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ChampaignUrbana: Who has more business? Q&A

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he ChampaignUrbana community lost an important of its identity Sunday at 5 p.m. when Kmart closed its doors for the last time. Its presence in this community will be sorely missed. Some may think I am crazy for calling Kmart part of Urbana’s identity. It really has no historic value like the Lincoln Hotel or the Champaign County Courthouse. And yes, there is still a Kmart in Champaign, along with a Wal-Mart and Target. Then, why should we care about one measly Kmart closing in Urbana, when people have access to other similar stores the next town over? Jobs. People lose jobs when businesses close and Kmart is no exception. With the already stale economy, this closing adds more people to the unemployment line or forces some into an early retirement. I understand that Kmart has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but does it have to close down hundreds of stores, leaving thousands jobless and countless thousands without their local, friendly Kmart? I know from experience how emotionally attached people become to their neighborhood Kmart. Last summer, while working for a Rockford newspaper, I covered a Kmart closing where I witnessed as many tears as a

funeral. The idea was foreign to me: people crying about the closing of a store. I had heard of people crying during sappy movies or when some song touched their heart. I had never heard of people shedding tears for the “Big K.” At first, I thought these people were nuts. But after hearing their stories and their experiences with the Kmart, I understood their attachment. Some area residents saw the store as a weekly hunt for the best deals while others came for the people. It was simply part of their life. I am not sure if it was the same way for people here in Urbana but from reading this week’s community feature on Champaign and Urbana businesses, I can guess that the closing of their beloved Kmart affected them. People organized and tried to stop their happy hunting grounds from closing. But like the Rockford citizens and I am sure many others, they failed. What’s worse for the overall community is that this closing will leave an eyesore in Urbana. Not many businesses will jump to fill a space like the one left from the closing of Kmart. Other cities like Rockford have struggled to fill that vacancy. Some have suceeded while others have failed at trying to revive an important part of their community’s identity. We can only hope that some brave souls will save Urbana’s identity. But I have a feeling, no one will be able to replace the “Big K” and its “blue-light specials.” -TR

BUZZ STAFF Editor-in-chief Tom Rybarczyk Art Director Meaghan Dee Photo Editor David Solana Community Kelly Kiekow Arts Elisabeth Lim Music Brian Mertz Entertainment Jason Cantone Calendar Marissa Monson Calendar Coordinators Lauren Smith, Cassie Conner, Erin Scottberg Photography David Solana, Carol Jones, Alejandro L. Rodriguez Copy Editors Elizabeth Zeman, Tom Polansek, Jessica Jacko, Yvonne Zusel Designers Kristin Clifford, Jacob Dittmer, So Hee Leewon, Carol Mundra Production Manager Theon Smith Editorial Adviser Elliot Kolkovich Sales Manager Phil Winkelman Marketing/Distribution Matt Youngblood Marketing Designer Ryan Stotts Publisher Mary Cory All editorial questions or letters to the editor should be sent to or 244-9898 or buzz, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, Ill., 61820. buzz magazine is a student-run publication of Illini Media Company and does not necessarily represent, in whole or in part, the views of the University of Illinois administration, faculty or students. Copyright Illini Media Company 2003


rian Mertz, music editor, is pathetically in need of a reality check. It is absurd to belive that anyone is denying Cheryl Crow, the Dixie “Chickens,” Martin Sheen, or the rest of the chattering celebrity class their right to express their opinions. However, rock stars, actors, and music editors have no special protection from criticism. The First Amendment shelters us all from government sanctions when engaging in political discourse, it does not protect us in the court of public opinion. As the saying goes: IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Furthermore, no one is being "blacklisted". Recording companies, movie studios, film distributors, radio stations, etc., are all in business to make money. Yes, Mr. Mertz, they are evil capitalists conspiring to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible. They don't give a damn about anyone's political agenda and they certainly don't care about artistic merit. They are only interested in what sells. That is why the Dixie “Chickens” are multimillionaires and that is why Martin Sheen earns hundreds of thousands of dollars an hour before the video cameras. If the Dixie “Chickens” say or do something that causes consumers to reject their product, the evil capitalists who control the purse strings will drop them like a hot potato. That is not censorship. It is business as usual. Finally, I somehow doubt Mr. Mertz was crying any tears of rage over the "blacklisting" that occurred several years ago when various social action groups successfully threatened network executives and corporate sponsors into dropping Laura Schlessinger from the television airwaves. But then neither was I, because that wasn't censorship either, it was merely good business sense. John P Brandon Urbana


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A new place to eat: Café Luna and resorts in the United States, including working at Everest Restaurant in Chicago. Meanwhile, her brother has become very nother restaurant has opened in active at the Bread Company, where he is the Campustown. Cafe Luna, on Fourth and manager. Green streets, hopes to distinguish itself with The siblings developed the menu at Cafe a simple and comfortable sit-down atmosLuna together and take turns in the kitchen. phere, fresh ingredients and original recipes. They describe it as a “collective European “Nothing deep fried,” co-owner Raquel style” of food. Aikman said. Cafe Luna is currently The new restauopen from 11 a.m. to 4 rant opened April p.m. Monday through 4, in the space forSaturday. The menu feamerly occupied by tures a wide range of Mykonos, and soups, salads, sandwiches business is trickand specialties. So far, ling in. Raquel says the Luna Crab Many prospecCakes, made fresh daily, tive customers are have been popular. already sticking With prices ranging their heads in the from $2.50 for a salad of door to look at a house greens with creamy menu and see The back wall of Cafe Luna displays a selection garlic dressing to $5.00 for what the inside of bottled drinks and teas. a grilled teriyaki portabello looks like. Most mushroom sandwich with seemed pleased by the new decor. Raquel and her brother Iren brie, red onions, and cilantro butter, the restaurant appeals to a wide audience. Aikman, also a co-owner, spent two months As far as the Aikmans’ personal favorites remodeling the space. on the menu, “I love the quiche,” Raquel said. The Aikmans said they have been looking Cafe Luna features a new quiche everyday. to open a restaurant for years. “The salads are where it’s at,” Iren added. “We’re just doing something simple,” The Aikmans stress that the lunch service is Raquel said. “We’re cooking what we really quick, so customers on their lunch break will enjoy eating.” have plenty of time to order and eat without The Aikmans’ parents own The Bread rushing. Also, any item on the menu can be Company on South Goodwin Street in ordered as carry out. Urbana. The siblings attribute their culinary University of Illinois math professor interests to being around the restaurant growGraham Evans enjoyed the flank steak sanding up. wich he ordered. Raquel attended culinary school in “It’s terrific,” he said. “I’m going to go back Switzerland. She worked at five-star hotels PHOTO | DAVID SOLANA




What did you do last night? Rehearsal until 10:30, TV until 1:30 and general mania until 4 – I actually read a play and worked on my next piece. What’s your favorite place in C-U? The Common Ground Food Co-op – full of good food and cool people the entire time it’s open.


What’s in your CD player? The soundtrack I made for my play – mainly girl rock. I have a three-disk, so the other two are Marvin Gaye and DJ Krush.


my Clay, 23, wrote Mousetrap: A Loose Adaptation of Hamlet, which played at the Channing Murray Foundation last weekend. She is taking time off from the University and works at the Children and Family Resource Center. Mousetrap is Clay’s first full-length play.

What are you reading right now? I just finished Crimes of the Heart, and I am reading tons of magazines. What's the best movie you've ever seen? This changes often. Currently Amelie. What are your favorite historical figures? Virginia Woolf — does she count as historical? If not, Emma Goldman who said,

and tell my office about it.” The 40-seat restaurant will also open for dinner in the next few weeks. Both siblings work other jobs, which has made getting the restaurant going difficult. The dinner menu will be tapas style, Raquel said. Tapas is a Spanish style featuring a collection of small portions. Small plates of vegetables, starches, meat dishes and desserts can be ordered in any combination in the tapas style. “Tapas makes it very affordable for students,” Raquel said. Along with the tapas dinner menu, Cafe Luna will add a full bar, featuring cocktail, microbrews and wines and extend its business hours. “Not to compete with the bars,” Iren said, “But as an alternative place to go out.”



Graduate students Kim Chinquee (left) and Andrea Appleton eat lunch Thursday at Cafe Luna, located at the corner of Fourth and Green streets.

“If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!” Who were your heroes growing up? Hmmm ... Dorothy Parker, Ozzie Smith and Mia Hamm – I was a really strange kid. I was also quite fond of my Uncle Scott. What's your favorite childhood memory? Playing outside from like 8 in the morning until like 10 o’clock at night. What's your biggest regret? Not pursuing my passions earlier in life – I was always afraid I would never be successful. What are you most proud of? Deciding to pursue my passions — even if it means being broke for the rest of my life AND this play – Mousetrap. What's the best piece of advice you've ever heard? Happiness isn't a state of being. It's a way of living. If you want to be happy, you must work at it.

What you most passionate about? Oh – toss up between cooking and writing. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be more confident in my ability to succeed or I wouldn't cry as much when I get drunk or that I would never have to sleep. When are you happiest? When I am with people who I feel really understand me. Do you believe in God? I don't like that word, but yeah, I guess. What is the meaning of life? You make your own meaning. What would you like your last words to be? Thank you for this time here. It's been fun.



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Local population determines business success JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

while two schools were being renovated, but Shake. The national chain stores and restauUrbana planning manager Rob Kowalski said rants are packed in for four blocks. the school district’s lease expires in June. After that, I-74 runs into I-57. The nearby Payless Shoesource all ready is The intersection of the two interstates closed; shoe boxes attracts students and riving west on I-74 toward Champaign are piled on the floor rural shoppers with is like riding a cresting wave of commercialwhere some of the an intensity that ism. The Cunningham Avenue exit is two gas display cases used to makes it difficult for stations, a few hotels, a Stake ‘N Shake, a be, and a sign on the Urbana, a town with Cracker Barrel, and a Farm & Fleet. door, written in thin 36,000 residents to The Lincoln Avenue exit has three hotels, green marker, Champaign’s 65,000, an open gas station, an empty gas station, a – Bob Hurt, Art Mart co-owner encourages prospecto hold large retailHarley Davidson dealership and a restaurant tive customers to ers’ attention. Some that attracts motorists with large, Waffle visit their other locaalso point to a repuHouse-style yellow signs spelling E-A-T. tions, which are on tation that Urbana is The wave rises at the Neil Street exit. North Prospect Avenue and in Market Place unfriendly to large businesses, while others There’s a strip mall with a Barnes & Noble mall. say Urbana residents don’t want sprawling and discount clothing. There’s a Kohl’s. And Most city council members and city admindevelopment. there’s Market Place Shopping Center, which istrators want to encourage smaller, locally These two viewpoints could clash again on mall general manager Randy Tennison says owned shops — neighborhood businesses city Philo Road, where builders are propping up draws customers as far away as Tuscola, council member Danielle Chynoweth calls new houses around empty commercial areas. Kankakee, Farmer’s City and the Indiana “the heart and soul of the community.” Kmart closed its doors for the last time state line. “There are studies that show cultivating Sunday at 5 p.m. The wave breaks at Prospect Avenue. those types of businesses has a greater return Next door, the Urbana School District is There’s a Meijer, a movie theater, Target, than taking the path of least resistance, perusing the former Jewel as an east campus Staples, Pier 1 Imports, Best Buy and Steak & haps, and slapping a Meijer in there,” Urbana City Council Member Laura Huth, Ward 5, said. Still, Kmart store manager Lineka Thurman says Urbana’s ordinances make the city seem like it doesn’t want big businesses in town, and Joseph Whelan, the only Republican on city council, said the emphasis on neighborhood businesses is “a strategy for failure.” The differences in economic development affect city revenues. Urbana projects $5.3 million, or 17 percent of its revenue this year, will come from sales tax. Champaign expects to collect $23.7 million in sales tax, which will be 32 percent of its revenue. Neighborhood businesses don’t bring in the most sales tax, and Whelen said, the city isn’t doing enough to attract the sort of businesses that do. Lincoln Square Mall all ready embodies the neighborhood business concept. It opened in 1964 as the first indoor mall between St. Louis and Chicago but struggled to keep pace when Market Place Mall opened a few years later, said Art Mart co-owner Bob Hurt. Market Place featured free parking, while the lots surrounding Lincoln Square, following the standard of the time, had individual parking meters. Art Mart moved to Lincoln Square in 1979. The parking meters came out soon after, but so did the mall’s original owners, Carson Pirie Scott, which Hurt said sold the mall in the early 80s when the corporation decided to get out of the real estate business. The mall A teapot, ceramics and chopsticks for sale at Art Mart in Lincoln Square in Urbana.




We’re not making money, but we’re not losing money


has changed hands a few times since then. Bergner’s came in, left in the mid-80s, came back, and left again last February. It is still paying rent while disputing its lease with mall owners. Although the mall lost its biggest store, Huth said it holds a special place in the heart of the community. Some walk its halls for exercise or watch ballet in the rows of chairs arranged outside the Christine Rich Studio. Huth said the mall has hosted Bingo in its south court, as well as photography shows and coffees where elected officials can meet with constituents. A farmers’ market meets there from May to October. “I was fascinated with the idea that the mall could be ailing and people still wanted it there; they didn’t want it torn down,” Huth said. “It’s not Market Place mall where you can walk into almost any store and get the same top for $10.” But local developer Peter Fox said he “wonders if the building hasn’t outlived its economic life.” He said he used to be a partowner but sold his share a year or two ago. “You build a building and you fall in love with it – and I’ve done that – but it’s kind of like a restaurant: if you don’t change the interior every five years, people are going to go someplace else,” he said. Meanwhile, at Art Mart, Hurt has focused on the customers who would buy specialty products, who appreciated clerks who could tell them exactly what cheese would go best with their meal. “We’ve got loyal customers,” he said on a recent afternoon. Sitting in a wire mesh chair in the courtyard between the main store, bakery and toy store his wife and her sister own with their husbands, he pauses to greet most passersby. Groups of school children file past on their way to the indoor miniature golf course in the next wing. Art Mart is open seven days and five evenings a week. It has about 35 employees; 10 are part time. A stock clerk who left recently is not being replaced, Hurt said. “We’re not making money, but we’re not losing money,” he said. He’s noticed a drop in impulse purchases since Bergner’s left, closing the store gates but leaving behind makeup display cases and signage. “You’re in buying underwear for your kids (at Bergner’s) and you need napkins, plates…” he said. “It’s the $15 purchase we’re missing.” Diane Ruthsterom, a clerk at Brownfield


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Statuary sits atop the display cases at Calico Jewelry in Lincoln Square Mall.

“The bigger you are, the newer you are, the Sports, feels Bergner’s absence more keenly. more you draw in,” she said a few weeks ago. She thinks the store in Market Place is too “I think if Urbana took some initiative and crowded embraced the college population, they could “I tried to keep them in business,” she said, draw some more business in. You really have wryly. “My credit card bill every month didto go outside Urbana if you want to do anyn’t help much.” thing besides shop She said Lincoln for groceries or stay Square Mall was the in your home.” place to go while she Even though thouwas in high school. sands signed a peti“I lived in tion to keep the store Champaign, and open two years ago, we’d come out here – Lineka Thurman, the Kmart store manager they didn’t shop with five dollars, do there often enough or some shopping and spend enough money get lunch,” she to save the store during the next round of corremembered. “And we thought we’d had it.” porate cuts, Thurman said. Those leisure shoppers don’t exist anyLaurie Bonnett, executive director of the more. “A lot of people don’t know we’re here, Urbana Business Association, and local because people don’t come here,” she said. activists set up a table at Kmart to gather sigA few stores down the hall at Calico natures protesting plans to close the store in Jewelry, owner Etenesh Callaway said her custom jewelry orders are two-months backed 2001. A city administrator hand delivered the petition to the corporate office. up. She spent 12 years at Sunnycrest Mall on “All we did was delay it a year,” Bonnett Philo Road before moving to Lincoln Square said. in 1994. Thurman agreed. “You put stores on a She said the customers there are trustworscale. And you cut them down and you cut thier than customers in more developed them down,” she said. “We just didn’t make areas. the cut this time.” “In my 20 years business, I never check driThurman said strict city ordinances limitver’s license,” she said. “You never have to ing sign and space use, as well as a lack of check on anything. You can go in the back, public transportation to that area of Urbana, and everything is fine.” make it seem as if Urbana isn’t interested in That sort of customer loyalty didn’t do attracting larger businesses. much for the Kmart on Philo Road, store man“There’s a permit for anything you want to ager Lineka Thurman said a few weeks ago. do,” she said. The store’s regular customers were loyal Kmart never asked the city council for larger but tended to be elderly and on a fixed signs or other changes – councilors said they income, she said. Thurman, who came to the would not have had a problem with a larger Philo Street store two years ago after working sign – but some community leaders admit at a Chicago store, said the store here tried to Urbana has a reputation for being unfriendly attract students by distributing coupon bookto business, even if it is not a reality. lets and reaching out to greek students by let“Perception is reality; there’s no question ting them host a car wash in the parking lot. to it,” Bonnett said. It wasn’t really enough.


The bigger you are, the newer you are, the more you draw in


“A lot of people will say Champaign is more friendly to business,” developer Peter Fox said. “I would not necessarily find that accurate. Every time we’ve developed something in Urbana, we’ve had excellent response from them.” But, City Council Member Joe Whelan said the reputation is part of a “strategy for failure.” One of the politically conservative council members, Whelan said the majority of council members focus too much on humanitarian issues, like public housing and drug rehabilitation, and not enough on economic development. He’s concerned that a Section 8 low-income housing project that recently opened behind the Kmart will deter development. “What we’re doing is attracting the poor,” he said. “I have nothing against the poor – I was once poor myself – but what we need to do is attract wealth, people with money.” City Council Member Esther Patt dismissed that argument. She remembers when downtown residents were concerned about 25 efficiency apartments that were being built just west of downtown. They complained, but after the apartments were finished, “every person except for one came up to me personally and said, ‘You’re right; I was wrong,’” Patt said. Besides the low-income housing, several apartment buildings and single-family homes are being built in the area. Off Florida Avenue, Fairway Estates has 48 lots and Savannah Green is planning 296 lots. But, city planning manager Rob Kowalski said it is too early to predict what commercial landowners along Philo Road will want to do. He said the city administrators could work with owners and developers to change zoning and other requirements to make the old Jewel, Kmart and Payless Shoesource sites appealing as a single package. City staff maintains a list on the city’s Web site of available commercial property and sometimes calls prospective developers. The area isn’t far from the northeast corner of Philo and Windsor roads, where the city changed zoning requirements and granted Meijer officials all the approvals, including a $2 million economic incentive package, to build a store. Meijer officials negotiated the agreement in 1997 but said they were waiting to build the store until a distribution center they were building near I-80 in Chicago is complete, according to Kowalski. Meanwhile, Kowalski is focusing on downtown redevelopment – encouraging buildings with commercial space on the first floor and residential space on the second and third floor – and development along the Cunningham Avenue where Farm & Fleet and University Auto Park are moving. He hopes Farm & Fleet will agree to allow a few out-lots, or smaller businesses or restaurants, in front of its new location. The area is ripe for development. “I wouldn’t expect a North Prospect explosion,” he said. “And I wouldn’t expect that the residents of Urbana would want a development like that.”


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uilding productive, responsible and caring members of the community is what the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign does almost every day of the year. Established in 1968, the club, located at 201 East Park St., Champaign, offers disadvantaged children a chance to grow athletically, intellectually and artistically. The club offers extensive tutoring programs, a wide variety of structured and purposeful activities and a positive, safe atmosphere. “We’re open when the schools are closed,” said Kali Thomas, club director of operations. “This includes holidays. Thanksgiving, Casmir Pulaski Day, you name it.” The kids, ages 6 to 17, arrive around 2:30 p.m. when school lets out and jump right into their “Power Hour,” where they do homework with the help of tutors and an up-to-date computer lab. From there, they have a quick snack and begin their structured free time, in which they participate in activities of their choice under the supervision of the staff. “We concentrate on five core areas,” said Dr. William Patterson, director of program studies. “Character and leadership development, education, sports, life skills and the arts. We structure our programs around these areas.” Some of the specialized programs the club has initiated or will be initiating in the near future include a Junior NBA and WNBA, which allow kids to play on “professional” basketball teams, a hip-hop-based program called Krush Groove, which teaches kids the business side of the music industry, and Art Smart, in which kids explore skills in a variety of artistic mediums. “We also structure collaborative programs with local institutions,” said Patterson, a Champaign native who grew up as a member of the club. “We’ve worked with the University of Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana school districts, the park districts and Parkland College.” Thomas explained about 75 percent of club volunteers come from the University. “The tutors we have are from U of I and are paid for by the Champaign schools,” Thomas

said. “We also get a lot of fraternities and sororities interested in community service who contact us.” The rest, she said, are interested community members wanting to pledge their time to the children. “We have different volunteers each day,” Thomas said. “We probably have 40 volunteers come in each week, unduplicated.” Kaci Benson is a nursing student working with younger, mentally-challenged children.. “We’re working to build self-esteem and a positive self concept,” said Benson, holding a purple ball dotted with numbers. “We roll the ball to each other and each say something positive about ourselves.” Whether it be a narrowly-tailored game or a more all-encompassing activity, such as a workshop with a local theater group, the more than 200 kids who regularly come to the club are continuing to respond and make remarkable educational, social and behavioral improvements just as area kids have been doing for nearly 35 years. These sorts of improvements occur thanks to the many volunteers, who the club is always looking for, Thomas said. “We don’t have a limit on how much time they volunteer; it’s their choice.We appreciate them as soon as they walk through the door.” To find out about volunteer opportunities at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign, contact Kali Thomas at 355-5437.



William Patterson, director of program studies said they concentrate on five core areas.


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Festival will showcase visual and performing arts BY JASON MINARD | STAFF WRITER


Mugs by Laura O’Donnell are among the locally-produced works on display in the Cinema Art Cafe.

in with the performers. Randy Garner, the owner of the Bacca Cigar Company, which will be hosting three performers and exhibits,


tarting Friday, paintings, sculptures and music will fill businesses, schools, galleries and venues in Champaign-Urbana. The Boneyard Arts Festival, in its third year, is an effort to bring recognition to the wide variety of local talent in visual and performing arts. This is the first year the Boneyard Arts Festival will be using its current namesake. Visual art sites include traditional gallery spaces such as Cinema and Verde galleries to spaces like the International Galleries and Sweet Betsy’s. The Urbana Free Library will display the artwork of local artist Lee Boyer. The artwork of students from Urbana public

schools will be on display at Lincoln Square Mall. Even businesses, such as OJC Technologies, will take the opportunity to have their workspace used to display some pieces put together by their graphic artists. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will also be participating by displaying the Labyrinth Project on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The public is invited to walk the labyrinth while it is on display and to view dance performances on the labyrinth, choreographed by Cynthia Pipkin-Doyle, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found in many locations throughout the world, and has been used as a tool for meditation, relaxation and to connect to one's creativity. On the music side, several locations are going to be participating with many performances going on during both days of the festival, including the Iron Post in Urbana and Cowboy Monkey in Champaign. Not just the typical art galleries and venues will be hosting local artists. 10,000 Villages will host a drum circle on the Friday evening of the festival. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a percussion instrument to join


Local talent displayed at Boneyard Arts Festival

said, “It’s important for the community to know about the talent in Champaign and how great it is.” The Boneyard Arts Festival was created two years ago by Jenny Southlynn, Champaign Committee Chair, and was “originally just a gallery walk, with only visual arts on showcase,” she said. In its first year, the festival was located exclusively in downtown Champaign and limited to 13 sites. In its second year, the event expanded to include music, and its number of sites increased to 25. The expansion in scope had to do with “wanting to go with the Arts Council idea of inclusion and of being diverse, and this is just the perfect representation of that,” Southlynn said. “The first two years were very hectic and crazy, because it was pretty much just me trying to organize everything, but this year we have a lot more people, and we broke up the two cities into different committees to balance the work load.” With the added staff and momentum from previous years, this year’s festival planning began nearly eight months ago. The volunteer staff, which has grown to 15 members, has been meeting weekly since the planning began. According to Southlynn, the process continued on page 8

Champaign resident Jay Verkuilen browses through albums Tuesday at Record Swap, 110 Race St., looking for an album by Tuatara.



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Stephen W. Blakely, a University of Illinois alumnus, loaned his broad collection of movie posters for this exhibit. ovie posters are a common, yet overThe older posters show an artistic touch looked, part of American commercial culthat has been exchanged for the digitally ture. To celebrate these images, which are rich made images in contemporary movie posters. with American history, the Krannert Art “We’ve taken them for granted as a marketing Museum is hosting the exhibit “Larger Than tool,” Catanzarite said. “The art is more excitLife: Mythic Women in American Cinema.” ing” in the older posters. For example, the The exhibit, which begins Friday and runs Blonde Ice poster through May 25, is features a bright and unique because there beautiful woman that really “hasn’t been a is still revealing her large movie poster cunning nature, exhibit in a museshowing that “the um” according to the blondes can be seen show’s curator as sweet and evil,” Christine Catanzarite. -Christine Catanzarite, curator she said. Throughout the The collection 20th century, film also features several contemporary posters, studios used movie posters to attract viewers which give viewers an opportunity to see with their dramatic images of film stars. how the film industry has changed their marAmong these images, the “mythic women” keting strategies over the years. An entire set featured in these posters have attracted audiof promotional lobby cards and various ences through their vivid features that have posters from Goldfinger are on display. made them American icons. Film studios in Several Hitchcock posters can also be seen, the 1920s through the ‘50s often “featured including a large poster from Rebecca. The female stars to get a female audience,” most recently distributed poster is a full size Catanzarite said. The poster for the Rosie the Mylar picture of the Jessica Rabbit from Who Riveter musical depicts a patriotic blonde Framed Roger Rabbit, which imitates the likeusing a riveting gun, while still trying to ness of the Veronica Lake and Marilyn appear feminine. This style was used as Monroe posters also on display. wartime propaganda for women.



“We’ve taken them for granted as a marketing tool. The art is more exciting.”


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EXHIBITION DATES & HOURS Friday, April 25, 6–10 pm Saturday, April 26, 1–10 pm Sunday, April 27, 1–7 pm Monday, April 28, 1–7 pm


Posters exhibit mythic women in American Cinema


LOCATION 112 W. Church St.



started by “just ... calling around to see if businesses wanted to participate.” Megan Wolf, director of the 40 North/88 West arts council and director of the Boneyard Arts Festival, notes that, There has just been a tremendous amount of support from the community.” Wolf and the committees have garnered a great deal of help and support from the community and the city. There will be a Boneyard bus which will tour each district: Urbana, Campustown and Champaign. There is also parking available in the garage at Race and Elm, where people can then take a bus to move from location to location. Busses will be picking up every 15 to 20 minutes. There will be a Boneyard closing party at the Canopy Club on Saturday at 8 p.m. Jordan Kaye & Friends will perform. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the information booths at the festival or at the door. All of the events are free and open to the public.



Sarah Humphrey studies under the watchful eyes of "The Farmer" on Tuesday at Cafe Kopi. Local artist Sharon Owens (not pictured) painted the farmer around 1992 and has been painting off and on in Champaign-Urbana since the 1970s.



APRIL 17-23, 2003 | WE PUT THE “F” IN ART


Station’s My Fair, Feminist Lady BY ELIZABETH ZEMAN | STAFF WRITER

of Illinois theater professor Peter Davis) and Cockney Eliza Doolittle (played by Angela Marcum), as Henry teaches Eliza phonetics f the goal of community theater is to bring and ladylike behavior. Ultimately, Eliza together people from a wide variety of becomes an independent woman, while backgrounds based on a shared passion for Henry realizes he the arts, then My Fair cannot do without Lady, opening April her. 24 at the Station Davis sees his Theatre, is communicharacter as Shaw’s ty theater at its best. “alter ego.” Director Michael “(Henry is) a bit Cornell, who has eccentric; he’s cerdirected several pro-Peter Davis, University of Illinois theater professor tainly irreverent,” ductions at the Davis said. “He sort Station Theatre, is of bowls over everybody and doesn’t listen to working with a cast that ranges from high anybody despite being an expert in lanschool and college students to professional guage.” actors, including those new to community Like Henry, Eliza has a strong, distinct pertheater and others who have performed in the sonality. Their personalities clash in various, community for decades. The result is a often humorous ways throughout the play. humorous musical, yet one that, as the cast “She has such a spirit,” Marcum said of points out, also has some more serious, femiEliza. “She’s so lovable and bold and brazen, nist undertones. yet at the same time, so vulnerable.” The plot of this Tony Award-winning musiBoth Davis and Marcum grew up with the cal by Alan Jay Lerner (and based on George musical and have aspired to play the lead Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion) revolves roles. Marcum even inherited My Fair Lady, around the relationship of the cocky Professor in a way. Her brother performed in a Henry Higgins (played by real-life University Broadway revival of the musical in the 1970s, and the cast of the Station Theatre’s production is using his script. Janice Rothbaum and Bruce Heck bring their relevant theatrical experience to the production, as they will be playing Mrs. Higgins and Colonel Hugh Pickering for the second time. Both performed in a local production of the musical at the Virginia Theatre 10 years ago. Along with Chicago actor Curtis Pettyjohn (who plays Eliza’s father), a relatively small and energetic ensemble, composed of about eight actors, rounds Angela Marcum, "Eliza," yells at Peter Davis, "Henry Higgins," during a rehearsal of My Fair Lady at the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana. out the cast list. The






“It’s a terrific play, and in an odd way, it really is a feminist work. It’s just a jolly good time.”

Director Michael Cornell plays the piano during rehearsal.

members of the ensemble play a very active role, Cornell said. Some members of the chorus jokingly added that the small size and many responsibilities of the ensemble mean they have no place to hide. Davis admitted that while he loves performing in musicals, he doesn’t usually enjoy watching them because they can seem “vapid and silly.” But My Fair Lady is different, he said. “It’s a terrific play, and in an odd way, it really is a feminist work,” he said. “It’s just a jolly good time.” The hints of feminism become more apparent when the musical is compared to Shaw’s play, as Lerner has stripped away the controversial aspects of Pygmalion, Davis said. Still, some feminist undertones remain in the musical. Marcum pointed out that even though Henry Higgins has an absurdly sexist attitude (demonstrated in his song, “Why Can’t a Woman be Like a Man?”), Eliza ultimately gains the upper hand. Eliza also receives support from another strong female character,

Henry’s mother, who Rothbaum describes as “a benign upper-class lady, fond of her society roles but also capable of being very down to earth.” Both Davis and Marcum are working to uncover and emphasize such underlying proto-feminist ideas, as well as the musical’s humor. Marcum said she and Davis plan to play up the funny lines in their performances. In addition to its experienced actors, the production also includes Emmy Award-winning scenic designer David C. Harwell. Harwell received his master’s degree from the University. Since moving out of the Champaign-Urbana area, he has been recognized for his work on the PBS show Between the Lions.

At the Station Theatre April 24-May 17 Tickets: $10 Wed/Thu/Sun, $12 Fri/Sat, Wed: 2 for 1 For reservations: 384-4000



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Fr Apr 18

Studiodance II 8pm, $7-$14

The Pacific Harp Duo 8pm, $2-$5

On The Rocks 9pm, Amphitheatre, $3

We Apr 23 Wine Tasting 5pm, free UI Wind Symphony and Concert Band I 8pm, $2-$5

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Some Krannert Center programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and patron and corporate contributions. Support for Krannert Center’s free Creative Intersections events is provided by The News-Gazette.

The sculptors’ close friendship with author Beth Finke has undoubtedly strengthened their desire to share the experience of touchculpture demands a great deal of tactile ing art. Finke recalled, “When the Krannert attention from the sculptor, a connection that sculptors Roger Blakley and Cecilia Allen Art Museum brought in an exhibit of sculpture last year, Roger and Cecilia got special believe should also be experienced by the permission to bring me around the exhibit viewer of the sculpture. The “Still Looking” and let me touch exhibition, which all the sculptures. encourages tactile Cecilia was a big exploration of fan of the artist sculpture, will and delighted in hold its opening giving me the hisreception this tory of each piece. Friday at the It was wonderBoneyard Pottery ful.” Gallery, in conFinke, author of junction with the the new book first night of the Long Time, No See Boneyard Arts will also be particFestival. ipating in the “They are “Still Looking” abstract works exhibition. with representa“I am very tional elements in much looking forthem. We both ward to an openwork with a juxtaing at which I can position of geoparticipate, not metric, mechanical only by reading and organic from a Braille verforms,” said Allen Author Beth Finke will be reading from her autobiography Long Time, No See at the Still Looking exhibition. sion of my book, of their work. but also by my A recently ability to ‘take in’ the artwork,” Finke said. retired professor from the University of “The exhibition is for everyone ... Roger and Illinois’s Department of Art and Design, (Cecilia) are really hoping everyone there will Blakley’s specialty is bronze. He has works reach out and touch the art.” featured in and around the Beckman Institute Blakley and Allen will be exhibiting many and the School of Life Sciences. Blakley has new works of sculpture at the exhibition, and also created the groupings of relief at the top Finke will read excerpts from her new book. of the escalator, as well as the piece in the The artists encourage viewers to explore the concourse of Willard Airport. visual and tactile elements of the pieces. Blakley and Allen have been working artists in Champaign for years. They have creReception: Friday, 6-9 p.m. ated several collaborative works, including Boneyard Pottery Gallery pieces featured in Washington D.C., 403 S. Water St., Champaign Wildwood, Pa. and “Southern Passage” at 217-355-5610 Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.


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Sculptures encourage touch BY MATT COHN | STAFF WRITER

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Ian Hobson, piano 8pm, $2-$5

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 11th Annual Artists Against AIDS art show Portions of sales not kept by the artists benefit the Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP), a local United Way agency founded in 1985 to educate the public about AIDS, and provide services and shelter for those newly diagnosed with HIV. Interested artists can call GCAP at 351-2437 before April 18 for registration information. Pages For All Ages’ 5th Annual Poetry Contest All work must be submitted with a Pages For All Ages’ official Poetry Contest Entry Form (available at our store in Savoy). Deadline: April 28 Winners will be awarded gift certificates to Pages For All Ages. Doll Art Anyone who makes dolls or dresses as expressions of fine art is invited to submit work.

Deadline: May 1 For more information, e-mail Sandra Ahten at Inner Voices Social Issue Theatre Auditions for Fall 2003 season When: May 1, 5 p.m. and May 6, 5 p.m. Where: Armory Free Theatre (Room 160) Prepare a 1-2 minute monologue E-mail Lisa Fay at for more information The Middle Room Gallery @ the UrbanaChampaign Independent Media Center Looking for comic and sequential art by artists living in the midwest for a October 2003 exhibition. Deadline is June 2003. For more information, e-mail E-mail submissions to




Prying open the third eye

3EB and E-Bay team up to bring the band closer to its fans BY COREY WILSON | STAFF WRITER


ust a few weeks ago, on March 26th, Third Eye Blind announced that they were going on a small 20-city tour through the eastern and Midwestern United States, including Urbana’s Canopy Club. This came as a surprise to most of their fans, because of the band’s reluctance to release their once highly anticipated third album. Fans were beginning to give up on the band, after they recently pushed the release date back again, to May 13th, when it was supposed to be out in September of last year. Their new CD titled Out of the Vein, is the band’s first since “Blue”, which was released in November of 1999. “Blue” failed to reach the multi-platinum popularity that their selftitled debut did, and for this reason, the band

took their time recording the third record. New guitarist, Tony Fredianelli, who replaced guitarist and co-songwriter Kevin Cadogan, is a first-time contributor on the new album, but suggests, “the band felt like they would have done things differently [on “Blue”], but being under the rush of the gun to have the second album done so fast—they let certain things slide.” He promises that there is “none of that on the new album,” and that in the last four years, “each song has had a chance to blossom into its own.” The album was originally going to be called Crystalballer after one of the new songs, but was recently changed to the tentative title Out of the Vein. Fredianelli revealed that the name of the album changed with the release date, and is representative of “the process of making art,” that is 3EB’s music. For over the last two years 3EB has been in

the studio recording, making few appearances, and releasing little to no news about the album. And, it wasn’t until they announced the tour, that fans actually had reason to believe that there was a new record, and one day it may come out. When putting together their first tour in nearly three years, the band realized that they had to do something to win their fans over again…something new and different. What and 3EB’s entertaining front man, Stephan they did was definitely different; whether it Jenkins made his way to the mic, while the won their fans over, it is hard to say for sure. crowd went psycho. The “Within Arms Reach Tour” is the first of The band opened with their new single, its kind, and is designed to do what it sug“Blinded (When I See You),” a 3 minute pop gests; bring fans closer to the band. In a short rock song, that is sure to receive consistent tour that only visits bars and clubs in small airplay in the next month, and the fans loved cities throughout the United States, 3EB is it. playing sold out shows to crowds of 600 3EB kept the tempo up as the over-intoxi2000 of their “biggest” fans. cated and over-excited fans, including myself, Because the tour wasn’t advertised anythrew our fists up in unison to “Anything” where other than the band’s websites, and because there was no forewarning or rumor of and “Wounded,” off of their second CD. Before they went into a tangent of new stuff (9 an upcoming tour, only fans who regularly songs in a row), they visited the sites played the mystical tune found out about “Narcolepsy,” from their the shows. first record. Another thing Fans got far more than they did to a taste of the new CD, as ensure that just they played 11 of the 13 their “major” tracks, but also got to fans got tickets, –Tony Fredianelli, guitarist hear the old stuff that was offer them they wanted. for purchase The double encore exclusively via that included the new track “Good Man,” E-bay and E-tix. This forced fans to bid on “Hows it Gonna Be,” “Motorcycle Driveby,” rather than buy the small number of tickets and for the first time in more than two years, that were available. the song that brings the house down—“God When asked to comment on the method of of Wine”, made for an impressive show. ticket sales, Fredianelli said, “I just play gui3EB will continue their tour for the next tar, I don’t deal with that aspect of it”, but few weeks, which will culminate with the continued, “it was a marketing strategy…and release of Out of the Vein on May 13th. The an interesting way to bypass Ticketmaster.” new album, which, contrary to popular belief With the tickets, 3EB and Elektra Records does not include tracks with Andrew W.K. or also sold VIP passes and autographed merLimp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, will have 13 songs chandise as an incentive for fans to spend a along with a hidden track. lot of money. The marketing scam definitely Judging from the crowd’s response to the worked though, and tickets for the show at new songs at the show on Saturday, fans The Canopy Club on Saturday night sold out should be pleased with the upcoming in no time. Some tickets sold for as much as album. $230 for two, but at least they came with an If fans were unable to see the band on their autographed poster. so-called fan’s only “Within Arms Reach” The doors opened at 7 p.m. on Saturday, tour, they will be playing large venues and but at 6:30 the line had already moved down Oregon St. and had begun to wrap around the amphitheatres in major cities in mid-summer or early fall, along with some new bands of side of the building. The word on the street their liking. was that the band was supposed to begin Hopefully tickets for the shows will be their set a little before 8 p.m. and conclude at 10:30—the interview was scheduled for 7 p.m. advertised well in advance, and made available for everyone to purchase at a reasonable —but that didn’t happen. price. Finally, at about 8:20 the lights went down



Third Eye Blind are Arion Salazar, Stephan Jenkins, Brad Hargreaves and Tony Fredianelli

It was a marketing strategy… and an interesting way to bypass Ticketmaster






VUE Babies Are For Petting (EP) RCA Records

★★★ KATIE HALEY Vue is ready to take you by storm, and has released the Babies Are For Petting EP to announce itself. After releasing two relatively unknown albums on Sub Pop, this quintet from California is finally poised to hit the big time. They’ve already made headway in Europe, where they played successful sets at the world famous Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK last August. Now, with the band’s major label debut on RCA hitting stores this summer and a tour with The Raveonettes next month, Vue is concentrating on bringing its bluesy rock stateside. Its raw, dirty garage rock will naturally draw comparisons to various members of the "The" band revolution, not all of which are unfounded. Vue does share influences with some of these bands, but definitely brings something new to the mix. Take the layered sound of The Strokes and the uncooked quality of The White Stripes, add bluesy keyboards, an affinity for the Rolling Stones and the swagger any band with a lead singer named Rex Shelverton couldn’t

help but incur, and you have a rough approximation of Vue. Vue’s songs mix Shelverton’s nonchalant, singalong vocals, jangly, slippery guitars, pounding keys, muffled, melodic basslines and stomping drumbeats. The overall effect is engaging, uncluttered and unhurried. Where The Strokes run, Vue saunters. This EP is a teaser for the full-length Babies Are For Petting LP and features three tracks from that release, as well as two older rarities. While the rare tracks, a live version of the harmonica-riddled "Find Your Home" and UK B-side "It Won’t Last", are nice additions, they can’t stand up to featured album tracks like the deliciously thumping "Look Out For Traffic" and raucous "Hey Hey Not In Here". This bodes well for Vue, suggesting that the best is yet to come.

WHITE STRIPES Elephant V2 Records

★★★1/2 RACHEL TOLER On Elephant, the White Stripes prove that their trademark color scheme— red, white and black— should be declared rock’s official colors. The White Stripes, consisting of ex-husband-and-wife team Jack and Meg White, blend blistering vocals, simple drum beats and dirty guitar to create a sharp, raw rock sound. Although their original sound brought them commercial success after the release of their third album, White Blood Cells, the Stripes experiment with more traditional rock melodies on Elephant. The Stripes also incorporate different musical genres into a couple of their songs and make them their own. This interesting album includes a collaborative song with obscure ‘60s folk rock singer Holly Golightly and a hardrocking rendition of Burt Bacharach’s song “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.” Elephant also offers a more mature collection of songs than White Blood Cells. Jack, who writes all the music and lyrics for the band, seems more comfortable with the songs this time around. Instead of rushing through in two or three minutes, he dwells on many of the songs and takes care to

build the musical tension to a gradual end point. On the track “There’s No Home for You Here,” Jack unfolds a guitar and drum melody reminiscent of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and shapes it into a mini-epic through the use of striking vocal harmonies and spoken lyrics that wilt and fade in desperation by the end of the track. The bare musical accompaniment on the first single, “Seven Nation Army,” demonstrates Jack’s ability to make an emotion apparent through his lyrics. The insistent repetition of Meg’s drums and Jack’s guitar throughout the song reflects the paranoia of the lyrics:“They’re gonna rip it off / Taking their time right behind my back / And I’m talking to myself at night / Because I can’t forget.” This basic drum and guitar structure of the Stripes’ songs may seem a little simplistic, but Jack’s intricate vocal melodies and patterns add a level of complexity to the album. His vocals on “I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart” possess the wavering fragility of The Cure’s Robert Smith. Harder songs like “Black Math” display his less-controlled, more-jagged likeness to Robert Plant. But on Elephant, Jack’s music and vocals are perhaps most similar to John Lennon. On “Ball and Biscuit,” Jack employs acidic, Lennon-like vocals over an authentic rockand-roll riff that sounds like a track off of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Also, Jack’s nearly hysterical vocals on “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine” sound similar to Lennon’s scratchy vocal stylings from the Beatles’ rendition of “Twist and Shout.” Using only a piano, guitar, drums and vocals between the two of them, the White Stripes have created an impressive patchwork of mature rock and roll that may inspire good, old-fashioned guitar playing again. At the very least, it’ll restore faith in the red, white and black color combination.

THE SAFES Family Jewels O'Brothers' Records

★★★1/2 ANDY SIMNICK Family Jewels, the latest release from The Safes, is an album that, instead of sticking to the standard dirty garage sound found in many releases today, experiments with a wide variety of rock and roll styles. This variance in style is both the album’s greatest asset and flaw. Upon listening to the intro track,“Not to Keep”, the familiar power chords and unpolished vocals will immediately resonate with fans of The Hives. Nothing extraordinarily different occurs until the transitions in the second track,“Do You Apply.”The listener is caught off guard by a slower tempo and mellower sound similar to heavy surf rock. Over the next few tracks, the style of the music morphs from this to ‘60s style ballad to a lighter punk sound along the lines of Green Day to rockabilly to a Weezer-like indie sound. The Safes obviously has many influences, and it is an injustice to attempt to list them all here. This complexity of styles gives the album much more depth than the typical independent rock release. Upon first listen, the album sounds deceptively simple, but with each additional play, more and more styles will come through and thus make the music a little more unique. Although the styles blended throughout the album are nothing new to the music world, the smoothness with which the styles are blended gives The Safes a quality that separates them from quickly formed bands cashing in on the current wave of reborn rock and roll. According to Frankie O’Malley, the lead singer of the band, The Safes were playing far before The Strokes made their MTV debut. There is something intangible in the music that gives credit to that claim. Being a fan of nearly any type of music not produced by Lou Pearlman, I found Family Jewels to be a great album. It retained my interest much longer than the critically acclaimed discs by The White Stripes and The Hives. However, this album will have a hard time reaching a core audience. There will be fans of The Vines who latch onto the opening track. There will be Stray Cats fans who thoroughly enjoy the rockabilly track “F.D.J.”There may even be some Oasis fans out there who enjoy “Better Things To Do.” However, those who listen with blinders to one particular genre will be disappointed. This is not to say there are no accessible songs. The song “Hook” has a radio quality to it, as does “Sing Along” and, to a lesser degree,“Not To Keep.” However, the real strength of the CD lies within the other songs that are not entirely based on three chords. As I listened to this CD, I couldn’t help but think back to the Nada Surf show at the Courtyard Cafe in the Illini Union in the fall of 2001 when, after a great performance, the band was heckled after refusing to play “Popular.”The Safes and Nada Surf are similar in that respect. They both put out


great music, but the vast majority of songs will go right over the head of a mainstream audience. Everyone who can get to this album should give it a chance. Not only is it a great CD, but it may also open up listeners to other genres of music. Family Jewels is obviously geared towards rock and roll connoisseurs, and for those out there that are willing to experience many different styles of music on one disc, it is a refreshing change.

SILVERSTEIN When Broken Is Easily Fixed Victory Records

★★★ LANCE BIRCH After hearing "Smashed Into Pieces," the first track on When Broken Is Easily Fixed, I was skeptical of Silverstein's ability to successfully melt the more hardcore screams into their brand of emo-pop-punk throughout a full album. Something in the production made the screaming parts seem separate from the musical mass. The alternations between singing and screaming are at times so forced that their task could, from the singer's perspective, be compared to integrating Ben Folds into a hardcore band. I was happy to find they did not repeat the formula without changes. "Giving Up" stops any rehashing dead in its tracks. Twinkling guitar is soon joined by a distinct drum pattern with kicking bass before developing, after a sudden stop, into a chorus of the repeated phrase, "Giving up on me," over a shallow pool of speedy single-string guitar work. Combined with the string arrangements in the verses and the heavy outro that actually belongs there, "Giving Up" is a highlight of the album. After two season-themed songs that sound as might be expected ("November" and "Last Days of Summer"), come to the standout "heavy" track "Bleeds No More." The roaring, screamed lyrics that count off the beat set the tone for this aggressive cut. A steady, fast rhythm here balances out the rest of the album, somehow making the other yelling parts more believable. That said, "Bleeds No More" is one of Silverstein's better songs. Repeated listens will probably be desired. The second verse is followed by a moody and likeable middle part, characterized by a different rhythm and very deep sounds, soon returning to the aggressive part for the ending. While the style is different, the structure may be compared to Pearl Jam's "Porch," and Silverstein pulls off the changes about as successfully. "Hear Me Out" is a decent pop song that succeeds without falling into pop-punk cliche. In a way similar to "Giving Up," this song shows some promise for further development. A couple of scream-infested pop-ballads later, the title track emerges to close the album using a formula that is similar to the opener, but with a little more desperation. Lyrically, this is an impressive collection of songs. While there are no really big words, Silverstein excels in using many small words to convey a general feeling of betrayal and desperation mixed with pleas for faith in the speaker, all cradled in a digestible emo-pop sound. This album gets better with repeated listens, and it is entirely possible that Silverstein may infiltrate many summer soundtracks. Their sound would fit nicely in the context of coconut-scented SPF 30, ice-cold lemonade and summer flings, without feeling overly cute or disposable. I liked it.

MR. DIBBS The 30th Song Rhymesayers

★★★ JASON ROGERS Holding it down for the Rhymesayers label, this is Mr. Dibbs first official full-length release on the label. Dibbs is perhaps best known for dropping Ozzy Osbourne wax while touring with Atmosphere, resulting in chaotic moshpits. Needless to say, Mr. Dibbs is not your typical hip hop DJ. Dibbs' many influences are evident upon listening to this release, with tracks containing elements of everything from rock, blues, soul, porn and, of course, good ol' hip hop. One constant factor is his tremendous turntable skills, giving the album a cohesive sound while still taping from all these areas for material. The first track,“Outreach 5,” is an excellent beginning to the album, pairing Dibbs with Fat Jon of Five Deez. With Fat Jon on the production and Dibbs on the cuts, it is hard for the track to go wrong. Fat Jon uses an eerie blues sample while Dibbs fades scratches in and out and manipulates the track flawlessly.




The 30th Song is in the same vein as RJD2’s latest release, Dead Ringer. Both artists have ties to the Rhymesayers label and have worked together on tour and in the studio. Mr. Dibbs and RJD2's projects differ in that Dibbs' focus on the album seems to be more on turntablism, while RJD2 focuses more on the production side of things. Both albums are solid as a whole, and lovers of RJD2 will really be feeling Mr. Dibbs. Unlike many of today's mixtapes, Dibbs only has one guest vocal appearance on this release. On "Thrice," Slug gives a solid freestyle which will not disappoint his fans. This track is almost a capella in nature, as Dibbs only cuts in the occasional banjo sample or the sound of falling rain. This technique allows the listener to focus in more on Slug's angst filled complex rhymes. DJs and casual listeners alike will be able to appreciate Dibbs' turntable expertise paired with solid production throughout the album. The 30th Song is another quality release from Rhymesayers, and all who love their kind of music will enjoy this album.

EELS Shootenanny! Dreamworks

★★★ ANDY SIMNICK The Eels, brief alternative rock giants responsible for the smash hit “Novocaine for the Soul,” have returned to a musical landscape now dominated by TRL and oversimplified variations of pop music. Although their sound has not changed dramatically since the glory days of Beautiful Freak, Mark Everett’s songwriting and Beck-like voice gives the band an edge over similar carryovers from the past decade. The latest Eels album, Shootenanny!, is a 13-track retrospective into one of the most underappreciated bands of the time. The music, although nothing revolutionary or experimental, fits the music very well and is varied throughout the disc. Judging from playlists of local radio stations, the mid-’90s sound will fit very well with the tastes of the region. The strongest point of this album, as with past Eels releases, is the songwriting. Everett’s songs are rather complex and very interesting, more so than other alternative bands left behind in 1994. Throughout the album, Everett speaks volumes through his distinctive melancholy voice and unique concepts. The album is much less experimental than past efforts, but the topics are far from ordinary. Although he refers to the album as a commentary on “promiscuity and drugs,” this description sounds like more of a marketing ploy than a true description of the album. There is the standard assortment of relationship songs, with “Dirty Girl” having potential to gain substantial airplay. However, many of the tracks veer far from the standard rock-and-roll formula. “Saturday Morning,” an entire song devoted to weekend life as an 8-year-old, and “Fashion Awards,” music inspired by the onslaught of awards ceremonies, are just two examples of the irreverent songwriting found on the album. An artist’s best work is always based around what he or she knows, and this album is no exception. The deepest songs on the disc all deal with isolation and self-reflection, both topics that Everett mentions frequently during an interview regarding the inspiration for the album. Throughout Shootenanny!, there are several times where the CD becomes rather dark and inaccessible to the mainstream crowd, but these songs showcase Everett’s skills as a songwriter better than the others in the disc. Both Everett and DreamWorks Records have gone to great lengths to sell the album as hard rock. While there certainly are rock-and-roll components to the music, there is nothing that should be labeled as “rawk.” The Eels, contrary to their own belief, do not create music that will provoke a dramatic extension of the index and pinkie fingers over one’s head. However, they definitely create music worth listening to, especially for those growing up during the alternative age. Shootenanny! is a highquality album that, if nothing else, will bring back memories of music from 10 years ago.

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SoundBlotter All the best music has to offer this week

HOUSE / TECHNO / ELECTRONIC Jes One / Greg2Hype / DJ Zeek / DJ Impact Thursday, April 17, The Highdive, 9:00 p.m. ($5) Yes Virginia, there is house music every week in Champaign-Urbana, but tonight’s show will go above and beyond. Creator of 18 mix CDs, record store owner and member of the Deceptikon Unit, Jes One is one the Midwest’s hottest house DJs. Be it in the club or at a rave, Jes’ brand of funky house has landed him gigs alongside Angel Alanis, Tommie Sunshine, DJ Funk, John Acquavia and collaborator Woody McBride, to name a few. But wait, that’s just the evening’s headliner. Getting the night started is DJ Impact, arguably Champaign’s best house DJ. After Impact, DJ Zeek, the Midwest’s disco house god will be setting The Highdive’s dance floor ablaze. And before Jes hits the decks, House Nation Thursday’s resident Greg2Hype will be working the ones and twos. It might be quite some time before such a stupendous underground house lineup rolls into town. So get your booty down to The Highdive tonight to find out what why everyone has been talking about Jack and his groove for so darn long. (Brian Mertz)

INDEPENDENT ROCK / PUNK / EMO Lucky Boys Confusion Friday, April 18, Canopy Club, 10 p.m. ($10)

ances on Morimur were beautiful realizations of a piece revealed in an entirely new light. Now, the ensemble returns, interweaving the works of Bach and 20th century composer Anton Webern. Webern studied under Shoenberg, and was known for atonal and serial works – not what we would think of as the usual kin of Bach. This CD promises to be a fascinating, thought-provoking musical journey. There should be more classical recordings that attempt to guide listeners into new ways of hearing and understanding music. (Paul Malina)

ROCK Rusted Root Friday, April 18, Foellinger Auditorium 7:30 p.m. ($20 students/ $23 public) The Pearl Jam show is next Wednesday, but it doesn’t need anymore publicity. But Rusted Root is a owkey rock band sure to throw down in C-U next week. After a brief breakup, the band reunited last spring, but was unable to squeeze ChampaignUrbana into their tour schedule. Rusted Root’s style is a blend of folk, jam, and rock, which creates an original sound like no other. The best way to describe their music is non-stop dancing, tribal-rock, and seeing them live is an experience to be had. The only downside is Foellinger’s confined seating, which might make it difficult to stand up and dance like crazy hippies. But there is an added bonus for those who arrive early. Either Jen Wertz and Liz Berlin or lead singer Michael Glabicki will perform a solo set for the opening act. Both Michael and the girls will perform tracks from their solo albums. (Corey Wilson)

JAZZ The Highdive

This is the third stop at the Canopy this school year for Lucky Boys Confusion. It’s been a couple years since their radio success with “Fred Astaire,” but they maintain a strong following in their native Chicago suburbs and the surrounding areas. They’re currently working on a follow up to 2001’s Throwing the Game, which is expected to be released in August. They don’t seem to get sick of playing here, and people don’t seem to get sick of seeing them, so until that happens, expect to see a lot of them. (Adam Henrichs)

From time to time in “Sound Blotter,” we’ll look at the places to catch some good jazz in ChampaignUrbana. Jazz is played in many types of venues, but the club is the environment that best suits the music. The Highdive features many well-known local jazz musicians every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $3 cover. In Your Ear Jazz Band plays this week, and in the next three weeks, the Parkland Big Band, the Jeff

CLASSICAL New Recording: Ricercar / Easter Cantata – Anton Webern / JS Bach Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble with Christoph Poppen. ECM Records One of the most popular classical releases of 2001 was Morimur, this group’s exploration of Bach. That album was based on a interesting premise: It took the discovery of Bach scholar Helga Thoene that there were various “secret” chorale themes hidden in the composer’s “Ciaccona" from the Partita in D minor for solo violin, and provided a deconstruction of the idea in performance. Historically, we know that Bach wrote that piece soon after his wife’s death, and after realizing the existence of the chorales, Thoene hypothesized that the piece was composed as an epitaph to his wife. The perform-

Helgeson Quartet with Rachel Lee and the Pocket Big Band will play. (Paul Malina)

INDUSTRIAL Industrial shows abound! Pigface has two shows within spitting distance. They play with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult at the Galaxy Theatre in St. Louis, Mo. on April 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The following night, Pigface


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play their last date of the tour at Metro in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Ministry will play several shows in the area (all dates include Lollipop Lust Kill and Motograter). They make an appearance at Pops in Sauget, Ill. on April 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. They play The Rave in Milwaukee on April 19 at 8 p.m. On Easter they play Peoria, Ill. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19. Finally, they return to their hometown of Chicago on April 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $29. (Brian Tracy)

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/AMERICANA Vic Chesnutt and M Ward Thursday April 17, Cowboy Monkey 10pm, ($12) CU’s newest venue didn’t wait long before bringing us one the year’s best lineups. Living legend Chesnutt, fresh off his 12th album, is the singersongwriter. Labeled as everything from country to folk to indie-rock, Chesnutt is probably best described as an acoustic storyteller. His powerful, often quirky, images set him at the top of today’s songwriters. M Ward is the best singer-songwriter you haven’t heard of. Highly touted by friend and mentor Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Ward has yet to reach mainstream success, but that is surely only a matter of time. With John Fahey-like guitar prowess and a gravely midrange, he is an excellent songsmith. Sometimes dark and brooding, often light and airy, M Ward is always enchanting. Time to mobilize CU, let these artists know there is a community here that supports great music, and maybe we’ll start to see more great acts. (Adam Cook)





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artin Atkins has toured the world several times as drummer to Johnny Rotten’s post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Limited (PIL), and the drummer to Killing Joke, Ministry and Pigface. Pigface recently released their first album in five years, Easy Listening... The album, on Atkins’ own Invisible Records, features an array of contributors, from Keith Levinne of Public Image Limited to members of Nine Inch Nails, Dope, Acumen Nation and more. This is the first Pigface CD since the forming of Underground Inc., which now envelops Invisible Records as well as 20 or so other independent labels, providing them with distribution and financial help while still giving them creative control. Brian Tracy: How is the new album different from past albums, musically and technically? Martin Atkins: It wasn’t this huge collaboration; I’d bring someone in to do vocals and they’d do vocals on two tracks. That album to me was a bit more introspective — not only Martin Atkins has performed with the likes of does it have like 45 people involved in it, but Johnny Rotten, Public Image Limited, Killing Joke, there’s a wide breadth of genres and time Ministry and now Pigface span. For instance, Keith Levene, who was in trombones and trumpets who were setting PIL with me in 1979 — so I’m dredging back fire to things, and they kind of fan-fared us on 25 years to someone I haven’t talked to in 15 stage. There’s always something like that. I years — that felt really good to me. I think mean, that stuff isn’t planned; sometimes, it’s I’ve found my feet as a producer, I’m finally like, ‘Wow, I’ve got four drum kits,’ and on able to use those tools on my own music. It’s the first two tours, no one knew what the easier to use those tools on other people’s fuck was going on. We didn’t know what the music, but it’s much harder to use them on fuck was going on. Every show is different; a yourself. It feels more considered, it feels to lot of people don’t realize that, but every me like I could give this album to someone show is different. Some things stay the same, and say, ‘This is Pigface.’ Whereas before this, but things can happen. I would’ve had ‘Hey, there’s this guy to say, ‘Listen to and that guy, let’s do this tracks 3 and 4 song.’ That’s the way off of this things are set up — album, 2 off of sometimes the song can this album, and be three minutes long, 5 off of this sometimes its 10 minutes album and long. that’s Pigface.’ – Martin Atkins It’s all of the BT: What made you good things decide to create Underground Inc.? about Pigface; it just came together. It wasn’t supposed to be the be all end all Pigface MA: I saw Thrill Kill Kult awhile back, and I album, but I think it is for me. knew on one they needed hand to start their own record label, but on the other hand the BT: Last time Pigface played Chicago, there last thing any band needs to do is start their were seven drum kits and 10 other people own label. It’s such a pain in the ass. I just running around the stage all at once. Can the said, ‘Look, why don’t you let me consult to same kind of insanity be expected this time? your label, you can use my machinery, we’ll just see how this goes.’ The last thing they MA: It depends — the night before that we need to be doing is learning all this shit while only had three drum kits, but Chicago is trying to run it as well. It just sort of hapalways a big show. This one time in Dallas, pened slowly and then became obvious what there was like seven kids who arrived with


There was like seven kids who arrived with trombones and trumpets who were setting fire to things.








should be done with it. BT: What led you to start Invisible (Records) when you were still with Killing Joke? MA: I started a label called Plaid after I left PIL, and I had a band called Brian Brain. We did a four song EP, and had a distribution deal with a company called Greenwall. They went bankrupt, and that was it. Then Killing Joke called me and said, ‘Hey, we want you to join our band and tour.’ I think at the same time I started to do something with Invisible. The first big release on Invisible was the Gob album (Pigface). I couldn’t find anyone to release it. TVT wanted to release it but they wouldn’t give us any money. I was like, ‘If that’s all you can do, I can do that,’ so we put together a deal through Touch and Go Records, and Invisible started to grow. BT: Do you think you could’ve done this 25 years ago? MA: Yeah, I could’ve. In 1976, there was a massive backlash against the record labels and heavy rock — that’s when all these punk labels started up. I think it could’ve worked back then, except that we were all drinking and doing speed then. Rough Trade and Mute grew out of that; Gus, Ivo and Pete who I used to hang out with had a record store, and Mute grew out of that and they’re still around. So, yes, it has happened. BT: What do you want to do next? MA: To run a better label to help bands more. The end of a band is not generally because everyone wants it to stop, but because a series of bad decisions has brought it to a point where there’s too much debt, or too much baggage to go on the road. If I can help with those very mundane things, then that’s pretty cool. My ambitions in the music business aren’t necessarily for myself anymore. For more information on Pigface or Underground inc., check out or Pigface is playing this Sunday at 5:30 at Metro in Chicago.

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Between continents and under CU’s radar BY ALEJANDRO L. RODRIGUEZ | STAFF WRITER


hen the CU music scene is brought up, certain bands immediately pop to the forefront of the brain: Hum, Sarge, Menthol, Braid, the Poster Children, and more recently, the Blackouts, Absinthe Blind, the Red Hot Valentines and the Beauty Shop. There is one group that belongs in this list of CU standouts that for some reason or another has always managed to stay under the radar. Brian Reedy and Nick Rudd’s project, Water Between Continents, is the closest thing to sheer musical bliss that has been brought forth by any band in Champaign-Urbana, or anywhere, for that matter. There is no way to classify Reedy and Rudd’s output. The complex interplay between Rudd’s guitar work and Reedy’s percussion is deceivingly simple to the first listen, but with closer attention you begin to notice the craft and elegance of their composition. Elements can be heard of nearly every genre – jazz being infused with surf rock with a touch of pop, even a bit of classical structure is interspersed in the songs. “It is a language that we’ve developed,” said Rudd with an exuberance that belies a man half his age. “We used to be kind of freaked out by it, and we wondered: ‘Where’s this coming from?’ It’s always been there,

ever since we first played together and we don’t doubt it anymore.” “You can hear melodies in the drums, and I always try to respond to him in a percussive manner and it turns out in this way.” he continues. “To me its like folk music: it’s limitless. There are certain forms of music that have basic structures. As you move along in history or the progression of the form that basic structure underlies whatever composition that happens no matter how much you layer upon it. Sometimes, though, what we play is very basic, and it reminds me of the fact that are certain chord progressions that just sound really good.” The music itself goes from manic aural assault to ambient experimentation. The contrast can be heard in the music, but it seems to be more of a reflection of Rudd and Reedy themselves. They are in their early forties and are lifelong CU dwellers. They met through jobs as clerks at Record Service scaring customers away by playing whatever new release from SST Records just arrived. Rudd and Reedy played in many bands throughout the years, most notably Lonely Trailer, and they now seem to be in a position, having played together for nearly twenty years, to reflect their personalities and the duo’s personal dynamic through their music.

“Nick’s guitar, when he plays, makes me do things on a subconscious level,” says Reedy, the more introspective and spiritual of the two. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not even there. It’s very meditative.” “We think our music is pretty joyful,” he ventures. “A lot of things that we hear are not necessarily negative, but they’re just kind of dark. We prefer to recognize the light” Water Between Continents has existed as a project for around four years now, beginning when Reedy and Rudd decided to just do something themselves since they weren’t in any other bands. Each plays his instrument for three or four hours a day, whether its in a practice situation or they’re at home alone. They’ve made a demo disc that has been passed around and they are hoping to sign with a record label; definitely an independent one. Polyvinyl is being discussed because ideally they would like to stay local. That doesn’t mean that they’re in this for any material gain. “If you really care about what you do, regardless of what the payoff is, you’re going to do it well, and people will respond to it.” conjectures Rudd. “And it’s the greatest thing in the world, man.” Experience Water Between Continents on Thursdayat the Brass Rail. Doors open at 10 p.m.




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Assembly Hall First & Florida, Champaign 333.5000 American Legion Post 24 705 W. Bloomington Rd., C. 356.5144 American Legion Post 71 107 N. Broadway, Urbana 367.3121 Barfly 120 N. Neil, Champaign 352.9756 Barnes and Noble 51 E. Marketview, Champaign 355.2045 Boltini Lounge 211 N. Neil, Champaign 378.8001 Borders Books & Music 802 W.Town Ctr., Champaign 351.9011 The Brass Rail 15 E. University, Champaign 352.7512 Canopy Club (The Garden Grill) 708 S. Goodwin, Urbana 367.3140 C.O. Daniels 608 E. Daniel, Champaign 337.7411 Cosmopolitan Club 307 E. John, Champaign 367.3079

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APRIL17-23, 2003 | GO OUT! Courtyard Cafe Illini Union, 1401 W. Green, U. 333.4666 Clybourne 706 S. Sixth, Champaign 383.1008 Curtis Orchard 3902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign 359.5565 D.R. Diggers 604 S. Country Fair Dr., C. 356.0888 Embassy Tavern & Grill 114 S. Race, Urbana 384.9526 Esquire Lounge 106 N. Walnut, Champaign 398.5858 Fallon’s Ice House 703 N. Prospect, Champaign 398.5760 Fat City Saloon 505 S. Chestnut, Champaign 356.7100 The Great Impasta 114 W. Church, Champaign 359.7377 G.T.’s Western Bowl Francis Dr., Champaign 359.1678 Hideaway 701 Devonshire Dr., Champaign 356.3081 The Highdive 51 Main, Champaign 359.4444 Huber’s 1312 W. Church, Champaign 352.0606 Illinois Disciples Foundation 610 E. Springfield, Champaign 352.8721 Independent Media Center 218 W Main St, Urbana 344.8820 The Iron Post 120 S. Race, Urbana 337.7678 Joe’s Brewery 706 S. Fifth, Champaign 384.1790 Kam’s 618 E. Daniel, Champaign 328.1605 Krannert Art Museum 500 E. Peabody, Champaign 333.1861 Krannert Center for Performing Arts 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana Tickets: 333.6280, 800/KCPATIX La Casa Cultural Latina 1203 W. Nevada, Urbana 333.4950 Lava 1906 W. Bradley, Champaign 352.8714 Legends Bar & Grill 522 E. Green, Champaign 355.7674 Les’s Lounge 403 N. Coler, Urbana 328.4000 Lincoln Castle 209 S. Broadway, Urbana 344.7720 Malibu Bay Lounge North Rt. 45, Urbana 328.7415

Mike & Molly’s 105 N. Market, Champaign 355.1236 Mulligan’s 604 N. Cunningham, Urbana 367.5888 Murphy’s 604 E. Green, Champaign 352.7275 Neil Street Pub 1505 N. Neil, Champaign 359.1601 New Art Theater 126 W. Church, Champaign 351.7368 No Name Saloon 55 E. Main, Champaign 398.6912 The Office 214 W. Main, Urbana 344.7608 Parkland College 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign 351.2528 Phoenix 215 S, Neil, Champaign 355.7866 Pia’s of Rantoul Rt. 136 E., Rantoul 893.8244 Pink House Rts. 49 & 150, Ogden 582.9997 The Rainbow Coffeehouse 1203 W. Green, Urbana 766.9500 Red Herring/ Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana 344.1176 Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N. Race, Urbana 367.7031 Springer Cultural Center 301 N. Randolph, Champaign 355.1406 Spurlock Museum 600 S. Gregory, Urbana 333.2360 Strawberry Fields Café 306 W. Springfield, Urbana 328.1655 Ten Thousand Villages 105 N. Walnut, Champaign 352.8938 TK Wendl’s 1901 S. Highcross Rd., Urbana 255.5328 Tonic 619 S. Wright, Champaign 356.6768 Two Main 2 Main, Champaign 359.3148 University YMCA 1001 S. Wright, Champaign 344.0721 Verde/Verdant 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign 366.3204 Virginia Theatre 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign 356.9053 White Horse Inn 112 1/2 E. Green, Champaign 352.5945 Zorba’s 627 E. Green, Champaign 344.0710

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Walk the Labyrinth at Krannert Center



Bend it Like Beckham opens Friday


end it Like Beckham has score success in the US, with box office analysts tipping it to become a major ‘sleeper hit’ and catch the industry by surprise. Bend it Like Beckham opens this weekend at The Beverly.

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Troy Micheal Benefit at Cowboy Monkey o yeah, Pearl Jam is coming to town. But why pay $35 for the nosebleed section in Assembly Hall for two bands when you can pay $5 for seven musical performances and help out a great member of the C-U community? After Troy Micheal was in a car accident local bands decided to come together to help out the founder of the Innocent Words Record Label and Zine. The lineup is Triple Whip, Everybody Uh-Oh, Brandon T. Washington, Lorenzo Goets, Kate Hathaway, Eleni Moraites, and Lucky Mullholland.

earl Jam performs at the Assembly Hall on the 23rd, but the real show is the opening band, Sparta. Ex-At the Drive-In members deserve their own tour, but for now they can ride the coat tails of Pearl Jam, and hopefully develop the following they deserve.

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GKC Beverly Re-Run Film Series


s part of the Boneyard Arts Festival, there will be a labyrinth dance performance, choreographed by Cynthia Pipkin-Doyle at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. The public is invited to walk the labyrinth, which, being both kinesthetic and introspective, is viewed as a complete mind-body integrative activity.

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ThursdayApril17 LIVE MUSIC U of I #1 Jazz Band – Iron Post, 7pm, cover Cabaret: Feature Performer Doria Roberts – Independent Media Center, 8pm, free Water Between Continents, Malachi Constant, Legs For Day – The Brass Rail, 10pm, $3 Zoso (Led Zepplin tribute band) – The Canopy Club, 10pm, $6 Vic Chesnutt, M Ward – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $12 Adam Wolf and the Party Hounds – Tommy G’s, no cover Will Rodgers – Neil St. Pub, 9:30pm, no cover Jazz Night – Zorba’s, 9pm, $3


Family Style – Iron Post, 10pm, cover, WPGU/Bud present: Phistine Verona, The Idle Hours, XXX Smut – Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, 10pm, $3 The Delta Kings – Tommy G’s Mary Clark – The Phoenix, 9pm, no cover Will Rodgers – Neil St. Pub, 9:30pm, no cover JAB – The Landing Strip, 8pm, no cover

DJ DJ Tim Williams – club music – The Highdive, 10pm, $5 Realness with Blends by Otter - Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ - No Name Saloon, 9pm, no cover DJ Sped - Joe's Brewery, 10:30pm, $5 DJ Stifler - dance/house/techno - Lava, 9pm, no cover DJ Bozak - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover DJ Bob Bass - Pia's, 9-1am, no cover DJ Ryan Spinboi – C-Street, 9pm, $3

House Nation: Jes One, Greg 2 Hype, DJ Zeek, DJ Impact – The Highdive, 9pm, $5 DJ Resonate - Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ Who - Joe's Brewery, 10:30pm, $3 Disco Dynamite w/ Paul West - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover DJ Ryan Spinboi – C-Street, 9pm, no cover



Ballroom Dancing – Non-smoking, cash bar – Regency Ballroom, 7:30pm-10:30pm, $7 Salsa Dancing – Non-smoking, cash bar. Dress code: no blue jeans, tennis shoes, or hats. – Regency Ballroom, 11pm-1am, $4

Karaoke - No Name Saloon, 9pm, no cover G Force Karaoke - Pia's, 9-1am, no cover Karaoke – Jillian’s, 9pm, no cover Karaoke with Cool Papa Joe – The Landing Strip, 8pm, no cover


Karaoke - D.R. Diggers, 9-1pm, no cover G Force Productions - Hideaway, 9-1am, no cover Karaoke with Paul Faber - Lincoln Castle, 9:30-1am, no cover



Dance Workshop – Ritmo y Sabor Latino is offering a free mambo lesson ,9pm-10pm with Johny (member of Descarga Caribe Dance Company), Chicago. Salsa and Merengue from 7-9 pm. Workshops are conducted by Eliana Manero and are free. Everyone is welcome. – La Casa Cultural Latina

Friday Jazz Forum – UI Jazz Band III, Juan Turros, leader; music from the big band books of Count Basie and Thad Jones, along with newer pieces from composer Bob Mintzer – Room 25, Smith Memorial Hall, noon, no charge The Pacific Harp Duo – Kyo-Jin Lee, harp, Ann Yeung, harp; an evening of duo harp music – Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 8pm, $5/ SC $4/ Stu $2



Beckman Concert Series – Illinois Brass Quintet, UI Brass Quintet – Atrium, Beckman Institute, 12:20pm, no charge Faculty Recital – Ian Hobson, piano, Rachmaninov: Three Preludes from Opus 23, Gershwin: Three Preludes – Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 8pm, $5/ SC $4/ Stu $2

LECTURES Dialogue on Civic Engagement – Dialogues on Civic Engagement will be discussing activism-A sing voice can make a change. Participation is strongly recommended. – Room 404, Illini Union, 7-9pm

FILM Panama Deception –documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama. Luis Alfredo Narvaez Gete, a UIUC student and member of the Mexican Student Association, will facilitate the discussion. Free admission – Illinois Disciples Foundation, 7pm

OTHER Fight Night - Cash prizes, contests, arm wrestling and more! - Lava, 9pm

Labyrinth Dance Performance and Exhibit – The public is invited to walk the labyrinth while it is on display and to view dance performances on the labyrinth. – Krannert Center of the Performing Arts, 7pm Moon Over Buffalo” – It’s a hit Broadway comedy about a theatre troupe in Buffalo, New York that starts with a swashbuckling swordfight and doesn’t let up. – Channing Murray Foundation, 8pm

FILM Rebel Without A Cause – 3nd Annual News-Gazette Classic Film Series presentation of the film "Rebel Without A Cause" starring James Dean – Virginia Theatre, 7pm, $5 "Turbans" 2002-2003 Film Series – Based on the memoirs of the filmmaker's grandmother, "Turbans" explores the inner struggles of an Asian Indian immigrant family torn between their cultural traditions and the desire for social acceptance in America. Although born in the United States the Singh boys are attached for being different. – Asian American Studies Program, noon

LECTURES “Bilingualism Is Not A Game: Latina/o Narratives of Linguistic Dispossession.“ – Frances Aparicio, director of Latin American and Latino Studies, UI Chicago – Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 6pm-7:30pm,


FridayApril18 LIVE MUSIC ryan Holloway Trio – Cowboy Monkey, 5pm, free Friday Jazz: In Your Ear Big Band – The Highdive, 5:30pm, $3 Joan Hickey Quartet – Iron Post, 6pm, cover Rusted Root – Foellinger Auditorium, 7:30pm, $20 students, $23 public IMC Folk Music Series: Beth Amsel, Brian Webb, MJ Walker and Fictive Kin – Independent Media Center, 8pm, $12 The Buzzards, Earl, Lucky Mullholland – The Brass Rail, 10pm, $3 Lucky Boys Confusion – The Canopy Club, 10pm, $10 Magic Slim and the Teardrops – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $10

Blue Room – open mic and poety set – La Casa Cultural Latina, 9pm

OTHER Bone Yard Arts Festival – See Calendar listings for schedule of venues and artists. Rodeo – T.K. Wendl’s, 9pm, $9 Open Labyrinth Walk – Come walk the portable labyrinth. It is a single winding path that leads to the center and then out again. – Lobby, Krannert Center, 4pm-8pm Beth Finke Book Signing – Reception and Book Signing, 69pm. Finke reads from a Braille version of her book, Long Time, No See – Boneyard Pottery 7:30pm Arists Against AIDS – 112 W. Church St., C, 351-2437. Artists may drop off artwork at Gallery 4pm-9pm. Call beforehand to register.

SaturdayApril19 LIVE MUSIC The Brittles – Cowboy Monkey, 2pm, Free Michael Felty – Iron Post, 2pm, cover The Noisy Gators – Verde Gallery, 2pm, Free Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited – The Highdive, 7pm, $15 Sarah Pierce Band – Pages for All Ages, 7pm, Free Law-Rah Collective, Wilt, Emulsion – ambient – Independent Media Center, 8pm, cover Maurice and the Mindset – The Pink House, 9pm Andy Lund & Brandon T. Washington – Embassy Tavern, 9:30, Free Candy Foster and Shades of Blue – Iron Post, 9:30pm, cover Ulu – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $6 Albert Flasher – Tommy G’s Zea Mays – The Phoenix, 9pm, no cover ESP – Neil St. Pub, 9pm, $2 Dave Black - Borders, 8pm, free

DJ DJ Tim Williams – The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ Hipster Sophisto - Barfly, 9pm, no cover Spincity - Hideaway, 9-1am, no cover DJ - No Name Saloon, 9pm, no cover DJ Naughty Boy - Joe's Brewery, 10:30pm, $5 DJ Bundy - dance/house/techno - Lava, 9pm, no cover until 11pm DJ Resonate - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover G Force DJ - The White Horse Inn, 9-1, no cover DJ Michela Limacher – C-Street, 9pm, $3 DJ and Dancing – as part of the “Latinidad in the New Millenium” weekend – Levis Faculty Center, 8:30pm-12am, free admission, (cash bar)

KARAOKE Karaoke with Paul Faber - Lincoln Castle, 9:30-1am, no cover

DANCING La Tropicana – A night of Latin jazz featuring the Mambo Jazz Sextet of Chicago – Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, 8pm, $2

COMEDY Stand-Up Comedy Competition – Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, 8pm, $2

MUSIC PERFORMANCES Faculty Recital – Christos Tsitsaros, piano; part of a series of concerts featuring the entire Wall Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach and original works of Tsitsaros Black Student Association presents: “Dedicate To Educate” – Annual Heritage Scholarship Festival, featuring Rev. Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers – Parkland College, 7:30pm, $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

ON STAGE Labyrinth Dance Performance and Exhibit – The public is invited to walk the labyrinth while it is on display and to view dance performances on the labyrinth. – Krannert Center of the Performing Arts, 2pm Moon Over Buffalo” – It’s a hit Broadway comedy about a theatre troupe in Buffalo, New York that starts with a swashbuckling swordfight and doesn’t let up. – Channing Murray Foundation, 8pm

LECTURES Latinidad in the New Millenium: Bringing Borders In and Beyond Academia “Building from Community Resources: Reconsidering Social Networks “ – Illini Union, Room 314 A/B. 9:20am11am “ Race, Ethnicity, and Power: Ethnographies of Higher Education” – Illini Union, 314 A/B. 11am-12:20pm “Cultural Symbols and (Re) Presnetations of Latinidad” – Gregory Hall, Room 100, 1:30-3:00pm “Buscando Los Puentes: Reframing Borders of Identity and Citizenship” – Gregory Hall, Room 100, 3:00-4:30pm “The Social and Political Context of High School Education” – Gregory Hall, Room 100, 4:30pm-5:30pm

WORDS Peppas Spoken Word – Come and share your words, your lyrics, your favorite poems or just participate in the positive vibe that is Peppas. – African American Cultural House, 9-11pm





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FILM Rebel Without A Cause – 3nd Annual News-Gazette Classic Film Series presentation of the film "Rebel Without A Cause" starring James Dean – Virginia Theatre, 7pm, $5


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Rodeo – T.K. Wendl’s, 9pm, $9 Open Labyrinth Walk – Come walk the portable labyrinth. It is a single winding path that leads to the center and then out again. – Lobby, Krannert Center, noon-6pm “Vasant Bahaar-Asha” – Urbana Champaign’s Spring fundraiser; Indianfood, performances by talented artists, mehndi, games. – Wesley Foundation, 6pm Boneyard Arts Festival – See Arts schedule for full schedule of events. 8th Annual Hawaiian Luau – Illini Union Rooms A, B, & C, 5:30pm, $8 for UIUC students, $10 public (Tickets available at Ticket Central in the Illini Union Arists Against AIDS – 112 W. Church St., C, 351-2437. Artists may drop off artwork at Gallery 4pm-9pm. Call beforehand to register.

SundayApril20 LIVE MUSIC


TuesdayApril22 LIVE MUSIC Melon Galia, AD/HD, TBA – Independent Media Center, 7pm, cover Open Mic/Open Jam featuring: Sick Day – Canopy Club, 10pm, $2 Open Mic Night - Espresso Royale, 7:30-10:30pm, free Open Bluegrass Jam Session - Verdant News & Coffee, 7:30-9pm, Free


DubFrequency: Melodic Scribes, DJ L-Tek – The Highdive, 9pm, $3 Rock and Roll with DJ Matthis Helmick – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $1 DJ D-LO & DJ Spinnery - Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ Bozak - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover DJ Michela Limacher – C-Street, 9pm, no cover

LECTURES The Spirituality of Music – A discussion on music and its effects on our society. We will also take a look at the serious spiritual repercussions behind music and how music eternally affects us. – 210 Illini Union, 7-9pm


Triple Whip, Everybody Uh Oh, Brandon T. Washington, Lorenzo Goetz, Kate Hathaway, Eleni Moraites, Lucky Mullholland – Cowboy Monkey, 7:30, $5 Steve Brooks – Iron Post, 9pm, cover Seeking Syd (Pink Floyd tribute band), Zea Mays, The Station – The Canopy Club, 10pm, $5 Billy Galt and Ed O'Hara - blues - D.R. Diggers, 9:3012:30am, no cover

Master of Music Recital – Heejung Kopisch-Obuch, cello – Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 8pm, no charge Master of Music Recital/Doctor of Musical Arts Accompanying Recital – Lisa Reams, clarinet, Teresa Crane, piano – Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, 8pm, no charge Doctor of Musical Arts Recital – Gary Hollander, alto and tenor trombones – Auditorium, Music Building, 8pm, no charge



Fresh Face Guest DJ - Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ LA Wells - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, "How to Slay a Castaway" – Illini Union Ballroom, 7pm$15 for UIUC students, $20 for non-students (Tickets are on sale at Ticket Central )

KARAOKE G-Force Karaoke - Tommy G's, 8pm, no cover

MUSIC PERFORMANCE Master of Music Recital – “The Heroic Cello”, Andrew Nickles, cello, music of Dvorak, Bottesini, andPiazzolla – Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 4pm, no charge Master of Music Recital – Chad Ballantyne, bass – Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 7pm, no charge

WednesdayApril23 LIVE MUSIC

Drag King Show – C-Street, 10:30, $3

Pearl Jam, Sparta – Assembly Hall, 7:30, $35 Sprit Creek, Autumn Zero – Iron Post, 9pm, cover Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Ingram – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $2 Don Heitler - jazz piano - The Great Impasta, 6-9pm, no cover




LIVE MUSIC Openingbands, WPGU/Bud presents: Green Jenkins, G. Lee and Jet Blonde, Analog Saves the Planet – The Canopy Club, 10pm, $3 Buzzsawyer, Terminus Victor, TBA – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 Billy Galt & Ed O’Hara – blues/rock – White Horse Inn, 10pm-1am, no cover

DJ Spectrum – drum & bass, house; U-C Hip Hop - dub/down tempo - Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ Spinnery - Boltini Lounge, 10pm, no cover DJ Ryan Spinboi – C-Street, 9pm, no cover

MUSIC PERFORMANCES Community Drum Circle – All levels welcome. – Ten Thousand Villages, 7-9pm Doctor of Musical Arts Recital – Soo-Jin Bae, piano – Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 8pm, no charge Doctor of Musical Arts Accompanying Recital – Teresa Crane, piano – Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, 8pm, no charge

OTHER Black Beauty Expo – Come and find out more about the hair stylists, barbers, and beauty experts in the C-U community. – Illini Union, Room C, 9am-3pm Prairie Sangha for Mindfulness Meditation – Theravaden (Vipassana and Tibetan (Vajrayana and Dzogchen) meditation practice. For more information, call or email Tom at 356-7413 Meets in Urbana

The Bridge: A night of old school and new hip hop – The Canopy Club, 10pm, $5 Big Sexy Funk with DJ Phlip, DJ Bozak – Barfly, 9pm, no cover DJ Forrest - Lava, 9pm DJ Michela Limacher – C-Street, 9pm, no cover Spicerack - 16mm educational film parade and rock music – Boltini,10pm, no cover

KARAOKE Karaoke - White Horse Inn, 9pm, no cover Karaoke with Cool Papa Joe – The Landing Strip, 8pm, no cover

MUSIC PERFORMANCES UI Wind Symphony and UI Concert Band – James F Keene, conductor; Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor Foellinger Great Hall, Krannet Center, 8pm, $5/ SC $4/ Stu $2 Whirlwind Blues– Blues artists on three different stages will probe the themes of the biblical story of Job. – Lincoln Castle, 8pm, $5

WORDS Poetry Coffeehouse – Bring a poem to read aloud and enjoy free coffee. – Douglass Branch Library, 7pm-8:30pm

OTHER Stressed for Success: Making Stress Work FOR You – workshop – Room 209, Illini Union, 7pm-9pm Police Workshop – This will be a workshop designed to equip students with knowledge of rights and privleges when it comes to interactions with Law Enforcement. There will be a speaker and the program will outline what to do when pulled over, how to report police officers, and conduct when dealing with police officers. There will be a discussion on police brutality and racial profiling, and what we can do to combat these issues. – 7 PM - 9 PM



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ART NOTICES Creative Drawing Art Class – Explore one element of design each week: color, line, shape / space, texture, and value. This project-oriented class will challenge you to think about the word “drawing” in creative ways. Great for the beginner as an introduction to the “elements of art” or for the stagnant artist as a quick jump start. No drawing skills or previous experience required. Mondays, 7 - 9 pm. April 14, 21, 28. 1408 S. Vine, Urbana. Cost $95. Contact Sandra at 367-6345 or Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – For adults who have always wanted to learn to draw, but felt like they lacked talent or confidence. This class teaches “realistic” or “naturalistic” drawing. Students learn that drawing well is really a matter of learning a new way of seeing. (Youth accepted with permission.). Mondays 7 - 9 pm. May 5, 12, 19 (no class Memorial Day), June 2, 9. Cost $95. Contact Sandra at 367-6345 or Art with Intention for Adults – Participants may have weekly readings, sketchbook, and journal assignments that help them uncover and discover an intention in their own artwork. This class will be an exploration of voice. Individualized projects will be based on the student’s desire to learn new media, explore a theme, illustrate an idea, etc. Some previous art instruction or permission required. Fee is for 5 classes in 6 weeks. Call for start date. Thurs. 7 - 9 pm or Fri. 3-5 pm. Cost $95. Contact Sandra at 367-6345 or Children's Art Classes – Verdant News and Coffee & Verde Gallery. Sat. 10-11:30am $120/session (8 classes). 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign. 366-3204 Precious Metal Clay Workshops at Gallery Virtu Beginners and experienced folks (teens and adults; children welcome with adult helpers) can create earrings and beads; bring your own tools or borrow Susan's. Susan will fire all the pieces you make in the workshop. Open studio times also. Please register in advance. 762-7790 Beginning Workshop— 10am-4pm: April 5 Open Studio— 10am-4pm: April 6, 13, 27 Intermediate Workshop—10am –4pm: April 12, 26 Art Classes for Children -- Creation Art Studios. Children meet Mon, Tues, Wed, and Fri, 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Experiment and express with paint, clay, mixed-media, drawing and collage through technical instruction, independent study, and the spontaneous art process. Contact Jeannine Bestoso, 328-3869. 1102 E. Washington, Urbana. Art Classes for Adults – Creation Art Studios. Adult art classes offer independent studies for beginning and advanced students, in the instruction of studio and expressive art. Students pursue personal interests through drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, and ceramics. Studio times are Thursday mornings 11:00am2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00 noon and 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. CPDU and CEUs offered provider#102753. Contact Jeannine Bestoso, 328-3869. 1102 E. Washington, Urbana. Expressive Arts Workshop for Adults – Regular ongoing studio sessions offer experiential workshops in drawing, painting and mixed media that take an individual beyond the ordinary and beyond limitations. Experience empowerment and feel comfort creating expressive art through experimentation and intention. Tues.7pm-9pm and Thurs. 4-6pm. CPDU and CEUs offered -provider#102753. Contact Jeannine Bestoso, 328-3869. 1102 E. Washington, Urbana. UIUC Japan House Tea Ceremonies for the Public -- April 24th. 2 & 3 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person. Registration is recommended - (217)244-9934. 2000 South Lincoln Ave., Urbana Studio Space – Are you an interested in making art but need space (and maybe encouragement and feedback)? You can have your own workspace, with twenty four hour access, that includes a common sink, telephone, and kitchen. Optionally, you can attend a weekly session of instruction, feedback and guest critiques. One-year commitment required. $200 monthly. Studio in east Urbana. Contact Sandra at 367-6345 or for more details Call for Entries for “Dolls and Dresses” – “Dolls and Dresses” art show will be taking place during June 2003 at the Independent Media Center (IMC) during June 2003 is looking for artists who are making original unique dolls and/or art that is about dressing or dresses. Nothing from

patterns. Preferably that which is a fine art expression of protest, emotion, memory, etc. Please call or email Sandra at 367-6345 or to discuss the possibility of including your art or to recommend an artist for inclusion. Request for Teacher Art Entries – Jeannine Bestoso, the director of Creation Art Studios is requesting teachers to please submit works for the upcoming show in conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival, April 18-19. A reception for the event will be held at Creation Art Studios on Friday April 18th at 7:00 pm. The exhibit will remain on display until May 1st. Contact Jeannine Bestoso, 328-3869. 1102 E. Washington, Urbana. Artists Against AIDS art show and sale – 112 w. Church St., C. Artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glasswork, drawings, stained glass, and more. Sales starts with opening reception 6pm. Friday April 25 and runs through Monday April 28.


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ART EXHIBITS Boneyard Pottery — Ceramic Art by Michael Schwegmann and more. 403 Water St, C. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm 355-5610 Cinema Galley — Urbana Art Gallery. Hours: Tues-Sat 10-4. Sun 1-5pm. 367-2711 Cafe Kopi — photographs of local artist John Sfondilias on display. 109 N. Walnut, C. Mon-Thurs. 7 am-11 pm; Fri-Sat 7am-12 pm; Sun 11am-8 pm. 359-4266 Creation Art Studios & Gallery — Hours vary but are generally: Tues-Fri: 1:00-5:30 Sat: 10:00-4:00. 1102 E Washington, Urbana. 344-6955 / 328-3896 The Framery — Local and National Artists. 407 E. Main, Mahomet. Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2. 586-4610 The Furniture Lounge — Specializing in mid-century modern furniture from the 1920s-1980s, retro-Danish-modernlighting-pottery-art-bar wear-vintage stereo equipmentrecords. 9 E. University. Wed-Sat 11am-5:30pm, Sun 12:004:30pm. 352-5150 Griggs Street Potters — Handmade functional and decorative pottery. Usual hours are Mon-Fri: 11-4, or call 3283863 for an appointment. 305 West Grigg St, Urbana. 3448546 Hill Street Gallery — Irish Landscapes, the pines of Lake Tahoe, Italian Sculptures, Monet in the Gardens of Giverny, the prairies of Illinois and The Field of Dreams. 703 W. Hill, Champaign. Hours Wed. & Thurs. 9am - 2pm or by appointment. 359-0675 International Galleries — Works from local artists. Lincoln Square Mall. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-6pm, Sun 125pm. 328-2254 Larry Kanfer Gallery — Original photographic artwork. See New Spring Florals from the Prairiescapes and European Collections. New University of Illinois campus photographs. Free and Open to the Public. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5:30pm. 2503 South Neil Street, Champaign. 3982000. LaPayne Photography — "Paint the Hall Orange." Specializes in panoramic photography of different subjects. 816 Dennison Dr., C. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Saturdays by appointment. 356-8994. Old Vic Art Gallery — Fine and Original Art. 11 E. University, C. Mon-Thurs 11am-5:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am4:30pm. 355-8338 Steeple Gallery — Specializing in Americana scenes by Linda Nelson Stocks and Peter Sculthorpe. Vintage botanical and bird prints, Antiques, Framed limited edition print M-F 9-5 Sat. 10-4 Sunday 12-4. 102 E. Lafayette St. Monticello, IL. 762-2924. Verdant News and Coffee & Verde Gallery — Magazines, newspapers, coffee, beverages and fine pastries along with the Verde Fine Art Gallery. 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign. Cafe hours: Mon-Sat 7am-10 pm; Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-10pm. 366-3204 UIUC Japan House -- Public Tours: Every Thursday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Third Saturday of each month, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Or by appointment call (217)244-9934 or email 2000 South Lincoln Ave., Urbana

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"In Print" -- Reception on 4/23. 5-7pm. Prints by former and current students UIUC printmaking students. Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. Hours: M-S: 7am 10pm Larger than Life: Mythic Women in American Cinema — April 18 through May 25. Larger than Life illustrates the breadth and variety of images of women in cinema, from the early days of silent film through the studio era and contemporary films. Krannert Art Museum. Tues, Thu.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Wed. 9 am - 8 pm, Sun. 2-5 pm. 500 E Peabody, Urbana. 217-333-1860. Suggested Donation: $3 Featured Works XII Picturing the Familial: Impressionist Works on Paper — April 18 through August 3. Picturing the Familial explores the varied ways in which works on paper relate to each other and to the paintings produced by a small, close group of 19th century Impressionist artists. Krannert Art Museum. Tues, Thu.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Wed. 9 am - 8 pm, Sun. 2-5 pm. 500 E Peabody, Urbana. 217-333-1860. Suggested Donation: $3 Photography, painting and mixed media by Micheal Sherfield – opens on April 18 and artist’s reception on April 19 from 4-7pm. Show continues through April 24. “Spare Time” – photography, sculpture and hand-crafted musical instruments by Greg Brown. Opens April 26 with an artist’s reception from 4-7pm. Shows through May 2. Gallery hours: 11am-5:30pm Artists Against AIDS art show and sale – 112 w. Church St., C. Artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glasswork, drawings, stained glass, and more. Sales starts with opening reception 6pm. Friday April 25 and runs through Monday April 28.

Celebrate the arts on April 18th and 19th at the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosted by 40 North/ 88 West, Champaign County Arts, Culture & Entertainment Council. As a piggy back on the Gallery Walk of year's past, 40 North has collaborated with many community volunteers to feature a weekend of the arts in Champaign, Urbana and Campustown. Many visual artists including sculptors, painters and potters will showcase their work in various venues. Visual sites range from gallery spaces such as Verde Gallery and Boneyard Pottery to nontraditional spaces such as the Bacca Cigar and the Café Kopi. Artwork from Urbana Public Schools will be featured at Lincoln Square Mall; while, businesses such as OJC Technologies will give their office a temporary mood change to become a space that highlights the talents of visual artists. This year's event will showcase performers of many types, as well. 10,000 Villages will host a drum circle on Friday evening of the festival. Bring your percussion instrument to join in the jam or just sit in and tap your foot. Experience the theatrical performances at the Station Theater through out the day on April 19. Spaces like Independent Media Center and Iron Post will be featuring both visual and performing artists. Iron Post will have Michael Felty and jazz from the Joan Hicky Quartet, while the IMC will be hosting the folk music of Fictive Kin and experimental music by Emulsion. Ride the Boneyard bus, which will tour each district, Urbana, Campustown and Champaign. You can park in the garage at Race and Elm in Urbana or at the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign and hop on the bus to get a true sense of the depth of our artistic community. Busses will pick up every 15-20 minutes. Boneyard Closing party at the Canopy Club to enjoy the sounds of Jordan Kaye & Friends on April 19 at 8pm. Tickets for the Closing Party are $5 and can be purchased at the information booths at the festival. The Boneyard map can be found in the April 13 edition of the News Gazette, or pick up a map at various locations around town. The maps will include a schedule of performances, listing of artists and information on different venues. For more information go to or contact Megan Wolf at 351-9841.


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"In Print" – Through May 12. Prints by former and current students UIUC printmaking students. Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. Hours: M-S: 7am - 10pm "Landscape/Architecture" Photography by Molly Dolkart —Through April 30 The Middle Room Gallery @ The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. 218 W. Main St., Urbana. Jason Finkelstein's Senior Show — Through April 19. Oil paintings of urban and natural scapes. ArtAttack. 803 S Lincoln, Urbana. American Folk Art from the Herbert Fried Collection — through September 21. A recent donation of 19th and early 20th century American folk art has strengthened the museum’s holdings. The vivid forms and vernacular appeal of folk art are highlighted through selections from this important collection. Krannert Art Museum. Tues, Thu.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Wed. 9 am - 8 pm, Sun. 2-5 pm. 500 E Peabody, Urbana. 217-333-1860. Suggested Donation: $3 “Ceramics inspired by and from the Arts and Crafts Movement” – Through May 10. Verde Gallery . 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-10pm. 3663204 “Art and Conflict: The Image of War in 20th Century Art” — through May 18. Art and Conflict examines abstract, symbolic, and representational views of war and combat by artists such as Henri Rousseau, Otto Dix, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol, and Peter Saul. Krannert Art Museum. Tues, Thu.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Wed. 9 am - 8 pm, Sun. 2-5 pm. 500 E Peabody, Urbana. 217-333-1860. Suggested Donation: $3 “Nature Loves to Hide: Watercolors from Herbert Marder”— Through May 10. Verde Gallery. 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-10pm. 3663204

BONEYARD SPECIAL RECEPTIONS Creation Art Studios – Exhibit Creation Art Studios hosts reception for Boneyard Exhibit with Country in the City and Sweet Betsy's. Opening Reception for Boneyard Exhibit with Country in the City and Sweet Betsy’s: Featuring works by Regional Teachers and current works by students at Creation Art Studios. April 18, 7 to 9 pm 1102 E. Washington, Urbana ArtAttack – Artists’ reception for the Boneyard Arts Festival. April 18, 6-9pm 803 S Lincoln, Urbana.

BONEYARD SITES CHAMPAIGN Aroma Cafe – 118 N. Neil St. Bacca Cigar – 1912 B. Roundbarn Rd., Artist: Lois Ballard, poetry; Randy Garner, Jared Rickords, Raheel Akbar Bacaro – 111 N. Walnut, Artist: Soozie Robinson Barfly – 120 N. Neil St., Artist: Biana Santiago, Performer: Blue Rumors, Saturday, 7pm Boltini – 211 N. Neil St., Artist: Paula McCartney Boneyard Pottery – 403 S. Water St., Roger Bllakely, Cecilia Allen, sculptors; Beth Finke, author Cafe Kopi – 109 N. Walnut St., Artist: John S. Sfondilias, photography

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Cowboy Monkey – 6 Taylor St., Artist: Rebecca Rohloff, mixed media Esquire – 106 N. Walnut, Artist: Mike Cochran, oil paintings Framer’s Market – 807 W. Springfield Ave., Artists: Charlotte Brady, watercolors; Barry Brehm, photography; Lawerence Hamlin, etchings; David Smith, paintings; Patrick Harness, pastels & oils; Hua Nian, watercolors; Cindy Smith; sculptures; Bill Stevens, sculptures; Steve Stoerger, sculptures Furniture Lounge – 9 E. University Ave., Artist: Dean Schwenk, digital art Great Impasta – 114 W. Church St., Artist: Dick Martin Highdive – 5 Main St. Illinois Terminal – 45 E. University Ave., Artist: Arts for All, mural Jess Byler Studio – 9 Taylor (above Dandelions), Artist: Jess Byler, paintings Larry Krafner Gallery – 2503 S. Neil St., Artist: Larry Krafner, photography Mad Dog Press – 115D 2 University Ave., Artists: Gary Denmark, Lawerence Hamlin, Joellyn Dueaburry, Rainer Grass, Don Lake, Malcolm Lubliner, Tom McKinley, Joseph Stashkeutch Old Train Station – 116 N. Chestnut St., Artists: Lori Caterini & Ann Coddington Rast Old Vic Gallery – 11 E. University Ave., Artist: Micheal Sherfield, mixed media, painting, photography Piano People – 22 N. Randolph St., Artist: Group Exhibition State Street Gallery & Emporium – 302 S. State St., Artists: Laura Castaneda, acrylics; Kaye Vihilein, watercolors, ink; Bernard Helfer, beads & leather; Benjamin Kuo, photography; Kathy Finn, jewelry; Patricia Forden, dolls; Jamie Nathenson, acrylics, pencil, marker Springer Cultural Center – 301 Randolph St., Artists: Suzanne Loechl, Joan Stolz, Sarah Kanouse Two Main Lounge – 2 Main St., Artists: Pat Forden Verde Gallery – 17 E. Taylor St., Artists: Herbert Marder, watercolors; other arts and crafts from various artists Virginia Theater – 203 W. Park St., Film: Rebel Without A Cause

CAMPUSTOWN ArtAttack – 802 S. Lincoln Ave., Artists: Laura Cosner, Micheal Curtin, Jason Finkelstein, Chris Korycki, senior show of UI painting African American Cultural Program – 708 S. Matthew St., Artist: ongoing exhibit Canopy Club – 708 S. Goodwin Ave., Artists: National Center for Supercomputing Appications Experimental Technologies, Interactive Art Channing Murray Foundation – 1109 W. Oregon St. Dixon Graphics – 105 W. John St., Artists: Patience Anders, Denis Rowan, Charlotte Brady, Patrich Harness Green Street Studios – 24 E. Green St. #8, Artists: Harry Breen, sculpture, oils, watercolor; Glass Lake Studio, glassblowing Illini Union – 1401 W. Green St., Artists: UI Printmaking Student Group Krannert Art Museam – 500 E. Peabody St., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – Artists: The Labyrinth Project, paint on canvas, portable labyrinth created by latex paints; various performancs.

URBANA Alumni Tap – 200 S. Broadway Ave., Lincoln Square Mall, Artists: Children’s Exhibition, mixed media Cinema Gallery – 120 W. Main St., Artists: Fine art and crafts by 36 central Illinois artists including Parkland College and UIUC faculty Country in the City – 1104 E. Washington St., Artists: Selected works by students of Creation Art Studio Creation Arts Studio – 1102 E. Washington St., Artists: selected works by Creation Arts Studio students Griggs Street Potters – 205 W. Griggs St., Artists: Charlene Anchor, Sherry Corbin, Betsey Cronan, Reni Franciscoro; handbuilt and carved functional and decorative ware on display International Galleries @ Lincoln Square Mall – Artists: Larry Steinbauer, mixed media; Bonnie Switzer, watercolor & acrylic Iron Post – 120 S. Race St., Artists: Cecilia Allen & Roger Blakley, sculptors Middle Room Gallery-Independent Media Center – 218 W. Main St., Artists: Molly Dolkart, photography Miles @ Lincoln Square Mall – Artist: Patrick Harness, pastels OJC Technologies – 115 W. Main St., 2nd Floor, Artists: Benjamin Grosser, Sarah Kanouse, Eric Hiltner, Danielle Chynoweth, paintings in oil, mixed media & encaustic Record Swap – 110 S. Race St., Artists: Rebecca Rohloff, mixed media; Spineless Books, reading Sandra Ahten Open House – 1408 S. Vine, Artist: Sandra Ahten, oils, prints & handmade cards Station Theatre – 233 N. Broadway Ave., Artists: Virtual Reality, Tape, Selections from My Fair Lady Sweet Betsy’s –908 S. Philo Rd., Artists: selection works by students of Creation Arts Studio Urbana Free Library – 201 S. Race St., Artist: Lee Boyer, creative design



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THEATRE LISTINGS “Moon Over Buffalo” – It’s a hit Broadway comedy about a theatre troupe in Buffalo, New York that starts with a swashbuckling swordfight and doesn’t let up. – Channing Murray Foundation, April 18 &19, 8pm “ Moon Over Buffalo” – An acting couple are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac and Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring in roles and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance –comedy – April 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm, April 26 and 27 at 3pm, Parkland Theatre “Happy 10th Birthday 1993” – A collection of studentwritten plays, 10 minutes or less – Channing Murray Foundation, April 24 &25, 8pm “The Dining Room” – Six actors, 57 characters, 18 vignettes: all in one dining room. – Greg Hall Theatre, May 2 & 3, 8pm “Aurora: The Sleeping Beauty” – Children’s Production, a fractured fairy tale. – Rantoul Theatre Group, Grissom Hall, 914 Adens Blvd., Rantoul, May 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30pm and May 4 and 11 at 2pm, $7 Children/Seniors and $10 Adults

MOVIE LISTINGS Beverly Cinemas 4/18-4/24, 910 Meyer Dr., C 359-5687 Anger Management – (PG-13) 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am Malibu’s Most Wanted – (PG-13) 1:10pm, 3:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:10pm, 9:10pm, (Friday & Saturday @ 11:10pm) Bulletproof Monk – (PG-13) 1pm, 3:10pm, 5:20pm, 7:40pm, 9:50pm, (Friday & Saturday @ 12:05am) Phone Booth – (R) 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:15pm) Bend it Like Beckham – (PG-13) 2:35pm, 5pm, 7:25pm, 9:40pm, (Friday & Saturday @ 12am) Holes – (PG) 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:25pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:50pm) Laurel Canyon – (R) 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:20pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:35pm) What a Girl Wants – (PG) 1pm, 3:10pm, 5:25pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:55pm Basic – (R) 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:45pm) A Man Apart – (R) 12:40pm, 3:10pm, 5:25pm, 7:40pm, 10pm (Friday & Saturday @ 12:15am) Bringing Down the House – (PG-13) 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:45pm Chicago – 12:30pm, 2:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm (Friday & Saturday @ 12:05am) Head of State – (PG-13) 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm (Friday & Saturday @ 11:30pm) The Pianist – (R) 12:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (PG-13) – 12:20pm. 2:40pm, 5:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:45pm (Friday & Saturday @ 12am) The Core – (PG-13) 1:15p,. 4:10pm, 7pm, 9:50pm Savoy 16 Theatres 4/18-4/24, 223 Burwash Ave., Savoy Holes – (PG) 12am, 2:30pm, 4:50pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm, 12am Spirit Stalion of the Simarron – (PG) 10am, 11am Anger Management – (PG-13) 11am,12:15pm,12:40pm, 1:05pm, 1:25pm 2:20pm, 2:50pm, 3:10pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:50pm, 9:20pm, 9:40pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am Chicago – (PG-13) 11am, 1:35pm, 4pm, 6:30pm, 9pm, 11:25pm What A Girl Wants – (PG) 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm, 11:15pm Head of State – (PG-13) 12pm, 2:45pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:10pm, 11:20pm Bringing Down the House – (PG-13) 12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:50pm, 7:05pm, 9:20pm, 11:35pm A Man Apart – (R) 12:15pm, 2:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:35pm, 11:50pm Malibu’s Most Wanted – (PG-13) 11:20am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:05pm, 3:05pm, 3:50pm, 5:40pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 12am Bulletproof Monk – (PG-13) 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:25pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 11:55 House of 1000 Corpses – (R) 1:50pm, 3:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:40pm, 9:50pm, 12am Basic – (R) 3:40pm, 5:40pm, 7:45pm, 9:50pm, 11:30pm Agent Cody Banks – (PG) 11:30am, 1:35pm Phonebooth – (R) 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 11:30pm

KIDS | FAMILIES O Baby! – 9:30 to 9:50 and 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Apr. 21, Champaign Public Library, 505 S. Randolph St. Lap bouncing, nursery rhymes and music activities for infants with a caregiver. No registration. Information: 403-2030. Cuentos Lindos Para Niños –1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Apr. 21,

Champaign Public Library. Program of children*s stories presented in Spanish. No registration. Club Fred – 4 to 5 p.m. Apr. 21, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign. Games, stories and crafts for elementary school students. No registration. Information: 403-2090. Know Zone – 4 to 6 p.m. Apr. 22, Douglass Branch Library. Homework timefollowed by an hour of crafts and activities for school-aged children. No registration. Storyshop – 9:30 to 10 a.m., Champaign Public Library; 10:30 to 11 a.m., Douglass Branch Library, Apr. 23. Stories, songs, and animal rhymes for preschoolers. No registration. Baby Time – 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Apr. 24, Douglass Branch Library. Lap bouncing, nursery rhymes, music activities, and play time for infants with a caregiver. No registration. Thursday Arts and Crafts for Kids (TACK) – 4 to 5 p.m. Apr. 24, Douglass Branch Library. Craft-making for elementary school-age children. No registration. Talkin* About Careers – 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Apr. 24, Douglass Branch Library. Students in middle school or older and their parents can hear local professionals talk about their careers. No registration. Girls, Girls, Girls! – 4 to 5 p.m. Apr. 25, Douglass Branch Library. Games, crafts, and reading time for girls in grades 1pm to 4pm. No registration. Teen Mac – 4pm to 6 p.m. Apr. 21 and 23, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign. After-school activities for teens. No registration. Information: 403-2090


CITY OF URBANA City Council Meeting – Discussion of Agenda Items – April 21, City Council Chambers, 7:30pm-finish Community Development Commission – Regular monthly meeting of the Community Development Commission– April 22, City Council Chambers, 7pm Plan Commission Meeting – Discussion of agenda items – April 24, City Council Chambers, 7:30pm

CITY OF CHAMPAIGN City Council Study Session meeting – April 22, Champaign Council Chambers, 7pm-10pm Tuesday, April 22, 2003 Housing Authority Board Meeting – Regular Meeting – April 24, Skelton Place, 302 S. Second St., C, 7pm-9pm

OUT OF TOWN SHOWS APRIL 4/17 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Vic Theatre, 8:00 4/17 Toots & The Maytals @ Park West, 7:30 4/17 Jurassic 5 @ The Pageant, 8pm 4/17 The Donnas @ The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, 7pm 4/17 Mike Watt @ Double Door 4/18 Fischerspooner @ Metro, 7:00 4/18 Ani Difranco @ The Pageant, 8pm 4/18 The Disco Biscuits @ Vic Theatre, 8pm 4/18 Dada @ Park West, 8:30pm 4/18 Vic Chesnut @ Martyrs, 10pm 4/19 Avril Lavigne @ UIC Pavilion, 7:30 4/19 Groove Armada @ Park West, 10pm 4/19 Dan Bern @ Martyrs, 10pm 4/19 Legendary Studio Band of Motown w/ Joan Osborne, Maxi Priest, Darlene Love & Bootsy Collins @ Riviera Theatre, 8pm 4/20 Ministry @ Madison Theatre, Peoria, IL 4/20 Lucky Boys Confusion @ Vic Theatre, 7:00 4/20 Umphrey’s McGee @ Park West, 8:30pm 4/20 Ministry @ Madison Theatre, Peoria, IL 4/21 Maserati w/ Absinthe Blind @ Double Door 4/22 Pearl Jam @ Savvis Center, 7:30pm 4/22 Ministry @ Vic Theatre, 6pm 4/23 String Cheese Incident @ SIU Arena, Carbondale, 7:30pm 4/24 And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead @ Metro, All 4/24 Skid Row @ Shark City, $12 (advance) $15 (door) 4/24 Stereo Fuse @ Martyrs, 8pm 4/25 Dar Williams & Band @ Vic Theatre, 7:30 4/25 String Cheese Incident @ UIC Pavilion, 7:00 4/26 Bad Religion @ Vic Theatre, 7pm 4/30 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Greenhornes @ Metro, 7pm All 4/30 Pedro the Lion w/ The Stratford and Ester Drang @ Park West, 7pm 4/31 Mustard Plugs @ Metro

MAY 5/1 Pete Yorn, Grandaddy @ Riviera Theatre, 6:30 5/1 Starstruck @ Metro 5/1 Gov’t Mule @ The Blue Note, 8pm 5/2 Matchbox Twenty @ United Center, 7:00

5/2 The Wallflowers, Ron Sexsmith @ Vic Theatre, 7:30pm 5/3 Flaming Lips @ Riviera Theatre, 7:30 5/3 Music As A Weapon II w/ Disturbed, Taproot, Chevelle @ UIC Pavilion, 7pm 5/3 Oskar Saville @ Schubas, 10pm 5/4 Kill Hannah @ Metro 5/5 Elton John & Billy Joel @ Savvis Center, 7:30pm 5/6 Ween @ The Blue Note, 8pm 5/6 Zwan @ Aragon, 7:30pm 5/7 Red Hot Chilli Peppers @ Savvis Center, 7pm 5/8 Johnny Marr & The Healers @ House of Blues Chicago 5/8 Concrete Blonde @ The Pageant, 8pm 5/8 Bright Eyes @ Metro 5/8 OKGO @ The Galaxy, $10, $12 for minors 5/9 Luka Bloom @ Park West, 7:30pm 5/9 Year of the Rabbit @ Double Door, 9pm 5/9 Kottonmouth Kings, Zebrahead @ Riviera Theatre, 7pm 5/10 Concrete Blonde @ Park West, 7:30 5/10 The Levellers @ Martyrs, 10pm 5/13 Meshuggah @ Metro 5/13 Tomahawk, The Melvins @ Vic Theatre, 7:30pm 5/14 Lagwagon @ Metro 5/14 The Coral @ Double Door, 8pm 5/14 Three Mo’ Tenors @ Civic Opera House, 5/15 Chris Whitley & Band @ Martyrs, 9:00 5/15 Alkaline Trio, Pretty Girls Make Graves @ Riviera Theatre, 6:45pm 5/15 Liars @ Metro 5/15 My Morning Jacket @ Metro, 8pm 5/16 Dwight Yoakam @ Park West, 7:30pm 5/16 Three Mo’ Tenors @ Civic Opera House 5/17 Three Mo’ Tenors @ Civic Opera House 5/17 Zuvuya @ Elbo Room, 10:30pm 5/20 The All-American Rejects @ Metro, 7pm 5/21 Damien Rice @ Schubas, 9pm 5/25 Poison w/ Vince Neil and Skid Row @ Tweeter Center 5/25 Foo Fighters @ UIC Pavillion, 7:30pm 5/29 Dixie Chicks, Joan Osborne @ United Center 5/30 Dixie Chicks, Joan Osborne @ United Center

JUNE 6/6 Ben Harper, Jack Johnson @ UIC Pavilion, 6:30pm 6/9 Coldplay @ UIC Pavilion, 7:30pm 6/14 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones @ The Pageant, 8pm, $24 and $29 6/18 Pearl Jam, Idlewild @ United Center, 7:30 6/21 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Chicago Theatre, 8pm

CHICAGOVENUES House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago 312-923-2000 The Bottom Lounge 3206 N Wilton, Chicago Vic Theatre 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago 773-472-0449 Metro 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-549-0203 Elbo Room 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Park West 322 W. Armitage, Chicago 773-929-1322 Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine at Lawerence, Chicago Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont 847-635-6601 Arie Crown Theatre 2300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 312-791-6000 UIC Pavilion 1150 W. Harrison, Chicago, 312-413-5700 Schubas 3159 N. Southport, Chicago 773-525-2508 Martyrs 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-288-4545 Aragon 1106 W. Lawerence, Chicago, 773-561-9500 Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace, Chicago 773-478-4408 Fireside Bowl 2646 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago 773-486-2700 Schubert Theatre 22 W. Monroe, Chicago, 312-977-1700

ST LOUISVENUES The Blue Note 17 N. Ninth St. Downtown Columbia, MO The Pageant 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO The Savvis Center Clark & 14th St., St. Louis, MO




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ob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses takes viewers on a macabre roller coaster ride to hell and back that hardly gives them the chance to breathe. Zombie fills the screen with a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not-motley crew of characters and never lets the audience forget the freak show in front of them. Love it or hate it, House of 1,000 Corpses is a cinematic achievement of the highest caliber. But then again, with these loose criteria, so was Freddie Got Fingered. Zombie manages to put everything that could possibly frighten someone onscreen. Being buried alive, drowning, clowns, torture, maiming, ineffective authority, endless skeleton corridors – all of these torment viewers for an hour and half. Zombie delivers more shock than an electrical storm, but at its base, House of 1,000 Corpses is nothing more than a typical teenage slasher film. It is to the film’s credit that the pedestrian plot and cliches don’t interfere with the viewer’s overall reaction to Zombie’s work. A distraction in most films, Zombie’s over-the-top direction, including split screens, reverse negative shots, color filters and alternative media, actually works here. This creates an aura of unease throughout the audience, and although there is nothing truly frightening in the film, the suspense of impending horror can’t be ignored. Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses succeeds at what it sets out to do. Those that love The Jim Rose Traveling Freak Show or just horror in general will see this as the Citizen Kane of their genre. For those who don’t, the film won’t sit well at all. This is a really wellmade, terrible movie, and it doesn’t take prisoners. It’s either a four-star piece of crap, or a no-star classic. You make the call if you can bear to watch it.





ndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is probably the most in your face and gruesome of the adventurous Indiana Jones trilogy starring Harrison Ford. The film opens in a Shanghai nightclub with Indiana Jones (Ford) arguing with a powerful crime lord, Lao, over a deal for the remains of the Emperor Nurhachi. A beautiful lounge singer, Willie (Kate Capshaw), joins the table, and there is a shoot-out over the relic and a diamond that was supposed to be exchanged for it. Jones and Willie escape the nightclub and are picked up in a taxi driven by Jones’ sidekick, Short Round (Quan Ke Huy), a zealous, stereotypical Chinese kid. The group leaves Shanghai by plane and all seems safe, but the pilot abandons the plane and it is about to crash. Jones puts himself, Willie and Short Round on an inflatable raft and jumps out of the plane, sailing down a

mountain and eventually into a calm river. Director Steven Spielberg relies on shock value over plot and character development in Temple of Doom to excite moviegoers and keep them interested. Indiana Jones is supposedly an intelligent archeologist, but viewers only see his instinctual reactions instead of his logical expertise. Without seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, it is not really clear why Jones would be traveling in Asia in the first place. Is he a tomb raider or is he a scholar searching for important artifacts? Some scenes also exploit common phobias to elicit physical reactions from viewers, but this occasionally goes too far. During a dinner scene at the palace, the three sit down for an elegant feast only to discover that they’re going to eat eyeball soupand roasted python stuffed with snakes. This is the stuff that 13year-old boys live for but that an older crowd might find disgusting. The film’s action sequences are eye catch-



he thought of combining the outrageous and unpredictable Adam Sandler with an actor of Jack Nicholson’s caliber is intriguing and presents an interesting relationship on screen. Sandler, who recently deviated from his usual roles by starring in the highly acclaimed Punch Drunk Love, returned to form for Anger Management. Despite their strikingly different acting styles and personalities, these two actors should illuminate the screen and appeal to the broadest of audiences. Nicholson and Sandler don’t disappoint in delighting fans with their unique brand of comedy and interaction. Nicholson provides the film with depth and talent and Sandler plays his usual eccentric self. Anger Management is an entertaining and highly successful production. The premise of the film gives Sandler and Nicholson tremendous flexibility to be comical. Sandler plays businessman Dave Buzznick, a normally calm and humble man who desperately lacks self-confidence at work and in his personal relationships. Dave is frustrated with being constantly overlooked for promotions at work and is afraid of losing

his lovely fiancee, Linda (Marisa Tomei), to one of her obsessive exboyfriends. After a series of improbable ANGER MANAGEMENT | ADAM SANDLER AND A TUBBY TABBY occurrences, he makes for a film is immediately sentenced to receive therapeuthat will excite tic care from famous anger specialist Dr. Sandler fans and Buddy Rydel, played by Nicholson. attract Nicholson Nicholson repeatedly tests Sandler’s anger fans. Unlike threshold by provoking him with situations Sandler’s previous movies that rely on his that would drive any patient insane. In one crassness and indecency for humor, Anger hysterical segment of his recovery, Nicholson Management bottles Sandler’s crudeness and orders Sandler to confront a childhood bully. displays his truly witty side. As for Sandler’s friends in therapy have such Nicholson, his performance exceeds the role’s diverse problems that his role in the group is requirements. In contrast to his serious and amusing in itself. compelling role in About Schmidt, he manages Aside from Sandler and Nicholson, Woody to crack a few smiles with his devious antics Harrelson and Kevin Nealon make notable and peculiar style of therapy. appearances as a drag queen and beduddled This film would not survive without attorney, respectively. Former New York City Sandler and Nicholson. Tomei, best rememMayor Rudolph Giuliani makes the most recbered for her role in My Cousin Vinny, adds a ognizable cameo. Giuliani is surprisingly heartwarming feel to the explosive mind humorous in his brief moment in front of the games between Sandler and Nicholson. The camera. result is an ingenious collaboration. The synergy of all these cinematic elements COLUMBIA PICTURES



INDIANA JONES | KATE CAPSHAW AND HARRISON FORD ing and entertaining. Indiana Jones is a visual joy ride to watch, and its flashy fast-paced scenes make it a fun choice for a big screen revival, even if a thought-provoking two hours isn’t on the menu. (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will be shown at GKC Beverly this weekend.)


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SARAH LANGENBERG | STAFF WRITER anda Sykes, of Comedy Central's Premium Blend and Crank Yankers fame, stars in Fox's newest comedy, Wanda At Large. A successful stand-up comic, Sykes masterfully carries her comedic talent onto the small screen through a thoughtful blend of humor that is creative and in-your-face but not overdone. Wanda at Large is set in Washington, D.C., where Sykes' character Wanda Hopkins works as an on-air correspondent for a political news show while struggling to make it big as a stand-up comic. Each episode exposes tensions between Wanda and her onair adversaries while also revealing the love she has for her friends. While the plot is somewhat predictable at times, Wanda’s comedic quips are impulsive and fresh. The scripts are well written with no plot holes, and by the end of each episode, it is easy to feel like the half-hour was time well spent. The show’s characters are written to allow the actors’ unique personalities to shine through while supporting Wanda's role as the star. Keith, Wanda's shaggy-haired, laid back best friend and producer of the show, is there for her when she needs him. Rita, the show's



WANDA AT LARGE | WANDA SYKES other anchor, revels in Wanda and Bradley's spats. And the pudgy, pizza-eating station manager, Roger, is kind-hearted and focused on the show’s success. Wanda’s humor is the most engaging feature of the show. After being hit on at the concession stand, she tells Bradley that she could have handled the situation herself because she "has a black belt and shoes to match." Wanda At Large is a much-needed breath of fresh air after many recent dull comedies. Instead of half-hearted laughs and mediocre entertainment, Wanda introduces a new brand of comedy to sincerely engage viewers that will only get better with time.








olin Quinn has always been at the edge of stardom as a comedian. Quinn seeks to relaunch his television career with a new show on Comedy Central called Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. This follows the show’s brief stint on NBC this summer. Quinn leads a debate among four guest comedians. The idea is to make this show similar to genuine political debates, except five comedians shake things up. They have no expertise, but they sure do know how to get attention. The guests (comedians like Jon Stewart and Janeane Garofalo) are off-the-wall and don’t hold back. This show evokes images of five old friends sitting at a bar drinking up a storm and arguing about intense political and social issues. They talk like regular people and look like regular people, only funnier.


Comedians say many funny things about major issues. In a discussion about youth sexuality, guest Greg Giraldo said, "It's no big deal, so kids are having sex when they're 12 and 13. Think of how good they'll be at it when they're adults." Quinn said about war coverage, “If I see Baghdad one more time, it'll be more familiar to me than my own penis.” CNN and Fox News don't have that kind of commentary. The show’s real weakness comes from Quinn's attempts to keep it somewhat in line with a structure. He sometimes he cuts discussions short or ends segments with a prepared joke or two, which often seem forced and out of place. The show has real potential to become a hit for Comedy Central. Once the mix of structure and chaos is perfected, Quinn will be able to take his tough crowd to the top.






STEVE MARTIN AND QUEEN LATIFAH The family man’s Bulworth, Bringing Down the House treats upscale emotional repression as a fundamental problem of whiteness, a problem that can be solved only by embracing one’s inner gangsta at an all-black club armed only with street-purchased clothes and fake homeboy vernacular. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

CHRIS ROCK AND BERNIE MAC These kinds of fantasies are especially fun if they’re executed confidently and recognize their own absurdities. In his directorial debut, Rock surprisingly accomplishes both. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


KAREN BLACK AND CHRIS HARDWICK Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses succeeds at what it sets out to do. Those who love horror will see this as the Citizen Kane of their genre. For those who don’t, the film won’t sit well at all. This is a really well-made, terrible movie, and it doesn’t take prisoners. It’s either a four-star piece of crap, or a no-star classic. You make the call if you can bear to watch it. Now showing at Savoy

Drive-thru Reviews



FRANKIE MUNIZ The worst part about Agent Cody Banks is that it turns the best parts of James Bond, the glaring plot holes and laughable villains, into weak parts. Bond films are wisely self-conscious of their own inherent silliness, and the humor lies in that they’re aware of themselves. For a movie this laughably ridiculous, it is a travesty. Stay away from Cody Banks. (Paul Booth) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


JACK NICHOLSON AND ADAM SANDLER Nicholson and Sandler don’t disappoint in delighting fans with their unique brand of comedy and interaction. Nicholson provides the film with depth and talent and Sandler plays his usual eccentric self. Anger Management is an entertaining and highly successful production. (Daniel Nosek) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy on Friday


JOHN TRAVOLTA AND SAMUEL L. JACKSON Basic brings Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta together for the first time since their Oscar-nominated performances in Pulp Fiction. But Basic lacks what made Pulp Fiction the hit it was: originality and good writing. Imagine a giant Cuisinart. Now throw in A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Full Metal Jacket and leave the top off so everything can spin together into a muddled mess and all of the quality can spew out the top. That’s Basic’s plot. (Jason Cantone) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AND RICHARD GERE (Academy Award Winner – Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Sound) This movie adaptation of the Kander and Ebbs and Bob Foose musical lights up audiences with thrill-packed dance numbers, brilliant singing an Oscar-nominated cast and screenplay. Winner of six Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Catherine Zeta Jones. (Jason Cantone) Now showing at Beverly


AARON ECKHART AND STANLEY TUCCI The actors, especially Eckhart, Tucci and Lindo, are infinitely enjoyable to watch, and the script is lightened by humor. The Core is certainly not a great movie, but it has all the elements of a pretty good movie. but check any education at the door. (Paul Booth) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


MORGAN FREEMAN AND THOMAS JANE There are a million and one reasons this movie just doesn’t work, the biggest of those being that the writers seem to have forgotten that burping, farting and anal bleeding (yes, you read that right) are never scary, no matter what causes them.(Paul Eberhart) Now showing at Beverly


KATE HUDSON AND MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made. Now showing at Beverly





ADRIEN BRODY (2003 Academy Award Winner – Best Director, Best Actor, BesT Adapted Screenplay) A brilliant pianist, and Polish Jew, witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital, from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw. Now showing at Beverly


AMANDA BYNES AND COLIN FIRTH Random moments give What a Girl Wants an edge over similar films, as when Daphne’s grandmother tells her,“No hugs dear. I’m British. We only show affection to dogs and horses.” What a Girl Wants is worth seeing for an afternoon of smiles and good-hearted entertainment. But don’t expect more than a predictable fairytale. (Marci Kolber)




TOMMY LEE JONES AND BENICIO DEL TORO Not a whole lot happens in The Hunted, a relatively by-thebook chase film from The Exorcist director William Friedkin. Aaron Hallam (Benicio del Toro), an ex-soldier and expert killer, was traumatized so deeply after fighting in Kosovo that he now kills American hunters at will. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy



CHOW YUN-FAT AND SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Opening at Beverly and Savoy

VIN DIESEL There’s not a whole lot to like about A Man Apart, directed with swift imprecision by F. Gary Gray. A Man Apart is anything but authentic, as many of the choppy action sequences exist well outside the narrative. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


COLIN FARRELL AND KATIE HOLMES The rule here limits the film’s action to a few square feet in and around the last remaining phone booth in New York City, as the narrator fills in the audience on the rest of the story. This limit is the best part of Phone Booth. It captures the excitement and thrill of the movie but also sacrifices good dialogue for flashy camera techniques. (Paul Booth) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy


LUKE WILSON, VINCE VAUGHN AND WILL FERREL College buddies reunite and jump start a new fraternity while they battle their own problems in hilarious ways. Now showing at Savoy

PARMINDER K. NAGRA The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' by running off to Germany with a soccer team. Opening at Beverly ‘



SIGOURNEY WEAVER AND JON VOIGHT A warden at a juvinile detention center has children dig large holes, claiming it builds character, but is really looking for a legendary hidden treasure. Opening at Beverly and Savoy


FRANCES MCDORMAND AND KATE BECKINSALE Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency, into Sam's mother's house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Opening at Beverly


JAMIE KENNEDY AND TAYE DIGGS Brad is a white wannabe popstar who acts like he’s from the hood. Opening at Beverly and Savoy




eo McCarey's 1937 film The Awful Truth, released on DVD in early March from Columbia Pictures, is one of early Hollywood's classic screwball comedies. Screwball comedies provided the 30s and 40s with zany escapist entertainment, usually featuring eccentric characters in extraordinary situations. Unlike popular gross-out teen comedies of today, they skillfully used humorous language, with subtle implied meanings and snappy witticisms. The Awful Truth is a charming tale, credited as the "divorce comedy" by some film historians. Cary Grant plays Jerry Warriner, a man who returns home from a supposed trip to Florida, which was actually a cover-up to hide an affair from his wife, to discover his wife Lucy (Irene Dunne) has been out all night with her handsome voice coach. Both decide they have grounds for divorce. The

couple separates and begins to wait 90 days for the divorce to become effective. Each begins another relationship during that time. Dunne and Grant have the perfect combination of wacky humor and offbeat personal characteristics, and maintain a believable sense of sexual charm. Dunne, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress as Lucy, has the appeal of Renee Zellweger and the sophisticated silliness of English actress Kristin Scott Thomas. Grant proves as Jerry that there was no actor in early Hollywood with more stylish humor, witty rapid-fire delivery or comic timing. Director Leo McCarey was a master of farce comedy, having previously directed early Laurel and Hardy short films and the Marx Brothers' classic Duck Soup. In several key scenes in The Awful Truth, he manipulates characters to create a comic atmosphere of chaos. In one scene, Lucy tries to hide Jerry behind her front door when the oil man sud-

denly appears to take her out. Inch by inch, Jerry gets crushed behind the door before he can manage to escape. Later, Lucy tries to hide the bowler hat of her visiting voice teacher when Jerry stops by. The couple's dog, Mr. Smith, retrieves the hat from wherever Lucy hides it. McCarey's best subtleties are realized in the film's climactic sequence, in which he and screenwriter Vina Delmar neatly skirted the restrictions of 1930s censors by having Lucy and Jerry share adjoining rooms between which the connecting door keeps coming ajar. McCarey became one of the few comedic directors to win an Academy Award for Best Director when he won in 1937. The Awful Truth is a rare opportunity to view an old, but in some ways fresh style of romantic comedy. In 1937, it received five Academy Award nominations.The film hasn't been widely available in any format for years, so now’s



THE AWFUL TRUTH | CARY GRANT AND IRENE DUNNE the time to rediscover this old gem. Film critic and director Peter Bogdanovich called it "the supreme example of light comedy that is also real, human and mature in dealing with man's idiosyncrasies and foolishness."


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Pulling the plug on electric-powered cars After decades of political pressure and millions in campaign contributions from petroleum-fueled auto interests, California has shut down the country's most progressive “EV” program and GM has stopped all further production.

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hen General Motors charged up its first electric-powered vehicle in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the “car of the future.” California officials saw it as salvation for their smog-choked cities and quickly made the new technology the centerpiece of their toughest-in-the-nation emissions rules. But now, more than a decade later, the state is retreating from those strict pollution policies, and dozens of GM's electric EV1s are lined up behind a chain-link fence in Van Nuys. The Big Three automakers all have abandoned their electric-battery vehicles and are focusing instead on low-polluting hybrids and other technology. GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss said the company is taking back the remaining 375 of its 1,000 pioneering EV1s as their leases expire because it can't supply parts to repair them. Some will end up in museums or research labs. Others will be used for spare parts. It's a long way from a program once touted as GM's clean air solution, and it comes as California again rewrites its once-ambitious zero emissions vehicle rules. The plan launched in 1990 would have required 10 percent of cars for sale in the state this year be nonpolluting. Today, state regulators are asking that 10 percent be at least low-pollution by 2005, but even that is on hold for now. Carmakers, who have fought the rules, say the market should dictate what they build, not state regulators. To the drivers who embraced the technology, the loss of the EV1 is a heartbreaking prelude to the end of battery-powered vehicles. “They've gone from being regulators to just asking politely, 'Gee, industry, would you do this?'” said Greg Hanssen, of the Production Electric Vehicle Drivers Coalition, which has lobbied for more battery-powered cars. “To us driving battery electric vehicles, we're saying, 'Hey, you've left us hanging out to dry.'” It was only after seeing the promise of the first GM electric car that California launched its ambitious zero emission vehicle program to help clean up America's smoggiest skies. New York and Massachusetts followed suit, but they and other states have been watching to see how California's rule-making plays out. In New York, the latest rules require 10 percent of cars sold starting in 2004 be low-polluting, rather than nonpolluting. Major automakers say they stopped production because the vehicles were limited to a range of about 100 miles, required lengthy

recharges and were costly. Leases ran about $400 a month, though California state credits could cut that in half; the battery-electric version of Toyota's RAV4 sold for about $40,000. Honda Vice President Ben Knight said the company concluded that the limited popularity of the electric car wouldn't effectively contribute to cleaner air. “I think it is a small group that is very interested in that particular technology,” Knight said. The company now is focusing on its hybrid models, natural gas-powered vehicles and fuel cell program. It plans to have five fuel cell models, which run on the electricity from a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen and have twice the range of electric cars, in the Los Angeles city fleet by June. Supporters of battery-powered vehicles say the auto companies never gave the cars a chance and didn't do enough to improve the technology or promote them - claims automakers dispute. S. David Freeman, chairman of the California Consumer Power and Financing Authority, said there were long waiting lists of people who wanted the cars when he ran the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “Back in 1990, when the Air Resources Board laid down the zero emission rule, there were no electric cars, it was a dream. Now, that the dream is a reality, they're prepared to abandon it,” he said. There's a chance when the board meets later this month that the regulations will be rewritten to encourage electric vehicle production, and EV1 drivers are hoping GM which spent more than $1 billion on its electric car program - will be persuaded to extend leases or lease cars that were previously returned. But drivers who embraced the technology are not counting on a new lease on the life of their aging electric car. Hanssen surrendered his EV1 when the lease expired and bought an electric Toyota RAV4. Honda is extending leases for some drivers on its electric-battery car, though only about 100 of the original 300 still are being driven. “There's a chance (the board) will come out with some juicy incentive to keep these cars on the road,” Hanssen said, but he added, “it wouldn't be all too surprising if they just scrapped the vehicles.” ©


ashington, DC - President Bush's aides did not forcefully present him with dissenting views from CIA and State and Defense Department officials who warned that U.S.-led forces could face stiff resistance in Iraq, according to three senior administration officials. Instead, Bush embraced predictions of top administration hawks, beginning with Vice President Dick Cheney, who predicted Iraqis would joyously greet coalition troops as liberators and that the entire conflict might be over in a matter of weeks, the officials said. Dissenting views “were not fully or energetically communicated to the president,” said one top official, who, like the others, requested anonymity. “As a result, almost every assumption the plan's based on looks to be wrong.” Top political and military leaders insist that the war to oust Saddam Hussein and neutralize his weapons of mass destruction is on course. Army and Marine units are within 50 miles of Baghdad, troops pour into Iraq, and increasing swaths of Iraqi territory have been taken from the regime's control. But debate over the war's course is roiling Washington. Confronted with questions, administration officials insisted that they had never promised an easy conflict and accused the media of making snap judgments 10 days into the war. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said it was premature to ask whether the administration miscalculated the Iraqis' desire to rise up against Saddam. But some senior U.S. officials now acknowledge that they might have underestimated the threat from Iraqi paramilitary units, which have engaged in guerrilla warfare against U.S. and British forces and threatened or executed Iraqis trying to surrender. In southern Iraq, persistent hit-and-run attacks on U.S. supply lines and positions seemed to substantiate the view of Army Lt. Gen. William Wallace, who told The New York Times and The Washington Post on Thursday that the enemy has proven more stubborn -- and the war more complex -- than expected. “The enemy we're fighting is different from the one we'd war-gamed against,” he said. Though Wallace's comment reportedly angered many administration officials, Rumsfeld said he had not read it. “People see what they see and say what they say,” he said.

The president has been careful to not describe the war as easy or cost-free. “A campaign on the harsh terrain of a nation as large as California could be longer and more difficult than some predict,” Bush said in a speech to the nation shortly after the first cruise missiles struck Baghdad. But some of those predictions came from Bush's own White House. In a televised interview three days before the Bush speech, Cheney said, “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.” Cheney said his assessment was based in part on meetings with Iraqi exiles, many of whom predicted a quick collapse of Saddam's regime after an invasion. The exiles, led by Ahmed Chalabi, and some U.S. officials proposed that the job be done by a far smaller force than what is now in Iraq. The force would have relied heavily on small bands of U.S. special operations forces linked with U.S. air power and opponents of the regime inside Iraq. Richard Perle, an influential former Pentagon official who is close to Rumsfeld, reportedly gave a briefing to Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs 10 days ago in which he predicted that the war would last no longer than three weeks. “And there is a good chance that it will be less than that,” he said. U.S. intelligence agencies insist that they warned policymakers and war planners about the risks of Iraqi unconventional warfare. A Feb. 3 CIA report predicted that Iraqi irregulars might employ hit-and-run tactics and dress in civilian garb, a U.S. official said. It suggested that militias could pose the greatest threat to coalition forces, said the official. ©
















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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | APRIL 17-23, 2003 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Anyone who is in the habit of bestowing gifts and blessings on others is a candidate for sainthood. Generosity is one of the greatest virtues. But there is a related quality that surpasses it: the ability to give without any strings attached, without any expectation of being appreciated or praised for one's largesse. How'd you like to begin working on a mastery of this demanding skill, Aries? The coming weeks will afford you ripe opportunities. (P.S. For those of you who are political activists, remember the Dalai Lama's thought:You should work as hard as you can to reduce suffering and foster justice -- accepting that all of your efforts may come to nothing in the end.) TAURUS (April 20-May 20):Who or what will rescue you, Taurus? A divine intervention, perhaps? A sympathetic friend who totally understands you? A teacher who knows exactly what you need at this turning point? I suspect the answer is none of the above. Don't worry, though, because a brave hero is on the way, primed to provide you with an exit, a solution, and a cure. And who is this great deliverer? For a clue, I give you this poem by Simeon Samuel Frug:“No savior from without can come/ To those that live and are enslaved./ Their own messiah they must be,/ And play the savior and the saved.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here's what I wrote in my journal on an April night ten years ago:“Ever since I learned to see three sides of every story, I've been coming across much better stories.”Here's what I overheard from a woman in the grocery store check-out line today:“I'm not saying that truth is always relative, but I have often found it to be fluid, slippery, vagrant, scrambled, promiscuous, and kaleidoscopic.” And here's a favorite saying of seminal TV newscaster Art Amadon:“I get my way more often now that I have more than one way.”What else do you need to know to prepare for the upcoming week, Gemini? CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the 1950s, scientists developed methods to synthesize artificial diamonds in the laboratory. But it's only recently they have mastered technology that allows them to grow small natural diamonds into bigger ones very quickly and without any flaws. I suggest you make this your operative metaphor in the coming weeks, Cancerian.You'll be wise to mobilize all your resources as you rapidly expand the part of your life that is most like a diamond. It's time to expedite the evolution of your valuable beauty. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): My daughter's sixth grade class will perform a play this spring, as it has the last five years.The script, an adaptation of a tale from “The Arabian Nights,” features a magical talking bird as a key character. One of the students, a Leo, asked the teacher not to give her that role, as

plum as it is.Why? Because she wants to avoid any further typecasting: She has played the part of a bird in three of the last four class plays. I urge you to consider making a similar stand, Leo.You'll soon be offered a chance to squeeze yourself into a coveted niche you've occupied before. I'm not saying you shouldn't do it; just think long and hard about the baggage that comes with it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):“What if you stumbled on a person living in the dark, starved, chained, drugged and poisoned?”asks futurist Jay Gary.“You'd turn on the light, unlock his chains and nourish him back to health.That poor soul is the human imagination -- yours and mine.”I agree with Gary's assessment. Our imaginations are in bad shape, numbed by the media's nonstop onslaught of fear-provoking, spin-doctored, soulkilling “information.”The situation is tragic. Imagination is not just a playful capacity we call on when we're making art, after all. It's our ability to form mental pictures of things that don't exist yet; it's what we use to shape our future. But here's some good news,Virgo:You now have special power to rehabilitate and reinvigorate your imagination. Get in there and turn on the light, unlock the chains, and nourish it back to health. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): My acquaintance Judith decided to go all out in helping her daughter sell Girl Scout cookies. She filled her garage with cases of all nine varieties in preparation for a marketing onslaught on friends and neighbors.Then one night disaster struck. Raccoons exploited a hole in the roof to break in and plunder the stash. But while the marauders ripped open boxes of every cookie type, they ate only one: the Samoas, also known as Carmel deLites, which are covered in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolate stripes. In the coming week, Libra, I urge you to be like those raccoons in this one regard: Unleash your passionate hunger very precisely. Don't go after what you sorta kinda like; pluck only the treats you long for with all your heart. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):Want to get the most out of your upcoming adventures, Scorpio? Then adopt an outlook that combines the objectivity of a scientist and the “beginner's mind” of Zen Buddhism.To pull this off, you'll have to suspend your theories about the way the world works. Realize that what you've learned in the past won't be a reliable guide to understanding current events. Be skeptical of your biases, even the benevolent ones.Try to see the naked truth, stripped of the interpretations that your emotions might be inclined to impose. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It's time to purify your intentions, Sagittarius; time to make sure that you love what you love and seek what you seek for only the best reasons. For inspiration, memorize this poem by the eighth-century Sufi

mystic poet, Rabia:“I carry a torch in one hand/ And a bucket of water in the other:/ With these things I am going to set fire to Heaven/ And put out the flames of Hell/ So that no one worships God/ for fear of hell or greed of heaven.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):You don't realize how fertile you are, Capricorn. Nor can you possibly comprehend how much more fecund you will become in the coming weeks.That's why it's so lucky you have tuned in to this horoscope. Just in time, I am alerting you to your awesome generative power, ensuring that you will be very thoughtful and discriminating about which seeds you sow. About six months from now, therefore, you will most certainly harvest great big beautiful fruits, not great big ugly weeds. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):To those living in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Star is the second most important star. Also known as Polaris or Pole Star, it is always directly overhead all night long. Compared to the other stars, which come and go, it's a bastion of stability.Throughout history, it served as a beacon aiding the navigation of sailors.That's why it became a symbol for a homing signal or guiding principle. Synonyms for “polestar”include focal point, gist, marrow, pivot, root, and crux. In your own life, Aquarius, what is the metaphorical equivalent of the North Star? According to the astrological omens, it's time to make adjustments and do upkeep in your relationship with that hub. (For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, your equivalent is Sigma Octantis.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Early in his career, Robert Bly rarely wrote love poetry, though he studied the work of others who did. As he aged, he stopped reading the angst-ridden ruminations of modern poets and sought out the ecstatic love poetry of mystics like Rumi and Kabir. Increasingly, forgiveness and compassion became central aspects of Bly's emotional repertoire. His rage about his own past romantic disappointments dissipated. In his mid-forties, he wrote Loving a Woman in Two Worlds, his first collection of love poetry. A critic in the New York Times Book Review said it wasn't a real book of love poems, because there wasn't enough hatred and anger in it.To which I say: Ha! Your assignment this week, Pisces, is to write a love poem and think love thoughts from which all hate and anger have been purged. HOMEWORK: Get your EXPANDED HOROSCOPE curative dose of brazen You can call Rob Brezsny, day peace-mongering at or night, for your EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-900950-7700. $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone. C/S 612/373-9785








ince I moved to this area some fifteen years ago a few things have happened. The U of I has gone through three baseball coaches, three basketball coaches and countless football coaches. The city of Champaign has constructed the retail wonderland known as North Prospect and the City of Urbana, well, the city of Urbana has a couple of new stoplights. So fifteen years ago, the first night I went out for a drink in town I chose the Esquire Lounge. I could go back there right now and there’s a pretty good chance the same two guys who waited on me the first night will be working on this night. If nothing else, downtown keeps its priorities straight. Downtown Champaign is a special place and has some qualities you don’t hear about much anymore, character, integrity, and actual, non-manufactured charm. The reason so many people have stayed around has a lot to do with how much they believe in what is going on and those people have put money, work, and time into creating a place they want to live. Just walk downtown on a summer Friday evening and you’ll get some idea of how it is. People are everywhere and they’re happier than a Chinese zookeeper after a panda birth. They’re spending their money on dinner and drinks, yeah, but they're also spending it on atmosphere. They feel an excitement you can't get anywhere else, an excitement that is based on something besides a big building and a big checkbook. Now, rumor has it that certain downtown developers may be trying to bring chain stores to Champaign’s downtown. It’s sort of like being in the perfect marriage for ten years and then saying “This is going really great, let’s introduce a whore to the relationship and see what happens.” As I said, these are rumors at this point. The actual people who may or may not be trying to bring these chains downtown are doing their best impersonations of the Iraqi press minister so far, almost as if they’re trying to pull a fast one when no one is looking. The rumor I've heard most is that there may be a Starbucks moving in. First of all, downtown Champaign needs another coffee shop like I need another shot of Jameson at 1:30 in the morning, but it’s more than just another coffee shop, it’s a coffee shop that's a chain store. Second of all, it won't just stop with just a Starbucks. That would be like saying I've got a little piece of pancreatic cancer, but it’s promised it'’s not going to grow so I’m going to keep it and be damned happy about it. No, the next thing you know there will be a Friday’s or an Applebee’s or a McDonald’s where your friends used to work.

Those kind of places might be just fine but I don't think we need them downtown. We’ve done quite fine so far just on our own. The tax money all stays here, old buildings are renovated instead of manufactured, and we all sort of feel an ownership in making downtown businesses successful. The only people who feel ownership of a Starbucks live about three thousand miles away and I’m fairly sure you wouldn’t want to hang around them if you knew them. These people are trying to buy their way into our community and that isn’t what the downtown rejuvenation has been about. If someone is badly injured or is diagnosed with a disease, the downtown folks will have a fundraiser for them. On opening night of a new business, everyone comes out to say congratulations and welcome. Hell, if one bar runs out of vodka, another bar will loan them one or two bottles until the next day. It’s that kind of place and this has worked so far. Why change now? You can’t just buy that kind of love no matter how many businesses you buy, and while it’s fine to have your fingers in a lot of pies, try to keep them out of your ass, where your head is. Don’t ruin something special just because you want to make a lot of money. If you want to be a part of the downtown community, we’d love to have you, but do it the right way, the way everyone else has done it, with hard work and a love for the community, not with a cookie cutter chain store and a happy promise about how great a Starbucks would be. Invest your money in someone locally. A writer from England once wrote that “one may smile and smile and still be a villain” and he may just have something there. Think about that the next time some dope in a striped uniform gives you a big corporationtaught grin and asks “What you havin’?” or the next time someone with more money than sense laughs and says they only want to be a part of and help downtown. That may be their way of slowly eating away at your principals and before you know it, all that will be left is what everyone else has.

Michael Coulter is a videographer at Parkland College and a bartender at Two Main. He writes a weekly email column, “This Sporting Life” and has hosted several local comedy shows.

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Zoe – Have you tried your Nexcite yet? Joe wants to know if it worked. Gary – You look darn hot in those boots of yours, although the bibs are pretty sexy too. The neighborhood gals. Joe – thanks for being the best dad on Earth. Bye, love you. Can I have a dollar? JT Ginger and Dave – We miss you guys. You’ve got to quit working so hard. Mr. C. – Can we come by and see you on Monday? Those half price apps combined with your sexy smile are more than we can pass up. Joanie – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Yowza. Paul, I hope all your tests go well. Cousin K.

Lindsey – I’m impressed! Joe MWIL – Sure hope it doesn’t rain on our pickanicka. But there’s always the tent... AL - You are my passion. Thanks for showing me so much happiness. XOXO, Tulips I’m lonely and I need some love. Sweet Talks are free. To submit your message go to and click on the Sweet Talk link. Please make your message personal, fun, flirty and entertaining. Leave out last names, phone numbers and those nasty four-letter words because we (and probably you!) could get in big fat trouble for printing them. We reserve the right to edit your messages; space is limited. Sorry, no announcements about events or organizations. (Enter those at Deadline for submitting Sweet Talks is noon the Monday prior to publication.







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