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Terms of Service. The online social network made it clear that absolutely anything someone does on Facebook, whether it be writing a wall post or putting up a video, is and always will be property of Facebook, even after a user drops their account. Half of me is amused that people actually think Facebook would ever want to use that photo of them at the putt-putt golf course. At the same time, I’m scared of the incredible amount of power that social network sites and search engines have over a population so reliant on the Internet. More than 175 million people are using Facebook now, discussing personal issues with friends and posting embarrassing videos and comments. I could look up a

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I’m taking a class on new media and something about it seems backwards. The class is interesting but the idea of a 50-year-old professor teaching college students about the Internet is like a child teaching their parents how to ride a bike.I’ve been to too many lectures on “how the Internet has affected (insert field of study here)” dealing with convergence and interactivity andall that good stuff but I think we all already know that the Internet is cool. What we don’t know is how easily it can become un-cool. Last week, Facebook changed their new

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long lost friend that I haven’t talked to in years, read his information, take a plane across the nation, and show up to creep him out at a party. And Zuckerberg can do this to you…if he really wanted to. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while my generation may like to think of ourselves as being more tech-savvy, we may have too much trust in these large databases and search engines. Everything that happens in Facebook is permanent and if people make it a habit to treat these spaces as their bedrooms decorated with photos and posters of their favorite people and celebs, then maybe my New Media professor does have something to teach us.

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sensible to everybody as well.” If you are not looking to grab a quick bite to eat on the spot, don’t worry ... you were not forgotten. Fink said, “In our self-service refrigerated case, we are also going to have what we call our ‘cookout meals to go.’ Whether it be fresh sides or fresh turkey, there will be a lot of things there that you can take home and pop in your microwave. Again, they are not leftovers. Everything is made fresh to order, and then we chill it so you have really good quality food to go home to late at night.” As you can see, a lot of thought went into how to cater to the needs of County Market’s new location. Director of Operations Tod Engle talked about County Market’s direction with the Stoughton Street location, “We have some different deli items we really don’t do in most of our stores, but we thought it fit this crowd very well, so we are fine-tuning our staff with that right now.” The pleasant organization and quick food options will make this grocery store a one-stop shop for many students. Engle said, “You can get things done, eat, drink coffee and we have the WiFi and power for people and their laptops.” County Market is bustling with employees putting the final touches on the floor. Regarding the interior design, Engle said, “That is our biggest concern, opening a store that is this pretty. We are concerned that they may walk in and see this beautiful store and think this place must be high priced, but County Market in town is known for its low prices; we are very competitive. We want to make people understand that this place will be on the same price structure as our other stores.”

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Celebrate Mint Chocolate Day by Chelsea Besalke Today is Mint Chocolate Day so celebrate CU style by trying some local treats. Cakes on Walnut (114 N Walnut St.): If you’re feeling indulgent, try their chocolate cupcake with peppermint butter cream icing for just $2.50. Insomnia Cookies (502 E John St.): Stop in for their brownie with mint chocolate topping to satisfy your sweet craving. Just $1.50.

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hether religious or not, people have many conflicting interpretations of who Jesus really is. How do Christians see Christ differently than Muslims? What do they mean by “the Messiah?” Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru, a ministry and international organization on campus, came up with the idea of Naked Jesus in order to answer these questions and inform students about Jesus. “The series came about as a brainstorming idea to break down stereotypes and preconceived notions of who Jesus is,” said UIUC senior Jessica Facker, who is on the leadership team of Cru. “Even people that have grown up in the church or people that have never been to a church or people that hate the church ... [it’s] just for all people to come and hear who does Jesus say he is, who do the millions of Christians in the world say he is ... in a non-church environment.” Facker also noted how people normally perceive Jesus as a stereotypical image. “It’s a weekly seminar on just breaking down kind of that painted picture that everyone gets in their heads of Jesus and who does he really say he is or what does history really say he is,” said Facker. The series is made up of one lecture every Tuesday for six consecutive weeks, which began Tuesday, Feb. 3. Each lecture addresses one main question, such as “Haven’t we put Jesus out of job?” Different pastors, or people that have already gone through post-graduate training, come to speak at each lecture, said Facker.

Getting to Know the New Exec Michael Doyle heads the University YMCA by Em-j Staples When Michael Doyle began his job as the new executive director at the University YMCA, he saw it as a job with certain benefits. “I realized it was an opportunity to engage students in social justice, to bring change and make a difference,” said Doyle. The YMCA’s 135-year tradition of involvement with student leadership and community support attracted Doyle to the job. “The Y has helped engage students beyond www.the217.com

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the classroom and into the community. I’m looking forward to being a community organizer and working on leadership developments with students,” he said. As executive director, Doyle will be focusing on program purpose (finding meaningful benefits to each of the programs the Y sponsors), leadership development with students and faculty, fundraising and maintaining the YMCA’s presence in the community.

“They’re all very qualified,” said Facker. “[They have] this knowledge of Jesus. [It’s] not just a college student talking.” Cru has about 200-300 members come to weekly meetings, Facker said; however, the Lincoln Hall Theater was filled after the first lecture with over 600 seats. “[It] just showed such an interest of campus,” said Facker. “People want to know what Christians believe.” People from a variety of backgrounds came to the second lecture on Christian history. Senior Tim Shiou, majoring in MCB, spoke of how it is imperative for people not to judge about other people’s value or worth simply based on religious beliefs. “[I want] a better understanding from where we’ve come from,” said Shiou. “Poor communication is such a cause for misunderstanding [and] hurt.” Senior Rachel Burke, majoring in environmental science, is a member of AAF, the Athiests, Agnostics and Freethinkers group on campus. She came to the Naked Jesus event on Tuesday, Feb. 10 because many of her friends are a part of Cru. “[You] can find a lot in common no matter what you believe,” she said. Andrew Kamm, a 2006 alumnus of the UI, is currently studying at the Urbana Theological Seminary and spoke at the second lecture. “[Students] are as thoughtful as ever about the true identity of Jesus. For those students that have been interested in that, I think you’ll find that this series is helpful.”

Doyle’s extensive community involvement is helping his new job. As founder of both the Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Community Shares of Illinois, Doyle has been active in the community since he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975. “As a community organizer from Chicago, I never thought I’d stay here in Champaign,” said Doyle. His new position helps him find inspiration everywhere. When he attended the University, he found inspiration in Campustown, and now he sees it again in the current recession. “I would love to see students and the Y get involved with social change,” he said. “It’s time to do something new and take it to the next level. The current economic crisis provides great opportunity for that.” But before he begins the big projects, Doyle is getting acclimated to the new job and his bigger office. “I’ve worked out of a cubical for the last 25 years. I like the extra elbow room,” he said. Though he also enjoys the cultural benefits of being on-campus and the close walk from home it provides, Doyle’s favorite part about the Champaign-Urbana community is its mid-size: “You can make more of an impact on the people. There’s interaction between elected officials; you can’t get that in Chicago.”

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by Amanda Shively Celebrating the art of percussion in 12 hours is a daunting task. While the initial announcement of a half day of events seems overwhelming in and of itself, when you break it down, 12 hours is only the beginning of what can be experienced through performances, workshops and interactive events. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will play host to a bevy of percussive events entitled, “Day of the Drum.” Organized by the likes of Event Curator Rocky Maffit, Krannert Center director Mike Ross and fellow Krannert employees and under the sponsorship of a number of local businesses and enthusiasts, the Day of the Drum will feature four main performances, two workshops and an accessible, interactive “Traffic Jam.” Local percussion legend Maffit explained

the origins of the event as entirely possible because of the “wonderful group” at Krannert. After attending the Sundance Film Festival two years ago, Maffit approached Krannert Center director Ross with the idea for a percussion festival “similar to the Wall2Wall Guitar Festival [also hosted by Krannert Center].” With the Japanese percussion performance group Kodo already scheduled for appearance at Krannert Center in February 2009, the foundation of the event was set in motion. “Our main concerns for the day were a threefold process. Working around Kodo (which sold out nearly three weeks after tickets went on sale), we wanted to make certain that every other event was free of cost, that [events] would be accessible to and utilize the community and that there would be

at least one interactive event,” Maffit said. One glance at the finalized schedule for Day of the Drum impresses the notion that these measures were met (and then some) and will be ready for public participation on Tuesday. The 12-hour schedule begins at noon in the lobby of the Krannert Center with a performance by Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Liam Teague and Robert Chappell. With Velez on frame drum, Teague on steel drum, Chappell on piano and Cotler singing konakkol (a South Indian form of chant), the act looks to provide an improvisational-styled infusion of the members’ varied backgrounds. Following this performance, there will be two separate workshops by the members of that same quartet. At 2 p.m., Velez and Cotler will introduce the frame drum and overtone singing on Stage 5, and at 3:30 p.m., Teague and Chappell will share the history of the steelpan drum and tabla. At 5 p.m., the lobby of Krannert will transform into a community drum show when Dahui brings their West African vibes (and more than 100 drums) for an interactive performance. The community is invited to borrow a drum or bring their own and join the “Traffic Jam.” The last free event occurs at 9:30 p.m. with the Rocky Maffit Group’s Afterglow performance in the lobby of Krannert Center. Besides premiering music from their upcoming release Sun and Shadow (which will be released by Jhana Music in March), the group will be joined by a number of special guests including Amasong and fellow performers form the Day of the Drum. “It’s an amazing gift to have a day devoted to percussion. If I weren’t personally involved, I certainly would spend the day [there],” Maffit said.

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Bentley’s throws down on some live music Bentley’s, the cozy watering hole at 419 N. Neil St. in Champaign, has been subtly making a play for live music fans over the last several months. Starting out small with singer/ songwriter shows and acoustic acts, the bar has recently stepped up to host full bands — including both original acts and cover artists. I’ve primarily ended up at Bentley’s as a result of live music (either to check out a show or perform), and each time, I’ve encountered a fairly attentive crowd full of friendly faces. The bar itself isn’t as frilly as many of its downtown counterparts and sticks with a classic look that attracts more townies than campus kids, while bands are packed into the front corner, meaning you might occasionally trip over a monitor on your way outside for a cigarette. Shows are generally early, in the 8-tomidnight range, making Bentley’s a great place to start your night, though the Guinness might just keep you there until close. The bar has held true to its commitment to rarely charge a cover (almost every show is free, and the only one I’ve

seen with a cover was $3) while hoping you’ll take that extra bit of cash and buy another drink or visit the band tip jars. The music calendar can be found at http://www.myspace.com/bentleyspub, along with history, information on drink specials and other events. This weekend offers several great excuses to check out the bar if you haven’t already, but as a reminder, the bar age is 21+. On Friday, Bentley’s will feature music from one of the area’s best blues acts, the Impalas. With over a decade of history in CU, the group is currently comprised of several of the scene’s most seasoned pros in lead vocalist Dawna Nelson (who would just as soon insult you in a horribly graphic manner as she would sing to you) and the expert rhythm and solo playing of guitarist Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie. The quiet but frighteningly groovy bass player back there on a stool is Andre Mossotti, and that guy back there behind the drum kit, Ian Sheppard, drove from Indianapolis to play for you. They’ll kick things off at 8:30 p.m. if Dawna shows up on time, and there is no cover, so get down there and take part in the Impalas’ new game: Suggest New Songs for Us to Learn. The person with the best suggestion gets a lap dance from Ian Sheppard, who will be wearing a captain’s hat. On Saturday, Bentley’s changes things up a bit with

a 10 p.m. show featuring the Chemicals and Tractor Kings. While this show is scheduled to carry a $3 cover charge, that’s $1.50 each for two of the best original bands in Central Illinois. In the off chance that anyone reading hasn’t managed to see either of the bands in your time here, this would be a prime opportunity to check them out. For those who have seen them, this might be a good opportunity to see how well they can compact themselves into a small space. Seems like a win for everyone. Mike ‘n Molly’s is set to host the second concert in the Shadowboxer Collective’s series of quiet showcases. This Saturday, the Collective will invade the second floor of MnM’s to present Sheboygan folkies Cedarwell. Along for the ride are fellow Wisconsiners (based out of Eau Claire) The Daredevil Christopher Wright. Local support falls to Carl Hauck with his contemplative indie-folk and Mordechai in the Mirror with their quirky experimentalism. This show takes off at 9 p.m. and will cost you $5. ...a sample quote from next week’s interview with Live Karaoke Band/The Brat Pack’s Guido Esteves: “I will punch all of you in the face.” Intense! —Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@ gmail.com. come and get it


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live Owen needs to pick better projects. He’s a very talented actor with some great roles in the past, but after the abysmal Shoot ‘Em Up, it seems he’s been saying yes to every action script that comes his way. Clive Owen can do good action films, such as Children of Men, but that was three years ago. His latest effort, The International is a boring, confusing spy film that’s only saving graces are an incredible action sequence and Clive Owen himself. Owen stars as Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent attempting to expose an international bank that is involved in an illegal arms dealing ring. Salinger is assisted by district attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts, who is completely wasted playing an unnecessary character), who is working on the case from the American end. Their investigation takes them all over the world, from Berlin to Istanbul to New York City. I wish I could go into more specifics about the plot, but it would make little sense and take me forever to try to put the plot together. Essentially, it’s the duo going from place to place with different mysteries for them to solve every 15 minutes. The one greatly entertaining part of this movie, though, is the gunfight that takes place inside the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim is completely torn to shreds in this sequence, with glass and bullet holes everywhere around the famous museum. Unfortunately, this scene comes halfway through the movie, which means enduring the dullness of the film’s first hour.

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Rappaccini’s Daughter graces the KCPA by Betsi Freeman It’s a little bit Little Shop of Horrors, a little bit Romeo and Juliet: the opera Rappaccini’s Daughter opens tonight at the Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Set in Padua, Italy, Rappaccini’s Daughter is based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne and its retelling by poet Octavio Paz. The opera, composed by Mexican native Daniel Catán, is sung in Spanish to a “post-ultraromantic, impressionistic, luscious score” performed by a 58-piece orchestra, said conductor Eduardo Diazmuñoz. With its hanging vines, spiraling plants and a shadowy weeping willow, the set creates an atmosphere both whimsical and foreboding for the 20th-century tragedy. “It’s a very surrealistic story that combines science and a little bit of fiction,” said Diazmuñoz, who is conducting the opera for the fourth time since its Mexico City premiere in 1991. “The main character (Beatriz) has been nourished by her dad with different kinds of poisons. She’s a different type of person. She’s immune to many things.” Rappaccini, a genius scientist, has infected Beatriz as part of his plan to create a godlike master race. Giovanni, who falls in love with Beatriz from afar, cannot touch her without being infected himself. Stage director Stephen Fiol did not want to reveal whether the lovers survive their fatalistic attraction but said, “There is a hope for redemption.” Fiol said the story is full of moral ambiguity: “Where does science let go, and where does nature have its way?”

Catán, who arrived in Champaign Thursday, said he was impressed after hearing the singers in rehearsal. “I think this might well be one of the best performances of this piece,” Catán said. Fiol said the production is both musically and technically challenging, featuring tricky rhythms for the musicians and dizzying heights for some of the performers — as well as revolving scenery. Catán said his compositional style in Rappaccini’s Daughter combines French and German operatic traditions with his love for writing for voice. “I’m particularly proud of the love duet between Giovanni and Beatriz,” Catán said, which occurs near the beginning of Act Two. There are five principal performers in each of the two casts, plus additional voices provided for living plants. Rappaccini’s Daughter runs just two hours, including a 20-minute intermission between the two acts. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-21 at 7:30p.m. with a matinee Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $8 to $22 and are available through the Krannert box office: 333-6280. Catán and Diazmuñoz will be on-hand to discuss the opera with the audience after tonight’s performance, at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Krannert Room and after the performance on Friday evening in talks hosted by Diazmuñoz. Catán will also speak as part of the Libretto Series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Krannert Room. “The story could not be more relevant,” Catán said. “It deals with issues that every generation must deal with.”

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thur, feb 19 live music U of I Jazz Combo Iron Post, U, 7pm Corey Smith with special guest Mike Genovese Canopy Club, U, 8pm, $10 Caleb Cook and the Big Naturals Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm Andy Moreillon Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Surprise Showing Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm A surprise performance.

dj Country Night with DJ Halfdead Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 8pm DJ Belly Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Zodiac Night Highdive, C, 10pm

dance music Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm

concert Hugo Wolf Quartett Krannert Center for

the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $34, $29 seniors, $25 students, $20 UI and youth / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke with DJ Craig Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9:30pm

open mic SPEAK Café Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 7pm

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $22, $20 seniors, $15 students, $10 UI and youth Dr. Rappaccini’s experiments with poisonous plants lead him to raise his only daughter, Beatriz, as the most beautiful and dangerous flower in his enchanted garden. Monkey The Station Theatre, U, 8pm, $12 In honor of Darwin’s 200th birthday, a stage performance on evolution.

miscellaneous 2009 Spring Multicultural Career Fair Illini Union, U, 9am Meet recruiters to learn about permanent jobs, internships and graduate programs. Welcoming of the new YMCA Executive Director Mike Doyle University YMCA, C, 4pm An open house.

fri, feb 20 live music

Live Dueling Piano Show movies 88 Broadway, U, 9pm art exhibit IPRH Film Series—My Jeff Helgesen Quintet Favorite Year U of I Senior Photography Iron Post, U, 5pm Krannert Art Museum Show Prairie Dogs and Kinkead Pavilion, C, Radio Maria, C, 10pm The Embassy Tavern & 5:30pm Grill, U, 5:30pm recreation Happy Hour and Live stage Drinking Liberally Music Necessary Targets Esquire Lounge Inc., C, Silvercreek, U, 6pm Krannert Center for 6:30pm Panache the Performing Arts, U, A gathering of liberal Jim Gould Restaurant, 7:30pm, $15, $14 seniors thinkers over drinks. C, 7pm and students, $9 UI and Big Bluestem volunteer youth Phillips Recreation Center, Examines the lingering ef- UC Books to Prisoners U, 8pm fects of violence against work session Dan, Bob and Joni women and questions the Urbana-Champaign InHuber’s West End Store, definitions of family and dependent Media Center, C, 8pm community. U, 2pm Rappaccini’s Daughter

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Toubab Krewe and Mhondoro Rhythm Success Cowboy Monkey, C, 8:30pm, $10 Pearl Handle Band Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Brat Pack Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm Underpaid Packy Memphis on Main, C, 9pm The Impalas Bentley’s Pub, C, 9pm Neon Neighbors The Embassy Tavern & Grill, U, 9:20pm Pound Cake and Withershins Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm, $3

dj DJ Dance Party Canopy Club, U, 9pm Country Dancing at Bradley’s II Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 DJ Delayney Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 DJs Ian, D.O.M. & ReFLEX Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm DJ LegTwo and DJ Mertz Radio Maria, C, 10:15pm

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Friday Forum: “Clean Energy is Costly; Who Should Pay?” University YMCA, C, 12pm A talk by Clark Bullard, Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.

2009 Spring Multicultural Career Fair

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Head to the Illini Union rooms A, B and C between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet with recruiters and learn about jobs, internships and graduate programs. Recruiters will conduct formal and/or mock interviews by appointment. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes and cover letters. All majors are welcome.

Brazilian Carnival Party Radio Maria, C, 9am, $5-$7

fundraisers One Medicine Scholarship Fund Charity Function Radio Maria, C, 4pm Proceeds help raise money to send students to college in Africa.

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live music

Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Cotton Club Weekend 2009 Canopy Club, U, 9am dance music College ID mandatory. No Contra Dance with Big hats, no hoodies, and no Blue Stem and Scott plain t-shirts. Special VIP Meyer entrance for women only. Phillips Recreation Center, No Secret U, 8pm, $5, $4 students Iron Post, U, 6pm New Twang City concert Huber’s West End Store, UI Chamber Orchestra C, 8pm Krannert Center for Ken Smith Quartet the Performing Arts, U, The Embassy Tavern & 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, Grill, U, 9pm $4 students High Maintenance Memphis on Main, C, karaoke 9pm Karaoke with DJ HolHillbilly Jones lywood Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., Wendl’s, U, 9pm U, 9pm Dragon Karaoke with Mardi Gras Party Paul Faber Bentley’s Pub, C, 9pm CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 9pm Featuring performances MCJS Karaoke DJs Mike by Tractor Kings and and Cheryl Chemicals. Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaBeat Kitchen voy, 9pm Iron Post, U, 9:30pm A Shadowboxer Colstage lective Showcase: Necessary Targets Cedarwell, The DareKrannert Center for devil Christopher Wright, the Performing Arts, U, Mordechai in the Mirror, 7:30pm, $15, $14 seniors and Carl Hauck and students, $9 UI and Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm, youth $5 Rappaccini’s Daughter Casados Krannert Center for Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm, the Performing Arts, U, $3 7:30pm, $22. $20 seniors, Missing the Point, So $15 students, $10 UI and Long Forgotten, and youth jigGsaw Monkey Cowboy Monkey, C, The Station Theatre, U, 10pm, $5 8pm, $15 The Flight of the Lawnchair dj Man DJ Tim Williams Parkland College Theatre, Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 C, 8pm, $12, $10 students DJ Mertz and seniors, $6 youth Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm

Kosmo at Soma Soma Ultralounge, C, 11pm

dance music Country Western Dance Independent Order of Odd Fellows Arthur Lodge 742, C, 7pm, $2 Radio Salsa Radio Maria, C, 11pm, $3

concert Meet Harriet Tubman Faith United Methodist Church, C, 7pm, $5 A performance by Kathryn Harris.

lectures Heirlooms, Artifacts, & Family Treasures: A Preservation Emporium Spurlock Museum, U, 12pm

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners work session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

kids & families Reading to the Dogs Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 2pm

karaoke

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Dragon Karaoke with Paul Faber CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s, U, 10pm

Zen Meditation for a Stress-Free Life McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 10am, $60 Taught by Chris Reyman.

stage Necessary Targets Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm $15, $14 seniors and students, $9 UI and youth Rappaccini’s Daughter Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $22, $20 seniors, $15 students, $10 UI and youth Monkey The Station Theatre, U, 8pm, $15 The Flight of the Lawnchair Man Parkland College Theatre, C, 8pm, $12, $10 students and seniors, $6 youth

sun, feb 22

art exhibit

Illinois Brass Quintet Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

Best In Show Photographic Print Competition Lincoln Square Village, U Judged by Larry Kanfer, Ray Bial, and Darrell Hoemann.

live music Sunday Brunch Trio Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 10am Live Music at Carmon’s Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm John Coppess Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, 6pm Barb Hamilton La Gourmandise Bistro on Main, U, 6pm

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karaoke Outlaw Karaoke White Horse Inn, C, 5pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s, U, 7pm

open mic Anything Goes Open Mic Night Hosted by Acoustic Duo: Jeremy Harper & Jim Kates Memphis on Main, C, 8pm

movies AWARE* Film Series 2009 presents Michael Klare’s Blood and Oil Champaign Public Library, C, 2pm

stage Necessary Targets Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 3pm, $15, $14 seniors and students, $9 UI and youth Rappaccini’s Daughter Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 3pm, $22, $20 seniors, $15 students, $10 UI and youth

literary UFL Reads At The Movies—Pride/Bride & Prejudice Urbana Free Library, U, 1:15pm Members read the book, watch the film based on the book, then discuss their findings and experiences.

Jason Bentley Boltini Lounge, C, 7:30pm Zmick and friends present Monday Night Miracle Canopy Club, U, 9pm

MCJS Karaoke American Legion Post 24, C, 7:30pm Dragon Karaoke The Clark Bar, C, 9pm

Day of the Drum: Traffic Jam Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 5pm Day of the Drum: Kodo Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $45, $40 single, $30, $25 UI and youth Recommended for ages four and up. Day of the Drum: Afterglow Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 9:30pm Rocky Maffit is joined by collaborators Chad Dunn and Neal Robinson for the final performance of the day.

open mic

karaoke

Open Mic Night 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Monday Night Improv Courtyard Cafe­—Illini Union, U, 8pm The Abe Froman Project—Improv Comedy Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9pm

MCJS Karaoke American Legion Post 24, C, 7:30pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s, U, 9pm Dragon Karaoke The Clark Bar, C, 9pm Karaoke with Randy Miller Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm

art opening

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dj Nekromancy Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 ‘80s Night with DJ Mingram Highdive, C, 10pm

karaoke

stage

Original Music Showcase Espresso Royale, U, 8pm Open Mic Night Memphis on Main, C, 8pm Open Mic Night with kids & families Mike Ingram O Baby! Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm Champaign Public Library, Open Mic Night with C, 9:45am, 10:30am Steve & Lovejoy social issues Art Lab White Horse Inn, C, 10pm Anti-War Anti-Racism Orpheum Children’s Scilectures Effort Meeting ence Museum, C, 4pm, Urbana-Champaign In$42 for non-members, My Olympic Journey: dependent Media Center, $36 for members Justin Spring U, 6pm For grades K-2. University YMCA, C, 12pm lgbt tue, feb 24 The Naked Jesus: Forget Mpowerment the “God” Thing, Was He live music Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Even A Man? and Transgender Resourc- Fat Tuesday Party with Lincoln Hall, U, 8pm es, U, 5pm Big Grove Zydeco volunteer Mpowerment is a comIron Post, U, 7pm munity group for young Acoustic Tuesday with UC Books to Prisoners gay/bisexual men. Jeremy Harper work session Memphis on Main, C, Urbana-Champaign Infundraisers 7:30pm dependent Media Center, FriendShop Used Book Special Fat Tuesday: U, 7pm Store Open Jordan Kaye Trio kids & families Champaign Public Library, Huber’s West End Store, C, 2:30pm C, 8pm Babies’ Lap Time The Library Friends sell Corn Desert Ramblers Urbana Free Library, U, used books for $1 or less, Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., 9:45am, 10:30pm plus CDs, videos, and U, 9pm Ages birth to 24 months. DVDs for $1.50, along The Piano Man Tuesday Twos with gift items. All sales Canopy Club, U, 9pm Champaign Public Library, benefit the library. C, 9:45am, 10:30am, dj 11:15am classes & Free Love Tuesday with Goodnight Storyshop workshops DJ Motion Champaign Public Library, Free Bike Repair Classes, Boltini Lounge, C, 9:30pm C, 6:30pm Open Hours, Bike Sales “Dusty Music” — DJ lgbt Urbana-Champaign InDelayney dependent Media Center, Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, Rainbow Coffeehouse U, 3pm 10:15pm, $1 Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundaconcert mon, feb 23 tion, U, 6:30pm Day of the Drum: Interval live music Krannert Center for the wed, feb 25 Jazz Jam Hosted by The Performing Arts, U, 12pm live music MRS Trio Glen Velez and Lori CotIron Post, U, 7pm ler; Liam Teague and Rob- Donnie Heitler ert Chappell. Great Impasta, C, 6pm www.the217.com

State of the Art 2009: National Biennial Watercolor Invitational Parkland Art Gallery, C, 12pm

Traditional Irish Music Session Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Rocket Science Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 8pm Roy Zimmerman, Funny Songs About Ignorance War and Greed Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 8pm, $12

dj Country Dancing at Bradley’s II Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Jeff Markland’s DJ’s all request Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm DJ LEGTWO Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Salsa Night with DJ Juan Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $2 I Love the ‘90s Night with DJ Mingram Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Reggae Night with DJ Delayney Highdive, C, 10pm

dance music Tango Night Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm Physical Challenge: An Indie Rock Dance Party Canopy Club, U, 9pm

concert 21st Century Piano Commission Award Concert Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

karaoke Outlaw Karaoke White Horse Inn, C, 5pm Paul Faber Dragon Karaoke The Embassy Tavern & Grill, U, 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Wendl’s, U, 9pm Karaoke Bomb Night Geovanti’s, C, 10pm

open mic Open-Mic Night Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm

stage Open Stage Comedy Night Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $2

kids & families Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:30am Duct Work Savoy Recreational Center, Savoy, 5:30pm, $25 for residents of Savoy; $32 for non-residents Ages five to 12.

support groups Among Women: A Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Support Group Asian American Cultural Center, U, 5pm Coming Out Support Group Illini Union, U, 7pm

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d o i n ’ i t w e l l by Kim Rice & Ross Wantland

Should I Stay, or Should I Go? Navigating Gender After our “Man Up!” (1/22/09) column exploring ways to redefine masculinity, we received several responses from readers. So Doin’ It Well decided to again explore what gender means and what, if anything, it has to do with what’s between our legs.

Tastes Great, Less Filling One reader commented on our blog: “Please. While I totally applaud the ‘progress’ in the question and the answer, I ask loudly that the ‘answer’ NOT repeat man’s history. It’s a waste of time if you do. Do you really believe that Men changing the ‘definition’ and ‘ideas’ of manhood will change things? One swift look at sexual histories will show that changing definitions of Manhood is a constant continual way that Man maintains power. Try being fully human instead of ‘partial human’ ... I suspect male is fully human, and so is female. Start there. Just give up man and woman terms because there is no valid truth to the terms outside of social, and question opposite sex, which totally demolishes these outdated terms for humans, unless of course you want to keep the idea of Man as superior and supreme. Changing definition of a word does not disturb the practice ... we already learned that. New language seems to facilitate change.” This is a great question, and it’s an argument that many people have (and we probably won’t solve here): Should men concerned about sexism be “men,” or should we refuse? Can we live outside of masculinity, or do we live inside of it? We agree that in many ways, gender is kind of meaningless. As we’ve said before, gender is very different from biological sex. Sex is about “body parts,” while gender is all the stuff we assign to those parts. Certainly, there are some physical differences, but there are many more differences that we exaggerate or fabricate to maintain this gender system. Sex doesn’t wholly determine who a person is or how much they’re worth or how they should act in a certain situation. But in our society, gender is supposed to determine those things, and sometimes, it works. Gender is a lie we’re told often enough that we believe it about ourselves. Take Bud Light. Bud Light is essentially a diet beer. When its formula was sold to Budweiser by a microbrewer, they had the Herculean task of getting men to buy something that was imbued with “feminine” meaning — a beer for someone who is watching calories, who in our culture is presumed to be a woman. But Budweiser set about an ad campaign showing manly men — football players — talking about how much they enjoyed this beverage, making it “manly” to drink diet beer. Bud Light does not inherently have anything to do with masculinity, but the meaning we assign to it allows drinking Bud Light to be a “manly” activity.

But we don’t believe gender is so simple that we can just will it away. Gender is “real” because we make it real every day (like Bud Light). Like a white person addressing racism, we can’t change our whiteness, even though the ideas we have about race are constructed, just as we can’t change our masculine gender identity, even though gender is constructed. If as men we’re going to be allies to women and trans-folks, we have to accept and celebrate who we are while we figure out our responsibility to change.

Gentlemen’s Club Another reader wrote: “One area (you) didn’t address is the difficulties and importance of men building support networks amongst other men. The young man who wrote the question might, with some effort, find women supportive of him (presuming he moved in profeminist directions). Ofttimes, however, if he had that type of a support network, eventually he might be left out as male. Until or unless he found Men he could relate to and share his feelings with, he would likely find it difficult to continue his growth and maintain ‘sanity’ in a fairly crazy world.” —GM We agree; finding a group of men can be a real and important struggle. Men’s relationships to other men should be fairly superficial, according to the “rules,” and getting too intimate with another man can set off all sorts of homophobic alarms. Patience and trusting that other men (and women) wish to be “fully human” are the best ways to approach these relationships and work toward sanity. We’re also cautious, though. A group of men can easily become a place to examine men’s “problems” (or even fix women’s problems) without considering men’s impact upon women. For a man to really challenge what it means to “be a man,” he has to examine his interactions with both women and men.

Sex 411: Feeling Your Manhood Bornstein, K. My Gender Workbook. Kivel, P. Men’s Work. Stoltenberg, J. Refusing to Be a Man.

Stay tuned until next week as we ask, “What’s up, Doc?” Kim is a woman. Ross is a man (and a proud new papa to a boy). But they both like e-mails and questions. Contact them at buzzdoinitwell@yahoo.com, and comment on their blog at www.doinitwell.blog.com.

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Free Will Astrology

ARIES

(March 21-April 19):

For a limited time only, you’re in a position to consciously choose your next problems. This is a tremendous opportunity that I hope you won’t allow to go to waste. By being proactive, you can ensure the arrival of fun and interesting dilemmas, thereby avoiding the frustrating and draining kind. In other words, Aries, if you go looking for provocative new challenges, the same old tired and trivial trouble won’t come looking for you. I suggest you begin the quest as soon as possible.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20):

I know where actor Sean Penn lives. It’s a few miles from where I am right now. An out-of-town friend of mine who’s an aspiring screenwriter is pleading with me to drive by Sean’s house and hurl a hard copy of her latest script over the high wall that affords him and his family privacy. My friend imagines that Sean will find it, read it excitedly, and call her up to begin negotiating for rights to use it in a future film. I may do what she asks. It’s my policy not to discourage people’s fantasies about making the connections they need, even if they’re far-fetched. In that spirit, Taurus, I urge you to pursue any hunches you might have about forging alliances that could further your dreams.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20):

CANCER

(June 21-July 22):

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized,” wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War, an ancient Chinese book about success strategies to pursue in tough times. Now I’m conveying this idea to you, Gemini, as you enter one of the most opportunistic phases of your astrological cycle. What else can you do to get yourself in the right groove? First, adopt a perceptive, receptive attitude that attunes you to budding possibilities. Next, respond expeditiously to every little invitation that appeals to you. Finally, keep in mind that luck tends to happen to those who have done the hard work to generate it. If you ask young men what experiences have afforded them the most adventurous fun of their lives, a majority will talk about indoor activities. Some will say video games and others their sexual escapades. Only a minority will describe far-flung events in the great outdoors or exotic locales. What about you, Cancerian? Under what circumstances have your most amazing forays into the unknown unfolded? Where have you been transformed in ways that helped you stretch to meet your destiny? I’d like to suggest that it’s time to go beyond those previous benchmarks. You’re ready to transcend your personal limits as you wander into the frontier.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22):

“Dear Rob: In my dream last night, I was playing with a lion in my garden. Suddenly it jumped up, put its paws on my shoulders, and got face-to-face with me. I realized it could either swallow my head or kiss me. I was excited by the possibility of the kiss and also scared because I sensed it wanted something from me but I didn’t know what. Can you offer any insight? -Leo in Limbo.” Dear Leo: A lot of Leos are dealing with themes like this right now. Here’s how I’d sum them up: The thing that’s most appealing to you happens to be wild. You need to exercise caution even as you go forward to engage with it more intimately. Just as you want something from it, it’s asking for something in return. You’ll have to know exactly what that is in order to protect yourself from its wildness.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

In the course description for a fiction-writing class at Sarah Lawrence College, professor Mary LaChapelle encourages her students to practice the art of enchantment. “How do we avoid succumbing to safe and unoriginal decisions,” she asks, “and aim to recognize and trust our more mysterious and promising impulses?” This happens to be an excellent question for you to keep in mind right now, Virgo, whether you’re about to create something or are starting a new chapter in the epic story that is your life. (P.S. “If you cannot be a poet, be a poem,” advises actor David Carradine.) Evolution has given the human body a profound capacity to cure itself with its own resources, writes Roger Jahnke feb 19 – feb 25 09

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in his book The Healer Within. And yet most of us neglect to call on this inner reserve of natural medicine, looking mostly to drugs and doctors for the miracles we long for. Whether or not you read Jahnke’s book, I hope you will deepen your relationship with your inner healer in the coming weeks. It’s prime time to take a more active role in shaping your well-being.

SCORPIO

by Matt Jones

  “D o u b l e D i p ”-- i t ’ s h e a dac h e .

giving me an icecream

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin said that the U.S. Constitution “only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” That’s a good reminder for you, Scorpio, as you enter a phase when you’ll probably have more success than usual if you hunt for pleasure, joy, and bliss. I suggest that you draw up an appropriate strategy to employ during the coming weeks. Start by creating a list of at least three sources of delight with which you want to commune. Then write descriptions of how you’re going to increase and expand their presence in your life.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

At the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, the value of petroleum rose 40 percent. But by mid-January it had plummeted precipitously, even losing 12 percent in one day. As a result, suppliers started withholding large reserves from the market. For weeks, supertankers full of civilization’s most important fuel circled aimlessly offshore, refusing to unload their precious cargo until prices rebounded. I suggest you consider imitating their behavior, Sagittarius. Don’t make your best stuff fully available until your target audience is ready to reward you appropriately for its true worth. It’s OK to tease, though -- or do anything ethical that will increase the demand for your services.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Even when you are not feeling your best, you try hard. You’re strong when things are broken. Where there is hurt, you rise up with surprising resilience to provide help and inspiration. If there are people who don’t know where they are or where they’re going, you are often a beacon of calm. Thank you, my beautiful friend. I applaud your urge to fight for justice not only in service to yourself but also on behalf of others who can’t be as composed as you are when things are broken. And I’m happy to inform you that the favors you’re doling out now will ultimately be returned in kind when you least expect it.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

I feel much better. Today I underwent plastic surgery for the first time. An intervention specialist over at the Consumer Counseling Center removed 40 percent of my credit cards from my wallet. She then cut them in half and burned them, releasing fumes that sent me spiraling into an altered state of consciousness that revealed to me the steps I must take to upgrade my approach to money. In that state I was also able to have psychic visions about the nature of your financial karma. What I saw is that you too would benefit right now from expanding your mind and changing your habits in all matters related to earning, spending, and saving money.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20):

If a cow is given a name by her owner, she generates more milk than a cow that’s treated as an anonymous member of the herd. That’s the conclusion of a study done by researchers at Newcastle University in the UK. “Placing more importance on knowing the individual animals and calling them by name,” said Dr. Catherine Douglas, “can significantly increase milk production.” Building on that principle, Pisces, I suggest that you give everything in your world names, including (but not limited to) houseplants, insects, cars, appliances, and trees. Of course this is always a good idea, because it enhances your connection with all of creation. But it’s an especially smart approach now, when getting more up-close and personal should be your specialty.

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1 Russian royalty, pre-1917 2 Spray paint propellant 3 “Penny Arcade,” for instance 4 “Goodnight Oslo” rocker Hitchcock 5 Say for sure 6 “Tell ___ secrets...” 7 Hydrox rival, now that Hydrox is back on the market 8 Simba’s friend, in “The Lion King” 9 Chopin piece 10 1992 Madonna book released in Mylar 11 When Romeo kills Tybalt, in “Romeo and Juliet” 12 Venezuelan president Hugo 13 Like some thunderstorms 21 “Rock and Roll, Hoochie ___” (1974 hit) 22 Eco-friendly 25 Blog entry, maybe 27 Like some g sounds 28 They may be “not guilty” 29 On the ball 30 Part of Fred Flintstone’s yell 33 It sounds the same as B 34 Drudge 36 “Champagne Supernova” band 37 What teachers may comment on during the first day of school 40 Figure skater Brian 41 Did some censoring 42 Renewable fuel on some farms 43 Recorded 44 Get ready for a space flight, perhaps 46 Union inits. 48 “___ you!” 49 It gets bent frequently 52 Bar mitzvah dance 53 Track path 54 Hive space 55 Novus ___ seclorum (phrase on the back of a dollar bill) 57 Some AMPAS ratings

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by Michael Coulter

Learning the Value of a Dollar ... even in the White House I was going through some old photos the other day, and it occurred to me how little I’ve changed since I was a little kid. Oh, I mean, I’m bigger, but the wardrobe is basically the same. I would guess I’m smarter, but if I look into my eyes, I can still see that glimpse of general ignorance floating in there somewhere. The biggest difference I can really come up with doesn’t show itself much in just a picture, though. It’s more on the inside. I get the sad feeling I was far more responsible when I was a tiny lad. It’s so strange how adults can just never get certain things right. I suppose that’s not completely true because I do have far more responsibilities now than way back then. As a child, my food, housing and general expenditures were taken care of for me. I have to tell you, looking back on that, it seems pretty handy. So now I’m at least self-sufficient, but I’m not sure that necessarily makes me that much more responsible with money. Back then, I really got by on about a dollar a week. As I recall, this was called an allowance, but let’s be honest, it was really just a crappy-assed wage for doing the sort of shit my parents really didn’t care to do themselves. I would feed the dogs every day. This seems easy, but there were about six of them at the time, some far humpier than others. I would also burn the trash in a big barrel out back. This was, of course, a time when a person could do such a thing and not spread some sort of asthma epidemic across the land. I was also required to pretend I ran the weed eater around the house, more wishful thinking on my parents’ part than an actual assigned task. Still, that one over-earned dollar a week seemed like a fortune to me. I could buy a couple of comic books, or if I chose, I could save up and buy some sort of record that would end up seeming absurd to me in later life. Granted, I may have occasionally subsidized that single dollar by taking the stray few singles from my mom’s purse behind her back, but regardless, I could really make that money stretch. Now, I can leave my house with a 20, do absolutely nothing and return with empty pockets and a puzzled look on my face. I started thinking about all of this when I was reading an article about President Obama giving his two daughters an allowance of a dollar a week for

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doing their chores. My first reaction was, “Geez, Louise, our commander in chief is a really cheap bastard.” Granted, I managed to live off of a dollar, but does the man know nothing about inflation? It would be like my parents tossing me a nickel back then. A dollar in this day and age really doesn’t amount to dick. Hell’s bells, that probably doesn’t even amount to a candy bar. I mean, I know those girls aren’t even old enough to drive, but if they were, they could each only park in downtown Champaign for a little more than an hour each week. That’s really just not enough time. I suppose they could get something to eat off one of those fast food dollar menus, but they would still have to steal a little money from Dad’s pocket to pay the tax. I would imagine that’s not a pretty picture, seeing the Secret Service roughing up little Malia and Sasha as they scrounged for change in the Lincoln bedroom. I’m not sure if the children of a sitting president have ever called a strike, but if I were them, I’d be slapping some poster board on a stick, painting little slogans all over it and parading my ass up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. Listen, girls, the man is keeping you down, and it’s time to stand up for your rights. Of course, you have to be a little careful. If you ask for too much, they may just ship the job of first children to some other kids overseas. I’m far from being any sort of child advocate, but I think those two girls probably deserve a little more cash for all they do. In fact, if I were them, I’d add some sort of personal appearance fee every time the folks paraded me around for the cameras. “Oh great, there’s a press crew of about 500 people outside of my school every damned day. Let’s see, that will be at least $500 a week just for smiling and waving every freaking second of my life.” Here’s an even better idea. If those little girls can somehow manage to live off a dollar a week, maybe we should make them the heads of corporations or at least maybe junior senators. Seriously, all of the adults are bitching up and down about only getting billions of dollars that they don’t really need or deserve. In the meantime, two little kids who probably work far harder than most adults do are managing to live off of a simple dollar. Maybe there’s something to be said for only having a little money. At least that way, you still manage to have some concept of what it really means.

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