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Nick Martin's last buzz story. Is this even real?

on readbuzz.com Arts & Entertainment: Catch up on the latest vintage shopping trends with Ashley Fullerton’s “Second Time Around” column.

Food & Drink: It’s Nick Martin’s last issue. He’s sneaking in secret messages. Go online, search for Fast Food and read his (and Dylan Sutcliff RIP) only food article ever — he was banned from the Food section forever!

Movies & TV: Celebrate Black History Month by learning about four black independent filmmakers who are changing the game. Community: Nick used to be Community Editor! He’s still not sure how they printed the stuff he wrote. Go online, look for his goofy Winter Activities article. REALLY stupid. I love buzz; I will miss it. :’-( Music: One time, Nick persuaded former Music Editor Adam Barnett to let him take a press

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As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Somebody finishes the last piece of cake, TV series’ end, your friends grow up and move away, and family members pass away. It doesn’t mean it’s the end, just that there are bigger and better things ahead to be explored and experienced. Over the past 12 months, I have spent every Tuesday night, save two over winter break, in the office with the rest of the staff working to put out the magazine. We had to make some tough decisions, jokes, Chinese food runs and poor musical choices (we like to listen to a lot of '80s music in here and I, for one, am not embarrassed to admit that I love it) to get through them all, but we succeeded. At times, the nights were agonizingly long — problem after problem would arise and we would be here until one, two, even four o’clock in the morning in order to finish in time for print. Yet here we are, already at our last issue together. This is a bittersweet moment. Although we have had our fair share of troubles and stresses, I am going to miss it. I’ve spent more than two and a half years at buzz, starting as a serendipitous Food & Drink writer and somehow working my way up to Editor-in-Chief. I was, and still am, honored to have been chosen as Editor-in-Chief a year ago and am so grateful for every experience. We decided as a staff to go out with a bang and make our final issue completely illustrated. You won't find any pictures in this issue. Just a bunch of awesome illustrations accompanying the stories, as well as some comics written and drawn by our staff. I can’t believe that in addition to this being my last issue at buzz, these next few months will also be my last here in Champaign-Urbana. I have made some wonderful, caring and loving friends, and have learned more than I ever thought possible from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Or so I thought when I first came here. I have been pleasantly surprised in every endeavor while in Champaign-Urbana. Besides the people — who are wonderfully true, honest and hardworking — there have been unlimited opportunities at every turn. This town is truly something special and will always be fond in my heart. As one chapter of my life comes to a close, several more open. I will graduate from Illinois in several months to a world unknown. I've got a lot of options, but have no idea what to do. I’m absolutely petrified, but ecstatic. I know this isn’t an Oscars speech, but it is my swan song. So, I also want to thank my Mom, Dad and late grandfather for making all of this possible. I love you. Watch out world, I'm comin' for ya.


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black and latino male summit by Taylor Thomas The University’s La Casa Cultural Latina and Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center have joined together once again to bring the Black and Latino Male Summit to campus. The theme of this year’s event is “Behind the Mask,” and will consist of various workshops exploring what lies beneath the surface of African-American and Latino men. Issues concerning identity, academia and professional life will be major parts of the discussion. The event and its topics work to provide a greater sense of community for these African-American and Latino men. Another unique part of this event is the ability for participants to suggest workshop ideas. Submitting a proposal is as easy as filling out the application provided online or contacting one of the directors of La Casa Cultural Latina or the African American Cultural Center. This is only a brief explanation of the many deep and thoughtful subjects that will be a part of the discussion Saturday. Go and experience it firsthand! This year’s event will be at David Kinley Hall, 1407 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, on Saturday, Feb. 23. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the event is online at http://www.blacklatinomalesummit.com/#!registration/c20nd. buzz staff Cover Design  Dane Georges Editor in Chief  Samantha Bakall Managing Editor Nick Martin Art Director  Michael Zhang Assistant Art Director: Tyler Schmidt Copy Chief  Jordan Ramos Photography Editor  Zach Dalzell Image Editor  Nick Martin illustrators  Michael Zhang, Dane Georges,

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» Umbrellas: In this day and age, we have talking iPhones, automatic hand-dryers, vacuum robots, self-parking cars, massage chairs, electric toothbrushes and every possible unneccessary modern-day convenience you could possibly think of. You would think that, by now, in this seemingly perfect golden age of science and technology, somebody would have invented a better solution to rain than the umbrella. If there’s ever even a little bit of wind, they invert on a dime. They’re flimsy, difficult to open, easy to rip, unweildy and generally inconvenient and annoying to use. Umbrellas today are literally the same as they were a hundred years ago, when people were still getting used to having electricity. Who decided that brushing your teeth by moving your wrist was too much work, but decided that the umbrella was so perfect an invention that it didn’t warrant modification in a century. Seriously? Somebody dropped the ball. We need to get our priorities in order. Before we land another rover on Mars, can we please turn our attention to fixing the umbrella? » Buzz Weekly: When I started working at Buzz two years ago, I was a simple-minded sophomore who didn't know anything about anything. I probably wore plaid shorts and thought I was cool and listened to lots of Skrillex and drank Keystone Lite. I can't really remember anymore. It was a dark part of my life, before I knew about wonderful things like Mike 'N' Molly's or Courier's milkshakes, or Black Dog's burnt ends sandwiches. These past few years at buzz have been pretty great. But my time here is up, and it's time for someone else to step up to the plate. So, thanks for the good times, buzz. It's been real.

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» Hockey fights: Man, are these fun to watch. If I see a guy at a bar get into a fist fight, then it’s far from classy and totally unatrractive. Throw that same guy in a hockey rink with a stick and some ice skates, though, and THEN he gets in a fight, and I’m singing a different tune. When a hockey player leaves the fight, he’s always so angry, red and masculine. I’m mainly thinking of Jonathan Toews when he got in his fight last Friday, which was only the third of his career. More like Captain Sexy. » One team for a sport: I bleed Cubbie blue, far more than most. So, of course, my White Sox fan friends LOVE to give me a hard time because I’m easily worked up when baseball is brought up. Even though the Cubs will always be the more popular Chicago team, the White Sox have actually won a World Series in the last century, so they have a little bragging room (But hardly, people. Calm down.) But

I just hate the polarization that comes during baseball season between the two types of fans. That’s why it’s so nice to be able to publicly cheer on the Hawks this season without anyone jumping down my throat about it. And it’s so lovely to see all of my friends anxiously waiting for Rose’s return. The sense of unity is a good one. » Nick Martin dying: As the person in charge of making sure all the content is grammatically correct and error-free, I am glad Nick Martin, our former Managing Editor, has passed away. Editing all his writing was a humongous task, as I was never sure when he was being serious and when he was being his usual, facetious self. However, after reading many of Nick’s stories, and being friends with him on Facebook, he is rarely, if ever, serious. Nonetheless, I’m glad he’s dead. I will miss him, but I’m glad he’s dead. nick martin Gripes gripes Managing Editor Nic » Bone Rot: Bad news, everybody. I got the Bone Rot! My measly bones are turning to a slimy mush. I’ll be dead pretty soon, but hopefully somebody will pour my rotten bones into a swamp and I’ll turn into a lagoon creature. » Dying: I’ll be live tweeting my death, @ ihatenickmartin and will use my last ounce of energy to update my Facebook status, likely writing, “420 4 EVA,” so please add me on social media. I need your likes! » Leaving buzz: I’m also leaving buzz forever. Once you’re dead, you can’t work here anymore. That sucks, because I’ve had this job for four years, and wish I could keep it! But it’s a fair rule: We used to have this ghost columnist (JonBenét Ramsey), but had to fire her when we learned the truth about her shocking past! Bye bye! I love you! Buzz is the best! Hail Satan! 420 4 EVA!

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» Wendy's: Since this December, I have been on a quest to gain 50 pounds. I started at 150 pounds and have steadily risen to 175 pounds thanks to the ARC and a large calorie intake. But for the past few months, I have spent top dollar for high-calorie food on campus, be it at Chipotle or Beef Stand. But thanks to the recent opening of a Wendy's in Campustown, I can now gorge myself on a nearly endless supply of spicy chicken nuggets, bacon cheeseburgers and frosties for basically whatever change is in my pocket; it's incredible. In fact, it still blows my mind that no cheap fast food options existed in Campustown (aside from Chik-fil-A in the Union, but they're homophobes) until now. But hey, who cares? We got it now, and I've been going there for every meal since the grand opening. February 21-27, 2013 buzz 3


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there any view in life more pleasant than a movie geek’s face full of hate? Sorrow and loss? Confusion toward an industry of the world he thought he’d understood? You know what that means! Welcome to awards season, with Oscar night just over the horizon. And this year isn’t without its hearty servings of dissent. No Oscar nominations for directors Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and Paul Thomas Anderson have generated the biggest backlash, particularly telling when even a crowd of Hollywood insiders cheered in response to Affleck complimenting Anderson as this generation’s Orson Welles during the Golden Globes. Top controversy surrounding the Academy has usually focused on unsung cinematic heroes overshadowed by unworthy winners, stretching from its inception in 1929 to present day. How come Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock never won anything for best director? And the documentary Hoop Dreams wasn’t even nominated?! The list goes on and on. "May the most deserving film and filmmaker win" sounds fair enough, a sentiment that moviegoers pure at heart hope the Academy would shoot for. Although Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg are familiar with an Oscar or two, give them another if Lincoln’s the best of the bunch. But this calls into question the Oscar’s function. They undoubtedly serve a commercial purpose for the film industry and that surely influences voters’ decisions. Should voters view rising stars with the same standards they apply to already-renowned artists? Additional influences also come into play, such as their connections and personal backgrounds. How close these influences approach dubious politics is up for debate. Some of the biggest awards skeptics are those well-versed within the industry, among them New York Times chief film critic Manhola Dargis, whose presence is usually unheard of outside her writing. But she had quite a few expletives to share in a 2009 online interview about Hollywood and the Oscars that her regular byline doesn’t permit. Affleck made his comment after winning best director for Argo, his third directorial effort that’s become his most critically and commercially successful feature. He’s won best director from other awards programs as well, most notably the Director’s Guild of America. Now, one has to wonder: If a union solely made of Hollywood’s directors gave him praise, is it strange that the Oscars didn’t? Should more attention be paid to guilds and other awards organizations comprised of fitting professionals into groups with a specific focus in recognition? The 6,000-plus registered voters for the Academy make up a big roster, although it’s questionable how much experience and knowledge each one brings to their nominations. Of course, opinions may only go so far, but specific examples from the past have turned more than a few curious eyes. When The Curious Case of

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Benjamin Button won best makeup in 2008, many voters subsequently praised the work achieved to make Brad Pitt miraculously appear as a young boy paradoxically stuck in old age. They were in for a surprise; that illusion was primarily achieved through digital technology, transplanting Pitt’s face onto a stand-in. So, it makes me wonder: How much does Reese Witherspoon know about sound mixing? Some argue that the Oscars account for a wider representation of voters compared to other award circles, but I wonder how valid that is and if it really matters. The absence of many nominations for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy over the years has led many fans to question if the Academy even considers to nominate anything mainstream outside of Spielberg, Tarantino, or, say, Scorsese. It’s reaching, sure, but it’s funny to remember that Airplane and Love Story were both nominated for best picture in 1970. Around that time, so were features like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Exorcist and Star Wars. Forget awards, I’d be more than happy to see a popular hit today as influential as any of those. Still, there’s a kernel of truth present. If the Oscars were entirely up to critics, no way would

Les Misérables have received as many nominations as it currently holds (Despite its box office pull, the musical currently sits at a lukewarm 63 percent on Metacritic.) Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you. Personally, I think the disagreements that the Academy and other awards shows generate are what make them worth paying attention to in the first place. Are their decisions an automatic signal of quality? Maybe not (definitely not), but what is? Award season’s the time of the year when people avidly discuss and reflect on film, and hopefully that means more are clambering to theaters, where movies are meant to be seen. Call my view amused disdain. Is that route too easy to take? Maybe, but let me tell you: the Oscars used to fuel me with something livid. Complaints to friends and relatives weren’t enough, although I’m sure it was for them. Bitter, smug insults directed at professionals found their way online, and thank goodness I had an avatar to hide behind. A teenager with a lot of opinions has so much to show for himself. By now, I’m just happy to see whatever exposure something like How to Survive a Plague can get.


Arts & Entertainment

one-on-one with robin luebs Talking with the local children’s book illustrator by Jessica B ourque

Please Pick Me Up, Mama! Illustration by Robin Luebs

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rbana native Robin Luebs has been an artist since childhood, but it wasn't until she illustrated her first children's book, How Do You Say Goodnight?, in 2008 that she truly found her calling. Now Luebs has illustrated three children's books, one of which she also authored, and has another project on the way. She sat down with buzz to talk about her career as an illustrator and author. »buzz: Can you talk about your creative process? How do you begin to conceptualize a book? How long does the process take? »Robin Luebs: I approach a new book kind of obliquely, I guess. I do a little daydreaming, a little doodling, maybe make a list of words I think might sum up the overall feel of the book. All of this helps me eventually find the emotional core of the manuscript. From there, I can start to visualize the setting and the look of the characters. Eventually I will make a dummy — a mock-up of the finished book — to show my editor. The dummy is just black and white sketches with the text in place. It usually takes three to six months to get to the final dummy. As for which I prefer, I love doing both the writing and illustrating, but the writing is definitely more challenging for me.

Picture book manuscripts are incredibly spare, so every word has to be right. »buzz: I noticed that all of your books have animals as main characters. Do you prefer illustrating animals more than people? »RL: I do love painting animals, especially animals in clothing. I just finished a new picture book dummy based on my own manuscript. This time the main character is a baby and not an animal, so a bit of a departure for me. I have my fingers crossed that it will find a good home soon. »buzz: How would you describe your illustrating style? How long did it take you to develop your own unique style? »RL: I would say painterly and fanciful. My style came to me pretty easily; it’s just a natural outgrowth of what I like. I looked at a lot of picture books and made a list of the styles I loved. Mostly, the illustrators did a wonderful job of capturing light and expression, so that’s what I wanted to do, too. »buzz: The last book you illustrated, Who Said Coo?, was written by your sister, Deborah. What was it like working with family? Was there something in your childhoods that made you both want to pursue creating children’s literature?

»RL: Well, my sister, Deborah Ruddell, is a critically-acclaimed children’s poet so the only problem working with her was being afraid I’d let her down. When I read the manuscript for Who Said Coo? I fell in love with it, and all the visuals popped right into my head. That’s how vivid the writing was. We got our interest in books from our dad, who used to read to us and recite poetry for us. »buzz: Can you talk about your path to becoming an illustrator? How did you develop your skills? »RL: I always loved children’s books, but the idea that I might someday illustrate them seemed an impossibility. I was a painter and printmaker for many years and had some success showing in the midwest. I also worked as a display artist for a library and eventually Borders bookstores in Kansas City and here in Champaign. It was my sister, Deborah Ruddell’s idea that we should do a children’s book together. We actually created a dummy together, but it wasn’t until we each separately had two published books that we finally got to work together. »buzz: What was your inspiration for Please Pick Me Up, Mama!? »RL: My inspiration was my young grandchildren. I loved how they wordlessly communicated with

their mothers, my daughters. They wanted to be picked up, then they wanted to be put down, and on and on. It was so sweet and seemed universal. »buzz: The age ranges on your books are typically three to seven. How do you write/illustrate for young audiences? »RL: Well, first of all, you have to relate to their parents. I still remember so many things about when my own children were little, and what it felt like to be a mom. If you can capture some of that relationship — its closeness, its challenges, its humor — you may find it resonates with the parents who will be choosing and reading your books. »buzz: What is it about your drawings do you think appeals to kids? »RL: Well, in a picture book, by definition the pictures are important. The pictures drive the story along and, in the best books, a kind of magic happens and kids want to turn the page. I try to make characters that I like —cuddly and expressive — and hope kids will like them, too. »buzz: What is your favorite or the most rewarding part of your job? »RL: I love it when I finally get to the painting stage. If the deadline isn’t too tight, it’s a really happy time for me. February 21-27, 2013 buzz 5


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A song and Dance Through Sin City A look at Cotton Club’s latest production by Krystyne Jones

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anxious crowd piled onto the steps of Foellinger Auditorium, waiting to be seated for one of the most anticipated shows in the African-American campus community: Cotton Club. Since the 1980s, Cotton Club, an annual weekend-long event that always occurs in mid-February, has remained one of the biggest events in CU. The show serves as a representation of the original Cotton Club, which was established in 1920, and served as a place where African-American performers could showcase their talents. Here on campus, the weekend is filled with festivities such as a fashion show, variety show and several parties following both shows. The show is hosted by the Central Black Student Union, a registered student organization on campus. Its executive board has been working hard on this production since the beginning of the spring semester to make sure every variety show is one to remember. “We’ve been doing Cotton Club year after year, and it’s starting to represent a more modern version of our entertainment," said Marissa Robeson, executive board member of the Student Union and producer of the variety show. "In my opinion, it’s multifaceted. There’s rap, there’s gospel, there’s R&B. It really just represents African-American musical culture and dancing culture.” The theme of this year’s production was “Sin City.” The show was jam-packed with a variety of performances ranging from singers and rappers to dancers and spoken word. Doors opened at 4:15 p.m., and a swarm of people filed into the auditorium hoping to get a good seat. Once everyone was seated, the show was well on its way. Due to its theme, the show opened with a quick skit of several students (Alex Brooks, Berrett Chestleigh, Naomi Hill and Victoria Pride) winning a trip to Las Vegas. The show took the audience along on the students’ journey, which in-

cluded several performances representing some of today’s most recognized music artists. The opening performance set a humorous tone for the show. Several students taking on the roles of some of the biggest names in today’s hip hop such as 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, made the crowd laugh as the performers mimicked each rappers' characteristics. If nothing else stood out in the musical performances, detail definitely did. All of the performers took on the role of their artists by remaining in character and acting as if they were the actual performers. One of the musical performances that stood out was a John Legend impersonation performed by Gregory Stewart, a sophomore at Parkland College. Singing John Legend hits such as “Tonight” and “Green Light,” this performance brought audience members to their feet. “I felt very proud and very happy for myself and everybody who was a part of the variety show," Stewart said. "We worked so hard these past two months, and it all paid off.” Another crowd pleaser was spoken word, performed by Kate Manoucheka Airey, Christine Davis, Elijah Givens and Colette Harmon. The deep meanings behind the words sent chills through even the coldest soul. As more talent graced the stage, and the trip through Vegas continued, the University dance community gave the crowd what they had been anticipating. Wrapsody Dance Company, House Arrest II, ConglomeratE Danceteam and Hip-Notic Dance Team kept the crowed excited and longing for more after each performance. Each dance team added its own flavor to the performance through the use of colorful and creative outfits, and the unique combination of a variety of songs. If you haven’t attended a Cotton Club show production, make this your last year of missing out and be sure to make it next year.

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crispy tacos How to turn frozen fish sticks into a whole meal by Auffy Birjandi

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ish sticks (sometimes known as fish fingers) are a frozen commodity that are either loved immensely or hated with a passion. Processed whitefish make up the funky interior, while the exterior is covered in breadcrumbs. These rectangles of joy first emerged on the food scene back in 1929 alongside the introduction of Clarence Birdseye’s plate froster. In order to be utilized effectively, food needed to be cut in a specfic rectangle shape. While fish sticks alone are not particularly filling or ideal as a full meal, there are innovative ways to hammy them up into something gourmet and unrecognizable! Behold, the ever-wondrous fish stick taco, a fast and easy dinner solution for even the busiest of bees.

What You’ll Need »1 Avocado »1 Box Gorton’s Fish Sticks »Shredded Cheese »Cut Spinach or Lettuce »1 Box Hard Shell Tacos or 1 Pack Soft Shell Tacos 1. Cook the fish sticks according to the instructions listed on the back of the package. Do not microwave the fish sticks, as it will make them soggy and your fish stick tacos will suffer from this. In the meantime, slice the avocado vertically in half around the pit. Then slice it into long pieces and remove the skin. You can salt or pepper your avocado slices for added flavor. A touch of celery salt on avocado is quite lovely! Set the avocado slices aside.

2. Take your hard shell taco and line the bottom with shredded cheese. This way, the cheese will get melty and gooey when you transfer the hot fish sticks from the oven into the taco shell. 3. Check on your fish sticks. Make sure they have cooked thoroughly (or to your liking). You want them to be kind of crispy, but not overcooked to a point where they’re too hard to eat. Put three fish sticks in each taco shell almost immediately after removing them from the oven. Don’t burn your fingers! 4. After you have put the fish sticks into the taco shell, put two (or more or less; it's up to you) avocado slices in the shell as well. We recommend putting them on the sides of the shell, lining up next to the fish sticks. You can, how-

ever, simply put them on top of the fish sticks. Next, throw your cut spinach or shredded lettuce on top. If you’re not a fan of hard shell tacos, you can substitute the hard shell for a soft shell tortilla, and essentially follow the same steps. 5. Fish stick tacos are simple and easy to make, and rather delicious! If you’re low on funds or if you don’t have enough time to make a full course dinner, this is an excellent option to look into. Pair the tacos with a tasty margarita (you can buy ready-made Jose Cuervo Margarita mix; all you need to do is pop it in the blender with some ice) if it suits your fancy. Chips and salsa might be a fun thing to have on hand as well. Happy eating!

Ingredients for Fish Tacos; Illustrated by YooJin Hong

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Nick Martin is dead and he will never be back and I'll never forgive you for that

recipe for a superhero (from scratch) Building the ideal comic book character by Sherry Yuan Ingredients: » 2 cups courage, distilled (sift for ego) » 2 batches of spandex, your choice of color » 1 cup just or righteous cause » 1 arch nemesis or 1 set of enemies, packaged with maniacal laugh » 1 3/4 cup power “toppings” may include: invisibility, super strength, mind reading, etc. » 3/4 cup metropolis perpetually in danger » 3/4 cup paired love interest, add spice to taste » 1 tsp. traumatic childhood (measure carefully — more than 2 tsp. will create a vengeful supervillain) » 1 tsp. mercy Optional: Tasteful sidekick or twist recipe for an anti-superhero a la Watchmen with 1 tbsp. distorted morals and a dash of Apocalypse. » Combine dry character traits with traumatic past and shake (don’t stir) vigorously in spandex. When either lightning flashes or the spandex radiates or smokes, the raw superhero base

has been formed. Carefully place mixture inside a mold. Refrigerate if impending doom is not imminent. Superhero will keep for 2.5 eons in prime condition. » Once spandex mold has set, add in depth by folding in power toppings: just causes, mercy, a city under siege and a romantic love interest for flavor. » Knead until dough begins to fight back, bounce or levitate. » Preheat oven to “Molten.” Unpackage arch nemesis and have him or her toss raw superhero into the oven. Dough should fight back. At this point, powers should manifest themselves. » Superhero must destroy the villains, or dough will come out flat in the oven. » Test consistency by shooting dough with bullets or stabbing with knives. Superhero should have some defense. » Done! Season with a constant stream of enemies and subplots, adding a sidekick for greater dialogue and fight scenes. Enjoy and serve with grateful, perpetually endangered citizens.

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Error report

A couple of house shows to benefit local venue, Error Records by Sean Neumann

Illustration by Tyler Schmidt

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Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, two shows in Champaign and Urbana will give all proceeds to Error Records, a new all-ages local venue in Champaign. On Friday at Shangri-La in Urbana, Laughboy, Lumpy and the Dumpers, Strangers, Adjustment to Society and Chain’s Gang will each play in order to raise money for the upcoming venue. The benefit show is also a tape release show for the Champaign-native, hardcore punk band, Laughboy and the debut of the new Champaign punk-band, Chain’s Gang. However, the crowd

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at Shangri-La won’t only see local bands on Friday night, as Adjustment to Society travels from Olympia, Wash., along with Lumpy and the Dumpers from Belleville, Ill., and Strangers from Chicago. The following evening at The Velvet Elvis in Champaign, another show will benefit the funding behind Error Records. Kentucky punk rockers Be My Doppelganger will be perform, along with Ohio’s Maid Myriad. The Saturday night show will also feature CU bands Shy Guy Says and The Stars, They Beckon.

This weekend’s Velvet Elvis and Shangri-La shows are just two of many benefits that go toward the funding of the new all-ages Champaign venue, Error Records, a venue that was merely an idea in Nathan Landolt’s mind in 2009. Four years later, the owner of Error Records is witnessing this dream come to life. Landolt began Error Records in 2008 and since then, the label has put out releases from local bands such as Dino Bravo, Commodity and Rvins. However, in late January 2013, Landolt decided to take the record label in a new direction. Launching an Indiegogo campaign, Landolt sought the help of the Champaign-Urbana community to make this idea happen. Landolt set a goal of $3,000, which quickly became feasible, receiving donations of more than $500 within the first day of the fundraiser. “The campaign is to help fund start-up costs for the actual venue portion of the business,” Landolt said. “This includes mostly licenses, permits, registrations, inspection fees, painting supplies and so on.” The building, located at 702 S. Neil St. in Champaign will be the new home for Error Records. Featuring a record store in the front portion and a venue located in the back, Landolt hopes the venue will be more than just a haven for musicians, but all artists alike. “The goal is to incorporate as many forms of art as possible,” Landolt said. “That could be through displaying art, film screenings, poetry readings, or workshops. The possibilities are endless. As time moves on and the community grows, I would like Error Records to do the same.” The record store is set to open in March 2013, but the venue won’t begin hosting shows until April, when renovations and licensing are complete. Yet, merely the idea of an Error Records venue has added a new confidence in the CU music scene. With multiple new houses already set to host shows in August and a new all-ages venue, the CU scene looks to be growing stronger and stronger as time goes on. The blunt truth is that without venues to host shows, a scene will crumble. Landolt recognized this problem from his personal experience in music. “As a musician, I have always wanted a space to exist for a younger alternative generation,” he said. “They're hard to find and that's what makes them so special.” However, as hard as such venues are to find, they’re just as hard to manage. With nearly no monetary retributions (if run accordingly, giving proper funds to bands that perform), a local venue either becomes a burden or a symbol of honor depending on the way the hard work and stress are handled. A similar crisis happened in Chicago's south suburbs in 2011, when the number of local, all-ages

venues began to dwindle, leaving just one house regularly hosting shows. Nnamdi’s Pancake Haus in Lansing, Ill., run by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, hosted its last show in November of that year, halting the scene and ultimately forcing it to relocate to Chicago where Ogbonnaya began hosting shows at his new home, Swerp Mansion. Jonathan Mondragon, co-founder of Swerp Records warned that a venue “can also be a monopoly, when it's the only place to play which can implode and stunt the growth of a lot of bands.” Yet, in Springfield, Ill., the opposite occurred. The Black Sheep Café, run by Kevin Bradford, regularly hosts shows in a thriving local scene. Entertaining local acts such as Our Lady and Foxtail, the venue also draws national acts such as Andrew Jackson Jihad and famed actor and puppeteer David Liebe Hart, exhibiting its success as a national attraction and a support system to the area’s local music scene. Aaron Shults, a veteran musician in the CU scene, recognizes Black Sheep’s success and hopes to see a similar situation arise from the birth of Error Records. “As much as I like going to house shows, I think a public all ages DIY space is vital for a scene to thrive, something we've seen evident in venues like Black Sheep Cafe and many others across the state and nation,” Shults said. “It's really cool for Nathan to take the reins that were set up by the CU Collective and take the ultimate push that it needed. It shows great leadership and responsibility.” Despite the potential troubles of single-handedly opening a venue, Nathan Landolt is confident in his emotional and financial investment, displaying a positive attitude and showing signs of good things to come from Error Records. “I think it's as difficult as you make it sometimes,” Landolt said. “If you don't have the drive to produce something with little pay, then you're going to view it as extremely difficult. If you have a love for what you do, most of the work that goes into it is fun and exciting and whatever return you get is just an added bonus.” Although the grand opening of Error Records is planned for fewer than two months away, the label’s Indiegogo fundraiser is still seeking contributions in order to reach their $3,000 goal; a goal that Landolt sees as a positive step toward insuring the future of the CU music scene. “I absolutely see the C-U scene headed in a direction for the better,” Landolt said. “Many artists have traveled through the area again and again because they love our positive attitude with helping them out, even when we have limits. Once those limited are lifted, as I feel Error Records will be a part of, then the amount of people that continue to return here will grow.” For the specific locations of the house venues mentioned in the article, message the owners on their Facebook pages.


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Salsa night with DJ Juan Monday 25 Radio Maria Live music & karaoke 10:30pm Live music & karaoke Third Annual Indoor Hootenanny Bluegrass Festival Pre- Miscellaneous Rosebowl Tavern Miscellaneous sented by UCIMC and Soul Hunger Workshop 8pm CU Folk and Roots Abe Froman Project for Women Dance for People with Urbana-Champaign Inde- Levis Faculty Center/Visi- Mike N Molly’s, 8:30pm Parkinson’s! pendent Media Center Lounge Night tor’s Center Krannert Center for 4:30pm Radio Maria, 10pm 8:30am Performing Arts China National SymRockstar Karaoke 10am phony Orchestra Mike N Molly’s Origami Club sunday 24 Krannert Center for Per10pm Rantoul Public Library Food & festivals forming Arts, 7:30pm 4pm Miscellaneous Deciphering the Hunger SONGS FOR SCOOT- Industry Night ER: Local Bands Play Radio Maria, 10pm Code: Understanding Hula Hoop Classes Food Struggles Through to Give Two-Legged Live music & karaoke Parkland College Cat New Wheels Myth, Metaphor, & Open Mic Night 6:30pm Mike N Molly’s Storytelling Phoenix 8:30pm Lincoln Hall Theater 8pm tuesday 26 The Barnstormers 6pm Miscellaneous Live music & karaoke Rosebowl Tavern, 9pm Trivia Nights Stone Faced 2nd Ann. Illini Union , 7pm Free Community AcuUI Wind Orchestra Show Illini Dance Marathon puncture! Krannert Center for Boomerang’s Bar and Grill Urbana Acupuncture ARC Performing Arts 9pm 8pm 11am 7:30pm Late Night with DJ Belly Radio Maria 10pm

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ll kangaroos want the glory of pummeling man at his own bloodsport. Not to mention, marsupials in the Australian Underground Animal Boxing League (AUABL) make as much as hundreds of dollars a month, not to mention all the mulberries they can possibly eat! So no surprise that millions of kangaroos try out each year to get a chance at boxing people. The only fair way to hold these tryouts? In a no-holdsbarred boxing match ‘roo against ‘roo. Most kangaroos die brutally. Worse yet, most of the dead kangaroos were also mothers (But that’s OK, kangaroo orphans often grow up to be the strongest boxers, or they die.) Thankfully, we found out how to survive Kangaroo war-games. If you read our tips, train hard enough, and say no to drugs (except performance enhancing rhino testosterone), you’ll be on the road to human face breaking in no time!

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barbed wire that emits no visible lightwaves right around the squishy part. Sure, invisible barbed wire isn’t as tough as regular barbed wire, but barbed wire has been outlawed in the AUABL since 2009. »Koala Mistress Sure, you’ve got a wife, but every good boxer needs a mistress. Find a koala, get her messed up on eucalyptus and go crazy, after you win your fight! Eventually, this koala might get jealous and murder you. »Silk shorts The zenith in comfort and mobility. Made from the web of worms and sewn together by Chinese tweens. Don’t get blood on your legs; get blood on your silk. »Manager who knows all the ins and outs The best boxers in history all had great managers. You know why? Because they realized you can book fights against people you know you’ll beat and raise up your confidence while reaping in the big bucks on the side. Get a manager. And remember, the stupider the haircut, the better. »Little Joey for Trick Shots You got a pouch — use it! Hide a little babe in there, teach him when to pop out and hit enemies right in the marbles! Nobody’s expecting a baby punching kangaroo; and a ref would have to be crazy to call something so cute!

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