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music: Wondering which festivals Mumford and Sons will be playing this summer? We’ve got the scoop on Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Pitchfork and more!

A month or so ago, I wrote about the lazy, boring aspects of summer as a season. While it’s boring in the sense that I never have much faith that the Cubs will end “The Curse of the Billy Goat,” summer has surely made its case for “best season” for music lovers. For us, summer is festival season, and while festivals certainly have their drawbacks, they still provide fans with incredible and otherwise unlikely opportunities to see acts they may never have encountered otherwise. Last year, as the music editor of this here magazine, I got the opportunity to go to Summer Camp, Bonnaroo and Pitchfork music festivals for free. Because I don’t have a car, am disorganized and had summer midterms to deal with during both Summer Camp and Pitchfork, I only made it to Bonnaroo. Even though I spent four hours in the middle of the night searching amid a sea of cars for Dan Durley’s white Honda Pilot, denying offers of “Shrooms? Molly? Acid?” from funny-smelling strangers, got a sinus infection from all the dust in the air and probably got a total of two hours of sleep the entire weekend, I’m going back. I can’t wait. This time I’ll be a paying customer, not a journalist, and who knows? Maybe I’ll throw back a beer or 30. Radiohead’s headlining performance was enough to send shivers down my sober spine, so I can only imagine how good that experience would be even slightly inebriated, without the pressure of writing a review. If the couple who spent the entirety of “Paranoid Android” grinding in front of me is any indication, I expect euphoria. If you’re looking for the festival to match your interests, head to our music section and read our previews. If you don’t like festivals but stil love music, then have no fear, because outdoor concerts still provide an awesome experience without the multi-day commitment of a festival. Spending summer in CU promises to rock. I plan on spending many nights in the relaxing and inviting atmospheres of downtown Champaign’s bars and restaurants, or house shows in Urbana. Mike ‘N’ Molly’s beer garden never disappoints. Outdoor dining opens up pretty much everywhere. So if you see me out on the town this summer, don’t be a stranger! Let’s grab a beer or a burger and bask in the rare, precious sunlight and warm air. You know that thing that comes out like two to three months a year? It’s bright! That’s the sun, and as summer slowly approaches, we’re gonna see it often. Another cool thing about the sun: It helps plants grow. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the fresh goods of local farmers markets, which is the focus of this issue’s cover story. Check it out in the food and drink section to get a sample of what to expect at local farmers markets.


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Divine Consign by Krystyne Jones Ladies, is your closet jam-packed with clothes you haven’t worn or simply have no intentions of wearing? Are you anxious to build a new wardrobe but don’t want your old clothes to go to waste? How about selling them for a fraction of what you paid? Divine Consign is the perfect place for you. Divine Consign is a semi-annual women’s clothing sale for all ages and sizes. Divine Consign gives women the opportunity to create an entirely new wardrobe while getting paid to sell their old items. Participating in this fashion extravaganza takes only three simple steps: Register as a consigner online, price the items you want to sell and drop them off prior to the sale. It’s that easy! Ladies, I’m sure we all have taken a look at our closet and thought, “I have absolutely nothing to wear.” For some, that might seem like a crazy statement, but for die-hard shopaholics, it makes perfect sense. Women’s fashion changes quickly, and Divine Consign is taking full advantage. It will be at the Grace Community Church in Champaign, May 2-4. There will be designated times for both the drop-offs and the actual sales. Not interested in selling or purchasing clothes? Divine Consign welcomes volunteers, too. They will receive a presale pass for them and a friend for future sales. For more info, visit divineconsignsale.com.

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first to admit that I have a couple pairs of go-to fat pants that I take advantage of on those especially chubby days/months. However, I can’t help but worry about the coming weeks, which are sure to bring warmer weather and more or less an end to fat pants season. My summer clothes might as well belong to a different, lighter person, and the last couple weeks of the semester are hardly an ideal time to pick up working out. The problem with fat pants is that once one acknowledges that they are indeed fat pants, no new pants can be purchased until one is no longer reliant on them. Let’s hope there is a pair of fat shorts somewhere in my closet.

» Pavement: Stephen Malkmus is a guy who can musically do no wrong. His band (and my favorite band), Pavement, made five albums, and each is amazing in its own way. There’s Slanted & Enchanted, the messy, heavily fall-influenced masterpiece of a debut. Then Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, the pop album. And then Wowee Zowee, when the band spaced out (due to excessive marijuana consumption according to Malkmus). Brighten The Corners and Terror Twilight each show the band’s maturity. All of those albums have the hooks, the end-ofsong freak-outs and the crazy, memorable lyrics that make Malkmus a modern legend. I only wish I could’ve been born a decade earlier to coexist with this band in its heyday. However, discovering Pavement in high school opened the door to a lot of other music for me, and for that, I’m grateful.

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» The English Building: Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that the English Building has its problems. Like many of the other older buildings on campus, it has fallen prey to stray cockroaches, a (rumored?) raccoon infestation and vending machines which stubbornly refuse to dispense their goddamn Wheat Thin crisps. Yet if you could will yourself to step into one of those airless, windowless rooms in the atrium of the English Building, you may just find something incredible happening. Twenty people who love to read and write sitting in a circle, talking about literature. And I think that’s pretty cool.

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» Getting robbed: Of all the activities you can take part in, I would say getting robbed is in my top five activities you should not try to do, along with drinking a chocolate, pickle, orange juice and soy sauce smoothie, complaining about music to people who aren't arguing with your opinion, running and turning down freshly grilled pepper jack cheese burgers when someone offers you a pepper jack cheese burger, pending you know the person and/or saw said person prepairing the pepper jack cheese burger. But I digress. Last week, I unwillingly took part in the activity of getting robbed when a gentleman entered my apartment one Sunday morning at 3 a.m. I was sleeping at the time and awoke to someone messing with my TV. Now when one awakes to someone in his apartment, his only two options really are to scream and to run after the person. I chose both. Screeching at the top of my lungs, I lept out of bed, when the gentleman decided this was his cue to leave. I proceeded to chase the man halfway down my block yelling, "I WILL DESTROY YOU." As I was sleeping at the time, I should also note all of this took place in my underwear. I went back to my apartment and saw that a few items were taken, and proceeded to call the police. Unfortunately, it is rather unlikely I will see them again, so I've decided to provide you dear buzz readers some robbery prevention tips. 1.) Glue all your furniture to your ceiling. The robber will enter your domicile and immediatly think they have entered a parallel universe and their head will explode from the logical paradox. 2.) Heavily invest in pickled herring. Robbers are a shifty lot and fear the unkown. In rural Illinois, shipping docks are essentially unheard of. If you coat all the entrances to your place in pickled fish, the smell will confuse them so much they will think they have entered Norway and become confused why they do not have a battle axe or horn of meade. 3.)Buy a large animatronic teddy bear. If someone opens your door to find a robotic hugging machine they will run the fuck out. 4.) Practice the ancient art of being an elemental shaman. Learn to cast spells and protective wards that will protect your personal belongings and learn to throw lightning with your hands! 5.) Remember to lock your fucking door before going to bed. Durgan gripe Tyler Asst. Music Editor

» Sunburn: Now that the weather is finally getting nice on a (somewhat) daily basis, I decided to take advantage of this fact by sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine and light breeze. That was a big mistake. If I had only stayed in my natural habitat, a warm nest of Netflix and leftover pizza, this would not have happened. I wasn’t even outside for that long, probably not more than an hour! But unfortunately, that was enough for the sun’s toxic rays to transform me into a big, uncomfortable Elmo. I swear I’m never going outside ever again. May 2 - 8, 2013 buzz 3


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ince 2000, 11 of the top 50 highest grossing films have all been adapted for screen from the pages of comic books. Many of the others have been Lord of the Rings and that Potter kid. What I’m saying is that if Marvel or DC Comics have their stamp on a film, they are gonna make a gazillion dollars at the box office. It’s pretty much a foolproof system. Leave out Ben Affleck’s unfortunately terrible Daredevil, comic book films have been smash hits and the big production companies know that. That’s why they’ve started to bank on sequels and prequels where they throw every superhero they can think of into it and say, “Go fight those aliens. Yeah, you too, Scarlett Johansson.” You can trace back the beginning of Marvel films to 1944’s Captain America, but we won’t go that far back. Let’s start with 2000’s X-Men. A fairly good flick with an above-average box office turnout that starred a very capable and heavily bearded Hugh Jackman. 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures figured that this was a good enough concoction to go on and make a

sequel to X-Men, and the first ever live action Spider-Man film. This is when the game changed for comic book films. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002 was an enormous hit and was heralded by all to be a kickass movie. This is when the ball started rolling and the capacity for enormously marketed films came to realization. After that, we began to see comic book characters that we didn’t even know existed come onto the big screen. There were sequels for X-Men, Spider-Man, the first of three Hulk movies (all with different lead actors) and The Punisher. But possibly the most interesting thing happened when they created the spin-off movie, Elektra. It was a very underwhelming film at the box office and overall not a very good movie, but this is when the big guns over in Hollywood realized that their mediums for possible films were limitless. Now let’s get to the present. With Iron Man 3 coming to theaters this week and trailers for a new Thor movie out, we realize that this will never end no matter how bad some of these films

are. Thor fell short and Captain America: The First Avenger was a tough one to watch. But when you put them all together in The Avengers, you have one of the highest grossing films ever. Why? Because with Marvel movies, more is more. And that’s exactly what we’ll see in the future. More sequels, more spin-offs, more Avengers movies and possibly ABC short series that are rumored now, but will eventually happen because Joss Whedon (Avengers, Toy Story) is a part of the mix. And if Marvel messes up, they’ll just make the same damn movie all over again because they know you’ll go to the theater and see it. That’s what they’re doing with Andrew Garfield with The Amazing Spider-Man (they’re shooting the sequel in Brooklyn right now), and that’s what they’ll do with the Hulk and Fantastic Four until they get it right. My point is that they’ll never stop putting pretty faces in spandex suits to be flown around in front of a camera because they make bank of that. And I’m totally fine with that (most of the time). So, Marvel, keep doing what you’re doing.


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soon as the lights dim and silence stills the air, you are reminded of moments — moments when you waited backstage for your cue, moments before you tuned your instrument to concert pitch, moments when your costume itched and your makeup caked, moments when you rehearsed last-minute lines from a speech you had been working on for a month. Or perhaps you are reminded of other times you sat in the audience, as you sit with them now in Foellinger Great Hall, Colwell Playhouse, Tryon Festival Theatre or the Studio Theater in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. When you waited with bated breath to hear the first lines of that play, that song or that speech; when you narrowed your eyes in the dim light, trying to find a performing friend; or when you realized you were about to see a famous group like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and you pinched your arm as a reminder that you still existed in your seat. Today, though, you were ready with programs and a smile, you said, “Enjoy the show,” a thousand times to a thousand more excited faces, wearing a badge with your title like a medallion pinned to battle armor, your sleek black vest. You know exactly what seats people are looking for and where the bathroom is, and you might pause for a second, because a couple of months ago these theaters were just as alien to you. That is, until you joined the Krannert Center Student Association and became a volunteer usher. You didn’t think this way at first, but you have realized that just like the performer or the audience member, ushers, too, are a part of the show. Admittedly, being a volunteer usher for the student association isn’t the most glamorous way to spend a Friday night, though there are shows every day of the week for the performance lover. People don’t throw backstage passes at you or tip you for helping them find their seat. At first, you thought the job entirely unnecessary to the productions. People could just pick up programs from a box, or they could ask the ticket

masters where on Earth their seats were. But you’ve come to realize that there’s more to being an usher than doing those things. Being an usher is about creating a community around Krannert. It’s about making connections. You’ve come to realize just how many people congregate in these performance spaces to share a love for the arts that transcends all boundaries. You talk to people, all sorts of people, from fellow students to dedicated patrons to anyone who wants to experience something new. You learn to arrive at least 10 minutes before your call time because all the experienced volunteers get the best spots in the house otherwise. But, you also learn that they tend to have the best stories. People like Anne and Skip Neely, two wellseasoned ushers, enthusiastically offer their assistance. Mrs. Neely posed valiantly in the doorway to the theater with another slightly more reserved usher, Frank Modica. From the moment you start up a conversation, you share comfortable and mutual curiosity about where others have been. You trade stories, you relate. Theater and art majors, music majors, business majors, science and engineering majors, band members, orchestra members, professors and retirees — everyone of any age. All these people remember moments. They all wait for the start of the show in a similar way. At Krannert, you are as much a part of a group as you are a unique contribution. These warm and wonderfully helpful people are who define the Krannert Center community. Being an usher is about creating a positive performance space for everyone involved. University students' opportunity to see five or six shows for free each semester is a blessing. A lot of different organizations try to pull students left, right and center. At the Krannert Center, you forget yourself for two to three hours, and you watch as all sorts of talented performers enthrall the audience you helped seat. Your job is to participate in the performance in your own way, with programs in hand and a welcoming smile.

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What to expect at the farmers market

by Sean Harrigan

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he snow and bitter temperatures of April may have you fooled, but the calendar says spring has been here for over a month. What this means is the farmers market season is right around the corner. Given how important farming is in central Illinois, there are various farmers markets held in the Champaign-Urbana area. This article will give you the skinny on what to expect from them. Natalie Marquez is the marketing coordinator and director of Urbana’s Market at the Square. With her assistance, this article will walk you through a typical day at the Urbana farmers market. This might read like an R.L. Stine Choose Your Own Adventure book, but just grit your teeth and “pear” it (pun quota reached). Okay, so it’s Saturday morning and you wake up craving a freshly picked tomato, or maybe you want a doormat that reads, “I’d rather be fishing.” As long as it’s between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon, you can get both of these things at Urbana’s Market at the Square (sorry, college students, farmers are morning people). It’s

located at the corner of Illinois and Vine streets next to Lincoln Square Mall in downtown Urbana, and will be there every week between May 4 and November 2. After entering the market, you’re taken by its size. After a rough count, you realize that there are over 70 different vendors this week. Walking down the aisle while munching on your tomato, you realize there is more than just food at this market. Looking around, you see unique jewelry, handmade woodcarvings and candles you didn’t even know they could make scents for. All this is well and good, you think, but what about my wallet? Will the cost of buying freshpicked fruit and handmade herbal face wash send me into crippling debt? Luckily, the short answer is no. The prices are reasonable, and although they may be a tad higher for some products, you have to remember that everything you see was either grown or made right here in Illinois. Unlike typical grocery store chains, everything at a farmers market is fresh and in season. That tomato you’re chewing did not

travel from halfway around the world packed in a truck full of tomatoes just like it. No, your tomato is unique. Your tomato is special. Just like you. It is now 11:59 a.m., and though you’d love to spend your whole day getting free roasted almond samples, the vendors are packing up and it’s time to go. Walking toward your car, you realize you’re carrying more produce than you can possibly eat before it goes bad. Then suddenly, you start to feel something in the pit of your stomach. Are you having a negative reaction to the banana bread? No, this is something much better. It’s a warm feeling. It’s pride. You just helped out your community. People who frequent farmers markets get the satisfaction of knowing that their money isn’t going to some big corporation. Rather, it’s going to the hardworking people of central Illinois. In the words of Natalie Marquez, “This creates a community where you know exactly who makes, grows and creates the items you’re buying. It gives patrons the chance to create a relation-

ship with their favorite vendors, learn about what is in season, how the products are made and more.” These are people whose livelihoods depend on getting their names out there and selling their goods. Thus ends your first experience at a farmers market. Urbana’s Market at the Square is not the only game in town. Here are three more markets in the Champaign-Urbana area where you will also be able to shop. The Country Fair Farmers’ Market is hosted every Wednesday 7 a.m. to noon, located at 229 Mattis Ave, Champaign. There is another one every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., north of University Avenue on First Street in Champaign. Rantoul has a market every Friday from 7 a.m. to noon at the Amtrak Station. There are also markets at Prairie Fruits Farm, the Sustainable Student Farm and the Shoppes of Knollwood. These markets won’t match Urbana’s Market at the Square in terms of size and selection, but they should be more than enough to satisfy your tomato fix.

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New Classes for better fitness Campus Recreation welcomes new fitness classes in fall by David Robertson

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ampus Recreation at the University is adding three new classes to its group fitness schedule next fall. Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodyjam are three internationally renowned formats from Les Mills that will give members of the ARC and CRCE even more options and motivation to stay fit and active. Les Mills, a New Zealand-based corporation, is the world’s No. 1 provider of pre-choreographed group fitness classes. Over 14,000 gyms across 80 countries offer classes of the Les Mills brand. The company offers 13 programs, including the three formats that are coming to campus. “Les Mills promises cutting-edge research to back up the structure of their classes,” said Dan Maroun, program assistant of the wellness division for Campus Recreation. “For our group fitness staff, this point is important because it allows us to confidently deliver a safe and effective class without worrying about contraindications.” Bodypump, arguably the most popular Les Mills format, is a barbell class aimed at toning and strengthening the entire body in an hour-

long workout. In Bodypump, which is similar to the Illini Iron class currently offered at the ARC, participants train each muscle group for approximately five minutes, performing up to 800 repetitions per class. “Some students are intimidated by the weight room, and this is a good transition for those comfortable with the group fitness setting,” said Paula Poh, graduate student at the University and an instructor of Zumba, chair dance and cycling, among other classes. Gym-goers who would like a martial arts-inspired cardio workout should try Bodycombat. For over 55 minutes, participants punch, kick and strike to burn calories fast, tone and shape and increase strength and endurance. The class draws upon karate, kung fu, muay thai, kickboxing and more for a well-rounded workout. “Muay thai is awesome in Bodycombat," Maroun said. "It’s almost carnal.” Maroun, who is also a cycling and Body Blitz instructor at the ARC, will be teaching Bodypump and Bodyjam in the fall.

Bodyjam falls in the wheelhouse of Zumba and other dance-based classes. This class, like the other Les Mills formats, is set to the hottest new music. Recent Bodyjam releases have included remixes of chart-topping hits, such as Rita Ora’s “How We Do” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side.” “Les Mills spends months choreographing the moves to really good music. They let the music drive the workout and they make sure the moves are safe and performed to get maximum benefits,” Maroun said. “Nothing is better than an awesome workout with awesome music.” While many other gyms in the CU area offer Les Mills classes, Campus Rec will be the only facility that offers Bodyjam, according to Janet Kroencke, assistant director of wellness services for Campus Recreation. Presently, the nearest gym that offers this class is in Peoria, Ill. With new formats arise new challenges and work for the group fitness staff. Instructors will prepare for these new classes by attending intensive training sessions over the summer and spending time memorizing the pre-choreo-

graphed routines. Maroun said instructors “will spend a lot of time on the elements that make an amazing group fitness class.” University sophomore Courtney Johnson, a fitness instructor for Campus Recreation, is planning to train in and eventually teach Bodypump and Bodycombat. She is excited to learn these new formats, and said, “I think it is going to be easier, since the hard part [choreographing] is already done for you. They look really effective and fun.” Kroencke hopes that each new class can be offered at least two to three times a week at the minimum. As of right now, she doesn’t think the current group fitness classes offered or pass prices will be affected. If these new classes are a success, Maroun hopes to bring more Les Mills formats to Campus Recreaetion in the future. “Our goal is to continually diversify our class offerings to make sure that we are accurately reflecting our participants’ wants and needs,” Maroun said. May 2 - 8, 2013 buzz 7


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ver the past decade, summer music festivals have become a welcomed and expected part of even the average music fan's concert-going experience. But with their increased popularity comes raised ticket prices,

faster sell-out rates and increased confusion. How does a fan decide which festival meets his or her needs and expectations? Have no fear, we've sorted it out and highlighted some of the biggest and best for this summer.

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Lollapalooza (Chicago) Aside from the much anticipated announcement of Nine Inch Nails as a headliner following Trent Reznor’s surprise revival of the band, this year’s lineup announcement for Lolla featured either ecstatic excitement or spiraling disappointment. Whether people are foaming at the mouth over Mumford and Sons or maliciously grinding their teeth to the absence of heavily rumored Daft Punk, Grant Park will thankfully be seeing a comparable follow-up to last year’s superstars with The Cure and The Postal Service on the bill. Trading 2012’s oversaturation of dubstep for more varied electronic artists, be on the lookout for Death Grips, Thievery Corporation and Hot Chip alongside other rock acts like Grizzly Bear, Queens of the Stone Age and The National. —Austin Gomez Summercamp (Chillicothe, Ill.) While navigating festival grounds, it’s easy to get lost in the moment. The enchantingly decorated forest, the constant barrage of beautiful music and beautiful people — this is Summer Camp Music Festival, and it’s a weekend you’ll always remember (or at least attempt to). Three nights of Umphrey’s McGee, two full sets of Trey Anastasio Band and a performance by The Avett Brothers was enough to convince me. But the inclusion of dozens of other acts, varying from world-renowned DJs such as Diplo to well-known bands like STS9 and The Wailers, and as well as CU staples like Sun Stereo, certainly make the decision easier. —Brett Arnold Soundset (Shakopee, Minn.) Soundset is a fairly under-the-radio festival for the number of hip-hop and DJ acts playing. The festival is held on Sunday, May 26, at the Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. While the town isn’t often recognized, the headliners and acts make it one of the best hip-hop destinations of the summer. In addition to Minnesota natives Atmosphere headlining the show, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9Ne,

Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Ferg are only some of the notable acts to be performing at the festival. It’ll also be hosted by MTV personality Sway Calloway, making it a sure highlight of summer festival season. —Mitesh Bhatt Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tenn.) Much of this year’s lineup shares its bigger names with other major festivals — British psych-pop group Alt-J and Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar have both received tons of Internet buzz since putting out two of 2012’s best records, indie favorites The National are poised to unleash a new record in the coming weeks and all three parts of the folk-pop trifecta of The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and Mumford and Sons will be appearing. Also headlining are classic rockers Paul McCartney and Tom Petty — likely the only names your mom will recognize on this otherwise indie-tastic lineup. Acts of Pygmalions past Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids and Lord Huron will be partying with L.A. indie favorites Local Natives, as well as up-and-coming psych-surfers Django Django. This year, Bonnaroo will also feature a stronger comedian presence, thanks to appearances by Bob Saget, Daniel Tosh, Ed Helms and Mike Birbiglia. —Tyler Durgan Pitchfork (Chicago) The musical tastemakers of the Internet have done it once again. They’ve constructed a mouthwatering lineup for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park, July 19-21, and are charging a mere $120 for it all. Headliners range from Wire, veteran punks with a brandnew 2013 release as well, to R. Kelly, whose performance is sure to be golden, with the rest of the lineup looking just as diverse. Swans, Lil B, TNGHT, El-P, Mac DeMarco, Autre Ne Veut, Woods, Pissed Jeans, Angel Olsen, White Lung and Merchandise will be there, just to name a

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few, and there'll also be a record tent for those itching to pick up some new wax. Pitchfork can be thought of as Lolla’s cool older brother. I can guarantee some of these bands will show up in Grant Park next summer. —Maddie Rehayem The Gathering of the Juggalos (Cave-In-Rock, Ill.) While it’s true that the lineup has yet to be announced, there’s no doubting that the excitement surrounding this year’s Gathering is simply palpable. While yearly sideshows such as Miss Juggalette, the Neden Game and wrestling try-outs are already confirmed, Juggalos can rest easy knowing both halves of the Insane Clown Posse, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J will likely have them covered with a stellar bill of underground hip-hop and nu-metal acts fit for the Midwest’s most insane carnival this side of the Mississippi. In all seriousness though, Danny Brown was there a year ago and he loved it. If Danny Brown likes something, then his telltale laugh should be the only reassurance curious Gathering-goers need before becoming part of the Family in a judge-free zone. Food for thought. —Austin Gomez HoZac Blackout Fest (Chicago) HoZac Records is an institution Chicago punk music fans can truly be proud of. Each year, they put on the HoZac Blackout Festival, showcasing local upand-comers alongside international talents. On May 16-19, Blackout returns to Chicago’s Empty Bottle. It’s 21 and up, so unfortunately for this event if you

aren’t old enough to drink, you aren’t old enough to rock. This year’s bill is topped by OG Boston punks Unnatural Axe and noisy mainstays Chrome, and is rounded out by Dwight Twilley, Eat Skull, Tyvek and Population, among others. A four-day pass will cost you a pretty reasonable $70. —Will Carr Dumb Fest (Springfield, Ill.) Out from the cracked concrete of the south side of Springfield, Ill., crawls Dumb Fest. The two-day festival entices with big draws, including a Renae reunion, Tenement and The Copyrights. Yet, many hidden gems fill out the lineup. The Black Sheep will be lucky to escape without holes in the walls after Chicago hardcore group Angry Gods and Springfield’s Soap Scum’s sets. Trauma Harness, a punk band whose guitar tones somehow makes you feel like you’re riding in a crashing UFO, is also a band to look for, along with entertaining hardcore band Lumpy & The Dumpers. Champaign-Urbana bands Horrible Things (Day 2), NEED (Day 2) and Earth Witch (Day1) will also play. The festival is on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at The Black Sheep and Skank Skates. —Sean Neumann Sasquatch! Festival (Quincy, Wash.) Sasquatch! is returning this summer to Quincy, Wash., and running from May 24-27. The fest typically boasts a variety of genres, with an emphasis on indie-rock and singer-songwriters. It also features artists from the alt-rock and hiphop areas of music. This year’s headliners include Mumford and Sons, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons and the Lumineers. Coming out

of hiding, The Postal Service is also making an appearance after releasing their one and only album back in 2003. Concert-goers can also camp out for those four days since the location is at the Gorge Ampitheatre Campground, surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery. Sasquatch! Festival "Superticket" packages are sold out, but a few VIP box tickets are still available. —Jenn Aguinaldo North Coast (Chicago) North Coast Music Fetsival takes place August 30 through September 1 in Chicago's Union Park. The festival, referred to as as “Summer’s Last Stand,” is the last major music festival to take place in Chicago each summer. Whereas Pitchfork’s lineup consists of mostly underground, alternative bands and Lollapalooza hosts every genre of artists under the sun, North Coast encompasses a bit of both. Past bills have included hip-hop and rap artists like Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa and Atmosphere, along with a lot of electronic artists like Major Lazer, Boys Noize and Knife Party. This year’s lineup will be released later this spring. —Taylor Odisho Warped Tour Vans Warped Tour really is the “Best Day Ever.” It’s all about getting up early, packing on the sunscreen and seeing all your favorite bands — punk, screamo and beyond — perform live. You may even get to meet a few! Warped Tour is just around the corner, and this year’s awesome lineup features Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Bring Me the Horizon,

Chiodos and many more. Warped Tour is unique because it is not just a festival, but its also features live action sports, artists, tons of giveaways and free hugs throughout the day. You can catch the tour in several stops around Champaign-Urbana this summer including Chicago and St. Louis. —Lauren Aguirre Chaos in Tejas (Austin, Texas) It’s important that you don’t mistake Chaos in Tejas for “SXSW Leftover Fest.” It is so much more than that. The four-day fest features an interesting mix of punk, hardcore, metal and more. Bolt-Thrower, Iceage, the Field and Joyce Manor will play. Both of Mark Ryan’s garage-punk endeavors, The Marked Men and Mind Spiders will play. Andy Stott and Grouper have sets at the fest as well. To visit Austin and not get a taste of the music scene there would be a mistake, so what better time go this summer than May 30 through June 2. —Maddie Rehayem Bled Fest (Howell, Mich.) Although it’s doubtful the crowd will “Party Hard” to an Andrew W.K. solo set, this May 25 festival is a sure stop on any festival-goer’s maps, especially following the announcement of Tigers Jaw’s breakup and immediate farewell tour, including a date at Bled Fest. Joie De Vivre, Modern Baseball and Dads will fulfill all of your emo needs, while Anti-Flag and Into It. Over It. will draw the crowd. But it’s bands like Kittyhawk, The Reptilian and The Threads that will leave with significantly more fans than they came with. —Sean Neumann

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International Tuba Day Around da world! Friday, May 3 Your heart, soul and passion for tuba music Why is it that the tuba never got an honorable mention in the famous Music Man song “76 Trombones”? Even the Chinese gong was mentioned, and I don’t even think that’s a common instrument in marching bands anymore. The poor tuba, oversized and clunky, seated at the rear of a symphony, always seems to get the shaft. But have no fear, fellow tuba appreciators, this Friday is International Tuba Day! Yes, there is such a thing. Founded in 1979 by Joel Day, International Tuba Day is the one day out of the year fellow tuba players and enthusiasts can pick up their 30-pound mass of brass and stand proudly united for the instrument that is the foundation of all wind and symphonic pieces. —Andrea Baumgartner, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Hessel Park concert May 4, 2-5 p.m. 1401 Grandview Dr. Champaign Free The Edison Middle School concert and jazz bands will be performing their annual concert in the park. Perfect for all ages! —Carrie McMenamin, Food & Drink Editor

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Movies & theater Next to Normal Station Theater 8 p.m.

Cinderella, everyone’s favorite fairytale, is performed with live dance to the music of Prokofiev featuring stylized staging by director Tracy McCabe. Following the traditional tale, Cinderella escapes the misery of her wicked stepsisters to the magnificent beauty of the ball where Prince Charming awaits. Midnight, a glass slipper, a pumpkin coach and a fairy godmother carry Cinderella through this timeless and beautiful ballet. —Jamila Tyler, Movies & TV Editor

Fourth annual Feminist Film Festival May 2-3 The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign Have you read the works of Adrienne Rich or Susan Sontag? Have you watched Little Women and greatly appreciated the five strong female leads? Then go to the fourth annual Feminist Film Festival. This event uses art and media to raise awareness about issues involving differences in sexuality, race and class. All types of people are welcome. —Karolina Zapal, Community Editor


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fter seeing The Place Beyond The Pines, there are a few new certainties in my life. Much like the fact that water is wet, the sun is hot and Robin Williams has hairier mitts than an adult grizzly bear, Derek Cianfrance can make a pretty damn good movie. Adding to that list, Ryan Gosling is the greatest actor of my generation, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Ben Mendelsohn, and Sean Bobbitt paired with a camera is more visually satisfying than Kate Upton in a bikini. Pines is the type of movie that will remain a timeless classic. With a Pyscho-esque linear narrative structure that leads the audience in every direction, through the billions of pine needles infesting Schenectady, N.Y., Cianfrance is able to explain the meaning of one epochal idea: the legacy a father instills in his son. Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) is a stunt motorcyclist. With an armor of tattoos to hide his skin, one can tell Luke has been through his fair share of troubles. Traveling with a carnival and performing in a show as the daring leader of “Luke and the Heartthrobs,” he earns his living by risking his life. His daily routine is interrupted when he runs into an old fling, Romina (Eva Mendes), following his usual deathcage stunt. After biking her home, in a beautiful Bobbitt cinematographic sequence, Luke peels out with a desire for more. The next day, he returns to her doorstep and knocks on the door. To his surprise, Romina’s mother, Molena, answers with an infant in her arms. Molena informs Luke of Romina’s whereabouts and he retorts, “Who’s that guy?” She replies, “He’s yours.” In an attempt to prevent doing what his father did to him, he leaves the carnival behind and stays in Schenectady. Luke then meets up with Robin (Ben Mendelsohn), the owner a small auto repair shop in the town. This scores him a job as a part-time repairman in order to provide for his son. Asking Robin for more work, Luke is presented with a different way to make money: robbing banks. This is what causes Luke’s story to come in contact with Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), a rookie on the Schenectady police force. Following this clashing of stories is Avery’s narrative, which is then followed by an even more moving storyline. In an attempt

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to hook you without giving anything away, my plot summary stops earlier than usual. With studios spending millions on movies inspired by board games (cough...cough...Battleship), there are some poor decisions being made in movie executive offices. And just when my cynicism starts to get the best of me, Derek Cianfrance comes out with another film. It is men like him that make me feel as though the price of $10 is far too little for going to the cinema. Upon seeing his 2010 critical success, Blue Valentine, I walked away with a mixed reaction. As an immature movie viewer, I was saddened and angry that someone would make a film that brings you down. But after days of thinking, I had discovered that Derek had composed an authentic picture that realistically, as he described it, portrays a modern tale of husbands and wives. I was then not upset, but refreshed that there was an honest man making movies for the purpose of expression rather than making a quick buck. Pines is similar in its raw authenticity, but aimed to tackle the immense topic of fathers and sons. If there is anyone to portray an emotional role of a motorcycling outlaw, it is Ryan Gosling. Gosling’s dialogue is minimal, but for good reason. His expressions can pinpoint an exact emotion at moments that words would ruin. With a limit on my word count that I have already pushed, I cannot pay tribute to the excellent performances of Mendes, Cooper, Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne and some new up-and-comers. But take my word for it, they are the forces that allow such an impressive story (written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder) to come to life. And the man who is the reason for the marrying of this astounding plot, exceptional acting talent and perfect setting is Derek Cianfrance. There is a sense of entertainment in his movies that is abandoned when the audience is thrusted into the story. It is at this point that watching Pines became a learning experience, teaching me things I didn’t even know about my relationship with my own father. It is Pines that keeps the forest fire of cinema so appropriately ablaze.

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UI Jazz Combo Concert II

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Krannert Uncorked with the Olivia Flanigan Quintet, jazz // Marquee TH MAY 9

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Krannert Uncorked

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Dance for People with Parkinson’s

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