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he Midwest has never really been known for its landscape. The drive down 74 East or West is hardly interesting. No rolling hills, no lush forests, just fields that stretch from one small town to the next. But, we can’t discount the charm in that. The landscape leaves much to be desired, and you wouldn’t think there would be much in the way of outdoor recreation. But, that is simply not true. Last weekend, some friends and I loaded up the car and took a trip across the Indiana border to Turkey Run State Park. Just off the Veedersburg exit, the long stretch of road, before we reached the state park, was lined with flea markets and locals selling everything from firewood to produce to baby clothes. Their business economy centered around two things farming and campers.

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Turkey Run was beautiful. The rolling field seemed so far away when we were submerged in the flourishing vegetation and running rivers of the state park. I grew up five minutes away from Kickapoo State Park and Kennekuk. I spent countless days exploring the trails and canoeing the river. Though, the landscape of the Midwest can be daunting -– there are many spots in close proximity that are worth the drive. I’ve never been much for camping myself. When I was a kid and my family camped at Kickapoo, my mother and I typically went home when it got dark and slept in our own beds. We weren’t exactly sure how to “rough it”. But, camping is a great summer activity, and there are some really interesting parks to see right in our area. So, take advantage of what the area has to offer.

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he last few weeks have been classic ones for Cubs fans. The “over-worried” Cubs fan, the “doom and gloom” Cubs fan, the “It’s not if, it’s when” Cubs fan. Every time one of our players hits the bag wrong or takes a little too much time in between pitches, we’re wondering if another player might grace the disabled list. Yes, the Cubs have a club record NINE players on the DL. Yes, the “deep” bench is starting to tire and we’ve had enough of pretending that Jose Macias is cool in right field. Yes, we did lose five games in a row this past week. However, we’re going to … relax. We are telling ourselves, “Just relax”—and we prescribe the same to you, loyal reader. Now, let’s make it clear, we have not been relaxed, we just think it’s a good idea. Baseball is a game of what goes around comes around—a game of cycles—yet one of the few games that even Las Vegas odds makers will hardly try and mess with on a daily basis. Here are the facts: The Cubs remain 2 1⁄2 games back. While St. Louis and Houston have all, or almost all, of their would-be playoff rosters hacking and firing away, the Cubs don’t – yet all 3 clubs have a 27-23 record. Not a bad angle for a Cub fan, is it? An interesting note is that we could be writing this SAME column for a Boston College student newspaper right now. Boston is tied for first place, percentage points behind the Yankees, but no Nomar, no Nixon, no Kim, no Burks, no Mueller, yet doing just fine, hanging in there and making it work. It appears the similarities between Boston and Chicago will continue right up through the ‘04 playoffs, lots to think about, but for now we will relax and tell you about a few other things that happened this week. The White Sox stay impressive and stay in first. The NL Central proves 2ON2OUT correct. It is the toughest division in baseball, top to bottom, with not one of its six teams under .500. Ho-kay. So once again, the 2ON2OUT was in attendance at Wrigley. This time, it was Memorial Day with our good friends and visiting Braves-fans-turned-Cub-fans-for-theday. Pre-game intermittent rain leads to staying dry in a local watering hole; a huge bowl of downtown chili at Yak-zies is consumed. Wait, that was a bad idea. Sun peaks through ... Wait. Italian Beef. Sun is out, we stroll into the stadium, the game starts on time. Maddux vs. Oswalt. Yet again, the odds seem to be in favor of the other team (remember last week 2ON2OUT was lucky enough to see Glendon Rusch pitch!). Oswalt had his way with the Cubs in Houston last week, surrendering three hits in seven innings and striking out eight. Maddux, on the other hand, last week had what we like to call a “silver platter curve ball,” and you can figure that one out.

Nice and tasty to hit: 5IP, nine hits, three home runs … not so good. Memorial Day was different. Oswalt was good, Maddux was better. On a day where rain storms came and went every other inning, Maddux did a fine job of producing none of his own. One solo HR is all Maddux would allow. Yes, he was painting like he did in Atlanta (my good Brave-fan friend commented) and I agreed. Alou put the Cubs ahead with a onehanded looking wallop onto Waveland; Cubs 3 Astros 1, top of the ninth. Enter Joe Borowski. Before we talk about what happened next, here’s a quick Joe Borowski file: blue collar, Dad was a fireman, Joe was supposed to be, but instead he played baseball, toiled in the minor leagues for eight to nine years, light bulb goes off and he saves 33 games for the NL Central Division champ Cubs in 2003, new two-year contact in the offseason, high hopes. Joe Borowski—Joe-Bo—a real Chicago-type guy; hard-working, nothing given to him. We love Joe Borowski, but lately he’s made it difficult to love him. With a 7.78 ERA and fresh off a blown save in which he gave up five runs in 2/3 IP against the Pirates on Friday, we really don’t want to see Joe-Bo right now … Damn that chili I had before the game … You see Joe has not pitched well this year. Everyone knows he’s not a playoff-caliber closer, right? Yet, he had converted 22 saves in a row before last Friday’s meltdown. OK, no choice, here we go. First pitch, Hidalgo grounds right back to the mound. Hey, nice! Good start. Second pitch, Jose Vizcaino singles. Oh, no. Third batter, Orlando Palmeiro. This guy kills us! Not this time. Strikeout. Two down, crowd on its feet. Craig Biggio to the plate. He rips the ball into the LF corner. Two on, two out. How ironic. Now what happens next is why Cub fans will be forced to stick with ol’ Joe for awhile. Adam Everett slams a Borowski slowball to LF, right at Alou. Game over. Cubs win. The crowd erupts. Our friends want to slap my hand and congratulate me on the victory, but I’m still thinking, What just happened? We won. That’s good. In that moment, I realized Joe Borowski kind of sums up this last month of injury plagued cub-ball: This guy grinds it out. He makes it work. I slap their hands. I’m sure I won’t be surprised if Borowski blows a few more saves, or even is replaced by Hawkins at some point, but for now, we have to stick with Joe and maybe even relax a little bit. Prior is back in a few days with Merker, Grudzy, Sosa, Woody, and A-Gon (take your time, Alex) not far behind. Ahhh. This weekend, maybe I’ll go with the garden salad before the Pittsburgh game. Nah. The 2ON2OUT are Seth and Adam Fein and would like to denounce Donald Rumsfeld and his policies and any hot dog that isn’t kosher.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): There is a Native American nation that white people call the Winnebago. The tribe's members refer to themselves, however, as the Hotcâgara. That's your first metaphorical clue for the week, Aries. You should firmly correct anyone who misnames or misidentifies you. Here's another tip, courtesy of the Hotcâgara. In their origin myth, the great god Earthmaker wakes up to realize he is the only being in the universe. In his abysmal loneliness, he weeps. His tears become the oceans and rivers and lakes of our world. I suspect that the tears you cry in the coming week will also, like Earthmaker's, be profoundly creative.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "Leafing through 'Forbes' or 'Fortune' is like reading the operating manual of a strangely sanctimonious pirate ship," wrote Adam Gopnik in the "New Yorker." My perspective is a little different. I think of Forbes and Fortune as the Bibles of the world's pre-eminent religion, the Holy Orthodox Church of Business As Usual. It's a cult we all have to come to terms with and pay tribute to. What's your relationship with it, Leo? Have you made your peace, or are you in a state of tormented denial? If it's the former, the next three months will be a favorable time to increase your income. If it's the latter, you should consider going on a financial vision quest.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In his book The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn documents the Soviet Union's oppression of many ethnic groups between 1918 and 1956. "Only one nation would not give in, nor acquire the mental habits of submission," he noted. "These were the Chechens. They never sought to please, to ingratiate themselves with the bosses . . . No one could stop them from living as they did." I don't mean to imply that the manipulative pressures coming to bear on you, Taurus, are anywhere near as severe as what the Chechens experienced. In fact, your version might be rather covert or subtle. But I urge you, nevertheless, to stand up in defense of your independent spirit with a Chechen-like clarity and ferocity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): [Note: In the spirit of the epic yet mysterious turning point you're at, Virgo, I'm providing you with an extravagant yet cryptic oracle. Read it with the nonlinear side of your brain.] Your escape from the false "home" is imminent. Are you ready to change about 10 percent of your mind about who you really are and 20 percent of your mind about where you truly belong? Regard it as a lucky sign if the prospect of fresh freedom rouses an ancient fear. It means you're close to finding the lost key to the kingdom of childhood, which is also the key to the secret garden of adulthood.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At this point in your journey, Gemini, your free will is a more important factor in determining your fate than the constraints of karma or the whims of the gods. I won't waste your time, then, predicting what may or may not lie ahead. Instead, I'll invite you to formulate self-fulfilling prophecies about the beautiful future you want to create. To help tease out your brainstorms, I offer you a few of the laws of life articulated by Hawaiian shaman Serge Kahili King: 1. The world is what you think it is. 2. There are no limits; everything is possible. 3. Energy flows where attention goes. 4. Now is the moment of power. 5.To love is to be happy. 6. All power comes from within. CANCER (June 21-July 22): "Dear Dr. Brezsny: Last night I dreamt I was returning home from a horrid date with a man who didn't even know my name. As I came into the living room, the heating duct flew off, and hundreds of rabbits started pouring in. At first I didn't mind, but then they started to attack me. Long story short, I was eaten alive by cute cuddly bunny wabbits. Comments? -Apparently Delicious Moon Child." Dear Moon Child: I think you're dreaming for the entire Cancerian tribe. Here are some possible dream interpretations. 1. You've been too nice for your own good lately. 2. Your extreme, almost manic fertility is leading you to do things that aren't healthy for you. 3.You should minimize contact with anyone who doesn't see you for who you really are, and you shouldn't indulge people who take advantage of your nurturing sweetness.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Using probability theory, mathematician J.E. Littlewood calculated that most people typically experience a miracle at a rate of about one per month. In my experience, that estimate is high. I think the average is closer to one miracle every seven weeks. But you Libras can disregard this speculation completely. The astrological omens suggest that the next four weeks will bring you at least four and as many as nine amazing synchronicities, supernatural interventions, and wondrous mysteries. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There's a chance that friends or family members will soon behave in a way that drives you crazy. It's also likely, however, that they will connect you to new resources and help you transcend your limitations. A third possibility is that they will do both: hurt you and heal you. However it all shakes out, Scorpio, you can be sure that your closest relationships are about to teach you lessons you didn't even realize you needed to know. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Laughter Yoga (www.laughteryoga.org) is a new international phenomenon that began in India. Practitioners gather together regularly to engage in halfhour sessions of nonstop chuckling, chortling, and cackling.Yogic breathing exercises supplement the therapeutic value. The month of June will be an ideal time for you Sagittarians to launch local branches of these Laughter Clubs. The astrological omens say you'll be running into an extraordinary number of funny things.That's lucky for you, because you have a lot of accumulat-

ed tension to purge, and the best way to do that is by having hilarious experiences. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your guardian angel is in a feisty mood. I wouldn't be surprised if that not-so-imaginary friend played a trick on you in an attempt to get you to lighten up. Nor would I be shocked if that wise old fool woke you up in the middle of the night to teach you a new freedom song. A kick in the butt isn't out of the question; nor is a tickling sensation in your id or an oddly pleasurable itch in your funny bone. No matter what form they take, Capricorn, I urge you to regard these visits from your secret helper as gifts of inspiration. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Weekly World News sponsored Wear Your Thong To Work Day last March 26.I didn't tell you about it back then because you just weren't ready for it. This week, though, I can justify advising you to stage your very own Wear Your Thong To Work Day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you'll have a lot more slack than usual whenever you express the raw, uninhibited, risk-taking sides of your nature. If doing the thong thing isn't the way you'd prefer to cash in on this opportunity, choose something that's a more unique reflection of your daring side. How about an Indulge Your Fantasies Day, or a Be Your Future Self Day? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the Greek myth, Persephone was abducted by Pluto, god of the underworld. He took her to his domain with the intention of making her his queen. Persephone's mother Demeter pleaded with Zeus to intervene, and he agreed to do so, declaring that as long as Persephone had not eaten any food while in the underworld, she had to be returned to her mother. But by then it was too late: Persephone had already nibbled four pomegranate seeds. Eventually, a compromise was reached: Zeus decreed that Persephone must dwell in Pluto's realm for four months of every year, but could live in the sunlight the rest of the time. The moral of the story, as far as you're concerned, Pisces: Don't eat even one bite of that underworld food.

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have a gay friend who I’ll call Bob. (Note: I have rearranged the letters of his name to protect his anonymity). He always says the first time he realized he was gay was in junior high. A group of kids were playing football and he tackled one of his buddies. Bob felt funny and didn’t want to get off of him in a timely manner. That’s when he sort of figured it out. Although he didn’t grow up to be an outstanding football player, I gotta say, he’s one outstanding gay man. My point is, I suppose, that it wasn’t really his decision. He didn’t become gay because he tackled a guy anymore than he became a football player because he tackled a guy. It wasn’t a whim or a deviation. Nothing he did made him gay; he just was. Trust me, kids in junior high may realize they’re gay, but it’s not something they go out looking for. It’s hard enough if you’re straight. Even after school, people can deny being gay their whole life, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t make them any less gay. Some people are born black, some are born Jewish, some disabled and some gay. It just is what it is. That’s why I never quite understand why we treat gay people differently as a matter of law. OK, they may be ostracized in some circles, but that’s true of a lot of things: race, religion, education, whatever. Still, everyone else is treated the same under the law except the gay folks. Them, not really so much. It’s starting to change a little in some states such as Massachusetts, Vermont, California and Hawaii. It will stay the same for awhile in most states. Then, there’s Virginia. They have a legislature that wants to prove “backwards” just isn’t a personality trait there, but also the way they look at social progress. They have a new law, an amendment to the state’s 1997 Affirmation of Marriage Act, which prohibits gay marriages. This little gem bans civil unions, partnership contracts and other “arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage.” I guess the bumper stickers and shirts are going to have to be changed from “Virginia is for lovers” to “Virginia is for lovers ... so long as your genitalia don’t match.” This law could mess with legal and medical issues, adoption and child custody, bank accounts, insurance, pretty much anything you could imagine, all because they don’t want

some people to have the same rights as others. The adoption thing especially, I never really understood. You adopt orphans, children with no homes. It’s not like if you allow gays to adopt they’re going to be running around the country stealing straight peoples’ babies in the middle of the night. They are giving homes to children who don’t have them. I find it hard to see that as a bad thing. Should gay partners be allowed the same benefits as far as health plans and insurance goes? Geez, I think maybe they should. You know why? Because they work and pay taxes. They will also pay the premiums. They aren’t getting off scot free or living off straight people. They are doing exactly what you’re doing, paying the same amounts for the same coverage. Still, maybe it’s simpler than all this. Maybe it’s not the benefits so much as the way of life. Maybe you just don’t believe in gay marriage. That’s fine, you don’t have to. Hell, I don’t believe Oswald acted alone, I don’t believe anything Dick Cheney says and I don’t believe in pork rinds without beer. However, I don’t think we should deny healthcare or children to anyone who feels differently. That’s really the difference. I really wonder if it even comes down to beliefs. I think it just may be more of a meanness. Sense and decency toward other people may be hard to come by down there. So, for all of you folks in Virginia, let’s take another approach. I’ll put in words you can understand. Why should those gay bastards get off so easy? Us straight people have to deal with marriage, divorce, alimony, staying together for the kids, uncomfortable family gatherings and an astonishing lack of oral pleasure. If I were you, I’d be damned if I let the gays miss that part of life. Make ‘em suffer just like every one else. Make those bastards decide whether or not to pull the plug on their dying partner. Force ‘em to go to PTA meetings. Let them try and find the money for a college education. See if those fruits and lezzies can pool enough money together each month to pay a mortgage. Put them together for 20 years and see if they can still find a way to love each other. If they’re any worse at it than the rest of us, then go ahead and pass your little laws. If they succeed at it about as well as everyone else, then suck it up and act like you’ve got a little bit of sense down there. It’ll be a pleasant change for the rest of America.

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into sensing that their “home” was actually the target area, but pigeon experts say it is more likely the pigeons would have returned to dive-bomb Britain.) – At the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign’s “Sex Out Loud” Health Awareness Fair in March, the Feminist Majority organization sponsored a “giant vagina structure” for which students could pay a dollar and stick their heads in to have their pictures taken. Said a spokesperson, “There are a lot of phallic symbols in society, and we wanted to put a vaginal one out there.”

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letterstotheeditor President Bush’s trillion-dollar budgetbusting tax reduction brought 2002 tax benefits to President Bush of approximately $50,000 and tax benefits to Vice President Cheney of approximately $100,000. The unemployed are still waiting for their supposed trickle-down tax benefits. The benefits will be received simultaneously when

President Bush’s war coalition oil partners decide to lower their gouging prices for oil. The superwealthy income-tax beneficiary need not worry about making payments of the trillion dollar tax deficit since that will be left for payment by our children and through reductions in Social Security benefits. – George E. Brazitis, Champaign


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or the road-tripping enthusiast, Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., is well worth the stop along the summer highway adventure. This small town in northern Alabama hides the treasures of lost items from air travel. It’s like a thrift store in that a shopper can find items at low prices, but different in the quality of items a shopper can buy. Brenda Cantrell, the shop’s marketing director, said an insurance salesman named Doyle Owens founded Unclaimed Baggage in 1970 as a part-time business. In 1995, Owens’ son Bryan Owens acquired the business and expanded the store to take up an entire city block. Shoppers can find a variety of items travelers have lost. Sixty percent of the merchandise

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is clothing for women, men and children. The rest is comprised of kitchenware, bed dressing, books, music, electronics, game systems, sports gear, DVDs, videos, jewelry, toys, cameras and luggage. This is how it works: The business has an exclusive contract with all the major airlines in the country, Cantrell said. Baggage is declared unclaimed after an airline tracks it for 90 days. The owners are reimbursed by the airlines for the loss, which technically makes the airlines the owner of the lost baggage. Unclaimed Baggage then buys the items from the airlines and sells them at the store. The store has such a vast selection because it is the only store of its kind in the country, Cantrell said. Some big-name clothing items from Versace or Armani will sell for much cheaper than they would normally be sold. Only .009 percent of the time do the airlines declare luggage unclaimed. For the volume of

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES ★★ JAMIE FOXX AND GABRIELLE UNION Breakin’ All the Rules is a watchable film. At its peaks and during Foxx’s “sexpert� scenes, it could even be considered hilarious. Chestnut is solid gold. Any actor who can be funny working with the like of Lil’ Bow Wow (Like Mike) and Steven Seagal (Under Siege 2) should be given a Nobel Prize. This is a film that will not draw many looks from critics around the country, but can provide a light moviegoing experience for those that aren’t up to the substance of the summer blockbusters hitting the screens this summer. Have fun, but don’t expect too much out of Foxx and Chestnut in Breakin’ All the Rules. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW ★★★ DENNIS QUAID & JAKE GYLLENHAAL The Day After Tomorrow does a decent job of balancing eye-popping special effects with an appropriate human element. There’s lots of scientific mumbo-jumbo, but for every scene of dull, Weather Channel-style explanation, there’s a magnificent shot of the United States engulfed by truly unthinkable storms. Even though you know the whole thing was the act of computers—not of God—it’s hard not to ooh and aah at the sight of New York City iced over like a snow cone. The problem is that most of the characters express little more than awe, rather than fear, as to what may be the unforeseen apocalypse. Expect to feel that same disconnected absence of intensity towards a film that is supposed to be unprecedented but unlikely to be remembered the day after tomorrow. (Matt Pais) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy

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GODSEND ★ ROBERT DENIRO & GREG KINNEAR Rumor has it that four endings were shot for this film, which will make any viewer wonder if the movie would have been better if they focused more on the plot in the first 90 minutes and less on the last 10. Even though it comes in under two hours, this film feels bloated and boring to the point that you’ll wish you had a clone to send to the theater so you wouldn’t have to endure this cinematic misstep. (Jason Cantone) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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BOBBY JONES, STROKE OF GENIUS ★★★ JIM CAVIEZEL With a naturally beautiful backdrop immersed in a heartwarming tale that transcends its sport, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius is enjoyable for golfers and non-golfers alike. The game itself is only a minuscule portion of the film’s overall message and does not drain the emotion and intensity of the characters. Golfers will appreciate the historical account of a legendary player but the rest of the audience will connect with Jones’ tortuous life off the course. (Dan Nosek) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

Unclaimed Baggage offers treasures from the skies BY SUSIE AN | STAFF WRITER

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I’M NOT SCARED ★★★ AITANA SĂ NCHEZ-GIJĂ“N & DINO ABBRESCIA Salvatores’s narrative unwraps in multiple ways revealing layers of several popular genres: horror, mystery and suspense. Realistically afraid and curious Michele is nevertheless willing to help the bound child that he found chained and starving underground. Avoiding most of the clichĂŠs of these genres, Salvatores then challenges the audience to figure out what the main focus of the narrative will be. Some surprises are soon revealed and not all plot developments and character motivations are elaborated that clearly. (Syd Slobodnik) Now showing at Boardman’s Art Theatre KILL BILL: VOL. 2 ★★★★ UMA THURMAN & DAVID CARRADINE It simultaneously proves Tarantino’s incredible understanding of his strengths and limitations as a director who

wears his influences so proudly on his sleeve. He doesn’t try to top that which he references, but by synthesizing all of his favorite styles into a wholly new genre of creative filmmaking, he creates a unique, brave vision all his own. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are different enough in tone to watch separately but densely linked in a way that can only be truly appreciated when taken together. Tarantino entered Kill Bill a student, but he emerges a master. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy MAN ON FIRE ★★ DENZEL WASHINGTON & DAKOTA FANNING Director Tony Scott (Spy Game) never met a flashy, kneejerk cut he didn’t like, and he makes even the calmest sequences in Man on Fire feel like chase scenes out of Enemy of the State. Essentially, this overly long drama is little more than a story of the usual American mentality of trying to solve the problems of other countries with bigger guns and bigger egos. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy MEAN GIRLS ★★★ LINDSEY LOHAN & LACEY CHABERT Mean Girls’ screenwriter Tina Fey uses a candor that not only criticizes the stereotypes of these portrayals, but also depicts them in an entertaining way that is unique to anything shown before. The students of North Shore High don’t all belong in magazine advertisements. Some belong in the “before� pictures in weight loss commercials or on the front cover of “Special Olympics Success Stories.� This film uses the formula of the typical high school illustration, adds fresh humor and a touch of reality that makes the film surprisingly entertaining to watch. (Art Mitchell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy NEW YORK MINUTE ★★ MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN All in all, the film is just what anyone would expect. There are a couple of funny moments, some annoyingly adorable moments and others that just aren’t funny or adorable. The most striking fallout from New York Minute is the twins’ diminutive stature. Standing approximately 5 feet tall, and weighing what looks to be about 65 pounds apiece, the Olsen Twins are anything but the average movie star. At any rate, New York Minute will do its part to dispel a good deal of obsessions with the Olsen twins, mostly because they just aren’t cute anymore. (Andrew Crewell) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy RAISING HELEN ★★★ KATE HUDSON & JOAN CUSACK Kate Hudson sparkles in the most bleak of circumstances, making the film appear somewhat appear as a comedy like its premise suggests. Hudson easily transitions from a charming single woman to an upset mother, proving that her acting chops were not just a fluke in Almost Famous. Her performance saves an otherwise over-sentimentalized drama, making Raising Helen shine when it desperately needs a glimmer of hope. (Janelle Greenwood) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy SHREK 2 ★★★ MIKE MYERS & EDDIE MURPHY Shrek 2 does an admirably effective job of balancing its sarcastic but sensitive tone, and it’s never too bitter to be sweet. The film manages to repeatedly wink at all things Disney without coming off competitive, an honorable move for a Dreamworks studio that should have plenty to gloat about at the box office this summer. In giving reverence with each reference, the four-headed team of writers keeps things light and sprinkles good-hearted, intelligent fun throughout every scene. It becomes apparent that the original strove for greatness while this suitable sequel is merely good, but it’s hard to complain about another chuckle-filled trip to fantasyland sure to once again make Disney green (cha-ching!) with envy. (Matt Pais) SOUL PLANE ★★★ SNOOP DOGG & TOM ARNOLD Soul Plane offers just what anyone who walks into the theater would expect. There is a bad movie with great comedians who let loose on drugs, white people, black people and everything in between. Barring a closedminded audience, the racially and sexually charged humor are a raving success. Cameos from D.L. Hughley, John Witherspoon, Karl Malone and many more keep the fans on the edge of their seats. The smoking hot women keep the eyes busy should anyone miss a joke. Those over 35 should forget about Soul Plane and go see Troy for the fourth time. But if you are up for a good time and an hour and a half of nonstop laughs, get yourself a board-

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ing pass to Soul Plane. (Andrew Crewell) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy 13 GOING ON 30 ★★★ JENNIFER GARNER & MARK RUFFALO The premise of the film appears somewhat hokey, and by no means original, but Garner’s performance shines it up like a brand new mint penny ready for circulation. Garner’s natural ability to bring out empathy in others, both on screen and off, will eventually catapult her into the levels of stardom that Julia Roberts saw after Pretty Woman. They both subtly command attention, while winning over anyone who comes in view of their grown-up girl-next-door personas. (Janelle Greenwood) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy THIS OLD CUB ★★★ RON SANTO The film’s more joyous moments details Santo’s recent work as a Cub announcer and his broadcast chemistry with Pat Hughes and the team’s number retirement ceremony at Wrigley Field last year. These scenes can’t compensate, though, for the film’s more awkward parts, which include the recent wishful hype over Santo’s possible induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Here, director Jeff Santo interviews legends Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Brooks Robinson, all of whom strongly endorsed Santo’s wish for the Hall of Fame. Sadly, like last year’s missed playoff opportunities, Santo will have to wait until another day for his induction into the Hall of Fame. (Syd Slobodnik) TROY ★★ BRAD PITT AND ERIC BANA Troy uses endless flourishes of triumphant horns and cymbal crashes to create some sense of majesty, but it does as much justice to Homer as William Hung does to “She Bangs.� Troy desperately wants to be a loud, sweeping rallying cry for love, brotherhood and country, but it’s just a bunch of pretty boys playing dress-up in this real Greek tragedy. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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VAN HELSING ★ HUGH JACKMAN Dracula relentlessly tries to spread his seed (unprotected sex, anyone?) and it’s up to the vampire slayer to stop him. And when Anna tells Van Helsing she’s never been to the sea, you know he’s going to take her there because that’s what a real man would do (wink wink). All of this should be enough to make your heart thump, but instead your pulse will nap while your mind goes for popcorn. For all of its adrenaline-rush action, Van Helsing is like a Halloween costume-themed Universal Studios ride, tailored to a PG-13 audience happy to get its biggest thrills from Count Chocula. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

OPENING THIS WEEKEND HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN DANIEL RADCLIFFE & EMMA WATSON The third installment of the Harry Potter series—and the best book, some might say—is the only major film opening this week. Apparently, no one wants to compete with this money-making machine of a film. The plot is simple enough: It’s Harry’s third year at wizard school, a mass murderer of a wizard recently escaped from prison and he is apparently set on an encounter with Potter. (Paul Wagner)

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I’M NOT SCARED ★★★ BY SYD SLOBODNIK | STAFF WRITER

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talian director Gabriele Salvatores’s I’m Not Scared (Io non ho paura) is a visually impressive suspense thriller about a 10-year-old Italian boy’s discovery of a mysterious hiding place on an edge-of-a-village farm. By telling his story from the 5th grader’s perspective, this film is strangely reminiscent of Robert Mulligan’s 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Based on Niccolo Ammaniti’s novel and skillfully adapted by its author, this tale is set in rural southern Italy in 1978, and begins when young Michele, his little sister and four friends are out bike riding through fields of golden wheat. Cinematographer Italo Petriccione wonderously captures an otherworldly environment for the kids’ daytime adventure. When Michele returns to an open area near a farm building to recover his sister’s broken eye glasses, he becomes intrigued by a door to what seems to be a ground-level storage cellar.

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here is no reason to hate Soul Plane. The cast is top-notch and the jokes are hilarious from beginning to end. Undoubtedly, there will be critics all over the nation who rip Soul Plane for having lost direction or not sufficiently developing its characters. However, it is important to remember this is just a movie about a ghetto plane and its ghetto-fabulous crew. Fun is the name of the game, and Soul Plane is the answer. The movie starts with the main character Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) winning a settlement against a fictitious airline after an in-flight incident killed Wade’s dog and left him traumatized after being stuck ass-first in the lavatory. Wade, an entrepreneur by trade, uses the money and some help from his cousin Mugs (Method Man) to start an airline catered to the extravagant wants of the urban flier. The maiden flight of Nashawn Woods Air (NWA) sets the backdrop for stupid scenarios aplenty and allows the viewers to see into the commercial aviation insight of Method Man. The movie really gets exciting when all parties begin to board the state-of-the-art 747. An

Hoping to uncover what he declares to himself as a hidden treasure of “a cave filled with gold and gems,” he catches a glimpse of a human leg covered mostly in a blanket in the darkness. Salvatores handles this frightening scene like a realistic horror episode. Thinking he’s seen a dead body, Michele quickly bolts from the startling sight to rejoin his friends. Will Michele tell the others about what he saw? Will he tell his parents and local authorities? Or, is something else going on here? Salvatores keeps us guessing. Salvatores’s narrative unwraps in multiple ways, revealing layers of several popular genres—horror, mystery, suspense—after Michele returns the next day to discover an emaciated boy, who is approximately his age, hooded in the same blanket and apparently chained to the floor of the cellar-like structure some 6 feet underground. Realistically afraid and curious Michele is nevertheless willing to help the bound child. Avoiding most of the cliches of these genres, Salvatores then challenges the audience to figure out what the main focus of the narrative will be. Some surprises are soon revealed and not all plot developments and character motivations are elaborated that clearly. Salvatores’s best scenes are suspensefully composed, using mostly natural sounds of birds flying overhead, chirping crickets and other night creatures’ sounds, and dripping water. All are neatly accented with low-key lighting that hides essential characters’ facial features and utilizes off-screen space to add just the right amount of tension. Always the tensest reaction comes from Michele as the

unfortunate Caucasian family, the Hunkees, is led by the always-uproarious Tom Arnold. The Hunkees had to join the flight after theirs was canceled on the way home from their family vacation at Cracker Land. And as expected, 15 minutes before takeoff, Captain Antoine Mack (Snoop Dogg) shows up, fresh penitentiaryissued pilot’s license in hand, to guide the plane from “the 310 to the 212.” As they taxi for takeoff, the audience sees what a 747 would look like if MTV “pimped its Ride.” Flight 0-6-9 comes complete with leather couches, spinning 84-inch rims and hydraulics. Further in-flight entertainment of a hot tub, dance club on the upper level of the plane and a performance by Lil’ John, the Eastside Boys, and the Ying Yang Twins make NWA the hottest airline in the sky. The plot is absolutely useless, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the movie, there is an emergency landing in Central Park, which by itself isn’t funny. The fact that it is done by a Hispanic stewardess who remembers landing procedure through a previous “mile-high” relationship she had makes it funny. And of course, paying homage to the original Airplane, the pilots are incapacitated. Instead of the bad fish, however, this time it’s too much weed and a freakish hot tub accident. It is worth noting that most of the comedy in Soul Plane is raunchy enough to make Andrew “Dice” Clay blush. Fortunately, though, it works well with the theme of the film. No one wants to go to a film starring Method Man and Snoop

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SOUL PLANE | SNOOP DOGG where they aren’t themselves. It is easy to see that in the making of the film, everyone had a blast on the set. Soul Plane offers just what anyone who walks into the theater would expect: a bad movie with great comedians who let loose on drugs, white people, black people and everything in between. Barring a closed-minded audience, the racially- and sexually-charged humor are a raving success. Cameos from D.L. Hughley, John Witherspoon, Karl Malone and many more keep the fans on the edge of their seats. RZA of Wu-Tang drops a hot soundtrack and the smoking hot women keep the eyes busy should anyone miss a joke. Those over 35 should forget about Soul Plane and go see Troy for the fourth time. But if you are up for a good time and an hour and a half of nonstop laughs, get yourself a boarding pass to Soul Plane.

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audience empathizes and admires his bravery. Salvatores nicely captures his youthful understanding of adult corruption and bits of lost innocence. The cast of I’m Not Scared is uniformly believable, unpretentious and compelling. The youthful, wide-eyed Giuseppe Cristiano is strong and completely natural as Michele. In scenes with his little sister Maria, Giulia Matturo, they again recall the natural chemistry of Mary Badham and Phillip Alford, the brother and sister leads in To Kill a Mockingbird. Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, as the kids’ mother Anna, and Dino Abbescia as the father Pino, add an effective touch of deceptive caring that works mostly in the latter part of the film. Pino’s friend Diego is a brutal creep, realistically portrayed by Diego Abatanuono. Like his delightful Mediterraneo, which won the best foreign language film Oscar in 1991, Salvatores’s I’m Not Scared is a mostly satisfying film that leaves just a few plot questions a bit unsatisfyingly unanswered.

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ummer revolves around three things here in America: barbecues, fireworks and bigbudget disaster flicks. While this summer, Hollywood producers chose global warming as a major scare tactic in The Day After Tomorrow, we shouldn’t forget the blockbuster disasters from the past few years that made this film possible, like one guilty pleasure titled Deep Impact. Deep Impact easily executes two crucial features important to any film catering to this genre. First, it litters itself with veteran actors who lend it credibility and second, the film has a sizable amount of destruction. Elijah Wood calls upon his boyish sensibilities with his portrayal of Leo Beiderman, who innocently comes across an asteroid hurtling toward the earth during an astronomy excursion . Everything hits the fan at this point and ELE (extinction level event) takes the place of other benign conversation topics as the whole planet panics. In comes Morgan Freeman as the president of the Unites States. He announces that the world will implement a survival lottery and place the “winners” underground in a cave for two years. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia team up to send a team of astronauts to blow the asteroid up in space. The film becomes a test of faith and endurance among the people on Earth and the astronauts in space. Sure, setbacks arise and people die, but we need to see tragedy unfold, otherwise the film becomes another sappy television drama and not a big budget action flick. Right when every character reaches that point of emotional breakdown, the small asteroid hits Earth and sends a tidal wave into the Atlantic seaboard, blasting right into Ms. Liberty herself, tearing down everything man worked so hard to build. This moment of heartfelt tears gets jerked back by the amazing special effects and we finish the movie feeling good about the survivors without imagining what the disaster would look like. Deep Impact falls into the guilty pleasure category, not because it’s necessarily predictable or sentimental, but because it tugs at the appropriate strings by dealing with drama and action on an equal level.

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What happens if someone actually finds his or her belongings on sale at the store?

A lot of people ask that question. In the 34 years of this store, there has been one recorded incident. Brenda Cantrell

people traveling daily, that small percentage of baggage is shipped to Alabama. What happens if someone actually finds his or her belongings on sale at the store? “A lot of people ask that question,” Cantrell said. “In the 34 years of this store, there has been one recorded incident.” It happened when a man from Atlanta came to the store for the annual ski sale, which is one of the largest ski sales in the South, Cantrell said. He bought a pair of ski boots for his wife and brought them back to Atlanta. His wife looked inside the shoe to find her maiden name written on the tag. When the couple realized they had reunited with a lost item, they were able to receive a reimbursement, Cantrell said. Many shoppers start off with the intention of searching the whole store, but find it quite

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exhausting to search through so many items. People from all over the country and the world stop in for a visit. A map displayed at one of the store entrances shows that people have come from as far as Australia, China and Africa. People have also dropped in from lesser-known places, like the island of Pico in the Azores. All nationalities, ages and sexes converge into a shopping frenzy to find the treasured deal they seek. Of course, most of the time, shoppers will be rubbing elbows with a friendly Alabama resident. That’s all part of the experience. There is also an Unclaimed Baggage museum. Hoggle, a puppet from Jim Henson’s movie Labyrinth was found in an unclaimed wooden crate, Cantrell said. The store got permission from the movie company to display the puppet in the store museum. Other items

in the museum include an antique violin from 18th century Germany and a stringed instrument from the Middle East. At one time, an acoustic guitar autographed by Elvis Presley was on display. Staff workers unpack the luggage and decide what is fit to sell. One time, a staff worker found a platinum solitaire diamond ring. The ring was appraised and found to be 5.8 carats worth $46,000, Cantrell said. “We get the items appraised and sell them at half of what they’re worth,” she said. “We sold that ring for $23,000.” Other interesting unclaimed items staff workers have found include a special camera used for NASA space shuttles, which later was returned to the U.S. government. There was also one incident where a young girl pulled off a Barbie doll’s head and found $500 hidden inside. The unpacking job even gets a little dangerous. One worker was unpacking a bag, and to his surprise found a live rattlesnake inside. On average, the store gets 1 million visitors annually, which is twice as many visitors at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Unclaimed Baggage Center shows that people have a fascination with digging through other people’s lost things and maybe finding a prize of their own. buzz

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Various works of David Nolan. His exhibit, Enigmas and Intimacies is showing at Verde Cafe until June 12.

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“There’s an important element of trust and openness involved.” From viewing Nolan’s pieces, it is clear that there is a certain amount of trust between him and his models. Many of his pieces show very intimate and private forms of the human body. Nolan uses many different materials in his work. In Ginkgo Leaves, a naked woman appears in golden brown stain finish, and ginkgo leaves surround the image. Guardian Angel looks almost like a shrine. A nude figure seems to be standing in a little house Nolan has constructed out of wood and glass. A snail shell sits above it. Nolan is not limited to what he will use in creating his images. He plans on continuing with his work because for him it is fun. He would also like for as many people as possible to see his work. For him, it is not about the money, but it is more about someone appreciating the work. Photography is something Nolan will not stop doing. “(Photography) takes up my being. It’s my life.” buzz PHOTOS | RODERICK GEDEY

y day, David Nolan works for the psychosocial rehabilitation unit of Cross Points, a mental health facility. By night, he creates art using a camera and the images before him. He works with film, wax, paint, nude figures and spirituality. Nolan, a selftaught photographer from Danville, Ill., is showing his latest work Enigmas and Intimacies at Verde Art Gallery this month. At a young age, Nolan received a camera from his godmother, which sparked his interest in photography. After college, he bought a better camera and began teaching himself photography by reading books on technique, history and art. Nolan did most of his work in the darkroom until he felt the need for a different process. Nolan moved out of the darkroom and into the sunshine. For Enigmas and Intimacies, he used alternative processes, which take between five and 20 minutes to process a single image using ultraviolet light. Instead of a 35mm camera, he uses a large-format camera, which produces the largest negative from a camera. The photos look antique yet innovative.

Taking in the walls of the gallery and cafe, viewers can see the intimacy of the nude female figures in the 20 pieces Nolan exhibits. The figures are different shapes, sizes and colors. Most of the pieces have a spiritual aspect to them. Angel shows a woman donning a pair of fake wings on her bare back. “I started using material images in various stages,” Nolan said. “The spiritual aspect kind of evolves, and things come about. I just kept on adding more elements.” The images that Nolan creates do not necessarily have a deep meaning behind them. They are photographs that are assessable to those who choose to view. “The images come from my brain, somewhere. They just show up,” he said. Nolan prefers to photograph the naked female figure because he feels that is the ideal form. It is pleasing to the eye. He has worked on many documentary projects such as photographing jazz bands and different parts of the country. “I did documentary work at one point, but nudes and the studio is much more satisfying,” he said. He feels that he relates to his nude models on an intellectual level. In some cases, though, finding the models can be the most challenging part of his work. “I get to know them first,” he said.

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Nolan’s exhibit will show his latest work E n i g m a s and Intimacies at Ve r d e A r t Gallery this month.

as cast a calming spell, so as to quell the father’s hysterics. Meanwhile, she paced about, uneasy that she had been surprised twice in the last ten minutes; first by Orko vanishing with magic that he was far too unskilled to even know, then this man waking and screaming the goblin’s name! Clearly, it was Orko who had attacked him ... or something under his command. While the father got his bearings, Sas observed their home. The cottage was small with many windows. Everything was made of the finest crafted wood and glazed over, giving it a nice sheen. There were many paintings hanging from the walls, and in between them, Sas could see carvings in the wood. This was an artistic family, she noted. Despite the beauty and coziness of the home, Sas still thought that the place could do with just a hint of magic ... but of course, she was biased. The girl’s father had now gotten off the floor, and was sitting in an oak chair with his daughter kissing his cheek. The man recognized his savior. “Thank you.” He nodded at Sas. “What happened?” Sas questioned. A large, muscle-bound man ripped tiny pieces of flesh from his arms and face as he burst through thorn bushes and shrubs. Knowing that it would mean his death if he slowed to look back, he focused all his efforts on making it to the river. The Vahzguls, a race of enormous, hairy and wolf-like creatures created by evil magic centuries before, could not cross water. This particular one had a gigantic mouth hanging open with a long, thick tongue, saliva swinging from it in every direction. Its teeth were deadly sharp, gleaming ivory pillars protruding from black, leathery gums. The legs, arms and torso of the beast were covered in black fur, which became a silvery white at the beast’s neck, as it was throughout the rest of its head, except for two black circles of fur surrounding the eyes. It howled with exhilaration, able to smell its prey from afar. continued on Page 7

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t just doesn’t seem fair. People around the country spend the whole year working hard and looking forward to summer, and with what message does Hollywood repeatedly reward them? The world is about to end. It’s that time of year again, but this time the world isn’t up against aliens or even asteroids. In The Day After Tomorrow, the uncontrollable force threatening to wipe out mankind is, get ready, really bad weather! But in the hands of disaster-guru Roland Emmerich, bad weather is more than just Twister-sized destruction. A massive wave of water submerges New York City, and intense freezing temperatures give cold air the effect of liquid nitrogen, freezing buildings and people on contact. Think of it as if God were the vil-

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arry Marshall’s talent at finding overly sentimental scripts and somehow packaging them into romantic comedies almost seems genius at times. Occasionally, this approach works—like in the case of Pretty Woman—and sometimes even a great leading lady like Julia Roberts can’t save something like Runaway Bride. In Raising Helen, Marshall takes a chance on Kate Hudson, who may arguably take over Roberts’s well-made niche as the gorgeous girl next door who makes good with one romantic comedy after another. Kate Hudson comes out like roses again, which is nothing new for her. The film focuses on a family’s tragedy and their ability to recover from it, which sounds more dramatic than anything humorous. Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) plays the youngest of three sisters, living the life of a Sex and the City singleton who works as an assistant at an exclusive New York modeling agency. Unfortunately, after this brief intro-

lain, but Mr. Freeze is playing the part. It’s a pretty striking sight to watch massive tornadoes rip apart the Hollywood sign and say bye-bye to the Capitol Records building. It’s a whole other ballgame, though, to watch New York City, the unwritten centerpiece of the country, destroyed by unparalleled forces beyond our wildest dreams. Can it be that Emmerich, the man behind Independence Day and Godzilla, has made the first mainstream film to exist in a truly post-Sept. 11 era of doom and stifled optimism? It sure seems like it. An implausible but visually astounding dressing up of climatological Armageddon as bigbudget entertainment, The Day After Tomorrow is filled with moments that beg comparison to modern-day American terror. When paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) warns that polar melting could cause a massive climate shift and an ensuing Ice Age, the nation’s leaders are skeptical. After all, it hasn’t happened before (well, not for 10,000 years), so why should we worry about it now? The President merely asks questions and looks confused (sound familiar?), and the incredulous Cheney look-alike vice president (Kenneth Welsh) says the economy is just as fragile as the environment, so the country does little in response to Jack’s warning. Then again, he estimates that the process will take more than 100 years. So when a few days later America’s greatest scientific minds are stumped by their weather radars, only Jack’s explanation makes sense because, oops, the climate shift could cli-

max in a week and a half, not 100 years. Come on. Even college geology students have heard of the North Atlantic current. Wake up, NASA! This would be a good time to point out that this is, of course, a movie, and anyone expecting a summertime blockbuster to be scientifically accurate may need medical attention. The plot is expectedly preposterous, especially when Jack treks from THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW | NEW YORK CITY Washington, D.C., to New York to reunite with his son (Jake Gyllenhaal), magnificent shot of the United States engulfed by who is conveniently stranded in the public truly unthinkable storms. Even though you know library with his crush (Mystic River’s Emmy the whole thing was the act of computers—not of Rossum). Emmerich may have intended this God—it’s hard not to ooh and aah at the sight of as a gripping bond between father and son of New York City iced over like a snow cone. The performances are nearly all as cold and Spielberg-esque proportions, but it crosses the line between impossibility and utter static as the film’s frozen Statue of Liberty but The Day After Tomorrow still manages to work as ridiculousness. Fortunately, the director, who wrote the script a decently human look into a global worst-case with Jeffrey Nachmanoff, refrains from the scenario. It uses history, science and animals all absurd action-hero catchphrases that made as effective devices in communicating the danIndependence Day, at times, so laughable. Just ger the environment poses. The problem is that most of the characters imagine if he forced Quaid to bark at an oncomexpress little more than awe, rather than fear, as ing snowstorm, “Get off my planet!” Instead, The Day After Tomorrow does a decent to what may be the unforeseen apocalypse. job of balancing eye-popping special effects with Expect to feel that same disconnected absence of an appropriate human element. There’s lots of sci- intensity towards a film that is supposed to be entific mumbo-jumbo, but for every scene of dull, unprecedented but unlikely to be remembered Weather Channel-style explanation, there’s a the day after tomorrow.

duction to Helen’s glamorous life, a disaster comes crashing down on her world when her oldest sister dies tragically in a car accident along with her husband. Soon, Helen finds out that her sister left the three remaining young children in her custody, with reasons not divulged until the end of the film. Jenny (Joan Cusack), the overprotective middle sister with a house full of her own perfect children and roomfuls of potpourri, feels RAISING HELEN | KATE HUDSON & HAYDEN PANETTIERE extremely threatened and upset that her nieces and nephew were not left with lives better. Aside from a few romantic interher. Helen makes a choice to raise the chil- ludes with the kids’ school principal, Pastor dren and completely removes herself from Dan (John Corbett), Helen’s life appears anythe highly stylized life that she built for her- thing but a happy turn for the better. Raising Helen challenges the notion that sinself in Manhattan, going to a foreign world where she works at a car dealership near her gle women give up their lives when they have children, but its execution of this theme new apartment in Queens. Obviously, some comedic points arise comes too late in the film and it often drags when a young single woman like Helen on overly depressing incidents mingled with attempts to raise a rebellious teenage girl, even more depressing monologues. Fortunately, Kate Hudson sparkles in the who’s young life strangely parallels the one Helen recently left behind, not to mention the most bleak of circumstances, making the film other two small children. All of the children appear somewhat as a comedy like its premhave an abundance of problems dealing with ise suggests. Hudson easily transitions from a charming single woman to an upset mother, their parents’ deaths. The trailer plays this film up as a comedy proving her acting chops were not just a fluke using the fish-out-of-water scenario, but in in Almost Famous. Her performance saves an actuality, it confronts the problems that a sin- otherwise over-sentimentalized drama, makgle mother raising three children endures by ing Raising Helen shine when it desperately giving up her own life to make her children’s needs a glimmer of hope.

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The Day After Tomorrow ★★★ Jonathan Hagler Tuscola, Ill.

“It was a wonderful movie with wonderful acting, but it was really long.”

★★★ Doug Deaton Tuscola, Ill.

“Good movie with a good conclusion, but it got monotonous at the end.”

★★★ Andrew Hagler Tuscola, Ill.

“It was a cool ‘what if?’ sci-fi movie, but not much more than that.”

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haron Davie-Barrett is a former teacher and a freelance craft designer originally from Southern Illinois. After an extensive stay in Europe and receiving her bachelor’s degree in special education from Southern Illinois University, she became interested in art. She took several art classes including, but not limited to, oil painting and watercolor. She has been painting in acrylics for six years. At present, she is working on a series of drawings and has plans to start painting in oils again.

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In what environment do you best like to work? My studio, which is a small room in the house where I live, with my cat sitting in the window. I like to work without interruptions and I seem to work better whenever I give myself deadlines. I go through cycles where I produce several pieces of work then take a break until another creative cycle begins.

Why do the characters in your paintings wear sunglasses? Sunglasses are a symbol that can mean different things. They can mean the wearer is hiding something or they can mean shyness. They can be worn because of a physical condition or they can simply say, “I’m cool.” The people in the drawings wear sunglasses because they needed to. As in life, it is up to the observer to decide why.

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two-dimensional design class where we had to cut out shapes from colored paper and arrange them into designs. It was a great way to learn about the “magical” qualities of color and I became fascinated. Frida Kahlo was an influence whenever I began painting in acrylics; not so much for her style as subject matter. I have always liked Chicago art, especially Hairy Who artists Gladys Nilsson and Ed Paschke because of their subject matter and use of color. Other artists whose works have influenced me are what is called “low brow.” This is art that draws its influences from popular culture and many times is autobiographical. My favorites are Mark Ryden, Liz McGrath, Sunny Buick and the Clayton Brothers.

Local artist Sharon Davie-Barrett.

What artists/artistic works inspire you? Henri Matisse, having been a master with color, is someone whom I admire very much. I became interested in color while taking a

How has your work developed over the years? My earlier works were in oil. They were very tight photo-realistic surreal paintings. Women with animal skulls on their heads, babies bigger then rhinoceroses they were playing with. Then I started doing watercolors because they were more conducive to my lifestyle. They were more of an abstract nature but my technique was still very tight. The oil pastels followed and were done in a manner that was foreign to me. They allowed me a freedom and looseness which I had not experienced with painting. These were the last pieces of art I made for several years.

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Part three continued from Page 6 Marion, the man who was soon to be bled within an inch of his life, secreted a blanket of sweat that would have viciously stung his wounds, if not for the fact that he was far too frightened to feel anything ... even the urine running down his legs! As do most canine-like animals, the Vahzgul drooled with anticipation as the sweet fragrance of fear reached its nostrils. The beast looked back and growled at its master, assuring him that he would have his precious blood sacrifice at any moment. Orko and his four counterparts Piglin, Asfart, Smulp and Huss, reveled with what they knew would be victory. “Don’t let him get away, you stupid beast!” Orko chastised, while observing from a hill at the bottom of the mountain. His magic was

fading and if he didn’t have some blood soon, he would, again, be powerless. Orko, being evil to the core of his soul, very much desired a slew of mistresses, power and world domination. However, being a naturalborn muck-up—who was ever so clumsy with magic despite the fact that he came from a family who had practiced it for centuries—he was unable to attain that which he lusted for. Orko was pathetic in all aspects of life except his ability at devising plans having anything to do with death, violence or wanton macabre. It was one such plan that helped him to greatly multiply his magical skill 14 days previous. Disguised, Orko had gone to visit a humble, unassuming wizard named Vahn. He claimed that he was sick from poison and asked for a magical remedy. Being a good-natured man, Vahn agreed to help Orko. While Orko laid on a bed of straw being examined, he pulled a knife from his purse and cut the wizard’s

throat, ear to ear. As Vahn lay gagging on his own blood, Orko climbed on top of him, sank the knife deep in his chest and cut out his heart. Orko swallowed it whole and, thereby, gained the wizard’s power. However, being oblivious to his family’s teachings, Orko had forgotten that when one attained magical skill through treachery, they were cursed by the gods. Only drinking a certain amount of human blood once a day could maintain their power. The 14 people Orko had killed so far were bound in the Earth with sorcercy, thereby deceiving Sas, his arch enemy, as she could not feel their lifeless presence. Now being accustomed to the consumption of blood once a day, Orko found that he liked to murder more than ever. He laughed with wickedness as the Vahzgul closed in on his latest victim. “MUHAH HAH HAH AHHHH!!!” To be continued.

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status domestically, she is currently embarking on her first U.S. tour. Playing a string of low-key dates at intimate venues across the country, Lenka is shedding her celebrity status to see if her Eastern inger-songwriter Lenka Dusilová is one European stylings will translate and be appreof the Czech Republic’s foremost rising talents. ciated by American audiences. Ironically, the Having already won an Angel Award—the cultural contrast was prominent throughout Czech equivalent of the Grammys—and the interview, during which her limited underreleased two albums that have attained gold standing of English and a bad phone connection resulted in much of the conversation being mediated by a translator. Lenka’s career began in 1988 when, at the the age of 13, she joined the world famous children’s choir Bambini di Praga. Since then, she has collaborated with a plethora of artists producing several contrasting styles of music. As a youngster, she appeared in a folk festival performing the poetry of Jiri Orten. She has also worked with the Czech Symphonic Orchestra, an experience that she cites as being particularly enjoyable. The early ‘90s saw her front rock outfit Slunícko (which See Czech folk singer Lenka Dusilová this weekend in C-U.

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means “little tiny sun”), before she joined two members of Lucie (a prominent pop-rock band) to form the band Pusa (which means “kiss” or “mouth”). During the mid-’90s, she played with Lucie, appearing on the album Cern‡ Kocky Mokry Zaby and opening for the Rolling Stones during their 1995 Prague show at Strahov Stadium. She has also produced soundtracks for films and last summer performed music she had written for the Theater Continuo’s multimedia piece Kratochvíleni in a castle courtyard. Emerging from a Czech music scene that is digressing from the traditional folk music (typified by Eastern cymbalons and violins) and brass music (polka and waltzes), to incorporate more Western influences, she has drawn on her diverse musical background frequently. Speaking of her many side projects, she says that “every collaboration has been such a big inspiration” and that she is able to “find something new every time” in her ongoing efforts to be musically inventive. Dusilová enjoys atmospheric music and harmonies, offering Sigur Rós and Radiohead as bands she listens to and P.J. Harvey as an artist that has influenced and inspired her work. Lenka describes her own work as melancholic and energetic, and though her catchy and accessible melodies suggest the generic fit of pop, her music has deeper meaning to both her and her fans. She once said that “music is my essence. I want to roam the world spreading light,” and wants her music to be “a mirror for people to see themselves in.” Dusilová is regarded as one of her homeland’s most photogenic and talented stars and has been featured on the cover of numerous Czech magazines. Fortunately, she hasn’t let

success go to her head, and remains modest and appreciative of her good fortune while retaining her musical integrity. Her dedication and reluctance to compromise musically have caused certain conflicts of interest during her spell with major label Universal. She has released two CDs through the label and will probably make one more before perhaps choosing an independent label to enjoy what she calls “better freedom.” Dusilová frequently performs with her band Secretion, though on this tour, she has chosen to perform exclusively with bandmate Martin Ledvina (who acted as translator during the interview). The acoustic sets they are to perform promise a variation on their music that hasn’t even been heard in their home country. Ledvina brings to the duo a multifaceted musical sensibility. His compositions reminisce traditional American bluegrass as frequently as they do experimental electronica. He plays mandolin and guitar, being named guitar player of the year in 1996 and 1997 by the Czech Republic’s biggest traditional and folk music festival. The promise of an artist who has been so successful abroad coming to ChampaignUrbana to perform is a lucrative opportunity, especially when such an unfamiliar and acclaimed style of music is on offer. Lenka and Martin’s frank and friendly manner reveals a genuine delight in playing music that is certainly worth checking out. buzz

Lenka Dusilová brings her unique brand of music to The Iron Post June 3 at 9 p.m. She will perform with G. Lee and Jet Blonde at Nargile June 4 starting at 10 p.m.

Jam band icons Phish call it quits for good this time BY MITCH VAUGHN | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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t always stings a little bit when artists who have contributed so much to the music industry decide they aren’t going to offer any more. On Tuesday, May 25, Trey Anastasio lead guitarist for culture-followed jam band Phish, announced that their upcoming summer tour would, in fact, be the last. Phish offered their fans nonstop touring from their formation in 1983 up until their first extended hiatus in 2000. The fan base, standing as one of the largest and most devoted in existence, was saddened by this interruption to routine

but rested assured in the Phish’s promise of another 17 years upon the reunion. They reconvened two years later for a fall and summer tour and to the glee of their fans, appeared to be back. Though everyone was thrilled with the return, some couldn’t help but be skeptical, claiming the improvisational, hallucinogen-enhanced jams were “almost too tight” and sounded “slightly rehearsed.” Last Tuesday, Trey confessed his feelings on the matter. He had been living Phish since he was 18 and at 39, he can’t help but feel a little worn out. “No one loves Phish more than I do,”

Trey stated, claiming he doesn’t want it to fade away and become a nostalgia act. Trey emphasized the difference between this and the hiatus stating, “We’re done.” A few days later, keyboardist Page McConnell followed with a second letter, offering little insight but showing his support of the decision. Bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman have yet to comment, but in an interview, Trey stated Gordon to be the most opposed to the split. Joining the ranks of The Beatles and Traffic, Phish has decided to quit while ahead. Their summer tour will be their last with Coventry, a two-day festival in their home state of Vermont, being the stage for the farewell from the phans and a bid of healthy travels from the band. buzz

Is this really be the end of Phish? Trey Anastasio says yes.

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Neil Street Pub 1505 N Neil, Champaign, 359-1601 The Office 214 W Main, Urbana, 344-7608 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 Pink House Routes 49 & 150, Ogden, 582-9997 The Rainbow Coffeehouse 1203 W Green, Urbana, 766-9500 Red Herring/Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana, 344-1176 Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N Race, Urbana, 367-7031 Springer Cultural Center 301 N Randolph, Champaign, 355-1406 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 Sweet Betsy’s 805 S Philo Rd, Urbana Ten Thousand Villages 105 N Walnut, Champaign, 352-8938 TK Wendl’s 1901 S Highcross Rd, Urbana, 255-5328 Tommy G’s 123 S Mattis Ave, Country Fair Shopping Center, 359-2177 Tonic 619 S Wright, Champaign, 356-6768 Two Main 2 Main, Champaign, 359-3148 University YMCA 1001 S Wright, Champaign, 344-0721 Verde/Verdant 17 E Taylor St, Champaign, 366-3204 Virginia Theatre 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, 356-9053 White Horse Inn 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign, 352-5945 Zorba’s 627 E Green, Champaign

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Call for Entries:“Inside the Box: A Shoebox Show” – In this national juried exhibition by Parkland Art Gallery, displayed works must fit into a 4” x 12” x 8” shoebox. The deadline for slide entries is June 25. The exhibition runs Jan 10- Feb 11, 2005 at the Parkland Art Gallery.“Inside the Box” is open to all U.S. adult artists working in the following disciplines: painting, sculpture, ceramics, metals, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, and mixed media. Entry fee: $25. Info: dseif@parkland.edu, 351-2485 or www.parkland.edu/gallery. Art Classes by Sandra Ahten:“Art With Intention” – 2-hour drop-in time, Thur 3-9 pm. $95 for 5 sessions. spiritofsandra@hotmail.com or 367-6345. Faux Finishing workshops – Boyer Drawing & Painting Studio in Lincoln Square Mall. June 16 & Aug 25. 9am-5pm. Fee: $195. Info: 369-8838 or www.boyerdrawing.com. Creation Art Studios – On-going after-school art classes for children. Morning, evening and weekend studio sessions for adults. 1102 E Washington St, U. www.creationartstudios.com. 344-6955.

6/4 Patty Loveless @ Center for Performing Arts 6/4 Montgomery Gentry @ Star Plaza 6/4 Scissor Sisters @ Double Door 6/4 Lucinda Williams, Miller Williams @ Rubloff Auditorium 6/4 Danger Mouse @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/4 Decemberists @ Metro, 18+ 6/4 Steve Forbert @ Schubas 6/5-6 Trans Am @ Empty Bottle; Bottom Lounge 6/5 Rush @ Tweeter Center 6/5 Mary Lou Lord @ Schubas 6/5 Fall Out Boy @ House of Blues, all-ages 6/5 Dido @ Chicago Theatre 6/10 Janet Bean & The Concertina Wire @ Schubas 6/11 Aquabats @ Metro, all-ages 6/11 James Brown @ House of Blues 6/11 MC5 @ Metro, 18+ 6/11 Jesse Malin @ Schubas 6/11 Dios @ Martyrs' 6/11 Sam Phillips @ Park West 6/11 Handsome Family @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/11-12 Beulah @ Abbey Pub 6/12 Kenny Brown, Cedric Burnside, T-Model Ford @ House of Blues Back Porch Stage 6/12 Fetal Position @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/12 Fleetwood Mac @ Tweeter Center 6/12 Franz Ferdinand @ Metro, all-ages 6/12 Marah @ Schubas 6/12 Maritime @ Bottom Lounge, 18+ 6/12 John P. Strohm @ Schubas 6/12 X-ecutioners @ Metro, 18+ 6/13 Cheryl Wheeler @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/13 Richie Hawtin @ Smart Bar 6/13 Devendra Banhardt @ Bottom Lounge, 18+ 6/13 Blink 182, No Doubt @ Tweeter Center 6/14 Mclusky @ Schubas 6/15 Femi Kutl, Angelique Kidjo @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/15-16 Skinny Puppy @ Vic 6/17 David Byrne @ Skyline Stage 6/17 Grant-Lee Phillips, John Doe @ Park West, all-ages 6/18 B-52'S @ Vic, all-ages 6/18 Dave Matthews Band @ Tweeter Center 6/18-19 Shins @ House of Blues 6/19 Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tweeter Center 6/22 Rachael Yamagata @ Schubas 6/24 Peter Himmelman & Band @ Park West, 18+ 6/24 Richard Thompson @ House of Blues 6/25 Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/25 Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkins @ Double Door 6/25-26 & 28-29 Prince @ Allstate Arena 6/26 Primus @ UIC Pavilion 6/25-27 Magnetic Fields @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/26 Brother Ali @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 6/26 Mum @ Logan Square Auditorium, all-ages 6/27 Leon Russell @ Abbey Pub 6/28-29 Pedro the Lion @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 6/30 Los Lobos @ Park West, 6/30, (rescheduled from 4/30)

ART NOTICES Reflection and Creation Art Worshop/Retreats – Workshops at Creation Art Studios with artist Jeannine Bestoso. Snacks. Pre-register. Fee: $50. 9am-1pm – June 13, July 18. Four CPDU’s offered. 344-6955, www.creationartstudios.com, jbestos@msn.com.

Cafe Kopi – Work from Melissa Washburn on display. 109 N Walnut, C. M-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 359-4266. Creation Art Studios Gallery – Artwork by director Jeannine Bestoso, associates and students on display. New hours: M-Sat, 1-5:30pm and other scheduled times. 1102 E Washington, U. www.creationartstudios.com. 344-6955. Greasey Creek Oaks Gallery – Oakland Garden Faire, June 12, 9am-4pm.“Dying with Coreopsis” free day-long demonstration during the fair. 8 E Main St, Oakland. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm. 346-2986. Glass FX – New and antique stained glass windows, lamps, and unique glass gifts. Stained glass classes offered. M-Thu, 10am-5:30pm; Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 9am-4pm. 202 S 1st St, C. 359-0048, www.glassfx.com. Laser’s Edge – Oil paintings and framed etchings by Sandra Ahten, and work by Lee Boyer now showing. 218 W Main St, U. M-F 9am-5pm. 328-3343. “Changing Rooms: The Creation of Cinematic Space in the Works of Harry Horner” – Krannert Art Museum, display thru Sept 19. 500 E Peabody, U. Tu, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, W 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Sugg Don: $3. “Healing Works” – Artwork honoring the courage of trauma survivors. On display at the Independent Media Center Middle Room Gallery. 218 W Main St, Suite 110, U. carahale@uiuc.edu. “Prints and Pots” – Printmaking by Lawrence Hamlin and pottery by Louis Ballard. Runs thru June 13. Springer Cultural Center. M-F 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. 398-2376. www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

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“Conscious Living Through Nature” – Works from Lisa Billman on display thru June 20. Aroma. 118 N Neil, C. Open 7 days a week, 7am-12am. 356-3200. Parkland Student Graphic Design Juried Exhibition – On display thru June 17. Parkland Art Gallery. M-Thur, 10am-2pm, Tu & Thur, 6-8pm. 3512485. “Enigma and Intimacy - The Photography of David Nolan” – On display at Verde’s Gallery Two thru June 12. 17 E Taylor St, C. Cafe hours: Mon-Sat 7am-10 pm; Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-10pm. 366-3204. “Gestural Curiosities” – Drawings by Jodi Bowen and Ceramics by Ella Brown Dunn on display at Verde in the Main Gallery thru June 12. 17 E Taylor St, C. Cafe hours: Mon-Sat 7am-10 pm; Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-10pm. 366-3204. "Supply and Demand" – Cottonwood and metal vessels by David Griffin, on displaythru June 5. Ongoing display of art by central Ill. artists. 120 W Main, U. Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. 367-3711. Closed June 13-19 for vacation.

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New Interpreted Images by Larry Kanfer – Image collection where each piece uses digital technologies and is completed as a giclee. Larry Kanfer Gallery. 2503 S Neil, C. Free. M-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 398-2000. www.kanfer.com.

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Prairie Boatworks Gallery – Watercolors by Heather Collier, earthenware self-portraits by Parkland Sculpture Students, paintings by Olivia Walder. Thru June 27. Fri & Sat, 12-5pm; Sun, 124pm.

ON STAGE Elysium on the Prairie, Live Action Roleplaying – Vampires stalk the city streets and struggle for dominance in a world of gothic horror. Create your own character and mingle with dozens of players who portray their own undead alter egos. Each session is another chapter in an ongoing story of triumph, tragedy and betrayal. Fridays,“Vampire: The Masquerade.” 7pm. For location: www2.uiuc.edu/ro/elysium/intro.html.

EVENTS & LECTURES Bloomsday Centennial – Downtown Champaign will join in this year’s celebration with word, dance and song on June 19. Info: David Gehrig at zemblan@earthlink.net, Lisa Boucher at lisa@fpmrecords.com, fpmrecords.com. Dump and Run garage sale collection – Coll. dates: Now-June 5, M-F, 9am-3:30pm; June 5, 9am4pm; July 10, 8am-4pm; Aug 2-10, M-Sat, 9am3:30pm. Info: Aimee, 337-1500 or www.universityymca.org. "The Buzz on Bees!" Weekend Wizard – Join UI Professor Gene Robinson for this children’s event. Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Sat, 1-4pm. 352-5895. Word of Mouth – Spoken word performances by Amira Nuha and others, followed by group discussion and refreshments. No registration. Douglass Branch Library. June 12, 1-3pm. Info: 403-2090. Tales and Trails of Illinois – At this "Live! @ Your Library" event, Stu Fliege will share quirky, fascinating vignettes of Illinois history that he researched for a weekly column formerly featured in The News-Gazette. No registration. Champaign Public Library. Sun, 2-3pm. Info: 403-2090. Words on Fire: C-U Reading Discussion – Discussing Fahrenheit 451 as part of the C-U Reading community-wide reading program. No registration. Champaign Public Library. Sat, 2-3pm; Tue, 7-8pm. Info: 403-2070.

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Life Map Workshop – A life map is a collection of images, a method of connecting with your intuition, a tool for visualizing your dreams or goals. Come explore life mapping--approaches, uses, and the opportunity to create your own life map. McKinley Foundation, C. June 12, 9:15am-1pm. Info: Jo Pauly, MSW, Whole Life Coach at 337-7823 or jopauly@prairienet.org. Belly Dance Classes – 6-week classes beginning June 15 & June 17. The Refinery. Info: Ishara at 4698895, ishara@cubellydance.com, The Refinery at 378-4607, or www.cubellydance.com. Learn a little Belly Dance for Free! – Head to The Refinery for a 1-hour free class. Sat, 1pm. Info: Ishara at 469-8895, ishara@cubellydance.com, The Refinery at 378-4607, or www.cubellydance.com.

MIND BODY SPIRIT Sunday Zen Meditation Meeting - Introduction to Zen Sitting, 10am. Service and sitting, 9am. Dharma Talk and tea, 11am-12pm. Can arrive at any of above times, open to all, no experience needed, no cost. Prairie Zen Center. For information, call 355-8835 or go to www.prairiezen.org. Overeaters Anonymous regular meetings – Tue & Fri 5:30pm, Fellowship Circle, 718 S Randolph, C, contact: Lin, 359-4449. Mon 7:30pm, Thur 5:30pm, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 E Green, contact: Marcey, 356-7846, or Torie, 369-6218. Sat 9:30am, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W Oregon, U, contact Marcey, 356-7846.

MEETING Debtors Anonymous – Confidential support and helpful tools for dealing with recurring debt and compulsive spending. Baha’i Center. Tuesdays, 7pm & Fridays, 6pm. Info: 344-5860 or 239-0363.

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ThursdayJune03 LIVE MUSIC Acoustic Music Series: Larry Gates, Ripley Caine – Aroma, 8pm, free Mike Ingram, Lenka Dusilova – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free The Midnight Special: The Invisible, 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Triskelion – traditional Irish music – Anita Purves Nature Center, 6-7pm, TBA

DJ DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – 80's hair metal – Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Delayney – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

SPOKEN WORD The Northstar Lounge hosted by CZAR Absolute of Animate Objects – hip-hop/spoken word poetry set/open mic – Nargile, 10:30pm, $5

KARAOKE "G" Force Karaoke/DJ – Pia's in Rantoul, 9pm, TBA

AROUND TOWN Wine Tasting – sample and/or buy for $3.50 per glass – Krannert Center Interlude lobby bar, 5pm, free

FridayJune04 LIVE MUSIC The Prairie Dogs – The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Al leradi – Tommy G's, 5-7pm, blues, free Tummler, Buried at Sea – Highdive, 7:30pm, $5 Boweband.com – Elmer's Club 45, 9pm, TBA Painkillers – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Disasterpiece (Slipknot tribute band), Jaded Kayne, StiLife, A Life Without – Canopy Club, 10pm, $8 The Beat Kitchen, The Diplomats of Solid Sound – funk, R&B, soul – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 G. Lee and Jet Blonde, Lenka Dusilova – Nargile, 10pm, $5

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The Delta Kings – blues – Tommy G’s, 10pm, $5 Candy Foster & the Shades of Blue – Alto Vineyards, 5:30-8:30pm, $3 The Boat Drunks – Jimmy Buffett music – Fat City Saloon, TBA X-Krush – Hollywood Sports Pub in Robinson, 8:30pm, TBA Full Circle – ’80s hard rock – Phoenix, 9pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5

KARAOKE “Creative Karaoke” – Urbana American Legion, 8pm-1am, TBA

SaturdayJune05 LIVE MUSIC G. Lee – Borders, 8-10pm, free An Evening of Irish Music: Triskelion, Spiral Seisuin, Banish Misfortune – The Iron Post, 8pm, $4 Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Fotamana – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 Albert Flasher – classic rock – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover The Buick All-Stars – Embassy Tavern, TBA, free Hairbanger’s Ball II – ’80s hair bands – Fat City Saloon, TBA X-Krush – Slingshots in Paxton, 8:30pm, TBA

DJ DJ Resonate – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free Hip-Hop DJs – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Tim Williams – Highdive, 10pm, $5 “Soulful Saturdays” w/ DJ Phokiss, Chill Will, DJ World – Watusi Lounge, free before 11pm

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Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free Keith Harden – acoustic – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA The Peelers, FeeD – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 PSR CD Release Show: PSR, TBA – Nargile, 10pm, TBA

Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday Bash: jigGsaw, The Locked Sound, Horshack – Nargile, 9pm, $3 Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolf, Jess Greenlee – acoustic – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

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DJ Sophisto – house, funk – Barfly, 9pm, free 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free New on Tuesdays: NOX – DJs ZoZo, Kannibal, and Rickbats – goth/ind. – The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

MondayJune07 LIVE MUSIC Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Open Mic hosted by Brandon T. Washington – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

DJ Campos – downtempo, deep house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

MUSIC PERFORMANCE Community Drum Circle – Ten Thousand Villages, 7-9pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

“G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Sappy’s on Devenshire, 9pm, TBA

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KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Neil Street Pub, 8pm-12am, free

WednesdayJune09 LIVE MUSIC The Jake Hertzog Trio – The Iron Post, 7pm, TBA Kilborn Alley – blues – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free

DJ Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free She-Jays: DJ J-Phlip, DJ Lil' Big Bass – house, drum n' bass, 2-step – Highdive, 9pm, $2 Salsateca! with DJ Bris Mueller – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Fabulous! – Nargile, 10pm, $3 DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10:30pm, free “Liquid Courage Karaoke” – Fat City Saloon, 8pm12am, TBA

C-UVENUES Alto Vineyards 4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign, 356-4784 Assembly Hall First & Florida, Champaign, 333-5000 American Legion Post 71 107 N Broadway, Urbana, 367-3121 Barfly 120 N Neil, Champaign,352-9756 Barnes and Noble 51 E Marketview, Champaign, 355-2045 Boardman’s Art Theater 126 W Church, Champaign, 351-0068 Boltini Lounge 211 N Neil, Champaign, 378-8001 Borders Books & Music 802 W Town Ctr, Champaign, 351-9011 The Brass Rail 15 E University, Champaign, 352-7512 Canopy Club (Garden Grill) 708 S Goodwin, Urbana, 367-3140 Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana C.O. Daniels 608 E Daniel, Champaign, 337-7411 Cosmopolitan Club 307 E John, Champaign, 367-3079 Courtyard Cafe Illini Union, 1401 W Green, Urbana, 333-4666 Cowboy Monkey 6 Taylor St, Champaign, 398-2688 Clybourne 706 S Sixth, Champaign, 383-1008 Curtis Orchard 3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, 359-5565 D.R. Diggers 604 S Country Fair Dr, 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 G.T.’s Western Bowl Francis Dr, Champaign, 359-1678 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 St, Urbana, 344-8820 The Iron Post 120 S Race, Urbana, 337-7678 Joe’s Brewery 706 S Fifth, Champaign, 384-1790 Kam’s 618 E Daniel, Champaign, 328-1605 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 Legends Bar & Grill 522 E Green, Champaign, 355-7674 Les’s Lounge 403 N Coler, Urbana, 328-4000 Lincoln Castle 209 S Broadway, Urbana, 344-7720 Lowe’s Big Barrel & Summer Club 14 N Hazel, Danville, 442-8090 Malibu Bay Lounge North Route 45, Urbana, 328-7415 Mike n’ Molly’s 105 N Market, Champaign, 355-1236 Mulligan’s 604 N Cunningham, Urbana, 367-5888 Murphy’s 604 E Green, Champaign, 352-7275 Nargile 207 W Clark St, Champaign

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THE DECEMBERISTS The Tain [EP] Acuarela

★★★★ BY KYLE B. GORMAN When I first heard that Seattle pop icons the Decemberists had created a recording based upon 8th century Gaelic legend, the little organ in my nose that warns me of artistic pretension started twitching.When I later found out that the band had made the choice to fuse metal into their elegiac style, the twitch became an uncomfortable tingle. My mistake. The Tain EP, a musical setting of the ancient song cycle Táin Bó Cuailnge, is a startling, fully realized work that grows on every listen. No pretension can be contained in the paradox that is Colin Meloy’s voice: the pipes of a virginal schoolboy, with the rhythm of your mother’s nursery rhyme, singing of the knowledge of ages with latent, well-concealed wisdom; the result being that the sincerity of the Decemberists is not to be doubted. However, one must wonder if Meloy has more “carnal knowledge” than he lets on. At first, it is easy to brush off the plucked tri-tone line that leads off the song, and even its distorted cousin. But the insults directed towards the “queen” and the sharp, forceful driving of several heavier passages are more difficult to ignore. It’s hard not to ask yourself, “What does this man know?” Despite critic’s numerous attempts to compare this band to the seminal Neutral Milk Hotel, Meloy’s metal musings and historical interests share little deep similarity with Jeff Magnum’s sex-charged still-life’s. This band owes nothing to anyone, except perhaps to the taut hard rock, and to previous centuries of war and adventure. Colin’s guitar is tinny and distorted, not wet and overdriven. During the heavier passages, throaty Hammond increases more the intensity than the volume. Both instruments stray often into dissonant territory, though not just for rhythmic affect but also to create conflict. Upright bass accompanies several sections, even some of the most tense metal passages. Along with the subdued drum-

ming, the band creates a sound that is more interested in color than conformity: they are not loose nor sloppy but rather pragmatic as opposed to academic. Part IV, composed and sung by drummer Rachel Blumberg, demonstrates another interest of this band: the section’s cabaret rhythms, woozy keyboards and accordion, and sultry vocals demonstrate the Decemberists interest in pop music as theatre.The group doesn’t need to wave a freak flag or land on stage from their spaceship, but simply creates something artistically marvelous by focusing on the neglected past Producer Chris Walla has a decidedly pleasant, light touch in the recording; it is as if he has been co-opted by the band’s audacious vision. This recording dares to reach back to a time when metal implied loud and earnest, not lack of class and wankish technical ability. If a band’s EP release is to be viewed as either experimental in nature or as a sign of intention, than the Decemberists have shown first that they don’t need to limit themselves to certain structures, genres, and subject matter; and secondly, that they don’t intend to, either.

IRON AND WINE Our Endless Numbered Days Subpop

★★★★ BY IMRAN SIDDIQUEE

Somewhere in the deep south Sam Beam sits in a small cozy cottage recording music while smoking a long pipe through his grand beard and watching the grass grow out his window with wooden shutters. He plays a handmade guitar that has been passed down through his family for ages. And as he sings he stares out across the way at the pond where he first fell in love. Ok that’s not really accurate, it’s just how I’ve always imagined him, and I think anyone who’s ever heard Iron and Wine kind of knows what I’m talking about. But Beam changes up that image a bit on his latest album, Our Endless Numbered Days, which despite increased production values and the addition of some non-acoustic instruments, retains the same stripped down earthy beauty of his 2002 debut The Creek Drank the Cradle. Iron and Wine is usually just Beam and his guitar, but he is joined on this album by his sister Sarah, occasionally on vocals, and a backing band. This is the key difference in Beam’s sound this time around, it isn’t just his sound. The first album was a haunting work with Beam’s deep vocals filling the room and his guitar plucking at your heart strings. While his voice still echoes in your mind and the guitar work is exceptional, there are other voices and other instruments that help to expand the experience. The album opens with “On Your Wings,” which serves as a transition into the new sound, building up from a simple acoustic tune to an all out southern rock ending. Yet as quickly as the drums and electric guitars appear

they fade away, which reassures listeners that this is still somewhere between folk and rock music. Right here is where you find out how good an album is, in the silences between the first few songs. I found myself frozen, waiting for the next note from Beam’s warm voice to melt me. And when “Naked as We Came” started out with “she says ‘wake up, its no use pretending’/ Ill keep stealing, breathing her” I was hooked. It is in the delivery that Beam expresses so much. This song takes on a conversational tone that is repeated throughout the album, it serves to not only obscure the meanings of the songs but it also opens them up to multiple interpretations. This style of songwriting is different than what fans might be used to, but Beam shows off his poetic range on this album. His words may not be as personal as before, perhaps to appeal to a larger audience, but there are gems hidden within each song that exemplify his skill. On “Love and Some Verses”he softly pours out “Love is a dress that you made/ long to hide your knees/love to say this to your face/ ‘I’ll love you only’.” The album tackles the familiar issues of love and faith, but Beam’s insights into the nature of life and death are at times exceptionally moving. The CD closes with “Passing Afternoon,” which like the title of the work, is a look into mortality and the nature of the human experience. The final words seem to almost slip out but when they hit you, they will hit you hard. Iron and Wine have made a more accessible album than the first, but they have also made a better one. The drums and clear sound of the record don’t remove the intimacy with which Beam has been associated, instead they expand the sound to a more powerful force. Because after all the new additions and changes it is still Beam singing to us from that snug cottage in the deep south, he ultimately holds that intimacy in his voice. So even if the image has shifted a little, it still suits me fine.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING The Battle for Everything Aware/Columbia

★★★ BRIAN KLEIN

I used to think that Five for Fighting was a band of five members. In actuality the only accredited musician is singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The band name derives from hockey regulations. When players start throwing punches the players receive 5 minutes in the box, or “five for fighting.” It’s a good name, but it just doesn’t seem to fit the band. The Battle for Everything is Ondrasik’s third album and one that attempts to expand on and divert from his earlier efforts. His last album, America Town, was as patriotic as its title implies, including tracks “America Town” and “The Last Great American.” The album landed in September 2000 with unintentionally appropriate timing. The next year’s calamity and subsequent nationalist

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feelings propelled America Town to platinum status. Ondrasik’s new album changes the focus back to the more standard issues of love and life, but with a rather grown, serious attitude. Though the subject matter is not uncommon, Ondrasik seems to have a much more mature and cultivated grasp of such issues. His songs on love indeed reflect it rather than preoccupation with infatuation and lust. Songs “100 years” (the radio single) and “One More for Love” are testimony to this. Ondrasik’s perspective and ability as a songwriter provide such lines as “if God made you he’s in love with me” from the track “If God Made You,”and “If you know what I know you know what I mean” in “Angels and Girlfriends.” While his lyrics are rarely catchy they are thoughtfully crafted and easily appreciated. Unfortunately in this case you can’t have the good without the bad, and the entire song “Disneyland” is definitely the latter. Five for Fighting has solidified itself as a member of the Adult Alternative Pop/Rock genre, but Ondrasik is still trying to expand his stylistic horizons in this album. While he is primarily a pianist he also knows how to play the guitar. He extends outside his strengths in “Angels and Girlfriends” when he adds the sounds of the harmonica, and in “Infidel” with guitar work his listeners aren’t accustomed of hearing from him. His venture in variety yields little success. Such extensions of style can be admirable, but I think he needs to stick with what he knows best. There is a reason why piano ballads “Superman [It’s Not Easy]” (from America Town) and “100 years” are his most successful tracks. He is simply best behind the piano.

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he Diplomats of Solid Sound and Beat Kitchen will perform at Cowboy Monkey Friday. Both bands bring powerful beats with sounds of funk, R&B and soul in their music. The Diplomats of Solid Sound are masters of instrumental soul music. Expect songs to blend into one another and jams to go on longer than it will take you to down your drink. The band will have you out of your chair, dancing along to every song in no time at all. They play both original and cover songs, so whether you are a long-time fan or new

to The Diplomats’ sound, you’re sure to enjoy the music. Once you hear a few of the band’s original songs, you’re sure to be hooked. Although the band first got together in Iowa City, their music takes heavy influence from Memphis and New Orleans R&B traditions. Guitarist Doug Roberson adds a blues vibe to the band’s sound with his powerful rhythm. All in all, expect a relaxed, easygoing live show that is the perfect backdrop for a summer night in C-U. The show starts at 10 p.m. and has a $4 cover. Don’t miss it.

Birthday bash @ Nargile

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hat better way to spend your Tuesday night than by rocking out to The Locked Sound, jigGsaw and Horshack, all while also paying tribute to architect Frank Lloyd Wright? The three bands will come together to throw a birthday bash in the famed architect’s honor. JigGsaw are regulars on the Champaign-

Urbana music circuit and always give a solid live rock show. The band fuses punchy and quirky to create songs that are equal parts fast and catchy, developing music that is both pleasing to hear and upbeat to the point of forcing you to move along to every song. Similarly, The Locked Sound brings plenty of energy to their live show. The band plays rock music with a twist of the blues, and they leave you with a lasting impression of their electrifying live show. St. Louis band Horshack is an indie rock group that also gives a live show packed with energy. Head to Nargile Tuesday at 9 p.m. to catch the show. Cover is $3.

G. Lee and Jet Blonde lighten things up

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. Lee and Jet Blonde are heading to Nargile for a night of laidback, relaxed music. Lee brings her light yet powerful voice to the stage, a voice that blends seamlessly with the band’s intricate sounds. The resulting mix of songs are melodic tunes that you will remember long after the

night is over. Sprinkled with catchy hooks, the songs combine harmonies, strong vocals and powerful rhythms. Expect to sit back and listen while still being able to hear your friends. It is the perfect way to spend your night if you want to sit back, relax and have a few drinks with friends. G. Lee are

not the only ones taking the stage at Nargile on Friday. Czech folk singer Lenka Dusilova will also be performing. The singer fits the relaxed mood of the evening and brings thoughtful, introspective music to the mix. Head to Nargile Friday at 10 p.m. to catch both performances. Cover is $5.

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hicago musician Ripley Caine heads to the central Illinois area this week, playing everywhere but Champaign-Urbana, it seems. No worries, she’s never more than a short drive away. And this is one singer worth checking out. She will play a series of three shows this weekend, all alongside local musician Larry Gates of Lorenzo Goetz. Expect to hear varying sounds when Caine takes the stage, from folk to

alternative to rock ’n’ roll. Friday, she plays at Three 1 Three in Belleville as part of the Writers in the Round series. Larry Gates, Javier Mendoza and Celia Ward will also perform. The show starts at 10 p.m. Caine and Gates perform at Coffeehouse & Deli in Normal on Saturday. This show starts at 7 p.m. And Caine and Gates end the weekend at Uptowner in Charleston on Sunday. This show starts at 10 p.m.


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he Diplomats of Solid Sound and Beat Kitchen will perform at Cowboy Monkey Friday. Both bands bring powerful beats with sounds of funk, R&B and soul in their music. The Diplomats of Solid Sound are masters of instrumental soul music. Expect songs to blend into one another and jams to go on longer than it will take you to down your drink. The band will have you out of your chair, dancing along to every song in no time at all. They play both original and cover songs, so whether you are a long-time fan or new

to The Diplomats’ sound, you’re sure to enjoy the music. Once you hear a few of the band’s original songs, you’re sure to be hooked. Although the band first got together in Iowa City, their music takes heavy influence from Memphis and New Orleans R&B traditions. Guitarist Doug Roberson adds a blues vibe to the band’s sound with his powerful rhythm. All in all, expect a relaxed, easygoing live show that is the perfect backdrop for a summer night in C-U. The show starts at 10 p.m. and has a $4 cover. Don’t miss it.

Birthday bash @ Nargile

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hat better way to spend your Tuesday night than by rocking out to The Locked Sound, jigGsaw and Horshack, all while also paying tribute to architect Frank Lloyd Wright? The three bands will come together to throw a birthday bash in the famed architect’s honor. JigGsaw are regulars on the Champaign-

Urbana music circuit and always give a solid live rock show. The band fuses punchy and quirky to create songs that are equal parts fast and catchy, developing music that is both pleasing to hear and upbeat to the point of forcing you to move along to every song. Similarly, The Locked Sound brings plenty of energy to their live show. The band plays rock music with a twist of the blues, and they leave you with a lasting impression of their electrifying live show. St. Louis band Horshack is an indie rock group that also gives a live show packed with energy. Head to Nargile Tuesday at 9 p.m. to catch the show. Cover is $3.

G. Lee and Jet Blonde lighten things up

G

. Lee and Jet Blonde are heading to Nargile for a night of laidback, relaxed music. Lee brings her light yet powerful voice to the stage, a voice that blends seamlessly with the band’s intricate sounds. The resulting mix of songs are melodic tunes that you will remember long after the

night is over. Sprinkled with catchy hooks, the songs combine harmonies, strong vocals and powerful rhythms. Expect to sit back and listen while still being able to hear your friends. It is the perfect way to spend your night if you want to sit back, relax and have a few drinks with friends. G. Lee are

not the only ones taking the stage at Nargile on Friday. Czech folk singer Lenka Dusilova will also be performing. The singer fits the relaxed mood of the evening and brings thoughtful, introspective music to the mix. Head to Nargile Friday at 10 p.m. to catch both performances. Cover is $5.

Ripley Caine:

a sound of her own

C

hicago musician Ripley Caine heads to the central Illinois area this week, playing everywhere but Champaign-Urbana, it seems. No worries, she’s never more than a short drive away. And this is one singer worth checking out. She will play a series of three shows this weekend, all alongside local musician Larry Gates of Lorenzo Goetz. Expect to hear varying sounds when Caine takes the stage, from folk to

alternative to rock ’n’ roll. Friday, she plays at Three 1 Three in Belleville as part of the Writers in the Round series. Larry Gates, Javier Mendoza and Celia Ward will also perform. The show starts at 10 p.m. Caine and Gates perform at Coffeehouse & Deli in Normal on Saturday. This show starts at 7 p.m. And Caine and Gates end the weekend at Uptowner in Charleston on Sunday. This show starts at 10 p.m.


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ThursdayJune03 LIVE MUSIC Acoustic Music Series: Larry Gates, Ripley Caine – Aroma, 8pm, free Mike Ingram, Lenka Dusilova – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free The Midnight Special: The Invisible, 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Triskelion – traditional Irish music – Anita Purves Nature Center, 6-7pm, TBA

DJ DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – 80's hair metal – Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Delayney – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

SPOKEN WORD The Northstar Lounge hosted by CZAR Absolute of Animate Objects – hip-hop/spoken word poetry set/open mic – Nargile, 10:30pm, $5

KARAOKE "G" Force Karaoke/DJ – Pia's in Rantoul, 9pm, TBA

AROUND TOWN Wine Tasting – sample and/or buy for $3.50 per glass – Krannert Center Interlude lobby bar, 5pm, free

FridayJune04 LIVE MUSIC The Prairie Dogs – The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Al leradi – Tommy G's, 5-7pm, blues, free Tummler, Buried at Sea – Highdive, 7:30pm, $5 Boweband.com – Elmer's Club 45, 9pm, TBA Painkillers – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Disasterpiece (Slipknot tribute band), Jaded Kayne, StiLife, A Life Without – Canopy Club, 10pm, $8 The Beat Kitchen, The Diplomats of Solid Sound – funk, R&B, soul – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 G. Lee and Jet Blonde, Lenka Dusilova – Nargile, 10pm, $5

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The Delta Kings – blues – Tommy G’s, 10pm, $5 Candy Foster & the Shades of Blue – Alto Vineyards, 5:30-8:30pm, $3 The Boat Drunks – Jimmy Buffett music – Fat City Saloon, TBA X-Krush – Hollywood Sports Pub in Robinson, 8:30pm, TBA Full Circle – ’80s hard rock – Phoenix, 9pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5

KARAOKE “Creative Karaoke” – Urbana American Legion, 8pm-1am, TBA

SaturdayJune05 LIVE MUSIC G. Lee – Borders, 8-10pm, free An Evening of Irish Music: Triskelion, Spiral Seisuin, Banish Misfortune – The Iron Post, 8pm, $4 Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Fotamana – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 Albert Flasher – classic rock – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover The Buick All-Stars – Embassy Tavern, TBA, free Hairbanger’s Ball II – ’80s hair bands – Fat City Saloon, TBA X-Krush – Slingshots in Paxton, 8:30pm, TBA

DJ DJ Resonate – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free Hip-Hop DJs – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Tim Williams – Highdive, 10pm, $5 “Soulful Saturdays” w/ DJ Phokiss, Chill Will, DJ World – Watusi Lounge, free before 11pm

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Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free Keith Harden – acoustic – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA The Peelers, FeeD – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 PSR CD Release Show: PSR, TBA – Nargile, 10pm, TBA

Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday Bash: jigGsaw, The Locked Sound, Horshack – Nargile, 9pm, $3 Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolf, Jess Greenlee – acoustic – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

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DJ Lil' Big Bass – drum n' bass – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

DJ Sophisto – house, funk – Barfly, 9pm, free 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free New on Tuesdays: NOX – DJs ZoZo, Kannibal, and Rickbats – goth/ind. – The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

MondayJune07 LIVE MUSIC Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Open Mic hosted by Brandon T. Washington – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

DJ Campos – downtempo, deep house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

MUSIC PERFORMANCE Community Drum Circle – Ten Thousand Villages, 7-9pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

“G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Sappy’s on Devenshire, 9pm, TBA

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Latin Dance Night – salsa, cha-cha, merengue, bachata – McKinley Foundation, 9:30-11:30pm, $1

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Neil Street Pub, 8pm-12am, free

WednesdayJune09 LIVE MUSIC The Jake Hertzog Trio – The Iron Post, 7pm, TBA Kilborn Alley – blues – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free

DJ Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free She-Jays: DJ J-Phlip, DJ Lil' Big Bass – house, drum n' bass, 2-step – Highdive, 9pm, $2 Salsateca! with DJ Bris Mueller – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Fabulous! – Nargile, 10pm, $3 DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10:30pm, free “Liquid Courage Karaoke” – Fat City Saloon, 8pm12am, TBA

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THE DECEMBERISTS The Tain [EP] Acuarela

★★★★ BY KYLE B. GORMAN When I first heard that Seattle pop icons the Decemberists had created a recording based upon 8th century Gaelic legend, the little organ in my nose that warns me of artistic pretension started twitching.When I later found out that the band had made the choice to fuse metal into their elegiac style, the twitch became an uncomfortable tingle. My mistake. The Tain EP, a musical setting of the ancient song cycle Táin Bó Cuailnge, is a startling, fully realized work that grows on every listen. No pretension can be contained in the paradox that is Colin Meloy’s voice: the pipes of a virginal schoolboy, with the rhythm of your mother’s nursery rhyme, singing of the knowledge of ages with latent, well-concealed wisdom; the result being that the sincerity of the Decemberists is not to be doubted. However, one must wonder if Meloy has more “carnal knowledge” than he lets on. At first, it is easy to brush off the plucked tri-tone line that leads off the song, and even its distorted cousin. But the insults directed towards the “queen” and the sharp, forceful driving of several heavier passages are more difficult to ignore. It’s hard not to ask yourself, “What does this man know?” Despite critic’s numerous attempts to compare this band to the seminal Neutral Milk Hotel, Meloy’s metal musings and historical interests share little deep similarity with Jeff Magnum’s sex-charged still-life’s. This band owes nothing to anyone, except perhaps to the taut hard rock, and to previous centuries of war and adventure. Colin’s guitar is tinny and distorted, not wet and overdriven. During the heavier passages, throaty Hammond increases more the intensity than the volume. Both instruments stray often into dissonant territory, though not just for rhythmic affect but also to create conflict. Upright bass accompanies several sections, even some of the most tense metal passages. Along with the subdued drum-

ming, the band creates a sound that is more interested in color than conformity: they are not loose nor sloppy but rather pragmatic as opposed to academic. Part IV, composed and sung by drummer Rachel Blumberg, demonstrates another interest of this band: the section’s cabaret rhythms, woozy keyboards and accordion, and sultry vocals demonstrate the Decemberists interest in pop music as theatre.The group doesn’t need to wave a freak flag or land on stage from their spaceship, but simply creates something artistically marvelous by focusing on the neglected past Producer Chris Walla has a decidedly pleasant, light touch in the recording; it is as if he has been co-opted by the band’s audacious vision. This recording dares to reach back to a time when metal implied loud and earnest, not lack of class and wankish technical ability. If a band’s EP release is to be viewed as either experimental in nature or as a sign of intention, than the Decemberists have shown first that they don’t need to limit themselves to certain structures, genres, and subject matter; and secondly, that they don’t intend to, either.

IRON AND WINE Our Endless Numbered Days Subpop

★★★★ BY IMRAN SIDDIQUEE

Somewhere in the deep south Sam Beam sits in a small cozy cottage recording music while smoking a long pipe through his grand beard and watching the grass grow out his window with wooden shutters. He plays a handmade guitar that has been passed down through his family for ages. And as he sings he stares out across the way at the pond where he first fell in love. Ok that’s not really accurate, it’s just how I’ve always imagined him, and I think anyone who’s ever heard Iron and Wine kind of knows what I’m talking about. But Beam changes up that image a bit on his latest album, Our Endless Numbered Days, which despite increased production values and the addition of some non-acoustic instruments, retains the same stripped down earthy beauty of his 2002 debut The Creek Drank the Cradle. Iron and Wine is usually just Beam and his guitar, but he is joined on this album by his sister Sarah, occasionally on vocals, and a backing band. This is the key difference in Beam’s sound this time around, it isn’t just his sound. The first album was a haunting work with Beam’s deep vocals filling the room and his guitar plucking at your heart strings. While his voice still echoes in your mind and the guitar work is exceptional, there are other voices and other instruments that help to expand the experience. The album opens with “On Your Wings,” which serves as a transition into the new sound, building up from a simple acoustic tune to an all out southern rock ending. Yet as quickly as the drums and electric guitars appear

they fade away, which reassures listeners that this is still somewhere between folk and rock music. Right here is where you find out how good an album is, in the silences between the first few songs. I found myself frozen, waiting for the next note from Beam’s warm voice to melt me. And when “Naked as We Came” started out with “she says ‘wake up, its no use pretending’/ Ill keep stealing, breathing her” I was hooked. It is in the delivery that Beam expresses so much. This song takes on a conversational tone that is repeated throughout the album, it serves to not only obscure the meanings of the songs but it also opens them up to multiple interpretations. This style of songwriting is different than what fans might be used to, but Beam shows off his poetic range on this album. His words may not be as personal as before, perhaps to appeal to a larger audience, but there are gems hidden within each song that exemplify his skill. On “Love and Some Verses”he softly pours out “Love is a dress that you made/ long to hide your knees/love to say this to your face/ ‘I’ll love you only’.” The album tackles the familiar issues of love and faith, but Beam’s insights into the nature of life and death are at times exceptionally moving. The CD closes with “Passing Afternoon,” which like the title of the work, is a look into mortality and the nature of the human experience. The final words seem to almost slip out but when they hit you, they will hit you hard. Iron and Wine have made a more accessible album than the first, but they have also made a better one. The drums and clear sound of the record don’t remove the intimacy with which Beam has been associated, instead they expand the sound to a more powerful force. Because after all the new additions and changes it is still Beam singing to us from that snug cottage in the deep south, he ultimately holds that intimacy in his voice. So even if the image has shifted a little, it still suits me fine.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING The Battle for Everything Aware/Columbia

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I used to think that Five for Fighting was a band of five members. In actuality the only accredited musician is singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The band name derives from hockey regulations. When players start throwing punches the players receive 5 minutes in the box, or “five for fighting.” It’s a good name, but it just doesn’t seem to fit the band. The Battle for Everything is Ondrasik’s third album and one that attempts to expand on and divert from his earlier efforts. His last album, America Town, was as patriotic as its title implies, including tracks “America Town” and “The Last Great American.” The album landed in September 2000 with unintentionally appropriate timing. The next year’s calamity and subsequent nationalist

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feelings propelled America Town to platinum status. Ondrasik’s new album changes the focus back to the more standard issues of love and life, but with a rather grown, serious attitude. Though the subject matter is not uncommon, Ondrasik seems to have a much more mature and cultivated grasp of such issues. His songs on love indeed reflect it rather than preoccupation with infatuation and lust. Songs “100 years” (the radio single) and “One More for Love” are testimony to this. Ondrasik’s perspective and ability as a songwriter provide such lines as “if God made you he’s in love with me” from the track “If God Made You,”and “If you know what I know you know what I mean” in “Angels and Girlfriends.” While his lyrics are rarely catchy they are thoughtfully crafted and easily appreciated. Unfortunately in this case you can’t have the good without the bad, and the entire song “Disneyland” is definitely the latter. Five for Fighting has solidified itself as a member of the Adult Alternative Pop/Rock genre, but Ondrasik is still trying to expand his stylistic horizons in this album. While he is primarily a pianist he also knows how to play the guitar. He extends outside his strengths in “Angels and Girlfriends” when he adds the sounds of the harmonica, and in “Infidel” with guitar work his listeners aren’t accustomed of hearing from him. His venture in variety yields little success. Such extensions of style can be admirable, but I think he needs to stick with what he knows best. There is a reason why piano ballads “Superman [It’s Not Easy]” (from America Town) and “100 years” are his most successful tracks. He is simply best behind the piano.

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Czech folk singer brings culture to C-U BY SHADIE ELNASHAI | STAFF WRITER

status domestically, she is currently embarking on her first U.S. tour. Playing a string of low-key dates at intimate venues across the country, Lenka is shedding her celebrity status to see if her Eastern inger-songwriter Lenka Dusilová is one European stylings will translate and be appreof the Czech Republic’s foremost rising talents. ciated by American audiences. Ironically, the Having already won an Angel Award—the cultural contrast was prominent throughout Czech equivalent of the Grammys—and the interview, during which her limited underreleased two albums that have attained gold standing of English and a bad phone connection resulted in much of the conversation being mediated by a translator. Lenka’s career began in 1988 when, at the the age of 13, she joined the world famous children’s choir Bambini di Praga. Since then, she has collaborated with a plethora of artists producing several contrasting styles of music. As a youngster, she appeared in a folk festival performing the poetry of Jiri Orten. She has also worked with the Czech Symphonic Orchestra, an experience that she cites as being particularly enjoyable. The early ‘90s saw her front rock outfit Slunícko (which See Czech folk singer Lenka Dusilová this weekend in C-U.

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means “little tiny sun”), before she joined two members of Lucie (a prominent pop-rock band) to form the band Pusa (which means “kiss” or “mouth”). During the mid-’90s, she played with Lucie, appearing on the album Cern‡ Kocky Mokry Zaby and opening for the Rolling Stones during their 1995 Prague show at Strahov Stadium. She has also produced soundtracks for films and last summer performed music she had written for the Theater Continuo’s multimedia piece Kratochvíleni in a castle courtyard. Emerging from a Czech music scene that is digressing from the traditional folk music (typified by Eastern cymbalons and violins) and brass music (polka and waltzes), to incorporate more Western influences, she has drawn on her diverse musical background frequently. Speaking of her many side projects, she says that “every collaboration has been such a big inspiration” and that she is able to “find something new every time” in her ongoing efforts to be musically inventive. Dusilová enjoys atmospheric music and harmonies, offering Sigur Rós and Radiohead as bands she listens to and P.J. Harvey as an artist that has influenced and inspired her work. Lenka describes her own work as melancholic and energetic, and though her catchy and accessible melodies suggest the generic fit of pop, her music has deeper meaning to both her and her fans. She once said that “music is my essence. I want to roam the world spreading light,” and wants her music to be “a mirror for people to see themselves in.” Dusilová is regarded as one of her homeland’s most photogenic and talented stars and has been featured on the cover of numerous Czech magazines. Fortunately, she hasn’t let

success go to her head, and remains modest and appreciative of her good fortune while retaining her musical integrity. Her dedication and reluctance to compromise musically have caused certain conflicts of interest during her spell with major label Universal. She has released two CDs through the label and will probably make one more before perhaps choosing an independent label to enjoy what she calls “better freedom.” Dusilová frequently performs with her band Secretion, though on this tour, she has chosen to perform exclusively with bandmate Martin Ledvina (who acted as translator during the interview). The acoustic sets they are to perform promise a variation on their music that hasn’t even been heard in their home country. Ledvina brings to the duo a multifaceted musical sensibility. His compositions reminisce traditional American bluegrass as frequently as they do experimental electronica. He plays mandolin and guitar, being named guitar player of the year in 1996 and 1997 by the Czech Republic’s biggest traditional and folk music festival. The promise of an artist who has been so successful abroad coming to ChampaignUrbana to perform is a lucrative opportunity, especially when such an unfamiliar and acclaimed style of music is on offer. Lenka and Martin’s frank and friendly manner reveals a genuine delight in playing music that is certainly worth checking out. buzz

Lenka Dusilová brings her unique brand of music to The Iron Post June 3 at 9 p.m. She will perform with G. Lee and Jet Blonde at Nargile June 4 starting at 10 p.m.

Jam band icons Phish call it quits for good this time BY MITCH VAUGHN | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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t always stings a little bit when artists who have contributed so much to the music industry decide they aren’t going to offer any more. On Tuesday, May 25, Trey Anastasio lead guitarist for culture-followed jam band Phish, announced that their upcoming summer tour would, in fact, be the last. Phish offered their fans nonstop touring from their formation in 1983 up until their first extended hiatus in 2000. The fan base, standing as one of the largest and most devoted in existence, was saddened by this interruption to routine

but rested assured in the Phish’s promise of another 17 years upon the reunion. They reconvened two years later for a fall and summer tour and to the glee of their fans, appeared to be back. Though everyone was thrilled with the return, some couldn’t help but be skeptical, claiming the improvisational, hallucinogen-enhanced jams were “almost too tight” and sounded “slightly rehearsed.” Last Tuesday, Trey confessed his feelings on the matter. He had been living Phish since he was 18 and at 39, he can’t help but feel a little worn out. “No one loves Phish more than I do,”

Trey stated, claiming he doesn’t want it to fade away and become a nostalgia act. Trey emphasized the difference between this and the hiatus stating, “We’re done.” A few days later, keyboardist Page McConnell followed with a second letter, offering little insight but showing his support of the decision. Bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman have yet to comment, but in an interview, Trey stated Gordon to be the most opposed to the split. Joining the ranks of The Beatles and Traffic, Phish has decided to quit while ahead. Their summer tour will be their last with Coventry, a two-day festival in their home state of Vermont, being the stage for the farewell from the phans and a bid of healthy travels from the band. buzz

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Call for Entries:“Inside the Box: A Shoebox Show” – In this national juried exhibition by Parkland Art Gallery, displayed works must fit into a 4” x 12” x 8” shoebox. The deadline for slide entries is June 25. The exhibition runs Jan 10- Feb 11, 2005 at the Parkland Art Gallery.“Inside the Box” is open to all U.S. adult artists working in the following disciplines: painting, sculpture, ceramics, metals, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, and mixed media. Entry fee: $25. Info: dseif@parkland.edu, 351-2485 or www.parkland.edu/gallery. Art Classes by Sandra Ahten:“Art With Intention” – 2-hour drop-in time, Thur 3-9 pm. $95 for 5 sessions. spiritofsandra@hotmail.com or 367-6345. Faux Finishing workshops – Boyer Drawing & Painting Studio in Lincoln Square Mall. June 16 & Aug 25. 9am-5pm. Fee: $195. Info: 369-8838 or www.boyerdrawing.com. Creation Art Studios – On-going after-school art classes for children. Morning, evening and weekend studio sessions for adults. 1102 E Washington St, U. www.creationartstudios.com. 344-6955.

6/4 Patty Loveless @ Center for Performing Arts 6/4 Montgomery Gentry @ Star Plaza 6/4 Scissor Sisters @ Double Door 6/4 Lucinda Williams, Miller Williams @ Rubloff Auditorium 6/4 Danger Mouse @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/4 Decemberists @ Metro, 18+ 6/4 Steve Forbert @ Schubas 6/5-6 Trans Am @ Empty Bottle; Bottom Lounge 6/5 Rush @ Tweeter Center 6/5 Mary Lou Lord @ Schubas 6/5 Fall Out Boy @ House of Blues, all-ages 6/5 Dido @ Chicago Theatre 6/10 Janet Bean & The Concertina Wire @ Schubas 6/11 Aquabats @ Metro, all-ages 6/11 James Brown @ House of Blues 6/11 MC5 @ Metro, 18+ 6/11 Jesse Malin @ Schubas 6/11 Dios @ Martyrs' 6/11 Sam Phillips @ Park West 6/11 Handsome Family @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/11-12 Beulah @ Abbey Pub 6/12 Kenny Brown, Cedric Burnside, T-Model Ford @ House of Blues Back Porch Stage 6/12 Fetal Position @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/12 Fleetwood Mac @ Tweeter Center 6/12 Franz Ferdinand @ Metro, all-ages 6/12 Marah @ Schubas 6/12 Maritime @ Bottom Lounge, 18+ 6/12 John P. Strohm @ Schubas 6/12 X-ecutioners @ Metro, 18+ 6/13 Cheryl Wheeler @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/13 Richie Hawtin @ Smart Bar 6/13 Devendra Banhardt @ Bottom Lounge, 18+ 6/13 Blink 182, No Doubt @ Tweeter Center 6/14 Mclusky @ Schubas 6/15 Femi Kutl, Angelique Kidjo @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/15-16 Skinny Puppy @ Vic 6/17 David Byrne @ Skyline Stage 6/17 Grant-Lee Phillips, John Doe @ Park West, all-ages 6/18 B-52'S @ Vic, all-ages 6/18 Dave Matthews Band @ Tweeter Center 6/18-19 Shins @ House of Blues 6/19 Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tweeter Center 6/22 Rachael Yamagata @ Schubas 6/24 Peter Himmelman & Band @ Park West, 18+ 6/24 Richard Thompson @ House of Blues 6/25 Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band @ House of Blues, 18+ 6/25 Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkins @ Double Door 6/25-26 & 28-29 Prince @ Allstate Arena 6/26 Primus @ UIC Pavilion 6/25-27 Magnetic Fields @ Old Town School of Folk Music 6/26 Brother Ali @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 6/26 Mum @ Logan Square Auditorium, all-ages 6/27 Leon Russell @ Abbey Pub 6/28-29 Pedro the Lion @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 6/30 Los Lobos @ Park West, 6/30, (rescheduled from 4/30)

ART NOTICES Reflection and Creation Art Worshop/Retreats – Workshops at Creation Art Studios with artist Jeannine Bestoso. Snacks. Pre-register. Fee: $50. 9am-1pm – June 13, July 18. Four CPDU’s offered. 344-6955, www.creationartstudios.com, jbestos@msn.com.

Cafe Kopi – Work from Melissa Washburn on display. 109 N Walnut, C. M-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 359-4266. Creation Art Studios Gallery – Artwork by director Jeannine Bestoso, associates and students on display. New hours: M-Sat, 1-5:30pm and other scheduled times. 1102 E Washington, U. www.creationartstudios.com. 344-6955. Greasey Creek Oaks Gallery – Oakland Garden Faire, June 12, 9am-4pm.“Dying with Coreopsis” free day-long demonstration during the fair. 8 E Main St, Oakland. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm. 346-2986. Glass FX – New and antique stained glass windows, lamps, and unique glass gifts. Stained glass classes offered. M-Thu, 10am-5:30pm; Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 9am-4pm. 202 S 1st St, C. 359-0048, www.glassfx.com. Laser’s Edge – Oil paintings and framed etchings by Sandra Ahten, and work by Lee Boyer now showing. 218 W Main St, U. M-F 9am-5pm. 328-3343. “Changing Rooms: The Creation of Cinematic Space in the Works of Harry Horner” – Krannert Art Museum, display thru Sept 19. 500 E Peabody, U. Tu, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, W 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm. Sugg Don: $3. “Healing Works” – Artwork honoring the courage of trauma survivors. On display at the Independent Media Center Middle Room Gallery. 218 W Main St, Suite 110, U. carahale@uiuc.edu. “Prints and Pots” – Printmaking by Lawrence Hamlin and pottery by Louis Ballard. Runs thru June 13. Springer Cultural Center. M-F 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. 398-2376. www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

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ON STAGE Elysium on the Prairie, Live Action Roleplaying – Vampires stalk the city streets and struggle for dominance in a world of gothic horror. Create your own character and mingle with dozens of players who portray their own undead alter egos. Each session is another chapter in an ongoing story of triumph, tragedy and betrayal. Fridays,“Vampire: The Masquerade.” 7pm. For location: www2.uiuc.edu/ro/elysium/intro.html.

EVENTS & LECTURES Bloomsday Centennial – Downtown Champaign will join in this year’s celebration with word, dance and song on June 19. Info: David Gehrig at zemblan@earthlink.net, Lisa Boucher at lisa@fpmrecords.com, fpmrecords.com. Dump and Run garage sale collection – Coll. dates: Now-June 5, M-F, 9am-3:30pm; June 5, 9am4pm; July 10, 8am-4pm; Aug 2-10, M-Sat, 9am3:30pm. Info: Aimee, 337-1500 or www.universityymca.org. "The Buzz on Bees!" Weekend Wizard – Join UI Professor Gene Robinson for this children’s event. Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Sat, 1-4pm. 352-5895. Word of Mouth – Spoken word performances by Amira Nuha and others, followed by group discussion and refreshments. No registration. Douglass Branch Library. June 12, 1-3pm. Info: 403-2090. Tales and Trails of Illinois – At this "Live! @ Your Library" event, Stu Fliege will share quirky, fascinating vignettes of Illinois history that he researched for a weekly column formerly featured in The News-Gazette. No registration. Champaign Public Library. Sun, 2-3pm. Info: 403-2090. Words on Fire: C-U Reading Discussion – Discussing Fahrenheit 451 as part of the C-U Reading community-wide reading program. No registration. Champaign Public Library. Sat, 2-3pm; Tue, 7-8pm. Info: 403-2070.

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haron Davie-Barrett is a former teacher and a freelance craft designer originally from Southern Illinois. After an extensive stay in Europe and receiving her bachelor’s degree in special education from Southern Illinois University, she became interested in art. She took several art classes including, but not limited to, oil painting and watercolor. She has been painting in acrylics for six years. At present, she is working on a series of drawings and has plans to start painting in oils again.

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When I finally decided to “make art” again, I began working in acrylics. I liked the boldness of the colors and the quick drying time. The subjects were sort of autobiographical, portraying women in distress, because I was going through an emotional time. At present, the subject of my paintings has become brighter and more fun.

In what environment do you best like to work? My studio, which is a small room in the house where I live, with my cat sitting in the window. I like to work without interruptions and I seem to work better whenever I give myself deadlines. I go through cycles where I produce several pieces of work then take a break until another creative cycle begins.

Why do the characters in your paintings wear sunglasses? Sunglasses are a symbol that can mean different things. They can mean the wearer is hiding something or they can mean shyness. They can be worn because of a physical condition or they can simply say, “I’m cool.” The people in the drawings wear sunglasses because they needed to. As in life, it is up to the observer to decide why.

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two-dimensional design class where we had to cut out shapes from colored paper and arrange them into designs. It was a great way to learn about the “magical” qualities of color and I became fascinated. Frida Kahlo was an influence whenever I began painting in acrylics; not so much for her style as subject matter. I have always liked Chicago art, especially Hairy Who artists Gladys Nilsson and Ed Paschke because of their subject matter and use of color. Other artists whose works have influenced me are what is called “low brow.” This is art that draws its influences from popular culture and many times is autobiographical. My favorites are Mark Ryden, Liz McGrath, Sunny Buick and the Clayton Brothers.

Local artist Sharon Davie-Barrett.

What artists/artistic works inspire you? Henri Matisse, having been a master with color, is someone whom I admire very much. I became interested in color while taking a

How has your work developed over the years? My earlier works were in oil. They were very tight photo-realistic surreal paintings. Women with animal skulls on their heads, babies bigger then rhinoceroses they were playing with. Then I started doing watercolors because they were more conducive to my lifestyle. They were more of an abstract nature but my technique was still very tight. The oil pastels followed and were done in a manner that was foreign to me. They allowed me a freedom and looseness which I had not experienced with painting. These were the last pieces of art I made for several years.

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Part three continued from Page 6 Marion, the man who was soon to be bled within an inch of his life, secreted a blanket of sweat that would have viciously stung his wounds, if not for the fact that he was far too frightened to feel anything ... even the urine running down his legs! As do most canine-like animals, the Vahzgul drooled with anticipation as the sweet fragrance of fear reached its nostrils. The beast looked back and growled at its master, assuring him that he would have his precious blood sacrifice at any moment. Orko and his four counterparts Piglin, Asfart, Smulp and Huss, reveled with what they knew would be victory. “Don’t let him get away, you stupid beast!” Orko chastised, while observing from a hill at the bottom of the mountain. His magic was

fading and if he didn’t have some blood soon, he would, again, be powerless. Orko, being evil to the core of his soul, very much desired a slew of mistresses, power and world domination. However, being a naturalborn muck-up—who was ever so clumsy with magic despite the fact that he came from a family who had practiced it for centuries—he was unable to attain that which he lusted for. Orko was pathetic in all aspects of life except his ability at devising plans having anything to do with death, violence or wanton macabre. It was one such plan that helped him to greatly multiply his magical skill 14 days previous. Disguised, Orko had gone to visit a humble, unassuming wizard named Vahn. He claimed that he was sick from poison and asked for a magical remedy. Being a good-natured man, Vahn agreed to help Orko. While Orko laid on a bed of straw being examined, he pulled a knife from his purse and cut the wizard’s

throat, ear to ear. As Vahn lay gagging on his own blood, Orko climbed on top of him, sank the knife deep in his chest and cut out his heart. Orko swallowed it whole and, thereby, gained the wizard’s power. However, being oblivious to his family’s teachings, Orko had forgotten that when one attained magical skill through treachery, they were cursed by the gods. Only drinking a certain amount of human blood once a day could maintain their power. The 14 people Orko had killed so far were bound in the Earth with sorcercy, thereby deceiving Sas, his arch enemy, as she could not feel their lifeless presence. Now being accustomed to the consumption of blood once a day, Orko found that he liked to murder more than ever. He laughed with wickedness as the Vahzgul closed in on his latest victim. “MUHAH HAH HAH AHHHH!!!” To be continued.

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Various works of David Nolan. His exhibit, Enigmas and Intimacies is showing at Verde Cafe until June 12.

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Photograph by David Nolan.

“There’s an important element of trust and openness involved.” From viewing Nolan’s pieces, it is clear that there is a certain amount of trust between him and his models. Many of his pieces show very intimate and private forms of the human body. Nolan uses many different materials in his work. In Ginkgo Leaves, a naked woman appears in golden brown stain finish, and ginkgo leaves surround the image. Guardian Angel looks almost like a shrine. A nude figure seems to be standing in a little house Nolan has constructed out of wood and glass. A snail shell sits above it. Nolan is not limited to what he will use in creating his images. He plans on continuing with his work because for him it is fun. He would also like for as many people as possible to see his work. For him, it is not about the money, but it is more about someone appreciating the work. Photography is something Nolan will not stop doing. “(Photography) takes up my being. It’s my life.” buzz PHOTOS | RODERICK GEDEY

y day, David Nolan works for the psychosocial rehabilitation unit of Cross Points, a mental health facility. By night, he creates art using a camera and the images before him. He works with film, wax, paint, nude figures and spirituality. Nolan, a selftaught photographer from Danville, Ill., is showing his latest work Enigmas and Intimacies at Verde Art Gallery this month. At a young age, Nolan received a camera from his godmother, which sparked his interest in photography. After college, he bought a better camera and began teaching himself photography by reading books on technique, history and art. Nolan did most of his work in the darkroom until he felt the need for a different process. Nolan moved out of the darkroom and into the sunshine. For Enigmas and Intimacies, he used alternative processes, which take between five and 20 minutes to process a single image using ultraviolet light. Instead of a 35mm camera, he uses a large-format camera, which produces the largest negative from a camera. The photos look antique yet innovative.

Taking in the walls of the gallery and cafe, viewers can see the intimacy of the nude female figures in the 20 pieces Nolan exhibits. The figures are different shapes, sizes and colors. Most of the pieces have a spiritual aspect to them. Angel shows a woman donning a pair of fake wings on her bare back. “I started using material images in various stages,” Nolan said. “The spiritual aspect kind of evolves, and things come about. I just kept on adding more elements.” The images that Nolan creates do not necessarily have a deep meaning behind them. They are photographs that are assessable to those who choose to view. “The images come from my brain, somewhere. They just show up,” he said. Nolan prefers to photograph the naked female figure because he feels that is the ideal form. It is pleasing to the eye. He has worked on many documentary projects such as photographing jazz bands and different parts of the country. “I did documentary work at one point, but nudes and the studio is much more satisfying,” he said. He feels that he relates to his nude models on an intellectual level. In some cases, though, finding the models can be the most challenging part of his work. “I get to know them first,” he said.

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as cast a calming spell, so as to quell the father’s hysterics. Meanwhile, she paced about, uneasy that she had been surprised twice in the last ten minutes; first by Orko vanishing with magic that he was far too unskilled to even know, then this man waking and screaming the goblin’s name! Clearly, it was Orko who had attacked him ... or something under his command. While the father got his bearings, Sas observed their home. The cottage was small with many windows. Everything was made of the finest crafted wood and glazed over, giving it a nice sheen. There were many paintings hanging from the walls, and in between them, Sas could see carvings in the wood. This was an artistic family, she noted. Despite the beauty and coziness of the home, Sas still thought that the place could do with just a hint of magic ... but of course, she was biased. The girl’s father had now gotten off the floor, and was sitting in an oak chair with his daughter kissing his cheek. The man recognized his savior. “Thank you.” He nodded at Sas. “What happened?” Sas questioned. A large, muscle-bound man ripped tiny pieces of flesh from his arms and face as he burst through thorn bushes and shrubs. Knowing that it would mean his death if he slowed to look back, he focused all his efforts on making it to the river. The Vahzguls, a race of enormous, hairy and wolf-like creatures created by evil magic centuries before, could not cross water. This particular one had a gigantic mouth hanging open with a long, thick tongue, saliva swinging from it in every direction. Its teeth were deadly sharp, gleaming ivory pillars protruding from black, leathery gums. The legs, arms and torso of the beast were covered in black fur, which became a silvery white at the beast’s neck, as it was throughout the rest of its head, except for two black circles of fur surrounding the eyes. It howled with exhilaration, able to smell its prey from afar. continued on Page 7

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THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW ★★★ BY MATT PAIS | LEAD REVIEWER

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t just doesn’t seem fair. People around the country spend the whole year working hard and looking forward to summer, and with what message does Hollywood repeatedly reward them? The world is about to end. It’s that time of year again, but this time the world isn’t up against aliens or even asteroids. In The Day After Tomorrow, the uncontrollable force threatening to wipe out mankind is, get ready, really bad weather! But in the hands of disaster-guru Roland Emmerich, bad weather is more than just Twister-sized destruction. A massive wave of water submerges New York City, and intense freezing temperatures give cold air the effect of liquid nitrogen, freezing buildings and people on contact. Think of it as if God were the vil-

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arry Marshall’s talent at finding overly sentimental scripts and somehow packaging them into romantic comedies almost seems genius at times. Occasionally, this approach works—like in the case of Pretty Woman—and sometimes even a great leading lady like Julia Roberts can’t save something like Runaway Bride. In Raising Helen, Marshall takes a chance on Kate Hudson, who may arguably take over Roberts’s well-made niche as the gorgeous girl next door who makes good with one romantic comedy after another. Kate Hudson comes out like roses again, which is nothing new for her. The film focuses on a family’s tragedy and their ability to recover from it, which sounds more dramatic than anything humorous. Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) plays the youngest of three sisters, living the life of a Sex and the City singleton who works as an assistant at an exclusive New York modeling agency. Unfortunately, after this brief intro-

lain, but Mr. Freeze is playing the part. It’s a pretty striking sight to watch massive tornadoes rip apart the Hollywood sign and say bye-bye to the Capitol Records building. It’s a whole other ballgame, though, to watch New York City, the unwritten centerpiece of the country, destroyed by unparalleled forces beyond our wildest dreams. Can it be that Emmerich, the man behind Independence Day and Godzilla, has made the first mainstream film to exist in a truly post-Sept. 11 era of doom and stifled optimism? It sure seems like it. An implausible but visually astounding dressing up of climatological Armageddon as bigbudget entertainment, The Day After Tomorrow is filled with moments that beg comparison to modern-day American terror. When paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) warns that polar melting could cause a massive climate shift and an ensuing Ice Age, the nation’s leaders are skeptical. After all, it hasn’t happened before (well, not for 10,000 years), so why should we worry about it now? The President merely asks questions and looks confused (sound familiar?), and the incredulous Cheney look-alike vice president (Kenneth Welsh) says the economy is just as fragile as the environment, so the country does little in response to Jack’s warning. Then again, he estimates that the process will take more than 100 years. So when a few days later America’s greatest scientific minds are stumped by their weather radars, only Jack’s explanation makes sense because, oops, the climate shift could cli-

max in a week and a half, not 100 years. Come on. Even college geology students have heard of the North Atlantic current. Wake up, NASA! This would be a good time to point out that this is, of course, a movie, and anyone expecting a summertime blockbuster to be scientifically accurate may need medical attention. The plot is expectedly preposterous, especially when Jack treks from THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW | NEW YORK CITY Washington, D.C., to New York to reunite with his son (Jake Gyllenhaal), magnificent shot of the United States engulfed by who is conveniently stranded in the public truly unthinkable storms. Even though you know library with his crush (Mystic River’s Emmy the whole thing was the act of computers—not of Rossum). Emmerich may have intended this God—it’s hard not to ooh and aah at the sight of as a gripping bond between father and son of New York City iced over like a snow cone. The performances are nearly all as cold and Spielberg-esque proportions, but it crosses the line between impossibility and utter static as the film’s frozen Statue of Liberty but The Day After Tomorrow still manages to work as ridiculousness. Fortunately, the director, who wrote the script a decently human look into a global worst-case with Jeffrey Nachmanoff, refrains from the scenario. It uses history, science and animals all absurd action-hero catchphrases that made as effective devices in communicating the danIndependence Day, at times, so laughable. Just ger the environment poses. The problem is that most of the characters imagine if he forced Quaid to bark at an oncomexpress little more than awe, rather than fear, as ing snowstorm, “Get off my planet!” Instead, The Day After Tomorrow does a decent to what may be the unforeseen apocalypse. job of balancing eye-popping special effects with Expect to feel that same disconnected absence of an appropriate human element. There’s lots of sci- intensity towards a film that is supposed to be entific mumbo-jumbo, but for every scene of dull, unprecedented but unlikely to be remembered Weather Channel-style explanation, there’s a the day after tomorrow.

duction to Helen’s glamorous life, a disaster comes crashing down on her world when her oldest sister dies tragically in a car accident along with her husband. Soon, Helen finds out that her sister left the three remaining young children in her custody, with reasons not divulged until the end of the film. Jenny (Joan Cusack), the overprotective middle sister with a house full of her own perfect children and roomfuls of potpourri, feels RAISING HELEN | KATE HUDSON & HAYDEN PANETTIERE extremely threatened and upset that her nieces and nephew were not left with lives better. Aside from a few romantic interher. Helen makes a choice to raise the chil- ludes with the kids’ school principal, Pastor dren and completely removes herself from Dan (John Corbett), Helen’s life appears anythe highly stylized life that she built for her- thing but a happy turn for the better. Raising Helen challenges the notion that sinself in Manhattan, going to a foreign world where she works at a car dealership near her gle women give up their lives when they have children, but its execution of this theme new apartment in Queens. Obviously, some comedic points arise comes too late in the film and it often drags when a young single woman like Helen on overly depressing incidents mingled with attempts to raise a rebellious teenage girl, even more depressing monologues. Fortunately, Kate Hudson sparkles in the who’s young life strangely parallels the one Helen recently left behind, not to mention the most bleak of circumstances, making the film other two small children. All of the children appear somewhat as a comedy like its premhave an abundance of problems dealing with ise suggests. Hudson easily transitions from a charming single woman to an upset mother, their parents’ deaths. The trailer plays this film up as a comedy proving her acting chops were not just a fluke using the fish-out-of-water scenario, but in in Almost Famous. Her performance saves an actuality, it confronts the problems that a sin- otherwise over-sentimentalized drama, makgle mother raising three children endures by ing Raising Helen shine when it desperately giving up her own life to make her children’s needs a glimmer of hope.

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“It was a wonderful movie with wonderful acting, but it was really long.”

★★★ Doug Deaton Tuscola, Ill.

“Good movie with a good conclusion, but it got monotonous at the end.”

★★★ Andrew Hagler Tuscola, Ill.

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talian director Gabriele Salvatores’s I’m Not Scared (Io non ho paura) is a visually impressive suspense thriller about a 10-year-old Italian boy’s discovery of a mysterious hiding place on an edge-of-a-village farm. By telling his story from the 5th grader’s perspective, this film is strangely reminiscent of Robert Mulligan’s 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Based on Niccolo Ammaniti’s novel and skillfully adapted by its author, this tale is set in rural southern Italy in 1978, and begins when young Michele, his little sister and four friends are out bike riding through fields of golden wheat. Cinematographer Italo Petriccione wonderously captures an otherworldly environment for the kids’ daytime adventure. When Michele returns to an open area near a farm building to recover his sister’s broken eye glasses, he becomes intrigued by a door to what seems to be a ground-level storage cellar.

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here is no reason to hate Soul Plane. The cast is top-notch and the jokes are hilarious from beginning to end. Undoubtedly, there will be critics all over the nation who rip Soul Plane for having lost direction or not sufficiently developing its characters. However, it is important to remember this is just a movie about a ghetto plane and its ghetto-fabulous crew. Fun is the name of the game, and Soul Plane is the answer. The movie starts with the main character Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) winning a settlement against a fictitious airline after an in-flight incident killed Wade’s dog and left him traumatized after being stuck ass-first in the lavatory. Wade, an entrepreneur by trade, uses the money and some help from his cousin Mugs (Method Man) to start an airline catered to the extravagant wants of the urban flier. The maiden flight of Nashawn Woods Air (NWA) sets the backdrop for stupid scenarios aplenty and allows the viewers to see into the commercial aviation insight of Method Man. The movie really gets exciting when all parties begin to board the state-of-the-art 747. An

Hoping to uncover what he declares to himself as a hidden treasure of “a cave filled with gold and gems,” he catches a glimpse of a human leg covered mostly in a blanket in the darkness. Salvatores handles this frightening scene like a realistic horror episode. Thinking he’s seen a dead body, Michele quickly bolts from the startling sight to rejoin his friends. Will Michele tell the others about what he saw? Will he tell his parents and local authorities? Or, is something else going on here? Salvatores keeps us guessing. Salvatores’s narrative unwraps in multiple ways, revealing layers of several popular genres—horror, mystery, suspense—after Michele returns the next day to discover an emaciated boy, who is approximately his age, hooded in the same blanket and apparently chained to the floor of the cellar-like structure some 6 feet underground. Realistically afraid and curious Michele is nevertheless willing to help the bound child. Avoiding most of the cliches of these genres, Salvatores then challenges the audience to figure out what the main focus of the narrative will be. Some surprises are soon revealed and not all plot developments and character motivations are elaborated that clearly. Salvatores’s best scenes are suspensefully composed, using mostly natural sounds of birds flying overhead, chirping crickets and other night creatures’ sounds, and dripping water. All are neatly accented with low-key lighting that hides essential characters’ facial features and utilizes off-screen space to add just the right amount of tension. Always the tensest reaction comes from Michele as the

unfortunate Caucasian family, the Hunkees, is led by the always-uproarious Tom Arnold. The Hunkees had to join the flight after theirs was canceled on the way home from their family vacation at Cracker Land. And as expected, 15 minutes before takeoff, Captain Antoine Mack (Snoop Dogg) shows up, fresh penitentiaryissued pilot’s license in hand, to guide the plane from “the 310 to the 212.” As they taxi for takeoff, the audience sees what a 747 would look like if MTV “pimped its Ride.” Flight 0-6-9 comes complete with leather couches, spinning 84-inch rims and hydraulics. Further in-flight entertainment of a hot tub, dance club on the upper level of the plane and a performance by Lil’ John, the Eastside Boys, and the Ying Yang Twins make NWA the hottest airline in the sky. The plot is absolutely useless, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the movie, there is an emergency landing in Central Park, which by itself isn’t funny. The fact that it is done by a Hispanic stewardess who remembers landing procedure through a previous “mile-high” relationship she had makes it funny. And of course, paying homage to the original Airplane, the pilots are incapacitated. Instead of the bad fish, however, this time it’s too much weed and a freakish hot tub accident. It is worth noting that most of the comedy in Soul Plane is raunchy enough to make Andrew “Dice” Clay blush. Fortunately, though, it works well with the theme of the film. No one wants to go to a film starring Method Man and Snoop

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SOUL PLANE | SNOOP DOGG where they aren’t themselves. It is easy to see that in the making of the film, everyone had a blast on the set. Soul Plane offers just what anyone who walks into the theater would expect: a bad movie with great comedians who let loose on drugs, white people, black people and everything in between. Barring a closed-minded audience, the racially- and sexually-charged humor are a raving success. Cameos from D.L. Hughley, John Witherspoon, Karl Malone and many more keep the fans on the edge of their seats. RZA of Wu-Tang drops a hot soundtrack and the smoking hot women keep the eyes busy should anyone miss a joke. Those over 35 should forget about Soul Plane and go see Troy for the fourth time. But if you are up for a good time and an hour and a half of nonstop laughs, get yourself a boarding pass to Soul Plane.

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audience empathizes and admires his bravery. Salvatores nicely captures his youthful understanding of adult corruption and bits of lost innocence. The cast of I’m Not Scared is uniformly believable, unpretentious and compelling. The youthful, wide-eyed Giuseppe Cristiano is strong and completely natural as Michele. In scenes with his little sister Maria, Giulia Matturo, they again recall the natural chemistry of Mary Badham and Phillip Alford, the brother and sister leads in To Kill a Mockingbird. Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, as the kids’ mother Anna, and Dino Abbescia as the father Pino, add an effective touch of deceptive caring that works mostly in the latter part of the film. Pino’s friend Diego is a brutal creep, realistically portrayed by Diego Abatanuono. Like his delightful Mediterraneo, which won the best foreign language film Oscar in 1991, Salvatores’s I’m Not Scared is a mostly satisfying film that leaves just a few plot questions a bit unsatisfyingly unanswered.

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ummer revolves around three things here in America: barbecues, fireworks and bigbudget disaster flicks. While this summer, Hollywood producers chose global warming as a major scare tactic in The Day After Tomorrow, we shouldn’t forget the blockbuster disasters from the past few years that made this film possible, like one guilty pleasure titled Deep Impact. Deep Impact easily executes two crucial features important to any film catering to this genre. First, it litters itself with veteran actors who lend it credibility and second, the film has a sizable amount of destruction. Elijah Wood calls upon his boyish sensibilities with his portrayal of Leo Beiderman, who innocently comes across an asteroid hurtling toward the earth during an astronomy excursion . Everything hits the fan at this point and ELE (extinction level event) takes the place of other benign conversation topics as the whole planet panics. In comes Morgan Freeman as the president of the Unites States. He announces that the world will implement a survival lottery and place the “winners” underground in a cave for two years. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia team up to send a team of astronauts to blow the asteroid up in space. The film becomes a test of faith and endurance among the people on Earth and the astronauts in space. Sure, setbacks arise and people die, but we need to see tragedy unfold, otherwise the film becomes another sappy television drama and not a big budget action flick. Right when every character reaches that point of emotional breakdown, the small asteroid hits Earth and sends a tidal wave into the Atlantic seaboard, blasting right into Ms. Liberty herself, tearing down everything man worked so hard to build. This moment of heartfelt tears gets jerked back by the amazing special effects and we finish the movie feeling good about the survivors without imagining what the disaster would look like. Deep Impact falls into the guilty pleasure category, not because it’s necessarily predictable or sentimental, but because it tugs at the appropriate strings by dealing with drama and action on an equal level.

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What happens if someone actually finds his or her belongings on sale at the store?

A lot of people ask that question. In the 34 years of this store, there has been one recorded incident. Brenda Cantrell

people traveling daily, that small percentage of baggage is shipped to Alabama. What happens if someone actually finds his or her belongings on sale at the store? “A lot of people ask that question,” Cantrell said. “In the 34 years of this store, there has been one recorded incident.” It happened when a man from Atlanta came to the store for the annual ski sale, which is one of the largest ski sales in the South, Cantrell said. He bought a pair of ski boots for his wife and brought them back to Atlanta. His wife looked inside the shoe to find her maiden name written on the tag. When the couple realized they had reunited with a lost item, they were able to receive a reimbursement, Cantrell said. Many shoppers start off with the intention of searching the whole store, but find it quite

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exhausting to search through so many items. People from all over the country and the world stop in for a visit. A map displayed at one of the store entrances shows that people have come from as far as Australia, China and Africa. People have also dropped in from lesser-known places, like the island of Pico in the Azores. All nationalities, ages and sexes converge into a shopping frenzy to find the treasured deal they seek. Of course, most of the time, shoppers will be rubbing elbows with a friendly Alabama resident. That’s all part of the experience. There is also an Unclaimed Baggage museum. Hoggle, a puppet from Jim Henson’s movie Labyrinth was found in an unclaimed wooden crate, Cantrell said. The store got permission from the movie company to display the puppet in the store museum. Other items

in the museum include an antique violin from 18th century Germany and a stringed instrument from the Middle East. At one time, an acoustic guitar autographed by Elvis Presley was on display. Staff workers unpack the luggage and decide what is fit to sell. One time, a staff worker found a platinum solitaire diamond ring. The ring was appraised and found to be 5.8 carats worth $46,000, Cantrell said. “We get the items appraised and sell them at half of what they’re worth,” she said. “We sold that ring for $23,000.” Other interesting unclaimed items staff workers have found include a special camera used for NASA space shuttles, which later was returned to the U.S. government. There was also one incident where a young girl pulled off a Barbie doll’s head and found $500 hidden inside. The unpacking job even gets a little dangerous. One worker was unpacking a bag, and to his surprise found a live rattlesnake inside. On average, the store gets 1 million visitors annually, which is twice as many visitors at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Unclaimed Baggage Center shows that people have a fascination with digging through other people’s lost things and maybe finding a prize of their own. buzz

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or the road-tripping enthusiast, Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., is well worth the stop along the summer highway adventure. This small town in northern Alabama hides the treasures of lost items from air travel. It’s like a thrift store in that a shopper can find items at low prices, but different in the quality of items a shopper can buy. Brenda Cantrell, the shop’s marketing director, said an insurance salesman named Doyle Owens founded Unclaimed Baggage in 1970 as a part-time business. In 1995, Owens’ son Bryan Owens acquired the business and expanded the store to take up an entire city block. Shoppers can find a variety of items travelers have lost. Sixty percent of the merchandise

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is clothing for women, men and children. The rest is comprised of kitchenware, bed dressing, books, music, electronics, game systems, sports gear, DVDs, videos, jewelry, toys, cameras and luggage. This is how it works: The business has an exclusive contract with all the major airlines in the country, Cantrell said. Baggage is declared unclaimed after an airline tracks it for 90 days. The owners are reimbursed by the airlines for the loss, which technically makes the airlines the owner of the lost baggage. Unclaimed Baggage then buys the items from the airlines and sells them at the store. The store has such a vast selection because it is the only store of its kind in the country, Cantrell said. Some big-name clothing items from Versace or Armani will sell for much cheaper than they would normally be sold. Only .009 percent of the time do the airlines declare luggage unclaimed. For the volume of

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES ★★ JAMIE FOXX AND GABRIELLE UNION Breakin’ All the Rules is a watchable film. At its peaks and during Foxx’s “sexpert� scenes, it could even be considered hilarious. Chestnut is solid gold. Any actor who can be funny working with the like of Lil’ Bow Wow (Like Mike) and Steven Seagal (Under Siege 2) should be given a Nobel Prize. This is a film that will not draw many looks from critics around the country, but can provide a light moviegoing experience for those that aren’t up to the substance of the summer blockbusters hitting the screens this summer. Have fun, but don’t expect too much out of Foxx and Chestnut in Breakin’ All the Rules. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW ★★★ DENNIS QUAID & JAKE GYLLENHAAL The Day After Tomorrow does a decent job of balancing eye-popping special effects with an appropriate human element. There’s lots of scientific mumbo-jumbo, but for every scene of dull, Weather Channel-style explanation, there’s a magnificent shot of the United States engulfed by truly unthinkable storms. Even though you know the whole thing was the act of computers—not of God—it’s hard not to ooh and aah at the sight of New York City iced over like a snow cone. The problem is that most of the characters express little more than awe, rather than fear, as to what may be the unforeseen apocalypse. Expect to feel that same disconnected absence of intensity towards a film that is supposed to be unprecedented but unlikely to be remembered the day after tomorrow. (Matt Pais) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy

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GODSEND ★ ROBERT DENIRO & GREG KINNEAR Rumor has it that four endings were shot for this film, which will make any viewer wonder if the movie would have been better if they focused more on the plot in the first 90 minutes and less on the last 10. Even though it comes in under two hours, this film feels bloated and boring to the point that you’ll wish you had a clone to send to the theater so you wouldn’t have to endure this cinematic misstep. (Jason Cantone) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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BOBBY JONES, STROKE OF GENIUS ★★★ JIM CAVIEZEL With a naturally beautiful backdrop immersed in a heartwarming tale that transcends its sport, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius is enjoyable for golfers and non-golfers alike. The game itself is only a minuscule portion of the film’s overall message and does not drain the emotion and intensity of the characters. Golfers will appreciate the historical account of a legendary player but the rest of the audience will connect with Jones’ tortuous life off the course. (Dan Nosek) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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I’M NOT SCARED ★★★ AITANA SĂ NCHEZ-GIJĂ“N & DINO ABBRESCIA Salvatores’s narrative unwraps in multiple ways revealing layers of several popular genres: horror, mystery and suspense. Realistically afraid and curious Michele is nevertheless willing to help the bound child that he found chained and starving underground. Avoiding most of the clichĂŠs of these genres, Salvatores then challenges the audience to figure out what the main focus of the narrative will be. Some surprises are soon revealed and not all plot developments and character motivations are elaborated that clearly. (Syd Slobodnik) Now showing at Boardman’s Art Theatre KILL BILL: VOL. 2 ★★★★ UMA THURMAN & DAVID CARRADINE It simultaneously proves Tarantino’s incredible understanding of his strengths and limitations as a director who

wears his influences so proudly on his sleeve. He doesn’t try to top that which he references, but by synthesizing all of his favorite styles into a wholly new genre of creative filmmaking, he creates a unique, brave vision all his own. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are different enough in tone to watch separately but densely linked in a way that can only be truly appreciated when taken together. Tarantino entered Kill Bill a student, but he emerges a master. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy MAN ON FIRE ★★ DENZEL WASHINGTON & DAKOTA FANNING Director Tony Scott (Spy Game) never met a flashy, kneejerk cut he didn’t like, and he makes even the calmest sequences in Man on Fire feel like chase scenes out of Enemy of the State. Essentially, this overly long drama is little more than a story of the usual American mentality of trying to solve the problems of other countries with bigger guns and bigger egos. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy MEAN GIRLS ★★★ LINDSEY LOHAN & LACEY CHABERT Mean Girls’ screenwriter Tina Fey uses a candor that not only criticizes the stereotypes of these portrayals, but also depicts them in an entertaining way that is unique to anything shown before. The students of North Shore High don’t all belong in magazine advertisements. Some belong in the “before� pictures in weight loss commercials or on the front cover of “Special Olympics Success Stories.� This film uses the formula of the typical high school illustration, adds fresh humor and a touch of reality that makes the film surprisingly entertaining to watch. (Art Mitchell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy NEW YORK MINUTE ★★ MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN All in all, the film is just what anyone would expect. There are a couple of funny moments, some annoyingly adorable moments and others that just aren’t funny or adorable. The most striking fallout from New York Minute is the twins’ diminutive stature. Standing approximately 5 feet tall, and weighing what looks to be about 65 pounds apiece, the Olsen Twins are anything but the average movie star. At any rate, New York Minute will do its part to dispel a good deal of obsessions with the Olsen twins, mostly because they just aren’t cute anymore. (Andrew Crewell) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy RAISING HELEN ★★★ KATE HUDSON & JOAN CUSACK Kate Hudson sparkles in the most bleak of circumstances, making the film appear somewhat appear as a comedy like its premise suggests. Hudson easily transitions from a charming single woman to an upset mother, proving that her acting chops were not just a fluke in Almost Famous. Her performance saves an otherwise over-sentimentalized drama, making Raising Helen shine when it desperately needs a glimmer of hope. (Janelle Greenwood) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy SHREK 2 ★★★ MIKE MYERS & EDDIE MURPHY Shrek 2 does an admirably effective job of balancing its sarcastic but sensitive tone, and it’s never too bitter to be sweet. The film manages to repeatedly wink at all things Disney without coming off competitive, an honorable move for a Dreamworks studio that should have plenty to gloat about at the box office this summer. In giving reverence with each reference, the four-headed team of writers keeps things light and sprinkles good-hearted, intelligent fun throughout every scene. It becomes apparent that the original strove for greatness while this suitable sequel is merely good, but it’s hard to complain about another chuckle-filled trip to fantasyland sure to once again make Disney green (cha-ching!) with envy. (Matt Pais) SOUL PLANE ★★★ SNOOP DOGG & TOM ARNOLD Soul Plane offers just what anyone who walks into the theater would expect. There is a bad movie with great comedians who let loose on drugs, white people, black people and everything in between. Barring a closedminded audience, the racially and sexually charged humor are a raving success. Cameos from D.L. Hughley, John Witherspoon, Karl Malone and many more keep the fans on the edge of their seats. The smoking hot women keep the eyes busy should anyone miss a joke. Those over 35 should forget about Soul Plane and go see Troy for the fourth time. But if you are up for a good time and an hour and a half of nonstop laughs, get yourself a board-

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ing pass to Soul Plane. (Andrew Crewell) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy 13 GOING ON 30 ★★★ JENNIFER GARNER & MARK RUFFALO The premise of the film appears somewhat hokey, and by no means original, but Garner’s performance shines it up like a brand new mint penny ready for circulation. Garner’s natural ability to bring out empathy in others, both on screen and off, will eventually catapult her into the levels of stardom that Julia Roberts saw after Pretty Woman. They both subtly command attention, while winning over anyone who comes in view of their grown-up girl-next-door personas. (Janelle Greenwood) Now Showing at Beverly and Savoy THIS OLD CUB ★★★ RON SANTO The film’s more joyous moments details Santo’s recent work as a Cub announcer and his broadcast chemistry with Pat Hughes and the team’s number retirement ceremony at Wrigley Field last year. These scenes can’t compensate, though, for the film’s more awkward parts, which include the recent wishful hype over Santo’s possible induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Here, director Jeff Santo interviews legends Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Brooks Robinson, all of whom strongly endorsed Santo’s wish for the Hall of Fame. Sadly, like last year’s missed playoff opportunities, Santo will have to wait until another day for his induction into the Hall of Fame. (Syd Slobodnik) TROY ★★ BRAD PITT AND ERIC BANA Troy uses endless flourishes of triumphant horns and cymbal crashes to create some sense of majesty, but it does as much justice to Homer as William Hung does to “She Bangs.� Troy desperately wants to be a loud, sweeping rallying cry for love, brotherhood and country, but it’s just a bunch of pretty boys playing dress-up in this real Greek tragedy. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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VAN HELSING ★ HUGH JACKMAN Dracula relentlessly tries to spread his seed (unprotected sex, anyone?) and it’s up to the vampire slayer to stop him. And when Anna tells Van Helsing she’s never been to the sea, you know he’s going to take her there because that’s what a real man would do (wink wink). All of this should be enough to make your heart thump, but instead your pulse will nap while your mind goes for popcorn. For all of its adrenaline-rush action, Van Helsing is like a Halloween costume-themed Universal Studios ride, tailored to a PG-13 audience happy to get its biggest thrills from Count Chocula. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

OPENING THIS WEEKEND HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN DANIEL RADCLIFFE & EMMA WATSON The third installment of the Harry Potter series—and the best book, some might say—is the only major film opening this week. Apparently, no one wants to compete with this money-making machine of a film. The plot is simple enough: It’s Harry’s third year at wizard school, a mass murderer of a wizard recently escaped from prison and he is apparently set on an encounter with Potter. (Paul Wagner)

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): There is a Native American nation that white people call the Winnebago. The tribe's members refer to themselves, however, as the Hotcâgara. That's your first metaphorical clue for the week, Aries. You should firmly correct anyone who misnames or misidentifies you. Here's another tip, courtesy of the Hotcâgara. In their origin myth, the great god Earthmaker wakes up to realize he is the only being in the universe. In his abysmal loneliness, he weeps. His tears become the oceans and rivers and lakes of our world. I suspect that the tears you cry in the coming week will also, like Earthmaker's, be profoundly creative.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "Leafing through 'Forbes' or 'Fortune' is like reading the operating manual of a strangely sanctimonious pirate ship," wrote Adam Gopnik in the "New Yorker." My perspective is a little different. I think of Forbes and Fortune as the Bibles of the world's pre-eminent religion, the Holy Orthodox Church of Business As Usual. It's a cult we all have to come to terms with and pay tribute to. What's your relationship with it, Leo? Have you made your peace, or are you in a state of tormented denial? If it's the former, the next three months will be a favorable time to increase your income. If it's the latter, you should consider going on a financial vision quest.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In his book The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn documents the Soviet Union's oppression of many ethnic groups between 1918 and 1956. "Only one nation would not give in, nor acquire the mental habits of submission," he noted. "These were the Chechens. They never sought to please, to ingratiate themselves with the bosses . . . No one could stop them from living as they did." I don't mean to imply that the manipulative pressures coming to bear on you, Taurus, are anywhere near as severe as what the Chechens experienced. In fact, your version might be rather covert or subtle. But I urge you, nevertheless, to stand up in defense of your independent spirit with a Chechen-like clarity and ferocity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): [Note: In the spirit of the epic yet mysterious turning point you're at, Virgo, I'm providing you with an extravagant yet cryptic oracle. Read it with the nonlinear side of your brain.] Your escape from the false "home" is imminent. Are you ready to change about 10 percent of your mind about who you really are and 20 percent of your mind about where you truly belong? Regard it as a lucky sign if the prospect of fresh freedom rouses an ancient fear. It means you're close to finding the lost key to the kingdom of childhood, which is also the key to the secret garden of adulthood.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At this point in your journey, Gemini, your free will is a more important factor in determining your fate than the constraints of karma or the whims of the gods. I won't waste your time, then, predicting what may or may not lie ahead. Instead, I'll invite you to formulate self-fulfilling prophecies about the beautiful future you want to create. To help tease out your brainstorms, I offer you a few of the laws of life articulated by Hawaiian shaman Serge Kahili King: 1. The world is what you think it is. 2. There are no limits; everything is possible. 3. Energy flows where attention goes. 4. Now is the moment of power. 5.To love is to be happy. 6. All power comes from within. CANCER (June 21-July 22): "Dear Dr. Brezsny: Last night I dreamt I was returning home from a horrid date with a man who didn't even know my name. As I came into the living room, the heating duct flew off, and hundreds of rabbits started pouring in. At first I didn't mind, but then they started to attack me. Long story short, I was eaten alive by cute cuddly bunny wabbits. Comments? -Apparently Delicious Moon Child." Dear Moon Child: I think you're dreaming for the entire Cancerian tribe. Here are some possible dream interpretations. 1. You've been too nice for your own good lately. 2. Your extreme, almost manic fertility is leading you to do things that aren't healthy for you. 3.You should minimize contact with anyone who doesn't see you for who you really are, and you shouldn't indulge people who take advantage of your nurturing sweetness.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Using probability theory, mathematician J.E. Littlewood calculated that most people typically experience a miracle at a rate of about one per month. In my experience, that estimate is high. I think the average is closer to one miracle every seven weeks. But you Libras can disregard this speculation completely. The astrological omens suggest that the next four weeks will bring you at least four and as many as nine amazing synchronicities, supernatural interventions, and wondrous mysteries. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There's a chance that friends or family members will soon behave in a way that drives you crazy. It's also likely, however, that they will connect you to new resources and help you transcend your limitations. A third possibility is that they will do both: hurt you and heal you. However it all shakes out, Scorpio, you can be sure that your closest relationships are about to teach you lessons you didn't even realize you needed to know. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Laughter Yoga (www.laughteryoga.org) is a new international phenomenon that began in India. Practitioners gather together regularly to engage in halfhour sessions of nonstop chuckling, chortling, and cackling.Yogic breathing exercises supplement the therapeutic value. The month of June will be an ideal time for you Sagittarians to launch local branches of these Laughter Clubs. The astrological omens say you'll be running into an extraordinary number of funny things.That's lucky for you, because you have a lot of accumulat-

ed tension to purge, and the best way to do that is by having hilarious experiences. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your guardian angel is in a feisty mood. I wouldn't be surprised if that not-so-imaginary friend played a trick on you in an attempt to get you to lighten up. Nor would I be shocked if that wise old fool woke you up in the middle of the night to teach you a new freedom song. A kick in the butt isn't out of the question; nor is a tickling sensation in your id or an oddly pleasurable itch in your funny bone. No matter what form they take, Capricorn, I urge you to regard these visits from your secret helper as gifts of inspiration. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Weekly World News sponsored Wear Your Thong To Work Day last March 26.I didn't tell you about it back then because you just weren't ready for it. This week, though, I can justify advising you to stage your very own Wear Your Thong To Work Day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you'll have a lot more slack than usual whenever you express the raw, uninhibited, risk-taking sides of your nature. If doing the thong thing isn't the way you'd prefer to cash in on this opportunity, choose something that's a more unique reflection of your daring side. How about an Indulge Your Fantasies Day, or a Be Your Future Self Day? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the Greek myth, Persephone was abducted by Pluto, god of the underworld. He took her to his domain with the intention of making her his queen. Persephone's mother Demeter pleaded with Zeus to intervene, and he agreed to do so, declaring that as long as Persephone had not eaten any food while in the underworld, she had to be returned to her mother. But by then it was too late: Persephone had already nibbled four pomegranate seeds. Eventually, a compromise was reached: Zeus decreed that Persephone must dwell in Pluto's realm for four months of every year, but could live in the sunlight the rest of the time. The moral of the story, as far as you're concerned, Pisces: Don't eat even one bite of that underworld food.

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have a gay friend who I’ll call Bob. (Note: I have rearranged the letters of his name to protect his anonymity). He always says the first time he realized he was gay was in junior high. A group of kids were playing football and he tackled one of his buddies. Bob felt funny and didn’t want to get off of him in a timely manner. That’s when he sort of figured it out. Although he didn’t grow up to be an outstanding football player, I gotta say, he’s one outstanding gay man. My point is, I suppose, that it wasn’t really his decision. He didn’t become gay because he tackled a guy anymore than he became a football player because he tackled a guy. It wasn’t a whim or a deviation. Nothing he did made him gay; he just was. Trust me, kids in junior high may realize they’re gay, but it’s not something they go out looking for. It’s hard enough if you’re straight. Even after school, people can deny being gay their whole life, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t make them any less gay. Some people are born black, some are born Jewish, some disabled and some gay. It just is what it is. That’s why I never quite understand why we treat gay people differently as a matter of law. OK, they may be ostracized in some circles, but that’s true of a lot of things: race, religion, education, whatever. Still, everyone else is treated the same under the law except the gay folks. Them, not really so much. It’s starting to change a little in some states such as Massachusetts, Vermont, California and Hawaii. It will stay the same for awhile in most states. Then, there’s Virginia. They have a legislature that wants to prove “backwards” just isn’t a personality trait there, but also the way they look at social progress. They have a new law, an amendment to the state’s 1997 Affirmation of Marriage Act, which prohibits gay marriages. This little gem bans civil unions, partnership contracts and other “arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage.” I guess the bumper stickers and shirts are going to have to be changed from “Virginia is for lovers” to “Virginia is for lovers ... so long as your genitalia don’t match.” This law could mess with legal and medical issues, adoption and child custody, bank accounts, insurance, pretty much anything you could imagine, all because they don’t want

some people to have the same rights as others. The adoption thing especially, I never really understood. You adopt orphans, children with no homes. It’s not like if you allow gays to adopt they’re going to be running around the country stealing straight peoples’ babies in the middle of the night. They are giving homes to children who don’t have them. I find it hard to see that as a bad thing. Should gay partners be allowed the same benefits as far as health plans and insurance goes? Geez, I think maybe they should. You know why? Because they work and pay taxes. They will also pay the premiums. They aren’t getting off scot free or living off straight people. They are doing exactly what you’re doing, paying the same amounts for the same coverage. Still, maybe it’s simpler than all this. Maybe it’s not the benefits so much as the way of life. Maybe you just don’t believe in gay marriage. That’s fine, you don’t have to. Hell, I don’t believe Oswald acted alone, I don’t believe anything Dick Cheney says and I don’t believe in pork rinds without beer. However, I don’t think we should deny healthcare or children to anyone who feels differently. That’s really the difference. I really wonder if it even comes down to beliefs. I think it just may be more of a meanness. Sense and decency toward other people may be hard to come by down there. So, for all of you folks in Virginia, let’s take another approach. I’ll put in words you can understand. Why should those gay bastards get off so easy? Us straight people have to deal with marriage, divorce, alimony, staying together for the kids, uncomfortable family gatherings and an astonishing lack of oral pleasure. If I were you, I’d be damned if I let the gays miss that part of life. Make ‘em suffer just like every one else. Make those bastards decide whether or not to pull the plug on their dying partner. Force ‘em to go to PTA meetings. Let them try and find the money for a college education. See if those fruits and lezzies can pool enough money together each month to pay a mortgage. Put them together for 20 years and see if they can still find a way to love each other. If they’re any worse at it than the rest of us, then go ahead and pass your little laws. If they succeed at it about as well as everyone else, then suck it up and act like you’ve got a little bit of sense down there. It’ll be a pleasant change for the rest of America.

Michael Coulter is a videographer, comedian and creator of the weekly email column “The Sporting Life.”

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into sensing that their “home” was actually the target area, but pigeon experts say it is more likely the pigeons would have returned to dive-bomb Britain.) – At the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign’s “Sex Out Loud” Health Awareness Fair in March, the Feminist Majority organization sponsored a “giant vagina structure” for which students could pay a dollar and stick their heads in to have their pictures taken. Said a spokesperson, “There are a lot of phallic symbols in society, and we wanted to put a vaginal one out there.”

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President Bush’s war coalition oil partners decide to lower their gouging prices for oil. The superwealthy income-tax beneficiary need not worry about making payments of the trillion dollar tax deficit since that will be left for payment by our children and through reductions in Social Security benefits. – George E. Brazitis, Champaign


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he Midwest has never really been known for its landscape. The drive down 74 East or West is hardly interesting. No rolling hills, no lush forests, just fields that stretch from one small town to the next. But, we can’t discount the charm in that. The landscape leaves much to be desired, and you wouldn’t think there would be much in the way of outdoor recreation. But, that is simply not true. Last weekend, some friends and I loaded up the car and took a trip across the Indiana border to Turkey Run State Park. Just off the Veedersburg exit, the long stretch of road, before we reached the state park, was lined with flea markets and locals selling everything from firewood to produce to baby clothes. Their business economy centered around two things farming and campers.

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Turkey Run was beautiful. The rolling field seemed so far away when we were submerged in the flourishing vegetation and running rivers of the state park. I grew up five minutes away from Kickapoo State Park and Kennekuk. I spent countless days exploring the trails and canoeing the river. Though, the landscape of the Midwest can be daunting -– there are many spots in close proximity that are worth the drive. I’ve never been much for camping myself. When I was a kid and my family camped at Kickapoo, my mother and I typically went home when it got dark and slept in our own beds. We weren’t exactly sure how to “rough it”. But, camping is a great summer activity, and there are some really interesting parks to see right in our area. So, take advantage of what the area has to offer.

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he last few weeks have been classic ones for Cubs fans. The “over-worried” Cubs fan, the “doom and gloom” Cubs fan, the “It’s not if, it’s when” Cubs fan. Every time one of our players hits the bag wrong or takes a little too much time in between pitches, we’re wondering if another player might grace the disabled list. Yes, the Cubs have a club record NINE players on the DL. Yes, the “deep” bench is starting to tire and we’ve had enough of pretending that Jose Macias is cool in right field. Yes, we did lose five games in a row this past week. However, we’re going to … relax. We are telling ourselves, “Just relax”—and we prescribe the same to you, loyal reader. Now, let’s make it clear, we have not been relaxed, we just think it’s a good idea. Baseball is a game of what goes around comes around—a game of cycles—yet one of the few games that even Las Vegas odds makers will hardly try and mess with on a daily basis. Here are the facts: The Cubs remain 2 1⁄2 games back. While St. Louis and Houston have all, or almost all, of their would-be playoff rosters hacking and firing away, the Cubs don’t – yet all 3 clubs have a 27-23 record. Not a bad angle for a Cub fan, is it? An interesting note is that we could be writing this SAME column for a Boston College student newspaper right now. Boston is tied for first place, percentage points behind the Yankees, but no Nomar, no Nixon, no Kim, no Burks, no Mueller, yet doing just fine, hanging in there and making it work. It appears the similarities between Boston and Chicago will continue right up through the ‘04 playoffs, lots to think about, but for now we will relax and tell you about a few other things that happened this week. The White Sox stay impressive and stay in first. The NL Central proves 2ON2OUT correct. It is the toughest division in baseball, top to bottom, with not one of its six teams under .500. Ho-kay. So once again, the 2ON2OUT was in attendance at Wrigley. This time, it was Memorial Day with our good friends and visiting Braves-fans-turned-Cub-fans-for-theday. Pre-game intermittent rain leads to staying dry in a local watering hole; a huge bowl of downtown chili at Yak-zies is consumed. Wait, that was a bad idea. Sun peaks through ... Wait. Italian Beef. Sun is out, we stroll into the stadium, the game starts on time. Maddux vs. Oswalt. Yet again, the odds seem to be in favor of the other team (remember last week 2ON2OUT was lucky enough to see Glendon Rusch pitch!). Oswalt had his way with the Cubs in Houston last week, surrendering three hits in seven innings and striking out eight. Maddux, on the other hand, last week had what we like to call a “silver platter curve ball,” and you can figure that one out.

Nice and tasty to hit: 5IP, nine hits, three home runs … not so good. Memorial Day was different. Oswalt was good, Maddux was better. On a day where rain storms came and went every other inning, Maddux did a fine job of producing none of his own. One solo HR is all Maddux would allow. Yes, he was painting like he did in Atlanta (my good Brave-fan friend commented) and I agreed. Alou put the Cubs ahead with a onehanded looking wallop onto Waveland; Cubs 3 Astros 1, top of the ninth. Enter Joe Borowski. Before we talk about what happened next, here’s a quick Joe Borowski file: blue collar, Dad was a fireman, Joe was supposed to be, but instead he played baseball, toiled in the minor leagues for eight to nine years, light bulb goes off and he saves 33 games for the NL Central Division champ Cubs in 2003, new two-year contact in the offseason, high hopes. Joe Borowski—Joe-Bo—a real Chicago-type guy; hard-working, nothing given to him. We love Joe Borowski, but lately he’s made it difficult to love him. With a 7.78 ERA and fresh off a blown save in which he gave up five runs in 2/3 IP against the Pirates on Friday, we really don’t want to see Joe-Bo right now … Damn that chili I had before the game … You see Joe has not pitched well this year. Everyone knows he’s not a playoff-caliber closer, right? Yet, he had converted 22 saves in a row before last Friday’s meltdown. OK, no choice, here we go. First pitch, Hidalgo grounds right back to the mound. Hey, nice! Good start. Second pitch, Jose Vizcaino singles. Oh, no. Third batter, Orlando Palmeiro. This guy kills us! Not this time. Strikeout. Two down, crowd on its feet. Craig Biggio to the plate. He rips the ball into the LF corner. Two on, two out. How ironic. Now what happens next is why Cub fans will be forced to stick with ol’ Joe for awhile. Adam Everett slams a Borowski slowball to LF, right at Alou. Game over. Cubs win. The crowd erupts. Our friends want to slap my hand and congratulate me on the victory, but I’m still thinking, What just happened? We won. That’s good. In that moment, I realized Joe Borowski kind of sums up this last month of injury plagued cub-ball: This guy grinds it out. He makes it work. I slap their hands. I’m sure I won’t be surprised if Borowski blows a few more saves, or even is replaced by Hawkins at some point, but for now, we have to stick with Joe and maybe even relax a little bit. Prior is back in a few days with Merker, Grudzy, Sosa, Woody, and A-Gon (take your time, Alex) not far behind. Ahhh. This weekend, maybe I’ll go with the garden salad before the Pittsburgh game. Nah. The 2ON2OUT are Seth and Adam Fein and would like to denounce Donald Rumsfeld and his policies and any hot dog that isn’t kosher.

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