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volume 7 no. 15


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Screen Printing 4 Art Without Fear  


The impetus of Bonyard Arts Festival

Before the Harvest 


Early eats at the Pre-Farmers Market

We Don’t Need Roads 

Effect CU’s transporatation future


And Another Thing ... 

American accidents and agonies



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weekahead Complete calendar listings on pages 24-25

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IPRH Film Series

Petals & Paintings Museum Benefit Reception

Enchanted will be screened at the Krannert Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Krannert Art Museum will host a reception featuring a raffle, buffet and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit museum programs.

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sunday 19

Boneyard Festival

40 North presents West African Drum Classes

Head to the Spurlock Museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to witness free performances by students from the Conservatory of Central Illinois, local Chinese dancers and members of Music without Borders.

Master drummer Bolokada Conde hosts this weekly class from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Capoeira Academy. The fee is $12 for students and $15 for the general public.

monday 20

wednesday 22

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer


Folk music enthusiasts should head to Parkland College at 7 p.m. for lessons with Hilary Valentine. The cost is $35, and some dulcimer experience is necessary.

The 11th annual festival hosted by famed film critic Roger Ebert kicks off at 7 p.m. with Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music.

tuesday 21 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company This renowned dance company returns to Champaign-Urbana with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Krannert Center. Tickets range from $20-$36.

e d i t o r ’ s n o t e by Tommy Trafton Earlier this week, I had an interesting discussion with buzz Art Director Matt Harlan about what it takes to be considered “artsy” by other people. I found it strange that the term has such a negative connotation built into its definition, referring to someone “showy” and “pretentious.” We reasoned how the word fell to the limitations of only describing the tendencies, fashion and overall image of a particular person rather than the talent that the person may or may not possess. I think we concluded that the word has done disservice to artists by emphasizing the personality

over the product. When trying to come up with a cover image for this week’s issue, it was so easy to think of resorting to the classic artist with a paintbrush and beret painting on a canvas. But the great part about art is that it doesn’t have to be created by an artist. Anyone can make art and everyone has made it. You don’t need to have a degree in painting or dress like all the cool, hip individuals to make it on the217’s “Dressed to Impress at LM5” photo gallery (check it out in the music section). Some of the best art is stuff removed from the ego of the creator. To really see what I’m talking about, we at buzz hope you make it out this week to experience the 7th annual Boneyard Arts Festival right here in our

hometown. This year marks the event’s first time spanning four days, invading CU with proud and diverse displays of homegrown art throughout both of our downtown areas as well as on campus and out further in Champaign County. Make sure to open up to the middle of this issue for 40 North | 88 West’s official Boneyard Festival Map and guide. Sandwiching the insert are pages full of buzz’s own perspectives and precoverage of the event as well as a beautiful spread of LM5 coverage for those who missed the event. But in any case, if there’s any week to be artsy, maybe it’s this one. Get out, wander around town, and take part in CU’s finest art display of the year. Food: Inspired by the Illinois Marathon or getting in shape for the summer? Check out our roundup of the best sports drinks up now.

Art: Want to find out about the Titanic’s Last Secrets? Check out Jeff Nelson’s review of the book on Thursday.

Movies: Look for a review of State of Play up on Saturday.

Community: Get an inside look of local video store That’s Rentertainment on Wednesday.

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Likes & Gripes Hallie Borden 217 Presentation Editor Likes 1) The buzz Thong: While browsing the internet last week, a buzz logo thong was discovered. Knowing that someone, somewhere is wearing one of these is enough to put a smile on my face for the next month or so. 2) The Housing Crisis: Some may be in foreclosure, but I am going to get a fabulous Chicago apartment for the price of a tent. 3) Swings: Found some great ones last week. I’m not above asking a child to move to the slide.

Kate Lamy Designer Gripes 1) Taking multiple naps in one day: You think it would make up for lost sleep. No, it just makes you into a perpetual zombie. 2) Lighting ping-pong balls on fire unexpectedly: When you don’t realize that it’s going to burst into flames, it’s actually pretty terrifying. 3) Not having enough time to clean my apartment: When I finally make it home I don’t feel like cleaning an apartment that’s been building up filth for a month. Instead I sleep, wake up late the next day late for class and the cycle continues. Ugh. 4) Being addicted to sleep: It’s become what I do in my free time.

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Posters made by workshop participants. Photo courtesy of Weiskamp Screenprinting.

Photo courtesy of Weiskamp Screenprinting.

Not a Plain White Tee Weiskamp showcases employees and workshop students’ designs during Boneyard by Neha Mehra For decades, people have used their bodies as canvases for graphic designers. Screen printing is the printing process that produces the witty one-liners seen on t-shirts and the whimsical imagery on posters displayed all over campus. Local printing shop Weiskamp Screen Printing will showcase its employees’ and workshop students’ printed artwork pat this year’s seventh annual Boneyard Arts Festival. Carol Blumthal, a featured artist and Weiskamp employee, explains the process of screen printing as a system of layers. After an artist has created a design, it is printed on to a transparent film and placed over a screen. A photo sensitive solution, called emulsion, is used to create a stencil on the screen from the film. Similar to the screens on windows and doors, printing screens are perforated. When paint is pulled across the screen, a layer of color is formed. Eventually, different layers of colors are pulled through the screens to produce a cohesive image. “Theoretically, you could print on anything,” Blumthal said. Using her background and graphic design and jewelry making Blumthal will produce screen printed jewelry. She translates designs found in architecture into the designs printed on her jewelry. Among the artwork presented in Weiskamp’s show will be posters produced by the shop’s workAPR 16 – APR 22 09

shop students. Blumthal is looking forward to seeing how the students have progressed. “You get the concept, you have the materials, and you put them together,” Blumthal said. “But once you start figuring out how they all work together you can create things that are way cooler than what you started with.” Tim Stiles will show his printed t-shirt collection, “One Style Fits All.” His t-shirt designs are based on the idea that the images on t-shirts and posters are essentially, meaningless. “It’s an abstract approach to reducing what is being put on a shirt to nothing more than shape and color,” Stiles said. Instead of printing complicated and elaborate images, Stiles will print the same abstracted design on shirts of different sizes to iterate the idea that t-shirt messages are meaningless because they are redundant. “(It’s like) saying the same word over and over and over,” Stiles said. “After a while, it just loses all of its meaning and becomes simply rhythm and tone, or a group of sounds and stuff. Yet you attach meanings to it.” To reinforce this idea, Stiles is using discarded scraps from previous projects to create the imagery on his shirts. He connected this idea to the old proverb, “read between the lines.” “That’s where this art’s going to come from — it’s all the stuff in between,” he said.

Worker at Weiskamp Screen Printing power washes screens. Photo by Wallo Villacorta.

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A Hole in the Head Erik Johnson


The ships have sailed beyond the horn And Warships have no way to warn The cannons on the deck won’t find A few lifeboats with short lifelines If only boats were larger or It were a game and we kept score We could pay the ransom fees With mortgage-backed securities Can pirates cause enough disdain That houseboat prices fall again?

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Illini Union Board presents FRIDAY, APRIL 17 AT 7PM SATURDAY, APRIL 18 AT 2PM & 7PM


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WEST SIDE STORY (B’WAY) Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

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Fostering Art in the Community 40 North|88 West aims to make art less intimidating by Tanya Chen


rt has emerged as one of CU’s most prized possessions, and much of this success can be directly accredited to 40 North 88 West’s activism in the local arts. 40 North 88 West is a non-profit organization aimed at providing the community access to art and music. According to its website, 40 North 88 West’s mission is “cultivating creativity in Champaign county,” a clear indication of their task at hand: the Boneyard Arts Festival. The Festival will encompass much of what this organization believes in. “We have three main mission points: information, advocacy, and collaboration,” Wolf said. “We act as an umbrella to facilitate collaborations, and connect the dots. The Boneyard Festival plugs into all the three points.” “The point of Boneyard is to take away the intimidation factor in anything that is called ‘the arts,’” said Megan Wolf, director of resource development at 40 North 88 West. “This is a great way to elevate the arts and to stimulate people to be aware of what’s happening in the art scene.” The Boneyard Arts Festival is a four-day function beginning April 16 that stretches across downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana. The event’s primary goal is to feature the hidden talents of this town, as well as provide inspiration for others to participate in the movement. This year the em-

phasis will be put on the street performers that will include anything from a Chinese yo-yo artist to a modern ballet dancer. The musicians, artists, poets, and actors will be aligned down a closed-off road. With over 100 different venues, spectators are free to choose which venue they wish to visit. And the best part? It is absolutely free to attend. “Expect the unexpected,” Wolf said. This event will also help to shed light on the politics of art in modern society — how art can be a catalyst for social and economic change, and the benefits of incorporating art into an educational curriculum at school. “As an arts festival, [Boneyard] offers artists an opportunity to exhibit their work, and also the venues to ‘art up’ the displays and performances,” said Steven Bentz, director of operations at 40 North 88 West. “It’s a huge collaborative effort for us. It really is artist and venues working together, and the public will see the huge amount of work it takes to produce locally.” 40 North 88 West has a team of volunteers that scout local artists to be featured in the Boneyard Art Festival, but getting a slot in next year’s event is quite simple. Applications are accepted in January each year. Once accepted, organizers play matchmaker to find the artist a venue of best-fit.

Steven Bentz and Megan Wolf of 40 North 88 West pictured in Kopi Cafe a place where they have helped artists hang their work. Photo by Rebekah Nelson.


What better time for a new gallery to host its first exhibit than during the 2009 Boneyard Arts Festival? Amara Yoga & Arts will show artist Lyosha’s show called “Somewhere Else” with an opening reception April 18 from 6-8 p.m. The show will feature Russian native Lyosha’s paintings and photographs. Native to Russia, As a member of the “New Painters” movement, an underground collective of painters, musicians, writers and poets, Lyosha studied and practiced medicine as well. As the studio’s name suggests, Amara not only showcases affordable art by emerging artists, but will offer a full complement of yoga classes by fall 2009. Some yoga classes will begin in May 2009. Kathryn Fitzgerald, Amara art director, is a painter and art teacher. Fitzgerald has fused different fields of art before, as manifested in the Show N’ Tell Gallery she opened in San Francisco. The gallery was a combined space for avant garde art and music.

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Amara Yoga & Arts combines spiritual healing of yoga and art in a new gallery by Jean Kim

Amara Yoga & Arts is located in Suite 156 B in Lincoln Square Village at 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. Illustration by Matt Harlan APR 16 – APR 22 09

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Dancing Behind the Glass

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of Central Illinois BONEYARD ART FESTIVAL THURSDAY, APRIL 16 114 S. NEIL ST. • 12:00 – 6:00 PM Open House with Conservatory partner Class Act interactive education and events

Exploring movement in public


by Alyssa Schoeneman In a storefront window, a world made for mannequins and commercial advertising, the arts do not have much of a place. Or do they? Four dancers will perform structured improvisations in the storefront window of Skins N’ Tins Drum Shop today at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival. Dancers Sarah Haas, Jacqueline Kinsman and Anna Marks work within the larger form of contact improvisation. In 1972, Steve Paxton, led a group of college dance students in a series of movement explorations. In the following years, Paxton worked with dancers and athletes to develop movement pathways and an improvisational style of dance based on the physics of bodies in contact, in motion. This form was named contact improvisation and has since become one of the best-known and most characteristic forms of postmodern dance. Some choreographers use improvisation as a process for finding new choreographic ideas and subsequently use the form in performance. Others view contact improvisation as a practice or discipline and as a commitment to a communal lifestyle. Movement educator Ernie Adams compares contact improvisation to a moving massage. “It is a dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment,” Adams said on “If you could do Aikido,

surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like.” Contact improvisation is often performed in duets but can also be performed as a solo or in larger groups, as it will be at today’s performance. As contact with another object is necessary to the form, solos can be performed using physical objects or by regarding the floor as a partner. Contact improvisation differs from other dance forms in that partners are often moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing and falling. There is a high level of unpredictability, which makes it necessary for the dancers to maintain a high level of awareness and responsiveness throughout the practice. U of I Dance MFA Candidate Sarah Haas said that improvisation is an ephemeral state. “You create and let go in the moment, which makes it necessary to be fully present,” Haas said. “You are keenly aware of both the subtle and more palpable connections between your internal and external environments as well as the way each place stimulates, provokes and interacts with the other.” Can you be sold on contact improvisation? Check out the Skins N’ Tins performance and see for yourself.

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Bringing Art to the Public Boneyard implements new street art, performances component by Clarrie Johnson Art doesn’t always have to be framed and in a gallery. “Boneyard … in the streets” will stir the traditional art gallery cliché by bringing the arts to the street. “It brings a different kind of energy to the festival,” said Megan Wolf, director of resource development for 40 North 88 West. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts collaborated with 40 North 88 West in the development of the Boneyard Arts Festival and inspired this fresh idea. “Boneyard … in the streets” will take art from the galleries, performance from the stage, music from

the booth and deliver it to the public, on the streets of CU. Wolf says bringing the festivities to the street breaks down barriers and increases access to the arts. “The streets are going to be very active this year,” Wolf said. She believes that the street festivities will give artists opportunities to express themselves artistically outside. Weather, however, is a concern. Wolf reassures that most performers will be near a venue in the case of inclement weather and will simply take their artistry indoors. Wolf said “Boneyard … in the streets” is going to be like its name: fun and quirky and a huge success.

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Quilting the Local Arts Boneyard Arts Festival chooses first fabric piece as signature image by Dipika Mallya For the first time in its seven-year history, the Boneyard Arts Festival has chosen a fabric piece, entitled “Serendipity”, as its signature image. This piece is an art quilt created by Deborah Fell, a prolific studio artist who has created over 300 art pieces so far — most of which are done using combinations of dyes and paints on fabrics. With over 18 years of education at the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, where she now teaches, Fell has established herself as an internationally renowned quilt artist. She discovered her passion for quilting many years ago, and remains an ardent believer in using art as a medium to enrich people’s lives. As the name suggests, “Serendipity” is a piece which symbolizes accidental discovery. It uses the untouched, chaotic beauty of nature as its theme. Fell described the process of creating the piece as “stepping aside and allowing color, line, shape and image to define the intent.” The piece displays the use of strong, vibrant colors and textures. She expressed feeling terribly honored and humbled at the selection of her piece as the signature image for Boneyard. Fell is currently working on her “Reclamation” series, where she is designing art quilts mainly using materials such as scraps of cotton, old fabrics,

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plastics, lint pieces, textured paper, old clothing and metallic threads. She attributes inspiration for this series to her daughter. This series focuses on the message of environmentalism and being green by promoting recycling and re-using old materials. Another piece she has recently completed is a large silk canvas depicting President Obama using shades of neon. Neon represents every color on the spectrum, the way she feels Obama today represents every color of the world, or a “totally connected humanity.” Fell was motivated to create this piece after attending one of Obama’s speeches as senator on campus. Fell’s works have been displayed at many exhibits nationwide, in places such as New York, California, Texas, Ohio and Illinois. Her quilt created in memory of the World Trade Center attacks is currently on display at the former Ground Zero Headquarters, at the Trinity St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan. Another of Fell’s pieces, “Silence Broken,” was a divisional winner in the national exhibit “Roots of Racism: Ignorance & Fear.” This national exhibit traveled throughout the country for three years. More information about Fell and her artworks can be found on

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Stars and Sounds Planetarium hosts improvisational collaboration between Ferrocene3 and David Leake by Daryl McCurdy As part of the Boneyard Arts Festival, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will host “Far Out Music for Faraway Places,” an improvisational collaboration between Ferrocene3 and the planetarium’s David Leake April 19. Ferrocene3 describes themselves as an ambient, avant world trio featuring Jason Finkelman on laptop electronics and percussion, Jay Eychaner on synthesizer and Nick Rudd on electric guitar. Special guest artists Johnny Ridenour on electric guitar and Phil Clark on didjeridu will join them. Ferrocene3 emerged out of CU’s improvised music community. “What I look for in improvised music when I put together a group is that the individual voices of its members make the whole of the group,” Finkelman explains. He describes the aesthetic of Ferrocene3’s improvisational style as dynamic and combining different styles of music. Leake will also develop the light show improvisationally. “It really is a full planetarium light show

with a live soundtrack and the spin is that we’re all improvising,” Finkelman said. “It is a show that is framed from dusk to dawn and where we journey in between. After we pass through our solar system, we do not know.” “It’s not very often that you have music in the context of a planetarium show that can operate as an in-the-moment soundtrack,” said Finkelman. “It’s really going to be a visual and audio experience that folks don’t want to miss.” It will be compelling and entertaining to witness the way in which David Leake and Ferrocene3 manipulate sounds and slides to create and react to a unique journey. In addition to the planetarium light show and concert, Chris Hampson will have his “TV Show” installation sound piece on display in the lobby. In these installations, Hampson creates musical compositions that a group of television sets performs through visual feedback. (Again, not

Photo courtesy of Parkland College, Staerkel Planetarium.

to be missed.) Like the planetarium light show, Hampson’s work utilizes rather low-tech technology and transforms the audience’s experience and expectations. The full light show and concert will take place at 7:30 with tickets available at the door. $5 for Park-

land students and $7 for non-Parkland students. There will be two family matinee performances at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in which the musicians will talk about their instruments before the show. Tickets are $3 for Parkland students and $5 for non-Parkland students.

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“West Side Story” Spring Musical

Moms Day Craft Fair

“Drifting On A Memory…”

“West Side Story” Spring Musical

Assembly Hall, 7pm

Moms Weekend Stepper Set (Dance) Illini Union Ballroom, 8pm

Red Pin Bowling

Illini Union Rec Room, 6 – 11:30pm

Illini Union, 10am - 5pm

Assembly Hall, 2pm & 7pm

A Mother’s Love – Relaxation Event Illini Union Room 314, 2-5pm

Moms Weekend Bowling

Illini Union Rec Room, Open early at 10:30am

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food & drink Up and Coming Suds A preview of the Blind Pig Brewery by Andrew Krok There hasn’t been a brewery in the ChampaignUrbana area for several years now. The last one, believe it or not, was Joe’s Brewery, one of the current campus havens for student hedonism. However, this is all about to change with the introduction of an extension of the Blind Pig namesake ­­— The Blind Pig Brewery. The man behind the beer behind the brewery is Bill Morgan, Blind Pig Brewery’s brewmaster. “Local beermaking shouldn’t be an industrial process,” said Morgan, “it should be more casual.” And that’s the exact idea behind the Brewery; to give it a push in the right direction, the management plans to recreate an atmosphere that has already been proven to provide a low-key atmosphere. “We want to recreate the feeling of the Blind Pig,” said Morgan, “a feeling of hanging out, straying from the fancier side of bar culture.” Given the feeling of the Blind Pig, it should work. The bar, built from antique tavern pieces, exudes a rustic feeling of comfort and familiarity, so expect the Brewery to feel just as classic. Aside from the ambience, the brewmaster has good feelings about the future success of this bar,

although the first step in this process is the opening of the Brewery itself. “We are aiming for an opening at the end of April, but that is an ambitious aim,” said Morgan. Shortly thereafter, the brewing process will begin, and Morgan hopes for the first beer to be sipped in roughly two months. Having worked as brewmaster at Joe’s for five years, in Cleveland for three, and in Japan for another five, Bill Morgan knows how to brew a good beer, and he is certainly excited at the prospect of brewing a beer specifically for the local beer lovers: “Our beer is going to closely resemble fresh, young British and American ales to start, and we will eventually start putting out the occasional specialty brew.” With what might possibly be the most rare beer in the area, the Blind Pig Brewery sounds like a hot ticket for those of us who just can’t get enough of the penultimate potable. Its opening will be perfectly timed with the blossoming of the late spring weather, so expect to spend some time drinking under the sun, says Morgan. “The interior will be roughly the size of [the original half of] the Blind Pig, but we have a substantial beer garden.” Photo by Wallo Villacorta.

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Opinionated Free Eats Cultural centers on-campus offer lunch and discussion by Liz Stickel Everyone interested in saving a buck and learning about different cultures just found a new place for lunch. Free lunch and discussion sessions are offered Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the UIUC campus. “The Quench Series,” held the first and third Mondays of every month, deals with issues relevant to the LGBT community, said Leslie Morrow, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. The lunches are held in room 323 of the Illini Union. Discussion topics are “fueled by recent events,” Morrow said, and have included an inaugural watch as well as discussion of the Iowa marriage decision. Students are welcome to give suggestions about the topics and the food, Morrow said. Lunches range from a pasta bar to Thai food to a nacho bar, Morrow said. On the second and fourth Mondays of the month, the Women’s Resource Center holds “Dish It Up,” a lunch discussion at 300 Turner Services Building on John Street. Every Tuesday, “Food for Thought” is offered at the Asian American Cultural Center on Nevada Street. This series offers “food for the mind and

the body,” said Sehjong Hamjong, programming coordinator. Expert presenters as well as fun programs and “very interactive” discussions are features of the “Food for Thought” series. “We don’t want it to be a lecture,” said Hamjong. One of the most popular sessions was a presentation from the Asian American Superhero Anthology book tour, which drew about 150 people. A mock interactive counseling session was another particularly engaging discussion, Hamjong said. The menu includes ethnic Asian foods and has included sushi, curry and South Asian and Pakistani dishes. “Food is a good draw, and the students come for that but leave with a better understanding about intergroup dialogue,” Hamjong said. “Food for the Soul” is offered Wednesdays at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. Angela R. Clark, assistant programming director, said the series draws an average of 50 attendees. Dishes served vary week to week and include pizza, chicken and sub sandwiches. Topics range from history makers to LGBT issues to performing arts to financial wellness, Clark said. “It’s been a really good semester in terms

of depth of conversations,” Clark said. Clark said she hopes that the lunch-and-learns provide an opportunity for people to meet someone new and provide a takeaway that attendees can use in their personal lives. Thursdays, “Lunch at La Casa” is served at La Casa Cultural Latina on Nevada Street. The series varies from formal presentations to ones that encourage discussion throughout, said Veronica M. Kann, assistant director at La Casa. “Lunch at La Casa” is a chance for interaction with visiting artists and scholars on campus, Kann said. Latino food is served primarily, as well as Asian food occasionally. Kann said the series tries for variety in the menu. Topics of dis-

cussion vary widely also but center around issues relevant to the Latino community, Kann said. She said she hopes the series introduces attendees to “resources they might not have known about.”

Photo by Jordan Shevell.

Boneyard Food & Arts

by Jean Kim

Great places to indulge as many of your senses as possible during Boneyard: Aroma Café 118 N. Neil St. Artist Cheryl Cameron’s acrylic paintings of her impression of people, cares, landscapes and whatever strikes her or whatever she is in love with at the moment is the perfect companion to your coffee and pastries.

of Champaign’s most celebrated bar. The reading will be from 5-8 p.m. and will include the works of Gary Doherty, Hilary Taylor Holbrook, Elaine Fowler Palencia, Scott Solomon, Carolyn Trimble and Ralph Trimble. Jim Gould Restaurant 1 E. Main St. Latin American artist Fernando Ramirez will demonstrate acrylics on April 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Weather permitting, he will be on the plaza outside of the restaurant. In the event of rain, he will be inside.

The Blind Pig 102 N. Walnut St. Writers from the Red Herring Fiction Writers Workshop will read their works at one


Blues BBQ 1103 W. Oregon Enjoy sweet and tangy barbecue while admiring artist Tatiana Titoya’s “African Dreams” and “Mythical Characters” series. This is a series of prints in the original technique of polystyrene engraving and paintings of African masks.

Red Herring 1209 W. Oregon St. Video installations, paintings and sculptures will

be on display in the chapel. After feasting your eyes upon those, head downstairs for musical performances and culinary treats from the vegan restaurant.

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An Early Farmers Market Local, fresh foods available now at Prairie Fruits Farm by Kim Callaghan When thinking of the approaching months, if one of the things you think about is a farmers market, then you know you like good food. Lucky for us, as you very well may know, ChampaignUrbana is home to a number of regular farmers markets that run mostly from May through November. However, spring is the time of year when the animals start having their babies and a selection of early crops becomes available. For this reason, Prairie Fruits Farm, co-owned by Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell, has been running a small market on Saturdays from 9-12 a.m. off of their farm, just north of Urbana, until the larger Market at the Square begins in May. “We do this as a way to get people farm-fresh foods before the farmers market season begins,” Cooperband said. “It’s also an opportunity to showcase our farm and get people better connected to how we raise our animals and how that relates to the quality of the milk and cheese.” Prairie Fruits Farm is known for their selection of goat-related products, but the pre-market on Saturdays also features other local vendors. “There are organic greens from Blue Moon Farm; spinach and arugula are very popular, as are the pastured eggs and shiitake mushrooms from Tomahnous Farm,” Cooperband said. “Stewart’s Artisan Breads and Pastries have wonderful bagels. Of course, our fresh chevre is popular.” Chèvre is the French word for goat but also refers to the cheese made from goat milk. Cooperband said, “This time of year, we have our fresh goat cheese or chevre. We also have

some raw milk, aged cheeses that we made late last fall, including our Moonglo (a washed rind, tomme-style) and our Huckleberry’s Blue (a raw goat-milk blue).” Besides the fresh cheeses and other goods from local farmers, there is also a breakfast offered. “We have a set menu of three to four items every week,” Cooperband said. “People come and order what they would like, and we make it up for them and bring it out. People can stay and eat breakfast at the farm (if the weather is nice, outside at the picnic table) or take it to go. We also offer fair trade coffee, tea and some other beverages.”

Market at the Square Director Lisa Bralts has been attending the event on Saturdays. “I think last weekend, they had between 250 and 300 people out there, and that is a lot of people, considering there are only five or six vendors,” Bralts said. “Except the little baby goats are a big driver. The little kids love them.” Bralts is happy to have an outlet for produce and fresh foods to be available before the Market at the Square begins. “It’s this really cool little cooperative farmers market that is happening,” Bralts said. “All of them are vendors at our market out here, but we can’t start until May. I’m trying to get them to let us start earlier inside so that we can do this because we could do it bigger.” Looking forward to the market in May, Bralts said, “Right now, it’s kind of crazy. But I’m really looking forward to having it running, being outside and seeing everybody again.” Until then, Prairie Fruits Farm is offering a great chance to be able to get fresh foods early. The farm will only be running the event until the last weekend in April, so you only have a couple more chances to stop buy and check out what local farmers are doing, enjoy a delicious breakfast or just have a look around the farm. Once again, this is yet another opportunity to shop locally for quality products.

Weird Food

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by Mahika Sood

Jackfruit available in Asian markets Usually when people hear the word jackfruit, they get confused. They wonder whether it is really a fruit and what Jack has got to do with a fruit? Well, to ease your confusion, the jackfruit is indeed a fruit hailing from the mulberry family and is native to Southeast Asia. Its fruit is the largest fruit in the world. Even the thinnest of jackfruit trees bear large fruits, and they can weigh up to 80 pounds. Those of you who have tasted this unusual fruit realize that it is an acquired taste since it is neither sweet nor salty. In fact, it is a bit like pineapple but much milder in sweetness and less juicy. Jackfruits have prickly skin, which is used as a source of imagination and creativity, and some people carve bowls according to its pattern. The flesh underneath the skin is the edible part and has a very fragrant smell and taste. The seeds are full of fiber and usually roasted or boiled to make them edible. Jackfruit is even considered a delicacy in some parts

of Asia. Its preparation is dependent on the culture. It can be cooked by itself or boiled and used in curries as a staple food. It is extensively used in India, where they prepare spicy curries with jackfruit or kathal sabzi, which is simply a medley of jackfruit and spices and vegetables. It can be prepared in a dry manner, or liquids can be added to eat it with rice. Besides using it in meals, it can be used as a snack by making jackfruit pudding or jackfruit chips, which are quite delicious, based on my personal experience. Another popular preparation is Lodeh, which is a traditional Indonesian vegetable dish made with coconut milk. Jackfruit is versatile, and it can be used to prepare desserts, snacks or the main meal. It is very delicious if prepared correctly, so make sure you get the right expertise before you try it on your own — it is an exotic novelty worth giving a try. If you would like to try it for yourself, you will most likely find it at Asian food markets.

Used with permission under the creative commons license. Photo by Dinesh Valke.

Photos used with permission from Prairie Fruits Farm. APR 16 – APR 22 09

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d o i n ’ i t w e l l by Jo Sanger & Ross Wantland

T or F?

Believable Rape

Illustration by Kate Lamy

Dear Ross and Jo, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April 11th will be the two-year anniversary of the day three Duke lacrosse players [were declared] innocent of a much-publicized rape hoax. How can we educate ourselves better to prevent it? As a regular reader of your column, I would be very interested in hearing your dialogues and research on the subject. —Mr. T

our faith in a good and just society; we jump to the conclusion it couldn’t (or didn’t) happen. Especially when we know the accused, we may feel like he couldn’t be capable of that. In our society, sex(ism), race(ism) and class(ism) also shape public perception, allowing us to feel like a group of white affluent men who hired and (at best) sexually harassed two strippers are more like us than the black woman working as a stripper.

Thank you for sending us a great idea for a column. The Duke case provided a lot of interesting lessons. Because we’re not legal experts, we would like to focus on the issues you raise about false accusations of sexual assault. The ways that the characters in the Duke case were described by media and defense attorneys was fascinating to watch. The alleged victim was continually described simply as a stripper or as the “accuser.” The young men on the other hand, were seen in three 60 Minutes interviews together or with their families. It was clear ­— these boys were “our boys” in the public eye, while the alleged victim was not.

“Real” Rape

Buy the Lie In workshops Ross has facilitated, groups will estimate that 20-30 percent of all allegations of sexual assault (rape) are false. Recent research suggests that actual false reports are likely quite low, between 2-8%. Why do people think that so many rapes are “false?” Lots of reasons. First, we don’t want to believe it could happen. This disbelief helps us keep

Susan Estrich has suggested that only certain rapes become “real rapes,” meaning that most assaults aren’t taken seriously for a slew of reasons: they had consensual sex before, s/he was drunk, they had been dating, the alleged perpetrator is a “good guy,” etc. Additionally, when a case is dropped, this doesn’t mean it was “false” (a lie) so much as “unsubstantiated” (not enough evidence). We have to remember that the legal system is different from an individual’s experiences. Simply because something cannot be legally proved does not mean it didn’t happen. Judith Herman, a researcher in trauma, says that “all the perpetrator asks is that we do nothing,” while the victim asks that we believe and acknowledge the pain experienced. When a sexual assault happens, we may not wish to believe — but that may have nothing to do with the specifics of the situation and more to do with our wish that it hadn’t happened. The reality is — same as with the Duke case — we weren’t in the room. We do not know what happened. Even when a victim recants a story,

this may mean more about the lack of support she has in her community than it does about the validity of her accusation.

True Lies Although we fear women flinging accusations at men, there’s a much bigger issue of false reporting. Research shows that only 30% of those who have been raped actually name the experience “rape”— probably for many reasons. If there is a stereotype that “real rapes” are perpetrated by strangers lurking in the bushes, then an acquaintance that doesn’t stop when you say no may not look like “rape.” Additionally, if a survivor initially names an experience rape but faces disbelief from even friends and family, she may later decide to recant. This also means that we can have instances where one person names the experience “rape,” but the other doesn’t. Often, this leads us to presume that it wasn’t rape. Could someone commit rape, but not feel like he has committed rape? Definitely. A key element of rape is that there wasn’t consent. One person cannot have consent if their partner doesn’t also consent — it’s a dynamic, a two-way street. In fact, research on men who have technically perpetrated rape shows that only 15% of them call it rape. Rather than dismissing allegations out of hand, we have to take every story seriously.

cused of sexual assault. It seems everyone has some story about someone who was falsely accused of rape. It would be awful to be accused of something that didn’t happen. When we hear more about the “false” reports than we do about actual assaults, suddenly false reports lurk around every corner. So how can we protect ourselves from being falsely accused? The number one way is to make sure that you have explicit consent from your partner(s), every time. The reality is that false reports (as with any crime) — when they are actually false — is a rarity, and we can’t prevent those. Getting consent, paying attention to the ways consent (and non-consent) is communicated, and talking openly with your partners gives you the reassurance that your partner wants to be with you, and the opportunity to have the sex you both want. Join us next week as we look forward to Artists Against AIDS.

Sex 411: More Lies Go to our blog com to read our full response to Mr. T’s question.

Bring Protection This doesn’t mean that we (especially men) don’t have a very real fear of being falsely ac-

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Step Outside, Enjoy the Show The Prompting Theatre presents the Eighth Annual Theater in the Streets Festival by Sarah Yu CU’s arts and entertainment community will be particularly vibrant this weekend, and you won’t want to miss the upcoming Boneyard Arts Festival and the Eighth Annual Theater in the Streets Festival. The action will be right outside your door, literally. The Theater in the Streets Festival will be taking place this Saturday, April 18 in downtown Urbana. Plays will be held outside between Main and Elm streets. The Theater in the Streets Festival, which is sponsored by the Developmental Services Center and the Illinois Arts Council, is an event for people of all ages, and families are encouraged to come, as there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Festival is hosted by the Prompting Theater, a theater troupe for individuals with developmental disabilities. It was founded in 1995, and since then, it has come a long way. “It currently has 26 core actors, and it began as an acting class for seven individuals who were interested in learning the basics of acting,” said Janice McAteer, director of development at DSC. “The reason why it’s called a prompting theater is because sometimes the actors need to be prompted. But they create original acts and everything. They go the whole nine yards.”

Actors in the Prompting Theater are usually hard at work either writing or interpreting plays, giving their performances a more personal touch. “For their shows, they either take a script that’s already written and then adapt it to the particular styling or they write their own scripts,” said Brian Hagy, the developmental instructor at DSC and director of the Prompting Theater. “Each actor is responsible for writing or adapting their own characters. Even if they’re non-verbal, they still figure out ways to get ideas across. A lot of the time, it’s more of a physical thing. They show what the character would be doing rather than talk. It’s a mixture of theater performance.” The skill levels and experiences of actors in the Prompting Theater also vary, along with its wide range of ages. “The youngest, I believe, is 22, and the oldest is 59. We have a loose structure for auditions, but when someone is interested, they audition by demonstrating their skill level and willingness to work with others, because every show is pretty much different from the previous show,” said Hagy. This year, the festival will feature a variety of actors from different troupes and organizations. Participants include Central High School, Sta-

tion Theatre, Zoo Improv Troupe, The Interesting Theater Group, Prompting Theater and Rantoul Theatre. They will be performing Les Miserables, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Improv Comedy, House of Interesting Theater, The Love of Three Oranges, and Pirates and Petticoats, respectively. Plays will be performed throughout the entire day. The Theater in the Streets Festival is a combined collaboration of local troupes and actors who hope to spread their love for theater to the rest of the community. “One thing that’s been really nice is that [The Prompting Theater’s] become a recognized troupe, so other troupes in CU realize it’s a really cool segment in acting, and they come together and put together the theater in the streets,” said McAteer. Ten dollar donations are suggested but not required. Proceeds go to the Prompting Theater to help cover operating expenses and other shows in the future. “[The donations] help the Prompting Theater to be able to do more things like the festival, where we try to unite the theater world with unintended audiences,” said Hagy. “That’s why we do the Theater in the Streets — so that people walking by might be interested in seeing the show.”

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The Champaign Lions Club is our local chapter of the national charity organization which focuses on providing aid to people with hearing and sight impairments. The Lions Club collects and recycles used eyeglasses, screens for glaucoma, transplants corneas to hospitals, provides guide dogs for the blind and provides hearing aids for those who cannot afford them. Rich King, the president of the Champaign Lions Club, answered questions about his charity in an e-mail interview: buzz: What does your organization do? Rich King: Champaign Lions Club is a part of Lions Club International, the world’s largest service club. We help the visual and hearing impaired. buzz: What kind of impact does your organization have in Champaign? RK: CLC provides over 50 free eye exams and glasses to people in our community that cannot afford them. We have also given items to Carle Low Vision Center, computers to Parkland

College’s low vision program, low vision readers to the Champaign Public Library. Outside of these things, we give socks to the Champaign Public Schools every winter, we contribute to the Red Ribbon Campaign for kids’ substance abuse prevention, we give to the Salvation Army and the Center for Women in Transition. We also collect used eyeglasses to be used in poor countries. buzz: How long has the Champaign Lions Club been serving the community? RK: The Champaign Lions Club has been serving the Champaign area for 82 years. buzz: What is your favorite aspect of the club? RK: The getting to know people from the community that want to help others part. buzz: Your organization sponsors youth summer camps for vision and hearing impaired children, as well as organizes picnics, bowling nights and other get-togethers. How impor-

tant would you say the family dynamic is to the CLC? RK: The family dynamic is very important to us, and we try a large variety of activities to include the whole family. buzz: How can someone get involved with the CLC? RK: We meet weekly at noon at the Windsor of Savoy. If anyone is interested in learning more about the Champaign Lions Club, they are welcome to contact me or any other member. King can be reached at 359-6667 and online at Their vision is saving your vision.

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Peeved by Traffic Jams and Potholes? Next week, let the city know where things need to be fixed by Austin Lee Ever wished there were more bike lanes in your neighborhood? Hoping someone will build a new interchange so that you can get to work quicker? You have a chance to make a difference. The Long Range Transportation Plan is a program dedicated to bringing these improvements regarding transportation facilities to the community, and it needs input from local residents, including students, as to what changes should be made by the year 2035. There will be three public workshops in different areas, open to all local residents. I sat down with Eric Halvorsen, coordinator of the program, to find out more about the importance of these workshops. buzz: First of all, what is the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? Halvorsen: The Long Range Transportation Plan is a plan for the urbanized area, which encompasses all of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and out west to Bondville. It’s a multi-modal plan, so it takes into account the way transportation facilities are planned for the future in these urbanized areas, including automobiles, trucks, transit buses, trains, planes, bikes and pedestrians. buzz: You mentioned that the deadline year is 2035. Why’s that? Halvorsen: Normally, the LRTP update is done every five years. The last update was done in 2004, so five years later, 2009, the planning horizon for this LRTP is 20 years. It would put us

Long Range Transportation Plan Dates/Times/Locations:

April 21, 6-8 p.m. Illinois Terminal 45 E. University Ave. Champaign, Ill.

April 22, 6-8 p.m. Urbana Civic Center 108 E. Water St. Urbana, Ill.

April 23, 6-8 p.m. Savoy Recreation Center 402 Graham Drive Savoy, Ill.

at 2029, but we have been doing a number of different studies in CU. We chose the year 2035 in order to keep the LRTP consistent with all the other plans that we’ve been working on, so that’s the reason for the extension. buzz: What is the main purpose of the workshop? Walk us through it. Halvorsen: We are holding three introductory public workshops in the three different areas, each in the same format. First, there will be an introductory presentation by our staff — we will include information about the planning process. We’re at the very beginnings of the process now, so we’re going to walk people through what we’ve done so far. We’ve collected all the data necessary to create the existing conditions report. That’s basically everything that’s happening right now on the ground in terms of transportation, land use and the environment. All of these will be presented at this meeting. In the second part of the meeting, we will ask the participants to break down into small groups. Each table will have a map of a specific area of the township that we’re working in that night. So if you attend the Champaign workshop, you will be presented with a specific area that you’re familiar with. We’ll ask a series of questions, and you will make notes on a separate piece of paper about what you want to see in the future, including improvements on roadways, transit, bike facilities, pedestrian facilities and so on. This workshop is open to anyone that’s interested. buzz: What kind of outcome are you expecting from these workshops? Halvorsen: First, we want everyone to be informed of the whole process. It’s important to get people involved early so that they understand what’s going on. Secondly, we want to gather the public’s input on what they would actually like to see happen by the year 2035, which is the end year for this planning horizon. We’re looking quite far into the future to see how we can make significant improvements to the transportation facilities. We want to know whether people are interested in more transit, more bike lanes, a new interchange in Bondville or anything they think is important. The people who actually live in these areas would know more about these issues than we do. So we really want to gather the information for the beginning of this process. For more information, you can also visit their Facebook page, which is under “CUUATS” (Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Studies).

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The greenmunckie Project is an innovative internship program that brings graphic design and environmental science students at Parkland College together to explore economically and culturally sustainable solutions to environmental issues.


supported in part by a grant from Parkland College, the students will create a reusable shopping bag and marketing campaign that raise public consciousness about sustainability. in keeping with the growing recognition that “green is good business,” greenmunckie and Parkland welcome the participation of Champaign County businesses and community organizations. Together, we can inspire our students to be public-spirited entrepreneurs and provide positive leadership for our community.


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Studiodance ii Leave your expectations at home and allow yourself to be surprised by the next wave of dancers/artists. from the whimsical to the serious, these works highlight choreography by Dance at illinois students that is engagingly performed by their classmates.


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illini orchestra smith memorial hall, recital hall (805 s. mathews, Urbana)

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Elizabeth and Edwin goldwasser


annual mom’s Day Concert with the Ui Women’s glee Club // sChooL of mUsiC

ronald k. Brown/evidence, a dance company


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charles rosen, piano


Ui Philharmonia // sChooL of mUsiC

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ronald K. Brown/Evidence, a Dance Company // marqUEE

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Charles rosen, piano // marqUEE


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17 indi Go artist co-op 9 E University Ave 12-8pm: Stainless steel sculptures by Ryan Slattery, pastel drawings of Downtown Champaign buildings by Michael Downs, and richly colored functional ceramics in porcelain by Hugh Bridgeford. 6:30-8pm: Music by Jason Michael Bentley.

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16 habitat for hUmanity of champaiGn coUnty restore 119 E University Ave. 10am-5pm: Found object art show and auction.

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5 bee mi GaLLery (formerly Jennifer North) 17 E Taylor St not suitable for kids. 12pm-11pm ($2 after 6pm): Displaying a range of visual art featuring artists Amanda “mimi” Bickel, Rebecca Reid, Matt Freden, Brandon Roberts, Joshua Wolf, Ralph Roether III, Randall Plankenhorn and Elise McAuley. Gallery is sponsored by Jeff Mellander and Just Fore Fun driving range. 5-6pm: Contemporary Ballet by Elise McAuley 6-7pm: Ambient by Derek Stembridge 7-9pm & 12-5pm: DJ Mertz

15 GLass fX 202 S First St 10am-5:30pm: Featuring artists Richard Taylor, Erinn Dady, Amanda Haley, Teri Phillips and Marilyn Pollard.

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4 b. Lime — a Green store 12 E Washington 11am-6pm: Recent original acrylic paintings by Lisa Kesler.

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3 aroma café 118 N Neil St 7am-10pm: Featuring artist Cheryl Cameron – acrylics painted from the artist’s impression of people, cars, landscapes and whatever strikes her, or whatever she is in love with at the moment.

14 conserVatory of centraL iLLinois & cLass act stUdio 114 S Neil St 12-6pm: Open House Drop-in Hours. Class Act Studio and the Conservatory of Central Illinois present a community Open House! Stop by for Theater Games (for all ages) at the top of each hour along with ongoing face painting, music and craft activities for the whole family.



2 34 W main st All day, window display: work by artists Robin Riggs, Judy Dethmers and Jamie Kruidenier.

13 cityVieW at iLLinois terminaL 45 E University Ave Featuring artist Arati Patel, oil on canvas; and artist Ben Halpern, photography.

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1 209 W UniVersity aVe 12pm-12am: Featuring artists David Kopacz, Leah Guadagnoli, Jerry Sims and R. Scott Wennerdahl. A collection of work ranging from acrylic paintings, graphite, photography and interactive computer-based media.

12 christopher’s fine JeWeLry 124 N Neil St not suitable for kids. 11am-6pm: Personal custom-designed jewelry collections by Christopher Jupp, and “Kinetic Art: Sculpture and Animation,” by Matthew Rispoli. 6, 7, & 8pm: Storytelling Concert for Adults: “Gems and Dragons” by Camille Born.

28 rebecca’s & carrie’s 204 N Neil 3:30, 5 & 6:30pm: CoMMoN Theater Project, presents a short play. CoMMoN: bringing creative, innovative drama to everyone, one living space at a time. Featuring Cara Maurizi,


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22 LUna 116 N Chestnut 2pm-2am: Series of surreal and abstract paintings and drawings by Ryan Michael Fraser, along with live video installation – by Matt Harsh – enhancing and incorporating other visual media and live performers. 5-7pm: Boneyard Quintet


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11 champaiGn coUnty historicaL mUseUm 102 E University Ave 12pm-2am: Linoleum Block Prints: from 1945 to 1974, Fred Turner and his wife Betty created these 9 x 12 linoleum block prints of historic structures in Illinois as Xmas cards.

27 rebecca’s 204 N Neil 10am-5pm: Oil, watercolor and mixed media by Robin Riggs, Jamie Kruidenier and Judy Dethmers.


21 the LincoLn bUiLdinG 44 E Main St, 5th Floor 4-9pm: Open Studios: Beth Darling Studio, Lisa Kesler Studio, S.J Hart Studio. Paintings and mixed media, refreshments, artists present (Suite 518). Paintings, mixed media by Jess Beuler.

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10 carmon’s restaUrant 415 N Neil St 11am-9pm: Photographs by Matt Erickson and oil pastels and oil paintings by Skip Sams. Painting by Lyn Fennema.

26 precision Graphics 106 S Neil St 2-8pm: Collection of work created by students of Ms. Elise Putnam from Franklin Middle School. Face painting by Harshbarger Homestead Retreat Center.


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9 caKes on WaLnUt 114 N Walnut St Graphic Designs by CUDO — Champaign Urbana Design Organization. 3-4:30pm: Tales for children and families by the C-U Storytelling Guild.

25 peKara baKery & bistro 116 N Neil St Tara Allen (The Foto Fairy) Digital Photography.


8 cafe Kopi 109 N Walnut St 7am-12am: Watercolors by Shoshanna Bauer.

24 orpheUm chiLdren’s science mUseUm 346 N Neil St Installations by the students at Southside Elementary School. Children’s art events including a walking “Eye Spy” Architectural Tour and the opportunity to participate in a community art mural. This venue is free with museum admission or museum membership.

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friday UiUc campUs s3-7pm: Center for World Music @ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts sAM PM 0AINTING 3OUND WITH #OLOR BY Dale Bigall @ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

23 miKe & moLLy’s 105 N Market St not suitable for kids. 4pm-2am: “Second Life,” a series of portraits of avatars met in the virtual reality fantasy simulation world of ‘Second Life,’ as painted by Phil Strang, AKA Van Caerndow.

20 Jos. KUhn & co. oVer artist! c 33 E Main St 10am-6m: Selected works by Deborah Fell, fibre artist and creator of “Serendipity,” the 2009 Boneyard Arts Festival Signature Image. Ms. Fell focuses on abstract, organic shapes in her work and uses surface treatments such as dyeing and painting. Deborah has exhibited work in the United Nations Building, New York, the Civil Rights Museum, Pakistan, and at Ground Zero Headquarters, St. Paul Trinity Chapel.


thUrsday doWntoWn champaiGn s5-6:30pm: The K Couch @ Sam’s Café s PM#HINESE9O 9O "EE-I s PM 5) "LACK #HORUS "ALCONY OF Volition (1 Main)

Neil St.

expect the unexpected as Krannert center hits the streets during the boneyard!

7 boLtini LoUnGe 211 N Neil St 11am-2am: Confessional 4pm-2am: Lawrence McGown photography, Jason Bentley charcoal drawings, written confessions by YOU! 4pm, 5:30pm & 7pm: Tribal Fusion Bellydancing by Trikhala 8pm: Cara & Gordy — jazz and standards from the “golden age” to today.

8-10pm: Angie Heaton and friend 10:30pm: Rodney George Peacock, Dr. Tom Payner, Mark Mcknight and David Bodnar.

19 Jim GoULd restaUrant 1 E Main St Fresh new works by Patrick Harness! Oil on canvas, celebrating spring in Central Illinois. 3pm, 4:30pm & 6pm: Floor Lover Illinois break dancing on the plaza at 1 Main.

Randolph St.


18 ippatsU saLon 122 N Neil 10am-8pm: Oil portraits of friends and family by Gabby Frasca, and acrylic paintings of animals in bright, happy colors by Maxx Sentowski.

State St.

6 the bLind piG 102 N Walnut St not suitable for kids. 5-8pm: A public reading by writers from the Red Herring Fiction Writers Workshop, including Gary Doherty, Hilary Taylor Holbrook, Elaine Fowler Palencia, Scott Solomon, Carolyn Trimble and Ralph Trimble.


White St. Stoughton St.

(Dotted line indicates map is no longer in scale.) Information table at 1 Main Plaza #19.

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buzz 19 Matt Fear, Mattew Green and Nicole Powers. 29 sKins n’ tins drUm shop 29 W Main St 2, 4, 5 & 6pm: Sara Haas, Jacqueline Kinsman, YoungSun Lee and Anna Marks in structured improvisational dance performances in the storefront window. 30 sprinGer cULtUraL center 301 N Randolph 8am-9pm: Mixed media, painting and sculpture by Larry Steinbauer, Jodi Bowen Birdwell and Constance DeMuth Berg. Experience the current art exhibition and observe dance classes while enjoying live music and refreshments. All ages invited to try their hand at pottery or drawing techniques. 31 trainor GLass company 322 N Neil St not suitable for kids. 8am-7pm: Paintings and photography by Lena Choe - abstract paintings, other mediums and textures. 32 WeisKamp screen printinG 312 S Neil St 9am-5:30pm: Showing “T-Shirts - one style fits all,” by Tim Stiles and featuring abstract art using t-shirts, and a collection of posters from poster printings workshops. Screen painting art by Micheal Morgan, Carol Blumthal, Tim Stiles, MMAFT, Krista Ward, Dustin Norder and Karl Bauer. 33 Wind Water & LiGht GaLLery 10 E Main St 11am-10pm: 2 and 3D fine art and craft by Lucy Synk, Angelika Ebbinghaus and Kristen Wolfinbarger. 2-8pm: demonstration by Larry Steinbauer, making his computer generated images 3:30, 5 & 6:30pm: Modern and Ethnic Dance by Valerie Blomgren

6 iLLini media bUiLdinG 512 E Green St 9am-6pm: Photographic works by Illini Media staff and students. 7 iLLini Union art GaLLery 1401 W Green St Featured artists Paul Gamo and Jordan McGirk. 8 Krannert center for the performinG arts 500 S Goodwin Ave Dale Bigall’s “Painting Sound with Color,” an interactive art installation where individuals use brightly colored paddles to generate sounds. 9:30pm: iSalsa2, a spring night of salsa music and dance! 9 La casa cULtUraL Latina 1203 W Nevada Featuring artist Rachel Samaniego. 10 red herrinG 1209 W Oregon St Video installations, paintings, sculptures, musical performances and culinary treats. Evening: Jamnesty, a benefit dinner and concert for Amnesty International. 11 soUsa archiVes and center for american mUsic 236 Harding Band Building 1103 S Sixth St 10am-5pm: Interactive music exhibition (“Music in America”) from John Philip Sousa to Salvatore Martirano. 12 spUrLocK mUseUm 600 S Gregory 9am-5pm: Special Exhibit: “Children Just Like Me,” an engaging, hands-on exhibit celebrating children around the world. Free admission.

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1 88 broadWay 138 Lincoln Square Village 6:30-8pm: “Fashion For Food,” H2O Salon and Spa Fashion Show: fashion, hair and make up from different time periods by stylists from H2O Salon and Spa — Edith Peacock, Ursa Wylie-Duncan, Lindsey Scofield and Jennifer Kroll. $5. 2 amara yoGa & arts Suite 156b Lincoln Square Painting, photography by Lyosha. 3 appLied paVement technoLoGy 115 W Main St. 9am-5pm (lobby): “Point of View,” paintings by Glen C. Davies that explore the human condition. 12-5pm (2nd floor): Sculpture, mixed, paintings. Senior thesis exhibit showcasing the sculptural work of two UI art students, Lauren Brescia, Madalyn J Meyer. They create a juxtaposition that is luxurious, feminine and grotesque, yet strange, whimsical and beautiful. 12-3pm (2nd floor): opening reception 4 art mart 127 Lincoln Square Village 9am-6pm: Glass and mixed media by Shawn Everette. Objects of curiosity inspired by movement and the human form. 5 beads n botanicaLs 117 N Broadway Ave 10am-5pm: Mandalas created by Evelyne Tardy. 2-4pm: Community Drum Circle.

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4 caffe paradiso 801 S Lincoln 8am-10pm: Cunningham Children’s Home Kids Chalmers Chalmers St. St. present “Klimt, Magritte and Alice”: deconstructed/reconstructed famous paintings. 6-10pm (ages 16+): C-U Confidential, the Digest of the Movies of Champaign, Urbana, Armory Ave. Armory Ave. and the Cities Beyond, presents “Local Cinema @ Paradiso.” video and film selections. 5 the canopy cLUb 708 S Goodwin Ave not suitable for kids. 6pm-2am: $5 early evening, free after 9pm Music by Mhondoro Rhythm Success & Piano Man.

Sixth St.

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Matthews Ave.

3 bLUes bbQ 1103 W Oregon “African Dreams” and “Mythical Characters” series: prints in the original technique of polystyrene engraving and paintings of African masks by Tatiana Titova. 5-6pm: storytelling by Camille Born — “Prairie Moon” stories of a woman’s life on the prairie in the 1830’s-1850’s 7-9pm: Big Bluestem String Band — bluegrass, swing, blues and ragtime

Healey St. Fourth St.

2 asian american cULtUraL center 1210 W Nevada St 8:30am-5:00pm: Mixed media by various artists.

Western Ave.

Bash Ct.

2 9 11 (Dotted line indicates map is no longer in scale.) Information table at Krannert Center #8.

7 cinema GaLLery 120 W Main St 10am-9pm: Fine art and craft by over 50 artists in central Illinois: ceramics, painting, prints, photography, sculpture and glass. Featured show: “Far-Flung Places: Don Lake watercolors.” 8 common GroUnd food co-op 1 Lincoln Square Village 8am-8pm: Large scale photographs of scenes from local farms and additional information about local farms. 9 corKscreW Wine emporiUm 203 N Vine 11am-6pm: Eclectic pearl and gemstone jewelry by Michele Plante. 10 fLeUrish 110 S Race St 10am-4pm: “Signs,” by artist Kristine Fisher combines floral themes with sign language; paintings on canvas/found objects. 11 fUrnitUre LoUnGe 126 W Main St 11am-9pm: Digital art by Dean E Schwenk, a collection of colorful and quirky digital art featuring human characters. Interesting, funny and/ or disturbing. 12 Goose aLLey 109 W Goose Alley 1-4pm & 6-9pm: Interactive audio/video installation and performance by Isaac Bloom. 13 the Great impasta 156C Lincoln Square Village (NE corner) MELD - Monday Evening Life Drawing group exhibits a variety of selected work. 14 GriGGs st. potters 305 W Griggs (one and a half blocks North from Strawberry Fields) not suitable for kids. 10am-5pm: Functional and decorative highfired stone-ware by Charlene Anchor, Betsey Cronan, Reni Franciscono and Ingrid Melief.

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1 art coop 410 E Green St 10am-9pm: Scratchboard and handmade cast paper by Robert Chapman.

6 bLacK doG smoKe & aLe hoUse 201 N Broadway not suitable for kids. TBA

Nevada St.


15 heartLand GaLLery 112 W Main St 10am-9pm: 4x4: water media works by Michael Coles, Margaret DeCardy, Judy Jones and Ann McDowell. Additional works by over 100 artists. 1:30-2:30pm: Maria and Co., international dance music 2:30-3:30pm: Scottish Highland Dancer and Highland Bagpiper 3:30-5pm: Adam Walton, marimba 16 internationaL GaLLeries 118 Lincoln Square Village A wide variety of visual artists. 17 the iron post 120 S Race St 1pm-1am: Come abandon your teen angst while viewing M.M.S.M (Mixed Media Sparkle Matter) by Roberta Bennet. 6-9pm: No Secret (classic rock) 9:30pm: Street Level Doppler CD Release (Indie Rock) 18 KaLarte GaLLery 112 W Main 10am-9pm: Arts & Crafts from India and Latin America; painting, sculpture, and other media by various artists. 19 KLose Knit 311 W Springfield Edda Freeman: knitted, crochet and felted APR 16 – APR 22 09

20 buzz items; Stephen West: whimsical knit pieces; Amy Rueffert: glass artist. 20 La GoUrmandise 119 W Main St 8am-8pm: Original watercolors and gouache paintings by Cindy Carlson. 3:30-4:45pm: Storyteller Camille Born tells tales of animals and other amazing things from around the world. Stories begin every 15 minutes.

28 Urbana bUsiness association 111 W Main Jason Rackow, wild and colorful found object paintings.

10am-5pm: flowers in watercolor, featuring roses by Sharon Collins-Masel. beLLa mia and beLLa home 2227 S Neil St not suitable for kids. 10am-6pm: featuring artists Loba C. Chudak and Sharon Collins-Masel. Paintings on Silk and Creative frames.

29 Urbana free Library 210 W Green 9am-6pm: “Celebrations of Children’s Art” – featuring young artists from Urbana Elementary Schools and the studio of Hua Nian.

21 LincoLn sqUare ViLLaGe 1 Lincoln Square Village 12-8pm: Artists Exhibit – Sylvia Arnstein: oil, acrylic, graphite; Katherine Hansen: watercolors, oil and mixed media; Maggie Harrah: woodcut prints; Terry Huber: oil and watercolor paintings; Cheri Manrique: nature photography; Kelli Roos: watercolors; Jessie Scheunemann: color photography; Christopher Starkey: industrial drawings; Evelyne Tardy: meditative mandalas; Kelly White: figures and allegories in oil; Athen Y Chilton: glass beads and leatherGriggs work. 10am-4pm: Conservatory Students Play-aThon 12-5pm: Kids Corner: U-CYCLE display and children’s recycling art activity and Urbana Park District “Junky Monkeys,” where kids create a work of art using every manner of art supply possible!

edibLe arranGements 49 E Marketview Dr 10am-3pm: Natural multi-media by artists Andrea Udey, Alyssa and Roxanna Davison.

IN THE URBANA fREE LIBRARY AUDITORIUM: 3:45pm: Yankee Ridge Chorus 4:15pm: Leal Chorus 4:45pm: Yankee Ridge Dance Group

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Cedar St.

(Dotted line indicates map is no longer in scale.) Information table at the IMC #27.

sunday, april 19 oUt and aboUt Champaign County

bondViLLe/West champaiGn artist in the Landscape 305 W Chestnut St 1-7pm: Photography, screen prints. mcGoWn photoGraphy 5801 W Springfield 12-5pm: Photography and paintings by Lawrence McGown. 3D Display by Micheal Sherfield. Take Springfield Ave. 2.5 miles west from Champaign, look for a white buidling with red doors on the south side of Route 10.


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prairie ViLLaGe retirement center 200 W International Ave 8am-6pm: Painting, drawing, tea painting, photography, crocheting, quilting and handcraft by a collection of sixteen local artists. 2-4pm: gallery talk/reception

sidney artists’ GUiLd Sidney Township Hall, 100 E Byron 12-8pm: Oil paintings and sketches by Lucy Seaman, Beatrice Walters, Lauren Ramseyer, Elaine Bagwell and Ronda fulkerson. 1, 4 & 6pm: Creative Dramatics Workshop “Meeting Mr. Lincoln” Waterpresents St. Grassroots 2-4pm: Revival Duo

draGonfLy press 2108 S Vine St 12-6pm: Rosalind faiman Weinberg’s paintings, drawings and hand-pulled prints. firefLy JeWeLs 712 S Maple St. 10am-5pm: Glass beads and leatherwork by Athan Y Chilton. Leatherworking tools and work for viewing and sale.





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beLLa home 2215 S Neil St not suitable for kids. APR 16 – APR 22 09

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27 U-c independent media center 202 S Broadway 12pm-3am: “The World We Do Not Live In (Yet): Visions from Danville Correction Center.” Drawings and Paintings by artists at Danville Prison; selected works from Clara Hoag, Chris Evans and “Urban(a) Visions” by Danielle Chynoweth. MUSIC PERfORMANCES: 6-6:30pm: Oceans 6:40-7:10pm: Mordechai 7:25-7:55pm: Curb Service 8:10-8:40pm: Agent Mos 8:55-9:25pm: Organic flow 9:40-10:10pm: World’s Worst flying Machine 10:25-10:55pm: New Ruins 11:10-11:40pm: We Landed on the Moon 11:55-12:40pm: Elsinore 12:50-3:00am: Dance Party

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26 theater in the streets festival Broadway between Main and Elm St. 12-6pm: The Prompting Theater presents “The Love of Three Oranges;” Central High presents excerpts from “Les Miserables;” Zoo Improv presents live improv, with works by Zac Clemens and Michael Lopez.


Broadway Ave.

23 the morninG cUp & more 202 N Race St 7am-8pm: Photography of European scenes by Jan Chandler.

25 station theatre 223 N Broadway 8pm: The Celebration Company presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

Broadway Ave.

Central Ave.


Elm St.

24 sipepdesign 123 W Main St, Suite 101 Photography by Silas Pepple.


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ring Sp fielrding 22 madeLine’s confectionary arts & Afiveeld. A GaLLery 122A W Main St ve. 10am-9pm: Sugar Arts Demo, Buffy Vance; Textile Arts, Katie Martin, Elaine Oldham; Mixed Media, Jason Bentley, Herbert Marder, Megan McNellis. Acoustic Guitar, Dan Miske.



WaLKer WorKs 2532 CR 600 E 10am-6pm: Acrylic paintings by Gary Walker. from corner of Mattis Ave. and Bloomington Rd. go 7.5 miles North to CR 7550. Turn west, go 3 miles to CR 600. Turn left, it’s the 2nd house on the left.


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Krannert art mUseUm 500 E Peabody Dr 12-5pm: 17th annual Petals & Paintings. Champaign florist Rick Orr, AIfD, is guest curator. The exhibition features floral arrangements created by award-winning regional floral designers in response to works of art selected by Orr from the museum’s permanent collection. parKLand art GaLLery Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave 1-7:30pm: Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition. WiLLiam m. staerKeL pLanetariUm Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave 2pm & 3pm: family Matinee 7:30pm: full Show featuring Outer World Dimensions with ferrocene 3, Jason finkelman, Jay Eychaner and Nick Rudd. Live sound and light show featuring “far Out Music for far Away Places.”

GLass LaKe stUdio 2908 E Main St Hand blown decorative and functional glass by Barrie Bredemeier. Open gallery and studio tours. hiGh cross stUdio 1101 N High Cross Rd 10am-4pm: Paintings by Wesley Cook, Kim Curtis, Margie Nelson and Ceramics by Susan Garner. home of Karen KeLsKy 1002 E Main St Paper Demon Art and Jewelry: paper folding/origami art by Karen Kelsky. hUa nian art stUdio 1308 S Race St 12-8pm: Paintings and drawings by Hua Nian and glass work by Amy Rueffert. Kennedy’s restaUrant at stone creeK 2560 Stone Creek Blvd 11am-8pm: Katherine Hansen watercolor paintings, in naive, abstract and impressionistic styles. miLo’s restaUrant 2870 S Philo Rd 12-2pm & 5-9pm: Large floral designs enhanced by vibrant greenery and dramatic backgrounds, by Lloyd White.

information provided in this map was provided to us by participating venues and artists. We encourage you to call in advance for the most up to date information, specific directions, or accessibility issues.

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movies & tv Volunteers Eager for Ebertfest to Start by Matt Carey How many people does it take to run an international film festival that brings between 18 and 20,000 people into the community? Quite a few, it turns out. “I think we usually end up with about 300,” Ebertfest Associate Festival Director Mary Susan Britt said. “We rely heavily on volunteers; I don’t know what we’d do without them.” Volunteers showed up at Gregory Hall on April 5 to prepare themselves for Ebertfest. The film festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign from April 22 to April 26. The volunteers for Ebertfest do many different tasks pivotal to the festival running smoothly, such as crowd

control, ushering and concessions. Among the topics covered at the meeting were signing up for duties for some of the 12 movies showing and instructions on acting appropriately while on the job. It seems like a lot of work for no pay, but the volunteers are still excited for the event to start. “It’s just a lot of fun; it’s a very eclectic situation,” said Don Wauthier, a Champaign native who has volunteered at Ebertfest every year the festival has been held. “You find the actors and producers and directors that are there wander the hallways, and you get a chance to talk to them, and it’s even surprising how many of them enjoy it.” The volunteers for the event aren’t just adults in the community — students also help out. “I’m a big movie buff, and I’ve been a longtime fan of Roger Ebert,” freshman Zach Stein said. “I just wanted to see how the festival works.”

The volunteers for the event put in a lot more work than most people realize. Besides duties at the theater, volunteers are also assigned such tasks as picking up the guest speakers from the airport and driving them around town for the week. Volunteers also are assigned to go around town putting up posters and placing coasters in restaurants to advertise the event. While many of the volunteers are from the Champaign-Urbana area or go to school here, others just started living here and are enthusiastic to work with Roger Ebert. “I moved here just this year, but I’ve heard of Ebertfest,” Nikhail Melakantan said. “I’ve been following Roger Ebert’s reviews for a long time, and he’s sort of an indispensable source.” Regardless of why people volunteered, one thing was blatantly clear: They all were excited to be helping out with the University of Illinois’s worldfamous annual event.

I Just Want to (Associate) Direct Mary Susan Britt explains the inner-workings of Ebertfest by Matt Carey buzz: How did you first get involved in Ebertfest? Britt: I came here in the end of 2001. I was hired as the assistant director of development for the College of Communications, which is now the College of Media, and this was just a little part of my job, so that’s how I got involved. And now I’m in my eighth year. buzz: How close is your relationship with Roger Ebert when it comes to Ebertfest? Britt: Roger and I and our director, Nate Kohn, we work closely every day, especially as we get closer to the fest, so I would say it’s very close just because there’s so many details to be worked out, and we just work, e-mail after e-mail after e-mail throughout the day. buzz: What kind of stuff do you have to go over with Roger? Britt: We talk about guests, we talk about who’s going to be on our academic panel discussions that are held at the Union, just anything and everything that comes up. We discuss details about Roger’s book signing, just a whole bunch of different things. buzz: How did the Virginia Theatere become involved in Ebertfest? Britt: Before I was here. The festival started in 1999; the festival has always been at the Virginia Theatre. So it’s just always been at the theater, and Roger has great memories of seeing movies there, and he wanted it at the Virginia Theatre.

buzz: What would you say Ebertfest brings to the University? Britt: I think it brings a lot of recognition to the University. We involve students as much as we can. The Daily Illini produces our festival program, so students work on the festival program, students help volunteer at the Virginia Theatre, they can do panel discussions, they come to the movies. I think it just brings a lot of recognition, you know, it’s an international film festival, every piece of program material has the College of Media-University of Illinois on it, and that is out there everywhere. buzz: What role do you have in booking the guests? Britt: Roger and our director, Nate Kohn, they get the guests here, and then I kind of take over from that and follow up with hotel accommodations, airfare and I just take it from there. And then I have to get their bio and a headshot and different things like that for the festival program, and then that goes on our Web site, so I just follow up with everything, and then I assign a host to them that picks them up at the airport. I have a lot of involvement in it. buzz: Do they fly into the Champaign airport? Britt: Yes, we fly them into Willard. buzz: Do you attend Ebertfest in its entirety every year? Britt: Oh yes, I wouldn’t miss it for anything after all this work. But, uh, no, I do and sometimes

I don’t get to see the films. I’m on the phone and different things like that, but I do try to see the films, but if not, I just rent them after the fact. buzz: How many volunteers do you have this year? Britt: We have a lot of volunteers this year; I think we usually end up with about 300. We rely heavily on volunteers; I don’t know what we’d do without them, and we have different levels of volunteering. We have a lot of students and people from the community who volunteer at the theater, but we also have people who serve as hosts, and those come from the community, and they’re the ones that take off the Wednesday through Sunday from work, and they go pick our festival guests up from the airport and take them to the theater, take them to the green room, take them to the parties, and we also have volunteers who distribute posters for me around town, coasters in the bars and restaurants, so there’s just different ways of anywhere from putting lanyards on the passes, so I have all kinds of people helping me. buzz: Do you have any rough estimate of how many people attended Ebertfest last year? Britt: Every year, depending on the number of films, we have roughly 18 to 20,000 attendees. buzz: What film this year are you most excited about seeing? I’m excited about them all, but I’m really interested in seeing Trouble the Water.

Mary Susan Britt in her office at Gregory Hall. Photo by Tanmay Chowdhary

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  movie review 

Observe and Report by Hallie Borden

Used with permission from Warner Bros. Pictures



than half of the movie made even an audience of rowdy teenagers noticeably uncomfortable. Not only are the actually funny parts few and far between, they are overwhelmed with what turns out to be a very depressing storyline. The script isn’t the only bad thing about Observe. The entire movie is edited like a trailer — short clips, one-line scenes and montages set to music comprise most of the film. It is a miracle, then, that it still manages to be so boring. The only audience members that Observe and Report will impress are too young to get in without their parents. The half of a star is for Anna Faris, whose spot-on comic timing makes you wish you were seeing The House Bunny. No need to leave the house for her, however, as the two minutes that she is actually on-screen are pretty much all in the preview. I never thought I’d say this, but if you have to see one movie about a mall cop this year, make it Paul Blart.

Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

While many may know of actor Liev Schreiber from the original Scream and the remakes of The Omen and The Manchurian Candidate, in Everything Is Illuminated, an independent file he adapted from the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and directed in 2005, he crafts a remarkable blend of offbeat comedy, road adventure of discovery and a bittersweet historical tale. Elijah Wood plays Jonathan Safran Foer, an eccentric Jewish-American who travels to the Ukraine to find a woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis when many in his village were killed in 1942. Jonathan is an avid collector of all sorts of trivial and personal historical objects, and all he has is a faded photo of his grandfather standing in a field with a beautiful young woman. Seeking the help of an elderly tour guide who speaks no English and who claims to be blind, the

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I used to be a big fan of Seth Rogen. He was smart, funny, charming and likeable as a character and as himself. I would have preferred to continue liking him, which is why I regret seeing Observe and Report. Remember that annoying kid in seventh grade who thought he was hilarious and super cool because he knew how to hold up his middle finger and scream obscenities all day long? Well, that’s who Seth Rogen has turned into — except he’s in his late 20s. The sort of humor that Observe and Report is littered with isn’t silly, immature fun — it’s stupid and outright offensive. Not only is it insulting to the audience to assume we would find this movie amusing, it’s also racist, sexist and homophobic. It’s 2009 and no longer acceptable to be throwing around words that rhyme with maggot and leotard in angry monologues by Ray Liotta. I’m also not sure when bipolar disorder, divorce and alcoholism became so hilarious. More

by Syd Slobodnik

man’s goofy 20-something grandson/translator, Alex, and the old man’s seeing eye dog, named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.(the old man’s favorite singer), Jonathan begins his journey of self discovery that ends in a village of Trachimbrod with surprising revelations. Wood is stoically effective as the straight-laced, nerdy fish out of water as he reacts with the locals of the former Soviet Republic. Eugene Hutz is a riot as Alex, the simple villager who is in love with U.S. pop culture and dance, especially Michael Jackson. With his broken English translating and voice-over narration, he sets the perfect comic tone for the film’s lighter parts. But before you laugh too hard, the film turns toward a uniquely emotional climax that makes this moving hidden gem one not to miss. Its simple message is, “Everything becomes illuminated in the light of the past.”

Used with permission from Warner Independent Pictures

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Why is this on TV? Survivor Edition by Tiffany Champion In all reality, this should probably be titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why is this STILL on TVâ&#x20AC;?. After 18, count them, 18 seasons in nine years, this show has managed to maintain a steady following of viewers. For some reason, people continue to tune in and watch dirty people eat maggots and maneuver their way through mazes over and over again. How â&#x20AC;Ś enthralling? No. No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. And hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look at the title Survivor. Does anyone really not survive? They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stranded all alone on a deserted island â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they have a camera crew following their every move and an emergency helicopter on call just in case. No one is going to be allowed to starve or be mauled by some wild boar (though that would spice things up).

You want to see these people really try to survive? Throw them in South Africa. I would watch that. Their survival wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be based on their ability to hold on to a rope the longest while dangling over the water or their ability to put a puzzle together before everyone else. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see how many people sign up for Survivor: Somalia. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably still get some crazies, though, just like you do for regular Survivor. You know only looney people will let themselves sink to such lows to win some money. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny is that you get the people who insist that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go on when they get to a difficult task, who insist that the show is just too much for them, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all too demanding. Hey, you. You with the tears. Did you think this season would be any different than the previous 12? It never changes. You get the same stereotypes every time, too, setting up the perfect combination for some inspiring drama. You have the wimp, the manly woman, the hippie, the person who has no idea what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, the person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only there because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hot, the drama queen, the old person and the crazy man. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all there. And, after so many seasons, the contestants begin to figure out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get them more camera time and they become these over-dramatized characters. Think about it. The obnoxious crazy guy always lasts much longer than he logically should. The only real characters were in the very first season. Anyone that would sign up for the show after seeing a season of it must be outside of their mind. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re essentially agreeing to possibly eating cow testicles or ground up cockroaches. Now, why are people watching this? I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch the screen as someone gags down cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even listen to it â&#x20AC;&#x201D;­ I have to change the channel. Where some people go wrong is when they flip back to Survivor. Why? Just find

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thur, apr 16 live music U of I Jazz Combo Iron Post, U, 7pm Cornmeal Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $8 Caleb Cook and the Big Naturals Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm Geovanti’s Live Band Geovanti’s, C, 10pm



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

DJ Hollywood Karaoke It’ll Do 2, C, 8pm G-Force Karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Karaoke with Randy Miller Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm

Topless Female Dancers 18 to enter • Mon-Thur 8pm-1am • Fri-Sat 8pm-2am • $5 Cover (Always Hiring, We’ll Train)

Silver Bullet Bar

1401 E. Washington Urbana 217.344.0937

sat, apr 18

live music

live music

Keith Harden solo acoustic Silvercreek, U, 5pm Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 7pm Bill Withering, Larry Frost and Rick Charmin. open mic The Prairie Ensemble: SPEAK Cafe Celebrating Mendelssohn Krannert Art Museum at 200 and Kinkead Pavilion, C, Faith United Methodist 7pm Church, C, 7pm, $16, $13 Organized and moderated seniors, $6 students and by Aaron Ammons. children This concert will feature movies works by Dvorak, Vaughn IPRH Film Series Williams, and Mendelssohn. Krannert Art Museum Mhondoro Meets Bolokada and Kinkead Pavilion, C, Canopy Club, U, 7:30pm, $5 5:30pm Keith Harden solo acoustic stage Hideaway of the Woods, The Miracle Worker Mahomet, 8:30pm Parkland College Theatre, Jack Pine Savage C, 8pm Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9pm The story of Helen Keller. Maintenance Free Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., recreation U, 9pm Drinking Liberally dj Esquire Lounge Inc., C, 6:30pm Country Dancing at A gathering of liberal Bradley’s II thinkers over drinks. Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Top 40 social issues Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 “UIUC Creature Feature” DJs Ian, D.O.M. & ReFLEX with Jana Kohl Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Mumford Hall, U, 2pm, DJ LegTwo and DJ Belly 7pm Radio Maria, C, 10pm Featuring exhibits about DJ Delayney humane education and Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 the opportunity to indance music teract with all kinds of animals. Contra Dance with To Old To Be Controled & callers volunteer Scott Meyer and Anne UC Books to Prisoners Huber work session Phillips Recreation Center, Urbana-Champaign InU, 8pm, $5, $4 students dependent Media Center, karaoke U, 2pm MCJS Karaoke DJs Mike kids & families and Cheryl After School Movies Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaTolono Public Library, To- voy, 9pm lono, 3:15pm stage Design It! Orpheum Children’s Sci- The Miracle Worker ence Museum, C, 4pm, Parkland College Theatre, $42 for non-members, C, 8pm $36 for members IUB Spring Musical Designed for grades K-2. — West Side Story Assembly Hall, C, 7pm, lgbt $11-$18 Live and Let Live GLBT art exhibit Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Petals & Paintings MuMcKinley Presbyterian seum Benefit Reception Church and Foundation, Krannert Art Museum and C, 6:30pm Kinkead Pavilion, C, 6pm Proceeds benefit museum classes & exhibitions and programs.


Knitting for the New and Not So New Klose Knit, U, 7pm, $15 per session Taught by Brigitte Pieke. APR 16 – APR 22 09

fri, apr 17

literary Between the Lines Book Club Tolono Public Library, Tolono, 6pm

Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 7pm Maintenance Free Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 5pm Saturday Evening Matinee with Rust Belt Blind Pig Co., The, C, 6pm

dj DJ Tim Williams Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 No cover for students before 11pm. Kosmo at Soma Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm DJ Mertz Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Radio Salsa with DJ Juan Radio Maria, C, 10pm, $3 No cover before 11pm. DJ Dance Party Canopy Club, U, 10pm

karaoke Dragon Karaoke with Paul Faber CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 7pmRockStar Karaoke featuring DJ Switch Geo’s, U, 9pm Outlaw Karaoke El Toro Bravo, C, 9pm

stage The Miracle Worker Parkland College Theatre, C, 8pm IUB Spring Musical — West Side Story Assembly Hall, C, 2pm, 7pm, $11-$18

museum exhibit Petals & Paintings Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am Floral arrangements inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection are created by floral designers for this annual exhibition.


The Miracle Worker parkland college theatre, aprIl 16, 17 and 18

This classic play chronicling the struggles of Helen Keller and her tutor Annie Sullivan will close the season at the Parkland College Theatre. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors and $6 for youth ages 12 and under.

Volunteer Opportunities Time Center — Meal Prep Help prepare and serve meals for this Champaign men’s shelter. Volunteers must first attend a weekly orientation session, typically scheduled Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Please call Jason to schedule at 398-7786 or

Developmental Services Center — Share a Hobby DSC consumers always enjoy learning new hobbies. Let us know if you have a special interest and would like to spend an afternoon sharing it with adults with developmental disabilities. Examples may be a magic show, karaoke, simple arts and crafts or a sing-along. Flexibility in scheduling is available. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the computer lab on an ongoing basis. Training is provided to volunteers. Please contact Janice McAteer at 356-9176 or

sun, apr 19 live music Live Dueling Piano Show 88 Broadway, U, 7pm Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 5pm Sunday Brunch Trio Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 10am Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, 5pm Live Music at Carmon’s Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm Surreal Deal Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm

open mic


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

Mpowerment Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources, U, 4pm Mpowerment is a community group for young gay/bisexual men.

stage The Miracle Worker Parkland College Theatre, C, 3pm


FriendShop Used Book Store Open Champaign Public Library, museum exhibit C, 1:30pm Petals & Paintings The Library Friends sell Krannert Art Museum and used books for $1 or less, Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am plus CDs, videos, and DVDs for $1.50, All sales social issues benefit the library. fundraisers Anti-War Anti-Racism classes & Habitat for Humanity’s Effort Meeting workshops 9th Annual 5k Walk/Run dj Urbana-Champaign InCrystal Lake Park, U, Dance Pop dependent Media Center, Free Bike Repair Classes, 11am, $15 without a shirt, Chester Street, C, 7pm, $3 U, 5pm Open Hours, Bike Sales $25 with a shirt Urbana-Champaign Indance music volunteer dependent Media Center, classes & Country Western Dance UC Books to Prisoners U, 2pm workshops Independent Order of work session 40 North presents West 60-Minute Success Semi- Odd Fellows Arthur Lodge Urbana-Champaign InAfrican Drum Classes nar — When Customers 742, C, 5pm, $2 dependent Media Center, Capoeira Academy, C, 4pm, Refuse to Pay U, 12pm $12 students, $15 adults karaoke Champaign County West African Dance kids & families Classes with Djibril Camara Chamber of Commerce, Dragon Karaoke with C, 12pm, Paul Faber Reading to the Dogs Channing-Murray Founda$15-$25 CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 7pm Orpheum Children’s Sci- tion, U, 6pm, $10 students, ence Museum, C, 2pm $12 for non-students come and get it

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mon, apr 20 live music Jazz Jam Hosted by The MRS Trio Iron Post, U, 7pm Zmick and friends present Monday Night Miracle Canopy Club, U, 9pm

MELD (Monday Evening Life Drawing) Group Boneyard Pottery, C, 7pm, $7 An informal and noninstructional evening of drawing the human form. All 2D media are welcome. Ballroom Dance I — session 3 University YMCA, C, 7:40pm, $40 Students should wear leather or vinyl-soled shoes. Dance Class — Tango Channing-Murray Foundation, U, 9pm, $35, $25 students



Rainbow Coffeehouse Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, U, 6:30pm

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

mind/body/spirit festivals

11th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Virginia Theatre, C Following each screening, dj wed, apr 22 Mr. Ebert leads on-stage Industrial Night Q&A sessions with the live music Chester Street, C, 9pm, guests for general audi$2 John Coppess ences and critics. In addi‘80s Night with DJ Carmon’s Restaurant, C, tion to the screenings, the Mingram 5:30pm festival hosts a number of Highdive, C, 10pm Barb Hamilton academic panel discusLa Gourmandise Bistro on sions featuring Mr. Ebert, karaoke Main, U, 6pm festival guests, and acaMCJS Karaoke Donnie Heitler solo piano demic scholars. American Legion Post 24, tue, apr 21 Great Impasta, U, 6pm enviromental C, 7:30pm Traditional Irish Music live music issues Dragon Karaoke Session The Clark Bar, C, 9pm Acoustic Tuesday with Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Earth Day Celebration RockStar Karaoke with Jeremy Harper Rocket Science Orpheum Children’s SciMatt Fear Memphis on Main, C, Senator’s Bar & Grill, Saence Museum, C, 3pm Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm 7:30pm voy, 8pm Explore alternative enerThe Piano Man gies, wildlife, and take open mic dj Canopy Club, U, 9pm part in a litter clean-up. Eclectic open mic night Corn Desert Ramblers Country Dancing at kids & families Red Herring Coffeehouse, Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., Bradley’s II U, 6:30pm U, 9pm Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Storyshop Open Mic Night Jeff Markland’s DJ’s all Champaign Public Library, dj 88 Broadway, U, 9pm request C, 9:45am, 10:30am Free Love Tuesday with Radmaker’s Rock & Roll After School Bingo stage DJ Motion Tavern, Tolono, 9pm Tolono Public Library, ToMonday Night Improv Boltini Lounge, C, 9:30pm DJ LEGTWO lono, 3:30pm Courtyard Cafe — Illini “Dusty Music” — DJ Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Duct Work Union, U, 8pm Delayney Physical Challenge: An Savoy Recreational CenThe Abe Froman Project Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, Indie Rock Dance Party ter, Savoy, 5:30pm, $25 — Improv Comedy 10:15pm, $1 Canopy Club, U, 9pm residents of Savoy, $32 Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9pm Weekly Top 40 for non-residents karaoke Chester Street, C, 9pm Ages five to 12. kids & families MCJS Karaoke Salsa Night with DJ Juan O Baby! American Legion Post 24, Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm mind/body/spirit Champaign Public Library, C, 7:30pm I Love the ‘90s Night with Articulating Your UnitarC, 9:45am, 10:30am RockStar Karaoke featur- DJ Mingram ian Universalist Faith Children’s Story Time ing Craig Gaskin Soma Ultralounge, C, Channing-Murray FounTolono Public Library, To- Geo’s, U, 9pm 10pm dation, U, 7pm, $10 lono, 10:30am Dragon Karaoke Reggae Night with DJ Taught by Elizabeth Art Lab The Clark Bar, C, 9pm Delayney Marsh. Orpheum Children’s SciHighdive, C, 10pm open mic classes & ence Museum, C, 4pm, workshops $42 for non-members, Original Music Showcase dance music $36 for members Espresso Royale, U, 8pm Tango Night with DJ Joe Philippine Cooking For grades three to five. Open Mic Night with Grohens University YMCA, C, Steve & Lovejoy Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm 6pm, $35 community White Horse Inn, C, 10pm Taught by Aurora Vilconcert Crime Stoppers Open Mic Night with lacorta. Tolono Public Library, To- Mike Ingram Charles Rosen support groups lono, 6:30pm Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm Krannert Center for The public is invited to the Performing Arts, U, Among Women: A Lesbistage learn about Crimestop7:30pm, $39, $34 seniors, an and Bisexual Women’s pers at a short informaRonald K. Brown/Evi$25 students, $20 UI and Support Group tional session. dence, A Dance Company youth Asian American Cultural Krannert Center for Center, U, 5pm classes & karaoke the Performing Arts, U, An informal support workshops 7:30pm, $36, $31 seniors, Karaoke Party at It’ll Do 2 group made up of lesbian, Ballroom Dance II — Ses- $25 students, $20 UI and Country Fair Shopping bisexual, queer and quession 1 youth Center, C, 8pm tioning women students University YMCA, C, “G” Force Karaoke at UIUC. volunteer 6:30pm, $40 Wendl’s, U, 9pm Coming Out Support Prerequisite: BeginUC Books to Prisoners The Legendary Karaoke Group ning Ballroom Dance I or work session Night with The Outlaw Illini Union, U, 7pm equivalent level course. Urbana-Champaign InWhite Horse Inn, C, 9pm Safe place to listen, talk Ballroom II — Session 2 dependent Media Center, Karaoke Bomb Night and learn about sexual University YMCA, C, U, 7pm Geovanti’s, C, 10pm identity and coming out 6:30pm, $40 issues. kids & families open mic Prerequisite: Beginning Ballroom Dance I or Tuesday Twos Open Mic Night with equivalent level course. Champaign Public Library, AGHBAB Intermediate Mountain C, 9:45am, 10:30am, Green St. Cafe, C, 9pm Dulcimer 11:15am Open-Mic Night Parkland College, C, 7pm, Goodnight Storyshop Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm$35 Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

Tarot Card Readings Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm, $15

venues Aroma Café 118 N. Neil, C. 356-3200 Ü Assembly Hall 1800 S. First, C. 3335000 Ü Bacaro 113 N. Walnut, C. 3986982 Ü Barfly 120 N. Neil, C. 352-9756 Ü Bar Louie 510 E. John, C. 328-3700 Ü The Blind Pig 120 N. Walnut, C. 3981532 Ü Bentley’s Pub 419 N. Neil, C. 359-7977 Ü Boardman’s Art Theatre 126 W. Church St., C. 355-0068 Ü Borders Books & Music 802 W. Town Center Blvd, C. 351-9011 Ü It’s Brothers Bar & Grill 613 E. Green, C. 328-5531 Ü Boltini Lounge 211 N. Neil, C. 378-8001 Ü The Brass Rail 15 E. University, C. 352-7512 Ü Bunny’s Tavern 119 W. Water Street, U. 367-8175 Ü Café Kopi 109 N. Walnut, C. 359-4266 Ü Caffe Paradiso 801 S. Lincoln Ave., U. 384-6066 Ü The Canopy Club 708 S. Goodwin Ave, U. 367-3140 Ü Cinema Gallery 120 West Main, U. 3673711 Ü Chester Street Bar 63 E. Chester, C. 356-5607 Ü The Clybourne 706 S. Sixth, C. 383-1008 Ü C.O. Daniels 608 E. Daniel, C. 337-7411 Ü Curtis Orchard 3902 S. Duncan, C. 359-5565 Ü Early American Museum 600 N. Lombard, Mahomet. 586-2612 Ü E’llusions 207 W. Clark, C. 781-0504 Ü Embassy Tavern & Grill 114 S. Race Street, U. 384-9526 Ü Esquire Lounge 106 N. Walnut, C. 398-5858 Ü Fallon’s Ice House 703 N. Prospect, C. 398-5760 Ü Farren’s Pub & Eatery 308 N. Randolph, C. 359-6977 Ü Fire Haus 708 S. Sixth, C. 344-4171 Ü The FuBar Lounge 306 E. Green, C. 384-0500 Ü Geovantis 401 E. Green, C. 344-4600 Ü The Great Impasta 114 W. Church, C. 359-7377 Ü Green Street Café 35 E. Green, C. 367-6844 Ü Bar Giuliani 608 E. Green, C. 344-5374 Ü Guido’s 2 E. Main, C. 359-3148 Ü Heartland Gallery 112 W. Main, U. 337-4767 Ü The Highdive 51 Main, C. 356-2337 Ü Huber’s 1312 W. Church, C. 352-0606 Ü Humanities Lecture Hall, IPRH 805 W. Pennsylvania, U. 244-3344 Ü Illini Inn 901 S. Fourth, C. 344-5209 Ü Independent Media Center 202 S. Broadway Ave, U. 344-8820 Ü The Iron Post 120 S. Race Street, U. 337-POST Ü Jillian’s

Billiards Club 1201 S. Neil, C. 355-2800 Ü Joe’s Brewery 706 Fifth, C. 384-1790 Ü Jupiter’s Pizzieria & Billiards 39 E. Main, C. 398-5988 Ü Kam’s 618. E. Daniel, C. 337-3300 Ü KoFusion 1 E. Main, C. 531-1166 Ü Krannert Art Museum 500 East Peabody Drive, C. 244-0516 Ü Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Goodwin, U. 333-6700 Ü La Casa Cultural Latina 1203 W. Nevada, U. 333-4950 Ü Legends 522 E. Green, C. 355-7674 Ü McKinley Church & Foundation 809 S. Fifth, C. 3440297 Ü Memphis on Main 55 E. Main, C. 398-1097 Ü Mike ‘n Molly’s 105 N. Market, C.355-1236 Ü Murphy’s Pub 604 E. Green, C. 352-7275 Ü The Office 14 W. Main, U. 344-7608 Ü The Office II 302 S. Country Fair Dr., C. 398-6332 Ü OPENSOURCE Art 12 E. Washington, C. Ü Pages For All Ages 1201 Savo Plaza, Savoy. 351-7243 Ü Parkland College Theatre 2400 West Bradley Ave, C. 351-2528 Ü Radio Maria 119 N Walnut, C. 398-7729 Ü Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar 4 E. Holden, Tolono. 485-3531 Ü Rantoul Theater 914 Arends Boulevard, Rantoul. 892-1121 Ü Rock’s 25 E. Springfield, C. 359-2660 Ü Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N. Race Street, U. 367-7031 Ü Silvercreek Restaurant 402 N. Race Street, U. 328-3402 Ü Soma Ultra Lounge 320 N. Neil, C. 359-7662 Ü Springer Cultural Center 301 N. Randolph, C. 398-2376 Ü Spurlock Museum 600 S. Gregory, U. 333-2360 Ü The Station Theatre 223 N. Broadway, U. 384-4000 Ü Station 211 211 E. Green, C. 367-9915 Ü Todd & Johns 201 N. Broadway Ave, U. 367-0904 Ü Tracks Sports Bar and Nightclub 116 N Chestnut, C. 355-8595 Ü Tumble Inn Tavern 302 S. Neil, C. 356-0012 Ü University YMCA 1001 S. Wright, C. 217-337-1500 Ü Urbana Civic Center 108 East Water St., U. 384-2375 Ü Virginia Theatre 203 W. Park, C. 356-9053 Ü Wind Water and Light Gallery 10 E. Main, C. 378-8586 Ü Zorba’s Restaurant 627 E. Green, C. 344-0710

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The Classical Style

Pianist Charles Rosen to play Foellinger Great Hall

by Jeff Nelson

As the Krannert Center’s director, Mike Ross has brought his personal love for classical piano many times to a schedule that has included a number of great pianists. Nothing has been more enhancing to an already proficient schedule of performances than his ability to bring those legendary performers who can still thrill audiences after decades in the performing arts. Once again, our horizon in Urbana will be brightened with one of the great keyboard artists of the last 50 years when Charles Rosen performs in the Foellinger Great Hall on April 22. Rosen is a true Renaissance man whose credits are staggering and have been since a young age. He was born May 5, 1927 in New York City, and by age 11, he was finished with formal studies at Julliard. Rosen spent years of intensive development with Moriz Rosenthal, and upon Rosenthal’s death in 1946, he studied with his widow, Hedwig KannerRosenthal. His interest in the world and a continued education did not stop here, and during his transition to a concert career, he earned a doctorate in French literature from Princeton University and would embark on a career as a musicologist that was as distinguished as his concert career. Just for good measure, Rosen also held several teaching positions at major universities that include Oxford, Harvard and the University of Chicago. In as much as his April 22 concert will showcase his extraordinary skills at the keyboard, it is worth looking at his other talents as well. He has added to more than a dozen books as either a contributor or editor; his masterwork, The Classical Style, won the National Book Award, The Romantic Generation, published in 1995, was universally praised and his collection of essays, Critical Entertainments, was published to glowing reviews by the Harvard University Press. His recordings of the Beethoven sonatas can be accompanied by his own scholarly

analysis, Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion. It is no wonder he was in demand for university teaching positions. But most lovers of great music know him as a pianist of the first order. In fact, Rosen seems to have mastered all orders. In his more than 50 extant recordings, Rosen seems to have mastered the entire history of the keyboard. From Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and Beethoven’s sonatas to the Romanic collections of Chopin and Schumann and the keyboard works of Elliott Carter — does a performer’s repertoire get any more diverse than this? Perhaps even more amazing is his brilliance in all of these areas, from the Baroque to living composers. Even better still, after hearing him play, you can read an analysis of the music and its history in one of his books. Musical America has honored Charles Rosen as 2008 instrumentalist of the year, and its editor, Sedgwick Clark, summed up Rosen’s rare combination of achievements. “Charles Rosen’s performances of music by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy have been hailed as revelatory, and he has worked with such contemporary masters as Stravinsky, Boulez and Carter,” said Clark. “He also has a formidable career as a scholar and writer, with the National-Book-Award-winning The Classical Style being a necessary volume in any music collection.” Little wonder he has announced no program for the April 22 concert, meaning he could perform selections from the entire history of the repertoire of the keyboard and convince you that any and all of what he plays is his speciality. In addition, Charles Rosen will speak on April 21 at noon as part of the Art in Conversation series at Stage 5 in the Krannert Center. For further information on either event, contact http://www.krannertcenter. com, or call 333-6280.

Courtesy of Indiana University

Fresh and Different The Appleseed Cast Returns to CU for Canopy Club Performance by Emily Carlson

Photo by Chris Strong. Used with permission from Appleseed Cast APR 16 – APR 22 09

Aaron Pillar, guitarist for The Appleseed Cast, played a black Fender Stratocaster when his band began practicing in 1997. Twelve years later, that Strat is one of the few things that hasn’t changed for Pillar and The Appleseed Cast. Compared to their first album, The End of the Ring Wars, which was released in 1998, one of the biggest differences is deeper than band members or guitar pedals — it comes down to their separation from the definition of genre or nailing themselves into a category or style. “I don’t really know what to call ourselves,” Pillar said. “Indie? Rock? Rock and roll? Whatever you want to call it, it’s just really me and Chris [Crisci] coming up with guitar riffs and jamming out with the rest of the band, and it turns out what it is.” As a result of becoming better musicians, exploring different music and bands and the simple fact of time, Pillar has found that Appleseed is more focused on becoming whatever they become based on the music and not for any other reason.

The Appleseed Cast is all about mood and creating a soundscape through simple chords and effect and delay pedals. “It’s more about creating a feel with the music, what kind of mood can we create,” Pillar said. “We definitely are thinking about music and sounds first.” The Appleseed Cast’s latest project is a full-length album entitled Sagarmatha, released in February of this year. What started out as an idea for an instrumental EP evolved into a full-length album that was “fresh and different,” Pillar said. Sagarmatha was the product of roughly a year’s worth of idea evolution, band member redistribution and jam sessions that resulted in an album that ultimately took the band in a new direction. “It brought us back to longer songs — more instrumental passages and more twists and away from the structure that we got stuck in,” Pillar said. “It taught us a lot about what we want to do and what makes sense to us as a band.” Although partly inspired by the simple, repetitive music that Pillar said makes a lot of sense, he found

himself trying to get away from the world of music for a while as the record was in the works. This step back allowed him to focus on what he was writing and found him “struggling through the bad things and finding the good things in it,” Pillar said. The Appleseed Cast is no stranger to the CU area, having played at Canopy Club, house shows and downtown roughly 10 times in the past, Pillar recalled. They’ll be back at the Canopy Club April 23 for a show with An Horse, Company of Thieves and Tyson & The Friction. Tickets are $10 in advance. The group will be performing a majority of their new record combined with a great deal of older music in a continuous experience that blends one song into the next to become a larger piece of music, an approach that has proven successful for the band on previous tours. “We try to keep at you, keep the energy up the whole time, and it’s fun for us to play,” Pillar said, “... and [we add] a little bit of improv to keep it interesting.” come and get it

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Three Days, 30 Acts IMC Fest 2009 combines art, music for Boneyard Arts Festival by Amanda Shively For the music fan looking to make the best of Boneyard Arts Festival 2009, it is hard to argue against the perks of IMC Fest. Held at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana, IMC Fest is three days (and nights) of predominantly local artists for a price that is the equivalent of roughly one dollar per act. Not quite an annual event (but still in its second occurrence), the Fest has received the honor of being the officially sanctioned evening spotlight for the Saturday, April 18 downtown Urbana focus. This spotlight encourages Boneyard attendees to visit that specific event when making a decision among the overwhelming number of options at this year’s festival. Dan Blah, an IMC volunteer and part of a group of event organizers for the 2009 Fest, shared his excitement for the upcoming three days of music. “[As far as the music goes] everyone has preferences, and I think you can see the diversity in the lineup this year,” Blah said. The three-day event finds sets ranging from the oft-touring locals Headlights and campus darlings Santa to the quick wit of Agent Mos and soulful vibes of Kilborn Alley. “This year, there aren’t really [theme] nights,” said Blah. “We experimented with mixing folk and punk bands or hip-hop and indie acts. Often these ‘unusual’ combinations are placed together at shows anyway.” In conjunction with Boneyard Arts Festival, the IMC will also host drawings and paintings from a more “raw” source of prisoners, displaced locals and activist groups. Blah’s suggestions for conquering the event were realistic — remain hydrated, and check out the other local events. “At basically a dollar a band, you can stop in for a couple [acts] and it’s worth your money. There are something like 15 places [with forms of art] within a five-minute walk. Enjoy Urbana,” Blah said. IMC Fest 2009 will be held Friday, April 17 from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m., Saturday, April 18 from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. and Sunday, April 19 from 4 p.m. until 11:25 p.m.

Dan Blah, event organizer for the upcoming IMC Fest. Photo by Brad Thorp

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IMC FEST SCHEDULE Friday, April 17 6:00 - 6:30 Megan Johns 6:40 - 7:10 Morgan Orion & the Constellations 7:20 - 7:50 Kate & James Hathaway 8:10 - 8:40 The Love Language 9:00 - 9:45 Headlights 10:00 - 10: 30 Sunset Stallion 10:45 - 11:15 Common Loon 11:30 - 12:00 Santa 12:15 - 1:00 JigGsaw 1:00 - 3:00 Dance Party w/ DJ Belly & Wildcard Saturday, April 18 6:00 - 6:30 Oceans 6:40 - 7:10 Mordechai in the Mirror 7:25 - 7:55 Curb Service 8:10 - 8:40 Agent Mos & Text w/ DJ Belly 8:55 - 9:25 Organic Flow 9:40 - 10:10 World’s First Flying Machine 10:25 - 10:55 New Ruins 11:10 - 11:40 We Landed on the Moon 11:55 - 12:40 Elsinore 12:50 - 3:00 The Ruckus Dance Party Sunday, April 19 4:00 - 4:30 The Diamond Stretch 4:45 - 5:15 We Must Dismantle All This! 5:25 - 5:55 Clarabelle 6:05 - 6:35 Mars 6:50 - 7:20 Yossarian 7:35 - 8:05 Post Historic 8:15 - 8:45 Casados 8:55 - 9:25 Michael Kammin 9:40 - 10:20 Duke of Uke (with Short Film) 10:35 - 11:25 Kilborn Alley

Tickets are $10 a day or $20 for a three-day pass and can be purchased at the Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana. Proceeds from the event will benefit a number of community organizations including Books to Prisoners, Radio Free Urbana WRFU and funding for the performance space and production facilities. For more information on the event, visit http://www. APR 16 – APR 22 09

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Celebrate Independent Business On April 18, Record Store Day brings performances, special releases by Scott Cain



by Scott Cain Exile on Main Street will have a number of special releases in conjunction with Record Store Day available for purchase on April 18. Check out any of the following in their limited capacity. Bob Dylan “Dreaming from You”/”Down Along the Cove” 7-inch (recorded live at Bonnaroo) Flaming Lips/Black Keys “Borderline”/”Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles” split 7-inch Guided by Voices Hold On Hope LP (reissue with three bonus tracks) My Morning Jacket Celebración de la Ciudad Natal (two CDs or double 10-inch vinyl album) Pavement Live in Germany 1988 LP (previously unreleased) Sonic Youth/Beck Split 7-inch Tom Waits Live from the Glitterdome 7-inch (live tracks from Atlanta and Edinburgh) Wilco Ashes of American Flags DVD Exile on Main carries a large selection of new and used records and CDs. Photos by Abby Toms


hese days, hard drives are the most common form of music storage — no more milk crates or CD shelves. But despite the common rhetoric of “sticking it to the corporate fat cats,” downloading music seems just as removed from an actual love of music as the mass distribution system of the major chain stores. Scrolling down a blog’s archives seems entirely removed from the raw pleasure of digging through milk crates or barely organized CD stacks for hours on end. Record stores might be a “dying breed,” but there will always be people who are passionate about music in its physical form, and this is where Record Store Day comes in.

In 2007, Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner, working from the idea of Chris Brown, introduced the concept of an annual day celebrating the importance of the independent record stores in the U.S. and internationally. According to http://, the first celebration was held April 19, 2008, and “Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.” Jeff Brandt, owner of Exile on Main Street, an independent store in Champaign that carries a large selection of vinyl (new and used) and CDs as well as video games and DVDs, said that the scale of the celebration has been increased since last

year. Brandt embraced the spirit of Record Store Day, saying that Exile on Main Street is “as indie as it gets” and that the celebration of record stores is mostly a celebration of the people who “get the value of paying for records.” Many people, he said, walk by the store and see it as a pawn shop. Brandt disagrees, stating that indie record stores are more like “hangout places,” as they are about atmosphere and the excitement of discovering a buried gem. This year, on April 18, stores participating in Record Store Day will be selling limited-edition releases on vinyl and CD, created specifically for this special day. Among others, Brandt said to look for the Bob Dylan 7-inch composed of tracks

recorded live at Bonnaroo and the new Wilco Ashes of American Flags DVD, both of which will be available at Exile on Main Street. Exile will also be holding in-store concerts featuring Elsinore, We’ve Landed on the Moon!, Common Loon, Post Historic, DJ Mertz, Santa member Stan McConnell, Mike Ingram and Don Nelson. Parasol Records, the area’s other major resource for new vinyl, will be closed April 18. Roy Ewing, the mail-order buyer for Parasol (located in Urbana), said that though they will not be participating in the festivities, they will be selling some of the special releases, including the Modest Mouse Satellite Skin/Guilty Cocker Spaniels 7-inch and the Iron & Wine live CD.

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

Record Store Day and IMC Fest all in one weekend Some notes from LM5 before we jump into the massive number of great shows this week. I was right in guessing that a Mongolian clusterfuck would ensue, but who’d have guessed that it would have actually been pretty much everything having to do with the show BUT the music happening onstage. With only about one in 10 crowd members actually paying attention to anything happening around them, it made for interesting times for the presenters, including random people wandering up to the podium and scores of ping-pong balls (certainly the dumbest promo-swag item I’ve ever seen) flying around the room. But when it comes to the performances, it was a pleasant experience. The Jips (mentioned a few times here as winners of the CPD Teen Battle of the Bands) opened the festivities with a solid set of original tunes. Precocious (and shockingly tall) frontman Boston seems fairly comfortable already onstage, and seeing a female bass player (Alex) in a high school band is always awesome but one that plays a five-string with no pick? Fantastic. The best moment, though,

may have been when the guitarists swapped instruments (versatility!), with Alex on guitar and taking lead vocals over the concert snare drone (courtesy of Tyler back at the kit) of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” It’s nice to see a new band that clearly has influences past the crap that most high schoolers are listening to. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this band. The thing that Jon Hansen lives for all year, his video short, was once again well received and had the crowd rolling following the revealing of Seth Fein as the local equivalent of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (or Dr. Claw for you youngsters). Sunset Stallion and Jonathon Childers went with some interesting cover choices including Tracy Chapman and a nice version of Wilco’s “Handshake Drugs.” Robots Counterfeiting Money and Post Historic chose to take their relationship to another level by performing a fantastically falsetto-laden version of Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and Santa and Curb Service did perhaps the most of any of the night’s mashups, performing excellent versions of songs from both bands’ catalogs, along with an incredibly solid cover of Hum’s “Stars.” Zmick didn’t get the memo that people were trying to present things inbetween bands (not that anyone was listening

anyway), but once they started their proper set, they got the asses shaking with covers from the Beatles and the second version of “Psycho Killer” played at the event. I’m unaware of anyone from Illini Media puking anywhere in the Highdive, and Jon Hansen doesn’t even remember launching into part of the speech from Independence Day at the end of the night, so I’d say we’ll have to consider this one a success. This Saturday is Record Store Day across the country, so do your part to support your local record stores like Parasol Records, Record Swap and Backbeats. Exile on Main St. in downtown Champaign will be hosting several bands over the course of the day, along with stocking as many of the Record Store Day exclusive releases as possible (check out for a list of the limited 7-inches and other items that will be released). The store will open at 10 a.m., and music will kick off at around noon. Artists scheduled to appear include Elsinore (just back from an East Coast tour) and their tourmates, We Landed on the Moon!, along with Curb Service, New Ruins, Common Loon, Post Historic, Stan McConnell (of Santa), DJ Mertz and more. They will all be playing for free (though the store sells releases from all of the

acts). There will be free food, too, so how can you go wrong? It’s a pretty cool day, and it’s great to see labels and bands putting in an effort to have releases that only the little guy can get. IMC Fest is the other huge event for the weekend, running Friday-Sunday and featuring an incredible lineup of bands. For the full schedule and info on all of the festivities, check out The event is part of the Boneyard Arts Festival and will feature music from bands including Headlights, New Ruins, the Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, Casados, Elsinore, Santa and a lot more. There will be art from local artists, late-night dance parties, speakers and more. Get your tickets fast. Another show worth noting is actually happening this evening (Thursday) out at the Parkland Art Gallery. Good Night and Good Morning will bring the downtempo tunes if you bring your ears and eyes. They start at 6 p.m., and the event is free. Last but not least, the Canopy Club will host Mhondoro Meets Bolokada on Friday from 7:309:30 p.m. The group is one of the best in the area to shake your ass to, with contemporary tunes from Zimbabwe and other locales. The show is $5. —Mike can be reached at

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Covering a Night of Covers by Ashley Albrecht

Photos by Wallo Villacorta

An evening of surprisingly powerful collaborations and clever covers, LM5 was an experience not to be missed. In case your Thursday didn’t involve time spent at the Highdive, buzz recaps the ins and outs of the musical performances.

LM5 pays tribute with collaborations

The Jips First act, The Jips (whose name eerily resembles that of Stephen Malkmus and “the Jicks”) looked like a middle school band recently turned high school, yet their beats rocked the joint from surprisingly mature originals to Elvis Presley remixes. With strong and strident but remarkably clear and in-tune female vocals, The Jips’ rendition of the now vintage Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” proved quite the crowd pleaser

The Jips open up the LM5 showcase at the Highdive.

World’s First Flying Machine /Agent Mos/Liam Bird In the first local collaboration of the evening, the surprisingly fluid mixture of World’s First Flying Machine, Agent Mos and Liam Bird (of Organic Flow) set the standard for the evening with full group interpretations of individual artists’ songs, as well as recognizable covers. Playing off of indie favorite Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” World’s First Agent Bird (a suggested name for the act) was a testament to strength in numbers.

World’s First Flying Machine performs at the Highdive.

Curb Service/Santa Beginning with a bassline uncannily familiar to that of CU darling Hum’s hit “Stars,” Santa and Larry Gates of Curb Service jammed out in a set that quickly changed the antsy concert-goers into mellow music fiends. Balancing psychedelic jams with indiepop lyrics, the collaboration undoubtably impressed the crowd. As stated by a myriad of band members and event MCs, we’ve most definitely got a “special thing” going on in Champaign-Urbana, and this performance was certainly proof. Recalling the set’s opening basslines and buzz among the audience, Santa and Curb Service closed with an immaculate rendition of Hum’s chart-topping “Stars” that only left the Highdive anxious for more.

Jonathon Childers /Sunset Stallion Announcing “everyone’s a winner,” the LM5 altcountry/acoustic rock combination of Jonathon Childers and Sunset Stallion took to the stage midway through the evening. Childers and Sunset Stallion’s Hannah Newman commenced as a heart-wrenching duo, strikingly reminiscent of the award-winning soundtrack music to the indie flick Once. Sounding like a perfect amalgam of Ryan Adams on uppers, a haunting Grace Slick figure and technically brilliant violin accompanists, the super group performed a knock-you-out-of-your-seats rendition of Wilco’s poignantly honest “Handshake Drugs.”

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Sunset Stallion performs at the Highdive. come and get it

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Robots Counterfeiting Money /Post Historic Reviving their previous Great Cover-Up collaboration, Robots Counterfeiting Money and Post Historic combined forces for a powerfully convincing set that suggests the two acts would make one fabulous, albiet large, group. The highlight of the performance easily came in the familiar, falsetto-tinged cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Some pop music just begs to rock out, and Kelly Clarkson is a perfect example. Robots Couterfeiting Money performs. Photo by Tanmay Chowdhary.

Zmick Local favorite Zmick brought the performance aspect of the show to a close as they started their LM5 set with an Abbey Road-worthy showcase of the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” in the form of a sultry, prog-heavy cover. In the tradition of the evening and its celebration of quality music, Zmick honored the Talking Heads with a worthy, head-bob-inducing “Psycho Killer.” Ending on a jam-proficient note even Umphrey’s McGee would be proud of, Zmick finished off their set and left the crowd gyrating to memories of the funk for the rest of the night. Music lovers dancing to Zmick at the end of the LM5 show-

LM5 WINNERS Next Band to Have a Downtown Champaign Street Named After Them: Hum Best Use of Leather: World’s First Flying Machine Band With the Oldest College Student in It: Poster Children Band That Has the Most Revolving Members in It Through the Years: Tractor Kings Coolest Band Name: Zmick Hardest Name to Say or Spell: Vvvvv Most Likely to Get Arrested Speeding to a Gig Because They Are Running Late: Scurvine Sharpest Dressed Band or Individual: The Brother Whys Post Historic Band You Most Want to See Perform A Capella: Elsinore Band to Help You Get Through a Break-up: Headlights Band With the Best Chops: Zmick Hairiest Band: New Ruins Band You Wish You Could Bring Back from the Dead: Honcho Overload

BandWhoGivestheMostEyeContacttotheCrowd: Santa Most Promiscuous Drummer: Kris Ahrens, Zmick Loudest Band: Terminus Victor Best Stage Banter: Popgun 5 Sweatiest Band: Popgun 5 CU Local Music Fan of the Year: Todd Hunter Most Stoned: Underpaid Packy Michael Coulter Best Dance Moves: Mhondoro Male Artist You’d Like to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With: Tom Riordan, The Brother Whys Carl Hauck Female Artist You’d Like to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With: Angie Heaton Kate Hathaway Next DJ Most Likely to Date Lindsay Lohan: DJ Kosmo “Horn”iest Band: The Tons o’ Fun Band Most Tragic Band Breakup of 2008: Tall Tale The Beauty Shop APR 16 – APR 22 09


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Free Will Astrology ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

One of the casualties of the recession has been grooming and primping. Many people are devoting less time and money to maintaining their appearance at peak levels. Make-up sales are down, and I’ve definitely been seeing more unkempt -- or should I say raw and unadorned? -- people lately. If you’ve been considering the possibility of cutting back on your own preening, Aries, now would be a good time to experiment. Why? For one thing, your natural attractiveness is especially strong these days. For another, you’re entering a phase when you’ll need people’s approval less than usual. There’s also the fact that anything you do to simplify your life will be a tonic for your mental health.


(April 20-May 20)


(May 21-June 20)


(June 21-July 22)

Artist Amy Marx makes gorgeous paintings of tornadoes. She’s your role model for the coming weeks, Taurus. I hope that she will inspire you to use your chaos productively . . . to welcome elemental energy as raw material for your efforts to beautify your world. Are you up to the challenge? I think you are, although you may have to expand your attitude toward certain phenomena that seem disruptive. (See Marx’s tornadoes here: “I’m having a very good crisis,” financier George Soros said recently. The global economic turmoil that has brought such stress for so many other people has earned him millions of dollars. That’s no accident: A couple of years ago, Soros foresaw the approaching upheaval and made a raft of smart adjustments in anticipation. I predict that you will have your own very good crisis in the next few weeks, Gemini -- especially if you set aside some time now to plan all the ways you might be able to capitalize on the upcoming challenges. What I’d really like to see you do in the coming weeks is party harder and party smarter than usual. In my astrological opinion, you’re most likely to attract life’s maximum generosity by shedding some of your social inhibitions and cultivating the pleasures of free-form networking. Believe me, I know how important it is for you to maintain the kind of strict boundaries that protect you from being overly influenced by other people. It’s what keeps you in close touch with your intuition. But for the foreseeable future, I think you’ll thrive on the unexpected blessings that come from giving yourself to the intelligence of the crowd.


(July 23-Aug. 22)

Some celebrities have hired ghostwriters to communicate for them via Twitter. In a recent tweet from rapper 50 Cent, actually sent by his operative Chris Romero, his fans were told that “My ambition leads me through a tunnel that never ends.” I hope you won’t follow 50 Cent’s lead in the coming weeks, Leo -- either in the sense of hiring a ghost-Twitterer or in the sense of following your ambition down a tunnel that never ends. In my astrological opinion, you need to work on eliminating middlemen and go-betweens as you pursue your ambition through sunlit fields that lift your spirit.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I give thanks for the dented rusty brown and grey 1967 Chevy pick-up truck that my neighbor parks askew on the shoulder of the road a few blocks from my house. Its messy appeal helps snap me back to sanity when my own perfectionism threatens to de-soul me, or when all the shiny, sleek, polished things of the world are on the verge of hypnotizing me into believing that they alone should be considered attractive. Are there equivalent icons in your life, Virgo? Funky, unwieldy, anomalous things that are sublime in their own way? I suspect you’ll benefit from their influence more than usual in the coming days.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ran an article on “5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won’t).” Here’s a hint about what those things are: fame, wealth, beauty, genius, and power. You might want to go and read the essay at Even if you don’t entirely agree with its points, it should inspire you to get more realistic about APR 16 – APR 22 09

j o n e s i n ’ 

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what specifically does increase your levels of well-being. It happens to be an excellent phase of your astrological cycle to home in on the surprising and idiosyncratic truths about what helps you feel like you belong here on this planet.


by Matt Jones

  “T r i p l e T h r e at s ”-- f i v e patt e r n .

na m e s , o n e u n u s ua l

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In Salmon Rushdie’s book The Enchantress of Florence, an exasperated ally of the manipulative 16th-century politician Machiavelli tells him, “It’s your curse to see the world too f------ clearly, and without a shred of kindness.” Some of you Scorpios suffer from a milder version of the same curse, and judging from the astrological omens, I’d say that right now you’re especially susceptible to the problems it can create. I do think there’s a way out for you, however; there’s a shift you can make to turn the curse into a blessing. Here’s what you have to do: See the world as f------ clearly as you dare, but with a dose of compassion added. Then your shrewd perceptiveness will heal you and energize you. You may even spawn minor miracles by penetrating to the slippery truths hiding beneath the superficial appearances.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If intelligent extraterrestrial beings arrived on planet Earth and asked for a meeting, who would we send forth to serve as our ambassador? Believe it or not, the favorite choice, as determined in an Internet poll, was heavy metal musician and TV personality Ozzy Osbourne. Although he wouldn’t be my own top candidate, I could see how a Sagittarian pioneer like Osbourne would make sense. Your tribe is especially adept right now at facilitating unprecedented combinations. If anyone could successfully compare apples and oranges, it would be you. If anyone could explain to an anthropologist from Mars the deeper meaning of Paris Hilton and the Octo-mom and the American government’s purchase of toxic assets, it would be you.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

At the risk of endangering her own safety, a Capricorn woman I know intervened to protect a 14-year-old neighbor girl who was being beaten on the porch by her father. Another one of my Capricorn acquaintances informed her boss that she was offended by a certain unethical practice she’d discovered the company engaged in. You may not summon such extreme courage in the coming week, but I bet you’ll get close to it. It’s the Season of Fierce Integrity for you -- a time to dig deeper as you demonstrate your intensely practical commitment to your core values.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I actually kind of hope that your brain is in major overload right now. I hope that you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the new information you’ve absorbed, and that your imagination is a blur of wheels within wheels within wheels spinning at top speeds. In fact I’ll go so far as to say that if this is the case, you’re definitely on the right track. You’re doing what’s necessary to prepare for rebuilding your foundation in May. And if for some reason there are no wheels within wheels within wheels spinning at top speeds -- if your mind is as empty and clear as a cloudless blue sky in Montana -- then you’re probably doing something wrong. So get out there and start stuffing it with new ideas, radical theories, crazy speculations, wild guesses, and raw perceptions.


(Feb. 19-March 20)

“I’m beginning to understand myself,” said jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. “But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82.” While this might sound discouraging, it’s actually a prelude to some very good news: You now have extraordinary power to dramatically deepen your selfknowledge. Between now and May 20, you might even be able to extract insights into your own mysteries that would normally only be available to an 82-year-old.

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1 It occurs once in a blue moon 2 Ultimatum words 3 Edison’s ___ Park 4 Nation with three dots in a row 5 It’s split in a lab 6 He played Cliff Huxtable 7 “We’re off ___ the Wizard...” 8 Frodo’s film series, to fans 9 “Well, lookie here!” 10 Lust, so it’s said 11 Little piggy 12 Log home 13 Salad with apples and grapes 18 Baseball feature 20 Floating at sea 23 Eeyore’s pal 24 Overcast 25 Pitcher Fernandez 28 Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant 29 Rides around town 31 Memo abbr. 32 Not many 33 Affectedly dainty 34 Bunches 36 Canning needs 37 Sen. Bayh 38 It’s paid yearly for transportation 39 They’re read by lasers 42 Property claim 44 Armless couches 45 Red blood cell deficiency 46 Peer-to-peer MP3 network 49 Unkind look 50 Jerry Stiller’s comedy partner Anne 52 “Letters, ___ letters...” (“Late Show” mailbag song lyric) 53 The last two were in St. Paul in 2008 and NYC in 2004 54 Title role for Julia 55 Teary-___ 56 J.F.K.’s successor come and get it

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by Michael Coulter

Accidents Will Happen I thought it was Kool-Aid This past Thursday, a not especially rare event occurred. I accidentally caused physical pain to myself. As usual, I was thinking about something else when I quickly pulled a door closed without removing one of my fingers from the door jam. It was pretty much what you would expect, that four or five seconds of trauma while waiting for the actual pain to set in, followed by a stream of words that took the event several levels above actual swearing. I know people say accidents happens, but geez Louise, there’s gotta be a limit, right? I’ll be the first to admit that I generally don’t have much of a reaction unless it’s an over-reaction and this was the case with this incident. I fully expected that the end of my freaking finger would be missing when I pulled the door back open. The finger was still there but the fingernail already had a bright blue wad of blood underneath it. It throbbed several times throughout the evening and now is nothing more than a fun, semi-painful thing to stare at and poke while I watch television. Still, it made me wonder, how long until I simply accidentally lop off enough pieces of limbs to die or maybe even finally have that big accident that puts an end to it all. I figured I should do some research and then probably buy some life insurance. I ended up at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. I looked at the table for the 2005 year, mostly because I’m lazy and they appear to be behind in their calculations. According to them, there are almost 118,000 unintentional injury deaths in the US each year. I didn’t know accidents would fall under the category of disease, but in my case, it’s probably appropriate. Either way, accidents are the fifth leading cause of death. All things considered, I assumed the number would be much higher. Congratulations to all you other folks out there who are paying attention most of the time. The number one cause of accidental death is car accidents, clocking in at a little over 43,000 a year. I might actually be okay there. I usually do most of my driving in town and even then I already drive the speed of a man twice my age. I also generally pay very close attention when I’m driving. I’ll admit the main reason for this is the joy I get from criticizing the lack of focus in others. Whatever, if it works, it works. My biggest problem in this area may be getting everyone else to cooperate.

One of the big surprises I found was that there are over 23,000 unintentional poisoning deaths. It made me wonder just how many intentional poisoning deaths there were, but since we aren’t in an old Agatha Christie book, I’ll assume that’s pretty low. Still, that’s a crapload of people accidentally killing themselves with poison. I would assume that’s mostly children which is pretty sad. I at least hope that most adults know better than to take a big swig out of the antifreeze bottle, even if it is a pretty color. The one that struck me the most was that nearly 20,000 people died from unintentional falls. Going back to my prior point about overreacting to everything, I immediately pictured each of these falls coming from a great height. I’m scared pissless of heights and this made total sense to me. I told all you people mocking me while I stood on the roof of a second floor building that this is how people die. I felt I was vindicated. After a small amount of thought, it occurred to me that most of these falls are likely from a very short distance, probably when an elderly person falls to the ground. That’s not nearly as romantic, but if you’re old and have brittle hips, I would bet that the two feet to the ground really seems like a lofty height. Because of this, in a couple more years, I plan to begin crawling everywhere. It won’t be convenient, but it may be the only way to deal with my acrophobia. So, if you’re keeping track, from what I can tell, if you want to hit the accidental death trifecta, get in your car, start slugging drain cleaner, and then drive off a cliff. This will make you not only an idiot but possibly the king or queen of self injury. I, on the other hand, plan to be more careful. Driving is probably the biggest crap shoot because of all the variables, but I’m fairly sure I can avoid drinking arsenic and climbing up on step stools with more than two steps. It turns out it’s not as bad as I think. For once, looking further into a topic made me not quite as fearful for my life as I thought I should be. It looks as if I might be able to avoid accidental death after all. Granted, even though death by accident will hopefully be avoided, I’m still not convinced I won’t have many, many more rips and tears on my body as time moves on. Actually, I’m sort of okay with that. I see each scar as a cute little pain tattoo that tells a wonderful story and reminds me of the past. This is mostly out of necessity because I’m sure my dumb, clumsy ass is unable to be injury-free for more than a few days at a time.

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