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JULY 26, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE MIRA NAIR
A beginner’s guide to the Indian director
A look at Mattoon’s annual celebration
Coming to Krannert this week!
Museum passport program sparks curiosity
MUSIC: Come check out new reviews of Childish Gambino and Dirty Projectors this week.
F&D: We are in the midst of a superhero frenzy; the sheer greatness of The Avengers is still in our minds and the third installment of the Batman reboot has just premiered. Which brings us to this critical question: what exactly would superheroes eat? Read on to find out about Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk.
COMMUNITY: Columnists Jordan Hughes and Johnny Red continue to explore healthy living and men’s fashion, respectively, this week. Look for more to come from these two!
Jasmine watches Baby Daddy every week and recaps. Go to readbuzz.com for her take on the series.
Your guide to this week’s events in CU
EDITOR’S NOTE SAMANTHA BAKALL
The buzz staff has returned, safe and sound, from The Big Easy. We ate way too much than we should have, kept it classy with local beers and quintessential cocktails, froze our butts off in the hotel room (sleeping in the tub was totally not necessary) and waded our way through a substantial amount of water, as New Orleans happens to fall in the northernmost part of the tropics. Packing those rain boots would’ve definitely not been overdoing it. As my first solo-planned trip, I would say it was a great success. It was also awesome to be in a new place without my parents. Not to say I don’t like traveling with my family (we’re going to Toronto in a couple weeks), but there is a certain liberty to being parent-less. Like college, for example. But as much as I’d like to say I’m a completely independent woman — I’m not. This week, I’m moving out of the house I’ve lived in for two years. That’s a lot of stuff and dust bunnies piling up. I’ve been elbow deep in boxes and garbage bags trying to figure out what stays and what gets pitched. I’m approaching the point where I just throw everything away — until I realize that I needed something that now sits below 20 pounds of dreck. So for now, I’m still being fairly ginger with what I’m pitching, because you never know what you might need moving into a new place. My mom, dad, brother and dog (Cheddar) are coming down to join me in marveling at how much crap I’ve stockpiled over the past two years and to help me put it elsewhere because I would in no way be able to do it by myself. Times like these, I am especially thankful for my family/moving company/ clean-up crew/floor cleaner (Cheddar). I’m also the last one to move out of my house, which means that anything that’s left is technically mine — couches, islands, rugs, furniture, even a piano. My new place is unfurnished, so having as many household things as I can get for free certainly helps, though the transportation of all of it I am definitely not looking forward to. Until then, I will be without a home because there’s a three week gap between my leases. I’ll be couch-surfing and plan on trading sleeps for cooking. Maybe I’ll be coming soon to a couch near you!
by Avani Chhaya U-S-A chants ripple across the country — let’s be honest — anytime an American flag simply waves. But the chant is likely to be heard in homes, offices and bars across the good ol’ US of A especially so on Friday, July 27, because of the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Paralympics Opening Ceremony. This is London’s third time hosting the Olympic Games, previously held in 1908 and 1948, outdoing any other city in the world. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Rome in 1908 allowed London to step into the spotlight, while the 1948 games, postponed due to WWII, let London rally down-trodden spirits. According to the official London 2012 website, 15,000 blokes will take part in the ceremony as performers bust out with choreographed and synchronized dance moves to an audience of 4 billion. The theme of this year’s ceremony is “Isles of Wonder,” which allows the imaginative reader to dream up ideas from a rural, peaceful countryside to the rambunctious, hullabaloo-filled streets of London. In a stadium that will be literally transformed into a green countryside with real pastoral animals, the ceremony will swing away with the swaying sound of bells. The games, including such sports as boxing, wheelchair fencing, beach volleyball and triathlons, will hopefully distract even the storm clouds throughout the games, which will last until August 12. BUZZ STAFF
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» Swiffering: Nothing is more satisfying to me than some mild cleaning. Sure, it sucks after a while, especially when you have a lot to clean, but swiffering is super enjoyable. You start with a nice, clean swiffer pad and dance around your room (maybe this is just me) until the floor is clean. Then you can look at all the nasty shit that you’ve been walking on with your bare feet. Gross! But now it’s gone! You swiffered it up! Go ahead, take a nap on it; it’s clean! Well, cleaner than it was before, which brings me to my next personal cleaning enjoyment: Swiffer mopping. Have you ever used one? It’s like swiffering, with moisture. And, I’ll bet it gets your floors EVEN CLEANER. » School starting soon: Okay, I know. Boo on me. But I really need a little more structure in my life or weekly assignments to make me feel like I’m being productive. It’s nice being able to wake up and do whatever I want, granted I don’t have to be at either of my jobs, but I can’t say I would mind getting up to learn a thing or two. And it’s not like you can’t hang out with friends or do cool things on the weekends during the school year. You just have to plan a little better because you have class now. Or I guess you could just skip it, though I am in no way advocating ditching class. The only downside of school starting is the ridiculous amount of people who are down here. What is this place? A university or something? Evan Lyman Music Editor
» Working out again: In High School, because of sports and because gym class was a requirement, I was one of those people that worked out every single day and took it very seriously. During my freshman year of college, I kept up my physical fitness for the most part, given that I had so much free time and lived only a couple blocks from the ARC. But like many a college student before me, as time passed, I became less and less enthusiastic about exercising. For the majority of this past year, I was lucky if I made it to the ARC once a week. You never really notice how important working out is until you come back from a long period of inactivity. Soreness, tiredness, not looking as good and not performing as well as you remembered are all reminders of how much easier it is to hang on the couch than go to the gym (roided up douches in neon tank tops don’t help, either). But I’ve recently decided to begin working out and taking my fitness (somewhat) seriously again, and it feels good. I’m hoping that actually writing this for people to see will help me stay committed, so wish me luck, people! Next time you see me I’m gonna be soooooooooooo huge! Maybe I’ll take up professional wrestling!
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» Doing nothing: I’ve spent the entire summer doing what I love most — nothing. I really haven’t done a single productive thing outside of the basic requirements for survival and school registration. I haven’t read a book. I haven’t developed any skills. When I was conscripted to write this, I realized I had nothing to write about because that’s all I do. But then I understood the greater truth — nothing is one of the richest topics available! The only reason people do things at all is so that they can get back to comfortably doing nothing, and when people retire, their reward for a life of accomplishment is that they get to do nothing for the remainder of it. Sadly, I do not have the means to retire yet, but I will continue pushing for a buzz 401k.
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» Grammatical idiots: Every time I hear the term “Grammar Nazi” thrown around, it irritates me ever so slightly. Why does appreciating good grammar have to have such a connotation? Why can’t it be “grammar aficionado” or “grammar guru” or “grammar jedi”? Grammar plays a vital role in our society. It is what separates us from the cave people. Without it, our very civilization would collapse and life as we know it would descend into a pit of endless chaos and despair. Okay, that may be an exaggeration... but believe me, grammar is very important. Now, I’m no grammar pro myself (my co-workers here at buzz will glady attest to this), and I understand that entirely perfect grammar is an unrealistic goal to strive for, but one thing I cannot tolerate is when people mix up “your” and “you’re” and “there,” “their” and “they’re.” Now, a slip-up every now and then is understandable, but when a person makes this mistake over and over again, it makes me wonder, “How the hell did you ever even manage to pass grade school?” You could write the most profound, eloquent passage, and a single “your/you’re” mistake would entirely invalidate it and make you look like an uneducated buffoon. The worst are the people who try to tell you that it doesn’t matter. This kind of attitude is simply a feeble attempt to justify poor grammar. “Oh, it’s just easier to type your instead of you’re.” That’s where I draw the line. If you’re too lazy to type out two extra characters, then perhaps you shouldn’t be allowed to write at all. I will settle this matter once and for all: Yes, grammar does matter. Yes, it is important. And don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
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Week of Friday, July 27 through Thursday, August 2
The Dark Knight Rises
by Jamila Tyler
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hero films such as The Avengers and even The Amazing 1 XSpider-Man, 5.417 the final entry into The Dark Knight Trilogy is as close to a different page genre that1/8th a comic book film could have. With The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan speaks to the all too real nightmares of living in the 21st century. Fascism, class warfare, failing stock markets, and Big Brother-esque surveillance networks all clash against comic book heroics in an ending that can truly be called epic. Picking up eight years from where The Dark Knight left off, we’re introduced to a Gotham enjoying a shaky peace. Harvey Dent’s tragic demise has been hidden while his moral ideals have been used to transform Gotham. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne has become a Howard Hughestype recluse after the double whammy of the death of his love, Rachel Dawes, and a failed alternative energy project that has left him almost penniless. His alter ego, Batman, has become public enemy number one after being wrongfully blamed for the death of Harvey Dent. The few in Batman’s inner circle — Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), faithful but disillusioned butler Alfred (Michael Caine), and tech genius Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) are alone in knowing the real Batman. New characters are also introduced to the mix. Two women with mysterious intent make semi-romantic overtures to Bruce Wayne — Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), a wealthy board member who is very interested in Wayne’s clean energy
Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
project, and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a cat burglar who steals right from under Wayne’s nose. Batman also gets a believer in rookie cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon Levitt). Gotham’s near decade of peace is soon interrupted by Bane (Tom Hardy), a bulked-up mercenary hidden behind a gas mask. His reign of terror causes Gotham to devolve into a fascist police state under the guise of freedom, and Gotham soon free falls in to an anarchic abyss that leaves us doubting if Batman will be able to make it out of this one alive. There’s a real feel to The Dark Knight Rises. Director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfiser created stunning sequences that took my breath away. Acting is superb almost across the board. Tom Hardy’s physical menace as Bane was truly terrifying. Anne Hathaway was able to capture the chameleon-like nature of Selina Kyle (who is never officially referred to as Catwoman), effortlessly moving from seductress to meek when the time calls. The father-son dynamic between Michael Caine and Christian Bale was heartbreaking and added a real weight to the final struggle of Bruce Wayne and Alfred. However, The Dark Knight Rises is not without its flaws. It’s hard to go into what I thought were plot inconsistencies without getting into spoiler territory, but let’s just say there were a few during the third act. My issues with the script are the same ones that I’ve had for the past two entries in the trilogy. Nolan has an excellent eye for both directing and crafting an epic story, but his scriptwriting falls flat.
Unsurprising for a movie with a running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, The Dark Knight Rises suffers from some pacing issues, especially in the first half hour of the movie. Near the end, it felt oddly rushed. Furthermore, there were some definite groaners within the dialogue. The exposition scenes were obvious and clunky ,and there were some cheesy one-liners (I will never not hate the “witty” asides from Gotham’s police force). I did praise Tom Hardy’s acting as Bane above, but there were several times in the film when he was nigh impossible to understand. I understand that there were complaints about not understanding Hardy when the trailer first premiered and that the studio took steps to fix it in post. As far as I can tell, they just made Hardy talk more loudly than anyone else in the scene. It’s a credit to Hardy’s acting that he still managed to be effective as Bane, because this only served to detract from Bane’s menace. Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate also fell flat. Part of it was due to the fact that I felt her character existed mostly as a rather underdeveloped plot device and had no chemistry with Bale, but also because her acting had a lifeless affect to it. Despite the flaws, The Dark Knight Rises managed to create and epic ending and tie the entire mythos of the prior two films together. The genius of the franchise is how it enhances the Batman mythology with the politics of the modern time. An honorable finale for an honorable hero, The Dark Knight Rises provides closure for both the audience and Bruce Wayne.
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by buzz Movies & TV Staff
Monsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair.
ritics who cannot help themselves, don’t know any better, or refuse to look beneath the surface have always wanted to place Mira Nair in the category of Bollywood film director. This is a mistake. As a director, Nair draws inspirations from the cinéma vérité genre and its pioneers. She began her career as a documentary filmmaker, but the desire to control narrative structure and storytelling impacted her decision to switch to feature films. Even with this change, the idea of truth and natural storytelling in cinéma vérité continued to play a role in her style. While culture is a recurring theme in her films, she is not interested in taking on the role of cultural translator for Western audiences. Instead, she presents films that are honest and leave the rest to the audience. Her new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will be the opening film at the 69th annual Venice Film Festival.
Salaam Bombay! (1988) With an arsenal of awards and nominations to prove it, Salaam Bombay! will remain a critically acclaimed movie for many years to come. Nair takes you on an emotional journey with Krishna (Shafiq Sayed). Working for a circus, he is attempting to make money in order to replace his brother’s bike that he has destroyed. When he discovers the circus has left without him, Krishna is forced to relocate to the streets of Bombay where he struggles to make the 500 dollars needed to return home. At this point in her career, Nair is no stranger to film, and it shows in Salaam Bombay!. Her way with the camera allows her to transform the dirty streets of Mumbai into gorgeous settings for Krishna. Watching the film is highly enjoyable and perhaps Nair’s best work yet.
Mississippi Masala (1991) In Nair’s second film, Demetrius (Denzel Washington) is an African American young man from Mississippi, born and raised, who falls for Meena (Sarita Choudhury), an Indian girl born in Uganda who now lives with her relocated family in the United States. Demetrius tells Meena during a stroll on the beach that race is passed down like recipes; you have to know what to eat and what to leave on your plate. Like the complexity of Meena’s own racial history, there are so many ways to dice that one quote up. Not only does it fit perfectly with Meena’s description of her racial heritage as masala (a mixture of many spices),
Demetrius’s aphorism speaks to leaving behind racial discrimination, embracing certain traditions of culture and homeland, and the perpetual struggle of discrimination and tradition colliding (especially when budding romance falls in the crosshairs). Filmed again from a screenplay penned by Nair’s frequent collaborator Sooni Taraporevala, Nair’s second film is an honest, modern take on the hodgepodge of races that are American culture. A more Hollywood production paves the way for the more mainstream projects Nair would take on.
Monsoon Wedding (2001) Mira Nair’s delightful Monsoon Wedding details four hectic days in an upper-middle class Delhi family’s wedding celebration. Nair and screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan weave a truly entertaining and compelling tale of the chaos surrounding the Verma family’s wedding spectacle with a distinctly Indian blend of modern and traditional cultures, folkways and languages. Ethnic song and dance scenes highlight key events, and Nair’s cinematographer Declan Quinn captures the colorful beauty of women’s costumes, multicolored flowers and the stunning red, orange and yellow banners that decorate the family grounds as the wedding preparations come together. In many of the film’s liveliest sequences, characters switch from Hindi or Punjabi to English midsentence. Naseeruddin Shah stars as patriarch Lalit Verma, the worried father of the bride, whose daughter Aditi, (Vasundhara Das) a modern Westernized woman, has agreed to an arranged marriage to a handsome, slightly Americanized businessman, Hemant Rai (Parvin Dabas). Aditi has just ended a long relationship with a married television producer, and under family pressure, feels the time is right to move on. All culminates in a glorious, rainy and joyous wedding day.
Vanity Fair (2004) Mira Nair tries her hand at the classic period piece costume drama in 2004’s Vanity Fair. Originally based on the 1847 novel Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair tells the story of Becky Sharp. Sharp, played by Reese Witherspoon, transforms herself from the impoverished orphan of an alcoholic painter to a regular player in the upper classes of England. What separates Vanity Fair from other costume dramas is that at its core it is a movie about not very nice people. Half the fun in watching the film comes from Becky’s own savagery and cynicism. Nair’s clas-
sic directorial touches are there. She has an instinctive feel for the inherent comic possibilities that come from Sharp’s marital dramas while giving it the cutting edge necessary to keep the novel’s brutal, satiric nature intact. Furthermore, Nair fully understands the role India played in the British imagination. Vanity Fair features a long sequence lovingly shot in the Indian countryside. Nair retains the exotic nature of India seen through the eyes of the British upper class while maintaining the realities of the country at the time.
The Namesake (2007) The Namesake tells the story of a young couple who are in an arranged marriage. The film begins with Ashima leaving Calcutta, India and moving to New York City to start her life with new husband Ashoke. Their relationship is interesting in that they marry first and then fall for each other. Their chemistry is quiet and filled with subtle moments that show their growing love and respect for each other. There is genuine warmth between the two. The film eventually switches focus and follows Ashima and Ashoke’s teenaged son Gogol (Kal Penn), who is named after Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Gogol struggles with his name, reconciling his American upbringing with his parents’ more traditional view point, and as an adult trying and failing at living up to cultural expectations surrounding romance and marriage. The Namesake covers around 30 years. The film is based on the Jhumpa Lahiri book of the same name. Mira Nair has been known to say, “If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will.” The Namesake embodies the spirit of this mantra.
Amelia (2009) Though Nair is usually associated with somber truth documentaries, Amelia is a bittersweet reprieve from her style. Amelia comes off initially as a campy and go-getter bio-pic, but like all great things, Earhart’s tragic ending must happen. Yet Nair wholly avoids that feeling of suspense and skewers sorrow with Earhart’s unbridled passion to live. Amelia was met with mostly negative reviews, probably because it broke away so cleanly from Nair’s trademark. But at a closer look, her style for exploring cultural differences is there, as portrayed through Earhart’s insatiable wanderlust. The film follows Amelia’s ascent to fame through that indiscernible branch of journalism: public relations. It’s an off-the-beaten-path film for Nair and a much easier transition to her work than the gritty Salaam Bombay!. buzz
Coming home again I:Scintilla return to CU after three year absence
by Jeremy Lin
asten your seatbelts, folks, because this is going to be one hell of a homecoming. The industrial-electronic band, I:Scintilla, is gracing the Champaign-Urbana music scene with their presence once again. This isn’t the first time that this band has come to C-U: in fact, the band started here. And not too long ago, either. After a bit of an absence, I:Scintilla will be headlining a show at The High Dive on Saturday, July 28. Buzz caught up with Jim Cookas, guitarist, and Brittany Bindrim, vocalist, of I:Scintilla to talk about their return. “[Champaign is] just so nostalgic,” Cookas said. “It’s just a lot of fun and an opportunity for us to see people we know down there. I hope people still know who we are. A lot of our friends still live in Champaign, and it will always still be a part of us.” This show will be the first show that they’ve played in Champaign since November 2009. On top of that, this show will be their 31st show in the Champaign-Urbana area. “It seems like Champaign is where we started,” Bindrim said. There’re just so many good memories there, and there are so many good people that are still there, you know. The venues that we played at; it’s so awesome to go back there and to play years later and still have the support and have a blast with everybody. Since we haven’t been back here for a while, we’re really excited to go back and see how the music scene is there now.” I:Scintilla is a four-piece band that blends several genres of music. Any song or EP can feature electronica, industrial, alternative rock, metal or electro. However, the band has also drawn influences from other parts of the C-U music scene. Upon moving from the C-U scene onto the bigger Chicago (and Midwest) scene, they’ve redefined
their style a few times. “I would say that it was a great training ground for Chicago,” said Cookas. The band is currently working on three new projects: two EPs and a documentary. One of the new EPs, Skin Tight, will feature three brand new songs and four or five remixes. The band says that Skin Tight will be “dancier” and more club-friendly than other I:Scintilla releases. Covering both ends of the spectrum, the other EP will be a six-song acoustic set featuring three original songs and three covers. “It’s been kind of a cool adventure because it’s stripping down everything and reinterpreting everything in a really organic way,” Bindrim said. “A lot of times, our songwriting — we do a lot of electronic things first, so it’s really fun to strip these songs down to like the bare-bones and work with them. It’s a lot of fun.” Besides these new projects, I:Scintilla has just been invited back to Dragon*Con, one of the largest multi-media, popular culture conventions focusing on sci-fi, gaming, literature, comics, art, and music, to perform. Their upcoming Saturday show also marks a special day for one of their opening acts. This show will be the first live performance by GoFight, an “electroscuzz” band made up of exmembers of Die Warzau. “It’s really cool to be able to play their [GoFight’s] first show. And I really think they’re going to be huge. I feel that. I feel silly for headlining because they’re so amazing, but it’s going to be a really cool show,” Bindrim said. This show’s location also brings some of members’ lives full-circle. I:Scintilla first met Die Warzau almost a decade ago in Champaign, and now they’re playing with the same people again.
I:Scintilla performing at a concert. Credit: Owen Whisenant 6
Brittany Bindrim, vocalist of I:Scintilla, performs live. Credit: Owen Whisenant
“We met Die Warzau because we opened for their fist show in like 10 years at the High Dive in 2004,” Cookas said. “They’d taken a decade off from performing, and they wanted to do a warm-up show, and out of Champaign, they chose The High Dive. So ever since then, we’ve kind of hit it off with them, and we’ve been really good friends with Jim Marcus, who is basically the driving force behind GoFight and the driving force behind Die Warzau.” For this homecoming concert, I:Scintilla plans on showing the current music scene how a proper show is played. Yes, the music genre is not really considered “mainstream” in the Champaign-Urbana music scene, but atypical acts are always welcome. “The audience can expect a few things: number one being that it’s definitely a way different show than what typically comes from ChampaignUrbana, despite the fact that that’s where we started,” Cookas said. “But I don’t think there’s a lot of electronic/industrial-rock shows coming through. So it’s a little different. […] It stands out. It’ll be super high-energy. I don’t know what to
expect from GoFight, but they probably have something up their sleeves. For us, we’re just happy to get really loud at the High Dive again. Besides the high-energy show that fans have come to love from the band, there will be a few “perks,” including the first time performances of songs off the Skin Tight album. “You feel so honored to be sharing your music with people,” said Bindrim. “Even if it’s a crowd of thirty, you put your heart into the show and afterward, you know people will say, ‘Wow, that show really meant a lot to me.’ It doesn’t even matter how many people are there. Just being able to play is pretty amazing. It’s amazing being able to share your art with people.” The show will feature two acts opening for I:Scintilla. The first opening act is DJ SorceryKid, a local DJ who is also the founder of Nekromancy at the Chester Street Bar. Following DJ SorceryKid will be the previously mentioned GoFight, hailing from Chicago. The doors open when the DJ takes the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door, and you must be 19 to enter.
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JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2012
GET READY FOR WICKER PARK FEST by Maddie Rehayem
ne of the best things about Chicago in the summer, besides the beaches, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza, is the several street festivals that happen throughout the warmer months. Of course, Grant Park’s Blues Fest and Taste of Chicago drew huge crowds for big acts like Mavis Staples and Death Cab For Cutie earlier this year, but in the city you can always count on a street fest — be it Do Division Street, the Taste of Randolph Street, or the Old Town School of Folk Music-sponsored Square Roots Festival that took place just last weekend — to be there to entertain you with good food and free music. The mother of all street fests goes down on
Saturday and Sunday. It’s Wicker Park Fest, and the lineup this year should be enough encouragement to make it up to Chicago this weekend. Saturday at Wicker Park Fest promises some great shows. Chicago’s own rockers AM Taxi (does “The Mistake” ring a bell?) will appear, as will Screaming Females, whose latest album, entitled Ugly, was released earlier this year. Their show should be fun, considering the last time I saw them they ended with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster practically eating her microphone as King Mike played his bass with a drumstick. Playing later that day are Andrew Jackson Jihad, the
Arizona folk-punks who sold out Subterranean in March. Lightning-fast guitar strumming, heartfelt and sometimes charmingly offensive lyrics can be expected from the duo of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, followed by more theatrics from cigaretteeating singer Eric Nally and his band Foxy Shazam. Headliners Cursive will cap off the night. The Sunday lineup is just as good, featuring Cheap Girls, an up-and-coming punk band raised on Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake’s label Paper + Plastick; Miniature Tigers, who made a Lollapalooza appearance a couple years back; as well as the Steepwater Band, a Chicago blues-rock trio that you may have
caught at the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival this summer. Headlining on two different stages are Lucero, punk mainstays whose music has a southern twang to it, and Joe Pug, who has made annual stops at the Canopy Club to play his acoustic, sing-along tunes the past couple of years. Pug’s friendly stage presence makes his shows a treat every time. Each day also features several smaller, local acts including The Shams Band as well as Mike Musikanto, providing daylong entertainment including food and other vendors and activities for kids. Visit wickerparkfest.com for a complete lineup of musicians and more information.
by Evan Lyman
WHO: Tractor Kings, Evil Tents, Broken Light WHEN: Thursday, July 26 at 10 WHERE: Cowboy Monkey COST: $5 AGES: 19+
WHO: Seven Year Existence, Eminent Slaughter WHEN: Saturday, July 28 at 9 WHERE: The Canopy Club COST: $6 AGES: 18+
WHO: We Must Dismantle All This!, Meat Mist, Dino Bravo, Jason Ajemian and the High Life WHEN: Monday, July 30 at 9 WHERE: The Red Herring COST: $5 AGES: All
WHAT: C-U Flea Deaux WHO: Goblin Colors, My Werewolf Diary, Lonely Trailer WHEN: Saturday, July 28 at 3 (market at 12) WHERE: Parasol Records COST: Free AGES: All
Here’s a good chance to catch Broken Light, a guitar-driven pop outfit from West Lafayette, Indiana, along with some well-known players in the local scene. Evil Tents have been linking to rough cuts of new material on Facebook over the past few weeks, so come out to possibly catch some of the live versions.
Once again, all those who wish to have their faces melted need not look further than The Canopy Club. This time, it’s Champaign’s own Seven Year Existence and Eminent Slaughter gracing the stage. The third band on this bill is yet to be announced, but I suspect they will be heavy and possibly play metal. Check Canopy’s website for details.
Midwestern thrash, sludge, and experimental jazz come together for what is sure to be an exciting night at the Red Herring. CU’s heavy tag team Dino Bravo are back in action after a short hiatus. Jason Ajemian, who has collaborated with the likes of Devendra Banhart, will travel from Ohio touting some very cool, chaotic jazz tunes to help wash down the night’s heavier acts.
Every two months, Parasol Records holds an underground flea market and free concert. Part one was held in May, and Part two (deaux) is happening this weekend. Check out My Werewolf Diary, the side project of Elsie Sexton of New Ruins, and Lonely Trailer for some riff-tastic, 60s style jams and singing-drummer action. Prior to the music, the event will host vendors of artwork, bike repair, crafts, clothing, and plenty more classic flea market trinkets and such.
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POP goes the bistro Carmon’s Gives the People What They Want by Jeramiah Cerda
The outside of Carmon’s Bistro. Photo by Katie Rau
hat are “pop-up” dinners? Are they a new wave in the culinary world? Are they a break from tradition? Or are they occasion to experiment with amazingly delicious foods at our favorite restaurants for one night? Champaign’s very own Carmon’s Bistro, located at 415 North Neil Street, brings this innovative idea of great food not traditionally on the menu to food lovers around C-U for one day only. Breaking from its usual menu and opting for one chosen by the diners themselves, Carmon’s creates these pop-up dinners to demonstrate that great food can be brought to the masses, like an injection of delicious, unique and creative cuisine into the vein of the community. For those who are unfamiliar with Carmon’s, it has been part of Champaign for the past half century, evolving over the years, first starting as a diner, then a creperie and completing its metamorphosis into the French bistro of today. Owned by Thad Morrow and run by General Manager Jenna Frye and Executive Chef Joshua Boyd, Carmon’s offers a menu that is both accessible by all and a classic rendition of French cuisine. The restaurant is not presumptuous, but is a true part of the community, opening its doors to food lovers all around the area. The building is one of Champaign’s historic buildings, and Frye 8
explained that “the neon [sign] itself glows the history on to all passers-by.” In my recent interview with Frye, I was delighted to hear her definition of what Pop-Up dinners were, describing it as a complete reworking of the menu for one night, transforming the restaurant — different food is served, different clothes are worn, and different music is played. Guests are swept into a parallel reality, where although they might be in the same building, everything around them has changed. Frye explains that initially she and Chef Boyd had hoped to have these sorts of dinners when the restaurant first opened, yet the first ideas were more of a prix fixe menu. A prix fixe menu is one where diners are given a menu already decided for them, with the chef at the helm, navigating diners through a culinary experience. Although this style is popular, it poses some problems for diners. Frye explains, “We felt a bit constricted in the concept and the nature of the prix fixe menu with decisions made for the customers already. We wanted to do something a little more fun and loose, with more choice and flexibility to just have fun with food in this town. The pop-up dinner is perfect for that.” The pop-up dinners are new this year to Carmon’s and have become an instant classic in the community. Holding these events throughout the summer on certain Monday nights, Frye
shares that the events have been “super-fun.” Carmon’s first Pop-Up dinner transformed the restaurant into a “Chicken Shack,” a night of fried chicken goodness. Frye described it as a great experience, especially after hearing feedback from both the customers and the overall buzz in the neighborhood about the dinner. Carmon’s next pop-up dinner, a “Lobster Shack,” sold out of food at an incredibly quick pace, much quicker than anticipated. Lobster rolls were the big hit of the night. It was at the Lobster Shack that diners had the chance for direct input in the menu selection. Along with the night’s menu, each diner was given a secret ballot, through which they could choose which menu will be served in the last pop-up dinner of the summer, voting amongst a group of four or five different selections. This was an idea to make these dinners more interactive and allow diners to know that their voices are important. This past Monday, July 23, with three pop-up dinners under their belt, Carmon’s held the “Hot Dog Shack.” This shack is particularly unique because each employee working that night presented one of their own hot dog creations on the menu. Some particularly interesting ones were the “The Josh Dog,” made with spiced duck sausage, foie gras mousse, pickled watermelon rind and housemade Oaked Arrogant Bastard
mustard, an elegant take on a usually plain dog. Another uniquely delicious hot dog creation, a sure fan favorite, was the “The Miske Dog,” a Korean fusion-style hot dog using ingredients such as bulgogi sausage, braised pork belly, kimchi, scallion and sesame seeds. Each of the pop-up dinners have a unique assortment of drinks served to accompany the particular theme of the night. For the “Chicken Shack,” sweet tea and lemonade mixed drinks were served, Mexican beers for its “Taco Shack,” and this past Monday showcased unique drinks that were a play on childhood favorites, served with umbrellas and popsicles in the drinks. All of these exciting menus and drinks are fairly priced, with a plate ranging from $8 - $14, and the drinks adding $3 - $7 to the bill. Another exciting fact is that Carmon’s tries to source locally for all items on their menu — both for the pop-up dinners and for its everyday menu. Frye states that it is Carmon’s goal to take “full advantage of the abundance of fresh ingredients that are grown by the awesome farmers that live and work around us,” because this truly sets Carmon’s apart from other restaurants as it not only involves the community as customers but also as suppliers. Look for the next pop-up dinner right around the corner, set for August 13. If you can’t make it, be sure to experience the regular menu.
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July 26 is National Bagelfest A national event that is sorely lacking in celebratory greeting cards By Olivia Ingram
is always imperative for Champaign-Urbana natives to pick up their copy of buzz the day it comes out. How else are you supposed to keep up with all that is happening in local news and entertainment? But today, it will behoove you even more than usual to pick up your buzz in a timely fashion. In this issue, you will not only be treated to the elegant prose and witty observations that our publication is known for — you will also be made privy to an important gastronomical announcement. That announcement, gentle reader, is the following: today, July 26, is National Bagelfest. National Bagelfest is a holiday that has been celebrated by the human race for as long as they have observed the passing of the seasons. Pictures of bagels can be found alongside the finger-painted depictions of gods that our ancestors left on the walls of their sacred cave dwellings so long ago. The first European settlers searched out the Americas in order to be able to enjoy their bagels in peace and — oh, alright. This is a bit of an exaggeration. National Bagelfest is a tradition that began in 1986, when Illinoisan Murray Lender decided that there should be a day to celebrate the doughy ring that made his family’s fortune. Lender is the owner of Lender’s Bagels, the first frozen bagel company, whose largest factory is situated in Mattoon, Illinois. Appropriately, Mattoon hosts a giant Bagelfest celebration every year, complete with a Miss Bagelfest beauty pageant and even a “Beautiful Baby Bagel” child beauty contest. The bagel has been beloved for far longer than this, though. Many historians believe that the bagel may have existed in Europe since the 1600s, and it is widely accepted that the bagel first made its way to America in the 1880s via the many Eastern European Jewish immigrants that arrived in New York at that time. So, while the cave-
men may not have worshipped a bagel deity, it cannot be denied that the bagel still has a pretty impressive history. Don’t miss out on this chance to pay homage to 400 years of delicious tradition! The way you choose to enjoy your bagel is entirely up to you. We at buzz are here to educate, not to judge. So follow your heart! You can stick to classic bagel toppings like lox (smoked salmon) and cream cheese, or create something completely unique and groundbreaking — perhaps a dessert bagel? [Note: Before you ask, no, a donut does not count as a dessert bagel. For shame, sir/madam!] Einstein Bros. Bagels (located at 901 West University Avenue in Urbana) sells cinnamon sugar, chocolate chip and blueberry bagels; why not try picking some up and topping them with Nutella and sliced strawberries? Bagels are also vegan-friendly, with their only ingredients being water, flour, yeast, salt and sugar. If you’re vegan, or simply want to observe this holiday in a non-artery clogging fashion, top a whole wheat bagel with hummus, spinach and whatever other virtuous treats strike your fancy. If the idea of eating shameful numbers of bagels by yourself doesn’t excite you, then celebrate this glorious holiday by getting some friends together and trying to make the most exotic, delicious, or terrifying bagel-based concoction you can. If you’re really ambitious, find a recipe online and try to make some bagels from scratch! There ain’t no party like a bagel eating party. Remember, no matter how you choose to celebrate it, the end of a successful National Bagelfest is marked by a deep, carbohydrate-induced slumber filled with sesame seed-covered dreams. Happy schmearing, everyone.
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Superhero diets WWSE (What Would Superheroes Eat?) by Sean Harrigan With The Dark Knight Rises having just come out, along with the release of superhero smorgasbord The Avengers, it is certain that we are going through a superhero frenzy. We can’t get enough of Tony Stark’s witty one-liners or Captain America’s “never give up” attitude. But where exactly do these extraordinary individuals get the energy for all this?
IRON MAN The movies may downplay it a little bit by labeling Tony Stark as a “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist,” but Iron Man has always been a struggling alcoholic. I know what you’re thinking: he has more money than he could ever spend, plus he gets to fly around in an awesome mechanical suit that he built himself because he’s also ridiculously smart. What is there to be so upset about? Well, if you were constantly being hunted by terrorists, paparazzi and Mickey Rourke’s electrical whips, you’d probably keep a bottle of whiskey in your iron suit, too. So what does Iron Man eat? He probably eats what everyone craves when it’s late and they’ve
had a few: takeout. Iron Man can’t be bothered to make his own food — he’s much too busy. So unless Pepper Potts is around, Tony Stark most likely has his favorite Chinese place on speed dial.
CAPTAIN AMERICA Out of all these superheros, I’d have to say that Captain America has the least refined tastes. This makes sense, though. He was frozen for sixty odd years. All the new advancements in food technology in the second half of the twentieth century are completely foreign to him. Captain America is probably fine with a tall glass of milk and some of mom’s cherry pie. This isn’t so bad, but it also makes Captain America very boring. It’d be like going out to eat with someone who always orders the grilled cheese. If you’re looking for a more entertaining superhero date, Thor might be a better bet. Who knows what they eat on Asgard? (Hint: take a gander at Volstagg’s preference for legs of animal.)
THE INCREDIBLE HULK So you’re big, green and angry. What do you do? Smash things, of course, but one can only do so much smashing before you start to work up an appetite. Being a hungry Hulk presents its problems, though. The Hulk will naturally have a Hulksized hunger, so what happens when he eats an entire McDonald’s worth of Big Macs and then gets sleepy from all the fat? Where does the food go if he wakes up as Bruce Banner? The movies don’t seem to show the Hulk being hungry, but I just don’t see how that’s possible. This could be explored much more, but in the interest of space, I’m just going to conclude that Bruce Banner simply has the most efficient stomach on earth and that he can eat whatever he feels like whenever he feels like because he’s cool like that.
BATMAN (Spoiler alert!) The life of the caped crusader is a tough one. In Batman Begins, Ra’s al Ghul burned his mansion down. You’ve seen Taken: Liam Neeson is a serious badass. If that’s not enough, the Joker
killed the love of his life in The Dark Knight. Now I’m not going to give away any spoilers from the most recent movie, but do you remember the trailer when that football field gets destroyed? If you have to wake up in the morning knowing you’re going to have to face somebody that can do that during the course of the day, you’ll need some serious energy. Because of this, I think Batman’s diet is exclusively healthy. Since Batman usually fights at night, he can only sleep a maximum of five hours a night. This kind of rigorous schedule demands that Bruce Wayne be good to himself. We’re talking protein shakes, salads and egg yolks. And none of that whey protein garbage; Batman exclusively drinks shakes made by the legendary Alfred. Now, this is all just speculation. The movies rarely show what these heroes eat. However, with the popularity of meta commentary and in the interest of breaking the fourth wall, it’s always fun to guess. buzz
JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2012
SONGS FROM THE C-U Local performers pay tribute to music’s Songbook era at Krannert
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Annette Miller
by Jordan Hughes
rannert Center for the Performing Arts is famous for celebrating every style of music through its performances, but this Sunday’s performance is not typical by any means. This Sunday, July 29, Krannert will host a program entitled “Sunday Afternoon Songbook.” The free concert makes it one of the most accessible performances the center has hosted this summer. Programs are also not typically on Sunday afternoons. But this performance will truly fit the mood of a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Vocalist Cait-
lin Dobbs will be singing about 15 songs from the American songbook era. The performance will pay tribute to tunes from the 1920s-1940s. Think “jazz era, Dixieland, and the Big Band era,” Dobbs said. “We tried to pick songs that we really enjoy and that people will know very well,” she said. “People are bound to recognize the melody or tune of most of these songs.” Pianist Don Heitler will accompany Dobbs during her performance. She has been working with legendary music coach and retired University of
Illinois music professor Dan Perrino since 2006. Dobbs just graduated from high school, but her talent caught Perrino’s eye at a young age. “My coach found me through a friend when I was in a production of Les Miserables in 2006,” Dobbs explained, “He has worked with many people, but I am the youngest.” As a previous University of Illinois professor, Perrino usually works with college students. He is a well-known musical figure on campus and within the community. Bridget Lee-Calfas is the advertising and public-
ity director for Krannert. She spoke on Perrino’s reputation within Krannert. “Dan is a longtime collaborator and a highly valued member of our extended family here at the Krannert Center,” Lee-Calfas said. “He is really known throughout the area as a music educator.” Dobbs claims that Perrino’s coaching laid the foundation for her success as a vocalist. “He has touched the lives of so many people like me,” Dobbs said. “I enjoy working with him immensely because he has taught me so much about performing and how to carry myself.” Perrino is responsible for coming up with the concept for “Sunday Afternoon Songbook.” It was his idea to have the students that he coaches perform together. This is the fifth time Krannert has hosted this event. “We really wanted to celebrate the genre of the American songbook,” Lee-Calfas explained. “We knew this music would be popular with a range of audiences.” Lee-Calfas also spoke to Dobbs’ reputation as a young performer in the local community. “Caitlin has just graduated from high school, but she is extremely talented and well-known,” LeeCalfas said. “Many of Dan Perrino’s students have gone on to have professional careers.” Perrino has been working with Krannert and helping to seek out local talent for over 40 years. “This is really special because not only is it a great format, but it’s also about celebrating our incredible local talent,” Lee-Calfas said. “We have so many wonderful young performers right here in our community.” Dobbs is no stranger to performing at Krannert, but she said each time is very special for her. “I’ve done this a few times, but I am always excited,” she said. “It never ceases to amaze me that I am performing at the Krannert Center where so many successful and talented people have performed before me.”
DAYS AT THE MUSEUMS Champaign County boasts diverse range of educational offerings by Hannah Pitstick There are just three weeks left to complete the Museums at the Crossroads Passport Program, which ends on August 17. The program is a challenge to anyone in the area to visit all 11 of the museums in Champaign County and obtain a stamp on their “passport” to prove it. Passports can be obtained at any of the participating museums, on the Museum at the Crossroads website or through the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Many of the museums are offering discounts and other incentives to passport holders, and anyone who turns in a passport with all 11 stamps will be in the running for the grand prize. Those who have at least six stamps will be eligible for runner-up prizes. Prizes will be drawn at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on August 25 at 1 p.m. 10
The purpose of the program is to encourage people to visit area museums that they may have never even heard of. Not many people realize that there are 11 diverse museums in the area that feature everything from live beehives to vintage airplanes. The following are all 11 museums included in the Passport Program: » Anita Purves Nature Center » Champaign County Historical Museum » Chanute Air Museum » Krannert Art Museum » Museum of the Grand Prairie » Orpheum Children’s Science Museum » Parkland Art Gallery » Pollinatarium » Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
» Spurlock Museum » William M. Staerkel Planetarium You must spend a minimum of 10 minutes at each museum in order to get a stamp from a staff member, but that should not be too difficult. Anita Purves Nature Center offers bird watching, recreational ponds and a gift shop for nature lovers. The Champaign County Historical Museum features turn of the century artifacts including a 1919 Cretor popcorn wagon that has popped corn for three generations of local residents. The Chanute Air Museum has exhibits featuring flight simulators, aircraft engines and real fighter planes. Krannert Art Museum and Parkland Art Gallery have sculptures and modern art from Champaign and around the world on display for
your artistic perusal. At the Museum of the Grand Prairie, you can see what life was like in Champaign County over 100 years ago, when the land was covered in prairie grass and settlers used to visit A.B. Chesebro’s blacksmith shop. Orpheum Children’s Science Museum offers a Harry Potter camp, and the Pollinatarium features a demonstration hive with live bees. The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music has an extensive collection of original early American music as well as sound recording technologies like the Columbia Graphophone. Spurlock Museum is always acquiring new artifacts from around the globe, and The William M. Staerkel Planetarium projects over 7,600 stars and planets three days a week. Print out your passport and go on an adventure!
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JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2012
THE RED REPORT Into the wild country... club by Johnny Red
s the summer rages on and Facebook events mount to an astronomical high, questions continue to surround around what to wear to the last round of those barbecues, kickbacks and outings with friends. I was recently invited to a graduation party and found solace in dressing up in tribal/Aztec-inspired clothing that is just ripe for the end of summer events. The tribal/Aztec trend has been around for a year or so now, especially for girls, but not until it was featured in Michael Kors and Donna Karan have spring 2012 adaptations for male fashion consumers been readily available. Most prints are reminiscent of traditional African clothing, while other prints could be mirror images of the Aztec ruins. Many of the prints have
almost psychedelic color palettes and no set pattern to them at all.
The Short List: » Stock up on classic country club attire with tribal patterns. Whichever print you decide to adventure with, make sure the print is properly balanced out with smart pieces that have a slim cut and rich color. This pairing of tribal prints to classic pieces gives the summer look an edge to the sophisticated, classy, sometimes stuffy look. A good idea would be to wear a polo with tribal print shorts. My favorite way to style this look is Topman’s Chino shorts with tribal print legs; they offer them in a
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myriad of colors from red to yellow. The versatility of the trend could translate well into most closets because most wardrobes include of chinos or shorts, and the only out of
pocket expense would be the addition of the tribal items. Fortunately, the tribal/Aztec pattern has been transcending into not only clothing, but accessories and shoes as well.
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Expressions in Color: Selections from the Art & other Art & other exhibits 20th-Century Collecexhibits Walking in Paris: View- tion Krannert Art Museum Walking in Paris: View- ing the City and Its and Kinkead Pavilion Denizens in the 19th ing the City and Its 9am Century Denizens in the 19th EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! Krannert Art Museum Century Spurlock Museum and Kinkead Pavilion Krannert Art Museum 9am 9am and Kinkead Pavilion Expressions in Color: 9am Live music & Selections from the Expressions in Color: 20th-Century Collec- karaoke Selections from the 20th-Century Collec- tion I:Scintilla Krannert Art Museum tion High Dive, 7pm;$7 and Kinkead Pavilion Krannert Art Museum Salsa night with DJ 9am and Kinkead Pavilion Juan EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! Radio Maria, 10:30pm 9am Spurlock Museum, 9am WHISTLE PIGS!!!!!!!! EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAFriday Night Live VAL! Memphis on Main M2 Building, 6pm Spurlock Museum 9pm 9am ILL POETS SOCIETY Food & festivals PT II Classes, lectures, & Wieners & Wine The Quad, 12pm workshops Sleepy Creek Vineyards SEVEN YEAR EXISTENCE with Emminent 5pm Tango Development Slaugher and TBA Laboratory Live music & karaoke Canopy Club, 9pm Phillips Recreation Center Late Night with DJ Miscellaneous 7pm Belly Preschool Story Time Radio Maria, 10pm F.I.N.D. Orphy Rantoul Public Library We will be celebrating Orpheum Children’s Sci10am the Life of Terry Masar! ence Museum Women’s Resources Iron Post, 5pm 1pm Center Summer Book CANDY FOSTER & Club | July 2012 Fat: THE SHADES OF SUNDAY 29 The Story of My Life BLUE!!! Art & other exhibits with My Body by Jean Memphis on Main Braithwaite 9pm Expressions in Color: Women’s Resources Karaoke with DJ Hanna Selections from the Center Phoenix, 9pm 20th-Century Collec5pm Lou DiBello Band tion Boomerang’s Bar and Krannert Art Museum Live music & karaoke Grill, 9:30pm and Kinkead Pavilion 90’s Daughter 2pm Chillax with DJ Belly Fat City Bar & Grill Walking in Paris: Viewand Matt Harsh 8:30pm ing the City and Its Radio Maria Denizens in the 19th 10pm Miscellaneous Century Live Karaoke Band Krannert Art Museum Boomerang’s Bar and F.I.N.D. Orphy and Kinkead Pavilion Grill Orpheum Children’s 2pm 9pm Science Museum EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! 1pm Miscellaneous Spurlock Museum 9am F.I.N.D. Orphy SATURDAY 28 Orpheum Children’s SciArt & other exhibits Classes, lectures, & ence Museum 1pm Walking in Paris: View- workshops Blast Off! ing the City and Its West African Dance Rantoul Public Library Denizens in the 19th Classes with Djibril 3pm Century Camara Yarn n Yak Krannert Art Museum Channing-Murray Rantoul Public Library and Kinkead Pavilion Foundation 7pm 9am 6pm
Food & festivals Industry Night Radio Maria 10pm
Circuit Pulse Chester Street Bar No Cover; DJ Night 9pm
F.I.N.D. Orphy Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 1pm
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Movies & theater Movie Matinee
Art & other exhibits Rantoul Public Library EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! Spurlock Museum 9am
Live music & karaoke
Walking in Paris: Viewing the City and Its Denizens in the 19th Century Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9am Expressions in Color: Selections from the 20th-Century Collection Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9am EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! Spurlock Museum 9am
Industrial-Electro Mondays Chester Street Bar $2 Cover; DJ Night 9pm Lounge Night Radio Maria 10pm
Miscellaneous F.I.N.D. Orphy Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 1pm
Live music & karaoke TOMORROW IS ALREADY HERE & MEGAN JOHNS The Clark Bar 7pm
WEEK AHEAD CARNIVALE DEBAUCHE Saturday, July 28 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
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Creatures of the night, rejoice! Carnivale Debauche, a burlesque and Vaudevillian troupe from Champaign-Urbana, knows how to put on quite the show. Dancers, comedians, a house band, boobs — these carnies have got it all. If you’ve been waiting all summer for a chance to cut loose, this night is the perfect chance to do so. —Evan Lyman, Music Editor
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Food & festivals Art & other exhibits Caribbean Grill EXHIBIT: ¡CARNAVAL! Spurlock Museum 9am Expressions in Color: Selections from the 20th-Century Collection Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9am Walking in Paris: Viewing the City and Its Denizens in the 19th Century Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 9am
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Live music & karaoke Open Decks with DJ Belly Radio Maria 10pm Open Mic Night! Samuel Music 5pm Piano Man Canopy Club 9pm Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with Jaik Willis Canopy Club 9pm
Miscellaneous F.I.N.D. Orphy Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 1pm
THIRD ANNUAL RESEARCH PARK TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT 4:30-9 p.m., Thursday, July 26. Research Park
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While registration was only open until July 23, this event could still be worth attending because there are three levels of ping-pong players: beginner, intermediate and master. The mightiest of them all in each category will be awarded a prize, but they will all be rewarded with dinner. And all of the fans in the crowd will bear witness to the graceful art of miniature tennis. In a few days’ time, I will move into my new home which offers such amenities as a bed, shower and kitchen. Oh, and a PING-PONG TABLE. All I’m saying is you may have won some fancy Research Park tournament, “master” category winner, but you haven’t proven anything until you’ve ventured down to my basement and dealt with the gritty playground of underground table tennis. — Thomas Thoren, Community Editor
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THEATER: ALIVE AND WELL A look at Broadway’s 2012 season by Jeff Nelson
he steep ticket prices and constant struggle for quality material in a struggling economy has created a constant stream of doubt about the viability of Broadway as an American theatrical institution. But the lure of those name casts, the craftsmanship of those A-list directors and the superb technical support that sustains each production brings the crowds back to the Great White Way every year. With the numbers in for the 2010-2011 season, you can appreciate what these theaters do for New York City. Broadway is credited with contributing $11.2 billion dollars to the economy of New York City, not bad for a performing art that only a select group of ticket buyers patronizes. It is the special quality of this mid-town Manhattan experience that brings people into the city for that theatrical experience only Broadway can deliver. Each season offers one or more splendid British imports, and this season is no exception as Nicholas Hytner’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors has theatre-goers filling the rows and rolling in the aisles. Richard Bean’s adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 270-year-old play, Servant of Two Masters, is as irreverent as it is funny.
Even with a special director for the physical comedy, James Corden’s comedic nuances are the highlight of the show. His well-deserved Tony Award for Best Actor may well be the performing highlight of the season. Watch for more digital broadcasts of London’s National Theatre as One Man, Two Guvnors has already had two screenings at Champaign’s Art Theater. The mega-musical sensation of the last two seasons is The Book of Mormon, and it continues to sell out houses months in advance. The creation of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez combines the talents and edginess of the creators of South Park and Avenue Q. Tracking two naive Mormon missionaries looking for converts in Uganda, this masterpiece manages to reference such Broadway sweetness as The King and I and then level a blast of blasphemous epithets that might embarrass David Mamet. Skewering the world from Rodgers and Hammerstein to organized religion and then peppering the insults with jokes about AIDS shows how a little disrespect can go a long way. Book of Mormon opens December 11 at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago’s Loop. A surprise hit of the season...(CONTINUED ON PAGE 15)
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(Continued from page 14) is Rick Elice’s adaptation of Dave Barry’s and Ridley Pearson’s book, Peter and the Starcatcher. Billed as the “Neverland you never knew,” it takes yet another turn at turning the Peter Pan story on its edge. This high-energy prequel to the traditional telling of the adventures of the boy who never grew up and Captain Hook is as original as it is funny. The amazing blocking and direction of Steven Hoggett, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers keeps this wonderfully imaginative tale right on task and at full speed. Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow examines a grim slice of show business history: the final days of Judy Garland. Quilter’s script focuses on Judy Garland the emotional train-wreck, not Judy Garland the artist. This misses some significant areas of her later life, but Terry Johnson’s direction pulls one show-stopping element clearly into focus: Judy’s massive mood swings. Tracie Bennett masters each nuance of those major ups and downs and delivers a tour-de-force vocal recreation of those famous Garland pipes as well. The 2007 independent film Once produced an
Oscar-winning song and a major cult following. This seemingly improbable story of a musician and a girl who meet through the magic of music on the streets of Dublin is pretty much the true story of creators Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Two songs were added for Edna Walsh’s stage adaptation, and Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti recreate the roles of the original two. John Tiffany’s Tony Award-winning direction rightly focuses strongly on the two superb leads, who make you forget any problems with this lightweight script. The infectious energy of this cast of 13, who also make up the show’s musical ensemble, demonstrate the positive power of Irish music and characters who engage you. The current season has hardly been a prolific producer of great new shows, but a select company of quality shows has emerged to demonstrate the ongoing power of Broadway to create great theater with great casts. The eight Tony Awards for Once and five Tony Awards for Peter and the Starcatcher show that Broadway points the way to its special gems.
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Dear Mr. E, I am in a fraternity, but I have a notoriously low tolerance for alcohol and not much of a taste for it. At parties, it’s very emasculating when I can’t hold my own, especially when playing drinking games like beer pong or flippy cup. How can I live up to the reputation of my frat star brothers without destroying my liver or my esophagus? —Buzzed Lightweight Buzzed Lightweight ,There are a few ways you can go about solving your problem. The most obvious and effective way would be to utilize the rest of your summer vacation to increase your tolerance levels before rush season begins and all your bros come back. This means getting blasted daily, so stock up on cheap 30-racks and bargain brand hard alcohol. If you go hard enough, you should be ready to outdrink the incoming freshmen and rep your house appropriately when the time comes. If that’s a bit too extreme for you, there are a number of deflection techniques you can employ to avoid drinking at parties. Pretend that someone has approached you with a beer bong, and practice these phrases. 1) “No, thank you. I’m told that alcohol and heroin don’t mix well.” 2) “Sorry, but I’m watching Die Hard on USA, and the commercials will be over any second.” 3) “I’m busy right now. Can I borrow like six condoms?”
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Cute and Classy, I’m no expert on women’s fashion, but I will say that most dudes (at the bars) dig chicks who look easy. If you’re looking for the love of your life, you probably won’t meet him on a stripper pole. But if you’re out trolling for dick, don’t be subtle about it. Skank it up! I know what message I’m putting out when I undo the third button of my shirt: “Manslut open for business.” It doesn’t mean I can’t be classy the other two nights of the week.
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