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EDITOR’S NOTE PAUL WAGNER • EDITOR IN CHIEF

Talking about politics always

brings out the worst in people. Everyone tends to get angry at something or someone. And adding alcohol to the mix, well, that’s just a really bad idea. Generally, the problem that I see is that people tend not to listen to anyone else. Political conversations should be just that: conversations. Ideas should be discussed; there should be some give and take. Even when two people agree on things, fights could break out because of a difference in phrasing or a miscommunication. And miscommunications are the bane of my existance, especially when talking politics. The average political critic (read: the average person) often says his piece, and just sits quietly while other people talk, not really listening to them, but, rather, plotting their next plan of attack. Sure, they’ll get the gist of what was said, but rarely do people listen to each other if they believe strongly in their own view. Once this happens, it’s all over. Tempers flare, yelling starts and nothing productive happens. When liquor is involved, nobody can really follow the flow of the conversation anyway, so that doesn’t help much. My whole life I’ve been taught to listen to people and actually hear what they have to say. Once I do that, I need to really understand what they’re saying and where they’re coming from. If a person is going to be swayed from his opinion, I have to understand it, right? Even if I believe that I’m right, I try to look at the other side of the point, and look at my opinion through another lens just to better understand my own thoughts. Of course, sometimes I really struggle with this myself, but that usually happens because I’m paranoid when it comes to relationships, and that’s a whole other story that you don’t want to read. Anyway, just listen to each other, people! And keep an open mind, even if you’re right. Also, if you’re interested in writing for Buzz, we need writers in the arts and community sections. So drop me a line, and we’ll work something out. - Paul

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705 S. RANDOLPH, C 2 BR, Available early June. Near campus and Downtown Champaign. $510/ mo. 352-8540 www.faronproperties.com

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2 bedroom and 7 bedroom house on campus for Fall 2004. 367-6626. 2 BR house. Quiet Champaign location. Lots of amenities. $645/mo. 217-637-0806. 506 W. Springfield August ‘05. 6 bedroom, 2.5 bath furnished home. Huge, beautiful, hardwood, parking. Ted 766-5108.

Eight to Nine Bedroom Fall, Campus, $2850 367-6626

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1BR $390-$425 Furnished apts with patios or balconies. Heat paid. Parking is $35/ month. On-site laundry.

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Eff. $345-$365 Large furnished efficiency at corner of Clark and Sixth. Parking is $40/month. Includes water & sewer.

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AVAILABLE NOW AND FOR FALL Share beautiful furnished 3 bedroom apartment at Third and Clark. From $225. Ted 766-5108

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617 W. CHURCH Beautiful 6 BR 3 Bath furnished home. Hardwood floors, two porches, off-street parking and more. Only $2100/mo. 369-0500.

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1 bedroom, near campus $300 per month 367-6626

2 BR in Champaign, condo, airconditioning,cable,fireplace, washer/dryer, balcony/patio, furnished, telephone hook-up, garage, 2 bus routes. $425/mo. 217-721-5027 or 217-373-7978. rnhrdttl@uiuc.edu.

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Convenient 1 bedrooms near downtown Champaign now available. From $390. 403 W. White, C. 605 W. University 711 S. Randolph, C. 511 W. University, C. 515 W. Washington, C. These and other apartment locations also available for leases starting throughout the summer. 352-8540, p.m. 355-4608 www.faronproperties.com

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206 A & B William in Champaign. 4 BD/ 4 BA. Available 6/1. $1480/mo.

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711 West Main, U Studios $425-$440 Furnished with fireplace, balcony/patio. Located at the corner of Main and Busey. On-site laundry. Parking Included. 1009 W. Main, U 2BR $630 Furnished on engineering campus, water paid. Remodeled kitchens. Parking is $35/month. Onsite laundry.

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$8.25/HR. STARTING Office and Warehouse Associate. Flexible hours, Meyer Drapery 330 N. Neil. Downtown Champaign. Apply in person or send resume. 3525318.

Camp Counselors- Gain valuable expreience while having the summer of a lifetime. Counelors needed for Outdoor Adventure, Arts, Aquatics, and more in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Apply online at www.pineforestcamp.com

ATTENTION STUDENTS $9 per hour to start. Earn up to $15 per hour. No Experience required 25 positions available Full time/ part time 1-800-809-8775 Help wanted for apartment inspections in August. Apply at: Campus Property Management 303 E. Green 328-3030.

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Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626. BEST VALUE 1 BR. loft from $480. 1 Br. $370 2 BR. $470 3 BR. $750 4 BR $755 Campus. 367-6626.

COURTYARD ON RANDOLPH 713 S. Randolph,C. Now renting for Fall. Spacious, 2 & 3 bedrooms from $618. Near campus, downtown Champaign. Includes cable, parking, water. Has laundry facilities and seasonal pool. 217-352-8540 217-355-4608 (evenings) www.faronproperties.com

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Quality apartments and houses for rent • Many pet-friendly locations • Furnished AND Unfurnished units • 9 month leases negotiable at some locations

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Editor’s Note This Modern World • Tom Tomorrow Life in Hell • Matt Groening News of the Weird • Chuck Shephard First Things First • Michael Coulter

AROUND TOWN Mental Health Medications • M.J. Stephey q + a with Sten Johansen The Local Sniff • Seth Fein Community Editor’s Note

LISTEN, HEAR The Elanors interview • Kyle Gorman The Hurly-Burley • Cornelia Boonman The Mountain Goats review • Imran Siddiquee Headphones review • Kyle Gorman Sound Ground #78 • Todd J. Hunter Parasol Charts

MAIN EVENT Calendar Listings Buzz Picks Art and Theater Listings Get Active! Art Pick List of Venues Bob n’ Dave • Dave King

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT Road Trip: Summer Theater • Jeff Nelson Arts Editor’s Note • Constance Beitzel (Th)ink • Keef Knight Artist’s Corner with Linda Dumich

THE SILVER SCREEN The Longest Yard review • Syd Slobodnik Kicking and Screaming review • Paul Prikazsky Unleashed review • Randy Ma Madagascar review • Andrew Vecelas Box office and rental charts Movie time listings Slowpoke • Jen Sorenson Drive Through Reviews

THE STINGER Free Will Astrology Jonesin’ Crosswords • Matt Gaffney

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AN OPEN LETTER TO SETH FEIN:

Your letter to CUSFA is like a bulldozer in a

demolition derby. You set up your premise, and then, Bam! you crush your opponent with the irrefutable statements that “We’ve got that settled,” and “Now that we’re clear on that, let’s move on.” Well, hold on now, it’s not only not settled, it’s flat-out wrong. Restaurants and bars, along with laundromats, filling stations, grocery stores, pawn shops, pipe shops, music stores, etc., etc., etc., are indeed public establishments (the term “public domain” has a specific legal meaning, and is not at issue here). A public establishment is any place, privately-owned or otherwise, that is open to the public, and they are indeed subject to whatever regulations the governing bodies in which they reside choose to impose on them, within state and federal constitutional limits. It has nothing to do with who pays the plumbing bills. Furthermore, even if you happen to own a private establishment, you are still subject to some regulation, willy-nilly. In most communities, you can’t shoot off firearms just because you feel like potting a few rabbits for supper, and there are lots of other prohibitions on what you can and cannot do on your own property, as should be the case. And no, the decision on whether to allow smoking in public places should NOT be left up to the owners of those businesses. That is the way it now stands for restaurants and bars, and the injustice of that

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setup is clear for all who are willing to see. I am genuinely touched by your admission that smoking is an addiction.You are absolutely right, and too many lawmakers are drug addicts, by that very token. Certainly, those who smoke should remove themselves from voting on smoking issues, don’t you think? Would you want crack addicts making laws for you? No? I didn’t think so.Anyhow, I don’t think the people of the Smoke-Free Alliance have any interest at all in your health, vis-a-vis their attempts to ban smoking in public places.We are sympathetic to your plight, of course, but what REALLY concerns us is our own health, and that of other, innocent bystanders. We are not meddling in your personal affairs, nor do we wish to.We wish only to protect ourselves, and reclaim some of the rights that have been historically denied us. Next, I want to address an issue that has apparently escaped everyone’s attention. Smoking is a good deal more than a health hazard because of the cancer and emphysema it causes to anybody unfortunate enough to be anywhere near it. In addition, it has a violent and drastic effect on asthma sufferers, and it pisses off most nonsmokers who are subjected to it against their will. Even if I knew it wasn’t going to kill or harm me, I would still object strenuously, because, like you, I hate it when I am subjected to the smell of tobacco when I am out in public attempting to enjoy my constitutional C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E

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LEAD STORY The agency that oversees Spain’s stock market announced that it will implement a rule starting in July to require each director of an exchangelisted company to disclose not just names of family members but of any other “affectionate relationship,� straight or gay, that the director may have.The purpose is to help monitor insider trading. (Also, in Nanjing, China, municipal officials were ordered in May to disclose any extramarital affairs, as a way of reducing officials’ payoffs to mistresses, according to Xinhua news agency.)

CAN’T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Official guidelines issued in May by Britain’s Joint Council on Qualifications, directed to agencies that administer high school and junior-high standardized tests, call for students to receive extra points on the test if they have experienced preexam stress due to selected circumstances: death of a parent or close relative (up to 5 percent extra), death of other relative (up to 4 percent),

death of pet (2 percent if on exam day, 1 percent if the day before), witnessing a distressing event on exam day (up to 3 percent), just-broken arm or leg (up to 3 percent), headache (1 percent).

INEXPLICABLE –An undercover sheriff ’s deputy (whose name was not disclosed in a May news report) filed a lawsuit recently against the Florida Hospital in Orlando because, he said, when he went for a shot of pain medication in his hip in October 2000, he was injected instead with what appeared to be cosmetic makeup glitter. The deputy said a 4-inch mass was removed and appeared to contain specks of green and red sparkle, and that pain at the site continues. –Police in Springfield, Ore., charged Pamela Ann Hemphill, 51, with theft in April after she allegedly snatched neighbor Walter Merritt’s Charles Schulz-signed, original Peanuts cartoon strip, locked herself in a bathroom, removed her clothes, got under the shower, wet the card-

board thoroughly, and finally flushed the pieces down the toilet. Hemphill declined to explain; Merritt said he had no clue as to motive; and the Springfield News reporter has not yet followed up on the story.

statement about what we value in the district. We value learning.� Said the new first-impressions director,“I think it’s classy. Everyone wants to be important.�

SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED

At a train station in Ogori, Japan, in May, a seeing-eye dog apparently misunderstood a spoken command and led a blind couple off of a platform and tumbling onto the tracks. The couple and the dog had been headed for a workshop for assistance dogs.

In County Cork, Ireland, in December, Dane Ring, 13, was suspended from school for two days after he ignored what schoolboys know is the cardinal rule of bodily functions, which is to never admit that you’re the person, in a crowded room, who just passed gas.

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ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

Maybe all you really need right now is a grilled cheese sandwich. It's quite possible that if you savor a well-made version of that earthy delicacy, the things that are off-kilter in your life will get smooth and fresh again. I'm not kidding, Aries. The adjustment that will help you get back on track is likely to be minor--if not a grilled cheese sandwich, then maybe a haircut or a new bedspread or a five-minute conversation that corrects a misimpression. That reminds me of another secret I want to tell you: Small actions can have big impacts.

TAU RU S

(April 20-May 20)

The only work that will have lasting value in the coming week is work that you do in the spirit of fun. If you approach any task with nothing more than a desire to get it over with, it will ultimately be useless. If you perform a good deed merely out of a sense of duty, it won't bestow any of its intended benefits. These directions apply to the effort you put into your relationship, hobby, or art as well as to your actions on the job. Success depends on you playing hard with your spontaneity fully engaged.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

Twenty-nine-year-old Gemini actor Colin Farrell recently reached out to an older woman--a much older woman. While working on the film Ask the Dust, he made a prolonged attempt to seduce one of his fellow stars, Dame Eileen Atkins, who was 69 years old at the time. Though she was flattered, she turned him down. In the coming week, Gemini, I urge you to try a more elevated version of Farrell's quest. Seek intimate contact with an influence that will bless you with the sexy powers of age, wisdom, and experience.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

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ago, it was a series of granite ledges that jutted out of a mountain in the shape of an old man's face. It was a top tourist attraction, and its image appeared on numerous state souvenirs. But in May 2003, it collapsed overnight, weakened by millennia of freezing and thawing. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Cancerian, this event has resemblances to an imminent disintegration in your own life. Like the original, your experience might be sad, but mostly for nostalgic reasons. No one will get hurt, and ultimately you'll feel exhilarated as you pick a new symbol to inspire you.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Can you name ten different beer brands but none of the Ten Commandments? That's one of 25 signs that you will ultimately go to hell, according to divinity professor Jacob Pinewood, quoted in the Weekly World News. Here are other behaviors that may cause you eternal damnation: using the F word more than once a day; coveting your neighbor's household appliances; watching five consecutive hours of TV; invoking the Lord's name in vain when you stub your toe; and mentally undressing any person who would be bad for you to get naked with. Luckily for you, Leo, you're now in an astrological phase when engaging in the above actions will not earn you a trip to the infernal regions. That's because you're in an unprecedented grace period when you have slack to burn. If I were you, though, I'd use my karmic credit more constructively than simply getting away with naughty things.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Janael Lee is a math teacher who suffers from muscular dystrophy and moves around with the aid of a scooter. Last January she was named Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin, and began to work as an advocate for disabled people. A few months later, however, officials stripped her of her crown after a newspaper photo showed her standing up, which she does now and then for brief periods. "We can't have title holders out there walking when they're seen in public," the officials said. I believe you will soon experience a comparable demo-

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tion, Virgo. Maybe you used to be suited for a certain role that has cast you as an underdog, but you're too strong and healthy for that now.

and you get to do what your soul has been longing to do. Ironically, this often results in you creating changes that make your ego ver y happy.

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CAPRICORN

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

"Consistency is a highly overrated virtue," wrote William Falk in The Week. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I no longer believe half of what I was sure of ten years ago. You make mistakes, you get new information, you change your mind along the way. It's a natural process." I urge you to write out the preceding statement and tape it to your mirror or phone for the next seven days. You're in an astrological phase when you have everything to gain from changing your mind in a hundred different ways. I dare you to see what life is like when it's not filtered through your familiar opinions and theories.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A maintenance worker at a restaurant in Queensland, Australia took the lazy way out when he found a dead rat while painting the floor red. Rather than disposing of it, he simply covered it with a few thick strokes of his brush. During a subsequent inspection, however, health inspectors weren't fooled by the partial camouflage and levied large fines on the restaurant. You may soon be tempted to try something similar to what the maintenance worker did, Capricorn. I urge you not to. Don't just try to disguise what's stinking up the place; get rid of it.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Last February, three people got lost while riding their mountain bikes in California's San Bernardino National Forest. Luckily, they were rescued by emergency workers before any harm came to them. But the next day they returned to the woods to look for their bikes and got lost a second time. Again, help arrived in time, and they were escorted to safety. Don't be like them in the coming days, Scorpio. You're allowed to wander off-course and get saved once, but don't make the same mistake twice.

I live pretty simply, and often have an allergic reaction in the presence of people who have their own jet airplanes, travel with personal servants and style consultants, drink $300-a-bottle champagne, and vacation in palatial spas on private islands. Having said that, I am duty-bound to report that you now have an astrological mandate to indulge in as much extravagant pleasure as you can afford. Your watchword for the week comes from Frank Lloyd Wright: "Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities."

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PISCES

(Nov. 22-Dec.21)

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(Feb. 19-March 20)

I invite you to try an exercise in creative pretending. Ready? In all the ways you can imagine, stop thinking that you're outside, and instead visualize yourself as inside. In other words, suppress your tendency to fantasize that the good stuff is out of reach and hard to get. Picture yourself as being right in the midst of it. End your sense of exile and come all the way in to the heart of every matter. If you do this meditation ten minutes a day for the next seven days, by this time next week the world will already be changing to match the vision you've been building.

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JUST SMILE AND WAVE BOYS ... SMILE AND WAVE. Germany? Downfall doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t glorify Hitler but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to hate him either. Wisely, the film stays somewhere in the middle and lets the audience decide for themselves how to feel. In most cases, people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sympathize with Hitler, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a new perspective from which to look at him, and this is where the film really succeeds. (David Just) THE HITCHHIKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

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Ryan Reynolds & Melissa George The Amityville Horror doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly break any new ground, but it is less laughable and maintains a stronger, more consistent tone of creeping terror than the recent Hide and Seek or The Ring Two. Like the poor family that chooses to live in a mansion with evil in its walls, this unnecessar y remake of The Amityville Horror simply revisits something that was better left dead. (Matt Pais) CRASH

Matt Dillon & Don Cheadle A head-on collision of political posturing and racial intolerance, Crash is more than just an ar ticulation of the division between people of different backgrounds. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the thin line between love and hate that exists between cultures in America, and the 21st-centur y atmosphere of fear, anxiety and resentment that keeps ever yone on opposite sides of an invisible fence. (Matt Pais) DOWNFALL

Bruno Ganz & Claudia Maria Lara Is it really possible to feel sympathy for Hitler and Nazi

Martin Freeman & Mos Def In The Hitchhikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to the Galaxy, interspace time travel is little more than extending your thumb and killing time around the universe while the Earth is put back together. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of depth, sophistication or cohesion to the movie, but its wink-wink sense of sly British humor more than succeeds in advancing it past the easygoing giddiness of a kid-friendly sci-fi fantasy. (Matt Pais) THE INTERPRETER 2.5 STARS Nicole Kidman & Sean Penn If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not mistaken, a thriller should be thrilling. Granted, there are some nail-biting sequences and spine-tingling moments, but there is too much vapid space used for filler. Though the premise is cer tainly original, the film stumbles through its lengthy running time and sparks more political debate than necessar y. The Interpreter should have been exciting throughout, not melodramatic in some par ts and corny in others. (Paul Prikazsky) KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Orlando Bloom & Eva Green Like Gladiator, it features searching, male protagonists set against quasi-historical backdrops. Other similar elements include grand wars, familial loss, political intrigue and unruly violence. Many of these same components have been exercised lately via Troy, Alexander and King Arthur, to recall some. Disappointingly, Kingdom of Heaven often feels conventional and predictable. (Tim Peters)

KUNG FU HUSTLE 3.5 stars Stephen Chow Take a healthy dose of slapstick, add a dash of kung fu fighting, a pinch of Looney Toons and ser ve with a popcorn and soda and you have a dish called Kung Fu Hustle that is sure to satisfy a much-needed comedy fix. The movie delivers action, drama, comedy and even a little suspense. Overall, it will make you laugh and then some, and just goes to prove that slapstick is universally funny. What more could you want from a movie? (Brian Nichols) MILLIONS

Lewis McGibbon & Alex Etel Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tenderness here that belongs to Etel and McGibbon, two fine young actors who not only embody their own par ts but play off one another so well that they work mar velously as brothers. The movie is undeniably theirs, two per formers whose total age is under 20 but possess an innate honesty beyond their years. In a movie concentrating on what to do with money that you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t earned, these boys show that the greatest riches they have are each other. (Matt Pais) MONSTER-IN-LAW

Jennifer Lopez & Jane Fonda Monster-in-Law is Jennifer Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best movie since Maid in Manhattan. That should be the first warning. Co-starring with Lopez is the incomparable Jane Fonda. Together, these two take the audience on a roller coaster of emotion, from bemused all the way to annoyed. By the end, it is easily the worst two-hour motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day gift anyone in America could give to their mom. (Andrew Crewell) STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH 3.5 STARS

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CINDERELLA MAN Russell Crowe & RenĂŠe Zellweger No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a cross-dressing remake of the classic fairy tale. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a movie based on the true story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, who was thought to be over the hill when he made an improbable comeback to face champ Max Baer. Nowadays, they would probably accuse him of being on the juice. The film is directed by Ron Howard and is already garnering talk of being an Oscar favorite. (Andrew Vecelas) LORDS OF DOGTOWN Heath Ledger & Johnny Knoxville Also based on a true stor y, Lords of Dogtown tells the stor y of a group of teenage boys in 1970s California who took up the hobby of skateboarding in empty swimming pools, only to create a worldwide sensation. Only time will tell if this can surpass the now-classic Gleaming the Cube for the title of greatest skateboarding film ever. For the true stor y behind the movie, check out the documentar y Dogtown and Z-Boys . (Andrew Vecelas) THE TAKE The Take is a documentary (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the week of true stories, apparently) about the economic collapse of Argentina, and 30 workers who camped out in a idle factory in an attempt to retake the economy. Opening at Boardmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Theater

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sort of car race this past weekend. Honestly, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you who won or anything like that. I still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand any of it. The only time you should celebrate a victory by pouring milk on your head is when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some sort of milking or possibly butter-churning contest. So rather than making fun of something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand like usual, I thought itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nice to take a look at the baseball season so far. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost a third of the way through the season and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already been a little strange. First of all, when Cardinal fans actually feel a degree of pity for Cub fans, you know something isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right. I know guys who love baseball and love the Cubs and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting hard to even make a joke about that being a conflict of interest.What can you say, maybe they are actually cursed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure if Dusty Baker really is a clown or not, but if he is, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found his three-ring circus. Every tiny little thing that can go wrong or at least can be blamed for going wrong has pretty much went wrong. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m almost impressed theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still playing .500 baseball. Their players are going down like a drunken date in the backseat of a souped up Monte Carlo on prom night. For shitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake, last week they said pitcher Carlos Zambrano may have got tennis elbow from using his computer too much. Um, Carlos, I bet I know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at on that computer and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing your arm isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurting from pushing buttons on the keyboard. Trust me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there, brother. Put down the hand lotion and step away from the pornformation super highway.Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a lot of games to play this year and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to end up with some sort of claw hand for the rest of your life. Maybe Carlos is just jealous of all the other guys on his team getting so much time off. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even name them all: Todd Walker, Kerry Wood, now Mark Prior, Nomar, Borowski, the list goes on and on. Hell, LaTroy Hawkins would have been on the list had the league recognized mental illness as an injury. Since they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, the Cubs traded him to San Francisco where everyone appears somewhat normal standing next to Barry Bonds. The Cubs are having a stretch of bad luck, no question about it. It just seems like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lasted forever. 1908? Geez Louise, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had sex since then.

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On the brighter side, or in this case, the um, souther side, the White Sox have been a pleasant surprise this year. No prognosticator would have predicted they would have the best pitching staff in town. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen five men with ball control like that this side of a Jenna Jameson orgy scene. The games usually go pretty fast, at least for baseball, and afterwards I still listen to manager Ozzie Guillen talk about the game, even though I have yet to understand the first freaking word coming out of his mouth. The previous face of the team, slugger Frank Thomas, Michael Coulter apparently didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what is a videographto think of all the winning. er, comedian He came back from an and all around injury and then promptly smartass. But got hurt again. I can hear read his column him in the clubhouse anyway. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Um, seriously, guys, damn funny. if you win the World Series, I still get a ring, right?â&#x20AC;?You know the Sox are good this year.They actually had more than 10,000 fans at a home game once or twice. My favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, are also cruising along just fine so far, but this season has still been a little tough for me. Last season, we went to the World Series only to be pummeled in four games by the Boston Red Sox. That wound had almost healed, but someone keeps picking the scab and opening it up again. His name is Edgar Renteria. Edgar was a Cardinal for several years and my favorite player to watch. He was a quiet sort of guy who played the game hard every day and was the king of getting clutch hits.Then, after last season, he left St. Louis and went to, God forbid, Boston. I still want to root for the guy, and I still do, but seeing him in that uniform is almost too much sometimes. I mean, I feel a little betrayed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Superman catching Lois Lane banging Lex Luthor, except I actually look more like Lex than Superman, but you get the idea. Fortunately, even though I miss him, the team doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much and they keep winning like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their birthright. See, all of a sudden I just got all excited again.Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball. 162 games makes for a long season, and yet I never get tired of it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a third of the way through, so all the stuff I wrote above could change by the time October gets here.The Sox and Cards could falter and miss the playoffs and the Cubs could rebound and make the World Series. Well, OK, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maybe a little far fetched, but it really is a long season.

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f it weren’t for a psychiatric drug called Zyprexa, 22-year-old Donnie Duval* said he would either be dead or living on the streets. Last spring, the University of Illinois senior experienced a schizophrenic episode that turned his life upside-down. But thanks to Zyprexa, Duval’s life is no longer ruled by the auditory hallucinations, paranoia and insomnia that once plagued his every thought. Psychiatric drugs first emerged in the 1950s with the discovery of antidepressants and tranquilizers. Since then, scientific breakthroughs have flooded the market with drugs to treat everything from social anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder. But while the pace of innovation has been rapid, some critics argue that insurance coverage and government regulation have failed to keep up. Mental health consumers like Duval are often forced to weigh the cost of their mental suffering with the financial and physical burdens associated with medication. Like most mental health consumers, Duval tried several drugs and various dosages before finding the right combination.The first drug Duval took earned the nickname “horse tranquilizer.” He took two pills each day and would sleep for as many as 16 hours after each. While the symptoms of schizophrenia impaired his daily life, Duval said the side effects of treatment were no better. “I was a worthless human being,” he said.“It was like living hell for awhile, but the voices were gone.” Side effects like these are common, especially with antispsychotic drugs. Although muscle spasms and drooling are often perceived as symptoms of schizophrenia, such behavior is actually a side effect of medication, said Dr. David Lawrance, medical director at the McKinley Health Center. Some drugs have side effects that can be life-threatening. Zyprexa, for example, promises diabetes for longterm users like Duval. Psychiatric drugs can be even more dangerous for younger users. Because the Federal Drug Administration limits its drug trials to certain populations, which often do not include children or adolescents, medication often reaches the market with much less knowledge about its effects on youth. In fact, the FDA recently found that some antidepressants, like Prozac, actually increase the likelihood of suicide in children. Such a report is especially frightening given the dramatic increase in the number of children taking antidepressants. Between 1994 and 2002, this number tripled. Recent deaths linked to FDA-approved drugs like Vioxx have raised concerns about consumer safety. Some critics argue that the government agency caters more to drug-makers than drug-takers. Under-the-table collaboration between government scientists and pharmaceutical companies, while once rare, has now become rather *Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, this individual’s name was changed to protect his identity.As he said,“If people knew I was schizophrenic, they would treat me differently.” Unfortunately, this is true about most people.

common. A senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health received half a million dollars in consulting fees from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer while the two organizations were working together to study Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Government Ethics publicly banned this practice in February 2005 when it was discovered that such collaboration reached to the very top of administrations. Despite the dangers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign senior Jennifer Guillen is willing to suffer the side effects of medication for its benefits. Like Duval, Guillen credits psychiatric drugs for saving her life. In March 2003, severe depression nearly drove her to suicide before Guillen found the antidepressant Celexa. Although the drug causes nausea, insomnia and anxiety, Guillen continues to take 40 milligrams each day. For Guillen, the worst consequence of Celexa is its cost. She said she can’t stay on the medication for long because she simply cannot afford to. After Guillen graduates in December, she will lose the University’s insurance, which covers the cost of appointments and medication. “I’m hoping to wean myself off of it,” Guillen said, although she worries about depressive episodes in the future. Just one month’s supply of Zyprexa carries a hefty cost of $350. For uninsured consumers, such costs are impossible to afford. In fact, 81 percent of all public mental health consumers in Champaign County earn less than $20,850 a year, according to the Champaign County Mental Health Board. In 1996, the annual cost of taking a prescription drug was $374 per user. In 2001, that cost rose to $639. In 2002 alone, prescription drugs costs totaled $162 billion. The situation is even worse for mental health consumers in Illinois. While the state ranks ninth in per capita income, it is ranked 30th in per capita spending on mental health services.The average Medicaid reimbursement provides less than 60 percent of the treatment costs of each patient. Even insured mental health consumers are struggling with drug costs. Compared with the benefits given for physical illnesses, most insurance coverage for mental health treatment is poor. But legislative efforts in states across the country are trying to correct such disparities.Thirty-five states have already enacted mental health parity laws, which require insurance companies to cover mental illnesses like depression just as they would a physical illness like a broken leg. When Paul Joffe, director of the University’s Counseling Center,

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catch a train out of town, Marty and his friends Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) get shipped off to Africa. Things don’t go quite as planned, as an escape attempt by a group of cunning penguins (who easily steal each of their scenes) leaves the foursome stranded on the island nation of the title. Marty finally gets his taste of the wild, as the other animals only want to get back to the MADAGASCAR • safety of the zoo. There’s also a subplot about Alex’s quickly returning instincts that force the lion to see Marty and the group’s newly found lemur friends as possible sources of lunch. Madagascar often seems like it wants to deal with weighty issues like the morality of confining wild animals and tolerance among species. But in reality it only acknowledges the presence of such themes and quickly moves to the next (often lame) joke. The result is a confused cartoon that wants to aspire to more, but not at the cost of alienating the child audience. The jokes are definitely more miss than hit, especially for audiences over the age of 12.The main characters are pretty dull, and

free from the language barrier. He produces a clear emotional connection with the audience with every facial expression and a rousing spectacle with his physical prowess in every scene. Danny becomes more than a gimmick and a fully-realized character solely on the talents of Jet Li. If the audience can accept the story, Unleashed is a success. The structure of the plot cleverly balances the raw pseudo-street fighting with the emotional baggage required. Beautifully choreographed and wonderfully directed, this is the American Jet Li vehicle fans have been waiting for.

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Some critics argue that doctors are overprescribing medications and simply throwing pills at the problem. With dozens of medications and dosages to choose from, Joffe said “trial-and-error” treatment seems to have taken over. In fact, the Illinois Psychological Association is supporting a bill that would change state law to allow psychologists the legal right to prescribe psychiatric drugs. But Benson wishes drugs weren’t the only answer. “They just solve the symptoms,” he said. “They don’t solve the problem.” Still, Champaign resident Fannie Griffin believes psychiatric drugs offer a far better and safer option than the treatment available 50 years ago. Griffin watched her mother suffer from schizophrenia throughout her life until her death in 1980—long before Zyprexa and its benefits came along. Back then, drugs in the mental health field were few in number and crude in form. In fact, electroshock therapy remained the standard treatment until as late as the 1960s. Now, as president of the Champaign County chapter of the

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the film was effective in one generation, it will likely be just as appealing to a new generation of filmgoers.This seemed to be the mindset of director Peter Segal and producer Albert S. Ruddy in their approach to the remake of the popular 1974 film The Longest Yard. The original, directed by famed action director Robert Aldrich, was an antiestablishment comicdrama of an antihero convict blended with a rollicking story of male bonding and a prison football team. Segal’s comic remake of The Longest Yard is a feeble attempt at recreating the fun spirit of one of Burt Reynolds’ most believable good ol’ boy roles, in an era when Reynolds was one of Hollywood’s most bankable superstars. Segal’s effort disappoints viewers because for the past decade he has directed several of the most entertaining low-brow comedies, like Tommy Boy.With The Longest Yard, he misses too many opportunities for similar comic success, even for those who don’t know the original story. It seems that Segal and screenwriter Sheldon Turner could not make up their minds whether this remake of The Longest Yard should do something different with its popular comedic leads Adam Sandler and Chris Rock or simply pay homage to the ‘70s cult classic by echoing scenes from the original film.

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here are three types of coaches: the passive, the aggressive and the psychotically intense/haphazardly moral coach with violent tendencies. Granted, there might be dissenting opinions, but I would make an argument for the latter describing vitamin store owner cum soccer coach, Phil Weston (Will Ferrell). Despite Kicking and Screaming’s comic approach to the material, the subject matter is simultaneously satirical and frighteningly relevant. Throughout his childhood and well into adulthood, poor Phil has been conquered in a fiercely competitive game of oneupmanship by his father, Buck Weston (Robert Duvall). But all hell breaks loose when Buck trades Phil’s son to the worst team in the kiddy soccer league, the Tigers. However, the previous Tigers’ coach disappeared after a stress-induced opening game. So Phil takes the reins of the band of misfits (no parents volunteered). But after the first practice, Phil is literally struck with the notion that he doesn’t know the first thing about coaching.

Enter legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, who happens to be Buck’s mortal enemy and neighbor. Salivating over the prospect of defeating the elder Weston, Phil and Ditka join forces to trounce the pompous Buck once and for all. Throw in American football-style coaching, two Italian phenoms, and Phil’s new addiction to coffee and before you know it, the Tigers make a run at the championship.The last obstacle that impedes their progress is Buck’s team, of course. Who could have guessed the combination of Ferrell and Ditka would make one of the most unlikely comic duos since Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro? Da Coach schools Weston in the importance of a heavily caffeinated diet while building a winning mentality.Weston observes and copycats the great coach with the wonderment of a child, with riotous results. Ditka’s grumpy reluctance, coupled with KICKING AND SCREAMING • MIKE DITKA & WILL FERRELL Ferrell’s good-natured goofiness, creates comic gold. I did not care for American Pie 3, but director Jesse Dylan a mockery of everything. Sure, it’s fun for an audience to sit (son of Bob Dylan), has crafted a genuinely funny vehicle for back and laugh at how ludicrous Phil Weston behaves. But, Will Ferrell.The soccer games move at a frenetic pace and the hopefully audiences—specifically parents—will be able to anaeclectic mix of accompanying pop music creates a lively atmos- lyze their participation in said sporting events and are capable phere. The icing on Kicking and Screaming’s cake is that it is a of pinpointing their follies. Kicking and Screaming consistently delivers rollicking laughs family film. And finally, there is a film for everyone to laugh at while satirizing society’s obsession with youth sports. Phil without too many wink-wink jokes for adults. Kicking and Screaming lampoons everything in suburban life, Weston may get out of hand, but he teaches us a valuable lesfrom the enormous SUVs to the mania surrounding children’s son: It’s only a game and it should be fun. And Will Ferrell sports. Nothing is sacred and Ferrell is given free rein to make makes that point. He just does it hilariously.

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q+a Sten Johansen is the support facilitator for the Champaign chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The DBSA mission statement is to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. They provide resources for education and support for people suffering from mental illnesses, specifically bipolar disorder and depression. DBSA runs support groups, and helps people deal with social services groups and reclaim their lives.

I don’t like the term mood disorder. I think it’s insipid. It makes it sound like you’re just having a bad hair day and that is not at all what’s going on. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance really says a lot about who we are.There are about 1,000 support groups in the country. What is DBSA and what is your role within the organization?

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The remake begins much like the original, with the story of Paul Crewe, a drunken, former professional quarterback, who violates his parole, wrecks his girlfriend’s sports car and is quickly sent to prison, where his warden is obsessed with his winning semi-pro football team of prison guards.With the power to make Crewe’s life more miserable for his short stay, Warden Hazen convinces Crewe to help make his football squad even more successful. Borrowing heavily from Tracey Keenan Wynn’s original screenplay, the film’s highlight is a so-called tuneup match between the guards’ team and a ragtag team of convicts. Segal’s version only varies in the number of sexual jokes, excessive comic violence and a much softer antiestablishment theme. The original film’s narrative tension between the warden and Crewe is also diminished by changing the blackmail threat that occurs at the football game’s halftime showdown. Jokes about prison cheerleaders in drag, a THE LONGEST YARD • BURT REYNOLDS & ADAM SANDLER steroid, muscle-bound player whose anabolic pills get switched with estrogen tablets making him suddenly more more like Billy Bob Thornton’s dad with a Botox enhanced feminine and the strategic disabling of cheating referees all profile, you can understand the wisdom of why great entertainers, like Cary Grant, retired when they turned 60 years old. seem really lame. Segal’s action scenes are enjoyably effective and move with Adam Sandler’s approach to Crewe as a character is more serious and much less goofy than his usual screen persona, but the pace of ESPN football highlights and a mud-filled practice Sandler is most effective when he’s being a clown.Trying to act session is cut in time to a ‘70s rock hit and made to look like a more serious, like the recent roles of Jim Carrey, Sandler shows VH1 music video. Segal also includes cameos with noted stars his obvious limitations as an actor.With his physique and man- like Courteney Cox and Rob Schneider, as well as a collection ner, you never believe he could have been a professional foot- of wrestling and football has-beens like Brian Bosworth and ball player or match the cockiness of say, former Bear Jim Steve Austin.While it may be difficult to remake a film with a McMahon. Chris Rock’s talents are greatly misused in a most- modern sensitivity and still capture the successful chemistry of ly supporting role as Caretaker, the prison’s supplier of outside the original, Segal misses the opportunity by mishandling his goods. And Burt Reynolds’ extended cameo performance as a two comic leads and relying too heavily on the past charm and coach and former Heisman Trophy-winning player is a lacklus- memories of the Burt Reynolds mystique. ter shadow of the former charisma of the ‘70s Burt. Looking

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Finding a doctor that recognizes something is wrong is one of the hardest parts of getting treatment, right?

Right. I was seeing a doctor about blood pressure. He was really young and up-to-date, and had an interest in mental health issues. After our second meeting of talking about blood pressure, he finally said, ‘Sten, what else is on your mind?’ He listened, asked good questions, and finally said that it was very clear to him that I was suffering from depression and I needed help.The good news was there is help; the bad news is that it’s very expensive and takes a long time. What’s expensive?

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Our health-care system in general is crumbling in this country. It was never meant to be for profit. Health care is not a profitable enterprise. Until we get a realistic, modern health-care system like a lot of other civilized nations have, we’re not going to be able to address the needs of American people. Much of what we deal with in our group is people who have reached a point where they want help, but they don’t know how to get it.A lot of people with these illnesses cannot hold a job.They’ve lost their jobs, families, spouses, custody of children, all their friends, and are finally at a point where they say, ‘OK, I have to do something to make this all better,’ and that’s usually when they come to us. Then we have this hard task of telling them there’s really not much out there for them—especially around this community. The access to good mental health care, in this county, is very slow, very underfunded and in no way meets the needs of the people.There’s a shortage of psychiatrists in the Champaign area. I attribute that, in part, to our outmoded, unrealistic health-care system. The private practice people don’t have access to a hospital, and hospitalization can be a part of someone’s treatment.

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We are run by the people with mental illnesses, specifically mood disorders, but we’ll never refuse anyone that comes to us. I am the contact person for all of the support groups. Different family and selfhelp organizations can point you to me. People find me a lot of different ways. I’ve been facilitating—I guess you can say that’s what my role is, I’m not a professional, but I’ve been the facilitator for eight years. I came to the group originally because I had just finally found a doctor that was smart enough to see that something was wrong.

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If they have insurance, they’re much better off.You can make an appointment for an assessment and it will happen much faster than if you don’t. If you have no funds, like so many of the people in our group, the only thing to turn to is the Mental Health Center.They want to provide good service but they are so understaffed and underfunded that it’s a long time before you can even get an assessment. If they say yes, you do have a need for a psychiatrist, then it’s a long time before you get to see a psychiatrist and you have no choice on who that is going to be. PHOTO • DAVID SOLANA

What are the benefits of a peer support group like this?

One of the great things about this nonprofessional group is that we can provide things you can’t even buy. There’s been many times when I’ve gotten calls from nurses saying, ‘Your friend is here and I understand you have a key to her car and apartment.’ I told the nurse, ‘Tell her it’s taken care of.’ I took her car home, fed the cat, brought in the mail. We can do that—you can’t buy that. Sometimes people who are functioning in daily jobs get desperately anxious and depressed when they face a weekend all by themselves. It can be a very frightening thing just to face a weekend. People in the group will arrange a schedule—we’ll go out Saturday morning, to the Farmer’s Market, and in the

afternoon for coffee. It’s support. It’s been a lifesaver in a lot of ways for people. It’s strangely comforting to be in a room full of people who have the same problems. It’s kind of like discovering you’ve spoken a foreign language and you end up in that country where everyone speaks your language.

For more information about the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Champaign-Urbana, call 344-7901. Support meetings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room at Provena Hospital.You can also visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

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freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Smokers’ rights? Baloney! Your rights end at my nose. What right does anybody have to stink up an entire neighborhood, causing harm in the process, or a building that is occupied by other people? None whatsoever. Due to the fact that nonsmoking sections in most are useless, and do not protect nonsmokers at all, we have a very powerful case for banning smoking, especially in restaurants. My wife and I like to eat out fairly often; in fact, it is frequently a necessity for us. The smokers like to say that we have plenty of choices, but we simply do not. Of the nonsmoking restaurants in town, there are only two that we can or are willing to patronize, the Courier, and the Rainbow Garden, mostly due to the specific menu choices. Two that we would like to (and used to) patronize, Pickles and Perkins, are off limits, because they are very smoky, and their nonsmoking sections are totally ineffective. Why should we be required to choose our restaurants based on the quality of their atmosphere? That’s ridiculous! DISCLAIMER: We are members of CUSFA, but our opinions, as expressed in this letter, are our own, and do not necessarily represent the official views of that organization. Ed and Sharon DeWan Citizens of Urbana

the most part, I just want some honesty from these people. I want them to stop pretending that they are helping people recover from winter-related depression or something or other. I want them to acknowledge that they are providing the public with a disservice by offering up this fake sun. I want the women in the commercial to tell me that this is not recommended, but that they are willing to give it to me if I want it. But it won’t happen. And I suppose that I am fine with that aside from a couple of things: People who tan wear their insecurity, literally, on their skin. People who tan are asking for health problems. People who tan are the reason I am proud to be the way I was born: pasty and Jewish. People who tan are a disgrace to humanity. People who tan look stupid, unattractive and orange. Also, those commercials are a laughingstock.Those interviews sound about as real as a Karl Rove talking reconciliation and reparations with the NAACP. The music in the Seth Fein is from background is actually worse than the contemUrbana. He was in a porary Christian music that my family worships tanning bed once. He to.The woman giving the interview sounds like was in jail once. Not she has a nose clogged with boogers. Big ones. much difference. He The lyrics to the jingle could have been written by a third grader. It all makes sense, you see.The can be reached at sethfein@hotmail.com. idiotic nature of tanning beds fits like a jigsaw puzzle with the people who are promoting them as healthy and safe. Hey. Props for staying consistent.

And I need writers. I need writers more than the Cubs need pitchers. I need inspired, creative people to author magazine-length features. There’s lots of perks in working for Buzz. One, it pays. Granted, your Illini Media Company checks aren’t going to pay your rent—but a story will buy you a night of drinking. Or bowling. Write two stories, you have enough for both. And it’s good experience—you’ll end up with a killer entry on your resume. Descriptive, concise writing is an attractive quality to any employer and the way a person writes says a lot about how they function. Maybe the best part of writing for Around Town is that you’ll get a chance to make people aware of things they need to be exposed to. Even though we’re a student publication, we realize there’s more to Champaign-Urbana than the University of Illinois.

Two weeks ago I read, in Paul’s editor’s note, that

Around Town is about issues that people of all ages, of all walks of life, from all over C-U, are going to read about, care about, and put down the paper feeling a little more aware, a little more concerned. Culture, arts, food, community—these two quaint towns have a lot to offer their citizens and visitors. Urban style and mom-and-pop charm meet in C-U and Around Town wants to cover everything in between. If you’re interested, e-mail me. It’s erins@readbuzz.com. Send writing samples if you have them. Then we’ll talk—over coffee or beer, whatever’s your style. Tell me about yourself; I’ll tell you about myself. Bring ideas for where you want to see Around Town going—I know you have them. Get ahold of me, Erin Scottberg, your new Around Town editor

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Ceramic artist Linda Dumich with one of her pieces on display at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., Champaign.

In college, my major was fashion design and retailing, where I took several types of art classes, such as figure and anatomy drawing. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1976, I worked as a sewing instructor for Stretch and Sew Fabrics and pursued a variety of hobbies like cross-stitching projects, flower arranging, as well as calligraphy.You name it, and I probably dabbled in it.Then in the fall of 1993, my sister Debbie talked me into taking a drawing class at Parkland with her. I enjoyed it and decided to take other types of art classes. I fell in love with ceramics, and found that the freedom and tangibility of clay stimulates my creativity. In 1998, I joined the C-U Potter’s Club at the Springer Building to continue my passion for ceramics. I find such great pleasure and satisfaction in coming up with new ideas, from functional pieces to sculptural ones.

piece. However, my real exposure to ceramics started at Parkland in the spring of 1994.

What inspires you?

What is your greatest strength?

The clay inspires me, in that there are some days when I have no particular project in mind. I might start with throwing a cylinder on the wheel, and then see where it takes me. I have found the work of others influential. One particular gal at Parkland was throwing a hollowed donut shape on the wheel. I became fascinated with this shape and have created sculptural vases, teapots and bananas from it. The possibilities are endless.

Practice, practice, practice. Another strength is that I’m a good listener. I have learned so many interesting techniques and little details from teachers and fellow potters. And as fellow potters know, I’m always willing to help them out.

When did you begin ceramics?

My first experience with clay, to my best recollection, is when I hand-built a piece in junior high school. Surprisingly, I still have that

What has been your most personally interesting ceramic piece and why?

The most interesting pieces are my hollowed donut shapes and hollowed pears, all of which are thrown on the wheel. People are always so fascinated to learn they are hollow and not hand-built.Then they want to know how the heck I did that on the wheel.

What is your greatest weakness?

I think that wedging the clay before I use it is the most frustrating, because no matter how long I knead the clay, I still find occasional air pockets in the clay when I am throwing. Practice, practice, practice ... Maybe someday there will be no more air pockets.

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am proud of the things that I find to be reprehensible. Nothing makes me feel better than truly despising something, especially if it has no immediate consequence for myself or my loved ones. Of all the things that I hold in contempt (and there are many) one stands out to me as being as crackbrained and demonic as the Republican party: tanning salons. A quick Google search with the words “tanning salon” and “cancer” lists over 66,000 sources on the Internet for information about the correlation between the two.Whereas this should come as no surprise to you or I, the ridiculous and almost-baffling radio ads from a local tanning salon trying to promote their business as being safe and—wait for it—healthy, certainly should. Allow me for a moment to recall the nature of my last couple of columns as a way of giving this column a little point of reference. As a smoker, I’m not trying to trick myself. I realize how bad this habit is for me. I wake up in the morning, craving a cigarette because, just like an alcoholic, I know that the only thing that will instantly cure the mild stinging in my throat is the hair of the dog that bit me. Smoking causes cancer. No ifs, ands or buts. And the tobacco companies and the smokers have been dealing with an omniscient parental figure in the form of everyone since the facts began to fly out of the laboratories. So, why then, should I have to deal with lawsuits and fingerwagging while my fake-sun soaking counterparts are allowed to promote themselves, on the radio no less, without so much as a

peep from the community at large? Answer? They shouldn’t. And here is where I step in. First of all—where do you get off spouting off about tanning salons and their glamorous nature while people all around the nation are dropping like flies from skin cancer? Have you no conscience? Even a small amount of research will tell you that the UVA rays that are produced by tanning beds are almost two to three times higher than that of regular UV-producing rays from the sun. Report after report states the same thing: tanning in salons runs up your risk of getting skin cancer.What part of this don’t the people of this local tanning salon seem to understand? I am a freedom fighter, for the most part. I believe that the government controls too much as it is, and I would never, ever suggest that we make tanning salons illegal. But I don’t believe that they should be able to straight up LIE to the American public about something potentially life threatening while playing cheesy metal music in the background. Packs of cigarettes in Europe state the dangers of smoking in a way that we can all understand: SMOKING KILLS. And I am almost happy when a buddy comes home from Belgium with a pack that tells me this. I feel anointed with some semblance of truth while I suck down the pack one by one. The American counterpart tells me that pregnant women may run the risk of low birth weight.This really has no effect on me personally. The same should go for tanning salons. I would like to walk into one where the signs on the doors of the little rooms were honest with me: “Hey you! Dumbass! Feel free to walk in here and lie down for a bit, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.You can most definitely get SKIN CANCER from doing this!” For

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Buzz was looking for people. Slightly inspired by the call, and overly inspired by the lack of hours at my crappy waitressing job, I e-mailed Buzz my resume. Shortly after that I was hired and crowned the new Arts and Entertainment editor. Not sure what that entailed, I naturally asked. I was told that I would be putting together a two-page spread once a week. “So I write the stories?” I queried. “Not necessarily; you have writers who write for you,” Paul responded. “So I design the layout?” “No, you have a designer who’ll do that,” he explained. “What exactly do I do?” I asked, feeling both a surge of excitement at the limited responsibilities, and also terror at the complete lack of any set objectives. I got a hearty handshake, some vague words of wisdom (don’t park in the lot during the day or you WILL get towed), a Sunday deadline, and was sent on my way. Excitement was completely gone. Terror was all that was left. In four days, things would be due— what things, I couldn’t say. In the shower, the true origin of all great ideas, I had an epiphanic moment.The only thing to be done was to find both art and entertainment and write about them ... or something. After drying off, dressing and reclassifying the idea as an only a psuedo-epiphanic moment, I set out on foot to downtown Champaign, that beautiful little area dotted by Cafe Kopi, Cowboy Monkey, The Virginia Theatre, etc. And, while I didn’t find any mys-

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terious solution to the “things” that would be due on Sunday, I did find a great deal of art. Everywhere I went there seemed to be more and more. At Pekara Bakery I studied Jim Hulquist’s cohesive fusion of the athletics and the aesthetics of Ashtanga Yoga through the medium of photography. At the Springer Cultural Center I walked through a show of varied interest; backlit duratrons of gas stations by Josh Ipple, intricate sculpted edifices by Sara Redd and the various wheel-thrown stoneware of Linda Dumich, this week’s featured artist. While passing Sam’s Diner I heard a woman tell her children, “Look, there’s daddy’s show,” while pointing to an advertisement for Welcome to Tolono, a show in two acts opening at the Station Theatre in Urbana on June 2. Look at Me, winner of the best screenplay award at Cannes this year, is running at the Art House Theatre. So while I am still discouraged and slightly terrified, I now feel somewhat elated knowing that whatever art ends up on this page, there is a cornucopia everywhere I look. Look around for yourselves, you’ll see! And then, for goodness’ sake, write me some articles about said artwork and email me at arts@readbuzz.com. Additionally, I’d like to print poems and stories by local writers, student and otherwise. E-mail me, or, if you like a challenge, try to find me wandering the streets of Champaign. I’m the confused, slightly silly-looking girl searching for art! —Constance Beitzel, Arts Editor

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f those obviously commercial summer movies just don’t do it for you, and you would like your actors in all three dimensions, there are several summer theater festivals, ranging from one-hour drives to 15-hour trips, that just might give you a more upbeat view on the performing arts. Only an hour or so away at Ewing Manor in Bloomington is The Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Now, firmly entrenched as a Midwest tradition, this season will offer: Henry VIII, Macbeth and Twelfth Night in repertory from June 29 to Aug. 14. The popularity of this festival has grown to the point where advance booking, especially for weekends, is strongly recommended. Here you can picnic and enjoy a summer night of fine Shakespeare, and summer nights don’t get much better than that. Check it out at (309) 438-8100, or on performance days, call (309) 828-9814.Their Web site, at www.thefestival.org, may well answer the rest of your questions. Six hours from east central Illinois in Spring Green,Wisc., is The American Players Theatre.Their June 9 to Oct. 2 show schedule will include: Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth and Moliere’s Tartuffe for those lovers of Renaissance theater. In a more modern vein, Shaw’s Candida will provide some satire from the early part of the century and from midcentury is Molnar’s and P.G. Woodehouse’s The Play’s the Thing. A special fund-raiser on July 10 will feature the Stratford Festival’s Brian Bedford performing his famous one-man tribute to Shakespeare, The Lunatic, The Lover and the Poet.

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If you have never experienced this, you have a definite gap in your theater-going experience. For more information call (608) 588-2361, or visit online at www.playinthewoods.org. These beautiful rolling hills in Frank Lloyd Wright country along the Wisconsin river valley may introduce you to an evening of theater you just did not believe existed. Head east and north 10 hours by the right roads and you come to Stratford, Ontario, and the home of one of the Western Hemisphere’s most famous festivals, The Stratford Festival of Canada. With a season that runs from April to October and has a dozen or so plays running in repertory during peak season, there are many pleasures here. First of all, Stratford is Shakespeare, and this year’s offerings are: Measure for Measure, William Hutt (left) as Prospero and Jacob James As You Like It and The Tempest. as Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For more information, call (800) 567-1600 or look online at www.stratford-festival.ca. There is great deal more for the serious theatergoer here, including classics like Marlowe’s Edward II and Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark. Tennessee Williams gets two productions this season with Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. You can take in two musicals with Into the Woods and Hello Dolly or enjoy a production of Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels. Three hours east in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, is The Shaw Festival. This is the only theater festival anywhere dedicated to performing the works of George Bernard Shaw, and this year’s Shaw offerings include You Never Can Tell and Major Barbara. But, the festival is also dedicated to works written during Shaw’s era, and some wonderful add-ons are: Somerset Maugham’s, The Constant Wife, Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden and William Inge’s Bus Stop. You can catch musicals like Gypsy or Happy End, or an extraordinary rarity like R. C. Sherriff ’s Journey’s End, which may be the ultimate World War I play despite its 1928 age. Call (800) 511-SHAW or visit www.shawfest.com for more details. Please note that the U.S. dollar is worth about $1.20 Canadian and remember to bring proof of citizenship when crossing the border. buzz

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ne of the biggest surprises on the local scene has been the quick rise in notice afforded to The Elanors.The young married couple of Noah and Adriel (formerly backed by drummer Joshua Lucas) write songs that are utterly sincere and personal, and their sonics are always evolving. Buzz was able to sit down with the duo to discuss their history and their debut record, A Year To Demonstrate.

Buzz: Tell us the story of your debut album, A Year To Demonstrate. NOAH:Adriel and I got married October 2003, and right after that I started writing songs again. It had been maybe eight or so months off from writing. So I really wanted to start writing songs again— ADRIEL: On our honeymoon, actually. NOAH: —and so, we had all this extra cash from getting married, so I really wanted to demo the songs. We bought an eight-track and I did a little bit in the basement of our house, for probably three weeks or a month. You were working alone at that time, right? NOAH: Yeah, I was writing by myself, with inspiration from Adriel, but not anything hands-on. ADRIEL: There are a few songs on A Year To Demonstrate that were written before Noah and I were actually dating.You can hear a difference in the songs—there are some obvious love songs. NOAH: I spent a year and a half trying to woo her ... after we got married, there are a few more social and political songs. So I demoed those songs and sent them off to friends.Then another six months passed and I wrote a whole new batch of songs and demoed them. Then, when we met Steven and Heather Zydek, who run Isidore Records, they were really excited and they wanted to put something out with us.They heard both sets of demos, and we sort of agreed on the first set. ADRIEL: We picked the best songs. NOAH: And then we put that together, and that was A Year To Demonstrate.The title is supposed to smack of ‘demo.’ ADRIEL: Steven and Heather—we met them at Aroma Cafe— we were both playing that night (they have a project called Joyful Sorrow), and we met them that evening, and we probably sat in Aroma in the outside area just talking about things. NOAH: We stood. ADRIEL:Yeah, we stood there. They’re two of the finest people in this town.They’re really passionate about music and community and relationships, so the CD was sort of born of that friendship. Steven actually mastered it all in his basement. Could you explain who Isidore Records is? NOAH: Steven and Heather put it together to release their first album, Quietude. Right around the time we got together might have been the first time they were really thinking about bringing other people in.

What brought you back here after living in Madison? NOAH:We got married, then decided we were going to go back to school.We live in my parents’ basement. ADRIEL: Since we moved back here we’ve really fallen in love with this town. I think when Noah lived here the downtown area was totally undeveloped. When did you leave? NOAH: 1999.The Blind Pig had closed and it was pretty desolate. A DRIEL : Everyone in town has been really encouraging and receptive. Who are some of the people who were particularly helpful? NOAH: Rob McColley. ADRIEL: He gave us our first show in town, and he was our first musician friend besides the Zydeks. NOAH: We got a show with Cameron (McGill). Scott Kimbell came to our aid. It was his idea to have us play with Cameron.

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Sounds like a good match. NOAH: I think that a lot of Cameron’s people were like, ‘someone new!’ ADRIEL:We instantly had crushes on Cameron … Seth Fein ... Mike Ingram ... Jana Roberts ... How’d you create the typewriter rhythm on ‘Roads To Freedom?’ Is it looped? NOAH: Not at all.That was before I knew how to loop things. ADRIEL: He found an old typewriter in his parent’s garage. NOAH: The story of that song I find interesting, because I did write it in the morning, and I recorded in the evening. I’d never done that before. ADRIEL: We have some paper that’s probably filled with ‘JKJKJJK.’

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Alicia Keys. We love Alicia Keys. That probably drops us down (on) the indie-rock scale, but that’s OK. Noah Harris • The Elanors

Your live sound originally was much different than the way A Year To Demonstrate sounds. Why is that? ADRIEL: For a while I think we felt like we had to the do the rock band thing for people to like us; we had to make it loud and fast, and that was really fun, but after a while it really wasn’t us. Rob McColley was one of the people who encouraged us, ‘You don’t have to do the rock band thing if it’s not what you need to play right now,’ and I think that sorta gave us the final nudge, and it’s hard. How do you think listeners should take your very personal songs? NOAH: The cheap answer is that I guess if there’s anything people are used to dealing with it’s love songs. ADRIEL: I hope that they respond thoughtfully and are spurred to some sort of action, whether it’s just loving other people— being passionate or generous with their lives.Those are really lofty ambitions, but I hope that’s how people listen to them. NOAH: We really don’t have the stamina to write fiction, I think, I think literature has had a huge impact on us, we’re humans—this is our way, I think, responding to that and trying to make some ourselves. I mean, when I listen to music that really moves me, that power really moves me. How did you two begin making music with each other? ADRIEL:When I first met him he was just playing by himself on guitar, and it was really beautiful, and he’d captivate audiences up there in Madison. I think when we were engaged we played one show in Chicago at Uncommon Ground, and I sang along with him and played guitar on one song. I think our voices are really compatible— it was just really fun to sing. It wasn’t until after we got married that we did this little tour in January of 2004 with our friends The New Kentucky Quarter. For that tour, I learned some bass piano parts and I just sang harmonies. But, I think from the very beginning we realized what I really added best I think was just harmonies and our voices mix really well. So ... switching to the baritone (guitar), I’m much more comfortable on guitar, so I’m a little more comfortable on the baritone, like singing more, and now that I’m switching back to just regular guitar I think I’ll be singing a lot more. NOAH: It was this past August that we went on a little tour, just the two of us ...It was hard for her to know how to approach the live show— it was just weird.

You two are instantly recognizable to people, and resemble each other. Did you cultivate that appearance? ADRIEL: I think the more you’re around someone, the more you start to look like them. I think definitely our mannerisms have become more like each other. NOAH: We thought it was hysterical—the first rash of local press was all talking about our appearance.

I can see that. NOAH: Alicia Keys.We love Alicia Keys.That probably drops us down (on) the indie-rock scale, but that’s OK. Ron Sexsmith is a huge influence on me, especially a year or two ago. Our friends’ music has been growing to become stuff that is really educational and inspiring and stuff I want to be listening to—the Wandering Sons and the New Kentucky Quarter are both writing songs that just do it for me. buzz

The Elanors’ next appearance will be this Monday at Cafe Paradiso. The headliner is Ida, with Colonel Rhodes also appearing. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

This Friday at Civitas in Urbana, Japan-born percussionist Nakatani will perform a concert with local musicians (Jamie Hutchinson on trombone and John Ridenour on table top guitar). Nakatani, now based in New York, plays "orchestral drumset" and various other percussion instruments in conversation with other musicians and silence. He has worked in film and television and founded his own "H&H Productions" label. Expect a fascinating performance from this improvising ensemble.

MOMENT OF THE WEEK It has been announced that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Super Furry Animals, the Dandy Warhols and Franz Ferdinand will all help score Nine Songs, a movie by Michael Winterbottom (also responsible for Factory Records retrospective 24 Hour Party People). Still there? The movie consists of the bands performing, interspliced with scenes of various sex acts, including cunnilingus and fellatio, all the real deal. I’ll let you make up your own Super Furry puns.

The new one? NOAH: Yeah. ADRIEL: We also listen to a lot of classical music. Chopin, Debussy. NOAH: Art Tatum. ADRIEL: I do love the Art Tatum. NOAH: Keith Jarrett.

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Nine Inch Nails have announced they won’t be performing at the MTV Movie Awards because of a flap over their proposed use of an image of brain surgeon/rocket scientist/president George W. Bush. The band was slated to perform “The Hand That Feeds,” the single from their newest record, which contains criticism of the president’s foreign policy, but insisted on using an image of Bush as a backdrop. Says sexgod/frontman Trent Reznor, “Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me.”

What do you listen to? Do you two listen to different things often? ADRIEL: Pretty much all the stuff Noah really likes I like. Rufus Wainwright has probably been played the most in our CD player. Jeff Buckley.

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Scotland’s wee giants Belle & Sebastian have released a singles compilation titled with the inextricable Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. From the way B&S release singles, you know you’ll be getting a combination of greatest hits and rarities. Fans will be happy to see the cover art is two-color (as is expected), but this time only black and white. The album is available as a twodisc CD set or a deluxe three-disc vinyl package; both feature a booklet with original liners and art.

Where does the name ‘Elanors’ come from? ADRIEL: Our niece is Elanor. She’s 4 years old and she just moved in with us—that is, her family did.We’re all living together now for the summer.We tried all sorts of names, and it’s the most pretentious thing, coming up with a band name. It felt so uncomfortable, but when we said The Elanors it felt like it could be potentially disarming. She’s obviously very important to us.

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How’d you discover the baritone guitar? ADRIEL: I’ve been a Blonde Redhead fan for a long time.When we first started playing in a band, we went on this little tour with some friends and I was playing a Wurlitzer and just doing bass notes on it, and Noah was playing guitar and we had a friend playing drums with us. During that tour, we were like, ‘Man, this would really sound nice on a baritone,’ so we came home and found one for really cheap and tried to learn some things on it. I loved playing it, but I never felt that comfortable on it, so lately I’ve gone back to guitar. I think it would be fun to play with a band again someday, I think—also, you know, Noah and I are married so we’re in constant communication on a dime, and having another person in there and expecting them to invest time only to have us change again is making us a little bit more cautious.

ADRIEL: Should I just be in the background humming along? NOAH: It was poorly defined, so at that point we were like, ‘Why don’t we create something that’s really us?’ and that’s what we did. I think actually the songs themselves have started to take on the personality of what the Elanors is.They’re developing with us. But it was in August that we decided we were going to do this together.

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June 6 Live Music Chris and Jim [cover band] White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Finga Lickin' The Office, 10:30pm, free Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post, 7-10pm, TBA Urbana Booking Co. Presents: Ida, The Elanors, Colonel Rhodes Cafe Paradiso, 8pm, $8/advance, $10/door Open Mic hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Quad Remedy Tommy G's, 10pm, free DJ Ear Candy [house DJs] Nargile, 9pm, free DJ Delayney [hip hop/soul] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ J-Phlip or DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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June 7 Live Music Bluegrass Jam Verde Gallery, 7-9:30pm, free Open Jam/Open Mic hosted by Mike Ingram The Canopy Club, 9pm, 21+/free, under 21/$2 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greelee Tommy G's, 10pm, free Open Stage Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon, 8pm, free Larry Gates [acoustic] White Horse Inn, 10pm, free DJ DJ Reaganomics [80’s requests] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Subversion: DJ ZoZo, DJ Evily, DJ TwinScin [goth/industrial/electro] The Highdive, 10pm, $2 Tremblin BG Barfly, 10pm, free

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June 8 Live Music Ed O'Hare and Friends Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Blues Night: Kilborn Alley Tommy G's, 10pm, free Chambana Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 8-10pm JQ with Ray Sasaki The Iron Post, 6-9pm, TBA Duckbomb, Deadstock, Alleyway Sex, Carbomb Lottery, No Control [hardcore] Red Herring, 8pm, $5 Urbana Booking Co. presents: Aloha, Jiggsaw, Pulsar47 The Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Tom Grassman Tommy G's, 10pm, free DJ Chef Ra [roots, reggae] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti's, 10pm-2am, free Outlaw Karaoke White Horse Inn, 10pm, free

Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub, 8pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's , 9pm-1am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke and DJ Track's, 9pm-1am

Dancing Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 7:30pm, free Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign, 8pm, $7$9 Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 7pm, free

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Lectures, Meetings, Workshops Race for Peace and Social Justice Meeting Urbana Free Library (Auditorium), 7pm

ALOHA @ THE CANOPY Aloha's records are loaded with a combination of twisty-turny post-rock and strutting classic riffs. The Polyvinyl band has become a regular in ChampaignUrbana, though, because of their live shows. Members switch between guitars, keyboards and various percussion instruments, all before settling down for some great rock music that is as fun to watch as it is to listen to.

Friday, June 8, Canopy Club, 9pm, $5

Aloha plays music that's as progressive as it is organic and unpretentious. Openers are JigGsaw, playing straight-ahead rock, and Pulsar47, the post-rock outfit formerly At Knifepoint.

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Vocals are as much a part of the musical experience as any instrument. And as contemporary pop music begins to incorporate more disparate sounds, it has also naturally begun to accept more varied vocal performances.While John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is no Joanna Newsom, he does possess a unique style that can be both compelling and off-putting at the same time. On The Sunset Tree, Darnielle does what all great unique vocalists since Bob Dylan have done; he surrounds his voice with beautiful melodies and inventive lyrics. This is the most personal album of his career, with the singer-songwriter reaching deep into his memories to recount the hardest parts of his life. On the lead single “This Year,” Darnielle provides a deceivingly inspirational song about overcoming those low moments.There hasn’t been a simpler or more effective line this year than “I have to make it through this year/If it kills me.” (Well, except maybe Antony & the Johnsons “Hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me when I die.”) Much of the record deals with the traumatic upbringing of Darnielle, including bouts with his abusive stepfather.Yet through all the haze of tragedy the album emerges as a hopeful one, much like the title indicates. Songs like “Love Love Love,” though somewhat simple, contain heartbreaking sincerity that rises above any level of cheesiness. The melodies and pitch-perfect compositions of these songs are what hold them together and eventually make for a superb record. The band does toe the line between earnestness and being too direct at times, but essentially that is what makes the record shine.The songwriting is concise and clear, not bogged down by indecipherable words and noises; it floats in our ears because we understand it. Darnielle has the gift of writing memorable songs based on real experience.The man tells it like it is, and for that alone he should be applauded. Thankfully he can sing his heart out, deftly compose and continually make lovely albums as well.

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Headphones is a project of David Bazan and Tim Walsh, both from Pedro the Lion. The instrumentation consists of nothing but synthesizer and live drums. Moved by The Flaming Lips’ 1999 LP The Soft Bulletin (but who wasn’t?), David apparently decided to give synths a try. The sound doesn’t resemble The Lips’“middle-age symphonies to God” approach, though; it’s more the sound of curiosity with the recent resurgence in electro-rock. Headphones are at their best on more ambitious arrangements, where Bazan’s adept hooks combine with the glitch-simulating drum kit, and the social anxiety quotient is at its highest. Don’t miss pseudo-single “Hot Girls,” a catchy tune which fills a song-title gap a mile wide, or the day-to-day uncertainty of Bazan, a married man, deals instead with more adult questions of fidelity and friendship. Compared to the pop tradition of being vague about concerns (just ask Paul McCartney what exactly he said to make the “Yesterday” girl leave), it’s refreshing to hear Dave talk shit about his friends and call people out. The band are no synth-geniuses, though, and the textures only differ in thickness and tempo, a real disappointment. Parts of the record really drag, with overly-simple, “moopy” tunes and Bazan’s cloying voice recalling the Magnetic Fields without the cuteness or the thrill of sexual deviance.As a side-project it’s satisfying, but music as a social construct requires a sense of direction; a new synth as a record concept was old in 1979. It’s easy to forget, though, when the hooks are so right.

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release party June 9 at Cowboy Monkey. Mystery act Overman is now a co-opener with Green Light Go. To accommodate, show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $4. As hors d’oeuvres, two tracks from the album Me and Otto are available for free download at myspace.com/kissinger: “Certain Girls” and “Vicario,” best blasted from the front seat of a bright red De Tomaso Pantera. American Minor, who more than once have shared a stage with Kissinger, likewise has advance album tracks available for preview. “Mr. Queen,” “Walk On,” “All My Time,” and “Sleepwalking” are at myspace.com/americanminor. American Minor and Redwalls are on tour together and June 9 visit The Canopy Club. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $6. Then June 14 and 15, American Minor plays twice in London, England. The self-titled American Minor album, mixed by Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm, is due Aug. 16 on Jive Records. Release parties are in store for Champaign, Illinois and Huntington,West Virginia. Roscoe Plush performed their final show Feb. 4 at Elbo Room in Chicago. In 2002, Roscoe Plush won an elaborate WPGU battle of the bands with their single “Lay Me Down,” which became an airplay staple there. In 2003, the act relocated from Champaign to Chicago.Their last concert here was at the Courtyard Cafe on Sept. 25, 2004.The final lineup (brothers Steve and Jay Fina, John Harper, and Josh Smith) has formed a brand-new quartet, The Year After. May 19, The Year After posted a song,“Find a Way,” at myspace.com/theyearafter. May 18, Jon Pines mastered the new Kate Hathaway album at Private Studios, et voilà: Sprout Don’t Pout was complete for manufacture.The release party at Cowboy Monkey

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is now June 25 instead of June 11, still at 10 p.m. In the meantime, Kate will host an open mic at The Canopy Club, June 14 at 10 p.m. Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., bossa nova septet Desafinado plays a free happy hour at Cowboy Monkey. Then at 8 p.m., Jason Finkelman presents Kobe-born, New York-based improvisational percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani at Civitas (112 W. Main St., Urbana). Besides drums, his instruments include gong, cymbal and singing bowls. “Nakatani’s dynamic approach to orchestral drumset focuses on the moving of sound, the silences in between, and the conversation in collaboration.” He will start out solo; then trombonist Jamie Hutchinson and guitarist John Ridenour will join in. Cover is an appropriate donation. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Music Among the Vines continues with Jeff Helgesen and Rachael Lee. Cover is $3. At 10 p.m., Brother Embassy and Mike Ingram open for Mad Science Fair in the Mike ‘n Molly’s beer garden. Cover is $4.Also at 10 p.m., Shipwreck and Green Light Go open for Colonel Rhodes at The Iron Post, now an all-ages restaurant! Sunday at Cowboy Monkey, The Firebird Band and The Living Blue are accompanied by Kid Casanova from New York and Thunder Lip from North Carolina. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and cover is $6. Next week, Polyvinyl Record Co. and Urbana Booking Co. pair up to put on two concerts in Urbana. Monday at 8 p.m.,The Elanors and Colonel Rhodes open for Ida at Cafe Paradiso. Cover is $10 ($8 in advance at Cafe Paradiso and Dandelion). Wednesday at 9 p.m., jigGsaw and Pulsar47 open for Aloha at The Canopy Club. Cover is $5.

#78 Todd J. Hunter hosts WEFT Sessions and Champaign Local 901, two hours of live local music every Monday night at 10 on 90.1 FM. Send news to soundground@excite.com.

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The last time somebody said, ‘I find I can write much better with a word processor,’ I replied, ‘They used to say the same thing about drugs.’

TO HELP RUN

PLAYING IT SAFE

June 2 Live Music Shovelrack White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, free Acoustic Music Series: Javelinas [americana] Aroma Cafe, 8pm, free Zoso [Led Zeppelin tribute band] The Canopy Club, 10pm, $6 DJ Generic DJ Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 8pm, TBA DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Stiffler [‘80s hair metal] Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Mertz, DJ J-Phlip Soma, TBA DJ Bozak Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free The Cheezy Trio [live band karaoke] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign, 8pm, $7-$9 Belly Dance for Fitness Gold’s Gym, Champaign, 7:30pm, $7$9 Wine Tasting Krannert Uncorked Krannert Art Center Lobby 5pm, free

friday

June 3 Live Music Jazz Happy Hour: Hippus Campus Mike 'n Molly's, 5-7pm, $3 The Prairie Dogs The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Al Ierardi Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Desafinado [bossanova] Cowboy Monkey, 5:30pm, free Scott Holland Borders, 8-10pm, free

buzz pick Urbana Booking Co. presents:

Ida, The Elanors, Colonel Rhodes

PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.IDAMUSIC.COM

Cafe Paradiso | 8pm, $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Acoustic Fusion Concert Series: Typhanie Monique and Neil Alger [jazz duo] Verde Gallery, 8pm, $5 The Brat Pack Fat City Saloon, 8:30pm, TBA Cornmeal The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Dierks Bentley, Hannah McEuen The Canopy Club, 10pm, $20 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Eclectic Theory White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, $3 DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm-2am, TBA DJ Elise Boltini, 6pm, free World Wide Wave: DJ Mambo Italiano, Deejay Bee [latin/house/reggaeton/lounge] Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Bozak Soma, TBA DJ J-Philp OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10:30pm, $5

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Monday nights are usually pretty slow in terms of shows around town, but this week, Cafe Paradiso treats Champaign-Urbana to a special Monday night show headlined by Ida. Natives of New York City, Ida has existed for the last 13 years with a revolving cast of members. They are known for their soft, soothing melodies and intertwining harmonies featuring male and female vocals.

Special Events Tapas and Tango Gala and Silent Auction Champaign Country Club, 5:30pm contact 351-9139 or e-mail music@cusymphony.org for more info

saturday and prices

June 4 Live Music Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, $3 Music Among the Vines: Jeff Helgesen and Rachael Lee [jazz] Alto Vineyards, 7:30pm, $3 Kelly's Heroes Fat City Saloon, 8:30pm, free Metalfest: From These Remains, DownPour, Midshift, Anew The Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Batch, Ras Attitude, The Zioniers [reggae] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 Mad Science Fair, Brother Embassy, Mike Ingram Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, $4 Colonel Rhodes, Shipwreck, Green Light Go The Iron Post, 10pm, TBA

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Wild Side [Motley Crue tribute band], Neon Knight [Black Sabbath tribute band] Tommy G's, 10pm, cover DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm, TBA DJ Night Paulie's, 9pm, free DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Mellow Fellow [hip hop/retro/R&B] Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Night White Horse Inn, 10pm, free DJ Bozak Soma, TBA

Get Active

thursday

Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-12am, free

PHOTOS • DAVID SOLANA

Roy Blount Jr. • Author

Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's, 9pm-1am, free Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 11am, free

On June 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carle Foundation Hospital and Champaign County Safe Kids are sponsoring a free family safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. Playing It Safe features over 40 interactive exhibits designed to teach youngsters how to be safe in all types of activities. Exhibits include a helmet-fitting station, a build- your-own firstaid kit booth, a bicycle rodeo, even an all-terrain vehicle safety exhibit. There are also exhibits for parents, including one that provides instructions on how to properly install a car seat. The first 1,500 people will also receive a free hamburger and chips lunch.

However, none of this could go on without the help of volunteers. People are needed to fit bicycle helmets, run the hand-washing exhibit, hand out information and man other booths. People are also needed to pass out information, help visitors build first-aid kits, as well as set up and tear down the event. If you’re interested in helping kids play it safe, contact Sylvia Warnock at 898-8457. —Erin Scottberg

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American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh [This major retrospective is the first complete survey of the remarkable photographs of Art Sinsabaugh (1924 -1983). A landscape photographer in the broadest sense, Sinsabaugh photographed rural and urban American environments, capturing a richly nuanced sense of space. The exhibition includes his two most important series, Midwest Landscapes and Chicago Landscapes, as well as extremely rare mounted exhibition prints.] Krannert Art Museum, opens June 4 through July 31. Opening reception June 3, 5-7pm with bluegrass music from Cornmeal Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3

Openers The Elanors are an excellent fit for this show as they share Ida’s generally mellow vibe and also feature haunting songs that display the couple’s impressive vocal abilities. Colonel Rhodes’ brand of rock tinged with alt-country is also a welcome addition to the show.

Artistry in Wood [Fine furniture and decorative objects by Jeff Boshart, Charleston; Stephen Chrisman, Danville; David Griffin, Charleston; Kurt Henigman, Champaign; Myron Kates, Urbana; Tim LaTourette, Fayetteville, Ark.; Dwain Naragon, Westfield; Thomas Skaggs, Champaign; John and

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THE WANDELL SCULPTURE GARDEN Now that the trees and flowers are finally green and blooming, it’s time to go outside and get some fresh air. There is no better place to do this than the Wandell Sculpture Garden. The Wandell Sculpture Garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana near the intersection of Vine and Windsor offers a unique opportunity to view fine art in an outdoor setting. You usually have to be in a metropolitan area to see this type of art, but here is an exception. In the middle of a beautiful forested park, you can view sculptures of all shapes, sizes and materials. There is also a sizable playground at the park for children who may get restless on the trail through the nature and art. If you want to see some fantastic sculpture and escape the busyness of downtown life, this just might be the solution. —Todd Swiss

Charlie Sweitzer, Champaign. And an ongoing display of work by 42 Illinois artists.] Cinema Gallery through July 2 Tue-Sat 10am-4pm Out Of Site [featuring paintings by Ann McDowell, and mixed media by Josh Ipple and ceramics by Geoff Bant, Linda Dumich, Linda Weiner and Sara Redd.] Springer Cultural Center through June 4 Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-5 pm Beneath The Surface [Featuring paintings by Richard Benoit and works in glass by Barrie Bredemeier] Verde Gallery through July 2 Tue-Sat: 7am-10pm Cafe; 12-10pm Gallery Digital Media Student Juried Exhibition [The annual student juried exhibitions serve as a collection of the best student work for the current academic year] Parkland Art Gallery through June 16 Mon-Thu 10am-2pm, Tue-Thu 6-8pm Not Enough Space [An international touring exhibit marking the 25th anniversary of the incarceration of two Puerto Rican political prisoners, Oscar López Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres, in U.S. federal facilities] UIUC Main Library, first floor, 1408 W Gregory Dr, Urbana

Invisible Infrastructure: Maps and Photographs [Works by Christian Sandvig and Hope Hall] Humanities Lecture Hall through July 22 805 W Pennsylvania Ave, www.iprh.uiuc.edu Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm Quantum Garden [original prints by Charles Segard] Aroma Cafe through June 4 Mon-Sun 7am-12am Hamish Fulton: Walking as Knowing as Making Krannert Art Museum through July 31 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3 Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography [This exhibition ventures into uncharted territory with photographic and video installations and uses portraits by Arab photographers, including passport studio photographs, photo "surprise," itinerant photography and group portraits to present a dynamic picture of the Middle East. Organized by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari.] Krannert Art Museum through June 5 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3 Aroma Cafe is looking for artists to exhibit their work. If you are interested in exhibiting your art, please contact Amanda Bickel, art coordinator at Aroma Cafe at art4aroma@yahoo.com.

—Cassie Conner

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The last time somebody said, ‘I find I can write much better with a word processor,’ I replied, ‘They used to say the same thing about drugs.’

TO HELP RUN

PLAYING IT SAFE

June 2 Live Music Shovelrack White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, free Acoustic Music Series: Javelinas [americana] Aroma Cafe, 8pm, free Zoso [Led Zeppelin tribute band] The Canopy Club, 10pm, $6 DJ Generic DJ Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 8pm, TBA DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Stiffler [‘80s hair metal] Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Mertz, DJ J-Phlip Soma, TBA DJ Bozak Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free The Cheezy Trio [live band karaoke] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign, 8pm, $7-$9 Belly Dance for Fitness Gold’s Gym, Champaign, 7:30pm, $7$9 Wine Tasting Krannert Uncorked Krannert Art Center Lobby 5pm, free

friday

June 3 Live Music Jazz Happy Hour: Hippus Campus Mike 'n Molly's, 5-7pm, $3 The Prairie Dogs The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Al Ierardi Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Desafinado [bossanova] Cowboy Monkey, 5:30pm, free Scott Holland Borders, 8-10pm, free

buzz pick Urbana Booking Co. presents:

Ida, The Elanors, Colonel Rhodes

PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.IDAMUSIC.COM

Cafe Paradiso | 8pm, $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Acoustic Fusion Concert Series: Typhanie Monique and Neil Alger [jazz duo] Verde Gallery, 8pm, $5 The Brat Pack Fat City Saloon, 8:30pm, TBA Cornmeal The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Dierks Bentley, Hannah McEuen The Canopy Club, 10pm, $20 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Eclectic Theory White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, $3 DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm-2am, TBA DJ Elise Boltini, 6pm, free World Wide Wave: DJ Mambo Italiano, Deejay Bee [latin/house/reggaeton/lounge] Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Bozak Soma, TBA DJ J-Philp OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10:30pm, $5

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Monday nights are usually pretty slow in terms of shows around town, but this week, Cafe Paradiso treats Champaign-Urbana to a special Monday night show headlined by Ida. Natives of New York City, Ida has existed for the last 13 years with a revolving cast of members. They are known for their soft, soothing melodies and intertwining harmonies featuring male and female vocals.

Special Events Tapas and Tango Gala and Silent Auction Champaign Country Club, 5:30pm contact 351-9139 or e-mail music@cusymphony.org for more info

saturday and prices

June 4 Live Music Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Will Rogers Band Neil St. Pub, 10pm-2am, $3 Music Among the Vines: Jeff Helgesen and Rachael Lee [jazz] Alto Vineyards, 7:30pm, $3 Kelly's Heroes Fat City Saloon, 8:30pm, free Metalfest: From These Remains, DownPour, Midshift, Anew The Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Batch, Ras Attitude, The Zioniers [reggae] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 Mad Science Fair, Brother Embassy, Mike Ingram Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, $4 Colonel Rhodes, Shipwreck, Green Light Go The Iron Post, 10pm, TBA

Puzzle

Wild Side [Motley Crue tribute band], Neon Knight [Black Sabbath tribute band] Tommy G's, 10pm, cover DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm, TBA DJ Night Paulie's, 9pm, free DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Mellow Fellow [hip hop/retro/R&B] Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Night White Horse Inn, 10pm, free DJ Bozak Soma, TBA

Get Active

thursday

Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-12am, free

PHOTOS • DAVID SOLANA

Roy Blount Jr. • Author

Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's, 9pm-1am, free Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 11am, free

On June 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carle Foundation Hospital and Champaign County Safe Kids are sponsoring a free family safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. Playing It Safe features over 40 interactive exhibits designed to teach youngsters how to be safe in all types of activities. Exhibits include a helmet-fitting station, a build- your-own firstaid kit booth, a bicycle rodeo, even an all-terrain vehicle safety exhibit. There are also exhibits for parents, including one that provides instructions on how to properly install a car seat. The first 1,500 people will also receive a free hamburger and chips lunch.

However, none of this could go on without the help of volunteers. People are needed to fit bicycle helmets, run the hand-washing exhibit, hand out information and man other booths. People are also needed to pass out information, help visitors build first-aid kits, as well as set up and tear down the event. If you’re interested in helping kids play it safe, contact Sylvia Warnock at 898-8457. —Erin Scottberg

& Art

T heater

pg.21

American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh [This major retrospective is the first complete survey of the remarkable photographs of Art Sinsabaugh (1924 -1983). A landscape photographer in the broadest sense, Sinsabaugh photographed rural and urban American environments, capturing a richly nuanced sense of space. The exhibition includes his two most important series, Midwest Landscapes and Chicago Landscapes, as well as extremely rare mounted exhibition prints.] Krannert Art Museum, opens June 4 through July 31. Opening reception June 3, 5-7pm with bluegrass music from Cornmeal Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3

Openers The Elanors are an excellent fit for this show as they share Ida’s generally mellow vibe and also feature haunting songs that display the couple’s impressive vocal abilities. Colonel Rhodes’ brand of rock tinged with alt-country is also a welcome addition to the show.

Artistry in Wood [Fine furniture and decorative objects by Jeff Boshart, Charleston; Stephen Chrisman, Danville; David Griffin, Charleston; Kurt Henigman, Champaign; Myron Kates, Urbana; Tim LaTourette, Fayetteville, Ark.; Dwain Naragon, Westfield; Thomas Skaggs, Champaign; John and

buzz art pick

THE WANDELL SCULPTURE GARDEN Now that the trees and flowers are finally green and blooming, it’s time to go outside and get some fresh air. There is no better place to do this than the Wandell Sculpture Garden. The Wandell Sculpture Garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana near the intersection of Vine and Windsor offers a unique opportunity to view fine art in an outdoor setting. You usually have to be in a metropolitan area to see this type of art, but here is an exception. In the middle of a beautiful forested park, you can view sculptures of all shapes, sizes and materials. There is also a sizable playground at the park for children who may get restless on the trail through the nature and art. If you want to see some fantastic sculpture and escape the busyness of downtown life, this just might be the solution. —Todd Swiss

Charlie Sweitzer, Champaign. And an ongoing display of work by 42 Illinois artists.] Cinema Gallery through July 2 Tue-Sat 10am-4pm Out Of Site [featuring paintings by Ann McDowell, and mixed media by Josh Ipple and ceramics by Geoff Bant, Linda Dumich, Linda Weiner and Sara Redd.] Springer Cultural Center through June 4 Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-5 pm Beneath The Surface [Featuring paintings by Richard Benoit and works in glass by Barrie Bredemeier] Verde Gallery through July 2 Tue-Sat: 7am-10pm Cafe; 12-10pm Gallery Digital Media Student Juried Exhibition [The annual student juried exhibitions serve as a collection of the best student work for the current academic year] Parkland Art Gallery through June 16 Mon-Thu 10am-2pm, Tue-Thu 6-8pm Not Enough Space [An international touring exhibit marking the 25th anniversary of the incarceration of two Puerto Rican political prisoners, Oscar López Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres, in U.S. federal facilities] UIUC Main Library, first floor, 1408 W Gregory Dr, Urbana

Invisible Infrastructure: Maps and Photographs [Works by Christian Sandvig and Hope Hall] Humanities Lecture Hall through July 22 805 W Pennsylvania Ave, www.iprh.uiuc.edu Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm Quantum Garden [original prints by Charles Segard] Aroma Cafe through June 4 Mon-Sun 7am-12am Hamish Fulton: Walking as Knowing as Making Krannert Art Museum through July 31 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3 Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography [This exhibition ventures into uncharted territory with photographic and video installations and uses portraits by Arab photographers, including passport studio photographs, photo "surprise," itinerant photography and group portraits to present a dynamic picture of the Middle East. Organized by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari.] Krannert Art Museum through June 5 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Suggested Donation: $3 Aroma Cafe is looking for artists to exhibit their work. If you are interested in exhibiting your art, please contact Amanda Bickel, art coordinator at Aroma Cafe at art4aroma@yahoo.com.

—Cassie Conner

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ASSEMBLY HALL | First & Florida, Champaign 333-5000 AMERICAN LEGION POST 24 | 705 W Bloomington, Champaign 356-5144 AMERICAN LEGION POST 71 | 107 N Broadway, Urbana 367-3121 BARFLY | 120 N Neil, Champaign 352-9756 BOLTINI LOUNGE | 211 N Neil, Champaign 378-8001 BOARDMAN’S ART THEATER | 126 W Church, Champaign 351-0068 THE BRASS RAIL | 15 E University, Champaign 352-7512 THE BRIDGE | 124 W. White St. Champaign THE CANOPY CLUB (GARDEN GRILL) | 708 S Goodwin, Urbana 367-3140 CHANNING-MURRAY FOUNDATION | 1209 W Oregon, Urbana CIVITAS | 112 Main St., Urbana0 COURTYARD CAFE | Illini Union, 1401 W Green, Urbana 333-4666 COWBOY MONKEY | 6 Taylor, Champaign 398-2688 CURTIS ORCHARD | 3902 S Duncan, Champaign 359-5565 D.R. DIGGERS | 604 S Country Fair, Champaign 356-0888 ELMER’S CLUB 45 | 3525 N Cunningham, Urbana 344-3101 EMBASSY TAVERN & GRILL | 114 S Race, Urbana 384-9526 ESQUIRE LOUNGE | 106 N Walnut, Champaign 398-5858 FALLON’S ICE HOUSE | 703 N Prospect, Champaign 398-5760 FAT CITY SALOON | 505 S Chestnut, Champaign 356-7100 THE GREAT IMPASTA | 114 W Church, Champaign 359-7377 THE HIGHDIVE | 51 Main, Champaign 359-4444 HUBER’S | 1312 W Church, Champaign 352-0606 ILLINOIS DISCIPLES FOUNDATION | 610 E Springfield, Champaign 352-8721 INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER | 218 W Main, Urbana 344-8820 THE IRON POST | 120 S Race, Urbana 337-7678 JACKSON’S RIBS-N-TIPS| 116 N First, Champaign 355-2916 JOE’S BREWERY | 706 S Fifth, Champaign 384-1790 KRANNERT ART MUSEUM | 500 E Peabody, Champaign 333-1861 KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 500 S Goodwin, Urbana Tickets: 333-6280, 800-KCPATIX LA CASA CULTURAL LATINA | 1203 W Nevada, Urbana 333-4950

LAVA | 1906 W Bradley, Champaign 352-8714 LES’S LOUNGE | 403 N Coler, Urbana 328-4000 LINCOLN CASTLE | 209 S Broadway, Urbana 344-7720 MALIBU BAY LOUNGE | North Route 45, Urbana 328-7415 MIKE ‘N MOLLY’S | 105 N Market, Champaign 355-1236 NARGILE | 207 W Clark, Champaign NEIL STREET PUB | 1505 N Neil, Champaign 359-1601 THE OFFICE | 214 W Main, Urbana 344-7608 OPENSOURCE | 12 E. Washington,Champaign http://opensource.boxwith.com PARKLAND COLLEGE | 2400 W Bradley, Champaign 351-2528 PHOENIX | 215 S Neil, Champaign 355-7866 PIA’S OF RANTOUL | Route 136 E, Rantoul 893-8244 RED HERRING/CHANNING-MURRAY FOUNDATION | 1209 W Oregon, Urbana 344-1176 ROSE BOWL TAVERN | 106 N Race, Urbana 367-7031 SIDE BAR | 55 E. Main, Champaign 398-5760 SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER | 301 N Randolph, Champaign 398-2376 SPURLOCK MUSEUM | 600 S Gregory, Urbana, 333-2360 THE STATION THEATRE | 223 N Broadway, Urbana 384-4000 STRAWBERRY FIELDS CAFE | 306 W Springfield, Urbana 328-1655 TK WENDL’S | 1901 S Highcross, Urbana 255-5328 TOMMY G’S | 123 S Mattis, Country Fair Shopping Center 359-2177 TONIC | 619 S Wright, Champaign 356-6768 TRACKS | 116 N Chestnut, Champaign 762-8116 UNIVERSITY YMCA | 1001 S Wright, Champaign 344-0721 URBANA CIVIC CENTER | 108 Water St., Urbana VERDE/VERDANT | 17 E Taylor, Champaign 366-3204 VIRGINIA THEATRE | 203 W Park Ave, Champaign 356-9053 WAKE THE DEAD CAFE | 1210 E. Eldorado St. Decatur 233-4525 WASHINGTON STREET PUB | 600 S. Washington, Tuscola 253-6850 WHITE HORSE INN | 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign 352-5945 ZORBA’S | 627 E Green, Champaign 344-0710

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June 5 Live Music The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Liquid Courage Open Mic Night Geovanti's, 8pm-12am, free The Amazing Rhythm Aces The Highdive, 6pm, $10/advance, $12/door The Rorinos and Friends The Iron Post, 7-10pm, TBA The Firebird Band, The Living Blue, Kid Cassanova, Thunder Lip Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $6 Kilborn Alley [blues] Jackson’s Ribs-N-Tips, 8-11pm Traditional Irish Music Mike ‘n Molly's, 5pm, free DJ DJ Wesjile [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Elise [deep sultry house] Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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June 6 Live Music Chris and Jim [cover band] White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Finga Lickin' The Office, 10:30pm, free Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post, 7-10pm, TBA Urbana Booking Co. Presents: Ida, The Elanors, Colonel Rhodes Cafe Paradiso, 8pm, $8/advance, $10/door Open Mic hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Quad Remedy Tommy G's, 10pm, free DJ Ear Candy [house DJs] Nargile, 9pm, free DJ Delayney [hip hop/soul] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ J-Phlip or DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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June 7 Live Music Bluegrass Jam Verde Gallery, 7-9:30pm, free Open Jam/Open Mic hosted by Mike Ingram The Canopy Club, 9pm, 21+/free, under 21/$2 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greelee Tommy G's, 10pm, free Open Stage Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon, 8pm, free Larry Gates [acoustic] White Horse Inn, 10pm, free DJ DJ Reaganomics [80’s requests] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Subversion: DJ ZoZo, DJ Evily, DJ TwinScin [goth/industrial/electro] The Highdive, 10pm, $2 Tremblin BG Barfly, 10pm, free

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June 8 Live Music Ed O'Hare and Friends Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Blues Night: Kilborn Alley Tommy G's, 10pm, free Chambana Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 8-10pm JQ with Ray Sasaki The Iron Post, 6-9pm, TBA Duckbomb, Deadstock, Alleyway Sex, Carbomb Lottery, No Control [hardcore] Red Herring, 8pm, $5 Urbana Booking Co. presents: Aloha, Jiggsaw, Pulsar47 The Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Tom Grassman Tommy G's, 10pm, free DJ Chef Ra [roots, reggae] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti's, 10pm-2am, free Outlaw Karaoke White Horse Inn, 10pm, free

Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub, 8pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's , 9pm-1am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke and DJ Track's, 9pm-1am

Dancing Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 7:30pm, free Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign, 8pm, $7$9 Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 7pm, free

Lectures, Meetings, Discussions Open Poetry Night [writers may read their own work or just listen] Illini Union Bookstore,7-8 pm Fitness UIUC Yoga Club Illini Union room 406, 7:30pm, free

Lectures, Meetings, Workshops Race for Peace and Social Justice Meeting Urbana Free Library (Auditorium), 7pm

ALOHA @ THE CANOPY Aloha's records are loaded with a combination of twisty-turny post-rock and strutting classic riffs. The Polyvinyl band has become a regular in ChampaignUrbana, though, because of their live shows. Members switch between guitars, keyboards and various percussion instruments, all before settling down for some great rock music that is as fun to watch as it is to listen to.

Friday, June 8, Canopy Club, 9pm, $5

Aloha plays music that's as progressive as it is organic and unpretentious. Openers are JigGsaw, playing straight-ahead rock, and Pulsar47, the post-rock outfit formerly At Knifepoint.

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Vocals are as much a part of the musical experience as any instrument. And as contemporary pop music begins to incorporate more disparate sounds, it has also naturally begun to accept more varied vocal performances.While John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is no Joanna Newsom, he does possess a unique style that can be both compelling and off-putting at the same time. On The Sunset Tree, Darnielle does what all great unique vocalists since Bob Dylan have done; he surrounds his voice with beautiful melodies and inventive lyrics. This is the most personal album of his career, with the singer-songwriter reaching deep into his memories to recount the hardest parts of his life. On the lead single “This Year,” Darnielle provides a deceivingly inspirational song about overcoming those low moments.There hasn’t been a simpler or more effective line this year than “I have to make it through this year/If it kills me.” (Well, except maybe Antony & the Johnsons “Hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me when I die.”) Much of the record deals with the traumatic upbringing of Darnielle, including bouts with his abusive stepfather.Yet through all the haze of tragedy the album emerges as a hopeful one, much like the title indicates. Songs like “Love Love Love,” though somewhat simple, contain heartbreaking sincerity that rises above any level of cheesiness. The melodies and pitch-perfect compositions of these songs are what hold them together and eventually make for a superb record. The band does toe the line between earnestness and being too direct at times, but essentially that is what makes the record shine.The songwriting is concise and clear, not bogged down by indecipherable words and noises; it floats in our ears because we understand it. Darnielle has the gift of writing memorable songs based on real experience.The man tells it like it is, and for that alone he should be applauded. Thankfully he can sing his heart out, deftly compose and continually make lovely albums as well.

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Headphones is a project of David Bazan and Tim Walsh, both from Pedro the Lion. The instrumentation consists of nothing but synthesizer and live drums. Moved by The Flaming Lips’ 1999 LP The Soft Bulletin (but who wasn’t?), David apparently decided to give synths a try. The sound doesn’t resemble The Lips’“middle-age symphonies to God” approach, though; it’s more the sound of curiosity with the recent resurgence in electro-rock. Headphones are at their best on more ambitious arrangements, where Bazan’s adept hooks combine with the glitch-simulating drum kit, and the social anxiety quotient is at its highest. Don’t miss pseudo-single “Hot Girls,” a catchy tune which fills a song-title gap a mile wide, or the day-to-day uncertainty of Bazan, a married man, deals instead with more adult questions of fidelity and friendship. Compared to the pop tradition of being vague about concerns (just ask Paul McCartney what exactly he said to make the “Yesterday” girl leave), it’s refreshing to hear Dave talk shit about his friends and call people out. The band are no synth-geniuses, though, and the textures only differ in thickness and tempo, a real disappointment. Parts of the record really drag, with overly-simple, “moopy” tunes and Bazan’s cloying voice recalling the Magnetic Fields without the cuteness or the thrill of sexual deviance.As a side-project it’s satisfying, but music as a social construct requires a sense of direction; a new synth as a record concept was old in 1979. It’s easy to forget, though, when the hooks are so right.

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release party June 9 at Cowboy Monkey. Mystery act Overman is now a co-opener with Green Light Go. To accommodate, show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $4. As hors d’oeuvres, two tracks from the album Me and Otto are available for free download at myspace.com/kissinger: “Certain Girls” and “Vicario,” best blasted from the front seat of a bright red De Tomaso Pantera. American Minor, who more than once have shared a stage with Kissinger, likewise has advance album tracks available for preview. “Mr. Queen,” “Walk On,” “All My Time,” and “Sleepwalking” are at myspace.com/americanminor. American Minor and Redwalls are on tour together and June 9 visit The Canopy Club. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $6. Then June 14 and 15, American Minor plays twice in London, England. The self-titled American Minor album, mixed by Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm, is due Aug. 16 on Jive Records. Release parties are in store for Champaign, Illinois and Huntington,West Virginia. Roscoe Plush performed their final show Feb. 4 at Elbo Room in Chicago. In 2002, Roscoe Plush won an elaborate WPGU battle of the bands with their single “Lay Me Down,” which became an airplay staple there. In 2003, the act relocated from Champaign to Chicago.Their last concert here was at the Courtyard Cafe on Sept. 25, 2004.The final lineup (brothers Steve and Jay Fina, John Harper, and Josh Smith) has formed a brand-new quartet, The Year After. May 19, The Year After posted a song,“Find a Way,” at myspace.com/theyearafter. May 18, Jon Pines mastered the new Kate Hathaway album at Private Studios, et voilà: Sprout Don’t Pout was complete for manufacture.The release party at Cowboy Monkey

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is now June 25 instead of June 11, still at 10 p.m. In the meantime, Kate will host an open mic at The Canopy Club, June 14 at 10 p.m. Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., bossa nova septet Desafinado plays a free happy hour at Cowboy Monkey. Then at 8 p.m., Jason Finkelman presents Kobe-born, New York-based improvisational percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani at Civitas (112 W. Main St., Urbana). Besides drums, his instruments include gong, cymbal and singing bowls. “Nakatani’s dynamic approach to orchestral drumset focuses on the moving of sound, the silences in between, and the conversation in collaboration.” He will start out solo; then trombonist Jamie Hutchinson and guitarist John Ridenour will join in. Cover is an appropriate donation. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Music Among the Vines continues with Jeff Helgesen and Rachael Lee. Cover is $3. At 10 p.m., Brother Embassy and Mike Ingram open for Mad Science Fair in the Mike ‘n Molly’s beer garden. Cover is $4.Also at 10 p.m., Shipwreck and Green Light Go open for Colonel Rhodes at The Iron Post, now an all-ages restaurant! Sunday at Cowboy Monkey, The Firebird Band and The Living Blue are accompanied by Kid Casanova from New York and Thunder Lip from North Carolina. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and cover is $6. Next week, Polyvinyl Record Co. and Urbana Booking Co. pair up to put on two concerts in Urbana. Monday at 8 p.m.,The Elanors and Colonel Rhodes open for Ida at Cafe Paradiso. Cover is $10 ($8 in advance at Cafe Paradiso and Dandelion). Wednesday at 9 p.m., jigGsaw and Pulsar47 open for Aloha at The Canopy Club. Cover is $5.

#78 Todd J. Hunter hosts WEFT Sessions and Champaign Local 901, two hours of live local music every Monday night at 10 on 90.1 FM. Send news to soundground@excite.com.

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Your live sound originally was much different than the way A Year To Demonstrate sounds. Why is that? ADRIEL: For a while I think we felt like we had to the do the rock band thing for people to like us; we had to make it loud and fast, and that was really fun, but after a while it really wasn’t us. Rob McColley was one of the people who encouraged us, ‘You don’t have to do the rock band thing if it’s not what you need to play right now,’ and I think that sorta gave us the final nudge, and it’s hard. How do you think listeners should take your very personal songs? NOAH: The cheap answer is that I guess if there’s anything people are used to dealing with it’s love songs. ADRIEL: I hope that they respond thoughtfully and are spurred to some sort of action, whether it’s just loving other people— being passionate or generous with their lives.Those are really lofty ambitions, but I hope that’s how people listen to them. NOAH: We really don’t have the stamina to write fiction, I think, I think literature has had a huge impact on us, we’re humans—this is our way, I think, responding to that and trying to make some ourselves. I mean, when I listen to music that really moves me, that power really moves me. How did you two begin making music with each other? ADRIEL:When I first met him he was just playing by himself on guitar, and it was really beautiful, and he’d captivate audiences up there in Madison. I think when we were engaged we played one show in Chicago at Uncommon Ground, and I sang along with him and played guitar on one song. I think our voices are really compatible— it was just really fun to sing. It wasn’t until after we got married that we did this little tour in January of 2004 with our friends The New Kentucky Quarter. For that tour, I learned some bass piano parts and I just sang harmonies. But, I think from the very beginning we realized what I really added best I think was just harmonies and our voices mix really well. So ... switching to the baritone (guitar), I’m much more comfortable on guitar, so I’m a little more comfortable on the baritone, like singing more, and now that I’m switching back to just regular guitar I think I’ll be singing a lot more. NOAH: It was this past August that we went on a little tour, just the two of us ...It was hard for her to know how to approach the live show— it was just weird.

You two are instantly recognizable to people, and resemble each other. Did you cultivate that appearance? ADRIEL: I think the more you’re around someone, the more you start to look like them. I think definitely our mannerisms have become more like each other. NOAH: We thought it was hysterical—the first rash of local press was all talking about our appearance.

I can see that. NOAH: Alicia Keys.We love Alicia Keys.That probably drops us down (on) the indie-rock scale, but that’s OK. Ron Sexsmith is a huge influence on me, especially a year or two ago. Our friends’ music has been growing to become stuff that is really educational and inspiring and stuff I want to be listening to—the Wandering Sons and the New Kentucky Quarter are both writing songs that just do it for me. buzz

The Elanors’ next appearance will be this Monday at Cafe Paradiso. The headliner is Ida, with Colonel Rhodes also appearing. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

This Friday at Civitas in Urbana, Japan-born percussionist Nakatani will perform a concert with local musicians (Jamie Hutchinson on trombone and John Ridenour on table top guitar). Nakatani, now based in New York, plays "orchestral drumset" and various other percussion instruments in conversation with other musicians and silence. He has worked in film and television and founded his own "H&H Productions" label. Expect a fascinating performance from this improvising ensemble.

MOMENT OF THE WEEK It has been announced that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Super Furry Animals, the Dandy Warhols and Franz Ferdinand will all help score Nine Songs, a movie by Michael Winterbottom (also responsible for Factory Records retrospective 24 Hour Party People). Still there? The movie consists of the bands performing, interspliced with scenes of various sex acts, including cunnilingus and fellatio, all the real deal. I’ll let you make up your own Super Furry puns.

The new one? NOAH: Yeah. ADRIEL: We also listen to a lot of classical music. Chopin, Debussy. NOAH: Art Tatum. ADRIEL: I do love the Art Tatum. NOAH: Keith Jarrett.

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I heard you guys on (WPGU’s) Under The Influence, playing songs you liked. ADRIEL: We played some songs people got mad about, like um ... NOAH:Yea, we played the Dissociatives and somebody called in— ADRIEL: Daniel Johns of Silverchair’s new project is the Dissociatives. People didn’t like it because it sounded too boybandy, I guess, but we like it. NOAH: Anyways, I’ve been listening to that Cameron (McGill) album a lot.

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Nine Inch Nails have announced they won’t be performing at the MTV Movie Awards because of a flap over their proposed use of an image of brain surgeon/rocket scientist/president George W. Bush. The band was slated to perform “The Hand That Feeds,” the single from their newest record, which contains criticism of the president’s foreign policy, but insisted on using an image of Bush as a backdrop. Says sexgod/frontman Trent Reznor, “Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me.”

What do you listen to? Do you two listen to different things often? ADRIEL: Pretty much all the stuff Noah really likes I like. Rufus Wainwright has probably been played the most in our CD player. Jeff Buckley.

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Scotland’s wee giants Belle & Sebastian have released a singles compilation titled with the inextricable Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. From the way B&S release singles, you know you’ll be getting a combination of greatest hits and rarities. Fans will be happy to see the cover art is two-color (as is expected), but this time only black and white. The album is available as a twodisc CD set or a deluxe three-disc vinyl package; both feature a booklet with original liners and art.

Where does the name ‘Elanors’ come from? ADRIEL: Our niece is Elanor. She’s 4 years old and she just moved in with us—that is, her family did.We’re all living together now for the summer.We tried all sorts of names, and it’s the most pretentious thing, coming up with a band name. It felt so uncomfortable, but when we said The Elanors it felt like it could be potentially disarming. She’s obviously very important to us.

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How’d you discover the baritone guitar? ADRIEL: I’ve been a Blonde Redhead fan for a long time.When we first started playing in a band, we went on this little tour with some friends and I was playing a Wurlitzer and just doing bass notes on it, and Noah was playing guitar and we had a friend playing drums with us. During that tour, we were like, ‘Man, this would really sound nice on a baritone,’ so we came home and found one for really cheap and tried to learn some things on it. I loved playing it, but I never felt that comfortable on it, so lately I’ve gone back to guitar. I think it would be fun to play with a band again someday, I think—also, you know, Noah and I are married so we’re in constant communication on a dime, and having another person in there and expecting them to invest time only to have us change again is making us a little bit more cautious.

ADRIEL: Should I just be in the background humming along? NOAH: It was poorly defined, so at that point we were like, ‘Why don’t we create something that’s really us?’ and that’s what we did. I think actually the songs themselves have started to take on the personality of what the Elanors is.They’re developing with us. But it was in August that we decided we were going to do this together.

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f those obviously commercial summer movies just don’t do it for you, and you would like your actors in all three dimensions, there are several summer theater festivals, ranging from one-hour drives to 15-hour trips, that just might give you a more upbeat view on the performing arts. Only an hour or so away at Ewing Manor in Bloomington is The Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Now, firmly entrenched as a Midwest tradition, this season will offer: Henry VIII, Macbeth and Twelfth Night in repertory from June 29 to Aug. 14. The popularity of this festival has grown to the point where advance booking, especially for weekends, is strongly recommended. Here you can picnic and enjoy a summer night of fine Shakespeare, and summer nights don’t get much better than that. Check it out at (309) 438-8100, or on performance days, call (309) 828-9814.Their Web site, at www.thefestival.org, may well answer the rest of your questions. Six hours from east central Illinois in Spring Green,Wisc., is The American Players Theatre.Their June 9 to Oct. 2 show schedule will include: Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth and Moliere’s Tartuffe for those lovers of Renaissance theater. In a more modern vein, Shaw’s Candida will provide some satire from the early part of the century and from midcentury is Molnar’s and P.G. Woodehouse’s The Play’s the Thing. A special fund-raiser on July 10 will feature the Stratford Festival’s Brian Bedford performing his famous one-man tribute to Shakespeare, The Lunatic, The Lover and the Poet.

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If you have never experienced this, you have a definite gap in your theater-going experience. For more information call (608) 588-2361, or visit online at www.playinthewoods.org. These beautiful rolling hills in Frank Lloyd Wright country along the Wisconsin river valley may introduce you to an evening of theater you just did not believe existed. Head east and north 10 hours by the right roads and you come to Stratford, Ontario, and the home of one of the Western Hemisphere’s most famous festivals, The Stratford Festival of Canada. With a season that runs from April to October and has a dozen or so plays running in repertory during peak season, there are many pleasures here. First of all, Stratford is Shakespeare, and this year’s offerings are: Measure for Measure, William Hutt (left) as Prospero and Jacob James As You Like It and The Tempest. as Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For more information, call (800) 567-1600 or look online at www.stratford-festival.ca. There is great deal more for the serious theatergoer here, including classics like Marlowe’s Edward II and Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark. Tennessee Williams gets two productions this season with Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. You can take in two musicals with Into the Woods and Hello Dolly or enjoy a production of Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels. Three hours east in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, is The Shaw Festival. This is the only theater festival anywhere dedicated to performing the works of George Bernard Shaw, and this year’s Shaw offerings include You Never Can Tell and Major Barbara. But, the festival is also dedicated to works written during Shaw’s era, and some wonderful add-ons are: Somerset Maugham’s, The Constant Wife, Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden and William Inge’s Bus Stop. You can catch musicals like Gypsy or Happy End, or an extraordinary rarity like R. C. Sherriff ’s Journey’s End, which may be the ultimate World War I play despite its 1928 age. Call (800) 511-SHAW or visit www.shawfest.com for more details. Please note that the U.S. dollar is worth about $1.20 Canadian and remember to bring proof of citizenship when crossing the border. buzz

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ne of the biggest surprises on the local scene has been the quick rise in notice afforded to The Elanors.The young married couple of Noah and Adriel (formerly backed by drummer Joshua Lucas) write songs that are utterly sincere and personal, and their sonics are always evolving. Buzz was able to sit down with the duo to discuss their history and their debut record, A Year To Demonstrate.

Buzz: Tell us the story of your debut album, A Year To Demonstrate. NOAH:Adriel and I got married October 2003, and right after that I started writing songs again. It had been maybe eight or so months off from writing. So I really wanted to start writing songs again— ADRIEL: On our honeymoon, actually. NOAH: —and so, we had all this extra cash from getting married, so I really wanted to demo the songs. We bought an eight-track and I did a little bit in the basement of our house, for probably three weeks or a month. You were working alone at that time, right? NOAH: Yeah, I was writing by myself, with inspiration from Adriel, but not anything hands-on. ADRIEL: There are a few songs on A Year To Demonstrate that were written before Noah and I were actually dating.You can hear a difference in the songs—there are some obvious love songs. NOAH: I spent a year and a half trying to woo her ... after we got married, there are a few more social and political songs. So I demoed those songs and sent them off to friends.Then another six months passed and I wrote a whole new batch of songs and demoed them. Then, when we met Steven and Heather Zydek, who run Isidore Records, they were really excited and they wanted to put something out with us.They heard both sets of demos, and we sort of agreed on the first set. ADRIEL: We picked the best songs. NOAH: And then we put that together, and that was A Year To Demonstrate.The title is supposed to smack of ‘demo.’ ADRIEL: Steven and Heather—we met them at Aroma Cafe— we were both playing that night (they have a project called Joyful Sorrow), and we met them that evening, and we probably sat in Aroma in the outside area just talking about things. NOAH: We stood. ADRIEL:Yeah, we stood there. They’re two of the finest people in this town.They’re really passionate about music and community and relationships, so the CD was sort of born of that friendship. Steven actually mastered it all in his basement. Could you explain who Isidore Records is? NOAH: Steven and Heather put it together to release their first album, Quietude. Right around the time we got together might have been the first time they were really thinking about bringing other people in.

What brought you back here after living in Madison? NOAH:We got married, then decided we were going to go back to school.We live in my parents’ basement. ADRIEL: Since we moved back here we’ve really fallen in love with this town. I think when Noah lived here the downtown area was totally undeveloped. When did you leave? NOAH: 1999.The Blind Pig had closed and it was pretty desolate. A DRIEL : Everyone in town has been really encouraging and receptive. Who are some of the people who were particularly helpful? NOAH: Rob McColley. ADRIEL: He gave us our first show in town, and he was our first musician friend besides the Zydeks. NOAH: We got a show with Cameron (McGill). Scott Kimbell came to our aid. It was his idea to have us play with Cameron.

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Sounds like a good match. NOAH: I think that a lot of Cameron’s people were like, ‘someone new!’ ADRIEL:We instantly had crushes on Cameron … Seth Fein ... Mike Ingram ... Jana Roberts ... How’d you create the typewriter rhythm on ‘Roads To Freedom?’ Is it looped? NOAH: Not at all.That was before I knew how to loop things. ADRIEL: He found an old typewriter in his parent’s garage. NOAH: The story of that song I find interesting, because I did write it in the morning, and I recorded in the evening. I’d never done that before. ADRIEL: We have some paper that’s probably filled with ‘JKJKJJK.’

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freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Smokers’ rights? Baloney! Your rights end at my nose. What right does anybody have to stink up an entire neighborhood, causing harm in the process, or a building that is occupied by other people? None whatsoever. Due to the fact that nonsmoking sections in most are useless, and do not protect nonsmokers at all, we have a very powerful case for banning smoking, especially in restaurants. My wife and I like to eat out fairly often; in fact, it is frequently a necessity for us. The smokers like to say that we have plenty of choices, but we simply do not. Of the nonsmoking restaurants in town, there are only two that we can or are willing to patronize, the Courier, and the Rainbow Garden, mostly due to the specific menu choices. Two that we would like to (and used to) patronize, Pickles and Perkins, are off limits, because they are very smoky, and their nonsmoking sections are totally ineffective. Why should we be required to choose our restaurants based on the quality of their atmosphere? That’s ridiculous! DISCLAIMER: We are members of CUSFA, but our opinions, as expressed in this letter, are our own, and do not necessarily represent the official views of that organization. Ed and Sharon DeWan Citizens of Urbana

the most part, I just want some honesty from these people. I want them to stop pretending that they are helping people recover from winter-related depression or something or other. I want them to acknowledge that they are providing the public with a disservice by offering up this fake sun. I want the women in the commercial to tell me that this is not recommended, but that they are willing to give it to me if I want it. But it won’t happen. And I suppose that I am fine with that aside from a couple of things: People who tan wear their insecurity, literally, on their skin. People who tan are asking for health problems. People who tan are the reason I am proud to be the way I was born: pasty and Jewish. People who tan are a disgrace to humanity. People who tan look stupid, unattractive and orange. Also, those commercials are a laughingstock.Those interviews sound about as real as a Karl Rove talking reconciliation and reparations with the NAACP. The music in the Seth Fein is from background is actually worse than the contemUrbana. He was in a porary Christian music that my family worships tanning bed once. He to.The woman giving the interview sounds like was in jail once. Not she has a nose clogged with boogers. Big ones. much difference. He The lyrics to the jingle could have been written by a third grader. It all makes sense, you see.The can be reached at sethfein@hotmail.com. idiotic nature of tanning beds fits like a jigsaw puzzle with the people who are promoting them as healthy and safe. Hey. Props for staying consistent.

And I need writers. I need writers more than the Cubs need pitchers. I need inspired, creative people to author magazine-length features. There’s lots of perks in working for Buzz. One, it pays. Granted, your Illini Media Company checks aren’t going to pay your rent—but a story will buy you a night of drinking. Or bowling. Write two stories, you have enough for both. And it’s good experience—you’ll end up with a killer entry on your resume. Descriptive, concise writing is an attractive quality to any employer and the way a person writes says a lot about how they function. Maybe the best part of writing for Around Town is that you’ll get a chance to make people aware of things they need to be exposed to. Even though we’re a student publication, we realize there’s more to Champaign-Urbana than the University of Illinois.

Two weeks ago I read, in Paul’s editor’s note, that

Around Town is about issues that people of all ages, of all walks of life, from all over C-U, are going to read about, care about, and put down the paper feeling a little more aware, a little more concerned. Culture, arts, food, community—these two quaint towns have a lot to offer their citizens and visitors. Urban style and mom-and-pop charm meet in C-U and Around Town wants to cover everything in between. If you’re interested, e-mail me. It’s erins@readbuzz.com. Send writing samples if you have them. Then we’ll talk—over coffee or beer, whatever’s your style. Tell me about yourself; I’ll tell you about myself. Bring ideas for where you want to see Around Town going—I know you have them. Get ahold of me, Erin Scottberg, your new Around Town editor

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Ceramic artist Linda Dumich with one of her pieces on display at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., Champaign.

In college, my major was fashion design and retailing, where I took several types of art classes, such as figure and anatomy drawing. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1976, I worked as a sewing instructor for Stretch and Sew Fabrics and pursued a variety of hobbies like cross-stitching projects, flower arranging, as well as calligraphy.You name it, and I probably dabbled in it.Then in the fall of 1993, my sister Debbie talked me into taking a drawing class at Parkland with her. I enjoyed it and decided to take other types of art classes. I fell in love with ceramics, and found that the freedom and tangibility of clay stimulates my creativity. In 1998, I joined the C-U Potter’s Club at the Springer Building to continue my passion for ceramics. I find such great pleasure and satisfaction in coming up with new ideas, from functional pieces to sculptural ones.

piece. However, my real exposure to ceramics started at Parkland in the spring of 1994.

What inspires you?

What is your greatest strength?

The clay inspires me, in that there are some days when I have no particular project in mind. I might start with throwing a cylinder on the wheel, and then see where it takes me. I have found the work of others influential. One particular gal at Parkland was throwing a hollowed donut shape on the wheel. I became fascinated with this shape and have created sculptural vases, teapots and bananas from it. The possibilities are endless.

Practice, practice, practice. Another strength is that I’m a good listener. I have learned so many interesting techniques and little details from teachers and fellow potters. And as fellow potters know, I’m always willing to help them out.

When did you begin ceramics?

My first experience with clay, to my best recollection, is when I hand-built a piece in junior high school. Surprisingly, I still have that

What has been your most personally interesting ceramic piece and why?

The most interesting pieces are my hollowed donut shapes and hollowed pears, all of which are thrown on the wheel. People are always so fascinated to learn they are hollow and not hand-built.Then they want to know how the heck I did that on the wheel.

What is your greatest weakness?

I think that wedging the clay before I use it is the most frustrating, because no matter how long I knead the clay, I still find occasional air pockets in the clay when I am throwing. Practice, practice, practice ... Maybe someday there will be no more air pockets.

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am proud of the things that I find to be reprehensible. Nothing makes me feel better than truly despising something, especially if it has no immediate consequence for myself or my loved ones. Of all the things that I hold in contempt (and there are many) one stands out to me as being as crackbrained and demonic as the Republican party: tanning salons. A quick Google search with the words “tanning salon” and “cancer” lists over 66,000 sources on the Internet for information about the correlation between the two.Whereas this should come as no surprise to you or I, the ridiculous and almost-baffling radio ads from a local tanning salon trying to promote their business as being safe and—wait for it—healthy, certainly should. Allow me for a moment to recall the nature of my last couple of columns as a way of giving this column a little point of reference. As a smoker, I’m not trying to trick myself. I realize how bad this habit is for me. I wake up in the morning, craving a cigarette because, just like an alcoholic, I know that the only thing that will instantly cure the mild stinging in my throat is the hair of the dog that bit me. Smoking causes cancer. No ifs, ands or buts. And the tobacco companies and the smokers have been dealing with an omniscient parental figure in the form of everyone since the facts began to fly out of the laboratories. So, why then, should I have to deal with lawsuits and fingerwagging while my fake-sun soaking counterparts are allowed to promote themselves, on the radio no less, without so much as a

peep from the community at large? Answer? They shouldn’t. And here is where I step in. First of all—where do you get off spouting off about tanning salons and their glamorous nature while people all around the nation are dropping like flies from skin cancer? Have you no conscience? Even a small amount of research will tell you that the UVA rays that are produced by tanning beds are almost two to three times higher than that of regular UV-producing rays from the sun. Report after report states the same thing: tanning in salons runs up your risk of getting skin cancer.What part of this don’t the people of this local tanning salon seem to understand? I am a freedom fighter, for the most part. I believe that the government controls too much as it is, and I would never, ever suggest that we make tanning salons illegal. But I don’t believe that they should be able to straight up LIE to the American public about something potentially life threatening while playing cheesy metal music in the background. Packs of cigarettes in Europe state the dangers of smoking in a way that we can all understand: SMOKING KILLS. And I am almost happy when a buddy comes home from Belgium with a pack that tells me this. I feel anointed with some semblance of truth while I suck down the pack one by one. The American counterpart tells me that pregnant women may run the risk of low birth weight.This really has no effect on me personally. The same should go for tanning salons. I would like to walk into one where the signs on the doors of the little rooms were honest with me: “Hey you! Dumbass! Feel free to walk in here and lie down for a bit, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.You can most definitely get SKIN CANCER from doing this!” For

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Some critics argue that doctors are overprescribing medications and simply throwing pills at the problem. With dozens of medications and dosages to choose from, Joffe said “trial-and-error” treatment seems to have taken over. In fact, the Illinois Psychological Association is supporting a bill that would change state law to allow psychologists the legal right to prescribe psychiatric drugs. But Benson wishes drugs weren’t the only answer. “They just solve the symptoms,” he said. “They don’t solve the problem.” Still, Champaign resident Fannie Griffin believes psychiatric drugs offer a far better and safer option than the treatment available 50 years ago. Griffin watched her mother suffer from schizophrenia throughout her life until her death in 1980—long before Zyprexa and its benefits came along. Back then, drugs in the mental health field were few in number and crude in form. In fact, electroshock therapy remained the standard treatment until as late as the 1960s. Now, as president of the Champaign County chapter of the

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the film was effective in one generation, it will likely be just as appealing to a new generation of filmgoers.This seemed to be the mindset of director Peter Segal and producer Albert S. Ruddy in their approach to the remake of the popular 1974 film The Longest Yard. The original, directed by famed action director Robert Aldrich, was an antiestablishment comicdrama of an antihero convict blended with a rollicking story of male bonding and a prison football team. Segal’s comic remake of The Longest Yard is a feeble attempt at recreating the fun spirit of one of Burt Reynolds’ most believable good ol’ boy roles, in an era when Reynolds was one of Hollywood’s most bankable superstars. Segal’s effort disappoints viewers because for the past decade he has directed several of the most entertaining low-brow comedies, like Tommy Boy.With The Longest Yard, he misses too many opportunities for similar comic success, even for those who don’t know the original story. It seems that Segal and screenwriter Sheldon Turner could not make up their minds whether this remake of The Longest Yard should do something different with its popular comedic leads Adam Sandler and Chris Rock or simply pay homage to the ‘70s cult classic by echoing scenes from the original film.

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here are three types of coaches: the passive, the aggressive and the psychotically intense/haphazardly moral coach with violent tendencies. Granted, there might be dissenting opinions, but I would make an argument for the latter describing vitamin store owner cum soccer coach, Phil Weston (Will Ferrell). Despite Kicking and Screaming’s comic approach to the material, the subject matter is simultaneously satirical and frighteningly relevant. Throughout his childhood and well into adulthood, poor Phil has been conquered in a fiercely competitive game of oneupmanship by his father, Buck Weston (Robert Duvall). But all hell breaks loose when Buck trades Phil’s son to the worst team in the kiddy soccer league, the Tigers. However, the previous Tigers’ coach disappeared after a stress-induced opening game. So Phil takes the reins of the band of misfits (no parents volunteered). But after the first practice, Phil is literally struck with the notion that he doesn’t know the first thing about coaching.

Enter legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, who happens to be Buck’s mortal enemy and neighbor. Salivating over the prospect of defeating the elder Weston, Phil and Ditka join forces to trounce the pompous Buck once and for all. Throw in American football-style coaching, two Italian phenoms, and Phil’s new addiction to coffee and before you know it, the Tigers make a run at the championship.The last obstacle that impedes their progress is Buck’s team, of course. Who could have guessed the combination of Ferrell and Ditka would make one of the most unlikely comic duos since Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro? Da Coach schools Weston in the importance of a heavily caffeinated diet while building a winning mentality.Weston observes and copycats the great coach with the wonderment of a child, with riotous results. Ditka’s grumpy reluctance, coupled with KICKING AND SCREAMING • MIKE DITKA & WILL FERRELL Ferrell’s good-natured goofiness, creates comic gold. I did not care for American Pie 3, but director Jesse Dylan a mockery of everything. Sure, it’s fun for an audience to sit (son of Bob Dylan), has crafted a genuinely funny vehicle for back and laugh at how ludicrous Phil Weston behaves. But, Will Ferrell.The soccer games move at a frenetic pace and the hopefully audiences—specifically parents—will be able to anaeclectic mix of accompanying pop music creates a lively atmos- lyze their participation in said sporting events and are capable phere. The icing on Kicking and Screaming’s cake is that it is a of pinpointing their follies. Kicking and Screaming consistently delivers rollicking laughs family film. And finally, there is a film for everyone to laugh at while satirizing society’s obsession with youth sports. Phil without too many wink-wink jokes for adults. Kicking and Screaming lampoons everything in suburban life, Weston may get out of hand, but he teaches us a valuable lesfrom the enormous SUVs to the mania surrounding children’s son: It’s only a game and it should be fun. And Will Ferrell sports. Nothing is sacred and Ferrell is given free rein to make makes that point. He just does it hilariously.

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q+a Sten Johansen is the support facilitator for the Champaign chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The DBSA mission statement is to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. They provide resources for education and support for people suffering from mental illnesses, specifically bipolar disorder and depression. DBSA runs support groups, and helps people deal with social services groups and reclaim their lives.

I don’t like the term mood disorder. I think it’s insipid. It makes it sound like you’re just having a bad hair day and that is not at all what’s going on. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance really says a lot about who we are.There are about 1,000 support groups in the country. What is DBSA and what is your role within the organization?

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The remake begins much like the original, with the story of Paul Crewe, a drunken, former professional quarterback, who violates his parole, wrecks his girlfriend’s sports car and is quickly sent to prison, where his warden is obsessed with his winning semi-pro football team of prison guards.With the power to make Crewe’s life more miserable for his short stay, Warden Hazen convinces Crewe to help make his football squad even more successful. Borrowing heavily from Tracey Keenan Wynn’s original screenplay, the film’s highlight is a so-called tuneup match between the guards’ team and a ragtag team of convicts. Segal’s version only varies in the number of sexual jokes, excessive comic violence and a much softer antiestablishment theme. The original film’s narrative tension between the warden and Crewe is also diminished by changing the blackmail threat that occurs at the football game’s halftime showdown. Jokes about prison cheerleaders in drag, a THE LONGEST YARD • BURT REYNOLDS & ADAM SANDLER steroid, muscle-bound player whose anabolic pills get switched with estrogen tablets making him suddenly more more like Billy Bob Thornton’s dad with a Botox enhanced feminine and the strategic disabling of cheating referees all profile, you can understand the wisdom of why great entertainers, like Cary Grant, retired when they turned 60 years old. seem really lame. Segal’s action scenes are enjoyably effective and move with Adam Sandler’s approach to Crewe as a character is more serious and much less goofy than his usual screen persona, but the pace of ESPN football highlights and a mud-filled practice Sandler is most effective when he’s being a clown.Trying to act session is cut in time to a ‘70s rock hit and made to look like a more serious, like the recent roles of Jim Carrey, Sandler shows VH1 music video. Segal also includes cameos with noted stars his obvious limitations as an actor.With his physique and man- like Courteney Cox and Rob Schneider, as well as a collection ner, you never believe he could have been a professional foot- of wrestling and football has-beens like Brian Bosworth and ball player or match the cockiness of say, former Bear Jim Steve Austin.While it may be difficult to remake a film with a McMahon. Chris Rock’s talents are greatly misused in a most- modern sensitivity and still capture the successful chemistry of ly supporting role as Caretaker, the prison’s supplier of outside the original, Segal misses the opportunity by mishandling his goods. And Burt Reynolds’ extended cameo performance as a two comic leads and relying too heavily on the past charm and coach and former Heisman Trophy-winning player is a lacklus- memories of the Burt Reynolds mystique. ter shadow of the former charisma of the ‘70s Burt. Looking

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Right. I was seeing a doctor about blood pressure. He was really young and up-to-date, and had an interest in mental health issues. After our second meeting of talking about blood pressure, he finally said, ‘Sten, what else is on your mind?’ He listened, asked good questions, and finally said that it was very clear to him that I was suffering from depression and I needed help.The good news was there is help; the bad news is that it’s very expensive and takes a long time. What’s expensive?

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Our health-care system in general is crumbling in this country. It was never meant to be for profit. Health care is not a profitable enterprise. Until we get a realistic, modern health-care system like a lot of other civilized nations have, we’re not going to be able to address the needs of American people. Much of what we deal with in our group is people who have reached a point where they want help, but they don’t know how to get it.A lot of people with these illnesses cannot hold a job.They’ve lost their jobs, families, spouses, custody of children, all their friends, and are finally at a point where they say, ‘OK, I have to do something to make this all better,’ and that’s usually when they come to us. Then we have this hard task of telling them there’s really not much out there for them—especially around this community. The access to good mental health care, in this county, is very slow, very underfunded and in no way meets the needs of the people.There’s a shortage of psychiatrists in the Champaign area. I attribute that, in part, to our outmoded, unrealistic health-care system. The private practice people don’t have access to a hospital, and hospitalization can be a part of someone’s treatment.

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What resources are there?

If they have insurance, they’re much better off.You can make an appointment for an assessment and it will happen much faster than if you don’t. If you have no funds, like so many of the people in our group, the only thing to turn to is the Mental Health Center.They want to provide good service but they are so understaffed and underfunded that it’s a long time before you can even get an assessment. If they say yes, you do have a need for a psychiatrist, then it’s a long time before you get to see a psychiatrist and you have no choice on who that is going to be. PHOTO • DAVID SOLANA

What are the benefits of a peer support group like this?

One of the great things about this nonprofessional group is that we can provide things you can’t even buy. There’s been many times when I’ve gotten calls from nurses saying, ‘Your friend is here and I understand you have a key to her car and apartment.’ I told the nurse, ‘Tell her it’s taken care of.’ I took her car home, fed the cat, brought in the mail. We can do that—you can’t buy that. Sometimes people who are functioning in daily jobs get desperately anxious and depressed when they face a weekend all by themselves. It can be a very frightening thing just to face a weekend. People in the group will arrange a schedule—we’ll go out Saturday morning, to the Farmer’s Market, and in the

afternoon for coffee. It’s support. It’s been a lifesaver in a lot of ways for people. It’s strangely comforting to be in a room full of people who have the same problems. It’s kind of like discovering you’ve spoken a foreign language and you end up in that country where everyone speaks your language.

For more information about the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Champaign-Urbana, call 344-7901. Support meetings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room at Provena Hospital.You can also visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

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f it weren’t for a psychiatric drug called Zyprexa, 22-year-old Donnie Duval* said he would either be dead or living on the streets. Last spring, the University of Illinois senior experienced a schizophrenic episode that turned his life upside-down. But thanks to Zyprexa, Duval’s life is no longer ruled by the auditory hallucinations, paranoia and insomnia that once plagued his every thought. Psychiatric drugs first emerged in the 1950s with the discovery of antidepressants and tranquilizers. Since then, scientific breakthroughs have flooded the market with drugs to treat everything from social anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder. But while the pace of innovation has been rapid, some critics argue that insurance coverage and government regulation have failed to keep up. Mental health consumers like Duval are often forced to weigh the cost of their mental suffering with the financial and physical burdens associated with medication. Like most mental health consumers, Duval tried several drugs and various dosages before finding the right combination.The first drug Duval took earned the nickname “horse tranquilizer.” He took two pills each day and would sleep for as many as 16 hours after each. While the symptoms of schizophrenia impaired his daily life, Duval said the side effects of treatment were no better. “I was a worthless human being,” he said.“It was like living hell for awhile, but the voices were gone.” Side effects like these are common, especially with antispsychotic drugs. Although muscle spasms and drooling are often perceived as symptoms of schizophrenia, such behavior is actually a side effect of medication, said Dr. David Lawrance, medical director at the McKinley Health Center. Some drugs have side effects that can be life-threatening. Zyprexa, for example, promises diabetes for longterm users like Duval. Psychiatric drugs can be even more dangerous for younger users. Because the Federal Drug Administration limits its drug trials to certain populations, which often do not include children or adolescents, medication often reaches the market with much less knowledge about its effects on youth. In fact, the FDA recently found that some antidepressants, like Prozac, actually increase the likelihood of suicide in children. Such a report is especially frightening given the dramatic increase in the number of children taking antidepressants. Between 1994 and 2002, this number tripled. Recent deaths linked to FDA-approved drugs like Vioxx have raised concerns about consumer safety. Some critics argue that the government agency caters more to drug-makers than drug-takers. Under-the-table collaboration between government scientists and pharmaceutical companies, while once rare, has now become rather *Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, this individual’s name was changed to protect his identity.As he said,“If people knew I was schizophrenic, they would treat me differently.” Unfortunately, this is true about most people.

common. A senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health received half a million dollars in consulting fees from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer while the two organizations were working together to study Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Government Ethics publicly banned this practice in February 2005 when it was discovered that such collaboration reached to the very top of administrations. Despite the dangers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign senior Jennifer Guillen is willing to suffer the side effects of medication for its benefits. Like Duval, Guillen credits psychiatric drugs for saving her life. In March 2003, severe depression nearly drove her to suicide before Guillen found the antidepressant Celexa. Although the drug causes nausea, insomnia and anxiety, Guillen continues to take 40 milligrams each day. For Guillen, the worst consequence of Celexa is its cost. She said she can’t stay on the medication for long because she simply cannot afford to. After Guillen graduates in December, she will lose the University’s insurance, which covers the cost of appointments and medication. “I’m hoping to wean myself off of it,” Guillen said, although she worries about depressive episodes in the future. Just one month’s supply of Zyprexa carries a hefty cost of $350. For uninsured consumers, such costs are impossible to afford. In fact, 81 percent of all public mental health consumers in Champaign County earn less than $20,850 a year, according to the Champaign County Mental Health Board. In 1996, the annual cost of taking a prescription drug was $374 per user. In 2001, that cost rose to $639. In 2002 alone, prescription drugs costs totaled $162 billion. The situation is even worse for mental health consumers in Illinois. While the state ranks ninth in per capita income, it is ranked 30th in per capita spending on mental health services.The average Medicaid reimbursement provides less than 60 percent of the treatment costs of each patient. Even insured mental health consumers are struggling with drug costs. Compared with the benefits given for physical illnesses, most insurance coverage for mental health treatment is poor. But legislative efforts in states across the country are trying to correct such disparities.Thirty-five states have already enacted mental health parity laws, which require insurance companies to cover mental illnesses like depression just as they would a physical illness like a broken leg. When Paul Joffe, director of the University’s Counseling Center,

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first began working in the psychiatric field in the early 1980s, there was only one drug for mental health treatment. At the present time, there are 31. New psychiatric drugs reach the market every year and are increasingly featured in television and magazine ads. Some argue that this explosion of psychiatric drugs, along with the aggressive marketing tactics used to sell them, have created unrealistic expectations about mental health treatment. Too many consumers view medication as a quick fix and demand Prozac before a diagnosis has even been made, Lawrance said.

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catch a train out of town, Marty and his friends Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer) get shipped off to Africa. Things don’t go quite as planned, as an escape attempt by a group of cunning penguins (who easily steal each of their scenes) leaves the foursome stranded on the island nation of the title. Marty finally gets his taste of the wild, as the other animals only want to get back to the MADAGASCAR • safety of the zoo. There’s also a subplot about Alex’s quickly returning instincts that force the lion to see Marty and the group’s newly found lemur friends as possible sources of lunch. Madagascar often seems like it wants to deal with weighty issues like the morality of confining wild animals and tolerance among species. But in reality it only acknowledges the presence of such themes and quickly moves to the next (often lame) joke. The result is a confused cartoon that wants to aspire to more, but not at the cost of alienating the child audience. The jokes are definitely more miss than hit, especially for audiences over the age of 12.The main characters are pretty dull, and

free from the language barrier. He produces a clear emotional connection with the audience with every facial expression and a rousing spectacle with his physical prowess in every scene. Danny becomes more than a gimmick and a fully-realized character solely on the talents of Jet Li. If the audience can accept the story, Unleashed is a success. The structure of the plot cleverly balances the raw pseudo-street fighting with the emotional baggage required. Beautifully choreographed and wonderfully directed, this is the American Jet Li vehicle fans have been waiting for.

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Melman’s constant spazzing gets old rather quickly.The saving grace are the aforementioned penguins, as well as a pair of intelligent monkeys who have a taste for high art and literature, as well as throwing their own feces. It’s not to say that Madagascar is a bad movie, in fact, most people will probably get a decent amount of enjoyment out of it. But it feels like the work of the animation B-team or the kind of movie Pixar might spit out as a warm-up to something really special. It’ll find its place on families’ DVD shelves, collecting dust while copies of Shrek and Finding Nemo get watched again and again.

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JUST SMILE AND WAVE BOYS ... SMILE AND WAVE. Germany? Downfall doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t glorify Hitler but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to hate him either. Wisely, the film stays somewhere in the middle and lets the audience decide for themselves how to feel. In most cases, people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sympathize with Hitler, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a new perspective from which to look at him, and this is where the film really succeeds. (David Just) THE HITCHHIKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

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Ryan Reynolds & Melissa George The Amityville Horror doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly break any new ground, but it is less laughable and maintains a stronger, more consistent tone of creeping terror than the recent Hide and Seek or The Ring Two. Like the poor family that chooses to live in a mansion with evil in its walls, this unnecessar y remake of The Amityville Horror simply revisits something that was better left dead. (Matt Pais) CRASH

Matt Dillon & Don Cheadle A head-on collision of political posturing and racial intolerance, Crash is more than just an ar ticulation of the division between people of different backgrounds. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the thin line between love and hate that exists between cultures in America, and the 21st-centur y atmosphere of fear, anxiety and resentment that keeps ever yone on opposite sides of an invisible fence. (Matt Pais) DOWNFALL

Bruno Ganz & Claudia Maria Lara Is it really possible to feel sympathy for Hitler and Nazi

Martin Freeman & Mos Def In The Hitchhikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to the Galaxy, interspace time travel is little more than extending your thumb and killing time around the universe while the Earth is put back together. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of depth, sophistication or cohesion to the movie, but its wink-wink sense of sly British humor more than succeeds in advancing it past the easygoing giddiness of a kid-friendly sci-fi fantasy. (Matt Pais) THE INTERPRETER 2.5 STARS Nicole Kidman & Sean Penn If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not mistaken, a thriller should be thrilling. Granted, there are some nail-biting sequences and spine-tingling moments, but there is too much vapid space used for filler. Though the premise is cer tainly original, the film stumbles through its lengthy running time and sparks more political debate than necessar y. The Interpreter should have been exciting throughout, not melodramatic in some par ts and corny in others. (Paul Prikazsky) KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Orlando Bloom & Eva Green Like Gladiator, it features searching, male protagonists set against quasi-historical backdrops. Other similar elements include grand wars, familial loss, political intrigue and unruly violence. Many of these same components have been exercised lately via Troy, Alexander and King Arthur, to recall some. Disappointingly, Kingdom of Heaven often feels conventional and predictable. (Tim Peters)

KUNG FU HUSTLE 3.5 stars Stephen Chow Take a healthy dose of slapstick, add a dash of kung fu fighting, a pinch of Looney Toons and ser ve with a popcorn and soda and you have a dish called Kung Fu Hustle that is sure to satisfy a much-needed comedy fix. The movie delivers action, drama, comedy and even a little suspense. Overall, it will make you laugh and then some, and just goes to prove that slapstick is universally funny. What more could you want from a movie? (Brian Nichols) MILLIONS

Lewis McGibbon & Alex Etel Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tenderness here that belongs to Etel and McGibbon, two fine young actors who not only embody their own par ts but play off one another so well that they work mar velously as brothers. The movie is undeniably theirs, two per formers whose total age is under 20 but possess an innate honesty beyond their years. In a movie concentrating on what to do with money that you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t earned, these boys show that the greatest riches they have are each other. (Matt Pais) MONSTER-IN-LAW

Jennifer Lopez & Jane Fonda Monster-in-Law is Jennifer Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best movie since Maid in Manhattan. That should be the first warning. Co-starring with Lopez is the incomparable Jane Fonda. Together, these two take the audience on a roller coaster of emotion, from bemused all the way to annoyed. By the end, it is easily the worst two-hour motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day gift anyone in America could give to their mom. (Andrew Crewell) STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH 3.5 STARS

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CINDERELLA MAN Russell Crowe & RenĂŠe Zellweger No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a cross-dressing remake of the classic fairy tale. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a movie based on the true story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, who was thought to be over the hill when he made an improbable comeback to face champ Max Baer. Nowadays, they would probably accuse him of being on the juice. The film is directed by Ron Howard and is already garnering talk of being an Oscar favorite. (Andrew Vecelas) LORDS OF DOGTOWN Heath Ledger & Johnny Knoxville Also based on a true stor y, Lords of Dogtown tells the stor y of a group of teenage boys in 1970s California who took up the hobby of skateboarding in empty swimming pools, only to create a worldwide sensation. Only time will tell if this can surpass the now-classic Gleaming the Cube for the title of greatest skateboarding film ever. For the true stor y behind the movie, check out the documentar y Dogtown and Z-Boys . (Andrew Vecelas) THE TAKE The Take is a documentary (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the week of true stories, apparently) about the economic collapse of Argentina, and 30 workers who camped out in a idle factory in an attempt to retake the economy. Opening at Boardmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Theater

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CANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Official guidelines issued in May by Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Council on Qualifications, directed to agencies that administer high school and junior-high standardized tests, call for students to receive extra points on the test if they have experienced preexam stress due to selected circumstances: death of a parent or close relative (up to 5 percent extra), death of other relative (up to 4 percent),

death of pet (2 percent if on exam day, 1 percent if the day before), witnessing a distressing event on exam day (up to 3 percent), just-broken arm or leg (up to 3 percent), headache (1 percent).

INEXPLICABLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C;An undercover sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy (whose name was not disclosed in a May news report) filed a lawsuit recently against the Florida Hospital in Orlando because, he said, when he went for a shot of pain medication in his hip in October 2000, he was injected instead with what appeared to be cosmetic makeup glitter. The deputy said a 4-inch mass was removed and appeared to contain specks of green and red sparkle, and that pain at the site continues. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Police in Springfield, Ore., charged Pamela Ann Hemphill, 51, with theft in April after she allegedly snatched neighbor Walter Merrittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charles Schulz-signed, original Peanuts cartoon strip, locked herself in a bathroom, removed her clothes, got under the shower, wet the card-

board thoroughly, and finally flushed the pieces down the toilet. Hemphill declined to explain; Merritt said he had no clue as to motive; and the Springfield News reporter has not yet followed up on the story.

statement about what we value in the district. We value learning.â&#x20AC;? Said the new first-impressions director,â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classy. Everyone wants to be important.â&#x20AC;?

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At a train station in Ogori, Japan, in May, a seeing-eye dog apparently misunderstood a spoken command and led a blind couple off of a platform and tumbling onto the tracks. The couple and the dog had been headed for a workshop for assistance dogs.

In County Cork, Ireland, in December, Dane Ring, 13, was suspended from school for two days after he ignored what schoolboys know is the cardinal rule of bodily functions, which is to never admit that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the person, in a crowded room, who just passed gas.

UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Among official job-title changes implemented by the Scottsdale, Ariz., school district this year, according to a February Arizona Republic report, were those for receptionist (now,â&#x20AC;&#x153;director of first impressionsâ&#x20AC;?) and school bus driver (now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;transporter of learnersâ&#x20AC;?). Said Superintendent John Baracy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is to make a

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Maybe all you really need right now is a grilled cheese sandwich. It's quite possible that if you savor a well-made version of that earthy delicacy, the things that are off-kilter in your life will get smooth and fresh again. I'm not kidding, Aries. The adjustment that will help you get back on track is likely to be minor--if not a grilled cheese sandwich, then maybe a haircut or a new bedspread or a five-minute conversation that corrects a misimpression. That reminds me of another secret I want to tell you: Small actions can have big impacts.

TAU RU S

(April 20-May 20)

The only work that will have lasting value in the coming week is work that you do in the spirit of fun. If you approach any task with nothing more than a desire to get it over with, it will ultimately be useless. If you perform a good deed merely out of a sense of duty, it won't bestow any of its intended benefits. These directions apply to the effort you put into your relationship, hobby, or art as well as to your actions on the job. Success depends on you playing hard with your spontaneity fully engaged.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

Twenty-nine-year-old Gemini actor Colin Farrell recently reached out to an older woman--a much older woman. While working on the film Ask the Dust, he made a prolonged attempt to seduce one of his fellow stars, Dame Eileen Atkins, who was 69 years old at the time. Though she was flattered, she turned him down. In the coming week, Gemini, I urge you to try a more elevated version of Farrell's quest. Seek intimate contact with an influence that will bless you with the sexy powers of age, wisdom, and experience.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

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ago, it was a series of granite ledges that jutted out of a mountain in the shape of an old man's face. It was a top tourist attraction, and its image appeared on numerous state souvenirs. But in May 2003, it collapsed overnight, weakened by millennia of freezing and thawing. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Cancerian, this event has resemblances to an imminent disintegration in your own life. Like the original, your experience might be sad, but mostly for nostalgic reasons. No one will get hurt, and ultimately you'll feel exhilarated as you pick a new symbol to inspire you.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Can you name ten different beer brands but none of the Ten Commandments? That's one of 25 signs that you will ultimately go to hell, according to divinity professor Jacob Pinewood, quoted in the Weekly World News. Here are other behaviors that may cause you eternal damnation: using the F word more than once a day; coveting your neighbor's household appliances; watching five consecutive hours of TV; invoking the Lord's name in vain when you stub your toe; and mentally undressing any person who would be bad for you to get naked with. Luckily for you, Leo, you're now in an astrological phase when engaging in the above actions will not earn you a trip to the infernal regions. That's because you're in an unprecedented grace period when you have slack to burn. If I were you, though, I'd use my karmic credit more constructively than simply getting away with naughty things.

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(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Janael Lee is a math teacher who suffers from muscular dystrophy and moves around with the aid of a scooter. Last January she was named Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin, and began to work as an advocate for disabled people. A few months later, however, officials stripped her of her crown after a newspaper photo showed her standing up, which she does now and then for brief periods. "We can't have title holders out there walking when they're seen in public," the officials said. I believe you will soon experience a comparable demo-

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tion, Virgo. Maybe you used to be suited for a certain role that has cast you as an underdog, but you're too strong and healthy for that now.

and you get to do what your soul has been longing to do. Ironically, this often results in you creating changes that make your ego ver y happy.

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CAPRICORN

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

"Consistency is a highly overrated virtue," wrote William Falk in The Week. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I no longer believe half of what I was sure of ten years ago. You make mistakes, you get new information, you change your mind along the way. It's a natural process." I urge you to write out the preceding statement and tape it to your mirror or phone for the next seven days. You're in an astrological phase when you have everything to gain from changing your mind in a hundred different ways. I dare you to see what life is like when it's not filtered through your familiar opinions and theories.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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A maintenance worker at a restaurant in Queensland, Australia took the lazy way out when he found a dead rat while painting the floor red. Rather than disposing of it, he simply covered it with a few thick strokes of his brush. During a subsequent inspection, however, health inspectors weren't fooled by the partial camouflage and levied large fines on the restaurant. You may soon be tempted to try something similar to what the maintenance worker did, Capricorn. I urge you not to. Don't just try to disguise what's stinking up the place; get rid of it.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Last February, three people got lost while riding their mountain bikes in California's San Bernardino National Forest. Luckily, they were rescued by emergency workers before any harm came to them. But the next day they returned to the woods to look for their bikes and got lost a second time. Again, help arrived in time, and they were escorted to safety. Don't be like them in the coming days, Scorpio. You're allowed to wander off-course and get saved once, but don't make the same mistake twice.

I live pretty simply, and often have an allergic reaction in the presence of people who have their own jet airplanes, travel with personal servants and style consultants, drink $300-a-bottle champagne, and vacation in palatial spas on private islands. Having said that, I am duty-bound to report that you now have an astrological mandate to indulge in as much extravagant pleasure as you can afford. Your watchword for the week comes from Frank Lloyd Wright: "Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities."

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Sometimes the best gift you can give your ego is to tell it you're not going to be its slave anymore. You say to it, "I'm tired of being whipped around by ever y one of your ever-shifting little needs, and I'm sick of having to kowtow to your inexhaustible demands, and I want to be free of your insatiable craving to be appreciated, recognized, and adored. Go away and leave me alone. I'm just going to be who I am without worr ying about you at all." Delivering this message often has a radically healing ef fect. Your ego gets shocked into a state of humility,

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I invite you to try an exercise in creative pretending. Ready? In all the ways you can imagine, stop thinking that you're outside, and instead visualize yourself as inside. In other words, suppress your tendency to fantasize that the good stuff is out of reach and hard to get. Picture yourself as being right in the midst of it. End your sense of exile and come all the way in to the heart of every matter. If you do this meditation ten minutes a day for the next seven days, by this time next week the world will already be changing to match the vision you've been building.

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$8.25/HR. STARTING Office and Warehouse Associate. Flexible hours, Meyer Drapery 330 N. Neil. Downtown Champaign. Apply in person or send resume. 3525318.

Camp Counselors- Gain valuable expreience while having the summer of a lifetime. Counelors needed for Outdoor Adventure, Arts, Aquatics, and more in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Apply online at www.pineforestcamp.com

ATTENTION STUDENTS $9 per hour to start. Earn up to $15 per hour. No Experience required 25 positions available Full time/ part time 1-800-809-8775 Help wanted for apartment inspections in August. Apply at: Campus Property Management 303 E. Green 328-3030.

Services

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Fall 2005 Apartments • Efficiencies 1103 S. Euclid 312 E. White • 1 Bedrooms 508 S. First 108 W. Charles 310 E. Clark 106 E. Armory 312 E. White 105 S. Fourth 104 E. John 103 E. Stoughton 103 E. Healey 108 1/2 E. Daniel 507 S. Elm, C Call for an appointment

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• 2 Bedrooms 308 E. Armory 1103 S. Euclid 312 E. White 104 E. John 103 E. Stoughton 105 S. Fourth 210/208 E. White 312 E. White • 3 Bedrooms 1103 S. Euclid 807 S. Locust 210/208 E. White 312 E. White 104 E. John • 4 Bedrooms 807 S. Locust 210/208 E. White

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Don’t get stuck with only those highpriced apartments left for Fall. Wellmaintained 2- bedroom furnished apartments near Beckman and Engineering. Dishwasher, AC, ethernet and off-street parking available. $595/mo. 493-8487

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Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626. BEST VALUE 1 BR. loft from $480. 1 Br. $370 2 BR. $470 3 BR. $750 4 BR $755 Campus. 367-6626.

COURTYARD ON RANDOLPH 713 S. Randolph,C. Now renting for Fall. Spacious, 2 & 3 bedrooms from $618. Near campus, downtown Champaign. Includes cable, parking, water. Has laundry facilities and seasonal pool. 217-352-8540 217-355-4608 (evenings) www.faronproperties.com

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605 E. Clark St., C. Furnished, washer/dryer, A/C, balcony, dishwasher, intercom, ethernet, microwave, covered parking. www.mhmproperties.com 337-8852

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1, 2, 3, 4 bedroom apartments Available now Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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304 & 306 E. Clark, C Castle Apartments

Quality apartments and houses for rent • Many pet-friendly locations • Furnished AND Unfurnished units • 9 month leases negotiable at some locations

• On-campus or off-campus • Excellent Tenant Union record • Weekend/evening showings by appointment

CALL US AT (217) 384-6930 VIEW OUR LISTINGS @ www.johnsmithproperties.com

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3 blocks to Engineering Quad. 3 BR $670, 4 BR $890. C/A, ceiling fan, dishwasher, washer/dryer in unit. 384-1099, castle_apartments@ameritech.net

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3rd and Clark August ‘05 beautiful, furnished 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apts. Ted 766-5108.

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408 E. Clark, C. For August. 1 BR near Beckman. Includes parking, trash. $500/mo. Campo Rental Agency. 344-1927

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502 W. Green 4 bedroom. 2 bath. Fireplace, W/D, A/C. $1160/mo. 217-721-5670.

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Editor’s Note This Modern World • Tom Tomorrow Life in Hell • Matt Groening News of the Weird • Chuck Shephard First Things First • Michael Coulter

AROUND TOWN Mental Health Medications • M.J. Stephey q + a with Sten Johansen The Local Sniff • Seth Fein Community Editor’s Note

LISTEN, HEAR The Elanors interview • Kyle Gorman The Hurly-Burley • Cornelia Boonman The Mountain Goats review • Imran Siddiquee Headphones review • Kyle Gorman Sound Ground #78 • Todd J. Hunter Parasol Charts

MAIN EVENT Calendar Listings Buzz Picks Art and Theater Listings Get Active! Art Pick List of Venues Bob n’ Dave • Dave King

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT Road Trip: Summer Theater • Jeff Nelson Arts Editor’s Note • Constance Beitzel (Th)ink • Keef Knight Artist’s Corner with Linda Dumich

THE SILVER SCREEN The Longest Yard review • Syd Slobodnik Kicking and Screaming review • Paul Prikazsky Unleashed review • Randy Ma Madagascar review • Andrew Vecelas Box office and rental charts Movie time listings Slowpoke • Jen Sorenson Drive Through Reviews

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The mowing of the lawns at West Side Park.

letter to the editor

AN OPEN LETTER TO SETH FEIN:

Your letter to CUSFA is like a bulldozer in a

demolition derby. You set up your premise, and then, Bam! you crush your opponent with the irrefutable statements that “We’ve got that settled,” and “Now that we’re clear on that, let’s move on.” Well, hold on now, it’s not only not settled, it’s flat-out wrong. Restaurants and bars, along with laundromats, filling stations, grocery stores, pawn shops, pipe shops, music stores, etc., etc., etc., are indeed public establishments (the term “public domain” has a specific legal meaning, and is not at issue here). A public establishment is any place, privately-owned or otherwise, that is open to the public, and they are indeed subject to whatever regulations the governing bodies in which they reside choose to impose on them, within state and federal constitutional limits. It has nothing to do with who pays the plumbing bills. Furthermore, even if you happen to own a private establishment, you are still subject to some regulation, willy-nilly. In most communities, you can’t shoot off firearms just because you feel like potting a few rabbits for supper, and there are lots of other prohibitions on what you can and cannot do on your own property, as should be the case. And no, the decision on whether to allow smoking in public places should NOT be left up to the owners of those businesses. That is the way it now stands for restaurants and bars, and the injustice of that

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setup is clear for all who are willing to see. I am genuinely touched by your admission that smoking is an addiction.You are absolutely right, and too many lawmakers are drug addicts, by that very token. Certainly, those who smoke should remove themselves from voting on smoking issues, don’t you think? Would you want crack addicts making laws for you? No? I didn’t think so.Anyhow, I don’t think the people of the Smoke-Free Alliance have any interest at all in your health, vis-a-vis their attempts to ban smoking in public places.We are sympathetic to your plight, of course, but what REALLY concerns us is our own health, and that of other, innocent bystanders. We are not meddling in your personal affairs, nor do we wish to.We wish only to protect ourselves, and reclaim some of the rights that have been historically denied us. Next, I want to address an issue that has apparently escaped everyone’s attention. Smoking is a good deal more than a health hazard because of the cancer and emphysema it causes to anybody unfortunate enough to be anywhere near it. In addition, it has a violent and drastic effect on asthma sufferers, and it pisses off most nonsmokers who are subjected to it against their will. Even if I knew it wasn’t going to kill or harm me, I would still object strenuously, because, like you, I hate it when I am subjected to the smell of tobacco when I am out in public attempting to enjoy my constitutional C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E

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HEY NORM, IF YOU WERE A HOT DOG, WOULD YOU EAT YOURSELF?

EDITOR’S NOTE PAUL WAGNER • EDITOR IN CHIEF

Talking about politics always

brings out the worst in people. Everyone tends to get angry at something or someone. And adding alcohol to the mix, well, that’s just a really bad idea. Generally, the problem that I see is that people tend not to listen to anyone else. Political conversations should be just that: conversations. Ideas should be discussed; there should be some give and take. Even when two people agree on things, fights could break out because of a difference in phrasing or a miscommunication. And miscommunications are the bane of my existance, especially when talking politics. The average political critic (read: the average person) often says his piece, and just sits quietly while other people talk, not really listening to them, but, rather, plotting their next plan of attack. Sure, they’ll get the gist of what was said, but rarely do people listen to each other if they believe strongly in their own view. Once this happens, it’s all over. Tempers flare, yelling starts and nothing productive happens. When liquor is involved, nobody can really follow the flow of the conversation anyway, so that doesn’t help much. My whole life I’ve been taught to listen to people and actually hear what they have to say. Once I do that, I need to really understand what they’re saying and where they’re coming from. If a person is going to be swayed from his opinion, I have to understand it, right? Even if I believe that I’m right, I try to look at the other side of the point, and look at my opinion through another lens just to better understand my own thoughts. Of course, sometimes I really struggle with this myself, but that usually happens because I’m paranoid when it comes to relationships, and that’s a whole other story that you don’t want to read. Anyway, just listen to each other, people! And keep an open mind, even if you’re right. Also, if you’re interested in writing for Buzz, we need writers in the arts and community sections. So drop me a line, and we’ll work something out. - Paul

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New Building “Lofts on John” One bedroom, unfurnished, W/D, dishwasher, opening August 05 $650/mo. Near John and 2nd. Call 356-1407

Furnished one bedrooms and efficiencies from $325, $365, and $395 near John and Second or Healey and Third. 356-1407.

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705 W. Main, U Newer 2 BR $690/mo 1 block from Lincoln Laundry, free parking, A/C The Weiner Companies, Ltd.

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102 E. Gregory, C 202 E. John, C 610 E. Stoughton, C 910 & 910.5 S. Locust, C 807 W. Oregon, U 810 W. Iowa, U 811 W. Oregon, U

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384-8018 www.weinercompanies.com

2 BR or 1BR w/Study Between campus & Strawberry Fields. parking, A/C, $495/mo.

at 402 East High, Urbana. Close to campus, Lincoln Square, and downtown Urbana. Available August 1.

352-4918

57 E. Green St. Champaign, IL 61820 call:

217.337.3801 We reserve the right to edit submissions. Buzz will not publish a letter without the verbal consent of the writer prior to publication date.

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705 S. RANDOLPH, C 2 BR, Available early June. Near campus and Downtown Champaign. $510/ mo. 352-8540 www.faronproperties.com

Avail. Fall. $465- $475/mo. Includes most utilities, laundry, pkg, A/C. On busline.

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608 E. White, C.

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Roommate wanted. 1 or 2. Male or Female. Nice house in country. $325 includes everything. 217-840-2257.

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2 bedroom and 7 bedroom house on campus for Fall 2004. 367-6626. 2 BR house. Quiet Champaign location. Lots of amenities. $645/mo. 217-637-0806. 506 W. Springfield August ‘05. 6 bedroom, 2.5 bath furnished home. Huge, beautiful, hardwood, parking. Ted 766-5108.

Eight to Nine Bedroom Fall, Campus, $2850 367-6626

Residential Area & Close to Campus 3 BR w/garage, bsmt

large backyard, porches, laundry, hdwd floors

Furn $1,150/month or Unfurn $1,000/month

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Rent storage for the summer. Student special. Own your own storage. 384-5302

Call 337-8337 if you want to place an ad in the classified section of buzz. Its so easy, even the monkey who got a 13 on the ACT can do it.

now offering listings with extra charm for Fall 2005 56/58 E. Healey, C

1BR $390-$425 Furnished apts with patios or balconies. Heat paid. Parking is $35/ month. On-site laundry.

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Eff. $345-$365 Large furnished efficiency at corner of Clark and Sixth. Parking is $40/month. Includes water & sewer.

602 E. Clark, C.

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303 E. Green, Champaign www.cpm-apts.com cpm@cpm-apts.com Office Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9-6, Fri: 9-5, Sat: 11-3 s o u n d s

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AVAILABLE NOW AND FOR FALL Share beautiful furnished 3 bedroom apartment at Third and Clark. From $225. Ted 766-5108

Campus Property Management 328-3030 • www.cpm-apts.com

617 W. CHURCH Beautiful 6 BR 3 Bath furnished home. Hardwood floors, two porches, off-street parking and more. Only $2100/mo. 369-0500.

The Weiner Companies,Ltd 384-8018 www.weinercompanies.com

1 bedroom, near campus $300 per month 367-6626

2 BR in Champaign, condo, airconditioning,cable,fireplace, washer/dryer, balcony/patio, furnished, telephone hook-up, garage, 2 bus routes. $425/mo. 217-721-5027 or 217-373-7978. rnhrdttl@uiuc.edu.

The Weiner Companies, Ltd 384-8018 www.weinercompanies.com

2 BR plus sunroom Avail. Fall 2005 hwd floors, laundry, parking $900/month includes heat, water & trash

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1, 2, 3 & 4 BRS GREAT LOCATIONS GREAT PRICES

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2302 W. John (brand new), C.

Convenient 1 bedrooms near downtown Champaign now available. From $390. 403 W. White, C. 605 W. University 711 S. Randolph, C. 511 W. University, C. 515 W. Washington, C. These and other apartment locations also available for leases starting throughout the summer. 352-8540, p.m. 355-4608 www.faronproperties.com

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206 A & B William in Champaign. 4 BD/ 4 BA. Available 6/1. $1480/mo.

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Parkview Apartments 121 W. Park, Urbana Efficiency apartments for fall. Includes water, trash removal, on-site laundry. $395/mo. Campo Rental Agency 344-1927.

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Eff.$315-325 Furnished effiency with patio or balcony. Includes water & sewer. Parking $35 per month.

711 West Main, U Studios $425-$440 Furnished with fireplace, balcony/patio. Located at the corner of Main and Busey. On-site laundry. Parking Included. 1009 W. Main, U 2BR $630 Furnished on engineering campus, water paid. Remodeled kitchens. Parking is $35/month. Onsite laundry.

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