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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...

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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..

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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

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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 sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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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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

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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 ol’ same ol’ 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.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS ★ 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 members’ 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 ★★ 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 ★★★ BEN STILLER & VINCE VAUGHN In spite of itself, Dodgeball almost becomes a competent sports film parody, especially during its moments of “inspiration.� A surprise guest appearance near the end from a sports icon provides what might be the film’s funniest and most clever moment while perfectly summating its irreverent, “just because� attitude. Everyone has seen (and loves) the motley crew of sad sacks who defy expectations and write their own Cinderella story, and the Average Joe’s dodgeball team exploits this cliche in weird and reasonless ways. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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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 members—as well as anyone else who may not fall into one of those two categories—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. “WRFU 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,� 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. “WEFT is a great model for established community radio,� IMC member Drew Tarico says. “We do not plan to compete with them, and we will happily allow WEFT air shifters to take part in WRFU.� 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 groups’ 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. “To get on the air, you need a friend and a rough idea of what you’re going to do and when, how often you’d like to do it, come to a general RFU meeting and make sure it’s cool, which it most likely will be,� Tarico says. “All the station’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.� This democratic operation seems to appeal to many, which explains the two dozen people who attended WRFU’s initial public information meeting on June 8. Lehman said the gathering “indicates a strong need and desire for more community access to the public airwaves that remain dominated by commercial interest.� 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 Forum’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

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JULY 1 - 7, 2004 | THOSE TWO TIGERS ARE THE NEXT MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ★★★★ MICHAEL MOORE & GEORGE W BUSH This is documentary filmmaking at its most confrontational by a man who won’t take “Shut up� for an answer. At times it’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 Bush’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 ★ Perhaps what’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 kid’s movie, it’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 feline’s voice. He may not actually say anything funny, but his lethargic sound matches Garfield perfectly. Despite Murray’s best efforts, and Hewitt’s amazing looks, there’s nothing to be recommended about this film at all. This isn’t the same sarcastic kitty you know from the comic strip. This poor fellow’s had all the fun taken out of him. He’s been neutered. (Devon Sharma) HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN ★★★ DANIEL RADCLIFFE & EMMA WATSON So much of the material in the films has felt like a visual projection of Rowling’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. Cuaron’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 there’s a reason that America has revered its most dependable actor with the same respect and recognition for the last decade. There’s no one like Hanks to keep a jetlagged fantasy so grounded. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

THE NOTEBOOK ★★★ 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 aren’t any moments when it is ok to step out to the washroom. However, the story can’t seem but to be a bit hokey. Written as a romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, the truth is The Notebook can’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 isn’t the movie for you. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

TWO BROTHERS ★★ 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 cubs’ 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! ★★★ MANDY MOORE & JENA MALONE The social commentary on the writer’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 it’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 ★★★ MIKE MYERS & EDDIE MURPHY Shrek 2 does an admirably effective job of balancing its sarcastic but sensitive tone, and it’s never too bitter to be sweet. The film manages to repeatedly wink at all things Disney without coming off competitive, an honorable move for a Dreamworks studio that should have plenty to gloat about at the box office this summer. In giving reverence with each reference, the four-headed team of writers keeps things light and sprinkles good-hearted, intelligent fun throughout every scene. It becomes apparent that the original strove for greatness while this suitable sequel is merely good, but it’s hard to complain about another chuckle-filled trip to fantasyland sure to once again make Disney green (cha-ching!) with envy. (Matt Pais)

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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 ◆ 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 ◆ SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG–13) (4

THE NOTEBOOK (PG–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 ★ 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! (PG–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 (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50 12:15 ◆ WHITE CHICKS (PG–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 (PG–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 (PG–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 (PG–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 (PG–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 (PG–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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THE STEPFORD WIVES ★★★ MATTHEW BRODERICK & NICOLE KIDMAN Because of the resounding tepidity of Oz’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, it’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 Hill’s frequently malfunctioning Sarah Sunderson. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy SUPER SIZE ME ★★★★ MORGAN SPURLOCK & MCDONALD’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. Spurlock’s movie is at times difficult to watch—frankly, it wants to gross us out with the hard, greasy truth—but it delivers on all the requirements of an important documentary. It’s brave, challenging and relevant, and in calling attention to an American epidemic, Super Size Me is truly McTastic. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Boardman’s Art Theatre THE TERMINAL ★★★ 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 life’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 Goblin’s son’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 Porter’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 it’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 couldn’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 other‌if only it will turn out the way they hope. (Paul Wagner)

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TWO BROTHERS ★★ BY SYD SLOBODNIK | STAFF WRITER

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rench director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s latest film Two Brothers is a family-oriented adventure film that recalls a lot of the same passion and respect for nature that his 1989 film, The Bear, achieved. While it is a family-friendly film, it isn’t in the vein of many Disney nature films due to some of the film’s more intense scenes which rightly deserve the film’s PG rating. Set in the colonies of French Indochina, in what appears to be the 1920s, Annaud’s tale combines the naturalistic feel of a documentary nature film and a rather mediocre human story of the various people who use and abuse nature and its inhabitants. The title characters are two tiger cubs, named by their captors Kumal and Sangha, who are separated in their early months and taken from their idealized jungle existence into the world of humans. Sangha is adopted into the household of a French magistrate and raised with love by his young son, while Kumal is eventually sold to a

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THE OMEGA MAN ★★★ BY SYD SLOBODNIK | STAFF WRITER

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or many moviegoers, “guilty pleasure” films are frequently films that have developed a unique cult following over the years. These are not necessarily profoundly well-written or skillfully acted, but they fill a place in the commercial realm of movie consumption. Boris Sagal’s 1971 science fiction thriller The Omega Man is a macho cult film whose visceral pleasures and cheesy dialogue have entertained many for the past couple generations. Based on Richard Matheson’s novel I am Legend, the story was first adapted to the screen in 1964 in a cheap Vincent Price horror film called The Last Man on Earth. The screenwriting team of John and Joyce Corrington updated the story, making its protagonist (Robert Neville) a military scientist. A then-energetic 47-year-old Charlton Heston stars as Neville, a man who appears to be one of the last men on earth after a Soviet-Chinese initiated world war wipes out most of the world’s populations with germ warfare in the mid-1970s. The unaffected and possibly immune Neville has free access to the deserted streets of Los Angeles during the daylight hours, but must contend with gangs of mutant, powder-faced, cateyed ex-humans who try destroying all vestiges of pre-war civilized man—especially the scien-

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traveling circus and made to jump through fire hoops on command. Annaud shoots his film with his usual high production values. With cinematographer JeanMarie Dreujou, they paint the lush jungle environments with rich green and yellowish brown tones utilizing the natural settings of Cambodia and Thailand to the film’s greatest advantage. But it’s the film’s lazy narrative, weak subplots and stereotyped human characters that detract from the interesting natural focus on the plight of the tiger siblings. Guy Pearce is featured as an Australian big game hunter, Aidan McRory, who leads hunting and statue excavation expeditions, and then writes about these adventures. After such varied impressive performances in films like L.A. Confidential and Memento, Pearce is downright lackluster in this role that requires a touch of Hemingway gusto or a bit of Kipling-esque grandeur. The French magistrate’s family is a cliche of most colonial imperialists dressed in pomp and pageantry. A spoiled local prince, with an excessive touch of low self-esteem, is portrayed like a pompous cartoonish fool. In some of the film’s silliest scenes, this same prince has a heart-to-heart chat with a caged tiger where he confesses his difficulty in living in the shadow of his late father. Later, the prince stages a spectacle in a Romanesque arena where wild animals are supposed to fight to the death for his amusement. Sangha and Kumal are tists and politicians who destroyed society. The Omega Man was shot at the height of Heston’s sci-fi hero reign between 1968’s Planet of the Apes and 1973’s Soylent Green. Heston’s Neville is a near-perfect combination of his historical/biblical heroes of his early screen career and his modern man disaster film heroes of his mid-1970s star period. Heston rides fast sports cars and motorcycles, while dodging the zombie-like members of “the Family”—the subculture of mutants. And with an endless supply of ammo, he wastes dozens with automatic weapons, like any future NRA president might. Neville is a post-apocalyptic Renaissance man who director Sagal places in a fortified apartment, cluttered with fine art work, big-screen close circuit TV monitors and the remnants of civilized life, along with a rack of powerful automatic weapons for protection. The Omega Man’s cinematographer, Russell Metty (Touch of Evil), creates a similar nightmarish world of the post-war L.A. The visual eeriness of empty big city streets, deserted buildings and the contrasting night world of the mutants create the horror of the post-apocalypse that only the best heroes could survive. Heston’s performance is a mixture of macho bravado and comic one-liners. In order to maintain sanity, Neville talks to himself, much like Tom Hanks’ character in Cast Away. From his first spoken lines: “There’s never a cop around when you need one” to his trademark bare-chested scenes

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reunited in the arena, and after several moments of tense conflict, the tigers’ eyes meet and in briefly inserted flashbacks, they immediately recall their early days in the wild as brothers and proceed to act like playful kittens. Young viewers will undoubtedly enjoy some of the film’s most entertaining scenes where Annaud effectively personifies the tigers with cute point-of-view shots and expressive wideeyed close ups. Some children and adults, though, will find the narrative as dull and slow-moving as a grade school film, while other young ones will find the intensity of the cubs’ adventures at times somewhat upsetting. A human-induced fire set to pull the two tigers from a jungle is especially tense. Yet, with its vivid picturesque animal focus and a somewhat preachy ending, Two Brothers never really completely satisfies its many audiences. and his response to a fellow survivor who asks, “Are you some kind of exterminator?” Heston truly seems to enjoy playing Neville as much as Clint Eastwood did playing Dirty Harry. Partly a sci-fi adventure, part violent horror film, part anti-technology social drama, The Omega Man even reflects some of the popular themes of the Blaxploitation genre of the early 1970s. The film’s leading lady was played by the accomplished African-American stage actress Rosalind Cash. In somewhat groundbreaking fashion, Sagal presents an unusual, but completely natural love relationship involving Cash’s character, a still unaffected survivor. The HestonCash love scenes are mostly unpretentious and although prime examples of male gaze, treat the interracial sensuality with respect. In an early 1990s personal interview with Cash, she revealed to me how proud she was to participate in the depiction of such a natural relationship—without the typical social stigmas of racial conflict. The Omega Man has also long been rumored for yet another remake for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger once he leaves office. Heston reflected with deep fondness on The Omega Man in his 1995 autobiography, writing, “It became something of a cult film, still pumping in checks every so often.” Fans of the dark sci-fi worlds of The Terminator and The Matrix films as well as old fans of Chuck Heston can find many pleasures in the comic book action of The Omega Man. The film is available on Warner Brothers DVD.

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he Wayans brothers can be compared to Microsoft, loosely. They are a staple of American culture, they are a big enough entity that it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon, and most of all, society would be better off if they disbanded. Marlon and Shawn star as FBI agents who haven’t exactly been having their day in the sun. Their boss has had it, and one last job is the difference between them staying on the force or getting the boot. The job couldn’t be easier. All they have to do is escort a couple of wealthy heiresses to the Hamptons as part of a sting operation to nab a serial kidnapper terrorizing the rich New York getaway. When their ward becomes injured following a car accident and refuses to cooperate, Marlon and Shawn decide that they can play the part of the “white chicks” themselves. Production of the film saw Marlon and Shawn go through five hours of make-up preparation each day. If there are any two people in Hollywood who can afford that much down time, it is the Wayans brothers. However, even they could have found a better use of their time, possibly macrame or bocce lessons. Keenen Ivory Wayans directs this calamity that is rated R for a reason: children would cry if they saw it in all its horror. The story had to have been written by a third grader entering a writing contest, as it makes no sense. Not to mention that two taller than average black men push themselves off flawlessly as a pair of white, slight of build, female twins. It’s hard to believe no one noticed that Shawn’s legs are as big around as tree trunks. As if Keenen Ivory Wayans hasn’t already proved that he can’t direct, White Chicks provides several glaring examples. The scenes are cut incorrectly, there are pauses in the wrong places, no lighting tricks are used to make the main characters look more like women, and worst of all was the appearance of a boom microphone in the scenes. At random times, there must have been high winds on the set, because it looked as if the microphone just blew in and took off again right into the sky. Aside from the fact that White Chicks has a horrendous story, no one should see this film because it is just not funny. The Wayans brothers should think twice before stepping into another venture like White Chicks.

Forum, however, is the license holder and will retain ultimate authority and responsibility as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Socialist Forum does not decide which programming is aired on WRFU, and the Urbana-Champaign IMC will handle all dayto-day operations within FCC regulations. In fact, WRFU is a fiscally sponsored project of Urbana-Champaign IMC and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Socialist Forum acquiring the lowpower FM license seems that much more important in wake of last week’s court decision compelling the FCC to reverse its controversial June 2003 decision relaxing the regulation of ownership of the newspaper, television and radio industries. The

increased access to the media for the community has never been more important than it is now, when it is clear that such access is rare. “Given the immense concentration of the broadcast media in the hands of corporate power, this week’s court ruling overturning the FCC’s rules to allow even more concentration of ownership of the media demonstrates how important it is that the public has the kind of increased access to the airwaves that low-power, community radio stations like WRFU can provide. The public owns the airwaves, but for the most part a small cabal driven by greed controls them. These corporate vampires do not serve the public interest in many cases,” said Lehman, who in addition to being a member of the Urbana-Champaign IMC is also a

member of Socialist Forum. Champaign-Urbana residents have the unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that will no doubt be very special and beneficial to the ChampaignUrbana community; an opportunity to not only express yourself and have your voice heard, but an opportunity to be heard by your peers and neighbors. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, the next one being July 6. Currently, RFU is using those meetings to concentrate on all the things that need to be done to get on the air. The main focus of meetings right now are fund-raising, equipment and studio design. The meetings are all open to the public, who are invited to get involved. buz z

WRFU (Radio Free Urbana) 104.5 FM is expected to be on the air by June 2005, broadcasting throughout Urbana and Champaign.

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What brought you to Champaign? Are you from here? How long have you owned the store? I grew up in Arlington Heights, Ill., and moved to Champaign after attending Saint Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. I’ve lived in CU since 1986 and been at Rosewood since 1993.

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How do you think your store plays into local music? One of the things I enjoy the most about my job is how it forces me to keep up with the local music scene. There is so much music going on here! Not only do you have a bunch of great local bands rocking all over the place, but there are people playing in churches, open mics, cafes and backyards. I get to meet all of them. I’ve met so many unique and interesting people over the years, and its’ been an amazing experience to watch them develop and pursue their craft.

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.

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What are some of the challenges of owning a guitar store in Champaign? The challenges are the same as with any small business: product mix, demands of suppliers, cash flow and reaching the customer are things that come to mind. What are the best parts? The people. I like to be around people who get excited about music. The guitars are pretty cool, too.

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What got you interested in music, particularly guitars? I remember shopping for school clothes with my mother at J.C. Penney. Across the aisle was the record department. I spotted a copy of Kiss Alive! and I freaked out. I had never seen, nor imagined, anything like that before. I was in my first band about six months later. I think I was in 8th grade at the time. What got you interested in owning a store like Rosewood? I would guess that my love for music/guitar and my need to be around other people who feel the same way has led me to where I am today. What is the scariest trend you see in popular music? I feel that there is a lack in substance in much of the popular music being produced. Will people still want to listen to our current top 40 in 20 years? It seems that image is more important than talent these days. Record companies seem to perpetuate this ideology. It’s not enough just to be a good musician anymore. These days you also have to be super hot-looking, AND, if you’re “extra, super-mega, over-the-top� hot you don’t need any talent. There are people paying big bucks to see shows that feature their favorite performer singing through an auto tuner all night long. I don’t get it. My thinking is that maybe if you need an auto tuner to find your way to the end of a song,

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you shouldn’t be trying to be a singer at a big bucks show. I’m also scared about the amount of music being illegally downloaded. “File sharing� is not sharing. It’s high-tech thievery. Support your favorite artists by buying their art! Don’t steal it from them. What all does your store offer? Lessons? Other instruments that might be unique? We teach guitar, bass and banjo lessons. We also do instrument repair. As a business owner, are there problems with the sharp population decrease in the summer? The summer is tough on a business on campus. How long have you played? I’ve been playing guitar for about 27 years. That’s a scary thing to think about! I currently play in Temple Of Low Men, and G. Lee & Jet Blonde, which are both original rock bands. What is unique about your store? We offer a large selection of high quality guitars. We have been a C.F. Martin guitar dealer since we opened in 1974. We also carry guitars by Taylor, Takamine, Yamaha, Ibanez and Epiphone. Rosewood stocks banjos and mandolins and ukes. We also have a line of handmade acoustic guitars from local luthier Will Roberts as well as custom electric guitars by GNB.

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FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ★★★★ BY MATT PAIS | LEAD REVIEWER

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he 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 be prepared if they’re not allowed to see the truth—at least, not without a guardian—about what’s happening in their own country. Documentarian Michael Moore offers his ultra-edited, ultra-researched, and altogether shocking version of that truth in Fahrenheit 9/11, a persuasive, incendiary slam against the Bush administration. While this time what Moore is telling us isn’t quite as insightful or daring, it touches on several steppingstones of social and economic inequality that contribute to a country actually at war with itself. Bowling for Columbine had a tight backbone of paranoid disenchantment, following a linear

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THE NOTEBOOK ★★★ BY ANDREW CREWELL | STAFF WRITER

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he Notebook is a decent love story that waits until the end of the film to really hit the audience. Nick Cassevetes directs and Jan Sardi adapts a screenplay based off the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks about two lovers whose inseparable devotion for each other proves to hold them together across class lines and many other problems. Young and coming actor Ryan Gosling lands the lead role (Noah Calhoun) as a smiling youngster who lives off his own means and enjoys his life at the lumber mill. One day he is awestruck as the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, Rachel McAdams (Allie Hamilton), walks right in front of him at the town fair. After a persistent effort, he secures his first date and these lovers begin a trip that will test their minds, bodies and souls. Hamilton, in town with her wealthy family for a summer on the waterfront, is from a

path connecting the gun violence in America to a rampant, static culture of fear. Fahrenheit 9/11 is bumpier than Bowling, with a thesis that essentially boils down to the claim that President George W. Bush is a thief, liar and all-around lazy bum. The film opens on Al Gore’s misguided victory celebration after news outlets projected the Democratic presidential candidate won the state of Florida and, in turn, the 2000 election. Moore, attempting to dull the nasality of his voice and coax us into mystified nostalgia, wonders in voiceover if this was a dream. What he doesn’t come out and say is that it was actually a nightmare, a cruel joke played on the American people by the media and, worse, by deceitful politicians. He shows Bush’s many links to Florida and national decision makers and, like many before, questions the validity of the election results. But this is far more than a movie about a hanging chad, and Moore’s got lots of footage to prove that Bush has connections all over the world, most significantly in Saudi Arabia. At one point, Bush says, “Access is power,� and the powerful, provocative Fahrenheit 9/11 proves that statement to be remarkably true. Dozens of interviews, newscasts and behindthe-scenes clips that depict Bush as a doubletalking, slow-witted nincompoop make you wonder just how Moore got his button-pushing hands on such sensitive material. These don’t look like shots of a fine, dignified president, but more like deleted scenes from America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Washington, D.C., edition. Moore reveals just how much information has

been kept from the public—by the Bush administration as well as the media that does nothing but support the President’s notion of the war on terror. He says that Bush essentially attacked Iraq for no reason, but the media is too biased to call him out on any number of grotesque oversights. He makes a good point, but with this Moore also fails to recognize his own partiality. The movie has a lot of cheap laughs meant to cast Bush in the most negative, cynical light pos- FAHRENHEIT 9/11 | MICHAEL MOORE sible, and there isn’t much to suggest that the Republican Party is anything other than appalling, compelling attack on a president a group of untrustworthy, money-grubbing who appears to have attained and held office on the basis of misinformation. political bullies. This is documentary filmmaking at its most Then again, Moore doesn’t try to suggest that Fahrenheit 9/11 is objective. From the disturbing confrontational by a man who won’t take “Shut footage of the Sept. 11 attacks, Moore informs us up� for an answer. At times it’s sarcastic when it that one of the deceased was a colleague of his, should be sizzling, and snide when it could be and it’s clear that he wants to be seen as any scorching, but it turns an angry, watchful eye other American. His films are unsettling onto material that many Americans pass over inquiries into cultural crises, but Moore still like another idle terrorist alert. He identifies the wants the public to know that he’s just a regular sheer ridiculousness of the countless clips that reflect Bush’s goofy, down-home laziness and guy asking questions that no one else will. He includes several harrowing shots of sleazy incompetence, portraying him as a conthose wounded in war, and it would be diffi- niving scoundrel with far greater priorities than cult to justify applying to these scenes a par- the welfare of the American people. This troubling, terribly important film ent-friendly PG-13 rating. But like Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 takes aim at a soci- ignites rage, skepticism and utter mockery of a ety of fear and ignorance, and it’s a film that president who comes off as more of a comedianyone who can stomach the brutality should an than a leader. Arnold Schwarzenegger blew see. While it remains one filmmaker’s opin- up Hollywood and was laughed into office. ion of the false appearances offered to the With Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore sets Bush on the public by the government, it’s also an opposite path.

long line of well-to-do women. At the end of the summer, when Noah and Allie have to come to grips with the fact that their lives will separate, it is only faith that keeps their hearts connected until years later when fate smiles upon them. The real tearjerking part of this film is that it is told from a flashback perspective by the octogenarian versions of Noah and Allie. Elder Noah, played by James Garner, tries to THE NOTEBOOK | RYAN GOSLING & RACHEL MCADAMS revive his wife’s memory and rekindle their relationship through the power of their half of the story is not as gripping, but love after old age and dementia have all but the youngsters occasionally confuse the taken away his partner. A notebook, which audience with their emotions. The love has been kept as a record of their love, demonstrated in this film is something most serves as Garner’s means with which to con- actors don’t understand how to portray nect the remnants of his wife with her self of properly on screen, and at times the scenes long ago. Weeks and weeks of storytelling seem a bit overacted. For two-plus hours the movie moves along, that attempts to jog Allie’s memory takes effect as through magic almost. She briefly only stalling out at certain sporadic moments. steps into her old self and lies in the arms of Once the meat of the story drops, there aren’t her lover again if only for a few short, but any moments when it is OK to step out to the washroom. However, the story still seems to sweet, minutes. Garner is moving as an old man in search be a bit hokey. Written as a romance novel by of everything he holds dear, and his partner, Nicholas Sparks, the truth is The Notebook played by Gena Rowlands, is convincing to can’t help but be completely hokey. This is a good date movie and guaranteed say the least. The end of the film will have the audience sobbing as the experienced actors to get a fair amount of young hopefuls mushy for a solid night of making out and spooning. prove their worth. Gosling and McAdams, on the other However, if you are into action stuff, then this hand, are not quite as compelling. Perhaps probably isn’t the movie for you.

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Westville, Ill. “ ‘Powerful film’ is the simplest and most perfect way of describing this movie.�

★★★★ Diana Hauman Bloomington, Ill. “Everyone should see this movie and then make their own judgments.�

★★★★ Lori Caterini Champaign, Ill. “It shows a scope of terror along with the loss of life that the media has kept us from.�


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aintings and poems respond to one another in a conversation of words and colors at Verde Gallery. Painter Jessica Damen and poet Maj Ragain worked together in creating Vision to Verse, Verse to Vision: A Visual and Poetic Dialogue. Damen, who grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and Ragain, who grew up in Illinois, first met at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., in 2001 as artists in residence. Damen heard Ragain read a poem “Sweet Sweat,” which was about his wife. Damen was so taken by the poem that she wanted to paint a portrait of Ragain’s wife. The two artists realized the similarities in their work, Damen said. “We’re both interested in universal and spiritual themes, and we try to apply those themes by looking at our friends and family and everyday occurrences in our lives,” she said. Damen and Ragain began a long distance work collaboration. Sometimes Ragain responded to prints of Damen’s paintings. Other times, he would spend some time in the studio working with Damen. “It’s a matter of finding the images that are embedded in the paintings; finding deep images and finding words for what I see,” Ragain said. While the painting and poem work in the same motion, separately they take on different narratives. “The poem won’t really have the exact details of the painting, but if you look at the

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Parfumerie ★★★

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t may seem rather perplexing to some as to what inspired the Krannert Summerfest committee and director Peter Reynolds to decide to produce such a little known Miklos Laszlo play from 1937. But Laszlo’s Parfumerie is a surprisingly interesting old-fashioned comedy that has inspired a handful of wonderful stage and screen adaptations that many modern audiences are sure to be acquainted with. Beginning in the 1940s, Parfumerie became the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch classic Shop Around the Corner, later a grand MGM musical called In the Good Old Summertime with Judy Garland and Van Johnson. In 1963, the successful team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick created a stage musical hit She Loves Me, which ran for 302 performances

Damen, process is a very important part of her paintings. She builds and takes away. “I add a lot of paint and then I scrape away, and then I leave the memory of that scrape there,” she said. “And actually some of that has a lot of significance and meaning to my paintings as well.” Ragain spends as much time with the paintings and working with them individually. “I tried to be in the studio with her when she was working in Provincetown during the summer,” he said. “I could ask her questions, and what could unfold in the images.” Damen and Ragain believe this installation is

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the first step in their work together. They hope to continue to give viewers this experience. “In my experience, painting should be something that people can keep looking at over and over and find something new,” Damen said. She hopes viewers can take food for thought for years to come. Ragain hopes people will take a deep understanding away from the paintings and poetry. “Art intensifies and makes us more human and humane, and loving and compassionate to each other,” he said. “Makes less war and be less hateful to each other.” buzz

basic thrust of the poem, you’ll see that it’s there,” she said. Damen and Ragain have several recurring themes and symbols running through their art. In many of their pieces, there is the use of children, sleep and religious themes. “We find spiritual messages in our everyday lives. Both Maj and I are parents,” Damen said. “So much of the interaction that we have with our families somehow gets transferred either into a poem or for me into a painting.” One example, Jo, Jon Floating on Jonah’s Whale, depicts a young girl sleeping on a boy’s back, who is sleeping on a whale. Ragain observed some of Damen’s work in the studio for this piece. The whale in the painting replaced a mattress that was scraped away. Damen used two of her children to pose for the painting to make a familiar and intimate image. Ragain responded to the painting with a poem called “Contents of the Whale’s Belly, Grounded Off Race Point, Provincetown, Cape Cod, June 2003.” He tenderly describes the children in the painting using biblical references. In one stanza, he writes, “He is stranded in the sand walkers’ world, /holding, held, sinking deeper/ with each small breath.” Most of their pieces draw upon those familiar themes that tend to bring intrigue to the viewer. Some are grand in mythology like the painting Leda and the Angry Swan accompanied by the poem “Leda’s Voice, Under Sky, Over Water.” All of the pieces hold a quality in which viewers can constantly take something different away each time they view the painting and read the poem. Both artists had a process to their work. For

Leda and the Angry Swan by artist Jessica Damen. This painting was inspired by the poem "Leda's Voice, Under Sky, Over Water" by Maj Ragain.

on Broadway. And as recent as 1998, Nora Ephron used this same story for the modernized Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romance You’ve Got Mail. This original play’s story is set in pre-World War II Budapest, Hungary, just before Christmas in a small, successful cosmetics shop and differs significantly from all its adaptations. Mr. Hammerschmidt is the frugal owner of this quaint business and maintains a staff of seven regular clerks who are trained to snap to customer needs, but always push the larger sizes and more expensive product lines. In the spirit of the season, the staff responds to each sale with a chorus of “Good day, Madame. Thank you very much. Call again!” It soon becomes obvious that Parfumerie is a very entertaining work that is rather ideal for a relaxing evening of summer theater. It is, though, a complex, serious comedy about expert salesmanship, marital infidelity, the lack of communication that can ruin a variety of relationships and a quaint little romance between a pair of pen pals who have never met. What makes it clearly different from its spirited adaptations is its focus on Mr. Hammerschmidt’s personal problems with his

wife and its effect on the store’s business. Where most of the remake versions focus more on the difficult romance between senior sales clerk Albert Horvath—a dedicated and lonesome man who shares his most personal feelings with a pen pal who he’s known only by their poetically passionate correspondences— and coworker Miss Millie Balash. Although Horvath and Balash are barely civil to each other in their daily work, little do they realize that they are secretly the successful romantic pen pals. Director Reynolds guides his cast of eight main characters, and as many minor characters, maintaining appropriate comic flare and a kinetic pace on stage. Jason Maddy and Sari Sanchez are very effective as the rather talkative, but awkwardly uncommunicative romantic leads Horvath and Balash. Steven M. Keen, veteran of countless wonderful performances for Urbana’s Celebration Theatre Company, is effective as the stodgy Mr. Hammerschmidt, but he seems directed to yield a very onedimensional character. While many will enjoy Parfumerie’s obvious pleasures of light romance and comic predicaments, the play does show some repetitious

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narrative elements in the second of its three acts. Some may also wish for more closure to the romantic subplot. And finally, Reynolds, for some reason never attempts to make any of these original Hungarian characters affect any noticeable accents. Parfumerie is produced on alternate evenings at Krannert’s intimate Studio Theatre until August 1.


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ua Nian, originally from China, holds a master’s degree in art education from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University. She is an experienced art instructor, teaching art lessons for children in the spring and fall seasons and at art camps in summers. Nian is also an active exhibiting artist. She is a signature artist of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. Her paintings appear in international and national art exhibitions, winning awards at local, state and national shows. Her works have been featured in the Chicago SunTimes, Dialogue: An Art Journal, as cover art for books and music CDs, posters produced by Stanford University, and most recently, have appeared in American Artists Magazine. She will hold a solo show in ARC Gallery in Chicago this November. Nian is married to a music professor at the University of Illinois and they have two children.

Why did you choose painting as your professional medium? Drawing was the only medium that was offered to me before I came to the U.S.A. Painting seems the very natural step that followed it. I stick with it because it is convenient and immediate. I don’t have to depend

on special equipment or worse, wait for the results. I need to work fast so as to capture and visualize my inner vision of the world— which is spontaneous, onrushing, multidimensional, beautiful and mysterious. I am fascinated and feel challenged by how these can happen onto a flat surface. It seems like a magic trick to me. How do you define and abstract work? All abstract work features different degrees of distortion, in form or color or both, from the real objects. Non-objective art is at the far end of the spectrum of abstract art. It represents nothing in the real world but reflects the pure inner world of the artist. This invisible world is hard to put into words, you can only read it through visual sensation. Why do you feel a special connection with African masks? I made a series of works called “Masks” the second year when I studied art in this country. They were inspired by African masks because of their dreamlike, unconscious expression. By that time, I was dazzled by this highly materialist modern world, by various new ideas and the sudden freedom for which I was completely unprepared after growing up in mainland China. Rather than enjoying them, however, I felt deep sorrow for the people I left behind in China. I wished that I had not

known this new world for the sake of self-content, but it was too late. Making “Masks” was a turning point. I suddenly felt the connection between art and my life, I found the source and the motivation of making art, and realized the power of selfexpression. From then on, I have declared myself an “artist” and made a life promise.

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How does your work today differ from your earlier work? Although primitive elements always appear in my works, there is a big change over the 10 years I’ve been painting. Contrary to my earlier “open composition,” the images of my later works are centered and further placed in the irregular borders to form tablet shapes. This “closed composition” arouses a sense of calm and control. The border around the image serves as a window or lens. It creates a physical barrier between the viewer and the scenes instead of involving the viewer in an eventful, tumultuous world. As in my earlier works, I am instead stepping backward, peeking through the window from a distance with enjoyment, a present state of mind in my life after experiencing feelings of fear, loss and anxiety. Also, my later work looks more mature in terms of color, a credit to these many years of experiencing and learning from other artists.

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teve Burns isn’t dead. In fact, Burns is alive and well in New York City, toying around with multimedia ideas, surround sound and video projectors for his upcoming tour. For many fans of the muchloved Blue’s Clues television series, the loss of Steve from the series was so great that rumors spread of his death via car crash, suicide or whatever else various media outlets could cook up. No, the reports were incorrect. Burns left Blue’s for the sake of something more rewarding and creative than a children’s TV series: music. “It was more of a personal challenge because the show had become such an indelible part of TV history,” Burns said. “I knew I was going to make this record. There really wasn’t a choice when these other people came out to help.” Burns confesses he has always been a musician and was toying around with music even during his busy years with the Nickelodeon cash cow. But after six years of acting in front of a blue screen, coupled with his discovery of the Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin album, Burns decided to call it quits and make an album of his ideas a la the Flaming Lips influence. “Doing the show for six years with work days that could take up to 13 hours was draining,” Burns said. “When I was done, I had all this built-up creative energy that came out and I wrote 19 songs in two months.” The result was Songs For Dustmites, released last year on PIAS records and it easily stands out as a little brother to the recent work of Oklahoma’s Lips. No, the similarity in sound on this record is not a direct ripoff of the Lips; Burns was able to push his demo on to David Fridmann (Mercury Rev and Lips producer) who in turn offered to work on a record. “Luckily, Fridmann had just thrown a Blue’s Clues birthday party for his kid and with that, I was in,” Burns said. “He asked if it was OK for Steven (Drozd of the Lips) to help out and before you knew it, I was a kid in a candy store.” Much of the album was constructed in Burns’s bedroom with the help of his computer, guitar and keyboard. Many of these demos weren’t entirely different than the final cut of Dustmites, but others were worked on a little more. With the help of Fridmann, Drozd, who played drums on several tracks, and Lips’ bassist Michael Ivins, who engi-

neered the album, Burns was able to construct the grand sounds and moments he had in his head. The opening track “Mighty Little Man” stands out as a grand pop song incorporating heavy synthesized sound, electronic blips, Drozd’s trademark drumming, and subtle guitar. This was perhaps the song that Burns had envisioned so clearly in his head with the rise and fall of parts so perfectly calculated in sync with the songs progression. “Dave (Fridmann) mixes so quietly and I wasn’t sure if it sounded like I wanted it to,” Burns said. “I wanted it to sound like Godzilla kicking in the door and the next day Dave played me his mix loud and that nailed it.” Burns said about half of the album reflects the Lips/Fridmann collaboration while the other is almost entirely his own creations. These songs stand out as a more laid-back approach and are a smaller scale in construction. Tracks will vary from heavily produced synth and guitar sound to the acoustic guitar and the subtleties of Burns’s voice showcasing a passion for creating diversity in his music. “I was very lucky in that I got to skip a lot of steps that made it easier,” Burns said. Going from Blue’s Clues to collaborating with the Flaming Lips is quite a step indeed. Burns’s creative drive likely played a bigger part than he’ll admit. Since the album’s release, Burns has toured in support of the Starlight Mints and also done a month-long tour in the UK with the Flaming Lips. These tour dates gave Burns insight on the process of transmitting music to a live audience. “I have good ideas that are easily replicated in the studio,” Burns said. “But in the live setting, it’s much harder.” Burns said he’ll offer a “Diet Coke version of the Lips show,” with visual imagery and other multimedia aiding his live performances. His tour with the Lips gave Burns insight into how to give people a spectacle as well as a great live performance. With only himself and a touring drummer, Burns is up for the challenge of creating his distinctive album sound in a live setting. “I like to go to shows and take something away from it and this is what I am trying to do for my show,” Burns said. “It’s going to be a sort of multimedia extravaganza with the music as the centerpiece.” This year’s tour is the first headlining tour for Burns and he admits he is still coming into himself in the live context. Today he is working on videos that he will play during the tour. The footage was all shot and compiled by

Burns who sees it as an important part of the multimedia experience that is his live show. Burns sees Blue’s Clues as an important part of his past, but it is just that: his past. For many of his friends, the thought of him on a children’s TV show was stranger than putting out an album. Judging by his work on Songs For

Dustmites, one would have to agree that he is in the right place now. buzz Steve Burns will come to C-U Tuesday, July 13. Catch his multimedia extravaganza at Cowboy Monkey at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6 with 2ON2OUT opening.

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It begins with a vacuum of sound, slowly building, it cuts out, a pummeling driving riff tears the silence apart, Roger Miller screams signaling thunderous drums and an anvil-hard chunk of bass to detonate the speakers. Mission of Burma is back and they sound amazing; invigorated and hungry. All the trademark Burma elements are here; guitars soar and careen off of one another, bark like dogs and scream like the dead, the songs are violent death dirges, anthemic screamers and moving laments. With an unprecedented 20-year gap between albums, MOB still manage to create that singular atmosphere that only they seemed capable of; one of arty nerve-wracking paranoia blended seamlessly with a sense of hope and humanity. No pretension. No posturing. Just as their original career was a middle finger to all of rock’s hoary conventions, so to does ONoffON flip the bird to all preconceived notions of compromise or lifelessness from a band nearing middle age. In the process, they remind us just how aweinspiring guitar based rock can be, why it’s still important and how it will continue to be. And for Chrissakes, it has been over 20 YEARS since these guys released their last album. Signals, Calls, and Marches and V.S. practically defined indie rock in the intervening decades by setting a template of combining hardcore punk’s noisy aggression with unassuming melodies, arty angularity, and avant-garde tape-loop work. Any jaded music fan with even an inkling of the disastrous results of “reunions” sat through ONoffON waiting for some sign that the Mission of Burma had flagged in their fervor; an embarrassing experiment, a blatant attempt at being radio-friendly, a production job by the Neptunes. But it never happens. All we’re left with is Burma, seemingly angrier and edgier than when they left us. The first four songs serve as a sort of primer. Guitarist and co-writer Roger Miller, always the one prone to noisier fare, throws down the gauntlet with the aforementioned “The Setup.” Clint Conley, the more melodic half of Burma, treats us to “Hunt Again,” an almost jangly rocker, shot through with ghostly backing vocals, reminiscent of Conley’s previous outfit Consonant, although that band never really pulled off anything as endearing or urgent as this. “The Enthusiast” swallows any beliefs that frightening, furious rock belongs solely to youth, chews them up and spits them into the dirt. The band barks out violent, fist-pumping choruses over snarling buzz saw guitars that beat the shit out of each other as Peter Prescott hammers his drums into submission. This is punk rock at its most breathless and exuberant. Contrasted with the next song, “Falling,” one realizes the amazing potential of this band, why they were so missed in their absence, why their brief catalogue was exalted by so many. “Falling” jangles and roars through absolutely gorgeous choruses, Conley’s hopeful, searching lyrics buoyed by angelic back up vocals from Tanya Donnelly.The band falls into groove, the beauty indistinguishable from the searing white noise. It’s breathtaking. The rest of the album abounds with these moments. The airy elegant ballad of “Prepared”glides to a stunning build-up on a bed of cellos and violas as Conley intones “I prepared my heart for you.” In contrast, the controlled chaos of “Wounded World” may be the premier moment on an album of numerous contenders. Churning guitars battle it out with searing, feed-back drenched solos and

MORRISSEY You Are The Quarry Attack/Sanctuary

★★★★ BY KYLE B. GORMAN

Morrissey, former lead singer of the Smiths and poet laureate of the sad, bizarre and indefensible, returns with the queerly titled You Are The Quarry, his first recording in several years. Early returns concerning the record have largely focused on whether or not the album is a “comeback” or not, and whether it represents a “return to form” or “innovation” more effectively. Ignoring such artificial constructs, the Mozzer has made a damn fine pop album. The listener revels in the brilliant ridiculousness of opener “America is Not the World,” as crisp, 21st century studio-sound drums bristle over chiming guitars, thumping bass, and a slow digital echo rings out over Morrissey’s increasingly accurate call to the land of the free, in the words “Hey you, big fat pig!” A dizzying, uncountable array of noises and instruments hum and strum underneath, none of which were available to the Smiths, but all are quite available to producer Jerry Finn, the genius behind such *cough* epochal punk acts as blink-182. The Moz calls the listener’s challenge by following the world’s most unlikely opener with another convincing political piece: the single, “Irish Blood, English Heart.” When the feisty rhythm guitar line gives way as the lead rears it’s ugly head, you’ll be taken with the intensity and sincerity of the performance, something that is especially impressive considering the esoteric and didactic content of the lyric (which concerns, of course, British politics), at least to the “ignorant” Americans which make up by far the largest portion of Moz’s fanbase. Slower tunes such as “Come Back to Camden,” however, are less effective. Frankly, Morrissey just sounds too good surrounded by the requisite strings and piano for his reputation as a brilliant 80s rock holdout to be preserved. I personally can’t wait for the Moz to appear on Broadway in his own musical, an incredibly cathartic performance in the role of a celibate vegetarian gay man from Britain trapped in America, a la Jason Robert Brown. You Are The Quarry also sees Morrissey dabbling in a sound unlike anything that he has previously recorded: a gentle but honest take on the feel-good, smart-butnot-too-smart, well-dressed-but-not-gay pop sound of the mid-90s, the music which conveniently came to save us from the excesses of grunge and alternative.“I’m Not Sorry” is a shimmery, textured take on such a sound, and despite the format, there’s no mistaking the man’s onetwo couplets: an expression of lack, loss or regret, followed by a nihilistic statement that alternately intensifies or negates the pain. Morrissey, sticking to vaguely heterosexual themes, is at his best in both lyric and voice (despite his ubiquitous yodel-arpeggio) on “Let Me Kiss You,” an ode to not being able to have anyone else. The startling guitar line following the chorus is very much in the spirit of former partner Johnny Marr’s philosophy on the instrument; the poignancy of the instrument is never sacrificed to conform to expectations of what is appropriate for the genre. A major subject of pop music criticism has been the relevancy of Morrissey in a post-Smiths, post-grunge, post-Margaret Thatcher, post-Sept. 11 world. Personally, I’m willing to grant that no Morrissey album could ever top his collaborations with Marr, nor could any of his recent albums truly be ranked as essential or ground-

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WILCO A Ghost is Born Nonesuch

★★★★ BY JACOB DITTMER

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was a monumental album for many in the indie rock community that thrust Wilco into the hall of indie rock heroes. The album’s release was muddled by foolish mainstream record labels and released via a minor label under the same parent company (aren’t mass media conglomerates great?). But this reviewer won’t reiterate all the painful steps the band took to release YHF and will instead reference the film I am Trying to Break your Heart for any further explanation. Two years have passed since YHF and Wilco has been in the press much with this new album garnering just as much anticipation as the previous. Band lineup changes and Jeff Tweedy’s struggle with migraines and painkiller addiction was well documented in recent press clippings, and now it is well documented on A Ghost is Born. The opening track “At Least That’s What you Said” starts soft with a piano and Tweedy’s vocals hardly audible. He whispers the words of a confused lover trying to reconcile with his love repeating the title phrase. Then a sudden guitar strums out the sounds of panic and frustration followed by piano keys and a bass drum pounding in rhythm. From there, the song no longer poses as a gentle ballad to his lover but a muddled mess of distortion and frenzied guitar licks a la Neil Young and Crazy Horse. As an opener, this song tells the listener you aren’t going to hear Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Part II. No, this is Wilco’s collection of songs ranging from soft-spoken acoustic ballad to garbled guitar noise. Much like Modest Mouse’s decision to release an album all over the place, so too does Wilco showcase an interest in a variety of styles, sounds and genres.That’s not to say that Wilco’s previous work didn’t share similar qualities, but they congealed far better and didn’t leave the listener questioning the track arrangements. Furthermore, this album is the first post-Jay Bennett work and it is a noticeable difference from the band’s earlier reliance on Bennett’s skilled song construction. Without Bennett in the picture, Jim O’Rourke’s production credits should also reflect his contributions as a band member with O’Rourke playing on every track but one. Coupled with new keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, this Wilco is a quite different than it was four odd years ago when YHF was recorded. Their “deconstructed” pop songs are absent from this album with everything from the whimsical rock song “I’m a Wheel”to the CSNY-esque pop song “Hummingbird.” Gone is the heavily produced Pro Tools sound of YHF and in its stead are the organic and visceral sounds of A Ghost is Born. With two tracks breaking the 10-minute mark, this album stands as perhaps the most disjointed Wilco excursion but also offers some of their strongest song constructions to date. The album doesn’t defy the listener expectations as YHF did so brilliantly, but it does prove that Wilco is a progressive band not interested in finding their niche and staying there. Instead this album proves Wilco can’t be pigeonholed and don’t plan to be for some time.

PJ HARVEY Uh-Huh Her Island

★★★ By Katie Richardson

Edgy isn’t the only word that describes PJ Harvey, although it is the term that’s most often applied to her, and adequately reflects what her fans love so much about her. Any Harvey fan will tell you that a good PJ album does three things: moves you, turns

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CHICAGOSHOWS JULY 7/1 Soulive @ House of Blues, 18+ 7/1 Sotckholm Syndrome @ Metro, 18+ 7/1 Questlove DJ Set @ Abbey Pub 7/1 Gray Area, Aphelous @ Smart Bar 7/1 311, Roots @ Tweeter Center 7/1-4 American Music Festival w/ Poncho Chavez & The Magic Sounds, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, Tito Jackson & The Jackson Five Band @ FitzGerald’s 7/2 David Murray Creole Project III @ HotHouse 7/2 Samples @ House of Blues, 18+ 7/2 Jaga Jazzist @ Empty Bottle 7/2 Low Flying Owls @ Subterranean 7/2 Hidden Variable, Phantom 45 @ Smart Bar 7/2 Iron & Wine @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 7/2 Hidden Variable, Phantom 45 @ Smart Bar 7/2 Blue October @ Schubas 7/2 Dieselboy @ Metro, 18+ 7/2 Johnny Clegg @ Park West, 18+ 7/3 John Cowan Band, Vassar Clements @ Abbey Pub 7/3 Rooney @ House of Blues, all-ages 7/3 Tim McGraw @ Tweeter Center 7/3 Jackyl, Dokken, Skid Row @ Star Plaza 7/4 ZZ Top, Doors of the 21st Century @ Tweeter Center 7/4 Frankie Knuckles @ House of Blues 7/6 Jet @ House of Blues, sold out 7/6 Jessica Simpson @ Tweeter Center 7/6 Inti-Illimani @ HotHouse 7/6 Afroman @ Double Door 7/7 Mooney Suzuki @ Metro, allages 7/7 Kittie @ House of Blues, allages 7/7 Papa Roach @ Double Door 7/7 Courtney Love & The Chelsea @ Vic, all-ages 7/8 Jazzanova @ Smart Bar 7/8 Petey Pablo @ House of Blues, all-ages 7/8 King Wilkie @ Schubas 7/9 Kiss, Poison @ Tweeter Center 7/9 Vienna Teng, Ben Arthur, Abra Moore @ Schubas, 18+ 7/9 Johnny Winter @ House of Blues 7/9 Brother Lowdown @ Metro, 18+ 7/9 Hernan Cattaneo @ SoundBar 7/9 Pat McGee Band, Great Big Sea @ Skyline Stage, 18+ 7/9 Bering Strait @ Joe’s 7/9-10 Rudi Protrudi @ Lyons Den (9), Underground Lounge (10) 7/10 Saves the Day @ Metro, allages 7/10 Jimmy Buffett @ Alpine Valley, sold out 7/10 Album Leaf @ Schubas 7/10 Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha @ FitzGerald’s 7/10 Kindred the Family Soul @ House of Blues 7/10 Three Doors Down, Nickelback @ Tweeter Center 7/10 O.A.R., Howie Day @ New City YMCA, all-ages 7/11 K.D. Lang @ Ravinia 7/11-12 & 14-15 Madonna @ United Center 7/12 Don Henley @ Ravinia 7/13 John Hiatt @ Ravinia 7/13 Ozric Tentacles @ Martyrs’

7/13, 7/18 Alice Cooper @ Skyline Stage (13), Star Plaza (18) 7/14 Josh Holmes @ Schubas 7/14 Basement Jaxx DJ Set @ Sound Bar 7/14 Saves the Day @ Metro, all-ages 7/14 Dirty Rotten Imbeciles @ Joe’s 7/14 Incubus @ Allstate Arena 7/15 Carole King @ Auditorium Theatre 7/15 Big Boi @ House of Blues 7/15 Fat Nut @ Double Door 7/15-16 New Year @ Schubas, 7/15 18+ 7/16 Brave Combo @ FitzGerald’s 7/16 Counting Crows @ House of Blues 7/16 Vanishing @ Subterranean 7/16 Buckethead @ Double Door 7/16 Natalie Cole @ Skyline Stage 7/16, 7/18 John Wesley Harding @ Schubas 7/17 Bad Examples @ FitzGerald’s 7/17 Eric Clapton @ United Center 7/17 Liftpoint @ Metro, all-ages 7/17 Gipsy Kings @ Chicago Theatre 7/17 Starlite Desperation @ Subterranean 7/17 Good Life @ Schubas 7/17 Ivy Queen, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Checa @ Aragon Ballroom, all-ages 7/17 Gil Burns, Maven @ Metro 7/17 Gravy Train @ Fireside Bowl 7/17 Poncho Sanchez @ HotHouse 7/17 Morrissey @ House of Blues 7/17 Paul Oakenfold @ Vic, 18+ 7/17 Spits, Weirdos @ Empty Bottle 7/18 Sting, Annie Lennox @ Tweeter Center 7/18 Babyface @ House of Blues 7/18 Julio Iglesias @ Rosemont Theatre 7/18 Cowboy Junkies @ Skyline Stage 7/19-20 Van Halen @ United Center, 7/19 sold out 7/20 Everlast @ House of Blues, 18+ 7/20 Little Feat @ Cubby Bear North 7/21 Red West @ Schubas 7/21 Jimmie Vaughn @ House of Blues 7/21 Barenaked Ladies, Alanis Morissette @ Tweeter Center 7/21 Camera Obscura @ Empty Bottle 7/21 Delays @ Martyrs’ 7/22 Kansas @ Skyline Stage 7/22 Miss Kittin @ Sound-Bar 7/22 Pigmy Love Circus @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 7/22 Steel Pulse @ House of Blues, 18+ 7/22-23 Finn Brothers @ Vic, allages 7/23 Matthew Dear @ Empty Bottle 7/23 Denny Diamond & The Longfellows @ Joe’s 7/23 Kottonmouth Kings @ House of Blues, all-ages 7/23 HIM @ HotHouse 7/23 Ojos de Brujo @ Metro, 18+ 7/23 Greyhounds @ Martyrs’ 7/23-24 Split Lip Rayfield @ Abbey Pub, Empty Bottle 7/24 Warped Tour – New Found Glory, Rufio, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, Simple Plan @ Tweeter Center 7/24 The Dead @ Alpine Valley 7/24 Cex @ Abbey Pub, 18+ 7/24 DJ Hype @ Metro, 18+ 7/24 Blazers @ FitzGerald’s 7/24 Bill Quateman @ Schubas 7/24 Disturbed @ House of Blues, sold out

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Illini Media is looking for energetic U of I students to help with general office duties and customer service. Duties will include answering phones, helping customers, data entry, and other light office work If you have good communication skills, the ability to stay on task with little supervision, and you are good at multi-tasking, we can offer you an easy going yet professional atmosphere. This position will start mid-July and run through the upcoming year. Come into the Illini Media office at 57 E Green St. to fill out an application or contact Britt Johnson at britt@illinimedia.com for more information.

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Renting Aug 2004. Classic older building with Unfurnished 1 BR + sun room, 1 BR + den. Furnished 2 BR apts across from Jimmy John’s on Lincoln Ave. Near Krannert, Law School, Music, etc. Features hardwood floors in upper units, laundry on site. Parking $45/mo. Shown 7 days a week. 1 BR + Sun Roomfrom $575/mo (UF) 1 BR + Denfrom $575/mo (UF) 2 BRfrom $495/mo (F) BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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1, 2, & 3 Bedroom apts, 5 bedroom house, reasonable rates. Please call 398-5946 or 390-9536. Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT 1,2 & 3 BR Boutique vintage hip! URBANA 209 Coler. Hardwood floors and stained glass windows. $345-615 308 W. Green. Split level floor plan. Pet friendly! $545-685 704 W. Stoughton. Hardwood floors, tree-lined cobblestone. 402 S. Race. Near Lincoln Square Mall. Charming studio, hardwood floors, unique woodwork. Free parking, steam heat. $465. 1105/ 1107 W. Oregon. 100 yards to the QUAD. $535-615. 1108 Nevada. Vintage - hardwood floors next to Music Landscape Architecture. 100 yards to QUAD. $555 CHAMPAIGN 310 Chalmers. 200 yards to the QUAD. $555-775. 407 E. Stoughton. Two blocks to Green St. $340-595. 605 S. Fourth. 300 yards to the UNION - Altgeld! $430-455 1012 & 1010 S. First. Two blocks to IMPE. On the busline. $300-465. Ramshaw Real Estate (217) 359-6400 www.ramshaw.com

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Renting for August 2004. Quiet neighborhood. 1 bedroom apts from $465/mo. Gas heat, central A/C, laundry facilities. Parking included. To furnish $50/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

201 S. Wright St. Champaign Adjacent to Engineering campus. Loft bedroom, security parking. Balcony, A/C, laundry. Hardwick Apartments 356-5272

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Courtyard Apartments 713 S. Randolph, Champaign Renting for Fall/2 & 3 Bedrooms. Furnished & Unfurnished From $608/mo. Includes cable, parking, water. Has laundry facility and seasonal pool. Near campus and downtown Champaign. 352-8540, 355-4608 pm. www.faronproperties.com

Prime campus, brand new 502 S. 5th 1 BR. REAL NICE, A MUST SEE. Laundry facilities and park. $575. 352-3829.

Available Aug 2004. Attractive modern loft apts. Dishwasher, disposal, window A/C, ceiling fans, patio/balconies, carpet laundry, parking, 2nd floor skylights. Rents from $435/mo. $50/month to furnish. Apts. shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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HELP WANTED | Full / Part Time Assistant manager 100 seat upscale restaurant. 20-40 flex. hrs/week. Help with new product development on Internet. Summer/Fall. 351-3551.

Bicycle service/sales positions available immediately. Previous mechanical or retail experience preferred. Apply in person. Durst Cycle, 1112 W. University, U.

606 S. PRAIRIE, C. Large 1 bedroom apartments, many with recently remodeled kitchens. Quiet Champaign location near Green Street/ campus. Free off street parking. Gas heat/ window A/C. Rents reduced! $375$400/mo. HERITAGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 351-1803

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LIVE MUSIC

LIVE MUSIC

Acoustic Music Series: Abi Tapia – Aroma, 8pm, free Ryan Groff & Brent Byrd – folk/rock – Aroma, 8pm, free Tomfoolery – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA The Greedy Loves, Big Buildings, The Situation – Mike 'n Molly's beer garden, 9pm, $4 Urge Overkill, Menthol, Jay Bennett – Highdive, 9pm, $15 Acoustic Music Series: Mike Ingram – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Briggs Houchin Trio – jazz – Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Sacrelicious Groove Congregation – Canopy Club, 10pm, $2

The Noisy Gators – cajun – Alto Vineyards, 8pm, $3 Lanterna – Pages For All Ages, 8pm, free Centaur, Matthis versus Otter – Mike 'n Molly's beergarden, 9:30pm-12am, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, cover Spirit Child, Victims Of Chaos, The Last Dance – goth – Wake the Dead Cafe de Artisans in Decatur, 7pm, $6 X-Krush – Lowe's Big Barrel in Danville, 9:30pm, TBA Fat City's Annual Hog Roast w/Boat Drunks – Fat City Saloon, TBA Kilborn Alley – blues – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $3 Trailer Parke – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover Independence Barbeque – The Iron Post, TBA

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DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – ’80s hair bands – Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Delayney – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30, free The Northstar Lounge hosted by CZAR Absolute of Animate Objects – hip-hop/spoken word poetry set/open mic – Nargile, 10:30pm, $5

DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5 Four on the Fourth Celebration: Tremblin BG (house, drum 'n bass) & Amp (house) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Resonate (hiphop), J-Phlip & Mertz (house) – Barfly, 8pm, free “Soulful Saturdays” w/ DJ Phokiss, Chill Will, DJ World – Watusi Lounge, free before 11pm

KARAOKE

KARAOKE

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

FridayJuly02 LIVE MUSIC Desafinado – latin, jazz, bassanova – Cowboy Monkey, 5-7pm, free Al Lerardi – blues – Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Meridian Green – Pages For All Ages, 7pm, free Voetsek, High on Crime, End Me Hollowed Out – hardcore – Red Herring, 8pm, $5 Doxy – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, cover X-Krush – Daddio's in Bloomington, 9:30pm, TBA Friday Voices – rock – Fat City Saloon, TBA, cover The Impalas – blues – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover

DJ Onda Tropicale – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Resonate – Mike n' Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5 Four on the Fourth Celebration: Carlos (hip-hop) & Mertz (downtempo, deep house) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Fast Action (house, funk, disco) & Tremblin BG (house, drum ’n bass) – Barfly, 8pm, free

KARAOKE Creative Karaoke – Urbana American Legion, 8pm1am, TBA

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

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DJ DJ Betty Rocker – Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – T.K. Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

TuesdayJuly06 LIVE MUSIC Acoustic Music Series: Ryan Groff – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Open Mic/Jam hosted by Openinbands.com and Brandon T. Washington –Canopy Club, 10pm, free The Misses, 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

DJ DJ Hoff – Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, TBA NOX: DJ ZoZo – goth, industrial – The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ Carlos – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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

LIVE MUSIC Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Dr. Terminus (downtempo, drum ’n bass) & Geist (liquid, drum ’n bass) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Carlos (hip-hop) & ImpacT (house) – Barfly, 8pm, free

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WednesdayJuly07 LIVE MUSIC Green Mountain Grass – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Kilborn Alley – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Blindside, Dank 454, The Pitch – Canopy Club, 10pm, $10

“G” Force Karaoke and DJ – T.K. Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

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MondayJuly05 LIVE MUSIC Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Open Mic Night hosted by Adam Wolfe – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Open Mic with Brandon T. Washington – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

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Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Bris Mueller – salsa, mambo, bachata – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Boardwalk – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

KARAOKE “Liquid Courage Karaoke” – Fat City Saloon, 8pm12am, TBA

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you on and makes you both want to meet Harvey and stay the hell away from her for fear of getting caught up in the hurricane. Some of her albums accomplish this (To Bring You My Love), some don’t (Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea). While the latter was billed a descent from Harvey’s signature irate sounds and vocals, and seemed unnecessarily and awkwardly political. Harvey’s latest release UhHuh Her is a definite return to form. This is evident the second the album is placed into the CD player; the opening song, “The Letter,” strikes you immediately with its scratchy vocals and tough lyrics:“Take the cap/ Off your pen/ Wet the envelope/ Lick and lick it.” The last song, “The Darker Days of Me and Him” is equally gut wrenching: “I’ll pick up the pieces/ I’ll carry on somehow.” The song goes over the edge in its sadness but remains aware of the fact that that is its sole purpose. On this album, Harvey isn’t talking about the USA Patriot Act. These songs, though they may not actually be, seem personal. That’s what she does best. There is something about her agony that is both completely unique to her and yet transcends mere self-indulgence and, oddly enough, includes the listener completely. Call us self-serving pity partiers, but most Harvey fans adore this quality, and its in wide abundance on this release.

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The Hurly-Burly Sifting through the commotion and crap of music culture In the wake of Lollapalooza’s stunning cancellation last week, many bands are reshuffling their summer plans. Sonic Youth is headlining it’s own tour which begins July 13 in Vancouver. String Cheese Incident is also setting up new North American dates. Modest Mouse has announced a brief string of dates starting July 16 in Chico, Calif. The Flaming Lips have announced plans to continue work on their new album and a movie. Bands currently in limbo with no announced plans include Morrissey, The Walkmen, Polyphonic Spree and Gomez.

The Thrills have announced September 14 as the release date for their sophomore

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release,\ Let’s Bottle Bohemia. The Virgindistributed album will feature guest spots by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks, as well as production from Dave Sardy.

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, the reunited New York Dolls and The Strokes will headline the Little Steven’s Underground Festival August 14 at New York’s Randall’s Island, an offshoot of the radio show of the same name, hosted by Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos, the E Street Band). A spot at the festival will also be given to the winner of Little Steven’s Underground Garage Battle of the Bands, in which local band The Blackouts are competitors.

What the hell? Moment of the week According to the New York Daily News, former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth revealed at a recent dinner party that he is renting a modest apartment on the Lower East Side and attending classes to become an emergency medical technician. Yeah, that’s the last thing someone wants to see before they succumb to cardiac arrest: some 50-year-old dude in pink tights with his tongue wagging out of his head, while he croons, “I’m just a gigolo.”

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and boundaries of what music is, and every live show is worth seeing. The group is not afraid to experiment or delve into new musical genres, and the result is a unique, captivating sound that is at times surreal and often ethereal. There is an inherent sadness in Centaur’s sound, but at the same time you want to keep listening because of the equally inherent beauty in each song. Check out the show Saturday at Mike ‘n Molly’s. Matthis versus Otter will also perform. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

TAKES IT UP A NOTCH

ormer Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett will perform

rock band Urge Overkill will also perform, marking the

Thursday at Highdive along with Urge Overkill and

band’s reunion after splitting in the mid-1990s. It’s worth

Menthol. A veteran musician and instrumentalist, Bennett

it to come out and see Nash, Blackie and King take the

URGE, BENNETT take the stage at Highdive

stage together to hear such hits as their

each night. Everything from disco to soul, hip-hop to

weekend, head to Barfly and spend it dancing to

house, liquid to drum ‘n bass will be represented. And

music from local DJs every night. This year Barfly is

it’s all free to get in. What could be better? Expect to

hosting Four on the Fourth: four DJs for three nights, this

catch DJs Resonate, J-Phlip, Carlos and Tremblin’ BG as

Friday through Sunday. The DJs start during happy hour

well as ImpacT, Geist, Fast Action, Amp and Mertz.

and continue through the night, with different music

Check it out, Friday through Sunday at Barfly.

4 ON THE 4TH

dj party

Chiropractic Honors the Body’s Ability to Heal Itself, Naturally

Discover beautiful gifts and home decor, all handcrafted by artisans in 32 countries around the world. Ten Thousand Villages 105 North Walnut, Downtown Champaign Mon–Sat 10–5:30, Fri 10–8:30 217-352-8200

HEADACHE NECK AND BACK PAIN • FATIGUE ACCIDENT OR TRAUMA • CHRONIC PAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS LOW BACK PAIN • STRESS RELATED PAIN HEADACHES • LEG AND ARM PAIN • CARPAL TUNNEL

FREE EXAM & X-RAY (IF NEEDED)

COVERED BY STUDENT INSURANCE

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www.awning-tent.com

Dr. Joseph Snell

24 HR. ANSWERING SERVICE

“Pulp Fiction” staple cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.” Menthol will round out the night with their poppy twist on 1980s New Wave bands such as Devo. All in all, a pretty

has also proven his talent at taking command of the

good night of all things music. Check out the show

stage solo. His recent CD release Bigger Than Blue marks

Thursday at Highdive. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a $15

Bennett’s continued growth as a musician, highlighting

cover.

his songwriting abilities and exquisite melodies. Chicago

f you’re still debating how to spend your 4th of July

INJURED OR IN PAIN?

FAIRLY TRADED HANDICRAFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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CENTAUR

ade up of Matt Talbott on vocals and guitar, Derek Niedringhaus on bass and Jim Kelly on drums, Centaur are a tight-knit group of musicians who create unique, significant music. Talbott, previously of Hum and Honcho Overload, leads the group, but all three musicians bring their own energy and talent to Centaur. The band got together in the late 1990s and eventually laid down recorded material in 2001. With each new recording and live show, they continue to push the envelope

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orba’s Restaurant has been hosting Jazz Night for more than 30 years, and every week there’s a different act. As veteran Jazz Night employee Brandon Hickey so eloquently puts it, “I guess it’s the night at Zorba’s when we have jazz.” This week, catch local band The Briggs/Houchin Trio. Founding member and bassist Joshua Houchin says the band offers “our own arrangements of classic guitar jazz standards” in the vein of Duke Ellington and Wes Montgomery. Guitarist Chuck Briggs and drummer Jay Ferguson round out The Briggs/Houchin Trio. Houchin is also part of bluegrass act The Prairie Dogs, while Ferguson drums with several local groups such as Brian Holloway Somethin’. The trio has become a favorite among Jazz Night regulars, and this is a chance to check them out yourself since they only make it back to C-U a few times a year. Head to Zorba’s Thursday at 9:30 p.m. The music lasts until after midnight. Cover is $3.

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and boundaries of what music is, and every live show is worth seeing. The group is not afraid to experiment or delve into new musical genres, and the result is a unique, captivating sound that is at times surreal and often ethereal. There is an inherent sadness in Centaur’s sound, but at the same time you want to keep listening because of the equally inherent beauty in each song. Check out the show Saturday at Mike ‘n Molly’s. Matthis versus Otter will also perform. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

TAKES IT UP A NOTCH

ormer Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett will perform

rock band Urge Overkill will also perform, marking the

Thursday at Highdive along with Urge Overkill and

band’s reunion after splitting in the mid-1990s. It’s worth

Menthol. A veteran musician and instrumentalist, Bennett

it to come out and see Nash, Blackie and King take the

URGE, BENNETT take the stage at Highdive

stage together to hear such hits as their

each night. Everything from disco to soul, hip-hop to

weekend, head to Barfly and spend it dancing to

house, liquid to drum ‘n bass will be represented. And

music from local DJs every night. This year Barfly is

it’s all free to get in. What could be better? Expect to

hosting Four on the Fourth: four DJs for three nights, this

catch DJs Resonate, J-Phlip, Carlos and Tremblin’ BG as

Friday through Sunday. The DJs start during happy hour

well as ImpacT, Geist, Fast Action, Amp and Mertz.

and continue through the night, with different music

Check it out, Friday through Sunday at Barfly.

4 ON THE 4TH

dj party

Chiropractic Honors the Body’s Ability to Heal Itself, Naturally

Discover beautiful gifts and home decor, all handcrafted by artisans in 32 countries around the world. Ten Thousand Villages 105 North Walnut, Downtown Champaign Mon–Sat 10–5:30, Fri 10–8:30 217-352-8200

HEADACHE NECK AND BACK PAIN • FATIGUE ACCIDENT OR TRAUMA • CHRONIC PAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS LOW BACK PAIN • STRESS RELATED PAIN HEADACHES • LEG AND ARM PAIN • CARPAL TUNNEL

FREE EXAM & X-RAY (IF NEEDED)

COVERED BY STUDENT INSURANCE

217-328-5749 or 1-800-252-1355

www.awning-tent.com

Dr. Joseph Snell

24 HR. ANSWERING SERVICE

“Pulp Fiction” staple cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.” Menthol will round out the night with their poppy twist on 1980s New Wave bands such as Devo. All in all, a pretty

has also proven his talent at taking command of the

good night of all things music. Check out the show

stage solo. His recent CD release Bigger Than Blue marks

Thursday at Highdive. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a $15

Bennett’s continued growth as a musician, highlighting

cover.

his songwriting abilities and exquisite melodies. Chicago

f you’re still debating how to spend your 4th of July

INJURED OR IN PAIN?

FAIRLY TRADED HANDICRAFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

F

I

tenthousandvillages.com

CENTAUR

ade up of Matt Talbott on vocals and guitar, Derek Niedringhaus on bass and Jim Kelly on drums, Centaur are a tight-knit group of musicians who create unique, significant music. Talbott, previously of Hum and Honcho Overload, leads the group, but all three musicians bring their own energy and talent to Centaur. The band got together in the late 1990s and eventually laid down recorded material in 2001. With each new recording and live show, they continue to push the envelope

Z

orba’s Restaurant has been hosting Jazz Night for more than 30 years, and every week there’s a different act. As veteran Jazz Night employee Brandon Hickey so eloquently puts it, “I guess it’s the night at Zorba’s when we have jazz.” This week, catch local band The Briggs/Houchin Trio. Founding member and bassist Joshua Houchin says the band offers “our own arrangements of classic guitar jazz standards” in the vein of Duke Ellington and Wes Montgomery. Guitarist Chuck Briggs and drummer Jay Ferguson round out The Briggs/Houchin Trio. Houchin is also part of bluegrass act The Prairie Dogs, while Ferguson drums with several local groups such as Brian Holloway Somethin’. The trio has become a favorite among Jazz Night regulars, and this is a chance to check them out yourself since they only make it back to C-U a few times a year. Head to Zorba’s Thursday at 9:30 p.m. The music lasts until after midnight. Cover is $3.

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Acoustic Music Series: Abi Tapia – Aroma, 8pm, free Ryan Groff & Brent Byrd – folk/rock – Aroma, 8pm, free Tomfoolery – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA The Greedy Loves, Big Buildings, The Situation – Mike 'n Molly's beer garden, 9pm, $4 Urge Overkill, Menthol, Jay Bennett – Highdive, 9pm, $15 Acoustic Music Series: Mike Ingram – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Briggs Houchin Trio – jazz – Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Sacrelicious Groove Congregation – Canopy Club, 10pm, $2

The Noisy Gators – cajun – Alto Vineyards, 8pm, $3 Lanterna – Pages For All Ages, 8pm, free Centaur, Matthis versus Otter – Mike 'n Molly's beergarden, 9:30pm-12am, TBA Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, cover Spirit Child, Victims Of Chaos, The Last Dance – goth – Wake the Dead Cafe de Artisans in Decatur, 7pm, $6 X-Krush – Lowe's Big Barrel in Danville, 9:30pm, TBA Fat City's Annual Hog Roast w/Boat Drunks – Fat City Saloon, TBA Kilborn Alley – blues – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $3 Trailer Parke – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover Independence Barbeque – The Iron Post, TBA

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DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – ’80s hair bands – Tommy G's, 9pm, free DJ Delayney – Nargile, 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30, free The Northstar Lounge hosted by CZAR Absolute of Animate Objects – hip-hop/spoken word poetry set/open mic – Nargile, 10:30pm, $5

DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5 Four on the Fourth Celebration: Tremblin BG (house, drum 'n bass) & Amp (house) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Resonate (hiphop), J-Phlip & Mertz (house) – Barfly, 8pm, free “Soulful Saturdays” w/ DJ Phokiss, Chill Will, DJ World – Watusi Lounge, free before 11pm

KARAOKE

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

FridayJuly02 LIVE MUSIC Desafinado – latin, jazz, bassanova – Cowboy Monkey, 5-7pm, free Al Lerardi – blues – Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Meridian Green – Pages For All Ages, 7pm, free Voetsek, High on Crime, End Me Hollowed Out – hardcore – Red Herring, 8pm, $5 Doxy – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, cover X-Krush – Daddio's in Bloomington, 9:30pm, TBA Friday Voices – rock – Fat City Saloon, TBA, cover The Impalas – blues – Tommy G's, 10pm, cover

DJ Onda Tropicale – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Resonate – Mike n' Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – Highdive, 10pm, $5 Four on the Fourth Celebration: Carlos (hip-hop) & Mertz (downtempo, deep house) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Fast Action (house, funk, disco) & Tremblin BG (house, drum ’n bass) – Barfly, 8pm, free

KARAOKE Creative Karaoke – Urbana American Legion, 8pm1am, TBA

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

SundayJuly04

DJ DJ Betty Rocker – Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke and DJ – T.K. Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

TuesdayJuly06 LIVE MUSIC Acoustic Music Series: Ryan Groff – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Open Mic/Jam hosted by Openinbands.com and Brandon T. Washington –Canopy Club, 10pm, free The Misses, 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

DJ DJ Hoff – Mike 'n Molly's, 10pm, TBA NOX: DJ ZoZo – goth, industrial – The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ Carlos – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lil' Big Bass – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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

LIVE MUSIC Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Dr. Terminus (downtempo, drum ’n bass) & Geist (liquid, drum ’n bass) – Barfly, 5pm, free Four on the Fourth Celebration: Carlos (hip-hop) & ImpacT (house) – Barfly, 8pm, free

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WednesdayJuly07 LIVE MUSIC Green Mountain Grass – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Kilborn Alley – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Blindside, Dank 454, The Pitch – Canopy Club, 10pm, $10

“G” Force Karaoke and DJ – T.K. Wendl’s, after softball until 2am, TBA

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MondayJuly05 LIVE MUSIC Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Open Mic Night hosted by Adam Wolfe – White Horse Inn, 9:30pm, free Open Mic with Brandon T. Washington – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

BOB ’N DAVE

Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Bris Mueller – salsa, mambo, bachata – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Boardwalk – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, free DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

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you on and makes you both want to meet Harvey and stay the hell away from her for fear of getting caught up in the hurricane. Some of her albums accomplish this (To Bring You My Love), some don’t (Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea). While the latter was billed a descent from Harvey’s signature irate sounds and vocals, and seemed unnecessarily and awkwardly political. Harvey’s latest release UhHuh Her is a definite return to form. This is evident the second the album is placed into the CD player; the opening song, “The Letter,” strikes you immediately with its scratchy vocals and tough lyrics:“Take the cap/ Off your pen/ Wet the envelope/ Lick and lick it.” The last song, “The Darker Days of Me and Him” is equally gut wrenching: “I’ll pick up the pieces/ I’ll carry on somehow.” The song goes over the edge in its sadness but remains aware of the fact that that is its sole purpose. On this album, Harvey isn’t talking about the USA Patriot Act. These songs, though they may not actually be, seem personal. That’s what she does best. There is something about her agony that is both completely unique to her and yet transcends mere self-indulgence and, oddly enough, includes the listener completely. Call us self-serving pity partiers, but most Harvey fans adore this quality, and its in wide abundance on this release.

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It begins with a vacuum of sound, slowly building, it cuts out, a pummeling driving riff tears the silence apart, Roger Miller screams signaling thunderous drums and an anvil-hard chunk of bass to detonate the speakers. Mission of Burma is back and they sound amazing; invigorated and hungry. All the trademark Burma elements are here; guitars soar and careen off of one another, bark like dogs and scream like the dead, the songs are violent death dirges, anthemic screamers and moving laments. With an unprecedented 20-year gap between albums, MOB still manage to create that singular atmosphere that only they seemed capable of; one of arty nerve-wracking paranoia blended seamlessly with a sense of hope and humanity. No pretension. No posturing. Just as their original career was a middle finger to all of rock’s hoary conventions, so to does ONoffON flip the bird to all preconceived notions of compromise or lifelessness from a band nearing middle age. In the process, they remind us just how aweinspiring guitar based rock can be, why it’s still important and how it will continue to be. And for Chrissakes, it has been over 20 YEARS since these guys released their last album. Signals, Calls, and Marches and V.S. practically defined indie rock in the intervening decades by setting a template of combining hardcore punk’s noisy aggression with unassuming melodies, arty angularity, and avant-garde tape-loop work. Any jaded music fan with even an inkling of the disastrous results of “reunions” sat through ONoffON waiting for some sign that the Mission of Burma had flagged in their fervor; an embarrassing experiment, a blatant attempt at being radio-friendly, a production job by the Neptunes. But it never happens. All we’re left with is Burma, seemingly angrier and edgier than when they left us. The first four songs serve as a sort of primer. Guitarist and co-writer Roger Miller, always the one prone to noisier fare, throws down the gauntlet with the aforementioned “The Setup.” Clint Conley, the more melodic half of Burma, treats us to “Hunt Again,” an almost jangly rocker, shot through with ghostly backing vocals, reminiscent of Conley’s previous outfit Consonant, although that band never really pulled off anything as endearing or urgent as this. “The Enthusiast” swallows any beliefs that frightening, furious rock belongs solely to youth, chews them up and spits them into the dirt. The band barks out violent, fist-pumping choruses over snarling buzz saw guitars that beat the shit out of each other as Peter Prescott hammers his drums into submission. This is punk rock at its most breathless and exuberant. Contrasted with the next song, “Falling,” one realizes the amazing potential of this band, why they were so missed in their absence, why their brief catalogue was exalted by so many. “Falling” jangles and roars through absolutely gorgeous choruses, Conley’s hopeful, searching lyrics buoyed by angelic back up vocals from Tanya Donnelly.The band falls into groove, the beauty indistinguishable from the searing white noise. It’s breathtaking. The rest of the album abounds with these moments. The airy elegant ballad of “Prepared”glides to a stunning build-up on a bed of cellos and violas as Conley intones “I prepared my heart for you.” In contrast, the controlled chaos of “Wounded World” may be the premier moment on an album of numerous contenders. Churning guitars battle it out with searing, feed-back drenched solos and

MORRISSEY You Are The Quarry Attack/Sanctuary

★★★★ BY KYLE B. GORMAN

Morrissey, former lead singer of the Smiths and poet laureate of the sad, bizarre and indefensible, returns with the queerly titled You Are The Quarry, his first recording in several years. Early returns concerning the record have largely focused on whether or not the album is a “comeback” or not, and whether it represents a “return to form” or “innovation” more effectively. Ignoring such artificial constructs, the Mozzer has made a damn fine pop album. The listener revels in the brilliant ridiculousness of opener “America is Not the World,” as crisp, 21st century studio-sound drums bristle over chiming guitars, thumping bass, and a slow digital echo rings out over Morrissey’s increasingly accurate call to the land of the free, in the words “Hey you, big fat pig!” A dizzying, uncountable array of noises and instruments hum and strum underneath, none of which were available to the Smiths, but all are quite available to producer Jerry Finn, the genius behind such *cough* epochal punk acts as blink-182. The Moz calls the listener’s challenge by following the world’s most unlikely opener with another convincing political piece: the single, “Irish Blood, English Heart.” When the feisty rhythm guitar line gives way as the lead rears it’s ugly head, you’ll be taken with the intensity and sincerity of the performance, something that is especially impressive considering the esoteric and didactic content of the lyric (which concerns, of course, British politics), at least to the “ignorant” Americans which make up by far the largest portion of Moz’s fanbase. Slower tunes such as “Come Back to Camden,” however, are less effective. Frankly, Morrissey just sounds too good surrounded by the requisite strings and piano for his reputation as a brilliant 80s rock holdout to be preserved. I personally can’t wait for the Moz to appear on Broadway in his own musical, an incredibly cathartic performance in the role of a celibate vegetarian gay man from Britain trapped in America, a la Jason Robert Brown. You Are The Quarry also sees Morrissey dabbling in a sound unlike anything that he has previously recorded: a gentle but honest take on the feel-good, smart-butnot-too-smart, well-dressed-but-not-gay pop sound of the mid-90s, the music which conveniently came to save us from the excesses of grunge and alternative.“I’m Not Sorry” is a shimmery, textured take on such a sound, and despite the format, there’s no mistaking the man’s onetwo couplets: an expression of lack, loss or regret, followed by a nihilistic statement that alternately intensifies or negates the pain. Morrissey, sticking to vaguely heterosexual themes, is at his best in both lyric and voice (despite his ubiquitous yodel-arpeggio) on “Let Me Kiss You,” an ode to not being able to have anyone else. The startling guitar line following the chorus is very much in the spirit of former partner Johnny Marr’s philosophy on the instrument; the poignancy of the instrument is never sacrificed to conform to expectations of what is appropriate for the genre. A major subject of pop music criticism has been the relevancy of Morrissey in a post-Smiths, post-grunge, post-Margaret Thatcher, post-Sept. 11 world. Personally, I’m willing to grant that no Morrissey album could ever top his collaborations with Marr, nor could any of his recent albums truly be ranked as essential or ground-

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breaking. That said, who else of his generation is still making brilliant pop recordings filled with more intent, vitriol and friction, now that so many have fallen by the wayside? The modern output of such dinosaur artists can scarcely compete with You Are The Quarry, a well-voiced, relevant album equally adept for rocking and dancing.

WILCO A Ghost is Born Nonesuch

★★★★ BY JACOB DITTMER

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was a monumental album for many in the indie rock community that thrust Wilco into the hall of indie rock heroes. The album’s release was muddled by foolish mainstream record labels and released via a minor label under the same parent company (aren’t mass media conglomerates great?). But this reviewer won’t reiterate all the painful steps the band took to release YHF and will instead reference the film I am Trying to Break your Heart for any further explanation. Two years have passed since YHF and Wilco has been in the press much with this new album garnering just as much anticipation as the previous. Band lineup changes and Jeff Tweedy’s struggle with migraines and painkiller addiction was well documented in recent press clippings, and now it is well documented on A Ghost is Born. The opening track “At Least That’s What you Said” starts soft with a piano and Tweedy’s vocals hardly audible. He whispers the words of a confused lover trying to reconcile with his love repeating the title phrase. Then a sudden guitar strums out the sounds of panic and frustration followed by piano keys and a bass drum pounding in rhythm. From there, the song no longer poses as a gentle ballad to his lover but a muddled mess of distortion and frenzied guitar licks a la Neil Young and Crazy Horse. As an opener, this song tells the listener you aren’t going to hear Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Part II. No, this is Wilco’s collection of songs ranging from soft-spoken acoustic ballad to garbled guitar noise. Much like Modest Mouse’s decision to release an album all over the place, so too does Wilco showcase an interest in a variety of styles, sounds and genres.That’s not to say that Wilco’s previous work didn’t share similar qualities, but they congealed far better and didn’t leave the listener questioning the track arrangements. Furthermore, this album is the first post-Jay Bennett work and it is a noticeable difference from the band’s earlier reliance on Bennett’s skilled song construction. Without Bennett in the picture, Jim O’Rourke’s production credits should also reflect his contributions as a band member with O’Rourke playing on every track but one. Coupled with new keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, this Wilco is a quite different than it was four odd years ago when YHF was recorded. Their “deconstructed” pop songs are absent from this album with everything from the whimsical rock song “I’m a Wheel”to the CSNY-esque pop song “Hummingbird.” Gone is the heavily produced Pro Tools sound of YHF and in its stead are the organic and visceral sounds of A Ghost is Born. With two tracks breaking the 10-minute mark, this album stands as perhaps the most disjointed Wilco excursion but also offers some of their strongest song constructions to date. The album doesn’t defy the listener expectations as YHF did so brilliantly, but it does prove that Wilco is a progressive band not interested in finding their niche and staying there. Instead this album proves Wilco can’t be pigeonholed and don’t plan to be for some time.

PJ HARVEY Uh-Huh Her Island

★★★ By Katie Richardson

Edgy isn’t the only word that describes PJ Harvey, although it is the term that’s most often applied to her, and adequately reflects what her fans love so much about her. Any Harvey fan will tell you that a good PJ album does three things: moves you, turns

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Renting Aug 2004. Classic older building with Unfurnished 1 BR + sun room, 1 BR + den. Furnished 2 BR apts across from Jimmy John’s on Lincoln Ave. Near Krannert, Law School, Music, etc. Features hardwood floors in upper units, laundry on site. Parking $45/mo. Shown 7 days a week. 1 BR + Sun Roomfrom $575/mo (UF) 1 BR + Denfrom $575/mo (UF) 2 BRfrom $495/mo (F) BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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1, 2, & 3 Bedroom apts, 5 bedroom house, reasonable rates. Please call 398-5946 or 390-9536. Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626.

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105 E CLARK, C

APARTMENTS FOR RENT 1,2 & 3 BR Boutique vintage hip! URBANA 209 Coler. Hardwood floors and stained glass windows. $345-615 308 W. Green. Split level floor plan. Pet friendly! $545-685 704 W. Stoughton. Hardwood floors, tree-lined cobblestone. 402 S. Race. Near Lincoln Square Mall. Charming studio, hardwood floors, unique woodwork. Free parking, steam heat. $465. 1105/ 1107 W. Oregon. 100 yards to the QUAD. $535-615. 1108 Nevada. Vintage - hardwood floors next to Music Landscape Architecture. 100 yards to QUAD. $555 CHAMPAIGN 310 Chalmers. 200 yards to the QUAD. $555-775. 407 E. Stoughton. Two blocks to Green St. $340-595. 605 S. Fourth. 300 yards to the UNION - Altgeld! $430-455 1012 & 1010 S. First. Two blocks to IMPE. On the busline. $300-465. Ramshaw Real Estate (217) 359-6400 www.ramshaw.com

706 S. Walnut, U

Renting for August 2004. Quiet neighborhood. 1 bedroom apts from $465/mo. Gas heat, central A/C, laundry facilities. Parking included. To furnish $50/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

201 S. Wright St. Champaign Adjacent to Engineering campus. Loft bedroom, security parking. Balcony, A/C, laundry. Hardwick Apartments 356-5272

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407 E. University. Luxury one bedrooms, fully equipped- microwave, washer/dryer in-unit. Security building with elevator. Balconies, underground parking. Hardwick Apartments 356-5272 COUNTRY FAIR APARTMENTS 1 & 2 bedroom, furnished or unfurnished, FREE gas heat, water, trash removal, basic satellite TV & FREE parking! Pool, tennis court, inside laundry. On 4 MTD bus routes. Small pet O.K. Ask about our student leases. M-F 9-5:30, Sat. 9-12 Call 359-3713 or just stop by our office in the red barn, at 2106 W. White, C. www.myapartmenthome.com

Courtyard Apartments 713 S. Randolph, Champaign Renting for Fall/2 & 3 Bedrooms. Furnished & Unfurnished From $608/mo. Includes cable, parking, water. Has laundry facility and seasonal pool. Near campus and downtown Champaign. 352-8540, 355-4608 pm. www.faronproperties.com

Prime campus, brand new 502 S. 5th 1 BR. REAL NICE, A MUST SEE. Laundry facilities and park. $575. 352-3829.

Available Aug 2004. Attractive modern loft apts. Dishwasher, disposal, window A/C, ceiling fans, patio/balconies, carpet laundry, parking, 2nd floor skylights. Rents from $435/mo. $50/month to furnish. Apts. shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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Your responsibilities would include taking classified and display advertising from individuals, local businesses, University departments, and student organizations. We’re looking for someone who is a QUICK LEARNER, VERY ORGANIZED, and not afraid to make SALES CALLS. Some MORNING HOURS a must. Interested candidates should be available to start now and continue with us in the Fall. 10-15 hrs./week around your class schedule. If interested, please fill out an application at 57 E. Green. Application deadline July 2.

HELP WANTED | Full / Part Time Assistant manager 100 seat upscale restaurant. 20-40 flex. hrs/week. Help with new product development on Internet. Summer/Fall. 351-3551.

Bicycle service/sales positions available immediately. Previous mechanical or retail experience preferred. Apply in person. Durst Cycle, 1112 W. University, U.

606 S. PRAIRIE, C. Large 1 bedroom apartments, many with recently remodeled kitchens. Quiet Champaign location near Green Street/ campus. Free off street parking. Gas heat/ window A/C. Rents reduced! $375$400/mo. HERITAGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 351-1803

609 W. MAIN, U

Renting Aug 2004. Quiet building in nice Urbana neighborhood. 2 bedroom apts furnished $510/mo. Parking optional, central A/C, Carpet, laundry facilities. Gas heat. Daily Showings 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 205 E. Stoughton, Champaign 3 bedrooms for the price of 2! Nice 3 bedroom apt. Five blocks from the quad. Large living room, Central air/heat. $620/mo. www.theelectrumgroup.com (217)649-0761

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4 Bedrooms 308 E. Armory 1103 S. Euclid 807 S. Locust 210/208 E. White 5 Bedrooms 1103 S. Euclid 106 1/2 E. Armory 7 Bedrooms 509 S. Elm, C. Efficiencies 104 E. John 312 E. White Call for an appointment

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CAMPUS APARTMENTS Furnished GREEN AND SECOND ON CAMPUS Large 1 bedroom. A/C, laundry on site. $415-$450. Ethernet and parking extra. No pets. 351-1800. ppmrent.com

56 & 58 East Daniel • Newly remodeled • Garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave • Fully furnished • Central A/C • Water, expanded basic cable, Ethernet, trash and sewer fees included • $790 per month

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101 N. BUSEY & 102 N. LINCOLN, U August 2004. Excellent location near Green & Lincoln. 2 bedroom apts from $500/mo. Window A/C, Laundry. Parking available $30/mo. Apartments shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

102 E. Gregory 1 Bedroom, multiple layouts, great location $420-$570 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

1006 W. STOUGHTON, U Very close to Engineering campus. Avail for Aug 2004. Masonry construction. 2 bedrooms from $595/mo. Window A/C, Carpet. Parking $25/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

1005 S. SIXTH, C. Aug, 2004. A+ location! Next to UI Library. Great older building. 1 bedrooms from $525/mo. Laudry facilities, Window A/C, Carpet. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

Fall 2004 1 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory $440-$540 202 E. John $400-$585 910 S. Locust $550 2 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory $580-$730 202 E. John $570-$860 610 E. Stoughton $600-$730 810 W. Iowa $660-$730

CAMPUS APARTMENTS Furnished 105 E. John 1 bedroom furnished, great location. Includes parking. www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

1 bedroom. Available August 15. $425/mo. Parking included. 108 E. Stoughton, C. 384-0333.

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106 North Gregory

1507 E. Washington Large 2 bdrm. Apts. Remodeled, new appliances, Some utilities included, washer/dryer, 850 sq. ft. Starting at $490. Available now! Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

Available now or August, large, furnished 1 -bedrooms in secure building on Engineering Campus. University Properties, 344-8510.

1107 S EUCLID, C

1 BR $416 Parking, water. 212 E Gregory, across from six pack dorms. Huge, new appliances/carpet. Clean. Avail. Aug. 23. 309-762-5776/ thomas-douglas@uiowa.edu.

Aug 2004 rental. First rate location near Armory, IMPE and Snack Bar. 1 bedroom apts. Window A/C, gas heat, laundry. Parking $35/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

1005 S. SECOND, C Efficiencies. Fall 2004. Secured building. Private parking. Laundry on site, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP

1506 S. RACE ST. 2 bedroom condo, super quiet, hardwood floors, garage, free wi-fi, plus much more! $750/mo. Available mid August. wbsteele@uiuc.edu or call 344-2620.

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2 Bedroom Basement apartment at 707 W California. Large kitchen, all utilities paid. $520. Phone Joe 3529610 work, 384-5668 home.

111 E. HEALY, C. Now Leasing for August 2004. Extra large 1 bedroom and efficiencies Price ranging from $375-$510. Off-street parking, security building and 5 floor plans to choose from. JTS Properties 328-4284.

3 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory $1100 610 E. Stoughton $900-$1125 807 W. Oregon $1000-$1170 4 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory $1200

102 N. GREGORY, U August 2004. Close to Illini Union. 2 bedrooms at $500/mo. Carpet, Gas Heat, Laundry. Parking available at $30/mo. 7 days a week showings. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

*CAMPUS* 2BR APARTMENTS Nice, safe, quiet neighborhood near Lincoln & Green, furnished, A/C, Ethernet, balcony, laundry, parking, etc. Shown Monday- Saturday. $640/mo. 398-6677. 1 Bedroom w/ Den 202 E. John, patio, some utilities included. $530 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

2 bedroom through BARR, 102 N Gregory, #11, Urbana. Available June 15. $525/month total for 2 bedrooms. Includes water and sewer. $30 per parking spot. Call 377-6553.

201 N. LINCOLN, U 2 bedroom apts close to campus with parking, ceiling fans in some units, laundry, carpet/tile floors. Shown 7 days a week. Rents from $500/mo. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 202 E. John 2 Bedroom, balcony, some utilities included. $550-$670 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

212 E. John 1 bedroom apartment, furnished and A/C. Fall. Includes water, free parking, no pets. $460/mo. 352-1301, 352-5207. 509 E. Clark 1 block from Beckman. Large Efficiency. Parking. Sec-Drs. Fall. Internet ready. NEW RENOVATIONS! 377-5971

105 E. GREEN, C Studio apts available Aug 2004. Carpet, electric heat, wall A/C units, off street parking available, laundry on site. Rents from $330/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

CAMPUS APARTMENTS NOW LEASING FOR FALL 1,2,3, and 4 BRS

5&6 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory $1500-$1600

202 E Chalmers, C 103 E Chalmers, C 503 E Stougthon, C 106 S Gregory, U

Houses 801 W. Iowa 8 Bedrooms $2500 1103 S. Busey 9 Bedrooms $3100

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359-0700 • www.GabesPlace.com Choice 1, 2, & 3 Bedroom Apts. For Fall Great Campus Locations! ✶ Ethernet/High ✶ Security Intercoms speed internet ✶ Laundry facilities– access Some with ✶ Parking washer/dryer in ✶ Dishwasher/ unit Microhood ✶ Balconies ✶ 24 hour emergency maintenance SEE THE DIFFERENCE BANKIER APARTMENTS www.bankierapts.com

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MJM/Chateau Apartments 403 E. White, Ch. - $540/mo. 302 S. Fourth, Ch. - $540/mo. •Large 2 Bedroom 405 E. White, Ch. - $400/mo. •Economical 2 Bedroom •Special rate Sgl. Occ. All Units: •Carpet, A/C, Appliances •Cable & Internet Ready •Parking Available •On-Site Laundry Ask Tenant Union about us 390-2377

311 E. WHITE, C Available for Aug. 2004. Large furnished efficiencies close to Beckman Center. Rent starts at $325/mo. Parking avail. at $30/mo. Window A/C, carpet. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 604 E. White, C. Security Entrance For Fall 2004, Large 1 & 2 bedroom furnished, balconies, patios, laundry, off-street parking, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 5 & 6 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory, Large Bi-level with 2 bath $1500- $1800, parking available. Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com 618 W. GREEN, C. Large 2 bedroom furnished remodeled apartment in quiet off campus, non-smoking, grad building. All utilities paid except electric. $740/mo. 356-2018.

702 W. WESTERN, U Aug 2004. 1 bedrooms with window A/C, carpet /tile floors, boiler heat, laundry on site. Parking available. Rent starts at $495/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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teve Burns isn’t dead. In fact, Burns is alive and well in New York City, toying around with multimedia ideas, surround sound and video projectors for his upcoming tour. For many fans of the muchloved Blue’s Clues television series, the loss of Steve from the series was so great that rumors spread of his death via car crash, suicide or whatever else various media outlets could cook up. No, the reports were incorrect. Burns left Blue’s for the sake of something more rewarding and creative than a children’s TV series: music. “It was more of a personal challenge because the show had become such an indelible part of TV history,” Burns said. “I knew I was going to make this record. There really wasn’t a choice when these other people came out to help.” Burns confesses he has always been a musician and was toying around with music even during his busy years with the Nickelodeon cash cow. But after six years of acting in front of a blue screen, coupled with his discovery of the Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin album, Burns decided to call it quits and make an album of his ideas a la the Flaming Lips influence. “Doing the show for six years with work days that could take up to 13 hours was draining,” Burns said. “When I was done, I had all this built-up creative energy that came out and I wrote 19 songs in two months.” The result was Songs For Dustmites, released last year on PIAS records and it easily stands out as a little brother to the recent work of Oklahoma’s Lips. No, the similarity in sound on this record is not a direct ripoff of the Lips; Burns was able to push his demo on to David Fridmann (Mercury Rev and Lips producer) who in turn offered to work on a record. “Luckily, Fridmann had just thrown a Blue’s Clues birthday party for his kid and with that, I was in,” Burns said. “He asked if it was OK for Steven (Drozd of the Lips) to help out and before you knew it, I was a kid in a candy store.” Much of the album was constructed in Burns’s bedroom with the help of his computer, guitar and keyboard. Many of these demos weren’t entirely different than the final cut of Dustmites, but others were worked on a little more. With the help of Fridmann, Drozd, who played drums on several tracks, and Lips’ bassist Michael Ivins, who engi-

neered the album, Burns was able to construct the grand sounds and moments he had in his head. The opening track “Mighty Little Man” stands out as a grand pop song incorporating heavy synthesized sound, electronic blips, Drozd’s trademark drumming, and subtle guitar. This was perhaps the song that Burns had envisioned so clearly in his head with the rise and fall of parts so perfectly calculated in sync with the songs progression. “Dave (Fridmann) mixes so quietly and I wasn’t sure if it sounded like I wanted it to,” Burns said. “I wanted it to sound like Godzilla kicking in the door and the next day Dave played me his mix loud and that nailed it.” Burns said about half of the album reflects the Lips/Fridmann collaboration while the other is almost entirely his own creations. These songs stand out as a more laid-back approach and are a smaller scale in construction. Tracks will vary from heavily produced synth and guitar sound to the acoustic guitar and the subtleties of Burns’s voice showcasing a passion for creating diversity in his music. “I was very lucky in that I got to skip a lot of steps that made it easier,” Burns said. Going from Blue’s Clues to collaborating with the Flaming Lips is quite a step indeed. Burns’s creative drive likely played a bigger part than he’ll admit. Since the album’s release, Burns has toured in support of the Starlight Mints and also done a month-long tour in the UK with the Flaming Lips. These tour dates gave Burns insight on the process of transmitting music to a live audience. “I have good ideas that are easily replicated in the studio,” Burns said. “But in the live setting, it’s much harder.” Burns said he’ll offer a “Diet Coke version of the Lips show,” with visual imagery and other multimedia aiding his live performances. His tour with the Lips gave Burns insight into how to give people a spectacle as well as a great live performance. With only himself and a touring drummer, Burns is up for the challenge of creating his distinctive album sound in a live setting. “I like to go to shows and take something away from it and this is what I am trying to do for my show,” Burns said. “It’s going to be a sort of multimedia extravaganza with the music as the centerpiece.” This year’s tour is the first headlining tour for Burns and he admits he is still coming into himself in the live context. Today he is working on videos that he will play during the tour. The footage was all shot and compiled by

Burns who sees it as an important part of the multimedia experience that is his live show. Burns sees Blue’s Clues as an important part of his past, but it is just that: his past. For many of his friends, the thought of him on a children’s TV show was stranger than putting out an album. Judging by his work on Songs For

Dustmites, one would have to agree that he is in the right place now. buzz Steve Burns will come to C-U Tuesday, July 13. Catch his multimedia extravaganza at Cowboy Monkey at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6 with 2ON2OUT opening.

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ua Nian, originally from China, holds a master’s degree in art education from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University. She is an experienced art instructor, teaching art lessons for children in the spring and fall seasons and at art camps in summers. Nian is also an active exhibiting artist. She is a signature artist of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. Her paintings appear in international and national art exhibitions, winning awards at local, state and national shows. Her works have been featured in the Chicago SunTimes, Dialogue: An Art Journal, as cover art for books and music CDs, posters produced by Stanford University, and most recently, have appeared in American Artists Magazine. She will hold a solo show in ARC Gallery in Chicago this November. Nian is married to a music professor at the University of Illinois and they have two children.

Why did you choose painting as your professional medium? Drawing was the only medium that was offered to me before I came to the U.S.A. Painting seems the very natural step that followed it. I stick with it because it is convenient and immediate. I don’t have to depend

on special equipment or worse, wait for the results. I need to work fast so as to capture and visualize my inner vision of the world— which is spontaneous, onrushing, multidimensional, beautiful and mysterious. I am fascinated and feel challenged by how these can happen onto a flat surface. It seems like a magic trick to me. How do you define and abstract work? All abstract work features different degrees of distortion, in form or color or both, from the real objects. Non-objective art is at the far end of the spectrum of abstract art. It represents nothing in the real world but reflects the pure inner world of the artist. This invisible world is hard to put into words, you can only read it through visual sensation. Why do you feel a special connection with African masks? I made a series of works called “Masks” the second year when I studied art in this country. They were inspired by African masks because of their dreamlike, unconscious expression. By that time, I was dazzled by this highly materialist modern world, by various new ideas and the sudden freedom for which I was completely unprepared after growing up in mainland China. Rather than enjoying them, however, I felt deep sorrow for the people I left behind in China. I wished that I had not

known this new world for the sake of self-content, but it was too late. Making “Masks” was a turning point. I suddenly felt the connection between art and my life, I found the source and the motivation of making art, and realized the power of selfexpression. From then on, I have declared myself an “artist” and made a life promise.

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705 W. STOUGHTON, U Aug 2004 rental. 3 bedroom apts. Near Lincoln Ave. and Engineering Campus. Fenced-in yard. Balconies/Patios. Microwaves, Carpet, Central A/C, Disposal, Dishwasher, Parking $25/mo. Rents start at $615/mo. Shown daily 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

Who are your inspirations? Cave art and Stonehenge and primitive art have always been my inspirations.The need to survive and to create is full of power and spontaneity and has nothing to do with civilization. I love the innocent look of the images and the spirits that made them; Kandinsky’s early abstract works also inspired me a lot earlier when I tried to express the overwhelming feelings toward this outrushing, dynamic world; I love his spontaneous, lifelike quality. Later, Paul Klee for his

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802 W. GREEN, U Aug. 2004 rental. One block from Lincoln Ave. Great architecture and design-not a box apt. Large units with Central A/C, Carpet, Patios/ Balconies, laundry. Off-street parking at $45/mo. 2 bedrooms from $595/mo. Showing 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

615 W. KIRBY New, 4 bedrm elegant townhouse, w/d, a/c, $1600. 398-1998 610 E. Stoughton Nice 2&3 bedrooms, dishwasher, balcony, Awesome location, $675$1050 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

CAMPUS APARTMENTS Furnished 3 & 4 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory, Large Bi-level with 2 bath $1150-$1250, parking available. Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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Large apts in quiet Urbana location one block South of Green and one block East of Lincoln. Off street parking. 2 bedrooms start at $560/mo. Available August 2004. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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306-308-309 White August 2004. 1 & 3 Bedroom furnished apts. Balconies, patios, laundry, dishwashers, off-street parking, ethernet available. 352-3182, 8411996, 309 S. First. The University Group www.ugroup96.com 807 W. Oregon Large 3 Bedrooms, Dishwasher, Balcony, $1000. Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

910 S. Locust Large 1 Bedroom, hardwood floors, Some utilities included, $530-$550 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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Engineering Campus Efficiencies at 503 E. Clark, C. $330-360 parking and laundry available. Weiner Co. Ltd. 384-8018 www.weinercompanies.com

JOHN & LOCUST, C Showing for Aug 2004. Quiet neighborhood. One block west of First Street and close to campus. Huge one bedroom apts, very bright. Window A/C, Carpet, Gas heat. Parking $20/mo. Rents start at $350/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

805 S LINCOLN, U Aug 2004. Great location. Attractive apts. Carpet, Ceiling fans, A/C. Efficiencies from $500/mo. 7 days a week showing. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

Lease 7/04-8/05. 1 of 2 BR furnished, utilities paid, W/D, Central A/C, Private Bath, $495/mo, 278-0339, admelrose@hotmail.com

DELUXE 2 BR 309 N. Busey, U. Only 1 left! August of 2004. Fully furnished, W/D, ethernet and parking available. Close to Beckman. $595/mo. Call Chris anytime, 841-1996 or 403-1523 Efficiency apt. for rent available now til August. $325/mo. furnished near 1st & Healey. Call 356-1407. JOHN STREET APARTMENTS 58 E. John August 2004. Two and three bedrooms, fully furnished. Dishwashers, center courtyard, on-site laundry, central air, ethernet available. Call Chad at 344-9157 352-3182 University Group www.ugroup96.com

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childlike images and sophisticated used of color.

Painting Tablet in Green by artist Hua Nian.

707 W. Elm, U. August. Excellent campus location. Well maintained 2 and 3 BR apartments economically priced. Details at robsapartments.com. Call 8405134.

810 W. Iowa 2 Bedroom Washer/dryer, dishwasher, some utilities included $700 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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Hua Nian will hold a solo show in ARC Gallery in Chicago this November. For more information or to view her art works, please visit her Web site, www.huanian.com, or email hua@huanian.com.

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How does your work today differ from your earlier work? Although primitive elements always appear in my works, there is a big change over the 10 years I’ve been painting. Contrary to my earlier “open composition,” the images of my later works are centered and further placed in the irregular borders to form tablet shapes. This “closed composition” arouses a sense of calm and control. The border around the image serves as a window or lens. It creates a physical barrier between the viewer and the scenes instead of involving the viewer in an eventful, tumultuous world. As in my earlier works, I am instead stepping backward, peeking through the window from a distance with enjoyment, a present state of mind in my life after experiencing feelings of fear, loss and anxiety. Also, my later work looks more mature in terms of color, a credit to these many years of experiencing and learning from other artists.

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Extremely Large Two Bedroom 509 S. Fourth, All utilities included, Washer/Dryer $1060. Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com Furnished one bedrooms and efficiencies for Fall semester from $325 near John and Second or Healey and Third. 356-1407.

MONTH’S FREE RENT Spacious 2,3 BR. Campus apartments. AC, carpets, balconies, fireplaces, laundry and parking available. 217-202-1601 Near Beckman and Engineering. 2 BR, well-maintained, quiet neighborhood, dishwasher, A/C. Ethernet, parking included. Highly rated landlord. $583/mo. 493-8487. Very Large 2 Bedrooms 102 E. Gregory, Big rooms, walk-in closets, Great location. $650-$680 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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2 bedroom condo colony west. W/D. Central air. Pool and Tennis courts. Private balcony. Close to buslines. Good location. $690. 217-352-9815.

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205 E. HEALEY, C. Renting Aug 2004. Very large 1 bedroom apts. Carpet, window A/C, parking avail at $30/mo. Rents start at $385/mo. Shown Daily 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 504/506 E Green, U 1 bedroom apartments east of Lincoln Square Mall. Laundry on site, D/W, parking included and cats welcome. $415/mo. Quality Living Properties 328-4283

115 W. WASHINGTON, U. Avail Aug 2004. 1 bedroom apts in quiet Urbana neighborhood. Carpet, window A/C, laundry, boiler heat. Rents from $510/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 710 S. Walnut, U 1 bedroom apartments near shopping and buslines. Rent $400/mo includes trash, sewer, recycling, and off-street parking. Quality Living Properties 328-4283 800 W. Church, C. Available now and through summer. Economical 2 BR. $450/mo. 352-8540, 355-4608 pm, weekends. www.faronproperties.com

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FAIRLAWN VILLAGE FAIRLAWN & VINE Aug 2004. Live in a peaceful, relaxed, neighborhood setting. Fairlawn Village is a one story apartment community, spread out on twelve acres, close to U of I, shopping and walking distance to schools. Spacious apartments with washer dryer hook up, a/c and garages available. One bedrooms from $470/mo. Two bedrooms from $485 to $570/mo. Call for an appointment. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 344-5043 www.barr-re.com Crystal Lake Park Large well maintained 2 bedroom apartments bargain priced at $405$465/mo. Call 840-5134. Details at robsapartments.com Efficiency. Green and Anderson, Urbana. $330/mo. Busline. 3840333. Pay $425/month for $455/month apt! 1 BR near Parkland. 1600 W Bradley. Nice kitchen, WIC, A/C, free parking, laundry, # 9 bus, well maintained. Doug 390-0440.

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3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE Aug, w/ family room, near Campus. $850. 398-1998. 300 YARDS TO UNION, U. Newly renovated, hot tub, spa, fireplace, deck, garage, all new houses starting at $1600/mo. Call Linda 217841-4549, 312-933-7382, or email info@cu-living.com

304 E. White St This remodeled, furnished 8 bedroom house is available for August 2004. Central AC, 3.5 baths. Kegerator, Bar, Stereo System in 2000 sq ft party area. With hardwood floors and a fireplace, this is a must-rent for $450 per person. Call Roland Realty at 328-1226 to set up a showing today.

SUBLETS 1 bedroom apartment furnished, parking. $400/month. (708)5332163.

308 1/2 E. Clark, C. Furnished 2 bedroom, 1 bath, basement, garage, Engineering. $700/mo. 978-649-2108.

3 bedroom apt. for lease. 3rd & Green. $930 for 3 people. (309)269-9426.

4 BEDROOM FACULTY/INTERNATIONAL Townhouse, family room, CA, $900, 398-1998.

Other Rentals 500 HOUSES 1103 S. Busey Spacious 9 Bedroom House, Very large Bedrooms, Washer/Dryer, Parking Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

1301 B S. Maple, Urbana 1,300 sq/ft, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, cathedral ceilings, 2 car garage, central air, dishwasher, w/d in unit. $1100/mo. 217-384-3994 or rental@1301maple.com. http://www.1301maple.com 2 bedroom and 7 bedroom house on campus for fall 2004. 367-6626. 2 bedroom house in quiet Champaign neighborhood. W/D included. Off-street parking. Recently remodeled. $615. 217-352-9815. 2 bedroom house upstairs for rent. $725/mo. 1000 sq. feet. 607 W High, U. Castle Apartments 417-2426. 204 N Lincoln 4 bedroom close to campus. W/D, central air, fireplace. Deck with nice yard. 355-0987.

508 W. Illinois, U 4 BR house w/ 2 full baths, W/D, offstreet parking, pets welcomed. 1st month’s rent free! JTS Properties 328-4284

602 W. MICHIGAN, U Avail 2004. 3 bedroom house with sunroom, washer and dryer, forced air heat. Rent $1,300/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 801 W. Iowa Large 8 bedroom 3 Bath House, Furnished, Washer/Dryer, Lots of Parking Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com 802 Iowa Urbana New renovated architect’s home, group house, Jet-spa, hot tub, pond, fully equipped modern kitchen, fireplace, huge common areas, garage. Available now, $2350. 359-6400 FAMILY ROOM, 3/4 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSES, $850, $900, d/w, a/c, quiet, campus bus, yard. 398-1998

3 bedroom houses for rent. Starting at $750. 337-4889 or 621-3971.

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Female roommate needed at 57 Chalmers. 9 month lease. Bi-level apt. 4 BR, 2 bath, fully furnished. Central Air. $406/mo. plus utilities. 10 min. from campus. Rebecca 630361-2057. Female roommate wanted to share five bedroom cute Urbana house. Large room, private bath, wood floors, fully furnished, parking, W/D, and lease negotiable. Call 773-6151667 or email ruiz2@uiuc.edu. Grad roommate 217-454-9976 http://home.insightbb.com/~robdinsmore Great quiet Champaign house needs female roommates. Sundeck, garage. $295/mo. Regina (217)6376378 or jheng@uiuc.edu M or F, 1 or 2 for new house in country. $325 includes everything. 217-840-2257. Leave message. Room available with 3 student athletes. $325/mo. plus utilities. Call Sara 217-202-9735.

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Roommate wanted. Fall o4/ Spring 05. UP. classman/Grad. student. $355/mo.+utilities. On campus. 815671-5319.

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Special prices on 5 x 5, 5 x 10, 10 x 10 units available for Summer. Call Johnson Rentals at 351-1767.

Furnished 4 bedroom houses on campus near Ohio and Lincoln for Fall ‘04. Call 356-1407.

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GORGEOUS VICTORIAN 209 W Vine. Near downtown, C. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, den, W/D, HDWD, $1200. Available 7/1. 344-0917. Large 4 BR house. W/D free. Offstreet parking. $1440. 403 W. Springfield, U. Real Estate Professionals. 417-5539. Lovely 4-5 bedroom house. Fireplace, oak French doors and floors. A/C, parking, full basement, busline. Randolph and White St., Champaign. Available 8/16/04. $1300/mo. 356-3232

CONDOS/DUPLEXES CLEAN, MAINTAINED, QUIET: 2 BR, 1.5 bath, bi-level. Wood floors, W/D, dishwasher, garage. Excellent neighborhood, 1303 E. Mumford, U. $765/mo. 3 BR 1.5 bath, bi-level, W/D, garage. 2011 W. William, C. Includes mowing, garbage. $675/mo. 2 BR rural subdivision, U. Bus route. Includes mowing, W/D, garbage $525/mo. 3 BR, 1.5 bath, W/D, 2 car garage, fenced yard, new carpet. 1831 Parkdale, C. $765/mo. Pets considered. Credit check/references. Family owned. 355-8512.

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Paint and poetry at Verde gallery BY SUSIE AN | STAFF WRITER

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aintings and poems respond to one another in a conversation of words and colors at Verde Gallery. Painter Jessica Damen and poet Maj Ragain worked together in creating Vision to Verse, Verse to Vision: A Visual and Poetic Dialogue. Damen, who grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and Ragain, who grew up in Illinois, first met at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., in 2001 as artists in residence. Damen heard Ragain read a poem “Sweet Sweat,” which was about his wife. Damen was so taken by the poem that she wanted to paint a portrait of Ragain’s wife. The two artists realized the similarities in their work, Damen said. “We’re both interested in universal and spiritual themes, and we try to apply those themes by looking at our friends and family and everyday occurrences in our lives,” she said. Damen and Ragain began a long distance work collaboration. Sometimes Ragain responded to prints of Damen’s paintings. Other times, he would spend some time in the studio working with Damen. “It’s a matter of finding the images that are embedded in the paintings; finding deep images and finding words for what I see,” Ragain said. While the painting and poem work in the same motion, separately they take on different narratives. “The poem won’t really have the exact details of the painting, but if you look at the

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Parfumerie ★★★

Peter Reynolds

BY SYD SLOBODNIK | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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t may seem rather perplexing to some as to what inspired the Krannert Summerfest committee and director Peter Reynolds to decide to produce such a little known Miklos Laszlo play from 1937. But Laszlo’s Parfumerie is a surprisingly interesting old-fashioned comedy that has inspired a handful of wonderful stage and screen adaptations that many modern audiences are sure to be acquainted with. Beginning in the 1940s, Parfumerie became the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch classic Shop Around the Corner, later a grand MGM musical called In the Good Old Summertime with Judy Garland and Van Johnson. In 1963, the successful team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick created a stage musical hit She Loves Me, which ran for 302 performances

Damen, process is a very important part of her paintings. She builds and takes away. “I add a lot of paint and then I scrape away, and then I leave the memory of that scrape there,” she said. “And actually some of that has a lot of significance and meaning to my paintings as well.” Ragain spends as much time with the paintings and working with them individually. “I tried to be in the studio with her when she was working in Provincetown during the summer,” he said. “I could ask her questions, and what could unfold in the images.” Damen and Ragain believe this installation is

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the first step in their work together. They hope to continue to give viewers this experience. “In my experience, painting should be something that people can keep looking at over and over and find something new,” Damen said. She hopes viewers can take food for thought for years to come. Ragain hopes people will take a deep understanding away from the paintings and poetry. “Art intensifies and makes us more human and humane, and loving and compassionate to each other,” he said. “Makes less war and be less hateful to each other.” buzz

basic thrust of the poem, you’ll see that it’s there,” she said. Damen and Ragain have several recurring themes and symbols running through their art. In many of their pieces, there is the use of children, sleep and religious themes. “We find spiritual messages in our everyday lives. Both Maj and I are parents,” Damen said. “So much of the interaction that we have with our families somehow gets transferred either into a poem or for me into a painting.” One example, Jo, Jon Floating on Jonah’s Whale, depicts a young girl sleeping on a boy’s back, who is sleeping on a whale. Ragain observed some of Damen’s work in the studio for this piece. The whale in the painting replaced a mattress that was scraped away. Damen used two of her children to pose for the painting to make a familiar and intimate image. Ragain responded to the painting with a poem called “Contents of the Whale’s Belly, Grounded Off Race Point, Provincetown, Cape Cod, June 2003.” He tenderly describes the children in the painting using biblical references. In one stanza, he writes, “He is stranded in the sand walkers’ world, /holding, held, sinking deeper/ with each small breath.” Most of their pieces draw upon those familiar themes that tend to bring intrigue to the viewer. Some are grand in mythology like the painting Leda and the Angry Swan accompanied by the poem “Leda’s Voice, Under Sky, Over Water.” All of the pieces hold a quality in which viewers can constantly take something different away each time they view the painting and read the poem. Both artists had a process to their work. For

Leda and the Angry Swan by artist Jessica Damen. This painting was inspired by the poem "Leda's Voice, Under Sky, Over Water" by Maj Ragain.

on Broadway. And as recent as 1998, Nora Ephron used this same story for the modernized Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romance You’ve Got Mail. This original play’s story is set in pre-World War II Budapest, Hungary, just before Christmas in a small, successful cosmetics shop and differs significantly from all its adaptations. Mr. Hammerschmidt is the frugal owner of this quaint business and maintains a staff of seven regular clerks who are trained to snap to customer needs, but always push the larger sizes and more expensive product lines. In the spirit of the season, the staff responds to each sale with a chorus of “Good day, Madame. Thank you very much. Call again!” It soon becomes obvious that Parfumerie is a very entertaining work that is rather ideal for a relaxing evening of summer theater. It is, though, a complex, serious comedy about expert salesmanship, marital infidelity, the lack of communication that can ruin a variety of relationships and a quaint little romance between a pair of pen pals who have never met. What makes it clearly different from its spirited adaptations is its focus on Mr. Hammerschmidt’s personal problems with his

wife and its effect on the store’s business. Where most of the remake versions focus more on the difficult romance between senior sales clerk Albert Horvath—a dedicated and lonesome man who shares his most personal feelings with a pen pal who he’s known only by their poetically passionate correspondences— and coworker Miss Millie Balash. Although Horvath and Balash are barely civil to each other in their daily work, little do they realize that they are secretly the successful romantic pen pals. Director Reynolds guides his cast of eight main characters, and as many minor characters, maintaining appropriate comic flare and a kinetic pace on stage. Jason Maddy and Sari Sanchez are very effective as the rather talkative, but awkwardly uncommunicative romantic leads Horvath and Balash. Steven M. Keen, veteran of countless wonderful performances for Urbana’s Celebration Theatre Company, is effective as the stodgy Mr. Hammerschmidt, but he seems directed to yield a very onedimensional character. While many will enjoy Parfumerie’s obvious pleasures of light romance and comic predicaments, the play does show some repetitious

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narrative elements in the second of its three acts. Some may also wish for more closure to the romantic subplot. And finally, Reynolds, for some reason never attempts to make any of these original Hungarian characters affect any noticeable accents. Parfumerie is produced on alternate evenings at Krannert’s intimate Studio Theatre until August 1.


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What brought you to Champaign? Are you from here? How long have you owned the store? I grew up in Arlington Heights, Ill., and moved to Champaign after attending Saint Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. I’ve lived in CU since 1986 and been at Rosewood since 1993.

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How do you think your store plays into local music? One of the things I enjoy the most about my job is how it forces me to keep up with the local music scene. There is so much music going on here! Not only do you have a bunch of great local bands rocking all over the place, but there are people playing in churches, open mics, cafes and backyards. I get to meet all of them. I’ve met so many unique and interesting people over the years, and its’ been an amazing experience to watch them develop and pursue their craft.

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.

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What got you interested in music, particularly guitars? I remember shopping for school clothes with my mother at J.C. Penney. Across the aisle was the record department. I spotted a copy of Kiss Alive! and I freaked out. I had never seen, nor imagined, anything like that before. I was in my first band about six months later. I think I was in 8th grade at the time. What got you interested in owning a store like Rosewood? I would guess that my love for music/guitar and my need to be around other people who feel the same way has led me to where I am today. What is the scariest trend you see in popular music? I feel that there is a lack in substance in much of the popular music being produced. Will people still want to listen to our current top 40 in 20 years? It seems that image is more important than talent these days. Record companies seem to perpetuate this ideology. It’s not enough just to be a good musician anymore. These days you also have to be super hot-looking, AND, if you’re “extra, super-mega, over-the-top� hot you don’t need any talent. There are people paying big bucks to see shows that feature their favorite performer singing through an auto tuner all night long. I don’t get it. My thinking is that maybe if you need an auto tuner to find your way to the end of a song,

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you shouldn’t be trying to be a singer at a big bucks show. I’m also scared about the amount of music being illegally downloaded. “File sharing� is not sharing. It’s high-tech thievery. Support your favorite artists by buying their art! Don’t steal it from them. What all does your store offer? Lessons? Other instruments that might be unique? We teach guitar, bass and banjo lessons. We also do instrument repair. As a business owner, are there problems with the sharp population decrease in the summer? The summer is tough on a business on campus. How long have you played? I’ve been playing guitar for about 27 years. That’s a scary thing to think about! I currently play in Temple Of Low Men, and G. Lee & Jet Blonde, which are both original rock bands. What is unique about your store? We offer a large selection of high quality guitars. We have been a C.F. Martin guitar dealer since we opened in 1974. We also carry guitars by Taylor, Takamine, Yamaha, Ibanez and Epiphone. Rosewood stocks banjos and mandolins and ukes. We also have a line of handmade acoustic guitars from local luthier Will Roberts as well as custom electric guitars by GNB.

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FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ★★★★ BY MATT PAIS | LEAD REVIEWER

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he 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 be prepared if they’re not allowed to see the truth—at least, not without a guardian—about what’s happening in their own country. Documentarian Michael Moore offers his ultra-edited, ultra-researched, and altogether shocking version of that truth in Fahrenheit 9/11, a persuasive, incendiary slam against the Bush administration. While this time what Moore is telling us isn’t quite as insightful or daring, it touches on several steppingstones of social and economic inequality that contribute to a country actually at war with itself. Bowling for Columbine had a tight backbone of paranoid disenchantment, following a linear

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THE NOTEBOOK ★★★ BY ANDREW CREWELL | STAFF WRITER

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he Notebook is a decent love story that waits until the end of the film to really hit the audience. Nick Cassevetes directs and Jan Sardi adapts a screenplay based off the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks about two lovers whose inseparable devotion for each other proves to hold them together across class lines and many other problems. Young and coming actor Ryan Gosling lands the lead role (Noah Calhoun) as a smiling youngster who lives off his own means and enjoys his life at the lumber mill. One day he is awestruck as the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, Rachel McAdams (Allie Hamilton), walks right in front of him at the town fair. After a persistent effort, he secures his first date and these lovers begin a trip that will test their minds, bodies and souls. Hamilton, in town with her wealthy family for a summer on the waterfront, is from a

path connecting the gun violence in America to a rampant, static culture of fear. Fahrenheit 9/11 is bumpier than Bowling, with a thesis that essentially boils down to the claim that President George W. Bush is a thief, liar and all-around lazy bum. The film opens on Al Gore’s misguided victory celebration after news outlets projected the Democratic presidential candidate won the state of Florida and, in turn, the 2000 election. Moore, attempting to dull the nasality of his voice and coax us into mystified nostalgia, wonders in voiceover if this was a dream. What he doesn’t come out and say is that it was actually a nightmare, a cruel joke played on the American people by the media and, worse, by deceitful politicians. He shows Bush’s many links to Florida and national decision makers and, like many before, questions the validity of the election results. But this is far more than a movie about a hanging chad, and Moore’s got lots of footage to prove that Bush has connections all over the world, most significantly in Saudi Arabia. At one point, Bush says, “Access is power,� and the powerful, provocative Fahrenheit 9/11 proves that statement to be remarkably true. Dozens of interviews, newscasts and behindthe-scenes clips that depict Bush as a doubletalking, slow-witted nincompoop make you wonder just how Moore got his button-pushing hands on such sensitive material. These don’t look like shots of a fine, dignified president, but more like deleted scenes from America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Washington, D.C., edition. Moore reveals just how much information has

been kept from the public—by the Bush administration as well as the media that does nothing but support the President’s notion of the war on terror. He says that Bush essentially attacked Iraq for no reason, but the media is too biased to call him out on any number of grotesque oversights. He makes a good point, but with this Moore also fails to recognize his own partiality. The movie has a lot of cheap laughs meant to cast Bush in the most negative, cynical light pos- FAHRENHEIT 9/11 | MICHAEL MOORE sible, and there isn’t much to suggest that the Republican Party is anything other than appalling, compelling attack on a president a group of untrustworthy, money-grubbing who appears to have attained and held office on the basis of misinformation. political bullies. This is documentary filmmaking at its most Then again, Moore doesn’t try to suggest that Fahrenheit 9/11 is objective. From the disturbing confrontational by a man who won’t take “Shut footage of the Sept. 11 attacks, Moore informs us up� for an answer. At times it’s sarcastic when it that one of the deceased was a colleague of his, should be sizzling, and snide when it could be and it’s clear that he wants to be seen as any scorching, but it turns an angry, watchful eye other American. His films are unsettling onto material that many Americans pass over inquiries into cultural crises, but Moore still like another idle terrorist alert. He identifies the wants the public to know that he’s just a regular sheer ridiculousness of the countless clips that reflect Bush’s goofy, down-home laziness and guy asking questions that no one else will. He includes several harrowing shots of sleazy incompetence, portraying him as a conthose wounded in war, and it would be diffi- niving scoundrel with far greater priorities than cult to justify applying to these scenes a par- the welfare of the American people. This troubling, terribly important film ent-friendly PG-13 rating. But like Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 takes aim at a soci- ignites rage, skepticism and utter mockery of a ety of fear and ignorance, and it’s a film that president who comes off as more of a comedianyone who can stomach the brutality should an than a leader. Arnold Schwarzenegger blew see. While it remains one filmmaker’s opin- up Hollywood and was laughed into office. ion of the false appearances offered to the With Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore sets Bush on the public by the government, it’s also an opposite path.

long line of well-to-do women. At the end of the summer, when Noah and Allie have to come to grips with the fact that their lives will separate, it is only faith that keeps their hearts connected until years later when fate smiles upon them. The real tearjerking part of this film is that it is told from a flashback perspective by the octogenarian versions of Noah and Allie. Elder Noah, played by James Garner, tries to THE NOTEBOOK | RYAN GOSLING & RACHEL MCADAMS revive his wife’s memory and rekindle their relationship through the power of their half of the story is not as gripping, but love after old age and dementia have all but the youngsters occasionally confuse the taken away his partner. A notebook, which audience with their emotions. The love has been kept as a record of their love, demonstrated in this film is something most serves as Garner’s means with which to con- actors don’t understand how to portray nect the remnants of his wife with her self of properly on screen, and at times the scenes long ago. Weeks and weeks of storytelling seem a bit overacted. For two-plus hours the movie moves along, that attempts to jog Allie’s memory takes effect as through magic almost. She briefly only stalling out at certain sporadic moments. steps into her old self and lies in the arms of Once the meat of the story drops, there aren’t her lover again if only for a few short, but any moments when it is OK to step out to the washroom. However, the story still seems to sweet, minutes. Garner is moving as an old man in search be a bit hokey. Written as a romance novel by of everything he holds dear, and his partner, Nicholas Sparks, the truth is The Notebook played by Gena Rowlands, is convincing to can’t help but be completely hokey. This is a good date movie and guaranteed say the least. The end of the film will have the audience sobbing as the experienced actors to get a fair amount of young hopefuls mushy for a solid night of making out and spooning. prove their worth. Gosling and McAdams, on the other However, if you are into action stuff, then this hand, are not quite as compelling. Perhaps probably isn’t the movie for you.

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★★★★ Diana Hauman Bloomington, Ill. “Everyone should see this movie and then make their own judgments.�

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TWO BROTHERS ★★ BY SYD SLOBODNIK | STAFF WRITER

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rench director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s latest film Two Brothers is a family-oriented adventure film that recalls a lot of the same passion and respect for nature that his 1989 film, The Bear, achieved. While it is a family-friendly film, it isn’t in the vein of many Disney nature films due to some of the film’s more intense scenes which rightly deserve the film’s PG rating. Set in the colonies of French Indochina, in what appears to be the 1920s, Annaud’s tale combines the naturalistic feel of a documentary nature film and a rather mediocre human story of the various people who use and abuse nature and its inhabitants. The title characters are two tiger cubs, named by their captors Kumal and Sangha, who are separated in their early months and taken from their idealized jungle existence into the world of humans. Sangha is adopted into the household of a French magistrate and raised with love by his young son, while Kumal is eventually sold to a

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THE OMEGA MAN ★★★ BY SYD SLOBODNIK | STAFF WRITER

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or many moviegoers, “guilty pleasure” films are frequently films that have developed a unique cult following over the years. These are not necessarily profoundly well-written or skillfully acted, but they fill a place in the commercial realm of movie consumption. Boris Sagal’s 1971 science fiction thriller The Omega Man is a macho cult film whose visceral pleasures and cheesy dialogue have entertained many for the past couple generations. Based on Richard Matheson’s novel I am Legend, the story was first adapted to the screen in 1964 in a cheap Vincent Price horror film called The Last Man on Earth. The screenwriting team of John and Joyce Corrington updated the story, making its protagonist (Robert Neville) a military scientist. A then-energetic 47-year-old Charlton Heston stars as Neville, a man who appears to be one of the last men on earth after a Soviet-Chinese initiated world war wipes out most of the world’s populations with germ warfare in the mid-1970s. The unaffected and possibly immune Neville has free access to the deserted streets of Los Angeles during the daylight hours, but must contend with gangs of mutant, powder-faced, cateyed ex-humans who try destroying all vestiges of pre-war civilized man—especially the scien-

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traveling circus and made to jump through fire hoops on command. Annaud shoots his film with his usual high production values. With cinematographer JeanMarie Dreujou, they paint the lush jungle environments with rich green and yellowish brown tones utilizing the natural settings of Cambodia and Thailand to the film’s greatest advantage. But it’s the film’s lazy narrative, weak subplots and stereotyped human characters that detract from the interesting natural focus on the plight of the tiger siblings. Guy Pearce is featured as an Australian big game hunter, Aidan McRory, who leads hunting and statue excavation expeditions, and then writes about these adventures. After such varied impressive performances in films like L.A. Confidential and Memento, Pearce is downright lackluster in this role that requires a touch of Hemingway gusto or a bit of Kipling-esque grandeur. The French magistrate’s family is a cliche of most colonial imperialists dressed in pomp and pageantry. A spoiled local prince, with an excessive touch of low self-esteem, is portrayed like a pompous cartoonish fool. In some of the film’s silliest scenes, this same prince has a heart-to-heart chat with a caged tiger where he confesses his difficulty in living in the shadow of his late father. Later, the prince stages a spectacle in a Romanesque arena where wild animals are supposed to fight to the death for his amusement. Sangha and Kumal are tists and politicians who destroyed society. The Omega Man was shot at the height of Heston’s sci-fi hero reign between 1968’s Planet of the Apes and 1973’s Soylent Green. Heston’s Neville is a near-perfect combination of his historical/biblical heroes of his early screen career and his modern man disaster film heroes of his mid-1970s star period. Heston rides fast sports cars and motorcycles, while dodging the zombie-like members of “the Family”—the subculture of mutants. And with an endless supply of ammo, he wastes dozens with automatic weapons, like any future NRA president might. Neville is a post-apocalyptic Renaissance man who director Sagal places in a fortified apartment, cluttered with fine art work, big-screen close circuit TV monitors and the remnants of civilized life, along with a rack of powerful automatic weapons for protection. The Omega Man’s cinematographer, Russell Metty (Touch of Evil), creates a similar nightmarish world of the post-war L.A. The visual eeriness of empty big city streets, deserted buildings and the contrasting night world of the mutants create the horror of the post-apocalypse that only the best heroes could survive. Heston’s performance is a mixture of macho bravado and comic one-liners. In order to maintain sanity, Neville talks to himself, much like Tom Hanks’ character in Cast Away. From his first spoken lines: “There’s never a cop around when you need one” to his trademark bare-chested scenes

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reunited in the arena, and after several moments of tense conflict, the tigers’ eyes meet and in briefly inserted flashbacks, they immediately recall their early days in the wild as brothers and proceed to act like playful kittens. Young viewers will undoubtedly enjoy some of the film’s most entertaining scenes where Annaud effectively personifies the tigers with cute point-of-view shots and expressive wideeyed close ups. Some children and adults, though, will find the narrative as dull and slow-moving as a grade school film, while other young ones will find the intensity of the cubs’ adventures at times somewhat upsetting. A human-induced fire set to pull the two tigers from a jungle is especially tense. Yet, with its vivid picturesque animal focus and a somewhat preachy ending, Two Brothers never really completely satisfies its many audiences. and his response to a fellow survivor who asks, “Are you some kind of exterminator?” Heston truly seems to enjoy playing Neville as much as Clint Eastwood did playing Dirty Harry. Partly a sci-fi adventure, part violent horror film, part anti-technology social drama, The Omega Man even reflects some of the popular themes of the Blaxploitation genre of the early 1970s. The film’s leading lady was played by the accomplished African-American stage actress Rosalind Cash. In somewhat groundbreaking fashion, Sagal presents an unusual, but completely natural love relationship involving Cash’s character, a still unaffected survivor. The HestonCash love scenes are mostly unpretentious and although prime examples of male gaze, treat the interracial sensuality with respect. In an early 1990s personal interview with Cash, she revealed to me how proud she was to participate in the depiction of such a natural relationship—without the typical social stigmas of racial conflict. The Omega Man has also long been rumored for yet another remake for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger once he leaves office. Heston reflected with deep fondness on The Omega Man in his 1995 autobiography, writing, “It became something of a cult film, still pumping in checks every so often.” Fans of the dark sci-fi worlds of The Terminator and The Matrix films as well as old fans of Chuck Heston can find many pleasures in the comic book action of The Omega Man. The film is available on Warner Brothers DVD.

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he Wayans brothers can be compared to Microsoft, loosely. They are a staple of American culture, they are a big enough entity that it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon, and most of all, society would be better off if they disbanded. Marlon and Shawn star as FBI agents who haven’t exactly been having their day in the sun. Their boss has had it, and one last job is the difference between them staying on the force or getting the boot. The job couldn’t be easier. All they have to do is escort a couple of wealthy heiresses to the Hamptons as part of a sting operation to nab a serial kidnapper terrorizing the rich New York getaway. When their ward becomes injured following a car accident and refuses to cooperate, Marlon and Shawn decide that they can play the part of the “white chicks” themselves. Production of the film saw Marlon and Shawn go through five hours of make-up preparation each day. If there are any two people in Hollywood who can afford that much down time, it is the Wayans brothers. However, even they could have found a better use of their time, possibly macrame or bocce lessons. Keenen Ivory Wayans directs this calamity that is rated R for a reason: children would cry if they saw it in all its horror. The story had to have been written by a third grader entering a writing contest, as it makes no sense. Not to mention that two taller than average black men push themselves off flawlessly as a pair of white, slight of build, female twins. It’s hard to believe no one noticed that Shawn’s legs are as big around as tree trunks. As if Keenen Ivory Wayans hasn’t already proved that he can’t direct, White Chicks provides several glaring examples. The scenes are cut incorrectly, there are pauses in the wrong places, no lighting tricks are used to make the main characters look more like women, and worst of all was the appearance of a boom microphone in the scenes. At random times, there must have been high winds on the set, because it looked as if the microphone just blew in and took off again right into the sky. Aside from the fact that White Chicks has a horrendous story, no one should see this film because it is just not funny. The Wayans brothers should think twice before stepping into another venture like White Chicks.

Forum, however, is the license holder and will retain ultimate authority and responsibility as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Socialist Forum does not decide which programming is aired on WRFU, and the Urbana-Champaign IMC will handle all dayto-day operations within FCC regulations. In fact, WRFU is a fiscally sponsored project of Urbana-Champaign IMC and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. The Socialist Forum acquiring the lowpower FM license seems that much more important in wake of last week’s court decision compelling the FCC to reverse its controversial June 2003 decision relaxing the regulation of ownership of the newspaper, television and radio industries. The

increased access to the media for the community has never been more important than it is now, when it is clear that such access is rare. “Given the immense concentration of the broadcast media in the hands of corporate power, this week’s court ruling overturning the FCC’s rules to allow even more concentration of ownership of the media demonstrates how important it is that the public has the kind of increased access to the airwaves that low-power, community radio stations like WRFU can provide. The public owns the airwaves, but for the most part a small cabal driven by greed controls them. These corporate vampires do not serve the public interest in many cases,” said Lehman, who in addition to being a member of the Urbana-Champaign IMC is also a

member of Socialist Forum. Champaign-Urbana residents have the unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that will no doubt be very special and beneficial to the ChampaignUrbana community; an opportunity to not only express yourself and have your voice heard, but an opportunity to be heard by your peers and neighbors. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, the next one being July 6. Currently, RFU is using those meetings to concentrate on all the things that need to be done to get on the air. The main focus of meetings right now are fund-raising, equipment and studio design. The meetings are all open to the public, who are invited to get involved. buz z

WRFU (Radio Free Urbana) 104.5 FM is expected to be on the air by June 2005, broadcasting throughout Urbana and Champaign.

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Urbana radio to play a different tune Are you tired of listening to the same ol’ same ol’ 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.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS ★ 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 members’ 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 ★★ 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 ★★★ BEN STILLER & VINCE VAUGHN In spite of itself, Dodgeball almost becomes a competent sports film parody, especially during its moments of “inspiration.� A surprise guest appearance near the end from a sports icon provides what might be the film’s funniest and most clever moment while perfectly summating its irreverent, “just because� attitude. Everyone has seen (and loves) the motley crew of sad sacks who defy expectations and write their own Cinderella story, and the Average Joe’s dodgeball team exploits this cliche in weird and reasonless ways. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

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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 members—as well as anyone else who may not fall into one of those two categories—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. “WRFU 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,� 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. “WEFT is a great model for established community radio,� IMC member Drew Tarico says. “We do not plan to compete with them, and we will happily allow WEFT air shifters to take part in WRFU.� 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 groups’ 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. “To get on the air, you need a friend and a rough idea of what you’re going to do and when, how often you’d like to do it, come to a general RFU meeting and make sure it’s cool, which it most likely will be,� Tarico says. “All the station’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.� This democratic operation seems to appeal to many, which explains the two dozen people who attended WRFU’s initial public information meeting on June 8. Lehman said the gathering “indicates a strong need and desire for more community access to the public airwaves that remain dominated by commercial interest.� 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 Forum’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

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JULY 1 - 7, 2004 | THOSE TWO TIGERS ARE THE NEXT MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ★★★★ MICHAEL MOORE & GEORGE W BUSH This is documentary filmmaking at its most confrontational by a man who won’t take “Shut up� for an answer. At times it’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 Bush’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 ★ Perhaps what’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 kid’s movie, it’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 feline’s voice. He may not actually say anything funny, but his lethargic sound matches Garfield perfectly. Despite Murray’s best efforts, and Hewitt’s amazing looks, there’s nothing to be recommended about this film at all. This isn’t the same sarcastic kitty you know from the comic strip. This poor fellow’s had all the fun taken out of him. He’s been neutered. (Devon Sharma) HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN ★★★ DANIEL RADCLIFFE & EMMA WATSON So much of the material in the films has felt like a visual projection of Rowling’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. Cuaron’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 there’s a reason that America has revered its most dependable actor with the same respect and recognition for the last decade. There’s no one like Hanks to keep a jetlagged fantasy so grounded. (Matt Pais) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

THE NOTEBOOK ★★★ 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 aren’t any moments when it is ok to step out to the washroom. However, the story can’t seem but to be a bit hokey. Written as a romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, the truth is The Notebook can’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 isn’t the movie for you. (Andrew Crewell) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy

TWO BROTHERS ★★ 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 cubs’ 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! ★★★ MANDY MOORE & JENA MALONE The social commentary on the writer’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 it’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 ★★★ MIKE MYERS & EDDIE MURPHY Shrek 2 does an admirably effective job of balancing its sarcastic but sensitive tone, and it’s never too bitter to be sweet. The film manages to repeatedly wink at all things Disney without coming off competitive, an honorable move for a Dreamworks studio that should have plenty to gloat about at the box office this summer. In giving reverence with each reference, the four-headed team of writers keeps things light and sprinkles good-hearted, intelligent fun throughout every scene. It becomes apparent that the original strove for greatness while this suitable sequel is merely good, but it’s hard to complain about another chuckle-filled trip to fantasyland sure to once again make Disney green (cha-ching!) with envy. (Matt Pais)

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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 ◆ 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 ◆ SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG–13) (4

THE NOTEBOOK (PG–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 ★ 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! (PG–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 (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:50 12:15 ◆ WHITE CHICKS (PG–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 (PG–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

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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 Goblin’s son’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 Porter’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 it’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 couldn’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 other‌if only it will turn out the way they hope. (Paul Wagner)

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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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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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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

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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 sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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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