who said “Oh, for sure” either before or after every sentence. I wish I could have told her how stupid she sounds; instead, I mentioned her in a paper that prints 24,000 issues. P.S. Check out my Speed Racer article on page 7 and be sure to join me at one of the six showings!
readbuzz.com February 16 - 22, 2012
Peggy Fioretti managing editor
where’sjohnny? by Amy Harwath
TALK TO BUZZ
We met on January 26. It was the first Illini Media info night. You showed up with the others, but you were different. When introductions were made and you found out I was community editor, things changed. Your eyes met mine, and we knew: it was meant to be. You introduced yourself as Johnny. You wanted to write a men’s fashion column. Needless to say, I was excited at the prospect and couldn’t wait to see your clips. But life has a funny way of interrupting. Things happen. What we think will work one day is lost the next. Somehow, somewhere, I lost your application. I looked everywhere for it, but I had no luck: Under my bed, under the piles of papers and pens on my desk, in my books and backpack, in the buzz office, in the garbage — everywhere. I can’t find it. I’m sorry, Johnny. I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m not a big jerk — I promise. Please forgive my forgetfulness and lapse in organization. Maybe it’s selfish that I used an entire Heads Up! article as a personal ad looking for a potential columnist. But I don’t care. People do crazy things when they’re looking for writers. Johnny, if you’re reading this, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re someone who knows Johnny, please tell him to contact me. The search is on! Cover Design Tyler Schmidt Editor in Chief Dylan Sutcliff Managing Editor Peggy Fioretti Art Director Olivia LaFaire Copy Chief Drew Hatcher Photography Editor Sean O’Connor Image Editor Peggy Fioretti Photographers Sean O’Connor Designers Michael Zhang, Tyler Schmidt Music Editor Adam Barnett Food & Drink Editor Samantha Bakall Movies & tv Editor Nick Martin Arts & entertainment Editor Tracy Woodley Community Editor Amy Harwath CU Calendar Elisia Phua Copy Editors Casey McCoy, Sarah Alo Distribution Brandi and Steve Wills EDITORIAL ADVISER Marissa Monson Publisher Lilyan J. Levant On the Web www.readbuzz.com Email email@example.com Write 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL 217.337.3801
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» When Katy Perry doesn’t win a Grammy: COME ON! Look at that bitch. She’s perfect in every way, and her speaking voice alone could win a Grammy. And she had blue hair! Why is she the best?! Why is she the best and not winning Grammys?! I hate everyone for it! (Please take note that it’s been about six months since I’ve published anything about Katy Perry. Six months too long.) When I don’t get a puppy for Valentine’s Day: All I wanted was a puppy! One with a red bow. And fluffy ears. And tiny paws. But no! No. I will never be happy again. Screw you all. When I’m not hungry: “Look at that delicious cookie,” my eyes say. “Nope!” says my stomach.
SEAN O’CONNOR PHOTO EDITOR
» Looney Tunes speech impediments: As a sufferer from a slight lisp myself, I’ve always found comfort in the poor diction practiced by my beloved ToonSquad. I was watching Space Jam the other night, and it got me thinking about how all of the Looney Tunes seem to have speech impediments. In fact, I couldn’t cite a single character who does not suffer from a crippling speech handicap. Daffy Duck and Sylvester both have severe lisps (they spit all over everybody, which is pretty inconsiderate behavior), Elmer Fudd is a textbook example of rhotacism, Porky Pig stammers to a near brain aneurysm, Tweety Bird replaces her ‘S’s and ‘Th’s with ‘T’s, Bugs Bunny is apparently from Brooklyn, Foghorn Leghorn is a stammering, loudmouth rooster, Yosemite Sam is a bi-polar cowboy with a gritty southern accent — am I missing any? I get that Warner Bros. just wanted to make an original trademark for their shows, but really, WB, why not just throw some white gloves on your characters?
» Parallel universes: Have you ever pondered on the possibility of a parallel universe? I mean, the universe is “infinite” to our understanding, or at least that’s what we’re told. If you really think about this infinity business, you might come to the same conclusion that I did; there is not only one parallel universe to ours but infinitely more parallel universes just like this one as far as we can comprehend. You don’t even have to look that far to find the parallel universe(s). There’s this product out there called Batter Blaster, and it’s basically pancake and waffle batter in an aerosol can. Who invented it? Dude named Sean O’Connor. WHAAAAAAA
GAELIC STORM Live at the Virginia Theatre
March 6 7:30pm Tickets: $18-$29 Tickets on sale at www.thevirginia.org or Virginia Theatre box office.
203 W. Park Ave, Champaign | 217-356-9063
Join Buzz for the eye candy classic
This is a movie that has to be seen on the big screen. So, Buzz is teaming up with the Art Theater to bring it back. PART OF THE ART THEATER LATE NIGHT MOVIE SERIES.
You might know some of the late night movies, but others will be new favorites waiting to be discovered. We break it down like this:
Show Times: Friday, February 10 at 10PM Thursday, February 23 at 10PM
If you’ve never seen it, make sure you see it on the big screen. If you’ve only seen it on TV,then come see it the way it’s meant to be seen. If you’ve seen the ﬁlm and love it, then bring some friends to share it with them!
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February 16 - 22, 2012
A TASTE OF SPAIN
Bring the Latin flair home!
by Samantha Bakall Makes about 20 small churros »For the Churros: »Canola or vegetable oil for frying »1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar »1 teaspoon ground cinnamon »1/2 cup unsalted butter »1 cup water »1/4 teaspoon salt »1 cup all-purpose flour »3 large eggs
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hile all of your friends are studying abroad in exciting and exotic places this semester, you’re stuck here. But just because you aren’t 3,000 miles from home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the finer things that foreign cities can offer. There’s a sweet treat that’s widely known in the States, usually seen at “fun” places, such as the zoo or county fairs. They’re called churros. A lot of the time they are fairly uninspiring but still delicious. I mean, how can you go wrong with fried dough covered in sugar? That’s right. You can’t. But Spain takes churros to a whooole new level. Not only can you pretty much order them in any
café anywhere, but they come freshly made with a side of hot chocolate. This is the real deal. Take everything you thought you knew about hot chocolate, and just throw it away. The hot chocolate that is served with churros in Spain is so thick it’s almost like soup. It’s rich, super chocolate-y and of course, made on the spot to order. Eating them is simple. All you do is take a warm churro, dip it in the chocolate and shove it in your mouth before your neighbor eats it first. Homemade Churros and Hot Dark Chocolate: adapted from Joy the Baker and The New York Times
»For the Chocolate Sauce: »1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks »Scant 1 cup heavy cream »Pinch of salt » 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional) Directions: Add enough oil to a large saucepan or deep skillet to measure 2 inchwes deep. Attach a candy/deep fry thermometer to side of the pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter, water and 1 tablespoon of sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add flour all at once. Quickly stir together with a spatula until no lumps remain and the mixture begins to form a ball. This will take about 30 to
45 seconds. Remove from heat and place loose dough ball in a large bowl. With a spatula, beat the eggs into the dough one egg at a time. The mixture may appear to be a broken mess, but keep stirring. After the eggs are added, the mixture will be slightly gummy and thick. Spoon batter into a large pastry bag or strong Ziplock bag with an Aceto 829 (large open star) tip attached. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Carefully pipe about 4-inch-long dough segments into the hot oil. Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut the dough from the star tip. It’s hard not to splash yourself with hot oil — just be as careful as possible. Fry dough for 5 to 7 minutes. This might seem like a long time, but the dough through the center needs to cook through. The churros will be a deep golden brown and may split slightly when cooked. Keep an eye on the timer. Remove churros from hot oil and place on a paper towel. After slightly degreased, toss in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on a plate to serve. To make the chocolate sauce: Place chocolate chunks, pinch of salt and espresso powder (if using) in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate pieces. Let rest for 1 minute before whisking. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Serve warm with warm churros.
POST-V-DAY BREAK-UP PICK ME UPS There’s more to it than eating all comfort food in sight
by Stacey Klouda In the aftermath of one of the most romantic days of the year, studies have shown that many relationships can fizzle a bit or even fall apart. Maybe it’s the stress of planning a great February 14th or a partner just hanging on until after the big day, but I’d say be a little wary of the buzzy rush of Valentine’s chocolates and romantic gestures of varying degrees — a crash of romantic proportions might just be waiting in the wings. Not to be a total buzzkill around V-day, but I asked a few local citizens about some go-to, break-up comfort foods: » Chocolate (duh!) » Fast food with the boys/girls » Ice cream » Pizza » Anything alcoholic » Mac ’n’ Cheese » Something cozy and hot, like your mom’s chili Honestly, most of the things I heard would destroy any Spring Break diet plan, but maybe that’s the point. Break-ups are more about taking a little break from your schedule rather than rigidly following any sort of plan — at least for a while. Bottom line: if you’re feeling the sting of post-Val4
entine’s stress, give yourself a bye and go for things that give you some real satisfaction. Obviously this goes for more than just food — hang out with friends other than Ben and Jerry — but for the sake of the Food and Drink section, I’m focusing on that aspect. Why not crunch out some frustration on popcorn or chips and salsa like senior Micki Harring (Landscape Architecture). Or drown your sorrows in the ooey-gooey goodness of Loaded Mac ’n’ Cheese like Lisa Ukleja, another senior. And if worst comes to worst, call in for some fatherly advice from your papa...Papa John, that is. Regardless of what you crave, make sure to keep it all in perspective. Go for a favorite childhood indulgence, but then try to work in some healthier options and some mood elevators from the following list to show that guy/girl exactly what they’re missing! So whether you’re in the dumps, still happily involved or joyously single this week-after, consider a few of the mood-lifting foods/tips to keep you smiling until spring really comes: » Dark chocolate: this releases endorphins (like exercise), and endorphins make you feel happier » Walnuts: these nuts and any other food high in Omega-3 (like salmon or flax) can help fight off the blues by maintaining healthy neurotransmitters
» Anything rich in fiber: oatmeal, beans, bananas, strawberries and citrus fruits all keep your blood sugar more stable and help soften the highs and lows of a complicated split » Exercise: Get moving and get your smile on » Hang out with your favorite people: they’re your favorite for a reason Remember food can be an answer — a deliciously awesome one — just so long as it’s not the only one. Even if you’re relationship status is better than ever, Valentine’s Day never factors into your plans, or
maybe you just hate the holiday, these pick-meups will have you looking forward to the week after V-day all year round. Happy eating and remember that although salt is a magical tool for food, tears have no business seasoning your Haagen-Dazs or Pokey Stix. So, let a friend hand you a Kleenex and mange away. Also, look for some great recipes with moodelevating ingredients here: http://www.ifood.tv/blog/top-10-best-comfort-foods
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February 16 - 22, 2012
A unique glass artwork exhibit comes to KAM
The origin of contemporary american glass “The origin of contemporary glass in the U.S. was a guy named Harvey Littleton who was a professor of ceramics at Wisconsin-Madison. Before Harvey, the only way you could blow glass was with a great big furnace, and there was no way a single artist could have a glass blowing operation in a studio. it was more like an industrial setting. Harvey invented, with the help of another guy, a small furnace and a glass formulation that melted at a low enough temperature that the small furnace would work. This was in 1962, 50 years ago this year. Littleton held two workshops in Toledo to which he invited a bunch of people, and he showed them how to do glass in a little studio. he went back to Wisconsin and started the first college-level course in glass art.” -Jon Liebman
Champaign-Urbana art community comes out to Krannert Art Museum to check out Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections Photo by Sean O’Connor
by Andrea Baumgartner
his year marks the 50th anniversary of Contemporary American Glass. Along with 165 museums across the country, Krannert Art Museum has put on a glistening display of some of the most diverse and historically representative pieces from collectors in Illinois. Jon Liebman, the curator for this exhibit, and his wife Judith Liebman, have been collecting glass art since 1985. “The love and beauty of glass is what finally hooked us. We built a second home in Colorado and bought accessories, and among them we bought a glass piece — the first piece we ever owned — and we got intrigued ... it’s a disease,” said Liebman. Liebman and his wife are both retired engineering professors from the U of I (civil engineering and industrial engineering, respectively). A background in engineering has helped shape how they view glass pieces differently from an ordinary onlooker. “I’m probably more interested in technique than most collectors are, and that’s clearly because of my engineering background,” said Liebman. “So I’m more interested in ‘how did they make that?’ than a lot of collectors are. I would have to say that the first pieces we bought — the thing that attracted me about them was the optics, like a lot of work by David Huchthausen. It’s not that it’s graceful or represents anything; it’s got a very optical kind of property, and that’s an engineering kind of orientation.”
In all, the exhibit hosts 36 pieces from various artists and from different eras in the development of contemporary glass, of which Liebman visited the collectors himself and selected which pieces would be put on display, including at least five from his own collection of 200. “It was hard,” said Liebman. “The criteria was my gut — not the principal criterion I wanted — but we’re celebrating a 50 year history, and I couldn’t go back and get a lot of early pieces because there weren’t that many. But I could show how many different kinds of things both in technique and aesthetics that exist now.” The exhibit moves in a nearly chronological format beginning with the two pieces outside the exhibit that were created by Harvey Littleton, the founder of Contemporary American Glass, from Madison, Wis. As you move into the exhibit, each room represents a different generation of Contemporary American Glass, showing the diversity in color, size, shape and subject matter. “The thing that would strike most people first is the development of size,” said Liebman. “The Littleton pieces are small and lightweight, so it’s not hard to have that at the end of a blow pipe. Over the years, the ability to handle bigger pieces has just kept on progressing partially because of equipment. We have bigger furnaces again, not big like they were in the dark ages when they were
huge, but big enough to handle bigger pieces.” With the development of technique in creating bigger sizes of the art, there’s also been a breakthrough in what type of chemicals are used to add color. Liebman explained that when you add chemicals to glass to change its color, you also change the behavior of the glass, particularly the rate at which the glass shrinks when it cools. So if you want to mix two colors, chances are, as it cools, it’s going to shatter. This happens because one color is shrinking faster than the other, and as it gets hard, the glass can no longer shrink, and it explodes. “In recent years, several companies have developed a whole line of what is called compatible colors,” said Liebman. “They all shrink at the same rate, so you can mix two colors. Before you had to be very careful.” To Liebman, the most amazing difference in the development of Contemporary American Glass is the “sheer technique virtuosity.” “The ability to do the kind of things we can now didn’t happen overnight,” said Liebman. “It grew slowly, and then you look at the pieces of the most famous glass artist in the world, Dale Chihuly, and the finesse in something like this is incredible — it’s not painted at all. It’s all glass.” 50 Years of Contemporary American Glass will be on display at the Krannert Art Museum until April 29th, 2012.
how blown glass art is made “Every blown glass piece starts as spherical. You have this spherical bubbles shape, then you make another bubble of some sort in a different color and you put the first sphere glass bubble inside the seecond; then scrape away or cut away the other glass to create this layering affect of multiple colors. you can do that with as many as you want. Now how do you get the shape? You take a whole bunch of folded newspaper about seven inches thick, sopping wet. then you take another bunch and put it on both of your hands, and you walk up to that bubble and you squeeze it. now you’ve got a flat shape. The glass is very hot, but the wet newspaper helps protect your hands and as soon as you get ready to squeeze the glass the newspaper never actually touches it because the steam starts coming off of the newspaper, and it insulates between the newspaper and the glass so there’s a very thin layer of steam that’s always protecting you. and steam doesn’t get terribly hot as long as it stays wet.”
February 16 - 22, 2012
A Fresh Set of Words
Ninth letter brings work by new local authors to campus readers
by David Ball
ollege students who study literature sometimes forget to read authors who are still alive and who haven’t yet entered the academic canon. This is not a knock on how students study literature, of course, but it can be observed that the search for new living authors is often limited among young bookworms. Thus, most of what college students read, at least while they are in school, would fall under the predetermined category of “The Classics.” However, for those of you looking for an assortment of work from living, breathing, currently publishing authors, there is a resource that makes the search easier: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s very own literary magazine, Ninth Letter. Compiled on campus by graduate students in the Creative Writing program and designed/ produced by undergraduates in the School of Art and Design, Ninth Letter sets the standard for what a literary magazine can be, utilizing the advantages of a university setting to create a collaborative work that is as aesthetically pleasing in its layout and typography as it is in its literary and artistic content. Here’s how it works: Twice a year, graduate students in the University of Illinois’ Creative Writing program, led by UIUC faculty members Jodee Stanley, Philip Graham and Mike Madonick, sort through over five thousand submissions (referred to as “the slush pile”) looking for what they consider the best fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry per submission period. Submissions range from avant-garde experimental work to
traditional narrative and poetic formats, allowing for a range of writing that can satisfy any palette. Unfortunately for all you aspiring authors who are still undergraduates, editor Jodee Stanley points out, “The journal does not accept work from U of I students or faculty currently affiliated with the English department, but [9L] has accepted work from graduates of the University.” Ninth Letter receives submissions from unknown, up-and-coming authors, as well as those with more extensive publication histories, including Dave Eggers, Robert Owen Butler and Sherman Alexie, said Stanley. After the editors have chosen the next issue’s content, undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Art and Design format the layout and typography of selected submissions, molding the experience of the text into a visually coherent whole. In the latest issue, Vol. 8, #2, this collaboration results in an innovative approach to organization. For example, a data visualization graph for the “Distribution of Intelligibility” lists the titles of the works contained in the journal as points scattered on a Cartesian plane, with an x-axis ranging from “structured narrative” on the far left to “bring a map” on the far right; and a y-axis in which the zenith denotes “intelligible,” while the nadir advises “dictionary required.” This becomes a kind of map for the reader and creates a unique way for readers to choose which piece to read, even before flipping to the page on which the piece is contained. You can find a hard copy of the newest issue of Ninth Letter (Vol. 8, #2) at the Union Book-
store, or check it out online http://ninthletter. com/. The website also contains audio-visual components to some of the work contained in the journal, as well as podcasts by UIUC grad students and faculty reading selections
is the extra dimension worth it?
from the magazine and a backlog of previous issues. If you’re looking for a steady influx of new writers in your literary repertoire, you can also subscribe online, or with the insert in the magazine’s hard copy.
The first of six Star Wars films in 3D
by Adam Dreyfuss Thirteen years ago, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came blasting into theaters as one of the most anticipated films of all time. Six years later, in 2005, the latest live action Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith, completed the prequel trilogy. In 2008, Lucas was back with yet another movie, an animated installment in the Star Wars series entitled The Clone Wars. Just when we thought that was the last feature film development we would see for a long time, word quickly spread last year that Lucas would not just be bringing the Star Wars films back to theaters, but he would be doing it in 3D, one a year over a total of six years. This past Friday, buzz was on the scene to check out the midnight premiere of The Phantom Menace presented in the exciting third dimension. As someone who has been to numerous midnight releases of franchise films such as many of the Harry Potter films, Scream 4 and Iron Man 2, I was surprised by the sparse turnout that The Phantom Menace 3D drew. In fact, the theater I 6
saw it in was only half full, although those that did choose to make the trek to the theater in the cold came with light-up lightsabers that included sound effect capabilities and semiauthentic Jedi robes. These people clearly meant business. How was the movie, you want to know? Well I’m not going to waste your time by reviewing a movie that you have probably already seen (or if you haven’t seen it, I doubt my review will have any sway on your opinion). Instead I will focus in on reviewing the 3D element and the newly digitized character of Yoda (he was a puppet in the film’s original release). The 3D was ever present, though rarely (if ever) exciting. It seems as if Lucas was so scared that the converted 3D would be too extreme that he overcompensated by doing the bare minimum with it in every shot. While I can appreciate not wanting to have things hurtling at the camera repeatedly, the 3D was so sparse that it no longer seemed to justify the higher price. So while the 3D wasn’t bad, it ultimately
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added so little that it might as well not have been in 3D at all. That said, if you do want to see Phantom Menace in theaters, don’t be frightened away by the 3D name. Digital Yoga was actually not as bad as it had the potential to be. While Yoda is still not entirely lifelike, it seems to make more sense for a movie where one of the key characters is digital (Jar Jar Binks) to have a digital Yoda
as opposed to trying to fight the technology. In fact, I wouldn’t have even noticed had I not known to look for the change. Ultimately, The Phantom Menace has changed little if at all for the 3D release. The question you must ask yourselves is: Do you feel it is financially worth it to see the movie again on the big screen? If the answer for you is yes, then go see it regardless of the new viewing dimension.
readbuzz.com February 16 - 22, 2012
Stay gold One World’s breadsticks, stay gold
a second chance
Week of Fri., Feb. 17 through Thurs., Feb. 23, 2012
Speed Racer returns to life at The Art Theater
The Artist (PG-13) From a 35mm print Fri: (5:00), 7:30 PM | Sat: (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 PM Sun: (5:00), 7:30 PM | Mon & Tue: 7:30 PM Wed: (2:30), (5:00). 7:30 PM| Thur: 7:30 PM Speed Racer (PG) Digital Presentation. $3 admission Fri & Thu: 10:00 PM 2012 Oscar Shorts: Animated (NR) Digital Presentation. Matinee prices. Sat: 10:00 PM | Wed: 10:00 PM Coppelia, from the Bolshoi Ballet (NR) Digital Presentation Sun: 1:00 PM |Tue: 4:00 PM Take the CUMTD Bus www.theCUart.com
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by Dylan Sutcliff
S. Neil St. (Rt. 45) at Curtis Rd.
fake that for the first half hour of the film the accomplished live actors seem out of place, lost in a world designed for their anime predecessors. Almost every setting is entirely computer generated; however, what makes Speed Racer stand apart from other films based around computer graphics is the film’s choice to exist in its own reality. Every aspect of the film is so rich with color that it is easy to view Speed Racer as a cynic (I believe most critics suffer from this affliction), but it is just as easy to not fall into this trap. The 2008 film simply took every aspect of its TV origin and multiplied it by 100, resulting in a parody so strong it could be taught as the standard. Many critics argue the film was made solely for children. This is inaccurate but contains a valid sentiment: when watching Speed Racer, you must enact the childlike ability to accept the wondrous lives of the characters on screen. Critics who call the movie an acid trip are close to right. The Wachowskis constructed a world that made sense for The Racer family to exist in, and it’s not surprising that this larger than life, bubblegum-inspired sheen could affect viewers adversely. However, Speed Racer is no more ridiculous or fantastic than the tamest Tim Burton film — the source material was aimed to children in the first place. But let’s talk about what matters most: racing. Just as Luke Skywalker was destined to save the universe among the stars, Speed Racer was born to drive. In the film, racing is a sport so popular
that each event’s outcome changes the direction of the world culturally, politically and economically. Racing is high-octane spectacle; drivers use their cars as weapons, attempting to cause their competitors to crash with attacks that can only exist within this film’s skewed reality. As Mom Racer (Susan Sarandon) says in the film, watching Speed drive is “inspiring, and beautiful, and everything art should be.” To those who haven’t seen the film... over the past year and a half, my living room has been subject to over 30 gatherings in the name of Speed Racer — a person-to-person attempt to prove the film’s worth. I simply cannot accept that no one wants to watch this movie. Starting Friday, February 17, Speed Racer will be shown at The Art Theater in Champaign. I urge anyone even mildly curious to attend, as it is likely to be the last time Speed Racer will ever be shown on the big screen. Upon its initial release, I saw the film four times in theaters — once in IMAX — and I cannot wait to experience it again. P.S. The showings are part of The Art Theater’s costume month. If you wear a Speed Racer inspired costume, you will receive free popcorn!
n 2008, two weeks before Speed Racer’s theatrical release, I was in an airport bookstore with limited selection, inflated prices and an apathetic manager. I bought magazines and spent the next hour reading interviews, previews and overall fanfare prepped for the release of the mega-hyped Speed Racer. At the time this made sense; the film had a budget of over $120 million, an all-star cast, accomplished directors and over 50 years of history that made Speed a household name. After the film was released, we learned that none of those things mattered. Speed Racer was forgotten; however, it is still my favorite movie. I wish I could give an exact number of times I’ve watched this film; however, I know for a fact it is over 50 and wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it surpassed 100. Such unconventional love and devotion has brought many people to wonder, “Why Speed Racer?” The simplest answer: everything. Originally serialized as a Japanese manga in 1958, Speed Racer was adapted for television in the late ‘60s and became the first anime to gain popularity in the United States. The series was corny, unrealistic and followed a strict two-part story arc formula in which family values were handed down in broad strokes. The cartoon lasted 52 episodes and was extremely popular at the time of its release. The 2008 film is a perfect adaptation of the show’s camp that makes the series a cult TV landmark. The Racer family lives in a world so
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roar for a cause We Are Lions sells T-shirts designed by the disabled by Esteban Gast
hen you meet David Schwartz, the name of his company, We Are Lions, makes sense. Schwartz, with his wild mangled hair and boundless energy, has embodied the animal after which this company is named. We Are Lions, a T-shirt company, is the young project of Schwartz, a U of I sophomore. Individuals with developmental disabilities design the shirts, and profits go back to the non-profit organization or individual who designed the shirt. “The T-shirts on the website come from paintings created by developmentally challenged artists that belong to The Arts of Life organization,” Schwartz explained. “We’re trying to build a social consciousness, and what better way to do it than with clothing?” The shirts are stylish, with a blast of colors and images. Adding to the unique look is the fact that a limited number of each design are printed to have a “one-of-a-kind” feel. This leaves the shirts looking more like art than a piece of clothing. We Are Lions is a cross between a non-profit organization, a social business like Tom’s Shoes, and a hip clothing brand. “Society often looks down upon individuals with disabilities for being different. But these individuals have extraordinary talents, and they should be acknowledged, recognized and celebrated.” We Are Lions is a confident young organization, and Schwartz is committed to its success. He is
developing new products and expanding distribution channels. He sees a day when We Are Lions is a household brand, where U of I students and faculty wear beautiful, unique shirts and support those who need our help. The shirts represent more than fashion. “We are making a commitment and a statement that we care. Hopefully with this article, the students and staff of U of I will want to get involved, spread the love and change people’s lives.” We Are Lions’ website tells the story of how David Schwartz was inspired by a piece of artwork. When he searched to find out more about the artwork, he saw that it was created by an individual with developmental disabilities and was put out by an organization called The Arts of Life. He spoke with the organization and quickly began working with them. Today, We Are Lions is working with artists of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and parts of the country. “Come join the pack,” Schwartz wrote on the website. Not only does We Are Lions offer awesome Tshirts, but it gives these individuals a voice. T-Shirts are available online and can be shipped anywhere worldwide, but everything is local. The making of shirts has moved from California to Schwartz’s living room in Lincolnwood, IL. Over winter break, Schwartz created a pop-up shop in downtown Chicago across the street
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from bar and music venue Schubas. The popup shop was open for two days to help create awareness for the brand and sell shirts and other items. Every now and then, Schwartz releases a new batch of exclusive T-shirts. Only 25 shirts are left of the current designs, and he warns that they sell quickly. In addition to running his own company, Schwartz is also president of the Campus Beautification Project and an intern at Canopy Club. But if anyone doubts where his mind is at, look no further than Facebook. Last Tuesday was
Schwartz’s birthday. His one request via Facebook status was, “Instead of Happy Birthdays, buy a We Are Lions T-shirt.” We Are Lions’s mantra, “Roar Loud,” is more than just a catchy phrase for the company. It is Schwartz’s idea to give people with challenges an opportunity. It is the idea that our generation needs to put itself out there. Roar Loud is the idea to change people’s lives through art and support. For more information on the organization and apparel, check out wearelions.org.
the new piano man Meet Canopy Club’s newest addition to an old position. by Hannah Pitstick It’s 11 o’clock on a Tuesday as the regular crowd stumbles into Canopy Club. There’s a group of freshmen boys sitting next to me, hoping someone will buy them some tonic and gin. The piano is playing Neil Diamond, and the microphone smells like Patrón, and they stand at the stage and put notes in his jar, that say, “Call for a good time –Suzanne.” Ben Montalbano, a junior studying music composition, sits behind the glossy, black grand piano, on a stool once occupied by Shay Thiele, the man who started the Tuesday night Piano Man tradition at Canopy Club four years ago. Shay has since traded in his tequila for a Bible and now spends his Tuesday evenings studying to become a minister. Montalbano can appreciate how the job must have exhausted Thiele. “I love it, but already I can tell it’s going to be draining,” Montalbano said. “Last Tuesday I didn’t want to get drunk, but that kind of goes with the gig.” Montalbano is given a $200 alcohol tab every Tuesday in addition to his paycheck; although the 8
most he’s managed to spend on himself is $100. Before he even starts playing, he usually has two or three double Bombay and tonics, and throughout the night, polishes off two pitchers of 312, a couple of whiskey shots and several shots of tequila. “After 1 a.m., I’ve been told it sounds like I play with my fists,” he says. His Wednesday morning ritual is to wake up around noon, eat breakfast and look at all the funny stuff that people put in the tip jar which, aside from dollar bills, is always filled with mysterious numbers and song requests, like R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” “Usually I shoot the numbers a text message saying thanks for coming! I hope to see you next Tuesday,” he says. It seems to be a necessary characteristic of a piano man to care about pleasing the crowd, and Montalbano genuinely does. After each show, he learns the most requested songs that he didn’t know from the week before. For this week, he plans to learn “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Ben spent the majority of his Christmas break learning over a hundred new songs. Trained in classical music, he didn’t know many popular songs on piano and hadn’t even listened to “Baby One More Time” all the way through. He admits that his new job has given him an unexpected appreciation for pop music, or at least the camaraderie the genre generates. “Probably my favorite tune to play is ‘Piano Man’ at midnight,” he says. “It’s kind of cool to not have to sing a word, and everyone in the bar always puts their arms around each other as they sway back and forth.” “A lot of times if you watch me at that point, I just sit back and smile.” Montalbano doesn’t promise a perfect performance by any means; he raves about the comparatively incredible voice of James Moore, who plays before him at 9. But what the Piano Man does promise is a damn good time. And let’s be honest — it sure beats drinking alone.
The newest Piano Man, Ben Montalbano. Photo by Adam Milton
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Hip and ‘hop’-pening
UIUC Hip-Hop Congress showcases local talent Feb. 16
by Evan Lyman he Urbana-Champaign Hip-Hop Congress may bear a similar name to the slightly more famous United States governing body, but that’s where any resemblance between the organizations ends. Where the U.S. Congress hopes to kill both music and the Internet through numerous forms of copyright and anti-piracy legislation (I’m only half kidding), the UC Hip-Hop Congress uses the Internet in conjunction with other avenues to celebrate hip-hop music and culture. On Thursday, February 16, UC Hip-Hop Congress expects to celebrate the music of some fresh-faced Urbana-Champaign and Chicago acts at Cowboy Monkey. “The Hip-Hop Congress is just a group of people who really appreciate hip-hop, both as a music and as a culture,” said student-organization leader Carlos Hernandez. “We try to encompass all the aspects of hip-hop because there’s not just music. There’s b-boying (breakdancing), there’s MCing, there’s DJing and there’s graffiti.” According to its Facebook page, the group formed in 2001. During that year’s fall semester, the Illini Breakdancing Club, Culture Club and Organization for the Advancement of Hip-Hop Culture united to become one all-encompassing organization. The organization catered mainly to local artists and hip-hop fans within the UrbanaChampaign area but grew in membership and scope with each coming year. The group not only rejoices in the diverse culture of its namesake genre, but it also organizes showcases, various competitions and even workshops for local High Schools and community centers. All of the Congress’ activities aim at fostering creativity and expression through the art of hip-hop. While hip-hop gets a bad rap in some circles, one of its best qualities is that it provides an avenue for marginalized youth to advocate both social change and cultural appreciation. While the Congress aims to celebrate all facets of the culture, the group’s members tend to focus on the musical aspects of MCing and
DJing. Their sister organization, Floor Lovers Illinois, revolves around b-boying. FLI will be performing at the Congress’ Cowboy Monkey showcase on Thursday, Feb. 16. As far as membership is concerned, the UC HipHop Congress makes room for anyone interested in the art form. The group places no limitations or qualifications on prospective members. Any fan can join Hip-Hop Congress and choose his level of commitment. One could contribute through on-stage performance or simply by “liking” the group’s Facebook page. “There are members who produce music on their computers in their bedrooms; there are MCs who rhyme and record but may not perform; there are performers, and then there are those who just appreciate hip-hop music,” Hernandez said. Hernandez, 22, studies Journalism at the University of Illinois and DJs under the name Epilep[c] in his spare time. He’s part of a local DJ crew, The Foundation, that plays electronic dance music at house parties and bars in the UrbanaChampaign area. As President, Hernandez organizes the group’s meetings, which range from informal hangouts at members’ homes to official meetings at Gregory Hall. He also does booking for the group’s concerts and events. “I do a lot of our booking. If we ever bring someone from out of town, which we are for the [Cowboy Monkey] show, I’m usually the contact for the group. Everyone kind of touches base with me if they want to do something group-related, such as a new show or new project ... I’m also kinda the group’s resident DJ. If we have social events, I’ll DJ, or if there’s just MCs that need a DJ just to play their tracks, I’m usually the one who does that.” The Congress typically organizes at least one showcase a semester. If you caught last semester’s Cowboy Monkey showcase, you’ll recognize some familiar names and faces. Local talents Dave Coresh and Jay Moses will both be returning to blaze the stage as they did in November. You’ll also catch
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Chicago underground acts and Hip-Hop Congress members themselves. Epilep[c] will be filling his “resident DJ” position. The Congress’ own SCP will also perform a set. As an added bonus, expect some old-school hip-hop traditions to go down. “We’re going to have a little segment of the show where our DJs will spin and the b-boys [from Floor Lovers Illinois] will cipher to show off their styles,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got some guys from Chicago to come down. We’ve got Robust and Old Irving, who are underground staples in Chicago. What I like to do with these shows is bring down some people that I think people should hear about, whether they’re from central Illinois or Chicago.” With electro, house and dubstep music currently dominating the club and festival scenes, and even the radio, it can be tough for college-age kids to find good new hip-hop. For the most part, listeners can’t just turn on Top 40 radio and hear rap and hip-hop nearly as much as they could 10 and 20 years ago. The UC Hip-Hop Congress aims
to provide a network for fans to discuss new artists, releases and shows even if the mainstream may be looking to other genres. “When I DJ, I usually do the house thing, and that’s cool. But I try to do hip-hop because it’s not really well represented,” said Hernandez. “There’s [sic] so many people that love the music and would want to go see it. That’s what we try to provide.” So if you’re looking to catch up on all the hip-hop you’ve missed since Rap City: Tha Basement went off the air, check out the UC Hip-Hop Congress. And come to Cowboy Monkey on Feb. 16, where a couple hundred members of the Congress will throw a “Party for Your Right To Fight.”
COwboy monkey 6 Taylor Street, Champaign When: Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 10 p.m. tickets: $5 Ages: 19+
Low-Cal Music No Added Sodium! by Adam Barnett Who: The Werks, The Beeson Brothers, Mathien When: Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 8 p.m. Where: The Canopy Club Cost: $7 Ages: 18+ The Beeson Brothers are at it again, and this time they’ve got some out-of-town support from Ohio’s The Werks and Chicago-based Mathien. You can probably expect some jammin’, and some bluesin’, and some funkin’, and definitely some poppin’. This is a show made for a Thursday night (whatever that means is up to you).
Who: Umphrey’s McGee When: Sunday, Feb. 19 @ 9 p.m. Where: The Canopy Club Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door Ages: 18+ This past summer, I went to Des Moines with some friends for a music festival. The night before the festival itself, we heard Umphrey’s McGee, that one jam band everyone likes, playing outside of a hotel. That said, maybe you should go to this show
Who: Grandkids, In Tall Buildings, Slothpop, Cains & Abels, Union Tree Review When: Sunday, Feb. 19 @ 9 p.m. Where: Mike n’ Molly’s Cost: $5 Ages: 19+ The best part about this show is that everyone playing is really good, so even though we’re looking at five bands, we’re looking at five times the fun! It seems like there might be a whole bunch of cellos, too, and who doesn’t like a band with a cellist?
Dear buzz, love grandkids
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Grandkids talks about life in the studio and their upcoming tour dear buzz,
As you may or may not know, we have been working on our first full-length record at Pieholden Suite Sound since the beginning of January. Thanks to all of the generous people who supported our Kickstarter campaign, we were able to spend the first two weeks of the new year putting in twelve-hour days at the studio. Now we are going to classes here in CU during the week and heading up to Chicago every weekend to keep working on the album so we can get it out into the world’s ears as soon as possible. We wrote this letter to give you a glimpse into what we’ve been doing. Friday was a bitch! We had to drive up to Chicago in the worst snowstorm of a winter known for terrible snowstorms. We stopped at a Love’s gas station on the way, where Viv recognized a regular at Potbelly and we learned from a dude in line next to us that we had stopped at the “dopest gas station.” The raw spirit of these patrons reinvigorated us, and that was all the fuel we needed to make it through the “white out” conditions to the studio. Luckily we’ve been recording in the Ukrainian Village, so we were surrounded by an environment made for frigid weather. Pieholden is a dream studio; it comes fully equipped with a wall of guitars; a seemingly endless supply of keyboards, pianos and synthesizers; shakers made out of Quaker Oats cans; and an amazing producer/engineer, Matt DeWine, who still uses tape machines to capture our sounds. While we’re talking about the gear, it’s worth noting that Adam’s cello is being recorded using the microphone Wilco used to record vocals back in the day (it smells like beer and cigarettes.) After getting a few vocal takes and a slide guitar recorded Friday night, we decided to turn in early but stopped by a friend’s birthday party first, where Evan discovered Neapolitan Oreos. Before bed, we continued a cherished studio tradition by watching the first half of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition). Evan quoted along to the whole thing, which Phil didn’t like. On Saturday we headed to the studio at noon to find Matt brewing a pot of the “Pieholden Blend” 10
coffee (Folgers with cinnamon!); we’ve discovered that it’s no use getting our day started without it. After playing with the studio cats (Buddy and Pele), we set to work recording bass pedals of a Hammond B-3 Organ. It looks like putting bass pedals and mellotron on every song is the secret to a great record. Most of the night was spent having some of Phil’s friends (who live in the city) play double bass, bass clarinet, baritone and tenor saxophones on a couple tracks. Sometimes things got tricky because we stacked so many guitars on top of each other that diagnosing intonation weirdness can take a long time; however, it’s hard to resist a wall full of Jay Bennett’s (ex-Wilco) guitars, so we learned to deal with it. After the studio, we headed to an art space on Milwaukee to see a mentor of Phil’s, who was on hallucinogens, play a free jazz show; Adam had profound realizations about what it means to “play music.” Sunday was another day of overdubbing fun (MELLOTRON!) To get through it, we ordered a 30” pizza; it was really inspirational. As for the music, we are almost done throwing every idea we can at the wall, but soon we are going to have to man up and sort through everything we’ve done to see what sticks. The next few trips to the studio will involve finishing up vocals (although we are using a lot of Viv’s live vocal takes) and sprinkling the last bits of icing on the cake to fully flesh out the songs. We hope people are as excited for our record as we are; there are some songs on it that nobody’s heard yet and that we are itching to give to our listeners. But amongst all the fun we’ve been having in the studio, we miss playing our songs live, so we are super stoked to be playing a four-date Midwest tour this weekend with our friends Slothpop (Indianapolis) and Union Tree Review (St.Louis). So, if you are reading this, come to Mike ‘N Molly’s on Saturday (2/18) and help us remember how great it is to play live in CU — because it’s been far too long. forever yours, grandkids
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When: Yesterday as well as Right Now! Where: Walgreens or any other place that sells candy Why: BECAUSE IT’S MOTHERFUCKING CANDY! I love candy holidays: Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s Day. Most years, Valentine’s Day is the saddest of the aforementioned three because nothing reminds you how lonely you are like eating Valentine’s candy by yourself. But this year, I’m dating someone who likes candy! We stick it to the man by NOT buying candy before Feb. 15, then re-stick it to him by buying it at 70% off! -- Nick Martin
WHAT: PIZZA.FM BENEFIT SHOW FEATURING PALACE FLOPHOUSE, MORGAN ORION, HANK, I AM GOD AND KOWABUNGA! KID When: Friday, Feb. 17 @ 9 p.m. Where: Mike ‘N Molly’s Cost: $5 Ages: 19+ Some cool kids are starting a free-format, noncommercial college radio station, and it’s called Pizza.fm! They’re still trying to raise money for licenses and a space, which is where this benefit show comes in. Cool bands, a good cause and free stickers. -- Adam Barnett
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES
(March 21-April 19)
I invite you to identify all the things in your life that you really don’t need any more: gadgets that have become outdated, clothes that no longer feel like you, onceexciting music and books and art works that no longer mean what they once did. Don’t stop there. Pinpoint the people who have let you down, the places that lower your vitality, and the activities that have become boring or artificial. Finally, Aries, figure out the traditions that no longer move you, the behavior patterns that no longer serve you, and the compulsive thoughts that have a freaky life of their own. Got all that? Dump at least some of them.
(April 20-May 20)
(May 21-June 20)
(June 21-July 22)
If you’re a woman, you could go to the perfume section of the department store and buy fragrances that would cause you to smell like Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Eva Longoria, or Paris Hilton. If you’re a man, an hour from now you could be beaming an aroma that makes you resemble a celebrity like Antonio Banderas, Usher, David Beckham, or Keith Urban. You could even mix and match, wearing the Eva Longoria scent on your manly body or Usher on your female form. But I don’t recommend that you do any of the above. More than ever before you need to be yourself, your whole self, and nothing but yourself. Trying to act like or be like anyone else should be a taboo of the first degree. “I try to take one day at a time,” says Ashleigh Brilliant, “but sometimes several days attack me all at once.” I think you may soon be able to say words to that effect, Gemini -- and that’s a good thing. Life will seem more concentrated and meaningful than usual. Events will flow faster and your awareness will be extra intense. As a result, you should have exceptional power to unleash transformations that could create ripples lasting for months. Would you like each day to be the equivalent of nine days? Or would four be enough for you? When actor Ashton Kutcher is working on the set of his TV show *Two and a Half Men,* he enjoys spacious digs. His trailer is two stories high and has two bathrooms as well as a full kitchen. Seven 60-inch TVs are available for his viewing pleasure. As you embark on your journey to the far side of reality, Cancerian, it might be tempting for you to try to match that level of comfort. But what’s more important than material luxury will be psychological and spiritual aids that help keep you attuned to your deepest understandings about life. Be sure you’re well-stocked with influences that keep your imagination vital and upbeat. Favorite symbols? Uplifting books? Photos of mentors? Magic objects?
(July 23-Aug. 22)
Veterans of war who’ve been wounded by shrapnel often find that years later, some of the metal fragments eventually migrate to the surface and pop out of their skin. The moral of the story: The body may take a long time to purify itself of toxins. The same is true about your psyche. It might not be able to easily and quickly get rid of the poisons it has absorbed, but you should never give up hoping it will find a way. Judging by the astrological omens, I think you are very close to such a climactic cleansing and catharsis, Leo.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Distilled water is a poor conductor of electricity. For H2O to have electroconductivity, it must contain impurities in the form of dissolved salts. I see a timely lesson in this for you, Virgo. If you focus too hard on being utterly clean and clear, some of life’s rather chaotic but fertile and invigorating energy may not be able to flow through you. That’s why I suggest you experiment with being at least a little impure and imperfect. Don’t just tolerate the messiness. Learn from it; thrive on it; even exult in it.
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are neither in a red-alert situation nor are you headed
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for one. A pink alert may be in effect, however. Thankfully, there’s no danger or emergency in the works. Shouting and bolting and leaping won’t be necessary. Rather, you may simply be called upon to come up with unexpected responses to unpredicted circumstances. Unscripted plot twists could prompt you to take actions you haven’t rehearsed. It actually might be kind of fun as long as you play with the perspective Shakespeare articulated in *As You Like It*: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
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by Matt Jones
“So They Say...”--it goes something like this.
“Dear Rob: For months I’ve had a recurring dream in which I own a pet snake. Here’s the problem: The only cage I have to keep the snake in is sadly inadequate. It has widely spaced bars that the snake just slips right through. In the dream I am constantly struggling to keep the snake in its cage, which is exhausting, since it’s impossible. Just this morning, after having the dream for the billionth time, I FINALLY asked myself, what’s so terrible about letting the snake out of its cage? So I gratefully wrote myself this permission note: ‘It is hereby allowed and perfectly acceptable to let my dreamsnake out of its cage to wander freely.’ - Scorpio Devotee.” Dear Devotee: You have provided all your fellow Scorpios with an excellent teaching story for the upcoming weeks. Thank you!
For million of years, black kite raptors made their nests with leaves, twigs, grass, mud, fur, and feathers. In recent centuries they have also borrowed materials from humans, like cloth, string, and paper. And in the last few decades, a new element has become quite popular. Eighty-two percent of all black kite nestbuilders now use white plastic as decoration. I suggest you take inspiration from these adaptable creatures, Sagittarius. It’s an excellent time for you to add some wrinkles to the way you shape your home base. Departing from tradition could add significantly to your levels of domestic bliss. There are many examples of highly accomplished people whose early education was problematical. Thomas Edison’s first teacher called him “addled,” and thereafter he was homeschooled by his mother. Winston Churchill did so poorly in school he was punished. Benjamin Franklin had just two years of formal education. As for Einstein, he told his biographer, “my parents were worried because I started to talk comparatively late, and they consulted a doctor because of it.” What all these people had in common, however, is that they became brilliant at educating themselves according to their own specific needs and timetable. Speaking of which: The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you Capricorns to plot and design the contours of your future learning.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Nigeria has abundant deposits of petroleum. Since 1974, oil companies have paid the country billions of dollars for the privilege of extracting its treasure. And yet the majority of Nigerians, over 70 percent, live on less than a dollar a day. Where does the money go? That’s a long story, with the word “corruption” at its heart. Now let me ask you, Aquarius: Is there a gap between the valuable things you have to offer and the rewards you receive for them? Are you being properly compensated for your natural riches? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to address this issue.
(Feb. 19-March 20)
Gawker.com notes that American politician John McCain tends to repeat himself -- a lot. Researchers discovered that he has told the same joke at least 27 times in five years. (And it’s such a feeble joke, it’s not worth re-telling.) In the coming week, Pisces, pease please please avoid any behavior that resembles this repetitive, habit-bound laziness. You simply cannot afford to be imitating who you used to be and what you used to do. As much as possible, reinvent yourself from scratch -- and have maximum fun doing it.
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AND ANOTHER THING ...
BY MICHAEL COULTER
WORKPLACE MYTHS Coulter clears up some basic misconceptions Pretty much everyone Iâ€™ve talked to for the last three weeks has said that work has been a busy little bastard for them lately. In all fairness, the only people who donâ€™t say things like this are people on vacation, and even some of them manage to bitch about it. It could be worse, I suppose. At
okay. It sucks, and they are possibly deranged, but thereâ€™s nothing illegal about it. Hell, they can even enjoy it if they like. They are just like Donald Trump, except hopefully not quite as insane. It is a myth, however, that you canâ€™t get unemployment benefits if you have been fired. You can still probably get benefits so long as you didnâ€™t get fired on purpose. For example, if you get fired for taking a crap on your bossâ€™s desk, youâ€™ll have to show that you are not only incontinent but also had some sort of reason to be on his desk Sure, it usually seems fun to go to a in the first place. If you just suck at your party, but itâ€™s really often not if itâ€™s job, youâ€™re in great shape with the unemployment benefits. Just try not to get too work-related and you are forced to attached to them because even that shit doesnâ€™t last forever. go. You have to drag your ass there My favorite myth is that your emeither way if they say so, though. ployer canâ€™t require you to attend work-related events outside of reguHowever, if your boss is hiding in lar work hours. They can totally do your closet at midnight telling you this. Sure, it usually seems fun to go the proper way to bang your wife, it is to a party, but itâ€™s really often not if itâ€™s work-related and you are forced to go. totally in your discretion to put in for You have to drag your ass there either way if they say so, though. However, some overtime. if your boss is hiding in your closet at midnight telling you the proper way to least they still have jobs. Work is always sort of a bang your wife, it is totally in your discretion to necessary pain in the ass. Itâ€™s weird; for something put in for some overtime. If you disagree with a performance review, you we all do so much of, you think weâ€™d know far more should refuse to sign it. This is also a myth. They about it than we do. It makes sense, though, in a way. We spend so probably donâ€™t give a ratâ€™s ass if you like it or not. much time doing the actual work that we donâ€™t Youâ€™re only signing it to prove that you received really think about some of the other aspects of the report. â€œOkay, I really like the part where you the workplace. I found a list that talked about say Iâ€™m a hard worker. On the other hand, I donâ€™t some common workplace myths that many of really like that you added â€˜when they show up.â€™ us believe. While weâ€™re at it, I could really do without that One myth is that you can say whatever youâ€™d â€˜lazy bastardâ€™ comment, as well.â€? The perforlike to at work and still be protected by the first mance review seems like it should be something amendment. This would be swell, but you know to improve your performance, but in reality, all it that shit ainâ€™t true. If it were true, youâ€™d hear a lot does is tend to piss everyone off. Another ridiculous myth is that salaries are set of people saying things like, â€œWelcome to McDonaldâ€™s. Can I get you a burger me and my buddy just fairly. Obviously, this is not true in any way. Not peed on?â€? and â€œIâ€™m totally sending that memo to much is fair in this world to begin with. Hell, even wikilinks.â€? Nope, you say that and your dumb ass fairs arenâ€™t particularly fair, especially that ring will quickly be unemployed. As is the case with toss game. Stupid people make more money than most things, itâ€™s best to just keep your mouth shut. competent people all the time. In fact, itâ€™s almost Shutting up is difficult, though â€” partly because like our entire system is based on such a concept of another myth on the list: If your boss is hostile or (at least if you ask the people who arenâ€™t making unfair, you have legal recourse. Oh sure, if heâ€™s be- that much money). If you havenâ€™t quite figured it out yet, itâ€™s pretty ing racist or sexist or questioning your religion, then you can do something, but otherwise, thereâ€™s no obvious that your happiness isnâ€™t especially a law against being an ignorant pain in the ass. Even huge concern of your employer. This is because if there was such a law, thereâ€™s no way we could they are the ones paying you, and they have no ever have enough police to enforce such a rule. reason to listen to you until you start paying them. Itâ€™s yet another myth that an employer needs to Most of us never really have to deal with it much warn you or give you a reason for your firing. They anyway. Yep, works sucks sometimes, but most do not. For the most part, they can drop your ass employers want things to work out for both parfor any reason they like. If they say, â€œI didnâ€™t care ties. They hired you because they actually need for the way you ate your sandwich at lunch yester- you. You need them, too. Otherwise, no one would day. You are totally out of here,â€? then thatâ€™s totally ever work. It really is a pain in the ass sometimes. 16
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