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tatyana safronova EDITOR’S NOTE In t he 2 0 04 mov ie Sideways, depressed writer Miles Raymond goes on a wine-tasting tour through California. At one wine shop, M i le s s how s h i s friend, Jack, how to smell a wine. “Now, stick your nose i n it,” he say s to Jack as he holds his glass. “Don’t be shy, really get your nose in there. Mmm ... a little citrus ... maybe some strawberry ...” he continues picking out the notes in his wine. “... passion fruit ... and, oh, there’s just like the faintest soupçon of like asparagus and just a f lutter of a, like a, nutty Edam cheese ...“ Like Stephanie Prather who wrote about wine tasting (Around Town, pg. 4), I am not a wine connoisseur. My friends can swirl their wine glasses, put their noses in there and pick out mangoes and blueberries. I smell rubbing alcohol and sweaty feet. Occasionally we crack jokes and quote those winy lines from Sideways. But in reality, I only smell the feet and taste INTRO | A ROUND TOWN | L ISTEN, HEAR | THE HOOPLA | STAGE, S CREEN &

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a bitter, dry, occasionally sweet alcohol I’ve somehow grown to enjoy. Perhaps I can’t taste the finite notes because I don’t appreciate alcohols in general and instead choose to improvise and bastardize my drinks: I’ve microwaved Grey Goose Vodka and put ice cream in my Guinness (a must!). And despite the fact that I’ve been trying wines for years, I still can’t tell why “Merlot” is a dirty word and neither can I smell the asparagus. Like Stephanie, I’ve been to a tasting. It was in a chateau in northern Michigan, where the lake’s climate and the region’s soil allow for wine grape production and attract many people who want to try their hands at establishing vineries. While there, I couldn’t tell much of a difference among the wines I was sipping and decided that my favorite was the Riesling, a slightly sweet white. Perhaps my aspirations for wine are pretentious, but I like to think that I’m searching for something more meaningful than notes of cheese in my wines: it’s the experience, the social bonds, the confusion and those rare moments when — gasp — I can taste a hint of strawberries too. sounds from the scene


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michael coulter FIRST THINGS FIRST FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS ... and how I failed Everyone always talks about how great the Internet is and I suppose I sort of have to agree, but sometimes I feel like it just isn’t helping me all that much. Surprisingly, it’s not a problem with porn or gambling or any of the usual afflictions that the Internet is sometimes responsible for. For me, there’s just too much information available. For example, last week I felt sort of weird one day and logged on to WebMD. For a brief period of time, I was convinced I had Parkinson’s disease, but then I diagnosed myself with ALS (you know, Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It turned out I was just hungover. See, too much information is killing me. While I was thrilled to find out I’m not yet afflicted with any of my usual feared diseases, I still feel it’s a good idea to check the symptoms every so often just to be sure. I suppose in that way the Internet does help me a little bit. The key to such things is catching the problem early and I plan to catch it before it has even started, so that has to be a good sign. Since that problem was sort of solved, I decided I should go ahead and try to self improve. As I was considering the infinite problems I have, I stumbled across a little item called “Five Ways to Boost Your Social Skills.” This seemed like the perfect little nugget for me as I have a tendency to piss folks off on a regular basis … I’m not sure this helps me much either. The # 1 rule was to love yourself. Seriously, that’s has so never been a problem. I mean, my mom caught me “loving myself ” once when I was 13 and that did absolutely nothing to help my social situation. In fact, she wouldn’t talk to me for nine days. If anything, it made me less social. If they mean “loving yourself ” the other way, like just thinking of yourself as super cool, I’m more than okay in that area also, yet I still piss people off. Rule # 1 is not helping me in the least. Rule # 2 may actually be the problem. It says I’m supposed to listen to others. Fine, I’ll admit I’m absolutely terrible at such a thing, but I’m not convinced it’s totally my fault. If others would make an effort to be a little more interesting,

then I would be more likely to listen to them on a regular basis. I don’t know, is that an acrossthe-board thing, to listen to others? What if it’s really boring or something, like when someone tells you about a dream? I’m all for being social, but holy crap, I think I have to draw the line at listening to others. Rule # 3 is a freaking joke. Communicate freely. Trust me, this is generally when I begin to piss people off (i.e. don’t think about what I’m saying). I should be better at this because I was a communication major in college. At the time, I was told I would be able to do anything that didn’t require skill when I graduated. I don’t remember them saying anything about it improving my social skills. In all fairness though, I didn’t pay attention in class most of the time. Rule # 4 — be open-minded — is probably not going to help me much either. I really try to be open minded, but this is a huge problem since I’m convinced I’m always right. Often, I’m still somewhat convinced of this even when I’m proven wrong, so it possibly is an area I should work on. Lastly, on rule # 5, they encourage you to trust yourself and others. I gotta tell you, I’ve been burnt virtually every time I gave that little plan a shot. The last time I trusted myself, I said I was only gonna have two beers and then go home. 14 beers later and an after-hours until 5 a.m. made it very clear that I am not a person to be trusted, even when I’m just trying to trust myself. As far as trusting others goes, I’m not a huge fan of that either. So, once again the Internet didn’t really help me all that much. Sure, it may have given me some facts and tips that I can understand and recognize, but it didn’t help me implement any of them, and that’s really the key to such a thing. Social smocial, I don’t need to meet new people anyway, and I honestly prefer the company of the folks who have already had to put up with my dumb ass for a certain period of time. At least they already expect to be pissed off, so if nothing else, it’s less of a surprise. Geez Louise, when I really think about it, it may be good that everyone else isn’t quite as “social” as I am.

OOPS! WE MADE A MISTAKE • In our May 24 issue, we mistakenly misrepresented the Cardio Salsa class at Gold’s Gym in Cham-

paign. Cindi, the instructor, uses Latin steps from various dances like merengue, bachata, salsa and cha-cha to teach this aerobics class on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cindi is a professional fitness instructor and her class focuses on individual fitness instead of formal dance instruction. Around town, you can find a few places to learn how to dance salsa and practice your moves. Cowboy Monkey features weekly “Salsa Sundays” with DJ Bris Mueller. The evenings start with lessons from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and feature open dancing until 2 a.m. DJ Bris also plays at salsa nights at Soma Ultralounge on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. KoFusion features dancing on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. These places are all located in downtown Champaign and charge no cover if you come early. To learn about more events and structured dance classes, visit the Web site groups.yahoo.com/group/S-A-L-S-A. • Although buzz strives for accuracy, we sometimes make mistakes. If you catch something we didn’t,

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ewly 21 and determined to become wine literate, I set out on a quest to learn the ropes of wine tasting and purchasing. With an aff inity for boxed White Zinfandel and cheap wine with colorful labels, I knew I had a lot to learn before I could become a true wine af icionado. I arrive at the Sun Singer Wine Bar Café in Champaign, ready to talk wine. Owner Mark Yarbrough proves to be an enthusiastic resource, and I am relieved to learn they specialize in educating

beginners about the world of wine. “Our mission is to demystify wine and assist customers in how to taste wine,” Yarbrough said. Yarbrough retrieves a glass from behind Sun Singer’s wine bar and pours me a tiny sample of a Moscato d’Asti 2006, just one of the 1,700 bottles available at Sun Singer. I clumsily swirl the light bubbly wine around in my glass and breathe in its aroma, steps that Yarbrough tells me are essential in releasing

and experiencing all the flavors of the wine. The dessert wine tastes light and fruity, something I would choose to sip on a lazy afternoon with friends. Yarbrough, who opened Sun Singer with his wife Jackie out of their mutual passion for wine, hosts wine tastings and courses, like Wine 101, in-store for customers to learn the basics. We leave the café area, and Yarbrough walks me through the store and shares tidbits about seemingly every bottle of wine. Sun Singer’s wines range in price from $8 to over $200 and come from all over the world. They carry everything from table wine to wine made from grapes grown specifically in volcanic soil. Yarbrough utilizes a map to explain the difference between Burgundy and Pinot Noir, showing me that Burgundy is the same as Pinot Noir but is made in the Burgundy region of France. We discussed the distinct sweetness of California wines and the spiciness of Australian Shiraz. Feeling more confident in my wine knowledge, I headed to the Corkscrew Wine Emporium where I met manager Jared Bland. Bland, a seasoned wine devotee, leads me around the store, explaining that every bottle of the Corkscrew’s wine has been hand-selected for quality and taste. “No wine enters without being tasted,” Bland says. “We’re really picky.” Bland’s family opened the Corkscrew’s Urbana location in 1999 and generally caters to a clientele with a sophisticated palette — primarily doctors, graduate students and professors. According to Bland, the Corkscrew’s customers are primarily interested in bold French red wines, so Bland’s cozy shop unofficially boasts the largest collection of French wines in the area. “We’re really education focused,” says Bland. “We want to sell the customer the right bottle of wine.” Though many customers are seeking out red wines, Bland scoffs at the snobbery red wine drinkers often have toward sweeter white wines. I confess to Bland my own bias toward white wines because of their drinkability and tastiness and am relieved that his personal tastes are similar. “Some of the best wines in the world are sweet,” Bland said, who admits he drinks a lot of Champagne and white wine. Bland says he encourages customers to drink what they like

LEFT: Christine Graves (A.K.A Steeny) of Urbana, a wine enabler at the Corkscrew Wine Emprium, swirls the wine to oxygenate it, releasing the wine’s hidden aromas and smoothing its taste. Swirling also shows the “legs,” (the thick droplets of wine that form on the inside of the glass and stream down) allowing one to note the body and consistency of the wine. RIGHT: Christine demonstrates the proper method of tasting.

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IN A HOUSE MADE OF STRAW The eco-friendly alternative to modern construction JENNIFER FERGUSON • STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY AMELIA MOORE

The Corkscrew Wine Emporium on 203 N. Vine St. in Urbana, has an exquisite selection of both native and foreign wines. Pictured here is just one of many selectively stocked wine racks.

but to be open to trying new things. The Corkscrew offers wine tastings every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. The Wednesday tasting, called Juicebox, gives customers a chance to sample pricier wines for a small fee. However, Bland warns me not to take wine tasting too seriously. “It’s fermented grape juice,” says Bland. “In a world as troubled as ours, wine is a luxury; treat it as such.” Lucky enough to be present for one of the Corkscrew’s impromptu wine tastings with a regional wine distributor, I was handed a glass and a bucket to spit the wine into after I tasted it. I was working, after all. I tasted everything the distributor brought, from White Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon, and was guided through the flavors by Bland and his brother Nick. Swirl, smell, sip, spit, repeat. My favorite wine of the tasting, however, was a Stickleback White at $9.99 a bottle that Bland recently discovered and was excited to share. I found it to be a semi-sweet wine with a clean and refreshing finish. After my extended stay at the Corkscrew, I made the journey to Alto Vineyards in Champai gn to sample some Illinois wines. Located in the furthest possible corner of Northwest Champaign, Alto Vineyards is a small homey building with a large porch, a hidden treasure in the Heartland. Alto is a family-operated winery based in Alto Pass, Ill. and makes over 20 wines. Because the Illinois climate is diverse and the soil is too fertile to grow many traditional strains of grapes, the grapes Alto uses are hybrid strands designed to survive in the Midwest. For this reason, Alto’s wines have names you might not have heard before, but don’t be discouraged. I recommend the Chambourcin, a dry red wine with a black cherry flavor, and the Shawnee Gold, a dessert wine with peach and apricot flavors. For those in the mood for something quirkier, the Wiener Dog White is a fruity white wine with mango and pear flavors. Alto’s wines are also very affordable, ranging from $8.95 to $18.95 per bottle. After a day of wine tasting and research I go home with a bottle of Graff Spätlese Riesling and a slight headache. My hopes for growing to love the big red wines are replaced with new excitement about a whole world of white wines that please my palate. Maybe another day of tasting will make a Merlot drinker out of me. sounds from the scene

The year was 1880, and the American West had yet to be won. The only settlements past St. Louis were the primitive homesteads of those brave enough to pioneer westward into the Great Plains. With virtually no trees for building their homes, settlers turned to an obvious alternative — straw. The rolling hills of grass, which once grew in such abundance, made straw an essential tool for building homes — the first straw-bale houses in the U.S. Like the early settlers of over a century ago, New Prairie Construction Co., based in Urbana, is pioneering the Midwest through the use of straw-bale construction in Central Illinois. New Prairie specializes in straw-bale construction, an environmentally responsible alternative to other construction materials. Julie Birdwell, co-owner of the company, built the first, and as of now, the only, straw-bale house in Urbana, which is located on Main Street. The house is constructed from a pavilion-style base, made of wooden beams, with bales of straw stacked like bricks to form the walls. The bales

are coated with stucco on the outside, while the inside walls are finished with plaster. “Historically, America started straw-building in agriculturally based areas,” Birdwell said. “Straw is an agricultural waste product, so using it contributes to agricultural economy and energy efficiency. We use the waste that would otherwise be burned, which would create even more air pollution. Plus, it’s aesthetically beautiful.” Birdwell and her partner built their home in their spare time, star ting in 2001 and completing construction in 2005. They used rye straw purchased from an organic farmer out of Stewardson, Ill., and after just two years in their home, they both agree that the hard work was well worth it. “We are using only about 20 to 25 percent of energy per square foot ... [compared to more] traditional houses. That’s a 75 percent reduction in terms of fossil fuel use,” Birdwell said. Last winter, even during the blizzard in February, the Birdwells didn’t turn on their gas furnace once. Instead they relied on a corn

furnace, in their basement, and a wood furnace, on their main level, which kept their naturally insulated home at a comfortable temperature. According to Birdwel l, she used less than one cord of wood (a stack approximately 4by-4-by-8 feet) to heat their home for the entire season. Another great perk of straw-bale construction, especially in this area, is that straw-bale buildings are very stable. Buildings like this hold up well in highly seismic areas because they are flexible, and the strength of the bales increases shock absorption capacity. Straw-bale walls are also fire resistant. “With the plaster and stucco, we have a twohour fire-wall compared to a residential house made with wood, which only had about a 20 minute-fire wall,” Birdwell said. “It is also pest resistant. Termites don’t eat straw, and since the structure is so tight, there isn’t enough oxygen between the walls for pests or fires to live.” The Birdwells’ favorite part of their home is that it is architecturally unique.

Julie Birdwell, a University of Illinois alumnus, and her 13-month-old son Reuben play in the backyard of their home made of straw in Urbana. Behind her, the adobe oven and grills she has recently built to cook with decorate the backyard. “The house is so well insulated from the straw that it would heat up whenever I cooked. So I built this [adobe oven and grills] outside,” explained Birdwell.

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“We chose to build with the imperfections of the straw,” Birdwell said. “You could smooth the plaster so it is perfectly straight, but by building with the straw’s natural irregularities it looks so organic — it’s sort of like living in a sculpture.” The house was completed with other recycled materials such as reclaimed flooring (from an old Sidell, Ill. grade school), reclaimed slate counter tops (which were originally chalk boards), a foundation made from a concrete and recycled Styrofoam mix, and even a couple of doors from the University of Illinois’ Natural H istor y Bu i ld i ng. The wa l l s a re pa inted

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with natural paints that the Birdwells made themselves from clay and wheat paste. “I think and I hope that there is a lot of interest with this kind of construction, but I know there is a lot of caution too,” said Birdwell. “It’s just a matter of commitment to energy conservation and green building. But if I could tell people one thing about my experiences building and living in a straw-bale house, it would be that doing this is worth it — it is defi nitely worth it. I encourage people to research and understand the process, but all I can say is that this is the most comfortable house I have ever lived in.”

TOP: The crew of the New Prairie Construction Co. sits on the front steps of Julie Birdwell’s home made from bales of straw stacked like bricks to form walls. “We’ve been wanting to do sustainable construction for a long time,” said Birdwell in regards to her energy efficent home located on Main Street in Urbana.

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Pasta, aka The Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corp.’s Annual Pasta Pageant By Tom Griffin Sue Lawless, director Best friends Artie and Doober work at the Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corporation, where each year they have entered and have lost the company’s annual pasta pageant talent contest. But this year will be different because the pair will be dressed as singing-dancing boxes of pasta! How can they lose? However, Slimy, the henchman of Artie’s bookie, is breathing down Artie’s neck for a payment he doesn’t have…will he be able to make it to their performing pasta debut? The suspense could kill you…or Artie! Strong language Saturday, June 16 at 8pm; Sunday, June 17 at 7pm; Sunday, June 24 at 7pm; Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30pm; Friday, June 29 at 7:30pm; Friday, July 6 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 14 at 8pm; Thursday, July 19 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 28 at 3pm and 8pm Studio Theatre Tuesday-Saturday: $18 / SC & Stu 15 / UI 10 Sunday & Matinee: $15 / SC & Stu 12 / UI 10 The Lion in Winter Ostensibly, the family of Henry II has gathered together to celebrate the Christmas of 1183 at a castle in Chinon, France. In reality, each family member is there to promote his or her own interests in determining who should rule England. This classic comedy/drama has served as a magnet to attract great actors to the roles of Henry II and his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor–everyone from Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn to Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close to Summer Studio favorites Anne Shapland Kearns and Steven M. Keen.

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Sa Jun 16 Pasta, aka The Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corp.’s Annual Pasta Pageant 8pm, $10-$18

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years ago, the Monterey Pop Festival crested the free-loving wave that became known as the Summer of Love, or, to my cloistered hippie friends and me, “the greatest time to be alive ... ever.” The Beatles, while absent from the festival’s lineup, helped plan the enormous event, and from June 16-18, the sunny Monterey County Fairgrounds pulsed with 200,000 people in an unprecedented gathering. Just imagine their presumably naked, hopefully painted, and defi nitely drugged bodies teaching the world how to unite under a song, how to have a festival. Featuring such acts as The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Ravi Shankar, the fi rst festival to be primarily devoted to rock and roll paved the way for Woodstock, Lollapalooza, Coachella, and alas, Bonnaroo. 1967 is gone, and until I found out I was attending Bonnaroo 2007, I thought that I would never be free. Held in Manchester, Tennessee, the Bonnaroo Music Festival follows in its granddaddy’s footsteps by building a lineup that is not only diverse but also legendary with space for camping and the perfect venue for recreational activity — psychadelic or otherwise. Like its predecessor did 40 years ago on this fateful June weekend, Bonnaroo also seeks to provide its thousands of attendees with a sense of community and provides comedy tents, organized exercise like yoga and baseball, art galleries, and craft and merchandise vendors, a pseudo-cityscape. I’m not sure how much baseball I’ll be participating in, but I do know that my presumably naked and hopefully painted body will be running frantically around Bonnaroo’s six venues: What Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, The Other Tent, and Somethin’ Else. Bonnaroo is Cajun slang for “a really good time,” which each of the days promises to be. Although no day has Ravi Shankar, Buffalo Springfield, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and the Mamas and the Papas, as did June of 1967, at the Monterey Pop Festival, I still expect complete aural euphoria. Below is my Bonnaroo, my Summer of Love, day by delicious day. I’ve also hypothesized what I’ll be doing during each of the shows with this handy key: P- pondering: you know, my existence, the lyrics. D- dancing: I’m going to be free; I’m a better dancer at night. Z- resting: calmly listening and hydrating, perhaps in the shade. R- rocking: my most spiritual mood, a special combination of dance, thought, lust, and possible tears.

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I’ll enjoy breakfast with the Cold War Kids and, courtesy of WPGU, will be able to sing every lyric of “Hang Me Up To Dry”, all “careless in [my] summer clothes.” A small dream of mine will then be realized as I watch Kings of Leon play an afternoon set in their home state, the festival field a seemingly ideal place to host their epic garage anthems. For the late night show, a superjam is taking place for three glorious hours. With ?uestlove of The Roots on drums, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin on bass (and hopefully keys), and international funk-rock-folk-soul icon Ben Harper on guitar, I will be in love, especially when they play “Whole Lotta Love.” SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH: 2:15-3:30 p.m. Regina Spektor (Z) 3:15-4:45 p.m. Ziggy Marley (P) 4:15-5:30 p.m. The Hold Steady (Z) 5:45-7:45 p.m. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (R) 6-7:30 p.m. Spoon (P) 9-11:30 p.m. The Police (R) 12-2:30 a.m. The Flaming Lips (R!) The most tr iumphant tr iumvirate of shows will be taking place Saturday night, as I move from Ben Harper’s always funky, always passionate show (and perhaps a peak at Spoon), to the legendry punk-pop-reggae trio, The Police, to the ethereal sonic cosmos of The Flaming Lips. If The Police can transcend their 60-year-old shells and move me (Sting does yoga, so it’s likely), then this chain of shows could be the highlight of the festival. SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH:

1-2 p.m. John Butler Trio (Z) 2:30-3:45 p.m. Wolfmother (D) 5:30-7 p.m. Wilco (R!) 6-7:30 p.m. Feist (R) 7:15-8:45 p.m. The White Stripes (R) During John Butler Trio, I plan on stretching my bones on the grass and letting the virtuoso slide-guitarist lend me his Australian sunshine, An illustration for the original music festival: The Monterey Pop Festival, which kicked off a preparatory soak for another packed day. Ever the Summer of Love in 1967 since Wilco annexed Nels Cline for Sky Blue Sky, I’ve THURSDAY, JUNE 14: been dying to see them again. My favorite current 10:30-11:30 p.m. The National (P) live act, tears may or may not be shed during “You 11:45 p.m.-1:15 a.m. Tea Leaf Green (D) Friday, June 15th: Are My Face”. Once my catharsis is completed, Jack 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Rodrigo & Gabriela (D) 1:15-2:15 p.m. Cold War Kids (R) and Meg White’s thunder awaits me. 2:15-3:30 p.m. Brazilian Girls (D) Hopefully I’ll have my tent assembled and my 40 waters tucked in 3:45-5:00 p.m. Kings of Leon (R!) the cooler by the time the baritone-driven Brooklyn rock from The 4–5:30 p.m. Hot Chip (D) National begins. From there, I’ll head to Rodrigo y Gabriela, the only 6:30-8 p.m. Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System (R) For a complete lineup of the festival, visit http://www.bonnaroo.com. 12-3 a.m. Ben Harper, John Paul Jones, ?uestlove (?) concert where I’ll be able to simultaneously tango and headbang.

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Instant Karma — the Amnesty International campaign to save Darfur — is an album that was released this past June 5 that compiled of over 50 international musicians, uniting under the urgency in recognizing the problems millions of people of facing in central Africa and are doing so under the influence of one powerful drug: John Lennon’s music. Just 40 years ago, hundreds of musicians not only produced the music that would one day lead in musical genius, but they also set out to inspire. They set out to stimulate the masses into taking action against corrupted government and to unite under one cultural agenda: freedom. A human right is a phrase our generation has begun to take for granted; we lost the luster of challenging the goals deemed unachievable. Summer of 1967 was a year in which people claimed was the “Summer of Love,� or rather the eye of the storm just before Vietnam lashed out and sent in more of our troops and grew to be the nightmare we hear of today. A nightmare we are growing ever closer to, once again. In 1967, musicians experimented with the power given to them, they experimented with the freedom to tap into the psychedelic world they lived in, and spoke directly through their words to the masses. I guess what I am trying to say is that the musicians who gathered to create Instant Karma remind me that music is a powerful outlet of

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Sometime in between his constant performance schedule and the preparation for elsinore’s upcoming recording session in Chicago, Ryan Groff spoke with me about his various and frequent musical happenings. His solo debut, People in the Midwest, will be released on Parasol Records and celebrated with a show at the Cowboy Monkey June 14, well, tonight. buzz: In three words, how do you feel about your recent signing to Parasol Records? RG: Fat and sassy. buzz: What is your favor ite part about music: the songwriting, the recording, or the performance? RG: The songwriting is definitely the flaming hoop that you keep singeing yourself on. Every once in a while you pull your legs in just tight enough that you make it through and you’ve done what you intended to do. However, performing in front of people is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had, whether singing my own words or playing my favorite cover songs. buzz: In comparison to performing with elsinore, what is your favorite thing about performing solo? Your least favorite?

RG: I have complete control over ever y chord, pause, note, and nuance, which means I’m responsible for mistakes, but also for the beautiful moments that come out very frequently in intimate performances. My least favorite part is when I have a show where I need someone else to help take the pressure off of me a bit or to make things run smoother. buzz: How will your upcoming EP differ sonically from Nothing For Design and earlier elsinore? RG: This album, since it’s technically not an EP as it’s 8 songs and 43 minutes long, sits right on the lap of the listener. You can hear my fingers slide and my lungs breathe and my chair creak. This is the best recording I’ve ever been a part of, and I feel like that’s saying a lot as it’s the ninth record I’ve made as part of a band or on my own. buzz: What is your favorite historical era? RG: I’d die to wear a white wig like men in the 1700s and get away with it. I suppose if George Bush were impeached along with the rest of the Government from Hell, the world today, right now would be my favorite. It’s all I really know.

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readers all over the country), check out myspace. com/ryangroffmusic for info on release shows in your town this week! Speaking of Angie Heaton (look at that segue, will you?), she’ll be getting her folk-rock on tonight, as well. She will play Aroma Café’s weekly acoustic series alongside the lovely Eleni Moraites. The show runs from 8-10 p.m. Speaking of new CDs (he’s on a roll, folks), Noah Harris (that’s right ladies, the lead singer of down-tempo indie band Elanors) has a new disc, The Sea and Age EP. The singer has been making the rounds playing shows as a solo act, while also joining wife Adriel Harris as a member of the Wandering Sons. Last weekend he opened for the Sons with a set featuring the backing of, you guessed it, most of the Wandering Sons. You can get yourself a copy of the new CD at a live show, or you could swing by myspace.com/elanors and send along a message to have one mailed to you. He’s nice, so he’ll probably do that. And don’t be alarmed by the picture — that really is Noah, not Richard Ashcroft. The Life and Times, one of the loudest and most-rocking bands in the Midwest, will make another stop at Cowboy Monkey this week. Friday night they will join Triple Whip and Pinebender for a 10 p.m. show. The cover is $7, which is nothing when you consider how rocked you will be at the end of the night. Oh, and have a BLT while you’re at Cowboy Monkey — that thing is like crack.

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INGRAM CONTINUED FROM PG. 10 In the sa me vein of face-melt ing l ive performance, the Maserati show last Wednesday at Cowboy Monkey was one of the best shows to happen in this town this year. For those who missed out, the band will hopefully be back for this year’s Pygmalion Music Festival. If you haven’t seen this band, it is absolutely imperative that you do. The CDs are great, and there are even some live videos on YouTube, but being right there in the room is really the only way to go. Saturday night is brimming with shows to report on. Local funk-rock outfit Brother Embassy will return to the home of Nate Jones, Rantoul, for a show at T&T Tavern with friends Mad Mardigan. Down at Radmaker’s in Tolono, the Stiletto reunion show will rock all night. Strawberry Jam will be going on all evening at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana, featuring acts like Grass Roots Revival, Exorna, and Backyard BBQ Band. Also on Saturday night, the Mike n Molly’s beer garden will be the hotspot, with former CU singer/songwriter (now living in Chicago) Gabe Rosen who will play with his Good Enough Band, starting at 8 p.m. Bugs in the Dark will also play. I’ve said it many times, but that’s only because it’s true — Terminus Victor is one of the best bands in the area, and one of the best heavy bands in the Midwest. They are a gem of the CU music scene, and it’s very much your loss if you have not checked them out. But, your chance to see them has come around again, as they’ll play this Sunday at the Highdive ( just the right room to hold their volume) along with local band Roberta Sparrow and Wildcat Revival (Birmingham, Alabama). Marvel at the acrobatics of Don, the man in the suit! Vibrate at inhuman levels from the bass playing of Scott, the one in the hat! Try to make sense of the blurs where the arms should be on Terry, the guy in the back! 9:30, p.m., $5. The Iron Post will once again hold a show in Jane Boxall’s 7 to 9 Sundays series. This week’s show, with the usual cover of $3.50, will feature CU-songstress-in-the-vein-of-Sheryl-Crow G. Lee, along with rock band Telfaire and a mystery guest! Look to the Post again on Wednesday, as the Zoo Improv Comedy Troupe returns for a 7 p.m. show. Another round of congratulations are due to newlyweds Tim and Jackie Fahey, who tied the knot last weekend and are currently enjoying their honeymoon. If you’d like their suggestion on who not to hire as your wedding DJ, stop by the bar at Cowboy Monkey and ask Tim once he’s back. Mike Ingram hears that WPGU’s new program director loves him. He’s flattered, but he’s taken, so you can stop talking about him so much. He can be reached at forgottenwords@gmail.com.

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On Second Thought ... The Hype Machine And The Overlooked Albums of 2006 The year 2007 has been wildly fruitful t hu s f a r, w it h it s Ca rlos Za mbr a no suspensions and London Oly mpic logos, but before we get too caught up in the fervor of 2007, I think it’s important to look back to 2006. We’ve had plenty of time to let the year settle in our minds and now, six months later, I want to talk about it some more. There are a few albums from the past year that, by me and in general, were overlooked. Every blog and music magazine either lost control of their bodies over TV or on the radio, because bands like The Hold Steady or The Knife (!?), and lots of other great stuff got lost in the shuffle. First, there’s the Athens gargantuan mess of a band, Dark Meat. Not only are there nearly 4000 members in this outfit (20-30 actually), but they are scheduled to play at Champaign’s own ridiculously awesome music event, Pygmalion Music Festival. Last year Dark Meat released the superb Universal Indians. I picked up the record this past March. It would have instantly been on the top of my year end list if I had it in my hands sooner. The ensemble sounds like Crazy Horse teamed up with a marching band and an added jazz singer constantly doing vocal runs deep in the mix. Universal Indians starts with a pleasant folk song sung soft and a capella but after that initial two minutes, the rest of the album is sheer madness; screeching guitar, gravelly vocals, the works. This is a must acquire item. Next, there’s The Thermals’ brilliant The Body, The Blood, The Machine. Not so much overlooked as the obscure Dark Meat, The Thermals received stellar press across the board and even guest spotted on MTV2’s Subterranean. But the buzz for The Thermals never reached higher than a handful of cicadas. Like the universally applauded Boys and Girls in America by the Hold Steady, The Thermals’ album captured our time and our place as Americans without stumbling into the idiotic realm of American Idiot. Not that they, or the Hold Steady, released necessarily political albums, but the work as a whole created a mirror world to our own; what we take from it is our own interpretation. Simple and powerful, I don’t know how I overlooked it for so long.

Finally, I just picked up 2006’s Destroyer release. Overlooked by me only, Destroyer has always been a lap dog in the music press scene. Strange, abstract, but at the same time coherent, the band is exactly what bloggers and ziners and journalists like to talk about to show their own intelligence. The hype machine is not nearly as cohesive as it once was; the machine is now made of a million tiny parts and not a couple cohesive publications and media outlets. It’s funny though how buzz and popularity is still sort of a turnoff, even though it’s just other people liking it. Regardless, the Bowielike stylings of Destroyer’s Rubies is incredible and it deserves the press and the attention. Speaking of deserving, Nickelback has another new single out ... anyway, going back is always a good way to make the most of the present, particularly when you need some tunes to drive to work with.

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The pursuit of affordable and good food for those who enjoy Champaign-Urbana during the summer doesn’t have to be a parade of the same Green Street fast food — for those who know where to look. The Bread Company on Goodwin Street in Urbana, located next to The Canopy Club, is one of my favorite alternatives for a well priced and classy dinner. A great choice for the season is their Strawberry Salad. For only $7.50, you get a mix of spinach and other greens topped with fresh strawberries, caramelcoated walnuts, and parmesan cheese in a white wine vinaigrette dressing. It’s a refreshing and sweet alternative to the usual dinner salad that’s an absolute treat. I recommend pairing it with one of The Bread Company’s amazing pizzas, a cool pitcher of sangria and a couple of friends for a great summer dining experience. And don’t forget their chocolate fondue.

Interested in some of the best homegrown, handcrafted items Illinois has to offer? If so, check out the Market at the Square, Urbana’s own farmers’ market held at the south-east parking lot of the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana. Every Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., vendors from across the state showcase their best products ranging from: meats, prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, kettle corn, herbs, sprouts, flowers and plants to home and garden furniture and decor, jewelry, art, photography, clothing, soaps and lotions, wood workings, candles and much more. Thousands of patrons browse the market each Saturday not only to purchase some awesome products, but to listen to some great local tunes too. If 7:00 a.m. in the morning is too early for you, don’t worry. The Market at the Square has fresh, free coffee to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

The Urbana Park District turns 100 this year, so come out and celebrate with the Crystal Lake Park Centennial Concert Series. Local artists will take to the Lake House Stage and perform free concerts every Tuesday evening starting June 12 until July 31. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00. The series kicks off with jazz group Panache and will include an array of other musical genres and artists such as Big Groove Zydeco (Cajun tunes), Keith Harden (acoustic folk and blues), State Street Strutters (dixieland), the Prairie Dogs (bluegrass), the Blues Deacons (blues), and Unpossible (pop/rock). Feel free to bring your own lawn chair or to sit on the amphitheaterstyle steps near the stage. It’s sure to be a good time for the kids too. Each concert will feature free toys and bubbles as well as some free concessions.

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FuBar, located at Third and Green Streets in Champaign, offers video game nights every Tuesday throughout the summer. “It’s a cool mix of classic video games, two-dollar well drinks and a nice atmosphere,” according to bartender Guerric Sloan. Video games now are nuts. While watching my roommate compulsively play God of War II for PS3 for several weeks, I saw some things that just blew me away. For instance, Kratos, the banished god of war, climbs into a pool with two topless women. The camera pans away, leaving the player to control Kratos’ implied, uh, activities to accompanying off screen moans. It kind of makes you nostalgic for the good old days of Sega Genesis, when the blood was bright red and quickly disappeared, and you had to imagine what the female characters looked like naked … anyway … Available games include Street Fighter II, Super Mario Brothers (1 & 3) and Dynamite Duke, and the drinks come in glasses. It’s a nice mix, even when your neighbor — who insists that she’s never played before — ceaselessly street-whoops your ass for an hour straight.

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From the outside, the Jane Addams Bookstore looks like nothing special; in fact, walking around downtown Champaign, you might go right past it and not even know what you’re missing. Behind that unassuming front, at 208 N. Neil St., is a local treasure that proudly boasts a collection of over 60,000 books, three floors of books, with hand-written prices and signs. You’ll fi nd books on every topic imaginable: art, history, poetry, politics, science and religion. You’ll fi nd everything from vintage copies of Melville and Twain, to modern works by Tom Clancy, Stephen King and everything in between. As impressive as the selection is, what truly separates the Jane Addams Bookstore from other booksellers is the cozy atmosphere, with its shag carpeting and soft music playing in the background. It’s the type of place you can get lost in, whether you’re looking for a specific book or if you have an hour to spare (or, even better, an afternoon).

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Let’s say you’re stuck in Champaign for the summer, thousands of miles from home (assume “home” is Qarshi, Uzbekistan), and you’ve come to the startling revelation that your favorite old-school Nintendo game, “Ikari Warriors,” is back home with Ma and Pa. No need to scrounge around eBay, my Uzbek friend! The garage sale is CU’s premium source for obscure, 20-year-old rarities you had forgotten existed. A quick, three mile drive around the Champaign-Urbana area in the summer will often go by approximately 28 open garages fi lled with hidden treasures and eager merchants willing to sell memories of their past for 10 cents. One such garage-sellin’ couple, Bob and Joann Mathis from Urbana, took part in the neighborhood sale around Prairieview Drive last weekend. They say the occasional garage sale is inevitable once every couple of years. “We’re just overloaded with stuff,” Bob said. “You keep buying things and pretty soon, you’re bulging up the seams.” And we reap the benefits! Every summer weekend you’re bound to fi nd one of these products in any given Urbana garage: Goosebumps novels, Montreal Expos baby clothes, a Cold War-era globe, Milli Vanilli on cassette and a puzzle of the U.S. map (no doubt missing 2-5 states). And honestly, what more could a college student want?

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THE LION IN WINTER at Krannert Multiple mistresses, illegitimate children, Christmas in an Angevin Empire castle: that’s France for you. Watch this traditional tragi-comedy performed at Krannert. See www.krannertcenter.com for more info.

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HOSTEL: PART II

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SYD SLOBODNIK • STAFF WRITER

For the uninitiated, Hostel: Part II is the sequel to the 2005 torture fest, Hostel. At its core, this film is simply violent-porn splattered onto celluloid for the benefit of a mass audience. Beginning with the paranoid nightmares of the previous film’s protagonist Paxton, Hostel: Part II wisely zips to the new meat awaiting their gruesome deaths on the chopping blocks of the fictional house of horrors. This time, three American art students — Beth (Lauren German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips) and Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) — find themselves unknowingly partying for the last time in the Slovakian town. To expect anything more than incredibly over-the-top, torture-porn from Hostel: Part II is to miss the point of the movie entirely. Hostel: Part II is an unapologetically, tasteless bit of vile exploitation that details practically every act of sadism imaginable. Sure, the audience knows that these women are going to get sucked into the Slovakian town and slaughtered mercilessly, but that’s the point of the film. In the first 15 minutes it is obvious that one girl will make her best attempt at escaping, the way it happens, however, is what really matters and is exhilarating once it occurs.

Following in the footsteps of the first Hostel, Hostel: Part II explores the dark connection between sex and violence. In the first film the subject was only hinted at, but here, the sadistic sexual arousal of the torturers is on full display. The notion that one can “do anything� to another human being, no matter how gruesome and inhumane, is translated from the sex trade. These hapless backpackers are the real-life kidnapped prostitutes who will never come home. Hostel blatantly exploits the notion that those who commit these kinds of acts do so out of psychotic sexual gratification. Hostel: Part II will create a fear of sexually-dysfunctional rich people.

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Director Steven Soderbergh was reportedly so embarrassed by the negative critical and public reception to his Ocean’s Twelve, sequel to his remake hit of 2001, that he decided to draw from the original material again and do a sequel the right way. The result is, Ocean’s Thirteen, an effective study in “cool� — a revenge caper film setting Danny Ocean’s team of cons and criminals against a new villain: casino mogul Willie Bank, played by Al Pacino. Working with the screenwriter team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien — guys who worked on buddy f ilms such as Rounders and Knockaround Guys — Soderbergh rethinks the success formula of his f irst f ilm and brings the Ocean’s crew back to the glittery conf ines of Las Vegas to help their bedridden pal Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). Reuben was double-crossed in a new casino development by the slick Vegas casino owner Willie Bank. A slightly grayer, calmly-cool George Clooney, a more tired looking Brad Pitt and always spunky

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The Rush Hour trilogy will continue August 10 after a six-year hiatus, but you shouldn’t expect much more than what the previous two Rush Hours offered. There is a reason that this is Chris Tucker’s first film since Rush Hour 2, in 2001, and that reason is that Tucker is simply not that funny. There appears to be some sort of pop-following for the Tucker-Jackie Chan duo, but, in reality, it is nothing more than the same old Hollywood garbage. This time around, the pair will be in Paris and there will certainly be a lot of action and maybe a few laughs, but when it comes out, this film should not be anything you plan your day around.

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PAPA DON’T PREACH Fathers talking with daughters about sex In honor of Father’s Day, Doin’ It Well thought it would be a good idea to address how fathers can be actively involved in a positive way in their daughters’ sexual development. A father (and other men who are primary caretakers to kids) has a huge responsibility of raising his daughter and may share a special bond with her as one of the earliest men in her life. Because of this, fathers have an important role in helping their daughters understand sex.

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THE CURRENT SCRIPT We’re all familiar with how differently girls and boys are raised when it comes to sexuality, sex education and gender roles. Boys are given condoms, told not to get anyone pregnant and, in general, have later curfews. Girls are told to avoid sending the “wrong message” and that they should be firm against sexual pressure from boys. What strikes us about this script is it completely denies female sexual desire. It’s also really condescending to girls (they need to be protected … by men). Of course all parents want to protect their children, but when it comes to sexuality, this plays out very differently for girls. Also, this sets the stage for how women begin to view themselves as sexual people. Take the example of “Purity Balls.” The intention of these events is to strengthen the relationship between a father and his daughter, and to encourage abstinence until marriage. A girl attends a dance with her father as her date, and vows to remain abstinent until marriage — for herself and for her father. As one father put it: “[In] today’s day and age, if the daughters are sexually active before they’re married that ceremony really is meaningless because the father’s not giving anyone away.” Another example of how girls are taught that men “protect” them from sexuality and are also the guardians of all things sexual is a recent cell phone commercial. A father sits with a young man while his daughter gets ready for a date. The father lets the gentleman caller know that his picture/number is in his daughter’s cell phone. The father threatens, “It’s almost like I’m watching you, all the time,” which is clear code for “Don’t try anything with my daughter.” In both of these examples, the message is that sexual drive for a teenage boy is normal and that the girl’s father will protect his daughter from it. These messages reinforce the idea that girls need men to protect them from boys’ sexual desire and to a lesser degree, their own sexuality. It also places an emphasis on a female’s sexuality as property and that her sexual “innocence” defines her worth.

WHAT A GIRL NEEDS We have to wonder: why don’t fathers actually talk to their daughters about their romantic and sexual desires, feelings and emotions, and help her make sense of them? It would be awesome to see dads sitting down with their daughters before a date and asking them if they have questions about hand holding, kissing, or sex. Simultaneously, helping both girls and boys understand sexuality when they’re children requires respect and patience. Some of us may shudder at the thought of our father-f igure talking to us openly and honestly about sex. So fathers need to respect that children may not want to talk about this, and instead help them find an appropriate person to talk to. Sex education — when done right — is not about being salacious or creepy; it is about respecting our daughters as sexual beings who deserve whatever support or guidance we can give them. Girls are denied their sexual desire from the moment they enter puberty. It’s not surprising that 10 or 15 years later, they enter sex therapy and state, “I just don’t desire sex as much as my husband.” We’re not suggesting that low desire is solely the result of early influences on how girls are expected (or not expected) to experience their sexuality, but we believe it plays a role. And we think it can be changed. Dads can normalize their daughters’ sexual feelings as natural and wonderful and they don’t have to be acted upon unless she chooses. Dads can give their daughters the comfort level and skills to talk about sex, which would then make it easier for the daughters to bring the topic up with their partners. Fathers can provide information to their daughters about anatomy, reproduction, sexual desire, STIs, safer sex, birth control and emergency contraception, so they are equipped with all the information to become a sexually healthy adult. And while he’s at it, he can talk with her about his values about love, sex and relationships. It’s up to you, Dads! SEX 411 Check out this great resource for dads and daughters: dadsanddaughters.org. They have suggestions on how to empower girls, how to talk to them about sexuality, body image and a range of other topics.

Kim Rice and Ross Wantland are professionals in the field of sexuality and violence prevention. Write to them at buzzdoinitwell@yahoo.com

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free will astrology JUN. 14 — JUNE. 20 ARIES

March 21 – April 19

Don’t take your time, Aries. Move double fast and strategize from many angles, always thinking ten steps ahead. Please don’t keep your hands clean, either. Play with the muck and roll in the mud and learn from the dirt. And don’t you dare be measured and balanced. Instead, be an intense and relentless initiator of decisive actions. One last thing: Don’t play nice and sweet. Be a holy troublemaker, a noisemaker who breaks the silence and keeps it broken.

T A U RU S

April 20 – May 20

In what areas of your life are you trying too hard? How might you be undoing your good intentions by grasping them so tightly that you’ve squeezed out all the juice? In what ways are you so boxed in by habitual thoughts that you’re not spontaneous any more? It’s a perfect moment to fix these problems, Taurus. To begin getting yourself in the mood, relax every muscle in your body -- especially your achy-breaky desire muscles -- and halfsing, half-shout an exuberant “YO!”

GEMINI

May 21 – June 20

Your patron saint of the week is Beatrice Wood (1893-1998), whose association with surrealist artists and her bohemian life as a painter and actress earned her the title “The Mama of Dada.” At the age of 92, she finished her autobiography, which was entitled I Shock Myself. Your first assignment, Gemini, is to do three things in the coming week about which you’ll be able to say, “I shock myself.” Your second assignment is to imagine that you’re 92 and looking back with pride at the top ten smart things you did to shock yourself into a heightened state of awareness in the years between now and then.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

Any strength can turn into a liability if it’s taken too far. Any skill may lead you astray if expressing it becomes a compulsive habit that distracts you from responding authentically to the raw truth of the moment. That’s why every now and then I have to advise you (and me, too, since I’m a Crab) not to nurture the hell out of everyone, even though it comes naturally to you. This is one of those times. Please suppress any urges you might have to take care of everyone except yourself. In the coming week, your duty is to be your own mommy and daddy.

LEO

July 23 – Aug. 22

I have extensive experience with writing in the dark. Every night for many years I have awoken in pitch blackness to write down my dreams. I also take notes while watching movies in theaters, scrawl poems on redeye plane flights while all the other passengers are sleeping, and jot down my meditations as I stroll in the hills after midnight. I recommend that you try this yourself, Leo. It’s prime time to peer inward and think hard . . . to sharpen your perceptions of the invisible world . . . to gather impressions from the edgy frontier where your conscious and unconscious minds overlap.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

S AG I T TA R I U S

Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

AQUA R I U S

Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

America’s former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky addressed an assembly at my daughter’s high school. He read from his translation of Dante’s Inferno and took questions from students. After hearing Dante’s description of the nether regions, one boy asked Pinsky what his personal version of hell was. The poet said that each of us creates our own hell. The fearful and negative interpretations of reality with which we infect our imaginations constitute curses that we cast on ourselves. They terrify and enslave us so thoroughly that most of the difficult outer circumstances we encounter are mild in comparison. Your next assignment, Scorpio, is to work on dissolving the hell you carry around in your own mind.

There used to be a store outside of Boston called Venus Envy. It sold sexy religious supplies and holy sex toys. I wish there was a place like that near you, because you’re in a phase that’s ideal for learning more about erotic spirituality. In lieu of that, here are other ways you could milk the opportunities. (1) Read the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, in which she gives vivid accounts of her ecstatic communion with divine beings. (2) Invoke the wild intelligence that rises up in you when you’re infatuated with a romantic partner, then redirect that feeling toward the entire world. (3) Pray while you’re making love and make love while you pray.

“Women are much more willing to talk about both their disasters and delights than men,” says poet and workshop leader Robert Bly. I hope that you men refute his assertion in the coming week, because it’ll be a favorable time for Capricorns of all genders to spend quality time testifying and singing and wondering about the most vivid experiences from your past. You’re liable to attract a variety of blessings if you come to new understandings about your disasters and delights. The best way to do that is to revisit them and revision them with fresh language.

Are we being sentimentally unscientific when we refer to the heart as the seat of the soul? Or does that idea contain a truth that surpasses reductive rationalism? In A Dictionary of Symbols, J.E. Cirlot reports that in the Jewish tradition, meditation involves “speaking to one’s heart.” According to Christian tradition, the Kingdom of God resides in the heart. Hindus say the supreme god Brahma lives there, and in Islam, the heart is referred to as the throne of God. If you can get your modern prejudices out of the way, Aquarius, your next assignment is to have a sustained, intimate, heart-to-heart communion with your heart. Learn more about its secret thoughts. Converse with it as if it were the literal source of your emotional intelligence. Proceed on the hypothesis, as French philosopher Pascal did, that “great thoughts come from the heart.”

PISCES

VIRGO

Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

LIBRA

Sept. 23 – Oct.22

Say the following words aloud, please: “Give it to me raw!” How does it make you feel when you allow that demand to come out of your mouth? I hope it fills you with a sense of playful power. If you’re in alignment with cosmic influences, “Give it to me raw!” is a pithy embodiment of your proper relationship with the world. Now try these corollary statements: “I want the full blast of purity! Don’t hold anything back! Serve me up the maximum dose! I want the elixir of life, not the hors d’oeuvres! Bless me with the whole truth and nothing but! I’m in love with the flood, not the trickle!”

My archaeologist buddy Frank is of course a devotee of the theory of evolution, but he likes to have fun being blasphemous about some of its conclusions. Recently he told me, for instance, that all the ancient bones that have ever been found and used to deduce the course of human evolution, from homo habilis to homo sapiens, would fit in the back of a pick-up truck. “Pretty slim evidence for ideas that purport to explain millions of years of history, eh?” he said mischievously. Can you identify a comparable situation in your life, Libra? Is there a fundamental assumption you’re loyal to even though the data that prove it are scanty? This is a good time to gather more information and re-evaluate your assumptions..

Feb. 19 – March 20

“Dear Rob: I appreciate your help in cueing us in to the mysterious workings of our unconscious minds. I describe what you do not so much as reading the planets to predict our future. Rather, you conspire with us to expose and then overcome what we’re hiding or repressing or fearing. It’s often a daunting task, but I love it! -Ever-Braver Pisces.” Dear EverBraver: I believe the upcoming weeks will be a Golden Age in your tribe’s efforts to expose and then overcome what you’re hiding or repressing or fearing. I expect that you’ll break up the artificial dam that has been clogging up your imaginative flow, thereby unleashing a flood of creativity. Homework: What do you know or do that no one else in the world has a clue about? Tell all! Go to www.FreeWillAstrology. com and click on “Email Rob.”

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Aug. 2007. 2bdrm apts from $540/mo. 1 bdrm apts from $485/mo. Parking optional, central A/C, Carpet, Laundry, Ethernet avail. Shwon 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

3rd and Clark Leasing for August ‘07. Beautiful furnished 3 bedroom 1 bath, and 4 bedroom 2 bath apartments at 3rd and Clark. Nicest on campus $700$1,000/mo. Ted 766-5108.

509 W. MAIN, U Aug 2007. 1 bdrm apts. From $410/mo to $440/mo. Laundry, Window A/C , Parking $35/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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702 W. WESTERN, U. Aug. 2007 1 bdrm, Window A/C, Carpet/Tile Floors, Laundry, Parking avail. Rent from $545/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com Furnished 1 & 2 bedroom near John & Second $450/mo., Healey & Third $375/mo., Studios on Healey and First $335/mo. Available Fall 2007 Call 356-1407

311 E. WHITE, C. Avail Aug 2007. Large efficiencies close to Beckman Center. From $350/mo. Parking $35/mo. Window A/C, carpet, Ethernet avail. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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807-809 W. ILLINOIS U. Aug 2007. 1 Bdrms corner of Lincoln & Illinois. Window A/C, Laundry, Ethernet avail. Rent $560/mo. Parking $45/mo Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE.INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

JOHN & LOCUST, C Aug 2007. Huge one bdrms, Ethernet avail, Window A/C. Rents from $380/mo to $420/mo. Parking $20/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

5th & HEALEY, C. August 2007 JUST REMODELEDTOP TO BOTTOM!!!! The BEST LOCATED EFFICIENCIES & 1 BEDROOMS on campus- period. Here’s the best part: Efficiencies $400/mo. & 1 bedrooms $585/mo. Parking avail. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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ARBOR APARTMENTS, C. Aug 2007. 1 bdrms at Third & Gregory across from Snack Bar. Window A/C, Laundry, Ethernet avail. Rents from $440/mo to $470/mo. Parking $50/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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LANDO PLACE 707 South 6th, C. Large 1 BR apt for August. Includes water and trash removal. On-site Laundry. Secured building. Local phone service and ethernet. From $600/mo. CAMPO RENTAL AGENCY 344-1927

JOHN RANDOLPH ATRIUM APTS PRICES SLASHED!! ABSOLUTELY BEST DEAL ON CAMPUSPERIOD Features included: Washer/Dryer & Dishwashers in each unit Great Furniture Package Covered Parking Available Beautiful Interior & Exterior Design OWNER PAYS FOR GAS, ELECTRIC, & WATER!! 4 br/4bath (Your own private bath!!) from $335/person (Included utilities!!) Individual Leases Avail- Rent your own room from $345/mo (Included Utilities!!) Roommate program Available 9 1/2 Month Lease Available Semester Leases Available BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com One bedroom apartment. Near Hessel Park. Available in August, $500/mo. 217-356-1785

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Aug. 2007. Classic building-across from Jimmy John’s on Lincoln Ave. Hardwood floors, Laundry. Ethernet avail. Shown 6 days/wk. 1 BR +Sunroom $595/mo(UF) 1 BR Den $595/mo(UF) Parking $50/mo BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com New building near John and First. Just opened, 1 BR, unfurnished, includes W/D, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, $700/month, Available Fall 2007. Call 356-1407.

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Upscale 1 and 2 bdrm. apartments in SW Champaign. W/D hookups, D/W, walk-in closets, outside storage, some with FP. Property has a pool, tennis court, fitness center, laundry, walking trails around lake, much more. Call immediately, limited availability. *Sign a12 mo.contract during June and recieve a W/D in your apartment.* 356-2533

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Aug 2007. One bdrm apts close to Christie Clinic. Hot water heat, window a/c, laundry, parking avail. Rents from $315 to $330/mo. Shown 6 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

Aug 2007. Double security brick building in excellent location. Large 2 bdrm apts with approx 850 sq. ft. Parking, Central A/C, Carpet, Laundry facilities. On bus line. Shown 6 days a week. Rents $530/mo. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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Avail Aug 2007. 1 & 2 bedroom units in quiet Urbana neighborhood close to Urbana Library and downtown. Rents from $500/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

722 S. BROADWAY, U. Aug 2007. 1 bdrm apts close to Campus. Window A/C. Rents $440/mo. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

610 S. STATE, C. Avail Aug 2007. Beautiful 5 Bdrm house on busline near campus. 2 full kitchens, laundry, hardwood floors, garage, w/d. $1300/mo UF or $1500/mo F. Shown 6 days/wk. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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Aug 2007. Close to downtown in quiet location on bus line. 1 bdrms start at $435/mo & 2 bdrms start at $465/mo. Patio/balconies, Central A/C, Gas Heat, Carpet, Laundry in building. Shown 6 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

511-513 S. ELM, C Aug 2007 Corner of W. Green & Elm in quiet attractive building with locked security entrance. Large 2 bdrm apts with approx 800 sq. ft. Free covered parking, laundry in building, Cenreal A/C, Gas Heat, Carpet. On bus line. Rent starts at $535/mo. Shown 6 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE,INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

PRICES SLASHED!! LINKSVIEW, SAVOY Aug 2007. Located on 9th hole of UI Golf Course. 2 bdrm 900 sq ft. Each apt has own garage storage unit, 2 balconies/patios, dishwashers, disposals, w/d hookups. From $595/mo to $625/mo + parking. Shown 6 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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Downtown/ Old Town Champaign Renting for July/ August 2007. 406 W. Washington- 2 BR $540 800 W. Church- 2 BR $470 507 W. White- 2 BR $530 511 W. University- 1 BR $415 205 S. Lynn- 1 BR $450 508 W. Hill- 1 BR $415 515 W. Washington- 1 BR $415 403 W. White- 1 BR $440 711 S. Randolph- 1 BR $415 Faron Properties 352-8540 www.faronproperties.com

SOUTHWEST PLACE APTS, C Aug 2007. 2 bdrm Duplexes, Townhouses and 1 bedrooms. Carpet, gas heat, central a/c, Some units have w/d’s in units, w/d hook-ups, or laundry in bldg, garages, dishwashers, disposals, patio/balconies, parking. 1 bdrm from $480/mo. 2 bdrms from $595 to $695/mo. Shown 6 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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House for rent or sale. 4 bdr, 2 bath, available Aug 15, 2007, 704 W. Illinois St. Contact Mary Williams at msrwill3@peoplepc.com or call Mike at 217-337-5567 for a viewing. Large 4 BR, W/D, off- st. parking available now and Aug. $1400. Real Estate Professionals 417-5539 403 W Springfield, Urbana One, Two, and Three bedroom houses, condos, and duplexes. Reduced pricing. 637-0806 House for rent or sale in Beringer Commons, Urbana. 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath single family home. $2200/mo. to rent. 630-854-0101. napervillecityhomes.com

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1 bedroom 3 bedroom 11/2 bath house, quiet and clean, $400 + utilities (847 )312-5447 On Campus, 309 E. John. Rooms in large shared Christian house. $300$395/month. 217-344-0484. www.suttonplaceuiuc.org.



300.."5&8"/5&% 550 Male roommate needed to share deluxe furnished 4 BR house at 316 W. John. $350/month + utilities. Ted 766-5108 Roommates wanted for Fall. Share deluxe furnished 3 or 4 bedroom apartment at 3rd and Clark. From $250 per month. Ted 766-5108.

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THU. JUN 14 Live Bands Ryan Groff Solo CD Release Show [Ryan Groff (of elsinore), Darrin Drda, Casados, and Jane Boxall, 18+]. $7, Highdive, C. 7pm Angie Heaton, Eleni Moraites [Acoustic.] Free, Aroma Cafe, C. 8pm Soul Fish, Jeremy Harper Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Tritone [Featuring Mannis.] $5, Canopy Club, U. 9pm Water Between Continents, Thollem Douglas All ages, Iron Post, 10pm Adam Wolfe [Acoustic.] Free, Potbelly Sandwich Works, C. 12pm Concerts Krannert Uncorked [The best beverages of the area, tasted free of charge, and the mellow folk sounds of Staci Anderson.] Free, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 5pm Summer Piano Institute [Featuring Institute faculty members and participants. Tickets are $10/$5 for students. A series package may be purchased for $30/$15 for students.] Smith Recital Hall, C. 7:30pm DJ DJ / Gentlemen’s Club [Nothin’ but Rock.] Silver Bullet Bar, U. 8pm Chris O [House music, drink specials.] Free, Barfly, 10pm Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke [Come and enjoy karaoke every Thursday.] The Office, U. 10pm Live Karaoke Band $5, Cowboy Monkey, 10pm Workshops Look Good, Feel Better [Free program teaching beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearancerelated side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. To register, please call 800-252-1110.] Concept College of Cosmetology, U. 5pm R.A.D. Class [Rape Aggression Defense Course Basic Course is available for women of all ages. Attendance at all 4 sessions is necessary to complete the program. The $10 registration fee is refundable upon completion of the third class. Call to register: 217-383-4060.] Carle Foundation Hospital,C. 6pm Recreation Free Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu Classes [The classes are open to all ages and are sponsored by the US Midwest Kung Fu Association and Song’s Kung Fu Academy.] West Side Park, C. 6:30am Cardio-Kickboxing Fun, high-energy class, modifying to low or high impact levels. Emphasizes developing muscle coordination, stamina, and agility. Wide range of punching and kicking

techniques with strengthening cardio-vascular, abs, arms, and legs. Call 344-1544 to sign-up.] Phillips Recreation Center, U. 5:30pm Yoga at KAM [Krannert Art Museum hosts a weekly yoga class.] Free, Krannert Art Museum, U. 12pm Theater “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” [By Tennesse Williams, Directed by Jude Love. $12 Wed/Thurs/Sun, $15 Fri/Sat.] Station Theatre, 8pm. Art Exhibits “Victorian Entertainments: We Are Amused” [Summer exhibit at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.] Main Library, 10am “Luminescence” [Photography by Brock Peoples. Also featured, Peruvian art of Olga Flores and new furniture by Ambiance at Home.] Heartland Gallery, U. 10am “Poetry of Images” [Recent painting by Raheel.] Cinema Gallery, U. 10am Volunteer Clean-Up Dump and Run [Volunteers needed to organize, pack and load this year’s Dump and Run collections. Anyone who can lend an hour or two between 9am and 8pm is welcome to stop by. Your help is needed!] Latzer Hall, C. 9am

FRI. JUN 15 Live Bands Billy Galt Sings the Blues [Straight from the Blues Deacons, Billy plays at Blues Restaurant every Tuesday & Friday, from 11:30am to 2:30pm.] Blues, U. 11:30am Desafinado Free, Iron Post, U. 5pm Greg Baker Band Free, Hubers, C. 8pm Country Connection $1, Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm The Brat Pack [’80s party tunes.] Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports, Tolono. Bar 9pm Villians of Verona [With Missing the Point, Dr. Manhattan and Boulder, CO.] $5, Canopy Club, U. 9pm Porn Chowder Free, Iron Post, U. 9pm The Life and Times, Pinebender, Triple Whip $7, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm DJ DJ Mertz [House, funk, electro.] No cover, Boltini Lounge, C. 10pm Power-N-Soul DJs $5, Highdive, C. 10pm Dancing Contra Dance [Singles, couples, groups, and families are invited to come dance to live music every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. All dances are taught (walked through) prior to dancing. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor, www.prairienet.org/contra/.] Phillips Recreation Center, U. 8pm

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Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke [Come and enjoy karaoke every 2nd and 4th Friday.] American Legion Post 71, U. 8pm Film “The Jerk” (1979) [A rags to riches to rags comedy featuring Navin, a naive idiot who sets out to make his fortune and discover the world. Starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters (94 minutes long).] $5, Virginia Theatre, C. 7pm Theater “The Lion in Winter” [Summer Studio Theatre presents Steven M. Keen and Anne Shapland Kearns in this Broadway classic. Tickets are available through the Krannert Center Box Office.] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U. 7:30pm Fundraisers Feathered Friends Garage Sale [Feathered Friends Avian Rescue & Rehab is having a big garage sale to raise money for the completion of our shelter for homeless birds. Sale runs 4-7pm Friday.] Illini Recycling, C. 4pm Family Fun Family Fun Night [Enjoy healthy, fun activities including open gym, board games and much more for little ones and parents.] Savoy Recreational Center, 5pm Family Fun Happy Hour [Free food from 5-7pm, Arcade games, pool tables and more.] Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar, Tolono. 5pm

Listening to 56 Hope Road is like having a big bowl of funk for breakfast. I’ll explain. It can kick start your day. It gets you going when you don’t think you can. Even if acoustic isn’t your thing (and lets face it, just about everyone has a little place in their heart set aside for acoustic) you can’t help but want to move with the music. Their lyrics aren’t complicated, but they are true. The choruses of their songs aren’t crazy or overly involved, but they are relatable. 56 Hope Road. They’re like the person you fall in love with because they’re beautiful and grounded at the same time — nothing special and yet totally unique. After touring for nearly two consecutive years, as well as dropping three albums in their spare time, you have to figure they are capable of putting on a good show. The concert is free, so set aside some time in your day for a jam band that is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. Oh, and did I mention $2 long islands? Now there’s a drink fit to wash down any great musical meal. —Alyssa Vale

SAT. JUN 16 Live Bands Strawberry Jam: Grass Roots Revival, Backyard BBQ Band, Exorna Free, Meadowbrook Park, U. 4pm Painkillers Iron Post, U. 6pm Bugs in the Dark [Arty post-punk with screwy melodies and beats.] 21+, $4, Mike ‘n Molly’s, C. 8pm New Twang City No cover, Hubers, C. 8pm Country Connection $1, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Stiletto “Reunion Show” [Rock covers Featuring Rose Rook, Brian “Sarge” Garber, Dennis Cronin and Jeff Markland.] Free, Radmaker’s Billiard and Sports Bar, Tolono. 9pm Metal @ The Phoenix [Another night of Bone Crushing Metal. Featuring Human Artifacts, Urban Hate Machine and Goretesque.] $5, The Phoenix, C. 9pm Kristov’s Agenda [With Dead Bodies, Coyote Bones. $5/$7 after 10pm.] Canopy Club, U. 9pm 56 Hope Road Free, $2 Long Island specials, Canopy Club, U. 9pm Brother Embassy, Mad Mardigan Free, T&T Tavern, Rantoul. 9pm Catfish Creek [Former members of Green Mountain Grass.] Iron Post, U. 9pm

DJ DJ Tim Williams [Remix of top-40, house, techno, dance-pop, disco, ’80s and hiphop.] $5, Highdive, C. 10am Chris O [House.] Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10pm Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke [Come and enjoy karaoke every Saturday.] Geo’s, U. 9pm Festivals Strawberry Jam at Meadowbrook Park [Pack a picnic dinner and celebrate the beginning of summer the oldfashioned way with live and local music, a sunset stroll through the prairie, a hayrack ride along the creek and the sweet taste of strawberries over vanilla ice cream (while supplies last). Guided walks through the prairie, herb garden and organic garden will be offered. Or jump aboard the hayrack and roll through the Wandell Sculpture Garden. Don’t forget your blanket. The I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club will also be on site with farming machinery of the past. Additional event parking is available at the Urbana Assembly of God Church at the corner of Windsor Road and Race Street. Music by Grass Roots Revival (bluegrass, 4-5pm), Backyard BBQ Band

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(western swing and honky-tonk, 5:30-6:30pm) and Exorna (Irish, 7pm-dusk).] Meadowbrook Park, U. 4pm Theater “Pasta” [Summer Studio Theatre presents the Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corporation in the Pasta Pageant, starring Dallas Street and Matthew J. Hutchinson. Tickets are available through the Krannert Center Box Office.] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U. 8pm Miscellaneous Environmental Education Center Open [Explore interactive display, see live animals and enjoy natural history exhibits at the Environmental Education Center. Join a nature hike at 1pm.] Free, Environmental Education Center, Homer. 10am The Masters Table “Cowboy Church” [Special guests weekly. Potluck — bring a covered dish, drinks, or desserts.] The Masters Table “Cowboy Church”, C. 5pm Fundraisers DSC Wine Tasting [Inaugural wine tasting and live music from the Impalas. Tickets available at the door $25 each, $40 per pair. Tickets available in advance at DSC, Boston’s, Maggie’s Place, & Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive. For more information

please contact Janice McAteer at 398-7110 or jmcateer@dsc-illinois. org. All proceeds go to supporting DSC’s mission of enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn, and participate in their communities. Alto Vineyards, C. 4:30pm Volunteer ReStore Volunteer Orientation [Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for our ReStore. Volunteers assist in all store duties, including customer service, pricing and displaying, pick ups and deliveries, and cashiering. All proceeds go to building more homes in Champaign County. To get involved, please attend our 45-minute orientation. All ReStore orientations begin on the main floor of the store. For more information, a current ReStore orientation schedule, or to RSVP for an orientation, please contact Courtney at 355-6460 x116 or email volunteer@cuhabitat.org.] Habitat for Humanity, 9am Downtown Streetfest [Volunteers needed to help set up and tear down for this exciting downtown block party. Contact Paul Bady at 398-2550 or paul.bady@ cparkdistrict.com.] Champaign Park District, 11am

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ART & THEATER A Taste of Art [Meant to be an enlightened overview of the arts, this yearlong 2007 lecture series, sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum Council, will give the participants a “taste” of the varied aspects of our visual culture, past and present. The discussion will continue with wine and cheese receptions following each of the lectures. Please join us for our next lecture, “The Architecture of Stage Design” by Thomas Kamm, professor of architecture, UIUC. Call 333-1861 for more information.] Krannert Art Museum, June 14, 6 p.m, free.

Frank Miller’s 300 (2007) [Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, 300 concerns the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians and helped usher in the world’s first democracy.] The Virginia Theatre, June 14, 7 p.m, $3. Krannert Uncorked with Staci Anderson [Find out about performances and performance related activities at Krannert Center as you sample beverages at Interlude. With partners Sun Singer Wine & Spirits, The Corkscrew Wine Emporium, Friar Tuck Beverage, Jim Gould, and Bacaro, Krannert Center showcases the best in beverages. Beverages may be tasted free of charge and will be available for purchase by the glass at a special discounted price during the tasting. Wine will also be featured for the remainder of the week on performance nights. This evening enjoy the mellow folk sounds of Staci Anderson.] Krannert Center, June 14, 5 p.m, free.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennesse Williams, Directed by Jude Love [A story of an affluent Southerner, Big Daddy Pollitt, who is dying of cancer. The family gathers at the Mississippi mansion for his birthday, aware that this may be his last. Big daddy does not know, however, because the family doctor, eldest son Gooper, and Gooper’s wife, Mae, decide to keep the fact concealed from him.] The Station Theatre, June 14-23, 8 p.m, $12 Wed/Thurs/Sun, $15 Fri/Sat.

The Jerk (1979) [Rags to riches to rags comedy featuring Navin, a naïve idiot who sets out to make his fortune and discover the world. Director: Carl Reiner. Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King.] The Virginia Theatre, June 15, 7 p.m, $5. The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, Directed by William Martin [Ostensibly, the family has gathered together to celebrate the Christmas of 1183 at a castle in Chinon, France. In reality, each member of the family is there to promote his or her own interests in determining who should rule England. This classic comedy/ drama has served as a magnet to attract great actors to the roles of Henry II and his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor. Steven M. Keen and Anne Shapland Kearns will be the warring duo this summer.] Krannert Center, June 15 through July 27, 7:30 p.m, $18 standard, $15 Senior Citizens/Students, $10 UIUC Students.

Pasta, aka The Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corp.’s Annual Pasta Pageant, by Tom Griffin, Directed by Sue Lawless [Artie and Doober are best friends who work at the Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corporation. Every year, they have entered the company’s annual pasta pageant talent contest and every year they have lost. But this year will be different because the pair will be dressed as singing-dancing boxes of pasta! However, Artie owes the local bookie big bucks and is being threatened to pay up or else. Will Artie solve the problem in time for Doober and him to make their performing pasta debut? Strong language is involved.] Krannert Center, June 16-July 28, 8 p.m, $18 standard, $15 Senior Citizens and Students, $10 UIUC Students.

A Call to Arts: Open Critiques [Performance, visual, and literary artists are invited to participate in open critiques of their work at locations throughout Champaign county. Organized and moderated by Jenny Southlynn.] Larry Kanfer Gallery, June 20, 7 p.m, free.

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Live Bands Telfaire, G. Lee $3.50, All ages, Iron Post, U. 7pm Crystal River Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Terminus Victor, Wildcat Revival, Roberta Sparrow $5, 19+, Highdive, C. 9:30pm

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Concerts UFLive Concert [A trio of musicians from the Prairie Ensemble will combine for duets and trios in styles ranging from the Baroque to the pleasingly modern: Amanda Pond (flute), Marina Antoline (clarinet) and Terry Maher (bassoon). UFLive Concerts take place the third Sunday of every month near the Latte Da Coffee Shop.] Urbana Free Library, 2pm

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 16, 2007, from 3:30 p.m. until dusk for this fun family-friendly outdoor festival. Numerous shifts are available: Help with entertainment set up from 2-4 p.m. or clean up 8-9:30 p.m. Or help staff the event by scooping ice cream, riding the hayrack or directing traffic from 3:30-6 p.m. or 5:30-8:30 p.m. Please contact Ellen at erkirsanoof@UrbanaParks. org or call 367-1536.

Dancing Salsa Sundays [DJ Bris. Lessons 7-8:30pm, then open dancing.] Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 7pm Theater “Take This House (and Float It Away)” [Change of State Performance Project (Andrea del Moral and K. Qilo Matzen) returns to Urbana with yet another evening of witty, relevant work. In an innovative confluence of watersheds and theatricality, “Take This House” portrays an affable aging suburban Sacramento couple’s struggles to “be prepared” in the face of the storm of the century. $510, no one turned away.] Independent Media Center, U. 8pm Miscellaneous The Masters Table “Cowboy Church” Special guests weekly. Potluck — bring a covered dish, drinks, or desserts. The Masters Table “Cowboy Church” 5pm

MON. JUN 18 Live Bands Jazz Jam: MRS Trio All ages, $2 cover, Iron Post, U. 7pm Pink Canyon Pushers [With members of Green Mountain Grass.] Iron Post, U. 10pm Open Mic Night with hosts Brandon T. Washington and Mike Ingram Free, 19+, Cowboy Monkey, C. 10pm Dancing Belly Dancing Basics Class [Learn all the fundamental skills of belly dancing, for women of all ages, sizes & shapes. For all skill levels, including beginners, or those wishing to refine their skills. Mondays, $40/6 weeks. www.DanceClubUrbana.com for map, bus, & info.] Independent Media Center, U. 7pm Beginner Tango Course [Learn contemporary Argentine tango with Ron & Susana, instructors trained in Argentina. Four week class begins June 4. Cost $30. No partner or experience required. Info: tango.society@gmail.com, www.centraltango.com.] Phillips Recreation Center, U. 8:30pm Recreation Fundamentals Girls Basketball Camp Girls grades 2-8 are invited to register. Fee of $50 includes T-shirt and instruction. Advanced camp sessions available. Register on-site or online at www.parkland.edu.] Parkland College, C. 9am

TUE. JUN 19 Live Bands Bugtussle Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Corn Desert Ramblers [Featuring Bob Watson on dobro and Russ Clark on Bass.] Free, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm Dancing Subversion [Weekly industrial, EBM, electro dance night at the Highdive in downtown Champaign. Now featuring DJ Vermis and DJ Evily. $2 cover, $1 drafts.] +19, Highdive, C. 10pm Karaoke Karaoke with Randy Miller. Free, Bentley’s Pub, C. 9:30pm Recreation Lifetime Fitness Program Join us every weekday morning. No cost for Rec Center members.] Campus Recreation (CRCE), U. 6am Family Fun Babies’ Lap Time [Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to The Urbana Free Library for “Babies’ Lap Time” on Tuesdays from 9:45-10:15am. This program of songs, stories, and rhymes is for our youngest patrons, ages birth to 24 months, with an adult. No registration is required. For more information, call 367-4069.] Urbana Free Library, 9:45am

WED. JUN 20 Live Bands Donnie Heitler [Solo piano.] The Great Impasta, C. 6pm Irish Traditional Music Session Bentley’s Pub, C. 7pm Feudin’ Hillbilly’s No cover, Rose Bowl Tavern, U. 9pm High Anxiety Music Label [With Grinner, Five Oh First and Flies in Eden.] No cover, Canopy Club, U. 9pm Jeremy Harper [Acoustic covers and originals.] Free, The Phoenix, C. 9pm

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DJ DJ Stifler [Country until 11:30pm, then hiphop and dance music.] 19+, $3/$5 after 10pm. Highdive, C. 7pm Disco Phil [Disco, funk and soul.] Free, Boltini Lounge, C. 10:30pm Karaoke Dragon Karaoke [Paul Faber hosts karaoke.] Embassy Tavern, U. 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke [Come and enjoy karaoke every Wednesday night.] Geovantis, C. 10pm Festivals 5th Annual International JR Aero Tow [Scale soaring enthusiasts and all are welcome.] Monticello/Piatt County Airport, 10am Workshops “Ask Atron” [Award winning interior designer Atron Regen, ASID and former professor at the University of Illinois and at Parkland College, helps you to find solutions to all your interior design dilemmas and the basics of residential interiors. Bring photos. Open to ages 15+. $99/R, $129/ NR; Register by June 13.] Savoy Recreational Center, 6pm Comedy Zoo Improv Troupe [Comedy show with short and some long form improvisational performance. Come enjoy watching us make everything up on the spot. Food and drink specials available.] Iron Post, U. 7pm

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