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FEB 26 – MAR 04 2009
volume 7 no. 08
New Ruins Authentic Beginnings Deep Water
Xinh Xinh Cafe´ ofﬁcially opens in Urbana
Find your clique online
How to talk to your doctor about you know what
Your guide to this week’s events
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Chad Warner & Sigmund K Acoustic Concert
Friday Forum: “Surveillance of the Virtual Worlds”
Tunes for Tails
Chad Warner from Sunset Stallion and Sigmund K hit the stage at the Courtyard Café at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the public.
Head to the University YMCA at noon as Lisa Nakamura examines the history of digital profiling in virtual worlds and discusses the possible impacts upon users and cultural diversity.
Don’t miss this benefit for our furry friends at Mike ‘n’ Molly’s at 9 p.m. Performers include Angie Heaton, Terminus Victor and more.
the217.com Food: Be sure to check out “Healthy Ingredient” this week for grilled salmon with a sweet and sour marinade.
Community: On Wednesday look for a preview of Lincoln’s second birthday party at the Urbana Free Library.
The Vagina Monologues
Come hear “Love Song” and more as Sara Bareilles performs at Foellinger Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20-$25.
Presented at Lincoln Hall Theater at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., this play will benefit A Woman’s Fund. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
Diversity and Inclusion on the University of Illinois Campus Anna Gonzalez will be at the University YMCA at noon to discuss issues of inclusion and diversity on campus.
Stay tuned for a full review of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li up on Saturday.
Music: Couldn’t attend the multiple shows on Saturday night? Look for reviews of New Ruins CD Release show and Foundry Field Recordings on Sunday.
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Likes & Gripes
Drake Baer Arts Editor Likes
Tango Night Put on your dancing shoes, and head over to Cowboy Monkey for free tango lessons beginning at 8 p.m.
1) 2001: A Space Odyssey: Quite possibly the most profound artistic experience of my entire life: a work equally elegant, beautiful and terrifying. 2) HAL 9000: Born in Urbana in 1992. “I can’t do that, Dave.” 3) Existentialism: I think, and in thinking, I am. What now?
Kerry Doyle Community Editor Gripes
e d i t o r ’ s n o t e by Tommy Trafton If you haven’t heard already, we have been working on some changes for this year’s Local Music Awards. For the better? I think so, and hopefully you will too if you’re looking to celebrate what music CU has to offer. What has changed? To begin with, the word “Awards” has been dropped from the title of the event, making it now Local Music 2009 or LM5. To find out in-depth details visit the217.com, but we’re looking forward to the date, April 9, as a
night where student bands, resident bands, fans and newcomers alike can celebrate our community rather than get caught up in competition and controversy. Starting next week, look for LM5 updates in our music section. Beginning March 12, you will be able to vote what bands you think have the craziest hair, what singer-songwriter would win in an arm wrestling contest or more seriously, who you think have made the largest contribution to the scene this past year. To vote and find out more about the performances, categories and featured bands, make
sure to visit the LM5 Web site launching that same Thursday. If the Web site isn’t enough, the March 12 issue of buzz will be our special music issue in which we’ll be taking a look back at the history of the CU music scene within the past 20 years as well as taking a look forward at some of the area’s newest and most innovative groups. Local Music 2009, with a little bit of your help, will be an evening at the Highdive full of collaborative performances and wacky awards so stay tuned and start thinking about what local musician sports the best moustache so you can throw in your vote come March 12.
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A Sophisticated Florist Two best friends combine passion for ﬂowers, art in new gallery by Jean Kim
Photo by Maria Surawska
Step into Fleurish and its chic space, adorned with antique furnishings and custom ﬂower arrangements, and it may throw you off: It’s the kind of Wicker Park/West Hollywood/Chelsea boutique you see pictured in Vogue or Vanity Fair — at home in downtown Urbana. Fleurish opened its doors to the community less than two weeks ago. Operated by two longtime best friends, the haute ﬂower gallery combines Sarah Compratt’s ﬂoral expertise and Kristine Fisher’s artistic skills. Having grown up around beautiful, large gardens and a grandmother who arranged ﬂowers for friends and family, Compratt has worked with ﬂowers for as long as she can remember. “Flowers are kind of emotional for people,” Compratt explained. “It’s tied to the big events in peoples’ lives.” Compratt said she never thought of a job or a career in flowers until she graduated from Wisconsin. Art history degree in hand, she moved to Venice Beach with Fisher, who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. Compratt found herself arranging flowers at the bar she tended. Soon, she was working as design manager at Moe’s Flowers, where she worked for nearly 14 years. At the same time, Fisher pursued an artistic career, painting everything from restaurants to the backdrops of Dr. Dre music videos.
“When we lived in California, we may not have had a lot to eat, but we always had beautiful ﬂowers,” Fisher said, laughing. The space will exhibit the works of local artists in the evening. Compratt hopes to host art shows every month or two. “[Fleurish] has a lot of potential as an art gallery to show off local artists’ work,” Compratt said. “The space is so beautiful, and I’ve got some big beautiful walls to show off the art. I’m looking forward to the night activity.” Fisher’s show on March 7 will kick things off. Fisher will tie a floral theme into the show, calling it “Signs.” Combining images of sign language and flowers, the show will feature pieces comprised of recycled windows as well as several other media including watercolors, oils and acrylics. Compratt and Fisher plan on using Fleurish’s space instructionally as well. They’re considering hosting ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, classes, and Fisher may teach children how to paint in the summer. After “gypsying around” the country, the middle school companions are happy to be back in Champaign-Urbana. “It’s a huge opportunity for me, and the city of Urbana’s been very supportive,” Compratt said. “I’m very happy for what [Fleurish] could be in the future.”
Our New Kaleidoscope Watercolorists push the limits at Parkland Art Gallery
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by Daryl McCurdy
The last days of Fannie Mae
The 2009 National Biennial Watercolor Invitational at Parkland Art Gallery is not what you might expect when you think of watercolor painting. Indeed, the work shown is incredibly varied, responding to an array of issues. “A lot of people respond to watercolor because it is such a wonderful medium to work with,” Gallery Director Lisa Costello said. “I think that is why sometimes it does get a bad rap and makes people associate it only with hobbyist painters.” The artists shown in this exhibition, all currently practicing artists, “are really challenging both the medium and what they’re trying to say,” said Costello. For the biennial art show, Parkland Art
Gallery features either ceramics or watercolor. The gallery invites an artist to curate each exhibition. This year, the honor belongs to Aletha Jones. “What’s really interesting about asking an artist practicing within the ﬁeld to curate is that Jones brings such a different interpretation of watercolor,” Costello said. “I think Jones was really successful at choosing artists that don’t all look the same.” The work shown in this exhibition is both visually and conceptually diverse. When viewers ﬁrst enter the gallery, a large triptych by Paul Ching-Bor confronts them. Although dealing with the hard architecture found in New York City, Ching-Bor applies pigment and water
expressively to his paper. “In his physical style of painting, you can see a sense of motion in the way he works,” said Costello. Cindy Craig, a Los Angeles artist, adopts a more photo-realistic approach in her rendering of three paintings of jeweled rings. In these paintings, Craig is both demonstrating a virtuosic control of the medium and commenting on the luxury consumer industry. The show runs Feb. 23 through April 1 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 5 from 68 p.m. Curator Aletha Jones will give a gallery talk and lecture on March 5 as well.
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by Erik Johnson The lovely, lively lady then chose another song She listened as they fed her with buckets and some tongs She moved from chair to ﬂoor to alleviate her stress The men all stood around and ﬂattened out her dress She lay and sputtered words to address the coming storm She knew the dress had tightened and she’d expanded on her form Before the words had fallen on the ears of muted men Her body had exploded, and the crisis soon began
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Life vs. Virtual Life Themes of community and economy are found in online gaming by Tim Anderson Online games such as World of Warcraft allow users to summon lightning from the skies, mount an enormous tiger and wield weapons bigger than they are. Online games have drawn tens of millions of people in the past half-decade alone, showcasing a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing soon. Though these fantastic worlds provide an element of cheerful escapism, they also act as a unique way to interact and communicate with others. Many parallels emerge between the fantasy realms of online games and the real world, specifically class, race and economic distinctions. Dozens, if not hundreds, of Web sites revolve around these games. Some simply facilitate general communication about the game outside of it and others communicate about far more specific elements — even as far as tracking the market trends of auctions and the economy of World of Warcraft. Though it may seem as though these games can be alienating, there is a certain kinship and community that is forged within them. Within World of Warcraft, for example, a group of players can come together to form what is called a guild. The focus of these guilds is usually to conquer dungeons or accomplish certain difficult tasks impossible to tackle solo. Others, however, create
guilds for different purposes. For instance, there is a gay and gaysupport guild that spans not only World of Warcraft but stretches across many other games online. Professor Lisa Nakamura of the Department of Media Studies will be examining the history of digital profiling in virtual worlds and discussing the possible impacts of it and similar programs upon users and upon cultural diversity. Examining the parallels between the real world and digital ones may seem like staring at a societal reflection in a warped, fun house mirror, but the reflection is a very real entity and one worth exploring. Professor Nakamura’s lecture “Surveillance of Virtual Worlds” is a part of the on-going YMCA Friday Forum lecture series and will be taking place this Friday in University YMCA’s Latzer Hall from 12-1 p.m.
Illustration by Kate Lamy
The Power of “V”
Local V-Day chapter promotes their anti-violence agenda through the arts by Maggie Puniewska Vaginas are all the rage recently. And it’s not because Britney’s was on the cover of Life and Style, yet again. There’s a good reason that the female genitals are receiving so much attention lately, mostly due to the upcoming annual screening of UIUC’s The Vagina Monologues. The play is put on by V-Day, a registered student organization who seeks to promote action and awareness in the fight against violence toward women. The title may appear to be selfexplanatory, but there is definitely more to the play than just monologues about vaginas.
“The monologues cover a variety of topics,” said Ashley Ford, a junior in Engineering and the assistant director for the play. “Anything from ‘what would a vagina wear?’ to stories about women who experienced sexual violence.” Although the cast is all female and the monologues specifically retell the stories of women, the play strives to convey a message to everyone, not just women. “It creates an environment that encourages people on campus to open up about issues concerning women,” Ford said.
The fight against women’s violence doesn’t just end with the play, however. V-Day organizes numerous events to promote awareness. These include bake sales, an art auction and a V-Day benefit show which was a concert that featured six bands, just to name a few. And the best part? All the proceeds go to A Woman’s Fund, an organization that strives to eliminate violence against women and children. The art auction will be going on outside the theater and will feature work from the cast and the community. There will also be a documentary
before and after the play featuring a collage of different perspectives about vaginas from people in CU. “All these things we have planned just unite people,” said Jesse Favre, a senior in LAS and director of the play. “It gives people a chance to talk to each other and get together.” The Vagina Monologues will run next weekend, Feb. 28 and March 1 at Lincoln Hall Theater. So if you’re looking for an alternative for your banal weekend routine, check the show out. Proceeds go to charity and the play addresses issues that affect everyone — whether you have a vagina or not.
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right “good luck” balloons and excited patrons framed the scene for the grand opening of Xinh Xinh Café, CU’s newest destination for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Originally from California, Xinh Xinh Café (pronounced “sin sin”) owner Shai Mauth grew up in the restaurant business and moved to Urbana to pursue his own dream of offering Asian food to a community unaccustomed to genuine Vietnamese food. “I’m focused on the food and how it should be maintained,” said Shai. “People can expect great food that is different from other places.” Apart from the array of items including appetizers and bubble teas, Xinh Xinh Café specializes in banh mi sandwiches, which consist of traditionally prepared meat, such as grilled chicken and shredded pork, served on a baguette, as well as classic “pho” noodle soups, “pho” meaning rice. “I really like the banh mi sandwiches,” said patron Dennis Hong. “They are really different,
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and the meat and toppings match the bread. It is a good combination.” Hong also said the “noodle soups are really good.” With a laid-back atmosphere, chic décor and many dishes priced well under $10, Xinh Xinh has quickly become a community favorite. “Whenever there is a new restaurant opening, I like to try it,” said Brandon Rutherford, who has been to the restaurant five times in the three weeks that Xinh Xinh Café has been open. Rutherford also said “the quality is very good.” A large component of the great quality and the local atmosphere of Xinh Xinh Café can be accredited to the owner, Shai. Working right in the midst of the action, Shai said, “I always try to get personal with my customers.” Located next to Schnucks on North Vine Street in Urbana, Xinh Xinh Café is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and offers daily specials. Having been open for just less than a month, Shai said that “things picked up really quickly. Now there is only room to grow.”
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Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine had its grand opening on Friday, Feb. 20th. Here’s what you need to know about CU’s newest place for Italian, Greek, and Turkish fare. Istanbul’s pride is its seafood. The grilled sea bass was enjoying life in the Mediterranean Sea a day or two before it ended up on your plate. The anchovies are from the Black Sea. Lamb and chicken kebabs are other specialty entrees, but if you are interested in a taste that can’t be found anywhere else, try the chaman. It’s a cold appetizer made from cream cheese, pepper paste, walnuts, garlic, and “secret herbs.” The only other place in the area that carries chaman is Euro-Mart, a grocery store with the same owner as Istanbul. Istanbul employs about 15 people, said owner Raset Yaman. The chef is from Turkey. Servers start your meal by drizzling a plate with olive oil, grinding black pepper onto it and swirling Parmesan cheese on top — this is for the freshly baked bread. Order the saganaki flaming cheese
and your server will yell “Opah!” while setting your plate aflame. Istanbul’s address is 2506 Village Green Pl., Champaign, but once inside you’ll forget the strip mall location. The décor and music add to the Mediterranean feel, and patterned couches line one corner of the restaurant.Istanbul’s mood is upscale enough for a date, but comfortable for families interested in trying new things — there are children’s options available. This is not your gyro joint down the block. Istanbul’s entrees range from $12 to $20 — that sea bass straight from the Mediterranean will cost you $19. Salads cost about $7. Desserts like tiramisu, baklava, and kataifi (shredded filo pastry with ground pistachios) are $4. There is a lunch special available Monday through Friday, and a dinner buffet on Mondays and Tuesdays. Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine comes with a bigger price tag than most campus options, but offers fresh, authentic food that can’t be found anywhere else.
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