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MAY 20, 2010
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FOOD & DRINK Looking for a way to save some money and help the environment? Try packing a sack lunch! On Friday, check out this food holiday, National BrownBag-It Day.
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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP
It is a little overwhelming how much free time I am ﬁnding I have. Without classes, the days seem to contain an endless amount of time, and the nights seem to go on forever, seeing as I don’t really have anything I have to get up for. It’s been pretty great. With all this time, I’m trying to ﬁnd good outlets and things to keep me busy. I have one problem though: television shows centered around food. I don’t know what it is about these goofy shows, but I ﬁnd them so interesting! I have always had a love of food, its preparation and the different cultures the foods are a part of, and these shows cater directly to that. All I know is that I can’t turn them off! It is even stranger because I don’t usually watch that much television! I try to limit my time spent in front of the TV as a general rule, usually only to watch my favorite shows each week. But, with my recent abundance of time, it has stayed on as a background for other activities and keeps drawing me in. The Food Network and the Travel Channel are to blame. If you have ever seen the show No Reservations with Athony Bourdain, you know what I mean. He travels to exotic places and eats food that I don’t think I would have the guts to try. He will try out different established restaurants, as well as street vendor food, and offers up his critique of the cuisine and the culture it is a part of, often with a bit of sarcasm. The commentary is interesting, and watching him interact with the people from these places often makes for great entertainment. He’s a witty guy, his comments are funny and I can’t stop watching. It also doesn’t help that there are usually several episodes right in a row. Not that the shows are really tied to one another, no order or need to see the previous episode to know what is going on, but it does help you waste an entire afternoon if you are so inclined. On top of this, it makes me hungry! I could have just ﬁnished lunch and sat down to watch a little television, and will almost immediately start to crave something to eat. This train of events is certainly not helping me get on the diet I’ve been planning to start, or the exercise routine I’ve been meaning to get into. Thanks a lot, Food Network.
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All die-hard cyclists — and bike dabblers, as well—can enjoy the upcoming Tour de CU at Research Park and the I Hotel on Saturday, May 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as the Urbana Grand Pix in Downtown Urbana on Sunday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. While those wishing to compete can register at BikeReg.com, any prospective volunteers can get involved by contacting Scott Dahman at firstname.lastname@example.org. “I wanted to create a race weekend that would show the people of Champaign what big time racing looks like, and not only have it be a bike race,” said Tour de CU founder Mark Swartzendruber, “but a community event that Champaign-Urbana could look forward to each year.” Though Swartzendruber sees different people compete for different reasons, exercise is not one of them. “At the higher levels,” said Swartzendruber, “guys race for the prize money, but at the lower levels I suppose people race for the joy of competition. Bike racing is a bit edgy, dangerous and dramatic, so some people race for the rush of it all. Ultimately, I don’t think they do it for fitness because you can certainly ride a bike and not be a racer.” Nevertheless, a lot of locals have the advantage of practicing every Wednesday at Burwash Park in Savoy. While the event may seem like one for hardcore bikers, newbies and non-cyclists can participate as well. “People can volunteer their time as corner or course marshals to help keep stray people from wandering onto the course during the races,” Swartzendruber said. “[And for bikers], the Category 5 races are a good way for people who haven’t raced before to dip their toes into the water so to speak.”
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» Paolo Nutini: Thanks to a friend, I stumbled across this crazy cat with his peppy beats and foot tapping-sound. Now, I’ve got my new shoes on and nothing’s going to bring me down. » Carbs: That’s right, I said it. This is one girl who would take bread over chocolate on a daily basis. It’s just the most feel-good food on the planet, especially just out of the oven. I wonder if my mom would let me commandeer her bread machine ... » Being Irish: Those of you who only claim Irish heritage with a flask in hand cannot possibly understand the awesomeness that comes from being a descendent of the land of green. I love the spontaneous bouts of good luck (why yes, I will take the parking space right out front of my class), the sound of the tin whistle and fiddle, and even the freckles. Now, all I need is someone to speak Gaelic with me. » My Mom: The woman just has it going on. All girls turn into their mothers? Fine by me.
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» When dad promises to go to the big soccer game until a big meeting comes up: I can’t believe this! He likes work more than he likes me! I scored two goals and nobody saw them except Gary (my stupid stepdad). I bet he really had to go eat with Melinda (Dad’s stupid new girlfriend)! » Finding out you did your math timed test all wrong: What the heck! I thought we were still doing multiplication but this was actually the first division test! This sucks! I got the worst grade in the class and now everybody thinks I’m an idiot. At least I don’t have to get pulled out of class like Joe (the kid who can’t read). » Never being able to get Katie’s attention: Katie’s pretty cool and all the guys think we should totally date but she won’t even look at me! I stare at her in math a lot, and sometimes at lunch I ask if she wants some of my Cool Ranch Doritos, but I don’t think anything works! If I don’t figure it out soon then I’ll have to go to the graduation dance alone like that loser David Croneburg (he has a lazy eye). Sixth grade suxxx.
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by Kelsey Rankin Once again, that favorite time of year is upon us: farmersâ€™ market season! If you havenâ€™t visited Urbanaâ€™s Market at the Square yet, itâ€™s time to trek on over to the corner of Vine and Illinois to take in the smells of fresh strawberries and kettle corn while perusing the unique, handcrafted items from a multitude of vendors, such as newcomer GreenerGiggles. buzz met up with owner Bonnie Vreeman at the market to talk about her new business, which carries the slogan â€œNo politics ... just baby steps toward a healthier planet.â€? Âť buzz: What are some of the â€œgreenâ€? items you offer for sale? Bonnie Vreeman: We have a pretty wide range of items, some for children, some for adults, and even for pets as well. We make fabric-covered chipboard scrapbook pages in different themes: orange and blue, pets, and we will have baby and wedding themes soon. We also have Homely Dolls, which are stuffed with bamboo fiber and come in different colors, each with a different face â€” some have three eyes, some are Cyclopes. I have to hide them from the grandkids because they love them so much. We also make childsized felt reusable shopping bags, and each comes with a set of plush veggies, including an eggplant and
squash. Additionally, we make cloth bookmarks and earth-friendly pet bedding. Âť buzz: What makes your business unique? BV: Everything we have is made out of recycled or reusable materials, even our sign. We use organic cotton, felt made from recycled plastic bottles, new scrap fabric from leftover design projects and bamboo fiber for stuffing, most of which Iâ€™m able to get locally. As far as the scrapbook materials, the fabric adds real genuine texture â€” so often the paper pages are just visual texture. I also give out tip cards on scrapbooking with fabric, and you definitely canâ€™t find a stuffed plush squash everywhere. Âť buzz: When did you start GreenerGiggles and how did you get the idea? BV: My husband Ken and I formed the business last August, but we havenâ€™t sold until now. The idea has just sort of evolved over time, I love to sell and do crafts and I wanted to give that a new twist, and I also wanted to promote being earth-friendly through our products. Iâ€™ve been coming to this market for at least 15 years, and itâ€™s so well run, so we wanted to just give it a chance, get feedback and find out what people like. Weâ€™ve been working all winter and spring to get ready. This is only our second week at the market, and weâ€™ll be back again on May 29.
Bonnie Vreeman and her husband recently founded GreenerGiggles, a new business selling green items at the farmersâ€™ market at Lincoln Square. Photo by Annie Goold
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Taking back the square
CU community welcomes back Urbana’s farmers’ market
by Lauren Hise
Local pick up groceries at Urbana’s Market at the Square. Photos by Sarah Ludmer
ew events better celebrate the return of warmer weather and brighter days than Urbana’s Market at the Square. Every Saturday morning, come rain or come shine, from May 1 to Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Urbana’s Lincoln Square transforms into a bustling marketplace of food, music, crafts, flowers, families and friends. It is little wonder then that Urbana’s own farmers’ market has seen such success. With over 135 vendors already registered, it’s likely that the continually growing market will exceed 200 vendors this year, while attendance will rank in the thousands. “Right now, this is just the second time, early in the season. It picks up a lot more when the farmers and all this fresh product and produce comes in,” said Jean Kistler, an employee of The Homestead Bakery.
When asked why she makes the drive from Arthur every Saturday morning, Kristler said, “To meet all the people, to see all the different products and all the unusual things that they have here. We always enjoy it. We’ve been coming for a while.” For the people who turn out to take in the market during its six month season, the gathering serves as more than just a place to find fresh produce straight from local growers. It is also a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. In fact, one of the truly wonderful things about the market is the sense of community that seems to envelop the square. “You see people you haven’t seen in a while,” said new vendor Tina Henderson, owner of Tiga Jewelry. “So far, it’s been fun. We’re going to do it all through November.”
Thanks to the large amount of people in attendance every weekend, Henderson is just one of many business owners who are able to use the market as a place to get the word out about their business and to sell the products they love. “We are from Urbana, and this is actually our store. The farmers’ market is our store. We don’t have a physical store location, but we come out here every [Saturday] morning,” said Diane Cain, whose store, The Cousins Dog Biscuit Company, is a regular at the market. “It’s the people. It’s fresh, quality, handcrafted, local. Everything I make in my booth is handcrafted. It’s the atmosphere. It’s everything.” Having everything includes giving people the chance to connect with not just the community in which they live but also their local environment. “People come out because there is a variety of stuff here and because this is one of the few places you can get native plants as opposed to, say, Prairie Gardens or something, which has a few,” said Ed Wilhite, a member of Grand Prairie Friends, who helps sell native plants in the early weeks of farmers’ market. “These are all native to Illinois. They were all germinated with seeds collected within 50 miles of here. They’re mostly prairie plants, which have grown here for thousands of years, so they adapt to the water and the soil that we’ve got. What we don’t sell will go into a prairie restoration around here.” With a new combination of vendors, crafts and produce to be found every week, the market is always changing, growing and adapting. However, one thing seems to remain constant, and that is the quality of the food.
“It’s a really great social atmosphere for people, but also it’s about the food,” said Lisa Bralts, director of Market at the Square. “People are coming out here for their food. They’re coming out here for their strawberries, for their asparagus, and it’s grown by people who are from Illinois, from, in many cases, 50 miles from here. Buying directly from the producer is really important.” It’s also now easier than ever. In an effort to cater to an increasingly electronic world, the Market at the Square now accepts debit and credit cards, which patrons can use to purchase tokens that can be used at vendor booths for the whole farmers’ market season. Unsurprisingly, the addition has been very popular with the people who come to eat, talk, buy and also learn. “We definitely encourage our patrons to have conversations with the farmer about how their food is grown, where they live, what it’s like, how to make the food. Sometimes, people don’t know how to prepare some fruits and vegetables,” said Bralts. “I think it’s a really important resource for people. It’s a really great way for people to socialize and learn a little bit about where their food comes from.”
Going against the grain Common Ground Food Co-op offers grain salad demonstrations by Jeanine Russell Millet and quinoa are two of the most nutritious and cheap grains. They feed a huge portion of the world because they are easy to grow and dense in nutrients, but they are not in the forefront of the diets of most Americans. Common Ground Food Co-op, located in Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall, is setting out to change this with a free demonstration on May 21. The demonstration will show how to make Tex Mex millet salad, Grecian quinoa salad and surprise brown rice salad. “The whole idea is to show how easy whole grains are to work with and what interesting things you can do with them. Even those of us who eat whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and bulgar all winter long will often stop eating whole grains in the warm months because we think of them as heavy and hearty. But there’s no reason to stop eating whole grains in the summer,” said Jacqueline Hannah, the co-op’s general manager and instructor for the demonstration. All of the salads being made are “one bowl
meals,” meaning they are quick and won’t require much cleanup. Not only will she be showing how to make these simple salads, but there will also be samplings. “For those new to whole grains, it’s a great opportunity to try whole grains you might not have heard of before, like quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) from South America, and it’s an opportunity to learn a whole new way to use whole grains for those more experienced with them. I’ll be handing out recipe cards as well as samples of the food,” Hannah said. This demonstration is different from a class; it is completely free and no registration is necessary. Just show up at Common Ground Food Co-op to learn how to add some cheap and nutritious grains into your summer diet, incorporating more common ingredients such as corn, black beans, cilantro and feta cheese. “It is a great opportunity to share with folks how un-intimidating and tasty organic, natural foods really are!” Hannah said. buzz
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we bring you something you wonâ€™t find anywhere else.â€? The tour-only EP and the live performance will be a true hiphop experience, Gates said. It will be a traditional hip-hop show in the sense that Gates is the DJ and Krukid is the rapper; Gates will be doing traditional track scratching and hyping while Krukid raps. The duo has already performed the set in St. Louis and Cincinnati, and following their CU performance they will travel to Chicago and Minneapolis. The two hip-hop enthusiasts and performers have spent years honing their craft and growing as artists individually, but have also been longtime friends who have frequently worked together. In fact, Krukidâ€™s first gig in Champaign was opening for Lorenzo Goetz at Cowboy Monkey. â€œItâ€™s fun. Weâ€™ve known each other for five or six years. Iâ€™ve played on his stuff, heâ€™s rapped on my stuff and weâ€™ve played shows together, but weâ€™ve only done a dozen or so actual sets where itâ€™s traditional hip-hop â€” where Iâ€™m the DJ and heâ€™s the rapper,â€? said Gates.
Although the two had wanted to do something together for a while and were excited to tour together, it wasnâ€™t until Krukid got invited to perform at the premier hip-hop festival Soundset that everything really came together. They used their desire to work together, combined with Krukidâ€™s need to get ready for his upcoming festival performance, as the driving force behind the tour and the EP. â€œWhat [people] should expect is a clean, professional show,â€? Gates said. â€œIf they want to see it done right, they can come out and see it, and itâ€™s the only place they can get the EP. Itâ€™s just a little treat for those who come out.â€? Although Gates has performed in just about every room that the Twin Cities offers to musicians, the Mike â€™n Mollyâ€™s beer garden holds a special place in his heart. â€œThereâ€™s really nothing like it in this community, on a perfect night playing in the beer garden over there. Thereâ€™s ivy up the walls, the iron gate, the fountain in there and cobble stone. Itâ€™s just a great vibe and a great sound and Iâ€™m looking forward to that.â€? Gates and Krukid will take to the beer garden on Friday along with Illegit from Chicago, DJ Legtwo and DJ Bozac from San Francisco. â€œCome and enjoy music thatâ€™s a good representative of a rich, beautiful culture,â€? Krukid said.
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by Emily Carlson For the past three years, Shay Thiele has not just been a piano man, but the Piano Man. Playing every Tuesday at Canopy Club in Urbana, crowds flock to the venue to watch him sing and play some of their favorite covers as they sip on Long Islands. Thiele has become an icon among University students, with his weekly act as a well recognized event. He took some time to chat with buzz about Piano Man and how heâ€™s gotten to where he is now. Âť buzz: How did you get into playing the piano? Shay Thiele: Basically one day I was listening to some classical piano, and I just decided I really liked it and thought I would try it. I was 18. I played by ear for a few months and then decided that I wanted to get some real lessons. I got some lessons from Millikin University. Âť buzz: What are some popular songs you play every week? ST: â€œPiano Man,â€? obviously, and â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believing.â€? Âť buzz: Whatâ€™s your favorite part about Piano Man? ST: I enjoy people singing along and having a good time with me.
Shay Thiele , also known as the Piano Man, plays every Tuesday at Canopy Club. Photo by Jess Easter
Âť buzz: How did Piano Man start? ST: I played classical piano and I played and sang a little bit, and the owner of Canopy came to my house for a party we were having and wanted to start a night and told me to start learning songs. Âť buzz: Is there any song you really hate playing? ST: Sometimes, but not really ... I mean, it happens now and then, because I do it so much. I play three times a week. I like to play a lot. There are some times that Iâ€™m like, â€˜I donâ€™t know if I can do this.â€™ Âť buzz: Do you have any side projects? ST: I have a band that Iâ€™m forming up in Chicago right now, but we donâ€™t have a name yet.
Âť buzz: Are there any songs you donâ€™t know how to play? ST: Yeah. Oh yeah. Thereâ€™s a million songs out there. A lot of times if someone asks for a song a lot, Iâ€™ll learn it. I find out what people are requesting a lot and then learn that song. Thatâ€™s usually how I learn new songs, figure out what people want to hear the most. Âť buzz: How does Piano Man fit in with what you want to do with music? ST: Itâ€™s my job right now. My passion is obviously writing music, but the cool thing about learning songs all the time is you learn what all the great artists before you did to write songs. You learn about songwriting through learning about other peopleâ€™s songs.
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by Stephanie Ruiz
PG-13 Taking place in 12th century England, Ridley Scottâ€™s Robin Hood is a prequel of â˜…â˜…â˜…âœŠâœŠ sorts; the story behind the tights-sporting legend and his band of merry men that have become so memorable today. After the death of King Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), a common archer in the kingâ€™s army, journeys home with three companions after 10 years of battle. Yet, after witnessing the death of Sir Robert Loxley during an ambush by the French, Photo used with permission from Universal Pictures Robin promises to first carry out the dying manâ€™s last wish: to return a valuable sword to his father action sequences, a nice blending and balance of in Nottingham. And so, in his first act of thievery, genres, and a gorgeous visual style that just screams Robin not only dons the riches and possessions of Ridley Scott. The acting, too, is superb and filled with the fallen knight, but also his identity. Little does noticeable energy throughout, and Strong manages Robin know, however, he will be forced to remain Sir to prove yet again that heâ€™s perfect villain material. Robert Loxley longer than he anticipated after the However, I can certainly see where the gripes knightâ€™s father Walter (Max von Sydow) asks him to among the critics lie. According to them, this impersonate his dead son so that he isnâ€™t forced to group of so-called â€œmerry menâ€? just arenâ€™t all give up his lands to the crown. All of this, of course, that merry; the humor and adventure that makes is to the initial displeasure of Robertâ€™s widow, Lady the story of Robin Hood so eternally famous is Marian (Cate Blanchett). replaced by Croweâ€™s brooding stare; Marian reMeanwhile, the newly crowned and greedy King nounces her flirtatious damsel in distress persona John (Oscar Isaac) demands harsh taxes from his to become an ass-kicking comrade on the battlesubjects, and invokes the help of Sir Godfrey (Mark field; and the iconic tagline â€œhe steals from the rich Strong) to raise revenue. Little does the king know, and gives to the poorâ€? is still a work in progress. It Godfrey is also acting as a French agent plotting appears that, to the critics, Scott may have been against the kingdom and attempting to stir up civil more interested in portraying a historical period war in England. Soon King John finds himself unwill- than staying true to the story of the witty, adveningly resigned to join forces with his subjects, Robin turous and unconventional hero. included, and wage war against the French and the Yet, regardless of whether or not we enjoy the conniving Godfrey. newest approach on this classic tale, we have to Now, I personally had no hard feelings towards this give credit where credit is due. Scott is basically the movie. We get to see the beginnings of some of our perfect guy for film work like this, and, letâ€™s face it, favorite characters â€” Little John (Kevin Durand) and he and Russell know how to make a pretty aweFriar Tuck (Mark Addy) included â€” and overall itâ€™s a some (not to mention successful) team. So, kudos, perfectly decent battle epic with a handful of gripping gentlemen. Kudos.
Worldâ€™s Greatest Dad (2009)
by Nick Martin
Sometimes I forget that Robin Williams is acIn the filmâ€™s key scene, Lance finds his sonâ€™s body tually a solid actor. For every Old Dogs thereâ€™s a lifeless in his bedroom. Instead of letting everyone Good Will Hunting. Heâ€™s even willing to try com- mock Kyle, Lance makes his sonâ€™s death look like edy thatâ€™s not mainstream approved. Maybe you a suicide. He even writes a fake note explaining thought this was a family comedy â€” it most cer- how cold and shallow the world really is. After tainly is not. Itâ€™s actually about how people react the school newspaper publishes â€œKyleâ€™sâ€? note, to death, the legacies we have after weâ€™re gone Lanceâ€™s charade starts working too well. Everyone and, most of all, autoerotic asphyxiation. immediately pities and respects Lance because This is not a feel-good comedy. Instead, itâ€™s a they think his son was a deep, compassionate dark story about a high school English teacher young boy; a book publisher even wants to publish named Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) and his Kyleâ€™s journals (also ghostwritten by Lance). Wilshithead son Kyle (Daryl Sabara, or the little liams plays the straight man in all of this (which is boy from Spy Kids). Lance gets no respect from hard to believe) by playing a father overwhelmed his co-workers, his students or his girlfriend, by sadness, and this is what makes the film so and his kid treats him worst of all. Kyle enjoys successful. You never know when to laugh and watching scatological German pornography, when to cry, and thatâ€™s kind of the point. saying derogatory comments about girls in his Worldâ€™s Greatest Dad was directed by Bobcat class and masturbating while strangling him- Goldthwait, the obnoxious screaming guy from self with a belt. Worldâ€™s Greatest Dad straddles the Police Academy movies, and shows he knows the line between â€œsoul-crushing sadnessâ€? and how to craft an intelligent, original comedy. If &2%15%.4 -/6)%'/%23 â€œmilk-from-your-nose hilarityâ€? â€” these aspects youâ€™re looking for a movie that pushes the line of 3IGN UP AT WWWGQTICOM FOR THE &REQUENT -OVIEGOER #LUB come to a head when Kyle accidently kills him- comedy, tragedy and bizarre sexual fetish, look %ARN POINTS SEE MOVIES FOR A BARGAIN PRICE self while â€œstranglebatingâ€?. no further than Worldâ€™s Greatest Dad.
3Favorites Ridley Scott films by Syd Slobodnik Alien (1979)
After the glitzy sci-fi spectaculars of Lucas and Spielberg in the late â€™70s, Scottâ€™s first major film concerned the working-class crew of the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo. The crew members respond to a distress signal on a distant planet, and soon find themselves fighting the horrors of an alien creature who inhabits the ship and terrorizes their crew. This suspenseful and scary film featured a tough collection of fine, non-glamorous performances by Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. Sigourney Weaverâ€™s Ripley eventually becomes the crewâ€™s unlikely heroine and an icon for feminine strength. Remember, â€œin space no one can hear you screamâ€?. Blade Runner (1982)
Scottâ€™s masterpiece recreates the world of scifi author Philip K. Dick. Harrison Ford plays Rich Deckard, an LA cop whose job is to hunt down and terminate replicants, semi-human cyborgs, lead by Rutger Hauer. Imaginative sets and special effects, and the scriptâ€™s provocative discussion of racial issues and what it means to be human made this one of the most important, yet misunderstood, films of the â€™80s. The studio never gave Scott the â€œfinal cutâ€? and made him add awkward voice over narration and a happy ending on the filmâ€™s original release. True fans of this film prefer the more complete directorâ€™s cuts, which suggest interesting speculations of Deckardâ€™s origin. Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Five years before the pop Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston hit The Bodyguard, Scott created one of the most effective cop/body guard love stories. Richly photographed by cinematographer Steven Poster, the film concerns a happily married New York police detective (Tom Berenger) who is protecting a wealthy Manhattan socialite (Mimi Rogers), who witnessed a homicide and is now targeted by the man sheâ€™s accusing. Tensions arise as the reluctant working-class protector slowly falls for the emotionally needy rich gal in a rather believable, melodramatic thriller. Berengerâ€™s Detective Mike Keegan is one of his most fully realized performances in this stylish cop tale that gets nicely accented by the famed Gershwin title song in renditions by Sting and Roberta Flack.
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