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JULY 29, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE 4
CLASS UP YOUR SASS
Integrate sassafras into your culinary canon
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Cunningham Children’s Home hosts annual reunion
COLD WAR, LUKEWARM FILM 7
Syd reviews Salt, starring Angelina Jolie
DAILY ILLLINI CLASSFIEDS | pointing you home
FAME AND (MIS)FORTUNE 16
TIRES & TIMELINES 5
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ON THE217.COM ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Do you think any of the cast members are six degrees from Kevin Bacon? A preview of the Parkland College production of Footloose, up on Monday.
www.silverbulletbar.net MOVES & TV Dinner for Schmucks, the latest comedy starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, will be reviewed Saturday.
FOOD & DRINK “Ellen’s Fancy Drinks” has a new Ellen! Friday on the217.com, check out the new mojito recipe.
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MUSIC Our new classical music columnist David Ethan Chambers discusses the connections between pop and classical music. Check out the his ﬁrst column, online today.
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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP
I have never really been one for making lists. I was never really into making “To-Do” lists or “Top 5” lists. But, as many other trends in my life, I am seeing this change as I continue on through my college career. I used to just rely on myself to remember things and not forget about projects or homework or meetings. Its not that I was bad at this, I would usually remember everything and get most of my tasks accomplished, I just began to see a trend when I would write these things down. My stress levels about everything began to decrease. I was more able to focus on each individual task, complete that to the best of my ability and then move on to the next item on the list. I just really appreciate ﬁnding efﬁcient ways of doing things. It is so much better than running around, constantly worrying if I have forgotten or missed something along the way. With these “To-Do” lists, I just ﬁnd I am more able to enjoy more of what I may have previously viewed as unpleasant tasks. Knowing my schedule, knowing the time I have and the work I have to get done in that time lets me slow things down a bit, instead of running around trying to ﬁt everything in. As far as “Top 5” lists go, again, I had not really put any time into coming up with any of my own. If someone had asked what my top ﬁve bands or albums or movies were, I think I could probably come up with them quickly. But I was taking a long car ride the other day, and decided that I should challenge myself to create my lists now, be more proactive about knowing what I like and why. After doing this, compiling these lists in my head for about an hour or so, I concluded that this was a good decision. I mean, I have been alive for 21 years! I have gone through many phases, styles and have liked a great deal of things. By spending some time thinking about all of these in order to make an accurate list, it was really interesting to acknowledge where I’ve been and what I’ve been into. It has been a crazy road of interests, that’s for sure, but remembering them was really fun, and I would recommend to anyone who feels stuck in a rut or who wants to know more about themselves, give this activity a try. I think you’ll be surprised what makes your “Top 5” list.
the217.com July 29 - August 4, 2010
Jeanine Russell Food & Drink Editor
» Planning trips: My boyfriend and I may or may not be taking a trip to Yellowstone soon. Originally, we were going to New York, and then that didn’t work. Then it was ... I don’t know, California, Canada, Mexico? Now, this! Which we have actually established, planned and researched. We have run into money troubles, work troubles and are still battling car troubles. My roommates are probably sick of hearing about it every single day. But, if Aug. 7 rolls around and I’m taking off for a week’s camping in Yellowstone, this will be so, so, so worth it. Plus, I’ll admit, I enjoy the struggle and all the Googling and note-taking. » Other people’s swimming pools: Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my friends and family who have let me swim away all my free summer afternoons. Crashing at their place, drinking all their lemonade, leaving my flip-flop prints on their kitchen tile. It’s been great. » Infinite Jest: Amazing. Matt Carey Arts & Entertainment Editor
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» Give My Regards to Broadway: In 1984, Paul McCartney wrote and starred in a movie that is much in the vane of A Hard Day’s Night. However, it’s really goddamn awful. Seriously, a terrible, terrible movie. Don’t ever watch it. “Silly Love Songs” is in the movie for Christ’s sake. That’s reason enough to stay away from it. » My smelly apartment: My apartment is smelly. There are fruit flies everywhere. I should probably do the dishes, but I don’t feel like it. It has become an intense battle of the wills between my roommates and I. I know one thing for sure: I’ll cut their hands off before I blink first. » Carlos Zambrano: I don’t trust that you are calm now. That’s exactly what someone with anger management issues would say. You listen to me, dirt bag. One more slip up out of you and I’ll kindly ask you to leave Chicago. And let me tell you something, weirdo — you wouldn’t like me when I’m kind. Cover Design Annaka Olsen Editor in Chief Brad Thorp Managing Editor & Copy Chief Claire Keating Art Director Annaka Olsen PhotographY & Image Editor Annie Goold Photographers James Kyung, Jess Easter, Sarah Ludmer Designers Will Wyss, Jill Rahn Music Editor Eli Chen Food Editor Jeanine Russell Arts & Entertainment Editor Matt Carey Community Editor Lauren Hise CU Calendar Elisia Phau Sales Manager Carolyn Gilbert Marketing/Distribution Brandi Willis Publisher Mary Cory On the Web www.the217.com Email email@example.com Write 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL 217.337.3801
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Celebrating a life by Lauren Hise To a certain extent, we all worry about making a mark on this world. We want to be known, to be loved and to make a difference, even if it is just in the life of one person. Ashley Ames needn’t have worried. In the wake of her passing on July 6, friends, family members and the community have been doing their part to make sure that her memory lives on and that her life is celebrated. “Now, we are making this a sort of celebration of her life,” said Alice Cronenberg, co-administrator of ASHLEYFEST and a friend of Ames. “We are recognizing just how many people she touched.” Hopefully, this is a number that will continue to grow. Since Ames had been working to put herself through school while living in Urbana, those close to her are now trying to help students like her. “We are going to take all the funds that are raised and put them towards a scholarship for students who are living independently or whose parents can’t help them pay for school,” said Jeanie Austin, a friend of Ames. Among the “about 10 very active members on the planning team” that Cronenberg praises, Austin has been doing what she can to help put the benefit together by cataloging art and contacting artists. The fact that this includes national artists interspersed with the many local ones is not surprising considering donations for the Ashley Ames Fund have come from as far away as Canada and Western Europe. “It started with the art show idea, and then we wanted to have a concert, so we put out a call for bands, and we instantly had about 20 bands call and want to be a part of the benefit,” said Cronenberg. “We’ve taken as many on as we can.” As artists and musicians come together, the benefit has become something befitting the life and loves of Ashley Ames. “Ashley was an artist herself. A lot of us met Ashley through the punk music scene in Champaign. We’ve all known and been aware of how much Ashley loved art,” said Cronenberg. “This would be something she would love.”
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PechAKuchA Goes outdoors
With just 20 images and 20 seconds per image, architects, farmers, bike advocates, photographers, folk musicians, sketch comics, and bubbleologists have shared their passions at previous editions of PechaKucha Night C-U. For Volume 4 of this high-energy showcase of creativity presented by the Champaign-Urbana Design Org, the Amphitheatre will be illuminated with slides and inspiration, and DJ Mertz will get spinning on the terrace at 7pm to kick off the night. Fr, Jul 29 at 8:20pm; bar opens at 7pm Amphitheatre FREE Th Jul 29
Krannert Uncorked with Eleni Moraites, folk music // Marquee
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PechaKucha // Champaign-Urbana Design Org Su Aug 1
Sunday Afternoon Songbook // Marquee Th Aug 5
Krannert Uncorked with Maria & Co., world music quartet // Marquee
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40 North and Krannert Center —working together to put Champaign County’s culture on the map.
Marquee performances are supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency which recognizes Krannert Center in its Partners in Excellence Program.
July 29 - August 4, 2010
buzz en-spice-clopedia by Barb Davidson Sassafras: perhaps one of the most delightful spices to say. However, don’t let the silliness of this spice’s name fool you — sassafras is a contestant for most villainous spice around. The U.S. has banned sassafras (in it’s most pure form) from being used in food and beverages because it contains safrole, an oil believed to be carcinogenic. Sassafras has previously made appearances in many beverages, including tea and root beer. Due to this fault, the leaves of this tree must be processed into a way that is safe for human consumption. The dried and ground leaves are used to make filé powder, a common ingredient in gumbo. A middle ground between chili, stew and soup, gumbo is usually served over rice. The “pow” factor in most gumbos is the perfect void for sassafras to fill. Here’s a veggie version of your everyday gumbo to try!
Veggie Gumbo Ingredients:
» 2 cups fresh okra, sliced » 1 red bell pepper, in strips » 1 green or yellow bell pepper ,in strips » 2 large portabella mushrooms, cubed » 1 onion, diced » 1-2 stalks celery, chopped » 4 cloves garlic, minced » 1 can crushed tomatoes » 1 cup vegetable stock (vegetable bullion cube dissolved in water works as well) » 1 bay leaf » 1/8 teaspoon (or more) cayenne » 1/4 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes » salt and cracked black pepper, to taste » 1 tablespoon gumbo filé powder » olive oil
In a large, deep skillet sauté onion, peppers and okra in small amount of olive oil. Add mushrooms, garlic and celery after 5 minutes or so, and sauté a bit longer. Add crushed tomatoes, stock and spices except filé powder. Simmer 10-15 minutes. Right before serving, fish out bay leaf, adjust seasonings and stir in gumbo filé. Serve in deep bowls over brown rice. This meal is very delicious and much less complicated than it may seem. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 35 minutes
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the217.com July 29 - August 4, 2010
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Plan a Two-Wheeled Getaway
Take a bicycle daycation to a local museum
by Sarah Bransley
hese days, with tight schedules and even tighter wallets, tak- we wanted to develop a variety of opportunities to use bikes for ing a vacation can seem like a faraway dream. Fortunately, transportation and recreation.” In the end, the museums, which were known to Davis, proved to Champaign Cycle has come up with a fun, inexpensive and timefriendly way to enjoy a break with your family. Formed from the be convenient distances for bike trips. idea of a “staycation,” Champaign Cycle defines a daycation as “a Cheryl Kennedy, museum director of the Early one day vacation used to explore the entertainment, recreation American Museum, said that as a part of the Forest and education opportunities at area locations.” With this in mind, Preserve District, which has bike trails, the museum they have decided to host Champaign Cycle’s Museum Bike Tour is always happy to be a part of any bicycle event. Series. With the first jaunt occurring back on June 26, the next “We love the idea of a daycation and how they bicycle journey on Saturday, July 31, is bound for the Chanute Air have themed their rides,” said Kennedy. Museum while the one on Saturday, Aug. 28, will head for the Early Because the Early American Museum is a part of the American Museum. Maps, as well as ideas for places to eat, will be Looking for Lincoln Coalition and the Abraham Linhanded out at each starting location by Champaign Cycle. coln National Heritage Area, those who have a love Owner of Champaign Cycle and creator of the Museum Bike Tour of history as well as a love of cycling will find their Series, June’s Art Gallery Bike Tour and the Eco-Tour scheduled for perfect daycation with the trip on Aug. 28. Sept. 5, Peter Davis has a passion for bicycles and bringing their functionality to “A one day vacation used to the masses. With events like these, he explore the entertainment, hopes to bring attention to the fact that riding a bike is easy as well as functional recreation and education in everyday life. While these events are about 15 miles each way, Davis believes opportunities at area locations.” anyone can ride this distance, including families with children as young as 10 years old. “When you are on your bike, it is so much easier because you are on that mechanical device,” said Davis, knowing that when most people think of distance they think about how hard it would be to walk it. Though 15 miles may still seem like a daunting distance, Davis tried to make the daycation series a group of “doable day distance trips” for families and bike enthusiasts alike. When asked where he came up with the idea, Davis said the daycation was “based off the [Art Gallery Bike Tour], because Illustration by Will Fulara
One on One
Mark Hanson, curator of The Chanute, thinks that his museum is also a great opportunity for a daycation. “Located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, the museum resides in a unique yet quiet environment that we feel would be very conducive for inclusion in a bike trip or the destination for such a trip,” said Hanson. Because the museum is located just outside the region’s major urban areas, Hanson pointed out that it allows for a less expensive but exciting getaway. Even better, since it’s so close, the museum allows for a family to visit for the day and return home at the end of their visit. Though people often see them only as a form of exercise, bicycles allow you to visit places close by without the worry of rising gas price. Wanting to change the average person’s approach to bicycles, Davis hopes people take “the idea of the functionality of bicycles” away from the event. The Champaign Cycle Museum Bike Tour Series will hopefully show people that bicycles are still a viable form of transportation, as well as a fun way to experience the land with your family. However, if you are worried about certain members not being able to make the trek or if they just don’t like bikes, Davis advises having those members of the family meet you at the museum. Also, if you would rather not make the trek back, you can ride your bike to the museum and drive back home with your family members. If you would like to join in on the daycation, Champaign Cycle requests that you give them a call so they can give the museum an accurate head count for the day of the trip. Simply call them at 352-7600 or email them at museumtours@champaigncycle. com. Be sure to include which trip you are planning to attend: the Rantoul (Chanute Air Museum) trip or Mahomet (Early American Museum) trip.
with Cloydia Hill Larimore Vice President for Advancement at the Cunningham Children’s Home
by Annie Goold Home: a place of security, care and trust. To a great deal of us, our homes hold the memories of our youth and were the places we were allowed to simply be and grow. However, for others, this idea of home is only a concept, a sought-after dream in a callous reality. For so many, the Cunningham Children’s Home has made hopes for better days possibilities, and pave the way towards greater futures. While a reunion open to the public was held to celebrate the home on July 25, those who wish to do their part in helping keep the home going are welcome to attend a benefit concert at Mike ‘n Molly’s on July 30. Cloydia Hill Larimore, vice president for advancement at The Cunningham Children’s Home, sat down with buzz to explain how the home has grown, why it’s so important and how the reunion brings a family back together. » buzz: How long has the Cunningham Children’s Home been open and providing services to children and families in need? Cloydia Hill Larimore: It’s been 115 years. Our doors opened Oct. 25, 1895. Originally, it was an orphanage. We housed children who had been living with economic troubles or who had no family. And in the 1960s, after World War II, we became a center of custody for the abused and neglected. Now, we specialize in caring for children dealing with trauma, mental health limitations, abuse and resulting neurological issues from mistreatment. We have residential programs, group homes, independent living plans and schools inside and outside of the home itself. » buzz: What have been your latest developments?
CHL: In 2000, we created a master campus plan made to renovate and revamp the services for the children. Our next plan is to build facilities for our special education schooling. The buildings would be more energy efficient and all around better for what we’re doing. Some of the kids have to travel between five or six different spaces every day, and it’s hard enough as it is to deal with the elements already. In the new plans, there will be a cafeteria in house and that will help a great deal. » buzz: Are there any major hurdles the CCH faces? CHL: The biggest obstacle is money. We will need somewhere between 15 and 20 million dollars to complete the projects we have planned. » buzz: Considering that money is such an issue for the home, what sources does the home most rely upon for continuity and growth? CHL: There are so many! But most of the money comes from our fees for services. The families of the kids pay for what we offer. And, those placed here by Children’s Services are paid for by that department. Our fee does not usually cover the full cost of care, though. That’s just a typical fact. So, from there, we are supported by private donations. Church groups give to us a great deal, as do individuals in the community. Those who value our work give back, and we’re very, very grateful for them. » buzz: Can you elaborate on the events of July 25? CHL: Absolutely! It actually is a reunion for the kids who’ve lived here. We hold them every five years. An 89-year-old woman who resided here during a part of her youth will be joining us. It’s a time
Photo used with permission by Cloydia Hill Larimore
for people to reminisce and catch up with the people who knew you when you were just you, before Mr., Mrs., Dr. and other labels preceded your name. There will be a private brunch for the kids, a public opening at 1 p.m. and a ceremonial celebration at 2:30 p.m. dedicated to the children from before, the children currently at the home and those to come in the future. buzz