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6 Q & A with Rosewood’s Andy Lund
know what you are thinking Michael Moore – sensational, mellow-dramatic, genius of documentary filmmaking. I’ve thought all three at one point or another. He has been known to conquer the most sensitive of topics. Sometimes he succeeds in reaching the viewers’ gut with heart wrenching facts, and other times he tries a little too hard and falls on his face. So walking into the Art last night, I was hoping Moore would regress from his melodramatic tendancies and report the facts in the intense yet humorous way only Michael Moore truly can. I wasn’t disappointed. Moore’s movies have always been important. In Roger & Me, he exposed the social repercussions of industrial downsizing in Midwest factory communities, a problem that tends to get tucked in the underbelly of cash cow technology companies. In the years after the Columbine
Andy Lund is the owner of Rosewood Guitar Shop in Champaign. Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, he now runs a store that sells a range of instruments as well as instrument lessons...
7 Paint and poetry at Verde Paintings and poems respond to one another in a conversation of words and colors at Verde Gallery. Painter Jessica Damen and poet Maj Ragain worked...
Music 9 A different kind of Blue’s Steve Burns isn’t dead. In fact, Burns is alive and well in New York, toying around with multimedia ideas, surround sound and video projectors for his upcoming tour...
Calendar 12 Urge Overkill, Jay Bennett return Former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett will perform at the Highdive along with Urge Overkill and Menthol. A veteran musician and instrumentalist, Bennett has also proven..
19 Farenheit 9/11 sparks controversy The MPAA tags a lot of movies with an R rating, but it’s a little disconcerting to think that reality is for adults only. It’s a big, scary world out there, but kids certainly won’t... PHOTO BY RODERICK GEDEY
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High School shootings Moore challenged the rhetoric that blaimed television, media and everyone but ourselves for the angst-ridden acts of violence. He pushes the envelope. Farenheit 9-11 is no exception. This time, Moore did his homework. More so than in the past. With a dangerously secretive administration in the White House, Moore has exercised his right as a citizen of this country to challenge it. Some call him un-patriotic, others dismiss his ideas as misguided and manipulative, but Moore loves his country enough to know that it is beginning to fall apart at the seams. Instead of standing by and supporting a regime that goes against the ideals that America was built on, he stands up, speaks out and takes a hit for the team. He is not the most popular person in the country right now. He is being heckled and insulted left and right for making such a controversial movie. His name is being dragged through the mud, but he doesn’t care. Now that is love. -M.M.
The truth is in the oil puddle Farenheit 9-11 and the controversy surrounding Dubya BY SETH FEIN | STAFF WRITER
aseball doesn’t seem so important to me this week. I’d like to tell you it’s because the St. Louis Cardinals are tearing up the league or because my Cubbies lost two of three to the Boys in Black on the South Side last weekend. But I can’t because that just isn’t true. Like many of you, I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 last weekend, and like many of you, I left feeling disdain and anger welling up in my chest. It’s similar to the way many of us felt on Sept. 11 or when Dubya waged war in Iraq. It’s not a good feeling. See, by comparison, my life is fantastic. I know this because of what I wake up to every day. My cats wake me up at 10 a.m. like clockwork and my chicken, Joan of Arc, is always ready to jump into my lap when I let her out. I have orange juice in the refrigerator and hot water in the shower. There is soap to wash myself with and I have good toothpaste to keep my toothies clean. My house isn’t falling apart and I have jobs to help sustain my meager but comfortable lifestyle. My band is working again and there are tour dates and recording sessions coming up soon. My girlfriend is kind to me; she cares about what is going on in my life and she lets me know every day, despite the fact that she lives in Wicker Park and I live in Urbana. You’d be surprised what text messaging can do for a relationship these days. Yep. My life is great. But for those living in Iraq, I imagine life is quite the opposite. Why? Because there is an illegal war going on and it’s the U. S. government’s fault. I am not going to reiterate everything that I feel about this administration. I am not going to try to convince any of you that Dubya and his cronies are a bunch of criminals. I am not going to do any of this based on the fact that I no longer have to. It’s written in stone, the same way Vietnam was a flop or Watergate was a crime. This administration has done more harm than any other to the beauty of this country and I am angry about it. On Monday night, I attended a Moveon.org party at a house in Urbana. I went there expecting to meet the organizers of the party, ask them some questions about getting more involved and shake the hands of those in attendance to feel some sense of solidarity in my convictions about this government. I left feeling more inspired than ever. Yet somehow, I still feel
as confused as I did when I walked out of the Art on early Sunday morning. The organizer of this gathering was a 15year-old University High School student and she knows what’s up. She understands that this country is being duped. She knows that the war in Iraq isn’t a fair war at all. She gets it. My question, the one that will continue to plague me, is why such a large portion of the country doesn’t. This is simple for me to write, so I’m going to just state it. I have been writing for Buzz for a year now. I want to be bold and harsh and upsetting to the people that disagree. I invite you to e-mail me if you don’t like it. So here goes: Screw you if you plan on voting for Bush this fall. Screw you if you plan on voting for anyone but John Kerry. Screw all the people trying to get Nader on the ballot and screw that uber-liberal scallywag running under the Green Party. Research it yourself and look at the facts. Listen, I don’t really agree with the Kerry campaign all the time. He is a classic politician and isn’t much of a liberal. But right now, after seeing the film, talking to my Arabic friends and reading the news, I feel good about anyone who doesn’t have the agenda that the Bush administration has in Washington. My friend’s uncle was killed in Iraq earlier this year and he did nothing wrong. People are dying because this country isn’t standing up for what is right. I can’t be sure that Kerry and friends will do any better, but you can bet your ass that I am more than willing to give him a shot. Anything to help get us out of this mess. I am taking the week off from baseball. Perhaps I will feel better writing about the Friendly Confines after I settle down and get some of this anger off my mind. But right now, I just don’t see any way to feel good about sports when children are dying for no reason other than selfishness and greed.
Seth Fein is a Cubs fan and is extremely pissed off at the Bush administration. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jago Jazzist showcases talent BY SHADIE ELNASHAI | STAFF WRITER
Scandinavian music has once more proven to be groundbreaking, this time in the guise of Jaga Jazzist, a ten-piece band from Norway whose free-form experimentation showcases electro-jazz that is as influenced by Aphex Twin and Tortoise as it is by John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Their music combines laptop electronica, solid yet simple jazz and the type of drum ’n’ bass more popular in European clubbing environments.Thus, it seems suitable that the band is on Ninja Tune, a label known for taking sometimes edgier bands into which category Jaga Jazzist comfortably falls. The band recently released the single “Day,” subsequent to last year’s album The Stix. Although “Day” fails to offer the benefits of being a complete album, judged on a trackby-track basis, it is the better collection of individual songs, offering a broader range of the band’s unique sound. “Day” manifests itself in original form, remix and live rendition, all of which are noticeably different yet equally inventive. But B-side “Reminders”is easily the strongest track on the seven-track release. By veering effortlessly between Four Tet-esque samplings and ugly e-rock, the band demonstrates considerable dexterity across several subgenres. A total of three live tracks show that nothing is lost outside of the studio. Unlike many similar bands, Jaga Jazzist choose to perform live instrumentation, involving the use of trumpets, bass clarinets, a trombone, electric guitar, bass, tuba, Fender Rhodes and vibraphone. Jaga Jazzist embark on their first American tour, kicking off with a show at The Empty Bottle in Chicago on July 2 at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $12.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): One of the most exuberant poets of the twentieth century was James Broughton. "I pray every night to wake up crazier," he wrote. By that he meant he wanted to become increasingly receptive to unpredictable joy and pleasure. His knack for having a good time didn't mean he dodged the hard times, though. "Suffering can't be avoided," he told interviewer Jack Foley. "The way to happiness is to go into the darkness of yourself. That's the place the seed is nourished, takes its roots and grows up, and becomes ultimately the plant and the flower. You can only go upward by first going downward." That's the perfect prescription for you in the coming days, Aries. (For more Broughton and Foley, see www.alsopreview.com/foley/jfbroughton.html.)
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your word of power this week is yua. It's a term the Yupiit people of Alaska use for the spirit that inhabits all things, both animate and inanimate. A rock, for instance, has as much yua as a caribou, spruce tree, or human being, and therefore merits the same measure of compassion. If a Yupiit goes out for a hike and spies a chunk of wood lying on a frozen river bank, she might pick it up and put it in a new position, allowing its previously hidden side to get fresh air and sun. In this way, she would bestow a blessing on the wood's yua. Try living your life like this in the coming days, Taurus: as if absolutely everything is alive, has a soul, and deserves your loving kindness. (Thanks to Earl Shorris, "The Last Word," Harper's, August 2000.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "Goodies" is your word of power this week, Gemini -- though it could also be your word of weakness. To ensure that it's more the former than the latter, meditate on the following three inquiries. 1. Of all the goodies you want, which are the two most important ones? 2. Do your flirtations with second-tier goodies tend to undermine your pursuit of the first-tier ones? If so, are you willing to wean yourself from those flirtations? 3. Do you have any doubts about whether you truly deserve the very best goodies? If so, what can you do to render the doubts irrelevant? CANCER (June 21-July 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, I've assembled a host of snappy one-liners for you to wield in the coming week, Cancerian. Sooner or later, it will make sense for you to utter every one of them. 1. "It only seems kinky the first time." 2. "Even if the voices in my head aren't real, they still have some good ideas." 3. "To make your prayers come true, you have to get off your knees." 4. "I'm the good kind of bad." 5. "It's not really a party till something gets broken." 6. "Shut up and dance." (P.S.: I don't anticipate there'll be any messy consequences if you cultivate the attitude I'm suggesting here. But in case there are, invoke this disclaimer: "I didn't do it. You can't prove it. Nobody saw me.")
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Have you ever been burned by bad religion? This is the week you could start getting rid of the scorch marks. Have you ever been abused by an authority figure who made you feel helpless? This is the time to correct for the distortions that jerk wreaked in your psyche.Are you feeling tyrannized by a habitual response that was once quite useful but isn't appropriate any more? This is a perfect moment to dissolve it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Thirty-three-year-old pop star Jennifer Lopez earned $29 million in 2003. Presumably she shares some of her wealth with her mom, Guadalupe. Cynical observers might therefore regard it as a sign of divine favoritism that Guadalupe recently won a jackpot of $2.4 million while playing a slot machine at an Atlantic City casino. I suspect you may be less hasty to jump to that conclusion, though, since many of you Virgos are currently being visited (or soon will be) with an equally ridiculous amount of good luck. Don't feel guilty about your blessings in the least, please, even if they seem way beyond your fair share. Lap them up. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): For years, Salt Lake City was undisputed Jell-O champion on the world, with the highest per capita consumption. But in 1999, Des Moines, Iowa catapulted into the lead. In response, chef Scott Blackerby staged a "Take Back the Jell-O Title" Recipe Contest at his restaurant in Salt Lake, and thousands of Utahans signed petitions that helped make Jell-O the official snack of the state. Soon the city had retaken the top spot, where it remains to this day. I hope this story serves to motivate and inspire you in the coming days, Libra. It's time for you to reclaim a lost title or crown that you once possessed and that really should belong to you again. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): On your bad days, Scorpio, you're like a swamp that serves as a weird oasis in the midst of frozen tundra. On your good days, the physical feature you correspond to most is an underground river winding in a serpentine course beneath green, fertile hills. But in the coming weeks you'll be like a place you've rarely resembled before: an unspoiled tropical beach where the warm wild ocean meets the foot of a towering mountain. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Shopping for a new mission, Sagittarius? Or perhaps a new branch of your old familiar mission? You should be. This is one of those pivotal moments when heaven comes all the way down to earth; when invisible allies from the other side of the veil make an appearance; when ageold secrets briefly show what they're really made of. To aid your quest to glimpse your best possible future, here's advice that the sorcerer Don Juan gave to his student, Carlos Castañeda: "Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one ques-
tion. 'Does this path have a heart?' If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use." CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In ancient Greece, Apollo was a great sun god. Ruler of music and healing, he had the power to vanquish darkness from the human soul and transform chaos into energy.Pilgrims traveled from afar to seek oracles at his main temple in Delphi. Inscribed above the entrance of the temple was the maxim "Know thyself." No other words of wisdom are more important for you to heed in the next six weeks, Capricorn. Getting to know yourself better will be the best way to rouse your own inner Apollo, thereby allowing you to tap into the fertility of your unconscious chaos and harness the beauty of your soul's darkness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "I didn't feel your passion in my secret garden," a celebrity judge told an aspiring diva after her less-than-perfect singing performance on "The WB's Superstar USA," an "American Idol" parody. I'm afraid I'm going to have to borrow his words to describe your recent efforts, Aquarius. All of us occasionally fail to live up fully to our potential, and the recent past has been your time of missing the mark. Now please don't waste your energy getting mad at me for delivering this knock. Instead, channel that emotion into making sure you don't keep missing the mark. Conjure up the breakout passion that we who love you will feel in our secret gardens. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Here's one of the few universal truths I know: Everyone has a piece of the truth, even those you disagree with. According to my reading of the astrological omens, though, you are now in possession of a giant piece of the truth -- bigger than what you usually have and bigger than everyone else's piece. That's exactly why you should proceed cautiously. Your deep understanding and authoritative knowledge might tempt you to dismiss the tiny slivers of truth that other people are holding, and that would be a mistake.
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CROSSWORD PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Possible source of big winnings 11 Introductory text 15 Words on some maps 16 Hubbard of fiction 17 Where errors are seen 18 Another white meat 19 Bit of granola 20 One can’t do this 21 Port on the Vistula 23 Brave, for instance 25 Colony member 27 Seoul’s Kyung ___ University 28 Straight 31 Sound off 33 Slower, musically 36 Buddy-buddy 37 Slippery ones 38 Cleanup target 40 Insane talker 41 Unprofessional film quality 43 Shop, for one 44 Familiarize 45 Chris’s player in “The Magnificent Seven” 46 Kind of acid
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der river 54 When repeated, a child’s plaything 57 Treasure of the Sierra Madre 58 “Voice of Israel” writer 59 They build bridges 62 Further 63 Extreme 64 Archie or Veronica 65 Sedimentary materials DOWN 1 Chicken giant 2 Not shy 3 Nasdaq listing 4 Nasser once led it: Abbr. 5 Put out 6 Indian bovine with a humped shoulder 7 Jackson moniker 8 Arms of the underworld 9 Skating legend 10 It can give a golfer a lift
17 Scandinavian myth: Var. 19 13 Meeting of the minds 23 14 Throw for a loss? 22 Pays a visit 33 24 Ancient Wonder site 37 26 “Eat to live, not live to eat” penner 40 29 Boston college 43 30 Rocky prominence 45 32 Puts on a coat 52 33 Resting place of God, in the Bible 58 34 Like the items 62 shown on “Antiques 64 Roadshow” 35 Guantánamo Bay, e.g. 39 Make, with “out” 42 Early American explorer 47 Weakly pronounced consonant, in phonetics 49 Jay follower
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Crusty Rusty wasn’t a dog, but News of the weird Lead story he sure made a good dog toy BY MICHAEL COULTER | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
y uncle used to have a little dog named Ranger. He was a mutt kind of terrier, sweet and happy with a lot of love to give. We found out later just how much love he did have to give. One evening, the family was together and sitting around after dinner. My uncle went to the closet and came back with something alarming and strangely beautiful. Crusty Rusty. Crusty Rusty was a stuffed, rust-colored animal. It’s hard to say if he was affectionate, being inanimate and all, but while he might not have been able to give love, it became clear very quickly that the unlucky bastard was, without question, able to receive it. Poor Crusty Rusty. He was a pawn for laughter, a slave to Ranger’s desire, the canine equivalent of a blow-up doll. My uncle would call Ranger, throw the toy on the ground, and shout “Get Crusty Rusty!” At this juncture, Ranger would attack Rusty with the ferocity of a pit bull on an epileptic. It seemed cute at first, watching Ranger roll around on the rug with his little stuffed playmate. It wasn’t quite so cute when we gathered what the actual situation was. That damned dog was humping that stuffed animal like a trooper, a hump in his back, drool on his chin, and a big-assed smile on his face. The whole family became painfully aware why the adjective “crusty” preceded Rusty’s name. The incident lasted about two minute— still a family record, by the way—and ended as abruptly as it started. Ranger collapsed and Rusty lay motionless, a little crustier than when it all began. At the time, we all thought Ranger was just overly amorous, but looking back on it, poor Rusty was the only thing he humped. Other stuffed objects of fornication in the house went untouched. Thanks to a study by German researchers, it all sort of makes sense now. They have found a Border collie named Rico that understand about 200 words and can even learn new ones. I just hope they never teach it “Crusty Rusty.” Rico knows the name of all his toys and will bring them to you on request. I guess that’s cool. You want to make me take notice, say a word and see if the smart little dog will press your shirt or drive your drunk ass home. I hardly ever need a dog toy, but the wrinkled shirt and the drunk thing, that’s another story. All hope isn’t lost, though.
Rico can figure shit out. If you add a toy and say a name he isn’t familiar with, he can put the new toy together with the new name. They say he comprehends at about the same rate as a 3-year-old child. I love kids, but I have to admit, I haven’t had many intelligent conversations with a 3-yearold. Still, some folks find this exciting. Katrina Kelner, Science magazine’s deputy editor for life sciences, said “such fast, onetrial learning in dogs is remarkable. This ability suggests that the brain structures that support this kind of learning are not unique to humans and may have formed the evolutionary basis of some of the advanced language abilities of humans.” Whatever, honey. It’s a freaking dog. I got a dog and he only recognizes three words: “No,” which he believes means he should continue doing what he’s doing, and “Good Dog,” which he believes means he should stop the current act immediately. He also recognizes the phrase “It’s OK” to mean he should freak out for the next three hours. Sure, I usually say “It’s OK” during thunderstorms, but at least I think he knows the phrase. I don’t know, maybe only certain dogs are smart enough to figure stuff out. Some dogs can lead the blind, so I must admit they are probably a little smarter than my dog who would simply drag the blind. Some dogs can herd sheep, so they’re likely more intelligent than my dog who can only sniff the asses of sheep. Some dogs have even ventured into outer space. A big trip for my dog is lumbering to the kitchen to get a drink of water. If dogs are smarter than we think they are, I’m OK with that. It’s great and all, but whatever, we’ll probably never notice or see them as smart. We still want to see our dogs as slow, if not exactly stupid. We let them lick their sacks and then lick our faces. We find it amusing when the game of fetch is one-sided. We appreciate the effort it takes to vomit up their dinner and then eat an entire loaf of bread, plastic and all, from the counter. We like them when they breathe through their mouths, just like some of us challenged humans. We like it when they disobey a direct order. We like them when they clumsily knock over a table and everything on top of it. We like them a little on the dumb side. It’s easier for us to assimilate.
Michael Coulter is a videographer, comedian and creator of the weekly e-mail column “The Sporting Life.”
Canadian researchers writing in the journal Neurology in June reported that 18 of 122 dogs belonging to epileptic children were able to sense, minutes ahead of time, when a child was about to have a seizure, and about 30 others showed unique reactions to a seizure event (including in some cases trying to protect the child from danger). Also in June, researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute reported that Rico, a Border collie they have studied for several years, can distinguish by name more than 200 objects and can even figure out the names of unfamiliar objects associated with familiar ones (attributed, as in the epilepsy cases, to the dog’s high sensitivity to sight, sound and motion).
Those who can’t do, teach In Albany, Ga., high school English teacher Carla Murray, 32, resigned after officials found a poem she had allegedly written to one of her students (among other notes that indicated an affair between the two). The poem: “The smell of your cologne mixed
w/ sweat / The sounds you make while (omitted in the Associated Press story) / The touch of your hands / There’s more, but I won’t embarrass myself by mentioning them.”
Least competent criminals Andre Lamar Henderson, 30, was arrested after allegedly robbing a Madison Bank branch in Norristown, Pa., in June and coming away with $50; his holdup note had demanded “all your hundreds and fifties,” and, as the teller later said, there was lots of money in the drawer but unfortunately for Henderson, no hundreds and only one fifty. And Knute Falk, 54, allegedly robbed a Bank of America in Beaverton, Ore., in June but was arrested when his getaway was delayed; he had demanded a bank customer’s car keys, walked out, then returned after a minute or two, with his mask off, to ask the customer which key opens the door.
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Urbana radio to play a different tune Are you tired of listening to the same olâ€™ same olâ€™ on the radio?
BY KENNETH MAXEY | STAFF WRITER
Tired of turning from radio station to radio station not being able to tell the difference? Tired of the never-ending cycle of radio programming? Meaningless talk, the same songs over and over again, h o u r a f t e r h o u r and more commercials than actual programming? If so, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS â˜… JACKIE CHAN & STEVE COOGAN Unfortunately, there is little to take from Around the World in 80 Days other than an occasional laugh. The story makes little sense, and the plot completely lacks coherence from one scene to the next. Animated intros do their best to bridge the gap between utter confusion on the audience membersâ€™ faces and the controlled, slapstick chaos the director envisioned. However, the film makes no sense and has the appearance of a college final project with a $110 million budget. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK VIN DEISEL & JUDI DENCH â˜…â˜… Chronicles of Riddick feels overblown and bombastic, as if Twohy feels the need to justify finally having a big budget to work with. Had he amputated some of the useless plot threads from the story and focused more on providing a grand action yarn, the result might have been better. But as it is, the film is an utterly forgettable sci-fi diversion that will be forgotten by its target audience once Spider-Man returns. (Andrew Vecelas) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy
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DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY â˜…â˜…â˜… BEN STILLER & VINCE VAUGHN In spite of itself, Dodgeball almost becomes a competent sports film parody, especially during its moments of â€œinspiration.â€? A surprise guest appearance near the end from a sports icon provides what might be the filmâ€™s funniest and most clever moment while perfectly summating its irreverent, â€œjust becauseâ€? attitude. Everyone has seen (and loves) the motley crew of sad sacks who defy expectations and write their own Cinderella story, and the Average Joeâ€™s dodgeball team exploits this cliche in weird and reasonless ways. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy
he Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is in the building stages of a new free-form community radio station. WRFU (Radio Free Urbana) will broadcast 100 watts of power at 104.5 FM and will allow students and community membersâ€”as well as anyone else who may not fall into one of those two categoriesâ€”the opportunity to go on the air and provide a voice that many people feel is sorely missed on radio today, including IMC member Mike Lehman. â€œWRFU intends to serve our community what it wants in radio listening, not what some bean counter in another city thinks will sell the most advertising, but by giving members of the public increased access to the airwaves that they own,â€? Lehman said. Giving the community the opportunity to express themselves is very important to the
WRFU will broadcast at 104.5 FM. It will allow students and members of the community to go on the air.
IMC. The WRFU membership is $10 and you will need to be a member of the UrbanaChampaign IMC, which is a sliding scale payment of $25 to $50, but all of the IMC fee can be waived for financial hardship by applying for a waiver to the Urbana-Champaign IMC finance group. They will not turn anyone away for financial reasons. They will provide community access to radio based simply on broadcasting and not money or power, similar to other community radio stations, most notably WEFT 90.1 FM. â€œWEFT is a great model for established community radio,â€? IMC member Drew Tarico says. â€œWe do not plan to compete with them, and we will happily allow WEFT air shifters to take part in WRFU.â€? WRFU will provide training for all equipment, in addition to providing training for all
legal requirements as well. However, they hope to make the entry bar even lower than other community radio stations, due in large part to their more direct democratic operation. WRFU will have a group for every program that goes on the air, organized by blocks of time, subjects or lack of other groupsâ€™ interest in the time block. Each program must send at least one representative to the majority of the main meetings, where they take care of all the station business and consent to new program groups. â€œTo get on the air, you need a friend and a rough idea of what youâ€™re going to do and when, how often youâ€™d like to do it, come to a general RFU meeting and make sure itâ€™s cool, which it most likely will be,â€? Tarico says. â€œAll the stationâ€™s decisions will be made collectively by consensus (similar to all IMC proj-
ects), meaning everyone has to agree ... So no board of directors, no elected positions, no committees.â€? This democratic operation seems to appeal to many, which explains the two dozen people who attended WRFUâ€™s initial public information meeting on June 8. Lehman said the gathering â€œindicates a strong need and desire for more community access to the public airwaves that remain dominated by commercial interest.â€? WRFU has a low-power FM license (designed for local non-profit use) that is held by a group called the Socialist Forum. The Socialist Forumâ€™s purpose in applying for the license was to provide increased access to the media for the community in order to foster a wider discussion of issues than is generally allowed in the dominant media. Socialist
JULY 1 - 7, 2004 | THOSE TWO TIGERS ARE THE NEXT MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… MICHAEL MOORE & GEORGE W BUSH This is documentary filmmaking at its most confrontational by a man who wonâ€™t take â€œShut upâ€? for an answer. At times itâ€™s sarcastic when it should be sizzling and snide when it could be scorching, but it turns an angry, watchful eye onto material that many Americans pass over like another idle terrorist alert. He identifies the sheer ridiculousness of the countless clips that reflect Bushâ€™s goofy, down-home laziness and sleazy incompetence, portraying him as a conniving scoundrel with far greater priorities than the welfare of the American people. (Matt Pais) GARFIELD: THE MOVIE BILL MURRAY & JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT â˜… Perhaps whatâ€™s most atrocious is that Garfield is intended to be a comedy. There are more laughs to be found witnessing a minor road accident than in this film. While Garfield is intended to be a kidâ€™s movie, itâ€™s hard to believe that even children will find a single amusing moment. The only saving grace is the casting of Bill Murray as the titular felineâ€™s voice. He may not actually say anything funny, but his lethargic sound matches Garfield perfectly. Despite Murrayâ€™s best efforts, and Hewittâ€™s amazing looks, thereâ€™s nothing to be recommended about this film at all. This isnâ€™t the same sarcastic kitty you know from the comic strip. This poor fellowâ€™s had all the fun taken out of him. Heâ€™s been neutered. (Devon Sharma) HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN â˜…â˜…â˜… DANIEL RADCLIFFE & EMMA WATSON So much of the material in the films has felt like a visual projection of Rowlingâ€™s books without the brain and heart to match. It seems that, in attempting to whittle down hundreds of pages into a workable screenplay, Kloves merely makes a check mark every time he incor-
porates an important point while ignoring the specifics that give each element its meaning. So far, the Harry Potter films represent a frustrating body of work, fantasy that has yet to realize its potential to be fantastic. Cuaronâ€™s deeper artistic vision is a step in the right direction, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban still fails to cast a spell. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy
him and have a place to call home, and in that way The Terminal is like a quirky, inside-out version of Lost in Translation. Everyone at JFK grows to know Navorski by name, and thereâ€™s a reason that America has revered its most dependable actor with the same respect and recognition for the last decade. Thereâ€™s no one like Hanks to keep a jetlagged fantasy so grounded. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy
THE NOTEBOOK â˜…â˜…â˜… RACHEL MCADAMS AND JAMES GARNER For two plus hours the movie moves along, only stalling out for a couple moments. Once the meat of the story drops, there arenâ€™t any moments when it is ok to step out to the washroom. However, the story canâ€™t seem but to be a bit hokey. Written as a romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, the truth is The Notebook canâ€™t help but be completely hokey. This is a good date movie and guaranteed to get a fair amount of young hopefuls mushy for a solid night of making out and spooning. However, if you are into action stuff, then this probably isnâ€™t the movie for you. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy
TWO BROTHERS â˜…â˜… GUY PEARCE AND TIGERS Some children and adults, though, will find the narrative as dull and slow moving as a grade school social studies film, while other young ones will find the intensity of the cubsâ€™ adventures at times somewhat upsetting. A human induced fire to pull the two tigers from a jungle toward the end is especially tense. Yet, with its vivid picturesque animal focus and a somewhat preachy ending, Two Brothers never really completely satisfies its many audiences. (Syd Slobodnik)
SAVED! â˜…â˜…â˜… MANDY MOORE & JENA MALONE The social commentary on the writerâ€™s view of Christianity is very evident from the opening scenes to the very last shots in the film. This year has brought on new conversations about the portrayals of certain religious groups in the mainstream media and Saved! does nothing but add to the conversation, which seems like itâ€™s intent. Unlike the highly popular and highly controversial The Passion of the Christ, interpretations on the role of Christianity in Saved! are very contemporary and are humorous not only for the believer, but for the nonbeliever and the unsure as well. (Art Mitchell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy SHREK 2 â˜…â˜…â˜… MIKE MYERS & EDDIE MURPHY Shrek 2 does an admirably effective job of balancing its sarcastic but sensitive tone, and itâ€™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 itâ€™s hard to complain about another chuckle-filled trip to fantasyland sure to once again make Disney green (cha-ching!) with envy. (Matt Pais)
WORLD IN 80 DAYS (PG) Fri. - Thu. 11:00 1:45 4:30 7:15 10:00 SCREENS) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 11:30 12:30 1:00 2:00 2:30 3:30 4:00 5:00 5:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 GARFIELD (PG) Fri. - Thu. 11:00 1:00 3:00 5:00 9:30 10:00 11:00 12:10 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 11:30 12:30 â—† HARRY POTTER 3 (PG) Fri. 1:00 2:00 2:30 3:30 4:00 5:00 Tue. 1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00 5:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:30 Wed. & Thu. 1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00 10:00 â—† SPIDER-MAN 2 (PGâ€“13) (4
THE NOTEBOOK (PGâ€“13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50 12:15 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50
WHITE CHICKS â˜… MARLON AND SHAWN WAYANS Against the fact that White Chicks is a horrendous story, no one should see this film for many other reasons. First, scenes the likes of these should convince filmmakers to stop editing major motion pictures on PCP. Second, for a comedy, no one laughs. But most importantly, boycotting the Wayans might at least might make them think twice before stepping into another venture as ill-fated as White Chicks. (Andrew Crewell)
TWO BROTHERS (PG) Fri. Thu. 11:20 1:40 4:10 7:10
SAVED! (PGâ€“13) Fri. - Thu. 9:40 SHREK 2 (PG) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:30 9:40 11:40 Sun. - Thu. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:30 9:40
CHRONICLES-RIDDICK (PGâ€“13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50 12:15 â—† WHITE CHICKS (PGâ€“13) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 1:40 4:10 7:10 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50 9:40 12:00 Sun. - Tue. 11:20 1:40 4:10 DAY AFTER TOMORROW (PGâ€“13) 7:10 9:40 Wed. & Thu. 11:20 Fri. & Sat. 7:00 9:30 12:00 1:40 4:10 7:10 9:40 Sun. - Thu. 7:00 9:30
OPENING THIS WEEKEND SPIDERMAN 2 TOBEY MAGUIRE & KIRSTEN DUNST This much awaited sequel boasts a story line with a villain named Doctor Octopus, aptly named for the giant
THE TERMINAL (PGâ€“13) (2 SCREENS) Fri. & Sat. 11:30 1:30 2:30 4:30 5:30 7:10 8:30 10:00 11:30 Sun. - Tue. 11:30 1:30 2:30 4:30 5:30 7:10 8:30 10:00 Wed. & Thu. 1:30 4:30 7:10 10:00
STEPFORD WIVES (PGâ€“13) Fri. & Sat. 11:10 1:10 3:10 5:10 7:30 9:40 11:50 Sun. - Thu. 11:10 1:10 3:10 5:10 7:30 9:40
DODGEBALL: UNDERDOG (PGâ€“13) (2 SCREENS) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 11:30 1:00 1:30 3:00 3:30 5:00 5:30 7:00 7:30 9:20 9:50 11:20 Sun. - Tue. 11:00 11:30 1:00 1:30 3:00 3:30 5:00 5:30 7:00 7:30 9:20 9:50 Wed. & Thu. 11:30 1:30 3:30 5:30 7:30 9:50
COFFEE/CIGARETTES (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00 11:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00 KING ARTHUR (PGâ€“13) (2 SCREENS) Wed. & Thu. 11:20 12:20 2:20 3:20 5:00 7:10 9:00 10:00 Showtimes for 7/2 thru 7/8
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SPIDERMAN 2 | TOBEY MAGUIRE
THE STEPFORD WIVES â˜…â˜…â˜… MATTHEW BRODERICK & NICOLE KIDMAN Because of the resounding tepidity of Ozâ€™s remake, the film never takes any major risks. It stays safely inbounds, gliding softly through the screenplay like a Stepford wife through her kitchen. In the end, itâ€™s harmless. If Oz had picked one tone with which to attack the film and stuck with it, the end product might have been more seamless and alluring, like a true Stepford wife, and less erratic and inconsequential, like Hillâ€™s frequently malfunctioning Sarah Sunderson. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy SUPER SIZE ME â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… MORGAN SPURLOCK & MCDONALDâ€™S FOOD Fasten your belt loops and hold onto your love handles: Super Size Me is one of the best movies so far this year. Spurlockâ€™s movie is at times difficult to watchâ€”frankly, it wants to gross us out with the hard, greasy truthâ€”but it delivers on all the requirements of an important documentary. Itâ€™s brave, challenging and relevant, and in calling attention to an American epidemic, Super Size Me is truly McTastic. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Boardmanâ€™s Art Theatre THE TERMINAL â˜…â˜…â˜… TOM HANKS & CATHERINE ZETA-JONES Like Forrest Gump, Viktor Navorski (Hanks) is a simple man just trying to get by, and the story finds some poetry in his straightforward determination for lifeâ€™s most basic pleasures. He just wants to understand the world around
tentacle-like arms grafted to his back. This madman brings Peter Parker back from a declared retirement. So Spiderman has to fight a giant octopus man, save his girl, and defend himself from the Green Goblinâ€™s sonâ€™s desire for revenge. Sounds like your everyday summer blockbuster. (Paul Wagner) DE-LOVELY KEVIN KLINE & ASHLEY JUDD This new musical takes the form of a nostalgic look back on American composer Cole Porterâ€™s life as if it were a stage show itself. Through deep plot movements, large production scenes and song, De-Lovely takes audiences through the life and tangled relationships of Cole Porter. (Paul Wagner) BEFORE SUNSET ETHAN HAWKE & JULIE DEPLY This sequel of Before Sunrise takes us this time to France where these two lovers meet again a full ten years after their first encounter. Can this be true love again? Or is the sex with Ethan Hawke just not all itâ€™s cracked up to be? (Paul Wagner) THE CLEARING ROBERT REDFORD & WILLEM DAFOE Redford and his life live the American Dream. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and is now a wealthy businessman and he couldnâ€™t be happier. Then one day Willem Dafoe, your everyday working man, kidnaps him and holds him in a remote forest for ransom. Needless to say, their perfect world got screwed up a bit by this. Throughout the ordeal Redford and his wife grow a stronger need for each otherâ€Śif only it will turn out the way they hope. (Paul Wagner)
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