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FOOD & DRINK Want a simple secret to making your baked goods better? Check out this week’s buzzword, posted on Friday.

MOVIES & TV A review of The Losers, the comic book adaptation starring Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire), up Saturday.

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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP

Champaign-Urbana continues to impress me. The more often I travel into both of the towns, the more I come to love them each respectively. They have two very different vibes, but they combine to create a great atmosphere. This time of year is great for getting out and experience the towns, and if you haven’t, you should! There are a ton of festivals and special events going on right now, and you owe it to yourself to get out and be proactive about joining in on the fun. Last week was the Boneyard Festival, with all of its amazing gallery spaces and community involvement. That, in concert with Mom’s Weekend, created a great atmosphere at all the local hotspots, and it was great to feel the energy. Almost all local businesses carried artwork, and anywhere you went, you were sure to see that little white festival ag hanging outside, welcoming you in to check out their events. If you missed it, then shame on you! You’ll just have to wait until next year to partake. But believe me — it will be worth the wait. The town welcomes the next major festival this week — the annual Ebertfest, which is sure to be a great event. Some fantastic movies are coming to town, per Ebert’s recommendations, as well as star-studded commentaries and discussion panels. Ebert himself will be dropping in and offering us some of his sage advice. I haven’t yet experienced an Ebertfest myself, but I am looking forward to my ďŹ rst this weekend. While CU has seen Ebertfest for several years now, this coming week brings us the second annual Illinois Marathon! CU will be packed with runners, supporters and all other forms of publicity and entertainment, which are sure to mix up the normal weekend look. The people are so enthusiastic, and even if I am not at the peak of my physical condition, I start to feel better about my situation and revel in the fact that hundreds of people are running and using their bodies to their maximum potential. All the cheering going on is truly infectious, and you’ll start to feel accomplished with all the excitement. From an academic perspective, classes are beginning to wind down, yet ďŹ nals still a few weeks away! This is the perfect time to get out, enjoy some fresh air with some friends, get involved and experience more of what the CU has to offer. Dismissed!


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RELAY FOR LIFE GEARS UP FOR SUPERHERO EVENING by Laurie Shinbaum

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COVER DESIGN Annaka Olsen EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Brad Thorp MANAGING EDITOR & COPY CHIEF Danielle Perlin ART DIRECTOR Claire Keating PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Annie Goold IMAGE EDITOR Bekah Nelson PHOTOGRAPHERS James Kyung DESIGNERS Kamil Kecki, Huang Li, Annaka Olsen MUSIC EDITOR Emily Carlson FOOD EDITOR Jeanine Russell MOVIES EDITOR Matt Carey ARTS EDITOR Abby Wilson COMMUNITY EDITOR Em-J Staples CU CALENDAR Bonnie Siernberg COPY EDITORS Michell Eloy, Tim Madigan, Emily Siner SALES MANAGER Carolyn Gilbert MARKETING/DISTRIBUTION Brandi Willis PUBLISHER Mary Cory

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Everyone can be a hero this weekend at the superhero-themed Relay for Life 12-hour fundraiser. Caitlin Griffin, co-vice president of Colleges Against Cancer, said to keep the excitement up throughout the night; many of the laps will have specific themes such as Batman, Superman and Spiderman. Besides taking laps around the track for 12 hours straight, registered teams will have tents featuring games to help raise money. There will also be entertainment; games like root beerpong, bags competitions and Mario Cart are just a taste of the evening’s activities, along with a frozen t-shirt contest, bake sales and raffles. “People get really creative and themed,” said Griffin. The organization has been recruiting teams and fundraising since the beginning of the school year, and this Friday at 7 p.m. will be the final result of the efforts of more than 1,500 people, Griffin explained. Most of the participation comes from the campus community and the CU area. “We all work around the same goals of prevention, fundraising and survivorship to get the community involved,” she said. All of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the American Cancer Society in support of research. Griffin explained the idea behind the all-night event is that “cancer never sleeps, so neither will we.” Emily Kick, a team captain and a member of the leadership team, said that after her mother passed away from cancer, she became involved in the organization and the event. “I thought it was a good idea to channel my grief into something positive,” she said. “Even if you haven’t been touched by cancer, you probably know someone who has.”

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If you could be any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, who would you be and why? PATRICK MCDANIEL

“My favorite is Leonardo because I had his action figures when I was younger. He was the dominant one so he made me feel better about myself.” DAVID JUNG

“I would be Rafael, because he was the spunky one.” BING MORARAS

“My favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is probably Michelangelo, because he could eat a lot of pizza.” ALPHA KERMIT

“I would have to say Rafael, because he’s got a weapon that’s awesome, he has a badass name, and he’s always ready to fight.”

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» Flowering trees: There’s one right outside my window, and waking up every morning to a haze of purple sunlight and chirping birds makes me feel like I’m in a Disney movie. » Downtown Champaign: After a delightfully pleasant evening at Guido’s, staring out at Ko Fusion and Jim Gould (and that’s just one corner), I wonder: how do so many classy restaurants and bars stay open in such a small vicinity? And speaking of... » Keepin’ it classy: Let’s just give a shout out to all those classy ladies and gents out there. I strive to be like you. EMILY CLEARY ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR

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» The weather: As much as I’m absolutely in love with this weather, I hate it just as much. Am I the only one who thinks it is torturous for this springtime air to tease us? It feels like summer, but we still have four weeks of being cooped up in classrooms with no windows, papers, quizzes and worst of all, FINALS, until the beloved season! » Leggings are not pants: If the shirt doesn’t cover your rear end, please, for goodness sake, put on some legitimate pants! » Borrowing my clothes: Something I’ll never understand is why it’s so hard to return something promptly after borrowing it — and, not to mention, in the same condition. My dress now with a brown stain returned two weeks later is not okay. My dress (with no stain and perhaps dry cleaned) returned within three days of wearing? Acceptable AND expected! buzz

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HUG A TREE, CELEBRATE EARTH DAY Students dedicate an entire week to environmental action by Alexandra Morgan

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Thursday, April 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. with music from Grooveyard. A limited number of tickets, at $50 per person, are available by calling GCAP @ 217.351.2437 Friday, April 23 6:00pm – 10:00pm <gVcYDeZc^c\ with music from DJ Hellcat.

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Saturday, April 24 1:00pm – 10:00pm Exhibition continues DJ Mertz: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Sunday, April 25 1:00pm – 7:00pm Exhibition continues. Artist’s Reception: 4:00pm – 6:00pm with Leila Ramagopal, harpist Monday, April 27 1:00 – 7:00pm Exhibition continues and closes

The Eighteenth Annual volunteeroperated exhibition and sale, featuring over 200 local artists works will be held in downtown Champaign. Proceeds go directly to The Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP) a local non-profit agency providing support services for those affected by HIV/AIDS. NEW LOCATION:

M2 301 N. Neil St., 2nd floor, Champaign If you would like to volunteer your time or services or if you would like to become a sponsor of this event, please call 217.351.2437

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Green is the color this week at the University of be interactive activities like trivia and prizes to Illinois with Earth Week being celebrated across get students involved. A concert featuring local campus. Organized by the Office of Sustainability, bands will follow, taking place on the quad at 9 the Illini Union Board and some registered student p.m. The week wraps up with a service day at organizations, Earth Week kicked off on Monday, the student sustainable farm. “There are [events] that are more informational April 19, and will run until this coming Saturday. Featured events include speakers, films, trivia and ones that are also more fun,” said Meghan games and a concert on the quad. Topics presented during Earth Week range from local “The environmental picture here is food production to alternative not pretty. Our carbon emissions are energy to plastic use. “The general idea of among the highest in the country among doing Earth Week is we want to appeal to a pretty universities. We have a big impact.” wide audience,” said Suhail —SUHAIL BAROT Barot, chair of the Student Sustainability Committee. “Everybody’s got that one issue or topic that is Angley, Earth Week chair for Students for more interesting to them than others.” Environmental Concerns. “This is a way to bring A big part of Earth Week is raising awareness out people who may not be aware of it or interested about the environmental challenges that face in the first place.” Angley also stressed that this is the right time students today. “The environmental picture here is not pretty,” for the University to have an Earth Week. The Barot said. “Our carbon emissions are among the campus is working to become more sustainable, highest in the country among universities. We and it’s important to show the support for have a big impact.” environmental action. Barot acknowledged Earth Week and similar In May, the University will submit its climate events as a step in the right direction. action plan, joining hundreds of other universities “Education is a big part of it,” he said. “It’s across the nation pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050. about learning.” Patricia Allen from UC-Santa Cruz and Kevin “The University is working towards this, but a Danaher from the Global Citizen Center in San big part of this is that we need to engage students Francisco will be speaking during Earth Week. in understanding what’s going on,” Barot said. Danaher’s lecture covers constructing an ethical Though Earth Week has many sponsors, most of economy, while Allen will cover sustainable food the organizing was done by students themselves, systems. Illinois professors will also speak at something Angley views as a positive indicator. various presentations. Even after Earth Week, Angley thinks student There’s more to Earth Week than listening involvement will be a deciding factor in the to speakers, however. To celebrate Earth Day environmental future. today, there will be a green RSO showcase on “If you get enough students together ... it’s a huge the quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also voice, and you can make a difference,” she said.


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Kung-fu just for you

Learn the basics to keep yourself safe on CU streets

by Kelsey Shannon Walking down the street with confidence is also important according to Steve Lavigne, owner and chief instructor of Hwa Rang Do Champaign Academy. “Attitude is important because people who are attacking women are looking for prey,” he said. “You don’t want to be prey; you don’t want to be seen as eligible to be attacked.” So, he said, be aware of your surroundings, don’t use your cell phone, don’t have your headphones in, keep your head up and use your peripheral vision. Lavigne also stresses how important it is to use your voice.

Step one and two of a frontal attack to the face: thrust palm with full body weight. Photos by Annie Goold

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“You can’t be afraid to make a scene. You can’t smile; you can’t give mixed messages. You have to be assertive and hold your ground,” he said. However, awareness sometimes is not enough. In that case, buzz has the low-down on some of the basic self-defense moves you can use to escape the evil predators polluting our campus. “Your main goal is always escape,” said Steve Lavigne. Sgt. Fiesta agreed, explaining what makes selfdefense “legally defensible.” “If you believe that you are about to be physically attacked, then you can physically defend yourself, but you have to be doing it in order to escape. If you have the chance to escape, you need [to] take it,” she said. The groin kick is the first move that most people think of when they try to imagine how they’d escape a male attacker — you’ve got to hit him where it hurts. The keys to this move, as Lavigne showed me, are to take a small step with your non-dominant foot, bring your knee up, point your toes and kick as hard as you can. “You kick with more than just your foot; you have to use all your body weight to put force into this kick,” said Lavigne. But what if the attacker is guarding his ‘nads or is a woman? The shin kick is the next move that you need to know. Again, take a small step with your non-dominant foot

with PAUL MICHALOWSKI ILLINI LONGBOARDING CLUB, PRESIDENT

by Whitney McGowan A year ago, Paul Michalowski decided to learn how to longboard. At the time, it was just another item to scratch off his bucket list — but then Michalowski discovered a newfound passion for the hobby. He spent his entire summer teaching himself how to do it. At 6’3 and with a size 15 foot, he was not born with the ability to balance, but with practice and a lot of bruises, he got the hang out it. Upon returning to school in fall 2009, Michalowski had the idea to create a club for longboarding. buzz sat down with Michalowski to get the deal on the new club and what this hobby brings to campus. » buzz: What was your intention when starting the club? Paul Michalowski: My original goals were plainly to grab the attention of interested students and form a group who was willing to invest [its] time. In doing so, they’d learn to long board at more advanced levels of riding, as well as teach any newcomers who wanted to learn in an effort to make them just as passionate about the experience it’s brought to me.

(this helps you get some momentum and put your whole body into the kick), and then go straight for the shin with the inside of your foot. A good punch to the face is probably a good idea too, right? Well, maybe not, according to Lavigne. “It’s really easy to break your fingers or really hurt your hand when punching someone,” he said. According to Lavigne, using the heel of your hand is actually much more effective. Simply thrust the heel of your hand into your attacker’s nose, cheekbone, or temple — the face is one of the most vulnerable areas on the body. But what if the attacker grabs from behind? If someone’s got his or her arm around your neck, grab the attacker’s elbow with both of your hands, turn your face towards it, tuck your chin down and breathe. Stomp on their feet as hard as you can and throw your elbows backwards, connecting with as much of their body as you can until they let go of you. Keep in mind though, reading about the moves might not be enough; practice makes perfect. “You have to know how it feels. Practice is essential to reacting correctly when the unforeseen should occur,” said Lavigne. Hwa Rang Do Champaign Academy (located in Urbana at 1508 N. Cunningham Ave.) offers free self-defense classes every month. They are on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and all are welcome. The next classes are May 15, June 12 and July 10. A more extensive schedule for the rest of the year can be found at www.hwarangdocu.com. Information about the R.A.D. classes held at the ARC and CRCE can be found at www.dps.illinois. edu/universitypolice/rad.html.

» buzz: What was the response that you got when you started it? PM: As the start of the school year settled down, I now have roughly 90 contacts that are in my email group list, and around 50 are kids I regularly see from week to week. We’ve made club shirts, are organizing a huge sponsored fundraiser, passed out candy on Halloween and have bled, sweat and laughed together — not to be cliché. » buzz: What sets your club apart from other athletic clubs on campus? PM: Since the longboarding culture is grounded in California, we bring to the table a style of commuting and performance that isn’t too common, especially flat Illinois. Some of the things that we can do on these boards appear almost whimsical and impossible when you see them done as we roll down the street. A person is accustomed to seeing people be stationary when on moving objects, but to see us cruising down a hill while we are walking around on our boards with fancy footwork seems to defy gravity at times.

» buzz: What is a typical “meeting” like? PM: I’ll spend my time at the meetings teaching simple tricks and balance to the novice boarders in our club, as well as teaching more advanced tricks and tips to those kids who are more liberal with the risk they take upon their bodies. I prefer late night skating when the campus is calmer and can just tear up the streets with one or two other people whose level of ability is at par with my own. » buzz: How does the Champaign police respond to the club? PM: Skating in general is a very stigmatized culture, and it’s become prevalent to me when dealing with police. We’re setting up a huge fundraiser this fall and are needing police permits and escorts in order to ride 15 miles on the streets throughout campus, so it’s important we remain on good terms with them. » buzz: What should students do if they want to get involved? PM: Either look our club up (officially called the “Illini Longboarding Club” on the RSO list), come to quad day in the fall or find me on Facebook or the

Used with permission from Paul Michalowski. Photo by Lena Parkhomenko

In light of all the recent Crime-Alerts clogging our inboxes, we at buzz want to give you some tips and tricks to ward off any bad guys that might be lurking in the shadows of CU. The most important part of self-defense is how to avoid being in a situation where you might need to get physical. Sgt. Joan M. Fiesta with the University of Illinois Police said that avoidance is the first thing they teach in the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) classes offered at the ARC and CRCE. Fiesta encourages students not to walk alone at night; be aware of their surroundings and have a plan.

University of Illinois’ directory page. A lot of times, I’ll arrange a private time to meet during the afternoon so I can work one on one with the person if [he/she] learning the first time so that [he/she] not intimidated by a group of other kids skating around. If they like it, we loan out our boards during meetings and then offer startup advice for those wishing to make a longboard purchase in the future, finding them the right setup and price range online for their needs. buzz   




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Can’t till? try the windowsill There is hope for apartment dwellers to have their own fresh vegetables and herbs. by Ellen Goleas

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to grow your own food. There is, however, another option for people who want the health and flavor of homegrown veggies without the cost: apartment gardening. Herbs can easily be grown inside, and vegetables can be grown in small patio pots, accessible to anyone.

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According to Debbie Miller, a grower’s assistant at Prairie Gardens in Champaign, vegetables require more sunlight than a windowsill can offer. It is best to grow on an apartment or house’s outdoor deck, patio or balcony, but make sure to not leave the vegetables outside if the temperatures are going to drop below freezing. When in doubt, remember Mother’s day. “Mother’s Day is the frost free date,” Miller said. When planting in patio pots, remember how large roots will grow. “Even a tomato will get pretty good size,” Miller said. “A 12- to 16-inch pot will work. You can do peppers, but it’ll get pretty good size too,” she added. Growing herbs indoors on a windowsill work as well. Often the best place to put an apartment garden is in a room with a southern exposure, but if this is not an option, grow lights for plants, purchased at a hardware store, will work as well. “You can do basil or thyme. A lot of people like that. Put them in little pots and harvest as you like them,” Miller said. Regardless of whether planting indoors or out, the pots you put the produce in are important. Clay pots allow the soil to breathe, but plastic is usually cheaper. Either way, it is necessary that the pot has a hole on the bottom for excess moisture to escape, preventing root rot. There are saucers that can be purchased to go underneath to help keep them under control. Miller warned of overwatering these indoor plants, and the importance of making sure they do not sit in too much moisture.

Earth Day, which falls on April 22, would be a great time to start a garden in your apartment. You can grow fruits, vegetables and even flowers to increase the beauty and self-sufficiency of your home, making the world a better place and having fun along the way. Prairie Gardens is one of several gardening stores in CU and offers a wide variety of plants, soils and pots to decorate your home and spice up summer cuisine. In addition to the selection, many people on staff are available to answer any gardening questions for beginners. Also, many fashionable options exist for apartment gardening, such as planting herbs in baby food jars and hanging them from the ceiling, or the topsy-turvy planters that can easily be hung from balcony awnings. To inspire the future home-gardener, here is a salsa recipe that can be made with many ingredients that can be grown in small spaces, including tomatoes, cilantro and peppers.

Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe Ingredients » 2 large, red ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded » 1 garlic clove peeled » 1 Anaheim green chili, seeded and cut into thirds » 3 green onions, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces » 4 ounces canned chopped green chilies » 1 to 3 whole jalapeños, deveined and seeded (Optional to taste) » ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped » 1 teaspoon olive oil » 1 tablespoon lime juice » salt and pepper to taste

Throw your own cocktail party in celebration of Ebertfest

by Abby Wilson

Pink Floyd The Wall

Synecdoche, New York

Pink Floyd’s The Wall is a dysfunctional, rock n’ roll display of the deconstruction and isolation of Pink Floyd’s life. To cope with the dark and twisted music world in Los Angeles, we suggest a Dark and Stormy. We don’t assume this drink is a pre-cursor for your future, but we do know its a delicious stiff drink.

This movie calls for a traditional cocktail we know and love: The Manhattan. Theater director Caden Cotard produces a mock up of New York City in a warehouse in the Theatre district. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Cotards life starts to derail — Manhattan has a tendency of doing that.

Dark and Stormy: » 2 oz. dark rum » 4 oz. ginger beer » Garnish: 1 sprig of mint Directions: Serve in an old-fashioned glass 

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Vincent: A Life in Color Vincent P. Falk is a fashion man. Clad in brightly colored suits, he twirls his way through Chicago performing fashion shows on the bridge. The tribulations of life has made him do what makes him happy, so pair this with a bright drink like the Mr. Stair. Mr. Stair: » 2 ounces pear eau-de-vie » ¾ ounce St. Germain » ½ ounce fresh lemon juice » ½ ounce fresh cucumber juice, made from cucumber puree » ¼ ounce Simple Syrup » Dash of orange bitters Directions: Fill a shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients except the cucumber slice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the skewered cucumber slice.

Samantha Morton enjoys a cocktail in Synecdoche, New York. Used with permission from Sony Pictures

Some of us may not have the opportunity to experience the Hollywood Glam of Ebertfest 2010 in Champaign, but who says you can’t throw your own glamorous party in tribute to the festival? These drink ideas will not only satisfy the taste buds, but will bring out your inner film connoisseur for the ultimate movie viewing experience. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even become the next Roger Ebert. Follow this buzz cocktail menu to reflect some of the great movies presented at Ebertfest 2010.


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e know you love reading buzz — that’s why you have it in your hands right now. Well, now we’re taking a step further into the CU music scene by hosting the first “buzz presents…” concert on April 22 at Cowboy Monkey.

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Fantastic Plastics, formerly known as Tyson and the Friction, are a local band that put on one of the best live shows in town. The group is made up of Tyson Markley and Dylan Stanford, incorporating synths and guitars, and “The Monolith,” the computerized member who handles the drum machine and is displayed on a television. The songs are energetic synth-rock that sounds far beyond their time. Also taking the stage for buzz presents… will be One For The Team. The band opened for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at the Courtyard Café earlier this year. They also just released their third full-length album about month ago. Bandleader Ian Anderson said the group just finished a two-and-a-half-month tour and were very excited when they were asked by buzz to come back to CU. “We had a great time the first time we were in Champaign,” Anderson said. “We made a lot of friends and connected really well; it’s a great group of kids.” The day after playing at Cowboy Monkey, One For The Team is heading down to Rock Island to record a session for daytrotter.com.

As for the show, Anderson said that the audience could expect to hear a bunch of new songs that weren’t played the last time they were in town, and those who come can expect to have great time. Closing out the night will be CU’s own local favorite, World’s First Flying Machine. The sevenpiece band just released their album The House You’re Living In in January, and the group will be returning to the stage for the first time in nearly three months for buzz presents… Front man Ben Campbell said the band’s relationship with buzz is “like a distant relative. You know the kind that calls you up every so often to check in and see what you are up to.” He also said how lonely the band has been without each other, and that they are itching to play again. “It’ll be a special show, the first since the CD release; it’ll be something interesting,” Campbell said. The show will start at 9 p.m. with the Fantastic Plastics. All of the groups seem excited to be apart of the first of many buzz presents…, and each band seems to want to make it into something special. Today is the day to let buzz thank you, the loyal readers, for your support. So come on out to Cowboy Monkey for the inaugural buzz presents…

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by Jeremy Lin for cancer research. This year, the group plans on riding from New York to San Francisco. “Jamnesty is a concert that we hope to hold every year to showcase and raise awareness about an issue regarding human rights and Amnesty International,” said Brad Bolton, co-president of the Amensty International Chapter at UIUC. “Every year we change subjects, and we pick different organizations to raise money for.” The benefit concert will feature Organic Flow, Horrible Things, Soulutions and My Dear Alan Andrews. Individual acts might be showcased as well. Organic Flow has been around CU mu-

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sic scene for over four years as a group of musicians playing hip-hop, jazz and some spoken word. The band Horrible Things is also a part of the local music scene. They play punk, punk-pop and all-around fun music. Soulutions’ music is comprised of jazz, funk and soul. They have played around the UI campus at places such as Allen Hall. My Dear Alan Andrews, a local folk band, has been around the CU music scene for over two years. The event costs five dollars, but it will be well-worth your money to see these bands perform and see presentations on human rights and cancer research.

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Sweet sounds will be heard out of the windows of the Red Herring on Saturday, April 24. The Jamnesty and Illini4000 benefit concert will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. that evening. The two sponsors of the event are Amnesty International, which is supporting Survival International, and Illini4000, which is supporting the American Cancer Society and Camp Kesem. Amnesty International is an organization dedicated to raising awareness for and to campaign for the protection of human rights. Illini4000 is a club of student bicycle riders from the University that bike across the country to raise money

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Once Dave dons his Kick-Ass costume, things begin to pick up, and his first attempt at crimefighting is not only brutally honest and brutally funny, but also just plain brutal. Suffice it to say that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly go either as he hoped or the audience might expect, and the whole scene is almost pure genius. It helps endear the audience towards Dave and his new alter-ego, and it gives the film this wonderful sense of realism so hard to achieve in such fantastical films. However, the brilliant honesty of that scene is quickly undone when Big Daddy and Hit-Girl are introduced. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if just when you are beginning to believe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a world where heroes really are regular people, Batman or Superman walks into the room to prove you wrong. Big Daddy and Hit-Girl seem nearly invincible, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their traditional superhero quality and story arc that just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to gel with Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nerdy authenticity. The film struggles to keep these two halves of the plot intertwined, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often hard to tell what overall mood or feel the movie is really going for. It constantly flips back and forth between extremes, leaving some of us caught in the middle. Luckily, Kick-Assâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest quality is in its action sequences, of which there are plenty. Every fight scene is full of suspense, hilarity and the perfect dose of sheer bad-assery. The violence is definitely kicked up a few R-rated notches from what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in things like Spider-man, and it absolutely works. Ultimately, these action-packed scenes in combination with some stellar performances (i.e. Cage in particular) keep Kick-Ass from being completely muddled and underwhelming. The clashing of its dual plot-lines might prevent it from living up to its title, but it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop it from being a gory, hilarious romp through the world of superhero archetypes and clichĂŠs.

This is an amazing movie, and not just because of Heath Ledgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal performance. Ledger proves he had talent by playing the role of the psychotic and villainous Joker. This Batman film is darker than the other Batman films, but the dark tone only makes it that much better. It has the classic battle between good and evil, yet at the same time shows the fine line between the two elements. By including the visually awesome action sequences, creative costumes and gadgets, and the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, Christopher Nolan may have created the best superhero movie ever.

Iron Man

Perhaps what makes Iron Man so entertaining is the fact that Tony Stark is an unconventional superhero. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rich and famous playboy that does what he wants and when he wants, which is not what you would expect from someone who puts on a robot suit and heroically saves the day. This is a character that no one could pull off better than Robert Downy Jr., and his witty comments add an original sense of humor to the movie. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also nice for once to see a superhero who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a social outcast or is dealing with relationship issues.

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Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of a superhero movie is both fun and heartwarming. The PG-rated animated film about a family of superheroes is obviously a more kid-friendly film than some other superhero movies out there, but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of those cheesy movies that only children would like. With a smartly written script, great computer animation and comedy, it truly is one of those movies that people of all ages can enjoy. The movie gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling and is fun to watch with the family.

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The Wall

Munyurangabo

Munyurangabo is a dramatic film that focuses on the genocide in Rwanda through the eyes of two boys. Sangwa and Munyurangabo are friends despite their different races. After the two leave the city of Kigali, Sangwa decides to visit his family, whom he hasn’t seen in years. However, when the boys arrive at Sangwa’s hometown, the family is wary of its son’s new friend. Director Lee Isaac Chung, co-writer and producer Sam Anderson and co-producer Jenny Lund will be at the screening. Anderson co-wrote Chung’s upcoming film, Lucky Life, and Lund is currently a partner in Chung and Anderson’s production company, Almond Tree Films.

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Every year, Ebertfest opens with a movie shown in 70 mm. This year, guests can enjoy Pink Floyd’s The Wall as Ebertfest’s opening act. The film first debuted at the 1982 Cannes film festival and was directed by Alan Parker. Unlike other films driven by a band’s music, this film lacks rock performances, instead following an overdosing rock star as he hallucinates, aided visually by unique animations. The film was written by the band’s lead singer, Roger Waters, who created a chaotic, paranoid rock star world for the main character Pink, played by Bob Geldof. Ebert wrote on ebertfest.com, “The best audience for this film would be one familiar with filmmaking techniques, alert to directorial styles and familiar with Roger Waters and Pink Floyd … It’s disquieting and depressing and very good.” Much of the film focuses on Waters opinion of being a rock star and delivered the highly memorable “Another Brick in the Wall” scene.

You, The Living

Depression can be funny, or at least, that’s what Swedish director Roy Anderson wants us to see. Of course, depression isn’t outright funny, but the 50 vignettes throughout the film show how even in unusual situations, sadness can overtake people. The film isn’t merely about being down in the dumps; it focuses on what people want in life — to be happy, loved and respected. Anderson uses simple camera angles to show that no one person is more unique in his or her desire for these qualities than the other. Actress Jessika Lundberg, who plays the lead role of Anna in the film, and Johan Carlsson (production manager and assistant director) will be at the festival to answer questions at the panel after the viewing. This was the first full-length feature film Lundberg has been in, and Carlsson has worked in film production and directing since 2000.

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In the 1994 drama, Peter and Katherine Witner are a wealthy couple living very comfortable lives in Southern California, that is, until they lose their jobs. Now faced with the problem of going broke, they turn to some gurus for help. These spiritual consultants may be able to change the couple’s mindset about their situation, but can the two actually fix their financial crisis? Director and writer of the film, Michael Tolkin, will be attending the screening. Tolkin wrote the screenplay for films such as The Player and Nine and also directed The Rapture.

Apocalypse Now Redux

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The Redux version of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic tale of the harmful effects of the Vietnam War features 49 minutes of additional footage. The necessity of the extra scenes is debatable, but Roger Ebert insists that Redux is worth viewing. The visuals alone are worth recommendation, with colors redone to be more vibrant. Ebert wants people to be able to see the film in a theater, because it is a true movie-going experience — the film feels incredibly real. To celebrate such an experience, sound and film editor Walter Murch will be coming. He was the first person to win an Oscar for both film editing and sound mixing for The English Patient. He also won an Oscar for Best Sound for Apocalypse Now. With such credentials, he seems like a good choice to discuss the process of re-editing the film to make what Coppola considers a movie entirely different from the original.

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Departures

Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008, Departures is about the Japanese art of preparing corpses before cremation. Much goes into cleaning and preparing the bodies, and there is a ritual involving undressing the corpse as the family watches. The film centers on an out-of-work young man desperate enough to take a job in “departures.” The job is considered low-class, but there is a quiet beauty in it. The man, Daigo, learns much about himself and his own abandonment issues through the process of watching people look back on the lives of those they have lost. The attitude expressed is less one of loss and more one of reverence for life. The film’s director, Yojiro Takita, will be at Ebertfest. He is an acclaimed Japanese director whose films have won both awards and box office successes.

Man with a Movie Camera

The 2003 adaptation of Dodie Smith’s (101 Dalmatians) 1948 novel is, as Roger Ebert describes on ebertfest.com, “the kind of [movie] dreamy adolescents curl up with on rainy Saturdays, imagining themselves as members of a poor but brilliantly eccentric family living in a decrepit English castle.” Cassandra Mortmain lives in an actual castle that’s slowly crumbling around her. She shares the castle with her family — a family riddled with enough genius, drama and eccentricities to fill — well, to fill an entire old English castle. Sublime acting, confident direction and unique cinematography make this a movie worth viewing. The screening will feature an appearance by Bill Nighy to discuss his experience acting in the film.

First released in 1929, Dziga Vertov’s silent film “documents” life in Soviet cities during the 20th Century. Vertov made the movie to show the versatility of film and pioneer cinema as a legitimate art form. There aren’t any characters or much of a narrative plot, but Movie Camera changed the way people made and watched movies. The film pays specific attention to camera techniques and cinematography, so it remains engaging 81 years after its release. The screening will feature musical accompaniment by New York’s Voxare String Quartet performing music by Soviet Modernist composers. This multimedia experience is one that’s sure to be surprising.

Synecdoche, New York

The movie Roger Ebert deemed “the best film of the decade” on ebertfest.com will be screened with commentary from writer/ director Charlie Kaufman. Caden Cotard (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a script writer awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant to produce a play that exhibits all of his artistic ambition. Cotard instead makes a labyrinthine statement on art, life, existence and pretty much everything in between. Ebert himself describes the film as “[one that] will open to confused audiences and live indefinitely.” Best of all, Kaufman himself might explain all of the bizarre surrealism that is sure to symbolize something.

by Matt Carey As a movie lover, Roger Ebert is a hero of mine. The man has been writing reviews for more than 40 years, appeared on TV for 20 and brought a prestigious film festival to the small town of Champaign. When I emailed him interview questions, I spent more than an hour coming up with seven questions to email him, as I was afraid of sounding stupid talking to a someone who has won a Pulitzer Prize. I didn’t expect him to answer, but he surprisingly responded promptly. Here are his brief answers:

Vincent: A Life in Color

As a man who has called Chicago his home for more than 30 years, is it any surprise that Roger Ebert would show a film that heavily features the Windy City at his film festival? Vincent is a documentary about Vincent P. Falk, a man who performs fashion shows on bridges for passing tour boats along the Chicago River. People walk by pointing at him or watching in bewilderment, but Falk does not care. The film takes place over one boat touring season, spending personal time with Falk to find out why exactly he acts as eccentric as he does. Director and producer Jennifer Burns is attending the screening, along with the film’s star, Falk. Like Begging Naked and The Real Dirt on Farmer John before it, Vincent could potentially be the film that is most discussed after Ebertfest concludes.

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Some people just cannot resist the temptation of a life on the road. One of these people is Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone), an independent truck driver who spends her time either drinking or engaging in one night stands. But, when her 11-year-old son is dropped at her door due to the boy’s father being in the hospital, Diane must now change her lifestyle to appease a boy who dislikes her as much as she dislikes him. James Mottern, the writer and director of the film, and Michelle Monaghan will be in attendance this year. This movie was also Mottern’s debut as a filmmaker.

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Song Sung Blue

Barfly

If Charles Bukowski were alive today, he would be the first person to admit the fact that he was a terrible human being for the majority of his life. When he was not spending his afternoons at a bar, he was fighting with one of his many girlfriends or rebelling against a boss that he despised. In 1987, Bukowski had enough clout in the writing world that he was able to get a screenplay he wrote produced, entitled Barfly. Mickey Rourke stars as Bukowski’s alter-ego Henry Chinaski, a struggling writer who has seemingly no future. When one of his short stories finally gets picked up by a literary magazine, Chinaski struggles to keep together his life enough to do anything with this success. Barbet Schroeder, the director of the film, will be at Ebertfest this year to hopefully tell some personal stories about the man behind such classic novels as Post Office, Factotum, and Ham on Rye.

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What better person to end Ebertfest with than Neil Diamond? Not the real Neal Diamond of course, but how about an impersonator? The documentary Song Sung Blue tells the story of a Milwaukee husband and wife duo who exclusively cover the music of Neil Diamond. The couple, whose onstage name is Lightning and Thunder, have been performing for more than 20 years. They came very close to making it big, but through a series of failures, were left with very little besides each other. Combining home movies, posters and interviews, director Greg Kohs illustrates why this fascinating couple should be lauded. Along with Kohs, Claire Sardina (“Thunder”) will also be at Ebertfest this year to answer your nagging questions about the rock legend.

year, could you explain the thought process you go through while picking movies for Ebertfest? Roger Ebert: No process. Instinct. Feelings. »buzz: You wrote about this last month on your blog, but has there been any more progress with your proposed movie review television show? RE: Still working on it. »buzz: The festival has sort of shifted themes from overlooked films to films that you enjoy. What was the reason behind this change? RE: It hasn’t really shifted themes, only names. »buzz: What is the process of booking the guest speakers for Ebertfest? RE: We try to get the best guests we can find for every film. »buzz: Charlie Kaufman is a man who generally only does public appearances while promoting a film of his that is soon to be released. How did you convince him to come to Ebertfest? RE: I believe he’s very proud of his film. »buzz: Lately in your blog and on your Twitter, you have written quite a bit about politics. Did you ever considered showing some politically charged movies at Ebertfest this year? RE: Each film is shown on an individual basis. They’re not selected for being political or non-political.

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This year, Tardy will be selling Native Americanccording to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 30,000 cases of AIDS have been re- inspired beaded jewelry and stained glass based on ported in the state since 1981. Over 16,000 of these Buddhist mandalas, or meditation circles. She said people have died. But we can begin to help combat that attendees should expect the event to be “lively the effects of this deadly pandemic by supporting and uninhibited, very open and welcoming.” the Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP). For Art Spomer, an artist and retired UI plant physiFrom April 23 to 26, GCAP will be hosting its ology professor, Artists Against AIDS will not the first 18th annual Artists Against AIDS event in down- time he has shown his work, which consists mainly town Champaign. Stop by the new M2 building at of wood, bronze and stone sculptures, in addition to Main Street and Neil Street and browse pieces in other 3D media. However, like Tardy, he was primara variety of mediums from more than 250 artists. ily drawn to the event’s philanthropic aspect. And don’t forget your wallet, since more than 50 “It’s a good way for people to see my work, but it percent of sales go towards helping individuals in also benefits people who need assistance. That’s CU who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. the main reason I participate,” said Spomer. “It’s an “When you’ve just opportunity to do some18th annual found out you have an thing good for someone artists against aids incurable disease and else and myself.” m2, 301 n. north neil st., c. have to be on meds for The event will feature live when: April 23, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; April 24, 1 p.m. - 10 the rest of your life ... and music, entertainment, food p.m.; April 25, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.; April 26, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. and drinks donated by variyou’re struggling with featuring: More than 250 artists ous local vendors. Haubner bills and paying for food benefit: 50 percent of sales go to helping individuals in CU who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and medication, GCAP said that attendees should is the perfect resource,” prepare for an “upbeat, fun said Tami Haubner, one of the event’s co-chairs. and funky” experience with a downtown vibe. Haubner knows from experience — she first “The atmosphere is alive and electric, and it’s so learned about GCAP while helping an HIV-positive fun to see so many people come together and enfriend research local HIV/AIDS resources. Through joy themselves through all their senses,” Haubner relationships with establishments like the Eastern Il- said. “You can OD on art; that’s how huge it is.” Tim Hutchison, Artists Against AIDS’s other colinois Food Bank, GCAP is able to provide individuals chair, adds that the event’s artists and artwork are with temporary shelter, food and medical care. “It doesn’t only provide goods and services, but incredibly diverse, calling it a “gallery superstore.” also works closely with case workers at Carle “It’s not just glasswork or ceramics; it’s a Clinic,” Haubner said. “It’s a wonderful resource one-stop shop for everything,” Hutchison said. for anything the client may need and creates won- “There’s so much artwork that you can go back and see stuff that you didn’t see before.” derful partnerships.” Artists who participate in the event donate anyHutchison, who has been involved with the event where between 50 and 100 percent of their sales since its formation, also noted that the event is to GCAP. According to Evelyne Tardy, who has a great place to find up-and-coming artists and shown work at Artists Against AIDS for six years, reconnect with old friends, giving to a good cause many of the artists donate the full 100 percent. while enjoying the downtown magic. “I think people want to close their eyes to the “It’s this Brigadoon gallery, where empty, undeissue,” Tardy said. “There’s a lot of ignorance and veloped spaces are filled with art and then pulled stereotypes about who has [HIV/AIDS]. The most down,” said Hutchison. “Across the nation, I don’t important thing is raising awareness. It’s as simple think there’s any other art space or gallery that as that.” can rival it.”


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DJ Bange live music Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, Ashley Riley & Jessica 8:30pm Jolly Liquid Courage Karaoke Aroma Cafe, C, 7pm Memphis on Main, C, 9pm U of I Jazz Combos CG Productions presents (Bridgewater) & UI Jazz RockStar Karaoke featurGuitar Combo ing Crazy Craig Iron Post, U, 7pm, $2 Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaSudden Sounds Concerts: voy, 9pm Adam Rudolph & Ralph CG Productions presents Jones Duet RockStar Karaoke featurKrannert Art Museum ing Karaoke Opie and Kinkead Pavilion, C, Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm 7:30pm CG Productions presents The Duke of Uke and His RockStar Karaoke featurNovelty Orchestra ing DJ Switch The Art Theater, C, 8pm, Fireside Bar and Grill, C, $5 10pm Jason Bertrand stage Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm Studiodance II buzz Presents... Krannert Center for the Cowboy Monkey, C, Performing Arts, U, 9:30pm, $7 7:30pm, $7-$14 Featuring Fantastic Plasfestivals tics, One for the Team, and World’s First Flying Ebertfest 2010: 12th Machine. Doors open at Annual Roger Ebert Film 9pm. Festival Via Audio Virginia Theatre, C, 11am, Mike 'n Molly’s, C, 10pm, $12 per screening, $10 stu$5 dents and seniors The film festival will be dj showing 12 movies that Country Night with DJ Ebert himself deemed Halfdead and Free Line mandatory viewing for the Dance Lessons from moviegoing public. In addiScotty Van Zant tion to the screenings, the Radmaker’s Rock & Roll festival hosts a number of Tavern, Tolono, 8pm academic panel discussions No cover before 8pm. featuring festival guests REMIXXX Thursdays and academic scholars. with DJ Bob Bass social issues Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm 31st Annual Take Back DJ Randall Ellison the Night Rally and Boltini Lounge, C, March Against Sexual 10:30pm Violence All Request Thursdays Lincoln Square Mall, U, Chester Street, C, 9pm 5:30pm Swing Dance environmental issues Illini Union, U, 9:30pm Earth Week at Parkland concert College Romeo & Julia Koren: Parkland College, C Beauty and Burlesque, volunteer Songs of the Renaissance UC Books to Prisoners Krannert Center for the work session Performing Arts, U, Urbana-Champaign In7:30pm, $18-$34 dependent Media Center, UI Brass Band U, 2pm Krannert Center for the kids & families Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, Preschool Story Time $4 students Rantoul Public Library,

Rantoul, 10am ARTfusion Douglass Branch Library, C, 4pm

fundraisers Friends of the Urbana Free Library Spring Book Sale Urbana Free Library, U

mind/body/spirit Core Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Don Briskin Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 4pm, $12 Ashtanga Prep with Lauren Quinn Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12 Yin Yoga with Lauren Quinn Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12

faith Moms & Grandmas Group University Baptist Church, C, 12pm Undergrad Bible Study University Baptist Church, C, 8:30pm

miscellaneous The Bike Project: Open Hours Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 6pm Yarn ‘n Yak Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 7pm

classes & workshops Swing Dance Lesson Illini Union, U, 9:30pm

FRIDAY 23 live music Weasel Dreams Iron Post, U, 5pm Rust Belt The Clark Bar, C, 7pm Local H with Kinch Canopy Club, U, 7pm, $10 Live Jazz Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Fairchilds Huber’s West End Store, C, 8pm The Stone Electric

Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm, $5 Delta Kings Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Sugar Prophets Memphis on Main, C, 9:30pm, $5 Giant Cloud with My Dear Alan Andrews Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm, $5 The Wiltala Brothers Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm Family Groove Company & Kinetix Canopy Club, U, 10pm, $7 ‘90s Daughter Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $5

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UI Philharmonia Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

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Aquatic Ecologist Homeschool Program Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, 1pm, $3 karaoke Spring Prairie Skies CG Productions presents William M. Staerkel PlanRockStar Karaoke featur- etarium, C, 7pm, $3-$4 ing Crazy Craig community Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm To Health and Beyond CG Productions presents Illini Union, U, 10am RockStar Karaoke Blood pressure checks, Rumor’s Bar and Grill, U, spinal checks, cholesterol, 9pm manicure and massages. Karaoke at Po’ Boys There are also a variety Po’ Boys, U, 9pm of entertainment groups that will be performing at stage the fair. Studiodance II fundraisers Krannert Center for the Friends of the Urbana CASH - GET IT! Free Library Spring Book Sale Urbana Free Library, U 2010 Relay For Life Soccer and Track Stadium, C, 7pm, $10 An event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled ATM conveniently located on campus at 6th & Green. cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back 1601 South Prospect Avenue against the disease.

Canopy Club, U, 8pm, $25 Timber Train Huber’s West End Store, C, 8pm GTO and The Glasspaks Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Brat Pack Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm, $7 Trailer Park Moses Memphis on Main, C, 9:30pm, $5 Point of Fire — Free Rock Show Fireside Bar and Grill, C, 9:30pm Big Grove Zydeco Iron Post, U, 9:30pm, $3 Matt Poss and Rolling Thunder Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $5 Native with Hot Cops, Trip Light Fantastic, & Derrick Hart Mike 'n Molly’s, C, 10pm, $5

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Request Night DJ Boomerang, U, 8pm Dance Pop Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Hip Hop at Bradley’s II :`YehYa_f•Ûddafgakۃ~…‡ÛÝÛ~„€‚‡‡„„ Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 oool`]hjgkh][lZYfc[ge mind/body/spirit India Night After Party MEMBER FDIC Yoga at Krannert Art Highdive, C, 10pm dj Performing Arts, U, 7pm, Museum DJ and Dancing Top 40 9pm, $7-$14 Krannert Art Museum and Soma Ultralounge, C, Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Kinkead Pavilion, C 10pm festivals DJ Tim Williams Power Flow with Amanda Firehaus Saturdays Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Ebertfest 2010: 12th Annual Reagan Firehaus, C, 10pm DJ Delayney Roger Ebert Film Festival Amara Yoga & Arts, U, DJ Mertz Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 Virginia Theatre, C, 11am, 12pm, $12 Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Fubar Fridays $12 per screening, $10 stu- Happy Hour Yoga with Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J Fubar Lounge, C, 10pm dent and seniors Amanda Reagan Radio Maria, C, 10pm DJs Ian Procell and Reflex Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Dance Against AIDS art exhibit Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm 5:30pm, $12 Chester Street, C, 10pm, Grown KidZ Funk School of Art + Design $6, $5 for those wearRadio Maria, C, 10pm Master of Fine Arts Exhi- miscellaneous ing red “The Meltdown”: Latin bition and Reception Spirits From the Sky, concert Night at V. Picasso Krannert Art Museum and Thunder on the Land V. Picasso, U, 10pm, $2 Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am William M. Staerkel Plan- James Farm: Featuring Artists Against Aids 2010 etarium, C, 8pm, $4 Joshua Redman, Aaron concert M2 Building, C, 6pm Parks, Matt Penman, Eric Romeo & Julia Koren: SATURDAY 24 Harland lectures Beauty and Burlesque, Krannert Center for the live music Songs of the Renaissance Global Food Security Performing Arts, U, Krannert Center for the Challenges Forum Live Jazz 7:30pm, $23-$45 Performing Arts, U, ACES Library, U, 1pm Jim Gould Restaurant, C, UI Varsity Men’s Glee 7:30pm, $18-$34 7pm Club environmental issues The Freak Brothers Tudor Voices Spring Krannert Center for the Concert Earth Week at Parkland Iron Post, U, 6pm, $3 Performing Arts, U, Chapel of St. John the DiCollege The Used with Chiodos & 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, vine, C, 7pm Parkland College, C New Medicine $4 students

CG Productions presents RockStar Karaoke featuring Matt Fear Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm

open mic Event Popular presents Saturday Night Mic The Clark Bar, C, 9pm, $5

stage Studiodance II Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7pm, 9pm, $7-$14 India Night Foellinger Auditorium, U, 7pm, $15-$25 This is an annual show that displays Indian culture through dance, music and comedy. Cabaret (part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series) Assembly Hall, C, 7:30pm, $35-$48

Ebertfest 2010: 12th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival Virginia Theatre, C, 11am, $12 per screening,$10 student and seniors

art opening Exhibition Opening Reception for School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 5pm

art exhibit School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am, 5pm Artists Against Aids 2010 M2 Building, C, 1pm Translucid: A Multimedia Art Exhibit The Warehouse, 312 Walnut St, C, 6pm

game-playing Chess Club for Kids Urbana Free Library, U, 4pm

environmental issues Earth Week at Parkland College Parkland College, C

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Group Meditation and Spiritual Discourse Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 5pm

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

The Bike Project: Open Hours Urbana-Champaign Indepenkaraoke dent Media Center, U, 2pm Spirits From the Sky, Rock Band Sundays Thunder on the Land Hosted by MC Remy William M. Staerkel Plan- Bentley’s Pub, C, 8pm etarium, C, 8pm, $4

kids & families Kids Natural Arts and Crafts Playshops Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10am, $16 Kids@Krannert Family Festival Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 10am Environmental Education Center Open Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer, 10am Kids Yoga with Kathryn Fitzgerald Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:30am, $12 You Too Are Psychic Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 1:30pm In My Backyard William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 7pm, $3-$4

fundraisers Friends of the Urbana Free Library Spring Book Sale Urbana Free Library, U

mind/body/spirit Yoga Fundamentals Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10am, $12 Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5pm, $12

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 3pm, $5-$36 UI Steel Band Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

open mic

Sunday 25 live music Brunch with Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 10am Lara Driscoll DMA Recital Iron Post, U, 3pm The Second Annual Lebowski Achievers Festival Canopy Club, U, 4pm With special appearance by Blacksmith Lebowski (Neoga Blacksmith) performing the entire soundtrack from The Big Lebowski. Live music at Carmon’s Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm Live Irish Music with Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, 5:30pm Mean Lids Iron Post, U, 7:30pm, $3 Surreal Deal Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm

concert Krannert Center Debut Artist: Chen-Yu Huang

Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am Artists Against Aids 2010 M2 Building, C, 1pm

art Moving Image Festival Armory, C, 2:30pm A cross genre film festival of Video/Dance for Camera/Animation/MovingImage Work.

lectures

Lecture — The Initial Anything Goes Open Mic Evaluations of the Illinois Night with Jeremy Harper Prairie 1815-1840 Memphis on Main, C, Early American Museum, 8:30pm Mahomet, 2pm

University of Illinois Flight Team Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul, 7:30am, $7

mind/body/spirit Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 3:30pm, $12 Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Amanda Reagan Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 1pm, $12 Prenatal Yoga with Tami Mor Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:15pm, $12

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movies

game-playing

Say My Name Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7:30pm Screening of a documentary about female hiphop and vocal empowerment.

Trivia Night at The Blind Pig Brewery The Blind Pig Brewery, C, 7pm

The Bike Project: Open Hours Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

literary

classes & workshops

UFL Reads Joins The Big Read — Sun, Stone and stage Shadows Open Stage Urbana Free Library, U, Red Herring Coffeehouse, 2pm U, 7:30pm Book Club Drag Show Rantoul Public Library, Chester Street, C, 10pm, $4 Rantoul, 2pm We will discuss “Bento festivals Box in the Heartland” by Ebertfest 2010: 12th Linda Furiya. Annual Roger Ebert Film kids & families Festival Virginia Theatre, C, 11am, Open Gym Basketball $12 per screening, $10 stu- Champaign County dents and seniors Brookens Administration Center, U, 1pm, $1

art exhibit

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception Krannert Art Museum and

fundraisers

Monday 26 live music

Third Eye Blind with The Upwelling Canopy Club, U, 7pm, $25 Weekly Jazz Jam Session Iron Post, U, 7pm, $2 One Dollar Wild Mondays with Jobu Canopy Club, U, 10pm

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Open Stage for Bands/ Musicians Memphis on Main, C, 8pm

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Monday Night Comedy Illini Union, U, 8pm Abe Froman Project Mike 'n Molly’s, C, 9pm

Yoga Fundamentals Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Hatha Yoga with Grace Giorgio Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12

karaoke Acoustic Karaoke with Steve Meadows Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm

open mic

art exhibit

art VAMP Film Photography Meetings Noyes Lab, U, 8pm

game-playing GAS (Games After School) Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm Trivia with Evan and Monte Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Board Game Night Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm

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Friends of the Urbana Free Library Spring Book Sale Urbana Free Library, U Share Your Soles The Quad, U, 11am These shoes will be donated to children in need all over the world. We accept all types of shoes, for all ages.

School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts ExhiWest African Dance bition and Reception Classes with Djibril Krannert Art Museum and Camara Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am Channing-Murray Founda- Artists Against Aids tion, U, 6pm, $10-$12 2010 M2 Building, C, 1pm

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Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 ‘80s Night Highdive, C, 10pm Ballroom Dancing Classes University YMCA, C, 6:15pm, $45

faith Theology on Tap Coming to CU Guido’s Bar & Grill, C, 6:30pm

miscellaneous The Bike Project: Open Hours Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 5:30pm

Tuesday 27 live music Corn Desert Ramblers Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Piano Man Canopy Club, U, 9pm

Rockstar Karaoke Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 10pm

open mic Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm

stage Zoo Improv at Indi Go Gallery Indi Go artist co-op, C, 9pm, $2

art exhibit School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am

game-playing WPGU presents Trivia Diner hosted by Fishing With Dynamite Canopy Club, U, 7pm

literary Red Herring Fiction Workshop Channing-Murray Foundation, U, 7:30pm

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners work session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm

kids & families Story Time Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

lgbt

Retro Night Chester Street, C, 9pm

eQuality Champaign-Urbana meeting Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, U, 7pm

concert

fundraisers

Sinfonia da Camera: Sinfonia at Rush Hour Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 5:30pm, $10 UI Jazz Combos Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

Share Your Soles The Quad, U, 11am

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mind/body/spirit

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Don Briskin Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 4pm, $12 Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 karaoke Slow Flow with Amanda Paul Faber hosts Dragon Reagan Karaoke Amara Yoga & Arts, U, The Clark Bar, C, 9pm 5:30pm, $12 CG Productions presents Ashtanga Yoga with RockStar Karaoke featur- Lauren Quinn ing DJ Switch Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm 7pm, $12


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Introduction to Mantra Meditation Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 7:30pm Introduction to Meditation Classes Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 7:30pm

Wednesday 28 live music Donnie Heitler: Solo Piano Great Impasta, U, 6pm Traditional Irish Music at Bentley’s Pub Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Dave Cooper, Joni Dreyer, & Brad Hendricks Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 7:30pm Caleb Cook Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm

art exhibit School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 9am

buz z ’s WEEK AHEAD StudioDance II Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre Thursday, April 22 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free

game-playing Pokémon Fan Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 5:30pm Euchre Tournament Po’ Boys, U, 7:30pm Bingo Mike 'n Molly’s, C, 9:30pm Screwball Trivia Night Radio Maria, C, 11pm

volunteer Community Connections & Outreach Group Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 6pm

The UIUC Dance department’s StudioDance II show is a highly anticipated creative display of undergraduate and graduate choreography. These innovative new works can’t be missed and is a great way to spice up your weekend! — Abby Wilson, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Storyshop at the Branch Douglass Branch Library, C, 10:30am

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The Quad Tuesday, April 27 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Girls’ Night Chabad Center for Jewish Life, C, 8pm

Share Your Soles The Quad, U, 11am

mind/body/spirit

Grad Students & Professionals Bible Study CG Productions presents University Baptist Church, RockStar Karaoke featur- C, 7pm ing DJ Switch The Corner Tavern, Monti- miscellaneous cello, 8pm The Bike Project: Open International Karaoke Hours hosted by Paul Faber Urbana-Champaign IndeV. Picasso, U, 9pm pendent Media Center, U, 6:30pm

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Open mic at Green St. Green St. Cafe, C, 8pm Open Stage Comedy Night Memphis on Main, C, 9pm

classes & workshops Parkland Jazz Improv Class Iron Post, U, 5:30pm, $2

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‘Tis better to give than to receive. Though this coming Tuesday is my birthday, I will be donating my extra shoes to Share Your Soles. They take any shoe, any style, and send it to impoverished people around the world. Those old sneakers from freshman year of high school will be put to much better use on the feet of a Haitian child, so join me (I’ll be there at 1), wish me happy birthday, and give ‘em your extra shoes! —Emily Siner, Assistant

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faith

Silver Bullet Bar

Why go listen to original music that might suck when you can listen to people go up and cover songs you know that you love? The Brat Pack covers ‘80s music of all genres, and that sounds pretty fun, doesn’t it? If you don’t think so, you’re a well-heeled snob who drinks beer that tastes good and doesn’t spend your weekends throwing up outside of Murphy’s. Me, I enjoy all the meats of our cultural stew. —Matt Carey, Movies & TV Editor

kids & families

UI Jazz Band II Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10, $7 seniors, $4 students

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Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern 4 E. Holden, Tolono Saturday, April 24th 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. $7

Hillbilly Humpday with DJ Halfdead Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 8pm Boys Night Out with DJ Randall Ellison Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Wild West Wednesday It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm I Love the ‘90s Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Tango Night with DJ Joe Grohens Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm Rave To The Grave: Dance Night Canopy Club, U, 9pm Weekly Salsa Night Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm

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Core Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12 Candlelight Yoga with Kim Morin Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12

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India Night Foellinger Auditorium Saturday, April 24 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $19 - $25 After my friend took me to Bombay for a birthday treat, I’ve developed a small crush on all things Indian (Dev Patel, here’s looking at you!). So, India Night at Foellinger has got to be pretty amazing. Even though the event is kind of pricey ($15 for the event and $25 for the event and after party?!), Indian food, dance and comedy is promised, and my gut is saying “Yes, Yes, YES!” Plus, as mentioned before, there’s going to be an after party at Highdive, which can be nothing short of a good time. —Tolu Taiwo, Assistant Community Editor

The Used Canopy Club Saturday, April 24 8 p.m. $25 I’m not sure I’ve really listened to much of The Used since high school, when singing along with “The Taste of Ink” made me feel like I had edge. However, I’m willing to bust out my old records — and maybe even buy their new one — to get my head in the game for their Canopy Club performance. I can’t wait to relive my “hardcore” (because The Used is as close to hardcore as my hair ribbon wearing, cheerleading self would get) days at Saturday’s performance. — Emily Carlson, Music Editor buzz   

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his past week, Annie Sprinkle was on the Illinois campus as part of iSHAG Week (Illinois Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance), put on by the student group, Sexual Health Peers. Doin’ It Well (DIW) had the great honor of attending Annie’s presentations and sitting down with her for an interview. For those who may not know her, Annie Sprinkle is a renaissance woman; she’s an artist, sexologist, ecosexual, author, lecturer, educator and the first porn star to earn her Ph.D. What struck us most about Annie is how positive she is about all aspects of sexuality. A huge part of what drives her work and life is love. This is very evident; after every encounter with Annie Sprinkle, we walked away feeling good about sex, positive about the world and eager to learn more, love more and enjoy our bodies, our partners, our earth and ourselves! During her discussion about pornography, Annie explained that porn is a mirror of our culture and how there are many different “mirrors” out there. “People think if you’ve seen one porn movie, you’ve seen them all, and that’s not true,” she said. Indeed, Annie’s work looks nothing like the mainstream pornography we might be used to or imagine, but

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We asked Annie how she keeps “doin’ it well” in her own life. She stated: “Being honest with myself and people close to me and continuing to learn new things.” We want to extend a huge thank you to Annie Sprinkle for spending so much time talking to us and the Illinois campus, for the work that she does and for spreading so much love! Stay tuned to next week as we go tantric.

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AS: It’s one thing to show pictures, but if we are talking about porn, we have to show what it is we are talking about. » buzz: What does feminism mean to you? AS: I love and adore women, including trans women, trans men, intersexed women and the gender queer. I want the very best for women — excellent education, current sex information and equal rights. I want us women to be able to live free of violence and prejudice. I want to help destigmatize and decriminalize prostitution and other sex work. My work aims to create these things and to spread the love. The scope of Annie’s work is as broad as it is creative. From writings such as, Why Whores are my Heroes to her movie, Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm, to breath work, energy orgasms and promoting the concept of taking the Earth as our lovers, there’s not much Annie hasn’t done in the area of sexuality.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

“Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up . . . All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guiding principles, Aries. In order for it to serve you well, however, you’ll have to believe that there is a sense in which you do have some genius within you. It’s not necessarily something that will make you rich, famous, popular, or powerful. For example, you may have a genius at washing dogs or giving thoughtful gifts or doing yoga when you’re sad. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

Yes, I know that the bull is your totem animal. But I’m hoping you’re willing to expand your repertoire, because it’s a ripe time for you to take on some of the attitudes of the king of beasts. Consider this. The naturalist and shaman Virginia Carper notes that lions have strong personalities but cooperate well. They’re powerful as individuals but engage in constructive group dynamics. In many cultures, they have been symbols of nobility, dignity, and spiritual prowess. To adopt the lion as a protective guardian spirit builds one’s ability to know and hunt down exactly what one wants. Would you like more courage? Visualize your lion self.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

In 2011, I may do a tour of North America, performing my show “Sacred Uproar.” But for the foreseeable future I need to shut up and listen. I’ve got to make myself available to learn fresh truths I don’t even realize I need to know. So, yeah, next year I might be ready to express the extroverted side of my personality in a celebration of selfexpression. But for now I have a sacred duty to forget everything I supposedly believe in and gratefully shuck my self-importance. By the way, Gemini, everything I just described would be a good approach for you to consider taking in the next three weeks.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

Is it true what they say -- that you can never have too many friends? If you don’t think so, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your position. And if you do agree, then you should go out and get busy. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re likely to be extra lucky in attracting new connections and deepening existing alliances in the coming weeks. The friendships you strike up are likely to be unusually stimulating and especially productive. To take maximum advantage of the favorable cosmic rhythms, do whatever you can to spruce up your inner beauty.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

I have compiled a set of four affirmations that I think will keep you on the right track in the coming weeks. Try saying them at least twice a day. 1. “I am cultivating Relaxed Alertness, because that will make me receptive to highquality clues about how to proceed.” 2. “I am expressing Casual Perfectionism, because that way I will thoroughly enjoy being excellent, and not stress about it.” 3. “I am full of Diligent Indifference, working hard out of love for the work and not being attached to the outcome.” 4. “I am practicing Serene Debauchery, because if I’m not manically obsessed with looking for opportunities to cut loose, those opportunities will present themselves to me with grace and frequency.”

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The Great Wall of China is the largest human construction in the world, stretching for almost 3,900 miles. But contrary to legend, it is not visible from the moon. According to most astronauts, the Wall isn’t even visible from low Earth orbit. Keep this in mind as you carry out your assignment in the coming week, Virgo. First, imagine that your biggest obstacle is the size of the Great Wall of China. Second, imagine yourself soaring so high above it, so thoroughly beyond it, that it disappears. If performed 18

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LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In the early 1990s, actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were engaged to be married. In honor of their love, Depp got a tattoo that read “Winona Forever.” After the relationship fell apart, though, he had it altered to “Wino Forever.” If you’re faced with a comparable need to change a tattoo or shift your emphasis or transform a message anytime soon, Libra, I suggest putting a more positive and upbeat spin on it -- something akin to “Winner Forever.”

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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

In the Bering Strait, Russia and America are 2.5 miles apart. The International Date Line runs through the gap, meaning that it’s always a day later on the Russian side than it is on the American. I suggest you identify a metaphorically similar place in your own life, Scorpio: a zone where two wildly different influences almost touch. According to my reading of the omens, it’s an excellent time for you to foster more interaction and harmony between them. I have a group of colleagues who half-jokingly, half-sincerely refer to themselves as the Shamanic Hackers of Karmic Justice. The joking part of it is that the title is so over-the-top ostentatious that it keeps them from taking themselves too seriously. The sincere part is that they really do engage in shamanic work designed to help free their clients from complications generated by old mistakes. Since you’re entering the season of adjustment and atonement, I asked them to do some corrective intervention in your behalf. They agreed, with one provision: that you aid and abet their work by doing what you can to liberate yourself from the consequences of wrong turns you made in the past. The Weekly World News reported that a blues singer sued his psychiatrist for turning him into a more cheerful person. Gloomy Gus Johnson claimed he was so thoroughly cured of his depression that he could no longer perform his dismal tales with mournful sincerity. His popularity declined as he lost fans who had become attached to his despondent persona. I suspect you may soon be arriving at a similar crossroads, Capricorn. Through the intervention of uplifting influences and outbreaks of benevolence, you will find it harder to cultivate a cynical attitude. Are you prepared to accept the consequences that may come from being deprived of some of your reasons to moan and groan?

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Educational specialist Dr. Howard Gardner believes I.Q. tests evaluate only a fraction of human intelligence. He describes eight different kinds of astuteness. They include the traditional measures -- being good at math and language -- as well as six others: being smart about music, the body, other people, one’s own inner state, nature, and spatiality. (More here: bit.ly/Shrewd.) I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because you’re entering a phase when you could dramatically enhance your intelligence about your own inner state. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to know yourself much, much better.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

South Carolina now requires subversive people to register with the state if they have the stated intention of overthrowing the government of the United States. I have no such goal, so I remain free to operate unlicensed in South Carolina. I am, however, participating in a movement to overthrow reality -- or rather, the sour and crippled mass hallucination that is mistakenly called “reality.” This crusade requires no guns or political agitation, but is instead waged by the forces of the liberated imagination using words, music, and images to counteract those who paralyze and deaden the imagination. I invite you to join us. You’re entering a phase when you may feel an almost ecstatic longing to free yourself from the delusions that constitute the fake “reality.”

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by MICHAEL COULTER

Get paid to drink beer Some Copenhagen workers to drink only at lunch I really like going to work. Don’t get me wrong; I’d rather be playing golf, getting a massage or watching a ball game, but I have to assume that even a lame ass like myself would eventually get tired of all the relaxation if it became commonplace. Work is sort of like a joy sorbet. It cleanses the palate so we can begin anew with the fun of regular life. Still, every so often I read about someone who has a job that is vastly better than my own. It’s a dream job for virtually everyone on this planet that has any sense at all. What makes it even more frustrating is when these lucky bastards can’t make all this wonderfulness work out. I’m speaking, of course, of a few hundred warehouse workers and drivers in Copenhagen who went on strike to fight the tyranny of their evil employer, Carlsberg. It reads like one of those

the work eventually got done, but I have to say, it was really no way to run a railroad. You’ve really gotta keep that carrot on the stick just out of reach until the work is completed. Second of all, you lucky, spoiled, protesting bastards. Every person in the U.S. would give his or her left grape for a chance to simply drink free beer over their lunch hour. Fine, chicks don’t have grapes, but you get the idea. Look, I know the workers are like Pavlov’s dog with the all-day beer, happily salivating their way to the assembly line, but enough is probably enough. Yes, the rules were changed on you, but it happens. Apparently your bosses sobered up just long enough to notice that having their entire workforce getting ripped to the tits all day long is not the most efficient way to produce beer. They still allowed you to drink at lunch, and yet, you find this unacceptable. You sadden me. You really do. I don’t know much about Copenhagen other than that it is named after a brand of chewing tobacco, First of all, I’d like to congratulate every but I will tell you this; they person who works there for keeping up the probably don’t want the word get out about how work is “drunk all damned day” policy for as long to done over there. We think the as they did. In my own experience, I’ve U.S. has got a problem with illegal immigration, but can found the beginning of drinking to mean you imagine if the skinny got out about a place where you the end of any sort of working at all. could drink beer all day and classic stories about the violent labor relations get paid for it? Their borders would be overrun from our own country in the early years of the with a bunch of drunken dipshits looking to get last century. It’s about bloodshed and class. It’s their piece of the pie. Sadly, I applied for a work about fairness and exploitation of the workers. visa in Copenhagen last week and still haven’t It’s about ... actually, I’m joking. It’s mostly about heard back. The trouble is probably already beer and apparently really, really liking to drink brewing in Denmark. it all day. I will admit that I’ve never had even a sip of Yep, these workers in Copenhagen went on Carlsberg beer, but how damn bad could it posstrike because the company, Carlsberg Brewery, sibly be? In college, I managed to throw back case began enforcing a new rule saying the employees after case of Rhinelander beer, and that was the would only be able to drink free beer at lunch and nastiest crap that ever touched my lips. Still, it not the entire day as they’d become accustomed. tasted a little like beer and got me sort of drinky. It sounds like some sort of elaborate social ex- As terrible as it was, I’d still throw back a couple periment. First of all, I’d like to congratulate ev- of those if it were in a work environment. ery person who works there for keeping up the I really wish I could sympathize with the workers “drunk all damned day” policy for as long as they in this particular case, but I can’t seem to musdid. In my own experience, I’ve found the begin- ter even a tiny bit of sympathy. I was raised to ning of drinking to mean the end of any sort of honor a very simple rule. Never drink at work, working at all. and never talk about work when you’re drinking. I was changing apartments once a long time ago, The workers in Copenhagen flew too close to the and I offered my buddies who were helping me a sun, and now they are paying for it. They blurred beer after the first load was delivered. Needless the line between work and fun, and their entire to say, the second and third loads were essentially lives became an awesome party that could never all completed by me alone, and the only com- last. They should look back on those days of joy fort from the ordeal was an organized drunken lovingly, suck it up and start acting like the rest heckling each time I began carrying another load of us. I like beer a whole damn lot, and this strike up the stairs. Sure, they sort of kept helping, but simply strikes me as offensive. No one should ever they would only take what they could carry in one be quite that lucky ­— to be able to drink beer all hand, as the other hand was exclusively reserved damn day while getting paid. It’s so sad, I’m not for holding the ever present can of beer. Granted, even that jealous anymore. buzz   

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7:30pm

UI Brass Band // School of Music

romeo & Julia Kören: Beauty and Burlesque—Songs of the Renaissance

7:30pm

Romeo & Julia Kören: Beauty and Burlesque— Songs of the Renaissance // Marquee

Iris and Burt Swanson

7:30pm

Studiodance II // Dance at Illinois

Kr annert Center for the Performing arts

Fr Apr 23

Claudia Reich and Gary Olsen James Farm: Featuring Joshua redman, Aaron parks, Matt penman, eric harland Sue and Tom Falender

7pm

Studiodance II // Dance at Illinois

LaVerne and Joseph Smith

Albert Herring

7:30pm

UI Philharmonia // School of Music

Imogene and Harrison Streeter

This buoyant study of society’s pressures focuses on the unconventional Albert Herring’s transformation from village outsider to May King. Zany action, witty dialogue, and delightful songs combine with plenty of charm in one of the greatest comic operas of all time.

7:30pm

Romeo & Julia Kören: Beauty and Burlesque— Songs of the Renaissance // Marquee

Anonymous

9pm

Studiodance II // Dance at Illinois

7pm

Studiodance II // Dance at Illinois

Th-Sa, Apr 29-May 1 at 7:30pm Su, May 2 at 3pm

7:30pm

UI Varsity Men’s Glee Club // School of Music

7:30pm

James Farm: Featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, Eric Harland // Marquee

9pm

Studiodance II // Dance at Illinois

SA Apr 24

Tryon Festival Theatre $8-$24

Krannert Center Debut Artist: Chen-Yu huang, harp Louise Allen MOMIX

Su Apr 25

3pm

Krannert Center Debut Artist: Chen-Yu Huang, harp // Marquee

7:30pm

UI Steel Band // School of Music Tu Apr 27

5:30pm

Peggy Madden Cecile and Allan Steinberg Jerald Wray and Dirk Mol

Sinfonia da Camera: Sinfonia at Rush Hour // Sinfonia da Camera

7:30pm

UI Jazz Combos // School of Music We Apr 28

7:30pm

UI Jazz Band II // School of Music Th Apr 29

5pm

Krannert Uncorked // Marquee

7:30pm

Albert Herring // School of Music Opera Program

7:30pm

MOMIX // Marquee

7:30pm

UI Latin Jazz Ensemble // School of Music

10pm

Pygmalion Afterglow: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s // Marquee

C A L L 3 3 3 . 6 2 8 0 s 1. 8 0 0 . K C P A T I X

Corporate Power Train Team Engine

Marquee performances are supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency that recognizes Krannert Center in its Partners in Excellence Program.

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Buzz Magazine: April 22, 2010  

April 22, 2010

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