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EDITORâ€™S NOTE BRAD THORP
It makes me kind of sad that I wonâ€™t have any real photos of myself anymore. I have a few from when I was really little, but there arenâ€™t even that many of those. That number definitely falls off even further when you start to get into my awkward teenage years, I mean, how lame was it to get your picture taken, right? I did a great job of avoiding that whole process. In fact, there is very little record of me even existing between the ages of 13 and 16 (which may or may not be a good thing. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve decided yet). I started thinking about the â€œrecordâ€? I have for myself and, honestly, Iâ€™m not too happy about it. It is kind of like looking through your camera after a big weekend, or a party, and seeing that half of the pictures you thought were on there, donâ€™t even exist. It is quite a letdown. I tend to tie memories to tangible items, whether they be photos, ticket stubs or some other small item I picked up along the way. I have done this my entire life, keeping small reminders of good times, while not really being sure why. I only knew I would want to remember something. Now that I have a few years under my belt, I am very thankful I did this. I have a huge collection of things that serve as my tangible memory bank. Very similar to pictures in photo albums, I can look at these and recall so many intricate details of an event that I would have otherwise forgotten. Some of my best memories are â€œstoredâ€? this way. It is way too easy to forget the small details and the small memories that got you to where you are now. You can think of a whole period of time, maybe a year, maybe several, and pull out a few good memories, but those tend to be the major ones. There are lots of smaller ones that have made you who you are, even if you canâ€™t remember them. These are the memories we should hold on to tightest. These are the ones that say the most about you and where youâ€™ve been. I think it is important for us to keep these tangible reminders of ourselves, other than photos, so that we donâ€™t lose our own records. Through this process, hopefully one day Iâ€™ll be able to look back on my youth and recreate an accurate depiction of myself.
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WORLDFEST AT SPURLOCK MUSEUM by Jessica Bourque If you know what a guzheng, tabla and berimbau are, then congratulations! You are infinitely more cultured and music savvy then I am. But more importantly, you may want to check out Spurlock Museum’s upcoming WorldFest, a world music extravaganza that will feature musicians from all over the country. Not only will the event feature guzhengs, tablas and berimbaus, but also several other obscure instruments. “In WorldFest, we celebrate the many forms of cultural performance like storytelling, dancing, singing, playing music and puppetry from around the world. This spring’s WorldFest is a celebration of music,” said Kim Sheahan, WorldFest coordinator. WorldFest will take place on Saturday, March 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The lineup includes eight performers: Sandunga, William Hope, Yu-Chen Wang, Han-Jui Chen, Steve Gorn, Jason Finkleman, Manpreet Bedi and Phil Clark. Performers will not only play solo sets but also come together to play some unique duets. The performers represent genres of music from China, Brazil, Cuba, Africa, Australia and India. “We’ll be playing traditional didgeridoo and berimbau music, fusing the didgeridoo with world percussion and pushing stylistic boundaries for all the instruments we play,” said Clark. All of WorldFest’s featured musicians have travelled across the country (some across the world) to perform at many distinguished venues. To see all of these talented performers, Spurlock asks for a $5 donation. So even if you don’t know what a bansuri is (it’s a bamboo flute, by the way), listening to cool music by world-renowned musicians promises to be entertaining. Plus, there will be crafts for the whole family. As Clark put it, “Broadening your musical horizons is always a good thing!” buzz
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There are plenty of area farms to supply fresh, local produce and meat to CU
by Samantha Bakall
oing to school in central Illinois means seeing fields is nothing out of the ordinary. Illinois especially is known for growing incredible amounts of corn and soybeans for feed, ethanol and other uses. However, Illinois also has farms that do everything from growing fruits and vegetables to tending livestock and making cheese.
More information is available on all of these farms at their websites: » triplesfarms.com » bluemoonfarm.biz » tomahnousfarm.org » prairiefruits.com
Prairie Fruits Farm
Blue Moon Farm Only 10 miles north of CU is Blue Moon Farm, a small, 20-acre farm that also grows only organic produce. Blue Moon Farm offers a wide variety of vegetables such as kale, sugar snap peas, beets, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, kohlrabi, potatoes and asparagus. Blue Moon Farm sells about 70 percent of its produce at the Urbana’s Market at the Square. The rest of its produce is marketed to other restaurants and stores in the CU area, like the Common Ground Food Co-op and Strawberry Fields. Storage vegetables, potatoes and carrots, are available even through the winter months! The farm also has a winter market where orders are taken online and paid for upon pickup. Pickup is in the area behind the Common Ground Co-op in Lincoln Square Mall. This is a great way to continue eating and buying locally during the winter. 4
Tomahnous Farm Another certified organic farm, just north of Mahomet, Ill., Tomahnous Farm is a family run farm offering fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, flours, honey, eggs, milk and meat — veal, goat, lamb, chicken and turkey. Tomahnous doesn’t use pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics on any of its products. Its produce ranges from “asparagus to salad mix to zucchini, and both berries and tree fruit,” according to its website. In addition to its produce, Tomahnous sells a wide variety of flowers that are available year round! Like Blue Moon Farm, Tomahnous products can be found at the Market at the Square in Urbana. Tomahnous Farm also sells products at a farmer’s market called Market on Main in Mahomet. The Mahomet farmer’s market opens sometime in May on Wednesdays from 3–6 p.m.
Triple S Farm Located in Stewardson, Ill., Triple S Farm’s focus is on meat — chicken, turkey, hogs and cattle — and organic produce. Stan Scott Schutte, owner of Triple S Farm, has been cultivating the family farm’s 200 acres for over 30 years. “All the pastures are certified organic, and all the animals are drug free since 1998. The produce is certified organic, the poultry is free range and no GMO grains are used,” according to the farm’s website. Triple S Farm offers about every cut of meat available, including various types of bacon (peppered, Canadian, apple wood and nitrate-free); already prepared products like bratwursts, sausages, corned beef and hot dogs; uncommon cuts of beef like tri tip and sweetbread (very common in California; tri tip is the triangular end piece of sirloin. Sweetbread is the thymus gland); and poultry products, including free range eggs.
One of the more unusual local farms, Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, is the first farmstead cheese-making facility in Illinois. In addition to its cheese and dairy products, Prairie Fruits Farm grows certified organic tree fruits — peaches, apples, pears, cherries — and berries — strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries and jostaberries (described as a cross between a blackberry and a gooseberry). Prairie Fruits Farm’s specialties are its goat cheeses and goat milk. The cheese is sold at the Market at the Square in Urbana, Common Ground Co-op in Lincoln Square Mall and in stores such as Whole Foods in the Chicagoland area. The goats are on a “forage-based diet,” meaning they have free reign of the pastures and land to feed. When the weather is nice, Prairie Fruits Farm offers a “dinner on the farm,” where the farm’s chef prepares a five-course meal with fresh, local ingredients, most grown on the farm. The dinners give guests a great opportunity to experience local foods and flavors using ingredients grown in Illinois. Prairie Fruits also hosts Farm Open House Saturdays & Breakfast, where its sells some of its cheeses and local breakfast foods, and visitors are allowed to visit with the baby goats. Blue Moon and Tomahnous Farms also provide spring veggies such as kale, spring onions, shitake mushrooms and spinach.
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growing community Douglass Park Garden hopes to help expose the area to fresh produce and how to grow it by Emily Siner
ne year ago, sophomore Steve Heiss received a letter from the White House — Michelle Obama, to be exact. He was part of a team of students from the University involved in a national competition for funding to build the CU-Garden, an educational community garden in Champaign. So he asked the Obamas, who had just built an organic vegetable garden at the White House, for their support. The team ended up with Michelle’s endorsement and a $10,000 grant from accounting firm Ernst & Young. The team has started to build the garden in Champaign’s Douglass Park, located right across the street from Booker T. Washington Elementary. The school will use the garden to supplement its science program. In fact, senior Erin Harper, the executive director of CU-Garden, is currently helping to rewrite the school’s science curriculum to incorporate the garden into every grade’s education. Kindergarteners will learn about vegetables; third graders about insects; fifth graders, basic botany. But most importantly, all students will get to see firsthand where their food comes from — not from a supermarket,
but straight from the ground across the street. Almost 70 percent of the students come from low-income families, according to a CU-Garden presentation, and the CU-Garden program gives them the rare opportunity to eat fresh, locally grown food. In short, this garden may change their lives, one vegetable at a time. “We really hope that it will combat childhood obesity,” Harper said. “They can be exposed to fresh vegetables at an affordable price.” Community members can also rent out 8-by-4 foot beds in the garden for personal use. So far, the CU-Garden team has built three garden beds for the school and hopes to build the community beds this spring. But the team relies on student and community volunteers to build it. No matter how much gardening experience they have, they will be able to help make the Douglass Park garden functional and beautiful, Harper said. Starting at the end of March, the CU-Garden will be hosting workdays open to the public every Saturday, according to Harper. For updates on upcoming workdays, visit cu-garden.com.
Douglass Park in Champaign. Photo courtesy of cu-garden.com
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don’t waste your waste Food scraps can make excellent additions to your compost pile
by Keirstin Westfallen
aking trash and having food waste is inevitable, but it does not always have to go unused. Whether used for growing vegetables, flowers or other plants, compost is a worthwhile addition to most gardens. Composting also does not have to be an intense and time-consuming project, said Sandra Mason, horticulture extension educator at the University of Illinois Extension. “Composting is like a lot of things: You can make it a time-consuming issue as you want to,” she said. “Certainly, by adding more time, your time, you can get a finished compost product faster. It really depends on how fast you want to have that working compost.” Depending on the contents of a compost, materials could take a year to decompose naturally. However, by making the right additions to a compost, people can produce a finished product within six to eight weeks. “Once you get the finished compost, it just looks like soil,” Mason said. “It’s amazing what it used to be, and now it just looks like this wonderful soil you can add to your garden.” Speeding up the process involves shredding the materials going into the compost and monitoring what materials are actually being added.
Leaves, grass and food waste make good additions to compost. “We all have food waste,” Mason said. “So rather than putting it down the garbage disposal, which takes energy and uses up a lot of water, why don’t you go ahead and use that and put it into your compost? You’ll actually have a finished product that your plants will appreciate.” While composting is something Mason said could be done by the everyday homeowner, gardeners — vegetable gardeners, particularly — are the people who take it the most seriously. The organic matter in the compost goes a long way in helping to grow healthy plants, said Mason. The compost is a natural source of nutrients for the plants. Additionally, the organic matter helps to lock in soil moisture, reducing the amount of watering that needs to be done for a crop. In areas where the topsoil has already been replaced with clay, compost can make a difference in loosening that soil. Since composting is done with readily available materials, Mason called it a free source of soil addition. “If you have healthy soil, the plants themselves tend to be healthier,” she said. “Rather than relying on fertilizers, compost is one of those things
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The Adjustment Bureau, the latest action romance hybrid from Universal Pictures, is the story of David Norris (Matt Damon), an up-and-coming Obamaesque politician who discovers that the control of the world is not actually in the hands of the human race. In fact, every major decision made since the 1950s has been made secretly by a group of superior beings that at one point in the film are referred to as angels. Fortunately, this superior race has only our best interests in mind, so there is nothing to worry about — that is, until David falls in love with Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Unfortunately for David, his relationship with Elise was never supposed to happen, according to the master plan of the superior beings. Now, he can either forget BUZZ about her or have his personality erased. THURSDAY While the whole underlying concept of the film MARCH 3 may seemcorp a little ridiculous, it is actually very well note...keep this same size always fleshed out. The plot, which is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick (Minority Report, Do An1 X 5.417 droids Dream of Electric Sleep?), requires a certain 1/8th pagebut the film does take its suspension of disbelief, time to fully explain the world of the characters and the rules which guide them. Where the film really falls short is in the dialogue department. Often, it seems as if a really well orchestrated scene is completely deflated by a poorly placed pun, or awkwardly romantic line. Damon and Blunt are clearly trying their best to create
believable characters, and while their acting talent does shine through, they are never fully able to overcome the defects in the writing. The otherworldly beings are played by a group of slick-talking, middle-aged white men who seem to be playing a throwback to a 1950s version of themselves. They speak in short swift film noir-ish sentences and stare off into space for no apparent reason. It should come as no surprise that one of these fast-talking gents is played by John Slattery of Mad Men fame, an actor who seems to be becoming typecast as an old school company man. In this group is also one much younger man who dresses equally nice but does not seem to fit in. This character is played by a talented Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Notorious), but this odd casting choice is so out of place that it is even alluded to in the film itself. The film was gripping throughout: Every time I was sure I knew were the film was going, it turned in an unanticipated direction. But while the pacing is well done, nothing can make up for the atrocious dialogue. It is no surprise that Universal decided to push the film’s release date back from an award season September to the movie doldrums of March, though it is unfortunate that they did not spend this extra time making the film into something great. The Adjustment Bureau had a lot of potential, but it inevitably falls flat.
The coolest news I heard this week: by Matt Carey
Shane Black directing Iron Man 3
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who was disappointed with Iron Man 2. The story was all over the place, the action scenes were unexciting, and much of the film seems like nothing more than a set up for the Joss Whedon Avengers movie coming in 2012. When the director of the first two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau, announced he wouldn’t be returning to finish the trilogy, I was relieved. The first Iron Man, while a lot better than a movie about a millionaire who engineers a mechanical heart from scratch has any right to be, was still simply OK in my eyes. I actually enjoyed Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk more. But now I’m very excited to see
where they go with the series as Shane Black will be taking over to direct Iron Man 3. Shane Black has been an action movie screenwriter for nearly 20 years, breaking into the industry by writing Lethal Weapon. Six years ago, he wrote and directed arguably one of the best action/comedy hybrids ever, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Since its minimal release, the movie has gathered a cult following, and you all should consider joining in the craze. The movie deftly combines quick, witty dialogue and the tenseness that there are actual stakes at risk in the plot. If Shane Black can even bring a morsel of the cleverness displayed in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to Iron Man 3, then things are looking up for the series.
Admittedly, Al Gore is not the most captivating screen presence. But his documentary about how much we are all screwing up the planet manages to be a watchable film with a strong message. Sure, the movie is essentially one man presenting a really elaborate PowerPoint presentation, but at least the subject matter is interesting and has mass appeal, since it concerns all of us. Plus, the movie features a clip from one of the best animated shows ever, Futurama. In a movie so decidedly dour, at least there’s comic relief.
This is my favorite Pixar movie. I know a lot of people disagree with that, especially because Pixar’s library is filled with classics, but no film is a more effective display of the animation medium than WallE. The first half-hour of the film has nearly no dialogue and instead plays like the silent comedy that Buster Keaton never got to make. Thus, much of the humor comes from Wall-E’s subtle body movements, which is aided by the unbelievably gorgeous animation. I once got a chance to see this movie on Blu-Ray and I nearly fainted from the sheer awesomeness on display.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
What’s that you say? An anime movie from 1997 that is strangely prophetic about how Earthlings are destroying the planet and its natural resources? Why, Carey, you’ve finally lost it! But it’s true. Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo, countless other movies that well worth checking out) directed this film about the maniacal patrons of a town made of iron that look to destroy the forest beasts and their way of life. By the way, this isn’t the type of anime you’re used to seeing on Cartoon Network; this is bloody and violent and therefore really cool.
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Clothing Optional The Bard’s safest play takes a risqué turn
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by Jeff Nelson
this production of Dream would not take place in pre-classical Greece, but in the Caribbean just on the eve of Carnival, from which we derive our Mardi Gras. These special pre-Carnival reveries are called J’ouvert, and here our Midsummer is set. “J’ouvert is a major evening for transgressions where societal norms and sexual roles are bent,” said Dixon. “There is a communal agreement to transgress this night and give in to those desires that have been building throughout the year. In the bending of sexual roles, women can be more aggressive.” Shakespeare’s “G-rated” comedy in the woods is transformed into a license for licentiousness in the Caribbean with steel band accompaniments. No wonder her title for this adaptation is A Midsummer Night’s Dream — It’s a Bacchanal! The posters and Internet postings are clear about the transformation of this production: ”Strong adult content including full nudity — for mature audiences only.” “This is a play that is a celebration of the body as a component of the performing expression,” said Dixon. “The body needs to be released fully as a performing vehicle.” In his fascinating book, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Eric Partridge analyzes Shakespeare’s sexual allusions with thoroughness and a wonderful etymological perspective. He lists A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the play with least sexual references. He describes it as “a safe play, hence a favorite in school examinations.” Beginning March 3 at the Colwell Playhouse stage at Krannert Center, that traditional image will undergo a thorough reexamination. A Midsummer Night’s Dream — It’s a Bacchanal! will be performed on weekends from March 3 to March 13. Check for further information at krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.
There is a great scene in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder where he pays a visit to Queen Elizabeth I’s court and encounters William Shakespeare. In a brief encounter, he punches the Bard and declares, “That is for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years. Have you any idea how much suffering you are going to cause? Hours spent at school desks trying to find one joke in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?” Not a subtle moment in television comedy, but it makes a point. Making A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play from 1595-96, relevant to modern audiences takes some effort by even the most creative directors. UIUC Department of Theatre professor and director Lisa Gaye Dixon is pushing limits of what this Elizabethan fantasy offers. So what makes this story of fantasy, fairies, pranks and confused emotions so popular in spite of its age and dated humor? To begin with, it has everything mentioned in the previous sentence, and a plot full complex but fully understandable situations. Historian and documentary filmmaker Michael Wood adds, “The play contains some wonderful courtly poetry mixed with hilarious low-life scenes.” Mark van Doren, a locally-born Shakespearean scholar, notes while identifying some passages of lyrical poetry in Act IV, “Had Shakespeare written nothing else than this, he still might be the best of English poets.” Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck, ends these extravagant events with an apology for the play’s “weak and idle theme.” He may be indulging in a lapse of self-effacing modesty as he speaks for the Bard, but bad productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream are a confusing, crashing bore where the complex story and lyrical poetry run way ahead of the talent. Plus, any director of this theatrical warhorse faces numerous preconceived images audiences have of numerous productions and films of the piece that date back to 1909. Reinventing a well-worn classic without destroying its integrity is always a challenge. Dixon, however, has some noteworthy new ideas. Dixon is a local product: a former student at Champaign Centennial High School, a degree in anthropology from UIUC and an MFA in performance from Illinois State University. Having spent years in the acting circuit, she has returned home to assume the position of associate professor of theatre at UIUC. She first decided that
A Midsummer Night’s Dream — It’s a Bacchanal! Krannert Center, Colwell Playhouse When: Thursday, March 3, to Saturday, March 5, and
Thursday, March 10, to Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Address: 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Cost: $8 to $15
One on One
March 3 - 9, 2011
with todd marshall Graphic Artist
by Tasneem Mahmoud
nown for his distinctive sketches of prehistoric creatures, Todd Marshall is a graphic artist who started his career by painting album covers for rock ‘n’ roll artists before moving on to tattooing, painting motorcycle tanks and becoming an airbrush teacher. When he began attending Art Center College of Design in California, he took an interest in sketching dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. He was inspired by Mark “Crash” McCreery, head designer at Stan Winston Special Effects Studios, which designed motion pictures such as Jurassic Park. Aiming to inspire young artists, Marshall will have an exhibit of his work on display at indi go artist co-op through Tuesday, March 8. » buzz: When did you first take an interest in art? Todd Marshall: Since I can remember, actually. I’ve always sketched and loved art. ... I was always captivated by my dinosaur books and films when I was really young. They always had a marvelous way of transporting my imagination, and I had always wished that I could someday do the same for others through my artwork. It wasn’t until my early adult life that I really took my art seriously, though, but most of that is because of the incredible backing and support of my wonderful family, good friends, colleagues and mentors. I’ve been producing paleo-art for the last 11 years professionally of my 23 plus years in entertainment art/concept art production, and I’m loving every second I get to focus on it. Prehistoric vertebrate animals are my heart’s pure passion and obsession. It seems like every spare minute I’m lost in the Mesozoic somewhere/sometime.
» buzz: Which artists inspire you the most? TM: That’s such a tricky question. Truth be told, every artist has something so special to add and to admire and respect about their vision and talent. Every artist. I love seeing these magnificent animals through other artists’ eyes and minds. I find it so inspiring. If I had to pin something down, though, ... I guess I would say art by some of the old school artists that really made an impact on my life at a very young age. Artists like Charles R. Knight, of course. ... I was also captivated by the illustrations by Peter Zallinger and Rod Ruth, to name a few. I still have those old books, and I’ll never be without them! I cherish them, and there is still something about their art when I look at it that totally transports me away in my mind ... pure magic! » buzz: Have you always been interested in sketching prehistoric creatures? TM: Oh, yes. I think I’ve been fascinated by dinosaurs from some of my youngest memories. My favorite story being that I remember watching One Million Years B.C. and being just blown away. Remember now, that was in the late ‘60s, and that was top-notch special effects for the time. I really believed that somehow they had timetraveled someone with a movie camera back in time and filmed these awesome animals! I watched the movie, got up and started drawing dinosaurs. My father came home and said, “Well ... that’s great, Todd. Now let’s try learning how to write your name!” When I was a kid, I would stay up to any hour of the night waiting for any movie having dinosaurs in it ... King Kong (the original), Valley of Gwangi,
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Photo used with permission from Todd Marshall
The Lost World, just any of them! Anything with dinosaurs and monsters! I’ve never gotten over the magic and love I have for these animals. So, basically, I guess that also shows that drawing/art I’ve always done as far back as I can remember. They’ve both been in my heart for 43 years now. I’ve always thanked my wonderful parents though for being so supportive and encouraging through my life with my heart’s fascinations. » buzz: What is the most challenging aspect about being an artist? TM: Well, I love realism in the type of art I produce to a high level, but I also love trying to reach a balance of that and of leaving places for the viewer’s mind to fill in my artwork. It’s a very delicate balance. » buzz: Do you plan to pursue music again at any point? TM: Ha! You caught me off guard with that question! Good one. Yes, actually. I’m in the very rough stages of putting together a new rock band project. I love old classic rock and roll and rhythm and blues, so I want to form a fun new rockabilly project. I want the old-school sound mixed with a contemporary cutting-edge
crunch sound. I’m actually looking for a stand up bass player right now! Any of you crazy cats out there, look me up! I have a great guitarist and drummer, and we’re ready to start flirting with danger, baby. So lock up your daughters, Champaign, we’re gonna rock you. » buzz: What are your future goals as an artist? TM: I just want to keep learning and honing my skills, first off. I truly believe artists never stop learning. I mean, if you think you know it all and you’re the cat’s meow, then man, you’re done. Move on. I never want to feel that way about what I do. I’ve got some great projects lined up for the future, and I’m trying to finish others right now I’m really proud of. I really just want my art to help inspire others, to mentor and pass my knowledge on and for others to reach for their dreams, search their hearts and really go for it! You can’t go wrong if you follow your heart. Sure, you always have disappointments along the way, but you’ll always experience the most fantastic highs, feel so much pride, do so much good in the world if you just follow your heart and stay true to yourself. Corny? Yeah, maybe, but true. Go ahead. Challenge yourself and see what happens!
Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Krannert
by Clara Bush Mark Morris Dance Group will perform March 4 and 5 in the Tryon Festival Theatre — its 12th show at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The group, whose headquarters are in Brooklyn, N.Y., first came to the Illinois campus in 1987 and have come annually since 2001. “We started a relationship with them many years ago,” said Bridget Lee-Calfas, public information director for Krannert. This year, Mark Morris Dance Group will perform three pieces from its active repertoire: two set to selections from Mozart Dances entitled “Eleven” and “Double,” and one set to Lou Harrison’s “Grand Duo.” Each piece features live music, something for which the company is known. According to Mark Morris, its founder, “music is meant to be played,” and while it is unusual that the company insists on only performing to live music, Morris doesn’t find it odd. “Why not?” he said. “It’s just way better.” The group premiered the “Eleven” and “Double” in 2006. “Eleven” features 15 dancers accompanied by four string instruments and a piano, while “Double” features 16 dancers accompanied by two pianos, according to Helen Frank, marketing director for Mark Morris Dance Group . 10
Used with permission from KCPA and Mark Morris Dance Group. Photo by Stephanie Berger.
The final piece, “Grand Duo,” set to music composed by Lou Harrison of the same title, has four parts and features 14 dancers accompanied by violin and piano. The group premiered the piece in 1993. This show is also part of the Shadow Program, which is designed to give dance students an understanding of the dynamics of being part of a professional company. “It’s an opportunity to do some mentoring and give them the opportunity to see what it’s like,” said Lee-Calfas.
Three University dancers who have an interest in dancing professionally were chosen this year by the dance department. This performance was the first leg of the program. The dancers will also go to Mark Morris Dance Group’s headquarters in Brooklyn for a week. Though the group hails from New York, it calls Krannert its “Midwest home.” “Lucky for us, Krannert has been [letting the company perform] for a long time, so we developed an audience,” said Morris. “My work is supported here.” Morris said all he can ask for when people see the show is that they watch and listen. “I wouldn’t want them to expect anything,” said Morris. For a “casual encounter between the audience and the company,” as Lee-Calfas described it, Mark Morris and a few company members will facilitate a discussion after the show. “Mark Morris Dance Group is not untouchable,” said Frank. “It’s important that Mark Morris, the choreographer and the dance group be involved with the people who exist in the world. Dance isn’t something that exists in a vacuum.”
catching up with ...
March 3 - 9, 2011
The Beeson Brothers
by Jeremy Lin buzz magazine caught up with The Beeson Brothers, a band of four brothers who play a combination of blues, rock and funk. Right now, they are playing shows around CU, including a benefit concert at The Canopy Club on Friday, March 4. » buzz: What are you guys up to? Drew Beeson: We’re looking forward to the spring and playing some outside shows. Myles Beeson: Winter is a slower season for music and concerts, but when you get into spring and summer, there are a lot of really fun outside shows. So we’ve just been practicing a whole bunch of stuff. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we’re doing. » buzz: You guys are playing a couple of shows around CU soon. Tell us more about these. MB: It’s a benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief. ... It’s also the Summer Camp on the Road Tour. Basically, the Summer Camp guys have a tour that goes into a bunch of different cities and college campuses, and they have kind of a battle of the
bands. How it works is, however many fans you have come vote for you. One of the bands from that night gets selected to play at Summer Camp music festival. DB: The Cowboy [Monkey] show is going to be a little bit different. We’ll be headlining that one. There will be a couple of openers. That’ll be more relaxed. We have a longer set, so we can play some new stuff. » buzz: I have to ask: Do you have other brothers besides you four? MB: Yeah. We’ve got one more brother. His name is Nolan. He’s a sophomore in high school. DB: He plays a little bit of bass and drums. So we’re kind of shooting for, once he gets a little older, incorporating the fifth brother, which would be cool. » buzz: How has being in a band consisting of family members affected your music? Have you guys had any arguments on tour? DB: It works out because, since we are a big family, everything is really family-oriented. We’re all influenced by each other a lot. You get a lot of
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The Beeson Brothers in Champaign on Feb. 17, 2011. Photo by Sean O’Connor
sway out of that. When we started listening to music, my dad introduced us to old ‘50s and ‘60s stuff, and we all kind of stuck with that. It’s cool because as we’ve all grown, we all got our own taste of music. It’s cool because we all have the same root, but we are different off-shoots.
» buzz: The members of the band have all attended UIUC. How do you balance school and a band? MB: We do have regular practices scheduled, and they can run pretty late, till two in the morning or something. Yeah, it’s not easy, but it’s something we all like doing, so we just keep on going.
Keller Williams prepares to return to The Canopy Club
by Kaitlyn Henaghan
eller Williams has been interested in music since he was a mere toddler. He got his first guitar when he was three, but he just pretended he could play until he was about 12. He switched from guitar to a hockey stick eventually because it was easier to hold. He got a piece of twine that acted as both a strap and cable, and this acted more like an electrical guitar. Eventually, Williams had his buddy teach him the basic guitar chords, and he was able to put the chords to music he heard on the radio, developing his style from influences such as Michael Hedges, Victor Wooten and Jerry Garcia. Music was an important part of his household growing up. “My first real instrument is much like most kids’: pots and pans!” Williams said. “I would always just bang around on those and make whatever music I could. The piano was another stop on the daily rounds I would make around my house as a kid.” Williams said he was able to play by ear and pick up songs pretty quickly. He also played trombone when he was in high school, and it’s starting to creep its way back into his musical style. Williams got his first real gig when he was 16, playing small things like talent shows. He started to get bigger crowds around New Year’s in either ’98 or ’99, he said, when he started incorporating the bass into his loops, and people started to dance and take notice of what he was really doing.
The band, String Cheese Incident, is what really gave Williams his big push. “String Cheese Incident kicked me out of the restaurant and bar gigs I was playing and brought me to the national level. They really propelled me forward in terms of where my career went,” Williams said. Although his shows usually have a plethora of instruments incorporated, Williams is trying to have more of a “weekend warrior” mentality and do more with less. In general, he’ll only rock two guitars and a bass. On one of the guitars is a synthesizer pickup, so he’ll play the guitar while making one of hundreds of different sounds. If he’s at a theater with a nice piano, he’ll incorporate that into his set as well. Fans will notice a very interesting feature while he performs on stage: He does it all barefoot. “It started off as a comfort thing, but once live phrase sampling started happening, my toes became very important because I have to hit small buttons with them. It went from comfort to a necessity,” Williams said. Although Williams has a fairly recent album, he will not be playing any of these songs at The Canopy Club concert for one big reason — they’re directed at kids ages 10 and under. He recently recorded this as well as publishing a kids’ book. “The book really started off as a song I wrote. I sent it to a friend, he illustrated it, and the next thing I know, I’m a children’s book author!” Williams said. “As far as the album Kids, I wanted
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to make music for kids that the parents would actually enjoy listening to as well. This album opened up a whole new world I never even knew existed: the power of children’s music and the community that’s out there to support it.” Williams has played at The Canopy Club once
a year for the past 10 years. Come check him out this Thursday, March 3, at The Canopy Club, where he’ll be playing music off of his 16 albums (with the exception of Kids, of course). Tickets will be $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30. buzz
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Vision of green
QUICK PICK ALBUM review ARTIST:
King of Limbs
Grab the headphones and 37 minutes. Push aside any distractions. King of Limbs requires your complete attention. Radiohead released this latest nugget free of charge on Friday, Feb. 18, on its website, though it only remained up for less than a week. After In Rainbows’ release, where fans could pick up the album at any price they were willing to pay, King of Limbs’ form of release was not shocking but still far from the norm. Short, but not exactly sweet, Radiohead continues with the haunting of vocals of Thom Yorke but lacks the melodic tones of past albums like OK Computer. Drums, rather than guitar, push the songs along. My favorite would be the second track, “Morning Mr. Magpie,” because it will be as close as this album gets to upbeat or melodic. If you’d like to best experience this album, you might care to sit in a dark room with two room-sized surround sound speakers and play it on loop about seven times. That seventh time will be worth the effort put in, but you must be patient with this one to find the treasure. —Ashley Sarver ARTIST:
Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean
Iron & Wine will never cease to make something so repetitive so beautiful. Starting with his 2002 album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, Samuel Beam made simple yet complete songs that play with sincere compassion. Nothing ever felt forced, and tracks played with an easy edge. It’s music that just sounds right. His latest, Kiss Each Other Clean, is no different, though it’s certainly continued the journey away from his first very acoustic album. It lacks some of the melodies that made much of his earlier work so memorable, but its new layers and creative additions make up for it. Some songs are admittedly slightly boring; I’m not exactly sure what the first song, “Walking Far From Home” contributes to the album. I wouldn’t call this album anything special, but it certainly has its perks with “Big Burned Hand” and “Your Fake Name is Good Enough For Me,” which include some awesome horn additions. Each album Beam puts out retains his humble quality while still sounding new, and this one is no exception. —Carrie McMenamin ARTIST:
The Rural Alberta Advantage
by Ashley Sarver
he Giving Tree Band began with a vision and two brothers, Todd and Eric Fink. Their vision for the band was a reflection of their personal lives that they wanted to carry over into their work as artists: to make environmentally-focused life choices. This vision and formation of a band began in 2004, a time when “going green” was not as popular and trendy. Now consisting of seven close friends, the band has made both small and big efforts to stay aligned with its green lifestyle. The members play with instruments made from reclaimed woods, such as naturally fallen trees and recycled wood from decks or old instruments. The album they’re currently touring to promote was recorded using a zero-carbon method, and the album’s cases are made using recycled paper. The Giving Tree Band encourages other musicians to make similar green choices, like buying new instruments from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified companies and making CD sleeves with at
least a certain percentage of recycled materials. This family-like group of talented guys spreads its message of being nice to the greenness around us by just “being happy, as cliché as it sounds.” “Love and joy attract people and makes them want to know what’s behind that,” explained Todd. Witnessing just one of their performances will convince you of their genuineness and downto-earth lifestyles that are sure to inspire you to make more environmentally friendly choices in your life. The seven perform with constant harmonies through voice, violin, banjo, guitar, steel guitar and mandolin, and they keep the beat moving and kickin’ through the upright bass and drums. Their green efforts are as enlightening as their energy-filled performances. If you want to see how this band does all these things practically while catching some killer folk tunes, look out for the show on Saturday, March 26, at The Canopy Club with Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos.
When The Rural Alberta Advantage re-released its debut album, Hometowns, on Saddle Creek Records in 2009, the Canadian indie-rock trio blew up, but definitely not to the point of super-stardom. The typical listener wants big music, and The Rural Alberta Advantage doesn’t ever promise to deliver that but is perfectly fine without it, especially on its sophomore album, Departing. The band’s lack of bass and minimal instrumentation of guitar, keyboard and drums represents the core attribute of The Rural Alberta Advantage’s unique musical style. Summed up, the album feels homey and relaxing, even at its loudest moments in songs like “Stamp,” where the drummer blasts beats over a jumpy, heartbreaking melody. The band members collaborate perfectly and create the illusion that the listener is actually a part of the music. Departing is a feel-good album ironically about breakups — about regaining that calm composure afterward with the help of folked-up songs like “Coldest Days” that encourage melodramatic swaying. You can get it yourself on March 1. —Adam Barnett
The Giving Tree Band on its environmental mission
Photo taken by Tracy Graham. Used with permission from The Giving Tree Band
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I got nothin’ but Bieber fever!
Green Fever Student organizations devote their efforts to a sustainable future by Eli Chen
aybe you recycle. Maybe you ride a vintage bike and clip your stylish water canteen to it every day. Or maybe you don’t do any of these things but want to become more involved. If you’re wondering how you can help, here are four organizations who can answer.
ROOTS AND SHOOTS Founded in the 1990s by Dr. Jane Goodall, Roots and Shoots is a global organization that seeks to promote public education on environmental issues by offering volunteering opportunities. The UIUC chapter is currently working with local grade schools such as Westview Elementary to educate children on endangered species and recycling. They also perform clean-ups at the Champaign County Forest Preserve. In addition to volunteering activities, they offer a variety of social and fundraising events. “If we don’t do something to help the earth or the environment, what’s going to happen in 10 or 100 years?” said Margaux Leja, president. “You have to make little steps on an individual level to make a difference in the long run.”
Society for Environmental Studies Although this RSO is less campaign-intensive than other organizations, it seeks to unite people passionate about the same causes. Founded last spring, it was initially meant to bring together students in the School of Earth, Society and Environment, but the club now welcomes all majors. “We want to provide a place to congregate and brainstorm about things we’d like to work on,” said Kim Pekar, president of SES. “We talk about classes we’ve taken, and we’ve even started this corny thing called ‘greenformation’ to share what we’re passionate about.” SES puts on various social events, with the possibility of a trip to Kickapoo and a sustainable scavenger hunt this semester. Additionally, the group is looking to help campus bars implement glass recycling.
Students for Environmental Concerns If you hunger for activism, Students for Environmental Concerns (SEC) is the organization for you. Being the oldest environmental organization on campus, SEC has a long history of accomplishments, from stopping dam construction at Allerton during the ‘60s to raising student fees for sustainable projects. President Amy Allen said the group is working on initiating composting for a garden project in north Champaign and fighting to build a wind turbine on campus this year. SEC offers many opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with green campaigns.
Red Bison Working with the environment isn’t just about attending meetings — it’s about getting your hands dirty. Focused primarily on ecological restoration, Red Bison meets every Sunday to clean up and remove invasive species in CU fields. Currently, members are working on a project to revive prairies next to the president’s house and along the edge of Savoy. “We really value prairies, and it’s an important part of our natural heritage,” said president Sarah Menning. “Now there’s less than 1 percent of them remaining. It’s really important to preserve biodiversity in these areas and appreciate prairies.” Despite the small size of the organization, Menning enjoys the Red Bison “family” that she has gained from her involvement.
Zach Channic , Devin Lundberg, amd Chris Kunz, members of Red Bison, clear away invasive plants along a strip of prairie in Savoy. Photos by Eric Kwan
MARCH 3 - 9, 2011
Another classic story is brought to CU viewers
by Tracy Woodley
he Art Theater in downtown Champaign is bringing an Italian stage classic to its screen this weekend. On Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at noon, the theater will be showing a digital recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 opera La Traviata as part of the Art Theater’s Performing Art series that features recorded performances of famous operas, ballets and productions of Shakespeare plays.
Art Theater operator Sanford Hess has recently begun the Performing Art series, which features recorded performances of famous operas, ballets and plays. Photo by Jaci Wandell
According to its Emerging Pictures fact sheet and operaincinema.com, La Traviata, or “the Fallen Woman,” is an opera in three acts and tells the story of Violetta Valery, a young Parisian, who meets admirer Alfredo Germont and falls in love. Conflict arises when Alfredo’s father forces Violetta to leave his son because their relationship has created a scandal for the Germont family. Violetta must comply, despite her love of Alfredo, and tells him that she no longer loves him. Alfredo denounces her throughout Paris, and months later Violetta becomes gravely ill with tuberculosis. Alfredo learns of his father’s actions and of Violetta’s profound love and becomes remorseful, as he realizes that it may be too late to ask for her forgiveness. The opera was adapted from the play La Dame aux Camellias, which was based on the novel of the same name written by Alexandre Dumas. The performance in the recording was staged at the Royal Opera House in London on June 26, 2009, and stars several renowned singers, including American soprano Renée Fleming as Violetta and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Alfredo Germont. The role is a demanding one, and requires a wide vocal range as well as endurance — Violetta is onstage for almost the entire performance. Art Theater operator Sanford Hess said he brought the Performing Art series to the theater to offer “more opportunities for fans to come out.” The series also infuses variety into the theater’s schedule, adding to its current program of movies. “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do since I joined the Art Theater in 2010,” said Hess.
The pieces in the Performing Art series are obtained through Emerging Pictures, which is an extensive digital specialty film and alternate content distributor in the United States. Emerging Pictures provides theaters with a wide range of programming that includes recordings of live performances as well as foreign and independent films. Hess chooses the pieces in the series from the catalogue with recommendations from staff at Emerging Pictures, though the pieces are all selected from Emerging Picture’s current releases. To accommodate the presentation of the films in the series, new hardware had to be installed in the Art Theater’s viewing space, said Hess. Emerging Pictures releases its films in digital prints, which require the latest projection technologies. According to Hess, the Art Theater will be showing one opera and ballet per month until June. So far the series has been well received, and Hess said the theater will continue to show these films as long as people come.
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THuRsday 3 live music Jazz in the Courtyard Illini Union, U, 12pm Billy Galt and Jeff Kerr AnSun, C, 7pm The Diva and The Dude Emerald City Lounge, C, 8pm An Evening with Keller Williams Canopy Club, U, 9:30pm, $23 Doors open at 8pm
dj Milk and Cookies at Klub Kam’s Kam’s, C, 8pm DJ BJ Dance Night Po’ Boys, U, 8pm Here Come the Regulars Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Stitches at The Clark Bar The Clark Bar, C, 10pm DJ Luniks Firehaus, C, 10pm, $5 Open Deck Night Radio Maria, C, 10pm
dance music Swing Dance Illini Union, U, 9pm
karaoke DJ Bange Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 8:30pm RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A Moment Productions Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A Moment Productions Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm
open mic S.P.E.A.K. Cafe Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 7pm
movies IPRH Film Series: After Hours Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 5:30pm Best Worst Movie The Art Theater, C, 10pm
stage A Midsummer’s Night Dream — It’s Bacchanal
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $15 For mature audiences only Jupiter’s Comedy Club Jupiter’s II, C, 8pm Open Stage at Red Herring Red Herring Coffeehouse, U, 9pm
Foundations of Tango Phillips Recreation Center, U, 8:30pm, $35
DJ Bange Karaoke Phoenix, C, 9pm
A Midsummer’s Night Dream — It’s Bacchanal live music Krannert Center for the Lukas Clide Performing Arts, U, Illini Union, U, 12pm 7:30pm, $15 Art and Bluegrass at the For mature audiences only IMC The Fairy Doll lectures Urbana-Champaign Inde- Virginia Theatre, C, 7pm, pendent Media Center, U, $7-$9 Language Processing 6pm, $3 Mark Morris Dance Brown Bag Seminar The Band Of Heathens Group Beckman Institute, U, Highdive, C, 7pm, $15 Krannert Center for the 12:30pm New Riders of the Golden Performing Arts, U, campus activities Maize 7:30pm, $10-$36 Huber’s West End Store, Hummus Competition festivals C, 8pm 2011 Amy Mitchell Trio with El The Illini Juggling and The Hillel Foundation — Guapo Unicycle Club’s Annual The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Boomerang’s Bar and Grill, Festival U, 8pm Armory, C, 6pm Life, C, 6pm Matt Poss museum exhibit kids & families Memphis on Main, C, opening 9pm Baby Time Paleo Exhibit and BranchDouglass Branch Library, C, D-ROKA Cowboy Monkey, C, ing Out Reception 10:30am Indi go artist co-op, C, Thursdays at the Library 10:30pm, $3 7pm Champaign Public Library, dj C, 3pm museum exhibit DJ Tommy Williams ARTfusion Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Winter Prairie Skies Douglass Branch Library, DJ Mella D William M. Staerkel PlanC, 4pm Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm etarium, C, 7pm miscellaneous DJ Cal Emmerich Secrets of the Sun Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm William M. Staerkel PlanJapanese Tea Ceremony DJ Delayney etarium, C, 8pm Japan House, U, 2pm, $6 Call 244-9934 to register Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 lectures Tour of Japan House dance music Friday Forum: US PeaceJapan House, U, 4pm Urbana Country Dancbuilding Efforts in Iraq classes & workshops ers Contra Dance and and Afghanistan: Success or Failure and How Do Home Ownership Course Workshop Phillips Recreation Center, We Know Land of Lincoln Legal AsU, 6:30pm, $4-$5 University YMCA, C, 12pm sistance Foundation, C, New dancer orientation at Chat ‘n Chew: Self-De6pm termination vs. Federal Storytelling: Telling Your 7:30pm Brazilian Carnival Regulation Story in Word, Color, Radio Maria, C, 10pm, $7 Native American House, Fiber, Bead and Stitch Doors open at 9pm for U, 12pm Shared Space: An Artist VIP guests Brazil as a Player in Co-op , U, 6pm, $50 South-South Cooperation Tango Quick Start to Promote Sustainable Channing-Murray Founda- concert Ian Hobson Development in Drylands tion, U, 6:15pm, Krannert Center for the of Latin America, Africa $25-$35 Performing Arts, U, and Asia Restorative Circles Beckman Institute, U, Presentation and Practice 7:30pm, $4-$10 3:30pm Group World of Science Talk Champaign Public Library, karaoke RockStarz Karaoke — William M. Staerkel PlanC, 6:30pm Presented by Seize A etarium, C, 7pm, $1 Latin Dance Moment Productions Parkland College, C, recreation Senator’s Bar & Grill, Sa6:30pm, $55 voy, 9pm Open Gym Volleyball Belly Dance 101 Karaoke at Po’ Boys Champaign County Parkland College, C, Po’ Boys, U, 9pm Brookens Administration 7:30pm, $35
Moment Productions Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm RockStarz Karaoke — kids & families Presented by Seize A Moment Productions Tales for Twos Douglass Branch Library, C, Boomerang’s Bar and Grill, U, 9pm 10:30am Center, U, 5:30pm, $1 Photo ID required for admission
Zoo Improv Champaign Public Library, C, 2pm
fundraisers Taste of the Town 2011 Memorial Stadium, C, 6pm, $50-$100
The Ofﬁcial Unofﬁcial Summer Camp: On the Road Canopy Club, U, 8pm, $5
CU Comedy Show — Double Headliner Memphis on Main, C, 7pm, $5 A Midsummer’s Night Dream — It’s Bacchanal Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $15 For mature audiences only The Fairy Doll Virginia Theatre, C, 2pm, $7-$9 Mark Morris Dance Group Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10-$36 La Traviata The Art Theater, C, 12pm, $18-$20 PechaKucha Night Canopy Club, U, 8:20pm, $7
World Heritage Student Exchange Program Informational Session Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm
miscellaneous International Coffeehouse Etc. Coffee House, U, 4pm
saTuRday 5 live music WorldFest 2011 Spurlock Museum, U, 12:30pm Live Jazz with Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Kilborn Alley Blues Band Phoenix, C, 9pm Brushﬁre Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $5 Blues Deacons Bentley’s Pub, C, 9pm The Duke Of Uke Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $5
dj DJ Randall Ellison Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 DJ Belly Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm DJ Space Police Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm DJ Luniks Highdive, C, 10pm, $5
festivals The Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club’s Annual Festival Armory, C, 9am
museum exhibit Secrets of the Sun William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm Solar System Safari William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 7pm
Ikebana Workshop Japan House, U, 9:30am Call 637-5221 to register
sunday 6 live music Live Jazz with Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Sonic Explorations for Two Saxophones Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 3pm Live Irish Music with Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, 5:30pm Dennis Stroughmatt and L’Esprit Creole Iron Post, U, 7:30pm
miscellaneous World Heritage Student Exchange Program Informational Session Champaign Public Library, C, 2pm
classes & workshops
food & drink
Sunday Brunch with a Diva Emerald City Lounge, C, 10am, $9
La Traviata The Art Theater, C, 12pm, $18-$20 Drag Show Chester Street, C, 10pm, $4
kids & families
Watercolor Faculty Discussion Parkland Art Gallery, C, 3pm
RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A
Open Gym Basketball Champaign County Brookens Administration Center, U, 1pm, $1 Photo ID required for admission
Open Mic Night Phoenix, C, 9pm
Reaching Out To Homeless Women First United Methodist Church of Champaign, C Call 356-9078 for more information
How the Past Was Green, or Was It? Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet, 2pm
Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J Radio Maria, C, 10pm
Kids Climbing Adventure Clinic Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 10am, $20-$28 Nano Days Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 1pm
Salsa Dance Lessons: Beginners Capoeira Academy, C, 6pm, $5 Salsa Dance Lessons: Intermediate/Advanced Capoeira Academy, C, 7:30pm, $5
Dinosaur Duets with the Urbana Pops Orchestra Indi go artist co-op, C, 6pm Classics III: The Highlands and the Horn Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $5-$31
Big Dave’s Trivia Night Cowboy Monkey, C, 7pm Trivia Night The Blind Pig Brewery, C, 7pm Bentley’s Bitchin Bingo Bentley’s Pub, C, 7:30pm
classes & workshops kids & families
The Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club’s Annual Festival Armory, C, 9am
museum exhibit opening Feature Exhibit Rededication Spurlock Museum, U, 1pm
MOnday 7 live music One Dollar Wild Mondays Canopy Club, U, 10am Jesse Johnson Illini Union, U, 12pm
dj DJ Randall Ellison Chester Street, C, 9:00 pm, $2 ‘80s Night with DJ Mingram Highdive, C, 10pm
karaoke RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A Moment Productions Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 10pm
March 3 - 9, 2011
Monday Night Comedy Illini Union, U, 7pm Abe Froman Project Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9pm
Tarot Reader Boltini Lounge, C, 7pm
8th Grade Dance Joe’s Brewery, C, 11pm
classes & workshops karaoke
Spurlock Museum, U, 7pm Leadership Speaker Series: Chris Gardner Illini Union, U, 7pm
Goodnight Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm
Rainbow Coffeehouse Etc. Coffee House, U, 6pm
Nutrition Cafe Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 4pm Tea Ceremony Study Group Japan House, U, 6pm, $7 Top Rope Belay Endorsement Clinic Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 9pm, $30-$40
RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A Moment Productions Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm RockStarz Karaoke — Presented by Seize A Moment Productions The Corner Tavern, Monticello, 8pm Dragon Karaoke The Clark Bar, C, 9pm
Open Mic Tuesdays Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm
T-N-T Tuesday Night Trivia with Cara and Tanino Boltini Lounge, C, 7pm Trivia Tuesdays Memphis on Main, C, 7pm
Duplicate Bridge Game Ginger Creek Shops, C, 7pm Bingo Night Memphis on Main, C, 8pm
Alec Stern Illini Union, U, 12pm Andy Moreillon Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 7pm Craig Gaskin and Friends Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 7:30pm Dueling Guitars Jupiter’s II, C, 8pm The Piano Man Canopy Club, U, 9pm Tuesday Night Troubadours Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm
A Call to Arts: Open Critiques Art Coop, U, 7pm
Table Talk Book Club Douglass Branch Library, C, live music 6:30pm Kirby Kaiser Illini Union, U, 12pm kids & families Happy Hour Jazz Tuesday Twos Emerald City Lounge, C, Champaign Public Library, 6pm C, 9:45am, 10:15am, Live Irish Music 10:45am Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Walk-in Storytime and Caleb Cook Creative Play Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, Class Act, C, 2pm, $2 9pm
lectures If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the U of I Observatory Loomis Lab, U, 8pm
campus activities Nutrition Walk In La Casa Cultural Latina, U, 5pm
kids & families O Baby! Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am Rookie Cooks Douglass Branch Library, C, 4pm
lectures Know Your University: The Sustainable Student Farm: Learn, Grow Food and Eat It University YMCA, C, 12pm Nazi-Looted Art and U.S. Museums
Revive, Restore, Relax: Weston Wellness Weston Residence Hall, C, 3pm Stress Less Party Illini Union, U, 5pm
community Locals’ Night Po’ Boys, U, 4pm
illini media Frat Feud The Red Lion, C, 10pm
classes & workshops
dj DJ Tommy Williams Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 Country Night Highdive, C, 8pm DJ Randall Ellison Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Old School Night Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Wompdown Wednesdays: Chalice Mug Night! Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $1 I Love The ‘90s with DJ Mingram Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm
Real Computing Help Douglass Branch Library, C, 6pm
Salsa and Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm
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MARCH 3 – 9
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
“That Certain Chemistry”—watch where you drink
March 21-April 19
“The most fundamental form of human stupidity is forgetting what we were trying to do in the first place,” said Friedrich Nietzsche. So for instance, if you’re the United States government and you invade and occupy Afghanistan in order to wipe out al-Qaeda, it’s not too bright to continue fighting and dying and spending obscene amounts of money long after the al-Qaeda presence there has been eliminated. (There are now fewer than 100 al-Qaeda fighters in that country: tinyurl.com/forgetwhy.) What’s the equivalent in your personal life, Aries? What noble aspiration propelled you down a winding path that led to entanglements having nothing to do with your original aspiration? It’s time to correct the mistake.
April 20-May 20
May 21-June 20
The Carnival season gets into full swing this weekend and lasts through Mardi Gras next Tuesday night. Wherever you are, Taurus, I suggest you use this as an excuse to achieve new levels of mastery in the art of partying. To get you in the right mood, read these thoughts from literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin. He said a celebration like this is a “temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order,” and encourages “the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions.”
When Bob Dylan first heard the Beatles’ *Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,* he only made it through the first few tunes. “Turn that s--- off!” he said. “It’s too good!” He was afraid his own creative process might get intimidated, maybe even blocked, if he allowed himself to listen to the entire masterpiece. I suspect the exact opposite will be true for you in the coming weeks, Gemini. As you expose yourself to excellence in your chosen field, you’ll feel a growing motivation to express excellence yourself. The inspiration that will be unleashed in you by your competitors will trump any of the potentially deflating effects of your professional jealousy.
June 21-July 22
Jungian storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes says one of her main influences is the Curanderisma healing tradition from Mexico and Central America. “In this tradition a story is ‘holy,’ and it is used as medicine,” she told *Radiance* magazine. “The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again.” You need stories like this, Cancerian, and you need them now. It’s high time to recover parts of your soul that you have neglected or misplaced or been separated from.
July 23-Aug. 22
You’ve been pretty smart lately, but I think you could get even smarter. You have spied secrets in the dark, and teased out answers from unlikely sources, and untangled knots that no one else has had the patience to mess with -- and yet I suspect there are even greater glories possible for you. For inspiration, Leo, memorize this haiku-like poem by Geraldine C. Little: “The white spider / whiter still / in the lightning’s flash.”
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
I wouldn’t try to stop you, Virgo, if you wanted to go around singing the Stone Roses’ song “I Wanna Be Adored.” I wouldn’t be embarrassed for you if you turned your head up to the night sky and serenaded the stars with a chant of “I wanna be adored, I deserve to be adored, I demand to be adored.” And I might even be willing to predict that your wish will be fulfilled -- on one condition, which is that you also express your artful adoration for some worthy creature.
by Matt Jones
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word,” said Mark Twain, “is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Because the difference between the right word and the almost right word will be so crucial for you in the coming days, Libra, I urge you to maintain extra vigilance towards the sounds that come out of your mouth. But don’t be tense and repressed about it. Loose, graceful vigilance will actually work better. By the way, the distinction between right and almost right will be equally important in other areas of your life as well. Be adroitly discerning.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
“Dear Rob: In your horoscopes you often write about how we Scorpios will encounter interesting opportunities, invitations to be powerful, and creative breakthroughs. But you rarely discuss the deceptions, selfish deeds, and ugliness of the human heart that might be coming our way -- especially in regards to what we are capable of ourselves. My main concern is not in dealing with what’s going right, but rather on persevering through difficulty. - Scorpio in the Shadows.” Dear Scorpio: You have more than enough influences in your life that encourage you to be fascinated with darkness. I may be the only one that’s committed to helping you cultivate the more undeveloped side of your soul: the part that thrives on beauty and goodness and joy.
Acupuncturists identify an energetic point in the ear called the spirit gate. If it’s stuck closed, the spirit is locked in; if it’s stuck open, the spirit is always coming and going, restless and unsettled. What’s ideal, of course, is that the spirit gate is not stuck in any position. Then the spirit can come and go as it needs to, and also have the option of retreating and protecting itself. I’d like you to imagine that right now a skilled acupuncturist is inserting a needle in the top of your left ear, where it will remain for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, visualize your spirit gate being in that state of harmonious health I described.
In his parody music video, “Sickest Buddhist,” comedian Arj Barker invokes a hip hop sensibility as he brags about his spiritual prowess. Noting how skilled he is when it comes to mastering his teacher’s instructions, he says, “The instructor just told us to do a 45-minute meditation / but I nailed it in 10.” I expect you will have a similar facility in the coming week, Capricorn: Tasks that might be challenging for others may seem like child’s play to you. I bet you’ll be able to sort quickly through complications that might normally take days to untangle. (See the NSFW video here: tinyurl.com/illBuddhist.)
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
The sixth astronaut to walk on the moon was engineer Edgar Mitchell. He asserts that extraterrestrials have visited Earth and that governments are covering up that fact. The second astronaut to do a moonwalk was engineer Buzz Aldrin. He says that there is unquestionably an artificial structure built on Phobos, a moon of Mars. Some scientists dispute the claims of these experts, insisting that aliens are myths. Who should we believe? Aquarius, I recommend that like me, you opt for the smart mavericks instead of the smart purveyors of conventional wisdom.
Feb. 19-March 20
If I were you, Pisces, I’d make *interesting fun* your meme of the week. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will be fully justified in making that your modus operandi and your raison d’etre. For best results, you should put a priority on pursuing experiences that both amuse you and captivate your imagination. As you consider whether to accept any invitation or seize any opportunity, make sure it will teach you something you don’t already know and also transport you into a positive emotional state that gets your endorphins flowing.
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Getting over the long-distance hump Dear “Doin’ It Well,” I’m in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend, who is studying abroad this semester, which is even more long distance. And sexually, it’s great when we’re together. But when we’re apart, she does not feel comfortable taking her clothes off for video or photos, but I feel like that’s a very important part of a sex life for me, as a long-distance substitute to the real thing, so this is very frustrating for me (and for her) ... I was wondering if you’ve ever seen a situation like this, and if you have any advice or thoughts. —Giuseppe Dear Giuseppe, Thanks for this great question. Negotiating desires and boundaries in a relationship is hard enough, but when we can’t work things out in person, that can be difficult. In some ways, there are two questions here: a) how can we be intimate in a long-distance relationship? and b) what if our partner isn’t into something that turns us on (or visa versa)? Not surprising to our fans, we think that the answer lies somewhere in communication! Going the Distance
When you are in a long-distance, sexual relationship, couples can find the paths to sexual intimacy difficult. For starters, the lack of physical proximity can make it difficult to feel connected.
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As we’ve discussed, connection is not only a desired outcome of sexual intimacy for some folks, but it’s also a precursor to sexual intimacy. This makes for a double whammy in long-distance relationships: You may feel disconnected and not be able to connect sexually to help re-build that connection. In his book The Five Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five ways people might express love to another person (or ways they would like to be loved): affirming words, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Because some rituals of expressing affection might be tied to things we do in person, we have to get creative. Long-distance relationships often require both parties being committed to finding new ways to communicate when face-to-face isn’t an option. Can’t Always Get What You Want
In your question, your partner is uncomfortable being sexual long-distance in some particular ways. She might just be nervous about the possibility she could be caught or exposed, or she might be uncomfortable in that position in general, whether or not someone else could view it besides you. Whatever the reason, it’s important to value both of your feelings and attitudes towards this and also have a conver-
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sation about how you can be sexual in ways that you both enjoy. Sexual relationships are often negotiations to find the best ways to meet everyone’s needs. This doesn’t mean that we get what we want every time, though. Sometimes in relationship negotiations, it may be better to understand the basic need that each person is trying to express. For instance, when you want your partner to be visually sexual, you might have a simple need (i.e., to feel loved, desired, connected) that you’re expressing. Your girlfriend, on the other hand, probably has a simple need she’s expressing (i.e., to feel valued, secure, loved). So the actual need might be similar, although you could have different avenues to meet that need. Get What You Need
Try talking with her about what she doesn’t like about that. Bring it up outside of a time that you might be looking to have sex, which will take the pressure off both of you. Share what being sexual through pictures or videos would means to both of you, and be patient listening to each other. Together, you can figure out if there are other ways to meet those needs. Not everyone is game being sexual in the same ways, thus the negotiation process. In most dialogues like this, no one finishes where they started. But in the conversation, there could be middle
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What does it take to be sexual over phone, text, or Skype? It depends on you and your partner. For some people, long-distance may require making “sex dates” to set the mood, get the apartment free, etc. For others, it might just happen easily during an IM chat or phone talk. If you’re comfortable, you could share sexy pictures with each other. Or you could masturbate with the camera focused on each other’s faces — as opposed to genitals — to make some connection to the pleasure being experienced without the same risk of naked pictures. Find a time during a casual conversation to discuss what you might want, or raise the issue and let your partner think about what they want. As you work together, be creative and think about what you’re really wanting from each other. Thanks to our readers at Emerald City who enjoyed our recent anal health column! Stay tuned until next week as we dress up our column and discuss role playing. What do Ross and Jo need? You! Send us your questions and comments at email@example.com.
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by MICHAEL COULTER
the benefits of boxes ... and other indicators the economy is improving Apparently, our economy is starting to make a recovery. I totally think I noticed that. I mean, it’s to the point that I don’t even leave the house because I’m sick of wading through all those silver dollars filling the streets, and I’m tired of dodging all those poor people joyriding in their Rolls-Royces. OK, maybe it’s not that good yet. In fact, I’m sure there are people out there who may even think it’s getting worse. There’s always some jobless, hungry buzz kill waiting to ruin everyone else’s good time. Regardless, there are supposedly some good signs for our economic recovery, but let me just say, you’ve really got to be looking for them. The first optimistic sign is that the sale of men’s underwear is slowly going back to previous levels. The thinking, if there actually is any, is that men don’t buy new boxers and briefs unless they have plenty of free spending money. From my experience, guys don’t buy new underwear unless the old underwear no longer has an ass in it, and even then they have to be down to the absolute last pair. Hell, I’m inclined to believe 80 percent of a pair of underwear just naturally biodegrades before it can be removed.
was worth a shot.” The only other option is that, as a nation, we’ve decided to use the World Wide Web exclusively for pornography. We’re also drinking our fancy coffees again. Starbucks revenues increased 9.5 percent this past year after falling 6 percent the previous year. That probably actually is a good sign. When we start once again paying $4 for something that costs about a dollar, you would have to assume we’re rolling in money. I shouldn’t make fun of those coffee folks much, though, as I am now a smoothie junkie. The only side effect of my addiction to the Green Tea Tango is that I’m far more self-righteous about other people’s stupid expensive drink choices. Boxes are also making a rebound. I don’t understand this much, but since everything we consume is in a box at one time or another, when we sell more boxes it means we are buying more things. It’s mostly for durable goods like appliances and furniture in this case. Sure, it makes more sense to me just to look at the sales of durable goods instead of the sale of boxes, but what the hell does Mr. Logic know. We’re back to playing golf again, and that’s supposedly always a good sign of secure finances. People are still playing less golf than they were before everything went to hell, but it is steadily increasing. True, I When the economy is doing poorly, didn’t play at all last year. My everyone tends to go out less. When we do absence from the golfing world be blamed on poor go out, we don’t splurge on desserts. The cannot economy, though. I attribute it National Restaurant Association says we to the fact that I’ve since found many other ways to put myself are now back on the sweet train because in an absolutely terrible mood instead of hitting the links. If I sales of desserts are up, as is restaurant get the urge to play golf now, I dining in general. I have to say, I’ve have just chew on some foil instead. never skipped dessert since the economy It ends up being much cheaper and it sucks just as much. has been in the crapper. City dwellers are also walking less and taking more Another sign is our dessert consumption. When cabs. Wow, not surprising at all. We are apparthe economy is doing poorly, everyone tends to ently committed to being in good shape only if go out less. When we do go out, we don’t splurge we are dirt-ass poor. Car sales are up, too, once on desserts. The National Restaurant Association again proving my previous theory. Walking is says we are now back on the sweet train because for the cash-strapped and people who don’t sales of desserts are up, as is restaurant dining know how to ride a bus, and we’d really like to in general. I have to say, I’ve have never skipped keep it that way. dessert since the economy has been in the crapHey, I’m all for good news of any kind and some per. Of course, in all fairness, the only thing I will of it probably makes sense in a weird way. Still, I acknowledge as dessert are cocktails, and those get the impression it’s not quite time for the whole are always in fashion. There’s nothing like a vodka, country to give each other a high five. Sure, unwhiskey and absinthe sundae to get the digestive derwear, coffee, boxes and golfers may be good signs, or it could just be that we’ve decided to go system working after a fine meal. We’re even looking up better things on the Inter- down quickly in a blaze of glory instead of slowly net. Searches like “unemployment benefits” and in a spark of frugality. Sure, it doesn’t make sense “social security” have been trending down since to spend money we all don’t really have anymore, July. I don’t know about that one. It could just be but it certainly wouldn’t be the first time it hapthat more people have given up even trying. “Oh, pens. Actually, it may have been what started all that’s still the definition of unemployed? Well, it of this to begin with. 20
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