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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



Tommy Trafton



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Mark Grabowski Matt Harlan Hallie Borden Maria Surawska Wallo Villacorta Tanya Boonroueng Kate Lamy Claire Keating



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weekahead Complete calendar listings on pages 10-11

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friday 27

saturday 28

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. 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.


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Sara Bareilles

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

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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, 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.

1) Time moving incredibly fast: How is this the sixth week of school already? How?! 2) My bank: They are trying to steal my money. And by “trying,” I actually mean succeeding. 3) Deadlines: It’s a never-ending cycle, and I’m tired of feeling behind all the time.

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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


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.




Chad Warner & Sigmund K Acoustic Concert

Student Comedy Showcase

Foundry Field Recordings & Santa Indie Rock Concert




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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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Foreign Delight Xinh Xinh Cafe brings authentic flair to Vietnamese Cuisine

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by Keilin Deahl 119 W. Main Street

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,



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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by Tanya Chen Secretary, the winner of the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, has redefined the typically subordinate relationship between a boss and his secretary. Although the boss/secretary relationship turning romantic might be quite a clichĂŠ, Secretary can be classified as anything but ordinary. Balancing tasteful awkwardness, sexually-charged undertakings and subtle comedic relief, this film leaves your mouths agape and your heart a-flutter. Director Steven Shainberg’s quirky drama sits on a basic love-story plot (the submissive female breaks out of her shell to confess her undying love for the unreadable man of higher authority). Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young, disturbed woman just released from a mental institution, applies for a secretary position for the law office of Mr. Grey (James Spader). The eerie Mr. Grey overlooks Holloway’s social flaws and gives her the job on the spot. As the movie progresses, the seemingly innocuous flirtation between the two turns into a masochistic love affair when Mr. Grey begins to “punishâ€? Holloway for her spelling typos with peculiar kinky methods. Mr. Grey is disgusted with his own fetishes and fires his secretary. Holloway finds the dominant nature in herself and is adamant on proving her dire love for him in a very ... unconventional way.


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Another odd characteristic of this film is the lack of background music. It leaves you cringing at the awkward dialogue in the movie, but that is the pure genius of it; though some sequences are quite offbeat and unusual, the footage feels more raw and enticing. The minute cinematographic details make this film eccentric and captivating.

In a blast from the past, this week’s YouTube Pick of the Week is a clip from the 1950s game show What’s My Line? The show featured a fairly simple premise: The host would introduce a mystery guest to a panel of four judges and, asking only yes or no questions and often without visual clues, they would have to guess the identity of the guest. What’s so intriguing about that, you ask? The fact that this episode’s special guest isn’t some actor or crooner but the king of surrealism himself, Salvador Dali. While the show often featured high profile guests such as Alfred Hitchcock and Bette Davis, Dali seems oddly out of place. In this 10-minute clip, he baffles the panel with his perplexing answers. Surreal seems the only way to describe the episode as Dali lisps, “Yes,� to almost every question, no matter how seemingly absurd. Take a break from studying to check it out and consider it a “culturally informative experience� because Dali’s presence means you can.




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New Ruins to celebrate latest release with Cowboy Monkey show by Rosalind Walters


ith the current uprising of the “vintage” movement, from faux vintage clothing to old-time inspired knickknacks popping up on store shelves, it was only a matter of time before contemporary digitized music went classically vinyl. New Ruins’ Caleb Means exposes his vivid anticipation for the group’s first ever CD/vinyl album release party at Cowboy Monkey. While New Ruins are no strangers to the ins and outs of the album release party, their firstever vinyl release is also their second recorded album. We Make Our Own Bad Luck debuts for the public on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Cowboy Monkey. Means’ bubbling excitement is telltale of his high expectations for the up-and-coming event. “Ideally, we’d like to pack the house — that’s all you can hope for,” Means said. “We’re doing a vinyl [album] for our release party, as well as the standard CDs and even a cassette tape — it’s nostalgic. There is a resurgence in the demand for vinyl records, and ours will be Parasol Records’ first!” From their beginning as a small acoustic group to their morph into acoustic rock and slide into indie, the Ruins, despite the love of all that is vintage, are constantly looking for ways to upgrade their sound. “Sonically, we are a much more polished group, while this [album] is more electric guitar,” Means explained. The mellow indie-rock group consists of Roy Ewing, Caleb Means, Andrew Davidson, Paul

Chastain, Elzie Sexton and Kurt Lathrop and emanates earthy sounds with surprise cello and violin guest features. The unique sound reflects the theme of the album release party, and even the name New Ruins implies a slightly vintage twist on a new concept. “It’s irony for one thing — something can’t be new and ruined at the same time,” Means said. “New Ruins is fitting for the idea we go for.” New Ruins performs at Cowboy Monkey on Feb. 28 along with Tractor Kings and Common Loon to celebrate the release of their second studio recorded album, We Make Our Own Bad Luck

Look for a review of the upcoming New Ruins album this Monday on come and get it

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Entrenched Reviving the Irish Standards The Dublin Philharmonic brings two nights of in Pop Foundry Field Recordings to play at Courtyard Café

Used with permission from Foundry Field Recordings, Photo by Colin Webb

by Scott Cain News flash: Some indie bands actually enjoy the polished, crafted sound of pop music. Though Billy Schuh, frontman and main songwriter for Foundry Field Recordings is a Pixies fan, he grew up on British pop like The Beatles and The Kinks and discovered indie bands with a handle on the pop format, such as Built to Spill and Guided by Voices, in college. “I have become entrenched in the formula of the pop song,” he explained. Speaking on their current sound, Schuh said, “I will keep the juxtaposition of upbeat/uptempo music with darker lyrics that was a component of Prompts/Miscues,” their first album. However, their upcoming album, Hierarchy [Procession], will move away from the technological experimentation of previous recordings and focus on “organic instrumentation.” Schuh has recently struggled to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and he feels this new approach to writing songs will reflect the personal nature of the songs themselves. As for the other members of the band, Foundry Field Recordings has undergone several lineup changes in the past few years. Although Schuh worked with 11 people on the new record, he is performing live with only three members of Bald Eagle (labelmates on Emergency Umbrella Records): Justin Nardy on bass, Danny Matteson on guitar and Justin McCrady on the drums and contributing vocals. Because of the constant change of members, the band is basically Schuh’s pet project. “All of the responsibilies for the Foundry Field Recordings fall on my shoulders. It’s a much different dynamic now, but it’s one that I have fully embraced,” Schuh said. These changes, he feels, have actually helped him in his quest to put his years of unhealthy living behind him. “I have given up drinking and such and now take a much healthier day-to-day approach,” he said. But Schuh also feels that the four-piece incarnation of the band is the best thing for live shows. “I am a proponent of live sound versus recorded sound, so the live band will be a little more energetic and a lot more scaled back production-wise,” Schuh said. Playing the Courtyard Café on Friday, Feb. 28 with locals Santa, Foundry Field Recordings will provide a mix of older songs and new tracks from Hierarchy [Procession], which is due for release in late summer.

music to the Krannert Center by Jeff Nelson They were established in the mid-1700s as one of northern Europe’s oldest symphony orchestras, yet the late 1930s and World War II put the orchestra on such hard times that it folded. In 1997, Derek Gleeson reconstituted the orchestra, and for the first time ever they are touring the United States. With one of the act’s 49 stops being held at Krannert Center on both Feb. 26 and 27, two evenings of the Dublin Philharmonic will provide an original view on the Irish-American connection. It seems only appropriate that the Dublin Philharmonic is providing us with such a unique program, as the orchestra has such a unique history. It was the pride of Irish classical music in performance for 150 years until national independence, the Great Depression and a forthcoming World War drew its non-Irish musicians home. Then the Irish Republic, under the sponsorship of the Irish National Broadcaster, established a national symphony: the RTE Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Light Orchestra. Today, these orchestras are the National Symphony of Ireland. Dublin-born Gleeson studied piano, conduct-

ing and composition at some of Europe’s finest conservatories and music festivals. In his years as founder and music director of the revived Dublin Philharmonic, Gleeson slowly built up the orchestra’s reputation by acquiring first-rate musicians from both Ireland and Europe. He has managed a modest recording contract with Albany Records of the U.S. in an era when record labels were dropping most symphonies, guest conducted some of Europe’s top orchestras, recorded the first Gaelic rendition of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and even found time to write five film scores. In his U.S. tour, American audiences will get a hefty dose of European and Russian standards with a bit of special treatment. The program for Feb. 26 is a Beethoven Overture and Concerto and Brahm’s “Symphony No. 2”. Look and listen for one of Gleeson’s great discoveries from this generation of Irish musicians, Conor Linehan. His solo work in Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” could be the highlight of your music-going season. Feb. 27, the baton is passed to Colman Pearce, who will lead the Philharmonic in an evening of

traditional Irish music. The Krannert Center has the distinction of being one of the few locations on the 49-stop tour that will hear both sides of the Dublin Philharmonic. Here is an orchestra that has revived itself from 50 years of exclusion from the classical musical scene. Thanks to the dynamic leadership of Derek Gleeson, the Dublin Philharmonic has returned as a major force in classical and traditional Irish music, and by highlighting some of Ireland’s emerging musical talents such as Conor Lineham, it has risen to such stardom in the musical world that both North and South America will host the act in 2009. The Dublin Philharmonic’s trip to Krannert Center at the end of February may well reflect The Irish Times statement, ”Thanks to the authority and dynamism of their young and talented conductor, Derek Gleeson, the orchestra excelled itself.” For further information on the Dublin Philharmonic and their performances on Feb. 26 and 27, the Krannert ticket office can be contacted either by phone at 333-6280 or online at

c u s o u n d r e v i e w by Mike Ingram

Cute kittens, Mazes and touring smart How do you not cover a show billed as “SuperCoolFunTimeIndiePopElectroTrashShow?” Exactly. There is no way to look past it. And so, we open our tale with a Mike ‘n Molly’s show taking place this very night (that’s Thursday, just in case you’re reading this on another day). The ofttouring and ever dependable Heligoats are slated to make a tour stop to headline the show, bringing their unique blend of styles including two-step. Eureka Brown, the closest thing CU has to the mysterious band member mystique that comes with a band like the Gorillaz, will fill the middle slot for the night, with a newly formed Tyson and the Friction opening up. The show is set to start at 9 p.m. with a $4 cover charge. Longtime CU music fans might be in for a surprise if the bands on this bill are new to them, as Heligoats packs a former member of Troubled Hubble, while Tyson and the Friction features “that nerd that played Moog for the Red Hot Valentines,” according to the openingbands. com show notes. Live Karaoke Band has officially moved their monthly downtown residency from the Highdive to Cowboy Monkey, where they will play tonight (10 p.m., $5). Here is the full transcript of the CU Sound Revue interview with bass player Guido Esteves, previewed in last week’s column: CUSR: Guido, are you excited about this month’s Live Karaoke Band show at Cowboy Monkey?

Esteves: I will punch all of you in the face. Except you. You’re hot. (Directed to either his wife or CU drummer Joe Funderburk — it’s unclear). Things get crazier on Friday as the Canopy hosts not one, not two, but three shows all in one night. First, at 7 p.m., you’ve got Fishing with Dynamite, the local sketch comedy group, performing for $5. Up second is Los Angeles singer/songwriter Trevor Hall whose “Bharat” demo on his MySpace page made me want to stab someone in the face with its never-ending parade of voice cracks and trite lyrics. Following his set, the Void Room will be treated to a set from Mazes, a band featuring members of The 1900s, as they play the late-late show with locals Elsinore and Post Historic ($7, midnight). Saturday night proves to be tougher to navigate, as you couldn’t throw Nicole Richie without hitting a solid show. Early show-goers can check out the jump-boogie of Bruiser and the Virtues at the Embassy Tavern in downtown Urbana (8 p.m., no cover). Bentley’s continues to add fullband, original bills into the mix, this time hosting Stellar Days, Yossarian and Rudi (10 p.m., $1). The big show of the night certainly has to be the release show for We Make Our Own Bad Luck, the new album from New Ruins. Cowboy Monkey is the spot, with Common Loon kicking things off at 10 p.m. Following them, Tractor Kings will unleash an alt-country set. New Ruins, with newest member Andrew Davidson (bassist/The Living Blue, drummer/The Chemicals) in tow to add some more layers, will have the new

record on both CD and vinyl available to pick up. Cover for this show is $5. Over at Mike ‘n Molly’s, some local rockers will band together for a CATSNAP benefit. Terminus Victor will be joined by Golden Quality, Dottie and the Rail and Angie Heaton. No official word at press time on start time and cover charge, but look for something like 9 p.m. and $5. CATSNAP stands for Champaign Area Trap Spay/Neuter and Adoption Program, and has a story about an adorable, special cat named Mitzi, along with information about their crusade to help with pet population control. Musicians should take note of the special seminar taking place at Cowboy Monkey on Tuesday (3/3) called Tour:Smart, put on by Martin Atkins (Killing Joke, Public Image Ltd.). Toss his name into Google and you’ll see that he’s highly respected in the community and has taken his advice to just about every music conference and event there is. The event is free and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Retraction! Last week’s column mentioned that the Impalas show at Bentley’s would start on time assuming lead singer Dawna Nelson showed up on time. It should have said that the show would start on time assuming Dawna had been able to get a drink and smoke a cigarette quickly, having arrived five minutes before set time. Apologies for the egregious error. — Mike Ingram can be reached at Let him know about shows so he can write about them. FEB 26 – MAR 04 09


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THUR, FEB 26 live music U of I Jazz Combo Iron Post, U, 7pm John Elder The Embassy Tavern & Grill, U, 7:30pm Chad Warner & Sigmund K Acoustic Concert Courtyard Cafe — Illini Union, U, 8pm, $3 students, $5 public SuperCoolFunTimeIndiePopElectroTrashShow Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 8pm A performance by The Heligoats. Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Bill Withering, Larry Frost, and Rick Charmin. Caleb Cook and the Big Naturals Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm Andy Moreillon Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Live Entertainment at the White Horse White Horse Inn, C, 9:30pm Geovanti’s Live Band Geovanti’s, C, 10pm

dj Country Night w/ DJ Halfdead and Free Line Dance Lessons from Scotty Van Zant Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 8pm DJ Belly Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Goth Night at Clark Bar The Clark Bar, C, 10pm

dance music Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm

concert Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $48, $43 seniors, $33 students, $28 UI and youth

karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke with DJ Craig Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9:30pm Live Karaoke Band Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $5

stage James and the Giant Peach Children’s Show Virginia Theatre, C, 10am

$42 for non-members, $36 for members For grades three to five.

lgbt Live and Let Live GLBT Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 6:30pm

miscellaneous Mentoring Inside/Out Illini Union, U, 1pm This interactive event is for both faculty and graduate students.

classes & workshops

Winter Tree Identification sporting event University YMCA, C, Men’s Basketball vs 5:30pm, $5 Minnesota This class includes some Assembly Hall, C, 6pm hiking in the forest, so wear appropriate attire. lectures Tango — Session 1 The Greenhouse Effect: University YMCA, C, Ecological Architecture in 6:30pm, $40 High Capitalism Prerequisite: Beginning Allen Hall, U, 7pm Ballroom Dance II or A talk by Heather Rogers. equivalent level course. Knitting for the New and recreation Not So New Drinking Liberally Klose Knit, U, 7pm, $15 Esquire Lounge Inc., C, per session 6:30pm Merengue, Mambo, and A gathering of liberal Salsa — Session 1 thinkers over drinks. University YMCA, C, 7:40pm, $40 volunteer Prerequisite: Beginning UC Books to Prisoners Ballroom Dancing II or work session consent of instructor. Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, food & drink U, 2pm Krannert Uncorked Krannert Center for the kids & families Performing Arts, U, 5pm Design It Complimentary beveragOrpheum Children’s Sci- es, cheese and crackers. ence Museum, C, 4pm,

FRI, FEB 27 live music Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Elsinore with special guests Mazes and PostHistoric Canopy Club, U, 12pm Boneyard Jazz Quintet Iron Post, U, 5pm Briggs & Houchin The Embassy Tavern & Grill, U, 5:30pm Happy Hour and Live Music Silvercreek, U, 6pm Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm The Martini Brothers Huber’s West End Store, C, 8pm Slim Skinny and the Bunkhouse Buckaroos Bentley’s Pub, C, 8:30pm Trevor Hall Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $6 Ben Bedford The Embassy Tavern & Grill, U, 9pm The Fairchilds Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm M.P.H. Memphis on Main, C, 9pm The Boat Drunks (Jimmy Buffet tribute band) Cowboy Monkey, C, 9:30pm, $8

concert Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra: The Irish Spectacular Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $42, $37 seniors, $27 students, $22 UI and youth Tuba Performance by Mark Moore Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

Evening at Savoy Savoy Recreational Center, Savoy, 7pm, $3-$6

SAT, FEB 28 live music

Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 9pm Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Big Bluestem String Band Iron Post, U, 6pm, $3 The Girls Next Door karaoke Canopy Club, U, 7pm, $7 Karaoke with DJ Hollywood The Prairie Dogs Wendl’s, U, 9pm Huber’s West End Store, Dragon Karaoke with C, 8pm Paul Faber Candy Foster & Shades CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 9pm of Blue MCJS Karaoke DJs Mike The Embassy Tavern & and Cheryl Grill, U, 9pm, $5 Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaMeanstreak voy, 9pm Memphis on Main, C, 9pm GTO & The Glasspaks stage Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., Fishing with Dynamite U, 9pm Sketch Comedy Troupe Cornmeal with special Canopy Club, U, 7pm, $5 guest TBA The Flight of the LawnCanopy Club, U, 9pm, $8 chair Man Local Musicians Play Parkland College Theatre, Tunes for Tails C, 8pm, $12, $10 seniors Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, and students, $6 youth 9pm, $3 Appropriate for ages eight Proceeds benefit the and up. Champaign Area Trap, Student Comedy Showcase Spay/Neuter and AdopCourtyard Cafe — Illini tion Program. Union, U, 9pm Stellar Days with Rudi, dj Yossarian lectures Country Dancing at Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm, $1 Bradley’s II Friday Forum: “SurveilBradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 lance of Virtual Worlds” dj Top 40 University YMCA, C, Dance Pop Chester Street, C, 9pm, 12pm Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 $3 DJs Ian, D.O.M. & ReFLEX fundraisers DJ Tim Williams Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Champaign & Chocolate: Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 DJ Delayney A Benefit for Planned DJ Mertz Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 Parenthood of Illinois Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm DJ LegTwo and DJ Mertz Champaign Country Club, Kosmo at Soma Radio Maria, C, 10:15pm C, 12pm Soma Ultralounge, C, 11pm


Elsinore with special guests Mazes and Post-Historic CANOPY CLUB, FEB. 27

Don’t miss this special late show presented by Pygmalion Music Festival and Parasol Records at the Canopy Club. Beginning at midnight, Elsinore, Post-Historic and Mazes (which consists of members of Chicago favorites The 1900s) will take the stage. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Canopy, Exile on Main Street, Bacca Cigar and Family Pride Convenience.

Radio Salsa with DJ Juan Radio Maria, C, 11pm, $3 No cover before 11pm.

dance music Country Western Dance Independent Order of Odd Fellows Arthur Lodge 742, C, 7pm, $2

concert WorldFest Spurlock Museum, U, 12:30pm, $5 Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: A Tribute to John Williams Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $31, $28 seniors, $5 students and youth Featuring compositions from over 10 famous films. WGKC presents Buddy Guy Virginia Theatre, C, 8pm, $38.50-$56

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

movies Insect Fear Film Festival Foellinger Auditorium, U, 6pm Also featuring an insect petting zoo, face painting, artwork, and exotic insect displays from around the world.

stage The Flight of the Lawnchair Man Parkland College Theatre, C, 8pm, $12, $10 students and seniors, $6 youth FEB 26 – MAR 04 09

The Vagina Monologues at UIUC Lincoln Hall, U, 8pm, $7-$10

lectures African Americans in Frontier Illinois: Religion & Attitudes Toward Slavery Early American Museum, Mahomet, 2pm

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

kids & families Kids@Krannert Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 10am Featuring hands-on art projects, dance, music, and storytelling. Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday Celebration and Book-Signing Party Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 1pm Kids’ Garden Club — Seed Starting Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, 1pm, $5

mind/body/spirit Zen Meditation for a Stress-Free Life McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 10am, $60

SUN, MAR 1 live music Sunday Brunch Trio Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 10am come and get it

buzz  calendar   11 Live Music at Carmon’s Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, 6pm

concert Parkland Community Orchestra and Concert Band Joint Concert Faith United Methodist Church, C, 3pm Star Course Entertainment presents Sara Bareilles Foellinger Auditorium, U, 7:30pm, $20 students, $25 public

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

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

open mic Open Mic Night 88 Broadway, U, 9pm

“Dusty Music”— DJ Delayney Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10:15pm, $1

karaoke 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

open mic

Original Music Showcase Espresso Royale, U, 8pm Outlaw Karaoke The Vagina Monologues Open Mic Night White Horse Inn, C, 5pm at UIUC Memphis on Main, C, Liquid Courage Karaoke Lincoln Hall, U, 2pm, 8pm, 8pm Geo’s, U, 7pm $7-$10 Open Mic Night with Monday Night Improv Steve & Lovejoy open mic Courtyard Cafe — Illini White Horse Inn, C, 10pm Anything Goes Open Mic Union, U, 8pm Open Mic Night with Night Hosted by Acoustic The Abe Froman Project Mike Ingram Duo: Jeremy Harper & — Improv Comedy Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm Jim Kates Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9pm movies Memphis on Main, C, kids & families AsiaLENS Film Screening: 8pm O Baby! Kabul Transit social issues Champaign Public Library, Spurlock Museum, U, 7pm Anti-War Anti-Racism C, 9:45am, 10:30am stage Effort Meeting Art Lab Urbana-Champaign InOrpheum Children’s Sci- Cirque Eloize: Nebbia dependent Media Center, ence Museum, C, 4pm, Krannert Center for the U, 6pm $42 for non-members, Performing Arts, U, 7pm, $36 for members $29, $24 seniors, $15 stukids & families For grades K-2. dents, $10 Spanish Club Orpheum Children’s Sci- mind/body/spirit art ence Museum, C, 1pm, Qi-Gong for Wellness Gallery Conversation $48 members, $56 nonUniversity YMCA, C, Krannert Art Museum members 6:30pm, $60 and Kinkead Pavilion, C, For beginning SpanishTaught by Weimo Zhu. 5:30pm speakers in grades one “Birds in Art: Audubon classes & to three. Prints and Mylayne Phoworkshops tographs,” a talk with Jo lgbt MELD (Monday Evening Kibbee and more. Mpowerment Life Drawing) Group lectures Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Boneyard Pottery, C, and Transgender Resourc- 7pm, $7 Diversity and Inclusion es, U, 5pm An informal and nonon the University of IlMpowerment is a cominstructional evening of linois Campus munity group for young drawing the human form. University YMCA, C, gay/bisexual men. All 2D media are wel12pm come. The Naked Jesus: Forget fundraisers Dance Class — Tango the “God” Thing, Was He FriendShop Used Book Channing-Murray FounEven A Man? Store Open dation, U, 9pm, $35, $25 Lincoln Hall, U, 8pm Champaign Public Library, students volunteer C, 2:30pm tue, mar 3 UC Books to Prisoners classes & workwork session shops live music Urbana-Champaign InFree Bike Repair Classes, Acoustic Tuesday with dependent Media Center, Open Hours, Bike Sales Jeremy Harper U, 7pm Urbana-Champaign InMemphis on Main, C, kids & families dependent Media Center, 7:30pm U, 3pm Benefit Show for Alterna- Babies’ Lap Time tive Spring Break with Sun- Urbana Free Library, U, mon, mar 2 set Stallion, The Girls Next 9:45am, 10:30pm Door and Potted Meat Tuesday Twos live music Courtyard Cafe — Illini Champaign Public Library, Underpaid Packy Union, U, 8pm C, 9:45am, 10:30am, Canopy Club, U, 9pm The Piano Man 11:15am Jazz Jam Hosted by The Canopy Club, U, 9pm Goodnight Storyshop MRS Trio Corn Desert Ramblers Champaign Public Library, Iron Post, U, 7pm Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., C, 6:30pm Jason Bentley U, 9pm lgbt Boltini Lounge, C, 7:30pm dj Zmick and friends Rainbow Coffeehouse present Monday Night Free Love Tuesday with Wesley-United Methodist Miracle DJ Motion Church & Wesley FoundaCanopy Club, U, 9pm Boltini Lounge, C, 9:30pm tion, U, 6:30pm



wed, mar 4 live music Donnie Heitler solo piano Great Impasta, U, 6pm Traditional Irish Music Session Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Rocket Science at Senator’s Inn Pub Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 8pm

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 Physical Challenge: An Indie Rock Dance Party Canopy Club, U, 9pm Top 40 Chester Street, 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 w/ DJ Delayney Highdive, C, 10pm

dance music Tango Night Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm

karaoke Outlaw Karaoke White Horse Inn, C, 5pm Karaoke Party at It’ll Do 2 Country Fair Shopping Center, C, 8pm 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 Cirque Eloize: Nebbia Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7pm, $29, $24 seniors, $15 students, $10 UI and youth Open Stage Comedy Night Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $2

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

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

What’s Up, Doc? Talking to your provider about sexual health Talking about sexual issues can be difficult. Discomfort can increase when we want or need to discuss aspects of our sexual health with a doctor or other healthcare provider. We may wonder how to bring up the topic or what they might be thinking if we answer their questions honestly. This week, “Doin’ It Well” decided to drop in on the conversation between patient and provider. Some people may ask family or friends or look to Web sites to get answers to their sexual health questions. Those can be good sources of information, but sometimes they may not be as accurate as a person trained in the field of reproductive healthcare. That’s where medical providers can help out.

The Best Medicine As we move into adulthood, we begin to take care of our healthcare needs without our parents’ help. When it comes to the area of sexual health, we may not want our parents involved. This means we have to learn to speak up for ourselves to get the sexual health care we need and deserve. Seeing a healthcare provider can be the best medicine; assuming you’ve been as honest as you can with them, they know you and your medical and sexual history. Remember, healthcare providers are there to make you well in the immediate sense. It may take time and investment on your end to talk with someone else about more lasting behavior changes to best protect your health.

But It’s Private Our sexuality, including our sexual health, is usually considered private. While that varies from person to person, this makes it difficult for those accessing sexual healthcare and those providing that care to be really comfortable talking about intimate issues. It can be intimidating and uncomfortable to talk about something so personal, especially when it comes to sexuality, a topic that often gets layered with moral judgment. Keep in mind that regardless of your concern, your healthcare provider has most likely heard it and seen it before and their goal is to provide you with good medical care and keep you healthy. If you notice your provider behaving awkwardly, it may be that they know this is a personal issue and don’t want you to be uncomfortable. It’s OK to say, “I worry you’ll judge me” or “I feel like I’m being judged.” They may not realize how they come across, and they may not be judging you at all. They may be thinking about what you’ve said and the best care to provide.

Starting the Talk When you call to make an appointment, tell your healthcare provider that you have sexual health

questions. That might allow for an “opening” for the provider to ask you questions and start the conversation. Before your appointment, write down the questions and concerns you have. You can ask any questions you want; they do not need to be related to any physical problems you might be having. Or, do an online assessment such as the one at, and print out the results to bring to your appointment to show your provider. You can also include these if you fill out a “reason for visit” or “sexual history” form. If you don’t feel like you can verbalize your questions, simply hand the provider your list. By communicating that you are uncomfortable discussing this topic, it will allow them to say something comforting to put you at ease.

When to Visit the Doc You should visit your provider whenever you have questions about your health, such as if you believe you have been exposed to an STD, if you experience pain, discomfort, itching, bleeding, burning, etc. The earlier you get symptoms checked out, the better; it can prevent any further complications. Of course, prevention is the best medicine, so if you’re going to be or currently are sexually active, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss strategies to protect your health and make healthy decisions. At the end of the day, most healthcare providers just want to see you well and healthy. They want to provide the best possible care they can. At the same time, it’s their job to give you advice on how to be healthy, even if it may not be what we want to hear.

Sex 411: Helpful Tips Ask your provider for resources such as Web sites or other professionals they recommend for your particular health concern. Be sure to fill out a comment card after the appointment to let them know what they did well, and include any tips for improvement in care. If you don’t like the provider you saw, you didn’t feel comfortable, they didn’t meet your needs or you simply didn’t “click,” arrange to see a new provider next time. Ask your friends for reproductive healthcare provider recommendations.

Stay tuned next week as we talk about sex and drugs. Kim and Ross are waiting for your questions. E-mail them at

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Free Will Astrology ARIES

(March 21-April 19):

Beware of people who act like polite jerks or tone-deaf music critics or emotionally numb lovers. While they may be able to teach you a lot about what you don’t need, they’re not worthy candidates for enduring relationships. Now let’s turn our attention to the question of who exactly does belong on your future team. What encouraging voices should you draw into your inner sphere? What smart adventurers should be solicited as staunch allies? Which respectful helpers should be rewarded for the good influences they’ve had on you? It’s an excellent time to make those determinations.


(April 20-May 20):

When Ireland’s top bookmaker first opened the betting on the existence of God last September, the odds were 20-1 against, and quickly rose to 33-1. But more recently they’ve been down to 4-1. Is this evidence that the Supreme Being is close to a big disclosure? Is some concrete proof about to appear? If I were evaluating the state of your imminent destiny, I’d say yes -- maybe not in a way that would satisfy a raging atheist, and maybe not with the blatant splash of an obvious divine intervention. But don’t even dismiss those possibilities, Taurus. It is the season of miracles and epiphanies for you. You should expect sublime help and inspiration.


(May 21-June 20):

My friend Riley was the first member of her family to attend college. None of her hardscrabble Irish forebears had ever pursued higher education. In her senior year, Riley began having nightmares of her relatives trying to stop her from finishing school. In one recurring dream, her great-grandfather burned all her textbooks. In another, a mob of aunts and uncles tackled her and held her down as she tried to get to class. Despite these psychic obstacles, Riley persevered in her studies and eventually got her diploma. The week after graduation, she had another dream: A host of her ancestors came to her in the form of a great choir singing songs in praise of her success. Riley’s psychotherapist speculated that the dream meant she had not only overcome the inertia of her heritage, but had also healed an ancient wound of her family. I believe this is akin to an accomplishment you will be capable of in the coming months.


(June 21-July 22):

I’m in quest of new role models. There’ve been some good ones in my life, and I’m grateful for how they’ve awakened me, but right now I need fresh heroes worth emulating. Know any? I’m not dogmatic about what I’m looking for, and am willing to be surprised, but here are a few qualities I admire: compassion combined with unpredictability, high integrity mixed with an intense commitment to creativity, and self-discipline blended with playfulness. I like smart talkers who are also savvy listeners, and people who have a balance of open-minded objectivity and emotional intelligence. By the way, what’s true for me is true for many of you, my fellow Cancerians: You could use a new role model, too, and it’s an excellent time to go in search of one.


(July 23-Aug. 22):

An American residing in Berlin had leukemia as well as AIDS. Doctors did a bone marrow transplant to cure the leukemia, obtaining stem cells from a healthy donor. The operation was a success -- the leukemia disappeared. As an added and surprising bonus, the HIV also left the patient’s body. He has been free of both diseases for two years. I predict a psychological version of this double cure for you in the coming weeks, Leo. The healing you receive for one type of suffering will unexpectedly heal another kind, too.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

There’s a rung missing on your ladder of success. I suppose you could see that as a problem. It means you won’t be able to climb higher by taking two manageable steps, but will be compelled to attempt a giant upward stride. I see this as potentially a good thing, though. The missing rung is exactly the kind of glitch that could activate your dormant reserves of ingenuity. It might even force you to become so smart and resourceful that you’ll ultimately rise to a point you wouldn’t have been able to if your ascent had come more easily.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant FEB 26 – MAR 04 09

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struggle,” said George Orwell. While that’s true for many of us most of the time, I’m betting you’ll be an exception to the rule in the coming week. You will find it easier than usual to escape from the trance of everyday life. As a result, perfectly obvious secrets that have been invisible to you will tap you gently on the forehead and say “Look at me!” After the initial shock, there’ll be a release of tension you didn’t even realize you were carrying around, followed by a warm, fuzzy explosion of raw hope.


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  “I D o n ’ t G o t U, B a b e ”-- s o I’ l l around.

just stick

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

The world is once again falling deeply in love with you. Let’s hope that on this occasion (unlike what happened the last two times) you will accept its adoration in the spirit in which it’s given. Let’s hope that if the world offers you the moon, the dawn, and the breeze, you won’t reject these gifts and say that what you really wanted was a comet, the sunset, and a pie in the sky. There would be nothing sadder than to see the world suffer yet another case of unrequited love.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“Everything is gestation and then bringing forth,” wrote poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “To let each impression and each germ of feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life.” I think it’s also the approach you should take in the coming weeks, Sagittarius, even if you’re not an artist. As smart as you are, there’s an even greater intelligence working discreetly within you that is more slyly brilliant and lushly visionary than your conscious mind. You owe it to your future to let it do its work.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In his book The Invention of Air, Steven Johnson says that as coffee drinking came into vogue in the 18th century, it became a driving force in the Age of Enlightenment. Prior to that time, alcohol had been the drink of choice -- more so even than water. As the stimulant replaced the intoxicant, the level of discourse rose dramatically. Creative ideas flourished and new discoveries and inventions proliferated. I bring this up, Capricorn, because I suspect that you’re entering your own personal Age of Enlightenment. Imbibing caffeine may not be necessary to fuel it, since cosmic energies will be conspiring to inspire your mental processes.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

If you put a corn chip in guacamole, take a bite, then dunk the chip in the bowl again, you’re doing what’s known as double-dipping. Scientists say it transfers about 2,750 bacteria from your mouth to the guacamole. I advise against that kind of behavior in the coming week, and I suggest that you protect yourself against others who might engage in it. This is one time when you should be a purity freak. Meticulous attention to both physical and mental hygiene will be wise. Please protect yourself from germs of both the literal and psychic variety.


(Feb. 19-March 20):

I’ve been asked by the leaders of the Piscean Support Group to pat you on the back -- and add a tender, friendly kick in the butt while I’m at it -- in celebration of your recent promise to leave your safety zone. They’re a bit worried that you’ll be so enamored of the new reserve of courage you’ve discovered lurking in your depths that you won’t muster the incentive to actually use that courage to its hilt. Please prove them wrong. Show us all what it’s like for a sensitive soul with a lyrical heart to seek raw adventure in virgin territory.

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1 “The Wizard of Oz” studio 2 Brian of ambient music 3 Small amount

4 Stole 5 Psychologist with a hierarchy of human needs 6 Prefix for meter 7 It’s carried across the globe every four years 8 1975 Wimbledon champ 9 “The Travels of ___ McPheeters” (1960s TV western with Charles Bronson and a teenage Kurt Russell) 10 Shenanigans 11 Sporting event with a Supercross competition 14 “Greetings!” 15 Say yes to 18 “And ___ I!” 21 Kelly’s cohost 22 Acid dropper’s need 23 “I have an idea!” 24 “For the Love of ___” (2009 VH1 reality show) 28 Slugger Sammy 30 Color TV pioneer 33 Digital readout, for short 34 Morse code bit 36 “Weird Al” Yankovic movie set at a TV station 37 ___ ipsum (faux-Latin phrase frequently used by publishers in placeholder text blocks) 38 Emphatic denial 39 Den, for one 42 Supporter of arms, for short 43 Popeye’s love Olive 44 Accident 45 Peter of “Lawrence of Arabia” 46 Phrase said without hitting the button, on TV 48 More foolish 49 ___ good example 50 Connery’s foil, in “S.N.L.” skits 53 Apparel brand with a “swoosh” symbol 54 Dazed and confused 57 Fails to keep it real? 58 Talk like a heavy smoker 61 It’s ordered in pints 62 Suffix for Hindu or hero 63 Napkin’s place

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a n d a n ot h e r t h i n g


by Michael Coulter

Economic Necessities? Must-haves in a time of need Apparently, our economy is going in the crapper. I know that was a little abrupt, and I hate to spring it on you like that, but apparently, it’s true. I don’t know, you’d think you’d hear something about it on the news or something, but evidently, they’re trying to keep a lid on it. Just in case you’re an idiot, I’m obviously trying to make a joke about something that really isn’t all that funny. You know, like usual. We’ve been warned repeatedly that our nation’s economy is going to get worse before it gets better, and you just get the general sense that everyone is being a little more conservative with their money ... if they still have any left. Regardless, there are a few things we’re not quite ready to give up just yet. I mean, we are still spending, but it’s just a little different. In December, we pried about 343 billion dollars from our tight little fists, but it doesn’t appear it was for the usual stuff like diamondencrusted spoons or shoehorns made of solid gold. Instead, it was for stuff we still needed or at least thought we did. Forbes Magazine put out a list the other day that talked about the not-quite necessities that we’re still purchasing, and looking at it makes me feel like we aren’t quite there yet as far as hitting rock bottom goes. The first thing they talked about was personal care products. Sales have risen in the last year on purchases such as shampoo, acne treatments and general grooming items. We may be going to hell in a handbasket, but we’re still going to look pretty awesome once we get there. It sort of makes sense though; if you can’t really afford to go out and do anything, you might as well do some personal rehab so you’ll look good the next time you do get out of the house for some fun. This should be five or 10 years from now, depending on whom you ask. If nothing else, we’ll have far more attractive Hoovervilles than they had back in the 1930s. Along the same lines, gym memberships have gone up about four percent from last year. Well, I suppose I can see that. It’s a marginally fun activity that at least gets a person out of the house and around other people. Hell, I’m one lazy bastard, and I’m going more than I used to. My thinking is that if things get really bad and I have to start stealing food, I want to be as fast and strong as possible for my getaways. After that, it gets a little trickier. We’re still buying smartphones out the ying-yang. I’m sure we’ll

find them very comforting when we’re all huddled in a cardboard box in an alley sometime in the near future. “Oh, look at this, here’s another fun restaurant we could be going to if we had any sort of money. Hey, let’s all guess what the tip would be for an imaginary bill of $127! Oh, wait, my phone totally does that for me. I’m so glad I have this smart bastard. Can somebody please pass me the gruel?” We’re also still shelling out the cash for video games and consoles. It’s strange — for the first time in a long time, gaming doesn’t seem quite as ridiculous to me as it once did. It keeps me amused, I can do it for hours on end and it’s actually a pretty reasonably priced alternative to most of my other vices. If nothing else, it’s just nice to have my wrist hurt for a different reason than usual. In fact, I could really see video games advancing in a different direction if the economic downslide continues. Instead of these far-fetched plots about saving the world, they could make them about complete fantasy. For example, you could portray a character who has a house and a car and a job. You’ll maneuver this character as he does things such as go to work or have a nice meal at a restaurant or even pay his mortgage. It might not sound that exciting now, but just wait until you haven’t done any of that for awhile. It’ll seem like Halo. Some of the other things we’re still paying for are getting pretty close to necessities. We continue to pay for car maintenance. It’s nice to have transportation ready in case we decide not to do something later. We also still seem to be buying toys for our kids. That’s nice, but a smarter idea might be to convince your children that a sewing machine is a sort of toy. That way, they’ll have a big fat smile on their face in a couple of years when they’re making Nikes for kids living in other countries. I suppose it’s nice we’re at least able to still buy some things, though. Either way, that part about it getting worse down the road makes it all seem a little scary, especially if all these kinds of purchases are suddenly out of our grasp. Have people actually been able to live without gym memberships and smartphones and video games in the past? Oh yeah, I guess they have. Our ancestors somehow managed to forge ahead without those sorts of things. I suppose it probably even makes you a better person or something. I gotta say, though, it really doesn’t strike me as all that much fun.

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