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MAY 31, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
HEADS MIB 3 REVIEW
The latest Men in Black installment
Album review: Vol. 1
Summer programming at the children’s museum
Your guide to this week’s events in CU
COMMUNITY This week online, Karolina discusses the perks of being yourself.
MUSIC Check out a new Selected Song on the new single from The Gaslight Anthem, along with Records We Missed on Maccabees’ Given to the Wild and Santigold’s Master of my Make Believe.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Hey! Theater reviews are online! Read ‘em before you get played!
MOVIES Remember Men in Black? We do. Check out our review of the latest installment online!
FOOD & DRINK
There are times when coming home with food to eat from your favorite takeout place and settling in for the night with a DVD is the greatest of all agendas. A buzz writer suggests food offerings from CU restaurants. 2
Which are you?
by Avani Chhaya
EDITOR’S NOTE SAMANTHA BAKALL
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It’s also the most important, but because of crazy schedules, classes and life obligations, it gets tossed aside. Bacon and eggs, french toast, omelettes and pancakes have fallen by the wayside with the advent of Pop-Tarts (which I do love, completely and wholeheartedly), toast or my least favorite option: nothing. I, too, am occasionally guilty of skipping out on the first meal of the day. I usually make up for it by drinking an entire French press of coffee in one sitting. I’m good for an hour or so, and then death’s door approaches as my body finally realizes that I haven’t consumed real food in hours. Then I gormandize anything in sight so I don’t pass out. Thankfully, summer living in the CU affords a little more time for a forenoon feast that’s a little more substantial. The best place for some sweet b-fast is Sam’s Cafe in downtown Champaign. They open suuuuuper early — which is perfect if you don’t want breakfast to take all morning — are lightning quick and have great food. It’s a tiny little diner sandwiched between Bacaro and Radio Maria on Walnut and is definitely easy to overlook. Michael Zhang, the art director, and I went there for breakfast this week before starting the magazine because I had an abnormally large desire to go out. So we hopped in the car, drove over (Michael is still bike-less) and went to town on some quality food. I hope the awesomeness of a western omelette (Michael’s) and the $4 breakfast special — two eggs over easy (my personal preference), bacon and pancakes — (mine) transcends into the layout. It was completely worth getting up earlier than I normally would on a Tuesday to head into downtown Champaign and go eat something I could have potentially made at home. But then I would’ve had to make it myself, which sort of negates going out for food, doesn’t it?. So if you haven’t eaten breakfast or are too lazy to make it for yourself, just go to Sam’s instead. You can order pretty much any food you want, and there are no dishes involved. And, if you’re smart with timing, you can get Lebanese food there a couple nights a week, too.
This is for you, chai connoisseur, sweet-toothed savant, antioxidant addict. Bitter, cold coffee is an emblem of the past, replacing yellowing, corroded teeth with a healthier, or at least sweeter, alternative. For the tantalizing, tasty tea lovers out there, June marks National Tea Month, celebrating the rectangular bagged beverage all across the country. Sipping a taste-inducing tea will turn even a taciturn man into a T.S. Eliot-reading, tambourineplaying, T-shirt wearing lover of literature and the world. To quench an insatiable thirst, order an iced chai with a splash of raspberry, which will leave any Espresso Royale employees gawking at your innovative thinking. You will get “oohs” and “aahs” as you sip that chilling, yet spicy tea in which the flavors will beautifully mingle with one another in synchronized very-berry harmony. Concocting your own tea-tasty recipes can be done in a cinch as well. To ease a sore throat, simply add and mix honey, lemon juice and ginger together with hot water to relieve that raspy throat. If you are caught strolling down a grocery aisle, Celestial Seasonings manufactures tea bags with names like Mint Magic and Morning Thunder that will add just the right kick to your morning. The tea company also infuses your mind with inspirational quotes that can last after you forget them. Drink on, my friend. Drink on.
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COVER DESIGN Nathalie Rock EDITOR IN CHIEF Samantha Bakall MANAGING EDITOR Samantha Bakall ART DIRECTOR Michael Zhang COPY CHIEF Drew Hatcher PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Nathaniel Lash IMAGE EDITOR Nathaniel Lash PHOTOGRAPHERS Nathaniel Lash DESIGNERS Nathalie Rock, Denise Casteñada MUSIC EDITOR Evan Lyman FOOD & DRINK EDITOR Jasmine Lee MOVIES & TV EDITOR Joyce Famakinwa ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Jessica Bourque COMMUNITY EDITOR Tom Thoren CU CALENDAR D.J. Dennis COPY EDITORS Drew Hatcher DISTRIBUTION Brandi and Steve Wills STUDENT SALES MANAGER Molly Lannon PUBLISHER Lilyan J. Levant
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» 3D: The first 3D movie I ever saw was James Cameron’s Avatar. Assured by many that its “epic” visuals could not be properly enjoyed without those stupid bi-colored glasses on my face, I shelled out the extra dough. This was a mistake. That 3D shit felt completely unnecessary, as did the movie itself (but that’s another rant). The point is, I really hate 3D movies and wish they would go away forever. It hurts: Maybe it’s my already-screwed-up depth perception, but watching 3D feels like someone is very slowly driving an invisible spike into my retinas while screaming that I’d better damn well enjoy it. Afterwards it’s as though I’ve been crossing my eyes for two hours. You look like an idiot: Maybe this is a minor/vain qualm, but couldn’t they make 3D glasses look less dorky? They’re also a pain in the ass because they only come in two sizes: “adult” and “child.” They should at least make that shit somewhat adjustable. And if you wear glasses already? Have fun with that. Timetable trickery: Sometimes you are forced to watch 3D movies against your will. I once took my 8-year-old sister to see The Adventures of Tintin. Maybe this was just my theater or maybe they were switched, but the showtimes didn’t indicate 3D. Regardless, when we arrived, the only show available was in 3D. My gut reaction was to curse loudly. Screw you for making me swear in front of children, 3D movies.
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» Chemical Spill Warnings: In the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, I received a lovely email from Illini-Alert that read: “Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.” Now, if I’ve learned anything from pop culture, it’s that a chemical spill results in one of two things: a zombie apocalypse or the birth of a superhero. Thus in my case, this Illini-Alert performed the exact opposite of its intended function, luring me into a potentially hazardous situation due to curiosity. Unfortunately, when I got there and bathed in the spilt chemicals, I didn’t gain anything. Not to mention I couldn’t find a single zombie. I had no super-speed, telepathic powers, nothing. But this morning, when I woke up, I did feel a bit more tired than usual. I had a cough. And my skin looked a little green. I haven’t been hungry for any food, either. Oomph, just coughed up a little blood. That’s not good. Wait that’s weird... my ear just fell off when I was scratching it. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME!?!? MUST. HAVE. BRAAAAAAAAAINS
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WEEK AHEAD What: One-year anniversary of civil unions in Illinois Friday, June 1 state of Illinois
Same-sex couples were first given the opportunity to express their love in the form of a civil union June 1, 2011. The Illinois law, which also afforded this right to opposite-sex couples, gave many of the same rights that marriage does, such as allowing partners to visit each other in a hospital and decide medical treatment, precluding partners in a civil union from testifying against each other in court, allowing them to share a nursing home room, make funeral and end-oflife decisions, inherit property and obtain certain employment benefits. — Thomas Thoren, Community Editor
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n just seven films in nearly twenty years, American director Wes Anderson has established himself as one of the most stylized and influential filmmakers in today’s cinematic landscape. Anderson’s trademark of clearly artificial yet deeply moving worlds, inventive use of British pop-rock songs, exploration of familial bonds, and witty dialogue are in full force in his seventh film opening this week, Moonrise Kingdom. Moonrise Kingdom is the story of a pair of young lovers who meet in 1965 at summer camp. Overcome by their passions for one another, the two decide to flee their sleepy New England island town. A local search party consisting of the local sheriff and the lovers’ parents fan out in an attempt to find them. Before you go see Moonrise Kingdom, we’ll relive the greatness that Anderson BUZZ in the past. has accomplished THURSDAY Some people wait anxiously for Wes Anderson’s MAY 31 film soundtracks. That is exactly how true Andercorp note...keep this same size always son is to his work, right down to the soundtrack. The tweed-wearing film director and writer is 1 X 5.417 known for his minute attention to story through 1/8th pageimmensely on rich color style. He puts emphasis palettes and ironic moods, and he is a genius at entrapping you in dizzying amounts of nostalgia. He follows themes of individuality without sacrificing family and spikes melancholic situations with healthy doses of humor.
Bottle Rocket (1996) Bottle Rocket is a humorous account of two friends who share a dream of becoming prosperous thieves. While Dignan (Owen Wilson) remains devoted to the 75-year plan he has drawn-up for the duo, Anthony (Luke Wilson) possesses an enthusiasm far less than that of his counterpart. His attention has since shifted to soul searching as a direct result of his extended stay at a voluntary mental hospital in Arizona. Nevertheless, he goes along with the plan in fear of disappointing Dignan and experiences a few unexpected occurrences along the way. You cannot help but laugh at their awkward exchanges, nonsensical verbal arguments and botched attempts at committing crime. This film could be acknowledged as one of the greatest comical debuts of our generation. Wes Anderson reveals his unique sense of humor and extremely recognizable camera work for the first time while Luke, Owen and Adam Wilson make their introductions on the silver screen.
Rushmore (1998) Rushmore may be Anderson’s second film, but it is a perfect introduction to the director’s biting wit, playful whimsy and childlike soul. The film follows the exploits of Max Fischer, an incredibly intelligent and incredibly pretentious 15-year-old (played by a very young and adorable Jason Schwartzman) who attends the private prep school Rushmore. Between dozens of extracurriculars and failing grades despite his genius, Max begins to have a budding romance — or so he perceives — with Miss Cross, a first grade teacher at the academy (Olivia Williams). When Herman Blume (Bill Murray), a wealthy industrialist and Max’s new friend, also begins pursuing Miss Cross, a war between men of quite different ages (but perhaps similar maturity) begins. Rushmore proved with time to be a success not only for Anderson but also for Schwartzman and the career of Bill Murray. Anderson and Owen Wilson penned a funny but deeply thought-provoking script (two men who I’m sure were plenty precocious and awkward in their own youth). Viewers may find Anderson’s trademark kitsch a little less potent in this one, making it a great introductory film to the director and a very enjoyable, smart film for any movie night.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson’s 2001 follow-up to Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, employs an extremely talented ensemble cast to depict the lives of a once-brilliant family that is struggling to hold on to its past greatness. Family relationships and turmoil, as is common in an Anderson picture, are the central theme of The Royal Tenenbaums. A dark comic sensibility appears in the strange and sour relationships between Royal (Gene Hackman), his son Chas (Ben Stiller), his adopted daughter Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Royal’s other son Richie (Luke Wilson), who is in love with Margot. But it is the mise-en-scene of the film that tells the story of the Tenenbaums. Anderson utilizes objects, props and art to express relationship dynamics between the characters that are partially absent in the minimal dialogue. The “New York City in the 70s” atmosphere of Tenenbaums signals the family’s desire to reclaim a brilliance that had escaped them long ago. To round out this interestingly beautiful and star-studded film is the rock and pop oriented soundtrack that includes well-placed songs from artists such as The Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground, Elliot Smith, The
Clash, Nico and frequent Anderson collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) What happens when three estranged brothers consider a spiritual retreat in India a cure to their personal problems and lack of camaraderie? Loads of misunderstanding and a journey to remember. The Darjeeling Limited, directed by Wes Anderson, starts off with oldest brother Francis (Owen Wilson) playing the overprotective brother who starts the journey, creating the schedule and bossing younger brothers Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) into doing things his way. At first, the fully-grown men Peter and Jack humor Francis’s cheesy attempts at bringing them back into the good ol’days. What’s wonderful about this movie is the dialogue exchange amongst the brothers, which really makes them seem like a family — not just actors reacting to cues. Director Wes Anderson redefines the great Indian spiritual pilgrimage through his ability to capture India: not through a foreigner’s eye but instead by using it as a backdrop where all aspects of chaos and culture are honestly displayed. The Darjeeling Limited is effortless comedy that manages to bring you closer to the characters’ lives, keep you entertained and point toward a deeper meaning.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Being directed by Wes Anderson, the animated movie Fantastic Mr. Fox would of course turn out to be a film with a Robin Hood a la 60s freedom vibe. But Anderson plays freedom messages elegantly by pitting Mr. Fox’s mid-life crisis for career security against his wild desire to hunt with stealthy might. The film follows Mr. Fox’s antics as he tries to reclaim his zeal for living on the edge by stealing chicken, turkey and cider from the wealthy human farmers. And though comedy-action sometimes limits emotion, Anderson makes sure each emotion is addressed fleetingly yet without mercy. He never beats around the bush, as is obvious with Mr. Fox’s disbelief in his son’s abilities and Rat’s alcoholic craziness. Anderson also makes the film an autumnal vacation, placing it in a reverie of golden sunsets and olive landscapes, perfect for October lovers. Quick and quirky, it’s a good place to start to get a feel for Anderson’s stylized films.
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Men in Black 3
By Kaitlin Penn
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n the third installation of Lowell Cunningham’s Men in Black series, the overall outcome manages to impress. Ten years since Men in Black II, it’s understandable that many may hold feelings of apprehension towards a third addition in an already fine series — because with that, the possibility of a flop always manages to linger. In the movie, part-
ners Agent J and Agent K resurface with ease, their dynamic unchanged within the past decade since we last saw them. In this third addition, MIB is their name, and now time travel is their game. Agent K is a tight-lipped man with a seemingly nonexistent past. Smiling, frowning, sentimental or angry, Agent K’s facial expression remains as a
single and unchanging rock, much to his partner Agent J’s dismay. Such a lack of sharing draws J to continuously bug K about his past. “What the hell happened to you?” becomes one of the top contending questions. However, all of this secrecy changes when intergalactic space criminal Boris the Animal breaks out of his high-security cell in the
moon-prison LunarMax, dragging some of K’s past to the spotlight. Finding the means to travel back in time and kill K before becoming imprisoned, Boris manages to succeed. To follow, Agent J wakes up the next morning with a mean craving for chocolate milk and a world without Agent K in it — and who everyone else seems to remember differently. Taking matters into his own hands, J finds the resources to time travel to stop Boris from killing K, placing himself in the whirlwind that is the ‘60s, ultimately allowing viewers a look at the younger Agent K, the lie that is Andy Warhol and the freakin’ adorable precognitive alien Griffin. In Men in Black 3, some of the most promising aspects lie in Josh Brolin’s performance as the young Agent K and the film’s twist ending (see for yourself). Also notable is Will Smith’s experience of the ‘60s, which, while a bit silly, also manages to capture some of the realistic racism existing at the time. While the beginning of the movie may remain a tad slow moving, once the plot picks up, viewers are in it until the end. Just in case, do yourself a favor before watching the third, and watch the first two movies in the series – there are hidden jokes within that won’t be understood unless one possesses a strong memory for details. Overall, a good film. Though the surprise ending could do with more of an elaboration, it was well placed. For a decade later, things could’ve gone plenty worse. Besides, in the outlook of Griffin, there are many other possible outcomes, but this is the one that happened — and it was pretty good.
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ROCKY, ASAP Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato comes to Mike ‘N’Molly’s By Evan Lyman
Rocky Votolato will be playing at Mike ‘N’ Molly's on Saturday, June 2. Photographer: Bjoern Lexius.
ately, Rocky Votolato has been doing things his own way. The singer-songwriter, who spent ten years as a member of Seattle alternative band Waxwing, decided to release
his latest album without support from a major label. On Saturday, June 2, the Television of Saints tour (named after his recent LP) comes to Mike ‘N’ Molly’s in Champaign for what should
be an intimate showcase of Votolato’s talents. The concert will be Champaign fans’ first opportunity to see Votolato play his brand of folkinfluenced alternative-country live. He plays with only his own guitar as accompaniment, because he says it’s the most intimate and also the format he’s most comfortable with. His live set will include songs from Television of Saints (released April 3) as well as various favorites from his old records. Votolato says that he rarely plans his sets completely and he just plays whatever he’s “feelin’ in the moment.” Coming into a position of elevated responsibility and creative control was a daunting task, but Votolato was ready for the challenge. After releasing his four previous solo albums with Barsuk Records, he decided to fund his album Television of Saints using Kickstarter, a website that helps aspiring artists fund their creative endeavors. “I had just finished my contract with Barsuk Records, and I had had a three record deal with them, and then I renewed for True Devotion,” Votolato said. “All that was finished, and we were working on a new deal, but then my management had this crazy idea of self-releasing and looking into the Kickstarter thing. As negotiations with Barsuk were going on and the idea kept getting passed around, we kinda just wanted to take a chance with it and see how it went.” Votolato maintained that he is thankful for everything Barsuk Records had done for him. But he enjoyed releasing Television of Saints on his own because he could include his fans in the creative process. “I had the opportunity to let people know what was going on with the artwork as it was coming in, how songwriting and recording was going, and the actual Kickstarter thing itself was a wild ride,” said Votolato. Votolato launched the campaign with the intent of raising $20,000 to finance the album. Within a week, that goal had been surpassed.
After the 30-day donation period was over, donations totaled upwards of $38,000. Clearly, the fans were eager to help Votolato get back in the studio. “It couldn’t have gone better,” Votolato said. “I’m really eternally grateful to all my fans, friends and everybody who decided to take a chance on it.” Along with changes in the recording and releasing of the album, Votolato said he thinks there are some sonic differences between Television of Saints and past records as well. “For True Devotion I was dealing with a lot of seriously heavy personal issues, but for Television of Saints I was moving into a place in my life where I was taking things a little less seriously,” said Votolato. “It’s not like it’s not a serious album, but there’s an element of detachment. The themes that run through it are about illusion and reality, and a lot of issues that are not necessarily so egoaffirming or self-consumed.” Votolato spent what he called his “musical formative years” growing up in rural Texas, but his family had moved to Seattle by the time he was in high school. Votolato discussed how those two (sometimes clashing) backgrounds have affected his career path. “After moving to Seattle, I just started writing songs and had gotten involved in the punk and indie rock scenes,” Votolato said. “I saw a lot of cool shows, and that’s where I really started. But all the while, I had this desire to write acoustic, more folk and country-influenced songs.” Votolato said that while he was a member of Waxwing, his softer solo material would pile up and he wouldn’t get a chance to play it often. But then, his brother (and Waxwing band-mate) Cody started The Blood Brothers, who signed a major label deal. Votolato decided to embark on a solo career while his brother was touring with The Blood Brothers, and it evolved into what it is today.
LOW-CAL MUSIC By Evan Lyman WHO: Showyousuck, Dave Coresh, Chandler London WHEN: Saturday, June 2, at 9 (doors at 8) WHERE: The Canopy Club COST: $5 AGES: 18+
WHO: Comfort Food, Wei Zhongle, Dr. Responsible WHEN: Thursday, May 31, at 9 WHERE: Mike ‘N’ Molly’s COST: $5 AGES: 19+
Chicago MC Showyousuck has been gaining a buzz off of pizza-themed mixtapes (with the titles One Man Pizza Party and Mo Slices, Mo Problems). But don’t let his affinity for goofy titles and selfdeprecation fool you — unless, you know, you’re like me and you’re into that kinda stuff. With Dave Coresh opening, this is the type of rap show where you might see a dude in Jordan’s bobbing his head next to a dude in a Rancid t-shirt next to a chick in both. It’s beautiful.
This show is not for the faint of heart/ears. But if you like your music experimental, unpredictable, and a little freaky, I’d suggest checking this one out. While Wei Zhongle leans towards world music and Comfort Food towards jazz, I’m intrigued to see how their shared lack of predictability translates into the live setting.
Chicago emcee Show You Suck's "Mo Slices, Mo Problems"
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Young Man Vol. 1
By Tyler Durgan
s frontman Colin Caulfield has explained it, Young Man’s intended trilogy of releases is designed to follow a bildungsroman of sorts, with this second release, Vol. 1, serving as the mediator between youth and immaturity, essentially a depiction of the “growing pains” we must all go through to reach our adulthood destination. Similar to such a universal adolescent experience, Vol. 1 seems loose and unfocused, never really producing much in the way of movement but rather stagnating on the same overly-ambitious guitar reverb and gently swaying rhythms. The first four tracks on the album are a forgettable montage of Caulfield’s wispy crooning over atmospheric guitars that ultimately leave the listener feeling lost and intimate. It’s the same sort of insecurity in Young Man’s identity as a band that the nation’s population of pimpled junior high students are probably facing simultaneously. Finally, though, a reprieve comes with the arrival of lead single “Fate,” a six-minute exploration of Caulfield’s lack of certainty about the future. He explains, “fate is not something new/and often times it’s not what you do.” Perhaps Caulfield defies outlining any sort of concrete structure lyrically, but at least the syncopation of the reassuring, stomping drums and the carefully intricate bass line tie the track down somewhat, providing a slightly more enjoyable performance in the same way a comforting mom helps every insecure tween make it through. Perhaps the abstraction and resulting confusion were all intentional on Caulfield’s part, as he tried to emulate the feelings of insecurity faced at the transition period between youth and adulthood, or maybe the listlessness is a product of bringing a full band together in the studio for the first time in Young Man’s brief career. Ultimately, however, Vol. 1 leaves the listener swimming among its swelling guitars and lush vocal arrangements, too uncertain and lost to allow the band to have really figured themselves out yet. The talent is certainly there, so one can only hope that with time, Young Man can mature into a more bearable and cohesive unit.
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ecause of the past few ninety-degree days here in Champaign-Urbana, I have finally been forced to admit that it is officially summer. If you’re anything like me, the arrival of summer means staying indoors AT ALL COSTS. Fresh air and sunshine are overrated! Don’t worry about missing out on summer activities because of your admirably hermit-like tendencies, though. There are lots of fun things that you can do without breaking a sweat, like hosting a themed food and movie night. With these ideas below, you won’t even have to turn on your stove — all the food listed is available for take-out. You will be the envy of all your outdoorsy friends when you’re kicking back with some gumbo and a Disney flick and they’re left massaging Aloe Vera on their sunburned shoulders.
Mirabelle Fine Pastries, located in downtown Urbana, makes lovely fresh crème brûlée for $2.75 each and every day in their bakery. It’s actually the only place in the CU that has take-out crème brûlée, so take advantage of it! Pick up some croissants and other classic French treats while you’re there if you want to have a feast.
» Amélie with Crème Brûlée from Mirabelle Fine Pastries (124 W Main Street, Urbana)
1994’s Pulp Fiction is an Oscar-winning cult film by Quentin Tarantino that weaves together the stories of two mob hit men, the mob boss’s wife, two petty diner thieves and a boxer. Any further attempt by me to describe this film’s complex, violent and consistently badass storyline would simply not do it justice. Just know that this is one of the movie greats and that there is a famous scene where one of the hit men and the wife of his boss go to a kitschy retro-style restaurant that specializes in burgers and “five dollar shakes.” Follow in their footsteps by picking up some of the burgers and hand-dipped shakes from downtown Urbana’s Courier Café to eat while you watch this cult classic. The burgers are straightforward and delicious, but the milkshakes are incredible, especially at the sweet price of $3.75. The Courier Café doesn’t list shake flavors on their menu because they can do pretty much anything (within reason — save the bacon flavored shakes for a drunken late night experiment).
This 2001 Oscar-nominated French film stars Audrey Tautou as a shy, strange young waitress in Paris who decides to devote her life to helping people in adorable ways, like returning an old man’s childhood treasure-box and helping a blind man across a busy Parisian street while describing their surroundings to him. Amélie had a childhood isolated from other children, which caused her to develop both an intense imagination and a difficulty connecting with other people. Because of this, she likes to spend her time enjoying simple pleasures — in one of the most iconic scenes of the film (which is really just chock full of iconic scenes), Amélie is shown doing some of her favorite things, which includes cracking crème brûlée with a teaspoon. 8
Who to invite: A cute brunette with short bangs and a worldtraveling garden gnome. » Pulp Fiction with Burgers and Shakes from Courier Café (111 N. Race Street, Urbana)
Who to invite: A religious hit man and the sexy wife of your murderous boss. » The Princess and the Frog with a bowl of gumbo from J. Gumbo’s (700 S. Gregory Street, Urbana) The Princess and the Frog is Disney’s recent adaptation of the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince.” Oh, come on. Don’t pretend you didn’t see and love it! How could you not? It’s set in old New Orleans and features the love story of a hard-working waitress who dreams of having her own restaurant one day and a spoiled, money-hemorrhaging, womanizing prince with a heart of gold who has recently been cut off from his family’s fortune. Oh, and they’re transformed into frogs by an evil voodoo-practicing con-artist. Need I say more? Stop by J. Gumbo’s, handily located right on campus, and stock up on Cajun classics like gumbo and jambalaya for your movie night. The flavor-palates are true to tradition, but be forewarned – the gumbo, though super tasty, features sausage instead of the more authentic shrimp or shellfish. Also, the servings are huge, definitely enough to share with friends or to have leftovers the next day. Who to invite: A brave, love-sick firefly and a trumpet-playing alligator.
Remember, almost any movie can be used for a themed evening! The only limit is the extent of your imagination and possibly your willingness to do something illegal.
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edutainment Orpheum Children’s Science Museum camps get kids involved in arts and sciences
by Thomas Thoren
hampaign-Urbana schoolchildren are now free from the confines of their classrooms, but this does not mean many of them won’t continue to learn over the summer, thanks to the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum’s summer programming. The museum’s summer camp season kicks off June 4 and runs through August 10, with weeklong camps of various subjects running throughout. Kids in grades K-6 can learn about the arts and sciences in new and exciting ways that Orpheum Education Coordinator Katie Hicks hopes will plant a seed of interest that will encourage them to continue pursuing these topics. “It’s an action-packed summer full of lots of science and art,” Hicks said. This summer, the museum will offer several new programs. Two new art programs, “Make Art (in) Public” and “Drawesome,” will have the kids creating many art projects. “Make Art (in) Public” will allow children to create a large mural much like those commissioned by the federal government’s Works Progress Administration, Hicks said. She added that “Drawesome” will teach children “things that most artists need to know,” such as drawing, painting and shading. The Orpheum is partnering with the University for two camps: “Find Orphy” and “Girls Do Science.” The former will have kids learn about the brain while working with the University’s Project NEURON graduate students and University faculty. The camp will end with a field trip to the University. “Girls Do Science,” also a club that meets throughout the year, encourages girls to develop an interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through trips to labs, parks and bodies of water throughout Champaign-Urbana. “Girls, and especially minority females, are underrepresented in the STEM subjects and fields, so we try to do our part to get them in-
volved,” Hicks said. “It’s really critical to get them involved in middle school, but we try to hit them before middle school. Because if you get them in middle school, they’re more likely to stay involved in science and engineering, math and technology.” For the second year, the Orpheum will offer “Grossology,” the study of icky. This involves dissecting owl pellets, growing mold and a belching contest to find out which soft drink produces the most gas in stomachs. “If you chug pop really quick and lay down for a long time, all the gas will build up in your stomach, and then when you sit up, you can burp really well,” Hicks said. “Some of the kids want to do it because they know their parents would be like, ‘No, you’re not allowed to have caffeine,’ so we’ve added Sprite and root beer for the ones who are concerned about caffeine.” Hicks said she has added a few “mystery boxes” to this year’s “Grossology” camp. For these, she puts together “random things that are kind of gross,” such as doll hair and pudding or spaghetti with gelatin and olives for kids to close their eyes and feel around in. Another new camp, based on Harry Potter, will help bring Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to life for children grades K-5. Hogwarts’ Sorting Hat will place kids into one of the four houses. The museum had a one-day preview of this camp over spring break, and though most kids did not want to be sorted into Slytherin, Hicks said they were all very competitive to earn as many house points as they could while answering trivia questions and learning about science via Harry Potter’s world. The Orpheum’s camps are split into two groups: one for children in grades K-2 and the other for grades 3-5. Most camps will have two instructors and a hopefully a volunteer overseeing 30 children in each grade grouping, Hicks said, assuming enough volunteers sign up. She
Courtesy of Katie Hicks, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum
said the camp is still short on volunteers. The exception to this is the art camps, which only have one instructor working with 20 children. Hicks said a typical day at the Orpheum will involve welcoming kids at 8:30 a.m. and beginning the day by 8:45 or 9 a.m. Children in morningonly camps will take a break to eat a snack provided by the museum, while children staying all day will also take a break from 12 to 1 p.m. to eat a lunch to be brought from home. Most activities are hands-on with very little time spent listening to lectures. Children will also have time to tour the museum and visit the courtyard and its playground throughout the day. Camp registration closes Friday, June 1 with rates dependent upon the children’s family’s membership statuses. Non-member families pay $20 more than member families for the
camps. Families can register to become members online or at the museum for a cost of $60 or $125 per family, depending on the benefits chosen. The lower rate gives discounts to the Orpheum’s gift shop, programming and events. The higher rate gives these discounts as well as discounts to museums around the U.S., including Chicago’s Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry. Hicks said no matter what a child’s circumstances may be, such as needing daily transportation, she encourages parents to reach out to the museum to try to work out a way for children to come. Some camps are only offered to certain grades, but all times, dates, grades and other information can be found at the Orpheum’s website, www.orpheumkids.org/programs/camps. buzz
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Tattoos For art
An art form for all to see and experience
Ainslie Heilich inks over old tattoos of Aaron “Luther” Luth, of Tuscola, in a coverup job on his left arm. Photo by Nathaniel Lash
by Marisa Gwidt
ike any respectable tattoo artist, Ainslie Heilich keeps a tattoo portfolio. The bound, plastic-covered pages hold samples of her work — designs that are simultaneously realistic, grungy and soft. When customers enter her shop, they peruse the book just as they’d browse an art gallery. They look for something that catches their attention. They look for something to buy. “Tattoos are affordable art,” Heilich said at Vintage Karma, her brand new tattoo shop and art studio in Tuscola, Ill. “They’re more approachable to the general public than fine art.” Although Heilich considers tattoos art, she said a lot of people don’t. The National Tattoo Association in Allentown, Pa., said there are no national, state or local statistics related to what percentage of individuals classify tattoos as artwork. However, in response to a recently proposed ban on tattoo parlors in Hermosa Beach, Calif., the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that tattoos are “forms of pure expression fully protected by the 1st Amendment.” The three-judge panel of the federal appeals court likened tattooing to picture drawing and said, “A form of expression does not lose 1st Amendment protection based on the kind of surface it is applied to.” A degree in fine arts Art criticism was the class that changed Heilich’s life. As a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. — a school with an art 10
program ranked No. 1 among public schools by U.S. News & World Report — Heilich was working toward a B.F.A. in art history with a studio emphasis and a double minor in sculpture and woodworking. She had no plans to become a tattooist. “My degree has a long, stuffy name to it,” the 31-year-old said, laughing. “It’s easier just to tell people I studied art.” From the art criticism class, Heilich learned how art shapes culture, and she was intrigued. Having grown up surrounded by her own drawings, Heilich had been oblivious to the idea that art is unapproachable for much of the U.S. population due to its cost. She didn’t like that wealthier people could more easily acquire art. She didn’t like that lower and working class people were scared to enter museums because they lacked formal art education. And she didn’t like that once a piece of artwork is purchased by a private citizen, it stays locked away in that individual’s home or office. Heilich wanted to do something about it. The tattoo shops around campus suddenly inspired her to think of art in a more all-encompassing way. “I thought about it, and I realized that I could paint a painting for someone and sell it for thousands of dollars,” she said, “or I could do a tattoo on someone and charge a lot less.” Heilich also liked the idea that the recipients of her tattoos would walk around town with them. If placed in visible locations on their bodies, the tat-
toos would basically be art displays for the general public to enjoy. So, she started working in a tattoo parlor to learn the craft side of the business. Not too long after, she opened a parlor and art studio in Stroudsburg, Pa. Last year, she was awarded a federal grant and moved her business to Tuscola, Ill., to be near family. “I’m booked for the next two weeks solid,” she said in April on opening day. “It’s pretty exciting to know people like my art and ideas.” Is tattooing an art? While many people have come to view tattoos as art, Heilich knows some people don’t take them seriously. “Tattooing now is basically like graffiti was back in the 80s,” she said. “It’s considered an art by some, but not all.” Robert Murphy, a friend of Heilich’s and a tattoo apprentice at Five Star Tattoo in Champaign, hates that some people think tattooing doesn’t require artistic talent. Murphy has been an apprentice for more than six months, and he still isn’t allowed to tattoo customers. He practices on himself and grapefruits. “It seems like everyone thinks they can tattoo these days,” he said. “People think it’s easy or something. But take it from me — it’s way harder than it looks. I had no idea.” Heilich said some people look down on tattoos because of their traditional “cop-out” background, explaining how tattoos were once less
customized. A lot of tattooists used to just trace generic images onto people. The images they traced weren’t even drawn by the tattooists in the first place. They were out of books compiled by other tattooists. Some tattooists still use this copying technique for folks who want something standard. However, Heilich said the tattooing process is less of an art and more of a craft when tattooists refuse to draw their own images to later use as their tattoo stencils. Not only does Heilich draw every image that she uses as a stencil — she often tattoos freehand onto her clients. Several tattooists wouldn’t dare try this, but Heilich feels that the freehand process is undeniably artistic. It gives her the uninhibited sensation of drawing or painting. She has been known to spend several hours on just one tattoo. When she hunches over a tattoo lounger, she holds her tattoo gun like a pencil between the slender fingers of her left hand. With her right hand, she habitually adjusts her large, plasticrimmed glasses. Her brown hair, cut in a pixie style, is too short to ever fall in her eyes. She doesn’t rush. She’s proud of the work her patience produces. “People who don’t like tattoos and would never want a tattoo have looked at my stuff and said, ‘That’s gorgeous,’” she said. “That’s the best compliment I could ask for. That’s when I know I’m an artist.”
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A threat to tradition Like it or not, tattoos are popular. They have their own reality shows and high school followings. They’ve become that word that so many tattooists dread: “commercial.” “Tattoos are becoming commoditized,” Heilich said, matter-of-factly. “Walk into a Walmart, and you’ll see a kid’s T-shirt with a ‘Miami Ink’ show label on the front of it.” Heilich doesn’t think the increasing popularity of tattoos is a bad thing. She actually thinks it’s a good thing because it means art is making its way to the masses. However, she understands why some tattooists might not like the idea of tattoos being on every street corner. After all, people with tattoos used to be on the fringes of society. Heilich’s friend, Cody Pruitt, is a tattoo artist who isn’t thrilled with the current mainstream nature of tattoos. At Five Star Tattoo in Champaign, he often gets walk-in customers who only want a tattoo because getting a tattoo — and having a sappy background story to share about that tattoo at parties — is the trendy thing to do. “Honestly, tattoo culture was a lot better off when it was much more underground,” Pruitt said. “For example, those tattoo reality shows are a joke. They suck. They portray tattoos like these really symbolic, sentimental things. They make it seem like you can’t just get a tattoo because you like what the art looks like. It pisses me off.”
Justification is for wimps Although Heilich’s own tattoos don’t hold any grand symbolism for her, she doesn’t mind if her customers choose to get tattooed for a reason other than art appreciation. Jeromey “Tilt” McCulloch, the owner of Newlife Tattoos in Champaign, feels differently. He wants to tell people to “shut up” when they tell him what their tattoo means. He doesn’t care. “Fuck symbols,” McCulloch said, while inking a customer’s arm. “Symbols are just justification for doing what you want to do.” McCulloch said a lot of people think they are doing something bad or wrong when they get tattooed because tattoos have that rebellious, underground vibe. However, he doesn’t think people should feel like they have to explain themselves. People are, after all, responsible for their own bodies. It’s their choice what they do with them. “A tattoo is just a tattoo,” McCulloch said, a bit annoyed that some people don’t understand the innate beauty of a tattoo. “I don’t care why you’re getting it. It’s just nice to look at.” Nevertheless, McCulloch and Heilich agree that being a tattooist or receiving tattoos can make a person more open-minded. People realize there doesn’t have to be an explanation for everything. McCulloch said sometimes tattooists and people with visible tattoos aren’t treated very well by society because people don’t understand them. This gives the tattooists and the tattooed a sense of how
not to treat other people who are different. “People are afraid of what they don’t understand,” McCulloch explained. “The art of tattooing isn’t always an easy thing to sell.” How to deal with customers Although she might dream of it, Heilich never forces her art on her customers. Instead, she makes the process of tattooing collaborative. “I really enjoy the back and forth I have with my customers,” she said. “We just throw ideas around and tell each other what we think. It usually turns out great.” Some of Heilich’s clients, on the other hand, have come into her art-littered parlor knowing exactly what they wanted. They wouldn’t have it any other way. These types of clients have been a bit difficult for Heilich to deal with, but she has still tried to make their ideas work. Nick Wiggins, a tattooist who owns Mark of Cain in Champaign, wouldn’t waste his time with uncompromising clients. “I will not allow a customer to force me to do crap,” he said, noting how he often turns clients away who don’t appreciate his advice about their tattoo concepts. “That means I’m not gonna do something on somebody no matter how big or small that’s gonna make me look like an asshole. Cause it’s gonna come back to haunt me later.”
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A lesson on perspective Heilich thinks collaboration with other tattooists is just as important as collaboration with clients. While her new shop was preparing to open, she took a guest spot for a couple months at Five Star Tattoo. She enjoyed being surrounded by other tattooists with unique talents, styles and ideas. It was a refreshing and inspirational experience. “I’m a bit of a hermit,” Heilich said. “So it was good to get out and work with other tattoo artists. Despite our artistic differences, we can respect each other’s work.” Additionally, the tattooists at Five Star Tattoo who Heilich worked with were pleased to temporarily add a female perspective to the mix. The shop’s payroll has four males on it. “There aren’t many female tattoo artists that I know of around here,” Pruitt said, confiding that he was somewhat honored that Heilich chose their shop for a guest spot. “She’s pretty good for a girl.” The Five Star Tattoo parlor, a large, open room divided into tattooing stations by waist-high walls, is a location where tattooists relax between clients and observe the works in progress of fellow artists. The observations are never formal. They never include questions about cost, philosophy or meaning. “You’ll hear tattooists say to each other, ‘Now that’s a tattoo!’” Heilich said. “In other words, that’s a badass piece of art.”
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I bet this is going to end as soon as we learn how to drive.
Coffee Drinking in Champaign-Urbana
by Matt Jones
“Special K”--it’s good for you.
Are You a “Starbucks” or an “Espresso Royale”? A student enjoys a frappuccino at the Green Street Starbucks. Photo by Nathaniel Lash
by Sean Harrigan
tarbucks and Espresso Royale are two coffee shops that offer very similar products at comparable prices, but each offers extremely different environments for customers to experience while enjoying their purchases. Looking at the regulars inside these shops, it is quite obvious that different types of people are drawn to each. What is it about these two establishments that divides coffee fans? And what exactly are the customer “types” that are typically drawn to each? Well you no longer have to worry, Champaign coffee lovers, because after conducting extensive research, I am able to provide details on virtually every element of each that will make choosing your coffee-shop-type as easy as choosing to get extra caramel on top of that macchiato. Let’s start with Starbucks. Walking into the Starbucks on Green Street, it is easy to notice that the crowd is dominated by the female gender. In addition to the feminine majority, a lot of the Starbucks patrons are younger, international students. The males who do stop in for a beverage are often accompanied by a female companion. Being a male, I definitely felt girly sitting in there for an extended period of time. However girly, the crowd at Starbucks is incredibly technologically advanced. There are iPads on nearly every table. I was able to notice, too, that a lot of the younger tech users are using their devices for social networking purposes. While there are some patrons that are clearly there to use the free Wi-Fi for educational purposes, a large majority of them are there to relax and catch up with their 800 friends on Facebook.
Moving on to the patrons at Espresso Royale; the crowd on average seems to look a lot older. There were a lot of students, but about a quarter of the crowd was easily over forty years of age. The male to female ratio is a lot closer as well. It would be hard for me to make a claim as to which gender is more dominant. At Espresso Royale, being significantly larger than Starbucks, the number of customers enjoying their beverages in the shop is also greater. The feel in Espresso Royale is a lot different than in Starbucks. Unlike at Starbucks, there seemed to be more groups that were working on business-related projects. I would argue the differing vibes in each of the shops are mostly from the music that plays in them. While Starbucks played a lot of pop songs, the music in Espresso Royale can be described as more alternative rock; a lot of Radiohead and Nirvana were played as I was in the shop, creating a more “chill” feel. I asked several customers who consider themselves regulars in each of the coffee shops why they subscribe to their shop of choice, but one statement made by a female student stood out to me in Starbucks: she simply replied, “Because it’s the cool place to go for coffee.” I have come to the conclusion that both Espresso Royale and Starbucks are “trendy” places to get a beverage on campus, so when it comes to choosing which you prefer, it’s really a matter of which “cool” you’d like to be part of. Books or iPads, Pop or Alt, it all comes down to personal taste. What you do not need to worry about, however, is the taste of the products, because in both establishments, everything’s delicious.
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